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Alumni Spotlight - Angelica Mendoza, '04

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on April 30, 2014 at 4:04 PM PDT

Angelica Mendoza is a 2004 Seattle University graduate, a public servant in the Seattle City Attorney’s office and a 2004 Reunion Committee Member. In anticipation of Reunion Weekend, we asked Angelica to share some of her memories at Seattle University.
 
When looking for universities Angelica sought a smaller university that was close to home and rooted in faith. Upon seeing the Seattle University campus, it quickly became her first choice school.
 
“Although those who knew me thought I would pursue social work, I majored in International Business with a minor in Spanish language,” Angelica said.
 
“Seattle University was tremendous in developing a strong foundation on which I was able to build my professional career. I graduated feeling empowered to promote justice and humanity in whatever field I chose. That sense of leadership remains with me today as I continue my career in public service.”
 
A strong believer in the mission and values of Seattle University, Angelica was actively involved in campus ministry programming and retreats.  
 
“I would say that the majority of my favorite memories grew from either Campus Ministry sponsored retreats or studying abroad with Spanish classmates.”
 
Though no longer a student, Angelica has stayed active with Seattle University through faith-based opportunities, including Mexico mission treks and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission programming.
 
 Angelica’s most recent role at her alma mater is helping to plan the 2004 class reunion for the launch of Seattle University Reunions Weekend, May 9-11.
 
“I am most excited to reengage with the community; both connect with old friends and find new opportunities to live the Seattle University mission in my adult life.”
 
Reunions Weekend will celebrate the classes of 1964 and 2004 as well as Sullivan Scholars. Learn more about reunion weekend online.
 
Are you celebrating a reunion this year? What are you most excited about?

Leading from the Heart: Pope Francis and Ignatian Leadership

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on April 3, 2014 at 12:04 AM PDT

Never before have we seen the kind of world-wide attention and popularity that Pope Francis has drawn in his first year of the papacy. In fact, he ranked #1 on Facebook as most talked about in 2013. From washing the feet of youth in detention during Holy Thursday mass (including two Muslims and two women), to his famous “Who am I to judge?” statement on the inclusion of homosexuals in the Church, Pope Francis is showing the world the values of being a true Ignatian Leader.

As graduates of Jesuit education, we look to Ignatian Leaders such as Pope Francis to set the example for being men and women for others as we lead and live in contemporary life. Simply put, what makes his example of leadership so special is that he leads from the heart. 

So, what exactly do we mean by "Ignatian Leader"?

The Jesuits offer an approach to leadership, often called Ignatian or Ignatian-Inspired Leadership, which flows against the tide of most contemporary and dominant leadership models. Some might say that it is quite counter-cultural here in the United States. This approach to leadership is grounded in what author Christopher Lowney calls the four pillars of self-awareness, ingenuity, love, and heroism, and lifts up leadership in a very different light. It proposes that:

  • •“We’re all leaders and we’re leading all the time, well or poorly.”
  • •“Leadership springs from within. It’s about who [we are] as much as what [we] do.”
  • •“Leadership is not an act. It is [our] life, a way of living.” 
  • •“[We] never complete the task of becoming a leader. It is an on-going process.”

Therefore, an Ignatian-Inspired Leader (regardless of religious affiliation) understands and appreciates the rich gifts of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises, and strives to grow in self-knowledge, cultivate a healthy indifference that allows him/her to adapt confidently, honestly loves those he/she serves and leads, and humbly strives and works with others to shape an inspiring future. 

We are excited to see how Pope Francis will lead in the years to come!

Magis, in partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations, encourages you to learn more about Ignatian Leadership on May 8th as part of the SU Advantage Networking series. Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. will be joined by a diverse panel of alumni from varying professions to share insights about their lived experience of leadership, including an opportunity for structured networking.

Also, if you happen to be a young alum in your twenties or thirties, consider applying for Magis'; Contemplative Leaders in Action, a two year alumni leadership development program which blends spiritual formation and secular leadership training. Applications will be available starting April 15th, so be sure to mark your calendar!

Battle of the Bands - Celebrating 25 Years

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 6, 2014 at 2:02 PM PST

 This February 28th - March 2nd Seattle U is reigniting the tradition of Homecoming. When you think of Homecoming, you might think of a dance and the music that goes with it. While we don't suggest getting dressed up in your formal best, we can assure you that we've got your musical needs covered this Homecoming with Battle of the Bands: Game of Tones on Friday, February 28th.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Battle of the Bands, when up to a dozen student bands will battle it out in a showcase of amazing Seattle U talent competing for various prizes and bragging rights. Professional musicians will evaluate the performers and attendees will vote for their favorite. We want alumni there singing, cheering and dancing along. You could almost think of it as your Homecoming dance. Tickets are limited - get yours today.

In Honor of Veterans' Day

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on November 6, 2013 at 11:11 PM PST

Seattle University has produced many graduates who’ve gone on to serve our country and make us proud. Thank you to all of you for serving your country.

In honor of this Veterans’ Day, we are  featuring one alumnus and veteran who has dedicated his time to helping other veterans navigate the benefits process.

Don D. Whedon, Sr., ’73, is a retired member of the United States military. He has served across different branches including the Navy, Army and Air Force in both Vietnam and Grenada.

After Vietnam, Whedon returned home to attend college and play football. Whedon took classes at different colleges and universities until finally coming to Seattle University where he studied psychology.

“The Jesuits who taught at Seattle University really cared about the students as individuals and cared that they learned the material. At other schools it seemed like the professors didn’t care about the students, but not at Seattle University. Fr. Goldberg, Professor George and Dr. Strickland knew so much.”

In 2005, Whedon retired from the military and completed veterans’ service training. He now works as a veterans’ service officer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Whedon acknowledges that his education at Seattle University helped direct his career goals. “The Jesuit values are to give and to serve and that’s what I do. It keeps me alive and it keeps me healthy. I’ve always been one to help someone get the help that they need. I’ve worked a lot with homeless veterans identifying those most in need of help and raising money for Catholic Community Services to find homes for veterans.”

Though not a lawyer, Whedon is well versed in the veterans’ claims process. If there are any alumni who are looking for help navigating litigation or claims with the Veteran’s Administration, Don  Whedon would like to help.

Danicole Ramos, '16: Alumni Call to Action

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM PDT

If there is anything that Seattle University has shown me in my first year it is that it values the spirit of community. My roommate defined it best when he told me, “Danicole all people want in college is to feel important and make others feel important too.”

I remember rehearsing our Men’s Kahiko for Hui 'O Nani Hawaii’s luau. Our instructor, Erin and Taryn made the boys run through the dance. During one of the run throughs, Erin yelled, “Stop! Someone is off and doing the moves all wrong but I don’t want to say who it is. I don’t want to hurt their feelings.” Being that this was the first lu’au I’d ever be part of, I was so excited and enthusiastic. I told Erin, “It’s okay. We’re family. Just say who it is. It’s not a big deal.” Then she looked at me and said, “Okay, Danicole it’s you.”

But that’s why having a community is so important, especially in college, when you’re by yourself and away from home. A community watches out for you, they ground you, and pick you up when you fall.  And that is why you are all here leading successful careers and lives. It’s because during your time at Seattle University, whether it was a club, a professor, or Jesuit, someone saw something special about you before you even realized it.

Take McDonald’s for example. It’s a restaurant that is all over the world. Of course, there is your usual menu of French fries and a big Mac, but each McDonald’s across the world has a unique menu. Where Hawaii has Portuguese sausage, spam, eggs, and rice, a place like Italy serves their sandwiches on cibatta bread, In The Philippines, they serve longanesa for breakfast and in Canada, you can get a McLobster roll. McDonald’s does this in hopes that they can attract consumers to their restaurant by appealing to their culture and the background of their consumers. It is that idea where Seattle U develops their community. At the core, Seattle U wants to develop students who become leaders. But to do that, they make sure that whether the student is interested in sports, social activism, cultural clubs, or student government, that there is a place for them to channel their passions to better the school and later on the world.

During your years at Seattle University, you have been asked to fulfill Seattle University's mission to be "…leaders for a just and humane world." Tonight, you can continue to fulfill that mission by helping 7,000 students like me do the same in their education. Because somewhere back in Seattle, there is a student majoring in SPEX who fins great joy in teaching PE and healthy lifestyles to second graders at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. In the library there is a student who designs a blueprints for her engineering class, dreaming one day that they will be the one to build a strong bridge through the I5. In a crammed studio in the Murphy Apartments, a senior nursing student studies all night for their medical ethics course because they wish to one day become a nurse practitioner and provide quality healthcare for their impoverished hometown. A Humanities for Teaching major sets up a table by C-Street during lunch to encourage students to sign a petition to demand racial and economic equality to public school students.  And in the Pigott Auditorium, there are a small group of economic students selling baked goods to fund a trip to Panama to teach economic sustainability in rural communities.

These stories are the stories of future leaders in the making. We are the future leaders who take our education beyond the textbook and into society. Because like you, SU has emphasized to us that education is not how much you know, but what you do with how much you know. The new generation of SU students (us) understand that it is our kuleana in making this world more effective, ethical, and efficient. However, we cannot continue this endeavor without your mentorship, your guidance, your support, and most importantly, your story of how Seattle University has changed your life.  

And as your support us, guide us, mentor us, and share your story, we will do as Saint Ignatius called us to do which is "Go forth and set the world on fire." Aloha and thank you for your time.


Recent Alumni Spotlight: Danielle Berry, '07

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on May 1, 2013 at 5:05 PM PDT

When asked about her college experience, Danielle Berry, ‘07  said, “I was raised Lutheran, I didn’t know what to expect from a Catholic University.” But after graduating with a BS in Nursing, she found it was the Jesuit classes that she enjoyed the most. Before attending Seattle U, Danielle received her BA in Comparative History of Ideas from University of Washington. Because she has attended both UW and SU, she can really appreciate the differences between both learning environments.

“I’m a strong supporter of Seattle U and the required service learning. It’s focused on building the character of its students. It makes students well-rounded and allows them to see people in a different light.” As part of Danielle’s classes, she and her classmates worked as tutors and in partnership with the local Boys and Girls club of King County. “By working with this community, I can better connect with my patients that live there now.”

According to Danielle, the values that Seattle U instilled in her shaped what she looked for in a place of employment. Danielle currently works at Harborview Medical Center in the Neurology Intensive Care Unit. “Harborview has a service mentality,” Danielle says. “We give away nearly $200 million in services to our lower income patients, including those who are homeless.”
 
The values of her employer are important to her, but Danielle’s favorite part of her job, are the direct connections she has with her patients.  “We see people who come in with trauma and spinal cord injuries. We work with them a lot, develop relationships and prepare them for rehabilitation. These are people who end up in wheelchairs, and need to look to someone else for all their basic needs. It can be pretty intense. However, there’s nothing more rewarding then when patients come back to visit you, and you see how they’ve continued to engage in life, and you know that you helped empower them to live their life and be a member of society.”

Since being at Harborview, Danielle has continued her relationship with Seattle University by returning to speak with graduating classes and recent alumni. “I share with them the lessons of my experience, and give them advice about getting over the transitionary hump of entering the working world, in order to help them be successful. I’ve realized that by being a mentor, giving back has just become a part of my life.”

Danielle says that when it comes to big career decisions, she still finds herself thinking about the values that Seattle University taught her. When people ask me what University I recommend, I always say Seattle University, because it’s those values and those service learning opportunities that really prepared me for my career.”

If you are interested in being a mentor to Seattle University students, visit the Redhawk Network.

If you would like to submit suggestions for our next Recent Alumni Spotlight, email Caitlin Joyce.  

A Message from Career Services for March 2013

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on March 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM PST

Recently Seattle University invited two national leaders, Dr. Sharon Parks and Chris Lowney, to campus to speak with students, faculty, staff and community members about leadership and meaning making. Former Jesuit and JP Morgan executive, and author of the book,Heroic Leadership, Lowney said “A true leader respects the dignity of others while unlocking their potential.” Dr. Parks, best known for her book Big Questions, Worthy Dreams reflected, that a true mentor is one who sees you and recognizes your gifts even before you do. She challenged Seattle University with the question, “Is a mentoring community available to all students?”

As Career Services prepares to relaunch the Redhawk Network Mentor Program this month, we are asking alumni to sign up to be a mentor to a Seattle University student. Below is the link to sign up and let us know the ways you are available to mentor,  e.g. offer an informational interview, talk with a student by phone or in person, participate in a workshop or on a panel, etc. You can select the amount of time and the way in which you want to mentor. Thank you for being a part of developing the next generation of Seattle University leaders! Below the “Login” button, click “Click here to complete your mentor profile!

Career Services Benefits for Alumni:

Career Services offers support to our alumni who may be seeking a change. Whether a change of perspective, position, employer or career path, we are here to assist you. Below you will find a list of career services we offer to alumni:

 

  •   4-Part Career Development Workshop Series  
  •   3 one-on-one advising appointments per year
  •   Access to the Redhawk Network, a database of employers and job  postings
  •   Involvement in career fairs and other professional networking events

 

Visit Career Services to get more details and register for professional development events today!

 

A Message from Magis for March 2013

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on March 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM PST

What do a full time high school teacher, bike aficionado, Contemplative Leaders in Action participant and brewery founder/owner have in common?  A Jesuit education.  This month’s Alumni Living the Mission is Seattle University alumna Haley Woods who though crunched for time, finds meaning among her commitments.  Thanks to her roots in Ignatian pedagogy, gleaned from her time in the Masters in Teaching program at SU and ongoing participation in Magis’ Contemplative Leaders in Action program, Haley integrates reflective practices throughout her day, be it while driving to work, building a barstool or concocting a new IPA.  Click here to read her reflection

Upcoming Magis Programs:

Alumni Day of Prayer with Pat O'Leary, S.J., and Cissy McLane – Saturday, March 16, 2013  (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

Spirituality on Tap with Brendan Busse, S.J. – Wednesday, March 20, 2013  (7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service - Saturday, April 27, 2013  (8:30 AM – 1:30 PM), registration opens March 12th!


To register for these or to read about our other programs, visit the Magis website or email us.

 

A Message from Career Services for February 2013

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM PST

 Exploring what is next for you – 4 career tools to consider  
 

With the New Year upon us, many of us are reflecting on the ways we hope to grow over the coming year. Given the amount of waking hours many of us spend working, taking time to pause and reflect on the ways you wish to grow professionally can have a powerful impact on your life and well being.

In this article we will offer four approaches or tools for you to consider as you reflect on what is next for you – whether you are hoping to achieve greater mindfulness in your present role, make a job or career change, or identify ways to get involved in your community or with other hobbies or interests.  

Informational Interviews

Informational interviews are short, 30-60 minute meetings where you have the opportunity to sit down with someone who is working in an industry, position, or organization that is of interest to you. It is your chance to ask questions and learn about this person’s experiences so that you can incorporate those insights into your own process.  Ideally these conversations will help you gain greater clarity about where your interests are leading you, and what steps may be required to get there.

 

Career Advising – in-person in Seattle or virtually to anywhere

Did you know that we serve alumni? Schedule an appointment to meet with a career advisor in person, in our office on campus, or remotely via email or Skype for alumni who may be living or working elsewhere. Experienced alumni are eligible to receive three appointments per year. To schedule an appointment you may give us a call or complete the online appointment request form, available here: https://www.seattleu.edu/careerservices/Inner.aspx?ekfrm=87831

 

Assessments

If you are looking for additional insights into your personality, interests, or strengths as they relate to your work life, you may consider taking one of the assessments offered through Career Services. These include the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI), the Strong Interest Inventory, and StrengthsQuest. Career Services advisors will help to interpret your results together with you, and can help you integrate the information from the assessments into your own career development process. Each assessment is available to alumni for $30 – contact Career Services to learn more and get help selecting the right assessment for you.

 

Redhawk Network – SU’s online job and internship site

If you are looking for a new position, consider searching via the Redhawk Network, the SU online job and internship search site. Here you will find both experienced and entry-level positions posted from a range of employers, in Seattle and beyond. To get started, visit: http://webapps.seattleu.edu/RedhawkNetwork

About Career Services

Career Services offers support to our alumni who may be seeking a change. Whether a change of perspective, position, employer or career path, we are here to assist you. Below you will find a list of career services we offer to alumni:

  • 3 one-on-one advising appointments per year
  • Access to the Redhawk Network, a database of employers and job postings
  • Involvement in career fairs and other professional networking events

Visit Career Services to get more details and register for relevant events today!

Alumni Events: February 2013

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 7, 2013 at 11:02 AM PST

 

Basketball Games and Rallies
 

Thursday February 14th, 2013 | 7:00 PM | Men vs.  Louisiana Tech 
KeyArena

Saturday February 16th, 2013 | 7:00 PM | Men vs. Texas at Arlington
KeyArena
Join us for the last pregame rally of the season!
5:30 PM|Club Live 

Alumni Board of Governor’s Men’s Basketball Viewing Party
Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant |908 12th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

Saturday February 7th, 2013 | 5:00 PM | vs. U of Denver

Meet the Alumni Board of Governors at the Chieftain for door prizes, $5 appetizers, and Happy Hour specials while you watch the Redhawks take on the University of Denver.

Buried Child
By Sam Shepard | Directed By Professor Rosa Joshi

Lee Center for the Arts

$6 Students | $8 Faculty & Staff | $10 General Admission

Preview February 20th, 2013| 7:30 PM
February 21-23, 2013 | 7:30

February 24 & March 3, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Winner of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize, Buried Child sealed Sam Shepard’s reputation as an iconic post-modern playwright. A sinister secret buried deep in the recesses of the past threatens to resurface and destroy an already deeply damaged family. When Vince brings home his girlfriend to meet his family, things don’t go quite as he envisioned. Why doesn’t anyone know him? This darkly comic masterpiece reminds us that there really is no place like home.

 

Instrumental Concerto Competition
Pigott Auditorium
Friday February 22nd, 2013 | 7:00 PM

$5 Students | $8 Faculty & Staff | $12 General Admission

Watch music students compete for the opportunity to win in a music scholarship and serve as a guest soloist with Orchestra Seattle for the 2013-2014 concert season.  

Save the Date for these Upcoming Events:
 

11th Annual Alumni Crab Feed
Hosted by the Albers School of Business
Campion Residence Hall |Saturday March 2nd, 2013 | 5:30-11:00 PM

Enjoy a fun evening organized by the Albers Alumni Board in order to bring members of the community together and support student scholarships at Albers. There will be a lively silent auction and reception before dinner, and after our feast of crab and chicken, jazz and cocktails will follow in the jazz lounge. Table sponsorships are available for groups of all sizes. Contact Rob Bourke at bourker@seattleu.edu to register or call (206) 296-2277 for more information
 

SEARCH for Meaning Bookfest
March 9th, 2013| Seattle University Campus
Annual festival and nationwide network surrounding the human search for meaning.
Tickets, Purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets. The School of Theology and Ministry presents a day of over 300+ authors,
including Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon, internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Azlan and Sherman Alexie.

 

Western Athletic Conference Tournament & Alumni Happy Hour
Tournament |Tuesday March 12- Saturday March 16, 2013

Alumni Happy Hour |Tuesday March 12, 2013 | 4:00-6:00 PM

Come and cheer on Seattle University in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena! Tickets for the entire conference can be bought online.

 

Meet your Alumni Relations staff  in Las Vegas for an Alumni Happy Hour event on March 12th from 4-6pm. We hope to see all Seattle U Alumni there. Stay tuned for more details.

 
  
28th Anniversary Alumni Awards Celebration
Seattle University Campion Ballroom | Tuesday April 16th, 2013 

Join us as President Sundborg, the Seattle University Alumni Board of Governors and the Office of Alumni Relations announce the Alumni Award winners for 2013. More information, including registration details to come.

 

SU Athletics Red Tie Celebration
Saturday, May 18, 2013| Grand Hyatt Downtown Seattle| 5:00 pm

We are excited to announce Jim Whittaker as our honoree for this year’s event. Jim was the first American to summit Mt. Everest in the spring of 1963 and we are honored to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his accomplishment. The evening will feature an exciting auction, elegant dining and fabulous program highlighting the achievements of both Jim Whittaker and the highlights from the 2012-2013 SU athletic season. Contact redtie@seattleu.edu for more details.