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Finding Community after Graduating

Posted by Amanda Kelly on February 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM PST

Like many recent grads I was initially turned off by the idea of getting involved with SU.  I felt like SU just wanted more money and to be honest once I completed graduation school was the last think I wanted to think about. Then a year after I graduated, I was asked to co-emcee the graduation brunch; I accepted and figured it would be a way to give back without giving money.  I had a blast!  I ran into some old professors and seeing all the graduates with their friends and family reminded me of what a great time I had at SU.  I met the Alumni Board President at the time, Anita Crawford-Willis and can credit her for reconnecting me with SU. I joined the Alumni Board of Governors shortly after and I am still a member.  The Graduation Brunch is still one of my favorite SU events… especially listening to Father Steve speak each year!  My fellow graduates and I attend basketball games, Advent Mass, most recently the downtown breakfast and so much more! I tell all the students and young alums I run into that you should stay connected.. even if you have no interest now you might in the future and you don't have to give money!  You can volunteer or just attend events… SU doesn't just want your money they want you to be a part of our alumni community!

Analisa Castaneda, '05

February Update from Your Assistant Vice President

Posted by Amanda Kelly on February 9, 2012 at 8:02 AM PST

Dear Alumni -

We are two months into the new year and I am proud to say that the Seattle University alumni network is growing stronger every day!  I'm very pleased to report that in the two short months of this year we have launched more alumni events than ever before.  Whether you have already attended one, like the Downtown Alumni breakfast, a pregame rally at KeyArena, an alumni happy hour or the alumni career workshop on campus, there are many options for you to enjoy.  We have listened to your input, which led us to plan our first ever Alumni Day of Service on April 21st, and the 15th Anniversary celebration of the award winning Chapel of St. Ignatius.  And, don't forget to join us for the 27th annual Alumni Awards on April 17!  We have an amazing slate of alumni that we will be honoring this year and we hope you will join us to celebrate!

We have been working diligently to improve and grow the SU alumni presence online and your input helped outline improvements to our web presence and online network.  To that end, the Seattle U Alumni network on LinkedIn has more than 4,457 members, our SU Alumni Facebook page has grown to more than 1,850 fans and we are growing toward 500 followers on Twitter.  I can't stress those numbers enough - whether you are an alum or current student, the Seattle University alumni network is the best place to make connections for social and professional development.  

Speaking of professional development, we just completed the most successful Internship Fair last week with increased employer participation from 28 to 41 and increased student participation from 283 to 447!  In addition, we are well on our way to delivering on two significant events in partnership with Career Services:  the alumni career workshop in March and the Career Expo on April 11.   

When I started last June I outlined our vision of being a world class alumni relations office and presence for Seattle University.  In December I outlined my immediate goals and we have been hard at work building out the plan in support of this vision.

Also, please be sure to go to your website at www.seattleu.edu/alumni to connect with the Seattle U Alumni Association and

It is a new day in alumni relations at SU and we have a lot to look forward to this year!

Sincerely,

Susan Vosper, '90, '10

Congratulations 2012 Alumni Award Winners!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on February 8, 2012 at 8:02 AM PST

  

Along with President Sundborg and Seattle University's Alumni Board of Governors, the Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce the university's 2012 Alumni Awards recipients, who will be honored at the 27th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration, President's Club and Legacy Society Dinner on April 17, 2012. 

 
 Register today!

2012 Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award:Martha Choe, '87
 
Presented for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University 
Martha Choe, Chief Administration Officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is a leader in economic and development affairs in Seattle and across the nation. 

2012 Professional Achievement Award:Paul Newman, PhD, '78
Presented for outstanding achievement in the professional arena 

Dr. Paul A. Newman
is a leader in the use of aircraft for atmospheric research, and is the Chief Scientist for Atmospheres at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

2012 Distinguished Teaching Award:Bill Weis, PhD
Presented to a Seattle University faculty member who has made a special contribution to students 
Bill Weis is currently a faculty member in the Albers School of Business and Economics focused on teaching leadership and team development.

2012 University Service Award:
Julie Woodward, '93 
Presented for outstanding service to Seattle University(alumni and non-alumni eligible)
Julie Woodward has been the head coach for the women's soccer team for 15 years, and has led them to 13 winning seasons.

2012 Community Service Award:Tricia Trainer, '01
Presented for exceptional service to the community through volunteer or professional activities
Tricia Trainer is been a longstanding volunteer and supporter of the Chief Seattle Club, the only social service center in Seattle devoted exclusively to meeting the needs of urban American Indians, Alaska Natives, and First Nations People.  

2012 Outstanding Recent Alumnus/Alumna Award:Rosa Singer, '02
Presented to an alum who graduated in last ten years, for outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University 
Rosa currently serves as Director for Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at CARE USA, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty with programs in over 72 countries.

More information about these outstanding alumni. 

SU Ranks High on Peace Corps Top Colleges List

Posted by Amanda Kelly on February 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM PST

Seattle University is No. 8 on the Peace Corps Top Colleges Ranking in the small schools category. Currently, 21 SU undergraduate alumni are serving overseas. The university moved up from its 2011 spot from No. 23 to No. 8, the highest ranking in the school's history.  

Among the dozen universities placing on the Peace Corps Top Colleges list this year, SU moved up more spots than any other university. Historically, 342 Redhawks have served since the agency was founded in 1961. 

"Reflecting on my two years in the Peace Corps and what led me to decide to serve, there is no doubt in my mind that my education at Seattle University played a significant role by not only teaching me about injustices in world, but also showing me that the most effective way to positively impact society is through advocating and helping those who lack a voice," said Chris Miller, '08, Peace Corps volunteer in Guyana 2009-2011. "Whether I was in the classroom or involved in other activities in Guyana, Seattle University created and fostered in me an awareness of the world and how I could critically engage with it."

Engaging the world and service to others, are key priorities at Seattle University. "We are very proud of our students who live their commitment to social justice through work with the Peace Corps," said Victoria Jones, associate provost for global engagement. "Entering into collaborative work and respectful dialogue is a path to personal learning and positive transformation we enthusiastically support."

Full article.

Alumni Living the Mission

Posted by Amanda Kelly on February 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM PST

This month, Magis will begin to feature alumni who are living the mission of Jesuit education in their everyday lives.

Mother and son, Nancy and Clay Walton-House are both alumni of Seattle University (1964 and 2007, respectively), and through their participation in Magis programs such as the Justice Education Forum, Alumni Day of Prayer, and Contemplative Leaders in ActionLeadership Program, have developed their understanding of how they want to live the Jesuit values of faith, justice, and leadership in their lives. As Nancy puts it, "Magis inspires and challenges me to live the values and practice the behaviors called for by my faith tradition … [and] calls me to choose justice and the common good whenever possible." To read their full interview, visit Living the Mission online.

Also, did you and your spouse get married in the Chapel of St. Ignatius on the Seattle University campus? If so, then be sure to "Save the Date" for the Renewal of Wedding of Vows in
honor of the 15th Anniversary of the Chapel of St. Ignatius on Sunday, April 15, 2012. A vow renewal ceremony will be concelebrated with Fr. Steve Sundborg, S.J. and Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J. followed by a reception with wine and appetizers. Magis and Alumni Relations invite you and your spouse to participate in this unique opportunity!

Lastly, if you are looking for a faith, justice, or leadership opportunity, then check out the Magis eNewsletter online where you can find out about programs and events for Jesuit-educated alumni living in the Puget Sound!

SU alumni called to help local non-profit Water for Humans at fundraiser!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on January 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM PST

 Nearly 1 billion people in the world do not have access to potable water and over 2.5 billion people lack proper water sanitation.  At the Valentin Gomez Farias Elementary School in Oaxaca, Mexico, providing clean water to its students is a daily struggle. The school must use its limited resources, not to purchase books and school supplies, but to purchase bottled water. The municipal water is simply too unsafe to drink. 

Water for Humans, a Seattle-based non-profit, is working to find sustainable solutions to fix this and other water sanitation issues in Oaxaca. Water for Humans does more than supply people with finite amounts of clean water—it establishes long-term solutions that empower communities to obtain clean water for years to come.  As students or alumni of Seattle University, we are called to create a more just and humane world. While we cannot always devote our daily lives to social justice, we can certainly support those who do. 

The Seattle University SIFE team invites you to support Water for Humans’ work by attending a fundraiser on Thursday, February 9 at 6 p.m. in Student Center 160 at Seattle University. This fundraiser will feature a silent auction, a raffle, and a performance by the Seattle Fandango Project. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for current students. Please contact Jordyn Gustafson (gustafs7@seattleu.edu) for more information.

 Help further Seattle University’s commitment to social justice by joining us for an evening of giving!  

Margaux Helm, '14
Albers School of Business and Economics

Finding Community after Graduating from SU

Posted by Amanda Kelly on January 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM PST

Looking back nearly four years after graduating, what I cherish most about SU was its small, intimate atmosphere. On the floors of Campion Hall I knew my fellow residents by name.  The class sizes were perfect, and I could walk from one end of campus to the other in about 5 minutes.  All of these things fostered a palpable sense of community that helped me forge strong, lasting relationships I maintain to this day. In school, it was easy to identify fellow students with whom I shared interests and hobbies. I found my classmates to be engaged and collegial, always willing to lend a helping hand. My professors were accessible outside of class and completely invested in my success.

As an alumnus, my closest friends are all fellow SU grads, most of us former classmates from Albers. We may not all live in the same city anymore, but when we get together we're instantly transported back to senior year as though no time has passed at all. I still keep in touch with faculty members who have become friends over the years. As I prepare to start law school this year, I owe them a debt of gratitude for writing amazing letters of recommendation on my behalf. If I had attended a larger university I'm not sure my experiences would have been as meaningful.

In the years since I've graduated, my sense of community with fellow SU alums has only deepened. With college friends, I've solidified old friendships. As a member of the Alumni Board of Governors, I've had the opportunity to develop new ones. My SU community now is much the same as when I was a student, only stronger. And for that I'm grateful.

Zach Anderson, '08

An Alumni Take on the UW Game!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on January 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM PST

My friends and I headed towards the University District.  On the way, we decided to take a quick detour down the "Ave" (University Way) and  later down frat row.  We did, after all, have three Seattle U Redhawk flags flying from the roof of the truck, so why not show our Redhawk  spirit?  As we turned on to NE 45th street, we saw plenty of stares,  jaws drop and looks of amazement.  We were not sure if the looks were  of confusion or antagonism, but it was entertaining nonetheless.

Arriving at a pub in the University District, we noticed we were some  of the few Redhawks in attendance.  Seeing some fellow Redhawks waiting for a seat, we gladly shared our table and a few words of  encouragement before walking to Alaska Airlines Arena (Hec Ed).  I wondered if this would be like the blowout game two years ago, when  the Huskies beat the Redhawks 123-76, yet hoped for a much better outcome.

Seattle U won possession from the opening tip-off and scored first, and the UW fans were quickly put on notice that this would indeed be a ball game. Tonight the Redhawk fans were clearly a minority, but well represented nonetheless.  As the game progressed and it increasingly became clear  this would be a close game, the Redhawk fans showed their support.  Most Husky possessions resulted in an orchestrated chant of "de-fense" by the Redhawk fans, led by the enthusiastic MADD grads and cheer squad.  As the game continued, the Washington fans clearly became increasingly nervous, concerned and spirited.    It soon became clear that win or lose, one thing was certain; the Chieftains had returned.  With a new name of Redhawks but same brilliant color of red, Seattle U had restored the intra-city  rivalry with our collegiate neighbor across town.  Redhawks and  Huskies alike welcomed this restoration of competition.  As the game concluded and the Husky players and fans celebrated their victory, it seemed as though the rivalry had never ended, but had just paused between seasons  ... 1958 ...1970 ... 1980 ... 2010 .. 2012 ... The tradition continues ...

Joe Hueffed,'93, MBA '98

 

PRESS CONFERENCE AT NOON! Men's Soccer Announcement!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on January 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM PST

 

Seattle University's Department of Athletics and Office of Alumni Relations invites alumni along with faculty and staff to attend a press conference at noon today, at which a major announcement will be made about the SU men's soccer program. 

The press conference will take place at the Ed and John O'Brien Center for Athletic Administration at 1218 E. Cherry St. Please join us on campus.

You can also live stream the announcement or watch for our news on
your SU Alumni Facebook  or Twitter page.

Need to JUMPSTART YOUR CAREER in 2012?

Posted by Amanda Kelly on January 5, 2012 at 8:01 AM PST

Need to JUMPSTART YOUR CAREER in 2012? Are you feeling stuck, or simply curious about your options? Start off the New Year by joining us for our upcoming 4-part workshop!  SU's Alumni Relations Office is partnering with Career Services to bring you a set of workshops designed to help you jump-start your career.   Career Coach Elizabeth Atcheson of Blue Bridge Career Coaching has offered to lead a series of four workshops for SU Alumni.

  Designed for job-seekers and career-changers, the weekly workshops will include:
-Determining what line of work is the right fit for you
-Developing a personal narrative and positioning
-Learning the elements of effective resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profile
-Coaching on informational interviewing (how 90% of jobs are landed)
Learning job search strategies and "being where you want to work"
-Coaching on interview skills...and anything else related to career development in which members of the group are  interested!

Schedule (all are on SU campus from 6:30-8:30pm):
Wednesday, January 11, Wednesday, January 18, Wednesday, January 25, Wednesday, February 1

Interested in attending? RSVP
Donna Whitford, SU Alumni Relations, 206-296-5664.
Cost for the series is $45
Please do not sign up for this series of workshops unless you are able to meet all the following:
1) Attend first session on January 11 at which participants will share their current circumstances and hoped-for outcomes;
2) Complete brief homework assignments prior to two or more of the sessions;
3) Keep all information shared during the sessions confidential;
4) Attend all four sessions unless illness or an emergency prevents you from doing so;
5) Participate fully in each session, contributing your "voice" and experiences to the group;
6) Complete a short survey after the conclusion of the last session.

Because Seattle University is committed to serving our alumni through ongoing career development services and networking opportunities, we continue to offer additional career support services. Read below and choose the options you need today!

  • LinkedIn: A Tool for Career Transitions Workshop on January 23 from 6-8 pm
     What to Get the Most Out of LinkedIn? SU offering Alumni upcoming LinkedIn workshop! (FREE one night workshop)
  • The Redhawk Network (online database of jobs/internships)  
  • Alumni can create a user account, search for jobs, internships, mentors and events 
  • Career Expo (open to all alumni)  April 10,2012 
  • Campus Events for networking and professional development online.   
  • One on One Advising -  Alums receive up to 3 complimentary advising sessions after graduation