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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

2011 Law & Development Institute Conference at SU

Posted by Amanda Kelly on December 5, 2011 at 2:12 PM PST

Seattle University School of Law and the Law and Development Institute invite you to attend the 2011 Law and Development Institute Conference, titled "Law and Development at the Microlevel: From Microtrade to Current Issues in Law and Development".

Seventeen leading speakers from seven countries, including U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Australia, Thailand, United Kingdom, and India, are scheduled to present key issues on international trade, investment and finance, and least‐developed countries from the perspective of law and development. The speakers’ biographical information and presentation summaries as well as the conference schedule are available. The speakers present the latest ideas and proposals on how the new form of international trade, such as microtrade, may assist poorest countries and peoples around the world to escape from worst poverty, how development finance and investment may contribute to their economic improvement, and how the international community may assist least-developed countries to resolve some of the most serious issues causing their economic and social hardships. The conference attendants may have opportunities for questions and discussions after panel presentations.

For additional information about the conference, please contact Junsen A. Ohno, International Programs Administrator, at or 206.398.4283. Questions regarding the Law and Development Institute should be directed to Professor Steve Lee at  All participants must register.

The 2011 Law and Development Institute Conference  Law and Development at the Microlevel:  
From Microtrade to Current Issues in Law and Development 

Saturday, December 10, 2011 

8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  
LeRoux Conference Room Seattle University Student Center 

More information. 

Magis Memo: Building Community

Posted by Amanda Kelly on December 1, 2011 at 8:12 AM PST

Have you been looking to build community and connect with other alumni on a consistent basis? As we all may know,building a community of love and support doesn’t just happen – it is something that we must work at. It is in this spirit that Magis is offering a new opportunity for Jesuit-educated alumni to build, grow, and journey in community together but with the support needed to make it last.

Magis is sponsoring Small Groups for Jesuit-educated alumni who are interested in forming a group of 5-10 people, and would gather to reflect together at least once a month around an interest that is aligned with Magis’ mission and core values of service, spirituality or leadership.  There is already a Magis Married Couples group and Mamas of Young Children group that have formed and meet on a monthly basis. Other possibilities might include: Alumni of Color, Retirees, New to Seattle, Prayer/Faith Sharing, Young Professionals, 50+, or Men’s or Women’s Groups. The group must provide its own alumni leadership and Magis can provide free meeting space at Seattle University, help with recruitment of and marketing to participants, resources and potential funding, and guidance in the beginning stage (e.g. vision, meeting format). If you are interested, please contact Maria Ochoa to learn more.  

Also, don’t forget to check out our Magis eNewsletter for upcoming events and programs.

Congratulations, WA State Professor of the Year!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on December 1, 2011 at 8:12 AM PST

 Vicky Minderhout, SU professor of chemistry, was named the 2011 Washington State “Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) on Nov. 17, 2011. Minderhout is the first Seattle University professor to earn this distinction. At a Nov. 21 campus celebration for Minderhout, President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., called her achievement "an historic occasion at Seattle University” and lauded the chemistry professor for “the courage it must have taken to move to that kind of a coaching way (of teaching). It’s an extraordinary change she made. This is just as good as it gets at Seattle University."

Minderhout, who joined the SU faculty in 1980, implemented in 1997 a new style of teaching that moved away from the traditional lecture-mode to an approach known as “guided inquiry learning.” Instead of standing at a lectern in the front of the class talking to her students, Minderhout has them learn through small groups and engaging in a vigorous exchange of ideas. With her guidance, students become more invested in the subject matter and develop problem-solving skills that serve them well in their intellectual pursuits and later as professionals. She is the first Seattle University faculty member to receive this honor and one of only 27 faculty chosen nationwide. Recognizing that other teachers might benefit from this innovative learning style, she has published and presented extensively on the subject. With Associate Professor of Chemistry Jenny Loertscher, Minderhout authored an active learning biochemistry curriculum that is currently being used at 50 other colleges and universities.

“Even as she helps reshape the pedagogy on other campuses throughout the country, Vicky is most generous with her time and expertise here at Seattle University,” says President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., in congratulating Minderhout on this prestigious achievement. “She is as much a mentor to her colleagues as to her students. Her commitment to active learning is a leavening force on our campus and her insight and guidance were particularly crucial in our recent Core revision process.”

 Read more about Vicky, her work and the award in The Commons. 

Advent Thoughts from Fr. Steve

Posted by Amanda Kelly on November 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM PST


Dear Alumni - With Advent upon us, I want to welcome you again to this season of blessed hope!

As we move through our busy lives I think we each have those moments when we wonder whether all we have done and worked at is worth it and will result in what we have hoped for.  I can say that this is certainly true for us at Seattle University.

We live and work in hope. We help our students discern their true callings and set them on a path toward fulfilling their professional and personal aspirations.  Sometimes we never quite know what will become of the lives we touch. And yet, out of a deep love for our students and with an abiding faith in our educational mission, we confidently and joyfully continue in our work, planting the seeds of hope. I am grateful to you, our alumni for continuing to join us in our mission and committing yourselves to the growth of our students in mind, body and soul.  As alumni of Seattle University, you are living the educational mission every day in the community. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of so many. 

This Advent season we are reminded to place our hopes and dreams—and certainly those we hold for our students—in God’s hands, that they may be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. My wish for each of you is that the comfort and inspiration of God’s love accompany you throughout this season of hope and the year to come. From all of us at Seattle University to you and yours, Merry Christmas!

Fr. Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
President, Seattle University




Cameron Dollar on Our Upcoming Season

Posted by Amanda Kelly on October 31, 2011 at 1:10 PM PDT


I am very excited about the direction the Seattle U men’s basketball program is heading as I begin my third season as part of the Redhawk family. The guys have been working very hard over the past several months in order to get ready for the 2011-12 season. We have a great core of experienced players, led by our returning seniors Aaron Broussard and Cervante Burrell, joined by a group of solid newcomers who I believe fill some needs we discovered over the course of last season. Our practices have been focused on getting the players ready to play 40 minutes of fundamental basketball, no matter who the opponent is on the other side.

 As an independent, scheduling is always an issue, so to have 15 regular season home games at KeyArena, along with a contest just down the road at the ShoWare Center in Kent, shows the respect we have been able to obtain in recent years. Pac-12 school Stanford, ACC opponent Virginia, future WAC foes Idaho, San Jose State, and Utah State, and fellow Jesuit school San Francisco will bring an excitement to KeyArena that we need as we prepare to move into the Western Athletic Conference next season.

 I hope you will join us as we strive towards our goal of postseason competition this year, specifically the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). Season tickets are on sale by contacting the Seattle U Athletics Ticket Office at (206) 398-GOSU (4678). Single-game tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the KeyArena Box Office. I look forward to seeing you at the Key!

Cameron Dollar
Redhawks Men's Basketball Coach

Redhawks Men's Basketball- What You Need to Know!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on October 31, 2011 at 1:10 PM PDT


Change is the key word when profiling the 2011-12 Seattle University men’s basketball team. Eight newcomers have transformed the roster into a much taller, more athletic list – including 10 players at 6-foot 5 or better, including four at 6-8 or taller. Yet, even with the change, the team boasts a great deal of experience, with nine upperclassmen on the 14-man roster.

This year, we are featuring great pre-game rallies at 7 important push games, including this Saturday, November 19 against San Francisco. Free entrance with your ticket!

All rallies will feature great food, prizes, programs and a chance to show your Redhawk pride! Home game pre-game rallies will be an hour before tip-off in Club Live inside KeyArena. Full list of pre-game rallies. 

 Here’s a special offer for SU alum: 

As a special offer to Seattle University alumni for the home opener for the 2011-12 basketball season, Seattle U is offering alumni a $6 savings on side court seats through this special link. Tickets can be purchased for $14, plus a $1 service fee.

Here's the link.  Promo Code: alumnioff 

The women’s basketball team tip off the doubleheader at KeyArena with a 12:15 p.m. game against San Diego. Head coach Joan Bonvicini is heading into her third year coaching the Redhawks. The Torreros are the first of five West Coast Conference teams that Seattle U will host this season. The men’s team opens its home season with a 3 p.m. game against San Francisco, also a WCC program. Head coach Cameron Dollar heads into his third season, having coached the program to 28 wins over the past two years. Senior Aaron Broussard, who led the team in both scoring and rebounding a year ago, leads the squad against the Dons. Last season, USF head coach Rex Walter guided his team to 19 wins and a post-season berth in the Tournament.  

Read on for more ways to get your Redhawk information!  

This is the final season before Seattle U begins competition in the brighter spotlight of the Western Athletic Conference, so it’s the perfect time to get to know your Redhawks even better. And, there are plenty of ways to do it.

Get E-News – the link at the top of allows fans to register to electronic notification any time a story about your favorite program is posted on the athletics website. If you sign up for men’s basketball, you will also get a special Redhawk Gameday e-mail sent in advance of every home game, which will include both key information and special offers from Queen Anne restaurant partners.

Redhawk E-News – fans can stay up to speed by signing up for the weekly summary are promotions, special events and outstanding achievements by Seattle U fans. Plus, the weekly e-news includes special offers from both athletics and corporate partners. By using the e-news program, fans can adjust subscriptions preferences at any time.– the home base for information on the Athletics program, GoSeattleU has a direct link to TicketMaster, where fans can purchase tickets online, and,by signing up for My Account, forward tickets and manage their account online. Look for special apparel offers this season as the University licensing program launches.

Alumni Website– many of the schools and colleges at the University are planning special nights this year, so plan to be there as your school or college celebrates college basketball. In fact, plan to be there every time so you can celebrate with all your friends from Seattle U.  

Instant information – download the free GoSeattleU iPhone App, which provides up to the minute stories, scores, schedules and player biographies.

710 ESPN Seattle – Dave Grosby and Gary Hill will bring Seattle every detail of every game for the third straight season


28th Annual Seattle University Gala raises more than $760,000 for student scholarships

Posted by Amanda Kelly on October 31, 2011 at 11:10 AM PDT

 October 29th was a big night for Seattle University, as over 840 Seattle U alumni, friends, parents and community leaders joined together at the Westin, raising more than $760,000 to directly support student scholarships. Now in its 28th year, the Gala boasts exquisite dining and entertainment, and this year was no exception: the live music of swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy had everyone on their feet dancing, bringing a fun 1940s feeling to the ballroom.

At this year’s gala, the university proudly presented its most prestigious honor, the St. Ignatius Medal, to Jim and Janet Sinegal for their outstanding leadership, service and community support. Read more about the Sinegals’ leadership as well as past St. Ignatius Medal recipients here

Seattle U would like to thank Maureen Benoliel, ’71, and her husband Joel for serving as this year’s Gala Chairs. The 2011 Gala Chairs, sponsors and donors are to be commended for their generous commitment to SU’s bright minds of tomorrow.