Student and Alumni News: December 2021

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
December 8, 2021


Bree Calhoun, Communication and Media/Strategic Communication major, was interviewed for “Bree Calhoun determined to help lead Seattle University women to success” in The Seattle Times.

Akili Kasim, Communications and Media/Strategic Communications major, was named WAC Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending November 7.

The Seattle University Debate Team hosted a set of online middle school debate tournaments. The teams were mostly from the Puget Sound area but included teams from China and British Columbia. With judges, coaches, and observers counted, we had about 700 total participants.  SU student Stacy Wood-Burgess, junior Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensics major, judged at the tournament. She watched debates and after deliberation announced the winner and gave feedback to the students for their improvement.

SU’s Ethics Bowl team won the NW Regional Ethics Bowl competition on November 20 for the third year in a row. Nationals are scheduled for the end of February.


Erin Naomi Burrows, MA, MFA '20, has been hired by Harvard Divinity School as a Communications Specialist in their new program, Religion and Public Life.

Shawn Baker Gibson, MFA Arts Leadership ’17, joined Hugo House as Marketing Director.

Tess Honan, MNPL and GCFL ’21, Taylor Coats, MNPL ’21, and Stephanie Velasco, MNPL ’21, and current students Mikala Lain, MNPL ’22, and Christine Consolacion, MNPL ’22 were selected to participate in the 2021 ARNOVA Graduate Diversity Scholars & Leaders Professional Development Workshop. This program focuses on helping emerging scholars prepare to enter the field of nonprofit, philanthropic, and voluntary action studies.

Gordon McHenry, BA Political Science, ’79, President and CEO, United Way King County, was included in the Puget Sound Journal’s annual list of influential Washington State leaders, along with SU President Eduardo Peñalver.

Jay Thomas, MNPL ’99, Group Health Foundation, hosted Community Conversations with Ginger Kwan, Executive Director of Open Doors for Multicultural Families.