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Celebrating 50 years: Couples of 1967

Posted by Caitlin Joyce, '11, '18 on February 2, 2017 at 11:02 AM PST

This May 5-7 all alumni are invited back to campus to celebrate 125 years of Seattle University at Grand Reunion Weekend. For some, their time at Seattle U is not all they have to celebrate. We sat down with two couples from the class of 1967 who are not only planning to come back for their 50th reunion, but to revisit the place where they met and fell in love.

Gary and Diane Buckley

Diane Faudree grew up in Seattle. As an active Catholic in the area, Seattle U was always a part of her community. Attending Seattle University seemed an obvious choice for her, especially after receiving a scholarship.

Seattle University was an easy choice for Gary Buckley because of family ties. His family lived on Queen Anne for four generations in their family home from 1905. Gary attended a Jesuit prep school in Portland and going on to attend a Jesuit University seemed a natural fit.  “There was something easy about going to Seattle U because I would be near relatives and could go home on the weekends,” Gary said.

Diane and Gary embraced campus life and were active in a number of student groups. Diane was a member of the Spurs and the Silver Scrolls, dorm advisor of Mary Crest and officer for the Association of Women Students. She was also involved in Seattle University’s community outreach program, teaching CCD to local students and providing support to children with disabilities at Pacific School.

Gary was in Alpha Sigma Nu and editor of the Journeyman, where he wrote philosophical commentary for the Spectator.

It was in the student religious program that the two met and a special friendship began to form. Diane broke the ice by asking Gary to the TOLO dance the last month of freshman year. While they began dating as freshman, things didn’t get serious until their junior year.

“We were the perfect evolution of a compatible marriage,” Diane said, “because we were friends first and that evolved into a romantic friendship, then marriage.”

In June of 1967 Diane and Gary graduated and on August 5th they were married.

After a stint in the Navy during the Vietnam War, Gary received his graduate degree from the University of Denver and the two moved to Arizona where they had three sons and enjoyed long careers in education. 

While out of state, they did their best to keep in touch with Seattle U, maintaining relationships with Jesuits and college friends and actively reading the SU magazine.

“The Jesuit tradition is so a part of us,” Diane said, going on to share that, “as a married couple the impact of a shared education has helped us through many things…your faith grows and it becomes the foundation you set for yourself.”

The last time Diane and Gary attended a Seattle University reunion it was the university’s 100th anniversary, 25 years ago.  Despite missing past reunions, they’ve still had opportunities to visit campus over the years, “We love being back on campus. It changes so much every time we visit that it’s fun to try and guess where we are.” For their 50th reunion this May, they have their calendars marked. They are excited to reconnect with classmates they have not seen for years and to celebrate the milestone of 125 years of Seattle University. 

Kathy and Larry Buzzard

Kathy Mullan and Larry Buzzard enjoyed their time at Seattle University, Kathy so much that she joined the planning committee for her 50th class reunion happening this spring. It wasn’t just the fact that she met her future husband, Larry, at Seattle U – it was because they both had a wonderful college experience.

Kathy toured a number of Catholic universities before deciding on Seattle University. Larry came to Seattle U on a baseball scholarship.

Kathy was a Spur, a member of the ski club and a song leader traveling to games to support Seattle U with cheers. The two knew each other for years and even had classes together but it wasn’t until a friend set them up January of junior year that they started dating.

A memorable date for Kathy and Larry was the time they drove to Portland for a game and his car broke down.  Larry realized that Kathy could be “the one” when she didn’t complain one bit. By April, the two were engaged and that September they were married in the same church as Kathy’s parents and grandparents. Though not a Catholic, Larry still regularly attends church with Kathy.

Larry and Kathy agree that they had a great time at Seattle U. “We feel as if we got a super education,” Kathy said, “and we loved the Jesuit approach. Though we both disliked the minor in philosophy, we agree it was beneficial.”

One of their favorite memories from school was when Seattle U beat the number one basketball team in the country, Texas Western, in double overtime. “It was a huge highlight for the whole class,” Kathy said.

Larry was the first in his family to go to college and appreciated his time at Seattle U. He taught for twenty years and started his own business, which he attributes to his Seattle U education.

As a member of the Class of 1967 Reunion Committee, we asked Kathy what message she had for her classmates. She said, “I’m super excited to see people I have not seen in 50 years. It’s so fun to get reacquainted and learn what’s happened in people’s lives, a great thing to do at our age. I hope everyone shows up.”

 

If you, like your classmates, can’t wait for Grand Reunion Weekend, then get your tickets now! Not only will you get to reunite with friends from the past 50 years but you’ll help Seattle University celebrate 125 years.

A weekend schedule can be found here.
Tickets are available for purchase here.

Questions? Email alumnirsvp@seattleu.edu

We hope to see you this May!

Dine Out Day: Homecoming Gets a New Tradition

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on February 1, 2017 at 4:02 PM PST

As we begin our 5th annual Homecoming, we have a great new way to engage our community. We are excited to invite you to participate in the newest addition to the Homecoming schedule Dine Out Day.

Dine Out Day takes place throughout lunch and dinner on Friday, February 3 and gives alumni, students, faculty and staff the opportunity to pay it forward to the community that supports us. Invite your friends and bring your family to your favorite eateries on Capitol Hill and in the International District.  

There are 18 restaurants participating, including:

Ba Bar Restaurant
Byrek & Baguette
Cedars on Broadway
Cherry Street Coffee House (12th & James Location)
Katsu Burger (Capitol Hill location)
Lark
Nate's Wings & Waffles
Niche Gluten Free Cafe & Bakery
Nue
Oma Bap
Optimism Brewing Company
Rhein Haus Seattle
Rooster'sTex Mex
Seven Beef Steak Shop
Slab Sandwiches & Pie
Soi
Southpaw
Taste of the Caribbean

Not only is this a great excuse to take a lunch or grab dinner with friends, but the first 20 guests will get a voucher for two free tickets to the Homecoming basketball game on Saturday night.

Dine Out Day isn’t the only reason to get excited about Homecoming. We have events for everyone!

Don’t miss:

Day of Service | "Serving Together"
Locations and times vary by service site. 
Live the mission of Seattle University by serving the community with fellow Seattle U alumni and students. Space is still available, but online registration is now closed. Please email mendozak@seattleu.edu if you still want to participate. 
 
Hall of Fame Luncheon
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Campion Ballroom  

The Seattle University athletics department invites you to celebrate all members of the Seattle U Athletics Hall of Fame. 

Pre-Game Redhawk Rally | 6:00 p.m.
Coke Corner 
KeyArena

Join Seattle U for a rally to get pumped up for the big game. Enjoy free food and a cash bar! 

Men's Basketball Game | 7:00 p.m.
Seattle U v. Utah Valley

KeyArena
Use promo code SUALUM to get Buy One, Get One FREE tickets.
Purchase your tickets now.

Post-Game (Victory) Party 
Buckley's
Win or lose, grab a drink with your fellow Redhawks and celebrate another great Homecoming Weekend. 

We look forward to celebrating with you this weekend.

Go Redhawks!

Entrepreneurship The Seattle U Way

Posted by Caitlin Joyce, '11, '18 on February 1, 2017 at 9:02 AM PST

SU Advantage | Networking Night
Entrepreneurship The Seattle U Way
Thursday, February 23, 2017
6-8 p.m.
Hotel Sorrento – Top of the Town room
RSVP

Seattle University alumni are known for the impact they make. The St. Ignatius of Loyola quote, “Go forth and set the world on fire” is taken to heart by our alumni, especially our entrepreneurs. Our next SU Advantage networking night explores this approach to business with a panel discussion. Hear from our alumni entrepreneurs about their paths to success, challenges they’ve overcome and the opportunities for entrepreneurs in 2017.  

The panel will be moderated by Sue Oliver, Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Center in the Albers School of Business and Economics. Sue maintains that Seattle U entrepreneurs are different. “There are competencies that you need to succeed as an entrepreneur, but Seattle U alums do it in a way that pays it forward. They put passion in action and create a thriving life they want to live.”

The panelists include four thriving alumni entrepreneurs.

Matt Iseri, MBA, ‘05
Founder, Tokusaki Consulting

Valerie Trask, MBA, ‘11
Founder, Masters of Moxie: Coaching + Consulting for Founders, Leaders, and Game Changers
Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Sansaire
Co-Founder/CEO, Punchkeeper

Tiffany Ash, 02
Vice President, Operations at Tableau Software

Michael “Mick” McHugh, ‘66
Co-founder and proprietor of F.X. McRory's Bar and Restaurant

Following the panel discussion, attendees will engage in rounds of structured networking. Each round will focus on a question posed by our panelists.

This is not only a great chance to learn from the experienced entrepreneurs, but to build your network and connect with other Seattle U alumni.  Reserve your spot now.

Guests will enjoy complimentary appetizers and one free drink.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Serving Together: Alumni Day of Service

Posted by Caitlin Joyce, '11, '18 on January 5, 2017 at 4:01 PM PST

Serving Together for 125 Years!

Each year, Seattle University alumni live out our Jesuit values by serving the local community during Alumni Day of Service. This signature experience during SU’s Homecoming Weekend will take place on Saturday, February 4. As part of SU’s 125th Anniversary, we are placing the emphasis on bringing it back home by serving organizations who partner with the Seattle University Youth Initiative and who are located within the First Hill/Capitol Hill neighborhoods.

This popular event will now include current students along with family, friends and fellow Jesuit-educated alumni. Participants will engage in service projects, ranging from beautification and archiving historical artifacts to preparing math kits, sorting charitable donations and more.

In order to build community, we are hosting a kickoff breakfast for all volunteers. Get to know other volunteers for your service site and get your limited edition Homecoming shirts. You don’t want to miss it.

If that isn’t enough to entice you to participate, all volunteers will get up to four free tickets to that evening’s Homecoming basketball game and alumni rally at KeyArena. Grab your family and friends and cheer on the Redhawks as they take on Utah Valley!

Want to take on more of a leadership role? All alumni are welcome to be volunteer site leaders! Check out the projects that still need site leaders and choose the one that most appeals to you. Once you’re a site leader, start recruiting your friends and family to volunteer with you. It’s that easy!

Alumni Day of Service Kick-Off Breakfast
7:30 a.m.
Rolfe Room | Admissions and Alumni Building
824 12th Ave.
Seattle University

AlleyCat Acres
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98144

Access to Justice Institute / Public Interest Law Foundation
HOSTED BY SU LAW SCHOOL ALUMNI
Time TBA
Sullivan Hall, Seattle, WA 98122

Childhaven
Time TBA
Seattle, WA 98146

Filipino American National Historical Society
HOSTED BY THE FILIPINO ALUMNI CHAPTER
9 a.m. - noon
Seattle, WA 98122

The Food Bank @ St. Mary's
HOSTED BY THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ALUMNI CHAPTER
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98144 

Full Life
HOSTED BY SU NURSING SCHOOL ALUMNI
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98104

Habitat for Humanity Southcenter
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tukwila, WA 98188

Keiro Northwest
HOSTED BY THE BOSTON COLLEGE SEATTLE ALUMNI CHAPTER
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98122

Mary’s Place
HOSTED BY THE FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SEATTLE ALUMNI CHAPTER
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98121

NAVOS
HOSTED BY THE ALUMNI BOARD OF GOVERNORS
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Burien, WA

St. Francis House
HOSTED BY THE WOMEN OF SU ALUMNI CHAPTER
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98122 

Sustainable Capitol Hill - Tool Library
HOSTED BY THE SU FACULTY & STAFF ALUMNI CHAPTER
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Seattle, WA 98122

Zeno
HOSTED BY THE STUDENT ATHLETE ALUMNI CHAPTER
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Get all the details and a complete list of service sites on our website.

Here is what past participants have had to say about Day of Service.

"The experience was wonderful and it was a chance to give back to the community." 

"It was meaningful to literally get my hands dirty doing service work."

"Most of us are too busy to think about the less fortunate in our community. This event provided a reminder and an opportunity to ‘give back.’"

"I enjoyed meeting other caring people, especially recent graduates who don't have a lot of spare cash but who want to give to the less fortunate."

"I really enjoyed working with people from a variety of backgrounds, schools, and ages..."

Register today and join alumni, friends and current students to make a difference!

 

"Why I Can't Wait for Grand Reunion Weekend" Alumni Spotlight: DJ Weidner, '07

Posted by Caitlin Joyce, '11, '18 on January 5, 2017 at 4:01 PM PST

As a member of the Alumni Board of Governors and now a Reunion Committee Chair for the class of 2007, DJ Weidner, ’07, is what we would call an engaged alum, though SU pride is nothing new to DJ.

DJ did a little bit of everything as a student. He was a Sullivan Scholar, an active member of Campus Ministry and the Search community, and attended a service immersion trip to Belize. DJ was a lead on the new student retreats, and an Orientation Advisor (OA) and Orientation Coordinator.

Outside of Campus Ministry and New Student Programs, DJ worked at the Spectator and was active with Associated Students of Seattle University. “For a short stint, I was the Chair of Battle of Bands for SEAC before I had to resign due to an internship I took with the Washington State Senate. I dabbled in rec sports, tried to start a spirit group called the DIRRTY BIRDS that eventually gave way to the Red Zone and generally tried to be as involved as possible.”

DJ found his passion for Seattle University embodied by a much loved member of the SU community, the late Fr. Roger Gillis. “It was during orientation that I met Fr. Gillis. He was the ‘Dancing Jesuit.’ He was gregarious, full of joy and unabashedly himself. For me, that represented Seattle U, the Jesuits and everything the university stood for. Be yourself, love as hard as you can, recognize that we’re all part of this community and find joy in every moment.”

DJ graduated from Seattle University with a degree in political science, but now works in the marketing and advertising field. As a recent graduate of Seattle University, DJ worked for SU’s marketing and communications department where he managed university social media accounts. In his current role, DJ is a Director of Integrated Marketing for Rational Interaction. It was the critical thinking skills and liberal arts education that helped DJ adapt his political science major into a career in marketing.

DJ has stayed involved with Seattle U long after graduation. He has been on the Alumni Board of Governors (ABOG) for over 4 years - an experience that he calls “really rewarding.” DJ also volunteers his time to attend mentorship fairs, networking nights and makes sure to come out for social events. That leads us to DJ’s newest volunteer role with the university, a Class of 2007 Reunion Committee Chair.

Grand Reunion Weekend will be celebrated May 5-7, 2017 with all alumni invited back to campus for a weekend of milestone reunions, club and organization reunions, family events, receptions and the Seattle U Birthday Bash complete with entertainment. We will celebrate six milestone reunions, including the class of 2007. We asked DJ, as a member of the planning committee, what we can expect from the weekend.

“I don’t want to give too much away, but what I can say is that this is the weekend you want to come back to campus. When was the last time you were back on campus? If you haven’t been back in 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years, it’s probably time to check it out! This weekend is going to be great! Everyone is invited and everyone is encouraged to attend – regardless of the year you graduated. Really, this weekend is about gathering as a full community to celebrate. Seattle U, unlike a lot of other institutions, is much more connected by the communities you were part of rather than your specific class year. We acknowledge that and want to create places around the campus where everyone can gather, reconnect and celebrate.”

Join DJ and your classmates at Grand Reunion Weekend! Our Grand Reunion Weekend website has a complete weekend schedule, registration information and a place to share your pictures and memories.

“I encourage people to reach out, see who is going and pencil that weekend in for a good time!” DJ concluded.

Celebrate Homecoming 2017

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 5, 2017 at 2:01 PM PST




By now you know that we are celebrating Seattle University’s 125th anniversary. What you may not know is that Seattle U’s Homecoming is also celebrating its own milestone-five years of Homecoming Weekend. The tradition, which was reignited in 2013, has grown from a single basketball game to a jam-packed week of activities that are fun for the whole family.  

Over the past five years, we’ve established a number of new traditions including the Red Umbrella Parade and celebrating Day of Service during Homecoming weekend.  In honor of our milestone anniversary, Homecoming 2017 is bigger and better for alumni and students. We’ve kept your favorite traditions and are launching the first ever Seattle U Beyond 12th and Jeff Dine Out Day. Dine Out Day is a chance to show your SU pride while dining at many local restaurants and cafes that are Seattle U favorites. Check out the website closer to Homecoming to see participating restaurants. The first 20 guests will get free tickets to the Homecoming basketball game on Saturday.   

And if you don’t get those, Seattle U alumni get an exclusive offer buy one, get one free tickets to the game.

A complete weekend schedule is available online, but some events we thought you’d want to save the date for are:  

Friday, February 3, 2017 

Dine Out Day 
Capitol Hill/International District

Saturday, February 4, 2017 

Alumni Day of Service 
“Serving Together”  
Seattle Area

Hall of Fame Luncheon
Seattle University

Alumni Pre-Game Rally
Key Arena

Men’s Basketball v. Utah State
Key Arena
Get Tickets
Use Promo Code: SUALUM

We look forward to serving, cheering and celebrating with you this February!  

Alumni Professionals Wanted!

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 5, 2017 at 2:01 PM PST

The value of attending a university is not just the education you receive, but the network of alumni available to you as both a student and after graduation. The SU Bridge Young Alumni Chapter wants to give Seattle University students the opportunity to build valuable connections with alumni before graduation. How are they doing this? One way is the Insider’s Guide to Getting Ahead networking event. In partnership with the Student Alumni Ambassadors, the SU Bridge hosts a night where students and young alumni get a brief overview on networking best practices, then meet with alumni professionals to get answers to their career related questions and to practice their new networking skills in a low-stress environment.  

The SU Bridge has successfully hosted this event for the past three years, but they hope this year to elevate the event and increase the number of alumni professionals. They need your help to be successful.  

We are looking for alumni volunteers to represent a wide variety of industries and fields,” Riley Gaffney, president of the SU Bridge, said. “We get students interested in everything from nursing and business, to marketing and the arts, just to name a few. We are hoping that all students find this a valuable experience, no matter their career goals.”  

Previous alumni professionals have found the opportunity to mentor students fulfilling.  “It feels good giving back to my university and helping a student figure out their professional goals. You know you are making a lasting impact and that’s what being an SU alum is all about.”  

The SU Bridge extends an invitation for all alumni to participate. “Alumni navigating the beginning of their careers and those who are experienced all have something valuable to share.”  

The event is Monday, February 13, from 6-8 p.m. in Seattle University’s Student Center.  

If you are interested in volunteering as a professional at Insider’s Guide fill out this online form. It’s a small time commitment that can provide a big impact on our students and recent alumni.

SU Baseball Set its Sights on the NCAA Tournament

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on January 5, 2017 at 2:01 PM PST

If you’re a supporter of Seattle U athletics, than Seattle U’s baseball team should already be on your radar.  

Seattle U baseball had quite a season in 2016, winning its first regular season WAC conference and head coach, Donny Harrel, was named the WAC Coach of the Year. We sat down with Harrel to reflect on his last eight years with the Redhawks and to get a look at the season ahead.  

Harrel has been with the Redhawks since they transitioned back to Division 1 in 2010. The team has experienced a lot of growth, success and increasing national attention.  

We have gone from 11 wins in our first season back in 2010 to 37 wins last year and the first conference championship in school history. Also, for the first time in our young history, we received votes on the national level as a top 40 program. Even though we did not break into the top 40 - we did receive votes and that is a good feeling that other programs see us being as good as we expect ourselves to be.”  

In the past two years, five Seattle U players have been picked in the Major League Baseball amateur draft, including, Brock Carpenter for the Dodgers, Mike McCann for the Royals, Landon Cray for the Rays, Will Dennis for the Orioles and Brian Olson for the Twins.  

Players who are signed during their junior year, often stick around to complete their education and practice with the Redhawks. Seattle U’s quarter systems makes it possible for the players to attend class before the season starts. Harrel says a benefits of this is that newcomers have the opportunity to practice and build relationships with professional athletes around them who are living their dreams and getting an education. 

For Harrel, the relationships play a big role in the success of the team. “The key for our team is trust and buying into the program. I truly feel our approach is as personal as any program in the country. We develop a strong relationship with the student athletes and their families prior to them coming to Seattle U. This allows both sides to truly know the needs and expectations from all parties. For these reasons - we are very careful of the recruits and people we bring in because they have to fit our culture.” 

What can you expect from the Redhawks this season? “We once again have the immediate goal of winning our conference, but also expect to play in an NCAA regional for the first time in school history. Our goals moving forward are to stay on top and be a national name that people recognize in the baseball world. We also want to be known for a place where students can play high caliber baseball and along the way, get a tremendous education and be well prepared for the real world. Our legacy needs to come from what our players are able to do after Seattle U, not just what we are accomplishing while they are here.” 

Our players are already having a lasting impact on the community outside of their sports careers. Many volunteer with Seattle food banks, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Boys and Girls Club. “These young men are future leaders of our community. I want our alumni to be proud of what we are doing and will continue to do in the future. All the credit goes to our student athletes who truly believe in making this world a better place. That is SU baseball! 

You can show your support for our Redhawks by coming out to games and cheering for them this season. A season schedule is online, but make sure to mark your calendars for the two matchups between the Redhawks and the Huskies on April 25 and May 9.  

Can’t wait for the season to start? On Friday, January 27, the Seattle U baseball team is hosting Meet the Redhawks, a fundraiser that gives attendees a chance to meet the players, share a meal with them and help raise funds for future projects and facilities. Seattle Mariners Manager Scott Servais will be this year’s guest speaker. You can learn more and get tickets for Meet the Redhawks here. 

We hope to see you supporting Seattle U baseball this season. Go Redhawks!

New Referral Program

Posted by Admissions Office on December 1, 2016 at 11:12 PM PST

 

As alumni of Seattle University, you know the impact of a Seattle University education. You know our students are curious, engaged, and eager to make an impact in their professions and communities. You may also know a future Redhawk who would be a perfect fit for Seattle U.

The Admissions Office is seeking passionate SU alumni to recommend prospective undergraduate first-year or transfer students who you think would thrive in the SU community. If you know a neighbor, friend, or family member who would be a good fit for Seattle University, please let us know!

 

How to refer a prospective student:

- Fill out this form to provide us prospective student contact information.
o We will need the student’s first and last name as well as a valid email address.
o After sharing their information, we would love you to write a few words about why this student would make an excellent addition to the Seattle U community.
o Please refer high-school aged students and older.
- After you submit your referral, the prospective student will receive a congratulatory email for being referred, and an opportunity to provide more information regarding their interests at SU.
- Students who provide additional information will receive a “Future SU Redhawk” sticker, along with more information about the admissions process at SU.
- The Admissions Office will consider the alumni referral as part of our holistic review process.

Thank you for helping to find the next generation of Seattle University alumni. As a reminder, all children, grandchildren, and siblings of SU graduates are considered legacy students and are therefore eligible for a free application. Admitted students are also eligible for a $1,000 McGoldrick Legacy Scholarship.

Thank you for your efforts in continuing to grow our 77,000-strong alumni network, and go Redhawks!

 

The Importance of our International Alumni Community

Posted by Miranda Benson, '17 on December 1, 2016 at 10:12 PM PST

Father Sundborg visits a group of Dubai-area alumni in December 2013.

 

When you think of regions where Seattle University alumni tend to live, there are probably a few  that come to mind: Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, maybe even some East Coast cities like New York or Washington, D.C. While these certainly are some of the most popular regions, there are also some that you probably didn’t think of, like Japan, the Middle East, Thailand and China. Despite international students being a growing part of SU’s campus population, they become alumni that, because of their distance, are often overlooked. Vice President for University Initiatives Jim Hembree, PhD, is working to change that.  

Among other strategies, Jim and President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., have been hosting receptions in the Middle East since 2013. “Fr. Sundborg has been building our relationship with international alumni and has been traveling frequently to the Middle East,” Jim explained. Fr. Sundborg and other university officials have visited the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Thailand and many other countries for meetings, receptions and alumni gatherings. Now, Fr. Sundborg is extending that list to include China and Southeast Asia, home to nearly two-thirds of our international alumni, at a reception in Hong Kong on December 20. Prior to that event, alumni in and near Dubai are invited to a reception on December 12.

Fr. Sundborg’s and Jim’s trips are not just for fun—though they certainly are that. They are part of Seattle U’s larger strategic mission to engage international alumni. “As a Jesuit university that has a diverse perspective, we need to globalize our alumni programs so that our alumni are involved, regardless of where they’re from or where they live. That way, our SU alumni community will really and truly be a global community.”

Not every visit or gathering is an ornate affair, Jim explains, but even the simplest lunch meetings are overflowing with hospitality. “Here, we’re lucky if we can schedule an hour to have a meeting,” Jim noted. “There, you go for lunch, then you go see three or four different sites, then you go into people’s homes. The hospitality of our international alumni is so heartwarming.”

Jim views our international alumni not just as friends and community members, but also as valuable contributors to Seattle U’s alumni network. “Our international alumni are a very accomplished and distinguished group of people,” Jim explained. One example is Dr. Peter Lee, ’63, from Hong Kong who was one of the first international students at Seattle U, as well as the man responsible for introducing Coca Cola to the Chinese market. Dr. Lee recently established SU’s Peter Lee Endowed Lectureship in East Asian Culture and Civilization, which brings to campus experts that explore the impact of East Asian ideologies on modern global issues.

Another key player is Mohamed Alabbar, ’81, founder and chairman of Emaar Properties, one of the largest real estate development companies in the Middle East and the developer of the world’s tallest building,  Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

What Jim values about international alumni is not just their significant accomplishments—it’s how they use their Seattle U experience to better the world around them. “When international students graduate and go back home, they’re changed. So they go back to their home countries and they embody SU’s inclusive values for a diverse global community.”

In an effort to keep our international students engaged as alumni, the Seattle University Alumni Association and the International Student Center are partnering to launch a new International Alumni Chapter. The goal is to engage international students who have stayed in the greater Seattle area after graduating. As the chapter develops, the plan is to extend the chapter into international communities as well. 

Jim says he’s thrilled about what the launch of the new International Alumni Chapter means for this community.  Of what’s to come after that, Jim says, “There’s still so much to explore.”

If you are interested in attending the reception in Dubai or Hong Kong, contact Margaret Fielder at fielderm@seattleu.edu.

Dubai Reception
Monday, December 12, 7:00pm
The Palace Downtown Dubai
RSVP

Hong Kong Reception
Tuesday, December 20, 6:30pm
The Dynasty Club
RSVP

Interested in leading or contributing to the International Alumni Chapter? Contact Peter Graziani at graziani@seattleu.edu.