Recent Alumni Spotlight: Marissa Turner, '05

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 9:44 PM PST

“Seattle University made me value the importance of working for a just world, and that's something that I strive to do both in my work and personal life. I feel like my experience at SU taught me to question everything and to lean into discomfort,” said Marissa Turner, ’05, graduate of the College of Science and Engineering.

It was Seattle University’s mission that drew Marissa to Seattle U and its beautiful campus and vibrant city that sealed the deal. “Seattle seemed like a great city and would be a fun change from my native north Idaho.”

As a student, Marissa quickly began living out Seattle U’s Jesuit mission. She was member of the Multifaith Works AIDS Care Team, the Calcutta Club, participated in the Mexico Mission Trek and the SEARCH Retreat and volunteered for L’Arche. 

“One of my favorite memories was Fr. Roger and Fr. Mike's lip syncing and dance performance at the Calcutta Club's date auction,” Marissa shared. 

After her graduation in 2005, Marissa remained committed to the Seattle University mission. While still in Seattle she was an active participant with Magis: Alumni Living the Mission and in her current role works as an Administrative Assistant at a non-profit that helps low-income and disabled individuals find work.

Now, ten years after her graduation, Marissa returns to her alma matter to help her classmates celebrate their 10th reunion as part of the 2005 Reunion Planning Committee. 

Marissa heard about the opportunity to plan her class reunion and jumped on it. “It sounded like fun. I enjoy planning events and I thought it'd be a great way to connect with fellow classmates.

I made life-long friends while at SU, and I've been fortunate enough to be a part of their journeys as they have gotten new jobs, been married and welcomed children. What I’m most excited about at our reunion is seeing those classmates that I haven't been in touch with for 10 years and hearing where life has taken them,” she said. 

“We have a great weekend of food, fun and fellowship planned. It will be a wonderful way to connect with old friend as well as the University!” 

Marissa and her fellow committee members , Analisa Castaneda, Juanita Hinojosa Jasso, Abby Laxa-Anderson, Valerie Tokumoto, Jesse Zaragoza, hope you’ll plan to join them on May 2nd at the 2005 Reunion.

2005 10th Reunion
Saturday, May 2, 2015
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Seattle University 

RSVP now.