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CONTENTS What it Means to be Jesuit Educated.......... 2 Year in Review .............................................. 10 University Leadership .................................. 12
“In its 120-year history, Seattle University has played an important and indispensable role in providing jesuit
our city, our region and beyond.” —President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
2012 Seattle University President’s Report
I enjoy my leadership role as president of Seattle University. I am now in my 15th year in this position of leadership in higher education and in service to the region. In this job I love, I have had many opportunities to convey to the wider public what we do. Yet it strikes me that, while there is widespread recognition of our university’s religious values, its service to the community and commitment to social justice, for many there is less understanding of our central, unique purpose. That is, providing a Jesuit education, a tradition that began 463 years ago when the Society of Jesus opened its first school in Messina, Italy. There are 28 Jesuit universities in the United States. Many are able to
But what does a Jesuit education really mean and what does it mean
identify themselves as the “Jesuit university” in cities such as New
at Seattle University? In its 120-year history, Seattle University
York, Philadelphia, Boston or Chicago. The New York Times will often
has played an important and indispensable role in providing Jesuit
refer to someone as “Jesuit-educated” as in “the late Tim Russert, the
education to our city, our region and beyond.
Jesuit-educated anchor of Meet the Press”… or “Denzel Washington,
WHAT IS JESUIT EDUCATION? the Jesuit-educated Academy Award-winning actor” and the like. The assumption is that people understand what is meant by this phrase.
While today the Jesuits are perhaps most widely associated in people’s minds with the colleges and universities we founded, the earliest
Jesuit education has played a major role in teaching, learning and
Jesuits actually began their work with a much simpler calling—“to
scholarship throughout the world, including in the United States.
help souls,” in the words of our founder St. Ignatius of Loyola. It didn’t
take long for Jesuits to recognize that if they were going to form
JESUIT EDUCATION AT SEATTLE UNIVERSITY
leaders capable of “helping souls,” an intensive education was needed.
What does it mean specifically to be Jesuit-educated at Seattle
From this, a global network of Jesuit schools emerged. Today, Jesuit
University? Above all, it means being a part of the most rigorous
institutions are known for forming in our students the professional
and intellectually challenging learning environment possible for all
competence, imagination and passion they need to be catalysts for
students. This way of learning is based on a strong core curriculum,
change in the world.
with professors who are experts in their fields of study and passionate
A Jesuit education is a rigorous one that intellectually prepares students for lifelong learning and leadership. Through a process of exploration and discovery, it challenges students to reexamine their
and committed to research and innovative learning. Out of our Jesuit tradition we push our students to the limits of their intellectual possibilities.
goals and aspirations, their principles, assumptions and views. It takes
To be Jesuit-educated at Seattle University also means to be formed
students apart—intellectually and spiritually—then exposes them to
in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition. This tradition impels us to
deeper values and provides the means for them to put themselves back
be inclusively Catholic, having an ecumenical and interfaith mindset.
together again. Jesuit-educated alumni emerge with a clarity on who
At SU, the School of Theology and Ministry, for example, models that
they are, what they are committed to and why.
commitment of the whole university by drawing in and learning from
“I didn’t fully understand what a jesuit education meant before I came to SU. I have come to find that a holistic education is a reality for students at Seattle University and more than something we just talk about—we live it. Not only do we graduate with a degree, but we also graduate with an education steeped in Jesuit traditions.” —Katie Wieliczkiewicz, ’12, ASSU President, degrees: strategic communications/public affairs
a multiplicity of worldviews and religions. We expect our students to
this exploration from our students, but also we urge that they freely
explore their spirituality and faith both intellectually and personally.
adopt their own values and support them with their own analysis,
A Jesuit education always asks students how they will use their education in service to others. Seattle University provides countless
understanding and application. In the process, students strengthen and enliven their belief systems. This is Jesuit education in action.
opportunities for hands-on service in the community and thoughtful
Being Jesuit-educated means helping students learn what they need as
reflection so our students can embark on a lifetime commitment
professionals who can think, write, speak and work with others. This
to building a more just and humane world. Being Jesuit-educated
tradition of education produces individuals who are highly in demand
calls forth a special reverence for the planet, a commitment to
in our economy and in society.
environmental justice and a concern for how global environmental
The professor-student relationship at SU is what students most value.
changes especially affect the poor. We also live this by stewardship of
Our professors are highly accomplished scholar-educators who
what is widely recognized as the greenest campus in Washington state.
challenge and support each individual student and his or her learning
Jesuit education encourages students to learn by doing and this is
as a whole person. We encourage students to observe and follow the
evident in mentorship programs, internships and partnerships we offer
intellectual passion of their professors until they find their own. With
through our Entrepreneurship Center at the Albers School of Business
great energy and verve they search, question, challenge, reenvision and
and Economics, the Center for Service and Community Engagement,
reformulate. This way of learning is the strength of Jesuit education at
the Korematsu Center in the School of Law and many more. We believe
that students learn as much by contact as by concept.
One of the things I love most about our students is their passion and
As an independent university, our students and faculty are free to
courage of commitment. When I stand back and look as objectively
explore whatever subject matter interests them and any and all values:
as possible at the Jesuit education Seattle University delivers, I am
humanistic, religious, moral, social, personal. We not only require
heartened by what I see and hear. What students tell me is, â€œWe
came to Seattle U with our goals, but we come out with different
is internationally recognized for his research and clinical work for
goals, whereas our friends at some other universities go in with their
the prevention of viral hepatitis among Native Alaskans. We see our
goals and come out with the same goals.” Others will say they never
mission fulfilled in Ret. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, ’72, who was Vice Chief
imagined how much reflection and analysis—what we Jesuits call
of Staff for the U.S. Army and a leader in caring for veterans dealing
“discernment”—would be required in their courses. While clearly
with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Our mission is evident in Ruth
knowing the informed views, values and dedication of their professors,
Tressel, class of 1984, whose law practice specializes in technology
our students speak of how nothing is imposed by professors in terms of what they should think, but that they need to know and be able to articulate why they think the way they do.
and intellectual property and who works with the Powerful Voices program as an advocate for adolescent girls. It also is clear in Cashel Toner, ’00, one of the youngest principals in the Seattle School District.
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These are among the 67,000 alumni of Seattle University who are
How do we truly know whether our distinctively Jesuit education is
outstanding professionals, thought leaders and change agents. What
really working at Seattle University? I love to say, “Only our alumni
better way to understand the richness of a Jesuit education than to
can tell us whether we are fulfilling our educational mission.” It is
encounter graduates like these who are making a difference? They are
apparent, for instance, in Dr. Brian McMahon, a 1967 graduate who
examples of how, from the moment they were founded as a religious
“I came to Seattle University largely because I fell in love with jesuit values of academic excellence, service and individual growth. Receiving a Jesuit education at SU means that what I’m doing outside the classroom, in the community and what I learn in my classes are deeply connected.” —Shandra Benito, ’14, Sullivan Scholar, degree: social work
order, the Jesuits have actively gone out to meet the world. Not only to rejoice in its beauty—as in “finding God in all things”—but also to engage and confront it in all its grittiness. Seattle University clearly has come into its own and is recognized for its place of influence in the region for service to society, work on behalf of justice and spiritual and religious animation of the communities in the Northwest. We are proud of these accomplishments. I believe the future increasingly will mean that Seattle University will be recognized for educating leaders with values, serving in professions, communities and businesses, health and science institutions and government. Jesuit-educated individuals will be called upon to lead, and the men and women who graduate from Seattle University will show time and again that they are more than up to meeting the challenges facing our region and our world.
“Seattle University has done so much over the years to make Boeing a better company. The numbers really tell the story: about 2,200 Boeing employees have attended SU . . . Over the last five years, we’ve spent more than $20 million sending our folks to SU. Money well spent, I must say. I see the results of that investment every day.” —Jim Albaugh, executive VP of The Boeing Company and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said during a visit to SU as part of the Albers Executive Speaker Series (Jan. 20, 2011)
President Stephen Sundborg, S.J.
JESUIT EDUCATION: a look back through history and . . . The history and tradition of Jesuit education run deep. What started with one Jesuit-run school in Italy in 1548 today includes more than 3,700 Jesuit educational institutions worldwide—including 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States alone. Here’s a brief look at some of the key periods in Jesuit education:
Ignatius of Loyola was born.
Pope Paul III approved the founding of the Society of Jesus. Ignatius was elected as General Superior.
The first Jesuit school opened for lay students in Messina, Italy.
Seattle University opens.
NATIONAL HONOR FOR ROTC Seattle University’s Army ROTC program received the Outstanding Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Award. Our ROTC was selected best in the nation from among 273 Army ROTC programs.
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY YOUTH INITIATIVE LAUNCHES The Seattle University Youth Initiative is a long-term commitment by Seattle University and community partners to promote educational success for low-income students in the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood, south of campus.
. . . 2011 highlights at seattle university At Seattle University, 2011 was a year of notable achievements, capped with the selection of Chemistry Professor Vicky Minderhout as Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. During the year we launched the Seattle University Youth Initiative, a university-wide commitment to building a better future for today’s children. It was a year of high rankings for the ROTC program and for the university as a whole, again in the top 10 in the West in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” edition. Seattle University brought some notable names to campus, including Bob Woodruff of ABC News and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. And in the fall, the university took wellness to the next level with the opening of the William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center.
ALUMNA OF THE YEAR: BETTY PETRI HEDREEN Betty Petri Hedreen, ’57, was named the 2011 Alumna of the Year for her contributions to the university and the arts.
COMMENCEMENT: HONORING JAPANESE AMERICANS AND TUN CHANNARETH Seattle University conferred honorary degrees on Japanese Americans who were forced to leave the university during World War II. A graduate honorary degree was given to landmine activist Tun Channareth.
DIVISION I: SU JOINS THE WAC
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT RANKINGS
FITNESS CENTER OPENING
In June 2011, Seattle University was invited to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Membership strengthens the university’s academic and athletic programs and provides a pathway to post-season play.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Seattle University 6th in the West in its “Best Colleges 2012” guide. This is the 11th consecutive year SU has achieved a spot in the top 10 rankings.
In the fall, SU opened the new William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center. Just as the Chapel of St. Ignatius is the spiritual center of campus and the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons the intellectual heart, the fitness center fulfills the wellness aspect.
PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR: VICKY MINDERHOUT Chemistry Professor Vicky Minderhout is named Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She is the first SU faculty to receive this honor.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Stephen Sundborg, S.J. EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Timothy Leary PROVOST
Isiaah Crawford VICE PRESIDENT, ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
Marilyn Crone VICE PRESIDENT, STUDENT DEVELOPMENT
Jacob Diaz VICE PRESIDENT, PLANNING; VICE PROVOST
Robert Dullea VICE PRESIDENT, MISSION AND MINISTRY
Peter Ely, S.J. VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES
ASSOCIATE PROVOST, GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT
Victoria Jones ASSOCIATE PROVOST, ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
EX OFFICIO/SU PRESIDENT
DEAN, ALBERS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
Stephen Sundborg, S.J.
Joseph Phillips DEAN, COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
David Powers DEAN, COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Sue Schmitt DEAN, COLLEGE OF NURSING
DEAN, MATTEO RICCI COLLEGE
Mary Kay McFadden
VICE PRESIDENT AND UNIVERSITY COUNSEL
DEAN, SCHOOL OF LAW
Mark Niles DEAN, SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY
Mark Markuly UNIVERSITY LIBRARIAN
VICE PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT
Stuart Rolfe Maureen Lee
DEAN, COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
INTERIM VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
ASSOCIATE PROVOST, FACULTY AFFAIRS
Mohamed Alabbar Michael Bayard, S.J. Mark Bosco, S.J. David Burcham Gen. Peter Chiarelli (Retired) Scott Coble, S.J. Theodore Collins Marta Dalla Gasperina Thomas Ellison Patrice Fersch Allan Golston Donald Horowitz Patrick Howell, S.J. Craig Jelinek Kent Johnson Patrick Kelly, S.J.
Michael McCarthy, S.J. Gordon McHenry, Jr. Carol Nelson Nicole Piasecki Robert Ratliffe Rick Redman Pete Rose Dave Sabey Mick Schreck Stevens Trainer Jill Wakefield EMERITI
Rhoady Lee, Jr. Ann Wyckoff
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