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Alumni - Join us for Illuminating the Holidays

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on November 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM PDT


 After the success of our first annual Alumni and Family Weekend, traditions continue to flourish on the SU campus.  We would like to remind all of our alumni, that as members of the Seattle University community they play an important part in these traditions and are invited to attend and share them with their families.


Three years ago, the Office of Student Engagement began the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – a beautiful event that brings together alumni, their families, students and the community to share in the holiday season.


The tree lighting will take place on campus on November 29th at 6:30 p.m. Please visit the website for more details.


In the spirit of calling home recent alumni to be present and engaged with their alma mater, we are happy to announce a pre-Tree Lighting social for all recent alumni. It will be held in the ADAL community room  (Admission and Alumni Building) at 5:30 p.m., and will include a holiday performance by the MadGrads. Hot chocolate and dessert will also be served.


 Afterwards, the young alumni will join the campus community for the annual tree lighting outside the Lemieux Library.


A Message from Career Services

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 30, 2012 at 6:10 PM PDT

This time of year, life and work seem to get busier.  It feels harder to concentrate and be present to our day-to-day activities.  Under expectations heavy and large, whether in a job or job seeking, we may struggle to practice “sustainability” – that is, keeping a work/life balance that feels sustainable and manageable.  Rushing through lunch, stationing ourselves in front of a computer for too long to be productive, or feeling like we don’t have the time to connect with others at work or at home.

This morning I was listening to an interview with the person who coordinates the logistics of polling stations across the U.S. for the current election. He managed to laugh a few times when speaking about the variety of highly significant things that go wrong each year without fail. It reminded me that a sense of humor can usually help our frame of mind.  Perhaps this is a reminder to take a mental “step back” for a moment.  Is your current stressor something that isn’t actually so urgent in the grand scheme of things? Is there something bothering you that eventually you may laugh about?  Choose to share a chuckle with a colleague today, leave your office and step outside for a deep breath, or even take a moment now to stretch your arms and smile. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that life is much bigger than a busy day at work.

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 Awards

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM PDT


 President Sundborg, Seattle University’s Alumni Board of Governors and the Office of Alumni Relations are excited to announce that it's time for you to submit your nominations for the university’s 2013 Alumni Awards.

The Alumni  Awards allow us the chance to celebrate those who represent the values of Seattle University on a daily basis, in their work and personal lives.

If you know of an outstanding Alumn please nominate them.

Winners will be honored at the 28th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration, President’s Club and Legacy Society Dinner on April 16, 2013.    

The categories are:

2013 Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award:
Presented for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University

2013 Professional Achievement Award:
Presented for outstanding achievement in the professional arena 

2013 Distinguished Teaching Award:
Presented to a Seattle University faculty member who has made a special contribution to students 

2013 University Service Award:
Presented for outstanding service to Seattle University (alumni and non-alumni eligible)

2013 Community Service Award:
Presented for exceptional service to the community through volunteer or professional activities

2013 Outstanding Recent Alumnus/Alumna Award:
Presented to an alum who graduated in last ten years, for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University 

Please visit the website for more information.


Coach Cameron Dollar on the Redhawks and a New Season

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM PDT

As we move into a new era of Seattle University basketball, I first want to thank everyone who has supported us over the past three years. Without your support, whether it’s coming to KeyArena for a game, or attending a viewing party while we were on the road, Seattle U basketball would not be as ready for the Western Athletic Conference.

For the first time in 33 years, we have the opportunity to win our way into the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The guys have been working hard ever since the 2011-12 season ended, knowing that they have to be better to compete at this level. We ended last season on a great note, winning eight straight KeyArena games and nine of our last 12 contests overall. We welcome back eight players who saw significant playing time last year, welcome two men to the active roster who practiced with us all year long, and hope that the addition of four players at key positions will be the final ingredient to a great season.

As you may have heard, we went to China in late August, an experience that no one will soon forget. We played in front of standing room-only crowds of 5,000-6,000 people and improved as the trip went along. We met Gary Locke, the former governor of Washington who is now the U.S. Ambassador to China, and we saw the Great Wall of China. The guys used the trip as a bonding experience, and we are closer as a team than we ever have been at this point in the year.

Starting with the Elgin Baylor Classic Sunday, Nov. 11, against Montana State, we will play 16 regular season home games at KeyArena, plus we return to the ShoWare Center in Kent in March. Nine of the games will hold special significance for us, as they will be against our WAC foes and will go a long way in determining how we stand entering the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas. Oh, and there is also that Dec. 13 game against the Washington Huskies, one that I always look forward to.

I hope you will join us as we strive towards our goal of national postseason competition this year. Season tickets are on sale by contacting the Seattle U Athletics Ticket Office at (206) 398-GOSU (4678). Single-game tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the KeyArena Box Office. I look forward to seeing you at the Key!


SU Women's Basketball Team to Take On UW at KeyArena

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM PDT


 Grab your Seattle University gear, gather your family and friends

 and join SU alumni, students, faculty and staff at the SU Women’s basketball game on November 14!

Join the SU Alumni Association for a Pregame Rally
beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Club Live!
Rally admission is free with a ticket to the game!

Enjoy great complimentary food! Beer, wine and soda available at cash bar.

Join us in Celebrating Coach Joan Bonvicini's 1,000th game!

Pregame Rally
6:00 to 7 p.m.
Club Live inside KeyArena
More rally details & map. 

November 14th vs University of Washington
Tip off at 7:00 p.m. in the KeyArena at Seattle Center

View the full Redhawks Women's Basketball schedule online.

The Downtown Breakfast. SU and UW Meet to Preview the Big Game

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 22, 2012 at 4:10 PM PDT

Join us for a networking breakfast the day of the big game! The 2012 Alumni Downtown Breakfast at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on Thursday, Dec. 13, will feature Cameron Dollar and Lorenzo Romar, the head men's basketball coaches at Seattle University and the University of Washington, just hours before their two teams meet on the basketball court at KeyArena at Seattle Center.

Get Your Tickets Here!

Steve Raible, voice of the Seahawks, will host this event for college basketball fans as Dollar and Romar preview the annual match-up between the teams. The breakfast and panel discussion will be moderated by Steve Raible, co-anchor of KIRO 7 Eyewitness News and play-by-play voice of the Seattle Seahawks on 710 ESPN Seattle, also the home of Seattle U men's basketball broadcasts. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.

The relationship between Dollar and Romar goes back to the mid-1990s, when Romar, then an assistant coach, recruited Dollar to UCLA, where they helped the Bruins win the 1995 NCAA Championship at The Kingdome in Seattle. Romar added Dollar to his staff when he became the head coach at Saint Louis University in 1999, and the two coaches came to the University of Washington in 2002, where Dollar was a top assistant under Romar before becoming Seattle U's head coach in April 2009. The Seattle University men's basketball team will head across town to face the Washington Huskies Thursday, Dec. 13, at KeyArena.

Breakfast will run from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Metropolitan Room and Reception Area at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, located at 1400 6th Avenue. Doors  open at 6:30 a.m.

Seattle Graduate Fair at Seattle University

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM PDT

Attend The Seattle Graduate Fair at Seattle University on October 23rd!

The Seattle Graduate Fair connects prospective students with graduate schools in fields such as public administration, nonprofit leadership, international affairs, education, public policy, public interest law, social work, nonprofit management, global and public health, theology, environmental science, and socially responsible business.


Anyone who's considering graduate degree programs that look to solve social problems is welcome to attend. Graduate Fairs can offer something beneficial to all! It's free to the public.


The Fair will be Tuesday, October 23, 5 to 8pm Seattle University, Campion Tower Residence Hall 914 E Jefferson Street, Seattle, WA 98122

See the list of registered schools and  RSVP online!


More information can be found on the website



San Francisco Bay Area Chapter for Seattle University Alumni

Posted by Amanda Kelly on October 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM PDT


 I am happy to announce that we have recently launched the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter for Seattle University Alumni! Our goal is to connect alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area with upcoming events such as happy hours, networking events, and local Redhawks games.

We are a grassroots community working to grow our presence and currently looking for volunteers to help organize events. If you are interested, please contact Annie Katrina Lee at

Here are some upcoming events to keep in mind:

  • 11/28/12 at 5:30 pm -- Pre-game rally before Men’s Basketball game at 7:00 (SCOTT"S Seafood, Palo Alto)
  • 11/28/12 at 7:00 pm -- Seattle University's Redhawks vs. The Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavillion in Stanford, CA
  • Please join our community on Facebook or help spread the word to your classmates in the Bay Area.

    We look forward to seeing you in NorCal!
  • Annie Katrina Lee, ‘05 


Bay Area SU Alumni are invited to Hope Uncorked

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 15, 2012 at 4:10 PM PDT

The Seattle University Bay Area alumni community is invited to attend:

Hope Uncorked

Catholic Charities CYO hosts a special evening of wine, music and celebration that goes to benefit Bay Area kids in need.

Join us for:

  • Jazz music from Grupo Falso Baiano & Lorca Hart Trio featuring Kenny Washington
  • Japanese cuisine and wine tastings from dozens of local vineyards
  • And a silent auction, that includes the chance to bid on travel packages

Advanced ticket purchase is recommended, though tickets will be available at the door.

Click here  for more information or to purchase tickets online, or call 415.972.1246


The Courtside Club

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on October 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM PDT

The Courtside Club is a group of Chieftains & Redhawks that create awareness in the community of the incredible history of Seattle University Athletics and its return to prominence while supporting the student athlete. Every Alumni is a member!

The first lunchof the Courtside Club is November 8th at the Sorrento Hotel and we have confirmed NBA legend, coach of our former Seattle Super Sonics Lenny Wilkens as a guest speaker, along with our awesome coach Cameron Dollar, to speak on the upcoming season as we our now members of the Western Athletic Conference and tournament eligible.  

Spread the word, clear your calendars and invite friends. This will be exciting to sports fans of all ages!

Registration information is on the website

It’s going to be a great event. Don’t miss out!