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     President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. and the Seattle University Alumni Association are pleased to announce the university’s 2014 Alumni Awards recipients who will be honored at the 29th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 5:30 in the Campion Ballroom. Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of these outstanding Seattle University alumni.  To register or to host a table, please visit http://2014sualumniawards.eventbrite.com.

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    Alumnus of the Year –William Swenson, ’01
     
    President Barack Obama awarded William Swenson, ’01, the Medal of Honor in October, 2013. He is the first Army officer to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. An embedded advisor to the Afghan National Border police, he was on patrol with American and Afghan troops when they were ambushed and pinned down for six hours by more than 60 well-armed Taliban forces.  Ganjgal was to be one of the bloodiest battles in the 12 year old war.  Putting himself at great risk, William rescued his sergeant and several Afghans and retrieved the bodies of four service members.  He is the most decorated Army officer since Vietnam.  Loyal not only to the men and women with whom he served, he has remained constant to their families as well.

    Professional Achievement  - David M. Johnson, EdD, ’87
     
    Dr. David M. Johnson, ’87 is among six winners of the 2013 “Visionary Service Award” by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and recipient of last year’s “Evergreen Award” from Washington Nonprofits for his outstanding innovation and agility in the service of his community. A respected leader in the mental health field, he is frequently invited to address national and local groups.  A CEO of mental health centers for 27 years, David has also been a clinician for 37 years.  He currently leads Navos, one the largest community health centers in the state, with a $54 million operating budget and a staff of 650.

    Community Service – M. Lorena Gonzalez, Law, ’05

    Nationally recognized civil rights attorney, Lorena Gonzalez, ’05, a child of Mexican farm workers and now a partner at the law firm of Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender, is a tireless advocate for social justice.  In 2007, Lorena co-founded and continues to co-administer the monthly Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and SGB free legal clinic at El Centro de la Raza.  In 2012, she successfully settled an excessive force and discrimination suit filed against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department that resulted in a mandate that the use of racially charged language in the force was grounds for termination.  

    University Service – Kip Toner, ’66

    Kip Toner, ‘66, a generous contributor of both his time and talent, has long been a firm supporter of the University.  After 23 years of service that included two years as Board chair, he is now a Seattle University Regent Emeritus. He has generously shared his professional talents with the university and most recently was auctioneer for the inaugural Red Tie Celebration for Seattle University Athletics.  Kip’s commitment and enthusiasm has inspired other to follow his lead.

    Distinguished Teaching – Greg Magnan
     
    Albers School of Business and Economics Professor, Greg Magnan, is recognized for his excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.  An especially gifted teacher, Greg is extremely popular with students at the executive, graduate and undergraduate levels.  His innovative approach to combining online learning with traditional classroom methods has been a model for the university.  Greg’s research on supply chain business practices has been nationally recognized and published in a number of professional journals.  He has served on the Sullivan Leadership Award Committee and on several strategic planning committees for Albers.  A key member of the leadership executive MBA Program, he has co-chaired the President’s Task Force on sustainability and innovative program delivery.  

    Young Alumnus of the Year – Khaled Jaraysa, ’08, ’09
     
    Khaled Jaraysa, ’08, ’09, a Christian born just outside Bethlehem, lost his arm at 13 in a machinery accident.  Three years later, his father died.  Rather than become embittered, he is committed to rebuilding the lives of children shattered by war. While a student at Seattle U, Khaled, founded the Children of Peace Foundation in 2007 to support the Holy Family Care Center in Bethlehem where he received care.  Through his foundation, the traumatized children of Palestine not only receive specialized therapeutic care, but most importantly a reason to hope for a better tomorrow.

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