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SU Voice Alumni Blog

  • Seattle University Martinez Foundation Mariners Day! Sponsored by the College of Education

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/14/2012 11:15:40 AM

    MarinersSeattle University Martinez Foundation Mariners Day! Sponsored by the College of Education

    Friday, June 8 | 7:10 p.m.

    Dodgers vs. Mariners

    Special discounted group seating has been reserved exclusively for Seattle University guests.

    A portion of the proceeds from tickets purchased will benefit The Martinez Foundation, which

    provides scholarships for future teachers of color. SU College of Education MIT students benefit from

    this foundation, so come out and enjoy a day at the ballpark while supporting a great cause!

    Tickets are $20 (regularly $30) for view reserved seating and $40 (regularly $45) for the field level seats

    Purchase tickets.  Enter special offer code: MARTINEZ

    Deadline to Purchase Tickets: June 4 at noon

    Bring a group of 25 and receive an on-screen Mariners’ welcome. 

    To purchase 25+ tickets, call the Seattle Mariners at 206.346.4515.


    A New Day in Alumni Relations

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/10/2012 09:30:15 AM

    Susan W 2In the past year, SU's Office of Alumni Relations has formulated a vision and mission, as well as a strategic plan. Included in the plan are such goals as expanding benefits and services for alumni; improving and increasing the university's marketing to its graduates; fostering a more active, engaged role for the Alumni Board of Governors; and developing an operational and resource model that supports all of these initiatives. Susan Vosper, '90, '10, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations sat down with The Commons to talk about the progress Alumni Relations has made in the past year and what's in store for the future.

    The Commons:  Generally speaking, how would you assess the state of alumni relations at Seattle University?

    Susan Vosper:  I think we're at a good place. I've been here for 10 months, and right off the bat, we were really clear about the vision that we wanted to put forth, which is being a world-class alumni relations office and presence for SU and our alumni. We also got really clear on a mission to foster that common bond of pride, affinity and connectivity. We're just beginning-I think we're at the base of the mountain and we have done a tremendous amount of work to ensure we can climb that mountain. When we talk about our vision of being a world-class alumni relations office and presence, that's the mountain we want to climb, and I think we're on our way. We have put a plan in place for the next 12-18 months to ensure we are ready and have what we need to make that climb.

    Read more about the new day in Alumni Relations. 

    Student Alumni Ambassadors Leading the Way

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/10/2012 09:22:50 AM

    LorenzoSeattle University President Fr. Steve Sundborg acknowledged the importance of a strong alumni association during the recent Alumni Board of Governors meeting on May 1, 2012. He outlined his commitment to engage with SU alumni through several initiatives and campaigns during his next five years as president. Some of those initiatives prepare current students to start thinking of themselves as alumni in the bigger picture of their education such as service, mentorship opportunities,  career services, the Seattle University Youth Initiative, etc.

    The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a good way to engage all of these initiatives through the Office of Alumni Relations. The SAA is a professional undergraduate organization that connects students with alumni. SAAs connect and network with alumni through events such as the annual Gala, Alumni Service Awards, Magis activities, Annual Crab Feed, etc. The SAAs are excited to be a part of the president's vision to think SU first by creating its own initiatives that supports the values set forth by the university. Some SU alumni have stated their involvement with the SAAs prepared them for their professional and spiritual development as transformative leaders. It takes transformative leaders to create the opportunities to take risks for self-transformation.  I believe the SAAs have the tools and willingness to discover their gifts with other transformative leaders and I am proud to accompany them on that journey that resonates with my Jesuit vocation.

    Lorenzo Herman, S.J.
    MATL Graduate Student
    Student Alumni Ambassadors Advisor

    Spring Sports: Join Us! Senior Send off at the Sounders and Networking at Redhawks Baseball!

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/9/2012 03:07:41 PM

    SndrsWe're happy to invite you to two great sporting opportunities this month. Help us send off SU Seniors as we welcome graduates into our alumni community, and network with alum at the ballpark!

    Our VIP Seattle University Alumni  pregame reception begins at 5:30 pm at the Northwest Loft with an appearance by Redhawks Men's Soccer Head Coach, Pete Fewing and  Redhawks Women's Soccer Head Coach, Julie Woodward and other  campus leadership and alumni!    A special discounted ticket for SU alumni $16.50 includes the VIP pregame reception and seats for the game! Wristbands for the VIP pregame reception will be mailed.  Tickets may be mailed or picked up at the stadium.  

    Wednesday May 23rd
    Seattle Sounders vs Columbus Crew  
    VIP Pregame Reception for Alumni & Seniors from  5:30 to 6:30 p. m. the Northwest Loft
    Kickoff at 7p.m.
    Purchase your ticket. SPECIAL #1 Password: REDHAWKS

    Use the Northwest entrance (Section 100) to come in-we'll greet you there!
    Attendees must have a wristband to enter the reception.

    The  Albers Spring Alumni Networking Event at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue features the Redhawks as SU Baseball takes on the University of Washington!  This is your chance to enjoy a great game, support the team, and re-connect with your fellow Albers and Seattle University classmates, alumni, and faculty for an afternoon at the park.  The game begins at 6:00 p.m., subject to rain-out.
    Tuesday May 22
    Redhawks Baseball vs University of Washington
    Bannerwood Park (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
    Purchase tickets.  Use promo code albers

    Magis Notes May 2012

    Posted by Amanda Kelly on 5/9/2012 02:49:06 PM

    FreeburgThis month, Magis features three of five Freeburg family siblings: Jim Freeburg (Santa Clara University '03), Ben Freeburg (Gonzaga University '01) and Katrina Freeburg (Gonzaga University '98, JVC '99). Each embrace and share the values of Jesuit education with their friends, family, and community. As they shared: "Because we've always had a strong community, we continue our Jesuit experience by building that community for others… It's a blessing and a responsibility to be Jesuit-educated, and we embrace this role wholeheartedly." Magis is grateful for sharing their perspective on how Jesuit-education has shaped them into being men and women for others.   Click here to read their reflection.

    Are you looking for a retreat opportunity and are in your 20's or 30's? If so, Magis is hosting its annual Young Adult Retreat at IslandWood in Bainbridge May 18-20. This year's theme is Living in the Heart of God: Confirming Choices in Community. This Ignatian-style retreat will be led by retreat directors Fr. Jack Bentz, SJ, Sr. Cathy Beckley, SNJM, and Maria Ochoa, and will invite reflection on life circumstances and commitments, grounding retreatants in a sense of faith and community through creative exercises, small-group sharing, and time for relaxation. The retreat is open to persons of all faiths and walks of life. Cost is $125 and includes room and board for the weekend. There are only a few spots left, so email Assistant Director Maria Ochoa today! As always, be sure to check out the Magis eNewsletter for the latest faith, justice, and leadership formation opportunities