Dear fellow alumni, Getting ready for a new academic year is always an exciting time on campus! We have spent much of the summer working on alumni initiatives that will provide programming and communications to help us realize our vision of being a world class alumni relations office and presence for Seattle University. I look forward to a new era in Division I sports and a new year to help us further define programs that will provide professional development, engagement with faculty and of course, meeting a whole new class of Redhawks. I am also very excited to let you know that the Alumni Board of Governors is ready to not only represent you but to help plan an even brighter future for the Alumni Association. We couldn't do what we do without this great organization of volunteer leadership! As we work on developing even more volunteer opportunities, please let us know if you are interested in giving any of your time or talent to Seattle University. Building a strong cadre of volunteer leadership is part of our key initiatives in Alumni Relations. You can contact our office and we will gratefully let you know how you can work with us and support your alma mater. Also you recall that in our spring issue of the SU Magazine, Fr. Steve asked to hear from you about what will make SU more relevant to you. You can send him your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our alumni are our most treasured resource, and your voice matters.And don't forget to please connect often with the Seattle U Alumni Association online to learn more about the benefits you have as an alumni along with the great schedule of programs in the coming year.Our Seattle University alumni network is growing stronger every day! We are glad so many of you have signed on to our Alumni Online Directory. This resource is critical in realizing our goal of keeping you connected to your alma mater and each other. Please take a moment to log into this valuable resource.Here's to another great year at Seattle U and I look forward to seeing you soon! Susan R. Vosper, '90, '10
I am thrilled to be back at Seattle University! It is surreal and humbling to return to a place I respect, love, and admire. I am also fired up to coach this team! They are motivated, eager, talented and very hungry to win. I am, as are the players, expecting to have success this year. It is our goal to play entertaining soccer. Come watch both the men's and women's teams as they bring our soccer program back to our university and the city of Seattle.We have a tremendous facility and the grass is exceptional so come join us for a memorable season! We hope to earn your support by our efforts on and off the field. I look forward to seeing you this season!Best regards, Pete Fewing,Head Men's Soccer CoachJoin us for Alumni Soccer Tailgates as Redhawks soccer begins a new era in Division I Athletics!
Magis is proud to bring you yet another story of a family who is living out Jesuit values in their personal and professional lives. Jesuit-educated alumni Katie and Patrick Rossmann (Marquette University 2003, Jesuit Volunteer Corp 2003-04 and Boston College 2003, Jesuit Volunteer Corp 2003-04) have been greatly impacted by Jesuit values. As they put it, Jesuit education "taught us the importance of finding meaning in the work we do and taking action on the education that we received…When life gets busy, it's important for us to be reminded of the Jesuit values and to try to live a more reflective life." Be sure to read more of the Rossmann's reflection by clicking here. Don't forget! We are still looking for alumni living in the Puget Sound to apply for the first-ever Mexico Mission Trek to Tijuana, Mexico with Esperanza International on November 18-24, 2012. This experience will be sure to engage you in the spirit of service that Jesuit education has instilled in us all. Visit this page for an application. Priority deadline for applications for alumni leaders is August 1st and August 15th for all other applicants. Please email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions. Lastly, Magis invites you to browse around and become familiar with the newly updated website - let us know what you think! As always, Magis invites you to catch up on this month's latest news by reading the monthly Magis eNewsletter.
The most important quality Jesus encouraged his followers to have was the gift of trust and faith. One needed to really believe that Jesus had the power and authority to heal before a miracle could happen. A few weeks ago on the Seattle University campus we gathered for a lunch to honor the donors and recipients of our student athletic scholarships. Some of the people who attended were members of families who were donating scholarships as well as the student-athletes who were receiving them. One of the donors was a woman whose daughter was a former student at Seattle University, and a member of the women’s tennis team. When she was in London for a semester abroad, she was involved in an accident and passed away. After months of recovering from this tragedy, her mother and family were able to move on with hope. I was amazed at her mother's courage and optimism as she spoke with us. Rather than giving up, or remaining angry at God, she’s been able to move forward because of her deep faith and trust in God. Because of her faith and generous donation, a woman tennis player who may not otherwise be able to attend college is able to study at Seattle University, and be a member of our tennis team. I have another friend who recently had a stroke, and now needs to use a wheelchair. Rather than giving up, he’s been able to accept his condition with God's help and continues to be a great source of encouragement to many know him. They are people who have really taken to heart Jesus’ invitation to have faith and trust in him. Our faith in Jesus begins as a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, or, as a small flame. Through our many life experiences God invites us to allow him to help us keep the flame of our faith burning brightly. At times our faith burns strong, at other times it's just a spark. When we allow God to come close to us, and when we allow God in, when we honestly share with God where we are, and are able to let go of what we need to let go of, God promises to walk with us and help us to carry our burdens and challenges. As we are strengthened by God's grace, let us continue to be a source of God's light, peace and hope for others. Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J.Chaplain for Alumni
Seattle University is the only re-classifying institution ever to gain membership into a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference. Our coaches, staff and nearly 400 student-athletes are looking forward to the challenge of earning National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) automatic bids to post-season tournaments. This will be the first time in 33 years that all Seattle University teams will be eligible to qualify for NCAA championships. The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) has a storied 50-year existence with many prominent teams, coaches, players and administrators, and we are anxious to contribute to this impressive legacy. Our initial focus will be on developing strong rivalries with the WAC members. We have made major improvements to several athletic facilities and will be able to provide a good environment for competition. As many Seattle University alumni may know, several of the WAC Football members will be moving to other leagues in 2013 so our goal is to secure new members. The WAC has gone through similar transitions in the past and has always rebounded with vigor. With the addition of women’s rowing this fall, the Redhawks now have 20 sports, including 17 competing in the WAC. Men's swimming and men's soccer compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, which also provides an automatic bid to the NCAA championships. The Seattle U coaches have worked hard preparing the student-athletes to be ready for this move back to NCAA Division I. We need your support to make it successful. Please attend our games, matches and meets as often as possible to cheer our teams onto victory. Bill Hogan, Director of AthleticsSeattle University
Dear Alums - As another academic year comes to a close, there are so many things to be proud of about our alma mater. The pride I have is made even greater by my excitement about being part of this year's Commencement planning, execution and celebration. June 1 marked a full year in my role as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, and the excitement I see on our graduates' faces echoes my own as I see how far we have come, and look forward to what is to come in the future for our alumni. On Sunday, Seattle University will be commencing at Key Arena to honor our undergraduate and graduate students. We'll be presenting 803 graduate degrees, and 1,239 undergraduate degrees. These new alumni will bring our SU community up to over 69,000 strong - alumni who are moving out into and throughout the world making visible positive changes in their businesses, homes and communities. My hope is that you’ve seen some of the changes we’ve made this past year as a team and for Alumni Relations at Seattle University. A few accomplishments that I am proud of are the improvementsto our marketing and communications efforts so you are aware of what is going on along with the launch of an online directory to better connect to your alma mater and with your fellow alumni. We have improved oursocial media presence and worked hard to have increased visibility of and access to the Alumni Board of Governors. We have improved many of our events along with the improvement in our presence at athletic events through the pre-game rallies. As part of our strategic plan, one key initiative is to improve and build out benefits and services for alumni including; career services programs, compelling athletics engagement, and increasing alumni opportunities for service and to our mission – just to name a few! The graduates joining our Alumni Association are ambitions, energetic, civic minded and ready to work to make a difference in the world. I hope you will join me to extend your hand in community to our new alumni - using our alumni online directory, meeting locally and nationally and keeping in touch through our alumni presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. I know how great this university is and how it has helped these graduates prepare for the exciting world ahead of them. I hope as members of our alumni network, you will join me in a hearty congratulations and a great big welcome, and extend your hands as well.Susan Vosper, ’90, ’10 Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations Watch Seattle University's 2012 Commencement Ceremony online!Seattle University's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 10 at Key Arena. This year the undergraduate ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. PST and we are pleased to have internationally renowned writer Tim Egan as the commencement speaker. During the graduate ceremony, SU will bestow an honorary degree upon Mark Pigott. This year's ceremony will be broadcast live online. Click here for information on how to view the ceremonies. Congratulations to the Class of 2012!
My hope is that you’ve seen some of the changes we’ve made this past year as a team and for Alumni Relations at Seattle University. A few accomplishments that I am proud of are the improvementsto our marketing and communications efforts so you are aware of what is going on along with the launch of an online directory to better connect to your alma mater and with your fellow alumni. We have improved oursocial media presence and worked hard to have increased visibility of and access to the Alumni Board of Governors. We have improved many of our events along with the improvement in our presence at athletic events through the pre-game rallies. As part of our strategic plan, one key initiative is to improve and build out benefits and services for alumni including; career services programs, compelling athletics engagement, and increasing alumni opportunities for service and to our mission – just to name a few! The graduates joining our Alumni Association are ambitions, energetic, civic minded and ready to work to make a difference in the world. I hope you will join me to extend your hand in community to our new alumni - using our alumni online directory, meeting locally and nationally and keeping in touch through our alumni presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
I know how great this university is and how it has helped these graduates prepare for the exciting world ahead of them. I hope as members of our alumni network, you will join me in a hearty congratulations and a great big welcome, and extend your hands as well.
Susan Vosper, ’90, ’10 Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations
Watch Seattle University's 2012 Commencement Ceremony online!Seattle University's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 10 at Key Arena. This year the undergraduate ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. PST and we are pleased to have internationally renowned writer Tim Egan as the commencement speaker. During the graduate ceremony, SU will bestow an honorary degree upon Mark Pigott. This year's ceremony will be broadcast live online. Click here for information on how to view the ceremonies. Congratulations to the Class of 2012!
On behalf of the staff and advisory board, Magis wishes heartfelt congratulations to all soon-to-be alumni of Seattle University this weekend! We at Magis: Alumni Living the Mission hope that you will take advantage of the wonderful formative opportunities Magis makes available to you, programs all richly steeped in the Jesuit educational mission and Ignatian spiritual tradition.
This month Magis brings to you the story of alumna Sheely Mauck (2009, MPA).Sheely has come through adversity in her own life, but as she says “I have always strived to be more and do more than what others might expect of me or even what I expect of myself”. This sensibility has compelled her to serve both in her community and professional life. Read Sheely’s reflection about living the mission in her everyday life. Also, did you participate in an immersion experience as a student and have been looking for a way to once serve again in a community context? If so, the wait is over! Magis is excited to announce a first-ever Mexico Mission Trek to Tijuana, Mexico with non-profit organization Esperanza Internationalon November 18-24, 2012. This global immersion program will be a group of sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni who will engage in a week-long service project in Tijuana. In addition to the service project, alumni participants will engage faith and justice education opportunities through pre and post-immersion gatherings in order to explore the complex realities which impact the community in Tijuana, as well as reflect and integrate the immersion experience itself. Priority deadline for applications is August 1st for those interested in being an alumni leader, and August 15th for all other applicants. Please email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions and for an application.
Don’t forget: the latest faith, justice, and leadership formation opportunities can be found in the Magis eNewsletter online.
A group of graduating MBA students are proving that Seattle University does indeed create leaders for a just and humane world.
The Campaign for the St. Ignatius School in Rwanda is an MBA-student-led effort to support the construction of an elementary and secondary school founded by Fr. Jean Baptiste Ganza, a 2012 graduate of SU’s MBA program. Fr. Ganza, featured in this short video, has been an inspiration inside and outside the classroom. On May 18th, these students put away their calculators and spreadsheets and hosted a graduation party – and in the process raised thousands of dollars for the St. Ignatius School.
The school will hold 750 students – including Hutus and Tutsis learning together under one roof. Pretty heady stuff when you consider that more than 75& of Rwandans live below the poverty line and children, on average, receive just three years of schooling.
The Campaign set an original goal of $15,000, but having exceeded that, they now aim to raise $20,000 by graduation. To learn more about the effort, please visit the St. Ignatius School Rwanda Campaign.
Maria Zazycki, ‘12
In the past year, SU's Office of Alumni Relations has formulated a vision and mission, as well as a strategic plan. Included in the plan are such goals as expanding benefits and services for alumni; improving and increasing the university's marketing to its graduates; fostering a more active, engaged role for the Alumni Board of Governors; and developing an operational and resource model that supports all of these initiatives. Susan Vosper, '90, '10, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations sat down with The Commons to talk about the progress Alumni Relations has made in the past year and what's in store for the future.
The Commons: Generally speaking, how would you assess the state of alumni relations at Seattle University?Susan Vosper: I think we're at a good place. I've been here for 10 months, and right off the bat, we were really clear about the vision that we wanted to put forth, which is being a world-class alumni relations office and presence for SU and our alumni. We also got really clear on a mission to foster that common bond of pride, affinity and connectivity. We're just beginning-I think we're at the base of the mountain and we have done a tremendous amount of work to ensure we can climb that mountain. When we talk about our vision of being a world-class alumni relations office and presence, that's the mountain we want to climb, and I think we're on our way. We have put a plan in place for the next 12-18 months to ensure we are ready and have what we need to make that climb.
Read more about the new day in Alumni Relations.
We're happy to invite you to two great sporting opportunities this month. Help us send off SU Seniors as we welcome graduates into our alumni community, and network with alum at the ballpark!
Our VIP Seattle University Alumni pregame reception begins at 5:30 pm at the Northwest Loft with an appearance by Redhawks Men's Soccer Head Coach, Pete Fewing and Redhawks Women's Soccer Head Coach, Julie Woodward and other campus leadership and alumni! A special discounted ticket for SU alumni $16.50 includes the VIP pregame reception and seats for the game! Wristbands for the VIP pregame reception will be mailed. Tickets may be mailed or picked up at the stadium. Wednesday May 23rdSeattle Sounders vs Columbus Crew VIP Pregame Reception for Alumni & Seniors from 5:30 to 6:30 p. m. the Northwest LoftKickoff at 7p.m.Purchase your ticket. SPECIAL #1 Password: REDHAWKSUse the Northwest entrance (Section 100) to come in-we'll greet you there!Attendees must have a wristband to enter the reception.The Albers Spring Alumni Networking Event at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue features the Redhawks as SU Baseball takes on the University of Washington! This is your chance to enjoy a great game, support the team, and re-connect with your fellow Albers and Seattle University classmates, alumni, and faculty for an afternoon at the park. The game begins at 6:00 p.m., subject to rain-out. Tuesday May 22Redhawks Baseball vs University of Washington Bannerwood Park (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)Purchase tickets. Use promo code albers
I went to my first SU baseball game a couple of weeks ago with some non-SU alumni friends of mine. I had brought them to a basketball game in the past, but never to a baseball game. All of them went to fairly large Division I sports schools, and they were pleasantly surprised to see a Division I Baseball game.
We had played the BYU Cougars. Although SU had lost the first 3 games of this series against a tough opponent, that did not stop me and my friends from travelling to Bannerwood Fields, Seattle U baseball's eastside fields, on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon to watch my Redhawks for the first time. They played an outstanding game with a strong offense scoring 5 runs, and only letting 2 runs in for BYU in the final inning of the game. In addition to the game itself, there was a strong showing of Redhawk alums, which was good since BYU seems to travel well and had a good cohort of their own fans at the game. It was well attended!
On a side note, for an extra $3, your admission ticket got you a hotdog, large soda, and popcorn! You can't find a better deal anywhere else for a baseball game. Try to beat that, Safeco field!
Christopher Canlas, '01President, SU Alumni Board of Governors
Seattle University and Global Visionaries, the Seattle-based nonprofit that empowers young people to become global leaders, bring SOCIAL INFLUENCE EXPERT, WILLIAM CRANO, to Seattle to discuss his book, THE RULES OF INFLUENCE: WINNING WHEN YOU'RE IN THE MINORITY. Crano is a recognized leader of applied research on persuasion and minority-group influence and his latest work is being praised as a manual for informed social action. THE RULES OF INFLUENCE addresses the question: How can you use the science of persuasion to win people over even when you are vastly outnumbered and outmatched?
ADMISSION IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but registration is required. April 26, 2012 from 5:30pm-7:30pm Lemieux Library at Seattle University 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
By applying the science of persuasion Dr. William Crano has discovered proven strategies to use when an issue becomes so important that it compels you go up against the status quo. He has distilled these strategies, such as working from the inside and changing the game from subjective preferences to objective decisions, into an extraordinary collection of rules that radically affect the likelihood of successfully taking on the majority.
Praise for The Rules of Influence from Daniel Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness: " Look out, Goliath-David has a training manual! In this smart and engaging book, Crano uses cutting-edge scientific research to show us how the few can influence the many, and how the weak can beat the strong. One of the best books on social psychology ever written."
Crano is a professor of psychology at Claremont Graduate University, an American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science fellow, a former NATO senior scientist and former Fulbright fellow. He has contributed to national and international policy as an advisor to the United Nations, the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the European Union, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Crano's basic research is concerned with social influence, attitude change, and behavior change, especially the impact of minorities on the beliefs and actions of the majority, and on the effects of self-interest on attitudes and actions. His applied research is concerned with the development of persuasive and instructional information to promote positive behaviors and prevent negative outcomes such as the spread of HIV/AIDS, and to prevent drug abuse in children and adolescents. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and his B.S. from Princeton University.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WILLIAM CRANO and THE RULES OF INFLUENCE.
Global Visionaries thanks the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Achievement at Seattle University for sponsoring the April Author Series event.
ABOUT GLOBAL VISIONARIES: Founded in 1999, and incorporated as a not for profit in 2002, Global Visionaries is a Seattle, WA-based organization that empowers youth from diverse socio-economic, ethnic, racial, and geographic backgrounds to become active leaders and global citizens who promote social & environmental justice through community service at home and abroad. Global Visionaries provides life-changing opportunities and instills a lifelong ethic of service and philanthropy. Global Visionaries' programs combine localized leadership training with "a cultural immersion trip to Guatemala, and local and international service projects focused on social justice and environmental conservation." The organization recently received grants from [need to add names]. Co-founder and Executive Director, Christopher Fontana, received the Red Winged Leadership Award for being a leader committed to embracing the unique intersection where leadership, business acumen, and social impact overlap. The Global Visionaries Author Series presents authors and other speakers offering perspectives on ideas related to the themes of leadership, education, environmental sustainability, global citizenship and social justice in order to bring together and encourage conversation among a diverse, multi-generational community. Visit http://www.global-visionaries.org or call 206-322-9448 for more information.
Seattle University Athletics cordially invites you to join us for an evening of celebration and special memories as we honor Seattle University's greatest student-athletes.
Saturday, May 26th, 2012
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY CAMPION BALLROOM
Parking available in the SU Murphy Garage at 1001 E. James Way
5:30pm - No-Host Reception
6:30pm - Dinner and Program
$55.00 per person
RSVP by Friday, May 18th, 2012. Please contact Greg Sempadian email@example.com or 206-398-4420.
Thank you for your support of Seattle University Athletics2012 Hall of Fame Inductees
Frank Ahern - Athletic Administration - 1948-1951
Clarence Carter - Baseball - 1983-1986
Marvin Carter - Baseball - 1983-1986
Gordon McKenzie - Men's Golf - 1954-1957
Jawann Oldham - Men's Basketball - 1977-1980
Sheryl Williams - Women's Soccer - 1999-2002
1952 Baseball Team
Albert Anderson (posthumously), Al Brightman (posthumously), Bob Carlson (posthumously),
Bob Clark (posthumously), Bill Collier (posthumously), Bob Fieser, Jim Gallwas,
Ed Garay (posthumously), Don Ginsberg, Archie Guinasso (posthumously), John Kelly, Bill Lagreid,
Jack Lynch (posthumously), Tony Manca, Dr. Frank McBarron (posthumously), Jim Myers,
Eddie O'Brien, Johnny O'Brien, Ernie Pastornicky, Bob Ward, Les Whittles
A dramatic new work of art appeared on Seattle University’s campus during spring break. Situated in the garden between the second floors of the Student Center and the Library and Learning Commons, the sculpture appears to consist of large ice cubes or blocks of glass.
Upon closer inspection, the cubes are made of a durable, specially cast resin. The sculpture is the work of Seattle-area artist Joe McDonnell and it is a commissioned gift from longtime friend of the university Ann Pigott Wyckoff. The sculpture consists of sixty translucent blocks, each approximately two feet on each side and weighing about five pounds. McDonnell and his assistant painstakingly assembled the sculpture on campus throughout most of a week, carefully positioning the blocks so that they appear to be tumbling over and down a concrete wall. It was not their first run-through—they had previously put the sculpture together in McDonnell’s studio.
The cubes at their highest point are more than twelve feet off the ground. When one look at the blocks nearest to the top, they seem precariously perched, as if they are about to roll off the pile and onto the ground, but this is just an illusion. The blocks are fastened to the wall in the background and to a special anchoring frame beneath them. As striking as the installation is in the day time, the sculpture elicits perhaps even more delight in the evening when illuminated by a series of LED light bars that can change colors.
“The sculpture is simultaneously playful and profound, and I hope it will positively engage and visually refresh people when they walk between the Student Center and the Lemieux Library/McGoldrick Learning Commons,” said Jerry Cobb, S.J., who coordinated the art collection for the library and learning commons.
Jim Hembree, Senior Director of Development in University Advancement, was instrumental in bringing McDonnell’s sculpture to SU. The sculpture, as Hembree sees it, is part of a growing trend at SU. For some time, he points out, most of the university’s artistic treasures have graced the interior spaces of our buildings, but in recent years, “Outdoor sculpture is gaining a more prominent presence on our campus. This is a big growth area for SU’s art collection.”
McDonnell graciously allowed the SU community to have a contest to name the sculpture, and more than 160 entries were submitted. The winning entry was submitted by Lauren Maza, who recounted how as she looked at the sculpture she thought of some of the core SU mission values, and the word “Justice” came to her and she realized it contained the words “Just Ice.” Joe McDonnell selected this name so the sculpture’s formal title is “Justice (Just Ice).”
McDonnell’s work joins a three other recent sculptures added to the campus collection: Joel Shapiro’s untitled abstract bronze figure of a running person on the library’s lawn, which was made possible by Dick and Betty Hedreen in 2010; Preston Singletary’s Northwest Native-inspired “Transformations” metal sculpture, which was installed on the north side of the Admissions & Alumni Building last summer; and Robert Pospisil’s haunting metal sculpture “The Prisoner” which will be installed soon in the Law Annex.
While SU’s latest sculpture may be outdoors, it can just as easily be enjoyed by those having a bite to eat in the Student Center or studying in the Library and Learning Commons. McDonnell worked for more than a year conceiving and constructing the sculpture. Students and other campus community members provided feedback and responses to the work as it evolved.
McDonnell has produced more than 150 major commissions for institutions, corporations and individuals including CBS, IBM, General Electric, Readers Digest, Dulles Airport, the Milwaukee Public Museum and the New Jersey state government. Known primarily for his distinguished work in sculpting metal and bronze, McDonnell in recent years has turned to glass and cast resins as part of what he calls the “ice age” phase of his career.Jerry Cobb, S.J.
You can learn more about the artist and his works at www.joemcdonnell.com.
President's Remarks, 2012 Alumni Awards Good evening. Indeed this is a very good evening! I think this may be my favorite night of the whole year. It is my 15th consecutive Alumni Awards evening, and a time also for me to personally honor our President's Club members and our Legacy Society members who have informed us that they are remembering Seattle U in their wills and estates.What makes this such a personal evening for me is that it is a chance to take pride in our university, to share this pride with you, and to thank you. I think I experience the pride most deeply, but you - all of you - are the ones who help make it happen and should share in the pride and the thanks with me.
I say all of this because I want you to know that it is because of you alumni, President's Club generous donors, and Legacy Society members who so believe in Seattle U's mission and students that you will have us share in your life's earnings-it is because of you that the university is more than thriving. I want you to take full pride in it. It's as much the legacy of all of you as it is of me and the faculty and the staff and administration, and trustees, and the current students.So thanks to all of you. Take pride in your university, enjoy it, speak of it in your homes, with your friends, in your work. And don't we all know, every one of us, that what we take pride in could not be if it were not for God's blessing on our endeavors, God's Spirit with us, God inspiring generous and talented and dedicated people to make us be what God wants us to be. I don't believe this is just the sentiment of a priest, but is the conviction of all of you. Let's not fail to give thanks to God and to give God the glory.Isn't it also true that it's not the campus, or the national awards, or the new facilities, or the teams and choir and research, or the new programs and the Core Curriculum, or even the current wonderful undergraduate, graduate, and law students who are the proof of us fulfilling our mission. It is our alumni. As I say every year, "Only the alumni of Seattle U can tell us whether we are fulfilling our mission." They tell us by their lives, their service, their making a difference in the lives of others. We are always about the future, the future lives of our students engaged in the communities and peoples of our world. On a night like this in the Alumni Awards the future we seek becomes present, what we always hope will be becomes now. We honor six individuals who either as alumni or as persons who teach and inspire others at Seattle U most embody and prove the fulfillment of our mission. What an outstanding six we honor and award this year, amazing the variety of kinds of things they do, who they are, what their passions are.
Join with me as you take pride in Seattle U, and as you give thanks to God, in experiencing our Jesuit Catholic educational mission fulfilled in our presence in the six persons we honor and thank. May this be the best night of the year for all of us who love and serve this university.Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.President, Seattle University
Dear Alumni-April is a wonderful time of year at Seattle U. We are fortunate to watch our beautiful campus come to life as spring unfolds while enjoying the heightened energy from the celebration of Easter. It is also the beginning of the recognition and celebration of all our graduating seniors who are formally moving from life as a student to life as an alumni. These are reminders for me of how incredibly blessed I am to work at a place that has meant so much to me in my life, and to have met so many of you over the past ten months in my role as SU's Assistant VP of Alumni Relations. When I started in my role last June I told you that I envisioned my role to be one of a connector, helping to bring a series of benefits and resources to our alumni that help you better connect to Seattle U and to your fellow alumni. I am so pleased to announce that we have made great strides in making the first of these benefits a reality to help you get and stay connected to your alma mater!
To that end, I am happy to announce the launch of three core resources to help you get connected, stay involved and be a part of the Seattle U Alumni Association:
Please look for an email from the Office of Alumni Relations in the next few weeks that contains your login and password info for the online directory along with more information on website updates and deals on alumni gear. This is the first launch of a comprehensive (and still growing) list of benefits and resources for our alumni and we will continue to work across the university to be a resource to you that will help you get involved, stay connected and build a lifetime relationship with your alma mater.
Take a look and let us know what you think. We want to hear from you and you can send your comments to us at Alumni Feedback. Again, it is my pleasure and privilege to continue to work towards our vision of "building a world class alumni relations office and presence" for you and the university.
Susan R. Vosper, '90, '10Assistant Vice President , Alumni Relations
This month, Magis features Jesuit-educated alumna Angelica Germani ,'04. Over the last years, Angelica has led alumni groups to participate in the annual Mexico Mission Trek with Esperanza International, and has participated in various Magis retreats and programs. We at Magis see Angelica living out the sensibility of Magis in her everyday life, and as she puts it, "Although we grow older and farther away from our university experience, we can hold tight to what speaks to us from the depths of our hearts; do more, be more." Click here to read Angelica's reflection on how a Jesuit education has impacted her and her post-college experience.
Also, don't forget to save the date for the annual Justice Education Forum on May 3rd. This year's theme is: Our Lives & Leadership for the Common Good during Challenging Economic Times. As alumni of Jesuit education, how does the value of leadership for the common good inform how we make faithful and just decisions which impact our future, and those of our families and communities? The program will feature Bill Grace, author of Sharing the Rock: Shaping Our Future through Leadership for the Common Good, who will lead the conversation and alumni panel. Be sure to RSVP with Magis today!
You asked for alumni gear and we heard you! We have launched our Online Alumni Gear store! SU Alumni Relations has partnered with Campus Team Shop to create an online alumni apparel and gear store. Everything available is customizable and features the Redhawk licensed logo. You can choose from t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, performance wear, hats and bags. To make our store even better, we incorporated SU's specific activities to make every item special to Seattle University alumni, students, staff and fans. So whether you are looking to customize an item with a particular SU sport, intramural activity, class year or college, you'll find it!
A walk through campus in alumni gear is the ultimate sign of SU pride. It is a nod toward our shared history and bright future. Shop now!
Since Fall quarter of 2011, twelve students in the Sport Administration and Leadership program have been acquiring the skills and the knowledge needed to organize a 5k fun run. All of those talents are now being put to use to present the Inaugural Bring on the Sun Run, the beginning of a tradition that will be passed down to future students in the program.The purpose of this run, other than to gain valuable real world experience, is to raise money for charity. All the proceeds raised during this event are going to the Boys and Gils Club of King County, who is a member of the Seattle University Youth Initiative. The Bring on the Sun Run will occur on May 5, 2012 at 9 AM at Magnuson Park. For those who want to register, please look at our web site for more information. All those who register will receive a technical tee the day of the race. Please sign up soon as spots are going fast, and after April 15 sizes cannot be guaranteed.
Dear Alumni- As a Jesuit, Catholic university Easter is a time for us to rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus. The season also invites us to contemplate new possibilities for living out our shared mission of building a more just and humane world.These days a heightened energy and a renewed sense of purpose is animating our campus. The Seattle University Youth Initiative, which we launched in 2011, received a tremendous vote of confidence last month when the federal government recognized us with its highest honor for community service, the 2012 Presidential Award.
Through the Youth Initiative, we are collaborating with partners in the community to ensure that the children of our neighborhood succeed in school and in life. Our vision is that every child in this community graduates from high school and has a real opportunity to attend college.
As the Youth Initiative continues to grow and flourish, my hope is that our alumni and friends will find ways to join the effort. The first such opportunity comes this month with our inaugural Alumni Day of Service on April 21. I do hope you can participate. I also invite you to learn more about the exciting work we are doing with our neighbors and community partners by visiting the Seattle University Youth Initiative's web site.
I am grateful for the many ways our alumni model and participate in the mission of our university, and I pray that you are blessed in this glorious Easter season and always.
Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.President
As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day this month, it is a good time for us to reflect on Seattle University’s already strong commitment to sustainability while setting our sights on what we can do to tread even more lightly on the planet. We have accomplished a great deal in the past few years. Seattle University’s buildings are now carbon neutral. We did it by improving the energy efficiency of our buildings, switching to a lower carbon fuel source and purchasing carbon offsets for our remaining emissions. A year and a half ago, Seattle University became one of the first campuses in the nation to stop selling bottled water campus-wide. We also used the occasion to begin selling SU-branded stainless steel water bottles in our bookstore, with proceeds from the sales going to a clean water project in Haiti. The bottles have been incredibly popular, and so far, nearly $5,000 has been raised, providing 80,000 Haitians with safe water for a year. You can buy this water bottle from the SU Bookstore. Our new William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center opened last fall as SU’s fourth LEED Gold-certified building, joining the Admissions & Alumni Building, Law School Annex and McGoldrick Learning Commons in earning this prestigious green building rating. Nearly 60 percent of our waste is reused, recycled or composted—that’s a nine percent increase since 2009. We’ve added compostable to-go ware at our cafés and catered events, and we now have more than 200 compost bins on campus. We subsidize our students’ transit passes, and we’ve recently added seven electric vehicles to our campus operations, making one-third of our fleet electric. This year we installed a fruit orchard on the east edge of our campus to grow blueberries as well as apple, pear and hazelnut trees. The plan is to engage our neighbors in the harvest and distribute much of what is picked to those in need. Sustainability is increasingly being incorporated into Seattle University’s curriculum. Our Albers School of Business offers an MBA Specialization in Sustainability. With a $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Environmental Studies program has created an off-campus urban farm to supply a local food bank and provide children with information about nutrition and healthy living. We certainly have much to be proud of—and much that is yet to be done. In 2009, Seattle University deepened and formalized its commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability by implementing a Climate Action Plan. We have pledged to make sustainability and climate change a more visible, dynamic component of our curricular and co-curricular programs. We have also set a goal of reducing our total greenhouse gas emissions 12 percent by 2020 and 51 percent by 2035, as well as share our knowledge and expertise on sustainability more widely. These goals are very bold, and yet given our track record on sustainability, they are also very achievable. To learn more about Seattle University’s sustainability initiatives: • Be a fan on Facebook • Visit our web site
Karen Price, Campus Sustainability Manager
The Ignatian Spirituality Center and Magis: Alumni Committed for Mission presents Spirituality on Tap: "Ignited in Our Calling""Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive." -Howard Thurman
Often times, when we think of what kind of "work" or "career" we want in life, we automatically think of how much money we want to make, what kind of prestige or honor that comes with it, and it usually revolves around the idea of "me" and what do I want to do with my life. Within the Ignatian Spirituality lens, the idea of vocation, or calling, is something deeper and more intentional. We invite and bring God into the process of discerning what our gifts and passions are, and how does that relate to the bigger picture, to bettering the world, or how Thurman puts it "what makes you come alive."
As the Spiritual Enrichment for Young Adults Coordinator at the Ignatian Spirituality Center and an SU alumna, I am thrilled to co-sponsor our fifth annual Spirituality on Tap with Magis and to welcome a panel of Jesuit-educated young adults on the topic of vocation. Come and join us for an evening conversation with other young adults on what makes you come alive and finding God in our own vocation journey. It will be on Wednesday, March 28 from 7-9pm at Casey Commons. Spirituality on Tap is a way for young adults, aged 21-35, to come together and discuss, pray and reflect on a spiritual topic that is relevant to today's time and culture. So if you are a young adult pondering about your life vocation, come and join us!
Hilda Guiao, '09
Please join us on April 16, 2012, for an exciting evening with Father Tom Lucas, S.J., as we explore the role of the Jesuit University in the life of the City. Highlights of the evening include a guided tour of the Chapel of St. Ignatius (optional). The tour will depart from 1313 E. Columbia at 3:30 PM. After the tour, enjoy social Time with wine, hors d'oeuvres, and non-alcoholic beverages provided, followed by a welcome and introduction by Father Steve Sundborg, S.J., President of Seattle University. Father Lucas will present followed by a book signing. This is an open invitation, however, space is limited so please RSVP by Wednesday, April 4 to Denise Burns indicating the names of who will be attending from your firm. Please contact Denise with any questions. We look forward to seeing you on April 16th!
Join Seattle University Athletics for a very special night as we honor two of our greatest student-athletes, two-time college tennis All-American, Tom Gorman, and our number one golfer during his collegiate career, Orrin Vincent.
Friday, March 30th, 2012 SEATTLE UNIVERSITY CAMPION BALLROOM
Located at 914 E. Jefferson Street on the Seattle University CampusParking available in the SU Murphy Garage at 1001 E. James Way
5:00pm - No-Host Reception
$100 per person for dinner and complimentary drink
RSVP by Friday, March 23rd, 2012. Please return the enclosed card
Email Greg Sempadian or call 206-398-4420.
You can also register online at www.GoSeattleU.com
Thank you for your support of Seattle University Athletics
Monday, April 2, 2012, 5:30 pmPigott Auditorium, William A. Pigott Building, SU Campus
When Dr. Rick Hodes went to Ethiopia in 1985 to assist with famine relief efforts he never expected to stay. Join Dr. Hodes to hear about his life’s work with the people of Ethiopia.
“Dr. Rick Hodes’ life story is a reminder that giving is a privilege in which we may take pleasure, not some saintly endeavor. His approach toward medicine should be a model for our current Western system in showing that tending to the soul is at the center of healing.” (Natalie Portman, Oscar winning actress)
Rick Hodes is the Medical Director of Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a 97-year old NGO. Over the years, his work has focused on the health of Ethiopians immigrating to Israel. Currently, he is the senior medical consultant at a Catholic mission in Ethiopia. He has also worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Somalia, and Albania.
This event is hosted by the College of Nursing and the College of Science and Engineering Pre-Health Club in collaboration with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).
Please email Katie Bowler or call 206-296-6100 with questions. Click here for more information.
Albers School of Business and Economics presents “Ethics in the Business World” April 17, 2012 7:00-9:00 a.m. We invite you to join Albers as we celebrate Ethics Day amid day long programming titled "Ethics in the Business World". Focusing on the best side of business, activities will demonstrate that professional ethics and ethical organizational cultures are vital to advancing the role of business as a force for building the common good. Albers alumni are invited to begin the day with our Albers Alumni Breakfast Speaker Series for the spring quarter featuring Stan McNaughton, ’74, President and CEO of PEMCO and Dr. Marc Cohen, Assistant Professor of Business Ethics. Dr. Cohen’s research is in business ethics, moral psychology and philosophy, and management theory. His Ph.D. is from the University of Pennsylvania. The presentation will be held on April 17, 2012 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. in the Casey Building, 5th floor, Casey Commons at Seattle University. Follow this link for a map of the campus and parking locations. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:00 a.m. A full breakfast awaits you with hot coffee to get you started. Speakers will begin a bit before 8:00 a.m. and we will have plenty of time for your questions. Registration is required; the cost is $10. To register, click here. For additional information, please contact Gail Yates at 206-296-6115 or Rob Bourke at 206-296-2277. As part of "Ethics in the Business World", most Albers students will be visited by thoughtful, ethical business leaders throughout the day who will participate in over 50 classes to share how they have addressed ethical dilemmas in their own career. The day will conclude with a panel from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. when we kick off the founding of the student chapter of Net Impact. This new student group will host a panel of invited guests including the founder of Newground Social Investment. We hope you will join us for the Alumni Breakfast!
A Jesuit education can shape a person's life in more ways than one.For Jesuit-educated alumnus Greg Forkins (Boston College 2010, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest 2010-11), a commitment to finding God in all things is what has formed him, particularly in his work life as a personal banker. As he puts it "the Magis program has been a true blessing which keeps me connected not only with the mission of Jesuit education, but with other Jesuit-educated alumni who are also seeking the same thing." Visit Living the Mission to read Greg's reflection about the impact of Jesuit education on his everyday life.
Also, Magis brings you two great opportunities to pause and reflect this month: Alumni Day of Prayer on March 24 with retreat directors Carla Erickson Orlando and Fr. Pat Twohy, S.J., will feature the theme of compassion through Carla and Fr. Pat's lively storytelling approach; and Spirituality on Tap on March 28 will feature a young adult panel about what makes each of them come alive as they find God in the midst of life's opportunities. For more information and to RSVP, email Magis.
Lastly, as always, be sure to visit the Magis e-newsletter for information on other upcoming programs and events this spring. From retreats to education forums, Magis has you covered for faith, justice, and leadership opportunities!
One of the things I'm noticing is that we're gradually receiving more light. As we move toward summer our light will increase several minutes each day and very soon we will have light into the evening hours. Children will be biking, playing baseball and swimming into the evening hours. I'm also noticing that cherry blossoms are blooming on the trees and several flowers are beginning to grow in the gardens around our beautiful Campus. The Christian community around the world is celebrating the season of Lent - a word which means "Spring-season." During the next 40 days we will be in retreat in a similar way that Jesus retreated into the desert for 40 days to be in communion with God.
As we journey through this season with our Christian sisters and brothers around the world, we're invited by God to be even more engaged with what we are already doing throughout the year - praying, fasting and almsgiving or acts of charity. We're invited to slow down, become more contemplative, and listen to what God is saying to us here and now. We're also invited to sacrifice one thing we enjoy such as snacking … to feel the emptiness … and then to invite God to fill us with God's own love, light and joy.
And we're invited to acts of charity … to be co-workers with Jesus in healing our broken world one person at a time. Maybe to serve lunch at a homeless shelter once a week, call a friend with whom we have had a disagreement, or visit an assisted living center. If I can brighten the day of at least one person during these 40 days of Lent, we have made our world a more forgiving and peaceful place. Mother Theresa once said "do no great things … but do small things with great love." One question I'm asking myself this Lent is "how is God inviting me to grow and become a better person?" Letting go of resentments, forgiving people with whom I've had a disagreement, not texting or talking on the phone while driving.
Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J.Chaplain for Alumni, Seattle University
Dear Alumni -
We are two months into the new year and I am proud to say that the Seattle University alumni network is growing stronger every day! I'm very pleased to report that in the two short months of this year we have launched more alumni events than ever before. Whether you have already attended one, like the Downtown Alumni breakfast, a pregame rally at KeyArena, an alumni happy hour or the alumni career workshop on campus, there are many options for you to enjoy. We have listened to your input, which led us to plan our first ever Alumni Day of Service on April 21st, and the 15th Anniversary celebration of the award winning Chapel of St. Ignatius. And, don't forget to join us for the 27th annual Alumni Awards on April 17! We have an amazing slate of alumni that we will be honoring this year and we hope you will join us to celebrate!
We have been working diligently to improve and grow the SU alumni presence online and your input helped outline improvements to our web presence and online network. To that end, the Seattle U Alumni network on LinkedIn has more than 4,457 members, our SU Alumni Facebook page has grown to more than 1,850 fans and we are growing toward 500 followers on Twitter. I can't stress those numbers enough - whether you are an alum or current student, the Seattle University alumni network is the best place to make connections for social and professional development.
Speaking of professional development, we just completed the most successful Internship Fair last week with increased employer participation from 28 to 41 and increased student participation from 283 to 447! In addition, we are well on our way to delivering on two significant events in partnership with Career Services: the alumni career workshop in March and the Career Expo on April 11.
When I started last June I outlined our vision of being a world class alumni relations office and presence for Seattle University. In December I outlined my immediate goals and we have been hard at work building out the plan in support of this vision. Please be sure to download SU's Alumni Relations Plan.
Also, please be sure to go to your website at www.seattleu.edu/alumni to connect with the Seattle U Alumni Association and
It is a new day in alumni relations at SU and we have a lot to look forward to this year!
Susan Vosper, '90, '10
Seattle University is No. 8 on the Peace Corps Top Colleges Ranking in the small schools category. Currently, 21 SU undergraduate alumni are serving overseas. The university moved up from its 2011 spot from No. 23 to No. 8, the highest ranking in the school's history. Among the dozen universities placing on the Peace Corps Top Colleges list this year, SU moved up more spots than any other university. Historically, 342 Redhawks have served since the agency was founded in 1961. "Reflecting on my two years in the Peace Corps and what led me to decide to serve, there is no doubt in my mind that my education at Seattle University played a significant role by not only teaching me about injustices in world, but also showing me that the most effective way to positively impact society is through advocating and helping those who lack a voice," said Chris Miller, '08, Peace Corps volunteer in Guyana 2009-2011. "Whether I was in the classroom or involved in other activities in Guyana, Seattle University created and fostered in me an awareness of the world and how I could critically engage with it."
Engaging the world and service to others, are key priorities at Seatttle University. "We are very proud of our students who live their commitment to social justice through work with the Peace Corps," said Victoria Jones, associate provost for global engagement. "Entering into collaborative work and respectful dialogue is a path to personal learning and positive transformation we enthusiastically support." Full article.
This month, Magis will begin to feature alumni who are living the mission of Jesuit education in their everyday lives. Mother and son, Nancy and Clay Walton-House are both alumni of Seattle University (1964 and 2007, respectively), and through their participation in Magis programs such as the Justice Education Forum, Alumni Day of Prayer, and Contemplative Leaders in ActionLeadership Program, have developed their understanding of how they want to live the Jesuit values of faith, justice, and leadership in their lives. As Nancy puts it, "Magis inspires and challenges me to live the values and practice the behaviors called for by my faith tradition … [and] calls me to choose justice and the common good whenever possible." To read their full interview, visit Living the Mission online. Also, did you and your spouse get married in the Chapel of St. Ignatius on the Seattle University campus? If so, then be sure to "Save the Date" for the Renewal of Wedding of Vows inhonor of the 15th Anniversary of the Chapel of St. Ignatius on Sunday, April 15, 2012. A vow renewal ceremony will be concelebrated with Fr. Steve Sundborg, S.J. and Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J. followed by a reception with wine and appetizers. Magis and Alumni Relations invite you and your spouse to participate in this unique opportunity!
Lastly, if you are looking for a faith, justice, or leadership opportunity, then check out the Magis eNewsletter online where you can find out about programs and events for Jesuit-educated alumni living in the Puget Sound!
Looking back nearly four years after graduating, what I cherish most about SU was its small, intimate atmosphere. On the floors of Campion Hall I knew my fellow residents by name. The class sizes were perfect, and I could walk from one end of campus to the other in about 5 minutes. All of these things fostered a palpable sense of community that helped me forge strong, lasting relationships I maintain to this day. In school, it was easy to identify fellow students with whom I shared interests and hobbies. I found my classmates to be engaged and collegial, always willing to lend a helping hand. My professors were accessible outside of class and completely invested in my success.As an alumnus, my closest friends are all fellow SU grads, most of us former classmates from Albers. We may not all live in the same city anymore, but when we get together we're instantly transported back to senior year as though no time has passed at all. I still keep in touch with faculty members who have become friends over the years. As I prepare to start law school this year, I owe them a debt of gratitude for writing amazing letters of recommendation on my behalf. If I had attended a larger university I'm not sure my experiences would have been as meaningful.In the years since I've graduated, my sense of community with fellow SU alums has only deepened. With college friends, I've solidified old friendships. As a member of the Alumni Board of Governors, I've had the opportunity to develop new ones. My SU community now is much the same as when I was a student, only stronger. And for that I'm grateful.
Zach Anderson, '08
My friends and I headed towards the University District. On the way, we decided to take a quick detour down the "Ave" (University Way) and later down frat row. We did, after all, have three Seattle U Redhawk flags flying from the roof of the truck, so why not show our Redhawk spirit? As we turned on to NE 45th street, we saw plenty of stares, jaws drop and looks of amazement. We were not sure if the looks were of confusion or antagonism, but it was entertaining nonetheless.
Arriving at a pub in the University District, we noticed we were some of the few Redhawks in attendance. Seeing some fellow Redhawks waiting for a seat, we gladly shared our table and a few words of encouragement before walking to Alaska Airlines Arena (Hec Ed). I wondered if this would be like the blowout game two years ago, when the Huskies beat the Redhawks 123-76, yet hoped for a much better outcome.
Seattle U won possession from the opening tip-off and scored first, and the UW fans were quickly put on notice that this would indeed be a ball game. Tonight the Redhawk fans were clearly a minority, but well represented nonetheless. As the game progressed and it increasingly became clear this would be a close game, the Redhawk fans showed their support. Most Husky possessions resulted in an orchestrated chant of "de-fense" by the Redhawk fans, led by the enthusiastic MADD grads and cheer squad. As the game continued, the Washington fans clearly became increasingly nervous, concerned and spirited. It soon became clear that win or lose, one thing was certain; the Chieftains had returned. With a new name of Redhawks but same brilliant color of red, Seattle U had restored the intra-city rivalry with our collegiate neighbor across town. Redhawks and Huskies alike welcomed this restoration of competition. As the game concluded and the Husky players and fans celebrated their victory, it seemed as though the rivalry had never ended, but had just paused between seasons ... 1958 ...1970 ... 1980 ... 2010 .. 2012 ... The tradition continues ...
Joe Hueffed,'93, MBA '98
Seattle University's Department of Athletics and Office of Alumni Relations invites alumni along with faculty and staff to attend a press conference at noon today, at which a major announcement will be made about the SU men's soccer program. The press conference will take place at the Ed and John O'Brien Center for Athletic Administration at 1218 E. Cherry St. Please join us on campus.You can also live stream the announcement or watch for our news onyour SU Alumni Facebook or Twitter page.
Need to JUMPSTART YOUR CAREER in 2012? Are you feeling stuck, or simply curious about your options? Start off the New Year by joining us for our upcoming 4-part workshop! SU's Alumni Relations Office is partnering with Career Services to bring you a set of workshops designed to help you jump-start your career. Career Coach Elizabeth Atcheson of Blue Bridge Career Coaching has offered to lead a series of four workshops for SU Alumni. Designed for job-seekers and career-changers, the weekly workshops will include:-Determining what line of work is the right fit for you-Developing a personal narrative and positioning-Learning the elements of effective resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profile-Coaching on informational interviewing (how 90% of jobs are landed)Learning job search strategies and "being where you want to work"-Coaching on interview skills...and anything else related to career development in which members of the group are interested!Schedule (all are on SU campus from 6:30-8:30pm):Wednesday, January 11, Wednesday, January 18, Wednesday, January 25, Wednesday, February 1Interested in attending? RSVP Donna Whitford, SU Alumni Relations, 206-296-5664. Cost for the series is $45Please do not sign up for this series of workshops unless you are able to meet all the following:1) Attend first session on January 11 at which participants will share their current circumstances and hoped-for outcomes;2) Complete brief homework assignments prior to two or more of the sessions;3) Keep all information shared during the sessions confidential;4) Attend all four sessions unless illness or an emergency prevents you from doing so;5) Participate fully in each session, contributing your "voice" and experiences to the group;6) Complete a short survey after the conclusion of the last session.Because Seattle University is committed to serving our alumni through ongoing career development services and networking opportunities, we continue to offer additional career support services. Read below and choose the options you need today!
Join us for a networking breakfast the day of the big game! The 2012 Alumni Downtown Breakfast at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on Thursday, Dec. 13, will feature Cameron Dollar and Lorenzo Romar, the head men's basketball coaches at Seattle University and the University of Washington, just hours before their two teams meet on the basketball court at KeyArena at Seattle Center.Steve Raible, voice of the Seahawks, will host this event for college basketball fans as Dollar and Romar preview the annual match-up between the teams. The breakfast and panel discussion will be moderated by Steve Raible, co-anchor of KIRO 7 Eyewitness News and play-by-play voice of the Seattle Seahawks on 710 ESPN Seattle, also the home of Seattle U men's basketball broadcasts. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.The relationship between Dollar and Romar goes back to the mid-1990s, when Romar, then an assistant coach, recruited Dollar to UCLA, where they helped the Bruins win the 1995 NCAA Championship at The Kingdome in Seattle. Romar added Dollar to his staff when he became the head coach at Saint Louis University in 1999, and the two coaches came to the University of Washington in 2002, where Dollar was a top assistant under Romar before becoming Seattle U's head coach in April 2009. The Seattle University men's basketball team will head across town to face the Washington Huskies Thursday, Dec. 13, at KeyArena.Breakfast will run from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Metropolitan Room and Reception Area at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, located at 1400 6th Avenue. Doors open at 6:30 a.m.
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Seattle University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will feature Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine, on Tuesday, January 17, at 7:00 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium. Mrs. LaNier, a Congressional Gold Medal winner, was the youngest of the nine students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. Mrs. LaNier serves as the president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation and is the author of A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice of Little Rock Central High School. Following her presentation, she will be available for a book signing and reception in Paccar Atrium. Just before the lecture, there will be a "Friends of OMA" Reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the SU Engineering Building First Floor Gallery. For $50, guests will receive a signed copy of Mrs. LaNier's book, a print of the limited edition event poster, and a group photo with Mrs. LaNier. This reception is limited to 40 guests, and cash or check (made out to "SU OMA") payment will be accepted. You must RSVP separately for this event to Monica Nixon or 206.296.6070. Seattle University 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. CelebrationFree and open to the PublicTuesday, January 17, 7:00 p.m., Pigott AuditoriumMore information about the 2012 MLK Celebration .RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.296.6070.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Student Activities, Black Student Union, and the Center for the Study of Justice in Society. Made possible with generous support from The Wyman Youth Trust.
Vicky Minderhout, SU professor of chemistry, was named the 2011 Washington State “Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) on Nov. 17, 2011. Minderhout is the first Seattle University professor to earn this distinction. At a Nov. 21 campus celebration for Minderhout, President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., called her achievement "an historic occasion at Seattle University” and lauded the chemistry professor for “the courage it must have taken to move to that kind of a coaching way (of teaching). It’s an extraordinary change she made. This is just as good as it gets at Seattle University." Minderhout, who joined the SU faculty in 1980, implemented in 1997 a new style of teaching that moved away from the traditional lecture-mode to an approach known as “guided inquiry learning.” Instead of standing at a lectern in the front of the class talking to her students, Minderhout has them learn through small groups and engaging in a vigorous exchange of ideas. With her guidance, students become more invested in the subject matter and develop problem-solving skills that serve them well in their intellectual pursuits and later as professionals. She is the first Seattle University faculty member to receive this honor and one of only 27 faculty chosen nationwide. Recognizing that other teachers might benefit from this innovative learning style, she has published and presented extensively on the subject. With Associate Professor of Chemistry Jenny Loertscher, Minderhout authored an active learning biochemistry curriculum that is currently being used at 50 other colleges and universities.
“Even as she helps reshape the pedagogy on other campuses throughout the country, Vicky is most generous with her time and expertise here at Seattle University,” says President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., in congratulating Minderhout on this prestigious achievement. “She is as much a mentor to her colleagues as to her students. Her commitment to active learning is a leavening force on our campus and her insight and guidance were particularly crucial in our recent Core revision process.” Read more about Vicky, her work and the award in The Commons.
Dear Alumni - With Advent upon us, I want to welcome you again to this season of blessed hope!
As we move through our busy lives I think we each have those moments when we wonder whether all we have done and worked at is worth it and will result in what we have hoped for. I can say that this is certainly true for us at Seattle University.
We live and work in hope. We help our students discern their true callings and set them on a path toward fulfilling their professional and personal aspirations. Sometimes we never quite know what will become of the lives we touch. And yet, out of a deep love for our students and with an abiding faith in our educational mission, we confidently and joyfully continue in our work, planting the seeds of hope. I am grateful to you, our alumni for continuing to join us in our mission and committing yourselves to the growth of our students in mind, body and soul. As alumni of Seattle University, you are living the educational mission every day in the community. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of so many.
This Advent season we are reminded to place our hopes and dreams—and certainly those we hold for our students—in God’s hands, that they may be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. My wish for each of you is that the comfort and inspiration of God’s love accompany you throughout this season of hope and the year to come. From all of us at Seattle University to you and yours, Merry Christmas!
Fr. Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.President, Seattle University
October 29th was a big night for Seattle University, as over 840 Seattle U alumni, friends, parents and community leaders joined together at the Westin, raising more than $760,000 to directly support student scholarships. Now in its 28th year, the Gala boasts exquisite dining and entertainment, and this year was no exception: the live music of swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy had everyone on their feet dancing, bringing a fun 1940s feeling to the ballroom.
At this year’s gala, the university proudly presented its most prestigious honor, the St. Ignatius Medal, to Jim and Janet Sinegal for their outstanding leadership, service and community support. Read more about the Sinegals’ leadership as well as past St. Ignatius Medal recipients here.
Seattle U would like to thank Maureen Benoliel, ’71, and her husband Joel for serving as this year’s Gala Chairs. The 2011 Gala Chairs, sponsors and donors are to be commended for their generous commitment to SU’s bright minds of tomorrow.
The second annual Seattle University REDOUT Block Party is just around the corner! On Sunday, October 16th from 11 am -1 pm, on 13th avenue between Cherry and Columbia, our SU community will come together prior to the men’s soccer match versus Sacramento State (at 1pm) for an alcohol-free tailgate party. Started by the office for Wellness and Health Promotion last year, this event brings together students, alumni, community members and SU Redhawk fans to celebrate and build Seattle University pride in a fun environment. There will be food, music, games and lots of prizes. This year, we will be welcoming some wonderful sponsors like Mad Pizza, Top Pot Doughnuts and Pepsi.
The REDOUT is one of our newest traditions on campus - in May of 2010, a group of colleagues in the Student Development division and the Athletics department, led by student leaders from the Peer Health Action Team, the Student Athlete Advisory Council and REDZONE came together to plan a spirit-filled welcome back event for the fall. With our recent shift to D1 in mind, and the research around fun, engaging alcohol-free events in hand, this group created the REDOUT… the first event of this kind was planned and implemented with great success! Over 600 students attended the event a new tradition was born.
Join us this year to have your face painted, play games, listen to music and show your Seattle University pride. While participating in events like a dizzy race, pin the tail on Rudy or a bean bag toss, you’re sure to have a fantastic time. And don’t forget: Wear Red. Be Loud.
Free admission; free food for students, 5$ for non-students. For information: email@example.com
The SU Women’s Soccer team is playing the University of Hawaii at 1:00 p.m. at Championship Field on Sunday, October 9. As a 2004 alum and cancer survivor, I applaud our Women’s soccer team for naming this match “Think Pink” to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Susan Komen Foundation of Seattle will recognize local cancer survivors and promote their cause during the half time show. Funding from Susan Komen Foundation established in 1982 has made advancements in breast cancer research possible. Thanks to treatments developed through the Susan Komen Foundation, I am a survivor today. I can’t wait to be there to wear my red and PINK, celebrate Susan Komen, fellow cancer survivors and cheer on the SU Women’s Soccer Team for promoting Breast Cancer Awareness!
Donna Whitford, MNPL, ‘04
If you ever rowed, coxed, or coached with Seattle University Crew – or love the sport – this is for you: after over 45 years, SU Crew’s alumni have finally created a Foundation for the rowing program!
The Seattle University Rowing Foundation (SURF) was formed to unite the alumni, friends, and current members of Seattle University Crew in order to provide a community, a network, and an institutional memory for the participants and alumni of the sport at Seattle University. Additionally, its charge is to protect, strengthen, and support the Rowing program and ensure its successful continuation.
No matter when involved, you remember how much hard work was needed to keep the team functioning. We were scrappy. Underdogs. One alumnus recalled that he and his teammates were more like pirates than a crew, but that they wanted to keep the program alive – and did what it took.
Sound familiar? It’s a common theme: as student-athletes we showed a pugnacious will to never take no for an answer. But for such dedication, the program lacked a steadfast, supportive base, and severely fluctuated throughout its history.
As alumni, let us rekindle that dogged determination, and conjoin that energy with the years of knowledge that increasingly define us. We already know that the sport is an invaluable experience, so let us ensure that it is so for all future generations of Seattle University students. Let us lay this foundation’s bricks together!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and upcoming events, follow us @SURFoundation at http://twitter.com/#!/SURFoundation, and join us! Sam Nelsen, '10
Dear Seattle University Community,
Daniel Strickland, a Seattle University alumnus, died in a car accident on Friday September 23, 2011. He was 27 years old. Dan graduated from Seattle University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and went on to Stanford University where he received his master's and Ph.D. He joined Santa Clara University's School of Engineering in 2010 as a Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor teaching classes in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 28 at 4:00pm in the Mission Church at Santa Clara University. His family has also planned a memorial service at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church at 950 Santa Cruz Ave in Menlo Park on Saturday, October 1 at 11:00am. A pre-service celebration of photos and music celebrating Dan's life will be held at 10:00am.
A memorial service will also be held at Seattle University. Date to be announced.
Notes of condolences may be sent to Kerry Strickland (mother) and her partner Shawn Hays, Rick Strickland (father) at P.O. Box 1946, Vancouver, WA, 98668.
May he rest in peace.
Peter B. Ely, S.J.
Four Seattle University Jesuits are celebrating very significant milestones this year. Pat O’Leary, S.J., chaplain for faculty and staff, is marking the 50th anniversary of his ordination; Steve Sundborg, S.J., president, and Pat Howell, S.J., rector, are both celebrating 50 years as Jesuits; and Dave Anderson, S.J., chaplain for alumni, is marking his 25th anniversary of entering the Jesuit Order. Collectively, the four have served nearly 200 years as Jesuits. It’s a staggering statistic, especially when you stop and think about all the lives they have touched through the years in their various ministries.
One recent afternoon, the four jubilarians, as they are known, sat down for a conversation about why they decided to become priests, what they remember about the day they entered the Jesuits—or in Father O’Leary’s case, his ordination—and what they treasure most about the lives they’ve chosen. Read more.
Seattle University is ranked ninth in the nation for its contributions to the public good on Washington Monthly’s 2011 list of master’s universities. The publication evaluated more than 550 institutions in three categories: recruiting and graduating low-income students; producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs; and encouraging students to give something back to their country.
“This recognition is particularly meaningful to us as Washington Monthly’s criteria for evaluating institutions are very much in congruence with the values of our university,” said Provost Isiaah Crawford. “The three categories upon which our ranking is based—social mobility, research and service—go to the heart of who we are as a university. To be included among the top 10 institutions nationally is a wonderful affirmation that we are living up to our mission of forming leaders for a more just and humane world.”
Hajer Al-Faham, ’11, is making a difference while fighting cultural stereotypes.For Hajer Al-Faham, her life changed dramatically on Sept. 11, 2001.
Al-Faham is a first generation Iraqi who experienced firsthand heightened fears and stereotyping of Muslims that followed in the hours and days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In a matter of hours Al-Faham went from a popular 8th grader to invisible.
“Every friend I had stopped talking to me, teachers too.One teacher asked if I’d like to apologize to the class for what happened that morning,” she recalls.
Al-Faham could have retreated but instead chose to face the hatred that she was subjected to head on. She began volunteering and enrolled in Running Start, a program that gives high school students the opportunity to take college courses prior to graduation
Read more of Hajer’s story.
Stacy Howard, Seattle U News.
President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., laid out his vision for Seattle University in an address to key stakeholders on Tuesday, August 23. Approximately 250 trustees, regents, advisory board members, alumni and other university supporters gathered in Pigott Auditorium for Father Sundborg’s State of the University address, in which he outlined seven goals for the next seven years: • Strengthening academics so that SU is the first choice for more and more prospective students;
• Investing in undergraduate science learning and research, and building a new science facility;
• Capitalizing on the global emphasis of a Jesuit education;
• Moving forward with the Seattle University Youth Initiative;
• Deepening our identity as a Catholic and Jesuit university;
• Forming every student as a leader; and
• Achieving championship athletics at the highest level.
The president also identified four elements that are critical to realizing the seven goals: strengthening the university’s finances through budget efficiencies, philanthropy and new sources of revenue; conducting a successful capital campaign; expanding or developing new partnerships with organizations and companies in the fields of technology, biomedicine, sustainability and global health; and telling the SU story widely, consistently and positively. Read more.Casey Corr & Mike Thee Seattle University Marketing.
Former Seattle University softball player Jane Purdy ‘08 has been awarded the prestigious Air Force Health Professions Scholarship. The two-year scholarship will cover tuition, books, equipment, fees and provide a monthly stipend for Purdy as she studies to become an optometrist. Purdy played at SU from 2005-08.“I am really proud of Jane and very excited about her future endeavors,” said head softball coach Dan Powers. “She left her mark on SU softball and I have no doubt she will continue to do great things for our country through her opportunity with the Air Force.”
“She worked to earn this scholarship and it speaks volumes of her integrity, determination and hard work to be selected after a two year selection process. I know Jane will look great in her officer uniform just like she did in her Redhawk jersey!” concluded Powers.
Each recipient of the scholarship is commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps, where they are placed on inactive obligated reserve status during their final two years of optometry school. After graduating, Purdy will attend Commissioned Officer’s Training as a captain and then be on active duty as an optometrist in the Air Force.While at Seattle U, Purdy was a four-year starter guiding the Redhawks to great success as members of the NCAA Division II GNAC. She was a four-time All-GNAC and a three-time All-West Region selection, among receiving additional regional and tournament team honors. Purdy, who majored in biology at SU, was also a three-time Academic All-GNAC recipient.
Diana A. ChamorroAssistant Director of Athletics Communications, Seattle University
Monday, September 12, 201111:30 a.m. Registration1:00 p.m. Shotgun startPlease consider joining campus leadership and fellow alumni for the 9th Annual O’Brien Open at the Golf Course at Redmond Ridge. We’ll be celebrating Seattle University’s men’s basketball program. This tournament is the longest running consecutive event for SU athletics, and is guaranteed to be a great time for all. Named for Eddie and Johnny O’Brien, basketball players who propelled the SU Chieftains into the national spotlight in the 1950s. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and all funds raised will go to support Redhawks men’s basketball at SU. Register today.
For more information, contact Greg Sempadian.
When Karen Ward—a graduate of Seattle University Albers School of Business—entered the 2008 Business Plan Competition, she had no clue that her "big" idea would later become Girly Girl Wines.
“I sat down one night and wrote the business plan. I had an idea and just put it all on paper,” said Ward. "And, much to my surprise, I later won.” Ward said studies find that there are three things consumers look for when buying wine; quality, philosophy, and the appearance of the label. With that in mind, she first focused on the label and description of each wine. “With Girly Girl I wanted something that was classy-looking” said Ward. “And unique too, so one night I sat down with colleagues and friends and together we created the personalities for each of our wine names and that’s what Girly Girl wine is all about.” Each bottle of wine has its own unique character: “Chloe” likes to shop and dine out; “Kayla” is the jet-setting traveler; “Farrah” is into sports; and “Mia” enjoys time at the spa.
Ward is the director of sales and marketing at Washington Wine & Beverage Company, where she has worked for the past 11 years. After winning the 2008 Seattle University Albers School of Business Plan Competition prize of $10,000, she presented her plan to senior management. Soon after Girly Girl Wines was born, and it is now owned and produced by Washington Wine & Beverage Company in Woodinville.
Read the full article from the Woodinville Patch.
Karl Benson, commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference, was interviewed byJen Mueller of ROOT Sports in SU’s O’Brien Center on Thursday. Benson was visiting SU, which will join the WAC next year. In a live chat on the Seattle Times, the commissioner praised SU for its history and tradition, and said, “We expect Seattle U to have immediate success in the WAC.” Click here for sights and sounds from the June 14 press conference at which SU announced its decision to join the WAC.
Mike Thee, SU Marketing
When I was researching about MBA programs, prior to joining Seattle University Albers School of Business, I attended the information session for another premier business school. The admissions director of the school noted three key stakeholders that influenced the MBA program. The first stakeholder he mentioned was the companies that hired and recruited their students. The second stakeholder was the alumni of the business school. That message still resonates with me. The third stakeholder, according to him, was the distinguished and accomplished faculty of the school. After graduating from SU's MBA program in 2010, I went back into the professional world taking up a consulting role. Very soon you don’t see those colleagues and friends often that you used to meet at school, and with whom you’ve spend countless hours working on case studies, preparing PowerPoint presentations or drafting summary reports. We all got busy in our personal lives and professional careers. The Albers Alumni Happy Hour was started in 2010 by a group of networking-oriented alums. But unfortunately the event died soon, as you may have guessed, when the organizers got busy in their careers. I really enjoyed the event because it gave me the chance to meet old friends, peers and other alums in a very informal and relaxed setting. And it is organized during happy hours, another excuse to attend it. The idea to restart this event is on the same thinking and we hope that you will join us. Seattle University has a maximum number of alums in the Pacific Northwest region, specifically in the greater Seattle area (about 31,000). While there are regular alumni events, something on the more informal side is what the Albers Alumni Happy Hour provides. You will be amazed to see the diverse professionals from the school and the university. If you are an avid networker, what better way to connect with other alumni than over a few drinks? This event is open to current students and other SU school graduates. Going forward the plan is to organize it once a quarter, to keep it interesting and not too frequent.See you tomorrow, Wednesday August 3rd at Palomino Seattle. Alumni from all SU schools and colleges welcome!Mehul Mediwala, '10
Father Lucey was recently on SU’s campus to attend the Jesuit Advancement Administrators Conference, a gathering of advancement and marketing professionals that the university hosted. While here, he also met with President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., who as the new chair of the AJCU board, will be working closely with Father Lucey to move the association forward.
Mike Thee, SU Marketing & CommunicationsRead our Q & A with Fr. Lucey.
We are blessed to have a new art installation on the north exterior wall of the Alumni & Admissions Building on 12th Avenue. Come check it out, and read Fr. Cobb's post as follows: Transformations by Preston Singletary (Tlingit, b. 1963)
2011-Water jet-cut aluminum, powder coated enamel, water jet-cut flat glass, and steel
This piece is an abstract composition that highlights the flow of the lines, shapes, and methodical patterning within the Northwest Coast design system known as formline. These design elements have been used for centuries by the culture to represent the natural world in carved and painted objects. Here, the shapes and lines are showcased in a monumental fashion, removed from the traditional figurative portrayals of animals; this serves to highlight the concept that these elements are at the root of the design system and show that their power and beauty transcends representational composition.
The colors of this piece are derived from the traditional palette of Northwest Coast art: red and black. The yellow and blue come from the Chilkat weaving tradition, and are inspired by natural plant- and mineral-based pigments, which are used by the peoples of the Northwest Coast.
In addition to his Northwest Native cultural heritage, Singletary derives inspiration from decorative and modern art from the 1930s and 1940s, Primitivism and contemporary art. He lives in Seattle with his family.
Jerry Cobb, S.J.
Seattle University took the lead in welcoming Sister Rose Ann Fleming to the Jesuit Advancement Administrators (JAA) Conference today. As coordinator of academic and athletic advising at Xavier University, Sister Fleming is nationally renowned for her successful work in improving the academic performance of the school’s student-athletes. Her talk was part of a three-day gathering hosted by SU that involved 270 advancement and marketing professionals from 25 of the 28 Jesuit institutions across the country. Spearheaded by SU’s Advancement office, the conference drew rave reviews from many of the attendees, and Fleming’s talk was a distinct highlight. Since her arrival at Xavier in 1985, the average grade point average for its student-athletes has never dipped below 3.0. The graduation rate for student-athletes, currently 94 percent, is higher than the rate for the university’s overall student body, placing Xavier 23rd among the NCAA’s Division I schools.
Over the course of an hour, the soft-spoken but tough nun who has been profiled in a number of national publications took conference attendees behind the scenes to share some of Xavier’s keys to success while humbly giving credit to the coaches, presidents and athletics staff with whom she’s worked. Dubbed the “point guard” of the men’s basketball team by one of those coaches, Fleming spoke of the importance of creating enough time for student-athletes to learn, giving them the support systems they need to succeed and helping them prepare for life after college.Read more. Mike Thee, SU Marketing & Communications.
Carl Ervin was true to Seattle U to the very end. Carl spoke with Ed O’Brien the day before he passed, remarking how wonderful it was for Seattle U's return to NCAA Division I after a 29 year absence. As a great high school and college basketball player, Carl was always an "assist guy" - the one player on the floor who made the other four teammates look good. He is a Seattle U Hall of Famer because of his unique ability to pass the ball. Carl was a winner, leading his high school and college teams to terrific seasons.
I had a chance to see Carl and Penny a few weeks earlier when they visited the O’Brien Center. He must have known how serious the illness was at that time but did not mention a word about it, neither did Penny. In fact, he was in good spirits, joking and seemingly full of life. My sense was that Carl did not want anyone to feel sorry for him. Carl talked about how important it was for Seattle U to be in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) as a critical step for our program. He was thrilled with the progress of the team, frequently stopped by to spend time with Cameron Dollar and watch practice. Carl always had a smile even through the pain and anguish of his illness.
Most importantly, Carl is a great friend, teammate, father and husband. What a pleasure for all of us to have had Carl in our lives. He will be missed.
Bill Hogan Director of Athletics Seattle University
Mayor Mike McGinn honored Dr. Quinton Morris, Asst. Professor of Music/Dir. of Chamber and Instrumental Music last week, with the annual Mayor’s Art Award. Morris is one of only two individuals selected from more than 300 nominees who have made a difference through arts and cultural activities.
Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as a concert violinist, chamber musician, teacher, director and founder of The Young Eight String Octet. Originally from Renton, Washington, Dr. Morris has performed solo and chamber music performances in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He made his Carnegie debut earlier this year and has been invited back for a solo performance.
“I am absolutely thrilled that the mayor and WA Arts Commission have chosen me as a recipient of this very prestigious award,” Morris said. “To walk in the footsteps of other Seattle music greats (Gerard Schwartz, Speight Jenkins and Vinson Cole) is very humbling and something I will cherish for a very long time.” As the artistic/executive director and founder of The Young Eight String Octet, Dr. Morris has performed with his group in chamber music recitals across the country. The Young Eight, America’s only string octet is comprised of distinguished African- American string players from the nation’s prestigious music schools and conservatories.
Morris was the youngest member sworn on as vice-chair for the King County Children and Family Commission. He served as secretary on the Children and Family Commission Executive Board, and as a member of The Youth Involvement Executive Board and Xavier University Executive Student Body Association Board. Stacy Howard, Media Relations Manager, SU Marketing & Communications.
On Sunday, June 12, 1,206 undergraduates and 864 graduate students received their degrees during commencement at KeyArena at Seattle Center. At the undergraduate ceremony, Craig Cordova (right) tosses his graduation cap into the air, celebrating the day with the Class of 2011.
View a photo gallery from commencement weekend.
When I was a freshman at Gonzaga University I was struggling to complete a philosophy paper which was due at 8 am the next morning. I remembered meeting Fr. David Leigh, S.J., at a student-family event a few months prior. Because he was an English professor and a Jesuit, I called him around 10 p.m. at Jesuit House to see if he could help me. He surprisingly picked up his phone and said, “Sure, meet me at the front door of Jesuit House and we can look at it.” We only spent about 15 minutes on my paper, but four years later this short time with Fr. Leigh became the center of my discernment about my future. I decided to enter the Jesuit Novitiate in Portland, Ore. largely because of Jesuits like Fr. Leigh who were always available to me and taught me much about generosity.
Two years ago Fr. Pat O’Leary approached me and asked if I’d consider changing rooms with him. He had been living in Campion Residence Hall for over 20 years, and I was in the Arrupe Jesuit residence. He thought I might make better connections with the students since I am closer to their age. I was reluctant at first, but he encouraged me to take his key and look at his room. When I did, it took me only one minute to decide that I had found my future home.
Campion is on First Hill – the room has the kind of amazing view you can only imagine! It has been two years since I moved in and it has been a great place to come home to after a day’s work. I live on an all women’s floor of 70 frosh, and I’m never quite sure what I’ll encounter when I step onto the floor from the elevator. I’ve seen women dancing, singing, crying and studying in the lounge and hallway. I’m sure I’d never have these kinds of connections with students if I lived in another place.
I recall a promise I made to God and myself when I entered the Jesuits: that more than anything else, I wanted to be generous and serve others. Like Fr. Leigh who has lived in Bellarmine Hall for 28 years, I too have devoted some of my evenings to editing papers for the women on my floor and for players on the men’s basketball team, for whom I am a Chaplain. I assure them that I cannot write the papers for them, but I am happy to correct punctuation and sentence structure to make their papers a little more readable. One might think this is a burden late at night, but a little help goes a long way and gives me a window into their lives.
One of our Jesuit phrases is “the service of faith and the promotion of justice.” For me, this means engaging with people each day in face-to-face conversations to discover where they are and how they are. Oftentimes, these interactions go deep into what people are thinking and feeling and our deepest desires are revealed. My daily encounters with our students, alumni, faculty and staff are opportunities to live out our Jesuit mission of loving and serving others as God loves and serves us.
Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J.Chaplain for Alumni
Dear Alumni and Friends –
I am filled with great pride to be back at Seattle University! I have just finished my first week as the new Associate VP of Alumni Relations. Seattle University plays an important role in my life and I am extremely excited to be back at SU, bringing tremendous passion and enthusiasm for the university and for the role that Alumni Relations plays in the future of SU. I can’t think of anything better than representing my alma mater and the 60,000+ alumni of Seattle University!
As I drive into work every day I find myself smiling as I realize that I get to go to a place that I take great pride in and know that I have the privilege to be in my dream job of working across our university, our community and with our alumni. My role will be a connector, bringing the great resources our alumni, faculty and university has together that will bring awareness to the great opportunities SU has to offer.
While I have only had one week in the job, I do know that Alumni Relations wants to be a resource for our alumni efforts by providing awareness of opportunities and empowering alumni to build a strong network. There are great alumni doing great things every day, around the world. We want to provide an on-going cadre of leadership from alumni and friends of the University that will involve our alumni in meaningful ways with Seattle University.
Seattle University has been a tremendous personal and professional resource to me. My goal is to ensure that others have that opportunity through our alumni network to utilize all that Seattle University has to offer.
I look forward to our work together on behalf of our students, our alumni and our community.
Susan, ’90, ‘10
With less than a month to go to meet the 600+ Challenge, we need your help! So far, 450alumni have made gifts to support Seattle University students. If 150 more alumni give back to SU, three trustees will donate $15,000 to provide scholarships and enhance academic programs for today's students. We need your help to support these students and their classmates as they work to achieve their educational and professional goals. Every gift, no matter what size, counts toward our goal of 600! Rudy needs YOU to join in the Challenge! Show your SU spirit and make a gift today! If you’ve already given, thanks very much. Your support is truly appreciated!
P.S. Check out what Rudy the Redhawk, the Most Interesting Mascot in the World, thinks about the 600+ Challenge.
Are you looking for a leadership formation opportunity? Do you want to reconnect with your Jesuit-roots and with other Jesuit-educated alumni? If so, then the new Magis Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLIA) program could be for you.
CLIA is two-year cohort program for Jesuit-educated alumni with an integrated focus on faith, leadership and service. CLIA at Seattle U will be the first cohort on the West Coast and the first to be sponsored at a Jesuit university. Previous cohorts have been run in Washington DC, Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago.
I have always been identified as a leader,” said Stephanie Weaver, a CLIA participant and Georgetown alumna who works for the American Red Cross in Princeton, NJ and is also a founder of A Drink For Tomorrow, a foundation raising funds to bring clean water to villages in India. “There’s still a ton to learn,” she said.
New York CLIA participant Mark Orrs is a doctoral student in sustainable development at Columbia University and a graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He's found that lessons he's learned about spirituality in the group, via regular monthly meetings and a retreat, have been helpful. "What I've taken from it is the spiritual practices and incorporating them into my daily life," he said. Jesuit meditation and spiritual practices such as the Examen and LectioDivina are part of the program.
Like Stephanie, if you still have something to learn about leadership and dig the Jesuit tradition, then why not see what CLIA is all about. Information, FAQs and an application can be found on the Magis website. Applications are due by Friday, June 17th. Contact Tom Norwood, Assistant Director of Magis at email@example.com for questions.
It's a mark of progress that a series of business-school rankings as influential as that of Bloomberg BusinessWeek includes metrics on sustainability in its annual scores. The magazine last week released its 2011 rankings for business schools. Seattle University landed fourth in sustainability.Read more.
Seattle University has been honored once again as one of the country’s top green universities for making environmentally responsible choices and practicing sustainability. The Princeton Review ranked SU highest of all 28 Jesuit universities nationwide and independent colleges in Washington state. For the second consecutive year, the university received a 94 on a numerical scale of 66-99, based on sustainability-related policies and programs.
Some of SU’s sustainability practices include:
■Water bottle-free campus
■60 percent of all campus waste is recycled and composted
■On-site composting center where 52,000 pounds of campus kitchen waste annually gets turned into compost that is applied back to the campus landscape
■Green roofs complete with grasses and soil that support other surrounding plants and tree growth
■Gardens where students grow food and donate to those in need
■Rain gardens that collect storm water runoff and remove pollutants
■Solar panels for energy conservation throughout campus and the surrounding neighborhood
SU has earned 18 awards for its eco-friendly practices. With completion of its new Fitness Center in the fall, the university will have four LEED Gold certified buildings with the Admissions & Alumni Building, the Law School Annex and the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons. SU increased the amount of waste composted and recycled by 11 percent in the past year by placing 60 additional compost bins outside buildings, in residence halls and eatery areas. To-go ware from campus restaurants is also compostable.
“Seattle University’s sustainability programs represent a commitment by our students, faculty and staff and you can see the results the moment you step onto our beautiful campus,” said Executive Vice President Timothy Leary. “Each year, we are deepening our commitment and we look forward to sharing our expertise in sustainability more widely through partnerships and community engagement.”
Dressed for success and with resumes in hand, students, alumni and community members packed Campion Ballroom this April for Seattle University Career Services' annual Career Expo. Nearly 500 attendees had the chance to learn more about job and internship opportunities from the 63 companies represented at the expo, including Boeing, PACCAR, Starbucks and Amazon.com. Seattle University is committed working with alumni through through ongoing career development services and networking opportunities. Click here for a list of upcoming alumni professional development opportunities. Learn more about Career Services.
Did you know that last year, 16% of UW alumni gave back to support their fellow Huskies? And that 13% of Gonzaga alums gave back to their fellow Zags?
Did you also know that in 2010, only 1 in 10 Seattle University alumni gave money to support scholarships, student services and academics at Seattle U? Think we can do better, Seattle U alumni? Well, now is your chance to make an impact by joining the 600+ Alumni Challenge! If 600 Seattle U alumni make a gift in 60 days (between May 1 and June 30), trustees and proud alumni Carol Nelson (’78, ’84), Allan Golston (’99) and former trustee Carolyn Kelly (’85) will donate $15,000 to support Seattle University students!
Even better, by making a gift, you will be adding value to your Seattle University degree. Every alumni gift increases our alumni participation rate, a key factor in our ranking in publications like U.S. News and World Report. High alumni participation rates also help us to secure the corporate and foundation funding that supports SU’s commitment to excellence in teaching and high quality scholarship. Most importantly, your gift of ANY size is an investment in the lives of Seattle U students. Last year, individual gifts of $100 or less resulted in a cumulative total of $400,000 to provide scholarship support, enhance academic programs, and improve campus facilities for SU students. Every gift counts!
Last year, Seattle University’s alumni participation rate was 10.3%. Help us bring that number closer to our peer schools’ rates, improve our rankings and make Seattle U an even greater institution-- every gift, of any size, makes an impact.
Be 1 of 600— Join the 600+ Challenge TODAY!
Every Easter for the past several years S U Jesuits have been involved in presiding at an ecumenical multi-faith Easter sunrise service on top of Crystal Mt at 6 a.m. This year Fr. Dave Anderson arrived at 5:30 in time to get this picture of the sun rising over the Cascades. Quite a few alumni were in attendance.The scripture readings during our Easter season remind us that because Jesus rose from the dead he was victorious over death. When we call out to him he promises us that he will be with us and help us carry our burdens and challenges as well as strengthen us to help our brothers and sisters in need.In addition to Fr. Anderson's role as Seattle U Chaplain for Alumni, he is also a Chaplain at Crystal Mt. where he presides at two services on Sundays from December-June: an ecumenical service at 11:30a and a Catholic mass at 12:30.
EmailFr. Dave Anderson, S.J., Chaplain for Alumni, Chaplain for Men's Basketball, Jesuit in Residence Campion or call 206.948.3233 .
Annie Lee, ’05, Alumni Board of Governors, on why she chose Seattle U…edited from a speech given to accepted students on Saturday, April 11, 2011. My reasons why I made the decision to attend Seattle University may have been made at a different time, but I believe the reasons still stand true, if not, it’s even more applicable today.The first reason is SEATTLE. Seattle is a diverse metropolitan city that is a breeding ground for so many professions. For those of you thinking about Pre-Med, Ultrasound, or Nursing, all the major hospitals in Seattle are within a mile or two radius (but none of them is the one from Grey’s Anatomy). There are Boeing and Microsoft for you engineering types; Amazon, Nordstrom, Starbucks, and a plethora of local mom & pops for those who like to run the show (like me), and plenty of culture for you artsy fartsy folks. And a music scene like you won’t believe. How many of you in this room know the song “Smells like teen spirit” (I mean, Coachella is going on this weekend and I’m still here). No really, Seattle gives you the flexibility to find a career no matter what your major may be. The second reason is the education. And I’m not talking about your just regular academics but JESUIT EDUCATION -- and what I mean by that is, because it truly embodies character development, like asking the hard questions (to yourself, about yourself, about everyone and everything in this world). This is the kind of knowledge that will not only shape you into who you are, but how you can hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Your studies will land you into the job you want. And your character will help you determine the job you keep, to help you succeed no matter what set of cards life will hand you.Lastly, is SERVICE & COMMUNITY, and notice I didn’t say community service. I say these separately but they go hand in hand, because when unexpected things happen, you need service to step up and support each other as a community, just like how the world came together and served the country of our neighbors in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. We were serving each other as citizens of the world, and building a community along the way. In this economy, we need to support each other through service, and foster a community for moral support. It’s the only way 10 years from now, one of you might be standing where I am today, painting a hopefully different picture, and reasons may still stand true.This is why I am happy I chose Seattle University. I have gone through broken hearts, losing the people I love, watching my friends and colleagues lose their jobs, gain it back, find my passions, and whatever set of cards life decided to hand me along the way. Life is a beautiful struggle, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Because I have a city who provides me opportunities, an education that prepared me to be resilient while sharing my energy with others, and a support system as company along the way. For me, this is success.
Annie Lee, ‘05
"The dogs were my first friends," is how Father Twohy opened his remarks to a crowd gathered at Saint Joseph's Parish in Seattle, to hear him reflect on 35 years of living and working on the Swinomish reservation in Shelton, Washington. When he first arrived on the reservation, all those years ago, it took some time before he was accepted by tribal members, as he was a true outsider on many levels. He recalled for the audience an encounter with Clara, an elder, whom he had approached for some advice. He was still new to the reservation and counted only a pack of dogs and a few kids as his friends. He was looking for some words of wisdom to help him bridge the gap he was feeling, and facing, in the community.
After being introduced and asking his questions he was faced with a period of painful silence on her part. After forever passed she stated, "If you ever grow up you will be a good man." Not exactly the advice he was seeking! Fortunately for all, he became an accepted member of the community living and sharing their dreams, heartbreaks, joys, births and deaths over the years. While reflecting on the ongoing challenges the Native Americans continually face ,he summed it all up saying, "The love is greater than the sadness when the people come together." He told the audience of many encounters he had witnessed, and took part in, proving those words are etched into the souls of the communities he loves. Father has left the reservation allowing younger priests the opportunity to serve. He is currently active in supporting the community work of the Chief Seattle Club in their support and outreach to all Nations. The following is from a graduation ceremony a couple of years ago in Spokane, Washington. Says it all...
"...Gonzaga University honored Fr. Patrick Twohy, S.J. with a Doctor of Law degree. Twohy is the Superior of Jesuits working in the Rocky Mountain Mission with native people throughout the Northwest. The citation read at the ceremony stated: “Elders from the Colville, Tulalip, Lummi, Upper Skagit, Swinomish, and Snohomish tribal communities all agree on one thing: Father Pat Twohy has an Indian soul, walks the talk of Jesus Christ and is a holy man. He is a Black Robe who gets ‘it’: with ‘it’ being the healthy and happy reconciliation of two seemingly contradictory allegiances: being Native and Catholic.” Twohy is a published poet and a gifted oil painter who knows French, Spanish and several tribal languages. He loves to ride horses, practices Tai Chi and kayaks..."
M. Barrett Miller, ‘68
Seattle University Athletics is delighted to honor two of our greatest female student athletes, Janet Hopps Adkisson and Pat Lesser Harbottle. Janet was 1953 intercollegiate Champion in Golf. Pat was the 1954-46 intercollegiate Champion in Tennis. The event will be held at the Space Needle on Sunday, May 1, 2011. Dress in business casual and come celebrate women athletes at Seattle U! Our silent auction and reception will begin at 5:00 p.m., the dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100.oo per person and include a complimentary drink.
Please email Greg Sempadianor call 206.398.4420 for more information.
The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Woerdehoff to the position of Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations. A double alumna of Seattle University, Susan received her undergraduate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and her Executive MBA from the Albers School of Business and Economics. Susan will be responsible for leading the university efforts to enhance alumni engagement and connection. Her first day of work in this leadership role is May 25.
Susan joins the university following a 20 year career with Microsoft where she was recently responsible for the strategy and operations of the cloud services support business following roles in sales, product strategy and development, marketing and finance. She brings enthusiasm and energy as well as the marketing, relationship management, and program development skills necessary for this important leadership role.
Please join us in welcoming Susan to Seattle University and offering your support in her new position!
Anti-landmine activist Tun Channareth, pictured here (right of the banner) with Albers School of Business and Economics students and faculty members during a short-term study abroad trip to Cambodia last fall, will receive an honorary doctoral degree from SU at the graduate commencement ceremony June 12 at KeyArena.
A soldier in 1982 resisting the Khmer Rouge regime, Channareth stepped on a landmine near the Thai-Cambodian border and lost both legs. Since then, he has traveled the world as an ambassador of the ICBL urging governments to make landmines history. In 2006, the United Nations declared April 4 as International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. That year alone, between 15,000 and 20,000 people were killed or maimed by landmines, according to a United Nations report. An estimated 20 percent of victims are children.
“Mr. Channareth has reached out with compassion in service to other landmine victims while working tirelessly to rid the world of these insidious weapons,” said Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. “He is an inspiring example to our students of our mission as a university that empowers leaders for a just and humane world.” Read more about Channareth.
Seattle University’s Alumni Board of Governors is delighted to announce this year’s Alumni Award recipients, all of whom represent what is best about our university and its alumni. Please consider joining us on April 5 to celebrate their achievements!
We will recognize and honor their outstanding contributions to our community at the 2011 Annual Alumni Awards Celebration, President’s Club and Legacy Society Dinner on April 5, 2011 beginning at 5:30 pm in the Campion Ballroom on campus. Tickets are $25 per person.
Alumna of the Year: Betty Petri Hedreen, ‘57
Professional Achievement Award: William Marler, ‘87
University Service Award: Anita Crawford-Willis, ‘82, ‘86
Community Service Award: Ezra Teshome, ‘76
Distinguished Teaching Award: Toni Vezeau, RN, PhD
Outstanding Recent Alumnus: Ryan Schmid, ‘07
Read about each winner’s accomplishments.
Email registration or call 206-296-5664.
As a member of Seattle University’s alumni family, you are part of a network of more than 60,000 SU alumni across the country and the world.
As part of staying connected, you are invited to join Seattle University’s AlumniWeb– a great resource for professional networking and connecting with your classmates. Once you’ve joined, you will be able to register for our new alumni email benefit, the SU Alumni Connection. This free program is an email service in partnership with Microsoft, and is only available to SU Alumni who have earned a degree or certification from Seattle University. This new service will allow you to keep Seattle University in your email address in addition to having all the features of Microsoft’s Live@edu program, including:
Our university has lost a dear friend who through the '80s and into the '90s performed a vital role on this campus. From her office desk in the old campus ministry McGoldrick Center, Sister Helen Bendik, O.P. kept a watchful eye on students, faculty and staff alike. Looking out onto the main entrance to campus, Helen’s smiling face was one of the first things people noticed when entering the campus and her ministry of hospitality would envelop both friends and strangers.
Campus Ministry was only a part of Helen’s work and those who were lucky enough to know her remember her dream interpretation workshops, Myers Briggs and Enneagram sessions as well as her longstanding work as moderator of the 4th floor of Bellermine. A little know fact about her was the pivotal role she played in getting a wrongly convicted inmate in the state penitentiary in Monroe released. This story became a feature article in the Alaska Airlines magazine.
Helen was famous for working back channels in order to retain students who were struggling with the many facets of university life. A call from Helen could secure additional financial aid, find much needed counseling or work out issues in the residence halls.
Helen’s greatest gift was her ability to help anyone and everyone understand how much they were loved by God. Through her patience and understanding she could sense what people needed and help them remove the obstacles which get in the way of a true relationship with God. Her mantra was “All Is Gift” and her life reflected that. Her legacy at SU lives on in the lives of the many students and university members whom she touched. She will be missed.
Mike "The Mayor" MullenSeattle University '89Facilities Operations
Waking up at 0600 in order to get in a good run and enjoy the Hawaiian sunrise hardly sounds like “pre-deployment training”. But I was fortunate enough to spend 8 days in Hawaii and 20 days in Taiwan with 21 other cadets from around the country, learning about Taiwanese culture. In Hawaii I received a crash course in Mandarin and had thorough presentations from my peers on Taiwanese culture and governmental experts.
The first ten days were spent at the Republic of China Military Academy. We were assigned a Taiwanese cadet and stayed in the barracks with him or her. We joined them in their field training. We also attended a lecture on U.S. and Taiwanese relations that explained, in great detail, the complexity of relations between the two countries. We explored the countryside, visited night markets, visited Buddhist temples, and even started “the wave” at a baseball game. The main purpose for this cultural trip was to get to know Taiwanese cadets and the Taiwanese culture so that in the future, the US has military leaders with expertise and cultural understanding when dealing in foreign relations. I now have lifelong friends that are future military leaders from the US and Taiwan. I also have a greater respect and understanding for Taiwanese culture. Jennifer Davidson, ‘11
Last Friday night I attended a dinner at Bailey-Boushay House. The following story was shared at the table I joined:
In 1993 Tim was a nurse bringing care to peoples homes in Louisville, Kentucky. One patient was a quadriplegic who was injured some years before Tim came on board to help the man's family with his care. Tim was at the home every other day helping with all the duties required for the patient and the family. Time passed and friendships grew. In 1998 Tim became dreadfully ill. The prognosis was not good though he fought a heck of a battle in the hospital critical care ward. Everything began to go wrong with the end in sight. After a bit of time Tim was diagnosed with AIDS. A slow recovery process finally allowed him to leave hospital. In 1998 there was not too much hope for one diagnosed with AIDS. The family that Tim was caring for began to care for him as soon as he left the hospital. Because of an upcoming family wedding in Seattle, and the desire to be near their family, Tim's Louisville friends decided to move lock stock and barrel to Seattle. They brought Tim with them moving him into their new house in Seattle to care for him. He was feed baby food until he became well enough to eat solid food. He was hovered over willing wellness into him until he finally became healthy enough to take a nursing job and find a place of his own.
Tim continued to take care of the gentleman visiting their home a number of times a week. AIDS never seems to take a rest finally demanding that Tim give up his apartment and move into Bailey-Boushay House to receive the kind of care he needs around the clock. The man he cared for died this year leaving a large hole in Tim's heart. He was survived by his wife who was introduced to all of us by Tim, "This is my mom, she gave me my life..." (Tim's birth mom died early in 2010)
M. Barrett Miller ‘68
SU is proud to announce that Cynthia Scheiderer, ’03 has been presented with the “Vision Award” for outstanding leadership by Foster Care Alumni of America. On any one day, there are approximately 425,000 children in foster care nationally. 115,000 children in foster care are available for adoption. Nearly 30,000 young people “age out” of foster care every year having never found an adoptive family.
“Cynthia was named as Foster Care Alumni of America’s Vision Award recipient for her dedication to building a national consumer movement of adults who have experienced foster care,” said Nathan Monell, CEO of Foster Care Alumni of America.
“It has been a privilege and a joy to work with alumni of foster care to help make a difference in the lives of people in and from care,” said Ms. Scheiderer, a strong ally of foster care alumni. “Millions of alumni have powerful stories to tell. Their perspective and expertise can bring about better practice, public policy, and outcomes in foster care.”
The Vision Award was created by FCAA to highlight the exceptional contributions of an individual or organization in support of the growing consumer movement of adults who spent time in foster care. Scheiderer is the principal of Scheiderer Communications and a collaborator with The LightBox Collaborative, a versatile, dynamic group of talented consultants who work with nonprofits, philanthropies, and social entrepreneurs to jump start thinking, create strategic clarity in real time, and spark action in order to increase the impact of causes that matter.
More information on Foster Care Alumni of America.
Hi fellow SU alumni! I graduated in 2008 with a double major in Spanish and Philosophy. I was able to volunteer as a translator for the Professionals Without Borders Club on two trips to Managua, Nicaragua. The trips were amazing, and after graduation I felt compelled to return to Nicaragua. So in September 2009, I moved from Seattle to Managua. I currently work with the Asociacion Familia Padre Fabretto, a non-profit organization that was founded by Catholic priest Father Fabretto in the 1050s. Fabretto works to break the cycle of poverty for Nicaragua children and families in both urban and rural communities.
I work at a center called Nica HOPE, that is located next to the municipal trash dump, known as La Chureca. Workers in La Chureca sort all day in the sun and heat looking for recyclable goods to resell. Respiratory and skin disease are rampant, lead poisioning common, and there is a high level of domestic and sexual abuse of women and children. Workers generally earn less than $2 a day. I run a vocational jewelry program for youth and single mothers from the dump community. Instead of working at the dump, the students in our program come 2-4 times a week and learn how to make beautiful pieces of jewelry. We sell those items in country, online, and through partners in the US. This year we were able to work with 102 students from the community and sold $60,000 in jewelry items, with half going directly to the students.
Without my experiences at SU, I don't think I would have ever made it here. Before the trips, I didn't know a thing about Nicaragua, and without my Spanish skills I don't think I would have been able to be as helpful at my center. I thank SU for helping me develop leadership skills and the confidence to move to another country and work for a cause I truly believe in.
Mallory Erickson, ’08.
Welcome Christmas in Seattle! Grab your family and friends and head to Seattle Center on Saturday, December 11 for SU's Elgin Baylor Classic men's basketball game. Our gift to you- Any adult purchasing a ticket at the window that day will receive up to two free tickets for kids 14 and under. Wander around Seattle Center and go ice skating, check out the winter train and village, see ice sculptures and take in the festive lights. Our special pre-game rally will include holiday treats, a chance to shoot photos with Santa Rudy and free RedHawks t-shirts for the first 100 guests. Rally begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Pavilion, located right beside the skate park just outside KeyArena. At 5:00 p.m. SU RedHawks Men's basketball team will take on the Idaho Vandals. We will recognize Elgin Baylor's teammates, honor members of the 1958 NCAA runner-up team, and celebrate the 80th birthdays of Seattle University legends Johnny and Eddie O'Brien. Looking forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, feel free to call the Office of Alumni Relations at 206.296. 6127 or shoot us an email. Merry Christmas!SU's Office of Alumni Relations
Welcome Christmas in Seattle! Grab your family and friends and head to Seattle Center on Saturday, December 11 for SU's Elgin Baylor Classic men's basketball game. Our gift to you- Any adult purchasing a ticket at the window that day will receive up to two free tickets for kids 14 and under. Wander around Seattle Center and go ice skating, check out the winter train and village, see ice sculptures and take in the festive lights. Our special pre-game rally will include holiday treats, a chance to shoot photos with Santa Rudy and free RedHawks t-shirts for the first 100 guests. Rally begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Pavilion, located right beside the skate park just outside KeyArena.
At 5:00 p.m. SU RedHawks Men's basketball team will take on the Idaho Vandals. We will recognize Elgin Baylor's teammates, honor members of the 1958 NCAA runner-up team, and celebrate the 80th birthdays of Seattle University legends Johnny and Eddie O'Brien. Looking forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, feel free to call the Office of Alumni Relations at 206.296. 6127 or shoot us an email.
SU's Office of Alumni Relations
L-R Fr. Roger Gillis, S.J. and Fr. Mike Bayard, S.J.Dear Friends –Since the full knowledge of my cancer became known to everyone I have been overcome by the positive notes and visits and to a certain extent, the overwhelmingness shouldn’t be surprising because I was bowled over by the realization of how much I am loved. Part of the reason for feeling overwhelmed was also because I was realizing just how much I am loved – loved so deeply. (I am never surprised how good and beautiful you are, realizing that about myself was more difficult. But the two go together!) This confirms that when I am in touch with the Holy Spirit, I believe and act out of love. It is not always easy to love ourselves. On the other hand, it is easy for me to love all of you. It isn’t too tricky, because if you love other people, they’ll love you back! My apostolic mission at S.U. has been to love other people. I open up a card and you would thank me for something I did – and you reminded me of it. But lovers don’t keep score.And just as we need to be reenergized or encouraged in the Holy Spirit in communal worship, retreats, and friendships, I have a few things to encourage you with:Forgive one another. Mr. Thirty-two Search is ALWAYS moved to tears with people finding it in themselves to reconcile. That is at the center of our belief.Take time to be with each other and to encourage each other. You can’t build community at a distance. We all get busy but take time for one another because this is how we know we are loved.Take care of yourself. I’ve learned a lot about health and a shout-out to all of my women friends 40 and over, please get a mammogram. Also, Fr. Mike lost weight and if he can do it, so can you! In all of this, take heed of St. John’s call: Love one another.Love, love, love,Fr. Rog
In response feedback from our alumni, we are reintroducing our alumni newsletter Crossroads in a blog format. We are confident that this new approach will enable us to provide better service and engagement opportunities for our alumni population. We’ll continue to share stories from around campus, social and professional networking events that might be of interest, and letters from university leadership and faculty. Thanks in advance for your participation and go Redhawks!!
Amanda Kelly, SU Alumni Relations