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3rd Annual EcoChallenge

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on April 6, 2016 at 4:04 PM PDT

Celebrate April, Earth Month, by participating in the EcoChallenge April 11-29. Have fun, care for the planet, and win great prizes! You can participate individually or as a team.

The EcoChallenge is a fun 3-week event encouraging participants to raise awareness and make small lifestyle changes to care for the planet and our communities. For three weeks, you’ll challenge yourself to learn, act, advocate for, and share information about each week's theme: FOOD and WASTE (week 1); ENERGY and BUILDINGS (week 2); SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY (week 3). Don’t worry, we will provide lots of ideas for activities. Gift cards to local businesses will be awarded to the winner of each week!

Sign up here! Registration is open until Monday, April 11. You can sign up individually or as a team of up to 3 people made up of any combination of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. More info about the EcoChallenge can be found here. Sponsored by the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.


10 Signs You're a 2006 SU Graduate

Posted by The 2006 Reunion Committee on April 6, 2016 at 3:04 PM PDT

In honor of our 10th Reunion the 2006 Reunion Committee put together this list of top 10 memories to get you ready for Reunion Weekend.  


1. You loved watching Fr. Rog Dance to Men in Black at orientation.


2. Your favorite sandwich artist was Rick the Sandwich Guy!


3. You were there when the Night Hawk got its start.


4. You remember that the SU Men's Soccer Team went undefeated.

5. You were there when The Presidents of the United States played at Quadstock.


6. You remember sledding down Cherry on trays and street signs.

7. You remember when the Bistro used to have bubble tea.
the Bistro

8. You used to count the shrimp in your shrimp pasta to make sure Bon Appétit wasn't cutting it fast and loose with the numbers.

Shrimp Pasta

9. You remember the awesome poster from "New Kids On The Hawk" at the first home soccer game of freshman year!!

10 You remember getting free passes from incognito MTV staffers on campus to see Michelle Branch, Missy Elliott, and Dave Matthews in concert at the EMP.

We hope to see you at our reunion on April 30th. Make sure you've got your tickets so you don't miss out on the fun! There's a full weekend of events taking place on campus during Reunion Weekend, including four reunions. Check out the complete weekend schedule for more info! 

Have pictures from your time at Seattle U? Send them to us to be a part of the reunion slideshow. 

Class of 2006 10th Reunion Dinner and Celebration

7:00-10:00 p.m.
Seattle University | The LeRoux Room - Student Center 160

Class of 2006 After Party

10:00 p.m.
Sam's Tavern

The Reforms of Pope Francis: Can They Last?

Posted by Fr. Patrick Howell, S.J. on April 6, 2016 at 10:04 AM PDT

Fr. Howell

March 13 marked the third anniversary of the election of Pope Francis—not only an Argentine, but also the first Jesuit ever elected pope. Several times I have been asked, “Can the reforms he has begun continue beyond his time as pope?” Here’s my take.

When the 114 cardinals elected him, they knew that three major reforms needed to occur: 1) the response to the sexual abuse crisis, 2) the reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, and 3) the reform of the scandalous Vatican Bank. Pope Francis has made a strong start on all three. But the cardinals got a whole lot more than they bargained on.

The key is that Francis has changed the culture. He has changed the very way that we think about the Catholic faith, so his reforms will continue long after he’s gone. Let me count the way!

1. He urges a decentralization of the Curia. He has repeatedly said, “Too many issues come to Rome for decisions?” He encourages disagreements and doubts. “Having all the opinions is the only way to do a genuine discernment.”

2. He excoriates the trappings and egos of clergy and hierarchs who lord it over others. From the beginning he has said that the Church is too narcissistic, too self-centered. In a telling image he said, “Christ is knocking on the door of the Church. But he’s knocking from the inside, trying to get out.” The Church needs to be a “field hospital.” It needs to go out to where the people are wounded and hurting.

3. He invites the poor and the homeless to breakfast with him. On Holy Thursday he washed and kissed the feet of Muslims, Hindus, Protestant and Catholics. “God’s mercy is never exhausted,” he says. He has inaugurated a Year of Mercy, and he himself embodies that reality.

Because of the change of atmosphere, because of the shift in church vision, it will be nearly impossible to revert to the defensive, whistle blowing Church which characterized so many of the previous years.

Fr. Patrick Howell, S.J., former dean of the School of Theology and Ministry, is currently the Distinguished Professor in the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture.


St. Patrick and Ireland's History

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on March 2, 2016 at 9:03 AM PST

Consistently rated as one of the most popular saints of the Catholic Church, St. Patrick (387 – 461 CE) is also one of the few whose saint’s day is treated in some places (most notably the U. S. and Ireland) as a national holiday, regardless of one’s religious or ethnic identity.  What other saint could inspire the journeyman plumbers of Chicago to turn the Chicago River an emerald green every year?  A variety of details of St. Patrick’s legendary life are known by many:  that he spent much of his youth as a slave in Ireland before he escaped back to England, that he used shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity, that he supposedly drove all the snakes from Ireland, and that he converted the entire island to Christianity in 40 years.

But in all the stories about St. Patrick, what stands out is his humility and receptivity toward all he met.  Unafraid of death or martyrdom, he seems to have had no trouble welcoming even those most hostile to him.  One of my favorite collections of stories about Patrick is Acallam na Senórach (Tales of the Elders of Ireland), in which Patrick befriends the most unlikely of people:  the warrior Caílte, one of the last of the Fíanna, the warrior band led by the famous mythic hero Finn mac Cumaill.  The tales read like a collision between Greek myths and saints lives.  It is hard to imagine two more different people.  Yet somehow the physically gigantic Caílte (St. Patrick comes up to this waist) and the more diminutive St. Patrick hit it off.  They become friends; the warrior converts to Christianity; and the two continue their adventures throughout Ireland.  

Throughout their journeys, Caílte tells stories of Finn and his heroic adventures, stories of magic and the marvelous straight out of another age.  Rather than dismiss these, though, St. Patrick encourages them.  Two angels told him that he must do all he can to preserve the stories of Ireland’s past.  He approaches his task with relish.

We learn something important here from St. Patrick:  that the past is important and worth saving.  Indeed, The Tales of the Elders of Ireland reminds us of the deep layers of Irish history.  As Seamus Heaney once said of the Irish landscape, every acre seems camped on before.  The layers are readily discernible today.

This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls close to a particularly resonant date in Irish history.  2016 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising, an event as important for the Irish as the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, is for an American.  On Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, an armed group of militia stormed several British strongholds in Dublin in an effort to inspire a nationwide rebellion against more than four centuries of British occupation.  After several days, the uprising failed.  But the well-publicized executions of the leaders in the immediate aftermath created a public backlash that eventually resulted in revolution and Irish independence.  

Every summer for the past 12 years, former Washington State Poet Laureate Sam Green and I have led student groups in Ireland, where students see firsthand Irish literature and history and where they learn to try their own hands at writing poems and stories.  Everywhere the past can be seen in the present.  You can still see the bullet holes in the columns of the General Post Office on O’Connell Street, the epicenter of the Easter Rising rebels.  And you can still see in Celtic crosses the distinctively Irish approach to Christianity that St. Patrick cultivated centuries ago.  

The Irish are some of the friendliest and most welcoming people you are likely to meet.  If you haven’t been to Ireland, you should think about going.  You won’t regret it.

To learn more about the Easter Rising, visit  

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sean H. McDowell,
Director, University Honors
Associate Professor, English

Alumni Spotlight: Rayann (Ray) Onzuka, '14

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on March 2, 2016 at 9:03 AM PST

Seattle University’s student club Hui ‘O Nani Hawaii Club provides a home away from home for the people of Hawaii and educates the Seattle U community about its cultural heritage. One of the club’s most loved tradition is lu’au, now in its 54th year celebrating the music, dance, food and culture of Hawaii.

Alumna Rayann (Ray) Onzuka, ’14, was an officer of the Hawaii Club for five years including serving as Entertainment Chair for the 50th anniversary lu’au. She choreographed a few of the dances each year, a role she still performs as an alumna. 

Ray, who was born and raised in Hawaii, found her way to the mainland after visiting her sister in Seattle. “My sister was the Entertainment Chair for Seattle University’s lu’au and choreographed the dances, a role I knew I wanted.” Ray has been a dancer since the age of six. “Before college the first job I had ever had was being a part of a Polynesian dance group.”  As the club choreographer she taught dancers Hula, Tahitian and Samoan dances. 

“My favorite memory of lu’au was seeing my dancers perform on the big stage and bringing my choreography to life. Some of the performers had never danced before and it was exciting to witness their first time performing in front of an audience,” Ray shared. 

Ray now works at the Wing Luke Museum as the Visitor Services and Events Manager. The Wing Luke Museum connects the Seattle community to the history, cultures and art of Asian Pacific Americans. “The museum also covers the history of Pacific Islanders and so I feel deeply connected to the place and passionate about what we do,” Ray said. One of the events she plays a role in is Jam Fest, put on by the Wing Luke Museum to help support mom and pop restaurants in the International District and revitalize the community. 

Despite her busy work schedule, Ray has stayed connected to Seattle University through Hui ‘O Nani. “I choreographed a few of the dances again this year and while this will be my last year as choreographer, I will always support lu’au.” Ray is exited to once again see her dancers take the stage at lu’au on April 30th and she hopes other alumni plan to come out and support the students.

“Students are continuing to expand this 54-year old tradition in new and innovative ways. It grows every year and coming back as an alum is different. You get to sit in the seats and enjoy the show instead of worrying about your costume or preparing lomi lomi salmon.” 

As a dedicated Hawaii Club alum, Ray hopes to see connections between the Hawaii Club and alumni continue to grow. “For Hawaii Club students, there are so many professional development skills to be gained from interacting with alumni. After graduating, it is important to stay connected for our own success whether we stay here or return home.” Ray found her role at the Wing Luke Museum through a Seattle U contact. “I’m deeply passionate about Polynesian culture and I’m so proud of the students.  They will always have my support.”

If you’re an alum of Hawaii Club or interested in experiencing and learning more about Hawaiian culture, mark your calendars now for April 30th and the 54th Annual Lu’au entitled “HO'ŌLA LĀHUI, HOʻOULU PAE ʻAINA: VIBRANT PEOPLE, THRIVING LAND.” 

You can see past performances choreographed by Ray below. 




Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection: Compassion

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on March 2, 2016 at 9:03 AM PST

What does living a life of compassion mean to you? Perhaps it looks like a gesture of self-compassion by breathing and letting go of self-judgment or criticism in a moment when you would normally do so. Or, perhaps it is an act of compassion for another person in the form of a listening ear during his or her suffering. It may even look like an inner acknowledgement during prayer that God is caring for your family during an especially trying time. These are all small ways we encounter and create space for compassion to exist.

Each of us is juggling varying commitments, from career to family needs, while striving to make our lives more meaningful and in alignment with our faith, values, and desires. The theme for the Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection is “Compassion”, and complements the Holy Year of Mercy as declared by Pope Francis. Compassion – in relationship to God, self, and other - is a spiritual practice that allows us to navigate life with increased awareness, serenity, and gratitude. 

The Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection is an opportunity to unplug and connect with other Jesuit alumni as you journey together for a day of guided talks, prayer and reflection, conversation, and community building. This retreat is open to Jesuit alumni of all ages and stages of life; the retreat will be ecumenical in nature and will draw from the Jesuit/Ignatian tradition, as well as contemporary personal development topics. 

As one past retreatant has shared: “For me, it was a chance to just breathe and be for a while.” Come join us!

You can register for the retreat via this link. Space is limited and spots have been going quickly, so don’t wait to reserve yours! Cost is $20 and includes retreat materials, continental breakfast, lunch & parking (partial scholarships are available).

To learn more about Magis and our ministry to Jesuit alumni, please visit us online.

Celebrating 50 Years: Love Stories from the Class of 1966

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 3, 2016 at 2:02 PM PST

As the class of 1966 prepares to celebrate its 50th reunion on April 30th, many of its classmates are also preparing to celebrate 50th wedding anniversaries. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we sat down with four couples from the class of 1966 to learn how their love stories began at Seattle University.

Lynn Teplicky Hennagin,’66, and Roger Hennagin, ’66

Lynn found her way to Seattle U—and Roger—after attending Forrest Ridge High School. “I knew it to be a good Catholic school. We were always partial to the Jesuits. They seemed the most level-headed of the priests and were known for being an intelligent group.”

Roger was also fond of the Jesuits. After growing up attending Jesuit schools, he decided on Seattle U and then attended law school at Georgetown.

Lynn and Roger met during their senior year at Seattle U. Both Lynn and Roger were student body officers and were introduced by mutual friends on a leadership retreat. They dated for one year and then got married shortly after graduation. The couple then moved to Washington, D.C. so Roger could continue his education.

 “I think in a way, Seattle University prepared us to interview our partners. We were able discover our mutual values which is very important in a relationship,” Lynn shared. “To this day I still feel like I married my best friend.”

But finding the perfect partner was not the only thing Seattle U prepared Lynn and Roger for. “Seattle University also taught both of us to be community leaders. I’ve served on the Chamber of Commerce and we have both served on community boards, Roger served on the Lake Oswego city council for four years and we credit that with the skills Seattle University taught us.”  

Many of Lynn and Roger’s friend from Seattle University were also student leaders and those friendships remain strong today even though they all live in different parts of the country. Lynn and Roger now live in Portland, Oregon and hope to return to Seattle this spring for their 50thclass reunion.

“I think it sounds like a lot of fun to see our friends again,” Lynn said. Roger and Lynn will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 9th.

Pat Cobelens Vivolo ’65, and Tony Vivolo, ‘66

It was Seattle University’s reputation as a good Catholic school and its respected nursing program that attracted Pat from Bellingham. She was looking for a school not too far from home. Tony joked that he was the opposite. Tony grew up in an immigrant Italian neighborhood in New York. When Tony was awarded a scholarship by a community organization he set his sights on Seattle U. “I was the first one in my family to go to college. I chose Seattle U because it was the farthest I could get away from New York City and I felt I needed that distance to complete my education.”

When Tony arrived in Seattle he didn’t know anyone and says that he came with a chip on his shoulder. “Seattle University was a far cry from lower Manhattan. It was thanks to the community and in large part the Dean of Students, Fr. Robert Rebhahn that I made it through college and graduated,” Tony said. 

For Pat, it was the faculty, her classmates and her superb education in the Nursing school that she most appreciates about her time at Seattle U.

Pat met Tony on her last day at Seattle University. It was 1965 and she was a graduating senior when she met Tony, The Chambers Tavern where SU students frequently gathered. “I had just finished my last day of clinical practice at Providence Hospital,” she shared. The two ended up at the same table, celebrating the end of the term with mutual friends and hit it off. Fifty years later they are still together and still connected to Seattle University.

Both Pat and Tony have maintained friendships they made at SU.  Pat and her nursing cohort formed a strong bond during their time at SU and hold reunions every few years.

Tony shared that after he spent time in Vietnam and entered the business world as a professional engineer, he saw the impact Seattle University had on him, instilling in him a sense of morals and ethics. “My motto is do the right thing,” Tony said, a philosophy he attributes to his time at Seattle University. Pat shared that they recently attended a retirement party for the person who had replaced Tony and the millennials at the company crowded around Tony at the party. “His philosophy and ethics had made him a legend to the younger generation and it’s something they really resonated with,” she said beaming with pride.

Last year Tony and Pat returned to Seattle University for Pat’s 50th Reunion and this year they will return for Tony’s.

Pam Carlson Walker, ’67, and Bruce Walker, ‘66

Pam decided on Seattle University after driving up to visit the campus with a friend. “It was one of the Catholic schools I was interested in and it was a beautiful campus on a beautiful day and everyone was very friendly,” she remembered fondly.   Bruce was living in Idaho and wanted to go to good Catholic school out of state.  “Call it a sign from God,” Bruce said, “but when Seattle University’s basketball team visited Pocatello  I was their ball boy. I did it for two years and then when I was looking for a college Seattle U seemed the right place.”

The couple met on campus during Bruce’s sophomore year.  “I first saw Pam when she was a freshman registering for freshman orientation.”  Seattle U was a small school and the couple got to know each other. Their friends ate dinner together in the dorm dining room. A year after he first laid eyes on her, Pam and Bruce went on their first date to a James Bond movie and the rest was history.

While Seattle U holds an important place in their hearts because they met here, it’s also special for fostering another relationship. Both Pam and Bruce became close with the then Academic Vice President, Fr. Frank Costello. “He would invite the guys on his floor in Bellarmine Hall to his room to eat popcorn and watch The Fugitive.” That weekly gathering was the start of a life-long friendship.

 “He is a member of our family,” Pam said. “He has been at all three of our children’s weddings and on a few family trips.”

Both Pam and Bruce agree that their time as students at Seattle University helped strengthen their faith, but it also brought an awareness to the fact that there’s a much bigger community and started them on the path of getting involved. Both have held leadership positions with the United the Way as well as other non-profit organizations. The Walkers have watched Seattle U’s growth over the years and followed its success and in 2005 they returned to Seattle U for their 40th reunion. Also in attendance was their dear friend, Fr. Costello. Now 10 years later the Walkers are excited for their 50th Reunion. They are excited to connect with friends they have not seen for 50 years and see the improvements that have been made to campus.


Jane Cunningham McClure and Andrew McClure, ‘66

Andrew “Andy” McClure was running for the Student Body office of Publicity Director at Seattle University when he asked Jane Cunningham, a class officer, to give his introduction for a talk on campus. Little did Jane know she was introducing her future husband.

Andy asked Jane out on her 19th birthday. The couple attended a campus party as their first date. “When we were in school the women had curfews and the men didn’t,” Jane recalled.” I got home an hour late after our first date and got in trouble and couldn’t go out the next weekend. I hope that rule has changed,” Jane teased.

The two were married after Andy’s senior year and spent two years in Europe. Though they now live in California, they still feel the impact of their Jesuit education. “The Jesuits are such a well-educated order of priests. Seattle University really emphasized the academics. We had a good time, but felt we got a really good education and really appreciate that.” Andy went on to say that “commitment to social justice and helping other people is something that has been important to us.” Jane serves on the board of the Hanna Boys Center, providing underprivileged boys a place to go for school and counseling.

Though no longer in the Seattle area, Andy and Jane have stayed close to friends from college. “We are active in the alumni association activities in the Bay Area,” Andy said, “We attend alumni dinners, basketball games and gatherings. It’s really great to stay connected.”

Andy is now helping connect his classmates as part of the 1966 reunion planning committee. “We are excited to go back to campus and see what has changed, rejoin old friends and relive old memories. It will be great to get the crew together again.”

Andy and the rest of the 1966 Reunion Committee invite all their classmates to join them at their reunion.

Class of 1966 50th Reunion
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Seattle University
Register online.  

We hope you’ll come back to rediscover Seattle University, reconnect with old friends and share your own stories with us on April 30th

Alumni Spotlight: Kendrick Glover, '08

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 3, 2016 at 2:02 PM PST

On Wednesday evenings most students at Kent-Meridian High School have gone home for the day. The teachers have left their classrooms, the athletes and coaches have departed from the halls—you’d think the custodial crew would be the only people left. But a few male students remain, sitting in a classroom, discussing their goals, passions, and where they think their life is going. Joining them, their leader, Kendrick Glover, ’08, the founder of the program the boys are participating in: Glover Empower Mentoring. Kendrick is here every Wednesday night with the goal of ensuring each boy in his mentoring program graduates from high school—because Kendrick wants the boys to learn from his mistakes.

Sixteen years ago, Kendrick was tried as an adult in Mississippi and sent to prison. He thought he wouldn’t graduate high school, he thought he wouldn’t have a job—ultimately, he thought his life was over. Yet in 2008, he was walking across the stage at Seattle University’s commencement ceremony and receiving his B.A. in Criminal Justice. 

So how has Kendrick transformed from inmate to PhD candidate and mentor? A big part of the answer lies in a phone call from his aunt in Seattle.

Kendrick spent his years in prison working on his G.E.D. and his time after working on a B.A. at Jackson State University. Kendrick’s JSU career ended when he reverted to the same lifestyle that led to his incarceration and was told by school administration that he would not be returning to school. But then his aunt in Seattle gave him a call, found out he wasn’t in school and purchased him a bus ticket. Kendrick was coming to Seattle, whether he wanted to or not.

But what initially felt like a loss of autonomy became a chance for Kendrick to reinvent himself. “Now what am I going to do? I need to dig deep and find myself,” Kendrick reflects on the experience. And that meant returning to higher education. “[I chose Seattle U because] it had Seattle in its name,” Kendrick explains with a laugh. Seattle U’s downtown environment and true reflection of Seattle culture made it the perfect way for him to experience his new home, and the small class sizes encouraged him to dig deeper and plan his future.

At his graduation in 2008, family visited from all over the country to “see it to believe it.” While it was incredible for them, Kendrick was perhaps the most amazed of all: he finally had confirmation that prison wouldn’t hold him back. The forward momentum continued as he received his Master’s in Education from City University, interned for King County City Councilmember Larry Gossett, and started mentoring students at various high schools through the Police Activities League (PAL) run by the King County Sherriff’s Office. 

In 2014, after various mentoring programs he had worked for fell through, Kendrick worked with his friend Sylvester Craft to establish Glover Empower Mentoring. GEM is a permanent mentoring program open to boys in need from age 13 to 21, working frequently with boys of African American and Latino descent.  Kendrick says he focuses on creating relationships with the mentees that are “sustainable and impactful… I hope to be an inspiration [to them].”

Kendrick believes that many of his accomplishments are owed to his experience at Seattle University. “When I got to Seattle U, it all changed,” Kendrick explained, “[SU] gives you the opportunity to find out who you are.” And for Kendrick, finding himself meant focusing not just on academics, but on the social and emotional sides of himself. One of his biggest supporters on this journey was now-retired Fr. Kelliher, S.J., a Criminal Justice professor who never lost faith in Kendrick: “It helped to have someone believe in you that much.”

Now, Kendrick is focused on providing hope for his mentees, helping the community, and dedicating himself to his family. When the Kent Reporter recently honored Kendrick as their Person of the Year 2015, it was, “Confirmation that what I’m doing is right.” But most of all, the recognition wasn’t all about his success: “[It’s] not just about me, it’s about the community…and it’s truly an honor.”

Written by Miranda Benson, '17

SU Advantage Networking Night: Leading With Emotional Intelligence

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 3, 2016 at 2:02 PM PST

“Emotional Intelligence is a lot of things…it is a ‘quality of being’ that optimizes all of your relationships…it enhances the quality of every encounter that you have with your colleagues… People with emotional intelligence live consciously.”

That is Dr. Bill Weis’ “condensed” version of Emotional Intelligence—the topic for February’s SU Advantage | Networking Night, which will be hosted by the Seattle University Alumni Association on February 25, 2016 at the Hotel Sorrento.

Dr. Bill Weis and Hartley McGrath, both faculty in the Albers School of Business and Economics MBA program, will be leading the event in a new way. Instead of presentations and structured networking, frequently used at past Networking Nights, co-facilitators Weis and McGrath will be leading the event with experiential learning that is seamlessly mixed with networking.

It’s not their first time working with the topic of Emotional Intelligence—Weis and McGrath co-teach the sixty-contact hour “Leading with Emotional Intelligence” Albers course that attracts graduate students from all programs. It is the longest 3-credit course, as well as the most popular graduate elective. The course is so popular that it is currently being taught for the 50th time since its inauguration thirteen years ago. 

Sixty contact hours sounds like a long course, but Dr. Weis explains that such a large topic is naturally lengthy: “It’s hard to condense ‘what is emotional intelligence’ into a sound bite, [because] it is about many things.” These many topics are everything from empathy—“emotionally walking in the moccasins of others”—to coaching—“helping the others in your life see, hear, know, and accept what is true for them”—to not knowing—“being able to say, ‘I don’t know what to say.’”

But Emotional Intelligence is not just about learning a series of concepts, it’s about fundamentally changing who you are. “When you are with [someone who is emotionally intelligent], you know that they are present and paying attention, that they hear you and understand you and get it—which is a rare and powerful gift,” says Dr. Weis. And while Bill and Hartley’s course is taught through Albers, it’s not just for the business world: “[Emotional Intelligence] leads to more effective relationships at work, at home, and in other communities, in ways that bring value to your employer, to your family and to all your acquaintances.”

The nature of the class will make this SU Advantage stand out from past events. It will mimic the environment of the class, which Bill says “provides a safe and nonjudgmental space for people to grow…in self-knowledge and self-acceptance, to grow in authenticity, to grow in a transformative way—in a way that changes one’s worldview.”

Space is very limited. Reserve your spot now for the February 25th SU Advantage | Networking Night to hone your emotional intelligence and use it in all of your relationships. 


SU Advantage | Networking Night
“Leading with Emotional Intelligence”
Thursday, February 25 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hotel Sorrento | Top of the Town Room

Register now.


Looking for a more in-depth experience? Bill and Hartley are also leading a trip to the Italian Dolomites, open only to Seattle U alumni and friends. You can learn more about this once in a lifetime trip here.

Alumni Award Winners 2016

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 3, 2016 at 2:02 PM PST

President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., the Seattle University Alumni Association and the Alumni Board of Governors are pleased to announce the university’s 2016 Alumni Awards recipients.  For the past 31 years, Seattle University has celebrated the Alumni Awards, honoring alumni who exemplify our Jesuit values and excel in the areas of leadership, professional achievement and community service. This year’s winners are no exception.

We will celebrate the achievements of these outstanding Seattle University alumni and faculty at the 31st Annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. We hope you will register to join us. 

Peter Morton, ’00 

As an executive at Boeing, Peter Morton was instrumental in forging a partnership with Seattle University to establish the Executive Leadership Program (ELP) in the Albers School of Business and Economics. Morton recruited senior leadership development executives from Costco, Weyerhauser, Safeco and Port of Seattle to partner with faculty to develop the curriculum that emphasized corporate values, ethics and community responsibility. Morton has brought hundreds of students to Seattle University and helped build a strong bond between Seattle University and the Boeing Company. After seven “career changes” in his 42 years with Boeing, he retired in 2000. Now president of Peter M. Morton Consulting, he brought Alan Mulally, former head of the Boeing Commercial Division and CEO of the Ford Motor Company, to campus. A dedicated community volunteer, Morton mentors ELP students, is a trustee of the Museum of Flight and serves on local and national boards. He shares his passion for flying with youth as a 10-year volunteer with the Young Eagles. Read more.

Cheryl Sesnon, ’03 
Community Service

As the acting director of FareStart, Cheryl Sesnon, was given 18 months to put the fledgling organization’s books in order. She transformed the agency into a culinary job training program for the homeless. Within six years, Sesnon was overseeing an annual budget of over $2 million. In 2003, she earned a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership from Seattle University. The former executive director of Washington CASH and current executive director of the Jubilee Women’s Center, Sesnon’s specialty is helping transform struggling organizations into thriving successes. She volunteers for Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, traveling twice a year to Central America to provide leadership coaching, while also serving on a number of boards. Recipient of the Lead Ignite Award from Seattle University, she was also presented the Aubrey David Award for Progressive Leadership and the Harlequin Publishing “More Than Words” award. Read more.

John Dougherty, ’66 
University Service

Since his graduation from Seattle University in 1966, John Dougherty has remained actively involved with Seattle University. While a student, he managed both the men’s basketball and baseball teams. As an alumnus, he joined the Seattle University Graduates Club, bought basketball season tickets and joined the Tomahawk Club, serving as president for 10 years.  He also has sat on the Alumni Board of Governors. Recipient of the Mark Escandon University Sport Service Award, Dougherty’s proudest moment was his induction into the Seattle University Athletics Hall of Fame. For the past eight and half years, Dougherty, as Athletic Development Officer, has dedicated himself to raising funds necessary to build a strong athletics program. He has initiated new giving programs and increased both the number of donors and the gifts to Athletics, now exceeding $1 million each year. Now he and his wife Diana show their pride as members of the Legacy Society. Read more.

Jill Wakefield, EdD, ’92 
Professional Development

A Seattle University graduate with a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Jill Wakefield is a visionary who has paved the way for women to attain leadership positions in higher education. She is the first woman and longest serving Chancellor of the Seattle Colleges and will retire in June after 42 years in the system. Formerly an adjunct professor at Seattle University, Wakefield is a member of the Board of Trustees. She is passionate about building partnerships with businesses, K-12 education and four-year colleges to ensure greater educational accessibility and student success. Named as one of the Most Influential People of 2012 by Seattle Magazine, she has also been cited by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a Woman of Influence. Wakefield has served on numerous boards at the local, national and international level, including as president of the National Advisory Commission of Presidents for Community Colleges. Read more.

Sean McDowell, PhD.  
Distinguished Faculty

Associate Professor of English, Director of the Honors Program and creator of the Irish Writer’s Workshop, Sean McDowell received the 2006 Most Inspirational Faculty Award in recognition of his ability to engage and motivate students. For McDowell, teaching is his gift and his passion. He derives great satisfaction from not only sharing his own love of literature, but infusing his students with hunger for a lifetime of learning. For the past 12 summers, McDowell has taken student groups to Ireland for three weeks, an often life-changing experience. He was recently honored by being elected to membership in the International Association of University Professors of English, leads several literary societies and is editor of the John Donne Journal. A writer of fiction, poetry and screen plays, McDowell is preparing his first collection of poems for publication. Read more.

Hollis Wong-Wear, ’09 
Outstanding Recent Alumna

A Sullivan Scholar and 2009 graduate, Hollis Wong-Wear is a poet, songwriter, creative producer and lead vocalist in the electronic R&B band, The Flavr Blue. In addition to her artistic accomplishments, Wong-Wear is a manager, community leader and businesswoman. Her dedication to education, the arts, youth, social justice and empowerment issues have led her into public service, serving on the boards of the Seattle Center Advisory Commission, the Seattle Music Commission and 4Culture, King County’s public art agency. In addition to her roles in civic leadership and mentorship, she has appeared as a featured speaker and performer at conferences and high-profile events. For six years, Wong-Wear has collaborated with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as video producer for “Wings” and “Thrift Shop,” singer, songwriter and strategist. She earned the 2014 Grammy nomination for Album of the Year for her vocal performance of “White Walls” on The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Read more.