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A January Message from Magis

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM PST

How do you want to create the new year?  What kind of commitment do you want to make to yourself?  Your community?  To the oppressed people of the world?”  If you set 2013 as your year to serve others or to be a person more committed to your community, Magis has several unique opportunities to facilitate your follow through – most notably our Mexico Mission Trek for Alumni (it’s not too late to apply!) - and some of your fellow SU alumni as our January Alumni Living the Mission who are true exemplars of keeping the flame of service lit.  Zach Gerdes (2011), Bethany Kelsch (2011) and Michelle Miller (2012) started a mentoring program for incarcerated youth that now is a service bridge for people seeking to support at-risk youth in our community.  Click here to read their reflection and we hope you'll consider one of our service opportunities for 2013:

·         Post-Grad Service Networking Night:Wednesday, January 16, 2012 (All former post-graduate volunteers invited!)

·         Mexico Mission Trek: April 14 – April 21, 2013 (applications accepted through January 11!)

·         National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service:  Saturday, April 27, 2013

·         Service Saturdays at the St. Mary’s Foodbank : Every 4th Saturday of the month

 

For more information visit Magis online or email Magis@seattleu.edu

 

 

A New Year’s Welcome from your Alumni Office

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM PST

Dear Alums -

In 2012 I had the opportunity to meet with so many of our alums face to face and I want to once more express my gratitude to you for your dedication to Seattle University and our community.  

In December we had our annual Advent Mass, Christmas Reception (December 9) and the 2nd annual Downtown Breakfast (December 13), with the biggest turnout at both events since I've began my role as Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations.  We've had alums reach out to us from across the country to form chapters (as well as in Thailand and China), and take a more active role in their alumni experience.  I've seen alumni renew their relationship with their alma mater and invest their time, energy and resources in assisting our office with our goal of being a world class alumni relations office. You are also helping us to build a stronger cadre of volunteer leadership.   I wanted to let you know how much that means to me and your University.  Your efforts are being noticed!

As we kick off 2013 I am so excited to share my enthusiasm for the great offerings we will roll out this year! There are traditions like the 28th Annual Alumni Awards in April and some new traditions we are bringing back, like Homecoming on February 2nd!

In an effort to keep our alumni body growing and engaged we want to ensure that we help keep you connected to Seattle University.  Please keep checking our events page for opportunities to join us as well as join ourFacebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts to keep current all our offerings at Seattle U! 

We'd love to see you at these upcoming events:

Homecoming - February 2nd, 2013 
Pre-Game Rally
Club Live At KeyArena at Seattle Center 5:30 p.m.
Click for Homecoming Day schedule of events.

Washington, D.C. Alumni Reception - February 1st, 2013 5:30-8:30pm
At Front Page
1333 NEW HAMPSHIRE
Washington, DC

The Search for Meaning Book Festival - March 9th, 2013
Tickets go on sale January 14th
On Campus with Alumni Open House in the Admissions & Alumni Building

28th Annual Alumni Awards  - April 16th, 2013
Campion Ballroom 5:30 p.m.

2nd Annual Jesuit Alumni Day of Service - April 27th, 2013

Campus and Seattle University Youth Initiative

Please send us an email with your suggestions or if you'd like to get more involved to alumni@seattleu.edu . We always welcome your feedback. We want to make sure our alums are engaged no matter where you live, and would love your participation in achieving that goal.

We look forward to hearing from you and wish you a wonderful 2013!

Sincerely,

Susan R. Vosper

Join the Search for Meaning! March 9th, 2013

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 2, 2013 at 4:01 PM PST

 

 The fifth annual Search For Meaning Book Festival, hosted by Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is coming in just a few months: March 9th, 2013, all day on the Seattle University Campus.

Mark your calendars! Tickets go on sale on January 14th, through Brown Paper Tickets, and are expected to go fast.
 
The Festival hosts over 40 authors in session, featuring keynote speakers Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, as interviewed live by National Book Award winner, Sherman Alexie, as well as internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Azlan.

For information on the Festival, please visit www.searchformeaning.us. You can also check out the Search For Meaning Facebook page to stay up to date with all things related to the festival.

We hope you'll join us at this incredible  Festival, which is also free and open to the public, thanks to our generous title sponsors Laura Ellen and Robert Muglia and partners Elliott Bay Book Company and the Seattle University Book Store.

Alumni

Calling all Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry Alumni! You are warmly invited to the annual Alumni Breakfast, just before the Festival begins.  Enjoy great food, a special speaker, and quality time with fellow alums on the morning of the Festival, Saturday, March 9th, 2013 at 7:30am. 

Visit other Seattle University alums throughout the day!  The Admissions and Alumni building will be open to alums for socializing during the festival.

Alumni Awards

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM PDT

 

 President Sundborg, Seattle University’s Alumni Board of Governors and the Office of Alumni Relations are excited to announce that it's time for you to submit your nominations for the university’s 2013 Alumni Awards.

The Alumni  Awards allow us the chance to celebrate those who represent the values of Seattle University on a daily basis, in their work and personal lives.

If you know of an outstanding Alumn please nominate them.


Winners will be honored at the 28th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration, President’s Club and Legacy Society Dinner on April 16, 2013.    

The categories are:

2013 Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award:
Presented for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University

 
2013 Professional Achievement Award:
Presented for outstanding achievement in the professional arena 

2013 Distinguished Teaching Award:
Presented to a Seattle University faculty member who has made a special contribution to students 


2013 University Service Award:
Presented for outstanding service to Seattle University (alumni and non-alumni eligible)

2013 Community Service Award:
Presented for exceptional service to the community through volunteer or professional activities

2013 Outstanding Recent Alumnus/Alumna Award:
Presented to an alum who graduated in last ten years, for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University 

Please visit the website for more information.

 

Seattle Idealist.org Graduate Fair at Seattle University

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM PDT


Attend The Seattle Idealist.org Graduate Fair at Seattle University on October 23rd!

The Seattle Idealist.org Graduate Fair connects prospective students with graduate schools in fields such as public administration, nonprofit leadership, international affairs, education, public policy, public interest law, social work, nonprofit management, global and public health, theology, environmental science, and socially responsible business.

 

Anyone who's considering graduate degree programs that look to solve social problems is welcome to attend.

 

Idealist.org Graduate Fairs can offer something beneficial to all! It's free to the public.

 

The Fair will be Tuesday, October 23, 5 to 8pm Seattle University, Campion Tower Residence Hall 914 E Jefferson Street, Seattle, WA 98122

See the list of registered schools and  RSVP online!

 

More information can be found on the website

 

 

Developing Global Leaders to Lead Global Markets

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM PDT

Seattle University and The Executive Development Institute are partnering to bring you a panel exploring the theme of “Developing Global Leaders to Lead Global Markets”. The panel will be held on Seattle University’s campus in the Casey Commons Friday, November 2nd from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  

The panelists in attendance will include:

 

The panel will be moderated by Victoria Jones, Assistant Provost, Global Engagement, and Seattle University

 

Susan's Thoughts for the Fall

Posted by Amanda Kelly on October 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM PDT

Dear Alumni,

It’s fall here at Seattle U and classes are in full swing. As we enjoy the extended beautiful fall weather here in the Northwest, it is exhilarating to watch a talented new class arriving  and settling in for what promises to be a  successful academic year.  The campus is buzzing again with excitement to see what’s in store for this year. We in the Office of Alumni Relations share in this sense of excitement along with our students, faculty and staff.  This new year ushered in new members to our Alumni Board of Governors. We are fortunate to have an effective group of dedicated alumni on our board that will help us to achieve our goals.  

Our Alumnni Relations Status Report - 2011-12 (2)2231 is evidence that we are making progress and working to build a world class Office of Alumni Relations and remain on target with our strategic plan. To that end, we are making strides to help you to better connect with Seattle U, your fellow alumni and the next generation.  It’s my pleasure to announce the following developments:

  • Our office is partnering with Career Services to ensure that every graduate has the opportunity to hire quality candidates, become a valued employee and network with outstanding individuals.
  • Seattle U is celebrating a new era in sports with its first full season of Division I play for the Redhawks. I hope you will join me and Coach Cameron Dollar at our pre-game rallies at Key Arena at Seattle Center.
  • On February 2 we will launch a pilot program to bring Homecoming back to the university. This is your chance to see some of the beautiful changes we’ve made to your campus, as well as share your own experiences at SU with alumni and current students. Stay tuned for more information. 
  • And on April 16 we are hosting the 28th Annual Alumni Awards celebration at Campion Ballroom. I hope to see you there for an evening to illuminate the achievements of our alumni in the community, work place and university.   We are accepting nominations. 

Alumni often ask, “How can I help? How can I become involved with my alma mater?”  Let me offer some ways we share with alumni and friends:

-          Serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for Seattle U

           - think SU first! 

-          Promote Alumni and Family Weekend to your fellow alumni.

-          Encourage alumni to network and keep in touch via

            the Alumni Online Directory.

-          Bring a prospective student for a campus visit

            or to a university event

-          Visit us on campus at the Admissions and Alumni Building and give us your feedback at alumnifeedback@seattleu.edu


I look forward to working with each and every one of you to achieve the goals we’ve set for the Office of Alumni Relations and hope you’ll join us on campus in October and throughout the year.  I welcome your input and look forward to your continued participation in our efforts to build on our legacy of supporting our alma mater.

 

Sincerely,

Susan Vosper, '90, '10

 

Magis Note for October

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM PDT

Laugh and grow strong is an Ignatian phrase that captures the Collins’ family approach to life. As this month’s featured alumni living the mission, the Collins family shares their perspective of how Jesuit education has shaped them into a family which finds God in all things. From working and studying at Jesuit universities, to choosing graduate programs in social work and disability advocacy, not to mention moving to Bolivia for a year to volunteer with Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Kathy, Bill, Sheila and Katie have made a commitment to be of service to others. As they note;

“We have been able to laugh, grow strong, and also challenge and encourage each other on our individual journeys. We try to consider what God is calling each of us to bring to and take from the world.” Click here to read their reflections.

 Magis wants to remind you that there are just a few spots left for alumni on the Ignatian Silent Retreat happening the weekend of November 9-11, 2012. This is a great way to unplug from the everyday hustle and bustle to make space for quiet reflection Also, save the date for the Justice Education Forum: A Teach-In on Economic Justice being held on Saturday, December 1, 2012.This new format will deepen the experience, inviting participants to learn, share, and act. Checkout our eNewsletter for upcoming programs and events that help you to put into practice the Jesuit values of faith, justice, and leadership.

 

Joan Bonvicini Invites You

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 4, 2012 at 10:10 AM PDT

I wanJoan Bt to personally invite alumni and friends of Seattle University to watch our team in action. Our players and staff are very excited about our upcoming basketball season. We want to build on last year’s success and take our team to the NCAA Tournament for the 1st time. We play an exciting up-tempo style and are fun to watch. Come be a part of history in the making as we strive to win the WAC Basketball Championship. Call the Seattle U ticket office for information (206) 398-4678 or go to SU's athletics web site www.goseattleu.com.    

 We are also hosting our 2nd annual fundraiser ‘Wine,Cheese & Chocolate’ at Starbuck’s Headquarters, SODO Kitchen on Sunday, October 21st from 4:00-6:30 pm. There will be 7 wineries, numerous cheese selections and some local chocolates. Additionally, there will be a silent   and live auction with all proceeds going to Seattle U Women’s Basketball. Tickets are only $50 and can be ordered by calling (206)398-4420. Come support the SU Women's Basketball program and have a great time too!   

Hope you'll join us!  

Joan Bonvicini
     

A Summer Reflection

Posted by Amanda Kelly on July 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM PDT


Fr DaveThe most important quality Jesus encouraged his followers to have was the gift of trust and faith. One needed to really believe that Jesus had the power and authority to heal before a miracle could happen.  A few weeks ago on the Seattle University campus we gathered for a lunch to honor the donors and recipients of our student athletic scholarships. Some of the people who attended were members of families who were donating scholarships as well as the student-athletes who were receiving them. One of the donors was a woman whose daughter was a former student at Seattle University, and a member of the women’s tennis team. When she was in London for a semester abroad, she was involved in an accident and passed away. After months of recovering from this tragedy, her mother and family were able to move on with hope. 

I was amazed at her mother's courage and optimism as she spoke with us. Rather than giving up, or remaining angry at God, she’s been able to move forward because of her deep faith and trust in God.   Because of her faith and generous donation, a woman tennis player who may not otherwise be able to attend college is able to study at Seattle University, and be a member of our tennis team. 
I have another friend who recently had a stroke, and now needs to use a wheelchair. Rather than giving up, he’s been able to accept his condition with God's help and continues to be a great source of encouragement to many know him.
 

They are people who have really taken to heart Jesus’ invitation to have faith and trust in him.
 Our faith in Jesus begins as a mustard seed, the smallest of all  seeds, or, as a small flame. Through our many life experiences God invites us to allow him to help us keep the flame of our faith burning brightly.  At times our faith burns strong, at other times it's just a spark. When we allow God to come close to us, and when we allow God in, when we honestly share with God where we are, and are able to let go of what we need to let go of, God promises to walk with us and help us to carry our burdens and challenges. As we are strengthened by God's grace, let us continue to be a source of God's light, peace and hope for others. 

Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J.
Chaplain for  Alumni