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  • This Week at Seattle University, 4/14 - 4/18

    Interreligious Dialogue with Jesuits from Asia:
    “Neighborliness: Seeds, Challenges and the Practice of Interreligious Dialogue in India”
    Tuesday, April 22, 5:30-7 p.m.
    LeRoux Conference Room (STCN 160)

    The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and the College of Arts and Sciences welcome Vincent Sekhar, S.J., who will examine the ways in which terrorism, fundamentalism and matters of social and economic justice have encouraged interreligious dialogue between Hindu and Christian communities. All are welcome to participate in discussion and enjoy refreshments with Fr. Sekhar in a casual and comfortable setting. For more information, visit ICTC or contact Calvin Garrett at
    Albers Executive Speaker Series Features OnStar Executive and Alumna Diane Jurgens
    Wednesday, April 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Pigott Auditorium

    Diane Jurgens, managing director of Shanghai OnStar and Albers and Science and Engineering alumna, will be the featured speaker at the next Albers Executive Speaker Series event. Her topic will be “China: Successfully Navigating the Middle Kingdom.” Join us for the talk, followed by a Q&A session with a panel of current and former students in addition to audience questions. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Albers Speaker Series or contact Barb Hauke at
    Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellows 2014-2015
    Would you like your students to learn through working for social justice? Have you considered sending your students into the community for some “hands-on” experience? Would you like to rejuvenate your classes and yourself? If so, please consider applying to become an Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellow for 2014-2015.  Applications are due to Jeffrey Anderson, professor of education and director of the Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program, by Friday, May 2. To apply and learn more about the program, visit Service-Learning Fellows. For additional information, contact Anderson at or 206-296-5754.
    Earth Day with the SU Grounds Department
    Tuesday, April 22, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Broadway Community Garden

    Join the Grounds Department for their seventh annual celebration of Earth Day. They will be giving away vegetable starts and seeds. Gardeners will be on hand to answer your growing questions. The celebration will include treats as well as worm bin set-up and bio char demonstrations. For more information, visit or contact Janice Murphy at
    The White Mass: The One Question Is in the Room
    Monday, April 21, 5 p.m.
    Wyckoff Auditorium (EGNR 200)

    James Lee Byars will deliver this talk, which is part of the Friedhelm Mennekes, S.J., Lecture Series on contemporary art and sacred space. For more than 30 years, Visiting Scholar Fr. Mennekes has been involved with exhibitions at the crossroads between art and religion. The lecture series is made possible by the Pigott Family Endowment. For more information, visit Mennekes Series or contact Em Olson in Fine Arts at
    Intramural Upcoming Registration Deadlines
    Spring is here and University Recreation intramurals are about to start! Sign up at to play in the sport you love. With nine different leagues/tournaments this quarter, there’s something for everyone—and best of all, they are free. Here are the details.
    ·        4 v 4 Flag Football Tournament: men’s and women’s divisions; deadline- April 18 at noon; dates of play- Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26
    ·        Outdoor Volleyball Tournament: co-ed (3 females and 3 males per team); deadline- April 25 at noon; date of play- Saturday, May 3
    ·        Battleship Competition (water based real life battleship): open- 4 of any gender per boat; deadline- April 25 at noon; date of play- Sunday, May 4, 4-9 p.m.
    For more information, contact Blake Simpfenderfer at 

    Swishes for Wishes Charity Basketball Game
    Wednesday, April 16, 7 p.m.
    Connolly Center North Court

    Join us for the Ninth Annual Swishes for Wishes charity basketball game between student leaders and faculty/staff. Proceeds from donations at the game, as well as the annual Penny Wars competition within the residence halls leading up to the event, will benefit the Alaska and Washington Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Over the past eight years, Swishes for Wishes has raised approximately $10,000 for the foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Tim Leary, the executive vice president for Seattle University, will once again serve as head coach of the faculty/staff team, while student body president Eric Chalmers will coach the team of student leaders. Members of the Seattle University men’s and women’s basketball teams will be the referees for the game. Limited spots are still open to play in the game—contact Erin Engelhardt at 296-5603 or if you are interested in playing.
    National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
    Saturday, April 26, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Pigott Auditorium

    The Seattle University Alumni Association and Magis: Alumni Living the Mission invite all alumni of Jesuit colleges and universities to join in making a difference in the community at the Third Annual National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service. Participants will meet in Pigott Auditorium for a brief orientation and welcome before heading off to the service sites. The day will end with lunch and reflection. The service sites include two Alleycat Acres Urban Farms, St. Mary’s Foodbank, St. Francis House, Volunteer Chore Services, Nature Consortium, Recovery Cafe and the St. James Cathedral Kitchen. You can learn more about the sites at Day of Service. To register, contact
    Seattle University College of Nursing Regional Summit
    Monday, April 21, 3-7 p.m.
    Campion Ballroom

    The transformation of our health care system calls nurses to action as leaders in assuring high quality care that is accessible, affordable and responsive to the needs of individuals, families and communities. How do we create innovative partnerships between nursing education and practice that will shape and guide change in the delivery of health care? Join us for a regional summit that brings national and regional leaders together to envision the future and highlight exemplary models of collaboration for nursing education and practice. This program is a collaborative presentation of Acute Care Education and Seattle University College of Nursing. For more information and to register, visit Nursing Regional Summit or contact Natalia Vinokhodova at
    McGee Lecture – “Legacies of Colonialism: South Asian Diasporas in Africa”
    Wednesday, April 30, 6 p.m.
    Wyckoff Auditorium (EGNR 200)

    Nalini Iyer, director of the Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs and professor of English, will present this lecture, drawing on literary works by V.S. Naipaul, M.G. Vassanji and Amitav Ghosh to explore the many facets of South Asian immigration to Africa. Iyer will examine the experiences of indentured laborers and others from South Asia who arrived in Africa in the 19th century and will 0explore migration, citizenship and belonging through the lens of feminist and postcolonial studies. Sponsored by the Global African Studies Program. For more information, contact Kate Reynolds at
    All God’s Creatures Got a Place in the Choir!
    Friday, April 25, 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 27, 2 p.m.
    St. Joseph Church (18th E. and E. Aloha)

    Join us for the Seattle University Choirs’ spring concert, “All God's Creatures Got a Place in the Choir!” This year’s program will feature 400 years of song celebrating creatures great and small. Composers include Josquin des Prez, Benjamin Britten, Karl Korte, Eric Whitacre, Kirke Mechem and Lee Peterson. Tickets are $25 (reserved), $18 (general admission) and $7 (students). Special discount for all SU faculty and staff: $20 (reserved) and $15 (general admission). You can buy your tickets from any choir member or at the Fine Arts Department Office. Tickets will be available at the door, but the faculty/staff discount will not be available for tickets purchased at the door. For more information, visit Fine Arts or contact Lee Peterson, assistant director, choirs, at Sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts, Music Division.
    Economic Changes in Cuba: Impacts on Women and Their Families
    Thursday, April 24, 4-5:30 p.m.
    Wyckoff Auditorium (EGNR 200)

    Visiting Cuban scholar Norma Vasallo is professor of social psychology and chair of the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Havana. Vasallo’s presentation will address life and work in Cuba today for Cuban women and their families in the context of recent economic reforms in Cuba and longterm U.S.-Cuba relations. Following her talk, she will open the floor for questions. Vasallo visits Seattle as part of a national speaking tour sponsored by the U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration, an organization dedicated to fostering people-to-people diplomacy that fosters improved Cuba-U.S. relations. Sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Department, Arts and Sciences Events Committee, Office of Vice-President for Mission and Ministry, Latin American Studies Program and others. For more information, contact
    Victoria Kill at
    Zen Studies and Zen Practice: A Four-Week Lecture Series
    Seattle University EcoSangha is honored to host Professor Victor Sōgen Hori for this four-part series. Hori is currently associate professor of Japanese religions in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University. He is author of several books including Zen Sand: The Book of Capping Phrases for Kōan Practice, Lectures on the Ten Oxherding Pictures and Teaching Buddhism in the West: From the Wheel to the Web. There is no cost to this series, and each can be attended as a stand-alone lecture. Each of the following lectures takes place at 7 p.m.:
    ·        April 23: “Early Western Impressions of Buddhism,” Wyckoff Auditorium (EGNR 200)
    ·        April 30: “D T Suzuki’s Zen,” Bannan Auditorium (room 102)
    ·        May 7: “The Deconstruction of Zen,” Casey Commons (fifth floor)
    ·        May 14: “Looking Forward,” Casey Commons
    For more information, click here or contact Jason Wirth at
    Matt Coolidge – Anthropogeomorphology Now:
    Programs and Projects of the Center for Land Use Interpretation
    Tuesday, April 22, 6 p.m.
    Hedreen Gallery

    Matt Coolidge is the founder and director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, an educational nonprofit organization focused on increasing the collective understanding of the built American landscape. The center’s work has been presented throughout the United States. Its programs and exhibitions employ photography, text, video, bus tours, publications and other media. This lecture is made possible by the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit Coolidge or contact Em Olson in the Department of Fine Arts at 296-2340.
    Department of Fine Arts Presents Digital Design Exhibition
    Exhibition: April 24-May 16
    Opening Reception: Thursday, April 24, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
    Vachon Gallery, Fine Arts Building

    Digital Design students showcase their print-based design work, time-based media and interactive digital artwork. This exhibition is curated by Associate Professors of Digital Design Naomi Kasumi and Alexander Mouton. For more information, visit Fine Arts or contact Em Olson at
    Two More Opportunities to See “The Negro Passion Play”
    Tuesday and Thursday, April 15 and 17, 7:30 p.m.
    Campion Ballroom

    Seattle University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in association with Brownbox Theatre proudly presents “The Negro Passion Play,” a dramatic depiction of the Passion of Jesus Christ within the context of the American Civil Rights Movement. The play is made possible by a grant from the Endowed Mission Fund for Advancing the Jesuit and Catholic Mission at Seattle University. Purchase your tickets at The Negro Passion Play ($5, pre-teens/teens ages 11-17; $10, SU students; $12, SU alumni, faculty and staff; $15, general public). Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, contact Tyrone Brown at
    Easter Break Hours and Closure for Library and Learning Commons
    The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons will be closed April 18-20 (Friday through Sunday), in observance of Easter Break. The Media Production Center, Writing Center, Learning Assistance Programs and the Math Lab will be closed, with regular services resuming Monday, April 21. Research Services will also be closed over the holiday. The secure 24/7 study spaces on the 1st and 2nd floors will be open as usual. For more information, visit Library Hours or contact Melody Steiner at
    Spring Job and Internship Fair 2014
    Tuesday, April 29, noon-3 p.m.
    Campion Ballroom

    Do you know students who are seeking internships or jobs? Are they wondering what careers relate to their major? Encourage them to attend the Spring Job and Internship Fair! Students will connect with 60+ organizations from non-profit, corporate and government industries offering internship and full-time opportunities. The event is open to all majors and all years. Refer interested students to the Fair website for upcoming prep events and to stay up to date on the university’s growing employer directory. Sponsored by Career Services and the Albers Placement Center. For more information, contact Also, College Bound Americorps will be holding an information session 3:45-4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, in the Pigott Pavilion for Leadership. Please encourage any interested students to attend. If you are interested in partnering with them on research opportunities or learning about positions that apply to your students, please attend. For more information, contact Sarah Thomson in Career Services at 296-6080.
    Redhawk Dental Drive
    From April 14 to 28 the Pre-Health Club and SGSU are collecting unused toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss for the underserved of the St. James and Seattle Union Gospel Mission community. Donation boxes can be found at these locations: Casey lobby; Admin Building, first floor lobby; Student Center; Pigott 111; Engineering, third floor; University Services Building lobby; Health and Wellness Office; and Campus Ministry. Help someone smile today! For more information, contact Rebecca Quintero at
    Nightingale 5K Run/Walk
    Sunday, May 4, 9 a.m.
    The Quad

    Get a running start on National Nurses’ Week by participating in the Nightingale 5K Run/Walk around Seattle University’s campus. All students, nurses, alumni, faculty and community members are welcome: $20, pre-registration; $25, day of race. Free t-shirt for the first 100 registered participants. For more information visit and search Nightingale 5K. Sponsored by the Student and Community Affairs Committee. Contact Jenna Byrd with any questions at
    Relay For Life Team Captain Meeting
    Monday, April 14, 7:45-8:45 p.m.
    Admin 222

    Interested in joining Relay For Life and learning more about the event? Attend the team captain. Everyone is welcome. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the event and fundraising, to register for the event, to create a team, to meet the committee and more. Sponsored by the Colleges Against Cancer club. For more information, contact Aleena Arakaki at


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