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Movin’ on Up in College Rankings

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on January 9, 2020 at 8:01 AM PST

Logos from national college ranking organizations

Annually, college rankings are released to provide students and their families information to help them choose where to study. Rankings are designed to answer questions that matter most to students and their families. So, how does Seattle U rank amongst schools in the country?

Seattle University has climbed in the rankings due to academics, career outcomes, service learning and sustainability.

In the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed college rankings, Seattle U placed in the top 15 percent of the 801 schools measured and #21 of 122 in Western region universities.

U.S. News and World Report included Seattle U in the national university category for the first time after being ranked consistently in the Top 10 in the West. With the new ranking, Seattle U is tied for #139 among all national universities. 

College Factual’s 2020 Best Colleges ranking places Seattle University in the top 15 percent of colleges nationwide.

In addition to moving up in rankings, Seattle U for the 17th year is listed in the Princeton Review Best 385 Colleges 2020 guide as one of the best colleges in the U.S. for undergraduate education.

Seattle U is also being recognized for its sustainability education and practices. In the most prestigious college rankings by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (ASHE) 2019 Sustainable Campus Index, Seattle U was ranked #2 nationally among universities for its sustainability curriculum in and #4 nationally as an overall top performer among master’s institutions.

SU was recently named a national leader, ranking #13 out of 282 schools when it comes to sustainability according to “Cool Schools in 2019” by Sierra Magazine.

The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition ranked Seattle University #21 in the nation on it list of environmentally responsible colleges.

Providing Increased Access to Education

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on January 9, 2020 at 8:01 AM PST

Students and faculty standing outside of  the Lemieux Library

The Campaign for the Uncommon Good will provide students with access to inspired education, modern and updated programs and the financial freedom to pursue a brighter future. Our scholarships offer the hope of an otherwise unattainable future for more than 83 percent of our students. We must continue to endeavor to support high achieving students, who may never gain a college education due to financial barriers.

We understand that in order to increase the pathways to a Seattle U education, it requires the establishment of an endowment large enough to not only sustain current funding but grow scholarship dollars that will allow promising students access to an education that will help them transform the world.

Read Marika Yaplee’s, ’19, story about how a gap scholarship her sophomore year helped her continue her education at Seattle University.

Learn more about how Angela Flores-Marcus, ‘19, met with professors that helped her identify funding so she would be able to attend her “right fit” school.

Learn more about The Campaign for the Uncommon Good and how you can make a difference for Seattle U students.

SU Alumni Connect Updates

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on December 4, 2019 at 10:12 AM PST

Seattle U Alumni Connect Header

Over the past three years, 3,000 alumni have joined SU Alumni Connect to network with old classmates and stay connected to the university via various alumni community groups.

Unfortunately, as people rely more and more on social media, the level of engagement with the platform has not met expectations so we have decided to discontinue using SUAC.

We will be moving all chapters and affinity groups to Facebook. This will provide immediate access to information about community events and programming right at your fingertips using the Facebook account and app you already have. See below for a full list of our alumni community groups linked to their Facebook pages. Join now and stay connected!

All content and information on SUAC will be deleted on December 31, 2019. If you have any questions, contact Katie Powers at

For other ways to connect to alumni, join our LinkedIn group that has over 8,600 members or follow the Seattle University Alumni Association on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Regional ChaptersAffinity Groups
Bay Area Chapter African American Alumni
Chicago Chapter Center for Community Engagement Alumni
Eastside Seattle Chapter Dance Marathon Alumni
Hawaii Chapter Filipino Alumni
Las Vegas Chapter GOLD (Grduates of the Last Decade)
New York City Chapter International Alumni of SU
Portland Area Chapter Student Athlete Alumni
Spokane Chapter SU Faculty and Staff Alumni
Tacoma Chapter Veterans and Military Alumni
Washington D.C. Chapter  Women of SU

Uncommon Impact: Hawai’i

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on December 4, 2019 at 10:12 AM PST

Profile Photo of Brandi Yamauchi

“The sense of community, that we can all relate to, that Seattle University provided to us,” said Brandi Yamauchi, ’12, Marketing Customer Contacts for Hawaiian Airlines, is one of the biggest reasons that she chose to attend Seattle U and the reason that she continues to stay engaged despite living 3,000 miles away in Hawai’i.

Like many current students and alumni, Brandi was first introduced to Seattle University through a family member. After flying from Hawai’i to tour campus for the first time, she fell in love. “There was a charm about it. It was organized and I could feel the small tight knit community on campus; I even liked the size of the dorms,” said Yamauchi. Despite her immediate love for campus, Brandi had a hard time transitioning into college life and being so far away from her island home. “The first few months were tough. I had to adjust to classroom life, rebuild my support network and adapt to the weather,” said Yamauchi. Yet, despite all the change and the challenge, Brandi was able to find her footing and a support network in Hui O Nani Hawai’i, a club on campus whose mission is to educate the community on the cultural heritage of Hawai’i.

“Seattle U helped build my professional network, got me into my career and highlighted the importance of being fearless when defining who I am and where I want to go,” said Yamauchi. The educational experience and network that Brandi got and developed while at SU was something that she wants to continue to build in Hawai’i for her local community. “Providing educational access to others is really important. I was the first person in my family that went to and finished college. Places like SU made it possible for me to go with scholarships and support. I am already talking to my younger cousins about college,” she said.

Brandi and a group of SU Hawai’i Chapter alumni are stepping up for their ‘ohana by providing opportunities to connect and build community for alumni and their families on island. Come and learn more about the chapter and get updates about Seattle University and how to get involved by attending the Uncommon Impact: Hawaii reception hosted by the Seattle University Alumni Association and the SU Hawaii Chapter on December 15 at the Navy-Marine Golf Course.

OMA 50th Anniversary

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on December 4, 2019 at 10:12 AM PST

OMA 50th Anniversary Banner

Born out of the civil rights movement in the 60s, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), then known as the Office of Minority Affairs has changed and adapted to the times. When it first opened its doors in 1969, support services were tailored specifically to African American students. But today, OMA is home to programming that highlights identity and intercultural issues and several organizations and services that support marginalized groups on campus. “OMA is a place where all students can explore who they are in all of their identities. It’s a place where all of our students, but especially our students of minoritized identities can find respite—a place where they don’t have to code switch or perform their identities, but come and be seen for who they are. It’s a place for folks to find connection, resources and support,” said Michelle Kim, director of the office of multicultural affairs.

The 50th anniversary of OMA celebration, titled Legacy of Connections and Tradition of Action allows the SU community to reflect on the values of education, connection and advocacy has influenced students and the campus as a whole. “This theme of connection and action speaks to what we are about. It honors the fact that without our students advocating and pushing for change, we would not be sitting here 50 years later,” said Kim.

OMA will be hosting a 50th anniversary alumni reception before its annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event will feature alumni and current student speakers as they reflect on the influence OMA had on their Seattle University experience. “I believe that OMA’s responsibility is to serve as a role model for our campus. It’s our responsibility to build bridges and create connections,” says Kim.

Find out more about the OMA 50th Anniversary and register here.

Homecoming 2019 - Celebrating the Past, Present and Future

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on December 4, 2019 at 10:12 AM PST

A collage of images from Homecoming 2019

Throughout Homecoming Week November 6-10, we welcomed alumni, family and friends to campus for celebrations, reunions and Seattle University spirit while also introducing The Campaign for the Uncommon Good!

We celebrated four milestone reunions and anniversaries with over 300 alumni and guests, came together to serve communities with our largest day of service that coordinated the efforts of over 230 volunteers locally and even more in cities across the U.S. and Hong Kong  and cheered on the men’s basketball team with a sold-out game at the Redhawk Center and our first ever tailgate basketball rally.

Despite the weekend being over, we are still feeding off the energy that Homecoming brought to campus. “It was so wonderful to reconnect and get a glimpse into what everyone’s been doing,” said a reunion attendee. See joyful expressions, memorable moments and more by checking out our Homecoming and reunion photo albums on our Facebook page. Feel free to tag yourself in our album so others can see them as well!

Photo Albums

While Homecoming only happens once a year, we invite you to continue to engage with Seattle University and our alumni in the many other events and happenings throughout the year. Check out our events page for more information.

A Christmas Message from President Stephen Sundborg, S.J.

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on December 4, 2019 at 10:12 AM PST

Fr. Steve Hands Crossed

As 2019 draws to a close and the holiday season upon us, I am reminded to reflect on how grateful and blessed I am to serve the Seattle University community.

It has been an extraordinary year at Seattle U with the public launch of The Campaign for the Uncommon Good. This is the largest and most comprehensive campaign we have ever done supporting the construction of the new Center for Science and Innovation, scholarships to ensure access to education and mission-driven programs.

We  take great joy in students being able to attend Seattle University—to belong, to feel included and to thrive in an environment with world-class faculty. Students and alumni have transformed our university and continue to enrich our connections to the world through our Jesuit mission and care for the whole person.

We are grateful to see alumni using the critical lens gained from an SU education to direct and shape their careers, engaging in community and serving as leaders. We are thankful for staff and faculty members who support our student experience and stay connected to alumni long after they have left campus. You all have demonstrated unparalleled commitment, passion, and caring to Seattle University and to those that we serve.

On behalf of Seattle University, it is my pleasure to wish you and your family a joyous Christmas season filled with a peace and comfort.

From our community to yours, Merry Christmas.

Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
President, Seattle University

Homecoming Weekend is in Full Swing

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on November 7, 2019 at 10:11 AM PST

Homecoming Weekend is here and we are excited for one of our favorite campus traditions. This year’s Homecoming festivities are extra special as we celebrate the public launch of The Campaign for the Uncommon Good. Throughout the weekend, we will introduce our community to the campaign and the impact it will have on our university.

This year, alumni will return to campus for their Class of 1969, Sullivan Scholars, Search Retreat and Hiyu Coulee reunions and anniversary celebrations. Throughout the weekend, we will also be honoring our veterans and active military community.

Alumni Group Photos with Red Umbrellas

We kicked off Homecoming weekend with the Veterans cake cutting, the SU Advantage Lecture on the impacts of Artificial Intelligence on social problems and marching in the Red Umbrella parade around campus. Students got in the spirit by participating in S’morecoming, a late night campfire in the quad, rode the Class Cab and gave thanks to donors during the Spirit of Giving.

Students in a photo booth


The fun-filled weekend is just getting started as we have a ton of activities to for you and your family. Can’t come but want to follow along? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to see updates and photos from the entire weekend.

People sitting in a golf cart

There is still time to participate in Homecoming! We have highlighted some events that we think you might be interested in:

Campus Tour

Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Seattle University Seal

Homecoming Day of Service

Breakfast: 7:30-9 a.m. | LeRoux Room
Service: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Time and location vary by site

There are still opportunities to serve! Bring your family and friends. Register now.

Redhawk Redfest Rally and Men’s Basketball Homecoming Game

Rally: 5-7 p.m. | Eisiminger Center Parking Lot, 14th Ave. and Jefferson
Game: 7 p.m. | Redhawk Center

Bring your friends and family to the Redhawk Redfest Rally before the Basketball game to get into the SU spirit with food trucks and a beer garden, face painting, glow sticks, lawn games and more! Students get into the game free with their SU student ID.

Don't have tickets yet? Alumni tickets are going fast! Stick around for the onsite game watch if you don't get a ticket. Or consider a flexible 6 game ticket package to guarantee your seat.

LinkUp Provides Alumni Mentor Opportunity

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on November 6, 2019 at 11:11 AM PST

People talking around a tableLinkUp is the signature mentoring and networking event for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Designed to be casual, informal and approachable, this annual event encourages students majoring in social sciences and humanities to explore career pathways and learn from alumni and friends. We are actively seeking alumni volunteers for this powerful event.

Alumni and friend mentors find meaning in participating from the ability to help shape emerging professionals, provide life perspective and inspire possible career choices. Should mentors make a connection with students, we encourage future conversations, though a long-term mentoring relationship is not expected.

Students appreciate the comfortable structured networking environment where they pair with three or four professionals working in their areas of interest for 15-minute conversations.

Prior to the networking rounds, students participate in a short workshop where they learn the basics of networking, practice introducing themselves and how to request future informational conversations from professional mentors. 

We invite your participation! Two simultaneous LinkUp events occur, one for our undergraduate students and another for graduate students. We could use your help mentoring either population, depending on your own background and professional interests. You don’t have to be a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences – all alumni are welcome!

Register as an Undergraduate Mentor

Register as a Graduate Mentor

January 28th, 2020
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They Call Me the Shark Lady

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on November 6, 2019 at 11:11 AM PST

Women Dressed up in Shark Outfit Giving a TalkIn 2015, Andrea Richey, ’90, had been living in Hong Kong for over 25 years and had experienced working in corporate communications and human resources for a Wall Street law firm. She was working as a legal recruiter when she was suddenly faced with the personal tragedy of the passing of her father and her mother suffering a heart attack three months later. “After my father passed away, I started pondering the meaning of life,” said Richey. 

“After some reflection, I decided that changing jobs and making money wasn’t going to change my state of mind,” said Richey. So, Richey decided that she would start giving back to her community. “I looked into a lot of different organizations and volunteered at several of them. But, the Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF) was the one that stuck with me. I realized that while living in Hong Kong I had been actively contributing to the problem that this foundation was fighting,” said Richey. 

There are a 100 million sharks killed annually and the shark population has dropped by over 90% in the last 30 years. While this is a global problem, the reality is that after HKSF did a survey in 2016, we found that 98% of Chinese seafood restaurants in Hong Kong served shark fin soup. In Asian culture, shark fin soup is seen as a status symbol. Andrea was at geographic epicenter of the problem and felt that she could, through education, help to be the change for a more just and humane world. As the Executive Director of the HK Shark Foundation, Andrea has presented to over 10,000 students in both local and international in schools across Hong Kong to raise awareness about shark conservation. “I think of myself as a farmer. I know that if I plant the idea of sharks as an important resource to the future of our ecosystem and world, these students will grow up knowing more than their parents did and make better decisions. Our results are slow, but definitive. HKSF is making progress and educating people to say NO to shark fin soup,” said Richey.  

Through this work “I realized that I could be a big part of the solution by stopping the exploitation and unsustainable practice of killing sharks for profit. Being mindful and practicing mindfulness has been one of my keys to happiness,” says Richey. While she has focused her efforts on elementary students thus far, Andrea has set her sights on educating corporations on the benefits of shark conservation in 2020 and expanding the reach of Hong Kong Shark Foundation beyond Hong Kong.  

Watch her TEDxCUHK video.