Class Notes

Fall 2010

Class Notes Fall 2010 Large Photo

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.

Candace Shankel

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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," Lake says.

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

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 County, Wash.


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

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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