SU Voice Alumni Blog

SU Alum Appointed to Irish Senate

Posted by Amanda Kelly on May 25, 2011 at 8:05 AM PDT

  Dr. Katherine Zappone, '76 was recently appointed to be a member of Seanad Éireann, the Irish Senate or upper house of the the Irish Parliament. Katherine was born in Spokane but her family moved to Seattle when she was a child, and she attended St. Luke's, Holy Names and Seattle U before pursuing graduate degrees at Catholic University and Boston College. She has been living in Ireland since the 1980s and is a noted academic and civil rights campaigner, and also a member of Ireland's Human Rights Commission. She and her partner Dr. Ann Louise Gilligan were married in 2003 in Vancouver, BC.

Dr.  Zappone is an academic and a tireless campaigner for equality. She is a member of the Irish Human Rights Commission. She and her wife, Dr Ann Louise Gilligan, run An Cosán which supports individuals and communities to actively engage in the process of social change through transformative education. The couple are also taking their landmark case against the Revenue Commissioners to have their Canadian marriage recognized in Ireland. The case is due to be heard in the Supreme Court later this year.

Katherine Zappone is an educator, public policy and management expert.  She is a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights Commission, appointed by the Minister for Justice in 2001 and re-appointed in 2006.  As a former CEO of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, she represented its membership in Ireland and internationally, contributed to public policy-making and directed its research programme.  She has also taught ethics, practical theology and education in Trinity College Dublin.  She led and established the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative, Ltd, a 10 year strategy and service implementation programme to improve outcomes for children and families, co-funded by the Irish Government and Atlantic Philanthropies.

She has published research in national equality frameworks, effective children’s services, equal opportunity in education, theology and spirituality, and human rights.    Katherine has a PhD (Boston College), MBA (Smurfit Business, UCD) and MA (Catholic University of America), and has completed a recent programme in research methodologies in educational technologies with the Open University in the UK. She has also trained in leadership and mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

Easter Sunrise Mass at Crystal Mountain

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 29, 2011 at 2:04 PM PDT

  Every Easter for the past several years S U Jesuits have been involved in presiding at an ecumenical multi-faith Easter sunrise service on top of Crystal Mt at 6 a.m. This year Fr. Dave Anderson arrived at 5:30 in time to get this picture of the sun rising over the Cascades. Quite a few alumni were in attendance. The scripture readings during our Easter season remind us that because Jesus rose from the dead he was victorious over death. When we call out to him he promises us that he will be with us and help us carry our burdens and challenges as well as strengthen us to help our brothers and sisters in need.

In addition to Fr. Anderson's role as Seattle U Chaplain for Alumni, he is also a Chaplain at Crystal Mt. where he presides at two services on Sundays from December-June: an ecumenical service at 11:30a and a Catholic mass at 12:30.
 

EmailFr. Dave Anderson, S.J., Chaplain for Alumni, Chaplain for Men's Basketball, Jesuit in Residence Campion or call 206.948.3233 .  

Transitions Retreat

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 28, 2011 at 2:04 PM PDT

  Transitions Retreat
Both Hands: A Retreat Exploring Full-Hearted Choices 
Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1, 2011Camp Burton (Vashon Island, WA)

Are you wondering how to make faith and heart-filled choices at this time in your life? Have you been experiencing transitions in your life lately: perhaps making a job change; considering a move to another city; thinking about graduate school, volunteering or retirement; or pondering a significant relationship? If so, then join Fr. Jack Bentz, S.J., Maria L. Ochoa, and Sr. Cathy Beckley, SNJM for the three-day Transitions Retreat at beautiful Camp Burton on Vashon Island. Come together with a community of Jesuit-educated alumni for a time of reflection on deep heartfelt desires, with an opportunity to practice prayer/discernment tools within the Ignatian tradition and beyond. The retreat will include short interactive presentations, individual reflection/prayer time, optional small group spiritual direction, and a Sunday liturgy. This retreat is open to Jesuit–educated alumni of all faith backgrounds. Cost is $75 (with a $25 non-refundable deposit) and includes room, board, and transportation to and from the retreat center. Magis has subsidized this retreat at a rate of just over 50%. Only a few spots are left, so sign up today! To register, or for more information, email Magis.
 

Sponsored by Magis 

 

New Alumni Email Benefit!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on February 3, 2011 at 9:02 AM PST

 
 

As a member of Seattle University’s alumni family, you are part of a network of more than 60,000 SU alumni across the country and the world.  

As part of staying connected, you are invited to join Seattle University’s AlumniWeb– a great resource for professional networking and connecting with your classmates.  Once you’ve joined, you will be able to register for our new alumni email benefit, the SU Alumni Connection. This free program is an email service in partnership with Microsoft, and is only available to SU Alumni who have earned a degree or certification from Seattle University.

This new service will allow you to keep Seattle University in your email address in addition to having all the features of Microsoft’s Live@edu program, including: 

  • A Seattle University alumni email account including 10GB of space. 
  • Access to Windows Live SkyDrive with 25GB of storage space. 
  • Ability to synchronize email, contacts and calendars with the iPhone, Windows Mobile and other supported mobile devices. 
  • Recognition of the alumni@seattleu.edu email address. (For example, your new email address will be xxx@alumni.seattleu.edu ). 
  • Anti-spam and virus protection 

Sister Helen Bendik, O.P., Memorial

Posted by Amanda Kelly on January 27, 2011 at 10:01 AM PST

  

Our university has lost a dear friend who through the '80s and into the '90s performed a vital role on this campus.  From her office desk in the old campus ministry McGoldrick Center, Sister Helen Bendik, O.P. kept a watchful eye on students, faculty and staff alike.   Looking out onto the main entrance to campus, Helen’s smiling face was one of the first things people noticed when entering the campus and her ministry of hospitality would envelop both friends and strangers.    

Campus Ministry was only a part of Helen’s work and those who were lucky enough to know her remember her dream interpretation workshops, Myers Briggs and Enneagram sessions as well as her longstanding work as moderator of the 4th floor of Bellarmine.  A little know fact about her was the pivotal role she played in getting a wrongly convicted inmate in the state penitentiary in Monroe released.  This story became a feature article in the Alaska Airlines magazine.    

Helen was famous for working back channels in order to retain students who were struggling with the many facets of university life.  A call from Helen could secure additional financial aid, find much needed counseling or work out issues in the residence halls.   

Helen’s greatest gift was her ability to help anyone and everyone understand how much they were loved by God.  Through her patience and understanding she could sense what people needed and help them remove the obstacles which get in the way of a true relationship with God.  Her mantra was “All Is Gift” and her life reflected that.   Her legacy at SU lives on in the lives of the many students and university members whom she touched.  She will be missed. 

Mike "The Mayor" Mullen
Seattle University '89
Facilities Operations 

 

Alumni Work in Nicaragua

Posted by Amanda Kelly on December 13, 2010 at 11:12 AM PST



Hi fellow SU alumni! I graduated in 2008 with a double major in Spanish and Philosophy. I was able to volunteer as a translator for the Professionals Without Borders Club on two trips to Managua, Nicaragua.  The trips were amazing, and after graduation I felt compelled to return to Nicaragua.  So in September 2009, I moved from Seattle to Managua. I currently work with the Asociacion Familia Padre Fabretto, a non-profit organization that was founded by Catholic priest Father Fabretto in the 1050s.  Fabretto works to break the cycle of poverty for Nicaragua children and families in both urban and rural communities.

I work at a center called Nica HOPE, that is located next to the municipal trash dump, known as La Chureca.  Workers in La Chureca sort all day in the sun and heat looking for recyclable goods to resell. Respiratory and skin disease are rampant, lead poisoning common, and there is a high level of domestic and sexual abuse of women and children.  Workers generally earn less than $2 a day.  I run a vocational jewelry program for youth and single mothers from the dump community. Instead of working at the dump, the students in our program come 2-4 times a week and learn how to make beautiful pieces of jewelry.  We sell those items in country, online, and through partners in the US. This year we were able to work with 102 students from the community and sold $60,000 in jewelry items, with half going directly to the students.

Without my experiences at SU, I don't think I would have ever made it here.  Before the trips, I didn't know a thing about Nicaragua, and without my Spanish skills I don't think I would have been able to be as helpful at my center.  I thank SU for helping me develop leadership skills and the confidence to move to another country and work for a cause I truly believe in.

Thank you,

Mallory Erickson, ’08.

 

Practicing Discernment

Posted by Amanda Kelly on December 2, 2010 at 1:12 PM PST

 

After graduating from Seattle U in 2005, I often found myself contemplating my next steps: Should I go to graduate school?  What are my passions?  How can I use my gifts and talents in a way that brings me joy but also serves the needs of the world?  When I saw an advertisement for the “Living Into Your Life” discernment series that Magis was sponsoring, I decided that it was exactly what I needed.  Over the course of a couple of months, I gained valuable tools, grounded in the Ignatian tradition, for discernment.  One of the greatest things about the series was the sense of community that I found in the small group of young adults journeying through the same kinds of important life questions.  We supported each other through that very vulnerable place of our deepest longings and held each other in love and respect as we gave space to those hopes and dreams and fears.  I am grateful that I participated in the series and for the discernment tools and friendships that I gained.

Marissa Turner, '05

 

Steve Brilling on the Annual Business Plan Competition

Posted by Amanda Kelly on October 20, 2010 at 9:10 AM PDT


As an alum of Seattle U, you have a unique opportunity to continue to derive value from your University relationship through our Annual Business Plan Competition and Business Roundtables.  The Competition is open to alums as well as our current students. It essentially gives contestants a chance to “test drive” their idea, with the active support of the business community. We have $30,000 in prize money plus the ideas are exposed to potential investors—prior contestants have raised over $2million from this exposure.   The business roundtables—Executive and Next Generation—provide for peer-to-peer conversations with other business professionals as well as offer continual professional development. This  highly successful program has been helping business professionals run their company more effectively as well as provide assistance to the critical steps in succession planning.

Both the competition and roundtables are more fully described on our website. I would be glad to take your call if you would like to participate or learn more.

Steve