Alumni Blog

SU Night at the Mariners: Redhawk School Spirit on Proud Display

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on September 2, 2022 at 12:09 PM PDT

SU and Mariners mascots posing on the baseball diamond


Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: the Mariners lost to the Yankees, 9-4.

As far as we can tell, everything else about SU Night at the Mariners was a rollicking success punctuated by the pregame mixer, President Peñalver’s ceremonial first pitch, a pair of Mariner home runs, and peak Seattle summer vibes.

The event was intended as a way to bring the Redhawk community together for a fun night at the ballpark while simultaneously celebrating the class of ’22. It proved to be even more than that. 

The festivities got underway as soon as the stadium gates opened. Several hundred members of the Redhawk community made their way to the Rooftop Balcony at T-Mobile Park for food and drinks, giveaways, photo opps with Rudy the Redhawk, and tons of spirited socializing.

“It was amazing to see such a huge turnout,” said De’Andre Jones, ’18, director of alumni engagement. “When we began planning the event with the Mariners last spring, we expected maybe 350 to 400 folks to attend…not nearly 1,000!”

Jessica Palmer, ’16, ’22 remarked on the buzz that was in the air: “It was wonderful to see so many SU people smiling and enjoying each other’s company. I chatted with quite a few classmates and made some new acquaintances as well. And from a broader perspective, it was pretty neat to see the school you love being featured on such a huge stage.”

Speaking of stages, Seattle University was front and center as President Peñalver took the mound. Throwing out the first pitch was a dream come true for the Puyallup native, who grew up cheering for the Mariners. The moment was made all the more special by Peñalver being joined on the field not only by his mother and father, but also his son, Jai, who did the catching duties. The pitch was an arching breaking ball that appeared a little high and inside, but Rudy the Redhawk called it a strike – and we know better than to question the keen vision of a hawk.

The President’s pitch was cheered with boisterous fanfare, in stereo surround sound, from the SU community seated all around the ballpark.

As for the baseball, the Yankees got on the board quickly and never relinquished the lead. We console ourselves by remembering that the season is a marathon, not a sprint. And honestly, is there a cooler hang-out spot than T-Mobile Park on a summer night, win or lose?

Throughout the game, it was great to see the class of ’22 mixing and mingling and enjoying an impromptu 1-month class reunion.

Midway through the game, Seattle U was featured on the massive centerfield scoreboard. And once again, the SU crowd made their school spirit known to all corners of the stadium. 

Afterwards, Seattle U staff member Yolanda Cieters summed up the evening by saying, “It was amazing for many reasons, but most importantly, I’ve ever met so many alumni and colleagues, all in one night, in such an informal, casual setting. This type of socializing with SU folks really supports a sense of community building.”

We wholeheartedly agree, and we can’t wait for the next opportunity to get together.


Check out a photo gallery and video from this special night!

Nominations are Now Open for Alumni Awards

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on August 30, 2022 at 2:08 PM PDT

It’s time once again for the Seattle University community to select and honor our most outstanding alumni of the year. As a member of the alumni community, you are in the perfect position to recommend the best candidates.

SU's annual Alumni Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023. For one special night, we'll recognize five individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, service to the university and community, a commitment to care, academic excellence, diversity, justice and an alignment with our Jesuit values. If you know an alum who fits the descriptions below, please nominate them by Friday, October 7.


Alumna/us of the Year

The highest honor bestowed by the Seattle University Alumni Association. This award recognizes those who embody the mission and Jesuit values of the university. Awardees regularly demonstrate outstanding and purposeful leadership, discernment, service to the university and community, and a commitment to care, academic excellence, diversity, faith and justice.

Outstanding Recent Alumna/us

This award recognizes alumni who have graduated within the past ten years and whose contributions exemplify the Jesuit mission and values of Seattle University. Recipients of this award serve as role models for current and future graduates through career impact, outstanding leadership and diverse service to their communities.

University Service Award

Recognizes those who have had a major impact on the university, its schools, colleges, departments, students or faculty through distinguished leadership and service to Seattle University. These individuals have contributed to the advancement of the academic mission of higher education in the Jesuit tradition and have a long-standing legacy of service with the university. 

Professional Achievement Award

Recognizes alumni who exhibit exceptional accomplishments and leadership in their professional field while maintaining a career that exemplifies a Seattle University education – demonstrating active inquiry, intellectual curiosity and leadership. Recipients of this award have often gained national or international recognition in their careers. 

Community Service Award

Awarded to those who have made a lasting impact in their communities. These individuals embody the university's values of care, justice, leadership, faith and diversity through service in spiritual, artistic, recreational, educational, social justice or other important areas. Recipients better the quality of life around them through service in their professional or volunteer roles.

Submit your nomination using this form. For any questions, please email