Fall 2017 Newsletter

WELCOME, FIRST YEAR STUDENTS! The Matteo Ricci College community welcomed the Class of 2021 into the Humanities and Humanities for Teaching programs. Eight Humanities Majors and 17 Humanities for Teaching Majors joined the college. Four students are athletes for Division 1 sports. Our class of 2021 comes from across the nation, including the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Illinois, and Missouri. Five members of the BAHT cohort will be specializing in Elementary Education and are eligible to apply for a teaching certificate with their undergraduate degree. Other students are interested in digital design, computer science, psychology, social work, music theory, journalism, Spanish, special education, art history, English, history, and mathematics.

Robin Olson is in her second year at Seattle University. Currently working towards a BA in Humanities and a BS in Psychology, Robin hopes eventually to obtain her PhD and work as a Clinical Psychologist. The Foster Scholarship carries on the legacy of Rev. John F. Foster, SJ, longtime faculty member in MRC. Robin would
like to thank the generous donors who are contributing to her education and future through this award.

Study Abroad: Jeff Vinison

This summer, Jeff vinision (Leadership '18) Interned in Trinidad and Tobago. Read his reflections below!

"After 12 weeks in Trinidad and Tobago, I have reflected and found the three main reasons
why my internship proved to be so fruitful. Following a couple of weeks abroad, I found
that each day needed three main components: a persistent curiosity, welcoming genuine,
kind people, and a positive attitude. A persistent curiosity is listed first because a drive to
seek out the “whys” and “hows” in life experiences can make them feel much more vivid
and ripe with excitement. The second attribute to my positive experience is to seek out
genuine, kind, and considerate people. Vigilance is important at all times but safe mistakes
are the best way to learn. Lastly, a positive attitude cannot be kept up at all times but with a
healthy level of curiosity and support from friends, it is much easier to be positive and give
yourself the energy to keep curious, meet new people, and explore mentally and physically.
Commitment to being curious, welcoming the abundance of good-hearted kind people in
Trinidad and Tobago to be a part of my experience, and keeping a positive attitude
produced what ended up being an extremely worthwhile experience."


This fall, we extend best wishes to several departing members of the MRC community.

This summer, Beth Layton announced she would be leaving her role as the
college's Program Coordinator and Director of Advising. A dedicated adviser,
Beth assisted hundreds of students to find their educational paths. We wish her
the best for her future endeavors.

Fran Henderson, Administrative Coordinator and Budget Manager for MRC,
will be retiring from Seattle University at the end of 2017. Fran has worked at
SU for 20 years (14 years in Student Financial Services and 6 years in MRC).
Fran has been the welcoming face of MRC, and behind the scenes she has
worked tirelessly on behalf of students. We are grateful for her presence in our
lives and we wish her much joy in her new adventures.

Matteo Ricci College bids farewell to Prof. Carol Kelly, who has taught full time
in the College since 2006. Professor Kelly taught courses in the Arts and
Humanities and was one of the first faculty members in MRC to develop hybrid
and online courses. She led students on memorable trips to New York and
France. We wish her the very best in her next ventures.