U.S. News: Seattle University in Top 10 in the West

Seattle U ranked 6th among 118 western regional universities
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Seattle University has maintained it top-10 ranking as one of the West’s top regional universities for more than a dozen consecutive years, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings released today. Seattle U ranked 6th among 118 western regional universities that offer a full range of undergraduate, master’s and select doctoral degree programs. 

Seattle University Launches New School with Programs Aimed at Working Adults

School of New and Continuing Studies features programs that support part-time study
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Seattle University is accepting applications for two new bachelor’s degree programs for working adults that will be part of a new school. The School of New and Continuing Studies (NCS), the university’s ninth distinct college or school, will offer classes in the degree programs Digital Cultures and Organizational Leadership beginning next spring.

Seattle University Receives Two Largest Gifts in its History Totaling $42 Million

Two anonymous donors have committed $42 million to Seattle University, the largest single gifts in the university’s history.
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A $30 million combined cash and estate gift will support the university’s new Center for Science and Innovation and create an endowment for student scholarships. A separate $12 million estate gift will benefit scholarships and the university’s Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture. 

Seattle University Junior Olivia Smith Awarded Prestigious Truman Scholarship

Prestigious scholarship is given to undergraduates who are preparing for careers in public service
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Junior Olivia Smith, a graduate of Seattle’s Cleveland High School, is a 2015 Truman Scholar. The prestigious academic award, from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, is given to undergraduates who are preparing for careers in public service. Truman Scholarship winners receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programs to help prepare them for careers in public service leadership. Smith, a political science and Spanish double major and Sullivan Scholar, hopes to attend the University of Chicago Law School and ultimately to return to Washington where she aspires to serve as a King County prosecuting attorney.  

New Master of Science in Structural Engineering Accepting Applications

Seattle University is accepting applications now for the fall-quarter start of its new Master of Science in Structural Engineering degree program.
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The 12-course program, which can be completed in one academic year of intense coursework, is only the third such graduate program available in Washington state. More information and how to apply can be found here. 

School of Theology and Ministry Named a Seminary That is “Changing the World”

Award acknowledge most innovative seminaries & schools of theology in the nation
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Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry has been named to the 2015 list of "Seminaries that Are Changing the World." The awards acknowledge some of the most innovative seminaries and schools of theology in the nation and those that also maintain a series of commitments that are transforming theological education as a discipline. 

Seattle University Presents Search for Meaning Book Festival

Event will feature 55 regional, national and international authors
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The seventh annual edition of the Search for Meaning Book Festival, one of Seattle’s largest literary events, will bring 55 authors from the U.S. and the U.K. who represent ecumenical and secular perspectives on a quest that has become more complex in the Internet Age.

Active Teaching Model Earns Math Professor National Award

Allison Henrich awarded prestigious Mathematical Association of America award
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The mission- and values-driven teaching method that goes beyond the classroom is one reason why the Mathematical Association of America has chosen Henrich to receive a prestigious 2015 Henry L. Alder Award for the quality of her undergraduate teaching.

Stephanie Verdoia Named Female Sports Star of the Year

SU women's soccer star named Female Sports Star of the Year
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Seattle University women’s soccer’s Stephanie Verdoia, already decorated with multiple local, regional, and national awards, was named Female Sports Star of the Year at the 2015 MTR Western Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards Wednesday night. The award is given to a female athlete or coach for outstanding sports achievement in the past year or season.

Stephanie Verdoia Drafted by NWSL’s Boston Breakers

First Seattle U female student-athlete drafted by a United States professional sports league since 1980
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 Stephanie Verdoia (Salt Lake City, Utah) will have the opportunity to realize her dream of playing professional soccer, as she was chosen in the fourth round of the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft by the Boston Breakers Friday morning at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

Seattle University study finds Washington death penalty cases cost at least $1 million more than when death not sought

Costs related to pursuing the death penalty are about 1.4 to 1.5 times more than when a prosecutor does not seek death
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An in-depth study by four Seattle University professors found costs related to pursuing the death penalty are about 1.4 to 1.5 times more than when a prosecutor does not seek death. 

Coffee with Conscience

Seattle University is first in Northwest to achieve Fair Trade University designation
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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 adoption of a Fair Trade resolution as announced at a Nov. 24 campus event, which also featured the unveiling of a new brand of Nicaraguan Fair Trade coffee that eventually will be for sale on campus.

University’s Highest Honor Bestowed

Joe & Terri Gaffney to receive St. Ignatius Medal
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Joe, '67 and Terri Gaffney, '67, '89, whose unwavering support of and involvement with Seattle University, as well as the greater Seattle community, dates back  40 years, are the 2014 recipients of the St. Ignatius Medal, the university's highest honor. 

Seattle University Ranks in Top 5 in the West

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Seattle University continues to rank among the top regional universities in the West, according to today’s U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2015. SU ranks 5th among 132 regional universities with a full range of undergraduate, master’s and select doctoral degree programs. The university has maintained a spot in the top 10 for more than a decade.

Arts and Sciences Students Win Top Award for Urban Planning Project

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SU students received the 2014 Joint Planning Award, from the state chapter of the American Planning Association and the Planning Association of Washington.

School of Law to Be Lauded for Efforts Against Domestic Violence

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Seattle University School of Law will receive a Take Action Award from the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Three Alumni, One Faculty Member Honored by Business Journal

Puget Sound Business Journal recognizes members of SU community on 40 Under 40 list

Three alumni and a faculty member are among those featured in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s annual 40 Under 40 program spotlighting top business leaders under the age of 40.

SU Appoints New University Advancement Vice President


Seattle University has named Michael Podlin as Vice President for University Advancement

SU Wins $25,000 Engineering Award


The Seattle University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is the $25,000 grand prize winner of the 2014 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education (NCEES).

SU Rewarded for Energy Conservation


Puget Sound Energy awarded Seattle University an incentive of $280,587 for the school's sustainability efforts at a check presentation last week.

SU Appoints New College of Nursing Dean


Seattle University announced today that Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN, has been appointed the new dean for the College of Nursing.

SU Continues Commitment to Sustainability


Coinciding with Earth Day, Seattle University this week released a four-year sustainability progress report. Available exclusively online (of course!), the report details the strides SU has made toward its goals under the Climate Action Plan (CAP). 

SU Coach Wins Boston Marathon Masters Division


Seattle University assistant cross country and track and field coach  Uli Steidl  won the Masters Division at the 116 th  Boston Marathon Monday, crossing the finish line in Copley Square 15 th  overall and fifth among American men.

Seattle University Earns High Marks


For the sixth consecutive year, Seattle University School of Law has the top Legal Writing Program in the nation, and its clinical and Part-Time Programs also are among the best, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of Best Graduate Schools.   The Albers School of Business and Economics is also highly ranked by  U.S. News  with its Professional MBA program coming in at 68th in the nation and #2 in the Northwest among graduate business programs. The graduate accounting specialization  ranks #14 in the nation, which is tops in the Northwest and among Jesuit institutions.

SU License Plates to Hit the Road!


It's a go! The Seattle University license plate will soon be making an appearance on the highways and byways of our state and beyond. Governor Jay Inslee gave a green light to the SU plates when he signed House Bill No. 2100 into law earlier this week. 

Students Raise Record-Setting Money for Children


Seattle University students raise nearly $60,000 in the 2014 Dance Marathon.

Girls on the Run: SU Staff Promote Health & Wellness


Since SU's Community Service Leave benefit was launched in 2009, many staff members have used it to plug into a variety of volunteer opportunities in the community. Two staff members recently took this a step further-actually many steps further-when they started a successful running and wellness program for girls at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. 

Athletes Recognized for Community Service


The commitment to community service by the Seattle University basketball teams has once again been recognized, as redshirt junior Jarell Flora has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Good Works Team®, and senior Kacie Sowell is a nominee for the 2014 Allstate Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Good Works Team®, recently announced by the two coaches organizations.

SU Wins Top Honors for Being Green


 Seattle University won top honors in sustainability among academic and government institutions in the 2013 Washington Green Awards from Seattle Business magazine. In citing SU’s statewide leadership award in sustainability, the magazine’s November 2013 issue reported, “Seattle University’s recent efforts to improve sustainability and reduce waste are myriad and miraculous,” noting that the list of green achievements—such as LED lamps and onsite natural gas boilers—gets longer every year.    

SU Softball Alum Makes Life-Saving Donation


Few people can truly attest that they’ve helped save a life, but Megan MacIsaac, a 2010 graduate of Seattle University and four year letterwinner on the Redhawk softball team, can do just that.

SU Alumnus Awarded Medal of Honor


Former Capt. Will Swenson, a 2001 Seattle University political science graduate, received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on Oct. 15. 

Revamping the Seattle University Brand


A new brand strategy for Seattle University will be introduced to the campus community later this quarter. Scott McClellan, vice president for university communications, recently provided an overview of the process by which the strategy is being developed, why this is important to the university and more.

SU Among “Best in the West”


Seattle University once again ranks among top regional universities in the West, according to today’s U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Colleges 2014.SU ranks 6th among 121 regional universities in the West that provide a full range of comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university has maintained a spot in the top 10 consistently for more than a decade. 

SU Partners with Wounded Warriors for Charity Game


The national Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team went from the battlefield to the playing field last weekend, when they played Seattle University in a charity game. SU coaches, alumni, staff and supporters played well, but the win went to the WWAST.  The WWAST represents our nation’s most unwavering heroes and veterans who tour the country bringing their bravery and optimism.

Women’s Soccer Picked to Win WAC Title


In a vote of the league’s seven head coaches, Seattle University women’s soccer was picked as the favorite to win the 2013 Western Athletic Conference title. They received six first place votes for 36 total points, 13 points ahead of Idaho and Utah Valley who tied for second.

City of Seattle Recognizes SU Students


Two teams of Seattle University engineering students have won $7,500 prizes in the 2013 National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Engineering Awards for Connecting Professional Practice and Education, the City of Seattle announced in a July 9 news release.

SU Wins Big at Seattle Science EXPO


Seattle University’s College of Science and Engineering recently won the Best Educator Award at the 2013 Seattle Science EXPO at Seattle Center. It’s the second year of the EXPO and the second time SU offered an engaging show, besting other educational exhibitors that included major universities in Washington state. The event, part of the two-week Seattle Science Festival in June, is organized by the Pacific Science Center. 

SU Business School Ranks #1 in Macroeconomics


Bloomberg BusinessWeek announced today that Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics ranked #1 in the nation as the best undergraduate macroeconomics program. The ranking is based on student survey responses that rank specialty areas. It was previously announced that Albers ranked #3 in sustainability in the same survey. 

Redhawks Celebrate at Athletics Awards Show


Before a near-capacity crowd of student-athletes, athletics staff and special guests, the Seattle University athletics department came together to celebrate the 2012-13 season and hand out department-wide awards at the annual Athletics Awards Show last week at Pigott Auditorium on campus. 

Women’s Soccer Takes Service Trip to Belize


Seattle University women’s soccer head coach Julie Woodward alongside two of her student-athletes, Stephanie Verdoia and Renae Russell, traveled to Belize over Spring Break for a service trip sponsored by SU’s Professionals Without Borders (PWOB). Furthering SU’s mission of educating the whole person, the group helped those in need at Liberty Children’s Home, an orphanage currently housing 28 children who were abandoned, abused, or afflicted with HIV from the ages of four to 14-years-old.

SU Appoints New College of Education Dean


Seattle University has named Deanna Sands as the new dean of the College of Education. Dr. Sands is currently a professor and associate dean of research and professional learning at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. She brings to SU a distinguished career as a teacher, scholar and administrative leader and comes from a university that shares our commitment to educating the whole person. Dr. Sands will officially join SU on July 1.

Professor Annette Clark Appointed Law Dean


Professor Annette Clark, a 1989 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and a highly accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator, will be its next dean, effective July 1. She is the first alumnus of the law school to be chosen to lead it.

National Jesuit Association Honors SU Student


Kathleen Horenstein, a graduate student in the College of Education's Student Development Administration program, has won the 2013 St. Ignatius Medal for Outstanding Graduate Assistant. Established this year, the medal recognizes individuals who distinguish themselves in the early years of their careers.

SU Ranks High on Peace Corps’ Top Colleges List


Seattle University moved up to the No.5 spot this year on Peace Corps’ 2013 Top Colleges for small schools. This is a jump from the No.8 spot last year, and is the highest ranking in the school’s history.

SU Professor Takes Writing Behind Bars


They peek out the slim windows of their individual cells with curiosity. Then the heavy metal doors unlock simultaneously and eight girls at the King County Juvenile Detention Center walk down to a common area for their literacy and writing class. The average age is 15.

SU, Community Partners Keeping Schools Safe


Seattle University recently welcomed hundreds of local high school students to campus along with top SU and city leaders for a school safety conference. While the conference had been in the works for months, the importance of maintaining a safe and secure school environment for communities nationwide has received added emphasis, given the December tragedy in Connecticut.

Seattle University Opens High School on Campus


Seattle University recently launched an innovative, alternative high school aimed at students who seek a small setting to complete their high school graduation requirements and prepare for success in college, careers and life.

SU Professor Appointed to Civil Service Commission


Political Science Professor Angelique Davis has been appointed a Commissioner on the Seattle Civil Service Commission by the Seattle City Council.  Davis, who holds a J.D. from the University of Washington, joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2003. She teaches in the Political Science Department and the Global African Studies Program. 

SU Launches One-Year MBA Program


The Albers School of Business and Economics is launching the Bridge MBA to join its family of nationally ranked graduate business programs. The new program is a one year, full-time MBA program for recent graduates with non-business undergraduate degrees and limited work experience.

21 Student-Athletes Earn 4.0 Grade Point Averages


Showing as much commitment to their academic performance as to their effort in athletic competition, 21 Seattle University student-athletes received a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the fall quarter. 

Nursing Professor Receives National Appointment


Kathy Camacho Carr of the College of Nursing has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council for Nurse Education and Practice. In this role, Camacho Carr will have a significant hand in shaping the state of nursing education and practice in the United States. The appointment was made by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

SU Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Class


The Seattle University athletics department is proud to announce the six individuals and one team who will be inducted into the Seattle U Athletics Hall of Fame at a luncheon Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. They include: Jeremiah Doyle, Steve Looney, Bob Neubauer, Mike Prineas, Sarah Sommerman, Sue Urcino and the 1953-54 ski team. 

Sowell Named WAC Player of the Week


Kacie Sowell (Irvine, Calif.) has been named the first Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week (Nov. 5-11) for the 2012-13 season. This is also her first WAC Player of the Week honor, as well as the team’s first. The conference office will name a Player of the Week each Monday throughout the season.

Law Student Argues before Court of Appeals


Will Witherspoon, a fourth-year student at Seattle University School of Law, argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, challenging policies at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island that require residents to be strip searched and shackled during transport to off-island medical appointments.

“Day by Day. Minute by Minute.” –Jason Puracal


Jason Puracal told a packed house at the law school about his nightmare in the Nicaraguan justice system and thanked his sister Janis '07 and other supporters who never gave up on freeing him from prison.

Youth Traffic Court Wins Civics Award


Seattle Youth Traffic Court, in which Seattle University law students advise high school students hearing traffic infraction cases, is among the programs recognized with a Colleen Willoughby Youth Civic Education Awards presented by CityClub.

SU Helps Theatre Spotlight Homelessness


Several Seattle University faculty and staff have played a key supporting role for the new play at the Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT), “Danny, King of the Basement,” Oct. 18-Nov. 18. The play takes a tough look at a little-known issue: the impact of homelessness on children. 

SU Mourns Loss of Former Dean Sue Schmitt


Sue Schmitt, Ed.D., Professor and former dean of Seattle University’s College of Education, died suddenly at the age of 66 on September 28, 2012.

SU Closes Gap, Increases Hispanic Graduation Rates


Seattle University ranked number one out of private universities nationwide, for increasing graduation rates and closing gaps between Hispanic and Caucasian students. The reports released yesterday by The Education Trust, also ranked SU number two, for increasing the overall graduation rate of Hispanic students by 31.7 percent during a six-year period (2004-10). The Caucasian to Hispanic graduation rate gap was 5.3 percent in 2010, compared to 23.2 percent in 2004.

SU President Discusses Next Five Years


In February 2012, Stephen Sundborg, S.J., was appointed by the Board of Trustees to a fourth five-year term as president of Seattle University. Shortly after his reappointment, the president laid out his key areas of focus for the years ahead.

Seattle University Ranks Among “Best of the West”


Seattle University once again ranks among top regional universities in the West, according to today’s U.S. News and World ReportAmerica’s Best Colleges 2013. SU ranks 10th among 121 regional universities in the West that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s degree programs. The university has maintained a spot in the top 10 consistently for more than a decade. 

Princeton Review Ranks SU Among the Best


Seattle University is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 377 Colleges. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the United States are profiled in the book, which is a top go-to guide for prospective students and their parents.

Former White House Press Secretary Joins SU


Seattle University names former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan as the Vice President for Communications. McClellan will begin his appointment at the university on September 17, 2012.

SU Uniform Donations Benefit Ugandan School


When athletic teams decide to buy new uniforms, the old ones are either used for in-game promotions and fan giveaways, or they are stored away, never to be seen again until someone cleans out the storage area.The Seattle University women's soccer program was recently able to provide uniforms to schoolchildren in Uganda through a series of events showing that sports can provide a means to make a difference in the world by bringing joy to those less fortunate on the other side of the planet.

Caitlin McCleary Qualifies for U.S. Women’s Amateur


Recent Seattle University graduate Caitlin McCleary continued her extraordinary run on the golf course Tuesday, posting a score of one-over-par 73 at the OGA Golf Course to finish in fourth place and earn one of five qualifying spots for the 2012 United States Women’s Amateur. 

SU Professors Take Students Behind Bars


Seattle University graduate students will take their summer quarter course, out of the classroom and into prison cells. SU’s criminal justice chair and a sociology professor have teamed up to create a new pilot course that will provide a unique learning experience for students.

Member of European Parliament to Teach at SU


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 Demark and the European Union (EU) as well as globally.

SU Officially in the Western Athletic Conference!


It has been 33 years since Seattle University competed within a Division I conference, as the 1979-80 academic year was the final one for the program in the West Coast Athletic Conference (now the West Coast Conference). Now, starting today, July 1, 2012, Seattle U has a new home, as the Western Athletic Conference welcomes SU as one of its newest members.

SU Wins New Landmark Library Award


Seattle University’s Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons has received a “New Landmark Library” award. Library Journal, the most widely-read periodical in the library profession, recognized SU for its powerful blend of architecture, design and services. The SU library is one of just five in the nation to receive the honor.

Seattle U Athletes Fare Well in APR Report


Student athletes are proving their successes in and out of the classroom, according to the latest Academic Progress Rates (APR) released by the NCAA Wednesday.

Professor Gives the Scoop on Video Games


Communication Professor Chris Paul presented “EA Sports and Online Play: Taking It Out of the Game,” at the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association held in Boston.  The association includes scholars who study mainstream culture, including literature, gaming, film, advertising, art, and politics. 

Albers Ranks High in Student Satisfaction


Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics undergraduate program ranked highly in the recently released Specialty Rankings published by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Albers had three subjects in the top 10 in the nation: Macroeconomics came in at number five, Ethics at number seven  and Sustainability also at number seven. Top 25 subjects included Quantitative Methods and Microeconomics.

Athletics Awards Show Honors Top Performances


The Seattle University athletics department, including student-athletes, coaches, and staff, gathered together one last time as a group this academic year, for the annual Athletics Awards Show, held on campus last week. The most prestigious award for a Seattle University student-athlete is the Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award. The awards went to Keith Andrews of the swim team and Katrina Schwab of the tennis team.

Taking Seattle University's Mission Global


Seven dynamic projects have received funding through the global grants program 2012.  The projects create pedagogical models and engage students in hands-on learning and service in Africa, Latin America and Asia.  

Liberal Studies Student to Work in Congo


Sophomore Allason Leitz first arrived at Yole!Africa, an arts and cultural center, last fall. Located in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, she helped organize a 10-day film festival in one of the most violent and devastated areas in Africa. She will return to Goma in June to volunteer for the seventh annual Salaam Kivu International Film Festival, July 6-15. Next year, she hopes to bring African films and speakers to campus to encourage changing the worn out dialogue on Africa. 

SU Scores High in Green Guide


Seattle University's leadership in sustainability has been reaffirmed in The Princeton Review's 2012 Guide to 322 Green Colleges. For the second year in a row, SU is ranked the highest of all 28 Jesuit institutions and tops among 10 independent colleges in Washington.

SU Announces New Arts Endowment

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Seattle University is pleased to announce the Pigott Family Arts Endowment, which is bringing internationally renowned artists to campus. “The Pigott Family Endowment will enhance the arts at Seattle University and in the community for many years,” said Father Stephen Sundborg, SJ, Seattle University president. 

Seattle University Hosts Holocaust Remembrance


Seattle University will host Yom HaShoah: Remembering the Holocaust next Wednesday evening. Holocaust survivor Dr. Philip Wagenaar will share from his experiences.Following the presentation, there will be a candlelit vigil, progressing to an interreligious prayer service in remembrance of the Holocaust and worldwide genocide.

“Swishes for Wishes” Raises Money for Charity


The Seattle University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held its seventh annual “Swishes for Wishes” student versus faculty/staff basketball game earlier this week, and helped raise nearly $2,000. The event benefits the Alaska and Washington chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

SU Receives Presidential Award


Seattle University (SU) has received the 2012 Presidential Award for community service. Announced at a ceremony today in Los Angeles, the honor is the highest recognition by the federal government to a college or university for civic engagement, service-learning and volunteerism.  

SU Earns National Recognition


Seattle University School of Law and the Albers School of Business and Economics fared very well in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 America's Best Graduate School rankings.

Professor Commissions Art in Japan


A Seattle University professor created and will commission an art exhibit to honor those lost nearly a year ago, in Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami. Associate Fine Arts Professor Naomi Kasumi’s art was selected to be placed inside a temple in Fukushima Prefecture, one of the hardest hit areas of the country.

Jim Sinegal Named Senior Executive in Residence


Seattle University announced that one of the nation’s most admired business leaders, Costco Wholesale co-founder and retired CEO Jim Sinegal, has joined the Albers School of Business and Economics as its first Senior Executive in Residence.

Connie Kanter Named Chief Financial Officer


Seattle University announced that Connie Kanter, a business leader recognized for exceptional skills in financial management, systems development and strategic planning, has been appointed chief financial officer and vice president for finance and business afairs, effective May 21.

Students Raise $23,000 in Dance Marathon


Seattle University students donned their flair and danced the day and night away in the 5th annual dance marathon last Saturday. The 16-hour event fundraised more than $23,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Nursing Professor Improving Elder Care


As our nation's healthcare system stretches to serve a growing population of older adults, the demand is rising for nurse educators specializing in geriatric care. Associate Professor of Nursing Jean Tang is helping to meet this need as one of just seven scholars who are serving as 2011-2013 Claire M. Fagin Fellows. The prestigious Fagin Fellows program seeks to build academic geriatric nursing capacity by developing leaders in gerontological nursing.

Athletes Participate in Africa Start-Up


Ariel Johnson was one of two Albers students chosen to work on an Africa Start-Up company in Ghana last December. She says the experience was a "life changing." In this first-person testimonial, the track and field athlete shares how much Seattle University emulates 'working for a just and humane world.'  

SU Book Festival Draws International Authors


Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry hosted the fourth annual "Search for Meaning Book Festival" earlier this month. The annual Festival is one of the nation’s biggest of its kind, featuring more than 40 nationally and internationally known authors. It inspires great conversations, reflections and connections year-round on the meaning that shapes our lives. 

SU Says Goodbye to Carbon Footprint


Seattle University's buildings are carbon neutral. Just pause a moment and let that sink in. Yes, that's right-through new infrastructure enhancements and offsets, our campus buildings have completely shed their carbon footprints, further cementing the university's status as a leader in sustainability.

Men’s Soccer Places Six on MPSF All-Academic Team


Six members of the Seattle University men's soccer team, three seniors and three juniors, were named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic honorees, announced earlier this month by the conference office. 

SU Ranks High on Peace Corps Top Colleges List


Seattle University is No. 8 on the Peace Corps Top Colleges Ranking in the small schools category. Currently, 21 SU undergraduate alumni are serving overseas. The university moved up from its 2011 spot from No. 23 to No. 8, the highest ranking in the school’s history.

International Week - Connecting the World


The International Student Center and the Office of Global Engagement welcome you to the 2012 Seattle University International Education Week (I-Week). This week is a time for the entire campus to come together to engage international issues and raise important topics of a global nature that assist the University community in preparing leaders for a just and humane world.

Pete Fewing Returns as Head Men’s Soccer Coach


Seattle University announced Tuesday that Pete Fewing has been hired as the head coach of the Redhawk men's soccer program. Fewing was the head coach of the Seattle University men's soccer team from 1988 through the 2005 season, when he accumulated a record of 220-125-26 (.628) during his 18 seasons at the helm. He led Seattle U to the 1997 NAIA NationalChampionship and the 2004 NCAA Division II National Championship.

College of Education Hosts 2010 CNN Hero of the Year


Seattle University will welcome the 2010 CNN Hero of the Year Anuradha oira to campus later this month. An internationally recognized humanitarian, activist and lecturer, Koirala has dedicated her life to combating the sexual exploitation of women and children in Nepal.

Chapel’s Architect Wins Top Honor


Steven Holl, the mastermind behind Seattle University’s highly acclaimed chapel, has received the American Institute of Architects’ 2012 Gold Medal. The medal is one of the most prestigious awards given to architects, with its previous recipients including Frank Gehry, Santiago Calatrava, Ieoh Ming Pei and Frank Lloyd Wright.   

SU Coach Nominated for Sports Star of the Year


The Seattle Sports Commission (SSC) has named Seattle University head women’s soccer coach Julie Woodward as one of the nominees for Female Sports Star of the Year. The 77th annual award show is presented by ROOT SPORTS and will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Benaroya Hall.  

A Day in the Life of Being Santa...


Larry Butler, who doubles as computer specialist in Facilities Services, had a red beard for the longest time. But then it started to get a little grayer and a little grayer, and then in 2004, it went completely white. For Butler, who's been at SU for 30 years, it was pretty clear what he needed to do—he pulled on a red suit and never looked back. Wearing a "casual Friday" version of his garb (right), Butler recently shared his thoughts on being Santa, including some memories he's preserved in a scrapbook.  

SU Teacher Honored as Professor of the Year!


If you’re looking for one the most highly regarded faculty members in the United States, you don’t have to walk very far. Vicky Minderhout, professor of chemistry, is the 2011 Washington State “Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Minderhout is the first Seattle University faculty member to receive this honor and one of only 27 faculty chosen nationwide.  

Track/Cross Country Coach Wins Seattle Marathon


For the third time in her running career, Trisha Steidl, head coach of the Seattle University men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams, won the Seattle Marathon, finishing first in the 41st edition Sunday morning.

Students Help Inmates Plan for Brighter Futures


Earning a living has become a widespread concern in these troubling economic times. For inmates preparing to reenter society, the challenge is even more daunting. But thanks to a program involving Albers students, a great many incarcerated men and women are learning what it takes to succeed as small business owners when they get out.  

Confronting Violence: An Interfaith Conversation


Theology and Religious Studies Department Professors Beatrice Lawrence and Wes Howard-Brook are joined by Mohammad Fani for an interfaith discussion of religion’s role in political violence on November 10. The focus will be on “Christian” war-making, “Muslim” terrorism, and Israel’s “Jewish” military actions against Palestinians.

Catholicism and Culture Intersect


The Catholic Heritage Lecture Series kicks off this month with an impressive lineup of nationally renowned and thought-provoking scholars. The theme is “Religion in ‘Secular’ America," and Patricia O’Connell Killen, academic vice president at Gonzaga University, will give the first lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Pigott Auditorium.

Distinguished Honors for ROTC Cadets


Six of Seattle University’s senior cadets have been recognized with the prestigious award, Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG). These future Army Officers placed in the top twenty percent of all ROTC cadets nationwide.

Men’s Basketball Earns Preseason Recognition


The Seattle University men’s basketball team has received early accolades for the 2011-12 campaign, as CollegeSportsMadness.com released its Preseason All-Independent Team. Head coach Cameron Dollar, entering his third season with the Redhawks, was named Preseason Independent Coach of the Year. Dollar has collected 28 victories during his first two seasons at SU and was named Independent Coach of the Year by coaches and SIDs of the independent schools after the 2009-10 season. 

Professor Develops System to Study Martian Geology


With scientists continuing to search for evidence that life once existed on Mars, a project undertaken by an SU professor is promising to help unlock the mystery. Christopher Stipe, assistant professor mechanical engineering, is developing an instrument to determine the age of geological materials on our neighboring planet’s surface. The system would allow scientists to study the geological history of Mars and better understand Martian water activity and climate.  

College of Education Alumni to Lead Schools


A new academic year is in session for Puget Sound area schools and 20 alumni of Seattle University’s College of Education are in leadership positions. They’ve been selected and placed in public, private and technical schools in the Northwest, California and Russia.  

Golfer Ranks 15th in the Nation


Senior Caitlin McCleary’s recent victory at the Circling Raven Collegiate Invitational placed her among the top collegiate golfers in the nation. Golfweek ranks her 15th in its latest rankings, updated Tuesday by the national golf publication.

Criminal Justice Joins Elite Group


The Criminal Justice programs in the College of Arts and Sciences have been awarded certification by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. “Only six other universities in the United States have certified programs, and we are the only one west of the Rockies to receive this distinction,” said Professor Jacqueline Helfgott, Chair of the Criminal Justice Department.

Seattle University Youth Initiative Gains Momentum


Seattle University’s initiative to improve academic achievement for low-income children living in the Bailey Gatzert/Yesler Terrace neighborhood gained support with new grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and national retailer Target.

Julie Woodward Earns 200th Career Victory


Seattle University head women’s soccer coach Julie Woodward added to her illustrious coaching resume Sunday by earning her 200th career victory. Woodward, who is in her 15th season at the helm of the program, is the No. 5 all-time winningest coach in a single sport at Seattle U and the winningest coach in women’s soccer program history.

Seattle University Ranks in “Best of the West”

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SU once again ranks among top regional universities in the West, according to today’s U.S. News and World ReportAmerica’s Best Colleges 2012.  

SU Students Give Vets a Hand Up


Incoming junior Sam Barrett (Strategic Communications) and more than a dozen other SU students are among those driving Seattle's first large-scale event to help U.S. military veterans experiencing homelessness:  the Stand Down, Thursday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Seattle Central Community College's Mitchell Activity Center, 1718 Broadway.    

Mmm, Mmm Good…and Good for You!

Seattle University’s food tops the Sierra Club’s Cool Schools survey
B-A Sushi

SU scored a nine out of 10, on the survey that ranks colleges with the most environmentally friendly food.BonAppétit Management Company is the onsite restaurant company that provides Seattle University's food and catering services.  

SU Earns High Ranks for Public Contributions

Seattle University is ranked ninth in the nation for its contributions to the public good on Washington Monthly’s 2011 list of master’s universities.

The publication evaluated more than 550 institutions in three categories: recruiting and graduating low-income students; producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs; and encouraging students to give something back to their country.  

SU Hosts Japanese Students

Business Law students visit Nintendo, meet local news anchor during summer in Seattle
Japanese Students

The Seattle University International Student Center is wrapping up a busy summer, hosting 18 Japanese Fukuoka University Faculty of Law students.  The program brings a new batch of first year college students majoring in Business Law from Japan to Seattle each summer for brief ESL instruction and a cadre of site visits to prominent Seattle businesses and places of interest.   

International Honors for Law Professor

Joaquin Avila to receive prestigious award from Mexican government

Joaquin Avila, director of the law school's National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative, will receive a prestigious award from the Government of Mexico in recognition for his work in the United States and its impact in Mexico. 

Going Where the Need is Greatest

SU brings education to refugees in Malawi

There she was, Janet Quillian, director of the International Development Internship Program, sitting at her desk on SU’s campus, glancing periodically at a picture of students in a refugee camp in Malawi, while she typed away. Quillian was creating modules for a course on community health for the students in the picture. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away at the camp, those students in the photo were gathering to take the course while a picture of the SU professor hung on their classroom wall.   

Wear Red, Be Loud!

Seattle University’s fall sports teams kick, volley and run their way into the new season.

Even though the first day of classes is still five weeks away, several freshmen have already begun their college experience as members of the men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball teams. 

SU Hosts Gang Prevention Training

Violence-related experts and former gang members to speak

Seattle University teams up with the City of Seattle and King County Gang Prevention & Outreach Work group to host a free daylong workshop this Friday, on prevention techniques for youth who are at-risk for gang involvement. 

Former Softball Standout Earns Prestigious Scholarship

Alumna Jane Purdy commissioned as Air Force officer

Former Seattle University softball player Jane Purdy ‘08 has been awarded the prestigious Air Force Health Professions Scholarship. The two-year scholarship will cover tuition, books, equipment, fees and provide a monthly stipend for Purdy as she studies to become an optometrist.    

Everyone Say “YEAH!”

Students spend summer learning valuable life lessons

SU partners with the YMCA to provide an academic and healthy living, middle school transition program. The youth are guided through the learning process by SU students and certificated teachers with emphasis on language arts and math.

Women’s Basketball Player Heads to World University Games

Elle Kerfoot named to the Canadian Development National Team

Seattle University women's basketball senior Elle Kerfootwas named to the Canadian Development National Team for the upcoming World University Games in Shenzhen, China. 

Highly Respected Brand

SU is recognized as a top brand in Washington state

Seattle University is number two among colleges and universities on the Puget Sound Business Journal’s list of “Washington’s Most Respected Brands.”

SU a “Best Buy”

Fiske Guide recognizes university among top 25 private universities for academics, affordability, student life

Seattle University is recognized as a “Best Buy School” in The Fiske Guide to Colleges, one of the preeminent publications sought out by students and their families in deciding where to go to college.  

Golfer Named All-America Scholar

Ian Dahl honored for exceptional academic excellence

A member of the Seattle University men’s golf team, Dahl has been recognized as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

Manchester United Visits Campus

Players train and hold Special Olympics clinic on campus

Arguably the world’s most famous soccer team, partners up with Seattle Sounders FC and Seattle University before ‘friendly’ match at CenturyLink Field Wednesday night. 

Preschool Makeover

SU, Swedish Medical Center and other community partners team up for tots

The Seattle University Youth Initiative continues to make a positive impact in the Bailey Gatzert area tomorrow, with a much needed remodel of the Yesler Terrace Head Start Program building. 

SU Welcomes Acclaimed Journalist Bob Woodruff

ABC correspondent to discuss needs of veterans and their families

Award-winning journalist Bob Woodruff will visit Seattle next month to address the importance of adequately meeting veterans’ needs. As our country nears 10 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the challenges facing soldiers when they return home are unlike any other era in our history, and Woodruff has a unique perspective on the story. 

Athletes Make the Grade!

SU student-athletes receive academic All-Great West Conference honors

22 students from the track and field and tennis teams made the 2011-11 Great West Conference Winter/Spring Academic All-Conference honors list this week. Seattle U tied North Dakota for the most honorees in women’s tennis with three recognitions.

Engineering Earns Honors

Seattle U projects score major recognition and cash reward

Two of Seattle University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering projects received a 2011 NCEES Engineering Award that recognizes engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and licensed professional engineers.  

Art Creates Community

Seattle University continues neighborhood service and partnerships

SU students are brightening up Bailey Gatzert Elementary School with an art mural they created for the playground. Fine Arts Adjunct Professor Danila Rumold led the project as part of her Community Art & Mural Painting Technique class. 

Seattle Mayor Honors Professor

Dr. Quinton Morris receives 2011 Mayor’s Art Award

Mayor Mike McGinn honored Dr. Quinton Morris, Asst. Professor of Music/Dir. of Chamber and Instrumental Music last week, with the annual Mayor’s Art Award. Morris is one of only two individuals selected from more than 300 nominees who have made a difference through arts and cultural activities. 

One Step Closer to the Big Dance!

Seattle University today has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), effective for the 2012-13 athletic season

Seattle University today has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), effective for the 2012-13 athletic season. 

Student Earns Full Ride

Recipient honored with first full scholarship in School of Theology and Ministry

School of Theology and Ministry Student Luke Black, has been awarded the Monsignor Edward J. Ryle Scholarship for Faith and Public Policy.  The scholarship, valued at more than $50,000, is provided by the Arizona Ecumenical Council.   

Green Up!

Seattle University joins forces with Puget Sound Energy to kick off new ‘green’ natural gas program

The university is proud to partner with Puget Sound Energy, which recently launched a new program aimed at helping natural gas customers shrink their carbon footprint. Seattle U is the first commercial customer to take advantage of the utility’s Carbon Balance Program to offset 100 percent of its natural gas usage.

Honoring Grads, Social Justice Heroes

Commencement ceremony celebrates honorary degree recipients and inspires graduates
Grad 2011

Seattle U celebrates graduation this weekend, by honoring local and international social justice heroes. The honorary undergraduate degree recipients are 12 former Japanese American students incarcerated during WWII. Nobel Peace Prize recipient Tun Channareth will be honored with a graduate degree for his advocacy work on banning landmines. 

Taking the Mission Global

SU announces recipients of its 2011 Global Grants awards

Seven dynamic projects have received funding through the 2011 Global Grants program, Victoria Jones, associate provost for global engagement announced last week. Two projects are in Africa, three in Latin America, one in Asia, and one working with immigrants to the US living in Seattle.  

Honoring Athletes

Annual awards show praises student athletes

The Seattle University athletics department gathered together Wednesday night, to celebrate the accomplishments of 2010-11 athletic year.

De-Stress with Dogs

Canines help SU students manage stress during finals

Students are cramming for finals and what better way for a little reprieve, than hanging out with furry friends tomorrow afternoon? At least two of the biggest Labradors in Seattle will entertain and de-stress hundreds of students during a hectic time of year. 

Partnering with NBA Pros

SU joins Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford and others to promote non-violence

Seattle University Athletic Director Bill Hogan and Master of Sport Administration Director/Professor Galen Trail are teaming up with top basketball athletes to promote non-violence and academic achievement as part of the three-day RIP the Cut Memorial Basketball Tournament this weekend at Cleveland High School. Hogan and Trail are on a panel of sports professionals who will discuss how sports, education and non-violence can lead to success.  

Presidential Recognition

SU makes the ‘Honor Roll’ for community service

Seattle University is the only local college to make the President’s 2010 Honor Roll for exemplary, innovative and community service programs. The Corporation for National and Community Service administers the Honor Roll, which admitted universities nationwide, for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. 

Celebrating Africa

Internationally recognized “Africa Day,” brings entertainment to campus

Africa Day, celebrated internationally each year on May 25, highlights modern Africa and African communities around the world. This year’s event at Seattle University brings together students, faculty, and leading artists with middle and high school students and members of the community for an evening of celebration, awards, and discussion. 

Inspiring Ethics

New Center for Business Ethics will promote healthy business culture

A common criticism of business is the single-minded drive for the bottom-line, but often unrecognized is how healthy business organizations fulfill our daily lives by delivering products and services we need.  On Friday, June 3rd the Albers School for Business and Economics at Seattle University will officially launch the Center for Business Ethics at Albers to shed light on business working for the common good. 


It’s just like elementary school ‘Field Day,’ but not really…

Students vs. Staff/Faculty softball game, kickball, bocce ball, water balloon volleyball and food. What’s not to like? The best part? It’s for charity! Head over to SU this afternoon for a smashing good time! 

Tremendous Trio

Faculty and staff to be honored at Appreciation party

This Friday, Seattle U's campus community will have the opportunity to celebrate three special colleagues when Phil Thompson, center, Monica Nixon and Matt Vielbig are honored at the Faculty and Staff Appreciation party.

Law School Celebrates Commencement

Seattle University School of Law conferred degrees on 265 graduates at 2011 Commencement Sunday, May 15, at KeyArena.

This year's class is diverse, with the largest representation of international students on record, including students from the Bahamas, Canada, India, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. 

Mixing Business with Health

New Health Leadership Executive MBA degree will teach business management within healthcare industry

Seattle University is responding to the growing demand for jobs in healthcare, by launching a new degree program. The Albers School of Business and Economics will start the Health Leadership Executive MBA program this fall.  Tailored towards mid-to senior-level managers and clinicians in the health sector, the program will offer a unique education, balancing business management and leadership within the health sector. 

Students Recognized for Upholding Mission

SU honors students for academic success, leadership, social justice

Nearly 40 students will receive recognition awards next week, for their various levels of involvement on and off campus. The honorees are chosen based on how their time at SU reflects the university’s mission:Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world. 

Going Green in China

Seattle U professor will research the country’s sustainability programs

Anthropology Professor Rob Efird received a Fulbright Scholar Research Award to spend the 2011-12  academic year in China. He will collaborate with local scholars, schools, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to assess and better implement the practice of environmental education in China’s public schools. 

Women’s Soccer Hosts Special Olympics Athletes

Fun-filled event kicks off Friday afternoon

The Seattle University women’s soccer team will host the Inaugural Seattle Unified Special Olympics event on Friday, Apr. 29. SU will host a pregame clinic and a halftime game for the Special Olympic athletes at the Redhawk women’s game versus the University of Washington slated for 5 p.m. at Championship Field.  

It's Good to Be Green!

SU scores highest among Jesuit universities and state's independent colleges

Seattle University has been honored once again as one of the country's top green universities for making environmentally responsible choices and practicing sustainability. 

Seattle Storm Signs SU’s Breanna Salley

Salley starts training camp in May

Former Seattle University women’s basketball player Breanna Salley (East Bethel, Minn.) has been invited to the WNBA Seattle Storm’s preseason training camp. Salley, who played at Seattle U from 2008-09, is the first-ever Redhawk to be invited to a WNBA camp.  

Seattle U Hosts National Education Panel

The panel of six will discuss the state of education and issues around reform

Seattle University’s College of Education will top off its three-part series of conversation on the challenges associated with education reform in the United States, by hosting a national panel of education experts next month. A few of the panelists include: Policy Analyst Chester Finn, Jr., League of Education Voters’ Nicolas Hanauer and Civil Rights Activist The Rev. Al Sharpton. 

Get a Job!

Seattle U's Career Expo Draws Hundreds

Recruiters from more than 60 companies and organizations met with job seekers yesterday, with opportunities ranging from internships to experienced management level positions. Nearly 500 students, alumni and friends of the university attended.

Seattle U Hosts Noted Researcher on Religion and Science

Sr. Ilia Delio explores “The Meaning of Catholic in an Evolutionary Universe.”

Seattle University welcomes Sr. Ilia Delio to campus Thursday, to share thoughts from her latest book,The Emergent Christ: Exploring the Meaning of Catholic in an Evolutionary Universe. Shewill further explore an issue central to the religious and intellectual life of our country. 

SU and High School Students Help Haiti

Engineering students partner up with YMCA group to build fresh water systems

Seattle University students and faculty welcomed 15 members of the Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA Black Achievers group last weekend, to explore the drinking water treatment process and build three systems for Haiti quake survivors.

Pedaling for Bucks

Seattle U student cycles for charity

Seattle University student Melissa Ettman cycled to nowhere alongside a Capitol Hill sidewalk last Friday, where she parked her stationary bike to raise money and awareness for affordable housing.

Seattle University to honor renown global landmine activist

Co-recipient of 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Tun Channareth will be awarded honorary degree

In recognition of an internationally celebated advocate for social justice, Seattle University in June will grant an honorary degree to Tun Channareth, a Cambodian who has worked with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (the ICBL). 

U.S. Senator Patty Murray Visits Campus

Seattle U President Stephen Sundborg briefed U.S. Senator Patty Murray on the university’s youth initiative

U.S. Senator Patty Murray met with staff and students on campus today, to learn more about the new Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI). The Washington native is briefly back in the Puget Sound area and set aside time to hear how the university is continuing to serve the community. 

Broussard Voted Onto All-Independent Team

Seattle University’s forward led in scoring and rebounding

Junior forward Aaron Broussard has been named to the All-Independent Team, as voted on by the head coaches and sports information directors of the Division I independent schools. 

Expanding Horizons

Seattle University Welcomed Hundreds of Middle-School Girls

More than 400 6th – 8th grade girls from Washington and Oregon gathered on campus last weekend, for hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). They learned statistics by using M&Ms, created their own erupting volcanoes and dissected sheep hearts. 

Lent Begins at SU

Prayerful gathering at St. Ignatius Chapel

The Seattle University campus community and neighbors gathered today at St. Ignatius Chapel to begin Lent with an Ash Wednesday Mass, named for the practice of placing ashes on foreheads as a sign of repentance and reconciliation to God.

Best ROTC in Nation

Seattle U’s program wins prestigious award

Seattle University’s Army ROTC program has won the Outstanding Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Award. SU was selected best in the nation from among 273 Army ROTC programs. The award recognizes the contributions made by cadets enrolled in the ROTC program and the commanding officers’ efforts to build the officer corps of the U.S. Army. This is the third time SU has won the award.     

Staff Praised for Global Service

Forbes writer gives kudos to Seattle U’s Professionals Without Boundaries

Struggling to survive is a regular part of the lives of billions. In 2007, a group of Seattle University professionals established Professionals Without Boundaries. PWOB members are driven to educate students to serve and lead sustainable service projects that help people in need.  

Professor Turns Tea Bags Into Art

Associate Professor Naomi Kasumi collected 3,500 bags for her art exhibit, showing through May at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle

Most people toss their old tea bags in the trash while others use them as home-made spa treatments. But Associate Professor Naomi Kasumi spent two years recycling and turning used tea bags into an art installation, MEM: memory•memorial no.7 scriptorium. The art has been exhibited at galleries and spaces throughout the world and through May is at Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.  

Dancing for Charity

SU’s annual 16-hour Dance Marathon to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital raised thousands

Students dusted off their dancing shoes, threw on their favorite flair and danced the night away, with a mission to raise money for children. A Seattle U tradition, the annual marathon raised nearly $27,000 and featured food, games a silent auction and the dance-a-thon.

Honoring Japanese Americans

Seattle University to Award Honorary Degrees to Japanese Americans Incarcerated During WWII
honorary degrees

 Nearly 70 years ago Thomas T. Yamauchi was forced to leave Seattle University and abandon his education as one of 15 Japanese American Seattle University students whose educations were disrupted by their unjust removal and incarceration in 1942 during World War II. To contribute to the healing from this injustice, the Seattle University Board of Trustees will grant Yamauchi and the other students, honorary bachelor degrees at the university’s undergraduate commencement ceremony June 12.  

SU Commits to Enriching Children’s Lives

New Seattle University Youth Initiative will unite students, staff and faculty to serve its neighborhood

Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. today announced the launch of the Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI). The initiative will bring the university’s entire campus community together to improve the academic achievement of low-income youth living in the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood, provide support for vulnerable families and strengthen the university’s educational programs.  

SU Grad Earns One of World’s Most Prestigious Awards

Gates-Cambridge Trust Scholarship recipient earns spot to study in England

Seattle University graduate Kevin Grove, C.S.C. (2004), has won the prestigious Gates-Cambridge Trust Cambridge Scholarship. He is one of only 30 scholars in the United States selected from more than 800 applicants. Grove will be fully funded to complete a doctorate in philosophical theology at the University of Cambridge in England. He is the only winner from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.    

College of Education Earns CACREP Accreditation

The School and Community Counseling Programs at Seattle University’s College of Education awarded accreditation

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs recently awarded Seattle University. The CACREP isthe premiere accrediting body for graduate counseling programs. The College holds the distinction of being one of five CACREP-accredited institutions in Washington State and the only CACREP-accredited program in the Seattle metropolitan area.  

Flexing for Charity

Seattle University's baseball program raises $3,180 at its second annual Flex-Off

Seattle University's baseball program hosted its second annual Flex-Off last week. The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. It pairs athletic teams with young children diagnosed with brain tumors. SU's baseball program has a long partnership with the foundation. 

SU Earns Top Spot In Peace Corps Rankings

Seattle University Ranks No. 23 in Peace Corps’ Undergraduate Student Rankings

Seattle University ranks No. 23on Peace Corps’ 2011 rankings of colleges and universities in the small category(less than 5,000 undergraduates). This is the first time the institution has placed in the Top College rankings since 2005. 

SU Hosts Noted Philosopher on Religion, Science and Environment

“Holmes Rolston III, Ph.D. explores the philosophical implications of Darwin’s theory of evolution.”

Seattle University welcomes Holmes Rolston III, Ph.D. to campus next week, to share thoughts from his latest book, Three Big Bangs: Matter-Energy, Life, Mind. He will further explore an issue central to the religious and intellectual life of our country. 

Book Festival Draws International Authors

One of the largest in the region, the community event welcomes more than 40

In just a few short years, Seattle University has created and grown one our region’s largest book festivals. Free and open to the public, the Search for Meaning Pacific Northwest SpiritualBook Festival will gather locally, nationally and internationally renowned authors on campus this weekend. 

Athletics Debuts iPhone App

Seattle University has announced the launch of its iPhone App, powered by GoSeattleU.com

The new GoSeattleU App was developed in partnership with NeuLion and Apple. Among the numerous features, alumni and fans now have immediate access to up-to-the-minute stories, scores, schedules, bios and more.

Seattle Police Chief Recognizes Public Safety Director

The university continues to be honored for its community engagement

Seattle University Public Safety Director Mike Sletten has received a personal service award from Seattle Police Chief John Diaz. Diaz presented him with a certificate of appreciation for his 25 years of providing campus safety services. 

Boeing Exec Shares Tips For Success

Executive Vice President of The Boeing Company and CEO of Commercial Airplane Jim Albaugh visited campus to present his thoughts on education and success

As part of the Albers School of Business and Economics Executive Speaking Series, Albaugh gave his talk, “There are no shortcuts: Reflections on Leadership, Ethics and Innovations,” to a packed Pigott Auditorium. 

Midfielder Selected By Seattle Sounders FC

Seattle University senior Sean Morris picked in MLS supplemental draft

The Seattle Sounders FC chose Morris with the 11th pick of the third round in yesterday’s draft.  Morris started 16 matches for Seattle University during the 2010 season, earning a goal and an assist for three total points.   

An Inside Look At The Lakewood Police Officer Shootings

Seattle Times Reporters and Pulitzer Prize Winners Ken Armstrong and Jonathan Martin discuss their book, The Other Side of Mercy, a behind the scenes look at the 2009 killings

For its coverage of the shootings and the manhunt that followed, the Seattle Times won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. Now the newspaper's staff goes deeper, telling the story of a charismatic felon, a minister with his eyes on the White House, and what can lie on the other side of mercy. 

Men’s Basketball Team Gets National Recognition

Best-selling author and journalist John Feinstein praises Seattle U’s return to Division I Status

Feinstein said many schools have tried over the years, to jump to Division I status tempted by the high amount of money institutions get if they make it to the NCAA Tournament. “Seattle, however, is not your typical Division I newbie. It has, to say the least, a rich basketball history,” Feinstein wrote. 

Peace Ambassador Visits Campus

President of the U.S. Institute of Peace, Ambassador Richard Solomon will discuss his new book, American Negotiating Behavior: Wheeler-Dealers, Legal Eagles, Bullies, and Preachers.

As U.S. diplomats face an increasingly complex international environment, it is ever more important that the United States review its own negotiating diplomatic skills with the goal of enhancing its capacities to deal with 21st century challenges. 

Students Build Water Treatment System For Haiti Survivors

Engineering students mark the one-year quake anniversary by sending their fifth system to the country

Seattle University students are completing their fifth fresh water treatment system for Haitian quake survivors.  

College of Education Hosts National Film Screening

The school kicks off “Conversation on Education” series with Race to Nowhere

The film screening this month, is the first of three events encouraging local dialogue on current issues and education reform. The college will host another movie screening in March. The series will wrap up with a forum featuring nationally renowned educators, policy makers and parents in May.

Women’s Hoops Adds Midseason Transfer

Nichole Jackson joins the Redhawks for the final half of the 2010-11 season

The Washington native is a sophomore transfer from Portland State University, who once led the high school 3A state tournament in assists. 

SU Honors Sports Legends

New athletic offices to be named after O’Brien brothers

Ed and John O’Brien led the Seattle U 1952 baseball team and the 1953 basketball team to the NCAA tournaments before joining the Pittsburgh Pirates to start their professional career.  

Coach Joan Bonvicini Rings Bells For Charity

The Seattle University women’s basketball coach joined other local celebrities at The Salvation Army’s Annual Celebrity Bell Ringing event

The annual event kicks off the holiday season for the non-profit and gathers the most recognized people in Seattle for some friendly competition to raise money for those in need. 

Seattle U Collaborates With Elliott Bay Books

Seattle University's Creative Writing Program is teaming up with the local bookstore on a new writing series.

The series, dubbed "E2," kicked off with a panel discussion last week that included a writers from The Stranger, Elliott Bay Books and Bumbershoot's Literary Art Festival.

New Fitness Center Underway

Seattle University’s athletic facility scheduled for completion by next fall

The Connolly Center is getting a major face-lift by adding a 21,000-square-foot Fitness Center filled with state-of-the-art equipment and much more!  

Christmas Tree Lighting Event Starts New SU Tradition

Seattle University lit up the campus, in its first community tree lighting event.

More than 400 students, staff, faculty and community members kicked off the Christmas season with a night of entertainment. Singing, dancing and the tree lighting were just some highlights from the fun-filled festive event.

Professor Gives Pre-Carnegie Hall Recital

Seattle University Professor Dr. Quinton Morris Preps For Debut in New York City

The public is invited to a sneak preview of Dr. Morris' collections for his first Carnegie Hall performance. He will play in Seattle this week, before heading to the east coast.

Fallen Soldier Honored

Seattle University graduate killed in Afghanistan inducted into Hall of Valor

An Albers School of Business graduate, Robert Bennedsen is the first soldier inducted into the University’s Hall of Valor since the Vietnam War. The Hall honors SU graduates killed in war. A Vashon Island native, Bennedsen served as a volunteer firefighter, played football and competed on the wrestling team at Vashon High School. 

Seattle U Study Abroad Program Earns High Ranks


For the fourth year straight, the university lands in the top 20 for its growing program. Students continue to travel worldwide for their studies. 

Education, Youth and Families

Seattle University staff and community members talk about educational challenges.

More than 100 people attended a panel discussion at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, to share thoughts on how to make local youth become successful.

Transit Service Being Cut?

Seattle University hosted town hall meeting to discuss transit service future

The community met in a Town Hall forum to discuss concerns about potential transit service cuts including 600,000 hours of Metro bus service. King County council members spoke with concerned citizens about the future of transit throughout the Puget Sound region. 

Soldier Inducted Into Hall of Valor

Seattle University graduate killed in Afghanistan honored for service

Rob Bennedsen will be the first soldier inducted into the University’s Hall of Valor since the Vietnam War. Bennedsen graduated from Seattle University’s Albers School of Business in 2008. 

N.E.R.D. Visits SU

Grammy-Award winning artists speak to Seattle University Students
N.E.R.D. 1

Members of N.E.R.D. paid a visit to students to talk about life in the music industry and the impact of being bullied.

Science And Religion Co-Existing?

Ken Miller

Seattle University hosted one of the nation’s most outspoken proponents of science and reason in schools and the debate over creationism. Best-selling author and Brown University Professor Kenneth Miller shared his beliefs with students.

Talk flows when Seattle University acts against bottled water

Student sustainability initiative gets national attention

Seattle University became the first college or university in the state of Washington to go bottled-water free. The university has removed bottled water from vending machines, concession stands, the campus bookstore, on-campus restaurants and catering.Check out some of the coverage in the Seattle Times and KIRO's news site.

Seattle University dedicates $55 million library of the future

Seattle University dedicates $55 million Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons
Library Dedication

Seattle University today marked a significant milestone in its 120-year history by formally dedicating the new Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, the largest, singular investment Seattle University has made to promote academic excellence and scholarly achievement. 

SU Hosts Annual Costco Scholars Program

Event raises more than $3 million and has benefited 544 graduates, including 179 now at SU.
Cost Scholarship Breakfast (sm)

Seattle University hosted the 11th Annual Costco Scholarship Fund Breakfast, which this year raised more than $3 million, bringing the overall total since its founding to more than $21 million benefiting students at Seattle University and the University of Washington.

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USNews Ranking

Seattle University moves up to 6th place in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges 2011” rankings for "Best Regional (West) Universities.” Last year, Seattle University was in the 7th spot. The university also ranks 9th in the West for affordability. This is the 10th consecutive year SU achieved a place in the top 10 rankings for this category. The Albers School of Business and Economics is the highest ranked school in the Northwest and in the top 50 for private schools in the  United States(tied for 41st). Within specialty areas, Albers’ undergraduate finance program is tied for 21st in the nation and also the highest ranked program in the Northwest. 

Sustainable Seattle


More than 50 local thought-leaders from nonprofits, businesses and academia, in attendance at today’s Green Innovation in Business Network's Solutions conference at Seattle University, called on employees to drive sustainable business practices and green innovation within their organizations. Echoing this commitment is Seattle University's Executive Vice President Tim Leary, who outlined SU’s core sustainable goals that include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, integrating sustainability practices into student learning and campus life, and sharing experiences with other “green” companies.

Summer Concert on the Green

Community invited to a free, family friendly concert presented by Seattle University

Seattle University is hosting its first summer concert between 1-4 p.m. on August 28. The concert will feature four local community groups - Garfield High Jazz Combo, Total Experience Gospel Choir, The Goody Bagg Band and Anzanga Marimba. Organized in collaboration with the Jackson Street Music Program and community partners, those attending the concert will also be able to enjoy some light refreshments provided by the university.

Transforming Campus Life


With the construction of a new residence in progress and plans for a recreational center in the near future, Seattle University has more than $100 million in projects underway. Coupled with the opening of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons this September, the overall student experience and engagement with the community will be greatly enhanced and enriched.

Record Freshman Class

Incoming freshman class is the largest in the institution's history
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Seattle University is gearing up for more than 1,000 freshman who will be attending the Welcome Week on September 18. According to Provost Isiaah Crawford, the record number of freshman is a 43.9 percent increase from the school year now ending. While the univesity's goal was targeted at 825 freshman, the new recruitment techniques, marketing initiatives as well as greater financial-aid opportunities were attributed to the enrollment success.