The Watercooler


Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

SU's campus will be chock full of events and other activities over the next couple weeks. Here are a few of the many things going on between now and Halloween.

Campus Climate Survey Town Halls: The results are in on the Assessment of Climate for Learning, Living, and Working  (also known as "The Big Important Survey"). Be sure to attend one of the two town hall meetings on Thursday, Oct. 22: 12:30-2 p.m., Pigott Auditorium; and 7-8:30 p.m., Bannan Auditorium. Learn more here.

QuintonMorrisBreakthrough_267Campus Events: Over the next several days, SU will be visited by former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, famed science fiction author Ursula Le Guin, business leader Alan Mullaly, who will kick off this year's Albers Executive Speaker Series, and Ilia Delio, who is keynoting the first 2015-2016 Catholic Heritage Lecture on Pope Francis' recent encyclical on the environment.

Then there's the lecture/recital and film premiere of Quinton Morris (pictured here), director of chamber and instrumental music. And don't forget to keep tabs on the great successes of our student-athletes.

United Way Campaign: It's that time of year. The United Way Campaign at Seattle University begins Oct. 29. Click here to see who this year's co-chairs are, what the goal is and more.

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Nationally ranked!

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Men'sSoccer_267Congratulations to our men's soccer team! After defeating two nationally ranked teams in a week (#10 University of Washington and #13 Oregon State), the Redhawks are now ranked #24 in the land. Learn more at GoSeattleU.
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New academic year begins

Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Well, here it is, ready or not...the 2015-2016 academic year is upon us. Here's a list of some beginning-of-the-year events.

President's Welcome: Friday, Sept. 18, 9-11 a.m., Seattle University Park Tent

First-Year Convocation: Monday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m., SU Park Tent

Transfer Student Convocation: Tuesday, Sept. 22, noon, Campion Ballroom

Classes begin: Wednesday, Sept. 23

Serve Seattle: Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Provost Convocation, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

Mass of the Holy Spirit: Thursday, Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m., Immaculate Conception Church (18th and E. Marion)

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Jesuit Educated: Your Take?

Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

JesuitEducated_267In anticipation of the Pope's visit to the U.S. next month, the Association of Jesuit College and Universities has developed a page to which students, alumni, faculty and staff can submit essays on what it means to be Jesuit educated. The link to the Medium publication, Jesuit Educated, can be found here. You will see examples of the kinds of submissions others have made. The web page is part of a larger social media campaign sponsored by AJCU that you can read about at

The Seattle U community is encouraged to participate. Please send your proposed essays with any accompanying photos and videos to Dean Forbes at Essays should be about 500 words in length. AJCU will review all submissions for grammar and spelling. AJCU will promote a selection of essays each Friday that reflect a mix of institutions and roles.

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Remembering Jack Fitterer, former SU president

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

JackFitterer_125A Memorial Mass for Rev. Jack Fitterer, former president of Seattle University from 1965-1969, will be held in the Chapel of St. Ignatius at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, followed by a reception in the PACCAR Atrium. Fitterer's obituary can be found here.

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New school now accepting applicants

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NCS_300Seattle University is accepting applications for two new bachelor's degree programs for working adults that will be part of a new school. The School of New and Continuing Studies (NCS), the university's ninth distinct college or school, will offer classes in the degree programs Digital Cultures and Organizational Leadership beginning next spring.

The new school was established to provide a high-quality Jesuit education designed for working adults by offering baccalaureate and certificate programs that support part-time study and feature hybrid courses, combining online and in-class instruction. An existing certificate program, Web Development, which is designed along these lines, will also be part of the new school. Plans call for NCS to offer additional degree programs in the future.

Read more at SU News.

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Commencement 2015

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Congratulations to the Class of 2015! Check out this video from Commencement.  

Thanks are in order to Dave Madsen, associate professor of history (a.k.a. the Master of the Mace), for taking us up on the offer and relaying some words of wisdom for our soon-to-be graduates. Dave shared these lyrics from the song "Dark Road" by Sarah Jarosz:

The darkness covers you sometimes.
And t
he road is long but it always unwinds.
And I find if you take your time,
You will make it fine.

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