College of Arts and Sciences


  • 2009 Recipients of the Hickey and LeRoux Awards

    June 3, 2009

    The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to acknowledge this year’s recipients of the Hickey and LeRoux Awards.

    Hickey Award

    Awarded to the outstanding graduating students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Selection is based upon the student’s total contribution to academic life and is made by the department chairs and program directors of the College. The award honors the memory of Dr. Richard P. Hickey, professor of English, a beloved and respected teacher at Seattle University from 1947 until his death in 1968.

    Kenna KettrickKenna Kettrick
    Kenna completed the University Honors Program and graduates with majors in Theatre, History, and English, with departmental honors in Theatre. During her time at SU, Kenna has been a recipient of the University Honors scholarship, the Trustees Scholarship, the Lockwood Foundation Scholarship, and the Trachte Honors Scholarship. She possesses a keen intellect and wide-ranging interests, and is profoundly engaged with the world around her. Kenna has performed in numerous SU productions including significant roles in Three Sisters, As You Like It, and Tartuffe, as well as working as the fight captain for Romeo and Juliet and in other backstage positions for various shows. She has worked as an actress professionally with Open Circle and Seattle Public Theater. Kenna co-directed and produced the most recent SU production of Vagina Monologues, and is the writer for the collaborative honors project Ragnarok: The Twenty-Minute Musical that she is creating with fellow honors student Andrew Perez. These two students have also founded a new theatre company, Living Engaged Radical Theater (LERT), and again plan to produce their original work and that of other writers this coming summer, as they did last. Kenna has her fingers in many pies, such as Seattle Public Theater’s youth program, as a writer for the theater blog, and as development director for Bathhouse Ensemble. She also takes great pride in her four years of work as a writing consultant in the SU Writing Center. 
    Thomas SheehyThomas J. Sheehy
    Thomas completed University Honors before earning a 4.00 in his Political Science major and a 3.954 GPA overall earning him the Kennedy Award for highest GPA in the major. He also graduates with minors in Philosophy and International Economic Development and previously served as president of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honors Society at Seattle University. T.J.’s instructors describe him as ‘intellectually mature and extraordinarily capable’. Having already received the Sullivan Leadership Award, T.J. was one of sixteen finalists for the nationally prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in 2008, and completed a fellowship in Public Policy and International Affairs at Princeton University. T.J. has been a stout activist for social justice in a safe water project in Haiti, in a housing project in Mexico, and in supporting community empowerment for Brazilian villages. Locally, he helped found a chapter of Oxfam and tutors students at a nearby middle school. T.J. plans to pursue a graduate degree in government administration and join a non-profit venture for international economic development.

    LeRoux Leadership Award

    The Le Roux award recognizes the student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities, shown academic excellence, and performed significant service to the College. The recipients personify in character and action the qualities of a liberal education, which constitute the “spirit” of our College. The award honors the memory of Fr. William Le Roux, S.J., who served as Dean of the College.

    ArbowRyan Arbow 
    Graduating with a Bachelor of Public Affairs and a minor in Nonprofit Leadership, Ryan has proven his commitment to social justice and dedication to serving communities both locally and globally. At Seattle University, Ryan has served as president of the FACE AIDS chapter and as a student representative for Magis: Alumni Committed to Mission. In the local community, he has volunteered with Lifelong AIDS Alliance and has served as an after school tutor for YWCA Emergency Housing. In a 2006 class service trip to Nicaragua, Ryan worked with El Porvenir, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable development with particular emphasis on the provision of clean water to the rural poor. In 2008, Ryan was accepted into the International Development Internship Program where he worked with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to assist in programming areas of HIV and AIDS, Microfinance, and Agro-enterprise. He created the CRS Tanzania Annual Public Summary of Activities, collaborated with two national staff members to manage the Regional Small Project Fund, and developed informational materials for CRS projects. Ryan is currently employed by the University of Washington for the International AIDS Research and Training Program where he organizes and updates current and future research protocols for studies in Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya. Ryan is an excellent student who passionately works to address the international development challenges faced by the most vulnerable and marginalized people around the world. After graduation, Ryan plans to join the Peace Corps.

    The Hickey and LeRoux Award winners will be presented with medals along with other outstanding graduating students in the College at the College of Arts and Sciences Student Award Ceremony on Friday, June 12th.

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