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On Feb. 28, 2011, the final beam of SU's new Fitness Center was lifted into place.  


It's very quickly become a highly anticipated Seattle University tradition. Sometime during the second half of each men's basketball game at KeyArena, Matt Harper, coordinator of ticket operations, leads young Redhawk fans in a dance to the song "Ice Cream and Cake" by Buckwheat Boyz. Here's a clip of the suit-and-tied Matt doing his thing during a recent game, which was shot by Casey Corr of Marketing Communications.  


Ted Fortier, associate professor of anthropology, previews the lecture he was planning to deliver when he was installed as the Gaffney Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences, Feb. 10, 2011.  



SU legends Ed and John O'Brien were honored during the Dec. 11 men's basketball game against Idaho as the university announced the naming of the Ed and John O'Brien Center for Athletic Administration. Ed and John excelled as student-athletes during the 1950s. Through the years they have remained supportive of the university and its athletics program. The announcement coincided with their 80th birthday. The O'Brien Center, at 1218 E. Cherry will house SU's administrative staff.  


SU women's basketball coach Joan Bonvicini joined such luminaries as Warren Moon and Pete Carroll for the Salvation Army's annual celebrity bell ringing event on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, to raise money for local charities. As shown in this video clip, Coach Joan is as adept with the bell as she is with the ball. Thanks to Stacy Howard, media relations manager, for the video.


Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends filled the Library Plaza Dec. 1, 2010 to begin a new Seattle University tradition. Festive refreshments were served, carols were sung and a tree was lit. The evening, which was billed as "lluminating the Holidays" was organized by the Associated Students of Seattle University.  


The Commons asked Seattle University faculty and staff what they are thankful for. Here are some responses.  


Two Blackhawk helicopters descended on Seattle University's Championship Field on Friday, Nov. 19. The airlift exercise was part of a training involving the Washington Army Air Guard and 4th region area ROTC cadets.  


When the SU men's basketball team took the court for their 2010-2011 home opener on Nov. 14, a familiar face was leading the opposing team. Joe Callero returned to Seattle after leaving the Redhawks in 2008 to take the helm at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Before tip-off, the former SU coach was acknowledged for his successful eight-year stint at SU. He received a gift and warm wishes from a contingent that included current coach, Cameron Dollar, as well as Athletic Director Bill Hogan and the legendary O'Brien brothers, John and Eddie. The Redhawks lost to the Mustangs, 76-60.  


There's a new pastry at Seattle University. The Popko Fritter is named for University Librarian John Popko in recognition of his incomparable leadership of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons project, which was dedicated last month. Popko learned of the homage when he was called to a mysterious meeting with Buzz Hofford, director of SU's food service provider Bon Appetit, on Oct. 12. Here's how it all went down.  


On Sept. 30, 2010, the Seattle University community gathered to dedicate the largest investment the 120-year-old institution has ever made in academics - the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.  


On Sept. 29, Dean David Powers of SU's College of Arts and Sciences joined Army ROTC cadets in rappelling off of the Casey Building.  


The Commons caught up with SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., a few days before the 41st annual University Convocation. Father Steve fielded a few questions about his speech, which is always eagerly anticipated and sets the tone for the coming academic year.  


On Sept. 1, 2010, James St. Center, better known to Seattle University faculty and staff as "The Little Blue House," was reduced to a pile of rubble. The building, which was vacant since last year, previously had been used by some members of University Advancement. The controlled demolition, which took a few hours, was particularly cheered by the staff who worked within its sometimes rat-infested walls. While the university's longterm plans for the site are still being worked out, in the more immediate future the property will accommodate the trailer that will support the construction of the new rec center.  


Seattle University presented Groovin' on the Green, the first-ever Concert Community on Aug. 28, 2010. Neighbors joined with faculty, staff and students for an afternoon of free live music and refreshments. The university, which collaborated with Jackson Street Music Project to produce the family-friendly concert, hopes it becomes an annual event.  


On Aug. 25, 2010, about 100 employees of Seattle University participated in Staff and Faculty Service Day. The second annual afternoon of service was organized by Human Resources in collaboration with the Center for Service and Community Engagement with support from university leadership. Participants fanned out to assist nine community organization's in the neighborhood. Afterward, they cooled off with some ice cream on the Union Green.  


On Aug. 20, about a month before the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is scheduled to open, construction workers were putting the finishing touches on the largest project in Seattle University history. Meanwhile, boxes and boxes of books were being delivered from the Interim Library on 13th and Columbia to be shelved in their new home. Overseeing this mammoth task is librarian Mary Sepulveda. She took a few moments to explain to The Commons how the process is going.  


Seattle University was the site of the Green Innovation in Business Network's Solutions Lab 2010. Representatives from a diversity of industries and organizations participated in a dialogue on sustainable practices. Bon Appetit, Seattle University's food service provider, helped organize the gathering. In this video clip, SU Executive Vice President Tim Leary welcomes the group and speaks about the university's commitment to sustainability.  


Scheduled to open in September 2010, Seattle University's Lemieux Library and Learning Commons is heading into the homestretch. On Aug. 7, Project Manager Steve De Bruhl led The Commons through the largest project in SU history. Here are some of the scenes from inside.  


Seattle University celebrated the Feast of St. Ignatius on Friday, July 30, 2010. Faculty and staff were invited to the Arrupe Jesuit Residence for a breakfast as well as a mass in the Chapel of St. Ignatius. At the breakfast, Rector Pat Howell, S.J., spoke a bit about SU's Jesuit community and the feast named for the founder of the Jesuits.  


The largest project in Seattle University history, the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is scheduled to open in fall 2010. Three months before construction was completed, The Commons took a tour of the buildings. Here's a glimpse of what they looked like at that time.  


In April 2010, SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., attended a meeting in Mexico City at which the presidents from all Jesuit institutions worldwide were represented. In this clip, Father Sundborg talks about the group he facilitated at the conference and what he took away from the overall experience.  

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