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Join us for Seattle U Gives!

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on January 9, 2020 at 9:01 AM PST

Thankful students holding signs at a photobooth

Seattle U Gives is Seattle University’s online day of giving and celebration of generosity. On Thursday, February 6, our entire Seattle U community will come together to invest in the causes they care about to make an uncommon impact.

During Seattle U Gives, the power of small gifts will have ripple effects on our students, our communities and the greater good. Paired with special match and challenge funds to amplify our impact, together—as an alumni community—our combined efforts will serve the common good with uncommon purpose. 

As an SU alum, here are a few reasons to participate in Seattle U Gives:

  • Tuition covers only a fraction of the cost of an SU education. The transformative student experience that you remember was made possible by the generosity of donors.
  • Your gift increases the value of your degree and Seattle University’s reputation. The number of alumni giving back is one of the key factors ranking organizations use when determining national and regional lists.
  • Seattle U Gives is a special opportunity to amplify the impact of your gift through limited matches and challenges that can maximize your contribution.

Join us to invest in the causes you care about. Here is how you can participate:

  • Mark your calendar! Seattle U Gives goes lives February 6 at 12:01 a.m. PST
  • Explore the website to discover the causes you care about and available matching funds
  • Volunteer as an ambassador
  • Share your excitement on social media with #seattleugives

Supporting Access to Future Generations of Legacy Students

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on January 9, 2020 at 8:01 AM PST

In 1979, the Seattle University Alumni Board of Governors established the McGoldrick Alumni Scholarship Program, named after Fr. James B. McGoldrick S.J. (1895-1983), the late dean and professor of educational psychology. This scholarship is specifically designated for children, grandchildren and siblings of Seattle U alumni or current students. The university and its donors are dedicated to supporting this merit scholarship to continue the legacy and excellence of Seattle University from generation to generation.

Group photo of legacy students

The $1000 annually renewable scholarship is awarded to legacy undergraduate students, including transfer and international students, who have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and competitive SAT or ACT scores. 

Find out more information about eligibility and renewal requirements for the McGoldrick Scholarship.

Find out how to refer a potential undergraduate or graduate student to Seattle University.

LinkUp: Alumni Mentors Needed

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on January 9, 2020 at 8:01 AM PST

Woman laughing in conversation

We invite you to participate in LinkUp, the signature mentoring and networking event for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Designed to be casual, informal and approachable, this annual event encourages students majoring in social sciences and humanities to explore career pathways and learn from alumni and friends. We are actively seeking alumni volunteers for this powerful event. Alumni from any school or college are invited to participate.

Help shape emerging professionals, provide life perspective and inspire exploration into various career choices. Students appreciate the networking environment this event creates and provides them the opportunity to connect with three or four professionals working in areas of interest for 15-minute conversations.

Two simultaneous LinkUp events occur on January 28 from 4:30-6 p.m., one for our undergraduate students and another for graduate students.

Alumni Spotlight: Paula Carvalho, '08, '10

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on January 9, 2020 at 8:01 AM PST

Paula Carvalho Headshot

Paula Carvalho, ‘08, ‘10, Program Officer, Youth Homelessness for the Raikes Foundation, exemplifies the mission of Seattle University as she influences the policies and practices that effect the foster youth system and youth experiencing homelessness in Washington state. 

Nationally, less than 50% of youth in foster care graduate from high school and only 3% of those will receive a bachelor’s degree. Originally from the island of Kaua’i, and a teenager in foster care, Carvalho chose to attend Seattle U to prove to her family and friends that she could make it on her own and that she wasn’t a statistic.   

Carvalho was intentional and chose a school that met her needs, had a commitment to social justice and was able to support her both academically and socially. “I was looking for a school that I wouldn’t get lost in, that was more intimate,” commented Carvalho. She worked hard in high school and was awarded a long list of scholarships that helped her enroll and pay for schooling. In her senior year, she was awarded the Fostering Scholars scholarship that helped to meet her total cost of attendance. The scholarship paid for year-round housing and food, which as a youth aging out of care, were basic needs that she was thankful to not have to worry about. “Having the scholarship made things easier for me, so I was able to focus on completing my degree and continuing to pursue my graduate degree,” stated Carvalho. Not only did the scholarship provide financial assistance for the remainder of her time at SU, but it also provided a community of students that had similar experiences. “I found a lot of friends through the Fostering Scholars program that truly understood the fear of aging out and how to emotionally handle being on our own,” said Carvalho. 

Attending Seattle U and being a part of the Fostering Scholars program gave her insight into the many ways to give back and be an active member in the community. It also shed light on Carvalho’s passion to help improve the foster youth community for people of color like herself. “I was a part of the Treehouse tutoring corps, worked for the YMCA as a case manager for the Independent Living Program and served as the director of Youth Programs at The Mockingbird Society helping youth advocate for improving the foster care and homelessness system,” said Carvalho. In her new role at the Raikes Foundation, she is excited to be working for a foundation that helps fund upstream strategies that support youth homelessness and fully centers equity and youth voice in decision making. 

Learn more about Fostering Scholars, whose comprehensive program of support makes it a national model and one of the only programs of its kind at a private, independent university.

Movin’ on Up in College Rankings

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on January 9, 2020 at 8:01 AM PST

Logos from national college ranking organizations

Annually, college rankings are released to provide students and their families information to help them choose where to study. Rankings are designed to answer questions that matter most to students and their families. So, how does Seattle U rank amongst schools in the country?

Seattle University has climbed in the rankings due to academics, career outcomes, service learning and sustainability.

In the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed college rankings, Seattle U placed in the top 15 percent of the 801 schools measured and #21 of 122 in Western region universities.

U.S. News and World Report included Seattle U in the national university category for the first time after being ranked consistently in the Top 10 in the West. With the new ranking, Seattle U is tied for #139 among all national universities. 

College Factual’s 2020 Best Colleges ranking places Seattle University in the top 15 percent of colleges nationwide.

In addition to moving up in rankings, Seattle U for the 17th year is listed in the Princeton Review Best 385 Colleges 2020 guide as one of the best colleges in the U.S. for undergraduate education.

Seattle U is also being recognized for its sustainability education and practices. In the most prestigious college rankings by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (ASHE) 2019 Sustainable Campus Index, Seattle U was ranked #2 nationally among universities for its sustainability curriculum in and #4 nationally as an overall top performer among master’s institutions.

SU was recently named a national leader, ranking #13 out of 282 schools when it comes to sustainability according to “Cool Schools in 2019” by Sierra Magazine.

The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition ranked Seattle University #21 in the nation on it list of environmentally responsible colleges.

Providing Increased Access to Education

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on January 9, 2020 at 8:01 AM PST

Students and faculty standing outside of  the Lemieux Library

The Campaign for the Uncommon Good will provide students with access to inspired education, modern and updated programs and the financial freedom to pursue a brighter future. Our scholarships offer the hope of an otherwise unattainable future for more than 83 percent of our students. We must continue to endeavor to support high achieving students, who may never gain a college education due to financial barriers.

We understand that in order to increase the pathways to a Seattle U education, it requires the establishment of an endowment large enough to not only sustain current funding but grow scholarship dollars that will allow promising students access to an education that will help them transform the world.

Read Marika Yaplee’s, ’19, story about how a gap scholarship her sophomore year helped her continue her education at Seattle University.

Learn more about how Angela Flores-Marcus, ‘19, met with professors that helped her identify funding so she would be able to attend her “right fit” school.

Learn more about The Campaign for the Uncommon Good and how you can make a difference for Seattle U students.

SU Alumni Connect Updates

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on December 4, 2019 at 10:12 AM PST

Seattle U Alumni Connect Header

Over the past three years, 3,000 alumni have joined SU Alumni Connect to network with old classmates and stay connected to the university via various alumni community groups.

Unfortunately, as people rely more and more on social media, the level of engagement with the platform has not met expectations so we have decided to discontinue using SUAC.

We will be moving all chapters and affinity groups to Facebook. This will provide immediate access to information about community events and programming right at your fingertips using the Facebook account and app you already have. See below for a full list of our alumni community groups linked to their Facebook pages. Join now and stay connected!

All content and information on SUAC will be deleted on December 31, 2019. If you have any questions, contact Katie Powers at

For other ways to connect to alumni, join our LinkedIn group that has over 8,600 members or follow the Seattle University Alumni Association on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Regional ChaptersAffinity Groups
Bay Area Chapter African American Alumni
Chicago Chapter Center for Community Engagement Alumni
Eastside Seattle Chapter Dance Marathon Alumni
Hawaii Chapter Filipino Alumni
Las Vegas Chapter GOLD (Grduates of the Last Decade)
New York City Chapter International Alumni of SU
Portland Area Chapter Student Athlete Alumni
Spokane Chapter SU Faculty and Staff Alumni
Tacoma Chapter Veterans and Military Alumni
Washington D.C. Chapter  Women of SU

Uncommon Impact: Hawai’i

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on December 4, 2019 at 10:12 AM PST

Profile Photo of Brandi Yamauchi

“The sense of community, that we can all relate to, that Seattle University provided to us,” said Brandi Yamauchi, ’12, Marketing Customer Contacts for Hawaiian Airlines, is one of the biggest reasons that she chose to attend Seattle U and the reason that she continues to stay engaged despite living 3,000 miles away in Hawai’i.

Like many current students and alumni, Brandi was first introduced to Seattle University through a family member. After flying from Hawai’i to tour campus for the first time, she fell in love. “There was a charm about it. It was organized and I could feel the small tight knit community on campus; I even liked the size of the dorms,” said Yamauchi. Despite her immediate love for campus, Brandi had a hard time transitioning into college life and being so far away from her island home. “The first few months were tough. I had to adjust to classroom life, rebuild my support network and adapt to the weather,” said Yamauchi. Yet, despite all the change and the challenge, Brandi was able to find her footing and a support network in Hui O Nani Hawai’i, a club on campus whose mission is to educate the community on the cultural heritage of Hawai’i.

“Seattle U helped build my professional network, got me into my career and highlighted the importance of being fearless when defining who I am and where I want to go,” said Yamauchi. The educational experience and network that Brandi got and developed while at SU was something that she wants to continue to build in Hawai’i for her local community. “Providing educational access to others is really important. I was the first person in my family that went to and finished college. Places like SU made it possible for me to go with scholarships and support. I am already talking to my younger cousins about college,” she said.

Brandi and a group of SU Hawai’i Chapter alumni are stepping up for their ‘ohana by providing opportunities to connect and build community for alumni and their families on island. Come and learn more about the chapter and get updates about Seattle University and how to get involved by attending the Uncommon Impact: Hawaii reception hosted by the Seattle University Alumni Association and the SU Hawaii Chapter on December 15 at the Navy-Marine Golf Course.

OMA 50th Anniversary

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on December 4, 2019 at 10:12 AM PST

OMA 50th Anniversary Banner

Born out of the civil rights movement in the 60s, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), then known as the Office of Minority Affairs has changed and adapted to the times. When it first opened its doors in 1969, support services were tailored specifically to African American students. But today, OMA is home to programming that highlights identity and intercultural issues and several organizations and services that support marginalized groups on campus. “OMA is a place where all students can explore who they are in all of their identities. It’s a place where all of our students, but especially our students of minoritized identities can find respite—a place where they don’t have to code switch or perform their identities, but come and be seen for who they are. It’s a place for folks to find connection, resources and support,” said Michelle Kim, director of the office of multicultural affairs.

The 50th anniversary of OMA celebration, titled Legacy of Connections and Tradition of Action allows the SU community to reflect on the values of education, connection and advocacy has influenced students and the campus as a whole. “This theme of connection and action speaks to what we are about. It honors the fact that without our students advocating and pushing for change, we would not be sitting here 50 years later,” said Kim.

OMA will be hosting a 50th anniversary alumni reception before its annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event will feature alumni and current student speakers as they reflect on the influence OMA had on their Seattle University experience. “I believe that OMA’s responsibility is to serve as a role model for our campus. It’s our responsibility to build bridges and create connections,” says Kim.

Find out more about the OMA 50th Anniversary and register here.

Homecoming 2019 - Celebrating the Past, Present and Future

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on December 4, 2019 at 10:12 AM PST

A collage of images from Homecoming 2019

Throughout Homecoming Week November 6-10, we welcomed alumni, family and friends to campus for celebrations, reunions and Seattle University spirit while also introducing The Campaign for the Uncommon Good!

We celebrated four milestone reunions and anniversaries with over 300 alumni and guests, came together to serve communities with our largest day of service that coordinated the efforts of over 230 volunteers locally and even more in cities across the U.S. and Hong Kong  and cheered on the men’s basketball team with a sold-out game at the Redhawk Center and our first ever tailgate basketball rally.

Despite the weekend being over, we are still feeding off the energy that Homecoming brought to campus. “It was so wonderful to reconnect and get a glimpse into what everyone’s been doing,” said a reunion attendee. See joyful expressions, memorable moments and more by checking out our Homecoming and reunion photo albums on our Facebook page. Feel free to tag yourself in our album so others can see them as well!

Photo Albums

While Homecoming only happens once a year, we invite you to continue to engage with Seattle University and our alumni in the many other events and happenings throughout the year. Check out our events page for more information.