March 2, 2013
Schedule is up, Spring training is underway, and the SU Rowing Foundation has an exciting year ahead! Mark your calendar with the upcoming events and regattas, and we look forward to seeing everybody at the races and socials!
October 8, 2012 – Update
Look below for a post by our Chair, Samuel Nelsen, on our Facebook Page about the ongoing discussion with Athletics and University on how alumni and friends of Seattle University Crew can support the newly-elevated Varsity Women and the Club Men. All involved want success for Rowing at SU. The SURF presently follows the traditional model of many other successful rowing support organizations, including the Washington Rowing Stewards of Washington Husky Crew, and the University envisions a model that more closely matches existing (and successful) SU athletic advisory groups.
To see our current Bylaws, click here: SURF Bylaws 2012.
October 8, 2012
Stewards of SU Crew:
Met again with Athletics today, in the long process of defining how the alumni and friends of the program will work with the university to support SU Crew. Will the SURF continue as a membership organization with all supporters of the sport at SU having a vote and a voice in the SURF’s operation and leadership, maintain its current comprehensive Bylaws, and exist within SU as part of the university or outside of SU as a 501(c)3? Will the SURF be renamed, and become a non-membership model with university-appointed positions, and almost no Bylaws? Some combination of the two? Either way, the focus is supporting the teams, bringing alumni together, and celebrating the men and women of the sport at SU and our shared experiences.
All of this is being decided. In the mean time, the Women are off to a fantastic start of the season as varsity student-athletes, and the Men are looking forward to an exciting racing schedule as well. Both need our support, and we are not going to let this process get in the way of reconnecting alumni and friends, advocating for the needs of the team, and showing that support. Regardless of the final form we take, SU Crew will benefit, and the alumni will have myriad opportunities for involvement. The key, of course, is finding a model, either now or in the future, that ensures support for both the women AND the men – a united front!
While finding a solution that meets these criteria is proving to be a bit of work, as the SURF and the University have different visions of how to reach the same goal, we recognize that growing pains are a part of anything worth-while. We are proud of the program, its student-athletes, and our fellow alumni and friends, we look forward to continuing to work with the university, and we welcome the challenge to be the best we can be for the benefit of the student-athletes and university. Bring it on!
September 30, 2011: Office of Alumni Relations posts SU Rowing Foundation blog entry:
“If you ever rowed, coxed, or coached with Seattle University Crew – or love the sport – this is for you: after over 45 years, SU Crew’s alumni have finally created a Foundation for the rowing program!…”
You can read the whole entry, here.
Notice that the history section is limited. One of the goals is to expand it to a full timeline of the program. If you have some favorite memories, pictures, or anything else that would help that process, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!