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  • A&S Department Chair recognized for 'Distinguished Teaching'

    March 23, 2010

    Former students of Seattle University hosting the 25th Annual Alumni Awards will recognize three members of the Arts and Sciences community at this year’s awards ceremony, to be held on April 15th.

    Professor Jeanette Rodriguez, Department Chair for Theology and Religious Studies, was recognized for “Distinguished Teaching”. A&S Alumnus Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, received the award of 2010 “Alumnus of the Year” and Maureen Brotherton, a graduate of the college’s Master’s in Non-Profit Leadership program, was recognized for her community service activities.

    Inspired by her faith and the theologies of liberation, Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez aligns her personal and professional commitments to the service of justice. A leader in the theological community through her expertise in religion, culture and justice education, she serves as professor and chair in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University, and also serves as adjunct graduate faculty member in the School of Theology and Ministry. She founded SU’s Center for the Study of Justice. A world expert on hispanic theology and religion, Rodriguez is also a licensed family therapist and expert in gender and cultural diversity. She inspires students and colleagues through the example she sets of living her vocation as well as her vision of creating a more just and humane world.

    Throughout his career, General Peter W. Chiarelli has commanded at every level from platoon to corps and is the only four-star general to come from a ROTC program in the state of Washington. Chiarelli was commissioned a second lieutenant of Armor in September 1972 and became the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army on August 4, 2008. In his previous assignment, he was the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. He currently serves as the Vice-Chief of Staff for the United States Army, managing deployment of over 15,000 soldiers in support of “Operation: Iraqi Freedom”. This decorated hero has been instrumental in developing programs (“Operation: Home Base” and “Operation: Mend”) that focus on the health and wellness of American soldiers and their families. His leadership and service truly make a difference, nationally and across international borders.

    Maureen Brotherton models service in action through her contributions of time and energy on behalf of others. Her record of commitment to service to Seattle University and her global and local community is undeniable. She serves on the Board of Regents and is past chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Council during SU’s highly successful Capital Campaign. In 1997, she and her daughter Tia founded the prestigious Teens in Public Service (TIPS) program, now in its 14th year of placing teens at local non-profits. TIPS connects teens through summer jobs to the needs and struggles within their communities, creating future leaders who will lead with compassion.TIPS was provided 10,000 hours of volunteer service in 2008. A long-time Rotary member, Brotherton also works with the Seattle’s Downtown Rotary as part of their international service committee and travels overseas frequently to work on polio eradication efforts in Ethiopia and on water well and honey bee production in Northern Uganda. Brotherton’s efforts demonstrate her incredible dedication to serving our community and the larger world.

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