When I look back on my first year as Dean of the College, I am truly impressed by the accomplishments of the faculty, staff, and students of Arts and Sciences. The Film Studies Program began its inaugural year. The "Intended Consequences" art exhibit fostered a teach-in and conversations about war and genocide. Ireland's Ambassador to the United States, Michael Collins, came to the College for a conversation with our students. Scores of students went abroad for academic and service learning, and psychologists from around the world joined our faculty on campus at the 29th International Human Science Research Conference. Most importantly, the Arts and Sciences faculty continued to both provide outstanding educational experiences for our students and make major scholarly contributions to their disciplines.
I am particularly proud of Arts and Sciences students who received prominent national scholarships. Also, President Sundborg, S.J., recognized Audrey Hudgins, assistant dean, with the University Staff Leadership Award, and alumni awards went to Gen. Peter Chiarelli, '72, as SU Alumnus of the Year, Maureen Brotherton, '96 MNPL, for community service, and Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez, Theology and Religious Studies, for distinguished teaching.
We are now off to a busy start. Student enrollment is up, and we have added five tenure-track faculty and additional adjunct faculty. Check our website and Facebook page to keep up-to-date on all the exhibits, theater presentations, guest lectures, alumni seminars, concerts, and student and faculty news throughout the year. It is an exciting time for the Arts and Sciences community. I hope to see you soon.
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SU President Stephen Sundborg, S. J., is the first presenter in the alumni series, "Faith in a Secular Age," which starts on October 5. This fall series examines the tensions between faith and culture: increased interest both in spirituality and a so-called 'new atheism,' conflicts between cultures with strong religious traditions and cultures with strict separation of church and state, and the growth in religion and spirituality in many countries, including the United States, and the drift toward secularism in others.
Joining Father Sundborg in this series are Rev. Michael Raschko, presenting on the rise of the 'new atheism' and responses to it from religious thinkers, and Assistant Professor Catherine Punsalan, whose research focuses on the relationships between science and faith today. Raschko teaches in the School of Theology and Ministry, and Punsalan is the Director of the Catholic Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The fall seminars take place from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: October 5 and 19, November 2, 16, and 30, and December 7. Register by contacting Lauren St. Pierre, Administrative Assistant, by email at email@example.com or by phone at 206-296-5327. The $275 seminar fee includes books, refreshments, and materials.
Information about the winter series, World Economic Recovery: Winners and Losers? and the spring series, From Modern to Post-Modern: Art, Architecture, Literature, is on our website at http://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/alumni/
Ann Blume (in the photo with Stuart, '78, and Lee Rolfe) and husband Bruce hosted a gathering of alumni and friends to mark the dean's first year as head of the College of Arts and Sciences. In his remarks, the Dean discussed the College's upcoming strategic planning process and his focus on expanding opportunities for students to work with faculty members on research projects. As an example, faculty from the Department of Criminal Justice presented their findings from a faculty-student research study on crime in Seattle's Belltown area. The group also celebrated the birthday of Bill Eisiminger, '73, long-time College supporter, who sits on the Dean's Leadership Council. Eisiminger is seen here with SU Regent Suzie Burke, '63.
The Global Awareness Program (GAP), a two-year course of study beginning in the junior year, links academics, co-curricular activities, and service learning into an integrated specialization. The program is designed to address the demand for greater insight, understanding, and appreciation of diversity involving global perspectives. GAP offers a wide variety of electives geared to the students' individual interests and is open to students in any major in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Seattle University is gearing up for more than 1,000 freshmen who will be attending Welcome Week on September 18. According to Provost Isiaah Crawford, the record number of freshmen is a 43.9 percent increase from the school year that ended in June. Enrollment success was attributed to new recruitment techniques, marketing initiatives, and greater financial-aid opportunities.
College of Arts and Sciences Statistics
Number of applicants: 4097
Number of students admitted: 773
Gender: 71% female; 29% male
Avg. SAT composite: 1469.5
Avg. GPA: 3.57
Ethnicity: 57% white; 12% Asian; 11% Hispanic; 4% Black; 16% Other
Incoming freshmen come from 16 foreign countries and 33 states, with 66% from Washington, California, Oregon, and Hawaii. (data as of 8/10/10).
Take a Microsoft manager, add in a passion for people, and you end up with a tech savvy psychologist. Eric Candell, M.A. Psychology, class of 2002, left the tech world to pursue his interest in people – their relationships, their behaviors, and their struggles. The master's program at Seattle University was a natural fit.
"The program philosophy and its humanistic orientation were exactly what I was looking for," he said from his office in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. "My experience there fundamentally changed me."
A Harvard graduate in math and economics, he landed a job at Microsoft, but after 11 years managing teams working on familiar products like Word and Outlook, he found himself in a class taught by psychology professor Steen Halling. He recalled a discussion about people who constructed cathedrals, difficult work that often lasted for decades. Many didn't live long enough to see the results of their labor.
"In the tech world, I was so used to completing a product and moving on to the next one," he said. "I never realized that often the real results of my efforts would not be known until many years later. That psychology course gave me a new perspective and a new understanding that help me guide not only people coping with problems but people struggling with fulfillment as well."
Eric decided to open a private practice immediately after graduation. Using his software skills, he did what few therapists did in 2002 – he created an interesting website, advertised online, and soon had a full schedule of clients. He focuses mainly on couples, individuals who are dissatisfied in their careers, and, not surprising, those addicted to the Internet.
"I have an incredibly satisfying life," he said. "I am lucky to do everyday what I enjoy—connecting with people and helping them get the most out of life."
"I chose Seattle U for its small classes, great faculty, and Jesuit mission," said Paula Zapata, who grew up in Bogota, Colombia, and came to the United States when she was 13. As one of 200 Costco Scholars on campus, Paula has been carrying a full course load while working year-round in the Dean's Office. This past summer, in addition to her job in the College, she is doing research at the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, which will continue throughout the school year.
Paula focuses her academics on general science, international studies, and French. When she couldn't go abroad, a requirement of French minors, her professor found an alternative way for her to satisfy that curriculum requirement. It's no surprise that the faculty have impressed Paula the most during her three years at SU.
"I had one professor who would come in on weekends. Another was great in advising us for internships and research opportunities," she said. "I even discovered a love for chemistry, which I hated in high school."
In addition to the teaching and academic strength of the university, Paula appreciates the environmental consciousness and diversity on campus.
"I had experienced racism in high school," she said, "but never here. Whether you're Catholic or not, American or not, you're welcome. It's just not like that in other places."
You can meet Paula at the reception desk in the Dean's Office. She graduates in 2011 and plans to be a dentist.