This Week at Seattle University, 1/21-1/25

Written by Hannah Crivello
January 21, 2014

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: "Imagine a World"
January 21, 2014
Doors Open @ 6pm, Event @ 6.30pm-9pm
Pigott Auditorium

When you imagine a world, what do you see first?? Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with performances from our very own Seattle University community who are imagining a world.? With special performances from YouthSpeaks Seattle, the Liberation United Church of Christ Choir, and Hip Hop artist Gabriel Teodros.

RSVP at or call at 206-296-6070.

Lunches with Leaders: Examining Ugandan Leadership
January 22, 2014
Student Center 130

Join us for free lunch and conversation on to hear fellow SU student, Tesi Uwibambe & John Santos, the Chairman Uganda Victims Foundation, and the Founding Director for Gideon Foundation Against Child Sacrifice to inform us about the current state of child sacrifice in Uganda.

Okey Ndibe book reading
January 22, 2014
Pigott 103

Acclaimed author, Okey Ndibe, will be discussing his new book, Foreign Gods, Inc. which is a? meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the ?exotic,? including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after ineffable illusions; and an exploration of the shifting nature of memory. ?
Okey Ndibe is the author of the novel Arrows of Rain. He teaches African and African Diaspora literatures at Brown University. He earned MFA and PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has taught at Connecticut College, Bard College at Simon?s Rock, Trinity College, and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar).

He edited African Commentary, a US-based magazine founded by the Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe. In 2011 he was detained by the Nigerian government for his reportage of the recent elections. While detained, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka wrote a public defense of Ndibe. He also served on the editorial board of Hartford Courant where his essays won national and state awards. He lives in West Hartford, CT with his wife, Sheri, and their three children.

Perfecting your pitch: Why your pitch is (probably) bad and how to fix it
January 24, 2014
Casey Building, 5th Floor, Commons

If you are going to raise more money, engage more volunteers, serve more clients and increase your impact, every single person involved in your organization needs to know how to talk about your organization in a way that is consistent and compelling.
In this workshop, you will learn:
??? - The five biggest mistakes people make when creating and delivering a pitch
??? - How to fix those mistakes
??? - How to calibrate your pitch to different audiences and situations
Instructor Bio: Erica Mills is a speaker, author and trainer who believes that those doing good deserve to get noticed. She believes this so much that she created a company, Claxon, focused exclusively on teaching do-gooders all about the art and science of using words to change the world. Erica is on faculty at the University of Washington and Seattle University, and lectures at the University of Chicago.
Erica is the author of Pitchfalls: why bad pitches happen to good people, and the creator of the Claxon Method, a research-based approach to marketing that anyone can learn.

Diaconate Ordination of Matthew Pyrc, S.J.

Please join the Seattle University Arrupe Jesuit Community for the diaconate ordination of Matthew Pyrc, S.J., of Campus Ministry, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Chapel of St. Ignatius. All are invited to celebrate this joyous occasion, which is the first-ever ordination in the chapel.