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The Campaign for the Uncommon Good

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on October 3, 2019 at 3:10 PM PDT

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On Tuesday, President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., introduced The Campaign for the Uncommon Good, the largest campaign in Seattle University’s history, with a goal of $275 million. We enter the public phase of the campaign having raised $250 million from more than 20,000 donors. Now we invite our 83,000 alumni and the broader Seattle U community to engage with us and the campaign that will equip our students with the knowledge, purpose and experience necessary to fearlessly build a better future for all.

The Campaign for the Uncommon Good supports construction of the new Center for Science & Innovation, scholarships and mission-driven programs such as mental health support for students, service learning and maintaining the Jesuit character of the university.

The Seattle University Alumni Association will be focused on engaging our alumni to volunteer, attend events, participate in chapter and affinity group programs, serve as an ambassador for SU Gives or mentor students.

We will be officially launching the campaign to the public over Homecoming Weekend November 6-10. Alumni, families and friends of the university are invited to enjoy lectures, reunions, Homecoming Day of Service, the Red Umbrella Parade, alumni mass, the Redhawk Redfest Rally and Homecoming basketball game.

In addition to Homecoming, the Alumni Association is hitting the road for The Uncommon Impact Tour. We will be visiting Portland, Honolulu, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Spokane, Tacoma and the Puget Sound Eastside. At these events, you will hear from President Sundborg, S.J., and other Seattle U dignitaries about The Campaign for Uncommon Good and continue to build the SU community in those areas. We hope to strengthen our existing regional chapters and build new ones where they don’t currently exist. If you are interested in helping to build your region’s chapter, contact the SU Alumni Association.

With The Campaign for the Uncommon Good, we will amplify the good we’re already doing and expand into areas where we can have the broadest and most enduring impact. Our time is now to empower champions for a just, inclus


Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on September 5, 2019 at 2:09 PM PDT

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Career Conversations, our popular new professional development offering, provides small group sessions with career coach Paula Fitzgerald Boos covering a range of job search and transition networking topics. 

This monthls topic is: Effective Actions and Strategies for Networking 
Date: Wednesday, September 18 
Time: 7:30-9 a.m. 
Location Seattle University Advancement and Alumni Building, Room 107 

Mark your calendars now for the remaining Career Conversations sessions! All are held from 7:30-9 a.m. 

  • October 16 - Conducting Effective Informational Interviews 
  • November 20 – Moving Online Connections to In-Person Relationships 
  • December 18 – Signs It’s Time for a Career Change 
  • January 15 - Personal Branding
  • February 19 - Resume Best Practices
  • March 18 - Seeking Mentorship
  • April 15 - Career Transitions: Communicating Transferrable Skills
  • May 20 – Generating Advancement Opportunities
  • June 17 – Navigating your Current Work System 

Making a Difference: Homecoming Day of Service

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on September 5, 2019 at 10:09 AM PDT

Seattle University student gardening for Day of ServiceJoin Seattle University for one epic day of service to make a difference in our local community and in communities our alumni call home around the globe. SU’s signature Day of Service event is taking place during Homecoming weekend on Saturday, November 9 and for the first time, is going global with sites across the country and around the world. It is an incredible opportunity to get friends and family together to volunteer.

In Seattle, we have partnered with more than 25 community organizations and several of the organizations will be bringing their projects to the Seattle U campus. All Seattle area volunteers are invited to the Homecoming Day of Service kick-off breakfast before serving. 

We are challenging all Redhawks to actively participate. With our diverse selection of sites, you can choose programs and partners that align with your passions. It’s a “great way to give back to the community and get to know organizations that do great work,” said a past volunteer. 

We are still confirming regional sites and hope to add more. With your support, we can make a positive impact on our local communities and globally. Don’t see a service site in your area? Have an idea for a service site in your neighborhood? Interested in leading a site? Contact Stephanie Jamieson at for leadership opportunities and regional or global site ideas and locations.

Coming Home to Reconnect

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on September 5, 2019 at 10:09 AM PDT

Headshot of Alumni Spotlight Kristen MorganWhether it is building understanding around ways to prevent suicide, helping women and men with addiction, or in her new role providing educational services to incarcerated adult males, Kristen Morgan, ’09, ’13, is living the mission and values gained while attending Seattle University.  

“The experiences I gained from classroom discussions in conjunction with practicum and internships opportunities shaped the direction of what I wanted to do post-graduation,” says Morgan. In addition to engaging classroom conversations, the opportunity to fully participate in spiritual programs like Search Retreat and immersion programs like Mexico Mission Trek gave her a better understanding of the community and people who have different lived experiences. 

These fond memories and career-focusing experiences Kristen had while at Seattle U really pushed her to get involved in the Search Retreat 50th reunion planning committee. “Search Retreat was a central part of my time at SU. Many of the relationships that I developed while at Search Retreat and through my time at Campus Ministry continue to this day,” says Morgan. With the 50th anniversary of Search Retreat and her Class of 2009 10th Reunion falling on the same weekend, Morgan is enthusiastic to come back to Seattle U and see old friends and reminisce about this special time in her life. 

“I know the school has changed so much since the time I left,” says Morgan. She is excited for this reunion weekend and the opportunity to “reconnect and see where my peers are in their professional lives, gain perspective on how privileged we were to experience this type of education and refamiliarize ourselves with the level of academic and spiritual growth that we got while at SU.”

Reliving positive experiences and renewing friendships are two great reasons to attend. Join Kristen Morgan and come home to Seattle U for reunion and Homecoming Weekend.

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Seattle U is Coming to You

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on September 5, 2019 at 10:09 AM PDT

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Connect with fellow Redhawks in your area at one of our seven regional Uncommon Impact Tour receptions. Learn more about the state of the university and get updates from President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., and/or Provost Shane Martin, PhD.

As we visit these seven regions, we are excited to strengthen our existing chapters and build new chapters where they don’t yet exist. Regional receptions are designed to build your local community by expanding your network of Seattle U alumni with different professional backgrounds and life experiences. If you are interested in taking a leadership role in building your local community, please email Bianca Galam.

So, come ready to engage  while enjoying delicious food and building your SU regional community! 

Uncommon Impact Reception Dates and Locations

Click on the location and reception date to register for that event.

A Conversation with Sister Helen Prejean

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on September 5, 2019 at 9:09 AM PDT

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Best known for her 1993 book Dead Man Walking, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, Sister Helen Prejean recently received an honorary doctorate from Seattle University and delivered the Graduate Commencement address in June.

Together, The College of Arts and Sciences, School of Theology and Ministry, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and the Elliott Bay Book Company are pleased to welcome her back to campus to talk about her new memoir, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.

This new memoir tells her life story before she worked with death row inmates and leads up to pivotal social justice movements in the 1980s where Dead Man Walking begins. River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey chronicles her time with the congregation of St. Joseph in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, speaks of changes in the early 60s when her life was opened by the ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church and ends with a letter to Pope Francis about her concerns with the exclusion of women in the church. Despite all the work she has done throughout her lifetime addressing structural inequity, Sister Helen courageously uses this book to continue to shine light on areas where she still sees injustices, particularly the treatment of women and LGBTQ people in the church.

Sister Helen travels three-quarters of the year and has spoken in all 50 states. She has also been awarded over 65 honorary degrees throughout her career. Don’t miss this rare opportunity and intimate conversation with Sr. Helen Prejean on campus on September 9 from 7-8:30 p.m.

10th Annual Catholic Heritage Lecture Series

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on July 31, 2019 at 10:07 AM PDT

The Catholic Heritage Lecture Series engages the intellectual and religious communities of Seattle and the SU community to explore aspects of the Catholic intellectual traditions and the intersection of Catholicism and culture.

This year the Institute will highlight the contributions of three particular Catholic populations: Hispanic/Latin American Catholics, African American Catholics and Asian American Catholics. All lectures are free and are held at 7pm in Student Center 160 (LeRoux Room) at Seattle University.

Lecture Dates:

Series Intro: Thursday, October 3 - Thomas Landy, College of the Holy Cross

  • Thomas M. Landy, a sociologist with a specialization in the sociology of religion and Catholicism, is director of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross. He founded and leads research for Catholics & Cultures, a web-based initiative to explore the religious lives and practices of lay Catholics in their particular cultural contexts around the world.

Thursday, November 14 - Cecilia Moore, University of Dayton

  • Cecilia A. Moore is the Associate Director of the Degree Program for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies. Her area of specialization is U.S. Catholic history and she is currently working on the history of black conversion to Roman Catholicism in the 20th century.

Thursday, February 20 - Hosffman Ospino, Boston College

  • Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry where he is also Director of Graduate Programs in Hispanic Ministry. He is currently advancing a national study on Latino Catholic vocations.

Thursday, May 14 - Gemma Cruz, Australian Catholic University

  • Gemma Tulud Cruz, Filipina-Australian theologian, currently works as Senior Lecturer in Theology and is a member of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at Australian Catholic University. Gemma's research expertise is in migration theologies and she has served as a consultant to the Sub-Committee on Asian and Pacific Affairs of the Secretariat for Cultural Diversity of the US Catholic Bishops' Conference.

Homecoming Has Something for Everyone

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on July 31, 2019 at 10:07 AM PDT

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You won’t want to miss Seattle University’s Homecoming held on Veteran’s Day weekend, November 6-10, 2019. Join us as the campus comes alive with pride and memories from the past and the present.

We will be honoring veterans and remembering those who have served our nation throughout the week and weekend with a cake cutting ceremony, a Veteran’s Day lunch for veterans and the military community, the Robert Bennedsen Veteran’s Day 5K and a tribute at the Homecoming basketball game that night.

For the first time, reunions join Homecoming to make it the biggest celebration yet. We’re celebrating:

Interested in learning opportunities? We’ve got you covered with a panel discussion on "Corporate Solutions to Social Problems" on Wednesday morning and an evening community lecture on Thursday. Stay tuned for speaker announcements!

Join us Thursday for our Homecoming Umbrella Parade where we’ll gather alumni to walk together to show the students that Seattle U is for a lifetime.

We live our mission on Saturday with our first global Homecoming Day of Service. You can register now for any of the 21 service sites in the Puget Sound region. Not in the area but would still like to organize a service project for alumni in your area? Contact Stephanie Jamieson at We’ll let you know as service sites in other regions are confirmed.

Saturday night we celebrate our Seattle U pride with the biggest, most exciting Homecoming rally we’ve ever had. We’re combining our Red Fest celebration with the rally so we’ll have activities for everyone as well as live entertainment. We’re still firming up details, but let’s just say we are hoping to see 1,000 SU alumni, students, faculty, staff, families and friends gearing up for the Homecoming basketball game against Eastern Washington University at our very own Redhawk Center.

We’ll wrap up the weekend with alumni mass at the Chapel of St. Ignatius.

This is a weekend you don’t want to miss. Check out the full schedule on our Homecoming website and mark your calendars!

Register now!


Volunteer Service and Welcoming Spiritual Community for Mature Adults

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on July 29, 2019 at 12:07 PM PDT

Jesuit Volunteer EnCorps (JV EnCorps) is now accepting applications for 2019-20.  JV EnCorps, a program of JVC Northwest, provides rewarding opportunities for service, community and spiritual formation for adults 50 and older who are committed to social and ecological justice. During their ten months of part-time service, participants meet monthly for fellowship, reflection and to explore the values of community, spirituality, simple living and social and ecological justice. “I knew JV EnCorps would challenge my current sense of spirituality, my day to day relationships with every type of person, and how I treat creation. I looking forward to our monthly gathering for the opportunity to reflect, connect and support the greater good,” says JVEnCorps participant Patricia Freeburg, ‘75. 

Our values arise from Ignatian Spirituality and JVEnCorps is an inclusive and ecumenical community. “I have found such a wonderful and like-minded group of people to be with and to share life’s ongoing and ever unfolding faith journey,” says Elizabeth Hansen, ’54, and JVEnCorps member since 2014.

There are JV EnCorps groups now forming in six Northwest cities including Bend, Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma and Vancouver, WA.

Priority application deadline is August 31 with an opening retreat in September.  

For more information email

Top 3 Ways to Get Involved

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on July 29, 2019 at 11:07 AM PDT

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Alumni are a powerful resource to admissions offices. “The connection is everything,” says Lucas Ruiz, '11 Assistant Director of Admissions. “Being able to connect the institution with the person, and the affinity the student has with this person, entices them to consider Seattle University. That makes a big difference.” An alum can be the first contact for a high school student to connect with and learn about the campus and the community.

While prospective students may want to know general information about SU, alumni offer real and personal experiences about classes, favorite professors, making friends and the type of campus community Seattle U provides. “Alumni are Seattle University’s strongest advocates and recruiters. Merely by doing their own great work, with a heart inspired by their time at SU, alumni proudly broadcast the exceptional education one can get here,” says Jonathan Brown, '92, '94, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Engagement.

With the start of fall term just around the corner for high school students across the state, now is the perfect time to take a future Redhawk out for coffee or connect at a family gathering to discuss your memorable experiences. Tell them about any clubs or activities you were involved in or why Seattle University was the best college for you.

Top 3 Ways to Get Involved Today:

Nominate a Future Redhawk

  • Participate in our Alumni Referral Program. It generates a personalized referral to the prospective student, while introducing this future Redhawk to the SU Admissions.

Share your Pride with a SU Pennant

  • Work at a school or in a community-based organization? Need an SU pennant to show off your school pride and start conversations with future college students about your own experience? The first 5 people to email will receive a SU spirit pack that contains a t-shirt, SU college pennant and more! Tell us your role, who you work for, and how this spirit pack will help you engage a future Redhawk. Additionally, 50 more teachers, counselors and others who work with students will receive a pennant to proudly hang in their office or classroom!

Attend an Event

  • Stay informed and connected by attending an alumni event. Find a complete listing of alumni events and choose one to attend. Connect with other alums and keep up on the latest happenings and news so you can promote the Seattle U of yesterday and today.