Olivia Smith, ’16, remembers the moment she learned she was a 2015 Truman Scholar. It was particularly memorable not only because of who broke the news to her—President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., at a Sullivan Leadership meeting—but also because it meant she was the 15th Truman from Seattle University. Read more about "Stellar Scholar".
One aspect of being an artist is being observant, Josef Venker, S.J., will tell you. A foodie in his spare time, Father Venker likes to prowl thrift stores for bargain kitchen tools and utensils. He started to notice a surprising number of pasta machines at some of the local second-hand shops. Trouble is, not many folks are familiar with these gadgets or they think making pasta involves too much effort. Read more about "The Gospel of Pasta".
It is strange to think of him now as a relative unknown. That’s precisely what William J. Sullivan, S.J., was, at least locally, when he arrived from the Midwest to become Seattle University’s provost in 1975. Yes, he carried the distinction of being the first Catholic priest to earn a doctorate in religious studies from Yale University. And yes, by the time he arrived at SU he had already established himself as a champion for ecumenism as dean of the School of Divinity at St. Louis University. And yet none of this foretold the gargantuan impact he would make in the years to come on Seattle University and the region. Read more about "The Maker of the Modern Seattle University".
John Evans, ’84, has advocated for those with disabilities since 1977, when he was 18 and a student at the Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver, Wash. That was the year the school sent him and several of his classmates to Berkeley to join a major protest demonstration over the lack of federal accessibility laws for people with disabilities—a first opportunity to leap into a national political issue with personal implications. Read more about "Power Couple Serves Disability Community".
As she looks out over Chambers Bay, Shon Crewe, ’97, imagines how this scenic golf course in University Place will come alive during the U.S. Open Championship in June. Each day of this event—June 15-21—will bring a sold-out crowd of 40,000 spectators eager to watch world-class pro golfers. Crewe, co-host on 710 ESPN’s Northwest Golf Show, will be in the thick of the action, interviewing players, covering the ever-changing standings and possibly even getting in a round with a pro. Read more about "Teeing Up for U.S. Open".
Larry Hubbell’s life is full of world adventures, hard work and a hearty sense of humor.
Professor Hubbell, who is director of Seattle University’s Institute of Public Service, twice received Fulbright Specialist Awards in public administration: one in Lithuania, the other in Sierra Leone.
He gave lectures and taught courses in South Africa, China, Taiwan, Italy, Indonesia, Panama and Russia and trained rice farmers in Cambodia how to start a business. Once he did a research project on London street gangs. He’s also a novelist and short story writer. Read more about "A Life of Adventures ... and Llamas".
Building a simple paper pyramid at Washington Middle School sounds like an unassuming art project, yet Maia Schumacher sees something much more. This Seattle University sophomore from Tacoma describes how constructing small pyramids in the school art room opens the door to fruitful conversations about learning disabilities among middle schoolers. Unlike other school subjects, she says, art doesn’t have quite the same rules and barriers to learning. Read more about "Breaking Barriers".
Eric Sype, ’15, had a sixth grade teacher in his hometown of Cashmere, Wash., with a knack for spotting a promising leader, one who was ready to step into the limelight of public service. He nudged Sype to become class president. That teacher was onto something. Soon, Sype ran for class offices and became president of the student body, first at his middle school, then in his high school of 450. A natural leader was born. Read more about "Politics Aside".
It’s no secret that Seattle University produces some amazing individuals, who excel academically as students and achieve success post-graduation in careers as varied and multidimensional as their backgrounds and majors. We asked some how they got to where they are. We found fate and serendipity, ambition and drive all played roles. There’s the financial manager who does wonders managing wealth and a side career as a magician. And there’s a baker who has found sweet success with her sweet treats and a NASA atmospheric physicist who knows what’s really causing harm to the ozone layer. Read more about "Living the Dream".
Men’s Soccer Coach Pete Fewing had an eye for talent when he chose Ryan Sawyer, ’94, to play for Seattle University. Here’s how it went down. Sawyer grew up in Boise, Idaho, and knew a big-city school with the added benefit of soccer would be in his future. He piqued Fewing’s interest with a four-minute video of some of his best plays.
“We took a nighttime tour of campus, running from Connolly Center through the campus before heading to Tacoma where he was playing in a soccer game,” Sawyer recalls. “After the game, he wanted me to knock the ball around to see if I really could play.” Read more about "Rhodes to Success".
If you haven’t yet met up with Redhawk Rob, give him a Google. You’re about to discover one of Seattle University’s most interesting characters, a campus comic whose offbeat videos continue to attract new devotees, from prospective students to members of the executive leadership. James Cashman, '15, is the man behind Redhawk Rob and the “Robert Report.” Read more about "Now Reporting...Redhawk Rob".
The Seattle University Youth Initiative is the university’s largest-ever community engagement project focused on improving academic achievement for youth in the square-mile neighborhood that includes Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. Gatzert is the first focal point of the Youth Initiative, which also encompasses Washington Middle School and Garfield High School.
Read more about "Investing in Our Youth and in the Future".