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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!









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