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March Recent Alumni Spotlight: Santa Maria Rivera

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on March 6, 2013 at 5:03 PM PST

We’re excited to introduce a new monthly column we’re calling the Recent Alumni Spotlight.  We could think of no better way to kick off this column, then to feature our 2013 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award winner, Santa Maria Rivera.
 

Santa grew up in Yakima as a first generation Mexican American. In Santa’s family he was the first to graduate from high school, so college educated role models were not readily available. Santa’s path to Seattle University was an unconventional one. There were no online college applications filed during senior year, or group tours to explore the urban oasis that is the Seattle University campus.

Santa began his college career at Wenatchee Community College where he took to the soccer field. Soccer would act as a key to Santa, opening up doors and opportunities.

“I come from a very tough place,” Rivera said in a brief documentary about his life. “I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for the opportunities that this sport was able to give me.” It was Santa’s skills on the soccer pitch that caught the attention of Seattle University soccer coach Pete Fewing.

When Pete saw Santa play, he knew he had someone special on his hands. He took Santa under his wing, and convinced him to transfer to Seattle U so that Santa could play for the Redhawks. During his junior season playing for the Redhawks, Santa led SU to a National Championship and went on to play for the Sounders for two years. After his two year stint as a Sounder Santa returned to Seattle University to complete his History Degree and graduated in 2008.

After his graduation from Seattle University, he went on to embody the values of his Jesuit education, as a mentor to at-risk middle school students and youth coach for C Alliance. He’s able to provide encouragement, educational support and coaching to the next generation of soccer players. Santa coached the C Alliance team to their first undefeated season in 13 years. He acts as the spokesperson for Golazo, an all-natural sports drink company that encourages youth soccer players to pursue their dreams and fulfill their potential. In his minority outreach role at Redept, Inc., Santa  develops and administers a program to give young Latinos access to athletic programs and higher education to help them develop leadership abilities and strong decision making skills.  

 While nominating Santa for this award, David Chow , of Seattle University’s  College of Arts and Sciences, called him the voice of hope for the Washington State Latino community.”  We are very proud to be able to honor someone who gives so much of themselves, with an alumni award. If you’d like to join us in honoring Santa Maria Rivera, and other outstanding Seattle University community members, we invite you to attend the Alumni Awards Celebration on April 16th.

Would you like to be featured in our Young Alumni Spotlight?  Do you know someone we should highlight?  Comment here or send an email to alumni@seattleu.edu.

 

A Message from Magis for February 2013

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM PST

  

 This month’s featured Alumni Living the Mission, Brendan Busse, S.J., first graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and says, “I made a good decision and a bad discernment… I consulted my head while absolutely ignoring and perhaps even silencing my heart.”  As a now Jesuit and current professor of Ignatian Spirituality at Seattle U, he reflects on how sometimes our doing less enables our being more.  Read Brendan’s reflection here.

 

Upcoming Magis Programs:

Alumni Day of Prayer with Pat O’Leary, S.J. and Cissy McLane – Saturday, March 16, 2013

Spirituality on Tap Featuring Brendan Busse, S.J. – Wednesday, March 20, 2013

National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service – Saturday, April 27, 2013

 

For details on these and more events, visit Magis online.

 

 

A Message from Career Services for February 2013

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM PST

 Exploring what is next for you – 4 career tools to consider  
 

With the New Year upon us, many of us are reflecting on the ways we hope to grow over the coming year. Given the amount of waking hours many of us spend working, taking time to pause and reflect on the ways you wish to grow professionally can have a powerful impact on your life and well being.

In this article we will offer four approaches or tools for you to consider as you reflect on what is next for you – whether you are hoping to achieve greater mindfulness in your present role, make a job or career change, or identify ways to get involved in your community or with other hobbies or interests.  

Informational Interviews

Informational interviews are short, 30-60 minute meetings where you have the opportunity to sit down with someone who is working in an industry, position, or organization that is of interest to you. It is your chance to ask questions and learn about this person’s experiences so that you can incorporate those insights into your own process.  Ideally these conversations will help you gain greater clarity about where your interests are leading you, and what steps may be required to get there.

 

Career Advising – in-person in Seattle or virtually to anywhere

Did you know that we serve alumni? Schedule an appointment to meet with a career advisor in person, in our office on campus, or remotely via email or Skype for alumni who may be living or working elsewhere. Experienced alumni are eligible to receive three appointments per year. To schedule an appointment you may give us a call or complete the online appointment request form, available here: https://www.seattleu.edu/careerservices/Inner.aspx?ekfrm=87831

 

Assessments

If you are looking for additional insights into your personality, interests, or strengths as they relate to your work life, you may consider taking one of the assessments offered through Career Services. These include the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI), the Strong Interest Inventory, and StrengthsQuest. Career Services advisors will help to interpret your results together with you, and can help you integrate the information from the assessments into your own career development process. Each assessment is available to alumni for $30 – contact Career Services to learn more and get help selecting the right assessment for you.

 

Redhawk Network – SU’s online job and internship site

If you are looking for a new position, consider searching via the Redhawk Network, the SU online job and internship search site. Here you will find both experienced and entry-level positions posted from a range of employers, in Seattle and beyond. To get started, visit: http://webapps.seattleu.edu/RedhawkNetwork

About Career Services

Career Services offers support to our alumni who may be seeking a change. Whether a change of perspective, position, employer or career path, we are here to assist you. Below you will find a list of career services we offer to alumni:

  • 3 one-on-one advising appointments per year
  • Access to the Redhawk Network, a database of employers and job postings
  • Involvement in career fairs and other professional networking events

Visit Career Services to get more details and register for relevant events today!

Alumni Events: February 2013

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 7, 2013 at 11:02 AM PST

 

Basketball Games and Rallies
 

Thursday February 14th, 2013 | 7:00 PM | Men vs.  Louisiana Tech 
KeyArena

Saturday February 16th, 2013 | 7:00 PM | Men vs. Texas at Arlington
KeyArena
Join us for the last pregame rally of the season!
5:30 PM|Club Live 

Alumni Board of Governor’s Men’s Basketball Viewing Party
Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant |908 12th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

Saturday February 7th, 2013 | 5:00 PM | vs. U of Denver

Meet the Alumni Board of Governors at the Chieftain for door prizes, $5 appetizers, and Happy Hour specials while you watch the Redhawks take on the University of Denver.

Buried Child
By Sam Shepard | Directed By Professor Rosa Joshi

Lee Center for the Arts

$6 Students | $8 Faculty & Staff | $10 General Admission

Preview February 20th, 2013| 7:30 PM
February 21-23, 2013 | 7:30

February 24 & March 3, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Winner of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize, Buried Child sealed Sam Shepard’s reputation as an iconic post-modern playwright. A sinister secret buried deep in the recesses of the past threatens to resurface and destroy an already deeply damaged family. When Vince brings home his girlfriend to meet his family, things don’t go quite as he envisioned. Why doesn’t anyone know him? This darkly comic masterpiece reminds us that there really is no place like home.

 

Instrumental Concerto Competition
Pigott Auditorium
Friday February 22nd, 2013 | 7:00 PM

$5 Students | $8 Faculty & Staff | $12 General Admission

Watch music students compete for the opportunity to win in a music scholarship and serve as a guest soloist with Orchestra Seattle for the 2013-2014 concert season.  

Save the Date for these Upcoming Events:
 

11th Annual Alumni Crab Feed
Hosted by the Albers School of Business
Campion Residence Hall |Saturday March 2nd, 2013 | 5:30-11:00 PM

Enjoy a fun evening organized by the Albers Alumni Board in order to bring members of the community together and support student scholarships at Albers. There will be a lively silent auction and reception before dinner, and after our feast of crab and chicken, jazz and cocktails will follow in the jazz lounge. Table sponsorships are available for groups of all sizes. Contact Rob Bourke at bourker@seattleu.edu to register or call (206) 296-2277 for more information
 

SEARCH for Meaning Bookfest
March 9th, 2013| Seattle University Campus
Annual festival and nationwide network surrounding the human search for meaning.
Tickets, Purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets. The School of Theology and Ministry presents a day of over 300+ authors,
including Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon, internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Azlan and Sherman Alexie.

 

Western Athletic Conference Tournament & Alumni Happy Hour
Tournament |Tuesday March 12- Saturday March 16, 2013

Alumni Happy Hour |Tuesday March 12, 2013 | 4:00-6:00 PM

Come and cheer on Seattle University in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena! Tickets for the entire conference can be bought online.

 

Meet your Alumni Relations staff  in Las Vegas for an Alumni Happy Hour event on March 12th from 4-6pm. We hope to see all Seattle U Alumni there. Stay tuned for more details.

 
  
28th Anniversary Alumni Awards Celebration
Seattle University Campion Ballroom | Tuesday April 16th, 2013 

Join us as President Sundborg, the Seattle University Alumni Board of Governors and the Office of Alumni Relations announce the Alumni Award winners for 2013. More information, including registration details to come.

 

SU Athletics Red Tie Celebration
Saturday, May 18, 2013| Grand Hyatt Downtown Seattle| 5:00 pm

We are excited to announce Jim Whittaker as our honoree for this year’s event. Jim was the first American to summit Mt. Everest in the spring of 1963 and we are honored to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his accomplishment. The evening will feature an exciting auction, elegant dining and fabulous program highlighting the achievements of both Jim Whittaker and the highlights from the 2012-2013 SU athletic season. Contact redtie@seattleu.edu for more details.

 

 

 

A 2013 Homecoming Reflection

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 6, 2013 at 5:02 PM PST

After a 40 year hiatus, the tradition of Homecoming returned to Seattle University with a full day of events on February 2nd.

We kicked off the day with the Hall of Fame Luncheon which hosted more than 300 people to honor outstanding SU athletes.  You can read more about our honorees here.

The Alumni Relations team welcomed alumni back to campus and to our pre-game rally at KeyArena. We had a great turn out, with many new faces and lots of spirited alumni – just what we like to see!

During half-time at our Men’s basketball game, our Hall of Fame inductees were introduced and we brought back the tradition of a Homecoming Court. Students enthusiastically nominated their favorites for Homecoming Court, and at half time our 2013 Royals, Carmen Cueto & Alexander Fisher, were crowned. They weren’t dressed in traditional Homecoming formal attire, but they were decked out in SU pride.  

  

We started off small this year, but we lit a spark that we hope ignites the flame of Homecoming and a new tradition that you’ll share with your family, and that we will share with the future generations of SU students.

We intend for Homecoming to evolve into a weekend of events that welcome our alumni back to campus to celebrate their SU experience.

We want your feedback! What would you like to see at future Homecoming events?  What would get you to come back to Seattle U?  Please comment on this post or email us at alumni@seattleu.edu to share your feedback.

 

A January Message from Magis

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM PST

How do you want to create the new year?  What kind of commitment do you want to make to yourself?  Your community?  To the oppressed people of the world?”  If you set 2013 as your year to serve others or to be a person more committed to your community, Magis has several unique opportunities to facilitate your follow through – most notably our Mexico Mission Trek for Alumni (it’s not too late to apply!) - and some of your fellow SU alumni as our January Alumni Living the Mission who are true exemplars of keeping the flame of service lit.  Zach Gerdes (2011), Bethany Kelsch (2011) and Michelle Miller (2012) started a mentoring program for incarcerated youth that now is a service bridge for people seeking to support at-risk youth in our community.  Click here to read their reflection and we hope you'll consider one of our service opportunities for 2013:

·         Post-Grad Service Networking Night:Wednesday, January 16, 2012 (All former post-graduate volunteers invited!)

·         Mexico Mission Trek: April 14 – April 21, 2013 (applications accepted through January 11!)

·         National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service:  Saturday, April 27, 2013

·         Service Saturdays at the St. Mary’s Foodbank : Every 4th Saturday of the month

 

For more information visit Magis online or email Magis@seattleu.edu

 

 

A New Year’s Welcome from your Alumni Office

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM PST

Dear Alums -

In 2012 I had the opportunity to meet with so many of our alums face to face and I want to once more express my gratitude to you for your dedication to Seattle University and our community.  

In December we had our annual Advent Mass, Christmas Reception (December 9) and the 2nd annual Downtown Breakfast (December 13), with the biggest turnout at both events since I've began my role as Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations.  We've had alums reach out to us from across the country to form chapters (as well as in Thailand and China), and take a more active role in their alumni experience.  I've seen alumni renew their relationship with their alma mater and invest their time, energy and resources in assisting our office with our goal of being a world class alumni relations office. You are also helping us to build a stronger cadre of volunteer leadership.   I wanted to let you know how much that means to me and your University.  Your efforts are being noticed!

As we kick off 2013 I am so excited to share my enthusiasm for the great offerings we will roll out this year! There are traditions like the 28th Annual Alumni Awards in April and some new traditions we are bringing back, like Homecoming on February 2nd!

In an effort to keep our alumni body growing and engaged we want to ensure that we help keep you connected to Seattle University.  Please keep checking our events page for opportunities to join us as well as join ourFacebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts to keep current all our offerings at Seattle U! 

We'd love to see you at these upcoming events:

Homecoming - February 2nd, 2013 
Pre-Game Rally
Club Live At KeyArena at Seattle Center 5:30 p.m.
Click for Homecoming Day schedule of events.

Washington, D.C. Alumni Reception - February 1st, 2013 5:30-8:30pm
At Front Page
1333 NEW HAMPSHIRE
Washington, DC

The Search for Meaning Book Festival - March 9th, 2013
Tickets go on sale January 14th
On Campus with Alumni Open House in the Admissions & Alumni Building

28th Annual Alumni Awards  - April 16th, 2013
Campion Ballroom 5:30 p.m.

2nd Annual Jesuit Alumni Day of Service - April 27th, 2013

Campus and Seattle University Youth Initiative

Please send us an email with your suggestions or if you'd like to get more involved to alumni@seattleu.edu . We always welcome your feedback. We want to make sure our alums are engaged no matter where you live, and would love your participation in achieving that goal.

We look forward to hearing from you and wish you a wonderful 2013!

Sincerely,

Susan R. Vosper

Alumni Winter Quarter Seminars

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM PST

There is still room, and time, to sign up for the Seattle University ALUMNI SEMINARS Program for Winter Quarter, 2013! The theme will be on Beginning Dialogues with Other Faiths.  Faculty members from various religious backgrounds will engage in conversations with each other about their beliefs and then invite questions and responses from the Alumni Seminar participants.  participants included will be from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, and Hindu backgrounds. 

 Faculty members will likely include Professors Stephen Chan, Wesley Howard-Brook, Sharon Suh, Peter Ely, S. J., and Bea Lawrence of the Theology/Religious Studies Department, Vidjay Awasthi of the Accounting Department, and Mohammad Fani from off campus.  

 The preliminary schedule calls for the first seminar to be on Wednesday, Jan. 9, and then the subsequent seminars to be on Tuesdays, Jan 22, Feb. 5, Feb 19, March 12, and March 19.   All SU alumni and friends are invited to join in this seminar by contacting Lauren St. Pierre by email at alumniseminars@seattleu.edu.

 Please send your mailing address, phone number, and whether or not you will need a reserved parking spot on campus, the cost of which is included in the $240 tuition. Books/materials for the seminar, as well as light refreshments, are also included in that price. We hope you’ll be able to join us in this interesting seminar!

 

 

Join the Search for Meaning! March 9th, 2013

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 2, 2013 at 4:01 PM PST

 

 The fifth annual Search For Meaning Book Festival, hosted by Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is coming in just a few months: March 9th, 2013, all day on the Seattle University Campus.

Mark your calendars! Tickets go on sale on January 14th, through Brown Paper Tickets, and are expected to go fast.
 
The Festival hosts over 40 authors in session, featuring keynote speakers Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, as interviewed live by National Book Award winner, Sherman Alexie, as well as internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Azlan.

For information on the Festival, please visit www.searchformeaning.us. You can also check out the Search For Meaning Facebook page to stay up to date with all things related to the festival.

We hope you'll join us at this incredible  Festival, which is also free and open to the public, thanks to our generous title sponsors Laura Ellen and Robert Muglia and partners Elliott Bay Book Company and the Seattle University Book Store.

Alumni
Calling all Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry Alumni! You are warmly invited to the annual Alumni Breakfast, just before the Festival begins.  Enjoy great food, a special speaker, and quality time with fellow alums on the morning of the Festival, Saturday, March 9th at 7:30am. Please RSVP with Amy Toney if you are able to join us: toneya@seattleu.edu | 206.220.8248
 
Visit other Seattle University alums throughout the day!  The Admissions and Alumni building will be open to alums for socializing during the festival.

An Alumni's Look at Homecoming

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM PST


SEATTLE UNIVERSITY HOMECOMING 1965 & 1966
 
By
Curly McNamee (Class of 1967)

When I attended Seattle University, the Homecoming dance (along with the ROTC Military Ball) were the two formal events of the school year. A sense of excitement would fill the campus leading up to Homecoming.

 

In 1965, I was dating Judy Bride (now my wife of 41 years) and I wanted to impress her, so I asked her to the Homecoming dance.  The dance was held on February 4th in the best downtown Seattle hotel – the Olympic.  The theme of the night was “Port Seattle.” I rented a tuxedo and Judy purchased a formal gown. We began the evening with a fantastic dinner at Rosellini’s 610 Restaurant and then moved along to the main event, dancing at the Olympic Hotel.  We ended the evening by capturing it in a photograph.

 

The following year, Judy and I returned to the Olympic Hotel for an evening of “Stargazing,” that was the theme of the 1966 Homecoming dance. We again captured the magic of the evening with a photo.

It’s memories like these,that make my wife and me happy that the tradition of Homecoming is returning to Seattle University.


This year, Homecoming is still in its infancy and consists of the Hall of Fame Luncheon and a Pre-game Rally on February 2nd, 2013.

 

Homecoming gives me the opportunity to return to my alma mater, and re-live my days at Seattle U, while giving a new generation of students the chance to create their own Homecoming memories.