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  • Power Couple Serves Disability CommunityJohn Evans, '84, and Kathy West-Evans, '85 MPA, are champions for disability issues and inspire others to join them.

    Carlson Receives Faculty of the Year AwardCommunication Professor Caitlin Ring Carlson was the overwhelming favorite to receive the Faculty of the Year award from 2015 graduating seniors.

    Be a Leader in Your Own ArtThe MFA in Arts Leadership provided opportunity and success for husband and wife Roxy and Matt Hornbeck, both 2011 graduates, who were a pair of young risk takers who rolled into Seattle from Flagstaff, AZ, with no jobs in 2008.

    McDowell Elected to International Association of ProfessorsEnglish Professor Sean McDowell, Director of the University Honors Program, has been elected a member of the International Association of University Professors of English. Membership is by external nomination and election only.

    Arnold Designs for Theatre and FilmTheatre Professor Harmony Arnold designs costumes two new productions coming out this month: "Capitol Hill Season 2," a feature film, and the play "Buyer & Cellar."

    Hitting All the Right NotesTo be a member of Seattle University Choirs, under the direction of Professor Joy Sherman, is to take part in a community experience like no other on campus.

    Lynk Appointed Clinical Director for Master's Psychology ProgramProfessor Christie Lynk, new Clinical Director in the Master of Arts in Psychology program, works with community mental health agencies to provide required internships for second-year students.

    Davis Reappointed to Civil Service CommissionThe Seattle City Council voted unanimously for the reappointment of Political Science Professor Angelique M. Davis as a member the Civil Service Commission. Her terms runs through December 2018.

    Derr Addresses Refugee IssuesSocial Work Professor Amelia Derr brought her expertise in social work practice with immigrants and refugees to the International Federation of Social Work conference and recently published on efforts in the United States.

    Student Sculptures Installed on Campus"Habitat Sculptures," created by students taught by Professor Trung Pham, S.J., have been installed in the garden behind the Administration Building.

    DeFilippis Publishes on Same-Sex MarriageSocial Work Professor Joseph DeFilippis looks critically at the same-sex marriage campaigns, raising concerns about the implications that gay marriage activism will have for other (non-married) LGBT families and non-traditional heterosexual families.

    Jha Publishes on Seattle's Independent BookstoresCommunication Professor Sonora Jha, published "On Spine and Crown" in the book Seattle, City of Literature, a collection of essays, history, and personal stories that pay tribute to Seattle's literary heritage.

    McCullough Focuses on Pressure to Increase Sustainability in Sport FacilitiesMSAL Professor Brian McCullough published "Considering the Social Impact of the Sustainable Stadium Design" in the International Journal of Event Management Research. McCullough is a leader in the movement to make sport facilities more environmentally sustainable.

    New Graduate Fundraising Certificate OfferedThe graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership, the first of its kind in Washington state, addresses the growing demand for effective fundraisers. The 15-credit program combines the latest theory and research on philanthropy and fundraising with practical skills based on proven models.

    Online Sport Sustainability Certificate Meets Growing DemandThe new 15-credit, online graduate Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership, the first of its kind in the world, addresses the growing demand for increasing environmentally and ecologically sustainable practices in the sport industry.

    Hye-Kyung Kang to Lead MSW programHye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD, has been named director of the MSW program. Kang focuses her research and teaching on social work practice, community organizing and mobilization in immigrant communities and communities of color, cultural citizenship, and critical pedagogy.

    Joshi Directs New Comedy at IntimanTheatre Professor Rosa Joshi is directing the comedy "John Baxter Is a Switch Hitter," inspired by an outrageous-but-true story, at the Intiman Theatre.

    Fall Alumni Seminars Start October 6Professor David Leigh, SJ, announced registration is open for the Fall Alumni Series: What Is Happening to Our Common Home? The Debate About Pope Francis?s Recent Letter on the Environment and the Economy.

    New Master of Social Work Degree OfferedDean David Powers announced that the college is now accepting applications for its new 2-Year MSW degree that starts September 2016.

    SU Receives Grant for Projects at Yesler TerracePhotography Professor Claire Garoutte has a key role in a grant to support art and artisan programs at Yesler Terrace administered by the Center for Community Engagement.

    Collins Publishes on Use of Statistics in Criminal JusticeProfessor Peter Collins's new book, "Understanding and Using Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice," prepares Criminal Justice students to critically examine the use and interpretation of statistics.

    SPEX Program Welcomes Molly WelshMolly C. Welsh, PhD, joins the faculty in the Center for the Study of Sport and Exercise Science. Her research focuses on the body's adaptations to physical activity and exercise.

    Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Ranks #4 in NationInterdisciplinary Liberal Studies ranked #4 in the nation by and #1 in the West. The ranking reflects diversity of learning options, graduation rates, admissions rates, and options for post-baccalaureate study.

    Seattle University Ranks 15th in Top Colleges for Liberal ArtsCollege Factual ranked Seattle University 15th in the nation in the category "Top Colleges for Liberal Arts/Sciences and Humanities."

    Gutierrez y Muhs Receives Award for ExcellenceProfessor Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs is the inaugural recipient of the Provost's Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors.

    Psychology Receives Prestigious Grant The Psychology Department, chaired by Professor Erica Lilleleht, received a generous grant from the Kathryn Donahue Foundation to support undergraduate programs.

    MNPL Welcomes Elizabeth DaleElizabeth Dale joins the faculty in the Master of Nonprofit Leadership. Her scholarship focuses on philanthropic motivation and practice, factors in volunteering, and charitable giving.

    New Arts Leadership Degrees OfferedThe new major and minor Interdisciplinary Arts with a specialization in Arts Leadership degrees offer a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of working in the arts.

    Jillian Fields wins WaCLA EssayWashington Consortium of the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) has just named its winning Essays for 2015. Congratulations to 1st place winner and SU student Jillian Fields.

    Tuke Receives FulbrightInternational Studies Professor Greg Tuke received a Fulbright award to work with faculty at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India.

    English Students Excel at ConferencesProfessor Charles Tung reported that the English Department had a record number of students presenting at national and regional undergraduate conferences this year.

    Phinney Hosts Successful Medical Anthropology Seminar Anthropology Professor Harriet Phinney co-hosted the 3rd Cascadia Seminar: Ethnographic Adventures in Medical Anthropology, which focused on how health and illness are shaped by global, political, economic and historical factors.

    Fr. Llywelyn Presents on the Virgin Mary in BattleDean Powers announced that the Rev. Dorian Llywelyn, S.J., will deliver the LeRoux lecture on the Virgin Mary on May 20.

    McDowell Named Editor of John Donne Journal Sean McDowell, director of the University Honors Program, has been confirmed as the new editor of the prestigious John Donne Journal: Studies in the Age of Donne.

    Arnold Wins Award for Costume Design Theatre Professor Harmony Arnold received an award for Best Costume Design for her work on the web series Capitol Hill at the Indie Series Awards ceremony on April 1.

    Smith Awarded Prestigious Truman ScholarshipJunior Olivia Smith, Political Science and Spanish double major, was awarded a Truman Scholarship. She is the only Washington college student to receive the award in 2015.

    Cisneros Returns to Join Philosophy FacultyAlumna Natalie Cisneros '05 joins the faculty in the Philosophy Department in September. Her scholarship focuses on social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, 20th-century continental philosophy, and Latin American philosophy.

    Representatives Adam Smith and Dave Reichert Address Pressing Issues on May 11MPA Director Larry Hubbell brings to campus U.S. Representatives Adam Smith and Dave Reichert for an interview and Q&A.

    Hung Publishes on SartrePhilosophy Professor Wai-Shun Hung re-examined Sartre's famous distinction between prose and poetry in his latest article.

    University Establishes Lectureship in East Asian Culture and Civilization Dean David Powers announced the establishment of the Peter L. Lee Endowed Lectureship in East Asian Culture and Civilization in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Roberts to Give Naef Scholars Last Lecture Professor Christina Roberts presents "Moving Beyond the Master Narrative: Indigeneity, Ecofeminism, and the Stories that Shape Us" as the Naef Scholars "Last Lecture" on April 8.

    Arts and Sciences Enters into Partnership with Macau UniversityDean David Powers signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Macau University of Science and Technology that provides opportunities for MUST graduates to pursue an MPA in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Helfgott Examines Copycat CrimeCriminal Justice Chair Jacqueline Helfgott just published an article on copycat crime. She notes growing evidence suggesting that copycat crime is exacerbated by the media.

    Nonprofit Leaders Join MPA Faculty for Summer ProgramMPA Director Larry Hubbell announced that Neil J. Nicoll and Mary Kaufman-Cranney are bringing their wealth of experience and expertise to teach in the MPA program.

    Four Take Top Honors in Photography Competition"Rahavaviko Kely," Malagasy for "my little sisters," by senior Kirsti Ruud took first place in the Study Abroad category in the 7th annual Imagining the World photo competition.

    Tung Publishes on Modernism and Time Machines English Professor Charles Tung examines 20th century texts and paintings as they reframe time and movement in his latest publication.

    Criminal Justice Welcomes David Patrick ConnorDavid Patrick Connor joins the faculty in the Criminal Justice Department and will teach in the undergraduate and master's degree programs.

    Social Work Faculty Welcome Joseph DeFilippis The Social Work program welcomes Joseph DeFilippis. He will focus his teaching on policy advocacy, social work macro practice, and social justice issues related to social work.

    Robinson Joins International Studies Faculty Nova Robinson joins the faculty in the International Studies Department. Her research focuses on women and gender history with an emphasis on the Middle East.

    Arnold Designs Costumes for Jacques Brel at the ACT TheatreTheatre Professor Harmony Arnold is designing the costumes for "Jacques Brel," a musical review. Brel's music has been performed by David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Nirvana, and many others.

    Krycka, Kunz Publish on Levinas and the Therapeutic Relationship Psychology Professors Kevin Krycka and George Kunz published "Psychotherapy for the Other: Levinas and the Face-to-Face Relationship," which challenges many traditional elements of contemporary psychology and psychotherapy.

    Joshi to Direct Premiere of John BaxterTheatre Professor Rosa Joshi is directing "John Baxter Is a Switch Hitter" for the Intiman Theatre, a new comic drama based on a modern-day witch hunt.

    Theology and Religious Studies Welcomes Ali Altaf MianAli Altaf Mian joins the faculty in September. His teaching, research, and scholarship focus on Islamic thought and Muslim societies as well as feminist studies.

    Poet-Translator Maged Zaher Joins Faculty for Spring QuarterAward-winning poet Maged Zaher joins the faculty in the Creative Writing program. His latest book is "The Tahrir of Poems."

    Clay Creates Sets for Seattle Shakespeare CompanyProfessor Carol Wolfe Clay is designing the sets for Moliere's "Tartuffe," the upcoming production of the Seattle Shakespeare Company. "Tartuffe" is one of Moliere's most famous comedies.

    Stark Short Story Reading Set for February 25Award-winning Professor Emeritus James Stark reads from his short story collections, Woodfiber Dreams: Coming of Age Tales and Love in the Time of Cholesterol, on February 25.

    Installation of Jason Wirth as Pigott McCone Chair Set for April 17President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., will install Philosophy Professor Jason Wirth as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities on April 17. Following the installation, Shudo Brian Schroeder, Philosophy Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and an ordained Soto Zen priest, will present "Practice-Realization: Zen Master Dogen and Original Awakening."

    Suh Publishes on Buddhism in FilmTheology and Religious Studies Professor Sharon Suh's "Silver Screen Buddha" addresses political, gendered, and racial overtones in representations of Buddhism in films.

    Nafziger Assists Higher Ed Program in RwandaMPA Professor Rich Nafziger is working with Kepler University, a nonprofit university program, to create educational opportunities in Kigali, Rwanda, and other sites in Africa.

    Assistantships Begin for Visual Arts StudentsArt and Art History Chair Naomi Hume announced the start of a paid assistantship program for students majoring in digital design, photography, and studio art.

    Criminal Justice Evaluates Public Safety ProgramsCriminal Justice Chair Jacqueline Helfgott is leading department projects to evaluate Seattle Police Department and WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission programs.

    Peretz Publishes on Men's Roles as Change Agents in Confronting Violence Against WomenSociology Professor Tal Peretz's new book examines how men have worked with boys and other men to stop violence against women.

    Beyond the Treeline: Protecting the Paramo in EcuadorWill poor villagers choose not to farm to protect the environment if they are paid? Professors Tanya Hayes (left) and Felipe Murtinho and their student researchers are seeking the answer for the government of Ecuador.

    Faculty Report Examines Costs of Death Penalty Cases Criminal Justice Prof. Peter Collins was a lead investigator on a in-depth report that found the costs related to pursuing the death penalty are about 1.4 to 1.5 times more than when a prosecutor does not seek death.