Our Seattle U Legacy Family: Jill and Robin Lustig

Posted by Caitlin Joyce, '11, '18 on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 9:59 AM PDT

Mother and Daughter in SU gear

It’s no secret that Seattle University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a community of students and alumni passionate about Jesuit values. A key element of that vibrant community are those legacy families that have had more than one family member attend Seattle U.  One such family is the Lustigs. Jill Lustig, ’06 and her daughter Robin, a current senior and Student Alumni Ambassador, are both passionate about Seattle University and the individualized approach to education it offers. Unlike most mother-daughter legacies, Jill and Robin attended Seattle University less than 10-years apart.

Jill’s relationship with Seattle University began as a graduate student studying for her Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. From the moment she began the application process, Jill was pleasantly surprised by the personal attention she received, which lasted until she completed her program. “I felt like someone was there to hold my hand the whole way.” Jill’s professor, Dr. Jian Yang encouraged her to intern throughout the program – an experience she says really prepared her for her new role teaching in the immigrant and refugee program at Bellevue College.

For Robin, who was in elementary school when Jill attended SU, she knew of Seattle University only as the place her mom went on evenings and that she and her siblings stayed up late and played video games with their dad. “I remember when my mom would come home from class and instead of being tired, she was filled with life. It was an education that put life into her.”

Robin’s relationship with the university changed when she was began looking at colleges and a family friend suggested that the Humanities for Leadership program at Seattle University would be the perfect fit for her. Jill gave Robin a tour of campus and Seattle U quickly became her first choice.

“Right when I stepped foot on campus, it was clear that learning doesn’t stop when you leave the classroom. I soon learned how you could take those lessons and apply them to the other aspects of your life. I’ve come to see that you can learn something from everyone and from every situation,” Robin said of her education at Seattle University.

“Seattle University is the place that taught her how to learn and there is no better place for her,” Jill added.

As someone who has been active in the alumni community for the last three years as a Student Alumni Ambassador, Seattle University’s Legacy Family Pinning Ceremony is something Robin has always wanted to participate in, but has never been able to, until now.  Not only will Robin be attending the pinning ceremony for the first time, but she will have the opportunity to speak about what her family legacy means to her. “Having a special connection of a Seattle University legacy is grounding and it makes you feel more connected to Seattle U. It’s a part of your family history and I am so proud to have this opportunity,” Robin said.

If you are a part of a legacy family, we invite you to join us during Family Weekend to celebrate the ties that bind your family to ours.

Legacy Family Pinning Ceremony
Saturday, October 21, 2017
1–3 p.m.
Campion Ballroom, Seattle University

Students – Free
Alumni & guests - $15
Reserve your spot today.