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  • This Week at Seattle University, 4/7 - 4/11

    Holy Week 2014
    April 17-20, Chapel of Saint Ignatius

    Campus Ministry invites you to experience the symbol, ritual, music and prayer of Holy Week in the Roman Catholic tradition. A full schedule of Holy Week can be found at Campus Ministry. For more information, contact John Michael Reyes at
    29th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration
    April 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
    Campion Ballroom

    Registration for the 29th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration closes on Tuesday, April 15.  Register today! The celebration honors those individuals who exemplify our Jesuit values and excel in the areas of leadership, professional achievement and community service. Visit Alumni Awards for a list of this year’s honorees and to register.
    The Economics of Inequality, Exclusion and Consumerism
    Thursday, April 17, noon-1:30 pm
    Wyckoff Auditorium (EGNR 200)

    Pope Francis’s critiques of the economy in Evangelii Guadium have drawn considerable press and sparked controversy. Albers invites you to a public forum to reflect on the ethics of markets and the promotion of justice. Three faculty members will discuss research that both supports and problematizes the pope’s statements about the tyranny of autonomous markets. Topics include humane living standards, transformative marketing, microcredit and empowerment. Dean Joe Phillips, Katie Fitzpatrick (Economics), Matt Isaac (Marketing) and Quan Le (Economics) will speak at the event. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Business Ethics, the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Mission and Ministry. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Jessica Ludescher at
    Student Award Nominations

    Do you know students who should be celebrated? Tell the Office of Leadership Development about them! Formerly known as the Student Recognition Awards, the program is receiving a make-over. Help identify worthy students to recognize by submitting an online nomination. Leadership Development has streamlined the process to make the nomination process easier—you can use one common nomination form for all individual awards. The selection committee will do the rest. Nominations are due April 20. For more information, contact Michelle Etchart at
    Jesuit Suppression and Restoration: Cultural Contexts and Challenges 1773-1814
    Wednesday, April 30, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
    Casey Commons (fifth floor)

    Did you know there was a period—more than 200 years after their founding—when the Society of Jesus ceased to exist? Tom Lucas, S.J., rector of the Arrupe Jesuit community and internationally recognized expert in Jesuit art history, is back by popular demand for this entertaining and creative presentation, which explores the period of Jesuit suppression and restoration. The presentation will draw upon the themes of the most recent Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education magazine, which will soon be arriving in campus mailboxes. Lunch will be served. All faculty and staff are welcome. RSVP to
    Metro Bus Cuts and Prop 1 Informal Discussion
    Tuesday, April 15, 6-8 p.m.
    Student Center 130

    This is an opportunity to learn more about the proposed cuts to King County Metro Services and the ballot initiative, Prop 1, designed to raise taxes to prevent the cuts. Come join in the discussion on the effects the cuts could have on SU, particularly students, faculty and staff who rely on bus service, as well as the wider Seattle community. The Washington Bus, Eastside Transportation Association, Transit Riders Union and Capitol Hill Housing have all been invited to speak and answer questions. For more information, contact Owen Goetze of Student Government of Seattle University at
    A Call to the Peacemaking Circle Process:
    Rejuvenating and Healing Leadership Practice for Social Justice
    Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4
    (A commitment to attend all three days is required.)
    Chardin Hall, Room 145

    Circle Keeper Keiko Ozeki, coordinator of the Circles Initiatives at the Center for Ethical Leadership will lead the circle. The peacemaking circle process draws from both ancient practices and modern processes to create trust, intimacy, goodwill, belonging, generosity and reciprocity. It is a powerful approach to build strong relationships, hold authentic dialogues and bring about what Martin Luther King called the “beloved community.” Advance registration required ($259; $169 for SU students) and includes all materials. To learn more and to register, visit Peacemaking Circle Process. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Justice in Society. For more information, contact Pamela Taylor at
    Pink Washing: The Dirty Business of Selling Breast Cancer
    Wednesday, April 16, 6-8 p.m.
    Casey Commons (5th floor)

    Who knew pink could be so dirty? Guns. Liquor. Cleaning supplies. The pink ribbon symbol has become a profit chip for corporations, emblazing the pastel ribbon on goods to entice buyers, claiming certain proceeds go to research. However, companies are not required to disclose what percentage, if any, of their profits go to support breast cancer research.  Caitlin Ring, assistant professor of strategic communications, will explore the scope of pink washing for corporate profit and call for the Federal Trade Commission to regulate cause marketing associated with breast cancer. This Sharon James Lecture in the Communication Department is co-sponsored by the College Events Committee. For more information, contact Verna McKinnon-Hipps at
    Book Launch and Reading- Spellbound: The Fairy Tale and the Victorians
    Tuesday, April 15, 5 p.m.
    Elliott Bay Book Co. (1521 10th Ave.)

    English Assistant Professor Molly Clark Hillard reads and discusses her new book, Spellbound: The Fairy Tale and the Victorians. For more information, visit Spellbound or contact Laura Paskin at
    “Repudiating the Supreme Court’s WWII Japanese American Rulings”
    Tuesday, April 15, 4:30 p.m.
    Sullivan Hall, Room C-5

    Professor Eric Yamamoto of the University of Hawaii will present this lecture based on Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment, the book he coauthored with School of Law Professor Margaret Chon. Responses will be provided by Chon, the Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice, and
    Lori Bannai, professor of lawyering skills and director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. The event is open to all, but RSVPs are requested HERE. For more information, contact Katherine Hedland Hansen at
    Rally for Fossil Fuel Divestment
    Monday, April 14, 6 p.m.
    SU Quad

    Sustainable Student Action invites you to a community rally for fossil fuel divestment that will include art, education and song. For more information, contact Calvin Garrett at
    Makoto Fujimura: “Golden Sea”
    Wednesday, April 16, 7 p.m.
    Bannan Auditorium (102)

    The Department of Fine Arts hosts world-renowned artist Makoto Fujimura for a lecture and a viewing of the short documentary film “Golden Sea,” which is based on Fujimura’s journey as an artist in the U.S. and in Japan. For more information, visit
    Makoto Fujimura or contact Em Olson at
    Screening of “Finding Hillywood”
    Wednesday, April 16, 4-5:50 p.m.
    School of Law Sullivan Hall, Room C5

    The Center for Global Justice and Global African Studies Program invite you to this film screening and panel discussion of “Finding Hillywood,” an award-winning documentary about Rwanda. Director/producer Leah Warshawski will introduce the film. For more information, contact Nora Santos at
    Artistic Justice Showcase
    Wednesday, April 16, 7 p.m.
    Wyckoff Auditorium (EGNR 200)

    The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites you to an evening of multimedia performance to explore the transcending of the borders of politics of personal identity through art and social justice. Ten artists will share their reflections on embodying social justice through movement, theater, spoken word, writing, visual art and video. For more information, visit Artistic Justice Showcase or contact Curry Knox at
    Seattle University Service in Action Seminar: Communication Skills for Effective Problem-Solving in the Workplace
    Friday, May 2, 8 a.m.
    Student Center Room 210

    Lee Holmer, associate professor in the Master of Public Administration program, will lead this seminar on how effective workplace communication eliminates barriers and resolves problems. The workshop will focus on developing skills that empower managers and team members to effectively solve problems and achieve high performance. The material covered will be helpful to current and aspiring managers, team members, and anyone who interacts with others in the workplace. For more information and to register, visit Communication Skills or contact Danielle Potter at Sponsored by the Master of Public Administration and Master of Nonprofit Leadership programs.
    16th Annual Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Trade Showcase & Elevator Pitch Round
    Monday, April 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Campion Ballroom

    The 22 semifinalist teams will present their trade show booths and pitches to the audience members and judges, who will help determine the four teams that will go to the finals. Students, alums families, friends and the general public of all ages are welcome at no charge.  RSVP preferred, but not required at Semifinals. For more information, contact Nettasha Reese in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at
    SEAC Arts: Tote-ally Sustainable Crafting
    Monday, April 14, 6-8 p.m.
    LeRoux Conference Room (STCN 160) and the Hearth

    SEAC and the Eco-Challenge invite you to decorate a canvas tote that you can take to the grocery store. Get there early to receive a free mason jar that doubles as a reusable water bottle. For more information, visit Sustainable Crafting or contact Lindsey Habenicht at
    Do You Know Any Students Who…
    Leadership Development is asking faculty and staff to share the following two opportunities with any students they know who might be interested:
    ·        SPARK Seattle University is seeking undergraduate and graduate student speakers who want to share their experiences with leadership and leading through each of the SU core values. For more information and to apply to be a speaker, visit SPARK.
    ·        Undergraduates interested in joining the LEAD Team can apply at by April 17.

    Pope Francis: The People’s Pope
    Thursday, April 17, 3:30-5 p.m.
    Casey Commons

    Pat Howell, S.J., will explore the first year of this pope of many “firsts”: the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from Latin America, the first pope in many centuries to lay aside the papal trimmings and to live in a simple residence with others. In this lecture, Father Howell will take up these and other questions: What has been Francis’s principal message? What does his model of governance and preaching of the Gospel mean for Christian faith today? What are the implications for a Jesuit university? Sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Mission and Ministry. For more information, contact Marie Gehman at
    Celebrate Earth Month at SU
    What do a tour of the greenest commercial office building in the world, a talk by a New York Times best-selling author on conscious versus unconscious consumption, and a biochar burner demonstration have in common? They are among the 20 events being held as part of SU’s April Earth Month celebration. For a full list of events visit Earth Month Events or contact Karen Price, sustainability manager, at Earth Month is sponsored by the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, EcoAlliance, Office for Sustainability and Outdoor Adventure Recreation.
    Labor of Love
    The Center for Service and Community Engagement invites you to participate in a day of service and an opportunity to engage with our local community. Labor of Love takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Light breakfast and great company provided. Register HERE. For more information, contact Rebekah Sanders at
    3rd Annual Recycling Collection Event
    Tuesday, April 15, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Seattle U Recycling Yard, 755 13th Ave.
    (Between the School of Law Annex and the O’Brien Center for Athletic Administration)

    Spring clean your home and office and bring recyclables for FREE to the Seattle U Recycling Yard. Items accepted include appliances, batteries, books, confidential paper, compact fluorescent light bulbs, electronics and accessories, clothing, machinery, office supplies, plastic grocery bags, Styrofoam blocks and packaging material, and toner cartridges. Do not bring chemicals, mattresses or furniture. Staff will help unload heavy items. Hard drives and other storage devices will be wiped through a secure data destruction program. For a detailed list of what recyclables to bring, visit Any questions can be directed to Matthew Benedict, recycling coordinator, at
    Graduate Programs Open House
    Thursday, April 10, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    Student Center (first floor)

    Are you ready to look into graduate study? Do you know friends, neighbors or relatives looking to continue their education? The Spring Graduate Programs Open House offers a great opportunity to compare all SU’s graduate program and certificate options in one place. The School of Law will also be represented. Plan to attend and invite others to join you at Thursday's graduate programs open house! For more information, visit Open House or contact Troy Sterk in the Office of Graduate Admission at 296-5998.
    Men’s Tennis vs. Pacific Lutheran
    The men’s tennis team closes out its home schedule with a contest against Pacific Lutheran University Tuesday, April 8, starting at 4 p.m. at the Seattle U tennis courts, located next to Championship Field. This will be the final home match for seniors Jason Bediones and Kevin Lynch, and they will be recognized before the start of the match. The Seattle U men’s tennis team has already won more matches this season than in any previous year since the program returned to varsity status in 2008. Admission is free to all home tennis matches, so head on over to the tennis courts and take this final opportunity to cheer on the Redhawks!
    Baseball at Bannerwood Park
    The Seattle University baseball team begins a five-game homestand Tuesday, April 8, with the crosstown showdown against the University of Washington at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue starting at 6 p.m. The Washington Huskies are one of the hottest baseball teams in the country, but the Redhawks will look to temper the Huskies’ momentum. The next day, Seattle U is back in action, welcoming Concordia University of Portland to Bannerwood Park for a 4 p.m. contest Wednesday, April 9. These are important games for the Redhawks, as they look to stay sharp heading into the weekend WAC series. Students receive free admission to all home baseball games at Bannerwood Park, so join the Redhawks in their pursuit of a berth into the WAC Tournament. GO SU!
    Women’s Basketball Banquet
    Fans are invited to join the women’s basketball team and coaching staff for a team banquet on Thursday, Apr. 17, as they celebrate the success of the team and the accomplishments of the student-athletes in their second year in the Western Athletic Conference. The banquet will take place at the Space Needle and dress is business casual. A reception will take place starting at 7 p.m. followed by dinner starting at 7:30 p.m. and the program to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person or $440 for a table of eight. The Redhawks advanced to the WAC Championship game for the second straight year in 2013-14, led by seniors Kacie Sowell, Ashley Ward and Sylvia Shephard, Seattle U’s top three Division I career scoring leaders. Sowell and Shephard received All-Conference honors while Shephard was also named to the WAC All-Defensive Team, and Sowell and Ward were named to the All-Tournament Team. To register, click HERE. For more information, contact Caitie Kimura at
    Pigott Family Endowment Visiting Scholar Friedhelm Mennekes, S.J., Lecture Series
    Barbara Kruger: Who Laughs Last? Moving Intervention into a Sacred Space
    Wednesday, April 9, 5 p.m.
    Wyckoff Auditorium (EGNR 200)

    For more than 30 years the Jesuit Friedhelm Mennekes has been involved with exhibitions at the crossroads between art and religion. Mennekes has curated shows of major contemporary artists in a unique exhibition space in the middle of a functioning church in Cologne, Germany: the Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Cologne, Center of Contemporary Art and Modern Music. He has worked artists such as Barbara Kruger, Francis Bacon, Joseph Beuys, Anish Kapoor, David Salle, Jenny Holzer, Cindy Sherman and Bill Viola among others. This is the first in a series of talks about contemporary art and sacred space. For more information, visit
    Mennekes or contact Em Olson at Sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts.
    Doctor of Ministry Information Session
    Wednesday, April 16, noon-1:30 p.m.
    Hunthausen 100

    The School of Theology and Ministry has officially launched a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree, welcoming its first class in the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year. Are you interested? Join us for this special DMin information session and find out how student-practitioners will connect their deep calling with the needs of their community and the public square through this creatively designed program. Lunch will be served. RSVP to Colette Casavant at or 296-5333.
    Education Abroad Experiences and Perspectives
    Education Abroad and the Office of Multicultural Affairs invite you to the following two events.
    ·        Rainbow Abroad, Tuesday, April 8, 7-8 p.m., OMA 322: A conversation about gender identity and sexuality as it relates to education abroad, including stories from past participants and resources about what it means to be an LGBTQ student abroad. Drinks and snacks provided!
    ·        Global Diversity Abroad, Thursday, April 10, 12:15-1:15 p.m., OMA 322: A conversation on cultural Identity as it relates to education abroad, including stories from past participants and resources about what it means to be a student of color abroad.
    For more information, contact Shalini Singh at


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