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The College of Education wishes to extend congratulations to its graduate students who were recognized by Seattle University on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the Campion Ballroom. In additional to campus awards, the honorees, students, staff and faulty attended the ceremony to view highlights videos from the year, participate in a reception with students and families and listened to the the Student Commencement Speakers and new Ignatian Leaders.
Distinguished Graduating Students
Kara Adams (Student Development Administration) and Carlos Sibaja-Garcia (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) were two of five people who were recognized for their outstanding contributions at Seattle University. Their commitment to service, involvement and academic excellence on the campus showed their dedication in changing the world for the better.
Blessed Peter Faber Integrity Awards
Carlos Sibaja-Garcia (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) was also honored because of his commitment to foster citizenship, integrity and ethical behavior. Along with one faculty, one staff and Carlos, their honesty, trust, fairness, respect and community responsibility were illustrated through their activities on or off campus that reflect the core values of Seattle University.
Delta Psi Chi, Seattle University's chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (the international counseling honors society), inducted the following students in the spring of 2013: Tricia Bealer, Jensen Bonney, Tammy Burgett, Janet Carter, Wendy Enden, Mai-anh Epperly, Perry Firth, Alison Gomez, Darcy Hollie, Anne Marie Jones, Daniel Kelley-Peterson, Vicki Kenney, Katherine Larsen, Katrina Leach, Alyssa Lout, Kimberley Morgan, Tolani Ogunyoku, Stephanie Robinson, Jennifer Rounds, Kerri Lynne Schulte, Jennielee Scolomayer, Corbin Sheffels, Tiffany Smith, Michelle Terry, and Emily Woods.
Delta Psi Chi is the largest chapter of the counseling honor society in the state of Washington and ranks 42nd among the 269 chapters nationwide.
The society recognizes students who have distinguished themselves in academic and professional excellence in counseling. Members include faculty, alumni and current students in either community counseling or school counseling who have completed a quarter term, while maintaining an overall scholastic GPA of 3.5 or better. Committees encourage and pursue membership recruitment and involvement, plan community service and advocacy, host professional development workshops and social events. Each quarter the group hosts a professional development activity, a service or advocacy activity, and a social event. Faculty advisors are Drs. William O'Connell and Kristi Lee.
Cassandra Rodriguez, a student in the Master in Teaching Program and a Martinez Fellow, inspired an audience of more than 700 at the 29th Annual Seattle University Gala on November 3 when she shared her gratitude for the scholarships which have afforded her an SU education. The gala raised more than $652,000 for student scholarships.Rodriguez shared her family’s hard work ethic that helped them overcome the struggles associated with immigrating from Mexico. Despite their hard work, the family did not have the resources to send their daughter to Seattle University as an undergraduate.“When I received my acceptance letter, it contained a scholarship package. This single sheet of paper was proof that people believed in me. The hopes and dreams of my family were made real by the support of generous people who believe in the value of access to education.”She worked in community schools as an undergrad in the Bachelors for Humanities in Teaching program and saw a need for high quality teachers who have passion to prepare students not just for graduation but for life. She knew then that she had been called to be a high school math teacher, and she knew she wanted to continue her preparation at through the College of Education at Seattle University.
“My Masters in Teaching program is preparing me to be an intentional teacher, and as a Martinez fellow, I am provided the resources to succeed as a teacher of color.”The Martinez Foundation, established by Edgar and Holli Martinez, provides need-based diversity scholarships and support programs to empower students from underrepresented populations to not only pursue higher education for their own benefit, but also positively impact the students and communities they serve.Rodriguez wants to teach math to at-risk youth. “I will infuse life skills into math’s critical thinking exercises. To me, the way you respond to math reflects your preparedness to engage in life’s challenges. In math class, students learn the reward of perseverance while being given a safe space to practice the life skill of breaking down a seemingly impossible problem into a series of navigable smaller problems.”Her call to serve those who are underserved made Seattle University a perfect fit for her.“My time at Seattle U has allowed me so many opportunities to challenge who I am and how I want to give back to my community. I quickly came to see that my ultimate challenge was not determining how I would benefit from my own education, but how my education would benefit those I serve.”
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