As a Jesuit, Catholic university Easter is a time for us to rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus. The season also invites us to contemplate new possibilities for living out our shared mission of building a more just and humane world.
These days a heightened energy and a renewed sense of purpose is animating our campus. The Seattle University Youth Initiative, which we launched in 2011, received a tremendous vote of confidence last month when the federal government recognized us with its highest honor for community service, the 2012 Presidential Award.
Through the Youth Initiative, we are collaborating with partners in the community to ensure that the children of our neighborhood succeed in school and in life. Our vision is that every child in this community graduates from high school and has a real opportunity to attend college.
As the Youth Initiative continues to grow and flourish, my hope is that our alumni and friends will find ways to join the effort. The first such opportunity comes this month with our inaugural Alumni Day of Service on April 21. I do hope you can participate. I also invite you to learn more about the exciting work we are doing with our neighbors and community partners by visiting the Seattle University Youth Initiative's web site.
I am grateful for the many ways our alumni model and participate in the mission of our university, and I pray that you are blessed in this glorious Easter season and always.
Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.