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Discernment: Learning to Fall in Love & Stay in Love

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

Sometimes making the transition from student to alum is challenging. After being in a supportive community like Seattle U where each person is valued for their whole self, finding places or communities outside of university life which help you to learn and grow into your best self can take a while to find (believe us, they do exist!) Wherever life takes you, whether as a soon-to-be alum or more experienced alum moving through life transitions, be sure to lead with this one reminder: Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

Former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., prayed the following:

Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. 

What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. 

It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. 

Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

What if we looked at our lives as one big unfolding endeavor of love, where what we chose to be and do was out of a place of love?  Imagine how generative we would be with our talents, skills, and pursuits if we could intentionally listen how to God (Love) is calling us to become our true selves. Consider asking yourself these questions:

Who do I spend my time with?

What do I spend my time doing?

Where do I feel pulled or drawn in in my life?

Where do I feel expectations pushing me, like I “should” rather than “want” to do?

How do I see God active in my everyday life?

Jesuit tools like Ignatian Discernment help us to create a space to ask these questions on a regular basis. St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits and animator of Jesuit education, came up with this method to enable his companions in finding God in all places of their lives. Practicing discernment can assist in developing self-awareness and an overall “attitude of gratitude”. 

Here is a short version of the Examen – go ahead, give it a try!

1. Become aware of God’s presence. Pause for a few moments to be quiet and still.

2. Review the day with gratitude. Take a moment to give thanks for all that you experienced as gift.

3. Pay attention to your emotions. Scan the day and see where your energy was life-giving or life-draining.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it. Identify where you would like to grow and change.

5. Look toward tomorrow. Ask for the light or grace needed to live more fully next time.

Want to learn more about Ignatian Discernment? Visit resources on Ignatian Spirituality by clicking on this link

Professional Development Offerings

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

We know that your professional development needs change depending upon where you are in your career, which is why we have a wide variety of offerings available for alumni at all stages of their career, from first jobs to recruiting the perfect candidate. 

In partnership with Career Services, the Alumni Association offers you: 
SU Advantage | Networking Events – Hear experts on a select topic and connect with professionals to engage in structured networking around relevant industry related topics. 

The Seattle U Alumni LinkedIn Group – Connect  with nearly 7,000 alumni professionals to network, find job opportunities and stay on top of professional news.
Mentors – All alumni can request a mentor or volunteer their time and professional experience to be a mentor to an SU student or alum.
The Redhawk Network – The Redhawk Network is your connection to students and alumni and offers you the opportunity to search for jobs, recruit for jobs or volunteer to mentor students or other alumni. 

Career Workshops – From career transitions to salary negotiations, we offer workshops to fit your needs. 

3 Free career advising sessions– Sessions are available in person or via phone or Skype, covering interviewing, resume writing and much more.
Free professional development webinars – Webinars cover a breadth of topics and are a great resource for all alumni to take advantage of your alumni benefits in a way that is convenient for you.   Check out the library of on-demand webinars available to you.
Job and internship fairs – Job fairs are open to alumni to attend as both job seekers and recruiters. Check out the schedule for next year
Contact with any questions about these services or future professional development opportunities. 

Welcome Class of 2014

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

As alumni, we know the uncertainty and excitement that accompany entry into the real world. Our new SU Bridge Young Alumni Chapter is here to welcome the class of 2014 and all other recent alumni and help to ease their transition to the real world. 
So who are the SU Bridge and how do they hope to ease the student to alumni transition?  Think of the SU Bridge as recent, but experienced young alumni. Most have graduated within the last five to 10 years. They’ve experienced the uncertainty of life after college first hand and found the light at the end of the tunnel. They want to engage with students who are transitioning out of Seattle U and more recent alumni who are still making their transitions to the real world.

According to SU Bridge president, Tony Capeloto, the goal of the chapter is to create an environment that allows students, alumni and faculty to build professional connections thoughtfully. “You forget that the benefits of your hard work come after your graduation, not necessarily during your time as students. And now it’s time to reap those benefits.” 

The SU Bridge hopes to help young alumni reap some of those benefits with their events and programming that aim to create opportunities and professional connections for recent graduates. “It’s often not what you know, but who you know. Our programs will allow you to interact with others on your terms, starting the casual conversation that will spark a connection that will help your career,” Tony said. 

This September, the SU Bridge plans to host a kick-off event, welcoming the newest Seattle graduates to the Alumni Association. “I hope you’ll be on the lookout for an invitation to this event. You are who we are here to serve and I look forward to making connections with you as a part of the SU Bridge.” 

Whether you are a more experienced recent alum or are fresh out of school, if you are interested in learning more about the SU Bridge, email

Look for Tony on June 14th as one of your alumni hosts at Commencement Brunch.

As September is a few months away and graduation is right around the corner on June 15th, the members of the SU Bridge wanted to share the following words of wisdom with you.  

The advice I wish I knew upon graduation is:


Dylan Munn, '10:  “Stay active in your community, wherever that may be.”
Jeremiah Job, '04: “Stay involved.  Discover your skill sets. Stay open – don’t limit yourself to one opportunity. Don’t be afraid to fail. It is a critical component of your success.”
Tony Capeloto,'11: “Now is the time you can actually apply what you learned.”


Alex Dzwonkowski,'11: “Now is the time to learn new life skills.”


Dylan Hoffman, '13: “Relax and enjoy this moment.  College graduation and the time right after is such a great time; don't lose touch with this in the fervor to get a job lined up.”
Doug Rudeen, '11: “You do know things that are valuable to employers. Though you may feel a lot of your knowledge is theoretical, you can think about things in ways that employers value.”
Mikel Carlson, '12: “Don't be afraid to get your feet wet. People hire you if they like you, even if you don't necessarily have all the necessary qualifications. You’ll build them.” 

What words of wisdom do you have for our new graduates? Share them in the comments section below. 

John Bush: Coffee, Jeeps, and Gunpowder - A Colombian Adventure

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on May 13, 2014 at 4:05 PM PDT

Following a great first two weeks in Colombia, I flew south from the Caribbean city of Cartagena to Medellin, the metropolis nestled into the mountains (about 5,000 ft above sea level). After encountering some gridlock that makes I-5 look like the autobahn, I arrived at a wonderful hostel, complete with ping-pong table and microbrews, a rarity in South America. The ping-pong table led me to make some great friends from Alberta and D.C. with whom I hung out with for a couple of days, swapping travel stories and swigs of Aguardiente (alcoholic fire-water).

Medellin is a city recovering from years of violence and living in fear as it was the headquarters of the Colombian drug trade and kingpin, Pablo Escobar, from the 1970s through the 90s. But what a recovery they have made! They now bolster some of the most progressive public works projects in the world including an incredibly efficient rail system that runs through the city. Perhaps most impressive are their cable cars that lead up the steep mountainsides to the poorer barrios, allowing those who previously did not have easy access to jobs in the city to now connect quickly and cost-effectively. I had the pleasure of riding both of these systems and was absolutely amazed. A stroll around a national park, botanical garden with huge iguanas, and some nights out on the town proved to me that Medellin is one of the more advanced and up-and-coming cities in South America. The "paisas" (Colombian inlanders) are a proud people, embracing the re-birth of their beautiful city.

I spent a couple of days in Guatape, a small town 2 hours from Medellin, on a man-made lake. While there, I climbed 720 steps to the top of a giant rock that overlooks the whole area, appearing similar to the San Juan Islands. I also embarked on a primitive bushwhacking hike to a local waterfall, laid in an inner-tube on the lake, and strolled through rolling cow pastures at sunset. It was a great contrast to the bustling city of Medellin.
After Guatape, I traveled to Salento, an even smaller town in the coffee growing region of Colombia. There, I stayed at a farm hostel, complete with campfires, community dinners, and glowing sunsets. While in Salento, I hiked the Valle de Cocora, a hike winding through a splendid valley, crossing a river on rickety, handmade bridges several times, then opening up to the tallest palm trees in the world, up to 200 feet tall!! We got caught in a downpour and then I rode back to town, standing on the back of a WWII Jeep - a wild ride my mother would never approve of. I also took a tour of a coffee plantation and was able to sample the finest coffee bean this planet has to offer after learning of the entire complex yet enthralling process of coffee growing.


Finally, I learned a new game in Salento. It's the Colombian national game and it's called Tejo. Now, if you've heard of, or played, "Bags" (or sometimes more irreverently known as "Cornhole"), it's similar. You toss an incredibly heavy circular rock at a ramp made of clay, attempting to land closest to the circle in the middle. However, this metal circle in the clay is COVERED WITH PACKETS OF GUNPOWDER. If your stone hits one, the darn packet explodes and it sounds like a gunshot. And then you get 3 points. Try that at your next tailgate party.

John Bush is a 2009 Seattle University graduate who is currently trekking across Colombia.

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?

Seattle University’s Climate Action Plan

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


 From the moment that Seattle University’s Climate Action Plan was put into place in 2010, we knew that our goals were ambitious. We also knew that unlike many goals, sustainability would never have a final moment of victory – no single day when we could say, “We did it” and walk away.

We are pleased to present our first Sustainability Progress Report. The report highlights much of the good work that our staff, faculty and students have done over the past four years, and it gives us a strong direction for shaping our future sustainability efforts.

These efforts in sustainability are a foundation to build upon to achieve our ambitious goals. But our celebration is tempered by the urgency to do more, to do it faster and to inspire others to follow suit. Many milestones are yet to be reached in our quest to meet the goals of the Climate Action Plan.

Quadstock Turns 25

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

 If you’ve graduated from Seattle University in the past twenty-five years, chances are you’ve attended Quadstock. The iconic music festival turns 25 this spring and the founders, John Boyle and Chris Thomas, are coming back to celebrate. We talked to John and Chris to learn more about the start of this high profile event.  
An iconic part of the Seattle U student experience, Quadstock has played host to such musicians as The Posies, The Thermals, Dan Deacon, Macklemore, Del the Funky Homosapien, Talib Kweli, Ok GO, Blue Scholars and more. But how did the festival get its start?
The origins of Quadstock date back to the creation of the Quad itself. The very first stage was actually the stone steps surrounding the fountain. Quadstock founders, John Boyle and Chris Thomas, planned the first Quadstock in order to celebrate the unveiling of the Seattle U Quadrangle in 1989.
“We wanted a celebration geared toward the students that lasted all weekend long,” the founders shared. “We had student clubs provide activities from Friday night to Sunday Mass. Students could collect pledges for how many hours they thought they could keep going without sleep and at the end we would donate the money to St. Francis Soup Kitchen.”
The first bands to grace the Quadstock stage that year were The Britains, The Look, The Bitter End (the first student Battle of the Bands winner), Swampzombies and The Trenchcoats.
For its second year, Quadstock was condensed into one day of festivities and music. Keeping with the charitable aspect of the first event, attendees who brought canned food received a discount on their concert tickets.  Drawing larger headliners for the second year, the lineup included The Posies, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and The Dharma Bums.

(The Posies playing Quadstock. Photo provided by John Boyle.)
One campus rumor claims that Nirvana made a debut on SU’s stage, but John and Chris set the record straight, saying that they tried to book the band, but due to the band’s recording schedule, it didn’t work out. John did share the fun fact that Nirvana’s booking fee was only $1,000 at the time, compared to The Posies who ended up costing $2,000.
Quadstock became an instant success, evolving into the annual musical festival we know it as today and one of the most anticipated events on the spring season.

“It’s a testament to the student life at Seattle University that someone took this event and rolled with it,” co-founder John Boyle said.
This year Quadstock turns 25. The founders of Quadstock and SEAC invite alumni back on Saturday, May 17 to help celebrate. The Main stage line-up includes Best Coast, Sea Wolf, Shelton Harris & Tyler Dopps and COHO.  Not only are alumni invited back to attend the musical festival, but there will be a special alumni campus tour and get together at the Chieftain Irish Pub before the festivities begin.
If Quadstock was a memorable part of your student experience we hope you’ll join us on May 17th. Tickets are extremely limited – buy yours today.

Have some favorite Quadstock memories? Share them in the comments below or send your pictures to us!

Join Contemplative Leaders in Action

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

 Since September 2013, 32 young adult professionals between the ages of 25-39 have been meeting monthly to explore Ignatian leadership through Contemplative Leaders in Action - a two-year Magis program for emerging leaders. Representing diverse professions, faiths, and backgrounds, cohort members over the course of two years reflect on their strengths, weaknesses and role in the world as both professionals and people of faith.

Current CLA2 participants Kara Casey Adams and Angeline Thomas are SU alums and active leaders in higher education and legal justice respectively.  Kara, who is the Assistant Director of Community-Based Learning and Research at University of Washington Bothell said, “I am attracted to the Contemplative Leaders in Action program for a community of professionals who will reflect upon the nexus of Jesuit values and their professional roles.”

Participants share certain key characteristics: a capacity for self-reflection, several years of work experience, a personal commitment to serve the common good, demonstrated leadership potential, and the willingness to pursue spiritual and professional growth.  This combination excited Angeline, who is the Foreclosure Mediation and Outreach Project Staff Attorney at Seattle University’s School of Law.  “I am excited about the cohort model and CLA’s focus on both secular and religious leadership building” she shared.

Checking in with Angeline and Kara 8 months into the curriculum, they have noticed the impact already. “One of CLA’s main strengths seems to be its capacity to foster reflection, deep thinking, and personal development.” Session themes like Emotional Intelligence, Communal Discernment, and Leading in a Diverse, Multicultural World generate rich conversation but also questions, which Kara and Angeline, paired as Companions, meet outside the monthly gatherings to further dissect. In the second year of the program, sessions like The Intimate Connection between Faith & Justice and Group Dynamics & Team Building will help guide participants through the Social Justice Projects all while deepening relationships with one another.

To read Angeline and Kara’s reflections on how CLA has enriched their personal and professional lives, check the Magis eNewsletter or the Alumni Living the Mission page  next Wednesday! If you happen to be an alum between the ages 25-39, consider applying for Contemplative Leaders in Action, which begins in September.  Applications are due May 30!

Your Voice – Alumni Board of Governors’ Nominations

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on April 30, 2014 at 3:04 PM PDT

Wondering how your ideas and voice can be heard by SU?  Thinking about how to expand your network and connections to the mission of the University?  We’d love to have your voice heard through your participation and leadership.

Your Alumni Relations Office relies on the support and leadership of a Board to better understand and connect with our alumni community.   We have openings for the  Board starting in August 2014 and would love to hear from you.   This current Board and its President led the effort to gain the SU license plate to support scholarships.  With many milestones and plans upcoming for the University, we are seeking nominations and applications to add to the group.  As  a member, you attend five board meetings, support the University in ways that suit you, and participate in Alumni Relations Office initiatives to improve the alumni experience and connection.

In an effort to round out the board, we are particularly interested in recruiting alumni from Science and Engineering, SMT, Nursing and Education schools and/or classes from the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s. All are welcome to apply.  We will be giving preference to applicants that broaden the representation.  If you are interested in getting more involved or staying in touch with SU, you can nominate yourself or another interested candidate by sending an email to   If you have any questions, feel free to call Katy Greve, SU ABOG President-Elect at (425) 922-5462.

Applications should be submitted by email to Katy Greve by June 30th for consideration.  The membership committee will make the selections and notify new board members by August 1st.  

Spring Job and Internship Fair

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on April 3, 2014 at 1:04 AM PDT

On Tuesday, April 29th between 12-3:00 pm, Seattle U will welcome over 65 employers from corporate, government and nonprofit organizations to Campion Ballroom for the annual Spring Job and Internship Fair.

Employers are looking to hire outstanding alumni candidates. This is a great opportunity to network with recruiters from the organizations where you want to work. A number of our recruiters are Seattle U alumni who are excited to connect with alumni job seekers. 

Expeditors, C.H. Robinson, Peace Corps, Fred Hutchinson, Enterprise and more will have representatives present. 

A complete list of employers is available on the Redhawk Network.

Contact Career Services at (206) 296-6080 or if you have questions. We look forward to welcoming you to campus.