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Celebrating Service

Written by Mike Thee
April 15, 2011

The Center for Service and Community Engagement is inviting us to celebrate a number of individuals who demonstrate what it truly means to give back. Two are colleagues. Mike Bisesi of the College of Arts and Sciences and Mileva Huljev of Recreational Sports will be honored at the center’s Spirit of Community Celebration on Tuesday, April 19.  

Bisesi is professor and director of the Center for Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Management in the Institute of Public Service. “(Bisesi has) inspired hundreds of students to skillfully lead non-profits throughout Western Washington,” says Kent Koth, director of the Center for Service and Community Engagement. “In doing so, he has influenced the social fabric of the entire region.” 

Russ Lidman, director of the Institute of Public Service, refers to Bisesi’s extensive community service activities and calls him “a dedicated leader of the nonprofit master’s degree program, a gifted teacher, and an active scholar. Mike has been extraordinarily generous in sharing his time and expertise with the university, the Seattle-area community, and his profession.”  


Spirit of Community Celebration

Tuesday, April 19, 4 p.m.

Campion Ballroom


 “Mike leads and serves with his heart,” says Kasa Tupua Pierson, program coordinator for the Center for Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Management. “He truly cares about people and extends himself to help in any way. This trait is evident in the way he teaches, directs, and serves.” 

Similarly glowing words are showered upon Mileva Huljev, who coordinates SU’s Outdoor Adventure Recreation program.  

“Mileva is a mentor to the students with which she works,” says Derek Hottell, director of Recreational Sports. “She is a teacher, a sister, a friend and in some cases a mother. She strives to make the students she works with feel welcomed. She is not afraid to give them constructive criticism, and she is sincere and genuine when she gives them praise. The students with which she works remain a part of her life long after graduation because she has such a genuine influence on them.” 

When she’s not expanding recreational opportunities for students, Huljev volunteers extensively, most notably with Professionals Without Boundaries (PWOB) at SU.  

“Without a doubt Mileva is the most extraordinary staff member that I have encountered at Seattle University,” says Steve Szablya, director of maintenance and operations in Facilities, and one of the founders of PWOB. “She completely lives and breathes the Ignatian traditions and values and exemplifies the type of person who can carry forward Seattle University’s mission as a staff member and as an alumnus of the university.” 

Two students and a community partner will also be recognized at the Spirit of Community Celebration: Hajer Al-Faham (senior, political science and Women Studies); Rebecca Recinos (junior, liberal studies and psychology); Maggie Wykowski (senior, sociology); and community partner Jeri Chonle of Northwest Harvest. 

The event will also include a keynote address by Nadinne Cruz, remarks by President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., a video documentary about the Children’s Literacy Project, and a poster session highlighting service-learning projects by students in Claire Garoutte’s Documentary Photography for Social Change course and Gary Perry’s Urban Culture and Politics among others.