Paul Milan, McGoldrick Fellow, reflects on his time at SU so far

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Paul Milan:  The growth of Seattle U is probably the most striking thing. We have more quality academic programs, the addition of the law school, the growth in study abroad programs and international education. And then you look at the campus growth-I remember a library that was on the third floor of the Administration Building. I remember students moving the books from that facility to the new Lemieux Library. And then to see the renewal of the library and the learning commons-I think we have now a state-of-the-art facility of which the university and our students can be very proud.

Looking back, Seattle University has been blessed with a number of presidents like Father Sullivan and like Father Sundborg who have provided the leadership and the financial stability for us to grow. They've built up a credibility with the community and a stability at Seattle U that allows us to do the things that we can do-there are always challenges, but in general, I think we have to be very proud of what we've been able to do, certainly since the time I've been here. It's extraordinary.

The Commons:  What do you like to do in your free time?

Paul Milan:  I enjoy spending time with my family-my wife Nancy, our two daughters Carla and Kate, and our four grandchildren, so that's something I feel very blessed about.

I used to be more athletic than I am now, but most weekends you can find me walking around Green Lake. It really is to me one of those spiritual places in Seattle. Heidegger talks about these places where heaven and earth meet, and I think Green Lake is one of those. I still bike back and forth to school when the weather's good. But other things like basketball and tennis, I've to sort of had to give in to the process of age (laughs).

I love teaching at Seattle U. Last night, I went to a concert where members of our faculty Quinton Morris played violin and Ross Hauck sang, accompanied by a pianist. It was just an amazing evening. So being in a university community and being able to have these tremendous experiences is, for me, a privilege.

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How very nice to see you winning this award, Paul. You are to be congratulated on receiving this capstone honor for your many years of dedicated service at SU. Maybe we'll bump into you at Greenlake! All the Best,Paul James Stark
(2/16/2012 7:20:52 PM, James Stark, emeritus prof '04 )

SU is blessed to have Paul Milan on campus. Congratulations on his choice as McGoldrick fellow.
(2/16/2012 4:13:00 PM, Sue Hogan )

Les Felicitations, Monsieur Milan! Betsi Hummer
(2/15/2012 8:19:57 PM, Betsi Powers Hummer )

Congratulations to you, Paul for the very well deserved recognition of your decades of excellence in teaching and service. It is indeed a pleasure to be a colleague, and aways a distinct delight to hear you speak such elegant and poetic French! Mike
(2/15/2012 3:39:20 PM, Mike O'Connor )

Thank you for including this interview with Paul in the Commons. Paul has been a great inspiration to me since I arrived here in 1973 (he was already a veteran!). I hope he realizes how much he has meant to his colleagues, as well as to his students. I can't imagine SU without him.
(2/15/2012 2:41:39 PM, Bill Weis )