School of Theology and Ministry
News & Events

News and Events

  • This Week at Seattle University, 2/16-2/20


    Restoration and Relapse: Jesuit Education in the U.S. 1814-1900: Gerald McKevitt, S.J.
    Thursday, Feb. 20, 3:30 p.m.
    Wyckoff Auditorium (EGNR 200)

    The Jesuits celebrate an important anniversary in 2014. It was 200 years ago that the Society of Jesus was restored after being suppressed by the pope for 41 years (1773-1814). A significant part of the history of Jesuits has been the relationships between the papacy and the Society of Jesus. That relationship has never been better—having a Jesuit pope in Francis helps. It has often been worse, as this lecture will make clear. But it’s not only about Jesuit relations with the pope. The causes and effects of suppression and restoration are complex and fascinating. Jesuit historian Gerry McKevitt, S.J., professor at Santa Clara University, will lecture on the restoration. For more information, contact Marie Gehman in Mission and Ministry at
    A Happy Hour Conversation with Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability Faculty Fellows
    Tuesday, March 4, 5-6:30 p.m.
    LeRoux Conference Room (STCN 160)
    RSVP by Feb. 28 to

    What does a coffee wastewater treatment project in Nicaragua have in common with the anti-imperial Gospel of Jesus? Society’s movement toward justice and sustainability will require our best practical solutions (engineering coffee wastewater treatment projects) and our best theological thinking (how did we get here anyway?). Join leaders from the Seattle area’s environmental justice and sustainability community and Seattle University faculty and students to learn and explore opportunities for collaboration. Mike Marsolek, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Wes Howard-Brook, instructor of theology and religious studies, will present their CEJS-sponsored work, followed by time for questions and discussion. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.
    Dance Marathon
    Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-Feb. 23, 2 a.m.
    Campion Ballroom

    Join our students at Dance Marathon. Dancers will stay on their feet for 16 hours to raise money for the Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care fund. It’s an incredible event that shows how much our students care about the community around them. Fun fact: SU’s dance marathon is the third largest of its kind on the west coast, even larger than UW! How can you help?  (1) Attend “community hours” between 2 and 5 p.m. to hear from Children’s Hospital children and families. There will be opportunities to interact with your students (and some brave staff) as well as a silent auction. (2) Volunteer two hours at the event to show your support. (3) Give to dancers or to the general Dance Marathon fund. All of these opportunities are available at Dance Marathon’s new site. For more information, contact Bernie Liang at
    Campus Store Sidewalk Sale
    Feb. 18 and 19, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The Seattle University Campus Store Sidewalk Sale will take place in the hallway outside the store’s main entrance in the University Services Building. There will be lots of SU and Redhawks gifts and apparel for up to 50 percent off. Once sold, many of the designs will never be back again, so if there’s that special hoodie you’ve been wanting, this might be your last chance. Sale is limited to only what is displayed on sale tables and does not include items inside the store. Limited to stock on hand; no additional discounts. For more information, contact Kathy Straughan at 296-5820.
    Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness
    Tuesday, Feb. 25
    Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m.
    Pigott Auditorium

    “Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness” is the groundbreaking and crushingly honest story of what happens when a black boy, raised by white parents, “ages out” of honorary white and suburban privilege and into a world where folklore, statistics and conjecture deem him dangerous until proven otherwise. At times funny, biting and somber “Riding in Cars...” takes audiences on an intense and insightful journey, along the way unpacking race, privilege and policing like only a trans-racial adoptee can. With playful humor and sharp observance “Riding in Cars...” continues to resonate with diverse audiences. Demonstrating how even the most painful experiences can be reclaimed, transformed and accepted for what they are: the building blocks of our unique identities. Click here for tickets. Sponsored by SGSU, Black Students Union, the Offices of Multicultural Affairs and Integrity Formation, the Wismer Center for Gender and Diversity, Student Activities, Campus Ministry and Leadership Development. For more information, contact Jazz Espiritu at
    Day of Remembrance Taiko Fundraiser for Minidoka Pilgrimage
    Sunday, Feb. 23
    Noon exhibits; program starts at 1 p.m.
    PACCAR Atrium; Pigott Auditorium

    The International Student Center invites you to this annual fundraiser to benefit the scholarship program for the pilgrimage to the Minidoka National Historic Site in Idaho ( This year’s program includes speakers from the law school and National Park Service and features six taiko (Japanese drumming) groups. A number of free exhibits will be on display in the PACCAR Atrium, including a special law library exhibit titled “Fred T. Korematsu and the Pursuit of Justice” as well as exhibits from National Park Service, the Minidoka Pilgrimage, Nisei Veterans Committee and the “My Minidoka” photo exhibit. Tickets for the program are $20 general; $10 students and can be purchased here or in person at the International Student Center (PAVL 160). For more information, please contact Dale Watanabe at or 296-6260.
    Storytelling of the Northwest Coast
    Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.
    Pigott Auditorium

    Join us for an evening featuring storyteller Roger Fernandes, a member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Nation, and a performance by the internationally renowned Git-hoan (People of the Salmon) Native Dance Group. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Fernandes studied art at the University of Washington. His stories and artwork reflect the culture and beliefs of the Salish tribes of the Pacific Northwest. The Git-Hoan Dancers represent a culture of Alaskan Native people, the Tsimshian Tribe from Metlakatla, Alaska. The group shares legends and stories through song and dance while showcasing the magnificence and creativity of their art, demonstrating a variety of articulated and carved masks, headdresses, drums, rattles and much more. Tickets are $5 and available through the CAC or Brown Paper Tickets. Sponsored by the English Department, Women and Gender Studies Program, First Nations Club, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Mission and Ministry. For more information, contact Christina Roberts at
    Men’s Basketball vs. Grand Canyon
    The Seattle University men’s basketball team opens a three-game homestand Thursday, Feb. 20, by welcoming Division I and WAC newcomer Grand Canyon to KeyArena for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Redhawks have picked up positive momentum since the start of the month with victories over Idaho, Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley. The Antelopes, coached by former NBA player “Thunder” Dan Majerle, have played well so far this season, including an eight-point win over the Redhawks earlier this season in Phoenix. At halftime, those student-athletes who earned Dean’s List and President’s List honors in the fall quarter will be recognized on the court. Also, there will be a special halftime performance by Hui O’Nani, the popular Hawaiian club. Finally, Mercer Island High School coaching legend Ed Pepple will be honored during a timeout. Students, faculty, and staff receive free tickets to all home basketball games at KeyArena. This will be a key conference matchup and the Redhawks need everyone’s support, so come down to the Key and support Seattle U!
    Author Reading Featuring R. Flowers Rivera
    Friday, Feb. 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
    Wismer Center (LOYA 400)

    R. Flowers Rivera will read from her debut collection, Troubling Accents (Xavier Review Press July 2013). Rivera was awarded the 2009 Leo Love Merit Scholarship in Poetry in association with the Taos Summer Writers Conference. Her short story, “The Iron Bars,” won the 1999 Peregrine Prize. She was a 2002 finalist for the Naomi Long Madgett Award for Poetry, and she received two nominations for Pushcart XXVII. She was also a 2001 finalist for the May Swenson Award for Poetry and the Journal Award in Poetry. Her debut collection Troubling Accents—critically acclaimed by many notable poets—has sold more than 600 copies and has also received a nomination from the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters. Her work has been anthologized in Mischief, Caprice & Other Poetic Strategies and published in journals such as African American Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Columbia, Feminist Studies, Obsidian and The Southern Review. (You can read more at Rivera is a Mississippi native with a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University and an M.A. in English from Hollins University. Rivera’s appearance is a collaboration of the Patricia Wismer Center for Gender, Justice, and Diversity, the Center for the Study of Justice in Society and the Diversity, Citizenship, and Social Justice Core Track. For more information, contact Mary-Antoinette Smith at; Pam Taylor,; Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs,; or Natasha Martin,
    Lunches with Leaders
    Tuesday, Feb. 25, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
    Student Center 210

    Enjoy a free lunch and listen to Kevin Wilhelm, CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, as he discusses how he discovered his calling and the good work his company performs in the Seattle community. After earning his B.A. in history from Macalester College, Wilhelm began a career in professional sports. He served as general manager of the Minnesota Thunder and later as the PR/communications manager for the Seattle Sounders. After earning his MBA he founded Sustainable Business Consulting, a Seattle-based consulting firm focused on practical and profitable solutions for helping firms successfully integrate sustainability. Some of Wilhelm’s clients include Nordstrom, REI, The North Face, Redbox, and Brooks Sports. Free lunch will be served for the first 20 people who RSVP to
    Game of Tones: SEAC’s 2014 Battle of the Bands
    Friday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m.
    Campion Ballroom

    Come join SEAC for the annual Seattle University Battle of the Bands, a night of amazing student talent and loads of fun. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the CAC starting Feb. 17. All tickets bought in advance will come with an entry into a prize drawing for a Game of Thrones mystery basket. Please visit Game of Tones for updates on the student bands that will be performing. For more information, contact Antonio Dowling at
    Leadership Blitz 2014—Connections: Relationships in the Age of Technology
    Saturday, March 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Pigott Atrium

    Leadership Blitz is a free leadership conference open to students, faculty and staff. This year’s theme is “Connections: Relationships in the Age of Technology,” and the keynote speaker is Christopher Paul, associate professor and chair in the Department of the Communication. For more information or to register, visit Leadership Blitz, or contact AnneMarie Ladlad in Leadership Development at
    The Vagina Monologues
    Based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women, the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength by giving voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public and brings a deeper consciousness to the conversation around ending violence against women and girls. Show times are 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 2. All performances are in Pigott Auditorium. Tickets are available for purchase at the CAC: $5 for students, staff and faculty; $8 for the general public. At the door, tickets are $8 for students, staff and faculty; and $10 for the general public. Will-call tickets are available by contacting This production is sponsored by the Society of Feminists, Triangle Club, SGSU and the Multicultural Programming Fund. Click here for more information.
    The Well Gathering and Reflection
    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Ecumenical Chapel (lobby floor of Campion)

    The Well is SU’s on-campus interdenominational Christian gathering and reflection service that includes a simple shared meal, conversation and prayer. Join the gathering any week. For more information, contact Monica Allen in Campus Ministry at

    A Novena “Retreat” for SU Faculty and Staff
    As the season of Lent approaches, the Office of Jesuit Mission and Identity invites interested faculty and staff to participate in a retreat in daily life, in conjunction with this year’s Novena of Grace which runs March 12-20. The Novena, the theme of which is “There is Something Greater Here,” is a daily retreat and mass, hosted by the Ignatian Spirituality Center and preached by Matt Barmore, Peter Ely, S.J., and Marilyn Nash. The “Novena Retreat in Daily Life” for SU faculty and staff will include the following:
    ·        An introductory lunch prior to the Novena of Grace on Tuesday, March 4, to reflect on one’s hopes for the Novena
    ·        A commitment to attend the Novena of Grace for each (or most) of the nine days, either at the Chapel of St. Ignatius at 12:30 p.m., or St. Joseph Church at 7 p.m. (with an option for the group to sit together if possible)
    ·        Holding one another in prayer throughout the nine days
    ·        A gathering after the Novena, on Tuesday, March 25, over lunch to share the graces of the retreat.
    If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Emily Davis at Visit for more information.
    Faith in a Seed
    Tuesday, Feb. 25, noon-1 p.m.
    Biology Greenhouse on 13th between Columbia and Cherry

    As part of the Grounds Department’s Lunchtime Garden Talk Series, this event will focus on seed planting techniques for getting your garden off to a good start. Spring is coming! Join us in the new greenhouse in the parking lot of the Columbia building. Please feel free to bring your lunch. For more information, contact Janice Murphy at
    Women’s Tennis at Sand Point Tennis Center
    The Seattle University women’s tennis team will play home matches for the first time in over a month this weekend. First, the Redhawks host Utah State Friday, Feb. 21, starting at 5 p.m. Then, Seattle U welcomes fellow Jesuit school Gonzaga to the court Sunday, Feb. 23, beginning at 10 a.m. Both matches will take place at The Tennis Center at Sand Point, located at 7135 Sportsfield Drive NE, near Magnuson Park. Two weeks ago, Seattle U defeated Gonzaga for the first time since the women’s tennis program was reestablished in 2008, and this Sunday’s contest promises to be another close match. Admission is free for all to watch the matches, so head on up to Sand Point and support the Redhawks!
    Men’s Tennis vs. Washington
    The Seattle University men’s tennis team hosts crosstown rival Washington this Saturday, Feb. 22, starting at 5 p.m. at The Tennis Center at Sand Point (7135 Sportsfield Drive NE, near Magnuson Park). The Redhawks have won two straight matches, including a tough 4-3 victory over Liberty University in a neutral site match in Portland last Sunday. Seattle U and Washington will play a doubleheader Saturday. Admission is free for all spectators, so wear red and head up to Sand Point to cheer on the Redhawks!
    Tau Sigma Induction Ceremony
    Thursday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m.
    Pigott Auditorium

    You are invited to the fourth induction ceremony of new members in the Gamma Mu chapter of Tau Sigma. Provost Isiaah Crawford will be the keynote speaker and representatives from SU’s colleges and schools will present Tau Sigma pins to new inductees. Current members will also be speaking at the event, which will include free food. RSVP to as space is limited. For more information, contact Lauren Woo-Ermacoff at
    Axis Literary Magazine Winter Quarter Submissions
    Axis Literary Magazine is now accepting submission for its winter quarter publication. Check out what other writers and artists have created at and submit your own creative work at All forms of art (including music, film and photography) are encouraged. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. New art and writing is posted at the end of each quarter. For more information, contact Laura Germano at
    SEAC Poetry Slam: Call for Entries
    Wednesday, March 5, 7 p.m.
    Student Center Hearth

    SEAC Music is presenting an open mic poetry slam. If you would like to perform, please e-mail Marcus Shriver at by March 3 at the latest to get in on the competition. Spots for performers may fill up at any time, so it’s recommend that you e-mail early to guarantee your place. Prizes will be $50 for first place, $25 for second place, and two free Neumos tickets for the third place.
    United Filipino Club General Meeting
    Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.
    Admin 306

    Barrio Fiesta 2014, the United Filipino Club’s biggest event of the year, is coming up. Come learn about all the ways you can get involved in this fun event. There will also be talk about the Northwest FASA Conference which will be hosted at Gonzaga University in April. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory for all Barrio performers and volunteers. All are welcome to join in on the fun! For more information, visit UFC or contact Robert Gianan at
    Game Night
    Come out for a night of games and fun. SEAC will be hosting Game Night 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, in Student Center 210. Free snacks, free drinks and games will all be provided. For more information, contact Kimi Kogachi at


    All comments are moderated for appropriateness and may take a few minutes to appear.

    No one has commented.