Alumni Spotlight: Keenan Kurihara, ‘14
Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 3:03 PM PDT
On July 24th, the Seattle U Alumni Association hosted alumni, current students and their families at the Waialae Country Club for the annual Hawaii Reception. We were excited to have the help of recent graduate and event emcee, Keenan Kurihara, ‘14.
Having graduated in June, Keenan has already taken an active role in the Alumni Association from his home in Hawaii.
“I feel it’s important to stay connected to the Seattle U community because SU has given me so many experiences, memories and, most importantly, individuals who I can call life-long friends. Without my Seattle University experience, I really don’t think I would be the person I am today,” Keenan said.
Keenan was drawn to Seattle U first and foremost for its location on the mainland. He wanted to see what life off the island was like and Seattle offered a vibrant city to explore.. While its location drew him in, it was the small class sizes, personalized attention and caring atmosphere that made him call Seattle U home for four years.
As a student, Keenan was actively involved in Hui ‘O Nani Hawai’i, the United Filipino Club, Student Government, Housing and Residence Life and the Admissions Office, serving as a Redhawk Ambassador. It was in this role that he first began collaborating with the SU Alumni Association.
As an alumnus of Seattle U, Keenan plans to stay involved with the Alumni Association by visiting the university as frequently as possible and helping to build a strong sense of community between the SUAA Hawaii chapter and current SU students. Keenan has hopes for a Hawaii alumni-student mentoring program, where current Seattle U students from Hawaii can look to alumni for guidance, both personally and professionally.
Currently, Keenan serve as a Resolution Coordinator with Hawaiian Airlines in the Consumer Affairs Department. When not working, Keenan volunteers his time to work on the gubernatorial campaign in Hawaii.
“Politics is something that has always interested me and is an area that I may be exploring within the next few years,” Keenan shared enthusiastically.
Keenan is an example of a graduate who is staying involved in the Alumni Association, even though he’s not in the Seattle area. We are in the process of building our regional alumni chapters program. If you are interested in getting more involved in your area, contact Harmony Frederick at firstname.lastname@example.org