Perspectives

Investing in Our Youth and in the Future

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The Seattle University Youth Initiative is the university’s largest-ever community engagement project focused on improving academic achievement for youth in the square-mile neighborhood that includes Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. Gatzert is the first focal point of the Youth Initiative, which also encompasses Washington Middle School and Garfield High School.

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A Calling to Make a Difference

Verle Bleese
Asked why he decided to make a $1 million bequest to the School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle man Verle Bleese has a simple answer. “Because I wanted to," he says. “No light came on, I did not have a vision. It was just a feeling that I was doing something that will make a difference for good in this world.” Read more about "A Calling to Make a Difference".

Hey Mr. DJ

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On its website, Seattle University’s student radio station KSUB-89.1 FM makes the bold claim to “sonically kick your teeth in” with “pirates riding waves of sound” who are “rebels in a music revolution.” Enter Seattle University Librarian John Popko, known on the KSUB airwaves as Nigel, Your Favorite Child of the Sixties, host of The Finn Hill Sessions. This volunteer DJ might be a rebel who carries a briefcase, yet his keen memory for music is not unlike an online database you might find in a university library. Read more about "Hey Mr. DJ".

Reaching New Heights

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When Mark Ursino hit his mid-30s—or as he dubs the time, “looking at the wrong side of 35”—he decided he was going to do something he’d never done before. Career change? Nope. Buy a fancy sports car? No, not that. Ursino opted to take up the challenge put forth by his longtime friend Don who, since the two were in high school, prodded him to climb Mount Rainier. Read more about "Reaching New Heights".

The Sacred in the Everyday

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It’s no small task when you decide to amplify St. Ignatius Loyola’s 16th century examination of conscience to make it inviting, relevant and meaningful to a contemporary lay audience. Since the early 1990s, William Watson, S.J., has been on that winding path. Motivated by a daily spiritual discipline that proved therapeutic in his own life, Father Watson chose to devote his energies to bringing tools for discernment and reflection to a wider audience. Read more about "The Sacred in the Everyday".

Whistling Isn't Work—It's Art

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The noisy, bustling International District/Chinatown transit station might not be every performing artist’s idea of a dream concert hall. Campbell Thibo isn’t just any artist, though. The station’s amazing echo and Asian garden aesthetic are what appeal to the Fine Arts graduate student’s desire to touch something deeper in his audience. He considers the transit platform an underutilized performance venue. If only he could eliminate the ever-present, deafening roar of all those buses and trains, Thibo imagines the transit tunnel would be perfection for the joys of his whistling. That’s right. Whistling. Read more about "Whistling Isn't Work—It's Art".

The Making of Champions

Coach Joan
On the day of a press conference introducing Joan Bonvicini as the new head coach of women’s basketball, the coach—who is known by players as “Coach B”—announced that she was a championship coach at a championship university and that she was at Seattle University to build a championship program. That last point is one that Coach B is proving since taking over the program in 2009. When a team achieves success, some people lean back, but Bonvicini is always working to get better. Read more about "The Making of Champions".

Neighbor Helping Neighbor

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Earl Lancaster has been cutting hair at the corner of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street since he was a teenager. He’s a fixture in a neighborhood that’s primed for big changes. Often dubbed the “Mayor of 23rd and Union,” Lancaster opened his barbershop, Earl's Cuts & Styles, in 1992. Read more about "Neighbor Helping Neighbor".

A [Reality TV] Star is Born

Sarah Hiraki
It’s hard to imagine a camera crew filming your first “real world” job, post-graduation. Even harder yet is to find yourself as a main player in a reality TV show cast. But Sarah Hiraki, a 2012 graduate of Seattle University’s digital design program, can add both unique experiences to her growing resume. Read more about "A [Reality TV] Star is Born".

An Illustrious Career

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Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, teaches classes with names such as “The Psychopath” and “Murder Movies and Copycat Crime.” In her spare time, which is at a premium, she sketches—people, places, things—as a member of Urban Sketchers Seattle and runs marathons. Read more about "An Illustrious Career".

Here to Represent

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Elizabeth Hendren, ’12, is helping to provide legal services and a voice to formerly incarcerated women. Hendren’s desire to assist women who lose custody of their children because of incarceration has much to do with the lack of access to legal representation for mothers once they are released from prison. Read more about "Here to Represent".

Chieftain: The Cool Hot Spot

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The Chieftain Irish Pub is fast becoming the “Cheers” of the Seattle University set. Since opening in fall 2011, the hopping spot across from the Lee Center for the Arts has fast become the go-to place for lunchtime crowds and co-workers and friends looking to toast the end of the workday or workweek at happy hour. Read more about "Chieftain: The Cool Hot Spot".