Alumni and Student News: September 2021

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
September 28, 2021


Brian Henning, Philosophy '98, is the founding director of Gonzaga University's Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment. He talked with the Spokane Journal of Business about establishing the center, how students can get involved, and what role it could play in Spokane’s business community.

Gayatri Agnew, Political Science, 2003 was named to the Class of 2021 Forty Under 40 by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. Read about Gayatri.

Anthony Bowmer, 2020, and Nils Gollersrud, 2019,Film Studies, attended Cannes Film Festival 2021 where they checked out some of the new films this year, including Palme D’or Winner and horror film, Titane (Julia Ducournau, 2021),described by the BBC as the “most shocking film of 2021” as well as new films  by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Memoria), Sean Baker (Red Rocket) and Hong Sang-Soo (In Front of your Face).

Denny Hunthausen, BA, Foreign Languages, ’81, retired from Catholic Community Services of Western Washington after 38 years serving refugees, people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable people. Read about Denny.

Woody Lotts, MFA Arts Leadership, ‘19, was named Executive Director of Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee, Washington.

Clarissa Y. Malinao, BA, Criminal Justice, 2000, is under consideration to fill a vacancy on the  Circuit Court of the First Circuit in Oʻahu, Hawaii.

Errin Patton, MFA in Arts Leadership,  '17, joined MoPOP as the Annual Fund Manager.

Renee Rassilyer-Bomers, Humanities, ’03, and College of Nursing ’05, ’16, was named to the Class of 2021 Forty Under 40 by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Read about Renee.

Shawn Richard-Davis, BA, Criminal Justice, ’83 published “In Memoriam to Seattle’s Central District” in the South Seattle Emerald.

Eve Sanford, MFA in Arts Leadership, '17 was named the new Polk Bros. Associate Director of Learning at MCA Chicago.

Tatianah Summers, Biology with a minor in Philosophy and Ethics minor, and Honors ‘ 21, was featured in the video for the 2021 Costco Scholarship Fund event. She is headed to medical school. See her in the video.

Will  Swenson, Political Science, ’01, reflected on the war in Afghanistan in the Seattle Times recently. He won the Medal of Honor in 2013 and was named Seattle U Alumnus of the Year in 2014. He was the first Army officer to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq and Afghanistan and was inducted into the Pentagon Hall of Fame in 2013.

Hollis Wong Wear, Women, Gender Studies & Sexuality, ’09, created this playlist for KEXP’s Midnight in a Perfect World.

Nina Yarbrough, MFA Arts Leadership, ’16, was named 4Culture’s new arts program director. Read about her in this South Seattle Emerald interview.


Ha’aheo Auwae-Dekker, Film Studies, had their film Malihini (2021, 7 minutes) shown in the NWFF Local Sightings Film Festival. The director explores Hawaiian identity and their fraught relationship to the mainland in this intimate, raw conversation with their mother.

Amanda Morgan, Interdisciplinary Arts, specialization in Arts Leadership, was featured on KING 5’s New Day Northwest, talking about Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer's group, The Seattle Project, which is trying to make dance accessible to more communities. Amanda is part of Second Stage