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Congratulations, Kristen!

Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011

A big congratulations to Kristen Christopher, fitness, strength and conditioning specialist, who was engaged earlier this month in Maui to Stephen Carstens. You can read all about Stephen's rather unique proposal and more about the impending May 2011 wedding at the happy couple's website. For more photos of SU and its faculty and staff, visit SU Snapshot.
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What I did over break...

Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Commons asked faculty and staff to send in photos of what they did over Christmas break. Here's what we got (Thanks to all who participated!)... 

G DeCastro of Campus Ministry sent this photo of the Campus Ministry group that went to Tijuana, Mexico to work with Esperanza ( helping build homes. "I led the group of 16 students from various academic programs along with faculty chaplains Paul Milan of modern languages and Naomi Kasumi of Fine Arts," he writes. 



This one came in from Andrea King of University Advancement, who writes, "Over break, we took our kids to the SU women’s basketball game vs. Gonzaga. Very fun!" 






PhilBarclift_ChristmasBreakPhil Barclift of Arts and Sciences found himself in what’s becoming a familiar costume. “This is the third time I have spent the Christmas season working on the West Bank,” he explains. “Somehow the Sisters of Charity always seem to know when I’m in town around Christmas, so they keep approaching me to play Santa for their orphans. This little princess was so expressive in her eyes, voice, and gestures that Old Santa knew precisely how to respond, even though he is weak in rapid-fire 'kid Arabic.' As I’ve said to others, in my next life I’m going to come back as Santa Claus."

And what was Phil doing on the West Bank? “I work with a group of NGOs on the West Bank, Israel-Palestine conducting training workshops in nonviolence and community reconciliation for Palestinian villages and refugee camps in the conflict zones around Hebron, the Beqa’a Valley, Nablus, and Jenin.” 

Maggie Keelan of University Advancement writes, "I visited my in-laws in Southern California and we went to the Rose Parade in Pasadena. It was gorgeous!"






Hy_SUSnapshotLê Xuân Hy, associate professor of psychology, left, was in Israel for the better part of December on a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant. While there, he met Joseph Doan, S.J., right, who previously served as regional assistant to Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, former Superior General of the Society of Jesus. Fr. Doan currently is rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute house in Jerusalem where this photo was taken. 





CaseyCorr_ChristmasBreakAnd finally, one more Santa story, this one sent in by Casey Corr of Marketing Communications, who explains: "I’ve had my photo taken with Santa with only two interruptions every year for more than a half century, originally at the old Frederick & Nelson, then at Nordstrom. I love the progression of images of kids getting older and the subtle differences in the guy in the Santa costume, shot against a largely unchanging backdrop. I continued the tradition when my children were born, but as my extended family got bigger and older, it’s become extremely hard to get such a big group together. So this Christmas, I walked past a very long line at Nordstrom’s Santa, feeling a bit blue that my adult-age children and their cousins had been too busy for a get-together. But then, a Christmas miracle: I discovered at Westlake Park a discount Street Santa, dressed in somewhat disheveled outfit who would pose for whatever donation you offered. No waiting in line. No fancy “elves.” No exit into a department store to overexercise the credit card. Just a guy in character who connected me to a lifetime of happy moments. Street Santa said I could put my arm on his shoulder as my wife shot this image with a camera phone. The shot is blurry and rushed, but I ended 2010 ended with a tradition revived."


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More frozen fountain photos!

Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2011

Can’t get enough photos of the fountain in the Quad being frozen over earlier this month? Me neither. Fortunately, Natch Ohno, S.J., was kind enough to share the shots he artfully captured. Check them out at frozen fountain photos.

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Outdoor adventures continue to mushroom for SU students

Posted on Monday, January 03, 2011

Mushroom_Snapshot_InnerSo, what do we have here in this photo? Mileva Huljev, coordinator of SU’s Outdoor Adventure Recreation (OAR) program, explains: 

“A group of six students in SU’s Outdoor Adventure Recreation (OAR) program recently joined the Mountaineers’ annual Meany Lodge Mushroom Hunt. The lodge itself is ideally located in the Central Cascades near Snoqualmie Pass and the attendees are people from all over Washington who are excited to learn about Nature’s harvest. Representatives from the Puget Sound Mycological Association were also present and focused the enthusiasm on fungi education, including cultivation, hunting, identifying, and cooking mushrooms. As a group, participants learned to identify non-toxic, edible fungi, foraged around in the woods, then contributed to the community cook-up with a family-style meal! One of OAR’s student leaders and the organizer of this trip claimed to have not been a fungus fan before but is now converted! 

OAR provides students the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest through outdoor recreation. OAR is an outdoor-based, leadership development program with a student leader heading each of OAR's program areas: Cycle, Climb, Service, Snow, Trail, and Water. Their primary functions are to provide collaborative leadership for the overall program, to serve as field staff for various types of outings, and to be trained in wilderness emergency response skills and safety management specific to their area. These students additionally serve as group facilitators, trip planners and leaders, teach/model environmental sustainability practices, educate trip participants about wilderness skills and safety management issues to reduce risks while in the field. Through the Service branch of OAR (which the Meany Mushroom Trip was organized under), students make connections with off-campus organizations where they can continue to find community and other outdoor enthusiasts after graduation.” 


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Ice Sculpture in the Quad

Posted on Monday, January 03, 2011

Returning to campus from Christmas break, the Seattle University community was greeted with a new ice sculpture of sorts in the Quad.
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Festive garage

Posted on Monday, January 03, 2011

Who needs a Christmas tree! In the spirit of the holiday season, the sign at the entrance of the Broadway Garage is most appropriately illuminated.
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