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Bay Area Alumni Chapter

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on September 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM PDT

It’s been an exciting year for the Seattle University Alumni Association’s Chapters program. Locally we’ve seen huge growth with both our corporate and affinity chapters. Our regional chapters are growing, too. This month, we are highlighting our dedicated and highly engaged Bay Area Alumni Chapter. For alumni in the Bay Area, your Chapter leadership has been hard at work planning ways for you to get involved, from pre-game rallies to a new alumni mentoring program and a chapter reunion--this year is going to be busy. 

Mark your calendar now for these upcoming Bay Area Chapter events. 

SU Women's Soccer Match and Pre-Game Rally at Saint Mary's College
Sunday, September 14, 2014
$5 gets you a ticket to the game and entrance to the pre-game rally where you’ll enjoy lunch, drinks and Redhawk pride.
RSVP now.


Alumni to Alumni Mentoring Program
Applications due October 1st
Seattle U Alumni know the importance of giving back and of ongoing professional mentoring for new and experienced professionals alike. So here's the opportunity for you to do both with alumni in your own backyard.

It is a light commitment. We ask that mentors and mentees meet or talk on the phone just once a month for one year. We will provide you with guidance and activities for your conversations.

Mentor Application (Red Form)

Mentee Application (Blue Form)

Too much of a time commitment, but still want to be involved? There’s a short term option.

Short-Term Application

The first mentor program event will be either Friday, October 17th or Saturday, October 18th. 

Save the Date:

Watch your email for more information on these events.

Seattle U Men's Basketball Game and Pre-Game Rally at San Jose State
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Annual Bay Area Alumni Chapter Reunion
March, 2015

Questions? Contact Harmony Frederick.

Young Alumni Spotlight: Maria Walsh, '05

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on September 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM PDT

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are featuring Maria Walsh, ‘05, a Latina alumna and part of the planning committee for the Seattle University Latina/o Alumni Chapter. Maria works at Boeing where she has helped to establish and lead the Seattle U Boeing Alumni Chapter.

Maria transferred to Seattle University from Bellevue College. While looking at schools, Seattle U was at the top of Maria’s list due to its small class sizes, location and strong reputation for educating the whole person and empowering leaders for a just and humane world. 

Maria is someone who likes to get involved, as evidenced by her activities as a student. As soon as she started at Seattle University, Maria ran for student government. In her time at Seattle U, she was president of the Risk Management Club, a member of Beta Alpha Psi and the Albers Investment Club, and worked for the student-run newspaper, The Spectator, as the Business and Marketing Manager. 

“I have many great memories from my time at Seattle U. I got really sick one day and I had to miss class two or three days straight.  I remember getting a call on my cell phone from one of my teachers.  He was wondering how I was doing because he had not seen me in class or around the school.  I was touched that he noticed I was missing and that he cared about his students.  Seattle University really provides a family atmosphere where you get to know your professors and your classmates.  You feel like you are part of something and not just a number,” Maria shared. 

The individualized attention and extracurricular activities made her student experience a meaningful one, but Seattle U’s impact didn’t end there. Seattle U helped to prepare Maria for her career. 

“Seattle University provided me with the skills and concepts needed to succeed in business and the foundation to think critically, to be curious, to question and think independently.    It also taught me the importance of ethics and to be a responsible citizen of the community, the country and the world.  I remember questioning the need for some of the classes required at Seattle U, but after taking them I realized the purpose.  It is not only about developing your brain, but also your spirit.”

From serving on the Career Center’s Mentorship Advisory Board and the Alumni Board of Governors to leading the Boeing Alumni Chapter and helping to develop the Latina/o Alumni Chapter, Maria has stayed involved with her alma mater. 

“My experience at Seattle U has made a big impact in my personal and professional development and it is important for me to stay connected and give back.  I see my diploma as a share of stock.  The better the university does, the more my degree is worth.  Giving back doesn’t necessarily mean only financial contributions.  There are so many other ways, such as planning and/or attending alumni networking events and volunteering for board positions.  You could also be a mentor or create an alumni group within your company.  Giving back and being involved with your alma mater helps make the students and alumni more successful in their careers.”

As the Latina/ Alumni Chapter comes together, Maria has a vision for what she hopes to see the group accomplish. 

“My hopes for the Seattle U Latina/o Alumni Chapter is to get our Latina/o alumni more engaged in campus and to serve as mentors and help guide our current Latina/o students, but also to help recruit new students.  I believe Seattle U is a good fit for Latina/o students, as it provides small classes and has more of a family feel.  Students get to work directly with the professors and not the TAs. “ 

Maria also sees opportunities for the chapter to work with current students to help them find internships and full time jobs after graduation.

If you are interested in helping Maria and other alumni organize Seattle University’s Latino/a Alumni Chapter, please contact Harmony Frederick, Assistant Director of Regional and Chapter Development, to learn more. 


Alumni Spotlight: Keenan Kurihara, ‘14

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on August 6, 2014 at 3:08 PM PDT

On July 24th, the Seattle U Alumni Association hosted alumni, current students and their families at the Waialae Country Club for the annual Hawaii Reception. We were excited to have the help of recent graduate and event emcee, Keenan Kurihara, ‘14. 

Having graduated in June, Keenan has already taken an active role in the Alumni Association from his home in Hawaii. 



“I feel it’s important to stay connected to the Seattle U community because SU has given me so many experiences, memories and, most importantly, individuals who I can call life-long friends. Without my Seattle University experience, I really don’t think I would be the person I am today,” Keenan said. 

Keenan was drawn to Seattle U first and foremost for its location on the mainland. He wanted to see what life off the island was like and Seattle offered a vibrant city to explore.. While its location drew him in, it was the small class sizes, personalized attention and caring atmosphere that made him call Seattle U home for four years.

As a student, Keenan was actively involved in Hui ‘O Nani Hawai’i, the United Filipino Club, Student Government, Housing and Residence Life and the Admissions Office, serving as a Redhawk Ambassador. It was in this role that he first began collaborating with the SU Alumni Association. 

As an alumnus of Seattle U, Keenan plans to stay involved with the Alumni Association by visiting the university as frequently as possible and helping to build a strong sense of community between the SUAA Hawaii chapter and current SU students. Keenan has hopes for a Hawaii alumni-student mentoring program, where current Seattle U students from Hawaii can look to alumni for guidance, both personally and professionally.

Currently, Keenan serve as a Resolution Coordinator with Hawaiian Airlines in the Consumer Affairs Department. When not working, Keenan volunteers his time to work on the gubernatorial campaign in Hawaii. 
“Politics is something that has always interested me and is an area that I may be exploring within the next few years,” Keenan shared enthusiastically. 

Keenan is an example of a graduate who is staying involved in the Alumni Association, even though he’s not in the Seattle area. We are in the process of building our regional alumni chapters program. If you are interested in getting more involved in your area, contact Harmony Frederick at

Breathing in Summer: An Ignatian Reflection

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on August 5, 2014 at 3:08 PM PDT

Summer is a time for kicking back, taking in the natural beauty around you, and getting in all the fun outdoor adventures that fall and winter seem to make difficult.

Perhaps some of you reading this live in the Seattle area… if so, what a summer we have had so far! Whether near or far, if you are trekking in the woods, walking around a park, or biking around town this season, we at Magis invite you to slow down, pause, and breathe in summer.

Ignatian Spirituality is known for helping busy people to slow down. It is also known for using the imagination as a way to experience God or the Divine in the midst of our everyday lives. Two particular imaginative forms of reflection that are fun to try out are Lectio Divina and Ignatian Contemplation. So many of us spend time in fast paced, media overloaded productivity mode, so taking even five or ten minutes to engage a process which invites you to pivot from that pace can be helpful to your emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Each of these methods is also intended to help you get out of your head space and into that deeper heart place, where you can encounter the stirring of your soul.

All you need to start is a scripture passage from your religious or spiritual tradition which sparks your interest, such as from the Christian Scriptures, Qur’an, or Jewish Bible. Or, if you prefer, try looking for a poem or selection of prose that speaks to you. The key is to enter into the narrative as if it were a movie: picture the place, experience it with your senses, notice where you are being led, consider a character or inanimate object you might be, and reflect upon the experience. You may even want to journal from an insight you receive.

Let’s give it a try! Here, we will take a twist on Ignatian Contemplation and invite you to read a poem called "This Summer Day by poet Mary Oliver.

Ready? Here we go…

Find a space to quiet yourself… maybe this is in your living room, at a park or other space where you feel relaxed.

Notice how your body feels… be gentle with yourself and release any tension you may feel by breathing in deeply a few times.

Read the poem once. Allow yourself to read it slowly and savor the narrative. Sit with what you read for a few moments.

Read the poem again. This time, pay attention to your feelings and senses: What did you see? Smell? Hear? Feel? Is there a character or object in the scene you identify with? If so, why do you relate to him/her/it? Jot down your thoughts, if you like.

Are there any memories that come to mind? What is the connection?

As you draw a close to your reflection, give thanks for the gift of this time.

This reflection exercise takes practice, so don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t work the first time! The important thing is to keep trying and showing up to the practice.

Have a question or suggestion for Magis to cover on Ignatian spirituality and leadership? If so, email us at and let us know! We want to hear from you.

P.S. – Be sure to mark your calendar now for a Jesuit Alumni Day of Reflection, being held Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Seattle U!



Athletics: 2013-14 A Year in Review

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on August 5, 2014 at 3:08 PM PDT

With the new academic year approaching, the Seattle University athletics department put together a review of the 2013-14 campaign. 

The year featured NCAA Tournament appearances by the women's soccer and men's soccer team, as well as a second consecutive berth in the NCAA Division I Track and Field West Preliminary Championships for javelin thrower Dylan Burnett. The women’s basketball team reached the finals of the WAC Tournament for the second consecutive year, while both the cross country and softball teams successfully hosted WAC championship events. The men’s golf team started a new tradition by hosting the inaugural Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay, while the men’s basketball squad maintained its recent tradition of welcoming one of the greatest basketball players of all time back to KeyArena for the Elgin Baylor Classic. 

It was also a successful year in terms of academic performance by Redhawk student-athletes, featuring three Academic All-Americans and several team awards based on classroom proficiency. In addition, Seattle U athletic squads once again reached out to the community in many ways. 

To relive the 2013-14 academic year, visit this website:

The 2014-15 season began for Seattle University Athletics when the women's soccer team reported to campus Tuesday, Aug. 5. 


2014-2015 Career Fairs

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on August 5, 2014 at 2:08 PM PDT

Registration is open for Seattle U’s 2014-2015 career fairs. 

Alumni employers, are you searching for the right candidate for your position? Seattle U career fairs are an excellent way to recruit top talent, whether you are looking for an intern, part-time or full-time employees, you’ll find a student or alum who is the perfect fit. 
Are you a job seeker? Alumni on the hunt for their next opportunity are welcome to attend any of our fairs to network with recruiters and connect with hiring managers. 

Please contact Sarah Thomson,, Associate Director of External Relations, with questions. 
Part Time Job and Post Grad Service Fair: September 25, 2014
Business and Engineering Fair: October 11, 2014
Internship Fair: February 5, 2015
Spring Job and Internship Fair: April 21, 2015

Fall Reunions: HiYu Coulee, Costco Scholars & URec

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on August 5, 2014 at 2:08 PM PDT

The Seattle University Alumni Association has been working hard to build a reunions program that brings you back to your alma mater and reconnects you with friends and classmates in fun and meaningful ways.
We took huge strides with the launch of our Reunion Weekend 2014 this past May. As you can see from our reunion photo albums, the classes of 2004, 1964 and our Sullivan Scholars had a grand time at their reunions.

This fall we are celebrating our alumni with affinity reunions, including the Costco Scholars 15th Anniversary Reunion, the HiYu Coulees 75th Anniversary Reunion  and the URec Alumni Reunion. If you were a member of any of these groups, you will not want to miss your reunion this fall! 

Costco Scholars – September 18-19, 2014.
HiYu Coulees and URec – October 25, 2014.

We will be sending invitations with event details and registration information so make sure your contact info is up to date by filling out our online form. Also make sure to check your reunions webpage for event updates.
Classes of 2005 and 1965, we haven’t forgotten about you. Mark your calendars for May 1-3, 2015 for Reunion Weekend 2015.  

We’ll see you at your reunion.


Young Alumni Summer Party 2014

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on August 4, 2014 at 1:08 PM PDT

This September, young alumni are invited for an evening of food, fun (and football if that’s your thing) at the Capitol Hill hot spot, Sole Repair.

This is a chance for graduates from the last ten years to meet and mingle with each other and get to know the Seattle U alumni community. Take this opportunity to connect with graduates who share the same passions, network with fellow Redhawks and make new friends while catching up with old ones.

We know that our event is the same evening as the first Seahawks game of the season, but thanks to Sole Repair’s huge projection screen, you don’t have to miss out on any of the action or any of the fun.

So put on your Cap Hill best, grab your friends and blow off some steam with us on September 4th from 5:00-10:00 p.m. Your first drink is on us and the appetizers are  complimentary.  Save your spot now.


Did You Know? Alumni Benefits

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on June 4, 2014 at 12:06 PM PDT

Aside from a great education there are plenty of benefits that come with being an alum of Seattle University. In case you weren’t in the know, we thought we’d fill you in on the perks of being a Redhawk for life. 

Alumni Email Address
Alumni keep their SU email address upon graduation. Like your address? Keep it for life! This also gives you access to wifi when you are on campus. (If you graduated before 2011, contact to get access to your Seattle U email address.)

Auditing Classes 
Check out the current undergraduate course offers on SU Online and audit a class that appeals to the life-long learner in you – for only $55.00! Download the application form on our website. Class availability is subject to space, professor approval and pre-requisite requirements. 
Eisiminger Fitness Center Membership
Alumni and their families can enjoy member to the Eisiminger Fitness Center, where they can take advantage of all of its facilities and services at a competitive price. Learn more.
Alumni Discounts 
SU Campus Store 
All alumni enjoy 15% off at the Seattle U Campus Store, in person or online

When staying in Seattle, why not stay in style? Check out your Seattle U alumni rates at these Seattle Hotels

Fr. Dave Anderson is the Alumni Chaplain meeting all of your spiritual needs from performing marriages and funerals to spiritual counseling and blessings.
Lemieux Library & Learning Commons Access
Enjoy our state of the art library and learning commons, open to all alumni. 
Alumni Insurance Programs
Now that you’ve graduated, you might need to get your own auto and medical insurance.  We’ve got reduced rate options for you.
Enjoy alumni discounts with GEICO. When you get a free quote, not only will you be checking out your options, you’ll be supporting your Seattle U Alumni Association. With each quote, GEICO makes a donation to the Alumni Association programming and activities for you.
GradMed is an ideal health insurance product for new graduates and alumni between jobs.  You can choose a coverage period and deductible that meets your needs, protecting you from the expenses associated with an accident or illness. Learn more

Alumni Attitude Study: Let Us Know What You Think

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on June 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM PDT

We want to hear from you! Seattle University Alumni Association, Career Services and Academic Affairs will be reaching out to alumni with current email addresses to get your feedback and opinions on important topics. Depending on your graduation year you will soon receive one of two surveys: a survey from Career Services and Academic Affairs about your professional experiences after graduation or an Alumni Attitude Study© from the Alumni Association about your university experiences and ongoing connections with the university.

Both of these surveys provide valuable information that will inform planning and decision making at Seattle University and the Alumni Association.  We hope you will take the time to respond!

As a gift for your time, all respondents will AND will be entered to win one of five $100 gift certificates to the Seattle University Bookstore (also redeemable online) AND receive two free tickets to the Seattle U Homecoming basketball game on February 7, 2015.

These online, confidential surveys will be sent to all Seattle University alumni with a current email address. If Seattle University does not have your current email address, please send your full name, graduation year and email address to 

For your convenience, this study is conducted online only and you will not receive any mail or phone calls related to this study.

Results will be ready in mid-to-late August and will be shared with staff, administrators, volunteers and alumni.

We value the input of all of our alumni and hope that you will participate in this endeavor with us. Thank you for your support and participation.