Chardin Newsletter

April 2014

Welcome back, all!

We hope you had a refreshing and well-rested break, and wish you a fantastic spring quarter!

Seattle Spring Festival and Events

Here are some things to do for Spring in Seattle!

Moisture Festival

The Moisture Festival features a Comedy/Varietè. It's an assortment of entertainment with highly skilled performances, bizarre talents and of course all with a humorous twist. It’s presented as a variety show with routines ranging from three to 15 minutes. The Moisture Festival includes a live show band, aerialists, jugglers, comedians, dancers, rope and bubble acts, clowns, acrobats, can-can girls, strong men and women, tap dancers and drill teams.


Whirligig! is offered at Seattle Center and it’s a carnival for kids. Your kids can bounce, slide, glide and ride on super-sized inflatable rides. There is a special Toddler Zone too. Primary colors are the theme of the décor; includes roaming clowns and face painters.

Seattle Green Festival

The Seattle Green Festival is a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America. They celebrate what’s working in communities—for people, businesses and the environment. The event draws 125 renowned authors, leaders & educators. Along with 350 eco-friendly businesses, workshops, green films, kids’ activities, live music and delicious, organic, vegetarian cuisine.

Washington Cask Beer Festival

Head to Seattle Center at Fisher Pavilion and taste more than 60 beers from Washington breweries. Each beer is handcrafted and served without carbon dioxide (from a cask). Experts are on hand to answer your questions too.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

For 25 years and counting now Mount Vernon, WA has celebrated the sprouting of their colorful tulip fields. The tulips are available for viewing every April in Skagit county. Be sure to take your camera and wear your rain boots as the fields can be muddy.

The Daffodil Festival

The Daffodil Festival is celebrating its 76th year. This annual event in Pierce County includes a parade through the cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting; all in one day. There are activities for the whole family too.

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

This is a free event for the senses. The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival celebrates Japanese culture and America’s relationship with Japan. The three day event includes arts and crafts booths, traditional cuisine, exhibits and special performances. Enjoy the booms of taiko drums, discover ikebana flowers, taste delicious Japanese food, experience tea ceremony demonstrations. The event commemorates Japan’s gift of 1,000 blossoming cherry trees to Seattle in 1976. The trees were planted along Lake Washington Boulevard, in Seward Park and other places around the city.

Passport to Woodinville

The Passport to Woodinville is for wine enthusiasts. They start selling tickets in February each year for their popular wine country tour season. This special event happens every April and is very popular with Seattle area locals. It's one of the only days in the year that all participating wineries in Woodinville are open at the same time.

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From Eric

Hey Chardinates!

Eric here and this is going to be the last newsletter that I’m going to write for Chardin, sadly. Spending time with all of you has been one of the most amazing memories that I have ever had since I came to SU one year and half ago. I really appreciate all your help and support.

I’m going to a full-time internship next quarter and since many of you are graduating soon and looking for an internship, which is commonly known as a “jump-start” for you career, I want to share with you some of my own experience.

First, be sure to be engaged in as many leadership roles/membership/volunteer as you can to the extent that you feel comfortable and not too overwhelming. It’s kind of a self-honing process where you are forced to be efficient with using your time and constantly gain a sense of accomplishment for every single task that you have completed. You will get a lot of time-management skills though this.

As far as I know, finding an ideal internship in the U.S. is much harder than finding a real job. So keep that in mind and don’t get frustrated too soon. Many companies are interested in you as a person, not in how excellent you are for being a working machine. After all, you will meet real people in your interview, not the “company” itself. So be confident and be yourself. Don’t pretend to be someone that you are not. Otherwise, even if you get the offer, you will feel very uncomfortable when working in a very awkward environment.

Finally, talk to someone about your coming interview and thoughts even if you are introverted. I know some of you are only willing to tell people about good news, not bad news or when you are not so confident about the result. Why do you want to do that? Well, you will find out after you’ve done this which would most likely lead to an ideal internship.

Good luck to you all and hopefully I will see you around on campus some time. I believe I won’t graduate until 2015. You are all “cool kids” and I enjoy talking to cool kids! Keep in touch!

Campus Announcements

No class on Friday, April 18th!

In celebration of Good Friday, there will be no class on Friday, April 18. Enjoy the three-day weekend!

About the Chardin Collegium

The Chardin collegium at Seattle University is a lounge for commuter students who are juniors and seniors. We also serve transfer students who live on campus. Like the other collegia, we are a great place for commuters and transfers to meet new friends, make use of our supply of board games, and attend activities planned by collegia staff.

Additionally, we offer wireless access, two computers, a printer, and plenty of seats to get any work done. However, unlike some of the other collegia, we also offer a fireplace and a restroom. Conveniently located by the #2 and #12 bus stops, commuters can come in, drop off some food in our refrigerator, or grab a snack from our honor bar, and come back in between classes.

For further questions, please contact the Chardin coordinator, Rebecca Van Drimmelen, at:

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Fridays: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00p.m.