SU Voice Alumni Blog

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.

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