President's Remarks, 2012 Alumni Awards Good evening. Indeed this is a very good evening! I think this may be my favorite night of the whole year. It is my 15th consecutive Alumni Awards evening, and a time also for me to personally honor our President's Club members and our Legacy Society members who have informed us that they are remembering Seattle U in their wills and estates.What makes this such a personal evening for me is that it is a chance to take pride in our university, to share this pride with you, and to thank you. I think I experience the pride most deeply, but you - all of you - are the ones who help make it happen and should share in the pride and the thanks with me.
I say all of this because I want you to know that it is because of you alumni, President's Club generous donors, and Legacy Society members who so believe in Seattle U's mission and students that you will have us share in your life's earnings-it is because of you that the university is more than thriving. I want you to take full pride in it. It's as much the legacy of all of you as it is of me and the faculty and the staff and administration, and trustees, and the current students.So thanks to all of you. Take pride in your university, enjoy it, speak of it in your homes, with your friends, in your work. And don't we all know, every one of us, that what we take pride in could not be if it were not for God's blessing on our endeavors, God's Spirit with us, God inspiring generous and talented and dedicated people to make us be what God wants us to be. I don't believe this is just the sentiment of a priest, but is the conviction of all of you. Let's not fail to give thanks to God and to give God the glory.Isn't it also true that it's not the campus, or the national awards, or the new facilities, or the teams and choir and research, or the new programs and the Core Curriculum, or even the current wonderful undergraduate, graduate, and law students who are the proof of us fulfilling our mission. It is our alumni. As I say every year, "Only the alumni of Seattle U can tell us whether we are fulfilling our mission." They tell us by their lives, their service, their making a difference in the lives of others. We are always about the future, the future lives of our students engaged in the communities and peoples of our world. On a night like this in the Alumni Awards the future we seek becomes present, what we always hope will be becomes now. We honor six individuals who either as alumni or as persons who teach and inspire others at Seattle U most embody and prove the fulfillment of our mission. What an outstanding six we honor and award this year, amazing the variety of kinds of things they do, who they are, what their passions are.
Join with me as you take pride in Seattle U, and as you give thanks to God, in experiencing our Jesuit Catholic educational mission fulfilled in our presence in the six persons we honor and thank. May this be the best night of the year for all of us who love and serve this university.Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.President, Seattle University
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