"I'm really excited to see old friends at our 10th reunion this fall," said Lauren Cannon Sedillo, a 2003 graduate of Seattle University and member of the Alumni Board of Governors. Sedillo views this not only as an opportunity to reconnect with friends, but as a way to help other alumni reengage with the university.
Though she enjoyed her time at Seattle University, Lauren didn't stay involved right out of college or reflect on what her education had meant to her until she got some distance after graduation, and attended a public university.
Lauren continued her education, getting a masters in classics from the University of Washington. This gave her the opportunity to reflect on her Jesuit education. "At Seattle University there is significantly more emphasis on community outreach. The need for community service is integrated into each program. It really is about living the mission. The focus is not just on your education, but about how you and your classmates are affecting the world. That's what it means to be Jesuit educated." Lauren has continued to live out the Jesuit mission these last four years, serving on the Executive Leadership Council for HopeLink, a nonprofit based in Redmond.
After a few years away from Seattle U, "I began running into SU community members," said Sedillo, "and started to realize how important those connections to my alma mater were. I wanted to keep those relationships going." It was these chance encounters that lead her to the Alumni Board of Governors. "I told them how I wanted to reconnect and they suggested that the board was a great place to start."
As a board member, Lauren has not only reconnected with Seattle University, but is helping others to do so as well. She is one of the first volunteers for her 2003 class reunion and is looking forward to helping others reconnect with the university and classmates at the reunion.
Are you a class of 2003 graduate? Do you want to join Lauren and help us plan your 10th reunion after party and spread the word to your classmates? Contact the Alumni Relations office.