President's Updates

Thanksgiving Message

On this Thanksgiving Day, I would like to offer my gratitude to each of you for your contributions to the remarkable academic community to which we are all privileged to belong.
Nov 24, 2022

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Veterans Day Message

As Seattle University closes tomorrow in observance of Veterans Day, we are reminded of the great sacrifices made by those who have served and currently serve in the armed forces, as well as the loved ones who support them.
Nov 10, 2022

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Death of Alumnus D’Vonne Pickett, Jr.

As many of you have heard, D’Vonne Pickett, Jr., an alumnus of Seattle University, was tragically shot and killed Wednesday night outside of the business he owned. So many throughout our neighborhood and city are mourning D’Vonne as a beloved community member and leader. His loss is felt in a particularly profound and devastating way here at Seattle University.
Oct 21, 2022

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Indigenous Peoples' Day

Today we pause to give thanks for many ways in which our university is enriched and sustained by the contributions, cultures and living traditions of Indigenous peoples. And yet we also acknowledge that our university is located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.
Oct 10, 2022

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Message on Supreme Court Ruling

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which the Court overruled decades of precedent affirming a woman’s constitutional right to seek an abortion.
Jun 25, 2022

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2022 Commencement Honorary Doctorate Recipients and Speakers

Today, I am pleased to share with you the honorary doctorate recipients and speakers at our undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies.
Apr 25, 2022

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Vice President for Mission Integration

I am very pleased to announce that following an extensive search process, Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, PhD, has been appointed Vice President for Mission Integration. In this newly created position, Catherine will report directly to me and will facilitate and coordinate the many mission-related activities across the university.
Apr 14, 2022

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April Update: Earth Month, Supplier Diversity Program and Shaping Our Shared Future

This is one of the busiest times of the year and I wanted to take a moment to share a few updates and thoughts on what’s ahead for us in the month of April and beyond, with a focus on some important programs and activities underway.
Apr 4, 2022

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End of Fall Term, Looking Ahead and Next Steps on Strategic Directions

As we approach the end of our fall academic term, I hope this finds you well. The past few months have been an extraordinary time for Seattle University.
Dec 8, 2021

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Deepening Our Leadership on Sustainability and Environmental Justice

As I said in my remarks at inauguration in September, the existential threat that is climate change is one of the three great challenges we face as a society.
Nov 3, 2021

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Feedback Invited on Reigniting Our Strategic Directions

The Reigniting Our Strategic Directions work is well underway and I am thankful for the engagement and feedback we have received thus far.
Nov 2, 2021

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Indigenous Peoples' Day

Today, Seattle University marks the significance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day to honor and celebrate Indigenous peoples and to acknowledge the toil of colonization as reflected by the land we occupy as a university.
Oct 11, 2021

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Reigniting Our Strategic Directions

As we move forward together into a new era for Seattle U, our most important guide for the next few years will be our Strategic Directions.
Oct 6, 2021

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Preparing for Seattle University’s 2021–2022 Academic Year

I hope this finds you well and enjoying the last few days of summer. It is hard to believe that we are less than two weeks away from the start of fall quarter. While I’ve found that every academic year is distinctive in its own right, 2021–2022 promises to be a year unlike any other.
Sep 9, 2021

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Starting out as SU’s New President

As I settle into my second week as Seattle University’s new president, I want to take this opportunity to express how excited I am to be here and to wish each of you a summer full of joy and restoration.
Jul 14, 2021

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Pride Month and Solidarity with Our LGBTQ+ Community Members

As Pride Month begins, the university celebrates and stands in solidarity with all LGBTQ+ people and especially those students, faculty, staff and alumni who are part of our Seattle U family. We would not be whole without you and are deeply grateful for your contributions to our campus community and educational mission.
Jun 2, 2021

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Vigil of Remembrance and Reconciliation

Next Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. To acknowledge his life and pray for continued healing, peace and progress toward justice, we will gather for a Vigil of Remembrance and Reconciliation.
May 21, 2021

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"The Ignatian Year" and Seattle University

Today marks the 500th anniversary of the day on which Ignatius of Loyola was struck by a cannonball in a battle at Pamplona. This upending of his chivalrous life led to his conversion of putting himself at the service of Jesus Christ and led to the founding of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits.
May 20, 2021

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SU to Observe Juneteenth Beginning This Year

I am pleased to share that beginning this year SU will formally observe Juneteenth as a university holiday. As Juneteenth—June 19—this year falls on a Saturday, the university will close on Friday, June 18, 2021, in observance of the holiday.
May 19, 2021

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Dean Peterson Named 2021-2022 McGoldrick Fellow

I am pleased to announce that Dean Peterson, Associate Professor of Economics in the Albers School of Business and Economics, has been selected as the 2021-2022 recipient of the Reverend James B. McGoldrick, S.J., Fellowship.
May 12, 2021

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2021 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Doctorate Recipient

As we approach this year’s commencement, I am delighted to communicate that the 2021 commencement speaker will be Greg Boyle, S.J.
May 11, 2021

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

As we mark Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Seattle University acknowledges with deep gratitude the AAPI community’s rich contributions to our nation and campus community.
May 4, 2021

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