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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



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
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 . 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!


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

 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 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.

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: | 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

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. 

SU Alums Help Unemployed Youth Start Their Own Microenterprises

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on December 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM PST

Greenside Development Foundation's mission is to help unemployed youth start and manage their own microenterprise, creating poverty-alleviating employment. Two of our board members are alums of SU.

We seek to address the youth unemployment crisis by empowering young entrepreneurs through entrepreneurship training, interest-free microloans, and business management consulting.

 Youth Ventures Program

Our entrepreneur incubator program accepts unemployed youth between the ages of 18 and 35, with an emphasis on especially needy young women.

Each candidate goes through two selection phases to assure they are the right fit for the program: an Exhibiting Entrepreneurial Qualities Interview and a series of Entrepreneurship trainings. Candidates are trained in market research, creating competitive advantages, return on investment, purchasing from suppliers, sales, advertising, and bookkeeping. These youth then receive one-on-one training in the development of a strategic action plan and timeline for their new business.

The final stage of their training includes the preparation of a financial plan and start-up budget for their enterprise. We go with the clients to help them purchase the materials and equipment they need. Our Young Entrepreneurs reimburse the cost of their business start-up materials over the course of a year, each with an individualized repayment plan according to the needs of their business.

At least twice a month, our Young Entrepreneurs receive a visit at their place of business from one of Greenside’s Business Management Consultants. During these meetings, clients receive advice, support and on-going business training to strengthen their skills and develop the enterprise.


Get Involved!

As alums of SU, we felt this cause might be one close to your heart and we would be honored if you joined us in the cause.

With half of all Moroccan youth neither in school nor employed (World Bank 2012), the need for self-employment and job creation is enormous.

Greenside Development Foundation provides loans interest-free and we do not charge for our trainings or business development consulting. Donations help create a new enterprise that provides employment and income for impoverished young Moroccans.


“If you are interested in learning more about Greenside Development Foundation or becoming involved in any capacity, please visit our website at

Thank you!
 Chad Anderson, BBA, 2007, Albers School of Business & Economics Sherry Castro, MAPS, 2001, School of Theology & Ministry






Holiday on the Hill

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on December 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM PST

Come home to Seattle University for the holidays! 

Please join the Alumni Association for a holiday on the hill, a special Christmas event for alumni, family, and friends. Join us for an afternoon of all the wonderful things that Seattle U has to offer and an advent tradition for the whole family!

It all begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Connolly Center, when our women’s basketball team takes on Portland State. We hope you’ll come back to campus and support your team – don’t forget to wear red!

At 4:00 p.m. we celebrate the Advent Season with a mass concelebrated by Fr. Patrick O’Leary, S.J.,
Fr. Peter Ely, S.J. & Fr. David Anderson, S.J.

After mass, please join us at the annual Christmas Reception in the Piggott Atrium. The Christmas Reception will be from 5-7:30 p.m.. We will be serving light refreshments and singing Christmas carols. 

In the spirit of holiday giving, we’ll be collecting canned food for St. Mary’s Food Bank at the reception.

We hope to see you and your family for the holiday.


A Message from Magis for December

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on December 3, 2012 at 2:12 PM PST

AMDG (Ad maiorem Dei gloriam) can be found on many Jesuit University campuses and becomes a concept embraced by Jesuit-educated alumni well beyond their years in school.  This month’s featured Alumni Living the Mission are brothers Job, Abe and Pedro Romo who seek to live AMDG out professionally.  While their chosen careers vary individually from business, personal wellness, to engineering, collectively their Ignatian inspirations from a Jesuit-education are shared. Click here  to read their reflections.


Upcoming Magis Programs:

Alumni Advent Mass  – Sunday, December 9, 2012

Mexico Mission Trek for Alumni  – April 14 to April 20, 2013, Tijuana, Mexico. 

Magis Mixers  – Join us at the Elysian Brewery every first Thursday of the month for happy hour!  Meet other Jesuit-educated alums and enjoy free appetizers from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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


A December Message from Career Services

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on December 3, 2012 at 2:12 PM PST

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...



 Take a moment and think back about the major decisions you’ve made in your lifetime. Count them. How many did you come up with? Six or seven? More or less, possibly depending on where you are in life and also possibly depending on what you define as a ‘major’ decision. Perhaps going to college and attending Seattle University made your list? Perhaps selecting or changing your major seemed like a big decision at the time? Usually in retrospect, decisions that seemed big or overwhelming at the time tend to seem less so after the fact.  Perhaps getting married, having kids or moving to a new state or country were choices you have made or will make in the future. Perhaps going to graduate school or buying a house, both major investments, are decisions you have or will make. When we approach decisions that are likely to bring changes to our lives, it can bring on feelings of stress and anxiety. Being stressed or overwhelmed may not leave you in the best state of mind to make a good decision.


So how are we to reduce the stress and feeling of being overwhelmed? How do we define a ‘good’ decision? For our purposes here, I suggest that a ‘good’ decision is one that is well informed and fully thought out. When we realize that we make decisions constantly, everyday, for example when to wake up, what to wear, what to eat, we can see there are many opportunities to explore our decision making process. By exploring our decision making process, we can gain awareness of our tendencies and it is this awareness that is the most effective leverage to improve. Are you the type who either dreads or postpones decisions for as long as possible? Always seeking more information or more possibilities? Or are you the type who is quick and decisive; taking action and pondering the consequences later? Exploring your preferences with a career services professional can help you appreciate your strengths while recognizing your blind spots.


So what decisions are you facing at the moment? What decisions are you putting off? Get on with it. Break it down into these four smaller steps*.

1. Get the information and facts you need.

2. Consider the possibilities and consequences.

3. Weigh the pros and cons and look at the decision objectively.

4. Consider your values and who is impacted by your choice.


Some of these steps will feel easy and natural while others may feel uncomfortable and challenging. By ensuring you work your way through each of these steps, you can add confidence in your balanced approach and in your final decision.

*Note that these four steps are based on the Jungian, Myers-Briggs model.


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!


An Alumni Holiday Message

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on December 3, 2012 at 1:12 PM PST

Dear Alumni -

It is the holiday season, which has me feeling reflective and grateful.  I am grateful tobe a member of such a wonderful and supportive alumni community. I see the passion and commitment you show to your Alma Mater and I feel humbled to be representing you in my position as Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations for Seattle University.

This year my office has been in a continual transition which has welcomed a transformation aimed at providing you and the SU community with the best possible alumni experience.  As I reflect on this year, there are things we’ve improved and continue to do well and areas in which we have an opportunity to improve.  As this year comes to a close I can confidently say that we are more committed than ever to deliver on our vision of being a world class alumni relations office and presence for Seattle University. 

In response to direct feedback we have focused on four goals that will create opportunities to engage our alumni and continue to build out a rock solid foundation that will support Seattle U alumni bringing them together with a lifelong community.   Improving our marketing and increasing outreach to alumni has been a main focus along with understanding what great benefits and services are needed for our alumni.   We have worked consistently to ensure we have a plan that will lead us to success and I encourage you to please review our FY13summary strategic plan.  

We will continue to grow and improve our efforts to connect with our alumni, wherever they may be.  As I mentioned earlier there were so many accomplishments this year.  In the spirit of reflection, I would like to share with you our FY12 status report for reaching our goals.

I thank you for your continued support of Seattle University, and of my office.  As always, your thoughts and feedback are encouraged, as you represent the legacy of Seattle University.  If you have not yet had an opportunity to attend one of our many offerings, I hope you’ll look at our upcoming events and join us, with your friends and family in supporting SU.

I look forward to working with each and everyone one of you in the coming year.

May peace and love surround you and yours this holiday season.


Susan R. Vosper '90, '10