Recently, Magis launched the I am Magis. We are Magis. campaign that highlights alumni who are living the mission of Jesuit education in their everyday lives. Along with the campaign comes a revised tagline, Magis: Alumni Living the Mission and a refreshed logo. A flame, signifying that the spirit of the Jesuit and Ignatian tradition is ignited in the desire to learn and grow, inspires the logo.
Brooke Rufo Hill, ’99, director of Magis, says the changes reflect the evolution of the program.
“Magis has grown in its identity over the years and a new look was needed to best express the work that is being done today,” she says.
Five years ago Magis was co-founded by Mike Bayard, S.J., now director of Campus Ministry and Erin Swezey, internship program coordinator with the College of Education Student Development Administration program. The aim of Magis is to provide services, resources and a network to Jesuit-educated alumni in the Puget Sound region and among the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities nationwide.
The new tagline, Alumni Living the Mission, reflects the reality that alumni are living out the Jesuit educational mission in their personal and professional lives, director Rufo Hill says. It also captures the essence of a faith that does justice, the hallmark of how a Jesuit education prepares leaders who can transform communities and the world.
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Recently, Magis launched its Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLIA) leadership cohort for Jesuit-educated alumni in their 20s and 30s. The two-year program has 18 participants—including three from SU—for 2011–2013, who are emerging leaders and people of faith.
According to Rufo Hill, the alumni were chosen from a pool of 40 applicants. Rufo Hill and Ethan DeCoster, a graduate student in the COE Student Development Administration program serve as the group facilitators and an eight member advisory team, consisting of local experts in both secular leadership theory and Ignatian Spirituality, provides ongoing input and direction. Magis co-founder Father Bayard serves as Jesuit chaplain for the group. While CLIA cohorts exist in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Magis’ program is the first on the West Coast and first to be sponsored by a Jesuit university.
Members of the Seattle cohort meet monthly at Seattle University and are graduates from Jesuit colleges throughout the country, including Boston College, Gonzaga, St. Louis University, Xavier University and Creighton.
The CLIA program sets out to nurture faith-centered leaders. Participants attend retreats and monthly sessions that include guest lectures, group discussion and time for prayer. The curriculum also includes opportunities for service and justice outreach in our local community, in particular in collaboration with the Seattle University Youth Initiative.
“By providing both spiritual formation and secular leadership training, the CLIA program is unique and intentionally goes where other leadership or spirituality programs for young adults have not,” Rufo Hill says.
By the conclusion of the program, graduates are equipped with the tools to lead as discerning, servant leaders. They will have formed a peer network of Jesuit-educated alumni with shared goals, values and interests. Cohort members will have the techniques—in the Jesuit and Ignatian tradition—to help in making good life decisions, as well as stronger communication and leadership skills.
The Magis staff came together recently to celebrate Magis' 5th anniversary. (From left) Director Brooke Rufo Hill, '99, co-founders Mike Bayard, S.J. and Erin Swezey, and current staffers Maria Ochoa and Liz Coz.
The newly redesigned logo underscoring the mission of Magis.