Alumni Blog

GOLD Council Adds 9 New Members

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on June 24, 2021 at 3:06 PM PDT

We are excited to introduce the nine new GOLD Council members who will start in the fall. They are bringing a lot of enthusiasm and new ideas. Get to know a little about them as you read their favorite Seattle U memories. 

Collage of new GOLD members

Nelson Taylor, ’17: Representing Seattle University all over the country as I played baseball with my best friends for the men's baseball program. 
Robin Lustig, ’18: One of my favorite SU memories is studying (procrastinating) with my friends and classmates at Cherry Street Coffee. 
Julia Grief, ’18: One of my favorite SU memories is celebrating Homecoming my senior year. It was such a festive time and it was a fun way to commemorate my last year at SU. 
Ty Bean, ’20: My favorite SU memory was going to Southpaw for Happy Hour before class with a bunch of my cohort mates. It was always a good time to catch up and have some pizza before class! 
Sophie Brooke, ’19: My favorite memories at Seattle U are the first times I played tourist with friends as a first-year - taking the ferry over to Bainbridge Island, visiting the Seattle Art Museum, finding the best Pho in Seattle (Pho Bac!), and my first late night dinner/dessert/breakfast at Lost Lake (classic Seattle U diner spot) where you can get pancakes, pie, and a burger in the same sitting at 11pm! 
Nikki Maryanski, ’19: My most fondest memories would probably be the baptism of my older daughter in St. Ignatius Chapel by Father Whitney, followed three years later by my wedding to my life partner and love of my life in the same chapel, and last but certainly not least my graduation in 2019. 
Jessie Dirks, ’19: One of my favorite memories from Seattle U is playing with the SU Drumline! We were a close-knit family with inside jokes and plenty of goofy antics. Drumline was where I could de-stress from classes and be myself. 
Genna Madic, ’16: My favorite SU memories revolve around my work in Leadership Development. The work ethic and camaraderie in that office was palpable. I loved working with Michelle Etchart, my grad assistants, and my peers to develop programming that impacted the whole community! 
Emily Thurston, ’14: Going on immersion trips through campus ministry to both Belize and Appalachia were my favorite experiences. I loved the opportunity to learn and travel with a reflective, committed group of people.


Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on June 24, 2021 at 2:06 PM PDT

Graphic for Juneteenth and Pride Month

June hosts not one, but two important celebrations:  Pride Month celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and Juneteenth, honoring the end of slavery on June 19, 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas. To celebrate our diverse alumni community, we are sharing our highly recommended books, podcasts, movies and ways to get involved.


Why do we celebrate PRIDE: What are the origins of Pride Month?

What we are reading: Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aickman

What we are listening to: Making Gay History hosted by Eric Marcus and One from the Vaults hosted by Morgan M Page

What we are watching: Changing the Game on Hulu

How we are celebrating: Seattle Pride Month and How to Celebrate PRIDE as an Ally

Where we are donating: Trevor Project 


Why do we celebrate Juneteenth?: What is Juneteenth?  

What we are reading: The Juneteenth Reading List

What we are listening to: Mixed Company by Simeon Coker and Kar Deveraux Lawson

What we are watching: Miss Juneteenth (all streaming platforms) & When They See Us (Netflix) 

How we are celebrating: How to Celebrate Juneteenth as an Ally

Where we are donating: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF)