Fall 2019

Message from the Dean

Hello everyone,

Arts and Sciences Dean David V. Powers, PhD

It is always great to see our new and returning faculty, staff and students coming to campus in September to begin the new year. I hope all of you had a great summer. I certainly did, my family had an amazing trip to England, Italy and France, I had the chance to parachute with the Army Golden Knights, and we had some amazing opportunities and support come our way in the College of Arts & Sciences.

We are always looking for ways to connect with you, this year that will include some trips to alumni events in Portland and California. Along with all the great things you’ll read about in this newsletter, two big events the college would love to see you attend are Homecoming in November and our Alumni-Student LinkUp event in January. LinkUp is a great opportunity for professional formation for our students and it only happens because of you, coming to meet our students!

David V. Powers, Dean
College of Arts and Sciences
Seattle University

Graduate Programs Accreditation

Congratulations to the faculty and staff in the and for receiving accreditation from, respectively, the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC). Additionally the has been reaccredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) through 2025.

The Master of Social Work program celebrates their accreditation on October 4, from 5 to 7, in the Casey Commons. Learn about the event here.

The Master of Nonprofit Leadership celebrates the 25th anniversary of the program and announces their Alumni Leadership Awards at AMPLIFY on October 11 in Campion Ballroom. Learn more and buy tickets here.

Master of Social Work

MSW graduates 2019In June 2019, Seattle U’s Master of Social Work joined 270 master’s social work programs accredited by CWSE. The initial accreditation runs through 2023.

 “CSWE accreditation is a crucial accomplishment for the program,” said Dr. Hye-Kyung Kang, Social Work Department Chair and Program Director for the Master in Social Work. “Social work graduates (BSW or MSW) can get licensure only if they graduate from a program that is accredited by CSWE. It is a highly rigorous 3-year process that involves 3 yearly on-site visits by CSWE commissioners who evaluate all of the program's self-study materials and meet with various stakeholders of the program (including the President, Provost, students, community advisory groups, faculty, librarians, and disability services).”

CSWE's Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet these standards. In accordance with the requirements of CSWE's recognition body, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the CSWE Office of Social Work Accreditation administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and COA reviews. Learn more about CWSE accreditation here.

Master of Nonprofit Leadership

MNPL graduates 2019Seattle University’s Master of Nonprofit Leadership is one of only nine programs (of approximately 50 standalone master’s programs in the world) included in the inaugural accreditation by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council.

"Accreditation recognizes the history, impact and strength of the Master of Nonprofit Leadership program at Seattle University,” said Dr. Maureen Feit, Director and Assistant Director, Nonprofit Leadership. “As we mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of MNPL this fall, we look forward to celebrating this milestone with our students, alumni, faculty, staff and community partners."

NACC Accreditation fosters third sector academic programs worldwide, including nonprofit and nongovernmental studies and management, social entrepreneurship, social-purpose organizations leadership, and philanthropy studies and management, all with curriculum that places the civil sector at the center of the curricular perspective.

Master of Public Administration

MPA students completing their Capstone ProjectsNASPAA, the global standard in public service education, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership association with more than 300 institutional member schools at U.S. and non-U.S. universities that award degrees in public administration, public policy, public affairs, non-profit and related fields.

 “We are pleased to announce that the MPA program has been reaccredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) through 2025,” said Dr. Larry Hubbell, Director, Institute of Public Service. “SU’s MPA program is one of only four MPA programs on the State of Washington that is accredited by NASPAA.  The NASPAA reaccreditation is evidence of the high quality education we are providing our students.”

NASPAA accreditation recognizes that a master’s degree program in public policy, affairs, or administration has undertaken a rigorous process of peer review conducted by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA). 

Learn more about all of the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Programs here.

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Seattle Arts Voter Guide: MFA in Arts Leadership Project

Graphic for Seattle Arts Voter GuideSeattle University MFA in Arts Leadership students enrolled in the 2019 summer course “Public Policy and the Arts” created the Seattle Arts Voter Guide, a nonpartisan guide collecting statements by Seattle City Council and School Board Candidates on how they envision arts as part of Seattle.

The Washington State Indivisible Podcast talked with Professor Jasmine Mahmoud and MFA candidate Erin Naomi Burrows about the project. Listen to the conversation (starts at 19:18.)

The online guide is available at https://seattleartsvoterguide.com/.

The project focuses on encouraging four critical actions that Seattle residents can take

  • CONNECT with the critical issues that intersect with the arts in Seattle, including access, affordability, creativity, displacement, equity, housing, homelessness, preservation, and social justice. Discover the 50+ Candidates running for the 2019 City Council Primary.
  • DIALOGUE by asking questions of City Council Candidates about critical issues in the arts and Seattle.
  • ENGAGE candidate statements as they come in.
  • VOTE! Originally created for the August primary, voters can now use the guide for the November election. Register and know how to vote.

In teams organized by district, students contacted each candidate requesting their statement on the arts. The candidates are encouraged to engage with questions like:

  • Describe a meaningful arts experience that has stayed with you over time.
  • How do the arts reflect the voices and perspectives in your own neighborhood?
  • How do you envision the arts as part of the Seattle, especially as part of education, equity, housing, transportation, culture, the economy, and/or community?

A decade ago, Seattle had the most arts organizations per capita of any U.S. city, and the city continues to top lists for cities with the most Arts Vibrancy, the Most Creative Cities, and the highest proportion of working artistsCritical issues of access, creativity, displacement, homelessness and housing, income inequality, journalism, preservation, and racial equity interact with the arts in Seattle.

Seattle residents are encouraged to visit the website to see the responses from their candidates. If they do not see their candidates represented, they can contact them to ask they participate.

In addition to the website, residents can connect with the Seattle Arts Voter Guide on Facebook and Twitter, and follow the hashtag #seattleartsvote.

The Seattle Arts Voter Guide is non-partisan and Seattle University does not endorse nor oppose any candidate.

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Get Up and Move with Kinesiology

Graphic for Get up and MoveThe Kinesiology Department is leading this campaign October 1 through 7 to support their initiatives and further connect with the community. The campaign highlights the national exercise guidelines of at least 150 minutes of physical activity, while giving the community an opportunity to pledge their support and help Kinesiology launch future health and wellness initiatives.

“During the week, departmental faculty, staff, and students pledge to complete at least 150 minutes of physical activity,” said Dr. Sarah Shultz, Chair of Kinesiology. “We will track our minutes and you can watch progress on our website, or through the College of Arts and Sciences Facebook page and new Instagram account.”

Learn how to participate here.

She added, “On October 8, we will celebrate the end of our inaugural campaign with one of our new community partners, U-Power, by participating in their annual dodgeball tournament, Dodge for a Cause.”

This past summer, the College of Arts and Sciences announced the addition of the new Masters of Science in Kinesiology, set to begin Fall 2020. The incoming program has encouraged our Kinesiology Department to consider innovative ways to engage faculty, staff, and students with research and the community.

The first initiative will establish a Mobile Equipment Laboratory (MEL), transforming an ordinary vehicle (RV, Box Truck, Cargo Van) into a space that is capable of answering important questions surrounding any individual’s quality of life and quality of movement. “MEL takes full advantage of cutting-edge wearable technology, which will provide flexibility not only in how we research and how we educate, but also in how we connect with our community,” said Dr. Shultz.

Students, staff, and faculty will use MEL for engagement and outreach to schools, groups, and communities. It can provide hands-on learning experiences for Seattle U students, developing leadership for better health promotion and better science promotion.

“Get Up and Move for Kinesiology” donations support the launch of the new master’s program, and initially focus on getting MEL ‘up and moving’: purchasing of the infrastructure (RV/Box Truck/or similar) and necessary research equipment. Other program needs include student and faculty research funds, internship/fellowship assistantship sponsorships, and scholarship opportunities.

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Student Success: Project on Family Homelessness

Catherine Hinrichsen, APR, MA, is the Project Director for the Project on Family Homelessness in the Institute of Public Service. She recently reflected on the Seattle University student assistants who serve the project, with a spotlight on our 2018-19 team — Connor Crinion (SU ’19) and rising senior Anneke Karreman — and a nod to their incoming student, Mary Lacey. Following is an excerpt from her story.

 “It Changed My Mind”: Looking Back on a Spectacular Year

Students Connor Crinion and Anneke Karreman in front of the fountainConnor Crinion graduated in June with a double major in Public Affairs and Sociology, and has taken a position as Client Advocate with the Orleans Public Defenders office.

Connor said that his biggest lessons from the year on our project “can be summed up in two words: communication and collaboration. ”That’s a great way to describe our project too! While Connor came to us with deep experience in housing and homelessness, he said that he had been more interested in the programmatic side of homelessness and thought that, “communication was over there, something that I did not have a particular interest in, even though I viewed it as a critical task. This year changed my mind.”

Connor teamed up with “my amazing colleague” Anneke to create ambitious and high-impact communication and advocacy projects. “Connor was a great teammate to work with,” Anneke said, “because he was already knowledgeable about housing and shared his knowledge with me.”

Read the entire story on the Project on Family Homelessness website.

The goals of the Project on Family Homelessness are to increase public awareness and understanding of family homelessness and its causes and solutions, and to engage the public to end family homelessness.  Learn about more here.

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Homecoming Has Something For Everyone

Alums at reunionYou won’t want to miss Seattle University’s Homecoming held on Veteran’s Day weekend, November 6-10, 2019. Join us as the campus comes alive with pride and memories from the past and the present.

For the first time, reunions join Homecoming to make it the biggest celebration yet. We’re celebrating:

Interested in learning opportunities? We’ve got you covered with a panel discussion on "Corporate Solutions to Social Problems" on Wednesday morning and an evening community lecture on Thursday. Stay tuned for speaker announcements!

Day of Service activity in 2018We live our mission on Saturday with our first global Homecoming Day of Service. You can register now for any of the 28 service sites in the Puget Sound region or our Bay Area and Hawaii sites. Would you like to organize a service project for alumni in your area? Contact Stephanie Jamieson at jamiesos@seattleu.edu. We’ll let you know as service sites in other regions are confirmed.

Saturday night we celebrate our Seattle U pride with the biggest, most exciting Homecoming rally we’ve ever had. We’ll have activities for everyone as well as live entertainment. We’re still firming up details, but let’s just say we are hoping to see 1,000 SU alumni, students, faculty, staff, families and friends gearing up for the Homecoming basketball game against Eastern Washington University at our very own Redhawk Center.

We’ll wrap up the weekend with alumni mass on Sunday at the Chapel of St. Ignatius.

We will be honoring veterans and remembering those who have served our nation throughout the week with a cake cutting ceremony, a Veteran’s Day lunch for veterans and the military community, the Robert Bennedsen Veteran’s Day 5K and a tribute at the Homecoming basketball game that night.

This is a weekend you don’t want to miss. Check out the full schedule on our Homecoming website and mark your calendars!

Register now!

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