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Help Students - Provide an Internship

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on December 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM PST

Does your employer have an internship program or want to start one? Whether you need to hire just one or 25 interns, Seattle U is a great place to start your search. Now you can register to participate at our 2015 Internship Fair on Thursday, February 21 from 11:30-2:30.

Seattle University is committed to connecting our students to the region’s highest quality internship programs. Employers tell us that they appreciate our students because of their critical thinking skills, leadership and commitment to social change. This event is expected to draw at least 350 talented undergraduate and graduate students from across a variety of majors in business, science and engineering, and arts and sciences, seeking both summer and academic-year internships.  

Register in the Redhawk Network today or call Career Services at 206-296-6080 to register your organization or with questions. If you would like to know more about developing an internship program at your place of employment, contact Sarah Thomson, Associate Director of External Relations, Career Services at 


Seattle U License Plates are here

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on December 3, 2014 at 4:12 PM PST

Seattle U alumni can now drive pride while supporting student scholarships with the new Seattle University license plates.

To launch the Seattle U plate, we are celebrating with an auction just in time for the holiday season. From December 2-12, Seattle U supporters will have the opportunity to bid on license plate numbers 3 through 25  and own a piece of Seattle U history. 

“This auction gives alumni the chance to show their pride in Seattle U while also giving back to the students since all proceeds  go directly to student scholarships. We’ve already seen a lot of activity in our auction and are hoping more of our alumni and supporters will participate in this unique opportunity to claim one of the very first SU license plates” Corinne Pann, Seattle U associate director of Alumni Marketing  said.

With proceeds from each plate going to support the Seattle University general scholarship fund, the purchase of an SU plate for you or a Seattle U family member is really two gifts in one-the gift of student education and an awesome SU plate for your car. 

On January 2, Seattle U license plates will be available to the public through the Washington Department of Licensing. As soon as the DOL makes the registration page available, you will be able to pre-order online. Or you can go directly to a DOL office on January 2.

A Seattle U license plate will initially cost $72.75 and you  don’t need to wait for your current tabs to expire to purchase SU plates. .

This year, give yourself the gift that gives back to Seattle University students-bid now in the auction or  buy your SU license plate in January.

For more information and to participate in the auction , visit



Alumni Spotlight: Mark & Maria Vega

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on December 3, 2014 at 4:12 PM PST

When you think of the holidays often you think of sweet treats, family traditions and, of course, Christmas carols. For the alumni couple in this month’s spotlight, music is more than just a way to celebrate the season; it’s what brought them together.

Mark Vega, ‘07, and Maria (Dougherty) Vega, ‘08, met during a rehearsal of the St. Ignatius Choir in 2005. It was when Mark heard Maria sing that their love story began. In 2010 the couple got married in the chapel where they met and the two even performed at their own wedding. 

They now work together at CBRE where they work on the Microsoft account. Maria is a project manager and Mark works as an IT manager. 

But their true passion is music. They have stayed involved with and connected to the university by sharing their gifts for song. The couple can be found singing Sunday mornings during mass in the chapel, at alumni weddings and in the choir during the annual Advent Mass.

Their favorite thing about performing at Advent Mass is how it brings together the diverse alumni community. “It's great seeing everyone at different points in their life journey.  There are recent graduates coming back for their first Advent Mass, others returning with young families and others returning many years after their graduation, all coming together during this time of waiting before Christmas,” they shared.

Advent Mass differs from others because of that sense of community, hope and joy that is palpable during the holidays. ”It is great to see the joy on people's faces when a popular carol is one of the songs.  People at St. Ignatius usually tend to sing along with the music anyway, which is wonderful, but when it is something like "Joy to the World!" or "Angels we Have Heard on High" you can tell nearly everyone in the church is singing.” 

During this season of gratitude, Mark and Maria have their own message of thanks to share. “Seattle University is where our relationship began and is still a large part of our relationship today.  Both Campus ministry and Seattle U's music program brought us together and we greatly appreciate those who have supported the university and those programs.  Both of us were able to attend Seattle University due to scholarships and we are grateful not only for the education we received academically, but also personally and spiritually.”

You can learn more about Mark and Maria and hear them perform in the video by Mark George from Rocket to Antares LLC, “The Wedding Singers.” 

Please join us for Advent Mass this Saturday, December 6 at 4:00 in the Chapel of St. Ignatius. It is followed by a reception in the Pigott Atrium.


Staying More Peaceful and Less Frazzled During the Holiday Season

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on December 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM PST

The season of Advent is here! Christmas is approaching, and now is the time for joyful preparation in the midst of what is often a busier than normal time of year: making your to-do list, acquiring or making gifts for loved ones, or simply getting your home decorated takes a lot of effort.

Just reading that list,  have you already started to feel a little overwhelmed by a case of the “shoulds” this holiday season?

Edward Hayes, a Catholic priest and author on contemporary spirituality, shares with us a beautiful prayer titled St. Nicholas Blessing Prayer from his book Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home. The prayer invokes St. Nicholas, an iconic saint known for his generosity and whose feast day is celebrated December 6th, to bless and inspire us in being grounded in the true meaning of the season. The intentionality of this prayer helps us to refocus and slow down. Whenever you start to feel a case of the “shoulds” coming on during the next weeks, we invite you to reflect on this gentle prayer: 


St. Nicholas, holy patron of children,

Bishop of the East,

we invite you to come among us

and to grant us your holy blessing.

Help us in this busy, busy season

not to miss the miracle of the coming of Emmanuel

in the days of preparation

as well as on the feast itself.

Help us not to be blind

to the gifts of getting ready. 

Protect us from insincerity.

May every greeting we send

be signed with love, friendship and prayer.

May our greetings, so written,

be fun to open and treasures to keep. 

Kind St. Nicholas,

protect us from shopper’s fatigue

Show us how to take delight in the marketplace,

now transformed in beauty, lights, and music.

Save us all from anxiety over what to give

so that we may concentrate on how to give. 

Stand by the stepladder

as we decorate our homes and trees and lives.

May our decorations not be mute

but rather singing symbols,

sacred signs of the evergreen coming of the Lord of Life. 

Help us to remember that mistletoe, holly

and all other ornaments of the season,

were sacred signs to ancient believers. 

But, most of all, jolly saint of toys and sweets,

help us stay youthful, humorous, playful and dream-filled

as we prepare together for the coming of Christ

with Advent longing.

St. Nicholas, pray for us. 


As you read this, what word or phrase stands out? 

What message do you take from this prayer?

What do you need in order to remain peaceful and present? 

No matter how much there is to get done, now is the time to slow down and savor the real reason for the season. 

Photo credit: Christmas Cliché by Bart Cayusa, Creative Commons License


A Christmas Message from the President

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on December 3, 2014 at 10:12 AM PST

 As November turns to December, the weather grows colder and the night longer, it is undeniable that winter is here and holidays are fast approaching, making it the perfect time to wish you all a happy and blessed Christmas season.

I hope you have the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, celebrate your favorite traditions and enjoy some delicious food. But I also hope you find time for some peace, quiet and reflection.

I often find the Christmas season to be the perfect time for reflection on the blessings of the previous year. I am filled with a sense of gratitude and as President of Seattle University, I have so many things to be thankful for.

I am grateful for the Seattle University community. For our students who are always striving for a just and humane world. For you, our alumni, who are leaders in the community throughout Seattle, across the country and in 62 countries. And for our great faculty and staff who guide and prepare our students for life outside these walls.

I was especially blessed this year to have the opportunity to accompany a small group of friends of Seattle University to meet Pope Francis in November.

A visit that was expected to be 15 minutes lasted 45. The Pope gave us his full attention. We found it hard to believe there was nowhere else the leader of the Catholic Church would rather be. For me, this was the experience of a lifetime.

When asked what message he would like us to bring back to Seattle University, the Holy Father shared a thought that is particularly relevant to the holiday season.

It was, “witness.” He said words don’t count. Words only touch a person’s mind. The only thing that counts for those at your university is your witness. The witness of your life, the witness of your faith, the witness of your commitment and the witness of who you are. Witness is what counts.

I’d like to ask you to reflect on the Pope’s message as Jesuit-educated alumni. What does it mean to you to witness during this holiday season? Does it call you to bear witness to those less fortunate than you?  How are you a witness to your family and friends in order to connect more authentically? How do your actions reflect your faith and commitment?

I hope you will take some time this Christmas season to reflect on all that you are grateful for and how you serve as a witness in this world. Just as we are thankful for you, we hope that when you think of Seattle U, you are filled with a sense of pride and gratitude. Never forget that even after graduation, we remain your university.

I look forward with anticipation to the year ahead and wish you all many blessings in this Christmas season and the new year.   

With gratitude,

Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.


Scott Kaiser Directs Shakespeare-Inspired Love’s Labor’s Won

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on November 5, 2014 at 9:11 PM PST


Scott Kaiser, longtime artistic staff member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is now making his mark at Seattle University, with his new play, Love's Labor's Won.

Kaiser has joined the faculty as a guest instructor in the Theatre Department for the fall quarter and oversees production of the play as the Artist-In-Residence for the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts. 

Love's Labor's Won begins where Shakespeare's comedy Love's Labor's Lost ends. Kaiser’s thoughtful and funny play imagines the reunion of the parted lovers against the opulent backdrop of 1918 Versailles. Even if Shakespeare's Love’s Labor’s Lost is unfamiliar, Kaiser’s play captivates the audience through its intriguing story and thematic exploration of loss and love.

“It was unusual for Shakespeare to write a comedy that ended without a tidy resolution,” Kaiser said, so I believe that Love’s Labor’s Lost was a cliffhanger to get you back into the theater to watch part two.” 

Although there is scant evidence that such a play existed, some scholars strongly believe, as Kaiser does, that Shakespeare may have created a second part to his original piece. 

While Shakespeare’s second part may be forever lost – or entirely nonexistent – Kaiser writes Love’s Labor’s Won in a way that pays homage to Shakespeare. “I’ve tried to honor Shakespeare’s artistry rather than satirize it,” Kaiser shares. While indeed honoring Shakespeare’s work, Kaiser strongly believes that his play stands alone. “You don’t need to know Love’s Labor’s Lost to enjoy Love’s Labor’s Won,” he said.

Kaiser is the Director of Company Development at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Participating in 24 seasons at OSF, Kaiser has contributed to almost 100 productions, including all 38 Shakespeare plays. 

Love's Labor's Won opens on November 13 and runs through November 23. Alumni of Seattle University are invited to watch the production. Tickets may be purchased in-person at the Lee Center Box Office or at for $10. 

Kaiser’s theatre production at Seattle University is made possible by the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts.

Love's Labor Won
Lee Center for the Arts 
Showing from November 12-23,2014

Wed-Sat: 7:30 p.m.
Sun: 2:00 p.m.


Alumni Survey Results

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on November 5, 2014 at 9:11 PM PST

We asked and you answered. In June an electronic survey was sent to all alumni asking for input on how to improve your university and alumni experience. Thank you to all who took the survey! We are giving you a sneak peak into the key findings from the survey.  Look for more details about the results and how we are taking action in the winter edition of the Seattle University Magazine.

Key Findings

Alumni are highly satisfied with their educational experience. 

Alumni value their relationship with Seattle U, but don’t feel strongly connected. 

Recent alumni strongly value their relationship with Seattle U and see opportunities for improvement in career services and professional development programs.

Graduate alumni are more loyal to and involved with the university than their undergraduate counterparts.

Alumni most value career and professional development programs and services.

Alumni engage most often by reading the Seattle University Magazine and alumni emails and want more invitations to events.

Survey Raffle Winners

All respondents who entered, had the chance to win one of five $100 gift certificates to the Seattle U Bookstore.  Congratulations to our lucky winners, Laura Hurst, Carol Everson, Nellie Calacat, Mark Kitna and Adam Neal!  

In addition, everyone who entered will receive two free tickets to the Homecoming men’s basketball game on Saturday, February 7, 2015.  We’ll be sending more information about how to get your tickets soon.  Mark your calendars now for a fun weekend!  


Out of Office: Daily Reflection Tools for Busy, Working People

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on November 5, 2014 at 9:11 PM PST

Many alumni, who are working in careers from education to law, to corporate and non-profit, are seeking how to make faith and spiritually a part of their everyday lives. The practice of being a Contemplative in Action takes work, but is doable… and often necessary.

What would it look like if you put an “Out of Office” message on your work email at lunch, found another space to be in, and took some time to reflect on the day thus far? Might that be a different idea than what you had in mind when you think of “prayer” or “meditation”? 

Chris Lowney, author of Heroic Leadership  and Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, writes about the need to find meaning in the midst of the business and busyness of life: “Precisely when my corporate life was busiest did I really, really need to allow time for reflection… But you have to commit to it. If it is not a habit, it doesn’t happen because other more pressing (if ultimately less important) tasks will always crowd recollection from the schedule. Ten minutes of personal space can always wait; finishing the memo always seems like it can’t.”

There are so many variations of daily reflection tools, particularly the Ignatian Examen, that are made to suit different styles and schedules, even for the busiest of professionals. For example, Randy Hain, Senior Editor for The Integrated Catholic Life™, and author of The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work, has developed an Examen for Busy Business People which is broken down throughout the day. It includes five brief times (three to five minutes each) where you pause to either give thanks, pray for insight, find God in all things, ask for what is needed, and plan for tomorrow.

Or, there is the Lunchtime Examen.

by Jim Manney, author of A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer: Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Examen. Jim leads you through an audio Examen with slides which you can view and listen to at your desk, as well as with an accompanying journal page (so no need to even leave the office!) It’s great if you are a habitual eat-at-your-desk type, or can’t leave your work space.

Another great reflection is by Paul Brian Campbell, S.J., who adapted the Ignatian Examen for Managers managers to reflect at the end of the day: “Imagine you’re at home at the end of another busy day at work. You plop down in front of the TV and, instead of some dumb quiz show, you’re looking at yourself going through the day at work.” Now, that would be different, wouldn’t it? His Examen asks questions like:

From your perspective as a manager, what was the high point of the day?

When did you struggle to stay focused and engaged?

How hectic was the day?

What are you going to do to help your direct reports work more effectively and with greater satisfaction?

If the Examen is not your style, or if you prefer something else less formulaic, poetry can be another way of pausing. Reading something by Mary Oliver or Rumi can help to break the monotony of the work day, and allow you to listen with another aspect of yourself: your heart. One great poem to use is Lynn Ungar’s Camas Lilies, which speaks of the fact that even as important as our work is, we must take time to rest.

So, how will you incorporate reflection at work? Here’s your challenge for November: schedule a time in your calendar during the work day (between 5 and 10 minutes) and put an “Out of Office” message, then go take a spiritual break. Whether it is the Examen, or some other form of reflective self-care, make the commitment to give a try for the next four weeks.


Celebrate the Holiday Season with Seattle U

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on November 5, 2014 at 8:11 PM PST

Celebrate the Season with Seattle University!

The holiday season is fast approaching so why not make plans to spend it with us?  From Christmas tree lightings and Advent Mass to basketball games there’s lots to celebrate with family and friends. 

Wednesday, December 3
Tree Lighting

7:00 p.m. | Lemeiux Library Plaza 

The festivities begin with the university’s annual tree lighting celebration. Join us for Christmas carols, reindeer and the tree lighting. Bring your family and friends and get the season started right.

Saturday, December 6
Advent Mass and Alumni Reception

Join us for a favorite campus tradition this December, the Advent Mass and Reception. Fr. Steve and Fr. Dave will preside over Mass, followed by a reception with holiday treats, a photo booth and family fun. 

This event is free but we suggest registering. RSVP now.

4:00 p.m. | Chapel of St. Ignatius

5:00 p.m. | Pigott Atrium 

Redhawks Basketball

Make a day of it and join alumni, students and families to cheer on the Redhawks.

Women v. LMU
1:00 p.m. | Connolly Center North Court

*Holiday Hoopla
Men v. Eastern Washington
7:00 p.m. | KeyArena

All those who RSVP to the Advent Mass and Reception will receive free tickets to both the men’s and women’s games. Busses will be available for those needing a ride to and from KeyArena.


Women in Leadership Celebration

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on November 5, 2014 at 5:11 PM PST

On December 4th Seattle U Athletics and the Alumni Association are partnering together to celebrate women in leadership.

Seattle University women’s basketball will be holding their first annual “Women in Leadership” game on Thursday, December 4 at KeyArena at Seattle Center as they host the University of Washington. Five women from the Seattle community will be honored as part of the evening’s festivities, with a profile of each to appear on leading up to the event.

Honorees include:

Kathleen O‘Toole, Seattle Police Chief

Karen Bryant, former President and CEO, Seattle Storm

Anne Farrell, Seattle U Trustee Emeritus

Fé Lopez, JD, ‘06, Executive Director, Seattle Community Police Commission

Dr. Michele Murray, Seattle U Vice President, Student Development 

Part one of the five part honoree profile series featured Michele Murray. Read it online.

Alumni are invited to a free networking reception before the game, hosted by the Women of SU Alumni Chapter and the SU Alumni Association.  Guests will have an opportunity to network with the honorees and fellow alumni. All registrants will also receive a free ticket to the game.

Networking Reception
6:00 p.m.
Bluemoon Café | KeyArena Concourse

SU Women vs UW
7:00 p.m.
KeyArena | Seattle Center 

Register now for the free networking reception and game tickets.