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SU Voice Alumni Blog

  • SU Launches the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/11/2013 02:22:56 PM

    The celebration of Earth Day, April 22, is the day we set aside each year to draw special attention to the fact that all of us live somewhere – on this beautiful Earth – and that all of us depend on a healthy Earth-home, for our well-being: realities so basic we often take them for granted.


    There are many among us, however, who cannot take those realities for granted, because they live, work, or play in communities that are negatively impacted by ecological degradation. This is especially true for minority and low-income populations. And, lest we forget, this is true for other species facing extinction or significant loss of habitat.

    It’s become evident, that it’s time to forge a sustainable relationship between humankind and planet Earth, and that sustainability will not be achieved without fostering justice within and between societies. It is this dual, intimately connected challenge which inspired the creation of Seattle University's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS).

     As the first Center for Excellence developed through the SU Academic Strategic Action Plan, the CEJS will promote scholarly activity and community engagement with the specific goals of: 

    • Making SU a recognized local, regional, national, and international leader in the scholarship and teaching of environmental justice and sustainability (EJS);
    • Supporting faculty and student scholarship regarding EJS;
    • Co-sponsoring lectures, symposia, and workshops with SU’s diverse environmental programs that reflect the unique ethical perspective of our Jesuit-Catholic tradition, inspire the engagement of EJS scholars with the broader community, and lead to the advancement of public policy;
    • Fostering partnerships for scholarships that connect with EJS programs, including the global network of Jesuit universities; and
    • Serving as a clearinghouse of information for all of SU’s EJS initiatives.

    Establishing the CEJS is a significant step in the university’s commitment to not only becoming more sustainable as an institution, but to advancing scholarship and educating the next generation of leaders -- trained and motivated to create a more sustainable, just world.
    Visit us at And, check out SU’s campus sustainability efforts at:

    Mentors Needed!

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/10/2013 04:58:34 PM

    Career Services Blog
    Are you looking to connect with the SU community in a meaningful and fulfilling way?  Our students and graduates need mentors with professional experience who can help them get started on their career paths.  You were once in their shoes. This is your chance to share the knowledge and insight they need to shape the world of tomorrow.  Join the Redhawk Network Mentor Program to connect with a mentee in ways that fit your schedule, whether you live near or far.

    As a Redhawk Network Mentor you can:
    •    Serve as a panelist on career-related forums
    •    Review résumés or volunteer for mock interviews
    •    Offer an informational interview or job shadow in your line of work
    •    Give advice about the role of graduate education in various fields of interest
    •    Be matched with a student in a structured, academic mentor program
    •    Become a content contributor to one of our career-related publications
    •    And more!

    Participate in the Redhawk Network Mentor Program and help students and graduates unlock their potential and translate their knowledge and skills into meaningful careers.

    Sign up here:

    Spring Job Shadow Hosts Needed in Health Professions
    37 SU freshmen and sophomores have expressed interest in shadowing a professional in a health-related career. Would you or someone you know be willing to share some time to help an aspiring student get a glimpse of a day in the life of a nurse, doctor, therapist, technician, administrator, or other health professional?  If so, please contact Monica Duke in Career Services via email or at 206-296-6177 for more information and to register.

    What’s the Value of Your Liberal Arts Education?

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/10/2013 04:25:09 PM
    Theology, philosophy, literature, science, service learning, and mathematics probably sum up your freshman year at Seattle University pretty thoroughly. Congratulations! You are the product of a liberal arts education – even if you earned a degree in science, education or business. You have an arsenal of social and professional tools that will last you the rest of your life.

    Maybe your philosophy class enabled you to see the humanity in every client you deal with.  Perhaps that sophomore English class allows you to send memos that are short and concise. Did you know that 89% of employers want more emphasis on written and oral communication in their candidates?

    We’d like to hear how your liberal arts education prepared you for your future. When Dean David Powers asked College of Arts and Science alumni how their liberal arts education has proven valuable to them, alumni were quick to respond.

    “I believe that the future will belong to those who are flexible thinkers, who have a broad understanding of science, culture, and history.”  
    “I literally had no idea how much my liberal arts education would change my life.  The broad range of ideas I encountered (some for the first time, others in new ways) incalculably expanded my beliefs about what is possible.  As well, the tools I developed for encountering (and processing) ideas and the world help me every day, in both my creative and my more pragmatic work.”
     “The term 'well-rounded individual' is often used lightly, but in a very real sense, my liberal arts education has prepared me for a career in many different fields.”

    Hear more and share how your liberal arts education prepared you for your life after Seattle U.
    Attend a free panel discussion and networking event titled  “Personal, Professional, Lifelong: The Return on Investment of Your Liberal Arts Degree.”  
    April 12th at 6:30 p.m.
    Pigott Auditorium

    The event will feature a panel from the Deans Advisory Council followed by networking with prospective students and parents, students and alumni.  Questions about this event should be directed to David Chow.

    How did your liberal arts education prepare you?

    Recent Alumni Spotlight: Victoria Hanohano-Hong,’11

    Posted by Caitlin Joyce on 4/10/2013 03:08:11 PM
    Victoria and Sister2
    My path to Seattle University began with personal and vocational exploration. How very Jesuit!

    As a freshman, I was attending culinary school, perfecting the best way to cook a chicken and create a pastry. While there, I realized that for my classmates this was a passion, and what they felt called to do. For me it was fun, a hobby, not what I felt would lead me to a fulfilled life, and not what I was called to do. That’s when I came to Seattle University.

    I knew of Seattle University because my sister was a student. When I transferred there as a sophomore, it felt right. As if I were coming home. It’s where I became aware of God’s presence. From that moment I longed to build that relationship. Choosing theology as a major was a way that I could selfishly pursue my own spiritual questions while earning a bachelor’s degree.  One of the memories that stands out most from my time at Seattle U was the Easter Vigil mass in my senior year where I was baptized Catholic.

    Most who study theology are expected to go on and minister somewhere, maybe join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  But I took a different path; currently I reside in Korea, where I teach English.  The faith and trust in God that I developed at SU gave me the strength and courage to follow God’s call across the world.  And the only thing I could think when I got off the plane at Incheon International Airport was, “Here I am. Now what?”  
    I remembered a professor once telling me that if I wanted to see the face of God, I should work with the poor.  If I was looking for direction that seemed like a good place to start. While my elementary school students are definitely in a very low tax bracket, I’m not sure those are the type of poor she intended.  But the usage of poor in that statement was vague and I thought, “Maybe this is why I’m here!”  
    Despite wanting to see a confirmation of my calling in these kids, they made it difficult.   During cold season they sneezed and coughed all over without covering their mouths, and as a germophobe, that was a struggle.  During the hot summer, they would come into class after recess smelling strongly of sweat because deodorant is relatively unheard of in this country. As a super smeller, that was another obstacle to seeing them as something greater than myself.  I tried and tried  for a while, but couldn’t understand why God had called me here.
    Then one day in self-reflection, a very Jesuit thought struck me. In my theology classes we had focused on Jesus the teacher. He had tried to convey difficult concepts to a community that included children. Here I was in Korea, teaching children, and looking out on a sea of faces who often had no clue what I was saying. I imagined that we must have had similar experiences, looking out at those faces, hoping and praying to see that unmistakable look of dawning comprehension. When I saw that look of a light coming from their eyes and realized that they actually understood what I said, I was filled with joy and realized that I had my answer. This is why I attended SU, why I studied theology, and why I was called to Korea.   

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