AT THE INTERSECTION OF TODAY AND TOMORROW GRADUATE PROGRAMS
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And not just within this book, but within yourself. Because you’ve probably already thought about what direction you want to take, and now you’re looking for the right school. One with a strong academic program. Great connections. A school that is about more than just a degree. That transforms you into the person you want to be, and empowers you with the skills, knowledge and experiences needed to achieve your goals. Perhaps you’re looking to advance your career— or completely change careers. Maybe you’re looking for the tools to make a difference in your community or a highly practical program that fits your life. Maybe you want to become a better leader or simply discover your passion. You might be looking to establish a network of contacts in a particular field or explore what that field might be. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ll help you find it.
These next pages follow the journeys of past and current graduate students who once stood
where you stand: at an intersection of your own. Your present and future. Where you can continue down one path, or take the path to do more. To choose to earn more than just a degree: fulfillment within your community, the confidence to break through barriers, the ability to step out and make a change. Seattle University is more than just a school. It’s the intersection of two powerful forces—a whole person education and one of the most progressive cities in the world. Where paths that seem to lead in different directions—ambition and altruism, excellence and compassion, professional and personal—meet and merge. It’s a place where the benefits you gain in small classes, indepth real world projects and thoughtful, distinctive courses enhance who you are as a life-long learner.
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Terren Drake Class of 2014 Master of Business Administration
ALBERS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
Terren Drake expected to work hard, and it was no exception pursuing his MBA from one of the most respected programs in the Northwest. What he didn’t expect at Seattle University was to have amazing graduate faculty, counselors and alumni rooting for his success. Before coming to Seattle University, Terren earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from a large public university, but graduated without a clear sense of direction. Increasingly unsure of his next move, he spent time at a mortgage company and later took a job as a production worker at Darigold, one of the nation’s largest dairy co-ops. Terren’s willingness to work hard and his gift for negotiation earned him a spot on the labor contract negotiating committee at Darigold. His success there led to him being tapped for management training, and like any good negotiator, he countered with an offer to work in Darigold’s accounting department—an area that caught his interest.
It didn’t take long for him to realize he made the right choice. The professors and mentors took an interest in Terren’s job, career goals and life in general, and continually surprised him with their dedication to students. They include a group of successful alumni from Seattle’s biggest and most successful companies including Boeing, REI, Starbucks, Microsoft and Costco who mentor students. And the genuine care and affection of these mentors is also found in the counselors at Seattle University, like Paula Fitzgerald-Boos, who calls him “a remarkable combination of humility and authenticity [with] wisdom beyond his years.” Today he works at PACCAR Financial in an MBA Associate position. The rotational management training role sets Terren up for accelerated career growth in management.
His newfound interest and success in accounting encouraged him to pursue his MBA. He knew Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics had an excellent reputation and thought the smaller community would best prepare him.
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Albers exceeded Terren’s expectations in every way—from equipping him with the skills and experience to climb the corporate ladder, to embedding him in a close network of Seattle business professionals. But it was the sincere encouragement and support from faculty, counselors and graduates that made the biggest impression on him.
Marilyn Byrne Innovation & Entrepreneurship Advisory Board ALBERS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
After more than 20 years in sales and marketing, it can be easy to forget the fire you had when you first embarked on your career. But not for Marilyn Byrne, a global training manager at Amazon. She serves on the board of the Albers Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, as well as a mentor to business students.
careers and push current ones further. They also are able to get their entrepreneurial ideas off the ground—sustainable startups, modern consumer products and groundbreaking inventions. Graduate students join the program and create a strategy to make it happen with their mentors coaching them along the way.
And she’s just one of many mentors. Our mentors aren’t just professionals who work in the industry— they’re the influencers, the movers, the thought
This program provides students with mentors who are more than a sounding board. They’re active participants who add a professional perspective
MEETS THE FIRE
Each year, mentors work with students pursuing career goals, landing internships and building professional networks. Students in the Albers mentorship program find that Marilyn and the other mentors are a resource to spark new
to their work, even going so far as to show them how to format their presentations. Whether it’s to a board of directors, head of sales, CEO—mentors bring a fresh perspective to students’ academics. The work of our mentors has not only changed the business community in Seattle, but also globally. Mentors are passing on their knowledge to our graduate students, so they can go on to ignite change in the way we do business.
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leaders. They served as CEOs like Jim Sinegal of Costco and CFOs like John Iwanski of AAA Washington. They are directors of Morgan Stanley and Boeing, data operations managers at Starbucks, and presidents and owners of their own companies.
Lakeisha Jackson Class of 2014 Master of Student Development Administration
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
The College of Education helped Lakeisha find a program she was excited about: the Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI). Because of our commitment to the community and student passion, she found time to volunteer with SUYI. She joined the other volunteers—more than 1,000 strong—in contributing to afterschool programs, tutoring and mentorship for students in underserved schools such as at Bailey Gatzert Elementary. Recently, SUYI’s Bailey Gatzert middle school saw the highest academic growth rate of any school in Seattle. The exceptional amount of time, commitment and service students contributed prompted
the White House to give SU the Presidential Award for Community Service, one of its highest honors, in 2012. Lakeisha was also able to make a difference through SU’s student development administration program— one of the largest in the nation. She serves as a leader of SUSDA, the Seattle University Student Development Association, managing student leaders, mentoring them and advocating on behalf of the student body. She also contributed as a graduate presenter to undergraduate volunteers with an awareness workshop on creating spiritual dialogue among students. It has given her a chance to apply not only leadership techniques from her classes, but also her compassion and desire to change students’ lives. At Seattle University, Lakeisha found she could do more than research problems—she was encouraged to go out into the community and solve them. And SU’s commitment to producing students who create real change in the world doesn’t stop at graduation. Ninety-three percent of its student development administration professionals are placed in full-time jobs within three months of graduation.
Seattle University doesn’t just empower good students. It empowers students who do good.
Our students volunteer in many incredible programs, like SUYI. Find a program you’d like to join at SEATTLEU.EDU/CCE
Lakeisha Jackson tends to stay in motion. A driven student and community leader, she looked for a graduate program where she could do, not just learn. SU is among the top 25 schools in the nation for service learning and community volunteer work (U.S. News & World Report), and the College of Education provides paths to a variety of communitydriven programs. Our graduate candidates don’t just talk about making a difference. They go out and make it happen.
Travis Day Class of 2013 Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
COLLEGE OF NURSING
He began looking for a reputable program that would accept graduate students without a medical background. What he got from Seattle University’s Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion education was a renowned program that didn’t just accept him—it was designed specifically for career changers like him.
And it sacrificed nothing in quality of instruction and academic expectations. Classes included full-time study, rigorous preparation for nursing exams and realistic simulation of emergency scenarios in SU’s state-of-the-art, 20,000 square foot Clinical Performance Lab. But he was most impressed with the school’s emphasis on compassion and social justice—all students perform immersive internships in underserved communities. Travis found his own experience at the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Reservation one of the most rewarding and validating of his career. Seattle University takes its commitment to nurturing the community seriously—as a university we contribute more than 200,000 hours of service each year. And that commitment to provide what’s needed also extends to our students.
Our graduate programs are designed with the specific needs of students, like Travis, in mind.
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Four years ago, Travis Day felt trapped. He’d started pre-med training as an undergrad, then switched to international business management. He found his career importing and exporting wine unfulfilling. But he knew his degree didn’t fit the requirements of most graduate medical programs.
Lorena González vowed she would never feel helpless again. The daughter of immigrant farmers, she witnessed injustices to her family and community that she knew no one should have to tolerate. She watched as crop dusters dropped pesticides in nearby fields, pesticides that then drifted onto her, her family and her neighbors in the Lower Yakima Valley. She also witnessed unjust treatment of workers, which fueled her passion to fight back.
Lorena is nationally recognized as a civil rights attorney winning in 2012 a precedent-setting suit making it cause for termination for any Seattle police officer to use racially charged language. She is the recipient of Seattle University’s Community Service Award, named one of Seattle’s most influential people, and was chosen as one of the “Top Seven Lawyers in the Country Under 40” by the Hispanic Bar Association.
To make a difference, Lorena knew she’d have to change the system at its core. So she set her sights on a law degree. Lorena was drawn to Seattle University School of Law because of its mission to educate powerful advocates for justice.
The lives she’s changed don’t end there: Lorena co-founded Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, and Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender free legal clinic at El Centró de la Raza. Last year alone they served more than 500 clients with issues such as family law, medical malpractice and consumer finance. She also was the president of the board of OneAmerica, the largest immigrant rights advocacy organization in Washington.
Here she found a passionate and like-minded faculty and student body that didn’t just want to do more, they did more. Here she found a passionate, like-minded faculty and student body that didn’t just want to do more, they did more. They volunteered at legal aid organizations, represented clients through clinical courses and created student organizations that advocated for change and inclusivity.
In 2005, she graduated cum laude with a desire to make her voice and the voice of the underserved heard. After several years working on civil rights cases in private practice, Lorena is now Counsel to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
Lorena always knew that she was meant to make a difference in her community. She is making a difference—and big changes— with a like-minded, comprehensive university at her back.
M. Lorena Gonzรกlez Class of 2005 Juris Doctor
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WHERE SEATTLE MEETS Mike Hettick Class of 2009 Master of Sport Administration and Leadership
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Though he’s disarmingly unassuming and straightforward, Mike Hettick is a die-hard sports fan and a keen strategist who knows a thing or two about winning. So when he set his sights on a master’s degree, he played it like a true athlete, and made the most strategic move that would lead him to his goal. Looking around the Northwest, the Montana native realized Seattle—home to four professional sports teams, a breathtaking city and a thriving economy—was the clear frontrunner. He also realized that surrounding himself with energetic, committed teammates and leaders would be vital to his ultimate success. Essentially he needed a place that would serve as a link between him and the world of professional sports.
Before coming to Seattle, Mike didn’t realize how small the world of professional sports really is. It gives him an even greater appreciation for the contacts he made at Seattle University—he frequently sees familiar faces in meetings and on management of other professional sports teams. SU’s ties with the Seattle community run strong. How strong? Mike himself is an example of the Seattle University graduate network—he’s remained involved with his tightknit group of classmates who now work at companies like K2 and Nike. He’s happy to share his experience at Seattle University with the next class of graduates. Because in his line of work, it’s not hard to spot a team that works well together—and Seattle University and Seattle are that kind of team. The Master of Sport Administration and Leadership program is recognized among the top 25 in the world.
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Seattle University proved to be that link. From a birds-eye view of the athletic industry, to faculty with a range of careers in the sports community, Mike discovered the Sport Administration and Leadership program exceeded his expectations. Not only did faculty provide insight into the business of professional sports, but Mike also made contacts in the industry he could turn to for advice. In fact, he’s worked with adjunct professors at several of the jobs he’s held since then, including his previous position as the manager of sales for the Seattle Seahawks and his new position as Director of Sales—Corporate Partnerships for the Seattle Sounders FC.
Some of the best experiences come from stepping outside your comfort zone. Even your continent. When Sherry Ren decided to leave Shanghai, she chose to pursue a Master of Professional Accounting in one of the most forward-thinking cities and vibrant business landscapes. Where she saw an opportunity to grow in parallel to developing a strong career path.
At Seattle University, not only are the graduate students diverse, calling 63 countries home, but so are the opportunities. Top executives from global businesses like Amazon and Deloitte come to classes and help students with their career goals, and SU brings many more executives to events such as career fairs. Students like Sherry are able to expand their networks even further, while practicing their biggest pitch of all: themselves. Learn more about our international campus at SEATTLEU.EDU/GLOBAL/STUDENTS
Sherry Ren Class of 2014, Master of Professional Accounting ALBERS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
Iliana Sach Class of 2010 Master of Software Engineering COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
With fully funded tuition from the tech company where she worked, Iliana Sach could have earned her master’s degree at any number of universities. It was Seattle University’s emphasis on providing a practical, realistic education that won her over. With a satellite classroom conveniently close to her home and flexible class schedules that worked with her fulltime job, SU provided a real world education in every sense of the word.
a professional scenario, she discovered new ones, giving her the confidence to seek a more influential role in the workplace.
Her program offered hands-on, work-oriented preparation—not just theory. In her estimation, 80% of the skills she learned were applicable to real world scenarios. She attributes this emphasis on working skills to the program’s professors. Often simultaneously employed as software engineers at influential Seattle companies, they have up-to-the-minute access to the trends and resources shaping the tech industry.
She wasn’t the only one who noticed her aptitude during the class and final project. The capstone project gives employers a glimpse at potential candidates and students a look at who among their peers might make great coworkers. When Iliana’s company left the Seattle area, she found her current job as a software development manager at Amazon through the recommendation of one of her classmates. Iliana was pleased to find that a graduate education from Seattle University is much more than theory, research and a line on a résumé. This is where education meets real life—allowing students to work full-time while going to school, learn the real tools they’ll be using in their work, and meet the peers they might one day call colleagues.
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Like all SU software engineering graduate students, Iliana had the opportunity to put her knowledge to work during her capstone project—SU’s multi-quarter student project that solves software engineering problems for top companies. She worked with a group of students to develop a website that allowed REI employees to rent the store’s gear. Iliana not only applied the skills she learned to
WHERE MEETS ONE-OF-A-KIND ONE OF A KIND Ryan Fallgren has a magnetic personality and a gift for humor. But he’d always assumed these qualities belonged in his personal life, not on his professional résumé. He began Seattle University’s Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (MATL) program uncertain of his future, but knowing he wanted to integrate all parts of his personal and professional world into his daily life. Seattle’s one-of-a-kind MATL program helps each student understand and develop their distinctive assets and personality traits in order to uncover the talented leader and professional within.
Ryan Fallgren Class of 2014 Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY
Our MATL program has produced some amazing community leaders with a different point of view. Find out more at SEATTLEU.EDU/STM/DEGREES/MATL/STORIES
Here, Ryan learned something even more useful than leadership tools and techniques. He learned how his own resilience, humor and engaging personality could be key assets in the workplace. His personal discovery led him to apply at a company he truly believed in—KIND Healthy Snacks. This strategy paid off. Ryan’s authentic passion and belief in the company message made him an ideal fit at KIND and allowed him to rise quickly. Today he’s in charge of all KIND’s partnerships and brand events for the Seattle region. He couldn’t be happier. And we couldn’t be happier that Seattle University is where Ryan’s personal brilliance met the KIND of company where it could shine.
This is where your present and future meet. Where know-how runs into can-do. And logic intersects with passion. Because this is where it all comes together. One school in one dynamic city with one focus: You. Your journey can begin today at seattleu.edu/graduate-admissions
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