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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.

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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. 

 

Albers Center for Business Ethics

Posted by Amanda Kelly on June 13, 2011 at 9:06 AM PDT

 On June 3rd we held the launch for our Center for Business Ethics.  John Dienhart, the Frank Shrontz Endowed Chair in Business Ethics, is directing the center and taking the lead in organizing.  He has been ably assisted this year by his graduate student assistant, Aaron Hayden.  Faculty, staff, students, advisory board members, and other supporters gathered for the launch ceremony.

As a business school at a Jesuit, Catholic university, Albers has long placed an emphasis on business ethics, and in more recent decades, social responsibility, and in the last decade, sustainability.  Since the Albers School was founded in 1947, a concern for ethics and values has been part of our DNA and it has been part of the student experience for decades.

The overarching theme of the center will be the importance of creating an ethical business culture in organizations.  Key activities of the center will include assisting Albers faculty with integrating ethics and social responsibility into the classes they teach, as well as organizing workshops and conferences that bring together academics and practitioners to address ethical issues.

Read more from Dean Joe Phillips.

 

Fr. Dave's Room with a View

Posted by Amanda Kelly on June 9, 2011 at 3:06 PM PDT

 When I was a freshman at Gonzaga University I was struggling to complete a philosophy paper which was due at 8 am the next morning. I remembered meeting Fr. David Leigh, S.J., at a student-family event a few months prior. Because he was an English professor and a Jesuit, I called him around 10 p.m. at Jesuit House to see if he could help me. He surprisingly picked up his phone and said, “Sure, meet me at the front door of Jesuit House and we can look at it.” We only spent about 15 minutes on my paper, but four years later this short time with Fr. Leigh became the center of my discernment about my future. I decided to enter the Jesuit Novitiate in Portland, Ore. largely because of Jesuits like Fr. Leigh who were always available to me and taught me much about generosity.

Two years ago Fr. Pat O’Leary approached me and asked if I’d consider changing rooms with him. He had been living in Campion Residence Hall for over 20 years, and I was in the Arrupe Jesuit residence. He thought I might make better connections with the students since I am closer to their age. I was reluctant at first, but he encouraged me to take his key and look at his room. When I did, it took me only one minute to decide that I had found my future home.

Campion is on First Hill – the room has the kind of amazing view you can only imagine! It has been two years since I moved in and it has been a great place to come home to after a day’s work. I live on an all women’s floor of 70 frosh, and I’m never quite sure what I’ll encounter when I step onto the floor from the elevator. I’ve seen women dancing, singing, crying and studying in the lounge and hallway. I’m sure I’d never have these kinds of connections with students if I lived in another place.

I recall a promise I made to God and myself when I entered the Jesuits: that more than anything else, I wanted to be generous and serve others. Like Fr. Leigh who has lived in Bellarmine Hall for 28 years, I too have devoted some of my evenings to editing papers for the women on my floor and for players on the men’s basketball team, for whom I am a Chaplain. I assure them that I cannot write the papers for them, but I am happy to correct punctuation and sentence structure to make their papers a little more readable. One might think this is a burden late at night, but a little help goes a long way and gives me a window into their lives.

One of our Jesuit phrases is “the service of faith and the promotion of justice.” For me, this means engaging with people each day in face-to-face conversations to discover where they are and how they are. Oftentimes, these interactions go deep into what people are thinking and feeling and our deepest desires are revealed. My daily encounters with our students, alumni, faculty and staff are opportunities to live out our Jesuit mission of loving and serving others as God loves and serves us.

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

 

 

Notes From Your New Assistant VP of Alumni!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on June 3, 2011 at 8:06 AM PDT

  Dear Alumni and Friends –  

I am filled with great pride to be back at Seattle University!   I have just finished my first week as the new Associate VP of Alumni Relations.  Seattle University plays an important role in my life and I am extremely excited to be back at SU, bringing tremendous passion and enthusiasm for the university and for the role that Alumni Relations plays in the future of SU.  I can’t think of anything better than representing my alma mater and the 60,000+ alumni of Seattle University! 

As I drive into work every day I find myself smiling as I realize that I get to go to a place that I take great pride in and know that I have the privilege to be in my dream job of working across our university, our community and with our alumni.  My role will be a connector, bringing the great resources our alumni, faculty and university has together that will bring awareness to the great opportunities SU has to offer.  

While I have only had one week in the job, I do know that Alumni Relations wants to be a resource for our alumni efforts by providing awareness of opportunities and empowering alumni to build a strong network.  There are great alumni doing great things every day, around the world.  We want to provide an on-going cadre of leadership from alumni and friends of the University that will involve our alumni in meaningful ways with Seattle University.  

Seattle University has been a tremendous personal and professional resource to me.  My goal is to ensure that others have that opportunity through our alumni network to utilize all that Seattle University has to offer. 

I look forward to our work together on behalf of our students, our alumni and our community. 

Sincerely,  

Susan, ’90, ‘10