Summer 2019

Dean David Powers skydiving during ROTC trainingMy summer got off to quite a start, I had the opportunity to visit Ft. Knox Kentucky and learn about the training our ROTC students go through between their junior and senior year. To top it off, I got to go skydiving with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Tandem Team, it was amazing! Check out the story here.

We originally created this quarterly newsletter to help College of Arts and Sciences alumni and our supporters feel connected to the College and Seattle U. As we plan for the coming year, this seems like a good time to ask you if we are meeting that goal. I invite you to share your thoughts in this short online survey by the end of July. Your input will help us provide information that you find valuable on a schedule that best meets our readers’ preferences.  Complete the survey here.

As we all enjoy the summer, I do want to share our 2019 Commencement Ceremonies and the many events leading up to that, celebrating our students’ accomplishments. 

Thank you for your continued support of Seattle University, the College of Arts and Sciences and our departments and degrees. 


David V. Powers, PhD

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Kinesiology Offers New Graduate Degree

Beginning in Fall 2020, Seattle University will offer a new graduate degree, the Master of Science in Movement Science. The Kinesiology Department, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, will accept applications as early as September 2019.

“Seattle U’s Kinesiology Department trains tomorrow’s leaders in sport, exercise, and health,” said Department Chair Sarah Shultz, PhD. “Our graduate program will focus on evidence-based practice: students completing the research-based thesis will use cutting edge technology to translate research to real world practice while our clinically applied track will allow them to critically consider current research in their practicum experiences. Through the combination of inquiry and application, we can holistically approach health and wellbeing. Our learning experience moves beyond the classroom, with diverse opportunities to better understand the needs of the community.”

The Master of Science in Movement Science program focuses on an integrated study of movement encompassing the physiological, mechanical, and behavioral aspects of physical activity. The curriculum includes lectures and laboratory courses, seminars, independent study, and mentored research. Students choose between research based thesis and clinically applied tracks.

Read more about the degree here.

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Monday, September 9, Campion Ballroom. Doors open: 6 p.m., Program: 7 p.m. Tickets: $35, includes book and entry to the event. Purchase tickets online here.

Last June, Sister Helen received her honorary doctorate from Seattle University and delivered the Graduate Commencement address. Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences, School of Theology and Ministry, and Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Elliott Bay Book Company are pleased to welcome her back to campus to talk about her new book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.

River of Fire is an intimate memoir from the author of Dead Man Walking, the nation’s foremost leader in efforts to abolish the death penalty shares the story of her growth as a spiritual leader, speaks out about the challenges of the Catholic Church, and shows that joy and religion are not mutually exclusive.

Read more about the book here.

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Image of choir with text overlayYou are invited to join University Singers is an unauditioned SATB choir, open to alumni and community members, along with students, staff, and faculty. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. in Fine Arts 114. To learn more and/or sign up, contact Dr. Leann Conley-Holcom by email or phone, 206.296.5371.

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