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Commencement quiz

May 10, 2016

As President Sundborg, S.J., announced, SU's commencement speakers are Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children's Zone and Jack DeGioia, president of Georgetown University.

So who's speaking at other Jesuit colleges and universities? Match the following institutions and speakers.

(Answers: 1-D; 2-E; 3-G; 4-I; 5-B; 6-A; 7-J; 8-C; 9-F; 10-H )

For a full list of commencement speakers at Jesuit colleges and universities, visit AJCU. 

In his honor

May 10, 2016

Pat Kelly, S.J., blesses a rowing shell named for him in late April. Click here for the full story.


Jesuit wisdom for middle managers

April 25, 2016

Magis: Alumni Living the Mission, its Contemplative Leaders in Action program and the Jesuit way of proceeding were recently highlighted in-of all places-Forbes

Brooke Rufo-Hill, director of Magis, is quoted extensively in the article titled "Stuck In The Middle With You: A Survival Guide For Middle Managers (And The Zombie Apocalypse)." 

Rufo-Hill (left) discusses the traits and expectations of Millennials who, she says, now represent the largest share of the workforce and offers some very Ignatian advice to middle managers. You can read the full article in Forbes.

Sister schools

April 12, 2016

For members of Seattle University's faculty and staff, March was a month of high engagement with other Jesuit schools throughout the world. 

SU was well represented at the recent launch of the new academic year for the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua, Nicaragua, through a trip organized by Joe Orlando of the Office of Jesuit Mission and Identity. Serving as panelists of a colloquium, five of our faculty took up Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si': Pat Kelly, S.J., and Jeanette Rodriguez of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Michael Trice and Leticia Guardiola-Saenz of the School of Theology and Ministry and Russ Powell of Global Engagement. The university has a longstanding partnership with UCA, which was formalized in 2014. (UCA President Chepe Idiaquez, S.J., recently visited SU and participated in the university's Mission Day.) 

Also in March, Jesuit Mission and Identity led a group of faculty and staff on the university's first India Immersion Experience. Included in the pilot program were Orlando, Powell, Jenny Loertscher (Chemistry), Sonora Jha (Communication),and Meena Rishi (Economics). This visit was designed in partnership with St. Joseph's College, a Jesuit institution of higher education in Bangalore, India. 

(Pictured from left to right at the Universidad Centroamericana: Joe Orlando, Michael Trice, Russ Powell, Jeanette Rodriguez, Leticia Guardiola-Saenz and Pat Kelly, S.J.)

In solidarity

March 30, 2016

The student body presidents of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. have issued a joint statement against racial injustice. Mallory Barnes-Ohlson, president of Student Government of Seattle University, joined other student leaders in signing the statement on March 28.

In part, the statement reads: "We, as a collective of Jesuit colleges and universities, have a duty to humanity. Our Jesuit education encourages individuals to think critically, reflect deeply on the realities of injustice, and fight tirelessly for a just world."

The full statement can be found here.

Four Patricks

March 14, 2016


St. Patrick's Day is as good an opportunity as any to celebrate the four Patricks of SU's Arrupe Jesuit Community: (from left) Fathers Patrick Twohy (Director, Rocky Mountain Mission, Urban Native American Ministry); Patrick Howell (Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture); Patrick Kelly (Theology and Religious Studies); and Patrick O'Leary (Chaplain for Faculty and Staff). Let's all give a big "Go raibh maith agat" to this special quartet of Jesuits!

Meeting Father Nicolás

February 29, 2016

Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, director of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture (ICTC), recently found herself in the company of the leader of the Jesuits. Here's how it went down…

Punsalan-Manlimos was in Chennai, India, for an international seminar on "Religions in Society in Asia" (sponsored by Loyola College's Institute for Dialogue with Cultures and Religions). Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus, happened to have a layover in Chennai on his way to visiting other parts of the country and was staying at the Jesuit residence at Loyola. Punsalan-Manlimos, who had been taking her meals at the residence during the conference, heard that Father Nicolás was about to come down for breakfast.

"I could not miss my one opportunity to introduce myself, so I waited with some of the other Jesuits in the community to introduce myself to him," says Punsalan-Manlimos. "I am sure it was quite a surprising sight to see a woman at the Jesuit Residence at 8 a.m. in the morning. But, like many, I am a great admirer of Fr. Nicolás and felt a special desire to meet him because he spent some years in the Philippines, including the time just prior to his election."

Of her brief but memorable encounter with the superior general, Punsalan-Manlimos says, "I felt a warm welcome and genuine interest from him."

One of the other participants in the seminar in Chennai was a Filipino Jesuit, Father Albert Alejo, who knew Fr. Nicolás from his time in the Philippines. At breakfast, Father Alejo shared a story of a conversation he had with Father Nicolás before the latter was to leave for General Congregation 35 in 2008. Father Alejo jokingly told his brother Jesuit, "Don't say no." Sure enough, Father Nicolás was nominated and elected superior general.

As for the seminar itself, which drew participants from nine countries, Punsalan-Manlimos says, "It was a fascinating opportunity to hear papers about the various ways that religious diversity, along with ethnic identities, play out in the complex political realities of different nations in Asia and the broader global context."

The seminar was led by two Jesuits who visited SU two years ago: Vincent Sekhar, S.J., executive director of the Institute for Dialogue with Cultures and Religions, who delivered a lecture on campus in April 2014; and Michael Amaladoss, S.J., the institute's director and a renowned theologian, who accompanied Father Sekhar on his trip to Seattle and spoke to a group of SU students.

For more information on the seminar, visit IDCR.

Lenten schedule

February 16, 2016

Campus Ministry has compiled the following schedule of Masses and other opportunities for reflection and prayer available at the Chapel of St. Ignatius during Lent. (A prayer card created by SU’s Campus Ministry team is featured in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities’ Lenten Resource Guide.)

Taizé Prayer
7 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 16, 23, March 1, 8 and 15

Lenten Reconciliation Service
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9

Individual Reconciliation
7:15-8 p.m.: Sundays in the reconciliation room in the chapel
11:30  a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Wednesdays in the reconciliation room in the chapel

Stations of the Cross 
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Every Friday during lent

Novena of Grace
Wednesday, March 2-Thursday, March 10
12:30 p.m. at Chapel of St. Ignatius

Sunday March 6 at 1 p.m.
Preaching by Bob Stephan, S.J., Tricia Trainer and Deacon Denny Du­ell

Daily Eucharist
12:30 p.m.

Sunday Eucharist
11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Holy Week Schedule in the Chapel of St. Ignatius

Palm Sunday Mass      (March 20)      11 a.m.

Holy Thursday             (March 24)      7:30 p.m. (Chapel open for private prayer until 11 p.m.)

Good Friday                 (March 25)      3 p.m.

Easter Vigil                  (March 26)      9 p.m. (Reception following until 2 a.m.)

Easter Sunday             (March 27)      11 a.m.

Jesuit education and STEM

February 2, 2016

Dean Michael Quinn and Associate Dean Jean Jacoby of the College of Science and Engineering coauthored a piece in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities' January edition of Connections . Titled "STEM: Students and Teachers Embracing Mission," Quinn's and Jacoby's contribution highlights the college's work to build a more just and humane world, internationally and closer to home. 

"At Seattle University, we have been engaged in international humanitarian efforts for more than a decade," they write. "These efforts have involved a broad cross-section of the university community with faculty, staff and student participants." 

You can find the full article at Connections.

SU grads in Jesuit Volunteer Corps

January 19, 2016

Seven Seattle University alumni are currently participating in a year of full-time service with two Jesuit Volunteer organizations, Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and JVC Northwest. 

Volunteers with JVC:

  • Katie Athis- Oasis Center, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Evadine Codd- St. Ignatius School, New York, NY                              
  • AnneMarie Ladlad- Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, New York, NY
  • Katie Stick- BronxWorks, New York, NY                 
  • Rachael Hartzell- Catholic Charities Community Services, Phoenix, Ariz.    
  • Camille Kammer- Joseph's House, Washington, D.C. 

Volunteers with JVC Northwest:

  • Lauren Pusich- Women's and Children's Alliance, Boise, ID 

The volunteers serve people living on the margins of society and have committed to living simply and working for social change in a reflective and spiritually supportive community with other Jesuit Volunteers (JVs). 

Seattle University graduates are some of the 267 JVC volunteers serving in 37 U.S. cities and 6 countries across the world, and the 148 JVC Northwest JV/AmeriCorps members serving in 24 Northwest communities. 

JVs serve hundreds of thousands of people each year, addressing issues such as hunger and homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, end-of-life care, mental health, food justice, as well as serve in Indigenous communities, schools, health clinics, and advocacy organizations across the country and world. 

"Each year it is inspiring to welcome a new group of women and men, like the graduates of Seattle University, who choose serve with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps," said Tim Shriver, president of JVC. "Ignited by faith, our volunteers serve in communities which are tackling the world's greatest challenges: homelessness, hunger, mental illness, crime and poverty. In joining and providing vital service within these communities across the US and abroad, our Jesuit Volunteers are permanently transformed themselves - and are prepared for a lifetime of putting faith into action." 

"We welcome young adults from across the country to the Northwest to share their gifts, education, knowledge, and enthusiasm with those experiencing marginalization and poverty," shares Jeanne Haster, executive director of JVC Northwest. "They are an inspiration and provide hope for our future as they live out our four values of community, simple living, social and ecological justice, and spirituality with other kindred spirits.    

About JVC Northwest  

Established in 1956 in Copper Valley, Alaska, JVC Northwest connects individuals with one or more years of volunteer service focused on the core values of community, spirituality, simple living, and social and ecological justice. Each year, JVs serve over 150,000 people living on the margins in urban, rural, and Indigenous communities, as well as fragile ecosystems throughout the Pacific Northwest. When the various JVC regions joined as one organization in 2009, JVC Northwest discerned to remain independent and locally based to best serve local and regional communities in the Northwest. JVC Northwest is a National Direct AmeriCorps program with 135 JV AmeriCorps members. For more information, visit   

About Jesuit Volunteer Corps  

For almost five decades the Jesuit Volunteer Corps has engaged brave young believers in vital service within poor communities, fostering the growth of leaders committed to faith in action. The global nonprofit and their network of over 10,000 Former Jesuit Volunteers support approximately 300 Jesuit Volunteers each year as they work for justice in 37 U.S. cities and 6 countries abroad. For more information please visit

Another 26.2 in the books

December 7, 2015

A big congratulations to Trung Pham, S.J., assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History, who recently finished a full marathon. Father Pham completed the Nov. 29 Seattle Marathon in exactly four hours with a pace of 9:10 minutes per mile. This is the third year in a row he has run in the Seattle Marathon (he ran a half marathon in 2013 and a full marathon in 2014).

Conversing on the future of Jesuit higher education

November 22, 2015

Four faculty and staff pondered the future of Jesuit higher education at a lunch sponsored by the Office of Jesuit Mission and Identity last week. The lunch was part of the office's "Moment for Mission Lunch Series." 

Joining the panel discussion were Bob Dullea, vice provost and vice president for university planning; Heather Geiger, director of IT finance and accreditation officer; Susan Weihrich, associate dean in the Albers School of Business and Economics; and Peter Ely, associate professor of theology and religious studies. 

Moderated by Jen Tilghman-Havens, associate director of Jesuit Mission and Identity, the conversation was based on the topic of the latest Conversations magazine, "Daunting Challenges for Jesuit Higher Education." Geiger, who coauthored with Dullea the magazine's lead article, began the discussion by highlighting what they shared in the piece. She covered the changes facing all of higher education, including rising costs, increasing questions over the value of a college degree, growing accountability demanded by students and their parents, more expectations that a degree will lead to gainful employment and the challenges and opportunities technology presents. 

Dullea, who last year presented a talk to multiple campus audiences on the challenges confronting higher education and Seattle University, said, "We're not in a crisis, but that doesn't mean we don't face longterm structural challenges." 

In the midst of all the uncertainty, each panelist expressed hope for the future of Jesuit education. Geiger spoke of the "highly personalized" nature of Jesuit education as irreplaceable, Weihrich observed that today's generation of students is receptive to SU's mission and Father Ely said, "Our students are committed to values, not just a career." 

The four speakers also spoke to the need for Jesuit institutions to change with the times and reinvent themselves. 

"(The Jesuit tradition) is used to adaptation and change," said Father Ely, pointing out that the Society of Jesus made significant changes to their founding documents just 10 years after they came into being. 

"I think we are risk takers," said Weihrich, citing the Seattle University Youth Initiative as an example. Others pointed to the newly launched School of New and Continuing Studies, which is utilizing online technologies to educate an underserved population of adult learners, as another significant adaptation for the university. 

Conversations  comes out twice a year, in fall and spring, and is distributed in hard copy form to all of SU's faculty and staff. (The magazine's editorial board is chaired by SU's own Pat Howell, S.J., the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture's Distinguished Professor in Residence.)

Pictured above, from left: Jen Tilghman-Havens, Susan Weihrich, Bob Dullea, Heather Geiger and Peter Ely, S.J.