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National Poetry Month

Posted by Caitlin Joyce, '11, '18 on April 5, 2017 at 3:04 PM PDT

In honor of National Poetry month, we are featuring poetry from Seattle U professors, alumni and students.  Featured poets include: Karyna McGlynn,’05, Abby Murray, ‘05, Dylan Gnatz, ’17, Sharon Cumberland and Sean McDowell. Read the work of our talented poets below.


Karyna McGlynn, '05

And then the Devil will bring me to a basement
where we will be reunited: me and my blazers.
Hundreds upon hundreds of them, on hangers,
or hillocks I must eternally rifle through:
the blind worms inching down the wales
of the corduroy, my soul turning out
all the pockets. I must piece this together:
this project the worms must undo, pressing
their wet mouths into elbow patches, under-
mining the plaid and mothing the wool.
My soul tries to try on the jean jackets.
The shoulders don’t fit because I have
no shoulders. Is this the Hell of being
immaterial on a mountain of material?
In life I mourned the loss of my blazers,
left on the backs of chairs, in the backs of taxis.
In the afterlife they fall right through me.
Sometimes little things fall out: knotted
cherry stems, cough-drop wrappers, eighty-three
cents, a gas receipt, and once, a matchbook
with something scribbled inside: “Karyna,
you wasted so much of my time. Burn this.”

From her upcoming book, Hothouse.


Poem for My Daughter before the March

Abby E. Murray, '05

When your father says
he doesn’t want me to march
what he really means is
he doesn’t want you to march.
He doesn’t want me to march
because you will follow.
He doesn’t want you to march
by default, on my shoulders,
because you might follow
the songs of women
by default, on my shoulders,
raised on bread and justice.
Daughter, the songs of women
are the first words of children
raised on bread and justice.
Blessed are the ones who sing
the first words of children:
this is how I love you.
Blessed are the ones who say
they follow songs into the street.

Published by Rattle, 19 January 2017


Consumer Reports

Dylan Gnatz, '17

I hear quite often
That God is dead
And perhaps they’re right
That we’ve been abandoned
But if I were to venture to guess
Where I came from
I might picture a factory
Somewhere amongst the cornfields
Of the Midwest
Long gone now
That once pumped toxins out
Across the horizon
To the affirming sighs
Of the townsfolk
Humor my delusions
That I was tossed together
A leg, a ring finger
An arm, a torso, an abdomen
Kidneys and intestines
Stuffed in haphazardly
Liver and esophagus
Lungs and Thyroid
And weblike capillaries
With clockwork efficiency
And then a head
Threaded on tight
Due to previous recalls
And class action lawsuits
No way in hell
It’ll pop off this time
And to this day
It remains locked on tight
Suffocatingly at times
It’s out of our hands
(my hands) now
Let Taiwan handle it

Published by Seattle University’s Fragments


Sea of Lilacs

Sharon Cumberland

I saw a sea of lilacs
with a school of black bees
swimming from bloom to bloom
black with yellow noses
like clownfish
humming through purple waves
a forest of thin stalks
waved beneath them
in breezy currents.
What kind of creature
would I have to be
to glide into those green stems
with a flick?
Something clothed
in its own form
as are lilacs,
like a bee.

From her upcoming book, “Strange with Age


Look Towards the Mountain
after Du Fu

Sean H. McDowell

T’ai-shan, what is it like?
From all directions, green without end.
The cosmos distilled its spirit here.
Dark slope and light cleave night and dawn.
My heaving chest spouts layered clouds,
My straining eyes fill with returning birds.
I must reach this summit to see
At once all mountains made small.

Looking Back: KSUB, Spectator and RA Reunions 

Posted by Caitlin Joyce, '11, '18 on March 1, 2017 at 4:03 PM PST

When we said everyone was invited back to Grand Reunion Weekend, we meant it. Not only do we have six class years celebrating milestone reunions, but we have a number of student club and organization reunions. Three such reunions are for KSUB/KSXU, The Spectator and Resident Advisors (RAs). (Check out the full list of club and organization reunions.)

We sat down with alumni from each of these student organizations to look back at their time at Seattle U, how their student involvement impacted their lives and why they’re looking forward to Grand Reunion Weekend.

Kathleen Pellegrini, ‘87
Resident Advisor

Kathleen had always liked her RAs when she lived in Xavier so in her junior year, she took the plunge and became an RA for Bellarmine on floor 7.

“I enjoyed all of my residents, but my favorite thing about that experience was my fellow RAs. Some groups really click and we really clicked.”

 According to Kathleen the group would all take breaks at the same time and head to the Comet Tavern.

“It’s terrible, but we used to leave numbers on the white boards outside our rooms of where people could reach us and our number was always the Comet Tavern.”

The group of RAs has stayed tight throughout the years, having impromptu reunions at the Comet Tavern every year for the past 30 years.

Kathleen’s stint as an RA didn’t just give her lifelong friendships, it gave active resolution and peer counseling skills that she finds herself using to this day. Kathleen has married, works in medical sales and has a 14-year old daughter. “I find that my active listening has translated well into parenting skills and I use them a lot now with my daughter.”

Kathleen is looking forward to Grand Reunion Weekend for the opportunity to catch up with people. She’s on the planning committee for the 1987 30th reunion as well as for RHA. “It’s so fun to go through names, recognize people and reconnect with those I’ve lost touch with.”

For those fellow RAs on the fence about returning, Kathleen says, “As we get older and our kids get older we realize what a special time college was and those are the things that need to be celebrated. We are here living our lives and it’s time to celebrate and reconnect with old friends.”


Allison Westfall, ‘87
The Spectator

By the time she arrived at Seattle U, Allison had been involved in student newspapers for years and worked at the local paper when she was in high school. It’s safe to say she would have found her way to The Spectator even if it wasn’t a requirement of her journalism major.

Allison loved working with her fellow reporters who were all excited to tell the stories important to the campus. She experienced the shift from an edgy advocacy approach to news to a more neutral tone, a valuable experience for her future career.

Allison did go on to work as a journalist covering the education beat, but eventually shifted to public relations working as a press secretary for a state representative. Her journalism skills enabled her to communicate succinctly and effectively. Today Allison is working in the State Department of Education.

Allison encourages all former Spectator journalists to come out for Grand Reunion Weekend.  “It’s going to be great to be back on campus and it will be fun! Come see what life experiences have brought each of us.  I am hoping that even if you aren’t having a class year reunion, you’ll come to Grand Reunion Weekend and celebrate that time of your life.”


Ashley Thorpe-Bloxom, ‘11

Ashley joined KSUB her sophomore year.  Her show, “Heavy Metal Pollution,” began as an opportunity to goof off and play the music she loved with her co-host and best friend. What started as a whim, quickly sparked a passion and Ashley became KSUB’s Loud Rock Director.

“My favorite memory of KSUB was really just doing my show. It was 2 hours I looked forward to every week and it was never a chore, just a chance to play the music I loved.”

KSUB opened the door to Ashley’s current profession. During her junior year Ashley became a radio intern for KISW and has worked there ever since moving up from part-time to full-time Promotions Coordinator.

KSUB has also grown since Ashley’s time at the helm. The small web-based station changed names and widened its reach, becoming KXSU, an FM station that can be heard across the city on 102.1.

“I remember getting 13 listeners on my stream and I was so excited. Now that KSUB is KXSU, I hope other students discover a love of the medium and the chance to express themselves. It sparked a love of radio for me.”

Since graduation, Ashley has traveled a bit, but much of her life is consumed with her job and she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I get to wear a ton of hats. I write on-air copy, web content, manage our contests and promotional calendars and also plan events, concerts and tastings and I love it.

Ashley promises to do her best to come back and celebrate KSUB at Grand Reunion Weekend, despite the fact that it’s also the weekend of the Taco Truck Challenge, an event that she is in charge of.

Learn more and register for Grand Reunion Weekend!

Feb. 11 Immigration Summit: Catholics Called to Accompaniment

Posted by Emily Holt on March 1, 2017 at 10:03 AM PST

When Joe Cotton of the Archdiocese of Seattle and Chris Koehler of St. James Immigrant Assistance came to the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture in early November, envisioning a day for Catholic parishioners, activists, service providers and volunteers to gather and discuss the needs of migrants, immigrants and refugees locally and globally, they had no sense that come February, Seattle University would be packed with over 160 Catholic social workers, lawyers, activists and community organizers.

On February 11, 2017, after weeks of nation-wide protests, hurried executive orders on immigration and an unjust travel ban, over 160 Catholics, from across the Puget Sound to Vancouver, Canada, gathered for a day of reflection, community and planning. The day left students Claire Rawson and Claire Lucas re-imagining parish life beyond the university.

“My definition of what it means to be an active parishioner was expanded,” said Lucas, a sophomore studying psychology and theology and religious studies. “I left with a greater sense of hope and less isolation.”

The day opened with a keynote address from Seattle U’s Amelia Derr—assistant professor of social work, and consultant for the City of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and Office for Civil Rights. She urged participants to move from a model of charity to one of solidarity.

Lucas and Rawson both noted that the quality of conversation among participants was different than what they normally experience at SU. In the classroom, conversations about immigration, migration and the refugee crisis can, for many, seem abstract.

“They [the participants] were responding to the immediate needs of parish life,” Lucas noted.

”I was humbled to hear people’s experience,” said Rawson, a senior social work major, highlighting the breadth and depth of engagement, from community organizers working with the undocumented to parishioners who hosted refugee families in the 1980s and are considering doing so again.

A sense of hospitality and care for our neighbors was the theme of the day.

In the afternoon, Patty Bowman, executive director of the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, reminded us that care for migrants, immigrants and refugees is rooted in the gospel, in church teaching and practice and in Catholic social teaching.

The day concluded with a commissioning mass in the Chapel of St. Ignatius with Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration.

For Lucas, the need for hospitality and humility which Bishop Elizondo emphasized in his homily goes to the heart of what the Immigration Summit meant for her:

“SU feels like home when I can welcome people here.”

To learn more about future opportunities like the March 16 Catholic Advocacy Day or the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture’s (ICTC) May 8 Catholic Heritage Lecture, Daring Forth: Imagining the Future of Jesuit Education, with Mark Ravizza, SJ., visit the ICTC website.

A Lenten Reflection

Posted by Peter Ely, SJ on February 28, 2017 at 4:02 PM PST

We begin Lent, this wonderful six-week opportunity to open ourselves to the grace of Christ. I like to begin mid-season with the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday. Laetare means to rejoice. The priest wears the joyful color of violet or rose; instrumental music is permitted, and the altar may be decorated with roses. Some people think this joyful Sunday in the midst of Lent is an interlude in the sober discipline, a sort of break to allow us to catch our breath. My interpretation is a little different. Joy is, in fact, the underlying spirit of Lent as a whole.

Why joy? Isn't it a penitential season with fasting and self-denial, somber purple vestments, no flowers on the altar, and a minimal amount of music? Aren't we encouraged to give up things that give us pleasure, like chocolate or maybe gossip? It is all that. But if we look at the purpose of the sobriety and the invitation to self-denial, we can see why it's a season of joy. The no-frills restraint in the liturgy and our personal lives aims to put us in touch with deepest foundation of our lives, the healing and redeeming grace of Jesus Christ. We get down to the basics. And that is a source of joy, not pleasure, not fun, not excitement but the joyful sense of being in touch with our deepest selves. 

We live distracted lives. Lent calls us back. "Come back to me with all your heart, don't let fear keep us apart." This invitation contained in the opening words of a common lenten hymn always catch me by surprise and lift up my heart. I want to come back. Sometimes I'm amazed at how far I have wandered. The first reading, from Genesis, for the First Sunday of Lent tells the story of how Adam and Eve, tempted by the serpent, let distrust of God, their gracious benefactor, enter their lives and lead them to turn away in disobedience. They suddenly became ashamed of their nakedness, embarrassed to walk with God, subject to hardship, alienated from one another and the earth. In the Gospel reading of this same First Sunday, Jesus is tempted too. But he resists and grounds himself in his identity as the Son of God, the second Adam, our Savior. 

We’re called to do what Jesus did. Look at our temptations, which are nothing more than illusions about what will make us happy and improve the world. And turn to God. When we do that we will experience what Jesus did at the end of his forty days: “Then the devil left him and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.” It’s a joyful time.

Celebrating 50 years: Couples of 1967

Posted by Caitlin Joyce, '11, '18 on February 2, 2017 at 11:02 AM PST

This May 5-7 all alumni are invited back to campus to celebrate 125 years of Seattle University at Grand Reunion Weekend. For some, their time at Seattle U is not all they have to celebrate. We sat down with two couples from the class of 1967 who are not only planning to come back for their 50th reunion, but to revisit the place where they met and fell in love.

Gary and Diane Buckley

Diane Faudree grew up in Seattle. As an active Catholic in the area, Seattle U was always a part of her community. Attending Seattle University seemed an obvious choice for her, especially after receiving a scholarship.

Seattle University was an easy choice for Gary Buckley because of family ties. His family lived on Queen Anne for four generations in their family home from 1905. Gary attended a Jesuit prep school in Portland and going on to attend a Jesuit University seemed a natural fit.  “There was something easy about going to Seattle U because I would be near relatives and could go home on the weekends,” Gary said.

Diane and Gary embraced campus life and were active in a number of student groups. Diane was a member of the Spurs and the Silver Scrolls, dorm advisor of Mary Crest and officer for the Association of Women Students. She was also involved in Seattle University’s community outreach program, teaching CCD to local students and providing support to children with disabilities at Pacific School.

Gary was in Alpha Sigma Nu and editor of the Journeyman, where he wrote philosophical commentary for the Spectator.

It was in the student religious program that the two met and a special friendship began to form. Diane broke the ice by asking Gary to the TOLO dance the last month of freshman year. While they began dating as freshman, things didn’t get serious until their junior year.

“We were the perfect evolution of a compatible marriage,” Diane said, “because we were friends first and that evolved into a romantic friendship, then marriage.”

In June of 1967 Diane and Gary graduated and on August 5th they were married.

After a stint in the Navy during the Vietnam War, Gary received his graduate degree from the University of Denver and the two moved to Arizona where they had three sons and enjoyed long careers in education. 

While out of state, they did their best to keep in touch with Seattle U, maintaining relationships with Jesuits and college friends and actively reading the SU magazine.

“The Jesuit tradition is so a part of us,” Diane said, going on to share that, “as a married couple the impact of a shared education has helped us through many things…your faith grows and it becomes the foundation you set for yourself.”

The last time Diane and Gary attended a Seattle University reunion it was the university’s 100th anniversary, 25 years ago.  Despite missing past reunions, they’ve still had opportunities to visit campus over the years, “We love being back on campus. It changes so much every time we visit that it’s fun to try and guess where we are.” For their 50th reunion this May, they have their calendars marked. They are excited to reconnect with classmates they have not seen for years and to celebrate the milestone of 125 years of Seattle University. 

Kathy and Larry Buzzard

Kathy Mullan and Larry Buzzard enjoyed their time at Seattle University, Kathy so much that she joined the planning committee for her 50th class reunion happening this spring. It wasn’t just the fact that she met her future husband, Larry, at Seattle U – it was because they both had a wonderful college experience.

Kathy toured a number of Catholic universities before deciding on Seattle University. Larry came to Seattle U on a baseball scholarship.

Kathy was a Spur, a member of the ski club and a song leader traveling to games to support Seattle U with cheers. The two knew each other for years and even had classes together but it wasn’t until a friend set them up January of junior year that they started dating.

A memorable date for Kathy and Larry was the time they drove to Portland for a game and his car broke down.  Larry realized that Kathy could be “the one” when she didn’t complain one bit. By April, the two were engaged and that September they were married in the same church as Kathy’s parents and grandparents. Though not a Catholic, Larry still regularly attends church with Kathy.

Larry and Kathy agree that they had a great time at Seattle U. “We feel as if we got a super education,” Kathy said, “and we loved the Jesuit approach. Though we both disliked the minor in philosophy, we agree it was beneficial.”

One of their favorite memories from school was when Seattle U beat the number one basketball team in the country, Texas Western, in double overtime. “It was a huge highlight for the whole class,” Kathy said.

Larry was the first in his family to go to college and appreciated his time at Seattle U. He taught for twenty years and started his own business, which he attributes to his Seattle U education.

As a member of the Class of 1967 Reunion Committee, we asked Kathy what message she had for her classmates. She said, “I’m super excited to see people I have not seen in 50 years. It’s so fun to get reacquainted and learn what’s happened in people’s lives, a great thing to do at our age. I hope everyone shows up.”


If you, like your classmates, can’t wait for Grand Reunion Weekend, then get your tickets now! Not only will you get to reunite with friends from the past 50 years but you’ll help Seattle University celebrate 125 years.

A weekend schedule can be found here.
Tickets are available for purchase here.

Questions? Email

We hope to see you this May!

Dine Out Day: Homecoming Gets a New Tradition

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 1, 2017 at 4:02 PM PST

As we begin our 5th annual Homecoming, we have a great new way to engage our community. We are excited to invite you to participate in the newest addition to the Homecoming schedule Dine Out Day.

Dine Out Day takes place throughout lunch and dinner on Friday, February 3 and gives alumni, students, faculty and staff the opportunity to pay it forward to the community that supports us. Invite your friends and bring your family to your favorite eateries on Capitol Hill and in the International District.  

There are 18 restaurants participating, including:

Ba Bar Restaurant
Byrek & Baguette
Cedars on Broadway
Cherry Street Coffee House (12th & James Location)
Katsu Burger (Capitol Hill location)
Nate's Wings & Waffles
Niche Gluten Free Cafe & Bakery
Oma Bap
Optimism Brewing Company
Rhein Haus Seattle
Rooster'sTex Mex
Seven Beef Steak Shop
Slab Sandwiches & Pie
Taste of the Caribbean

Not only is this a great excuse to take a lunch or grab dinner with friends, but the first 20 guests will get a voucher for two free tickets to the Homecoming basketball game on Saturday night.

Dine Out Day isn’t the only reason to get excited about Homecoming. We have events for everyone!

Don’t miss:

Day of Service | "Serving Together"
Locations and times vary by service site. 
Live the mission of Seattle University by serving the community with fellow Seattle U alumni and students. Space is still available, but online registration is now closed. Please email if you still want to participate. 
Hall of Fame Luncheon
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Campion Ballroom  

The Seattle University athletics department invites you to celebrate all members of the Seattle U Athletics Hall of Fame. 

Pre-Game Redhawk Rally | 6:00 p.m.
Coke Corner 

Join Seattle U for a rally to get pumped up for the big game. Enjoy free food and a cash bar! 

Men's Basketball Game | 7:00 p.m.
Seattle U v. Utah Valley

Use promo code SUALUM to get Buy One, Get One FREE tickets.
Purchase your tickets now.

Post-Game (Victory) Party 
Win or lose, grab a drink with your fellow Redhawks and celebrate another great Homecoming Weekend. 

We look forward to celebrating with you this weekend.

Go Redhawks!

Entrepreneurship The Seattle U Way

Posted by Caitlin Joyce, '11, '18 on February 1, 2017 at 9:02 AM PST

SU Advantage | Networking Night
Entrepreneurship The Seattle U Way
Thursday, February 23, 2017
6-8 p.m.
Hotel Sorrento – Top of the Town room

Seattle University alumni are known for the impact they make. The St. Ignatius of Loyola quote, “Go forth and set the world on fire” is taken to heart by our alumni, especially our entrepreneurs. Our next SU Advantage networking night explores this approach to business with a panel discussion. Hear from our alumni entrepreneurs about their paths to success, challenges they’ve overcome and the opportunities for entrepreneurs in 2017.  

The panel will be moderated by Sue Oliver, Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Center in the Albers School of Business and Economics. Sue maintains that Seattle U entrepreneurs are different. “There are competencies that you need to succeed as an entrepreneur, but Seattle U alums do it in a way that pays it forward. They put passion in action and create a thriving life they want to live.”

The panelists include four thriving alumni entrepreneurs.

Matt Iseri, MBA, ‘05
Founder, Tokusaki Consulting

Valerie Trask, MBA, ‘11
Founder, Masters of Moxie: Coaching + Consulting for Founders, Leaders, and Game Changers
Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Sansaire
Co-Founder/CEO, Punchkeeper

Tiffany Ash, 02
Vice President, Operations at Tableau Software

Michael “Mick” McHugh, ‘66
Co-founder and proprietor of F.X. McRory's Bar and Restaurant

Following the panel discussion, attendees will engage in rounds of structured networking. Each round will focus on a question posed by our panelists.

This is not only a great chance to learn from the experienced entrepreneurs, but to build your network and connect with other Seattle U alumni.  Reserve your spot now.

Guests will enjoy complimentary appetizers and one free drink.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Serving Together: Alumni Day of Service

Posted by Caitlin Joyce, '11, '18 on January 5, 2017 at 4:01 PM PST

Serving Together for 125 Years!

Each year, Seattle University alumni live out our Jesuit values by serving the local community during Alumni Day of Service. This signature experience during SU’s Homecoming Weekend will take place on Saturday, February 4. As part of SU’s 125th Anniversary, we are placing the emphasis on bringing it back home by serving organizations who partner with the Seattle University Youth Initiative and who are located within the First Hill/Capitol Hill neighborhoods.

This popular event will now include current students along with family, friends and fellow Jesuit-educated alumni. Participants will engage in service projects, ranging from beautification and archiving historical artifacts to preparing math kits, sorting charitable donations and more.

In order to build community, we are hosting a kickoff breakfast for all volunteers. Get to know other volunteers for your service site and get your limited edition Homecoming shirts. You don’t want to miss it.

If that isn’t enough to entice you to participate, all volunteers will get up to four free tickets to that evening’s Homecoming basketball game and alumni rally at KeyArena. Grab your family and friends and cheer on the Redhawks as they take on Utah Valley!

Want to take on more of a leadership role? All alumni are welcome to be volunteer site leaders! Check out the projects that still need site leaders and choose the one that most appeals to you. Once you’re a site leader, start recruiting your friends and family to volunteer with you. It’s that easy!

Alumni Day of Service Kick-Off Breakfast
7:30 a.m.
Rolfe Room | Admissions and Alumni Building
824 12th Ave.
Seattle University

AlleyCat Acres
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98144

Access to Justice Institute / Public Interest Law Foundation
Time TBA
Sullivan Hall, Seattle, WA 98122

Time TBA
Seattle, WA 98146

Filipino American National Historical Society
9 a.m. - noon
Seattle, WA 98122

The Food Bank @ St. Mary's
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98144 

Full Life
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98104

Habitat for Humanity Southcenter
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tukwila, WA 98188

Keiro Northwest
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98122

Mary’s Place
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98121

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Burien, WA

St. Francis House
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98122 

Sustainable Capitol Hill - Tool Library
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98122

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Get all the details and a complete list of service sites on our website.

Here is what past participants have had to say about Day of Service.

"The experience was wonderful and it was a chance to give back to the community." 

"It was meaningful to literally get my hands dirty doing service work."

"Most of us are too busy to think about the less fortunate in our community. This event provided a reminder and an opportunity to ‘give back.’"

"I enjoyed meeting other caring people, especially recent graduates who don't have a lot of spare cash but who want to give to the less fortunate."

"I really enjoyed working with people from a variety of backgrounds, schools, and ages..."

Register today and join alumni, friends and current students to make a difference!


"Why I Can't Wait for Grand Reunion Weekend" Alumni Spotlight: DJ Weidner, '07

Posted by Caitlin Joyce, '11, '18 on January 5, 2017 at 4:01 PM PST

As a member of the Alumni Board of Governors and now a Reunion Committee Chair for the class of 2007, DJ Weidner, ’07, is what we would call an engaged alum, though SU pride is nothing new to DJ.

DJ did a little bit of everything as a student. He was a Sullivan Scholar, an active member of Campus Ministry and the Search community, and attended a service immersion trip to Belize. DJ was a lead on the new student retreats, and an Orientation Advisor (OA) and Orientation Coordinator.

Outside of Campus Ministry and New Student Programs, DJ worked at the Spectator and was active with Associated Students of Seattle University. “For a short stint, I was the Chair of Battle of Bands for SEAC before I had to resign due to an internship I took with the Washington State Senate. I dabbled in rec sports, tried to start a spirit group called the DIRRTY BIRDS that eventually gave way to the Red Zone and generally tried to be as involved as possible.”

DJ found his passion for Seattle University embodied by a much loved member of the SU community, the late Fr. Roger Gillis. “It was during orientation that I met Fr. Gillis. He was the ‘Dancing Jesuit.’ He was gregarious, full of joy and unabashedly himself. For me, that represented Seattle U, the Jesuits and everything the university stood for. Be yourself, love as hard as you can, recognize that we’re all part of this community and find joy in every moment.”

DJ graduated from Seattle University with a degree in political science, but now works in the marketing and advertising field. As a recent graduate of Seattle University, DJ worked for SU’s marketing and communications department where he managed university social media accounts. In his current role, DJ is a Director of Integrated Marketing for Rational Interaction. It was the critical thinking skills and liberal arts education that helped DJ adapt his political science major into a career in marketing.

DJ has stayed involved with Seattle U long after graduation. He has been on the Alumni Board of Governors (ABOG) for over 4 years - an experience that he calls “really rewarding.” DJ also volunteers his time to attend mentorship fairs, networking nights and makes sure to come out for social events. That leads us to DJ’s newest volunteer role with the university, a Class of 2007 Reunion Committee Chair.

Grand Reunion Weekend will be celebrated May 5-7, 2017 with all alumni invited back to campus for a weekend of milestone reunions, club and organization reunions, family events, receptions and the Seattle U Birthday Bash complete with entertainment. We will celebrate six milestone reunions, including the class of 2007. We asked DJ, as a member of the planning committee, what we can expect from the weekend.

“I don’t want to give too much away, but what I can say is that this is the weekend you want to come back to campus. When was the last time you were back on campus? If you haven’t been back in 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years, it’s probably time to check it out! This weekend is going to be great! Everyone is invited and everyone is encouraged to attend – regardless of the year you graduated. Really, this weekend is about gathering as a full community to celebrate. Seattle U, unlike a lot of other institutions, is much more connected by the communities you were part of rather than your specific class year. We acknowledge that and want to create places around the campus where everyone can gather, reconnect and celebrate.”

Join DJ and your classmates at Grand Reunion Weekend! Our Grand Reunion Weekend website has a complete weekend schedule, registration information and a place to share your pictures and memories.

“I encourage people to reach out, see who is going and pencil that weekend in for a good time!” DJ concluded.

Celebrate Homecoming 2017

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 5, 2017 at 2:01 PM PST

By now you know that we are celebrating Seattle University’s 125th anniversary. What you may not know is that Seattle U’s Homecoming is also celebrating its own milestone-five years of Homecoming Weekend. The tradition, which was reignited in 2013, has grown from a single basketball game to a jam-packed week of activities that are fun for the whole family.  

Over the past five years, we’ve established a number of new traditions including the Red Umbrella Parade and celebrating Day of Service during Homecoming weekend.  In honor of our milestone anniversary, Homecoming 2017 is bigger and better for alumni and students. We’ve kept your favorite traditions and are launching the first ever Seattle U Beyond 12th and Jeff Dine Out Day. Dine Out Day is a chance to show your SU pride while dining at many local restaurants and cafes that are Seattle U favorites. Check out the website closer to Homecoming to see participating restaurants. The first 20 guests will get free tickets to the Homecoming basketball game on Saturday.   

And if you don’t get those, Seattle U alumni get an exclusive offer buy one, get one free tickets to the game.

A complete weekend schedule is available online, but some events we thought you’d want to save the date for are:  

Friday, February 3, 2017 

Dine Out Day 
Capitol Hill/International District

Saturday, February 4, 2017 

Alumni Day of Service 
“Serving Together”  
Seattle Area

Hall of Fame Luncheon
Seattle University

Alumni Pre-Game Rally
Key Arena

Men’s Basketball v. Utah State
Key Arena
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We look forward to serving, cheering and celebrating with you this February!