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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.

2012 Su Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM PDT

Seattle University Athletics cordially invites you to join us for an evening of celebration and special memories as we honor Seattle University's greatest student-athletes.

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY CAMPION BALLROOM

Parking available in the SU Murphy Garage at 1001 E. James Way

5:30pm - No-Host Reception

6:30pm - Dinner and Program

$55.00 per person

RSVP by Friday, May 18th, 2012. Please  contact Greg Sempadian at
sempadig@seattleu.edu or 206-398-4420.

Thank you for your support of Seattle University Athletics

2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Individual Athletes

Frank Ahern - Athletic Administration - 1948-1951

Clarence Carter - Baseball - 1983-1986

Marvin Carter - Baseball - 1983-1986

Gordon McKenzie - Men's Golf - 1954-1957

Jawann Oldham - Men's Basketball - 1977-1980

Sheryl Williams - Women's Soccer - 1999-2002

Teams

1952 Baseball Team

Albert Anderson (posthumously), Al Brightman (posthumously), Bob Carlson (posthumously),

Bob Clark (posthumously), Bill Collier (posthumously), Bob Fieser, Jim Gallwas,

Ed Garay (posthumously), Don Ginsberg, Archie Guinasso (posthumously), John Kelly, Bill Lagreid,

Jack Lynch (posthumously), Tony Manca, Dr. Frank McBarron (posthumously), Jim Myers,

Eddie O'Brien, Johnny O'Brien, Ernie Pastornicky, Bob Ward, Les Whittles

Playful and Profound SU’s newest sculpture Justice (Just Ice) is a delight to behold

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM PDT

A dramatic new work of art appeared on Seattle University’s campus during spring break. Situated in the garden between the second floors of the Student Center and the Library and Learning Commons, the sculpture appears to consist of large ice cubes or blocks of glass.

Upon closer inspection, the cubes are made of a durable, specially cast resin. The sculpture is the work of Seattle-area artist Joe McDonnell and it is a commissioned gift from longtime friend of the university Ann Pigott Wyckoff.  The sculpture consists of sixty translucent blocks, each approximately two feet on each side and weighing about five pounds. McDonnell and his assistant painstakingly assembled the sculpture on campus throughout most of a week, carefully positioning the blocks so that they appear to be tumbling over and down a concrete wall.   It was not their first run-through—they had previously put the sculpture together in McDonnell’s studio.

The cubes at their highest point are more than twelve feet off the ground. When one look at the blocks nearest to the top, they seem precariously perched, as if they are about to roll off the pile and onto the ground, but this is just an illusion. The blocks are fastened to the wall in the background and to a special anchoring frame beneath them. As striking as the installation is in the day time, the sculpture elicits perhaps even more delight in the evening when illuminated by a series of LED light bars that can change colors.

“The sculpture is simultaneously playful and profound, and I hope it will positively engage and visually refresh people when they walk between the Student Center and the Lemieux Library/McGoldrick Learning Commons,” said Jerry Cobb, S.J., who coordinated the art collection for the library and learning commons. 

Jim Hembree, Senior Director of Development in University Advancement, was instrumental in bringing McDonnell’s sculpture to SU.  The sculpture, as Hembree sees it, is part of a growing trend at SU. For some time, he points out, most of the university’s artistic treasures have graced the interior spaces of our buildings, but in recent years, “Outdoor sculpture is gaining a more prominent presence on our campus. This is a big growth area for SU’s art collection.”

McDonnell graciously allowed the SU community to have a contest to name the sculpture, and more than 160 entries were submitted.  The winning entry was submitted by Lauren Maza, who recounted how as she looked at the sculpture she thought of some of the core SU mission values, and the word “Justice” came to her and she realized it contained the words “Just Ice.”  Joe McDonnell selected this name so the sculpture’s formal title is “Justice (Just Ice).” 

McDonnell’s work joins a three other recent sculptures added to the campus collection:  Joel Shapiro’s untitled abstract bronze figure of a running person on the library’s lawn, which was made possible by Dick and Betty Hedreen in 2010; Preston Singletary’s Northwest Native-inspired “Transformations” metal sculpture, which was installed on the north side of the Admissions & Alumni Building last summer; and Robert Pospisil’s haunting metal sculpture “The Prisoner” which will be installed soon in the Law Annex. 

While SU’s latest sculpture may be outdoors, it can just as easily be enjoyed by those having a bite to eat in the Student Center or studying in the Library and Learning Commons. McDonnell worked for more than a year conceiving and constructing the sculpture. Students and other campus community members provided feedback and responses to the work as it evolved. 

McDonnell has produced more than 150 major commissions for institutions, corporations and individuals including CBS, IBM, General Electric, Readers Digest, Dulles Airport, the Milwaukee Public Museum and the New Jersey state government. Known primarily for his distinguished work in sculpting metal and bronze, McDonnell in recent years has turned to glass and cast resins as part of what he calls the “ice age” phase of his career.

Jerry Cobb, S.J.

You can learn more about the artist and his works at www.joemcdonnell.com.

Taking Pride in Seattle U

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 19, 2012 at 9:04 AM PDT

President's Remarks, 2012 Alumni Awards 
        
                                                                  President
Good evening.  Indeed this is a very good evening!  I think this may be my favorite night of the whole year.  It is my 15th consecutive Alumni Awards evening, and a time also for me to personally honor our President's Club members and our Legacy Society members who have informed us that they are remembering Seattle U in their wills and estates.

What makes this such a personal evening for me is that it is a chance to take pride in our university, to share this pride with you, and to thank you.  I think I experience the pride most deeply, but you - all of you - are the ones who help make it happen and should share in the pride and the thanks with me.  

  • When I listen to the 100-student strong S.U. Choir my heart is overwhelmed with pride.
  • When I walk through that fantastic new library at any time of day or night and see how the students in droves have made it their home and love it, I am moved within by pride and gratitude.  (I always cut through there if I need a pick-me-up!)
  • When I learn of how 120 students now serve at Bailey-Gatzert School, 70 at Washington Middle and 40 at Garfield as just one part of our fantastic new but permanent Youth Initiative I can't help but feel how fully we are making our mission real in the lives of the kids of our neighborhood.
  • When I stand next to Dr. Vicky Minderhout, Professor of Chemistry, as she is named the 2011 Professor of the Year for the State of Washington, I touch into the incredible power of our faculty and see why our students so love them.
  • When I'm there in the 6th row of Key Arena and watch-amid all the lights and whistles and bells and dancing-our team play so hard and fast in going on a streak of wins, or enjoy the roar of the crowd on Championship Field as our Women's Soccer Team knocks off another top-notch program, I'm thrilled that we are now back in the big game.
  • I have the habit of walking around campus early at dawn on a weekend morning and looking over our territory (excuse me if sometimes I think of it as "my territory"), so I have this deep satisfaction to see the new William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center; Championship Field, the best soccer stadium around; the Intramural Field under construction; the recent Law Annex; the Admissions and Alumni building; the Lee Center for Fine Arts; the Chapel now 15 years new; Sullivan Hall of the Law School; the Student Center; glorious malls, quadrangles, plazas, fountains, sculptures, art, the best gardens any campus anywhere has-wow; what a deep sense of thrill, consolation, and gratitude comes!
  • Or when I get into discussions with students as they wrestle with religion, service, gender identity, vocation, I just find them so good that my heart almost breaks.
  • Or when I rush from work to join in prayer and Mass with a community of 25 Jesuits committed to our mission and to ministry among our people and alumni, I am deeply consoled.
  • Or to be at the Career Expo Fair with 72 companies seeking our graduates for jobs or our students for interns, I know we've got it right.
  • Or just on a daily basis my privilege to share the leadership of Seattle U. with the best Executive Team and Deans any university could hope to have, I know we are in the best hands and that they are not just mine.
  • And then, of course, there was the big news that out of 800 schools we were listed first in receiving the 2012 President's Award for Community Service.  You can imagine the pride and joy in that!

I say all of this because I want you to know that it is because of you alumni, President's Club generous donors, and Legacy Society members who so believe in Seattle U's mission and students that you will have us share in your life's earnings-it is because of you that the university is more than thriving.  I want you to take full pride in it.  It's as much the legacy of all of you as it is of me and the faculty and the staff and administration, and trustees, and the current students.

So thanks to all of you.  Take pride in your university, enjoy it, speak of it in your homes, with your friends, in your work.  And don't we all know, every one of us, that what we take pride in could not be if it were not for God's blessing on our endeavors, God's Spirit with us, God inspiring generous and talented and dedicated people to make us be what God wants us to be.  I don't believe this is just the sentiment of a priest, but is the conviction of all of you.  Let's not fail to give thanks to God and to give God the glory.

Isn't it also true that it's not the campus, or the national awards, or the new facilities, or the teams and choir and research, or the new programs and the Core Curriculum, or even the current wonderful undergraduate, graduate, and law students who are the proof of us fulfilling our mission.  It is our alumni.  As I say every year, "Only the alumni of Seattle U can tell us whether we are fulfilling our mission."  They tell us by their lives, their service, their making a difference in the lives of others.  We are always about the future, the future lives of our students engaged in the communities and peoples of our world.  On a night like this in the Alumni Awards the future we seek becomes present, what we always hope will be becomes now.  We honor six individuals who either as alumni or as persons who teach and inspire others at Seattle U most embody and prove the fulfillment of our mission.  What an outstanding six we honor and award this year, amazing the variety of kinds of things they do, who they are, what their passions are.

Join with me as you take pride in Seattle U, and as you give thanks to God, in experiencing our Jesuit Catholic educational mission fulfilled in our presence in the six persons we honor and thank.  May this be the best night of the year for all of us who love and serve this university.

Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
President, Seattle University

New Alumni Benefits Launched- Strategic Plan on Course!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 12, 2012 at 8:04 AM PDT

Dear Alumni-

April is a wonderful time of year at Seattle U.  We are fortunate to watch our beautiful campus come to life as spring unfolds while enjoying the heightened energy from the celebration of Easter.  It is also the beginning of the recognition and celebration of all our graduating seniors who are formally moving from life as a student to life as an alumni.  These are reminders for me of how incredibly blessed I am to work at a place that has meant so much to me in my life, and to have met so many of you over the past ten months in my role as SU's Assistant VP of Alumni Relations.  When I started in my role last June I told you that I envisioned my role to be one of a connector, helping to bring a series of benefits and resources to our alumni that help you better connect to Seattle U and to your fellow alumni. I am so pleased to announce that we have made great strides in making the first of these benefits a reality to help you get and stay connected to your alma mater!

To that end, I am happy to announce the launch of three core resources to help you get connected, stay involved and be a part of the Seattle U Alumni Association:

  • An updated alumni web site has been updated with a consistent look, feel and brand for better usability and design to help you more easily find information, benefits and services. 
  • A new Alumni Online Directory is now available to allow you to easily keep your personal and professional information current as well as allow you to search for classmates and fellow alum by name, industry, location and more.
  • SU's first ever Alumni Gear Online Store where you can purchase SU alumni gear online to show your SU pride! 

Please look for an email from the Office of Alumni Relations in the next few weeks that contains your login and password info for the online directory along with more information on website updates and deals on alumni gear.   This is the first launch of a comprehensive (and still growing) list of benefits and resources for our alumni and we will continue to work across the university to be a resource to you that will help you get involved, stay connected and build a lifetime relationship with your alma mater.

Take a look and let us know what you think.  We want to hear from you and you can send your comments to us at Alumni Feedback.  Again, it is my pleasure and privilege to continue to work towards our vision of "building a world class alumni relations office and presence" for you and the university.   

Susan R. Vosper, '90, '10
Assistant Vice President , Alumni Relations

Magis Notes for April 2012

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 12, 2012 at 8:04 AM PDT

This month, Magis features Jesuit-educated alumna Angelica Germani ,'04. Over the last years, Angelica has led alumni groups to participate in the annual Mexico Mission Trek with Esperanza International, and has participated in various Magis retreats and programs. We at Magis see Angelica living out the sensibility of Magis in her everyday life, and as she puts it, "Although we grow older and farther away from our university experience, we can hold tight to what speaks to us from the depths of our hearts; do more, be more." Click here to read Angelica's reflection on how a Jesuit education has impacted her and her post-college experience.

Also, don't forget to save the date for the annual Justice Education Forum on May 3rd. This year's theme is: Our Lives & Leadership for the Common Good during Challenging Economic Times. As alumni of Jesuit education, how does the value of leadership for the common good inform how we make faithful and just decisions which impact our future, and those of our families and communities? The program will feature Bill Grace, author of Sharing the Rock: Shaping Our Future through Leadership for the Common Good, who will lead the conversation and alumni panel. Be sure to RSVP with Magis today!