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Esteemed Guests

Written by Mike Thee
July 20, 2011

Who says the summers are slow at Seattle University? Not last week! In the span of four days, the university played host to a nationally renowned nun, a soccer team considered by many to be the best in the world and a broadcaster with an inspiring personal story. (And that's to say nothing of the hundreds of incoming freshmen and their families who were visiting for Summer in Seattle orientation.)

Tuesday, July 12: SU took the lead in welcoming Sister Rose Ann Fleming to the Jesuit Advancement Administrators (JAA) Conference. As coordinator of academic and athletic advising at Xavier University, Sister Fleming has gained national attention for her successful work in improving the academic performance of the school’s student-athletes. Since 1985, when Fleming arrived at Xavier, the grade point averages of the university’s student-athletes has never dipped below 3.0. Fleming is pictured here with her former colleague Mike Hermann, SU's associate athletic director for external affairs who previously worked at Xavier University. As the host of this year’s JAA conference, SU welcomed 270 advancement and marketing professionals from nearly all of the nation’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities. 

Thursday, July 14:  In town for a “friendly” against the Seattle Sounders, Manchester United was in need of a place to practice, and Seattle University gladly obliged by offering Championship Field. After their evening practice on the 14th, which attracted quite a throng of onlookers, the 19-time English League champions made another appearance at Championship Field to hold a soccer clinic for Special Olympics athletes (right) on July 19, the evening before their match against the Sounders. 

Friday, July 15: ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff visited Seattle University on July 15 to deliver a talk on homeless veterans. Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb while reporting in Iraq in 2006. He returned to work after an arduous 13-month recovery and today is a leading figure in raising awareness for the plight of our nation’s veterans. His talk was sponsored by the Center for Strategic Communications in the College of Arts and Sciences as part of its Project on Family Homelessness, an initiative that is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Woodruff is pictured to the right with Barry Mitzman, director of the center, at a reception for SU faculty, staff and students who are veterans and other members of the campus community.