Student and Alumni News: March 2022

Our award-winning Ethics Bowl team, featured filmmakers, alums with new businesses and in the media, and more.


Congratulations to the Seattle University Ethics Bowl team, Marie-Therese Chahrouri, Sofia McMillan, Anthony Verdugo, Andru Zodrow, who advanced to the semi-finals this year. They defeated Stanford and narrowly lost to the University of Chicago.

Ha'aheo Auwae-Dekker, Film Studies, had a film entitled "Malihini" in the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. The film (which was made in an SU Social Justice Filmmaking course) was showcased as a "Centerpiece documentary" at the festival. Learn more about the film hereWatch the trailer. They were also interviewed by the South Seattle Emerald about the film in "Seattle Asian American Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary."

Mazzy Eckel, Political Science, was named Miss Washington. Read The Spectator story.

Riley Grigsby, Jr., Communication and Media, was featured in the Seattle Times in “Al Grigsby and son Riley helping Seattle U men’s basketball team to best season in decades.

Catholics, Colleges and Collective Bargaining,” an article by Spectator reporters Myrea Mora and Andru Zodrow was highlighted in “Links: The Supreme Court nominee; partisan redistricting; unionizing at Seattle U” in the National Catholic Reporter

Joslyn K. Wallenborn, MACJ candidate, successfully defended her graduate thesis entitled, “Race and Psychopathy:  Literature Review and Case Study of Serial Killer George Russell.” 


Derrick Belgarde, BA, Public Affairs, 2003, MPA, 2015, and Executive Director of Chief Seattle Club, was featured on Crosscut in “Chief Seattle Club housing project rooted in Indigenous culture.”

Colina Bruce, MNPL, ’15, opened her new business, Noir Lux Candle Bar in Seattle’s Belltown. Read the Seattle Met story.

Dorothy Cordova, BA, Sociology, ‘53 and her late husband, Fred Cordova, BA, Sociology ‘52, met at SU. She is featured in the South Seattle Emerald in “Dr. Dorothy Cordova Celebrates 90 Years of Building Beloved Community In Seattle.

Gregory Davis, BA, Social Sciences, ’82 and Shawn Richard-Davis, BA, Criminal Justice, ’83, are another couple who met at SU. They wrote an opinion column for the South Seattle Emerald, “Opinion: Being Together So Long.

Luis Gamez, BA, Humanities for Teaching, minor in Spanish, '08, and former SU soccer player, developed a hobby during the pandemic, which took off as a business, Mini Footballer. Read about how his custom images have engaged fans and players.

Katie Hultquist, MNPL, ’02, published an op-ed, "MacKenzie Scott’s Investment in the Global Queer and Transgender Movement Is a Game Changer” in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. (May require subscription.)

Terry Novak, MFA in Arts Leadership, ’12, Executive Director of Photographic Center Northwest, was interviewed for “An owner and an ‘arts anchor," Photographic Center Northwest will be part of new Focus on 12th Apartments” on the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.

Kevin Vortmann, MFA in Arts Leadership, ‘21, was hired as Executive Director of the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Written by Karen L. Bystrom

Friday, March 18, 2022