Fall 2017

Message from the Dean

As the new academic year gets under way, one of my favorite events is our convocation for College of Arts & Sciences faculty and staff. It is an opportunity for me to share my thoughts about our future and for all of us to connect and discuss how we continue to provide our students with the best education possible.

This year, I found myself thinking about our mission and what it means to live that mission now, at this particular moment in time.

I started with the larger mission of a university; the fundamental precept of a university is the growth and extension of knowledge and creativity at the highest level of human capacity. It is amazing to come to work every day to contribute to that.

Building upon that, it gets even better at Seattle U, with a mission based on values toward a shared greater good. We are dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a more just and humane world. We approach our mission from the values of care for the person, academic excellence, diversity, faith, justice and leadership.

Added to that, our moment is a time of particular opportunities, challenges, headaches and joys. We are in an era of massive transition and transformation in the world, in the field of higher education, in the politics of our country, and in the nature of our city, through a technology and growth boom that has directly affected all of us. We're here in the Pacific Northwest, in Seattle in this moment, and people look to us to be thought leaders connected to our region and what is happening here.

I asked our faculty and staff to consider four actions to bring the Seattle University mission to this moment and those in the future, including growing student connections beyond the classroom, advancing programs and resources with effectiveness and creativity, teaching and living our social justice mission, and accomplishing these things together as a professional academic community

I encourage everyone connected to the College of Arts and Sciences to read my full remarks here and let me know what you think. We all have a role in bringing the Seattle University mission to the moment and I welcome your participation.

David V. Powers,


Fall Series, October – December

What is the future of a new world order and what might be America’s role in the tensions between nationalism and globalization?

As the country moves into the end of the first year of new policies in trade, foreign relations, security measures, economic policies, ecological and global justice, we are seeing signs of change in every sector of the world.
Join us as we read and discuss these changes and their import for the future of America and the world. 


Faculty presenters may include: Connie Anthony (Political Science), David Reid (Economics, Madhu Rao (Albers),
Fred Dekay (Economics), Mark McLeod (History), Rob Andolina (Political Science).

Tuesday evenings, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. October 10, 24; November 7, 21; December 5


Hands-on legislative experience opens new opportunities

The Washington State Legislative Intern Program brings more than 70 college students to Olympia for a one-of-a-kind educational and professional opportunity.  During the internship interns work for members of the Washington State House of Representatives or Senate while earning academic credit from their schools. Interns work alongside legislative staff to learn first-hand about public policy, build real-world professional skills, and serve the citizens of Washington State.

Two Seattle University Political Science students, Demetra Annest and Leslie Burnett, participated in the program during Winter Quarter 2017, supervised by Political Science instructor Dr Patrick Schoettmer.

Demetra worked for her home senator, Steve Oban of the 28th District. “Working for him was probably I think the best experience I could have had for this internship,” she said. “I got to see first-hand what a bill really was, dissecting it and tracking it through the process.”  With plans to go to law school following graduation, the internship also introduced her to attorneys working at the Capitol who were willing to share their experiences.

Leslie learned of the internship opportunity early on and knew it was something she wanted to do. One of the most memorable aspects for her came from working with two members of the House of Representatives, one a Republican and the other a Democrat. “I had a really interesting experience of being able to see both sides. Inspired by her experiences, Leslie has decided to accelerate her final classes and graduate early in December, which will allow her to apply for a position as a legislative assistant. “it made me realize that I want to be more politically involved and that this is definitely something that I want to do with my career.”

Dr. Schoettmer shares, “What we're trying to do is give students an opportunity to see how what they're seeing in the classroom plays out in the actual in the field.” Dr. Schoettmer explains that political science is a very broad and diverse field that lets students tap into lots of different areas, with graduates working in nonprofits, government, law and more fields. “The Internship Program really opens up the door for students to explore what direction they want to take their political science degree; I consider it an invaluable piece of the political science program.”

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International scholars explore contemporary American literature

On June 23, Seattle University officially welcomed 18 scholars and educators from 18 different countries to SU’s first Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars (SUSI) on Contemporary American Literature, a program authorized by the Fulbright Hays Act and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Charles M. Tung, the Director of the SUSI at SU, says that he’s “very excited to have received the three-year award and will strive to honor the strengths of the Institute, which was developed in and hosted by an excellent university humanities center for over a decade.  But we’ve added our own equally compelling content, too—a diverse range of literary and cultural expression distinctive to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, as well as works that consider how our region figures in the imagination of the contemporary U.S.  And Associate Director Ken Allan has added an important art and visual culture component to the SUSI.”

Ece Saatçıoğlu, from Turkey, remarked that “The six-week program on Contemporary American Literature hosted by Seattle University enriched my horizons in numerous ways.  I was amazed by the richness of the syllabus; all the books, articles, movies, art works, and the other optional activities displayed not only the diversity of US culture but also the high quality of the Institute. I was given the opportunity to partake in a series of informative seminars led by prestigious professors, writers, poets, and artists.  Their lectures and the ideas shared throughout the discussions were remarkable.  Additionally, the field trips in Seattle and the study tours to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, contributed a lot to my understanding of US literature, arts, culture, and society… I am thankful for having this unique and privileged SUSI experience, which is on the whole life-changing.”

Read more about SUSI at Seattle U.

Alumni Awards

2018 Alumni Awards: Nominations Open!
Passion. Service. Professional Excellence. Dedication. These are just a few words that describe our past Seattle University Alumni Award Winners. Each year, the Alumni Awards give the Seattle University Alumni Association the opportunity to celebrate the outstanding contributions and achievements of our alumni and faculty. The 2018 Alumni Awards will be presented on May 4, 2018.

The categories include:

  • Alumna/nus of the Year: The highest honor bestowed by the Seattle University Alumni Association. Recognizes Seattle University alumni who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the community and to Seattle University.
  • University Service Award: Recognizes Seattle University alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary time and service to Seattle University.
  • Professional Achievement Award: Recognizes Seattle University alumni whose career and work exemplify a Seattle University education –– demonstrating intellectual and professional achievement, active inquiry and leadership.
  • Distinguished Faculty Award: Recognizes a Seattle University faculty member who has made a lasting contribution to the academic formation of students and has raised the standing of the university through excellence in scholarship, teaching and service.
  • Community Service Award: Recognizes Seattle University alumni who have made a lasting impact in their communities through work or volunteerism.
  • Outstanding Recent Alumna/nus Award: Recognizes alumni who have graduated from Seattle University within the past 10 years whose actions reflect the values and mission of the university.

Submit your nominations today.

Building student networks

Last April, the College of Arts & Sciences launched Arts & Sciences Connects, a new program designed to help students understand and access the rich Seattle U alumni network available to help them explore career and vocational interests. Initiated by dedicated Seattle U alumni serving with the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Council, the Seattle University Board of Regents, and the Alumni Association, the first Arts & Sciences Connects brought 55 students and 25 alumni mentors together for an evening meet-up in Casey Commons. The next Arts & Sciences Connects is February 13, 2018 in Campion Ballroom.

Jim Dykeman, ’61, Alumni Board of Governors and recipient of the 2017 University Service Alumni Award, says, “I encourage all alumni to get involved as mentors. Learning about students’ ambitions, discussing their questions and sharing your story is very rewarding.”

Arts & Sciences Connects is an opportunity for a student to begin exploring career options from the beginning of their academic career. For those closer to graduation, it is also a chance to bounce ideas off of alumni in fields that hold their interest. For all, it also provides a variety of perspectives on the value of their liberal arts degrees and recognition of the skills honed during their time at Seattle U.

“Networking, brainstorming, and exploring career paths are all part of navigating the professional world after graduation,” says Dean David Powers. “Connection with Seattle U alumni helps students contemplate their goals and make plans to realize their ambitions and we want to foster that as early as possible. “

Interested alumni are invited to sign up as a mentor at any time. Contact Katie Chapman, Arts & Sciences Development Director, 206. 398.4401

Imagining The World Photography Contest

The 10th annual Imagining The World Photography Competition is accepting submissions through December 4, 2017.

Awards Celebration and Exhibit will be in May 2018. Learn more here.


Onur Bakiner, PhD, Assistant Professor in Political Science, receives Best Book Award Recognized by the Human Rights section of the American Political Science Association. Read story

Caitlin Ring Carlson, PhD, named Kopenhaver Center Fellow One of 42 women from colleges and universities across the U.S. selected at national educator conference. Read story

2017 Gregory Awards for Theatre feature Seattle U connections SU director Rosa Joshi and other SU connections to seven nominations for Seattle Shakespeare Company’s "Bring Down the House.” Read story

More news is available here.



October 6Fall 2017 Graduate Programs Open House

October 9: Idealist Graduate Fair, co-hosted by Seattle University's Master of Public Administration and Master of Nonprofit Leadership programs

October 10, 24; November 7, 21; December 5: Fall Alumni Seminar Series

October 28: 34th Annual Seattle University Gala

Look for our Arts and Sciences Arts, Lectures and Events Calendar in your mailbox in October.

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