When Mark Ursino hit his mid-30s—or as he dubs the time, “looking at the wrong side of 35”—he decided he was going to do something he’d never done before. Career change? Nope. Buy a fancy sports car? No, not that. Ursino opted to take up the challenge put forth by his longtime friend Don who, since the two were in high school, prodded him to climb Mount Rainier. Read more about "Reaching New Heights".
It’s no small task when you decide to amplify St. Ignatius Loyola’s 16th century examination of conscience to make it inviting, relevant and meaningful to a contemporary lay audience. Since the early 1990s, William Watson, S.J., has been on that winding path. Motivated by a daily spiritual discipline that proved therapeutic in his own life, Father Watson chose to devote his energies to bringing tools for discernment and reflection to a wider audience. Read more about "The Sacred in the Everyday".
The noisy, bustling International
District/Chinatown transit station might not be every performing artist’s idea
of a dream concert hall. Campbell Thibo isn’t just any artist, though. The
station’s amazing echo and Asian garden aesthetic are what appeal to the Fine
Arts graduate student’s desire to touch something deeper in his audience. He
considers the transit platform an underutilized performance venue. If only he
could eliminate the ever-present, deafening roar of all those buses and trains,
Thibo imagines the transit tunnel would be perfection for the joys of his
whistling. That’s right. Whistling. Read more about "Whistling Isn't Work—It's Art".
On the day of a press conference introducing Joan Bonvicini as the new head coach of women’s basketball, the coach—who is known by players as “Coach B”—announced that she was a championship coach at a championship university and that she was at Seattle University to build a championship program. That last point is one that Coach B is proving since taking over the program in 2009. When a team achieves success, some people lean back, but Bonvicini is always working to get better. Read more about "The Making of Champions".
Earl Lancaster has been cutting hair at the corner of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street since he was a teenager. He’s a fixture in a neighborhood that’s primed for big changes. Often dubbed the “Mayor of 23rd and Union,” Lancaster opened his barbershop, Earl's Cuts & Styles, in 1992. Read more about "Neighbor Helping Neighbor".
It’s hard to imagine a camera crew filming your first “real world” job, post-graduation. Even harder yet is to find yourself as a main player in a reality TV show cast. But Sarah Hiraki, a 2012 graduate of Seattle University’s digital design program, can add both unique experiences to her growing resume. Read more about "A [Reality TV] Star is Born".
Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, teaches classes with names such as “The Psychopath” and “Murder Movies and Copycat Crime.” In her spare time, which is at a premium, she sketches—people, places, things—as a member of Urban Sketchers Seattle and runs marathons. Read more about "An Illustrious Career".
Elizabeth Hendren, ’12, is helping to provide legal services and a voice to formerly incarcerated women. Hendren’s desire to assist women who lose custody of their children because of incarceration has much to do with the lack of access to legal representation for mothers once they are released from prison. Read more about "Here to Represent".
The Chieftain Irish Pub is fast becoming the “Cheers” of the Seattle University set. Since opening in fall 2011, the hopping spot across from the Lee Center for the Arts has fast become the go-to place for lunchtime crowds and co-workers and friends looking to toast the end of the workday or workweek at happy hour. Read more about "Chieftain: The Cool Hot Spot".
Competitive swimmer Suzie Aldrich, ’86, is the Michael Phelps of the Senior Games. The lithe 69-year-old, with the graceful long limbs on a striking 6-foot-1 frame and ever-present smile, is a marvel in the water, setting records with every stroke. She is living proof that competitive drive doesn’t have to wane with age, evident with the astounding success she’s had in competition for the age 60 and over set. Read more about "Solid Gold".
As students settle into their seats, the room fills with energetic chatter on a particularly sunny, spring day. Listen closely. This is not just idle chitchat or water cooler talk. Students are constructing and initiating a lively discussion on topics such as how living cells convert food into energy or where the stages of cellular respiration occur. Heady stuff, indeed. Chemistry Professor Vicky Minderhout teaches the course but it’s the students who are leading the class. Read more about "Professor of the Year".
At the 2012 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony, New York Times columnist and best-selling author Tim Egan, who calls the Seattle area home, delivered the keynote speech. He offered his words of wisdom to the newest crop of alumni. Read more about "Change and the Jesuit Tradition".