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Magis Memo for June

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

On behalf of the staff and advisory board, Magis wishes heartfelt congratulations to all soon-to-be alumni of Seattle University this weekend! We at Magis: Alumni Living the Mission hope that you will take advantage of the wonderful formative opportunities Magis makes available to you, programs all richly steeped in the Jesuit educational mission and Ignatian spiritual tradition.

This month Magis brings to you the story of alumna Sheely Mauck (2009, MPA).Sheely has come through adversity in her own life, but as she says “I have always strived to be more and do more than what others might expect of me or even what I expect of myself”. This sensibility has compelled her to serve both in her community and professional life. Read Sheely’s reflection about living the mission in her everyday life.

Also, did you participate in an immersion experience as a student and have been looking for a way to once serve again in a community context? If so, the wait is over! Magis is excited to announce a first-ever Mexico Mission Trek to Tijuana, Mexico with non-profit organization Esperanza Internationalon November 18-24, 2012. This global immersion program will be a group of sixteen Jesuit-educated alumni who will engage in a week-long service project in Tijuana. In addition to the service project, alumni participants will engage faith and justice education opportunities through pre and post-immersion gatherings in order to explore the complex realities which impact the community in Tijuana, as well as reflect and integrate the immersion experience itself. Priority deadline for applications is August 1st for those interested in being an alumni leader, and August 15th for all other applicants. Please email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa  with any questions and for an application.

Don’t forget: the latest faith, justice, and leadership formation opportunities can be found in the Magis eNewsletter online

Career Resources for Graduates and a Lifetime!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on June 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM PDT

The anticipation of graduation may be over, but there is plenty more excitement and nervousness facing new graduates this year. After a whirlwind of thank yous and goodbyes, moving boxes and interviews, the transition is here. For new graduates and alumni alike, their strongest resource in this time of transition may just be the Seattle University community. Establishing a support network can be one of the most important things for success in a transition. Our robust network of SU Alumni can be a resource we choose to turn to for help as much as a place for us to give back.  Try utilizing the alumni mentor database and reconnecting with classmates through the Alumni Online Directory.  Another great way to connect with fellow professionals is by joining the SU Alumni LinkedIn group.  Keep the SU connection strong by hiring a fellow Redhawk for a job or internship.

Career Services offers  resources specific to your professional interests.  Access career tools through the Career Services web site including helpful job search links, resume samples, and interview tips. Additionally, you can take one of four self-assessments and make an appointment with an advisor to discuss next steps in making your career transition.

No matter what type of transition you face – new grad or seasoned professional - it is imperative to stay motivated, positive and persistent. Write down your strengths and place them somewhere you’ll see them often, and remember that people like to hire others who will be positive, self-assured teammates. With enough hard work and determination, something will come along. 

Alissa B. Strong, M.Ed.
Assistant Director, Career Services
 

 

SU's Mission in Action in Rwanda

Posted by Amanda Kelly on June 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM PDT

A group of graduating MBA students are proving that Seattle University does indeed create leaders for a just and humane world. 

The Campaign for the St. Ignatius School in Rwanda is an MBA-student-led effort to support the construction of an elementary and secondary school founded by Fr. Jean Baptiste Ganza, a 2012 graduate of SU’s MBA program. Fr. Ganza, featured in this short video, has been an inspiration inside and outside the classroom. On May 18th, these students put away their calculators and spreadsheets and hosted a graduation party – and in the process raised thousands of dollars for the St. Ignatius School.

The school will hold 750 students – including Hutus and Tutsis learning together under one roof. Pretty heady stuff when you consider that more than 75& of Rwandans live below the poverty line and children, on average, receive just three years of schooling.

The Campaign set an original goal of $15,000, but having exceeded that, they now aim to raise $20,000 by graduation. To learn more about the effort, please visit the St. Ignatius School Rwanda Campaign.

Maria Zazycki,  ‘12

 

Seattle University Martinez Foundation Mariners Day! Sponsored by the College of Education

Posted by Amanda Kelly on May 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM PDT

Seattle University Martinez Foundation Mariners Day! Sponsored by the College of Education

Friday, June 8 | 7:10 p.m.

Dodgers vs. Mariners

Special discounted group seating has been reserved exclusively for Seattle University guests.

A portion of the proceeds from tickets purchased will benefit The Martinez Foundation, which

provides scholarships for future teachers of color. SU College of Education MIT students benefit from

this foundation, so come out and enjoy a day at the ballpark while supporting a great cause!

Tickets are $20 (regularly $30) for view reserved seating and $40 (regularly $45) for the field level seats

Purchase tickets.  Enter special offer code: MARTINEZ

Deadline to Purchase Tickets: June 4 at noon

Bring a group of 25 and receive an on-screen Mariners’ welcome. 

To purchase 25+ tickets, call the Seattle Mariners at 206.346.4515.

 

A New Day in Alumni Relations

Posted by Amanda Kelly on May 10, 2012 at 9:05 AM PDT

In the past year, SU's Office of Alumni Relations has formulated a vision and mission, as well as a strategic plan. Included in the plan are such goals as expanding benefits and services for alumni; improving and increasing the university's marketing to its graduates; fostering a more active, engaged role for the Alumni Board of Governors; and developing an operational and resource model that supports all of these initiatives. Susan Vosper, '90, '10, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations sat down with The Commons to talk about the progress Alumni Relations has made in the past year and what's in store for the future.

The Commons:  Generally speaking, how would you assess the state of alumni relations at Seattle University?

Susan Vosper:  I think we're at a good place. I've been here for 10 months, and right off the bat, we were really clear about the vision that we wanted to put forth, which is being a world-class alumni relations office and presence for SU and our alumni. We also got really clear on a mission to foster that common bond of pride, affinity and connectivity. We're just beginning-I think we're at the base of the mountain and we have done a tremendous amount of work to ensure we can climb that mountain. When we talk about our vision of being a world-class alumni relations office and presence, that's the mountain we want to climb, and I think we're on our way. We have put a plan in place for the next 12-18 months to ensure we are ready and have what we need to make that climb.

Read more about the new day in Alumni Relations. 

Student Alumni Ambassadors Leading the Way

Posted by Amanda Kelly on May 10, 2012 at 9:05 AM PDT

Seattle University President Fr. Steve Sundborg acknowledged the importance of a strong alumni association during the recent Alumni Board of Governors meeting on May 1, 2012. He outlined his commitment to engage with SU alumni through several initiatives and campaigns during his next five years as president. Some of those initiatives prepare current students to start thinking of themselves as alumni in the bigger picture of their education such as service, mentorship opportunities,  career services, the Seattle University Youth Initiative, etc.

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a good way to engage all of these initiatives through the Office of Alumni Relations. The SAA is a professional undergraduate organization that connects students with alumni. SAAs connect and network with alumni through events such as the annual Gala, Alumni Service Awards, Magis activities, Annual Crab Feed, etc. The SAAs are excited to be a part of the president's vision to think SU first by creating its own initiatives that supports the values set forth by the university. Some SU alumni have stated their involvement with the SAAs prepared them for their professional and spiritual development as transformative leaders. It takes transformative leaders to create the opportunities to take risks for self-transformation.  I believe the SAAs have the tools and willingness to discover their gifts with other transformative leaders and I am proud to accompany them on that journey that resonates with my Jesuit vocation.

Lorenzo Herman, S.J.
MATL Graduate Student
Student Alumni Ambassadors Advisor

Spring Sports: Join Us! Senior Send off at the Sounders and Networking at Redhawks Baseball!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on May 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM PDT

We're happy to invite you to two great sporting opportunities this month. Help us send off SU Seniors as we welcome graduates into our alumni community, and network with alum at the ballpark!

Our VIP Seattle University Alumni  pregame reception begins at 5:30 pm at the Northwest Loft with an appearance by Redhawks Men's Soccer Head Coach, Pete Fewing and  Redhawks Women's Soccer Head Coach, Julie Woodward and other  campus leadership and alumni!    A special discounted ticket for SU alumni $16.50 includes the VIP pregame reception and seats for the game! Wristbands for the VIP pregame reception will be mailed.  Tickets may be mailed or picked up at the stadium.  

Wednesday May 23rd
Seattle Sounders vs Columbus Crew  
VIP Pregame Reception for Alumni & Seniors from  5:30 to 6:30 p. m. the Northwest Loft
Kickoff at 7p.m.
Purchase your ticket. SPECIAL #1 Password: REDHAWKS

Use the Northwest entrance (Section 100) to come in-we'll greet you there!
Attendees must have a wristband to enter the reception.

The  Albers Spring Alumni Networking Event at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue features the Redhawks as SU Baseball takes on the University of Washington!  This is your chance to enjoy a great game, support the team, and re-connect with your fellow Albers and Seattle University classmates, alumni, and faculty for an afternoon at the park.  The game begins at 6:00 p.m., subject to rain-out.
 
Tuesday May 22
Redhawks Baseball vs University of Washington
Bannerwood Park (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
Purchase tickets.  Use promo code albers

Magis Notes May 2012

Posted by Amanda Kelly on May 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM PDT

This month, Magis features three of five Freeburg family siblings: Jim Freeburg (Santa Clara University '03), Ben Freeburg (Gonzaga University '01) and Katrina Freeburg (Gonzaga University '98, JVC '99). Each embrace and share the values of Jesuit education with their friends, family, and community. As they shared: "Because we've always had a strong community, we continue our Jesuit experience by building that community for others… It's a blessing and a responsibility to be Jesuit-educated, and we embrace this role wholeheartedly." Magis is grateful for sharing their perspective on how Jesuit-education has shaped them into being men and women for others.   Click here to read their reflection.

Are you looking for a retreat opportunity and are in your 20's or 30's? If so, Magis is hosting its annual Young Adult Retreat at IslandWood in Bainbridge May 18-20. This year's theme is Living in the Heart of God: Confirming Choices in Community. This Ignatian-style retreat will be led by retreat directors Fr. Jack Bentz, SJ, Sr. Cathy Beckley, SNJM, and Maria Ochoa, and will invite reflection on life circumstances and commitments, grounding retreatants in a sense of faith and community through creative exercises, small-group sharing, and time for relaxation. The retreat is open to persons of all faiths and walks of life. Cost is $125 and includes room and board for the weekend. There are only a few spots left, so email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa today! As always, be sure to check out the Magis eNewsletter for the latest faith, justice, and leadership formation opportunities

SU Baseball: Fun with Family and Friends!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM PDT

 I went to my first SU baseball game a couple of weeks ago with some non-SU alumni friends of mine.  I had brought them to a basketball game in the past, but never to a baseball game.  All of them went to fairly large Division I sports schools, and they were pleasantly surprised to see a Division I Baseball game.

We had played the BYU Cougars.  Although SU had lost the first 3 games of this series against a tough opponent, that did not stop me and my friends from travelling to Bannerwood Fields, Seattle U baseball's eastside fields, on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon to watch my Redhawks for the first time.  They played an outstanding game with a strong offense scoring 5 runs, and only letting 2 runs in for BYU in the final inning of the game.  In addition to the game itself, there was a strong showing of Redhawk alums, which was good since BYU seems to travel well and had a good cohort of their own fans at the game.  It was well attended! 

On a side note, for an extra $3, your admission ticket got you a hotdog, large soda, and popcorn!  You can't find a better deal anywhere else for a baseball game.  Try to beat that, Safeco field!

Christopher Canlas, '01
President, SU Alumni Board of Governors

William Crano Discusses THE RULES OF INFLUENCE

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 20, 2012 at 3:04 PM PDT

Seattle University and Global Visionaries, the Seattle-based nonprofit that empowers young people to become global leaders, bring SOCIAL INFLUENCE EXPERT, WILLIAM CRANO, to Seattle to discuss his book, THE RULES OF INFLUENCE: WINNING WHEN YOU'RE IN THE MINORITY. Crano is a recognized leader of applied research on persuasion and minority-group influence and his latest work is being praised as a manual for informed social action. THE RULES OF INFLUENCE addresses the question: How can you use the science of persuasion to win people over even when you are vastly outnumbered and outmatched?

ADMISSION IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but registration is required.





April 26, 2012 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
 
Lemieux Library at Seattle University 
901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

By applying the science of persuasion Dr. William Crano has discovered proven strategies to use when an issue becomes so important that it compels you go up against the status quo. He has distilled these strategies, such as working from the inside and changing the game from subjective preferences to objective decisions, into an extraordinary collection of rules that radically affect the likelihood of successfully taking on the majority.

 Praise for The Rules of Influence from Daniel Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness: " Look out, Goliath-David has a training manual! In this smart and engaging book, Crano uses cutting-edge scientific research to show us how the few can influence the many, and how the weak can beat the strong. One of the best books on social psychology ever written."

 Crano is a professor of psychology at Claremont Graduate University, an American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science fellow, a former NATO senior scientist and former Fulbright fellow. He has contributed to national and international policy as an advisor to the United Nations, the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the European Union, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Crano's basic research is concerned with social influence, attitude change, and behavior change, especially the impact of minorities on the beliefs and actions of the majority, and on the effects of self-interest on attitudes and actions. His applied research is concerned with the development of persuasive and instructional information to promote positive behaviors and prevent negative outcomes such as the spread of HIV/AIDS, and to prevent drug abuse in children and adolescents. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and his B.S. from Princeton University.

 LEARN MORE ABOUT WILLIAM CRANO and THE RULES OF INFLUENCE.  

Global Visionaries thanks the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Achievement at Seattle University for sponsoring the April Author Series event.

Tickets. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/237642

 ABOUT GLOBAL VISIONARIES: Founded in 1999, and incorporated as a not for profit in 2002, Global Visionaries is a Seattle, WA-based organization that empowers youth from diverse socio-economic, ethnic, racial, and geographic backgrounds to become active leaders and global citizens who promote social & environmental justice through community service at home and abroad.  Global Visionaries provides life-changing opportunities and instills a lifelong ethic of service and philanthropy.  Global Visionaries' programs combine localized leadership training with "a cultural immersion trip to Guatemala, and local and international service projects focused on social justice and environmental conservation."  The organization recently received grants from [need to add names].  Co-founder and Executive Director, Christopher Fontana, received the Red Winged Leadership Award for being a leader committed to embracing the unique intersection where leadership, business acumen, and social impact overlap. The Global Visionaries Author Series presents authors and other speakers offering perspectives on ideas related to the themes of leadership, education, environmental sustainability, global citizenship and social justice in order to bring together and encourage conversation among a diverse, multi-generational community. Visit http://www.global-visionaries.org or call 206-322-9448 for more information.