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Happy Thanksgiving from your Seattle University Family

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on November 6, 2013 at 11:11 PM PST

This Thanksgiving we asked members of the university community to share with us their favorite part of the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is what they had to say.

Do you have a favorite family tradition or recipe? Share it in our comments and we might just share it on Facebook. 

The Best Part of Thanksgiving is…


 “I love this whole season of the year from harvest, to Halloween, to Thanksgiving, to Advent, to Christmas.   For me it is all about being thankful for blessings, a time when the season slows down, darkens, becomes more golden,a time to savor the grace of God.  I think Thanksgiving Day is the best of all American festival occasions.” 
 – Fr. Steven Sundborg, SJ, President of Seattle University  

My favorite Thanksgiving memory growing up in North Dakota involves the family ritual of packing up the car with the ten of us (including parents) to go to my Uncle Jim and Aunt Mel’s farm for the holiday.  By late November a smooth layer of ice covered the “slough,” the half-acre pond created by the run off from the horse trough.  Anywhere from 30 to 50 relatives gathered around the table as my grandfather intoned the grace before meal.  The Thanksgiving dinner itself was a banquet for a czar:  turkey with dressing, pheasant, duck, yams, potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, cole slaw, green jello with mandarins, fruit salad—all for starters, followed by either pumpkin pie or pecan pie å la mode.”  
– Fr. Pat Howell, SJ 

“The best part of Thanksgiving is the Tofurky and the games. A nicely marinated and carefully baked Tofurky is an excellent pairing with games to play with the family after we’re done eating.” Professor Chris Paul, PhD., Department Chair, Communications 

“One time a friend of mine returned from a dinner with family and friends. I asked him, "what did you have for dinner?" He responded," I don't really remember, but I do remember what we talked about and the great time everyone had." Meals with family and friends is more about being together than about the food we share.

Thanksgiving is about remembering all that God has done for us, and out of gratitude freely sharing what we have received.
– Fr. Dave Anderson, Alumni Chaplain 

My favorite part of Thanksgiving, like so many families, is bringing everyone together and sharing stories and memories at the dinner table. Since my parents were born in Italy and Ireland, our Thanksgiving dinner when I was growing up in Connecticut did have a large turkey but definitely had an Italian flair. We had homemade tortellini soup in broth and my sisters and I helped my mom and grandmother (Nona) in making the tortellini pasta. We also had homemade lasagna which was fabulous. Even as kids we were allowed to have some of my grandfather's (Nono) home brewed red wine. We mixed a small part of wine with ginger ale or 7-Up and thought it tasted great! A lot of special memories.”
  – Joan Bonvicini, Seattle University Women’s Basketball Head Coach 

“Every Thanksgiving I go to my in-laws, grab a big plate of food and switch between watching the NBA and NFL games. My goal is to sit in one spot for as long as humanly possible!” 
– Cameron Dollar, Seattle University Men’s Basketball Head Coach  

In my family, one of my fondest Thanksgiving traditions was eating homemade Italian pasta.  My stepfather, who is Sicilian, following his mother, would always make ravioli or linguini or some other pasta dish from scratch.  He made his version of his mother’s sauce, hauled out the pasta machine, and worked for hours to create the finest pasta I had ever tasted.  He did all this in addition to the usual Thanksgiving meal.  When my wife and I married years ago, we couldn’t always journey to my parents’ home for Thanksgiving.  So we continued this Sicilian tradition on our own in solidarity.  It came to be our favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal, the working and reworking of semolina dough, the crank and squeak of the pasta machine, and fragrant release of garlic and herbs in the sauce simmering on the stove.  The result was so light and delicate, one bite was all you needed to wonder why on earth anybody ever settled for store-bought pasta.  All of it added up to more than a little bit of home and to a renewed sense of connection with family and with our shared past.

A little over a decade ago, my wife and I gave up eating meat for health and ethical reasons.  Gone were the turkey and dressing, the gravy and wishbone.  But the homemade pasta remained and became all the more valuable as a result.  Now our diet is pretty much entirely plant-strong.  While this life choice has meant giving up some treasured recipes—my grandmother’s legendary chicken soup, for example—it hasn’t meant a loss of our essential Thanksgiving tradition.  For this reason, I am all the more thankful that my stepfather, Frank Lofendo, introduced it all those many years ago.  Maybe it even helped pave the way for the dietary life we lead now.” 
– Professor Sean McDowell, PhD., Director, University Honors Program  

“The thing I love most about Thanksgiving is the stuffing!” 
– Susan Vosper, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations   

“One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories and traditions has more to do with what we did with the turkey after Thanksgiving.  I come from an Italian-American family that had a traditional American meal but then put an Italian twist on the leftover turkey.  We used the turkey to make homemade ravioli and cappelletti (a small tortellini-like pasta for soup) to be eaten the next day.  Multiple generations are involved in making the pasta and filling.  It’s still my favorite way to have turkey!” 
– Laurie Prince, New Student Family Programs, Student Development   

Recipes from our table to yours:


Tim Albert’s Deep Fried Turkey

“Well, my favorite is deep fried turkey.  I became addicted to this in New Orleans.  This is a variation on a recipe that I like. But you should go with what you like and I experiment with variations on this annually.
– Tim Albert, Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life

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Bon Appetit

Thanks to Bon Appetit for sharing two of their Thanksgiving favorites. 

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Basketball Pre-Game Rallies are Back!

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 3, 2013 at 8:10 AM PDT

The alumni pre-game rallies are back and better than ever! Get ready to rock the red it’s almost basketball season!
Don’t miss out on the family fun, friends, and Seattle U pride! Attendees will enjoy complimentary pre-game snacks and a cash bar.

Mark your calendar for all the rallies this season:

Women’s BB v. Pepperdine - Celebrating WAC Championship
Rally featuring the School of Theology and Ministry
Friday, November 8, 2014
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – STM alumni; 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. – All alumni welcome
Rolfe Community Room | Admissions and Alumni Relations Building

Men’s BB v. CSU Fullerton
Rally featuring the College of Arts and Sciences
Wednesday, November 13, 2014
5:00 p.m. – STM alumni; 6:00 p.m. – All alumni welcome
KeyArena | Club Live

Men’s BB v. Evergreen State
Rally featuring School of Law
November 16, 2014
5:00 p.m. Law alumni; 6:00 p.m. all alumni
KeyArena | Club Live

Women’s BB v. Idaho
Rally featuring the College of Nursing
February 1, 2014
12:00 p.m. Nursing alumni; 1:00 p.m. all alumni
Rolfe Community Room | Admissions and Alumni Relations Building

Men’s BB v. New Mexico State
Rally featuring Albers School of Business
February 8, 2014
5:00 p.m. Albers alumni; 6:00 p.m. all alumni
KeyArena | Club Live

Men’s BB v. Grand Canyon
Rally featuring College of Science & Engineering
February 20, 2014
5:00 p.m. Science & Engineering alumni; 6:00 p.m. all alumni
KeyArena  | Club Live

Men’s Basketball v. Idaho - Homecoming 2014
Homecoming Alumni Pre-Game Rally
March 1, 2014
5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
KeyArena | Club Live

A complete schedule for men and women’s basketball is now available online.

Everyday Ignatian: Young Alumni Series

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM PDT

Fall is a busy time. But honestly, when is it not? Take a moment to recall a time you unplugged from the growing list of errands, work email, and constant chatter of Facebook and connected with your own self.
Where were you? What did you feel? What did you discover?
Sometimes we keep ourselves distracted and “plugged in” to the white noise of life on purpose in order to not feel or tend to what lies below the surface and in our hearts… to not listen to the voice deep within which is yearning (and sometimes begging) for attention. Instead, we fill up our lives with pretexts like “Who else is going to do those chores?” or “I have a project list a mile long”. But really, what we might need is a space to feel safe enough to be still. This can only be found in the inner sanctuary of our mind, body, and soul.
One benefit of going on a retreat is restoration. Retreats facilitate rhythms of spaciousness and curiosity to explore spirituality and prayer, as well as increase awareness of the Sacred hidden in the mundane, day-to-day activities of life. It is there that we can stand in a posture of openness to love more, and be loved in return. Another benefit is the experience of community. Retreats bring together all kinds of people from various walks of life who sometimes seemingly don’t have anything in common, yet who are being challenged by similar themes and circumstances.  Retreats are a place of refuge offering reflection, rest, and rejuvenation.
Magis at Seattle University is offering a new series designed for alumni in their 20’s and 30’s who are looking to retreat in everyday life. Everyday Ignatian: Young Alumni Series kicks off Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 6:00 pm at Mosaic Coffee House in the Wallingford neighborhood. Meet other alumni, enjoy the wisdom of great facilitators, and say “hello!” to your interior self. We recommend attending the whole series, but if you can only make one or two sessions, that’s great, too. There will be an optional online conversation to continue sharing and learning post-session. And, the series is free! Some retreats can be pricey, so take advantage of this retreat for zero cost and an affordable time commitment.
Because if not now, when?

Danicole Ramos, '16: Alumni Call to Action

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM PDT

If there is anything that Seattle University has shown me in my first year it is that it values the spirit of community. My roommate defined it best when he told me, “Danicole all people want in college is to feel important and make others feel important too.”

I remember rehearsing our Men’s Kahiko for Hui 'O Nani Hawaii’s luau. Our instructor, Erin and Taryn made the boys run through the dance. During one of the run throughs, Erin yelled, “Stop! Someone is off and doing the moves all wrong but I don’t want to say who it is. I don’t want to hurt their feelings.” Being that this was the first lu’au I’d ever be part of, I was so excited and enthusiastic. I told Erin, “It’s okay. We’re family. Just say who it is. It’s not a big deal.” Then she looked at me and said, “Okay, Danicole it’s you.”

But that’s why having a community is so important, especially in college, when you’re by yourself and away from home. A community watches out for you, they ground you, and pick you up when you fall.  And that is why you are all here leading successful careers and lives. It’s because during your time at Seattle University, whether it was a club, a professor, or Jesuit, someone saw something special about you before you even realized it.

Take McDonald’s for example. It’s a restaurant that is all over the world. Of course, there is your usual menu of French fries and a big Mac, but each McDonald’s across the world has a unique menu. Where Hawaii has Portuguese sausage, spam, eggs, and rice, a place like Italy serves their sandwiches on cibatta bread, In The Philippines, they serve longanesa for breakfast and in Canada, you can get a McLobster roll. McDonald’s does this in hopes that they can attract consumers to their restaurant by appealing to their culture and the background of their consumers. It is that idea where Seattle U develops their community. At the core, Seattle U wants to develop students who become leaders. But to do that, they make sure that whether the student is interested in sports, social activism, cultural clubs, or student government, that there is a place for them to channel their passions to better the school and later on the world.

During your years at Seattle University, you have been asked to fulfill Seattle University's mission to be "…leaders for a just and humane world." Tonight, you can continue to fulfill that mission by helping 7,000 students like me do the same in their education. Because somewhere back in Seattle, there is a student majoring in SPEX who fins great joy in teaching PE and healthy lifestyles to second graders at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. In the library there is a student who designs a blueprints for her engineering class, dreaming one day that they will be the one to build a strong bridge through the I5. In a crammed studio in the Murphy Apartments, a senior nursing student studies all night for their medical ethics course because they wish to one day become a nurse practitioner and provide quality healthcare for their impoverished hometown. A Humanities for Teaching major sets up a table by C-Street during lunch to encourage students to sign a petition to demand racial and economic equality to public school students.  And in the Pigott Auditorium, there are a small group of economic students selling baked goods to fund a trip to Panama to teach economic sustainability in rural communities.

These stories are the stories of future leaders in the making. We are the future leaders who take our education beyond the textbook and into society. Because like you, SU has emphasized to us that education is not how much you know, but what you do with how much you know. The new generation of SU students (us) understand that it is our kuleana in making this world more effective, ethical, and efficient. However, we cannot continue this endeavor without your mentorship, your guidance, your support, and most importantly, your story of how Seattle University has changed your life.  

And as your support us, guide us, mentor us, and share your story, we will do as Saint Ignatius called us to do which is "Go forth and set the world on fire." Aloha and thank you for your time.

Haunted Seattle University

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM PDT

Among Seattle U residents, staff and alumni, legends of ghosts are whispered in hushed tones every time an empty elevator mysteriously opens, the lights switch off or a door slams. Are these ghosts or merely our nerves getting the best of us? In the spirit of Halloween, we thought we’d let you decide.

After nearly 125 years as an institution, each building on campus has its own stories passed from one generation of residents to the next. According to a former RA and RHA staff member, there’s more than just school spirit in Campion Hall.

Rumor has it that the ghost of a female student, whose life was tragically cut short, haunts the 10th floor.

According to the campus legend, handprints appear on windows, the elevator doors open late at night to reveal no passengers, and some students have even claimed seeing the girl in her former room. The exact room number remains a mystery, to prevent undue panic, but it’s said this one room has a higher than average turn-over rate.

“About eight years ago, a sensitive RA had a séance with the girl and asked her to stop bothering everyone.”

Questions remain as to if the séance worked or if the girl still lingers on the 10th floor.

Take a walk down the hill from Campion, and you’ll find yourself at Chardin. Once the Bessie Burton Sullivan Skilled Nursing Residence for the elderly, it is now a residence hall that also houses classrooms, labs and meeting spaces. When a place bears witness to the final moments of so many souls, it’s bound to leave a lasting impression on a place. Though remodeled, the building still holds the telltale physical signs of its former life, including a double-sided elevator designed to easily move caskets carrying the deceased in and out of the building. In the residential suites, fixed above the beds, you’ll find electrical outlets, placed high to accommodate respirators and other life supporting machines.

But what about those who passed away within its halls, have any spirits lingered?

According to Maria Ochoa, current Assistant-Director of Magis and former resident-minister who once lived in Chardin, the presence of the departed is felt by those now living there.

“I had students come to me saying that they experienced things. I’ve also heard there was an RA who saw an old woman in one of the windows. At one point I had two ROTC students come visit me, because one of the boys felt that there was the presence of something dark in his room. He said a dark shadowy man would appear from time to time and it would really freak him out.”

As a resident, Maria had her own brushes with the paranormal. While getting ready in her bathroom one morning, she felt a hand brush against her arm, giving her chills. A few days later, Maria had another encounter, in her bathroom. While brushing her teeth before bed, a shampoo bottle flew out of the shower and landed at the other end of her bathroom.

Fr. Mike Bayard, Jesuit in-residence in Chardin, has been approached by students who’ve had lights switch off and on, doors slam, or who feel a presence following them up the staircase.

“You always feel like there is someone with you on the stairs.” Fr. Mike said. “I myself have had two experiences in the building. Shortly after moving into Chardin, I was in bed reading when my room was filled with the smell of an old woman’s perfume. I am not an old woman and I don’t wear perfume so it obviously wasn’t mine. I live in Chardin year round, and in the summer I’m often the only one there. But at night, as I close my door and get ready for bed, I can hear people shuffling back and forth outside my room on the top floor.”

While Fr. Mike acknowledges a presence in the building, he isn’t ever frightened by it. “Students ask me to preform blessings to get rid of the spirits, but this is how I see it – this was a nursing home. These were good people. We’ve already asked them to move once - we shouldn’t do it again.”

So the next time you visit campus and a door slams, the lights flash, or a hand brushes your arm it might be a former Seattle U resident just saying, “Hello.”   
Have you experienced any ghostly activity during your time at Seattle U? Share it with us in the comments!

Alumni Spotlight: Stefanie McIrvin, '11 - Ghost Hunter

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM PDT

You might not know it to look at her, but 2011 Masters, Public Administration alumna, Stefani McIrvin, is a ghost hunter.

Yes, you read that right, a ghost hunter. While her day job might consist of managing things in Seattle University’s I.T. office, Stefanie has a passion for the paranormal.
Her fascination with the other side began at an early age, when her older sister purchased a historical mansion built in the 1800’s in Spokane, known as the Judge Nash House. She moved into the house at age 5 with her dad and three siblings.

“There were a lot of things that couldn’t be explained, that we all experienced while living in the house. Doors would open and close by themselves. The tea kettle would steam and whistle on the stove, even if there was no water in it. We would hear dance music coming from the ballroom and there would be no one inside. We’d also hear piano music coming from the parlor – my sister didn’t own a piano.”

Stefanie said that despite the weird happenings, and the occasional apparition of a maid or handyman, the house felt like home and the hauntings just became part of life. “The spirits were nice. If you lost something, you’d leave the room to go look for it and find it sitting on the table when you returned. It was like they were trying to help you out.”

While the house she grew up in made her a believer, she didn’t start hunting ghosts until she moved into an older home in West Seattle. “We moved into a house in 2007 and it was a very different kind of haunting. We’d hear heavy footsteps on the stairs, banging from inside the walls and screams coming from the basement.”

The malevolent nature of this haunting caused Stefanie and her now husband, Ryan, to look for ways to capture the events happening in their home. They set up cameras and attempted to record what they were hearing. In their efforts to document their haunting, the couple connected with other paranormal enthusiasts online, who invited Stefanie and Ryan on an official ghost hunt in Nevada at the Goldfield Hotel.

In 2008, they joined their fellow ghost hunters in the small mining town of Goldfield for a 2-night investigation. Their companions were Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin who would later go on to achieve fame through their Travel Channel show, “Ghost Adventures.”

The Goldfield Hotel has been out of operation since the 1940’s and has earned itself a reputation for paranormal activity. On the second night of their investigation, Stefanie and Ryan agreed to be locked inside alone.

During their lock-in, a rock was thrown at Ryan, followed by the sound of footsteps retreating quickly down a staircase. They also heard the loud clamor of footsteps and voices coming from the lobby. When the couple, who thought it was their friends retrieving them, headed to the front desk, they found the lobby empty and silent with the door still locked. Ryan began the investigation as a skeptic, but ended as believer in the paranormal.

Stefanie and Ryan continue to explore haunted locations, including a trip to the Eastern State Penitentiary and a stay in a haunted hotel in Placerville California.

“Do I get scared ghost hunting? Sure. But I think it’s because Hollywood teaches us that the paranormal is scary and dangerous and there’s a basic human fear of the unknown, but I think it’s more exciting than scary.” Stefanie said. “I really do think there’s more out there than we can see.”

A Legacy Story

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM PDT

Marilyn Gedda ,’57 met her husband Jerome Hueffed, ’53, ’65, at Seattle University as a fifth year teaching student. “We were both in school at Seattle University. I parked behind him and we walked to class together. After class we went to get coffee. That was in June, by August we were engaged, and by Christmas we were married.”  That was the beginning of not only Marilyn and Jerome’s story, but of a family legacy.
Marilyn and Jerome went on to have four children; Jean, ’89, Stephen,’88, ’95, Julie, ‘90 and Joe,’93,’98. All four went on to attend Seattle University at some point in their education, following in their parents’ footsteps. 

“I was always going to go to Seattle University. All my friends went there.  It was a wonderful experience.  I do think the fact that it was part of our family played a role in our children deciding to go there,” Marilyn said.

Stephen went on to get two degrees at Seattle University. As a student at Seattle Prep and a member of the Matteo Ricci program, Stephen always had his sights set on Seattle U.
“My time at Seattle University was a fabulous experience and I’ve continued to be impressed by how the school has continued to develop and grow,” Stephen said. While he did not meet his wife on campus, he did go on to marry her in the Chapel of St. Ignatius.
As a member of a legacy family, Stephen feels that the family tradition helps add to the fabric of a university.

“Seattle University has done a great job fostering Seattle U legacies, as well as attracting first generation and international students. It’s a balancing act. You want legacy members who can act as a bridge to the history of a university and remember where it came from, while also introducing new students who can create a more diverse and stronger student body.”
Stephen’s brother, Joe, was drawn to Seattle University for its academic excellence, prime location in Seattle and its small class sizes.

 “My family placed a high value on small classes and academics above athletics, which is what I really liked about Seattle University.  At one point, I asked myself if I was attending Seattle U because my parents and family did, but I realized it was what I wanted. I felt good about the mission, Jesuit values and being connected to a bigger community of social justice.”
Looking back on their education now, both brothers agree that it’s one they are proud of and they’d be thrilled if their children continued the family legacy at Seattle University.
Are you part of a Seattle University legacy family? We’d like to invite you to celebrate your legacy with us as we institute a new tradition and honor our Seattle U families with a Legacy Reception and pinning ceremony on November 1stat 6:00 p.m. in the LeRoux Room at Seattle University. Event and registration details are available online.

Alumni Only Career Fair: RECRUIT Seattle

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on September 5, 2013 at 12:09 PM PDT


Thursday, Sept 12, 2013 |11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Seattle Center- 354 1st Avenue | San Juan Room - Northwest Rooms Building

Put on by MyWorkster, this career fair only invites alumni from four year universities.  At similar events in the past, 94% of attendees said they would go to another MyWorkster job fair and 57% landed an interview or job as a result of attending.

There are currently 10 universities and colleges participating and we expect more than 50 top companies from the Seattle area with hundreds of open positions will be present. They are looking to recruit graduates from Seattle University for their companies.

Network with alumni from nine other schools and representatives from:
Amazon, Zillow, Mutual of Omaha, Averro, Xerox, Paychex, Blue Cross, Verizon, Staples, Verizon,, Comcast, Regus, Symetra, Holland America Lines, Optimum Energy, Emeritus Senior Living and many more.

Registration information and a complete list of companies attending can be found online.

A Look at the New Core

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on September 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM PDT


How would you like to take a class called, “Sociological Digest: The Sociology of Food,” “Knowing What We Cannot See: Electricity,” or “Occupy the Parthenon! Religion and Protest in the Ancient World?” These are just some of the course options open to the students in the new Core Curriculum.

“After 25 years (with our current Core), it was clear we are a different university, our students are different, our world is different, the academic disciplines in the Core have evolved, and this is an opportunity to reshape it from the ground up,” explained new Core Director, Dr. Jeffrey Philpott.

Dr. Philpott sat down with us to explain just how the Seattle University educational experience is evolving with the introduction of the new Core curriculum compared to our alumni’s experiences of the last 25 years. “If an alum were to come back as a student, the three major differences they would see in their education would first be a greater focus on inquiry and how to ask questions. Classes are also smaller, with a maximum of 19 students in a class, which will invite more interaction.

 Secondly they’d see that there is more choice and flexibility. Where all students were required to take the same courses previously, now they can choose from a wide variety of courses with a broader representative of disciplines and faculty than ever before. All students will be learning the same objectives and values in these courses, but they’ll be taught in different ways. 212 faculty members have created new courses, allowing students to choose from over 350 course options to meet their core requirements.

And finally there’s a greater representation of faculty and disciplines represented in the core. There are class offerings across campus and departments that were never involved before. Students can be studying finance but learning Jesuit-values.”

The new core has four learning objectives:

1. Every student will have good background knowledge of the Jesuit-Catholic tradition. Students will reflect on questions of meaning, spirituality, ethics, values, and justice.

2. Students will understand where knowledge comes from and how to take part in inquiry. They’ll be active participants in the process of discovering knowledge, so that they are engaged learners.

3. Communication – Students will learn the tools to take what’s in their head and put it out into the world, with a focus on advocacy, writing, speaking and teamwork.
4. Global engagement – Students will understand issues confronting the world and how to be active agents for change. They will develop a basic understanding of how to interact with those from other cultural backgrounds. And study abroad will be made much easier; students can potentially fulfill all of their ’Engaging the World’ requirements while studying abroad.

When Dr. Philpott shared the new core with faculty and staff at Mission Day, the response was overwhelmingly positive. “I want to go back to school just so I can study those courses,” a Seattle University alumna, turned staff member, said.

“My hope is that the Core becomes a visible, signature program for the university,” said Philpott. The Core is the central educational experience of our undergraduates, and it’s an important part of our identity and educational mission. It is, in many ways, a cutting-edge Core. It uses best practices based in research. I think this is a Core that will get noticed by other universities. It will get noticed by parents of students as something distinctive about a Seattle University education.”

Parents definitely did take notice when Dr. Philpott explained the new Core to prospective students and parents at the Accepted Students Open House. “As a parent, I was really impressed. It was the kind of education my son would be engaged by, and one that I think would really help him learn the material,” Corinne Pann, a prospective parent shared.

An in depth overview of the core and class offerings can be found online.

What do you think of the new core? Are these they types of classes you’d be interested in auditing?

Alumni Seminar Series

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on September 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM PDT

Seattle University’s curriculum is designed to make students active participants in their education, creating life-long learners. As alumni, Seattle University invites you back to the classroom to continue that learning without the distraction of grades or papers with the Alumni Seminar Series.

This fall, seminar participants will enjoy exploring the timely topic, “Uncertainty and Turmoil in the Middle East.” You’ll go beyond the headlines with History Professor Carmen Gitre and Law Professors Won Kidane and Russell Powell for a provocative look at events taking place in the Middle East and their effects beyond their borders. This series begins meeting on Tuesday, October 1st.

Alumni who have participated before will know these impactful seminars are nothing new.  Fr. David Leigh, S.J., has been heading the Alumni Seminar Series for the College of Arts and Sciences since 1983. Modeled after the Seattle University Honors Program, the alumni seminar program has evolved into a quarterly series, led by Seattle University faculty members.

The focus shifts each quarter. In the fall, there is usually an emphasis on the human person. Topics include theology, philosophy or history. For winter, participants are invited to examine relevant social issues, such as emerging economies or social trends. For the readers among you, the focus shifts to literature in the spring.

“What makes the seminar series so engaging, is that everyone who is there, is there because they have a love of learning,” said program director, Fr. Leigh. “I also like to offer a discount to those in the teaching profession, as re-exploring things like literature can really benefit them in the classroom.”

This series includes six, two hour and thirty-minute sessions, parking, refreshments and course materials for $240. If you are interested in attending any upcoming seminar series, please contact to learn more.