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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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New crime analysis certificate coming online

Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014

CriminalJustice_fingerprint_267The Department of Criminal Justice is offering an online-only, 25-credit crime analysis certificate beginning fall 2014. The program is designed for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and are seeking professional training for a career in the criminal justice system. For more information, visit Arts and Sciences.

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Move Around the Sound

Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014

MoveAroundtheSound_267Have you signed up for Move Around the Sound? This is your chance to earn 150 LiVE points by walking 300 miles between July 1 and Sept. 30. That's the distance from Olympia and Deception Pass and back. Visit LiVE and sign in or create a new account for more information and to register for the challenge. There's a team aspect, too-the division with the highest average steps earns an additional 150 LiVE points.

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Michael Podlin named VP of UA

Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

MichaelPodlin_150x150Seattle University has named Michael Podlin vice president for University Advancement.

Podlin had been serving in this role on an interim basis since November 2013. His appointment, which followed a national search, was approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Podlin joined SU a year ago as associate vice president for development, bringing with him substantial experience and expertise in fundraising, particularly in higher education. Throughout the past several months, he has led University Advancement through a period of transition while laying the foundation for the university's capital campaign.

"I look forward to working closely with Michael in the years ahead to raise unprecedented financial resources and support for the university and our students, as well as to engage our alumni more fully," said President Stephen Sundborg, S.J.

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