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  • Upcoming Events Calendar

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 08:26:13 PM

    March 2013 Events

    Search For Meaning Bookfest
    Saturday, March 9th|Seattle University Campus
    Alumni Relations Open House (During Bookfest)
    10AM - 2PM
    Admissions and Alumni Relations Building

    Choirs - Lenten Prayer Concert: An Instrument of Peace
    Saturday, March 9, 2013| 8-9:30PM

    WAC Tournament
    March 12-16 | Las Vegas
    Men and Women's Basketball

    Alumni Relations Happy Hour in Las Vegas
    Tuesday, March 12th, 2013| 4-6PM
    Stardust Suite| Orleans Hotel and Casino 
    RSVP now!

    "Cracking the Codes: Systems of Racial Inequity" Premiere Film Screening and Community Conversation
    Wednesday, March 13, 2013| 6:30 - 9PM

    Surprising Resignation of the Pope Throws 
    the Door Open

    Thursday, March 14, 2013|12:30-1:30PM
    Wyckoff Auditorium with Fr. Pat Howell, S.J. 

    Student Chamber Music Concert
    Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM

    Alumni Day of Prayer with Pat O'Leary, S.J., 
    and Cissy McLane
    Saturday, March 16, 2013 | 9AM - 3PM

    Spirituality on Tap Featuring Brendan Busse, S.J.
    March 19 & 20, 2013| 7-9 PM 

    San Diego Alumni Reception 
    Thursday, March 21, 2013| 6 - 8PM
    RSVP for directions!

    San Francisco Alumni Reception
    Friday, March 22, 2013| 6 - 8 PM 
    RSVP for directions!

    Stay Tuned For These Events

    Portland, OR Alumni Chapter Reception
    Wednesday, April 3, 2013| 5:30 - 8:30PM 
    Cha Taqueria & Bar
    RSVP now!

    School of Law 40th Anniversary Celebration
    Thursday, April 11,2013| 5:30 - 7:30PM

    Career Expo
    Wednesday, April 10, 2013| 11AM - 2PM 

    Awards Ceremony and Artists' Reception - Imagining the World: Study Abroad Photography Exhibit
    Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 5 - 7PM 

    Brahm's Music Series
    April 11 & 13 | 7:30PM
    April 12 & 14| 3:00PM

    28th Annual Alumni Awards
    Tuesday, April 16th|5:30pm
    Register now!

    Alumni Day of Service
    Saturday, April 27, 2013| 8:30AM - 1:30PM

    Albers Executive Speaker Series
    Tuesday, April 30th, 2013|5:30 - 6:30PM 
    With Spencer Rascoff, CEO of

    Arts and Sciences Alumni Seminars 
    Re-visioning Classics of our Literature
    April 9 - June 4, 2013 

    SU Athletics Red Tie Celebration
    Saturday, May 18, 2013| 5:00PM

    Career Services:
    Tools for Career Transition:
    A Workshop for SU Alumni Looking for a Job,
    a Career Change, Or a Re-Start.
    April 23, 30| May 7, 14 |6:30-8:30 PM

    Vocational Discernment: Living Into Questions
    Thursday, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    Visit our athletics site to stay up to date on SU Sports.

    A Message from Career Services for March 2013

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 05:52:20 PM

    Recently Seattle University invited two national leaders, Dr. Sharon Parks and Chris Lowney, to campus to speak with students, faculty, staff and community members about leadership and meaning making. Former Jesuit and JP Morgan executive, and author of the book,Heroic Leadership, Lowney said “A true leader respects the dignity of others while unlocking their potential.” Dr. Parks, best known for her book Big Questions, Worthy Dreams reflected, that a true mentor is one who sees you and recognizes your gifts even before you do. She challenged Seattle University with the question, “Is a mentoring community available to all students?”

    As Career Services prepares to relaunch the Redhawk Network Mentor Program this month, we are asking alumni to sign up to be a mentor to a Seattle University student. Below is the link to sign up and let us know the ways you are available to mentor,  e.g. offer an informational interview, talk with a student by phone or in person, participate in a workshop or on a panel, etc. You can select the amount of time and the way in which you want to mentor. Thank you for being a part of developing the next generation of Seattle University leaders! Below the “Login” button, click “Click here to complete your mentor profile!

    Career Services Benefits for Alumni:

    Career Services offers support to our alumni who may be seeking a change. Whether a change of perspective, position, employer or career path, we are here to assist you. Below you will find a list of career services we offer to alumni:


    •   4-Part Career Development Workshop Series  
    •   3 one-on-one advising appointments per year
    •   Access to the Redhawk Network, a database of employers and job  postings
    •   Involvement in career fairs and other professional networking events


    Visit Career Services to get more details and register for professional development events today!


    A Message from Magis for March 2013

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 05:42:04 PM

    What do a full time high school teacher, bike aficionado, Contemplative Leaders in Action participant and brewery founder/owner have in common?  A Jesuit education.  This month’s Alumni Living the Mission is Seattle University alumna Haley Woods who though crunched for time, finds meaning among her commitments.  Thanks to herroots in Ignatian pedagogy, gleaned from her time in the Masters in Teaching program at SU and ongoing participation in Magis’ Contemplative Leaders in Actionprogram, Haley integrates reflective practices throughout her day, be it while driving to work, building a barstool or concocting a new IPA.  Click here to read her reflection

    Upcoming Magis Programs:

    Alumni Day of Prayer with Pat O'Leary, S.J., and Cissy McLane – Saturday, March 16, 2013  (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

    Spirituality on Tap with Brendan Busse, S.J. – Wednesday, March 20, 2013  (7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service - Saturday, April 27, 2013  (8:30 AM – 1:30 PM), registration opens March 12th!

    To register for these or to read about our other programs, visit the Magis website or email us.


    Alumni Day of Service

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 05:34:39 PM

    A Jesuit education implores one to go forth and ignite the world, and to share our compassion and commitment to the world as members of a global community. No event encompasses this idea of community and engaging the world better than the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service.
    students green  

    The Alumni Day of Services invites all those who are the product of a Jesuit education across the country to come together and serve their local community. Last year was Seattle University’s first year participating in the National Alumni Jesuit Day of Service. Seventy five Jesuit-educated alumni from all over the Puget Sound region came together to serve their community and live out their Jesuit values.

     “I enjoyed the opportunity to put my hands where my checkbook usually goes. I usually go by giving; occasionally it’s nice to give by going. I also enjoyed the opportunity to work with alumni from other SJ campuses.” said one alum who attended last year.  

    The mission of this event is to foster the ongoing formation of men and women for others. Those who participate can see the life-changing and enduring impact of their Jesuit education first hand. Participants may have come from different backgrounds, states, and universities but all share the same core values of a Jesuit education. Another attendee from last year, felt deeply engaged by that shared purpose saying, “I felt a sense of mutuality in the demonstration of care. It was the first SU service experience I’ve had where I palpably felt like I was ‘engaging the world.’”   

    Seattle University is again filled with a sense of passion and excitement as we prepare for the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service on April 27th, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This year our focus is on food justice and all of our volunteer locations reflect this in some way. Come join us in this unique service opportunity.  Learn more and register!


    March Recent Alumni Spotlight: Santa Maria Rivera

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 3/6/2013 05:28:26 PM

    We’re excited to introduce a new monthly column we’re calling the Recent Alumni Spotlight.  We could think of no better way to kick off this column, then to feature our 2013 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award winner, Santa Maria Rivera.

    Santa grew up in Yakima as a first generation Mexican American. In Santa’s family he was the first to graduate from high school, so college educated role models were not readily available. Santa’s path to Seattle University was an unconventional one. There were no online college applications filed during senior year, or group tours to explore the urban oasis that is the Seattle University campus.

    Santa began his college career at Wenatchee Community College where he took to the soccer field. Soccer would act as a key to Santa, opening up doors and opportunities.

    “I come from a very tough place,” Rivera said in a brief documentary about his life. “I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for the opportunities that this sport was able to give me.” It was Santa’s skills on the soccer pitch that caught the attention of Seattle University soccer coach Pete Fewing.

    When Pete saw Santa play, he knew he had someone special on his hands. He took Santa under his wing, and convinced him to transfer to Seattle U so that Santa could play for the Redhawks. During his junior season playing for the Redhawks, Santa led SU to a National Championship and went on to play for the Sounders for two years. After his two year stint as a Sounder Santa returned to Seattle University to complete his History Degree and graduated in 2008.

    After his graduation from Seattle University, he went on to embody the values of his Jesuit education, as a mentor to at-risk middle school students and youth coach for C Alliance. He’s able to provide encouragement, educational support and coaching to the next generation of soccer players. Santa coached the C Alliance team to their first undefeated season in 13 years. He acts as the spokesperson for Golazo, an all-natural sports drink company that encourages youth soccer players to pursue their dreams and fulfill their potential. In his minority outreach role at Redept, Inc., Santa  develops and administers a program to give young Latinos access to athletic programs and higher education to help them develop leadership abilities and strong decision making skills.  

     While nominating Santa for this award, David Chow , of Seattle University’s  College of Arts and Sciences, called him the voice of hope for the Washington State Latino community.”  We are very proud to be able to honor someone who gives so much of themselves, with an alumni award. If you’d like to join us in honoring Santa Maria Rivera, and other outstanding Seattle University community members, we invite you to attend the Alumni Awards Celebration on April 16th.

    Would you like to be featured in our Young Alumni Spotlight?  Do you know someone we should highlight?  Comment here or send an email to