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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 magis@seattleu.edu 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: http://issuu.com/seattle_university/docs/annual_report_2014_hq/0.

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, thomsons@seattleu.edu, 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 @seattleu.edu address? Keep it for life! This also gives you access to wifi when you are on campus. (If you graduated before 2011, contact alumni@seattleu.edu 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
Hotels
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 alumni@seattleu.edu. 

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.

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 alumni@seattleu.edu 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 alumni@seattleu.edu

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.