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Developing Global Leaders to Lead Global Markets

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM PDT

Seattle University and The Executive Development Institute are partnering to bring you a panel exploring the theme of “Developing Global Leaders to Lead Global Markets”. The panel will be held on Seattle University’s campus in the Casey CommonsFriday, November 2nd from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  

The panelists in attendance will include:

 

The panel will be moderated by Victoria Jones, Assistant Provost, Global Engagement, and Seattle University

 

Susan's Thoughts for the Fall

Posted by Amanda Kelly on October 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM PDT

Dear Alumni-

It’s fall here at S
eattle U and classes are in full swing. As we enjoy the extended beautiful fall weather here in the Northwest, it is exhilarating to watch a talented new class arriving  and settling in for what promises to be a  successful academic year.  The campus is buzzing again with excitement to see what’s in store for this year. We in the Office of Alumni Relations share in this sense of excitement along with our students, faculty and staff.  This new year ushered in new members to our Alumni Board of Governors. We are fortunate to have an effective group of dedicated alumni on our board that will help us to achieve our goals.  

Our Alumnni Relations Status Report - 2011-12 (2)2231 is evidence that we are making progress and working to build a world class Office of Alumni Relations and remain on target with our strategic plan. To that end, we are making strides to help you to better connect with Seattle U, your fellow alumni and the next generation.  It’s my pleasure to announce the following developments:

  • Our office is partnering with Career Services to ensure that every graduate has the opportunity to hire quality candidates, become a valued employee and network with outstanding individuals.
  • Seattle U is celebrating a new era in sports with its first full season of Division I play for the Redhawks. I hope you will join me and Coach Cameron Dollar at our pre-game rallies at Key Arena at Seattle Center.
  • On February 2 we will launch a pilot program to bring Homecoming back to the university. This is your chance to see some of the beautiful changes we’ve made to your campus, as well as share your own experiences at SU with alumni and current students. Stay tuned for more information. 
  • And on April 16 we are hosting the 28th Annual Alumni Awards celebration at Campion Ballroom. I hope to see you there for an evening to illuminate the achievements of our alumni in the community, work place and university.   We are accepting nominations. 

Alumni often ask, “How can I help? How can I become involved with my alma mater?”  Let me offer some ways we share with alumni and friends:

-          Serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for Seattle U

           - think SU first! 

-          Promote Alumni and Family Weekend to your fellow alumni.

-          Encourage alumni to network and keep in touch via

            the Alumni Online Directory.

-          Bring a prospective student for a campus visit

            or to a university event

-          Visit us on campus at the Admissions and Alumni Building and give us your feedback at alumnifeedback@seattleu.edu


I look forward to working with each and every one of you to achieve the goals we’ve set for the Office of Alumni Relations and hope you’ll join us on campus in October and throughout the year.  I welcome your input and look forward to your continued participation in our efforts to build on our legacy of supporting our alma mater.

 

Sincerely,

Susan Vosper, '90, '10

 

The Art of Making Sense

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM PDT


For the month of October Gallery 114 presents "Making Sense," new oil paintings by member artist Mary Jo Mann   The show runs October 4 through 27, with a First Thursday opening reception for the artists held on October 4, 6 to 9 pm.  Regular gallery hours are noon to 6 pm, Thursday through Sunday.

 The Art of "Making Sense" at Gallery 114
1100 NW Glisan, Portland, OR. 97209 Phone: 503-243-3356

Seattle University Alumna, Mary Jo Mann,uses the oil painting medium to examine the tension between human-made and natural systems.  Playing with the rhythms and geometry of urban and natural landscapes, Mann in this body of work is "making sense" of not only the physical world but of the connections between the physical and the metaphysical. "I find similar rhythms and form in nature," says Mann.  "Using these two supposedly opposing fields as a starting point, I find that the language and depth of each piece emerges as the work develops.  My approach isn't simply an intellectual activity but transcends the physical world.  The work takes on its own life, merging conscious intent with unconscious knowledge." Mary Jo received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Seattle University in 1979 and studied with Val Laigo, Marvin Herard and Nick Damascus. She has lived in Portland since the early 80's with her husband and children.  Mary Jo's work can also be seen at her website, www.artbymaryjo.net.

 

Remembering Sue Schmitt

Posted by Amanda Kelly on October 8, 2012 at 10:10 AM PDT

Sue Schmitt, Ed.D., Professor and former dean of Seattle University’s College of Education, died suddenly at the age of 66 on September 28, 2012. A public memorial service led by SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. was held Monday, Oct. 8, 4 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church.

Dr. Schmitt stepped down from her 16-year position as dean on July 31, 2012, and spent the past two months traveling and enjoying time with her family. In her announcement to the faculty and staff on June 26, Dr. Schmitt emphasized her joy in overseeing many historical events over the past 16 years and was excited about the college’s position to engage in new opportunities at the university, state and national levels.  “We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to her family, friends, College of Education colleagues, staff and students and others whose lives she touched during her remarkable career as an administrator, educator and scholar,” said Isiaah Crawford, provost. 

Dr. Schmitt helped organize the college’s 75th anniversary celebration (a milestone event that drew over 1,000 alumni and friends to campus) and oversaw Conversation Education, a symposium on education policy that brought great visibility to the university. Over the past several years she led a collaborative and successful process to revise and restructure the college’s doctoral program. Additionally, Dr. Schmitt spearheaded an effort that will bring a Seattle Public Schools Middle College program to the university in the next few months. 

Prior to her appointment as dean of the College of Education, she had served as dean and professor, in the College for Human Resources at the University of North Dakota, where she had also served as associate vice president for academic affairs, responsible for the design and implementation of the Center for Instructional Technology. She served at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, as deputy vice chancellor and professor of rehabilitation, department chair and director of the independent Living Center. Dr. Schmitt also served as the administrative associate to the vice president for academic affairs of the University of Wisconsin System Administration. 

Dr. Schmitt received the outstanding alumni award from Viterbo College, where she received a B.A. in English, and she was a Leadership Fellow at Mississippi State University. She was among a selective group of educational leaders to participate in Harvard University's IEM Program. Dr. Schmitt’s doctorate, which she received from Mississippi State University, was funded through a Bush Leadership Fellowship. 

The Dr. Sue A. Schmitt Scholarship Fund has been established to honor her memory and the legacy she has left at Seattle University. The fund will support the academic advancement of underrepresented students enrolled in the College of Education, a commitment that Dr. Schmitt championed during the course of her career. For more information, including how to contribute to the fund, please call 206-296-1896.

To share an online memory of Dr. Schmitt, please click here

-A Seattle University News article by Paula Hermann

 

Magis Note for October

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM PDT

Laugh and grow strong is an Ignatian phrase that captures the Collins’ family approach to life. As this month’s featured alumni living the mission, the Collins family shares their perspective of how Jesuit education has shaped them into a family which finds God in all things. From working and studying at Jesuit universities, to choosing graduate programs in social work and disability advocacy, not to mention moving to Bolivia for a year to volunteer with Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Kathy, Bill, Sheila and Katie have made a commitment to be of service to others. As they note;

“We have been able to laugh, grow strong, and also challenge and encourage each other on our individual journeys. We try to consider what God is calling each of us to bring to and take from the world.” Click here to read their reflections.

 Magis wants to remind you that there are just a few spots left for alumni on the Ignatian Silent Retreat happening the weekend of November 9-11, 2012. This is a great way to unplug from the everyday hustle and bustle to make space for quiet reflection Also, save the date for the Justice Education Forum: A Teach-In on Economic Justice being held on Saturday, December 1, 2012.This new format will deepen the experience, inviting participants to learn, share, and act. Checkout our eNewsletter for upcoming programs and events that help you to put into practice the Jesuit values of faith, justice, and leadership.

 

Joan Bonvicini Invites You

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 4, 2012 at 10:10 AM PDT

I wanJoan Bt to personally invite alumni and friends of Seattle University to watch our team in action. Our players and staff are very excited about our upcoming basketball season. We want to build on last year’s success and take our team to the NCAA Tournament for the 1st time. We play an exciting up-tempo style and are fun to watch. Come be a part of history in the making as we striveto win the WAC Basketball Championship. Call the Seattle U ticket office for information (206) 398-4678 or go to SU's athletics web site www.goseattleu.com.    

 We are also hosting our 2nd annual fundraiser ‘Wine,Cheese & Chocolate’ at Starbuck’s Headquarters, SODO Kitchen on Sunday, October 21st from 4:00-6:30 pm. There will be 7 wineries, numerous cheese selections and some local chocolates. Additionally, there will be a silent   and live auctionwith all proceeds going to Seattle U Women’s Basketball. Tickets are only $50 and can be ordered by calling (206)398-4420. Come support the SU Women's Basketball program and have a great time too!   

Hope you'll join us!  

Joan Bonvicini
     

Albers Alumni - Meet, Greet and Network!

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 3, 2012 at 9:10 AM PDT

  

 We are thrilled to invite you to our next Albers Alumni Happy Hour and networking mixer on the eastside at Palomino - Bellevue.

Join us to re-connect with your fellow Albers and Seattle University classmates, alumni, faculty, and other SU business professionals in the greater Seattle area. This event is for people to meet, network, chat and keep in touch in an informal and casual setting, thereby fostering a stronger Albers alumni community.

Lastly, we encourage you to attend and spread the word by inviting other Albers and Seattle University professionals in your network and organization. Non-Albers alumni and current students are welcome to join the event.

Format: This is an open networking mixer style event. Just register, using the link given below, and stop by.

Look forward to meeting you!

- Organized by group of SU MBA alums

*Bellevue Palomino is walking distance away from the Bellevue Transit Center.  

**Parking Instructions:

Up to 3 hours of free parking underneath The Westin Hotel. Please bring along your parking pass, for Palomino to validate.

When:Oct 25th, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where:Palomino - Bellevue

610 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

RSVP:http://aahhfall2012.eventbrite.com

 

Career Reflections of the Fall Season: Pausing to Notice

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 1, 2012 at 11:10 AM PDT

 

As we transition from spring to fall, the seasons invite us take time to step back and reflect on our own sense of needed changes in our personal and professional lives. A starting point can be assessing the use of our time. Are you satisfied with how much time you spend at work; and are you really choosing the amount of time spent specific tasks within your current role? Are you comfortable with the quality of your relationships at work? Where might you want to make deliberate choices on how you spend your most valuable asset—your time—within your work context? Another helpful barometer in holistically evaluating our lives is noticing our energy. Do you leave work feeling drained, empty and depleted? Or do you leave with a sense of purpose and enthusiasm, perhaps having expended physical and mental energy in the process, but feeling rejuvenated nevertheless--a subtle difference, yet one that matters to those who want to lead lives of meaning and fulfillment. By cultivating time and space for reflective practices we are empowered to create a more conscious and intentional life.

 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 3 major career fairs and other professional networking events
  •  Participation in the 4-week, “Jumpstart your Career” Series

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

 

Magis Notes for September

Posted by Amanda Kelly on September 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM PDT

Jesuit education can impact a person well beyond years spent as a student. Jesuit-educated alumnus Mark A. Flynn (Saint Louis University1967, 1972) credits Fr. Tom Cummings, S.J. (president of Rockhurst High School in Kansas City where his sons attended high school), with part of his formation. Fr. Cummings poignantly said "a talent is not a gift until it is given away". This line has stuck with Mark through all the many personal and professional experiences he has had since. Be sure to read more of Mark's story, as well as those of other fellow Jesuit-educated alumni and how they are staying rooted in the mission of Jesuit education by visiting Alumni Living the Mission. 

Now that fall is just around the corner, we invite you to "save the date" or register for some very exciting programs coming up. Magis is eager to announce that the application deadline for Mexico Mission Trek has been extended to September 15th! Visit our website for an application. We hope to receive your application. Also, Service Saturdays is starting back up this month at St. Mary's Food Bank and we are looking for volunteers. Don't forget: Magis Mixers has moved to first Thursdays at the Elysian. Lastly, registration is open for the annual Ignatian Silent Retreat,so email us to reserve your spot.

Read this month's Magis eNewsletter for details on these opportunities and more. Join us!

Executive and Alumni Seminars: Learning from the Past

Posted by Amanda Kelly on September 4, 2012 at 10:09 AM PDT

Taught by Seattle University faculty and special guests, the College of Arts & Sciences Executive and Alumni Seminars are open to Seattle University alumni and other college graduates in the Seattle area who seek a high-quality learning experience, stimulating discussions of life's deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds. Each quarter-long seminar examines a great theme or set of issues in the human experience. Discussions center around assigned readings or films that take 2-3 hours per week to complete. Participants are encouraged to make connections between the course materials and real concerns encountered in their daily lives and work.
Registration is now on for the fall alumni seminar series. Join in a high-quality learning experience, stimulating discussions of life's deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds for "Learning from the Past." Distinguished faculty will address the lessons we can learn from the early Greeks up to the tragedies of the past 200 years. The sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

October 2 and 16: The Greeks and the Romans, with Professor David Madsen
October 30 and November 13: The Medieval Era and the Renaissance, with Professor Theresa Earenfight
November 27 and December 11: The 19th Century-The Long Legacy of Imperialism and the 20th Century-"Never Again?" Have We Learned Anything from the Holocaust? with Professor Tom Taylor.

The alumni seminars are sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. Details and registration information.