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A Memo from Magis: Reconnecting with the Jesuit Mission

Posted by Amanda Kelly on October 28, 2011 at 9:10 AM PDT

Are you a Seattle University Alumna/us living in the Puget Sound Region looking to connect with other Jesuit-educated alumni? Do you want to serve, lead, or reflect? If so, look no further…
“What is Magis?” The word Magis (pronounced mah-jis), literally meaning “more” in Latin, was a term used by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, and calls us to not necessarily do more, but to be more, deepening who we are in the world.

Seattle University’s Magis program serves SU alumni, as well as all local Jesuit-educated alumni, helping them to stay meaningfully connected to a larger alumni community who cares about living out the Jesuit educational mission—through deepening their faith, serving for justice, and engaging in leadership. Magis provides programs such as: retreats, speaker series, book groups, community service opportunities, and much more! Programs are free or low cost, and are open to alumni of all backgrounds. By virtue of your Jesuit education, you are part of the greater Jesuit alumni family, and Magis intends to further support you as you continue to grow.

This month, in partnership with the Office of Jesuit Mission & Identity, Magis invites alumni to participate in an Ignatian 3-Day Silent Retreat from Friday evening, November 11 – Sunday, November 13 at Palisades Retreat Center in Federal Way, WA. To RSVP by Friday, November 4th, or for more information, email Magis.

Click link below to view Magis’ November eNewsletter filled with information on upcoming programs and events related to the Jesuit Mission! 
Magis eNewsletter.

Seattle University Veterans Networking Night

Posted by Amanda Kelly on October 6, 2011 at 9:10 AM PDT


While student veterans are older than the general student population, they have proven skills in leadership, teamwork and many other sought after qualities for employers. By continuing their education at Seattle University, student veterans are preparing themselves for continued leadership in the public and private sectors. The Seattle University Veterans Committee (SUVC) is seeking to facilitate networking between local businesses and alumni veterans who can provide valuable guidance to current veteran student by hosting its second annual Veterans Networking Night on October 11. The Seattle University Veterans Committee (SUVC) is seeking to facilitate networking between local businesses and alumni veterans who can provide valuable guidance to current veteran students.

The SUVC is comprised of students and university faculty that have served in the military. Participants are involved in activities on campus and in the community that encompass community service, professional development, camaraderie and holistic support to veterans. The evening will bring veterans together for a light dinner as they meet with potential employers. The keynote speaker will be SU
professor emeritus of history Bob Harmon, who is himself a WWII veteran.
The following employer groups will be present:  Starbucks, Volt, Employee Partnership with the Armed Forces, Republic Services, Microsoft, Amazon, Hire America’s Heroes, and Boots to Shoes.

It is the hope of the SU Veterans group to create a venue for employer groups to meet and educate student veterans on successful   hiring strategies for today’s job market, build alumni partnerships  by incorporating alumni veterans into mentors and sponsors, and to  communicate Vet Corps strategy for future professional  networking events. 

For more information, e-mail Adam Tousely,  SUVC representative or register here.

October 11,  2011
6:30-9 p.m. 
Seattle University,
Casey Hall, Room 500 and 516 


REDOUT is just around the corner!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on October 5, 2011 at 11:10 AM PDT

 The second annual Seattle University REDOUT Block Party is just around the corner! On Sunday, October 16th from 11 am -1 pm, on 13th avenue between Cherry and Columbia, our SU community will come together prior to the men’s soccer match versus Sacramento State (at 1pm) for an alcohol-free tailgate party. Started by the office for Wellness and Health Promotion last year, this event brings together students, alumni, community members and SU Redhawk fans to celebrate and build Seattle University pride in a fun environment. There will be food, music, games and lots of prizes. This year, we will be welcoming some wonderful sponsors like Mad Pizza, Top Pot Doughnuts and Pepsi. 

The REDOUT is one of our newest traditions on campus - in May of 2010, a group of colleagues in the Student Development division and the Athletics department, led by student leaders from the Peer Health Action Team, the Student Athlete Advisory Council and REDZONE came together to plan a spirit-filled welcome back event for the fall.  With our recent shift to D1 in mind, and the research around fun, engaging alcohol-free events in hand, this group created the REDOUT… the first event of this kind was planned and implemented with great success! Over 600 students attended the event a new tradition was born. 

Join us this year to have your face painted, play games, listen to music and show your Seattle University pride.  While participating in events like a dizzy race, pin the tail on Rudy  or a bean bag toss, you’re sure to have a fantastic time. And don’t forget: Wear Red. Be Loud.  

Free admission; free food for students, 5$ for non-students. For information:  


Women's Soccer:Wear pink for breast cancer and SU red this Sunday!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on October 4, 2011 at 10:10 AM PDT

  The SU Women’s Soccer team is playing the University of Hawaii at 1:00 p.m. at Championship Field on Sunday,
October 9.  As a 2004 alum and cancer survivor, I applaud our Women’s soccer team for naming this match  “Think Pink” to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   The Susan Komen Foundation of Seattle will recognize local cancer survivors and promote their cause during the half time show.  Funding from Susan Komen Foundation established in 1982 has made advancements in breast cancer research possible.

Thanks to treatments developed through the Susan Komen Foundation, I am a survivor today.  I can’t wait to be there to wear my red and PINK,  celebrate Susan Komen, fellow cancer survivors and cheer on the SU Women’s Soccer Team for promoting  Breast Cancer Awareness!  

Donna Whitford, MNPL, ‘04 


Seattle U Rowing Foundation!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on September 30, 2011 at 2:09 PM PDT

 If you ever rowed, coxed, or coached with Seattle University Crew – or love the sport – this is for you: after over 45 years, SU Crew’s alumni have finally created a Foundation for the rowing program!

 The Seattle University Rowing Foundation (SURF) was formed to unite the alumni, friends, and current members of Seattle University Crew in order to provide a community, a network, and an institutional memory for the participants and alumni of the sport at Seattle University. Additionally, its charge is to protect, strengthen, and support the Rowing program and ensure its successful continuation.

 No matter when involved, you remember how much hard work was needed to keep the team functioning. We were scrappy. Underdogs. One alumnus recalled that he and his teammates were more like pirates than a crew, but that they wanted to keep the program alive – and did what it took.

 Sound familiar? It’s a common theme: as student-athletes we showed a pugnacious will to never take no for an answer.  But for such dedication, the program lacked a steadfast, supportive base, and severely fluctuated throughout its history.

 As alumni, let us rekindle that dogged determination, and conjoin that energy with the years of knowledge that increasingly define us. We already know that the sport is an invaluable experience, so let us ensure that it is so for all future generations of Seattle University students. Let us lay this foundation’s bricks together!

 Contact us at for more info and upcoming events, follow us @SURFoundation at!/SURFoundation, and join us! 

Sam Nelsen, '10


In Remembrance of Daniel Strickland

Posted by Amanda Kelly on September 28, 2011 at 8:09 AM PDT

 Dear Seattle University Community,  

Daniel Strickland, a Seattle University alumnus, died in a car accident on Friday September 23, 2011. He was 27 years old. Dan graduated from Seattle University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and went on to Stanford University where he received his master's and Ph.D. He joined Santa Clara University's School of Engineering in 2010 as a Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor teaching classes in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.  

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 28 at 4:00pm in the Mission Church at Santa Clara University. His family has also planned a memorial service at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church at 950 Santa Cruz Ave in Menlo Park on Saturday, October 1 at 11:00am. A pre-service celebration of photos and music celebrating Dan's life will be held at 10:00am. 

A memorial service will also be held at Seattle University. Date to be announced. 

Notes of condolences may be sent to Kerry Strickland (mother) and her partner Shawn Hays, Rick Strickland (father) at P.O. Box 1946, Vancouver, WA, 98668.  

May he rest in peace. 

Peter B. Ely, S.J.



Four SU Jesuits Celebrate Jubilee Anniversaries

Posted by Amanda Kelly on September 16, 2011 at 10:09 AM PDT

   Four Seattle University Jesuits are celebrating very significant milestones this year. Pat O’Leary, S.J., chaplain for faculty and staff, is marking the 50th anniversary of his ordination; Steve Sundborg, S.J., president, and Pat Howell, S.J., rector, are both celebrating 50 years as Jesuits; and Dave Anderson, S.J.,  chaplain for alumni, is marking his 25th anniversary of entering the Jesuit Order. Collectively, the four have served nearly 200 years as Jesuits. It’s a staggering statistic, especially when you stop and think about all the lives they have touched through the years in their various ministries.   

One recent afternoon, the four jubilarians, as they are known, sat down for a conversation about why they decided to become priests, what they remember about the day they entered the Jesuits—or in Father O’Leary’s case, his ordination—and what they treasure most about the lives they’ve chosen.   Read more. 

SU Earns High Ranks for Public Contributions

Posted by Amanda Kelly on September 2, 2011 at 10:09 AM PDT

 Seattle University is ranked ninth in the nation for its contributions to the public good on Washington Monthly’s 2011 list of master’s universities. The publication evaluated more than 550 institutions in three categories: recruiting and graduating low-income students; producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs; and encouraging students to give something back to their country.  

“This recognition is particularly meaningful to us as Washington Monthly’s criteria for evaluating institutions are very much in congruence with the values of our university,” said Provost Isiaah Crawford. “The three categories upon which our ranking is based—social mobility, research and service—go to the heart of who we are as a university. To be included among the top 10 institutions nationally is a wonderful affirmation that we are living up to our mission of forming leaders for a more just and humane world.”   

Learn more. 

Against All Odds

Posted by Amanda Kelly on September 2, 2011 at 10:09 AM PDT

 Hajer Al-Faham, ’11, is making a difference while fighting cultural stereotypes.

For Hajer Al-Faham, her life changed dramatically on Sept. 11, 2001.
Al-Faham is a first generation Iraqi who experienced firsthand heightened fears and stereotyping of Muslims that followed in the hours and days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In a matter of hours Al-Faham went from a popular 8th grader to invisible.
“Every friend I had stopped talking to me, teachers too.

One teacher asked if I’d like to apologize to the class for what happened that morning,” she recalls. 
Al-Faham could have retreated but instead chose to face the hatred that she was subjected to head on. She began volunteering and enrolled in Running Start, a program that gives high school students the opportunity to take college courses prior to graduation

Read more of Hajer’s story. 

Stacy Howard, Seattle U News.

SU Athletics First Weekend of September!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on September 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM PDT

  The Seattle University athletics fall season kicks into full gear this weekend, with chances to see the women’s soccer and cross country teams compete close to home. Tonight, the volleyball team begins a week-long road trip through the state of Oregon with a match at Portland State beginning at 7 p.m. Links to live stats and live video of the match are available by going to the volleyball schedule page on The volleyball team will also be in action Friday (7 p.m.), Sunday (10 a.m. and 5 p.m.), Monday (12:30 p.m.), and Tuesday (7 p.m.), with links to selected online resources available on the same schedule page.

Friday, the cross country team begins the 2011 season with the Seattle U/UW Open at Magnuson Park. The women’s race will take place at 4 p.m., followed by the men’s race at 4:30 p.m. With a mix of experience and youth, the Redhawks are working towards another solid performance in the season-ending Great West Conference Championships. This will be the first of three events for the cross country team in the Seattle area, and everyone is welcome to go to Magnuson Park and cheer on the Redhawks!

Also Friday, the women’s soccer team faces its toughest opponent of the 2011 season to date when it goes against Portland at Husky Soccer Stadium beginning at 4:30 p.m. Portland is ranked #8 nationally, but the Redhawks will be prepared to give the Pilots a battle at the University of Washington. For those who cannot make the game, live stats and a live blog will be available through The same features will also be available for Sunday’s women’s soccer match between Seattle U and Washington at Husky Soccer Stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The men’s soccer team hits the road for its second straight trip to California, facing UC Davis Friday evening at 5 p.m. and Cal Poly Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. For up-to-date information on everything going on in Seattle University athletics, visit