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Leading from the Heart: Pope Francis and Ignatian Leadership

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on April 3, 2014 at 12:04 AM PDT

 
 
  Never before have we seen the kind of world-wide attention and popularity that Pope Francis has drawn in his first year of the papacy. In fact, he ranked #1 on Facebook as most talked about in 2013. From washing the feet of youth in detention during Holy Thursday mass (including two Muslims and two women), to his famous “Who am I to judge?” statement on the inclusion of homosexuals in the Church, Pope Francis is showing the world the values of being a true Ignatian Leader.

As graduates of Jesuit education, we look to Ignatian Leaders such as Pope Francis to set the example for being men and women for others as we lead and live in contemporary life. Simply put, what makes his example of leadership so special is that he leads from the heart. 

So, what exactly do we mean by “Ignatian Leader”?

The Jesuits offer an approach to leadership, often called Ignatian or Ignatian-InspiredLeadership, which flows against the tide of most contemporary and dominant leadership models. Some might say that it is quite counter-cultural here in the United States. This approach to leadership is grounded in what author Christopher Lowney calls the four pillars of self-awareness, ingenuity, love, and heroism, and lifts up leadership in a very different light. It proposes that:

“We’re all leaders and we’re leading all the time, well or poorly.”
“Leadership springs from within. It’s about who [we are] as much as what [we] do.”
“Leadership is not an act. It is [our] life, a way of living.” 
“[We] never complete the task of becoming a leader. It is an on-going process.”

Therefore, an Ignatian-Inspired Leader (regardless of religious affiliation) understands and appreciates the rich gifts of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises,and strives to grow in self-knowledge, cultivate a healthy indifference that allows him/her to adapt confidently, honestly loves those he/she serves and leads, and humbly strives and works with others to shape an inspiring future. 

We are excited to see how Pope Francis will lead in the years to come!

Magis, in partnership with Seattle University Alumni Relations, encourages you to learn more about Ignatian Leadership on May 8th as part of the SU Advantage Networking series. Seattle University President Fr. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. will be joined by a diverse panel of alumni from varying professions to share insights about their lived experience of leadership, including an opportunity for structured networking. Click here to learn more and register. 


Also, if you happen to be a young alum in your twenties or thirties, consider applying for Magis’ Contemplative Leaders in Action, a two year alumni leadership development program which blends spiritual formation and secular leadership training. Applications will be available starting April 15th, so be sure to mark your calendar!
 

Why Serve?

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on April 2, 2014 at 11:04 PM PDT

 
 
 This April 26th marks the third annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service, during which alumni from both Seattle U and other Jesuit universities come together to serve our local community. Beyond the value of serving others, day of service participants build community. You will see that you are part of a large community of Jesuit-educated alumni, build community with those you serve and re-connect with your university. 
 
Past participant Erika Sanchez,’11, said, “My favorite thing about day of service is getting to give back to the community with my alma mater that gave so much to me. It was great to relive and reinforce the values that SU is all about, and to also network and learn from not only fellow SU alums, but those from other universities.” 
 
There are a variety of service projects to meet the interests of all alumni, including beautifying public spaces, helping the elderly with chores, serving food and more.
 
“In the project my team and I participated in, we provided a safer and cleaner environment for kids to enjoy their day,” Erika said. “In doing so, I felt more connected to the mission and values of Seattle U-to give back to the community, live your life beyond yourself and do what you can for the greater good of the community around you. I would definitely recommend this day of service to alumni to not only be immersed in your values, but also to step out of the ordinary and give back to others in a small yet extraordinary way."
Other participants have said that:
 
“It's a valuable and pleasurable service experience. It was an easy way to accomplish something I value, but have limited time to organize on my own, and it was a rare chance to garden. It was also a great way to maximize my time/weekend.”
 
“I chose to participate to stay connected with my university, to help my husband learn more about what SU has meant to me, to live out service, to do it with friends and to introduce my goddaughter to the meaning and benefits of service!”
 
“As a part of my Jesuit education, they branded us with 'be the difference' and I think that making a difference through community service helps fulfill that mission.” 
 
Did you serve? What was meaningful to you about the experience?
 
Join us on April 26 and “be the difference.” 
 

Leading with Humility

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on April 2, 2014 at 11:04 PM PDT

 
 
 Seattle University prides itself on educating leaders for a just and humane world. How does their Jesuit education impact their leadership style? 

 
Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission invite you to take a deeper look at Ignatian leadership at our May 8th SU Advantage | Networking Night featuring an alumni panel led by Fr. Steven Sundborg, Seattle University president.  The panel will discuss Ignatian-inspired, those who serve and lead, and humbly strive to works with others to shape an inspiring future.

 
Panelist and Seattle U alumnus, Rob Nielsen,'06, started challenging the idea of authoritative leadership while still a student at Seattle University. During a class discussion on charismatic leaders with Albers School of Business and Economics professor, Jennifer Marrone, Nielsen pointed out that the great leaders they were studying were not only charismatic, but humble as well. 

 

Nielsen’s observation intrigued Professor Marrone, leading to the development of a joint research paper and eventually the book “ Leading with Humility,” co-written by Marrone, Nielsen and Albers professor, Holly Ferraro. 
 
“There are three key components to leading with humility” Nielsen explains, “Understanding of self, relating to others and perspective.”
 
According to their book, “Humble leaders consider their own strengths, weaknesses and motives in making decisions, demonstrating concern for the common good, and exercising their influence for the benefit of all.”
 
Nielsen cites Costco’s Jim Sinegal as an example of a Seattle U alumnus who exudes these leadership qualities. “I heard him speak at a Seattle University event and he talked about understanding his own strengths and weaknesses and he possessed a strong sense of self in relationship to how he worked with others around him.” 
 
Seattle University instills these leadership qualities in their graduates, as well as an awareness of the world around them and the impact that they can have has leaders. Nielsen says his biggest take away from Seattle U was the desire to be a quality leader in the community. Upon his graduation from Seattle University, Nielsen served the board of the University District Food Bank, before going on to serve as board president of the Crisis Clinic
 
As a graduate of Seattle University do you consider yourself as a humble leader? What do you think are the characteristics of an effective leader?
 
Join us on May 8th to discover more about what it means to lead with humility and how Ignatian values can inspire  great leadership. 
 
SU Advantage | Networking Event
Ignatian-Inspired Leadership
May 8, 2014
 

Magis: Alumni Day of Prayer

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on March 5, 2014 at 5:03 PM PST

 

The second half of life is a time of many transitions: children leave home and new children are welcomed into the family, careers change and retirement may be on the horizon, health and self care is addressed differently, and images of God shift and transform.  So much is happening, and this is why taking time to “check-in” with oneself is so necessary. It can be meaningful to create space to explore what is on the horizon of your life, and to invite God into that process. Magis each year offers Jesuit alumni who are 50+, or identify as in the second half of life, a special day for just that kind of prayerful space. The annual Alumni Day of Prayer is an Ignatian day of reflection, which provides retreat and renewal, and features opportunities for prayer experiences, quiet reflection, small group conversation, gentle music, and an optional closing liturgy. As one past retreatant put it “I would recommend this to everyone - particularly the way it brought meaning to the daily happenings of life, past and present.”

Magis looks forward to offering the annual Alumni Day of Prayer this year on Saturday, March 22nd at Seattle University’s Ecumenical Chapel in Campion Hall. We are excited for retreat leaders Jean Ederer and Fr. Paul Fitterer, S.J. to join us, as they will break open scripture and story around their experiences of the second half of life. They will also explore questions in relation to self, God and church. Jean and Paul guide from their years of wisdom and sage experience as a lay retreat leader/spiritual director and Jesuit, respectively. Lunch is included for the day, as well as parking. Consider bringing a friend or family member, too!

For more information, visit our online flyer. To register, please email Magis.

Alumni Awards 2014

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on March 5, 2014 at 5:03 PM PST

 

 President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. and the Seattle University Alumni Association are pleased to announce the university’s 2014 Alumni Awards recipients who will be honored at the 29th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 5:30 in the Campion Ballroom. Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of these outstanding Seattle University alumni.  To register or to host a table, please visit http://2014sualumniawards.eventbrite.com.

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Alumnus of the Year –William Swenson, ’01
 
President Barack Obama awarded William Swenson, ’01, the Medal of Honor in October, 2013. He is the first Army officer to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. An embedded advisor to the Afghan National Border police, he was on patrol with American and Afghan troops when they were ambushed and pinned down for six hours by more than 60 well-armed Taliban forces.  Ganjgal was to be one of the bloodiest battles in the 12 year old war.  Putting himself at great risk, William rescued his sergeant and several Afghans and retrieved the bodies of four service members.  He is the most decorated Army officer since Vietnam.  Loyal not only to the men and women with whom he served, he has remained constant to their families as well.

Professional Achievement  - David M. Johnson, EdD, ’87
 
Dr. David M. Johnson, ’87 is among six winners of the 2013 “Visionary Service Award” by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and recipient of last year’s “Evergreen Award” from Washington Nonprofits for his outstanding innovation and agility in the service of his community. A respected leader in the mental health field, he is frequently invited to address national and local groups.  A CEO of mental health centers for 27 years, David has also been a clinician for 37 years.  He currently leads Navos, one the largest community health centers in the state, with a $54 million operating budget and a staff of 650.

Community Service – M. Lorena Gonzalez, Law, ’05

Nationally recognized civil rights attorney, Lorena Gonzalez, ’05, a child of Mexican farm workers and now a partner at the law firm of Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender, is a tireless advocate for social justice.  In 2007, Lorena co-founded and continues to co-administer the monthly Latina/o Bar Association of Washington and SGB free legal clinic at El Centro de la Raza.  In 2012, she successfully settled an excessive force and discrimination suit filed against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department that resulted in a mandate that the use of racially charged language in the force was grounds for termination.  

University Service – Kip Toner, ’66

Kip Toner, ‘66, a generous contributor of both his time and talent, has long been a firm supporter of the University.  After 23 years of service that included two years as Board chair, he is now a Seattle University Regent Emeritus. He has generously shared his professional talents with the university and most recently was auctioneer for the inaugural Red Tie Celebration for Seattle University Athletics.  Kip’s commitment and enthusiasm has inspired other to follow his lead.

Distinguished Teaching – Greg Magnan
 
Albers School of Business and Economics Professor, Greg Magnan, is recognized for his excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.  An especially gifted teacher, Greg is extremely popular with students at the executive, graduate and undergraduate levels.  His innovative approach to combining online learning with traditional classroom methods has been a model for the university.  Greg’s research on supply chain business practices has been nationally recognized and published in a number of professional journals.  He has served on the Sullivan Leadership Award Committee and on several strategic planning committees for Albers.  A key member of the leadership executive MBA Program, he has co-chaired the President’s Task Force on sustainability and innovative program delivery.  

Young Alumnus of the Year – Khaled Jaraysa, ’08, ’09
 
Khaled Jaraysa, ’08, ’09, a Christian born just outside Bethlehem, lost his arm at 13 in a machinery accident.  Three years later, his father died.  Rather than become embittered, he is committed to rebuilding the lives of children shattered by war. While a student at Seattle U, Khaled, founded the Children of Peace Foundation in 2007 to support the Holy Family Care Center in Bethlehem where he received care.  Through his foundation, the traumatized children of Palestine not only receive specialized therapeutic care, but most importantly a reason to hope for a better tomorrow.

Homecoming 2014 Recap

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on March 5, 2014 at 4:03 PM PST

 

 If you were at KeyArena this past weekend, then you know that Seattle University successfully celebrated its 2nd Annual Homecoming with a major win on the court. But our defeat of Idaho wasn’t the only win of the weekend; we are counting the return of Homecoming itself. 

From the 1940s up to the late 1970s, Homecoming held great significance for Seattle University. It was a time when students and alumni celebrated their pride in our great university, and the city celebrated with us. The spark of Homecoming was rekindled last year with an alumni rally and the first Homecoming court in almost 30 years, but that spark burst into a flame this year with a full weekend of Homecoming activities and a tremendous show of Seattle U pride.

On Friday, Fr. Steve and the students led a parade through campus ending with the announcement of the 2014 Homecoming Court in the packed Student Center.

On Saturday, alumni and students filled KeyArena in droves of red. Alumni started at the Homecoming pre-game rally and then marched into the arena with the students for the game. All those present could feel the excitement and the sense of a community coming together with a shared goal of cheering their team on to victory. At halftime, the Homecoming Court was honored and the Royals crowned following the introduction of the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.

Following the game, alumni flocked to T.S. McHughs for an after-party celebrating the outstanding victory on the court and the sense of camaraderie that comes with watching your alma mater triumph.

For a weekend all about tradition, Homecoming came to a close rather fittingly with an alumni mass on Sunday morning and the Hall of Fame Luncheon in the afternoon, paying tribute to some of the best athletes Seattle U has seen over the years.

If the growth of Homecoming over the last year is an indication of anything, it’s that you won’t want to miss next year, when the flame of Homecoming tradition will be burning brighter than ever.

Did you make it out to Homecoming? What was your favorite part? If you missed it, you can check out some of our favorite shots from Homecoming in our Homecoming Alumni Album.   

 



National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service 2014

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on March 5, 2014 at 4:03 PM PST

On April 26th, the Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission are hosting alumni for  the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service for the third year in a row.

What is National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service?

Alumni Day of Service provides Jesuit-educated alumni the opportunity to come together to fulfill our shared Jesuit mission, rooted in service, by participating in a variety of volunteer projects throughout the Seattle community.

Alumni from all Jesuit universities are invited to participate. We are expecting alumni from Gonzaga, Santa Clara, University of San Francisco, Marquette and others so please invite any Jesuit educated alumni you know.  “I enjoyed being able to give back to the local community around Seattle University and getting to meet like-minded individuals who value their Jesuit education as much as I did,” said one 2013 participant.

In addition, many of our service sites welcome children, making Alumni Day of Service a great family activity that begins to teach the value of serving others.

There are a variety of service opportunities ranging from gardening and beautification projects, to assisting elderly community members with household chores. A full list of service opportunities is available online.

What are you waiting for? Reserve your spot at a service site today!

Battle of the Bands - Celebrating 25 Years

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 6, 2014 at 2:02 PM PST

 This February 28th - March 2nd Seattle U is reigniting the tradition of Homecoming. When you think of Homecoming, you might think of a dance and the music that goes with it. While we don't suggest getting dressed up in your formal best, we can assure you that we've got your musical needs covered this Homecoming with Battle of the Bands: Game of Tones on Friday, February 28th.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Battle of the Bands, when up to a dozen student bands will battle it out in a showcase of amazing Seattle U talent competing for various prizes and bragging rights. Professional musicians will evaluate the performers and attendees will vote for their favorite. We want alumni there singing, cheering and dancing along. You could almost think of it as your Homecoming dance. Tickets are limited - get yours today.

My Seattle U Love Story

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 5, 2014 at 11:02 PM PST

Judy and Bill Doyle - Married in 1957


Even now, some 55 years after graduating from Seattle University, Bill and Judy Doyle have indelibly fond memories and much gratitude for their Jesuit education. In addition to intellectual stimulation and the challenge of college life, Judy reminisces that “Of course, the best thing that ever happened to me is that I met Bill. He’s my best friend to this day.”

 Adds Bill, “Yes, falling in love with Judy was the best part of the whole experience.”

The two met while involved with “Mu Sigma,” an SU music honorary. “We both sang in the SU Double Quartet and traveled to many places together,” Judy recalls. “On top of these musical engagements we had final exams as well. I remember wondering whether I would survive. It also helped me to stand up in front of people with confidence. That was an unexpected benefit from Seattle University.” The two married in 1957. - Taken from the SU Spring 2011 Legacy Publication

 

Curly and Judy McNamee - Married 1971


"I first saw Judy in a theology class we were both taking in the Pigott Building in spring quarter of 1964.  The first time I saw Judy I thought she was something special.  I had a friend, Jim Purcell (class of 1967), introduce me to Judy and I eventually asked her to a sock hop (April 3, 1964) and the ROTC Military Ball (April 10, 1964).  We dated frequently through college and we got engaged on her birthday in September of 1968 – about two weeks before I went to Vietnam (I was an ROTC graduate).  Judy and I were married on September 18, 1971 at Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle." 

 

Matt and Patti Boyle - Married 1972


"Matt and I got married on July 29, 1972, just a month after graduation. We met our freshman year at frosh orientation, and had some freshman classes together. We really didn't start dating until after our freshman year. Some of our first dates were the Seattle Totems hockey games and the Seattle Pilots baseball games. I should have know what I was getting myself into. I took up skiing so that I could spend more time with the guy who was President of the Ski Club. And here we are 42 years later."

 

Maureen and Tom Blum - Married 1980

"Maureen Haggerty, 1978, 1985 , wanted to stay close to home and opted for Seattle University.  Maureen’s mother and two sisters drove her to Seattle University to move into Bellarmine Hall September 27, 1974.  No sooner had they pulled into the designated parking lot by Bellarmine Hall when two TALL guys wearing white t-shirts with “ASK ME” swooped in.  They emptied the car of Maureen’s college bound necessities while Maureen, her mom, and two sisters followed the “ASK ME” guys to her first dorm room.  All her possessions were deposited with care.   

Who were these handsome men?  Maureen was too shy to find out who they were, though she saw these guys from afar at various new student events.  One of the “ASK ME” guys, Tom Blum, stopped by her dorm room to visit with her roommate, Carol.  Carol was not there and Tom was too polite to leave.  So he stayed to visit.  Friendship began to grow.  

Maureen and Tom’s friends seemed to see something before they did.  At meals in the cafeteria the new acquaintances always found a way for Maureen to sit by Tom.  Sometimes a seat was saved, other times a friend would get up and move so Maureen could sit next to Tom.  A visit to the Santa at Bellarmine Hall in December, 1974 had Maureen wishing for Tom.  

It seems fate was cast at the annual Seattle University  “Vegas Night”.  Friends set  up Tom and Maureen.  They we were married  in a “thirty second” wedding with Rick Bressler, ’77 and Patty Eaton, ’77 as the “Best Man” and “Maid of Honor”.   Six years later Tom “asked” Maureen and they were married at St. Louise, Bellevue, WA.  Tom works for Snohomish County Assessor’s office and Maureen is in her 34th  year working for the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Seattle.  They have a daughter, Katie, son-in-law, Zach and granddaughter, Lily May!  They celebrated their 33rd  wedding anniversary on August, 9, 2013.  The friendship formed at Seattle University along with love and patience and taking intentional time to be together are part of the recipe for their long marriage.  The Seattle University New Student Orientation “Ask Me”  t-shirts mean a lot to the Blum’s."

 

Esther and Tom Drouin - Married 1982

 

"Tom Drouin was an incoming junior transfer student from Olympic College (Bremerton).  Esther Volpe was a freshman at Seattle University.  They met at an orientation dance in September of 1977 at Bellarmine Hall.  We married on May 1, 1982 at Rosary Heights in Woodway Washington (Dominican Sisters residence).  Reverend Engelbert Axer, S.J. (Seattle University Jesuit-- philosophy professor) performed the wedding ceremony.

Tom and Esther have three children and reside in Edmonds, Washington."   

  

Katie and Jeff Favilla - Married 2012

"My husband, Jeff Favilla, and I first met in the halls of Campion floor 4, where we bonded over our love of Starbucks, late night Sports Center watching, and Mariners baseball. He was living in a dorm room surrounded by my fellow SU softball teammates, so we had mutual friends and quickly realized how much we liked spending time together.

We became inseparable and dated throughout our years at SU, sharing the memories of Quadstock, late night Bistro date nights, and Seattle U sporting events as the school took its journey to Division I. Jeff became my biggest fan, coming to all my SU softball games, no matter rain or shine, cheering me on in the sport that truly defined my time and passion at Seattle U. I was there to celebrate his academic achievements, watching him earn accounting internships and become part of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting fraternity at Seattle U, as well as both of us there at each others graduations, getting to watch each other walk across that stage.

When it came time to get married, 5 years after we had met in the lime green colored hall of Campion dorm, we both knew there would be no other place besides the Chapel of St. Ignatius where we wanted to exchange our vows. Seattle U was a place where our lives as a couple began and we were ready to share our beautiful campus and SU experience with our family and friends. So on August 25th, 2012, a glorious sunny, Seattle day, we said "I do" in front of a full St. Ignatius Chapel, and it could not have been more perfect.

Seattle U gave us amazing college memories, and it also gave us each other, and for that, we are forever grateful for SU's part in our amazing love story."

 

DJ and Lauren Weidner - Married 2012

"How we met: That's complicated because it's different based on who you talk with. Lauren would say that she first saw me onstage at Freshman orientation. I was an Orientation Adviser and she was in the audience. She says she immediately had an odd feeling that she would date me - she thought she was crazy so she ignored it. We didn't meet each other for another two years.  Technically, I met Lauren at a party I was having at my Murphy Apartment. She came over with some mutual friends. To be honest, I thought she was interested in one of my friends but by the end of the evening, we had hit it off. We really got to know each other as Orientation Advisers. I was actually an O.C. and she was was an O.A. We weren't supposed to be dating so we kept it a secret for 3-4 months before we told anyone. Anyone who knows me understands how difficult it is for me to be subtle. We started dating at the end of her sophomore year (my junior) and dated until 2012. We got married at Crystal Mountain on August 25, 2012 on a sunny day with Mt. Rainier shining the background. We're together because Seattle U brought us together."


Kristine and Peter Daugherty - Married 2013



"Peter and I met my junior year his senior year (2010). He graduated through ROTC, went through training in Georgia and then got stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. I finished school at SU and then moved to Texas during that summer. We got married this past December 21, 2013 in Lafayette, California, about 40 mins from San Francisco."

 

Amanda Gilbert and Zach Gerdes - To Be Married 2014

 

"We met our freshmen year at Seattle University. We were both in the Faith and the Great Ideas Living Learning Community on the 5th floor of Bellarmine Residence Hall. In our F&GI English 120 course together fall quarter, Professor Charles Tung advised the group: “You should try sitting next to someone new. Who knows? You might end up marrying them.” Little did Dr. Tung know how true his statement would be. We began dating in the spring of freshmen year (2008) and were engaged five years later. The wedding is scheduled for summer 2014 in Amanda’s home state of California at a winery in the Napa Valley."

 

 

Alumni Spotlight: Nick McCarvel '08

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 5, 2014 at 5:02 PM PST

Nick McCarvel '08, found his way to Seattle University from Helena Montana while searching for a personalized education in a big city. He saw Seattle U’s urban campus as an educational playground that he could utilize to get the best education.  It didn’t hurt that he grew up in a household that stressed moral values, similar to those of the Jesuits. 

 

Since the age of fourteen Nick knew he wanted to be a journalist. Two years into his Seattle University education he was confident that media was still the full-time job he wanted to pursue. The professors at Seattle U, especially Dr. Sonora Jha and Gary Atkins, played an integral role in making sure that Nick and his classmates were prepared for a career in media, demanding quality work and ethical journalism. His education emphasized a global world which would help shape how he viewed the subjects of his articles.

 

This February, Nick has the chance to see one of his dreams come true, when he’ll act as the rink-side web producer for NBC, covering figure skating at the winter Olympics. Attending the Olympics in Russia brings with it its own host of challenges, but he looks at it as an adventure that he is all too excited to begin. 

 

In the past Nick has written for a Tennis publication, giving him the opportunity to go abroad and cover the international sports scene. It was that opportunity that he feels helped prepare him for the challenges and adventures waiting for him in Sochi Russia

 

“I’ve had pinch me moments, I think the one that stands out the most is being center court and Wimbledon. It’s a world stage that I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid.” 

 

Nick’s favorite part of covering international sporting events is sharing the venue with athletes who are also living out their dreams. 
“It’s about connecting with them on a human level, of witnessing someone making their dreams come true.” 
Nick moved to New York five years ago; where he began working at a non-profit supporting the homeless with AIDS, and went on to land jobs in his career field, including his current contract with NBC. Nick is someone who is out there really chasing his dreams. “It’s easy to get a 9-5 but I’m really putting myself out there and I’m proud of where I’ve gotten on my own.” 

 

Nick’s experience has taught him that to be successful, the best you can do is be a human. Make yourself personable, send “thank you” notes and be someone others want to work with. Being able to produce good work and build strong relationship well help people go the extra step for you and help you develop your career and follow your dreams.