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  • Faculty, Staff, Student & Alumni Highlights: October 2012

    Faculty, Staff, Student & Alumni Highlights:
    October 2012

     Gloria Burgess, Ph.D.Adjunct Faculty / Staff:

    Gloria Burgess, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Faculty and new Contextual Ed Coordinator, Dr. Gloria Burgess is presenting at the International Leadership Association Conference in Denver, CO, October 24-27 on the topics of "Bridging Art and Leadership through Qualitative Inquiry" and “Leading in Complex Worlds”.

    "Bridging Art and Leadership through Qualitative Inquiry"
Gloria will present on a panel that explores methods, obstacles, and potentials of qualitative research; describes a project that uses qualitative inquiry to bridge the divide between art and leadership; and shares how artistic paradigms can provide images, motifs, and language that leaders and leadership educators can use to insightfully respond to complex challenges.

    "Leading in Complex Worlds: A Conversation with the Editors of ILA’s 2012 Building Leadership Bridges Volume"
    Gloria will be on a panel who will share their experiences, findings, and lessons learned in meeting the challenges of reviewing, selecting, editing, and publishing in a complex, global context as volunteer editors of ILA 's annual publication. She curated and edited the section called “Promising Approaches to Meeting the Challenges of Leadership Practice.”

    A long-time friend and community steward of Providence’s diverse ministries, Gloria has presented a number of keynotes, invocations, blessings, and legacy tributes for this organization over the years. Most recently, she was invited to the Providence Mount St. Vincent’s Annual Legacy Luncheon in Seattle, on October 11, 2012 to introduce Rwandan genocide survivor and internationally acclaimed author and peacemaker Imaculeé Ilibagiza. Gloria also served as weaver for fundraising, to support the spiritual care and loving hospice of our elders who have outlived their financial resources.


    Dean Mark S. Markuly, Ph.D.Dean: Mark S. Markuly, Ph.D.

     Dean Markuly shared a beautiful interreligious prayer as the opening invocation for the 2012 Seattle University Provost Convocation. Read the full prayer here





    Darrell Goodwin, SU STM AlumAlumni: Darrel Goodwin

    We’re honored to here highlight Darrel Goodwin, Seattle University STM alumnus, who graduated in 2009 with the Pastoral Leadership Certificate and in 2011 with a Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality.  Darrel shares in a video about his church's experience transitioning into the United Church of Christ (UCC) denomination this year.





    Andrew Davis, Ph.D.Core Faculty: 
Andrew Davis, Ph.D.

    Dr. Andrew Davis, a member of Seattle University STM core faculty, has been presented the 2012 Regional Scholar Award from the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), in response to the paper he delivered at the SBL regional meeting in 2011.  The paper, entitled “The Literary Effect of Gender Discord in the Book of Ruth” will be published in the Journal of Biblical Literature. Dr. Davis will be honored by SBL with other Regional Scholars this upcoming month at a special dinner.

    You can view Dr. Davis’ highlight on the SBL website here.



    Alfredo Feregrino, Current MDiv StudentCurrent Student: 
Alfredo Feregrino, MDiv

    Current MDIV Student, Alfredo Feregrino, was ordained as an Episcopal deacon last Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 pm at Mark’s Cathedral by the Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel, Bishop of Olympia.




    Valerie Lesniak, Ph.D.Core Faculty: Valerie Lesniak, Ph.D.

    Seattle University STM's Dr. Valerie Lesniak is co-chair of the Seattle University United Way of King County Campaign.

Dr. Lesniak shares: "At our kick off breakfast, I shared this poem which you might find inspiring. It is from the14th century Persian poet Hafiz.




    So that your own heart

    Will grow.


    So God will think,

    I got kin in that body!

    I should start inviting that soul over
For coffee and


    Sing- Give

    Because this is food
Our starving world



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