College of Arts and Sciences
Faculty and Staff Resources

Dean's Monthly Memo, June 2014

  • Upcoming deadlines

    All proposals for 2015-16 for Curriculum Committee review are due to the Rhonda Woods by October 1, 2014. This includes the following:

    Proposals for study abroad courses

    Proposals for significant curricular changes and changes which involve the budgeting process

    Proposals for program changes which do not involve the budgeting process

    Proposals to create a new course of a new core course

    Proposals for other curricular changes

    The forms are available on the Provost’s page here.  

    A checklist is on the T:drive at College of Arts and Sciences/All/Curriculum Committee Forms.

    All completed forms should be submitted to Rhonda Woods by your department chair.


    All-College Day

    Our All-College Day celebration on June 6 features our annual awards ceremony and the Latin/world music of the duo Correo Aereo. Come raise a glass to toast our award recipients and enjoy delightful refreshments. Casey Atrium, 3:30 – 6:00 pm.

    Web Updates: Catalog 2014-15 Course Numbering

    Summer 2014 brings a change in Seattle University course numbering, as a switch is made from three to four digits. This transition creates more logical numbering sequences, as remaining numbering options are limited and allows all university course numbers to align with the new UCOR four digits courses. Now is a good time to review any website course listings on your department and degree web pages and revise if needed. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar and Operations

    New University and College Visual Identity and Graphic Standards

    The university has adopted new brand guidelines that include new fonts, logos, images, colors, etc. If you are involved in creating materials (poster, brochures, t-shirts, e-letters, etc.), please attend a meeting at 1:30 p.m. on June 18 in Hunthausen 110. Marcom’s Eli Christopher will present the new brand guidelines and answer your questions. Moving forward, please use up your existing materials. All new materials must comply with the new brand guidelines. If you need to reprint an existing publication, please contact Bruce Decker at least 3 weeks in advance of your deadline so that the publication can be modified to meet the brand specifications. 

    Now Online

    The American Sociological Association and Sage Publications have granted permission for full online access to Contexts for the first 30 days of each issue. Check out out spring issue here. Note: the Viewpoints focus is on institutional responses to sexual violence. The expert line-up features an essay by Social Work Professor Amelia Derr.


    A shout-out to all the students, staff, and faculty who made the Cascadia Poetry Festival such a big success. More than 200 poets from the Cascadia region (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska) as well as scholars and eco-journalists presented papers on the intersection between the ecology movement and poetry. Joining our students were 40 students from Cascadia Community College and young poets from the 826 Seattle Writing Center. The Seattle Poetics Lab partnered with the Seattle University Creative Writing Program to bring this festival to campus in May.


    English Professor Susan Meyers received an Artist Trust grant for 2014. The organization provides support for artists based on their artistic achievement, dedication to an artistic discipline, and potential for further professional development. More here.

    Communication Professor Sonora Jha presented “Writing Fact through Fiction: Telling India’s Untold Stories” at Seattle’s Folklife Festival. 

    Political Science Rose Ernst was selected to present at the Vulnerability, Resilience, and Public Responsibility for Social and Economic Well-being Workshop at SUNY Buffalo Law School, State University of New York in June. She presented "Creating Racial Subjects: The Redevelopment of White Supremacy and the Welfare State in Washington, 1935-1953" at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association in April.

    Psychology Professor Kevin Krycka was the guest editor of a special issue on embodiment in psychotherapy for the journal Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies (Vol. 13, Issue 1, March 2014).

    English Professor Mary-Antoinette Smith has been selected to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar titled “Performing Dickens: Oliver Twist and Great Expectations on Page, Stage, and Screen” at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Kudos to Professors Jeanette Rodriguez, David Leigh, S.J.,  Susan Meyers  Ted Fortier and  Christina Roberts who received grants from the Endowed Mission Fund. More at this link

    Master of Sport Administration and Leadership Professor Maylon Hanold  wrote on leadership and management in sports in two recent publications. More at this link.  

    Criminal Justice Professor Peter Collins and Law Professor Robert Boruchowitz received a $50,000 research grant from the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State to examine the costs of the death penalty as it is currently enforced. Their study will include an estimate of costs if the death penalty were replaced with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. More at this link.  


    The Master of Nonprofit Leadership program honored alumni Cheryl Sesnon, '01, Ray Li, '01, and Diane Narasaki, '98, for their outstanding leadership at its standing-room only 20th anniversary event. More here

    Claire LeBeau, MAP '97, joins the faculty in the Psychology Department. More here.


    Congratulations to graduate students who received these Arts and Sciences awards: 

    Leadership and Professional Engagement Award: Kristian Alcaide, Master of Public Administration 

    Social Justice and Community Engagement Award: Karen Granberg, Master of Public Administration

    Wallace Loh Award: Erica Freeman, Master of Arts in Psychology 

    Nine Liberal Studies students were inducted into the Alpha Iota Sigma National Honor Society in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements in interdisciplinary studies. More here.  


    Larry Hubbell, PhD, has been named director of the Institute of Public Service, effective July 1. He will oversee undergraduate programs in public affairs and nonprofit leadership and the Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Master of Public Administration. More here. 

    Richard Young, John Bean, Steen Halling, and William Taylor have been granted the rank of Professor Emeritus, effective June 16. 

    Reminders from HR re Vacation and Payroll Items Before Fiscal Year End 

    Only a portion of unused vacation may be carried over after the June 30 fiscal year-end. As of July 1, any unused vacation that exceeds the annual award (plus 5 extra days) will be forfeited. Now is an appropriate time to discuss your year-end vacation situation with your supervisor. Your current vacation balance is available on SU Online as part of your electronic pay advice. To get started, go to this link

    Also, June is the month to correct payroll records if you haven’t reported all of your vacation and/or sick leave for fiscal year 2013-14. Please deliver your exception leave report to the Payroll Office by June 17. The Payroll Office is located at 1218 East Cherry Street.

    The following reminder is for exempt staff only (those who aren’t eligible for overtime): Time off for exempt staff is recorded in full-day increments only. Be sure to record your time away on the Leave Report for Exempt Staff form accessible at this link. Supervisor approval of time off is required. Please be sure to submit your report in a timely manner.  



    June 2 – 14: BFA Photography Showcase Exhibition

    June 6: All College Day

    June 13: A&S Student Awards Ceremony

    June 13 - 21: Fine Arts Honors Showcase

    June 14: Baccalaureate Mass

    June 15: Commencement

    June 18: Visual Standards and Brand Guidelines, 1:30 p.m., HUNT 110

    June 18- 20: NAWCHE Conference

    July 1 – August 31: Alumni Exhibition, Kinsey Gallery 

    Details are on the campus calendar.

    2014-15 Holiday Schedule

    Independence Day: July 4

    Labor Day: September 1

    Veteran’s Day: November 11

    Thanksgiving Break: November 27 & 28

    Christmas Break: December 24 – January 1 (Re-open Friday, January 2)

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 19

    President’s Day: Monday, February 16

    Easter Break: April 3 - 6

    Memorial Day: Monday, May 25

    SAVE the Date

    Sept 17: Convocation, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.


    The next Dean’s Monthly Memo will publish in September. Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by August 15.