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Father Sundborg's op-ed on the DREAM Act makes the rounds

Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

FatherSteveHeadshotWCLast week we shared the good news that an op-ed by our very own president, Stephen Sundborg, S.J., appeared in the Nov. 24 Los Angeles Times. Father Sundborg's piece is on the DREAM Act, which Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced to provide undocumented students protection from deportation and a pathway to permanent legal residency.

Since then, Sundborg’s column has been picked up by many other outlets throughout the country, including The Herald of Rock Hill  (South Carolina), News Tribune of Tacoma, JournalStar.com of Lincoln, Nebraska, Harvard University Refugee and Asylum Advocacy, ImmigrationProfBlog, Kentucky.com (Lexington Herald-Leader), DailyMe, Crosscut, El Povernir.mix, Hispanopolis and Terra, as well as mentions on a number of Facebook pages and elsewhere.

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Vox Populi: What I'm grateful for...

Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Commons invited faculty and staff to share what they’re grateful for this Thanksgiving season. Below are some written responses, and be sure to click on this video produced by Marketing Communications intern Kelly Stone, '09, to see what some of our colleagues had to say.

Thankful_FeatureJohn Mitchell, School of Law:

“That my children (39 and 34) are close by, that they're healthy and good people, and that my four-year-old grandson says to me ‘Bapa, you’re my best buddy.’ Doesn't get better.”

Sue Hogan, School of Theology and Ministry:

“I am so very grateful to my colleagues and friends at SU and to my wonderful family for all the care and support in 2010. It has been a challenging year to say the least, made bearable by the amazing outpouring of love for both Jim (emeritus professor of political science) and me.”  

Carly Cannell, Center for Service and Community Engagement:

"I’m thankful to work in a place where I am surrounded by people who support and inspire me in so many ways – both on campus and in the community. I’m also thankful for two four-day weekends in November."

 

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Twice is nice!

Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2010

SUbeatsOSU_WCinnerOn Wednesday night at the Key, the Redhawks proved that last year's victory over Oregon State was no fluke--although this year's contest was much closer than last year's 51-point SU win. For round two, SU prevailed in a hard-fought battle, 83-80, to secure their first win of the season. Visit goseattleu.com for more.

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First Lieutenant Robert Bennedsen inducted into Hall of Valor

Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

RobertBennedsen_WCLieutenant Colonel Eric Farquharson, chair of Seattle University’s Department of Military Science, speaks at a Nov. 17 ceremony honoring First Lieutenant Robert Bennedsen, a 2008 Albers graduate who was killed in combat on July 18 in Afghanistan. After a ceremony in the chapel presided over by SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., Bennedsen was inducted into SU’s Hall of Valor. He joins seven other SU alumni who died in combat during the Vietnam War. The hall, located in the ROTC Building on Cherry St. and 13th Ave., is open to the public during ROTC business hours. Media coverage: Read an article about Bennedsen that appeared in the Nov. 18 Seattle Times. (Photo by Chris Joseph Taylor)

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Father Steve appears before city council

Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

FrSteveSeattleChannelPresident Stephen Sundborg, S.J., joined a distinguished group of educators to brief the Seattle City Council on "Preparing Seattle Children For College and Career." In remarks taped by the Seattle Channel, Fr. Sundborg spoke of the forthcoming SU Youth Initiative and the university's mission. His remarks begin at 43:20 in this video.

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Redhawk bus hits campus

Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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It's a bird...it's a bus...it's a bird bus. Well, actually a Redhawk bus, which was parked on campus Nov. 17 just hours before the men's basketball team was scheduled to tip off against Oregon State. (Photo by Soon Beng Yeap)

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Vox Populi: What are you grateful for?

Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

cornucopiaAs Thanksgiving approaches, what are you grateful for? Share your thoughts with The Commons for inclusion in our Thanksgiving week edition. Responses don't have to be SU-related, but they can be. Submissions can be any length but 100 words or less is preferred.

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Redhawks welcome back Coach Callero for home opener

Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CalPolyTipoff_Thumbnail When the SU men’s basketball team took the court for their 2010-2011 home opener on Nov. 14, a familiar face was leading the opposing team. Joe Callero returned to Seattle after leaving the Redhawks in 2008 to take the helm at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Before tip-off, the former SU coach was acknowledged for his successful eight-year stint at SU. He received a gift and warm wishes from a contingent that included current coach, Cameron Dollar, as well as Athletic Director Bill Hogan and the legendary O'Brien brothers, John and Eddie. Click here for some video highlights.


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Father Steve holds first noon forum of the year, addresses compensation

Posted on Monday, November 15, 2010

 

FrSteveNoonForumNov2010WCFather Steve held the first President's Noon Forum of the academic year on Nov. 4. For most of the hour he took questions from faculty and staff, most of which centered on the Compensation and Benefits Study now underway. The president made clear his commitment to the issue, pointing out that it was at his insistence that investing in the excellence of faculty and staff be included among the university's top five strategic priorities.

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