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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.


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


Come network and hear UW & SU coaches preview the big game!

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 5, 2012 at 8:01 AM PST

Join us for a networking breakfast the day of the big game! The 2012 Alumni Downtown Breakfast at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on Thursday, Dec. 13, will feature Cameron Dollar and Lorenzo Romar, the head men's basketball coaches at Seattle University and the University of Washington, just hours before their two teams meet on the basketball court at KeyArena at Seattle Center.

Steve Raible, voice of the Seahawks, will host this event for college basketball fans as Dollar and Romar preview the annual match-up between the teams. The breakfast and panel discussion will be moderated by Steve Raible, co-anchor of KIRO 7 Eyewitness News and play-by-play voice of the Seattle Seahawks on 710 ESPN Seattle, also the home of Seattle U men's basketball broadcasts. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.

The relationship between Dollar and Romar goes back to the mid-1990s, when Romar, then an assistant coach, recruited Dollar to UCLA, where they helped the Bruins win the 1995 NCAA Championship at The Kingdome in Seattle. Romar added Dollar to his staff when he became the head coach at Saint Louis University in 1999, and the two coaches came to the University of Washington in 2002, where Dollar was a top assistant under Romar before becoming Seattle U's head coach in April 2009. The Seattle University men's basketball team will head across town to face the Washington Huskies Thursday, Dec. 13, at KeyArena.

Breakfast will run from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Metropolitan Room and Reception Area at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, located at 1400 6th Avenue. Doors  open at 6:30 a.m.

Get your ticket today!  Click here . 

Little Rock Nine: Journey to Justice Speaker Coming to SU

Posted by Amanda Kelly on January 4, 2012 at 1:01 PM PST

Carla LaNierSeattle University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will feature Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine, on Tuesday, January 17, at 7:00 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium.  Mrs. LaNier, a  Congressional Gold Medal winner, was the youngest of the nine students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.  Mrs. LaNier serves as the president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation and is the author of A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice of Little Rock Central High School.  Following her presentation, she will be available for a book signing and reception in Paccar Atrium. 

Just before the lecture, there will be a "Friends of OMA" Reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the SU Engineering Building First Floor Gallery.  For $50, guests will receive a signed copy of Mrs. LaNier's book, a print of the limited edition event poster, and a group photo with Mrs. LaNier.  This reception is limited to 40 guests, and cash or check (made out to "SU OMA") payment will be accepted.  You must RSVP separately for this event to Monica Nixon or 206.296.6070.  

Seattle University 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Free and open to the Public
Tuesday, January 17,  7:00 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
More information about the 2012 MLK Celebration .
RSVP to or 206.296.6070.  

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Student Activities, Black Student Union, and the Center for the Study of Justice in Society.  Made possible with generous support from The Wyman Youth Trust.

Magis is throwing a party and unveiling its brand new look!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on January 3, 2012 at 1:01 PM PST

Magis has created a new visually exciting logo which embodies its newly revised vision Magis: Alumni Living the Mission. Magis has grown in its identity these last years, and discovered a new look was needed to best express the work that is being done today. The new logo was designed using the inspiration of a flame, to signify the spirit of the Jesuit tradition.  The revised tagline "Alumni Living the Mission" better articulates the reality that alumni are living out the Jesuit educational mission in their personal and professional lives. Furthermore, Magis' enhanced expression of its values as faith, justice, and leadership that better captures the essence of a faith that does justice, the hallmark of how Jesuit education transforms our communities and our world.

So, LET'S CELEBRATE! We at Magis are so excited to unveil this new brand, and to honor Magis' first five years. We invite you to join us in celebrating on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 pm! To RSVP, please email us by January 25, 2012. On behalf of the Magis staff, Advisory Board and co-founders Fr. Mike Bayard, S.J. and Erin Swezey, thank you for your participation in and support of Magis.

Also, we want to hear your story! Here's your chance to be selected as part of the "I am Magis. We are Magis." campaign as a featured alumnus/na who is living the mission and values of Jesuit education. Selected alumni will be featured in the Magis' Alumni Living the Mission webpage and monthly eNewsletter, as well as receive a Magis t-shirt featuring our new logo! For more information, email Magis today.

An Alumni Advent Mass Reception Story

Posted by Amanda Kelly on December 12, 2011 at 1:12 PM PST

It was the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2008 when I was told that I had cancer.  Not really what I wanted for Christmas! An exploratory surgery during that time confirmed that I needed more surgery and subsequent chemotherapy. Fear took on new meaning for me.

The prior Christmas I had attended the Alumni Advent Mass and Reception and had met one of our alums (Teresa Coluccio) and we had chatted briefly. When Teresa called me out of the blue in my office at SU in January of 2009 and said that she had noted that I was scheduled to see a surgeon in the Swedish system, I was surprised to say the least. It turned out she worked for the foremost surgeon in the Swedish system for my type of cancer and she said that she “would get me in”. I had had difficulty trying to get an appointment with this surgeon. She also “got me into see” the best oncologist in the system.

Teresa’s phone call to me was one of the most memorable of my life. Her desire to help, her care,concern, practical advice and amazing connections to the best medical care in Seattle did everything to ease fear which had become my middle name. I view that experience with Teresa as one of those miracles in our lives. Teresa is a ’78 graduate of SU’s College of Nursing – who really is living our mission.

Donna Whitford, ‘04

Alumni Seminar Winter Series 2012: Facing the Tough Questions of the Decade

Posted by Amanda Kelly on December 12, 2011 at 1:12 PM PST

The Executive and Alumni Seminars, open to all Seattle University alumni and other college graduates in the Seattle areas, stimulate discussions of life's deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds. The theme for this winter’s series is “Facing the Tough Questions of the Decade,” which will introduce you to the many sides of six “tough issues” that are being discussed in the world today and in the presidential election race: employment, immigration, national debt, the environment, tax reform, and foreign policy and security.

Please join us for this unique seminar taught by Seattle University faculty and special guests. The presentations will be held on Tuesday evenings from January – March.

To learn more and to register. 

From Your Assistant Vice President

Posted by Amanda Kelly on December 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM PST

Dear Alumni,

As we enter the holiday season, I continue to be humbled and excited to be welcomed back home to my alma mater as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations. Your many well wishes and notes of encouragement have let me know that my acceptance of this position is in due season and we are on the right track in moving alumni relations forward for Seattle University. I am excited about the many positive possibilities that lie ahead for my office and the Seattle University Alumni Association. Since coming into this position, I have been on a whirlwind tour listening, assessing and learning about alumni relations. I’ve attended a CASE National Conference for Alumni Relations, several scholarship receptions, pregame rallies, regional alumni and parents receptions, meet and greets, hosted one-on-one sessions with SU board members and alumni, met with student leaders, relaunched the Student Alumni Ambassadors program, talked with affinity group representatives, presented to the Dean's Council and Board of Regents, forged a strong partnership with Athletics and hosted the cross university quarterly planning meetings for alumni relations. And on personal note I got married. All this just in my first five months!

This aggressive agenda has given me a much needed view of alumni relations that will help craft a comprehensive and inclusive frame work as we continue to build a world class alumni relations office and presence.

My immediate goals are simple and reflect what I have observed thus far:

1. Improve marketing and outreach to alumni.

2. Improve benefits and services for alumni, including: career services, compelling DI programming, excellent programs for young alumni, established engagement with admissions, and mission and spirituality programming.

3. Improve the visibility and effectiveness of the Alumni Board of Governors.

4. Strengthen our financial position and define a resource model for alumni relations.

I look forward to working with each and every one of you to achieve these and other goals set for SU’s Office of Alumni Relations. I welcome your input and look forward to your continued participation in this effort to build on our legacy of supporting our alma mater.

May peace and love surround you and yours this holiday season and the whole year through.


Susan Vosper (Woerdehoff) '90, '10