Rob Efird walks among the tidy rows of squash, bok choy, tomatoes and onions sprouting from rich soil in a community garden that is a horticultural hidden gem in Seattle’s urban core. This little slice of green paradise—the Danny Woo Community Garden—is one that Efird knows well, as an educator and researcher who has worked with the garden over the past 10 years. Read more about "Community Grows with Garden".
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Seattle University has become the first Fair Trade University in the Pacific Northwest and one of only 26 schools in the country to earn that designation by Fair Trade Colleges and Universities USA. The campaign for Fair Trade status culminated in the university’s recent adoption of a Fair Trade resolution. Read more about "Leaders in Fair Trade".
Maybe you’ve seen it on a billboard near the Ballard Bridge or on the side of a Metro bus—advertisements for Seattle University that are not the same ol, same ol. The look is bold, the messages clever and compelling. It’s all part of a new brand and visibility initiative for Seattle University. Read more about "Here We Dare".
With Seattle University’s International Development Internship Program or IDIP for short, students get hands-on experience working for NGOs set up in Asia, Africa, Central America and Latin America, among other regions in the world. Participants of this 20 credit, three-quarter undergraduate program—comprised mostly of juniors and seniors—also cultivate leadership skills through interaction and engagement with NGO leads. Read more about "Internship Nurtures Citizens of the World".
Global warming is the most significant issue of our time, Paul Fontana says with no equivocation. That’s a big reason why he’s passionate about teaching his Energy and Society course. Among the learning outcomes of the class, students “evaluate current and future energy sources based on their technological, economic and environmental merits and limitations,” says Fontana. The goal is for students to emerge as well-informed participants in the civic discussion about the local, national and global energy future. Read more about "Global Warming Fuels Core Course".
Sheets of visqueen spattered with blood hung ceiling to floor around Criminal Justice Adjunct Professor Al O'Brien, '74, '76 MPA, who, with a decidedly sinister look, is hunched over and ready to swing the bloody mallet. Read more about "A Bloody Good Time".
Seattle University recently said farewell to Mick Bayard, S.J., a much-beloved Jesuit who has worked tirelessly over the past decade and a half to enrich the faith and spiritual life of the university. Father Bayard, who was director of Campus Ministry, now serves as assistant for parish ministries by the Oregon and California Provinces. (The provinces are in the process of combining into one entity.) Since his arrival at SU in 2000, Bayard has served in a variety of roles, first as coordinator of Ignatian retreats. In 2006, he became co-founder and director of Magis: Alumni Living the Mission and in 2009 as director of Campus Ministry. Read more about "SU Jesuit Departs for New Role".
In June, Harriet Stephenson, longtime Albers professor to whom the business school’s Entrepreneurship Center is named for, retired following a 47-year teaching career at Seattle University. How do you sum up an illustrious career chock full of memories and momentous occasions in a few hundred words? By asking Harriet to share her story in her own words. Read more about "Farewell to Harriet".
When most think of fairy tales, their minds wander to classic stories passed down through generations and popularized through vivid children’s books that tell the tale of Cinderella and her wicked stepsisters or Rapunzel and her long, golden hair. Others think of fairy tales in terms of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong or distinctive characters that come alive on TV and in film, from Peter Pan and Snow White to Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty. Read more about "Exploring the Lore Behind Fairy Tales".
The College of Science and Engineering, led by Dean Michael Quinn, is a rich learning community with a culture focused on experiential learning. It’s a welcoming environment for students who want to pursue majors in science, mathematics, engineering or computer science. Read more about "Focus on STEM".
A love of math led Agnieszka Miguel into a career in electrical and computer engineering. As a child growing up in Poland, Miguel, who is associate professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Science and Engineering, had a proclivity toward mathematics, so much so that it was her intended focus when it came time to pursue her higher education aspirations. Once at college, Miguel says she realized that math “was not practical enough. Read more about "Faculty Spotlight".
When Chris Thomas, ’91 and John Boyle, ’93 wanted to do something to continue the celebration around the unveiling of the Quadrangle and Tsutakawa Fountain—formally dedicated in fall 1989—little did they know they would start a tradition at Seattle University that lives on. The pair, who were active in Student Activities, had an idea for a music festival in the Quad for the following spring, a way to encourage students to view this new centerpiece of campus as their space. And Quadstock was born. Read more about "Quadstock Rocks On".
Becoming a better-informed consumer about issues related to food and nutrition is the focus of Chemistry, Food and Nutrition, taught by Professor Sue Jackels in the College of Science and Engineering. The CORE course calls for understanding just enough about chemistry and science, says Jackels, without being too overwhelming. Read more about "The Elements of Food".
Connolly Center has long been a bastion for high-performing athletes and recreationalists. Now, with a number of recent improvements to its mechanical HVAC systems, the building itself is more fit than ever. Facilities staff, pictured here, partnered with McKinstry over the summer on a number of upgrades to the 45-year-old building's aging, failing and inefficient HVAC infrastructure. The result is a facility with a new lease on life-and a substantially shrunken carbon footprint. SU has cut its carbon emissions by nearly 1.8 million pounds. Read more about "Carbon Diet".
“Research is formalized curiosity,” a quote by writer Zora Neale Hurston, is tacked to the door outside the office of Gareth Green of the Albers School of Business and Economics. When asked about the quote, Gareth says, “research is learning and learning is fueled by curiosity, which I think is a critical trait to nurture in students.” Makes sense, since Associate Professor Green happens to chair the economics department that oversees a program with national acclaim. Read more about "#1 Macroeconomics Program".
umping from theory and intellectual exercise to how one actually lives in the world can be a challenge. Yet thinking of themselves as part of a living landscape is what lures many students to Emily Lieb’s Core course, The Livable City. “It’s really a very Jesuit notion to think about how you’re experiencing your own learning,” says Assistant Professor Lieb.She retooled what was originally a Matteo Ricci urban policy course into a Core offering that gives students a better opportunity to follow their passions. Read more about "Walking and Talking About City Life".
Ben Curtis wants to do away with some pervasive myths and misconceptions about poverty—namely that those who are impoverished are lazy, unmotivated individuals who aren’t trying to improve their lot in life. The reality, offers Curtis, is largely the opposite: people who are impoverished may often be cut off from or unaware of the very resources that could help them immensely. Read more about "Faculty Spotlight: Ben Curtis".
From the moment he appeared on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, Francis has been breaking precedents. He wore only the simple white cassock, not the traditional velvet cape trimmed in ermine. He asked the crowd to bless him before he blessed them. He declined the offer of a papal limousine, returning instead by van with the other cardinals to the place they had been staying, where he paid his own bill. Read more about "Stirring Hope".
Women's basketball is coming off a successful season—and post-season—as the team prepares for another great season ahead, under the direction of Coach Joan Bonvicini. Read more about "Building Champions".
You realize there’s impressive learning going on in Seattle University’s Digital Design program when you consider that major Seattle-area companies such as Boeing, Costco, Microsoft and Starbucks and New York City’s Marvel Comics and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) have all had student interns from this program. What’s more, these respected employers frequently hire those SU design interns once they graduate. That’s just one aspect that makes the new bachelor’s degree in Digital Design a big draw. It’s an intensive balance of design and artistic exploration combined with social responsibility in a rich, liberal arts environment. Read more about "Digital Age of Design".
n the fall of 2007, Seattle University decided to increase the amount of sports offered by the school as a way to improve the athletic program’s profile when it completed the NCAA Division I reclassification process. Five sports were added: men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf and baseball. The tennis and golf programs were slated to begin competition in the fall of 2008. As for baseball, more time was needed to reestablish a program that had been a significant part of the Seattle University Athletics Department before being dropped as a varsity sport in 1986. The baseball program needed to start from scratch. Read more about "A Home Run".
Seattle University recently launched an innovative, alternative high school on campus aimed at students who seek a small setting to complete their high school graduation requirements and prepare for success in college, careers and life. Located at the north end of Loyola Hall, Middle College High School at Seattle University is administered by the Seattle Public School District and intended for students ages 16 to 20. It’s a dynamic collaboration between the College of Education and Seattle Public Schools that has been many years in the making. Read more about "Bridging the Gap".
Professor Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, of Theology and Religious Studies, is the 2013 recipient of the McGoldrick Fellowship. Named for Father James McGoldrick, a legendary Jesuit who was known for his genuine care for students, the fellowship is awarded to faculty members who exemplify the values of Jesuit education and the spirit of Father McGoldrick. Read more about "The New McGoldrick Scholar".
Professors Christopher Stipe (College of Science and Engineering), John C. Bean (College of Arts and Sciences) and Madhu Rao (Albers School of Business and Economics) share these essays speaking to why they teach at SU and what inspires them to continue doing what they love. Read more about "Why I Teach".
The promotion of academic and scholarly excellence is one of Seattle University's key strategic priorities and Provost Isiaah Crawford is guiding its advancement. Crawford, who joined the university in 2008, leads the Division of Academic Affairs. Read more about "Chiefly Academic".
There’s renewed vigor in the pursuit of excellence at Seattle University. And it starts at the very foundation of an SU education with an overhaul of the Core curriculum. Come next fall, the Core will have a markedly different look and feel, the first time major changes have been made to the curriculum in 25 years. Read more about "Getting to the Core".
Maybe you think video games are for introverted teenage boys who aren’t old enough to drive and spend countless hours perched in front of the TV or computer playing their favorite virtual game. Thanks to Assistant Professor Chris Paul, you can bust that stereotype wide open. Read more about "Game Time".
Dan Jørgensen, a member of the European Parliament since 2004, is teaching “Power and Persuasion in Environmental Policy” during the summer quarter at Seattle University. Jørgensen, vice-chairman of the Committee of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, will provide insight into the environmental policy and politics in Denmark and the European Union (EU) as well as globally. Read more about "Parliament Member at SU".
The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons was given a “New Landmark Library” award by Library Journal, the most widely read periodical in the profession. Library Journal recognized our library for its blend of architecture, design and services. The SU library is one of just five in the nation to receive the honor. Read more about "Award-winning Library".
When you think of Seattle University's distinguishing characteristics, interfaith dialogue and community service are right up there near the top of the list with academic excellence. So when President Barack Obama launched the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge in 2011, SU seemed a logical participant. Read more about "Up for a Challenge".
Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics undergraduate program ranks highly in the recently released Specialty Rankings published by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Read more about "Satisfying Experience".
Master of Public Administration (MPA) students Frank Dammann and Stephen Yim were named Presidential Management Fellows. The federal program is one of the most competitive and prestigious domestic fellowship programs in the field of public administration and public policy. More than 9,100 individuals applied for the program. Read more about "MPA Presidential Fellows".
A fashion Q&A with Sonora Jha, PhD, who is chair of the communication department and associate professor of journalism and mass communication. Read more about "In Style".
Seattle University has received the 2012 Presidential Award for community service, the highest recognition by the federal government to a college or university for civic engagement, service learning and volunteerism.
Read more about "Presidential Approval".
Graduates came from as far as Texas and Hawaii to pay tribute to Seattle University School of Law’s life-changing Academic Resource Center on its 25th anniversary. The anniversary celebration recognized the law school’s uninterrupted commitment to access and diversity in the legal profession through the ARC Access Admissions Program. Read more about "An ARC to Success".
Paul Milan, associate professor in Modern Languages and Cultures, has been named the 2012-2013 McGoldrick Fellow. The most prestigious honor Seattle University confers on its faculty, the fellowship recognizes faculty for their concern for students and commitment to Jesuit education. Read more about "Excellence in Teaching".
A familiar face is returning to Seattle University’s soccer program. The university has hired Pete Fewing as the head coach of men’s soccer. The announcement was made on Jan. 10 at a press conference on the campus. Read more about "Coach Fewing Returns".
Walking into Seattle University’s new William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center, you get the feeling this is anything but your typical gymnasium or dimly lit weight room. The high ceilings, wall of windows that flood the space with natural light, the views looking westward to Championship Field and beyond, and the impressive array of the latest and greatest workout machines signal a 21st century fitness facility. Read more about "Feeling Good".
Chemistry Professor Vicky Minderhout is the 2011 Professor of the Year for Washington State—and the first from Seattle University—to receive this prestigious award for her innovative style of teaching. Read more about "Head of the Class".
As a sign of the College of Science and Engineering’s growing strength, faculty there have received more than $750,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation in recent weeks. Read more about "In the Classroom".