2015 Alumni Award Winners

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 10:52 PM PST

President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. and the Seattle University Alumni Association are pleased to announce the university’s 2015 Alumni Awards recipients.  For 30 years, Seattle University has celebrated the Alumni Awards which honor those alumni who exemplify our Jesuit values and excel in the areas of leadership, professional achievement and community service. We had an excellent slate of nominees in all categories and the outstanding winners introduced below rose to the top.  


We will celebrate the achievements of these outstanding Seattle University alumni and faculty at the 30th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.  We hope you will join us.   To register or to host a table, please visit https://SU2015AlumniAwards.eventbrite.com


Doreen Marchione, ‘62

Alumna of the Year

A graduate of Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences, Doreen Marchione, ’62, is dedicated to improving the lives of people in her community. In 1984, she began the first of her two terms as mayor of Redmond. Currently, she is in her second term on the Kirkland City Council after serving as deputy mayor. During her 15 years as CEO of HopeLink—the largest provider of social services in north and east King County—she oversaw a 150% increase in the number of residents HopeLink assisted. In addition to being a Legacy Society member, she served on Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Council for 15 years, the visiting committee for the Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and mentored students.

Read Doreen's complete story here.


Clayton Pitre, ‘68

Community Service

Clayton Pitre, a Montford Point Marine and longtime community activist, graduated from Seattle University in 1968 with a degree in accounting.  A fixture in the central Seattle community, Clayton organized and chaired the African American Dollars for Scholars program for 17 years, coordinated efforts to fund and build three low income housing projects and was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic church for 52 years, serving three terms as president of the parish board and leading the development of its child care center. Clayton has served 60 years as a member of the Knights of Columbus and Knights of Peter Claver (the African American arm of the Knights of Columbus) and has actively mentored and participated in Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. For his service as a Montford Point Marine, the first African American Marine troop in World War II, Clayton was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

Read Clayton's complete story here.


Joe Zavaglia, ‘71

University Service

Joe Zavaglia dreams of what could be and makes it happen. Joe wanted to play college soccer, but Seattle University didn’t have a team. Drafting a petition, he not only got 90 percent student approval but also recruited 100 potential players. When told the school didn’t have the $500 needed, he appealed to then President Fr. Lemieux. In a matter of hours, he received the call from Athletic Director, Eddie O’Brien that the funds had been appropriated. As an alumnus, Joe co-chaired the Championship Field redevelopment project with Vince Volpe. For several years Joe served on the Athletics Hall of Fame committee and in 2007, was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame. A tireless fundraiser, he helped launch the annual Red Tie event and chaired the Men’s Soccer Alumni Committee. He has also served on the Board of Regents for seven years.

Read Joe's complete story here.


Margaret Heitkemper, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, ’73 

Professional Development

Dr. Margaret Heitkemper, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, a 1973 graduate of the College of Nursing, demonstrates exceptional leadership. An innovator integrating basic scientific research into the practice of nursing, she inspires colleagues with her cutting edge approach to health care. Nationally and internationally recognized, Dr. Heitkemper was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of medicine’s highest honors. Dr. Heitkemper had the courage to introduce a clinical research program identifying possible symptoms related to IBS at a time little notice was being paid to GI distress. Because of her work, IBS patients have adopted ways of living quality lives. In a career full of successes, Dr. Heitkemper is most proud of her work highlighting the importance of women’s health and the role gender plays in health and treatment. 

Read Margaret's complete story here.

Phillip Thompson, Ph.D., P.E. 

Distinguished Faculty 

Dr. Phillip Thompson, a member of Seattle University’s faculty since 1997, is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. He earned the 2009-11 Thomas J. Bannan Endowed Chair of Engineering. A consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates and Bullitt Foundations, Dr. Thompson is a recipient of grants and awards from the National Science Foundation, and his research on water treatment and pollution control has been published widely. Each year, he takes students to work on water projects in countries such as Thailand, Nicaragua, Jamaica, and Zambia, giving him rich experience to draw upon. His engineering consulting work has kept his teaching fresh and relevant.  Dr. Jean Jacoby, Associate Dean declared, “Phil exemplifies SU’s care for students and commitment to environmental justice and sustainability.”  

Read Phillip's complete story here.

Derek Rogalsky, ‘10

Outstanding Recent Alumnus

Derek Rogalsky is a shining example of a Seattle University graduate who embodies the Jesuit values of service and social justice. As a student, Derek was inducted into Seattle U’s Ignatian Leadership Honor Society, served as president of the Bannan Scholars, volunteered in Haiti and played on the men’s soccer team –all while maintaining a 3.9 GPA. After graduation, he deferred medical school for a year to volunteer with his wife, Rebekah, also an SU alum, for a year of service in Haiti, teaching, mentoring and coaching at Louverture Cleary School. While there, Derek helped coordinate The Haitian Project’s institutional response to the cholera epidemic, keeping the campus free of infection.  Currently in his fourth year at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Derek was one of 21 fourth year medical students nationwide to receive the American Medical Association Physicians of Tomorrow Award. His research on health care inequality has been published in a number of scientific journals. Derek decided to become a surgeon, “…to help people in their most desperate hour of need.”

Read Derek's complete story here.