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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

 

Female Athletes Honored!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 11, 2011 at 9:04 AM PDT

 

Seattle University Athletics is delighted to honor two of our greatest female student athletes, Janet Hopps Adkisson and Pat Lesser Harbottle. Janet was 1953 intercollegiate Champion in Golf.  Pat was the 1954-46 intercollegiate Champion in Tennis.  The event will be held at the Space Needle on Sunday, May 1, 2011. Dress in business casual and come celebrate women athletes at Seattle U!  Our silent auction and reception will begin at 5:00 p.m., the dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100.oo per person and include a complimentary drink. 

Please email Greg Sempadianor call 206.398.4420 for more information.  

 

 

Welcome SU's New Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 5, 2011 at 11:04 AM PDT

 

  The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Woerdehoff to the position of Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations. A double alumna of Seattle University, Susan received her undergraduate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and her Executive MBA from the Albers School of Business and Economics.  Susan will be responsible for leading the university efforts to enhance alumni engagement and connection. Her first day of work in this leadership role is May 25.  

Susan joins the university following a 20 year career with Microsoft where she was recently responsible for the strategy and operations of the cloud services support business following roles in sales, product strategy and development, marketing and finance. She brings enthusiasm and energy as well as the marketing, relationship management, and program development skills necessary for this important leadership role.  

 Please join us in welcoming Susan to Seattle University and offering your support in her new position!  

 

Anti-Landmine Activist Honored

Posted by Amanda Kelly on April 1, 2011 at 2:04 PM PDT

 Anti-landmine activist Tun Channareth, pictured here (right of the banner) with Albers School of Business and Economics students and faculty members during a short-term study abroad trip to Cambodia last fall, will receive an honorary doctoral degree from SU at the graduate commencement ceremony June 12 at KeyArena. 

A soldier in 1982 resisting the Khmer Rouge regime, Channareth stepped on a landmine near the Thai-Cambodian border and lost both legs. Since then, he has traveled the world as an ambassador of the ICBL urging governments to make landmines history. In 2006, the United Nations declared April 4 as International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. That year alone, between 15,000 and 20,000 people were killed or maimed by landmines, according to a United Nations report. An estimated 20 percent of victims are children.  

“Mr. Channareth has reached out with compassion in service to other landmine victims while working tirelessly to rid the world of these insidious weapons,” said Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. “He is an inspiring example to our students of our mission as a university that empowers leaders for a just and humane world.”    Read more about Channareth.   

 

Project on Family Homelessness Recognized Nationally

Posted by Amanda Kelly on March 23, 2011 at 10:03 AM PDT

The work of SU's Center for Strategic Communications Project on Family Homelessness is singled out as an example of "smart collaborations" in a new report, State of the News Media 2011, from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. The report looks at the results from one of the journalism fellowships that we awarded last year, to the Seattle Times:

Bob Payne, the newspaper’s director of communities, wrote in an e-mail, “Collaborations and grant-funded journalism efforts are really taking off. With newspapers working with less in terms of money and bodies, looking for other ways to get important stories covered is becoming vital. More and more papers are dedicating time to research aimed at smart collaborations and grant applications.”

The Times utilized a different form of partnership to produce a special report called, “Invisible Families, the Homeless You Don’t See.” The project was produced as part of a fellowship through Seattle University, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Times received one of the fellowship grants to use as it saw fit. Other fellows included journalists from three other media organizations and two freelance journalists.

Payne wrote, “In our case, the Invisible Families project from last August employed both of these angles to arrive at a compelling package for both print and online: grant money from Seattle University helped fund work on the project, and our partnerships with local news blogs helped bring diverse coverage to the project.”

 Learn more about the project.

For the Next 7 Generations

Posted by Amanda Kelly on March 16, 2011 at 10:03 AM PDT

  Dear Friends, 

On Friday, April 1, Seattle University’s Center for the Study of Justice in Society (CSJS) and the Chief Seattle Club will host a campus screening of the documentary, “For the Next 7 Generations,” followed by a discussion with Grandmothers Mona Polacca (Havasupai) and Rita Pitka Blumenstein (Yupik), both members of the International Council of Indigenous Grandmothers.  The event will take place in the Pigott Auditorium on Seattle University’s campus from 6:30-9 PM. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Chief Seattle Club whose mission is to provide a sacred space to nurture, affirm and renew the spirit of urban Native Peoples. 

If you are able to attend the film screening, please RSVP to me at lasprogg@seattleu.edu.    

Sincerely, 

Gail 

Gail A. Lasprogata
Director, Center for the Study of Justice in Society
http://www.seattleu.edu/CSJS/Associate Professor of Business Law
Seattle University
 

 

Global African Studies Program: A Student Perspective

Posted by Amanda Kelly on March 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM PDT

 My name is Rezina Habtemariam and I am a Senior International Studies major and Global African Studies minor at Seattle University. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Senegal last August and just recently returned in January. Prior to embarking on this journey, the SU’s Global African Studies Program provided me with the solid foundation that I needed to truly grasp and maximize my experience. I have taken classes with both Professor Adejumobi and Professor Taiwo and the content of those courses still resonate with me. I was introduced to influential leaders like Patrice Lumumba, DuBois, Douglass, Ida B. Wells etc… This only created a greater desire in me to learn all that I can about Africa as well as the African Diaspora.  

Professor Taiwo’s Perspective on Aid and Africa course was truly a life changing class. It completely shattered my naïve and undeveloped perception about aid and its manifestation in the African continent. Learning about prominent figures and reading imperative African literature inspired me to continue to learn and to travel abroad.  

The Global African Studies Program is what attracted me to SU and is why I have stayed at SU. In addition to the incredible courses offered, the program hosts amazing on-campus events. For example, just last night, GAST along with the Central District Forum hosted Iyasah Shabazz – Malcolm X’s daughter and screened Princes Among Slaves – a documentary about a West African prince who was enslaved and brought to America.  I truly believe that GAST has provided the opportunity and space to discuss imperative issues as well as to learn what may not be included in our text books. The Global African Studies Program has allowed me to grow intellectually and continues to shape the person I am becoming.  

Rezina Habtemariam, ‘11 

 

2011 Alumni Award Winners Announced!

Posted by Amanda Kelly on March 3, 2011 at 2:03 PM PST

  

Seattle University’s Alumni Board of Governors is delighted to announce this year’s Alumni Award recipients, all of whom represent what is best about our university and its alumni. Please consider joining us on April 5 to celebrate their achievements!   

We will recognize and honor their outstanding contributions to our community at the 2011 Annual Alumni Awards Celebration, President’s Club and Legacy Society Dinner on April 5, 2011 beginning at 5:30 pm in the Campion Ballroom on campus. Tickets are $25 per person.  

Alumna of the Year:  Betty Petri Hedreen, ‘57 

Professional Achievement Award:  William Marler, ‘87 

University Service Award:  Anita Crawford-Willis, ‘82, ‘86 

Community Service Award:  Ezra Teshome, ‘76 

Distinguished Teaching Award:  Toni Vezeau, RN, PhD 

Outstanding Recent Alumnus: Ryan Schmid, ‘07 

Read about each winner’s accomplishments.    

Email registration or call 206-296-5664.