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Lots of ink

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SteenHalling_90Seattle University faculty have been contributing a lot of ink to The Seattle Times. First, Steen Halling, professor emeritus of psychology, wrote a piece, "Forgiveness can open doors to healing and love." 

A few days later the paper ran an op-ed by Mark Markuly, dean of the School of Theology and Ministry, "Seattle can solve the homeless puzzle by learning from other cities." 

Speaking of which, National Catholic Reporter features School of Theology and Ministry students and faculty, including Qasim Hatem, a student who formerly had aspirations to play in the NFL and is now studying in the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership program. 

For more recent news coverage, visit SU in the News

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Vote for Verdoia!

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

StephanieVerdoia_100 Women's soccer player Stephanie Verdoia is up for a major national award, as it was recently announced she's a top 10 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. You can help Verdoia win this prestigious award by voting for her once a day between now and Nov. 24.
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Who's new?

Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2014

As the new academic year begins, we welcome new faculty and staff--or in some cases, familiar faces to new roles. Click here for the full list.
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New mag is out!

Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2014

LivingtheDream_267The fall edition of Seattle University Magazine is out and chock-full of stories featuring alumni who have followed their passions and found success and faculty and students who are making a difference in the academic world and in the community. Read all about it HERE.
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Celebrating SU's urban agriculture project

Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2014

CitySoilCitySoil Farm (formerly known as the Seattle University Sustainable Urban Agriculture Project) is holding a potluck and community celebration 3-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, at the 1.5-acre farm, located in Renton. Click here for more information on the celebration and to RSVP. Learn more about the project at Environmental Studies.

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Faculty and staff give generously to campaign

Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SealonLowerMall_ThumbnailForty-two percent of SU's employees contributed to this year's Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign, which ended June 30. Just under 500 faculty and staff contributed nearly $290,000 to the effort.

The gifts "signal a major commitment to our students and demonstrate that collectively as faculty and staff we believe in their potential and the future of SU," said Keisa Liu, senior administrative assistant in Annual Giving. "A special thank you to John Dougherty, who graciously chaired the campaign this year and provided much-needed enthusiasm and passion for the cause. Additionally, thank you to all the campaign committee members. Without their hard work and dedication, we would not have had the level of success we had this year." 

If you are interested in being a committee member next year, please contact Sara Young, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, at

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Rick Fehrenbacher named dean of NCS

Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014

RickFehrenbacher_300Rick Fehrenbacher has been named the first dean of SU’s School for New and Continuing Studies, which will welcome its first students in the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Fehrenbacher is currently director of Continuing, Online and Professional Education. He was profiled in The Commons last November. 

Following is the e-mail President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., sent announcing Fehrenbacher's appointment as dean.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

As I shared with you in May, Seattle University is launching the School for New and Continuing Studies (NCS), which will welcome its first students in Academic Year 2015-16. I am now pleased to announce that Rick Fehrenbacher, PhD, will serve as the school's first dean. He will officially move into his new role on Aug. 1.

Since joining the university in 2012 as inaugural director of Continuing, Online and Professional Education (COPE), Rick has overseen the development of new hybrid and online courses at SU. Technologically savvy and visionary in his thinking, Rick, at his core, is a humanist and educator deeply committed to expanding and enriching the educational experience for students. He is a natural fit to lead this new school.

Under his leadership, NCS will educate adults who have some college education but have not yet earned a degree by including part-time study and hybrid courses and combining face-to-face and online instruction. The school will offer baccalaureate degree and certificate programs steeped in SU's liberal arts education and Jesuit pedagogy, with a focus on preparing graduates for employment and career opportunities.

In addition to serving as dean, Rick will continue to have oversight of COPE, specifically in instructional design and distance education training. COPE, for its part, will continue to operate independently and serve faculty in all of our schools and colleges.

I am excited about the launch of NCS, particularly the opportunity to bring our SU education and mission to adult students who have typically been underrepresented in the ranks of the college-educated. I also am grateful to Rick for taking the lead in making this new school a reality. Please join me in congratulating him.


Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.

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