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Sacred Sounds: New Organ in the Chapel of St. Ignatius

Posted by Amanda Kelly on May 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM PDT

  This week, a beautiful, custom-made continuo organ was placed in the Chapel of St. Ignatius, in fulfillment of a long-held dream. The organ  made its official public debut at the May 22 Mass at the chapel.  

For some time there had been an interest in acquiring an organ for the chapel. Those ambitions really caught fire in 2008 when the university hosted the Opus Prize. As part of the celebration honoring three humanitarians from around the world, the SU Choir was invited to perform at Benaroya Hall. They wanted to sing “Magnificat,” a song of praise and redemption for the poor, which was fitting for the occasion, but it required a continuo organ to truly do the piece justice. They found an instrument relatively small in stature but still capable of delivering a mighty musical punch. The organ more than amply filled the spacious Benaroya Hall, and the performance inspired a search for a similarly sized and sounding instrument for SU’s chapel.   

Click here to read more, and see the organ in action. 

 

SU Alum Appointed to Irish Senate

Posted by Amanda Kelly on May 25, 2011 at 8:05 AM PDT

  Dr. Katherine Zappone, '76 was recently appointed to be a member of Seanad Éireann, the Irish Senate or upper house of the the Irish Parliament. Katherine was born in Spokane but her family moved to Seattle when she was a child, and she attended St. Luke's, Holy Names and Seattle U before pursuing graduate degrees at Catholic University and Boston College. She has been living in Ireland since the 1980s and is a noted academic and civil rights campaigner, and also a member of Ireland's Human Rights Commission. She and her partner Dr. Ann Louise Gilligan were married in 2003 in Vancouver, BC.

Dr.  Zappone is an academic and a tireless campaigner for equality. She is a member of the Irish Human Rights Commission. She and her wife, Dr Ann Louise Gilligan, run An Cosán which supports individuals and communities to actively engage in the process of social change through transformative education. The couple are also taking their landmark case against the Revenue Commissioners to have their Canadian marriage recognized in Ireland. The case is due to be heard in the Supreme Court later this year.

Katherine Zappone is an educator, public policy and management expert.  She is a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights Commission, appointed by the Minister for Justice in 2001 and re-appointed in 2006.  As a former CEO of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, she represented its membership in Ireland and internationally, contributed to public policy-making and directed its research programme.  She has also taught ethics, practical theology and education in Trinity College Dublin.  She led and established the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative, Ltd, a 10 year strategy and service implementation programme to improve outcomes for children and families, co-funded by the Irish Government and Atlantic Philanthropies.

She has published research in national equality frameworks, effective children’s services, equal opportunity in education, theology and spirituality, and human rights.    Katherine has a PhD (Boston College), MBA (Smurfit Business, UCD) and MA (Catholic University of America), and has completed a recent programme in research methodologies in educational technologies with the Open University in the UK. She has also trained in leadership and mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

 

Albers Ranks 4th in Sustainability

Posted by Amanda Kelly on May 20, 2011 at 9:05 AM PDT

  

It's a mark of progress that a series of business-school rankings as influential as that of Bloomberg BusinessWeek includes metrics on sustainability in its annual scores. The magazine last week released its 2011 rankings for business schools. Seattle University landed fourth in sustainability.

Read more.  

 

Seattle U Earns Top Ranking as Green Campus

Posted by Amanda Kelly on May 6, 2011 at 11:05 AM PDT

 Seattle University has been honored once again as one of the country’s top green universities for making environmentally responsible choices and practicing sustainability.   The Princeton Review ranked SU highest of all 28 Jesuit universities nationwide and independent colleges in Washington state. For the second consecutive year, the university received a 94 on a numerical scale of 66-99, based on sustainability-related policies and programs.   


Some of SU’s sustainability practices include:   

Water bottle-free campus  

60 percent of all campus waste is recycled and composted  

On-site composting center where 52,000 pounds of campus kitchen waste annually gets turned into compost that is applied back to the campus landscape  

Green roofs complete with grasses and soil that support other surrounding plants and tree growth  

Gardens where students grow food and donate to those in need  

Rain gardens that collect storm water runoff and remove pollutants  

Solar panels for energy conservation throughout campus and the surrounding neighborhood  

SU has earned 18 awards for its eco-friendly practices. With completion of its new Fitness Center in the fall, the university will have four LEED Gold certified buildings with the Admissions & Alumni Building, the Law School Annex and the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.  SU increased the amount of waste composted and recycled by 11 percent in the past year by placing 60 additional compost bins outside buildings, in residence halls and eatery areas. To-go ware from campus restaurants is also compostable.   

“Seattle University’s sustainability programs represent a commitment by our students, faculty and staff and you can see the results the moment you step onto our beautiful campus,” said Executive Vice President Timothy Leary.  “Each year, we are deepening our commitment and we look forward to sharing our expertise in sustainability more widely through partnerships and community engagement.”  

 

Career Development for Alumni

Posted by Amanda Kelly on May 5, 2011 at 9:05 AM PDT

 Dressed for success and with resumes in hand, students, alumni and community members packed Campion Ballroom this April for Seattle University Career Services' annual Career Expo. Nearly 500 attendees had the chance to learn more about job and internship opportunities from the 63 companies represented at the expo, including Boeing, PACCAR, Starbucks and Amazon.com.  Seattle University is committed working with alumni through through ongoing career development services and networking opportunities.  Click here for a list of upcoming alumni professional development opportunities.   Learn more about Career Services.  

 

Want to help SU beat the Huskies? Join the 600+ Alumni Challenge!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on May 5, 2011 at 9:05 AM PDT

  Did you know that last year, 16% of UW alumni gave back to support their fellow Huskies? And that 13% of Gonzaga alums gave back to their fellow Zags?  

Did you also know that in 2010, only 1 in 10 Seattle University alumni gave money to support scholarships, student services and academics at Seattle U?  Think we can do better, Seattle U alumni? Well, now is your chance to make an impact by joining the 600+ Alumni Challenge! If 600 Seattle U alumni make a gift in 60 days (between May 1 and June 30), trustees and proud alumni Carol Nelson (’78, ’84), Allan Golston (’99) and former trustee Carolyn Kelly (’85) will donate $15,000 to support Seattle University students!  

Even better, by making a gift, you will be adding value to your Seattle University degree. Every alumni gift increases our alumni participation rate, a key factor in our ranking in publications like U.S. News and World Report. High alumni participation rates also help us to secure the corporate and foundation funding that supports SU’s commitment to excellence in teaching and high quality scholarship. Most importantly, your gift of ANY size is an investment in the lives of Seattle U students. Last year, individual gifts of $100 or less resulted in a cumulative total of $400,000 to provide scholarship support, enhance academic programs, and improve campus facilities for SU students. Every gift counts! 

Last year, Seattle University’s alumni participation rate was 10.3%. Help us bring that number closer to our peer schools’ rates, improve our rankings and make Seattle U an even greater institution-- every gift, of any size, makes an impact. 

Be 1 of 600— Join the 600+ Challenge TODAY!  

 

Easter Sunrise Mass at Crystal Mountain

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 29, 2011 at 2:04 PM PDT

  Every Easter for the past several years S U Jesuits have been involved in presiding at an ecumenical multi-faith Easter sunrise service on top of Crystal Mt at 6 a.m. This year Fr. Dave Anderson arrived at 5:30 in time to get this picture of the sun rising over the Cascades. Quite a few alumni were in attendance. The scripture readings during our Easter season remind us that because Jesus rose from the dead he was victorious over death. When we call out to him he promises us that he will be with us and help us carry our burdens and challenges as well as strengthen us to help our brothers and sisters in need.

In addition to Fr. Anderson's role as Seattle U Chaplain for Alumni, he is also a Chaplain at Crystal Mt. where he presides at two services on Sundays from December-June: an ecumenical service at 11:30a and a Catholic mass at 12:30.
 

EmailFr. Dave Anderson, S.J., Chaplain for Alumni, Chaplain for Men's Basketball, Jesuit in Residence Campion or call 206.948.3233 .  

Transitions Retreat

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 28, 2011 at 2:04 PM PDT

  Transitions Retreat
Both Hands: A Retreat Exploring Full-Hearted Choices 
Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1, 2011Camp Burton (Vashon Island, WA)

Are you wondering how to make faith and heart-filled choices at this time in your life? Have you been experiencing transitions in your life lately: perhaps making a job change; considering a move to another city; thinking about graduate school, volunteering or retirement; or pondering a significant relationship? If so, then join Fr. Jack Bentz, S.J., Maria L. Ochoa, and Sr. Cathy Beckley, SNJM for the three-day Transitions Retreat at beautiful Camp Burton on Vashon Island. Come together with a community of Jesuit-educated alumni for a time of reflection on deep heartfelt desires, with an opportunity to practice prayer/discernment tools within the Ignatian tradition and beyond. The retreat will include short interactive presentations, individual reflection/prayer time, optional small group spiritual direction, and a Sunday liturgy. This retreat is open to Jesuit–educated alumni of all faith backgrounds. Cost is $75 (with a $25 non-refundable deposit) and includes room, board, and transportation to and from the retreat center. Magis has subsidized this retreat at a rate of just over 50%. Only a few spots are left, so sign up today! To register, or for more information, email Magis.
 

Sponsored by Magis 

 

Why Choose Seattle U?

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 18, 2011 at 11:04 AM PDT

  Annie Lee, ’05, Alumni Board of Governors,  on why she chose Seattle U…edited from a speech given to accepted students on Saturday, April 11, 2011.
My reasons why I made the decision to attend Seattle University may have been made at a different time, but I believe the reasons still stand true, if not, it’s even more applicable today.

The first reason is SEATTLE.  Seattle is a diverse metropolitan city that is a breeding ground for so many professions.  For those of you thinking about Pre-Med, Ultrasound, or Nursing, all the major hospitals in Seattle are within a mile or two radius (but none of them is the one from Grey’s Anatomy).  There are Boeing and Microsoft for you engineering types; Amazon, Nordstrom, Starbucks, and a plethora of local mom & pops for those who like to run the show (like me), and plenty of culture for you artsy fartsy folks.  And a music scene like you won’t believe.  How many of you in this room know the song “Smells like teen spirit” (I mean, Coachella is going on this weekend and I’m still here).  No really, Seattle gives you the flexibility to find a career no matter what your major may be.  

The second reason is the education.  And I’m not talking about your just regular academics but JESUIT EDUCATION -- and what I mean by that is, because it truly embodies character development, like asking the hard questions (to yourself, about yourself, about everyone and everything in this world). This is the kind of knowledge that will not only shape you into who you are, but how you can hope for the best, prepare for the worst.  Your studies will land you into the job you want.  And your character will help you determine the job you keep, to help you succeed no matter what set of cards life will hand you.

Lastly, is SERVICE & COMMUNITY, and notice I didn’t say community service.  I say these separately but they go hand in hand, because when unexpected things happen, you need service to step up and support each other as a community, just like how the world came together and served the country of our neighbors in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.  We were serving each other as citizens of the world, and building a community along the way.  In this economy, we need to support each other through service, and foster a community for moral support.  It’s the only way 10 years from now, one of you might be standing where I am today, painting a hopefully different picture, and reasons may still stand true.

This is why I am happy I chose Seattle University.  I have gone through broken hearts, losing the people I love, watching my friends and colleagues lose their jobs, gain it back, find my passions, and whatever set of cards life decided to hand me along the way.  Life is a beautiful struggle, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Because I have a city who provides me opportunities, an education that prepared me to be resilient while sharing my energy with others, and a support system as company along the way.  For me, this is success.

Annie Lee, ‘05


 

 

Father Pat Twhohy, S.J. at St. Joseph - April 10

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 15, 2011 at 8:04 AM PDT

  

"The dogs were my first friends," is how Father Twohy opened his remarks to a crowd gathered at Saint Joseph's Parish  in Seattle, to hear him reflect on 35 years of living and working on the Swinomish reservation in Shelton, Washington. 

 When he first arrived on the reservation, all those years ago, it took some time before he was accepted by tribal members, as he was a true outsider on many levels.  He recalled for the audience an encounter with Clara, an elder, whom he had approached for some advice. He was still new to the reservation and counted only a pack of dogs and a few kids as his friends. He was looking for some words of wisdom to help him bridge the gap he was feeling, and facing, in the community.

After being introduced and asking his questions he was faced with a period of painful silence on her part. After forever passed she stated, "If you ever grow up you will be a good man." Not exactly the advice he was seeking!  Fortunately for all, he became an accepted member of the community living and sharing their dreams, heartbreaks, joys, births and deaths over the years. While reflecting on the ongoing challenges the Native Americans continually face ,he summed it all up saying, "The love is greater than the sadness when the people come together." He told the audience of many encounters he had witnessed, and took part in, proving those words are etched into the souls of the communities he loves. Father has left the reservation allowing younger priests the opportunity to serve. He is currently active in supporting the community work of the Chief Seattle Club in their support and outreach to all Nations.

The following is from a graduation ceremony a couple of years ago in Spokane, Washington. Says it all...

"...Gonzaga University honored Fr. Patrick Twohy, S.J. with a Doctor of Law degree. Twohy is the Superior of Jesuits working in the Rocky Mountain Mission with native people throughout the Northwest. The citation read at the ceremony stated: “Elders from the Colville, Tulalip, Lummi, Upper Skagit, Swinomish, and Snohomish tribal communities all agree on one thing: Father Pat Twohy has an Indian soul, walks the talk of Jesus Christ and is a holy man. He is a Black Robe who gets ‘it’: with ‘it’ being the healthy and happy reconciliation of two seemingly contradictory allegiances: being Native and Catholic.” Twohy is a published poet and a gifted oil painter who knows French, Spanish and several tribal languages. He loves to ride horses, practices Tai Chi and kayaks..." 

M. Barrett Miller, ‘68