What Seattle University did do was allow a number of very distinguished officers to receive military training while at the same time providing them with the benefits of a Jesuit education. Soldiers of all ranks are in the military to serve their country. They don't choose where they serve or where or when they have to fight. But for more than 200 years they have done their duty with honor and distinction. In doing so, our military has set an example for people of all countries as to how a military, especially one as powerful as ours, should relate to the people and government they serve. I appreciate the article that caused Mr. Williams such anguish and trust you will continue to recognize not only the contributions that ROTC graduates from Seattle University have made to our country but also, and maybe more importantly, the contribution the university has made to the officers.
Bob Thompson, '70
ROTC Is Good for SU and Our Country
I can't help but respond to the letter by Dennis Williams in the winter issue.
I, too, had eight years of Jesuit education and had the benefit and pleasure of completing the ROTC program, graduating in 1957. I was an officer in the Army for two years between Korea and Vietnam.
Our country needs a strong military and the contribution made by Seattle University to producing officers since the late 1940s has been outstanding. Whether or not you agree with which war or conflict our elected leader enters is beside the point.
So I say hats off to the editor for featuring the ROTC article and congratulations to Seattle University for continuing to support our military and contributing to its quality of Army officers.
Hal Cline, '57
Fox Island, Wash.
Division I a Game Changer
In regard to Dr. Joseph Gallucci's letter to the editor in the Fall 2009 issue about his feelings that Seattle University should not return to NCAA Division I, I would agree that we do not want the kind of issues that developed during the time he was referring to. It was Division I basketball, John and Ed O'Brien and Coach Al Brightman who put SU on the map. It continued in the late 1950s with Elgin Baylor and into the 1960s. Johnny O'Brien was the first major college basketball player to score 1,000 points in a season, and during his and Ed's days at SU they beat the Globetrotters in a serious game. And in 1958, SU played Kentucky for the NCAA Championship. Does Joe recall from his days as a student that the number one fan was none other than the university president, Father Albert Lemieux? Enrollment at Gonzaga is up, which Gonzaga attributes in part to its very successful basketball program. I graduated from Seattle University and continued my education at Marquette where Division I basketball has been very successful for almost 50 years with NCAA and NIT championships. They sell 10,000 tickets to each home game in Milwaukee. They keep the program clean. Seattle University is ready for Division I. It is up to the faculty and athletic department to keep it clean.
Tony Zimmerman, DDS, '60
Coach Dollar Has What It takes to Win
I enjoyed reading your Fall 2009 edition covering some of the remarkable activities of our alumni and faculty.
The article profiling men's basketball head coach Cameron Dollar particularly impressed me. He seems to be a young man of character, integrity and charm. Coach Dollar appears to be an excellent teacher and mentor for student- athletes and someone who will emphasize teamwork, effort and sacrifice on their part rather than just winning ball games and becoming professional athletes. This is the main purpose of any college athletic program. His selection of his father as assistant coach will bring the university an experienced coaching veteran of 46 years.
The revival of the basketball program in Division I brings back the memories of the Elgin Baylor period when Seattle University was considered the basketball power on the West Coast. I can understand some of the faculty objections to the expansion of the athletic program and the pressure to give passing grades to athletes regardless of their classroom work, but I think Coach Dollar will not let this abuse happen.
I was also pleased to read the article on lawyer Scott Leist, '99 JD. It made me proud to know that there are such dedicated professionals entering the legal profession.The fall issue helped cheer me up after reading the negative doom and gloom articles in our local newspapers.
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