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Father Lucey Takes the Helm: New AJCU President Q & A

Posted by Amanda Kelly on July 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM PDT

This month Greg Lucey, S.J., took over as president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, a network of the nation’s 28 Jesuit institutions. While the role may be new, Father Lucey is no stranger to Jesuit higher education. He most recently served as president of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., from 1997-2009. Previously, he held a number of other key leadership posts, including rector at Marquette University and president of the Jesuit Conference USA. As our more veteran colleagues know very well, Father Lucey also served as vice president for development here at Seattle University from 1978-88. In this role, he spearheaded the first major fundraising campaign in the university’s history, which raised $26 million, surpassing the $20 million goal, to fund the construction of the Bannan Engineering and Casey buildings, the creation of our Quad and other projects and initiatives. 

Father Lucey was recently on SU’s campus to attend the Jesuit Advancement Administrators Conference, a gathering of advancement and marketing professionals that the university hosted. While here, he also met with President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., who as the new chair of the AJCU board, will be working closely with Father Lucey to move the association forward.


Mike Thee, SU Marketing & Communications

Read our Q & A with Fr. Lucey.

 

SU Rolls Out Red Carpet for Notable Visitors

Posted by Amanda Kelly on July 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM PDT

Who says the summers are slow at Seattle University? Not last week! In the span of four days, the university played host to a nationally renowned nun, a soccer team considered by many to be the best in the world and a broadcaster with an inspiring personal story. (And that's to say nothing of the hundreds of incoming freshmen and their families who were visiting for Summer in Seattle orientation.) 

Thursday, July 14:  In town for a “friendly” game against the Seattle Sounders, Manchester United was in need of a place to practice, and Seattle University gladly obliged by offering Championship Field. After their evening practice on the 14th, which attracted quite a throng of onlookers, the 19-time English League champions made another appearance at Championship Field to hold a soccer clinic for Special Olympics athletes (right) on July 19, the evening before their match against the Sounders.  

Friday, July 15: ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff visited Seattle University on July 15 to deliver a talk on homeless veterans. Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb while reporting in Iraq in 2006. He returned to work after an arduous 13-month recovery and today is a leading figure in raising awareness for the plight of our nation’s veterans. 

Mike Thee, SU Marketing & Communications

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New Art for the Alumni Building!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on July 18, 2011 at 3:07 PM PDT

 We are blessed to have a new art installation on the north exterior wall of the Alumni & Admissions Building on 12th Avenue. Come check it out, and read Fr. Cobb's post as follows:

 Transformations by Preston Singletary (Tlingit, b. 1963)  

 2011-Water jet-cut aluminum, powder coated enamel, water jet-cut flat glass, and steel 

This piece is an abstract composition that highlights the flow of the lines, shapes, and methodical patterning within the Northwest Coast design system known as formline.  These design elements have been used for centuries by the culture to represent the natural world in carved and painted objects.  Here, the shapes and lines are showcased in a monumental fashion, removed from the traditional figurative portrayals of animals; this serves to highlight the concept that these elements are at the root of the design system and show that their power and beauty transcends representational composition. 

 The colors of this piece are derived from the traditional palette of Northwest Coast art: red and black. The yellow and blue come from the Chilkat weaving tradition, and are inspired by natural plant- and mineral-based pigments, which are used by the peoples of the Northwest Coast.  

 In addition to his Northwest Native cultural heritage, Singletary derives inspiration from decorative and modern art from the 1930s and 1940s, Primitivism and contemporary art.  He lives in Seattle with his family. 

Jerry Cobb, S.J.  

 

 

Nationally recognized champion for student-athlete success addresses JAA Conference

Posted by Amanda Kelly on July 18, 2011 at 12:07 PM PDT

 

Seattle University took the lead in welcoming Sister Rose Ann Fleming to the Jesuit Advancement Administrators (JAA) Conference today. As coordinator of academic and athletic advising at Xavier University, Sister Fleming is nationally renowned for her successful work in improving the academic performance of the school’s student-athletes. Her talk was part of a three-day gathering hosted by SU that involved 270 advancement and marketing professionals from 25 of the 28 Jesuit institutions across the country. Spearheaded by SU’s Advancement office, the conference drew rave reviews from many of the attendees, and Fleming’s talk was a distinct highlight. Since her arrival at Xavier in 1985, the average grade point average for its student-athletes has never dipped below 3.0. The graduation rate for student-athletes, currently 94 percent, is higher than the rate for the university’s overall student body, placing Xavier 23rd among the NCAA’s Division I schools.

 

Over the course of an hour, the soft-spoken but tough nun who has been profiled in a number of national publications took conference attendees behind the scenes to share some of Xavier’s keys to success while humbly giving credit to the coaches, presidents and athletics staff with whom she’s worked. Dubbed the “point guard” of the men’s basketball team by one of those coaches, Fleming spoke of the importance of creating enough time for student-athletes to learn, giving them the support systems they need to succeed and helping them prepare for life after college.

Read more.

Mike Thee, SU Marketing & Communications.

 

 

Celebrate Kevin Waters, S.J.!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on July 7, 2011 at 3:07 PM PDT

  You are invited to a celebration for Kevin Waters, S.J. on Sunday August 14 2011.  Fr. Waters will celebrate 60 years as a Jesuit on campus at Seattle University with a mass at 1pm in St. Ignatius chapel followed by a reception. 

Former dorm residents from DeSmet Hall , students, faculty and all who would like to join the festivities will want to set aside the time and place for an opportunity to visit with Father Waters who is still teaching full-time and mentoring resident students.  Father is stationed at Gonzaga and carries on the grand tradition of service he started in August, 1951.  Please join him and his family to see old friends and to share food, drinks and music, of course!

Casey Atrium, Seattle University

August 14, 2- 6 p.m.

Please RSVP to Kathleen Waters @  [mailto:kwatersriehl@yahoo.com]

SU Loses a Great Teammate

Posted by Amanda Kelly on July 5, 2011 at 9:07 AM PDT

  Carl Ervin was true to Seattle U to the very end. Carl spoke with Ed O’Brien the day before he passed, remarking how wonderful it was for Seattle U's return to NCAA Division I after a 29 year absence. As a great high school and college basketball player, Carl was always an "assist guy" - the one player on the floor who made the other four teammates look good.  He is a Seattle U Hall of Famer because of his unique ability to pass the ball.  Carl was a winner, leading his high school and college teams to terrific seasons.

I had a chance to see Carl and Penny a few weeks earlier when they visited the O’Brien Center.  He must have known how serious the illness was at that time but did not mention a word about it, neither did Penny. In fact, he was in good spirits, joking and seemingly full of life. My sense was that Carl did not want anyone to feel sorry for him. Carl talked about how important it was for Seattle U to be in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) as a critical step for our program.  He was thrilled with the progress of the team, frequently stopped by to spend time with Cameron Dollar and watch practice. Carl always had a smile even through the pain and anguish of his illness.

Most importantly, Carl is a great friend, teammate, father and husband. What a pleasure for all of us to have had Carl in our lives. He will be missed.

Bill Hogan
Director of Athletics
Seattle University

 

 

Dr. Quinton Morris receives 2011 Mayor’s Art Award.

Posted by Amanda Kelly on June 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM PDT

    

Mayor Mike McGinn honored Dr. Quinton Morris, Asst. Professor of Music/Dir. of Chamber and Instrumental Music last week, with the annual Mayor’s Art Award. Morris is one of only two individuals selected from more than 300 nominees who have made a difference through arts and cultural activities. 

Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as a concert violinist, chamber musician, teacher, director and founder of The Young Eight String Octet. Originally from Renton, Washington, Dr. Morris has performed solo and chamber music performances in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He made his Carnegie debut earlier this year and has been invited back for a solo performance. 

“I am absolutely thrilled that the mayor and WA Arts Commission have chosen me as a recipient of this very prestigious award,” Morris said.  “To walk in the footsteps of other Seattle music greats (Gerard Schwartz, Speight Jenkins and Vinson Cole) is very humbling and something I will cherish for a very long time.”  As the artistic/executive director and founder of The Young Eight String Octet, Dr. Morris has performed with his group in chamber music recitals across the country. The Young Eight, America’s only string octet is comprised of distinguished African- American string players from the nation’s prestigious music schools and conservatories.  

Morris was the youngest member sworn on as vice-chair for the King County Children and Family Commission. He served as secretary on the Children and Family Commission Executive Board, and as a member of The Youth Involvement Executive Board and Xavier University Executive Student Body Association Board.

Stacy Howard, Media Relations Manager, SU Marketing & Communications.
 
 

 

SU Students Brighten up Bailey Gatzert

Posted by Amanda Kelly on June 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM PDT

  Seattle University students are brightening up Bailey Gatzert Elementary School with an art mural they created for the playground. Fine Arts Adjunct Professor Danila Rumold led the project as part of her Community Art & Mural Painting Technique class.  

On a recent tour sponsored by the SU Youth Initiative, Rumold visited Bailey Gatzert, where Principal Greg Imel told her he hoped to replace an existing mural at the school. “I thought art would be another nice element to bring to Bailey Gatzert and continue to build that relationship,” said Rumold.      The Youth Initiative unites SU and the wider community with the goal of helping youth in the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood to succeed in school and in life.   Brother Mark Elder, a visiting muralist from Chicago’s DePaul University, spoke to the students about the role of the artist as peacemaker in community art. He talked about creating public art with socio-political, community and religious themes and the dialogue it can produce.  

The 13 SU students met with Bailey Gatzert students, their parents and teachers to start the dialogue and collect ideas. “What do you like about school?” and “What do you want to be when you grow up?” were among the questions they asked kindergarten through fifth grade art classes. Early on, Rumold’s students taped hundreds of Bailey Gatzert drawings and other insights to their classroom walls for inspiration.  “We wanted to connect with strong core values as a springboard,” Rumold says. “We chose a tree to represent growth.”  

 Tetherball, four square and kickball definitely resonated with the students and can be found on the mural, along with jumping rope, hula hooping, flowers and sunshine. Chinese American Wing Luke, the Vietnamese Trung sisters, Chief Sealth, Principal Imel and several popular Bailey Gatzert teachers have cameos.  The 8- by 28-foot mural was constructed in seven canvas panels made of marine plywood to keep the project manageable.  Once transported to Bailey Gatzert, youngsters could watch the mural artists at work and had a chance to stamp flowers on the tree with hand-carved rubber stamps.

Annie Beckman, Senior Writer, Marketing & Communications
   

Seattle University Joins Western Athletic Conference in 2012-13

Posted by Amanda Kelly on June 14, 2011 at 2:06 PM PDT

SEATTLE: SU today has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), effective for the 2012-13 athletic season.

“We are pleased to be joining the WAC,” said Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. “We are honored by the invitation as it reflects the strides and achievements we have made in Division I intercollegiate athletics. Our membership in the WAC will move us closer to our goal of building championship programs, especially for basketball fans.

 “The WAC has provided some of the nation’s best intercollegiate competition for nearly a half-century,” said Sundborg. “By taking this step, we are providing our fans outstanding rivalries, and we give our teams a direct path to conference championships and NCAA Division I postseason competition.

“I am also confident that our membership in the WAC is in the best interest of our students and our university as a whole,” added Sundborg. “The WAC’s vision is to be recognized as one of the premier conferences in the country, distinguished by integrity, success in both academics and athletics, and sportsmanship. Holding to these very same ideals, Seattle University is enthusiastic to partner with the WAC.”

SU will begin competing in the WAC in 17 sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, and volleyball.

 

SU will be the ninth school in the WAC, joining University of Denver, University of Idaho, Utah State University, San Jose State University, University of Texas-San Antonio, Texas State University, Louisiana Tech University, and New Mexico State University. The Redhawks will be eligible to compete for conference championships and automatic bids to NCAA postseason competition beginning next year.

 

  

 

2011 Graduates Join Our Alumni Family!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on June 14, 2011 at 8:06 AM PDT

 On Sunday, June 12, 1,206 undergraduates and 864 graduate students received their degrees during commencement at KeyArena at Seattle Center. At the undergraduate ceremony, Craig Cordova (right) tosses his graduation cap into the air, celebrating the day with the Class of 2011. 

View a photo gallery from commencement weekend.