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Magis: Alumni Living the Mission

Posted by Amanda Kelly on March 7, 2012 at 10:03 AM PST

A Jesuit education can shape a person's life in more ways than one.
For Jesuit-educated alumnus Greg Forkins (Boston College 2010, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest 2010-11), a commitment to finding God in all things is what has formed him, particularly in his work life as a personal banker. As he puts it "the Magis program has been a true blessing which keeps me connected not only with the mission of Jesuit education, but with other Jesuit-educated alumni who are also seeking the same thing." Visit Living the Mission to read Greg's reflection about the impact of Jesuit education on his everyday life.

Also, Magis brings you two great opportunities to pause and reflect this month: Alumni Day of Prayer on March 24  with retreat directors Carla Erickson Orlando and Fr. Pat Twohy, S.J., will feature the theme of compassion through Carla and Fr. Pat's lively storytelling approach; and Spirituality on Tap on March 28  will feature a young adult panel about what makes each of them come alive as they find God in the midst of life's opportunities. For more information and to RSVP, email Magis

Lastly, as always, be sure to visit the Magis e-newsletter for information on other upcoming programs and events this spring. From retreats to education forums, Magis has you covered for faith, justice, and leadership opportunities!

From Dark to Light - Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J., Chaplain for Alumni

Posted by Amanda Kelly on March 7, 2012 at 10:03 AM PST

One of the things I'm noticing is that we're gradually receiving more light. As we move toward summer our light will increase several minutes each day and very soon we will have light into the evening hours. Children will be biking, playing baseball and swimming into the evening hours. I'm also noticing that cherry blossoms are blooming on the trees and several flowers are beginning to grow in the gardens around our beautiful Campus. The Christian community around the world is celebrating the season of Lent - a word which means "Spring-season." During the next 40 days we will be in retreat in a similar way that Jesus retreated into the desert for 40 days to be in communion with God.

As we journey through this season with our Christian sisters and brothers around the world, we're invited by God to be even more engaged with what we are already doing throughout the year - praying, fasting and almsgiving or acts of charity. We're invited to slow down, become more contemplative, and listen to what God is saying to us here and now. We're also invited to sacrifice one thing we enjoy such as snacking … to feel the emptiness … and then to invite God to fill us with God's own love, light and joy.

And  we're invited to acts of charity … to be co-workers with Jesus in healing our broken world one person at a time. Maybe to serve lunch at a homeless shelter once a week, call a friend with whom we have had a disagreement, or visit an assisted living center. If I can brighten the day of at least one person during these 40 days of Lent, we have made our world a more forgiving and peaceful place.  Mother Theresa once said "do no great things … but do small things with great love." One question I'm asking myself this Lent is "how is God inviting me to grow and become a better person?"  Letting go of resentments, forgiving people with whom I've had a disagreement, not texting or talking on the phone while driving.

Fr. Dave Anderson, S.J.
Chaplain for Alumni, Seattle University

Reflections from Beth Kreitl, Executive Director, SU Career Services

Posted by Amanda Kelly on March 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM PST

Purpose. What does it mean to live a life of purpose? Inspired by the gifted presenters at today's TEDx event, hosted by Seattle University, I have been contemplating my current answer to this question. The question itself invites us to go deeper. What gives us a sense of purpose? Which then leads us to go even deeper. What is purpose? I learned today that the Latin derivative "pur" means fire. Powerful. What lights your fire? What makes you burn with passion? I didn't have an immediate response to the question. But then we were invited to go a little further. If you can't identify your fire, then can you identify your sparks? Could we notice and be attentive to those? Could we search for the places in our lives at work, home, outdoors, and in community where we feel energized? What are the activities in which we lose all sense of time? Reflection is a core value of the Ignation educational tradition, and as members of Seattle U's alumni association, we invite you to continue that reflective process. Reflection must be balanced by action, so if you have read this blog, and want to dive more deeply into both reflection and action in seeking to answer this powerful question about what gives your life a sense of purpose, you may want to consider participating in the upcoming 4-week workshop series entitled: "Jumpstart Your Career."

Participants in the winter workshop series found the program to offer a space to reflect, connect and gain valuable tools for every individual's unique place along their career path. When asked to comment on the most recent series, Career Coach Elizabeth Atcheson, who is also scheduled to lead the upcoming series, stated the following:  "In my work as a career coach, I give dozens of workshops every year - to all ages and all stages. My winter series with Seattle University alumni was one of the best group experiences in my memory.  Why?

    • Sharing:  The participants engaged fully, knowing that all exchanges would be held in confidence, and offered lots of ideas and connections to each other.
    • Work:  The participants (all SU alumni) buckled down and did the work they were asked to do.
    • Humor:  We were able to laugh at ourselves and each other.  Looking for a job can be daunting and depressing, so a little bit of humor goes a long way.
    • Learning:  During the course of the 4 evenings, a tremendous amount of material was presented and digested.  Participants grew accordingly so that by the last session, their knowledge of "how to look for a job" was much more nuanced and realistic.
    • Community:   We developed a sense of connection to the greater Seattle University community and established some respectful and substantive ways to build on that deep connection."

 

 

Beth Kreitl, EdS, LMHC, NCC 
Executive Director, Career Services

 

Redhawks Baseball Season Has Arrived!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on March 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM PST

We are extremely excited about our 3 rd year of baseball at the Division I level at Seattle University. We won just 11 games in our first season and doubled that total in 2011, even though we gave one game back in the win column due to an NCAA ruling. We are finally in a position in our program where we have true experience. Our last game against St. Mary's in 2010 - we had 8 freshmen on the field trying to beat an experienced Division I program. Last year we won our last game of the season against St. Mary's and did not have a freshman on the diamond.

Our first freshmen signing class in the program is now in their junior years and our junior college transfers are seniors. Put that experience with a tremendously hard working freshmen class and the formula should equal more wins in 2012. Our team goal for the season is to reach the 30 win mark. If we play like our staff thinks we can - that goal is very reachable.

SU Head Baseball Coach Donny Harrel

More information on Redhawks baseball.

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