College of Arts and Sciences
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Dean's Monthly Memo, January 2014

  • Upcoming Deadlines

    Textbook  orders due to the bookstore

    Spring quarter: January 27, 2014


    Now on Video

    College of Arts and Sciences Night at Key Arena

    The Making of Fefu and Her Friends

    O’Hara Graff Lecture Features Theologian Agnes Brazal on Jan. 13

    Agnes Brazal, director of the Office for Research and Publications and coordinator of the graduate program at the St. Vincent School of Theology, Philippines, presents the Ann O’Hara Graff lecture at 7 p.m, January 13, 2014, in Pigott Auditorium. She will speak on "Solidarity in the (Cyber-) Body of Christ." She will explore an alternative “embodied” view of the virtual/cyberspace, rearticulates the concept of the Body of Christ from this perspective, and elaborates on the challenge of solidarity in the (cyber-) Body of Christ in relation to the politics of exclusion and violence on the Net. Brazal is a prolific writer and editor. Her book “Feminist Cyberethics in Asia: Religious Discourses on Human Connectivity” is due out in 2014.  She serves on the editorial boards of Asian Christian Review and Budh and Asian Christian Review. More at this link

    Almost Free Pianos

    The Fine Arts Department is "giving away" five of used pianos to anyone willing to make the biggest donation to the Piano Replacement Fund. Four pianos are located on in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building and one piano is in the lower level of the atrium. For more information or to make your offer, contact Fr. Josef Venker, SJ.

    Calls for Papers

    Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability Invites Papers for Inaugural Conference

    Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) invites papers and proposals for presentations, workshops, panel discussions and artistic performances for its inaugural conference “Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons” to be held Aug. 7-9, 2014. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Jan. 27, 2014. CEJS invites papers related to environmental justice and sustainability from all fields of discourse, including but not limited to environmental studies, theology, business, philosophy, engineering, education, law, the arts, international development, anthropology, religious studies, geography and the natural sciences. Details at this link

    5th International Conference on New Horizons in Education, INTE 2014, Paris – FRANCE, June 25-27, 2014

    International Conference on New Horizons aims to provide a multinational platform where the latest trends in education can be presented and discussed in a friendly environment with the aim to learn from each other. Prospective presenters are encouraged to submit proposals for papers and posters/demonstrations that offer new research or theoretical contributions. Presentations should address both theoretical issues and new research findings. Details at this link

    International Trends and Issues in Communication and Media Conference 

    ITICAM 2014, Dubai/United Arab Emirates, February 5-7, 2014

    The main goal of International Trends and Issues Communication & Media Conference is to provide a multinational platform where the latest trends in communication and media can be presented and discussed in a friendly environment with the aim to learn from each other. Prospective presenters are encouraged to submit proposals offer new research or theoretical contributions. Details at this link.

    Research Project on Human Trafficking

    Several Jesuit universities are discussing a potential multi-university, research/advocacy project around the issue of human trafficking. There is a group of faculty at Fairfield who are conceptualizing a broad research/advocacy project on human trafficking that would look at causes, systems and effects. If you are studying human trafficking or interested in this area, please contact Paul Fitzgerald SJ, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fairfield University, at



    Italian Professor Giuseppe Tassone Department presented a paper entitled "Teaching Italian Business: Methods, Materials,and Ideas" at The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) held on November 22 - 24 in Orlando, Florida. This presentation focused on the topic of Italian for business, the material available, and the potentiality of this topic for the departments of languages, cultures, and literature. Participants explored how to structure an Italian for Business course and incorporate Italian for business in the language curriculum.

    Sven Arvidson, Director of Liberal Studies and Senior Faculty Fellow of Center for Faculty Development, presented “Cultivating Integrity: Virtue in Integrative Education” at the national meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University, OH. Arvidson drew on ancient and contemporary scholars, and the curricular design of Liberal Studies at Seattle University, to answer the question: “If a university program is dedicated to educating the whole person, to maximizing student growth in an integrative way, what should such integration look like and what could integration mean?” The presentation described cultivating integrity in students and programs through a progressive balance of discipline and autonomy in introductory, methods, and capstone courses. 

    Social Work Professor Amelia Seraphia Derr presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) annual conference in Boston, Nov. 8-10. She had previously received SSSR's Annual Dissertation Research Award for her work examining the influence of religion on help-seeking behavior among immigrants. She presented a paper from this project entitled, “The Role of Religion and Social Support in the Use of Mental Health Services Among Immigrants in the United States.”

    Communication Chair Chris Paul presented on the discourses of digital games at the World Social Science Forum in Montreal. He also gave an invited lecture at Concordia University entitled “Toward a Positive Game Culture: Rethinking Meritocratic Game Design.” At the Association of Internet Researchers conference in Denver he presented "Resisting Meritocracy and Reappropriating Games: Rhetorically Rethinking Game Desig"n and was an organizer and participant of  “Resisting Resistance: A Game Studies Roundtable.”

    English Professor David Leigh, SJ,  published “The Philosophy and Theology of Fyodor Dostoevsky,” in the Journal of Ultimate Reality and Meaning: Studies in the Philosophy of Understanding (Vol. 33:1-2, 2010, 2013. Pp. 85-203), “Journey Into Mystery,” a review of Denise Levertov: A Poet’s Life, in America (July 15-22, 2013, pp. 30-35), and “Suffering and the Sacred in the Short Stories of Flannery O’Connor,” published in Renascance (Vol 65:5: 366-380, Fall 2013). He also spoke at conferences in California and Canada. In May he presented a paper, “The Inklings, Literary Communities, and Archetypal Literary Criticism,” at the Western Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature at Azusa Pacific University, California, and he spoke on “Carl Jung’s Archetypal Psychology, Literature, and Ultimate Meaning,” at the 17th Biennial Conference of the URAM Society in August at University College, University of Toronto, Canada. 

    Modern Languages and Culture as Professor Barrios Tinoco organized three panels on Latin American Literature for the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference held in San Diego from October 31 - November 3. She was presiding officer on one of the panels and also presented a paper on the session on Latin American Film entitled "Cine Guerrilla en Las caras del diablo de Carlos Daniel Malavé" ("Guerrilla Filmmaking on Carlos Daniel Malavé's The Faces of the Devil).  She is also now writing bi-monthly column on Latin American Literature for the magazine "Artefacto," that is published in her home country, Venezuela.

    The Yesler Terrace Youth Media Program, founded by Photography Professor Claire Garoutte and community partners Youth in Focus, RecTech, and Multimedia Resources and Training Institute, received more than $40,000 in grants to support its work with youth.The program provides summer employment for teens engaged in video, photography, and documentary projects focused on the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace. Fine Arts Department students serve as summer interns with the project. More at this link.

    The Center for Strategic Communications selected six acclaimed Seattle-area filmmakers to participate in its new Film & Family Homelessness Project.The filmmakers will collaborate to create four different animated films that will tell the stories of the thousands of Washington families who are homeless or living in poverty. More at this link.

    Theology and Religious Studies Professor Cynthia Moe-Lobeda  joins the editorial boards of Tikkun and Dialog. More at this link.

    Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work Chair Rob Efird received a grant from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian to further his research on Japan’s nature schools and Chinese environmental education. More at this link.

    Criminal Justice Professor Peter A. Collins published “Criminal Justice Management: Theory and Practice in Justice-Centered Organizations. More at this link.

    Psychology Professor Kathleen Cook and three mechanical engineering professors received a National Science Foundation grant to study problem-based learning outside of the traditional classroom. More at this link.

    English Professor Andrea McDowell presents “Literature as Opera: Prokofiev’s War and Peace” as part of the Seattle University-Seattle Opera partnership. More at this link

    Theatre Professor Harmony Arnold designed the costumes for the original play Bo-Nita at Seattle Repertory Theatre. More at this link

    History Professor Tom Taylor edited “Forum: Jesuits and World History.” More at this link


    Cisco Malpartida Smith, Political Science class of 2006, named VP at GTE Financial. More at this link.  


    In early December, the Fellowship Quartet (Music majors Antonio Dowling, Aaron Hauser, Cealice Kennison, and Chyna Mapel) won first prize at the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle competition. More at this link.

    International Studies students Logan Peppin and Joyce Keeley received grants from the Global African Studies program to study and work in Africa. More at this link.


    New arrivals


    To Kate Elias and Joe Groshong on the birth of Margaret Moon Elias Groshong,  born November 14, 2013, at 11:59 p.m., at 20.25 inches long and 7 pounds, 15 ounces.  She'll also go by the nickname Mae. 

    And to Chris and Erin Paul on the birth of Piper Elsie Paul on December 1, 2013 at 6.58 p.m., at 6 pounds 8.1 ounces and 19 inches long.

    Snow Closure/Delayed Opening Announcements

    Snow closure or delayed opening decisions are typically made by 5:30 a.m. so that an announcement can be disseminated by 6 a.m. To ensure information is readily available, announcements will be posted as follows:

    • Snow delays or closures will be posted on the university home page ( and the Hotline (206-296-2200).
    • An e-mail will be sent to all faculty, staff and students summarizing closure specifics.
    • Postings will be made on The Commons, the university Facebook page and Twitter account.  

    Weather conditions can change so please look for updates throughout the morning.In all cases, faculty and staff should use their best judgment about how safe it is to travel based on the conditions near their homes. Please inform your supervisor (by e-mail or phone) if you are not able to come in to the office.

    Radio and TV outlets typically report on our closures, though we cannot guarantee the timeliness of those reports. AM radio stations KIRO 710 and KOMO 1000 and FM stations KPLU 88.5 and KUOW 94.9 air snow closure announcements. Local television stations KOMO, KING, KIRO, KONG, KCPQ and Northwest Cable News also announce school closure notifications. Information is typically posted on television web sites and will also be listed on (Students, faculty and staff may register for free e-mail notifications for SU at

    Please note that in some cases, a suspension of classes and administrative operations on the campus at Broadway and Madison may not affect classes at the Eastside Education Center in Bellevue. Announcements concerning the suspension or cancellation of Seattle University classes, administrative operations and events will include reference to the Bellevue location.

    Decrease in Business Mileage Reimbursement Rate to 56 cents 

    The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2014 optional standard mileage rate. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the university will reimburse at a rate of 56 cents for each business mile driven. This is a decrease from the previous reimbursement rate of 56.5 cents. Further information on the new mileage reimbursement rate is at this link

    Please note that the most cost-effective method of transportation shall be used for business travel (i.e. airfare, taxi, auto rental). When requesting reimbursement of business miles driven, please print out a detail of the mileage between the origin and destination of travel. This can be found on Google maps, MapQuest, or Yahoo maps. 



    Details are on the campus calendar.

    Jan 9 - 31: Book Art in Siena, curated by Naomi Kasumi, Vachon Gallery

    Jan 9 - April 14: Trung Pham Solo Show, Kinsey Gallery

    Jan. 13: Theologian Agnes Brazal to Give O’Hara Graff Lecture, “Solidarity in the (Cyber-) Body of Christ.” 

    Jan 14: Coffee in the Atrium sponsored by the dean, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Casey 

    Jan. 23: Visiting Scholar Mel Piehl presents "Themes in American Catholic History with an Eye Toward Global Perspectives," 12:15 p.m. in the Alumni and Admissions Building. RSVP required to

    Jan. 31 – Feb. 1: International Symposium and Teacher’s Workshop: Jesuits in World History. 

    Feb. 6: All College Meeting

    Feb. 12: Guest Artist Cello Recital, featuring Paul Wiancko, 8 p.m.

    Feb. 18: Works in Progress Luncheon

    Feb. 19 - Mar. 2: The Imaginary Invalid, Lee Center

    Feb. 25: Lunch in Casey Commons, sponsored by the dean, 12 – 1:45 p.m.

    Feb. 28-Mar. 3: Homecoming


    April 8: Prof. Hugh Cagle to Give Al Mann Lecture on “The Entanglements of Imperial Medicine: Three Lives in the Face of Death.” More here

    April 22: Coffee in the Atrium, sponsored by the dean, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Casey

    April 22: Alumni Awards

    May 8 – 11: Spring Reunion Weekend

    The next Dean’s Monthly Memo will be published in February.  Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by January 25.