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U.S. News: SU Top 10 in West

Posted on Monday, September 14, 2015

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Seattle University has maintained it top 10 ranking as one of the West’s top regional universities for more than a dozen consecutive years, as noted in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings.

Seattle U ranked 6th among 118 western regional universities that offer a full range of undergraduate, master’s and select doctoral degree programs.  

“To consistently be ranked among the region’s top universities is a distinct honor,” says Provost Isiaah Crawford. “It is further testament to the teaching and scholarship of our accomplished faculty and the personalized, transformative experience they provide our students, as well as the increasingly integral role the university plays in shaping one of America’s most vibrant regions.”

The rankings coincide with widespread recognition of the university’s significant achievements in academics, campus experience, athletics and commitment to service and social justice as a Jesuit Catholic university.

Seattle U also received high marks from U.S. News for being a “best value” schools in the West. 

Among the magazine’s specialty rankings, the Albers School of Business and Economics ranked #11 in finance – tops in the Northwest – and was tied #13 in accounting.

The College of Science and Engineering ranked #33 among all engineering schools in the U.S. that offer a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Seattle U was also ranked #6 in the West for best colleges for veterans. 

The U.S. News rankings are based on graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student/faculty ratio, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

Learn more about the rankings here.

Sports Star of the Year

Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015

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Seattle University women’s soccer’s Stephanie Verdoia, already decorated with multiple local, regional and national awards, was named Female Sports Star of the Year at the 2015 MTR Western Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards January 21. The award is given to a female athlete or coach for outstanding sports achievement in the past year or season. In January, Verdoia was chosen in the 4th round by the Boston Breakers and is now a member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). It is believed that Verdoia is the first female student-athlete from SU drafted by a national pro sports league and the first player drafted from the university since 1980.

SU #5 in the West

Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Seattle University continues to rank among the top regional universities in the West, according to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2015. SU ranks 5th among 132 regional universities with a full range of undergraduate, master’s and select doctoral degree programs. The university has maintained a spot in the top 10 for more than a decade.

Top Award for Engineering

Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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The Seattle University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is the $25,000 grand prize winner of the 2014 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education (NCEES).  

The department received the top prize for its submission, Microgrid System for a Wind and Solar Farm Located in Rural Kenya. Engineering Kenya girl

The Seattle University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is the $25,000 grand prize winner of the 2014 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education (NCEES).  

The department received the top prize for its submission, Microgrid System for a Wind and Solar Farm Located in Rural Kenya. For the project, electrical engineering students worked as part of a team that also included faculty, professional engineers, and other professionals to design a hybrid wind- and solar-power microgrid system to provide electricity to a school and surrounding community in Muhuru Bay, Kenya.  

The jury praised the project for its strong interaction with professional engineers as well as its applications for communities in the United States and abroad.  

This project highlights the commitment of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department to support projects that create engineers for just and humane world."

The NCEES Engineering Award recognizes engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and professional engineers. EAC/ABET-accredited programs from all engineering disciplines were invited to submit projects that integrate professional practice and education.  

The winners were selected by a jury of NCEES members and representatives from academic institutions and professional engineering organizations. The 11 jury members considered criteria such as:  

• Successful collaboration of faculty, students, and licensed professional engineers
• Benefit to public health, safety, and welfare
• Multidiscipline and/or allied profession participation
• Knowledge or skills gained

SU License Plate

Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Alumni Relations and the Alumni Board of Governors are working hard to get a Seattle University license plate on the road. There is a legislative bill in the Senate Transportation Committee to create an SU plate design for the state of Washington. Proceeds from sales of the plates will fund student scholarships. At each step, as the bill moves through the legislature, your continued support is needed. Learn more here and watch for updates on the Alumni Relations social media sites: Facebook and Twitter.

We Want Your Feedback

Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013

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How do you read Seattle University Magazine? Cover to cover when it arrives in the mail every few months or online, perusing a few articles of interest? As the magazine explores new ways to bring our readers the stories of the university and alumni, we want your feedback. Take our survey and thanks for your participation.

Women's Soccer WAC Faves

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013

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In a vote of the league’s seven head coaches, Seattle University women’s soccer was picked as the favorite to win the 2013 Western Athletic Conference title. They received six first place votes for 36 total points, 13 points ahead of Idaho and Utah Valley who tied for second.

As the Redhawks made a sweep of the top honors, Stephanie Verdoia (Salt Lake City, Utah) was chosen as Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Julia Besagno (Maple Valley, Wash.) was chosen as Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

In 2012, Verdoia was named First Team All-WAC, as well as receiving NSCAA Third Team All-Pacific Region honors, also named to the WAC All-Tournament team. Besagno received Second Team All-WAC honors last season, and helped lead the SU defense in four shutouts, also scoring three goals.

Seattle U, alongside Idaho, led WAC teams with three preseason all-conference selections each, as Verdoia, Besagno, and Mary Hill (Mercer Island, Wash.) were named to the Preseason All-WAC Team. Bakersfield and Utah Valley each had two honorees, while New Mexico State had one.

Rounding out the poll, Bakersfield finished fourth, New Mexico State finished fifth, Kansas City placed sixth, and Grand Canyon finished in seventh place.

Learn more about women's soccer, including upcoming games, and all SU sports.

Gen. Chiarelli on 60 Minutes

Posted on Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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Seattle University trustee and alumnus Ret. Army General Peter W. Chiarelli, '72, was interviewed by CBS Pentagon correspondent David Martin on a recent 60 Minutes segment, "Invisible Wounds of War." The report offered an in-depth look at traumatic brain injuries in the military. The four-star general and former vice chief of staff for the U.S. has worked tirelessly to address issues around post-traumatic brain injuries to bring awareness to the issue and provide resources for those who are suffering.

Check out Chiarelli's interview here.

Leaders of the WAC

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013

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Congratulations to the women's basketball team for an outstanding and memorable season that included winning the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular season title, a trip to Las Vegas for their second consecutive NCAA post-season berth and a spot in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. women's bball WAC inside

Read more about the team and their amazing season here

New McGoldrick Fellow

Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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Seattle University has selected Professor Jeanette Rodriguez, of theology and religious studies, as the 2013 McGoldrick Fellow. Professor Rodriguez is an accomplished teacher and scholar committed to those living on the margins. McGoldrick rodriguez inside

Named for Father James McGoldrick, a legendary Jesuit who was known for his genuine care for students, the fellowship is awarded to faculty members who exemplify the values of Jesuit education and the spirit of Father McGoldrick.

Says President Sundborg, "Jeanette Rodriguez is precisely that kind of professor. She brings a great intellect and passion to her teaching, scholarship and service. Teaching in Arts and Sciences and the School of Theology and Ministry, she inspires her students not only to master the coursework, but to put their knowledge to use in building a more just and humane world."

Read more about Rodriguez and her work in The Commons.

Urban Growth

Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013

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An innovative urban agriculture project, spearheaded by Seattle University’s Environmental Studies program, is helping to put fresh produce on the table for families in need in the Puget Sound region. The aptly named Urban Farm, located on a portion of King County's South Wastewater Treatment Plant, was created on unused land with the support of a $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo.

After the area was cleared of debris and fortified with nutrient-rich soils, the first crop of fruits and vegetables were planted in January 2011. In its first year, the farm generated nearly 7,000 pounds of produce for area food banks. That number doubled by the end of 2012.

Check out the video on this innovative urban agriculture project and learn more here.

Year in Review

Posted on Thursday, December 06, 2012

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With the year winding down, it's a good time to look back at what made it a year to remember, a year of great milestones at Seattle University. There was the opening of Seattle University Park, the Presidential Award for community service, a top honor for the library and learning commons and more. Check out the highlights here.

At Home in the House

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Pat Conroy, S.J., became the first Jesuit and just the second Catholic priest to be named chaplain of the House oPat Conroy blog picf Representatives. Father Conroy has ties to this Washington as well, particularly Seattle and Seattle University. His father, brother and aunts and uncles graduated from the university and he served in Campus Ministry in the 1990s.
Father Conroy describes what it’s like to be chaplain in the House of Representatives and more in a Q&A in The Commons.

SU Closes Gap, Increases Hispanic Graduation Rates

Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Seattle University is ranked #1 out of private universities nationwide for increasing graduation rates and closing the gap between Hispanic and Caucasian students, according to a recent report from The Education Trust. SU ranks #2 for increasing the overall graduation rate of Hispanic students by 31.7 percent during a six-year period (2004–10). The Caucasian to Hispanic graduation rate gap was 5.3 percent in 2010, compared to 23.2 in 2004.
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“Seattle University has a long and distinguished history of being a gateway institution for talented students from a variety of cultural backgrounds,” says Isiaah Crawford, provost. “From the day they step onto our campus, we commit ourselves to their success and graduation from our university. We are very pleased to have our accomplishments with our students recognized in this way by The Education Trust.”

Remembering Dr. Sue Schmitt

Posted on Monday, October 08, 2012

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Sue Schmitt, EdD, professor and former dean of Seattle University’s College of Education, has died. She was 66. Dr. Schmitt touched many Sue Schmitt insidelives during her remarkable career as an administrator, educator and scholar. A scholarship in her name has been established.

Read more about Dr. Schmitt and her life and legacy.

Big Day for Costco Scholars

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012

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A crowd of more than 1,000 supporters gathered for the 13th annual Costco Scholarship Fund Breakfast in late September. Through the generosity of Costco Wholesale and its many suppliers and business partners, the annual event raised more than $3.1 million for scholarships for underrepresented students at UW and SU.

To date the scholarship breakfast has raised almost $30 million dollars and has benefited more than 1,000 scholars at both institutions. At SU, 600 Costco Scholars have graduated and currently there are 175 recipients of the program on campus.

Ready for Her Closeup

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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It’s lights, camera, action for Joanne Hughes-Clark, associate professor of physics (College of Science and Engineering), who recently filmed a commercial for Kayak.com. Check out this video clip of the professor discussing her work on the commercial.

Former White House Press Secretary Joins SU

Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Seattle University names former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan as the Vice President for Communications. McClellan will begin his appointment at the university on September 17, 2012. In his new role McClellan will be responsible for the creation, implementation and oversight of its communications and marketing strategy.  

“Scott is an accomplished media specialist and public affairs strategist who brings a wealth of communications experience to our university community,” says Father Sundborg. “We look forward to the many contributions he will make as we contiScott and fr. stevenue to elevate our regional, national and international profile.”                                                          

McClellan, whose family has a long history in higher education, said he recently started exploring leadership positions at universities for the same reason he first went to work in politics: to serve and make a positive difference in the world.  

Read more about McClellan and his new role and watch a video clip taken during a recent trip to campus.

Highly Regarded

Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2012

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Seattle University is once again among the best four-year colleges and universities in the United States, according to the prestigious Fiske Guide to Colleges. SU has previously been featured in the publication, including last year. The university's Jesuit and interreligious ethos, coupled with its leadership in sustainability, seems to be striking a chord with prospective students.
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Consulted by millions of prospective students and their families, the guide has selected 319 institutions from more than 2,000 four-year colleges.

According to the publication's news release, the guide includes "the best and most interesting colleges and universities with details on academics, campus setting, student body, financial aid, housing, food, social life, and extracurricular activities."

The Fiske Guide explains its role as this: "So many students approach the college selection process by limiting their sights to local institutions, the pet schools of their parents or guidance counselors, or ones they know by possibly outdated reputations. One of the most important purposes of Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 … is to broaden students' horizons about American higher education and help them select the right college that coincides with their particular needs, goals, interests, talents and personalities."

Read more about this honor.

New Women’s Crew Coach

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Portia McGee, a member of the 2008 USA Olympic team, is the new head coach of women’s crew. A former USRowing Female Athlete of the Year, McGee is a two-time gold medalist and two-time silver medalist at the NCAA National Championships whcrew shot insideile at Brown University. Prior to coming to SU she was assistant director of development and alumni relations at Seattle’s Bush School. 

A Seattle native, McGee served as assistant coach of the women’s crew program at Brown from 2004-06.

“Portia is a terrific person to start our women’s rowing program,” said Athletic Director Bill Hogan. “Her Olympic experience in 2008 and long, highly successful rowing career will benefit our student-athletes. The Northwest has many talented rowers and we look forward to Portia building a strong program.”

Read more about Portia McGee here

Photo by Ken Johnson