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Looking forward to a great year!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on August 8, 2012 at 11:08 AM PDT

Dear fellow alumni,

Getting ready for a new academic year is always an exciting time on campus! We have spent much of the summer working on alumni initiatives that will provide programming and communications to help us realize our vision of being a world class alumni relations office and presence for Seattle University.  I look forward to a new era in Division I sports and a new year to help us further define programs that will provide professional development, engagement with faculty and of course, meeting a whole new class of Redhawks.
 
I am also very excited to let you know that the Alumni Board of Governors is ready to not only represent you but to help plan an even brighter future for the Alumni Association. We couldn't do what we do without this great organization of volunteer leadership!  As we work on developing even more volunteer opportunities, please let us know if you are interested in giving any of your time or talent to Seattle University.  Building a strong cadre of volunteer leadership is part of our key initiatives in Alumni Relations.  You can contact our office and we will gratefully let you know how you can work with us and support your alma mater.  Also you recall that in our spring issue of the SU Magazine, Fr. Steve asked to hear from you about what will make SU more relevant to you.  You can send him your feedback at alumnifeedback@seattleu.edu.  Our alumni are our most treasured resource, and your voice matters.

And don't forget to please connect often with the Seattle U Alumni Association online to learn more about the benefits you have as an alumni along with the great schedule of programs in the coming year.

Our Seattle University alumni network is growing stronger every day! We are glad so many of you have signed on to our Alumni Online Directory. This resource is critical in realizing our goal of keeping you connected to your alma mater and each other. Please take a moment to log into this valuable resource.

Here's to another great year at Seattle U and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Susan R. Vosper, '90, '10

Magis Notes for August

Posted by Amanda Kelly on August 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM PDT

This month's featured alumna living the mission is Hilda Guiao (Seattle University 2008), who shares how Jesuit education has shaped her personally and professionally, especially in how it has helped her to stay intentional during challenging times in her life.  As Hilda says "I wanted to learn more about my Catholic faith and to be in an environment that fostered and provided a structure to work out my own spiritual journey. Jesuit education offered a way to incorporate what I was learning, apply it, and make connections in my own life." We are grateful to Hilda for sharing her reflection with us and with you. Click here to read Hilda's take on Jesuit education.  

Looking for a retreat, leadership or community service opportunity? If so, be sure to check out the Magis eNewsletter for information on
upcoming opportunities. Applications for the Mexico Mission Trek are due August 15th so be sure to apply today!Click here for more information and an application.  

 

Welcome Back to School at the Seattle Sounders!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on August 7, 2012 at 10:08 AM PDT

Join Seattle University for a Welcome Back to School Match at the Seattle Sounders FC!
Alumni- Take advantage of our special discounted rate for the Saturday September 22nd match!

Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes at  CenturyLink Field.
VIP Pregame Reception for Alumni & Students from  5:30 to 6:30 p. m. the Northwest Loft
Kick-off 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 22.

To take advantage of this offer, please complete the following instructions:
1. Click here to buy SPECIAL #1
2. Then enter the pass code: SEATTLEU
3. If you do not already have an account you will need to create one.

We sold out of our first group of seats, so here is what is available!

New sections are 215 and 229 for $21, wristbands will be mailed by 9/15.

 

 

Redhawks Division I Soccer is Here!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on August 1, 2012 at 9:08 AM PDT

I am thrilled to be back at Seattle University! It is surreal and humbling to return to a place I respect, love, and admire. I am also fired up to coach this team! They are motivated, eager, talented and very hungry to win. I am, as are the players, expecting to have success this year. It is our goal to play entertaining soccer. Come watch both the men's and women's teams as they bring our soccer program back to our university and the city of Seattle.

We have a tremendous facility and the grass is exceptional so come join us for a memorable season! We hope to earn your support by our efforts on and off the field. I look forward to seeing you this season!

Best regards, 
Pete Fewing,
Head Men's Soccer Coach

Join us for Alumni Soccer Tailgates as Redhawks soccer begins a new era in Division I Athletics! 

SU Alum is Chaplain Candidate at US Air Force Academy

Posted by Amanda Kelly on July 18, 2012 at 3:07 PM PDT

The US Air Force Academy is the one place I've always wanted to serve during my time in the chaplain candidate program. When I joined the military three and a half years ago, I knew I was called by God to serve the men and women who protect our country. I absolutely love the military and the sacred trust it has placed in me to provide for their religious and spiritual needs. At the Academy, my job is to provide religious and spiritual support for cadets in the class of 2016 who are going through their Basic Cadet Training (lovingly referred to as "Beast" and is appropriately named). Thus far I have taught classes to the new cadets, or "Doolies," on Air Force core values and religious respect training, instructed the new faculty members on their unique role within the academy, preached and led a service in the Cadet Chapel, marched 5 miles with them out to Jack's Valley for their field training, and done countless hours of visitation. The basic cadets here are mostly right out of high school and for many, this is their first major life experience away from home. To put it lightly, they were in for a shock! Basic freedoms that you and I take for granted every day, such as talking when we want, looking at our food, and wearing clothes of our choosing are stripped away, and a strict code of military discipline and regimented activities replaces them.

It has truly been a blessing to serve these cadets and upper class cadre. Their willingness to sacrifice for the greater good is inspiring. I have had several counseling sessions with cadets during their time in the cadet clinic that have truly been sacred. As a chaplain candidate I am in a unique position to offer spiritual support to these young men and women, and also to be there cheering them on as they complete their grueling tasks. One of the most important aspects of our mission is the ministry of presence chaplains can provide. By simply being present to the cadets when they are in the midst of utter chaos, we provide them with a brief respite, a quick prayer, or a pat on the back, so they can continue with the rest of their day. My favorite times have been the ones outside the chapel where I offer an encouraging word to a cadet who looks to be on the brink of tears, and to be that safe person they know they can trust with anything. The cadre are there to correct their every minute mistake, and when the chaplains are around, the basic cadets know they will have someone smile at them. You'd be amazed how far something so simple can go.

Heather Thomason, '11

"The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire."

Magis Notes for July

Posted by Amanda Kelly on July 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM PDT

Magis is proud to bring you yet another story of a family who is living out Jesuit values in their personal and professional lives. Jesuit-educated alumni Katie and Patrick Rossmann (Marquette University 2003, Jesuit Volunteer Corp 2003-04 and Boston College 2003, Jesuit Volunteer Corp 2003-04) have been greatly impacted by Jesuit values. As they put it, Jesuit education "taught us the importance of finding meaning in the work we do and taking action on the education that we received…When life gets busy, it's important for us to be reminded of the Jesuit values and to try to live a more reflective life."  Be sure to read more of the Rossmann's reflection by clicking here.

Don't forget! We are still looking for alumni living in the Puget Sound to apply for the first-ever Mexico Mission Trek to Tijuana, Mexico with Esperanza International on November 18-24, 2012. This experience will be sure to engage you in the spirit of service that Jesuit education has instilled in us all. Visit this page for an application. Priority deadline for applications for alumni leaders is August 1st and August 15th for all other applicants. Please email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa with any questions. 

Lastly, Magis invites you to browse around and become familiar with the newly updated website - let us know what you think! As always, Magis invites you to catch up on this month's latest news by reading the monthly Magis eNewsletter.  

A Summer Reflection

Posted by Amanda Kelly on July 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM PDT


Fr DaveThe most important quality Jesus encouraged his followers to have was the gift of trust and faith. One needed to really believe that Jesus had the power and authority to heal before a miracle could happen.  A few weeks ago on the Seattle University campus we gathered for a lunch to honor the donors and recipients of our student athletic scholarships. Some of the people who attended were members of families who were donating scholarships as well as the student-athletes who were receiving them. One of the donors was a woman whose daughter was a former student at Seattle University, and a member of the women’s tennis team. When she was in London for a semester abroad, she was involved in an accident and passed away. After months of recovering from this tragedy, her mother and family were able to move on with hope. 

I was amazed at her mother's courage and optimism as she spoke with us. Rather than giving up, or remaining angry at God, she’s been able to move forward because of her deep faith and trust in God.   Because of her faith and generous donation, a woman tennis player who may not otherwise be able to attend college is able to study at Seattle University, and be a member of our tennis team. 
I have another friend who recently had a stroke, and now needs to use a wheelchair. Rather than giving up, he’s been able to accept his condition with God's help and continues to be a great source of encouragement to many know him.
 

They are people who have really taken to heart Jesus’ invitation to have faith and trust in him.
 Our faith in Jesus begins as a mustard seed, the smallest of all  seeds, or, as a small flame. Through our many life experiences God invites us to allow him to help us keep the flame of our faith burning brightly.  At times our faith burns strong, at other times it's just a spark. When we allow God to come close to us, and when we allow God in, when we honestly share with God where we are, and are able to let go of what we need to let go of, God promises to walk with us and help us to carry our burdens and challenges. As we are strengthened by God's grace, let us continue to be a source of God's light, peace and hope for others. 

Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J.
Chaplain for  Alumni

 

Athletic Director Bill Hogan: Seattle U is Back in the WAC!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on July 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM PDT

Seattle University is the only re-classifying institution ever to gain membership into a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference. Our coaches, staff and nearly 400 student-athletes are looking forward to the challenge of earning National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) automatic bids to post-season tournaments. This will be the first time in 33 years that all Seattle University teams will be eligible to qualify for NCAA championships. The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) has a storied 50-year existence with many prominent teams, coaches, players and administrators, and we are anxious to contribute to this impressive legacy.

Our initial focus will be on developing strong rivalries with the WAC members. We have made major improvements to several athletic facilities and will be able to provide a good environment for competition. As many Seattle University alumni may know, several of the WAC Football members will be moving to other leagues in 2013 so our goal is to secure new members. The WAC has gone through similar transitions in the past and has always rebounded with vigor.

With the addition of women’s rowing this fall, the Redhawks now have 20 sports, including 17 competing in the WAC. Men's swimming and men's soccer compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, which also provides an automatic bid to the NCAA championships.

The Seattle U coaches have worked hard preparing the student-athletes to be ready for this move back to NCAA Division I. We need your support to make it successful. Please attend our games, matches and meets as often as possible to cheer our teams onto victory.

Bill Hogan, Director of Athletics
Seattle University

SU Wins New Landmark Library Award

Posted by Amanda Kelly on July 9, 2012 at 1:07 PM PDT

Seattle University's Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons has received a "New Landmark Library" award from Library Journal.Library Journal, the most widely-read periodical in the library profession, recognized SU for its powerful blend of architecture, design and services. The SU library is one of just five in the nation to receive the honor.

The library and learning commons opened in fall 2010, creating a bold new intellectual center for students. Square footage increased by 50 percent to more than 125,000 square feet. The purpose of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is to create a multipurpose space not only for learning, but for socializing and exploring. The structure houses quiet and active spaces for students to work, computer labs, a media production center, writing center, math lab and more. Along with all of these new features, the architects kept the white marble façade and double helix staircase loved by the campus community.

"This recognition has really honored the vision and aspirations of the entire campus community, said John Popko, Seattle University librarian.  "It corroborates the responses of our students and faculty who have embraced this facility, made it their own and whose educational and academic experiences can be transformed by it."

The New Landmark Libraries project, introduced in 2011, identifies trendsetting library buildings across the country. The awards are based on overall design and construction excellence, response to community context and constraints, sustainability, functionality, innovation, beauty and delight, and more.

"Each of these winning libraries stood out in terms of the final project but also because of their process in arriving at the final design - the discussions with stakeholders, the focus on the needs of students and the success in overcoming challenges," said Francine Fialkoff, Library Journal's Editor-in-Chief. "These New Library Landmarks reinterpret the definition, concept and functionality of the traditional academic library."

Library information.

Message to Alumni from Susan Vosper

Posted by Amanda Kelly on June 7, 2012 at 9:06 AM PDT

  Dear Alums - As another academic year comes to a close, there are so many things to be proud of about our alma mater.  The pride I have is made even greater by my excitement about being part of this year's Commencement planning, execution and celebration.   June 1 marked a full year in my role as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, and the excitement I see on our graduates' faces echoes my own as I see how far we have come, and look forward to what is to come in the future for our alumni.  On Sunday, Seattle University will be commencing at Key Arena to honor our undergraduate and graduate students.  We'll be presenting 803 graduate degrees, and 1,239 undergraduate degrees.  These new alumni will bring our SU community up to over 69,000 strong - alumni who are moving out into and throughout the world making visible positive changes in their businesses, homes and communities.   

My hope is that you’ve seen some of the changes we’ve made this past year as a team and for Alumni Relations at Seattle University.  A few accomplishments that I am proud of are the improvements to our marketing and communications efforts so you are aware of what is going on along with the launch of an online directory to better connect to your alma mater and with your fellow alumni.  We have improved our social media presence and worked hard to have increased visibility of and access to the Alumni Board of Governors.  We have improved many of our events along with the improvement in our presence at athletic events through the pre-game rallies.   As part of our strategic plan, one key initiative is to improve and build out benefits and services for alumni including; career services programs, compelling athletics engagement, and increasing alumni opportunities for service and to our mission – just to name a few!  

The graduates joining our Alumni Association are ambitions, energetic, civic minded and ready to work to make a difference in the world.  I hope you will join me to extend your hand in community to our new alumni - using our alumni online directory, meeting locally and nationally and keeping in touch through our alumni presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

I know how great this university is and how it has helped these graduates prepare for the exciting world ahead of them.  I hope as members of our alumni network, you will join me in a hearty congratulations and a great big welcome, and extend your hands as well.

Susan Vosper, ’90, ’10
 Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations  

Watch Seattle University's 2012 Commencement Ceremony online!

Seattle University's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 10 at Key Arena.   This year the undergraduate ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. PST and we are pleased to have internationally renowned writer Tim Egan as the commencement speaker. During the graduate ceremony, SU will bestow an honorary degree upon Mark Pigott.

This year's ceremony will be broadcast live online. Click here for information on how to view the ceremonies.  
Congratulations to the Class of 2012!