Alumni and Student News: April 2021

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
April 15, 2022


Colina Bruce, MNPL, ’15, and her new business, Noir Lux Candle Co., are featured by Visit Seattle in “Celebrating Seattle’s Wonderful Women.” She is also an adjunct faculty member for Nonprofit Leadership and Director of Education Partnerships for the Center for Community Engagement at SU.

Gary Davis, MNPL, ’10, and Executive Director at Companis, led a conversation about ensuring board diversity at the Executive Director Forum on March 25.

Dr. Sally Guzmán, MNPL ’15, family and community engagement coordinator for the Edmonds School District, talked to KING 5 News for this story, ” Edmonds School District welcomes Afghan refugees.”

Patience Malaba, MPA, ’20, was named the Executive Director for the Housing Consortium. Read about her here.

Monica Nevi, BA, Sport and Exercise Science, ’12, will appear in the Upper Left Comedy Fest, May 12 through 14. Information and tickets here.

Shukri Olow, BA, Public Affairs, ’07 and MPA, ’08, is running for the 47th Legislative District House seat that includes parts of Kent, Auburn and Covington, Washington. Read about her here.


MS, Kinesiology graduate student Ashley Buck, supervised by Dr. Sarah Shultz, has received a grant from The Biomechanics Initiative, Inc. The grant will support Buck's project to host a National Biomechanics Day event aimed at empowering and promoting women biomechanists. Utilizing the new Mobile Kinesiology Lab and engaging other undergraduate and graduate Kinesiology students, Shultz and Buck will bring the event to several high schools in the area and expand the accessibility of biomechanics and STEM education experiences to schools in areas that may not have the resources to otherwise provide these opportunities.