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
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
In 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
Seattle 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
NASPAA, 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.
Seattle 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
In teams organized by district, students contacted each candidate requesting their statement on the arts. The candidates are encouraged to engage with questions like:
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 artists. Critical 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.
The Seattle Arts Voter Guide is non-partisan and Seattle University does not endorse nor oppose any candidate.
The 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.”
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.
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
Connor 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.”
Sometimes our students propose projects for our partners that are of such massive scale that I’m torn. I want to give them the freedom to pursue their vision without clipping their wings, while at the same time I want them to be realistic — to successfully complete it while keeping up with schoolwork and the rest of life, not getting sick, and so on. And because our team this year was two students instead of our usual three, this meant an even bigger work burden. Always with the gentle mentoring style of my friend and former SU colleague Lisa Gustaveson in mind, I try to get out of their way and let them go for it.
And somehow it always works out. For example — the “Central Division” documentary that our 2017-18 student team of Katie, Madison and Tess produced for Affordable Housing Week.
This year’s version of the visionary project was the art installation Anneke designed for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day (HHAD) in Olympia, Feb. 28. I still can’t believe how wonderfully it turned out, especially given some unexpected challenges (such as Snowmageddon and the resulting many cancelled days of school and work).
“I enjoyed the amount of creative freedom Connor and I were given and our ability to take a previous team’s idea to the next level,” Anneke said, referring to the HHAD advocacy postcard project by Katie, Madison and Tess. That project itself had been inspired by predecessors Khadija, Mandy and Shan’s “Give a Heart, Get a Heart” advocacy message project for HHAD in 2016.
Anneke and Connor built on the idea of sharing advocacy messages from the SU community by constructing an art installation that we displayed in front of the Legislative Building in Olympia. The installation featured hundreds of advocacy postcards they had collected from the SU community at tabling events in January and February.
At the end of the day, we removed the postcards and delivered them to the chairs of key legislative committees.
Anneke says that while it’s hard to estimate the number of people that our projects reach, we know that 300+ members of the SU community participated in this project and that “I can more clearly say that the impact on my family and friends has been immense.” In fact, Anneke’s father, Frank, who’s an architect, helped her design and build the structure, and met us in Olympia to help us install it.
Anneke and Connor wrote a very thoughtful reflection on their experience in producing this outstanding work; it’s well worth reading for advocates, for future students on our project and future potential employers of these two stellar young professionals.
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.
You 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!
We 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
Olivia Gaughran, majoring in Social Work and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, writes for Medium, including this recent essay, “Struggling With An Addiction to Chaos & How I Choose Worthiness.”
Kinesiology students Ella Fisher and Monet Kumazawa won the SU Undergraduate Research Award for Group Projects with their project, “The Relationship between Physical Activity Knowledge, Exercise Behavior, and Barriers in First-Year Undergraduate Students.”
The Northwest Conference President recently released the rankings for British Parliamentary Debate and Seattle U debaters are highly rated. Listed as Best in the Northwest are Alyssa Gaston (First Team); Flora Lloyd and Ryan Shook (Second Team); and Hatcher Chapman, Flora Lloyd, Lily Panetta, and Alex Lindgreen-Ruby (Honorable Mention.)
Shasti Conrad, Sociology and International Studies, 2007, was featured in the Northwest Asian Weekly story, “Woman of color leads King County’s Democrats to a better future.
Rabbi Kami Knapp, International Studies, 2005 was appointed as the new rabbi for Congregation Or Shalom synagogue in Berwyn, PA.
Jeff Thomas, MPA 2009, was named the new Community Development Director for the City of Marysville, Washington.
Gordon McHenry, Jr., Political Science, '79, was named the new CEO of United Way of King County.
Lisa Lefeber, MPA, 2010, was named the next CEO for Port of Everett, the first woman to be selected for this top leadership role in the Port’s 100-year history.
Grace Stetson, English and Film Studies, 2015, talked frankly about the financial challenges in pursuing her graduate education after earning her BA at Seattle U in this article.
Serena Cosgrove, PhD, International Studies and Central America Initiative, participated in “Women and War: Understanding the Nexus of Gender and Conflict,” a podcast with In Homeland Security.
Hye-Kyung Kang, PhD, Social Work, received the Best Teaching Note Award for her article, “Constructing Critical Conversations: A Model for Facilitating Classroom Dialogue for Critical Learning.”
Rosa Joshi, MFA, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, made her D.C. directorial debut with Folger Theatre’s opening production of its 2019-20 season, Shakespeare’s 1 Henry IV, running through October 13.
Sarah Shultz, PhD, Kinesiology, was interviewed for the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance’s monthly newsletter.
Kate Koppelman, PhD, English and Film Studies, Medieval Studies, and Women and Gender Studies, published “Motherhood Interrupted: Borders, Bodies, and Chaucer’s Griselda” with The Medium.
Julie Homchick Crowe, PhD, Communication, published “Architectural Advocacy: The Bullitt Center and Environmental Design in Environmental Communication.”
Heather Macdonald, PsyD, Psychology published edited volume: Goodman, D., Severson, E., & Macdonald, H. (2019). “Race, Rage, and Resistance: Philosophy, Psychology and the Perils of Individualism.”
Claire LeBeau, PhD, Psychology, wrote a chapter in an upcoming book, “Maternal Tug”. The book will be available in January 2020 from Demeter Press.
Heidi Liere, PhD, Environmental Studies, with student research assistants and volunteers, studied beneficial insects in urban community gardens (P-patches) in Seattle, funded by a Summer Faculty Research Fellowship and an Undergraduate Student/Faculty Research Support Award (CSE).
Kathleen Cook, PhD, Psychology, was interviewed by KUOW for their story, “Why do Seattleites Complain So Much?”
Connie Anthony, PhD, Political Science, will present a conference paper, “Global Rights and Sexuality,” at International Studies Association-West, September 27-28, in Pasadena, California.
Audrey Hudgins, PhD, Matteo Ricci Institute, had an article on critical service-learning and civic identity development accepted for publication in the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education.
Bryn Gribben, PhD, English, published her poems "Tail-ism" and "The Siamese Twins Have Sex, or Thank You, Harry Houdini," in, respectively, the July issue of Montana Mouthful and the August issue of Coffin Bell. Her essay "Metaphor as Mistake" was published in the August issue of Bookends Review, and her poem "Glore Psychiatric Museum, St. Joseph, Missouri" will be published in a forthcoming issue of The Perch, a Yale journal of literature about mental health.
Emily Lieb, PhD, Matteo Ricci Institute, published “Who Broke Baltimore? We Did” in The Nation.
Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Communication, was interviewed by KIRO 7 News about Starbuck's decision to stop selling newspapers.
Kimberly Hardin, EdD, Communication, was featured in Parent Map’s “How to Talk to Kids About Race.”
Peter Collins, PhD, Criminal Justice, was quoted in the New York Times op-ed, “When We Kill; Everything you think you know about the death penalty is wrong,” a citation from “An Analysis of the Economic Costs of Capital Punishment in Oklahoma,” by Dr. Collins and Matt Hickman, PhD, Criminal Justice.
Sonora Jha, PhD, Associate Dean and Professor, Communication, gave the keynote address, “The Writer in Uncertain Times,” at the annual Chuckanut Writers’ Conference in Bellingham, Washington.
Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Nonprofit Leadership, published “All in for Women & Girls: How women’s fund and foundation donors are leading through philanthropy.”
Marco Lowe, MPA, Institute of Public Service, was interviewed by New Day, KING 5, about the changing political scene and by Crosscut about King County elections.
Matt Hickman, PhD, Criminal Justice, is quoted in “Police use of force data ‘a huge mess’ across the U.S.”
Christopher Paul, PhD, Communication, talks about his book, “The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games,” on YouTube for Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies. His earlier book, “Wordplay,” is featured on this podcast by Ranged Touch.
Nalini Iyer, PhD, English and Asian Studies, and Meenakshi Rishi, PhD, Albers and Asian Studies, presented on Indian history, economics, politics, and culture to the Stryker Brigade at Joint Base Lewis McChord, in an opportunity for officers preparing for joint exercises with the Indian Army’s Assam Regiment in September 2019.
Michael P. Jaycox, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, presented a paper at the Catholic Theological Society of America titled “The Challenge of Privileged Anger: Moving from Moral Impotence to Sustainable Solidarity.”
Naomi Hume, PhD, Art and Art History, curated “Unsettling Femininity: Selections from the Frye Art Museum Collection” at the Frye Art Museum, opening on September 20. She will give a talk on September 21 and leading tours of the exhibition October 24 and December 14.
Jaisy A. Joseph, PhD Candidate, Theology and Ministry presented two papers at the 74th annual Catholic Theological Society of America, “One Long Epiclesis: The Eucharistic Table as Diaspora Space,” and “The Church as Leaven and Pilgrim: A Postcolonial Turn to the Interstices. During the 7th Annual Syro-Malabar Catholic National Convention, she also presented two sessions.
Tanya Hayes, PhD, Environmental Studies and Institute of Public Service, taught a 3-day workshop on conducting interdisciplinary research to support sustainable development in rural communities in Bolivia. The workshop included graduate students and professors in the social and natural sciences at the Universidad Católica in La Paz, Bolivia.
EL Hadji Malick Ndiaye, PhD, Modern Languages and Culture, published two books in French, “Temps divers: Poésies” and “Pierre-Jakez Helias, le destin colonisé : Le régionalisme français à l'épreuve de la francophonie.”
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