Alumni Blog

LinkUp with Seattle University Students by Becoming a Mentor

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on December 2, 2021 at 4:12 PM PST

People talking around a table 

Looking to help mentor students and expand their professional network? The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is actively seeking alumni to participate in LinkUp, the college’s signature mentoring and networking event for students.  

DATE: Wednesday, January 26, 2022 
TIME: 4:30–6 p.m.  
LOCATION: Seattle University | Student Center – First Floor


Designed to be structured, yet informal and low-key, LinkUp is an annual event that connects current CAS undergraduate and graduate students with alumni so that they can discover shared interests, discuss professional plans and ideas, and start a mentoring relationship. Since its inception in 2019, the event has proven to be an impactful and effective career building experience for the students.  
From past students
“The event made it easy and low pressure to network. The info session at the start and the online platform used were really helpful for networking. I learned a lot and it was great to hear about different careers.” 
“I enjoyed meeting and hearing from former graduates. They provided sound advice and the partnering with mentors was well curated.” 
From a past mentor
“This was a great event—I’m a little envious of these students! I thought the format was great, including the open networking time at the end—it made a good opportunity to direct students I met to other alumni I know.” 
Help shape our emerging young professionals’ careers by registering today. Learn more by visiting the LinkUp website.   
Questions? Contact Amy Lonn-O’Brien by email:

A Holiday Message from President Eduardo Peñalver

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on December 2, 2021 at 3:12 PM PST

Eduardo sitting in front of St. Ignatius

Christmas is a celebration of light in the midst of darkness.  As the Gospel of John puts it, Christ is “the light [that] shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

At Seattle University, the celebration of light has a special meaning.  We associate the light with knowledge and wisdom; a light that overcomes the darkness of ignorance and intolerance.  Wisdom is the light that never goes out, the light we aim to instill in our students. 

This season of light amidst the darkness is one that we can all embrace, regardless of our faith tradition.  Many cultures and religions have a celebration like it, whether it be the Hannukah Menorah or the diyas that Hindus light for Diwali.  The yearning for light in the midst of the darkness of winter, the universal thirst for the light of knowledge and wisdom that overcomes the darkness of ignorance – these are things that bring us all together as human beings. 

When we celebrate this season, we are celebrating something essential in the human experience.  Even in this world of electric light and constant connectivity – we find ourselves still disciplined by the Earth’s inexorable cycles of light and dark.

I am delighted to be sharing this magical season with the Seattle University community during my first year as president.  I wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.