Send-off for Student Ambassadors. Staff and Student Alumni Ambassadors from Alumni Relations sent off their graduating seniors with an end-of-the-year celebration that included lunch at F.X. McRory's and a Seattle Mariners game. Restaurant owner and alumnus Mick McHugh, '66, (pictured front left) personally greeted the SU staff and students.
Alumni Immersion Trip to Belize
Each spring for the past five years alumni
and friends have spent a week in Belize
doing service work. The Belize immersion
trip was started by Seattle University
Professor Gary Chamberlain and alumna
Lauren Lake, '04, to maintain connections
between the SU community and the
people of Belize.
"Our hope was to have a consistent
presence in Belize between SU interns
and nursing students and the immersion
trip with Campus Ministry so that every
few months the organizations in Belize
would have new supplies and volunteers,"
During the trip participants serve in
various roles for organizations such as
the YMCA and YWCA, and at local
elementary schools. They also work
alongside Jesuit volunteers.
The next Belize trip will be spring 2011.
For more information, contact Lauren
Lake at (206) 755-9884 or e-mail
Talina Silbernagel, '05, married Jonathan Skirko
Sept. 25, 2009, in Bozeman, Mont., at Holy Rosary Parish.
The couple resides in Seattle, where Jonathan is in his
residency training as a head and neck surgeon and Talina
works as a registered nurse in the ICU and is a doctoral
student at the University of Washington. Silbernagel is
studying to become a family nurse practitioner.
Sally Santucci married her husband,
Ronald, in June 2009. Sally and
Ronald fi rst met and became friends while
students at Seattle University and reconnected
with one another in 2007.
Shirley Smith celebrates her 57th
year as a Sister of Providence in 2010.
Sue Campbell recently retired
from teaching after 27 years at St.
Brendan's School in Bothell, Wash., and six
years at Seattle's Meany Middle School.
Sharon Missiaen served as president
of the Washington Association of School
Psychologists for the 2009–10 term and will
continue in 2010–11.
Gene Rafanelli is living in Scottsdale,
Ariz., with his wife, Judith, after 30
years of service in the U.S. Army and 12
years of teaching high school JROTC.
Michael Murphy retired in January
2009 after more than 36 years in
public treasury. From 1996 to 2008, Murphy
was the Washington state treasurer. He also
served 10 years as the treasurer of Thurston
Sharon Glockner retired from the
Seattle School District in June 2008,
after 38 years as an elementary school
teacher. Glockner and her husband, Gary,
welcomed a grandson, Moses, Sept. 14, 2009.
Steve Huling was honored in the naming
of the expanded and remodeled automotive
technology training facility at South Seattle
Community College. Huling and his family
have been generous supporters of the college
for more than 30 years. He served on the board
of directors of the college's foundation from
1991–1996, and is currently a member of its
President's Advisory Council.
Rebecca Khalil, '03, and her husband, Peter, welcomed their first child, Adrian Howard Khalil, Feb. 2, 2010.
Robert Barr has returned home to
the Seattle area after retiring as national
retail manager for Ryder Truck Rental, Inc., at
the company's headquarters in Miami, Fla.
Gary Haakenson, formerly the mayor of
Edmonds, Wash., has been named deputy
county executive of Snohomish County,
a role that began in July 2010. "This is an
exciting opportunity to work with the county
executive and county employees. I'm grateful
to [Snohomish County] Executive Aaron Reardon for the offer and look forward
to working with him to meet the countywide
challenges," he said in a statement.
Haakenson had served as the mayor of
Edmonds, north of Seattle, since 2000, having
been reelected in 2004 and again in 2008.
Prior to this, he was on the Edmonds City
Council from 1996 to 1999. Haakenson, a
Northwest native, has lived in Edmonds for
the past 25 years.
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