Winter 2019

Dean David V. PowersWelcome to 2019 and the start of Winter Quarter. We move into the second quarter of the academic year after a fall when we enrolled Seattle University’s largest incoming freshman class ever, 1,083 students. This is the most new freshmen in our 127-year history, significantly exceeding the university’s goal, and reflects a 13 percent increase over Fall 2017’s freshmen enrollment. The number of transfer students, 431, was also higher than expected, bringing the total number of new students to 1,514, most of whom joined the College of Arts & Sciences.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, the education we offer is about helping these students find their career path, but we also know it is much more. Our alumni continually demonstrate how they are making an impact on the world. You can read about some of them here.

Our faculty also create change in their scholarship and work in the community while extending the edge of knowledge and creativity, inspiring students. Our new endowed chairs, Dr. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muh (Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities) and Dr. Mary-Antoinette Smith, (Reverend Louis Gaffney, S.J., Chair) are just two examples; more faculty news can be found here.

As our new and continuing students make their way through their academic journey, we are strengthening our support for them to begin exploring professional opportunities well before they graduate. With the establishment of our Pathways to Professional Formation program, led by Tonja Brown, Internship and Mentorship Coordinator, we will help students use the base they develop in their majors, minors and the Core curriculum to launch their career journeys. You can be part of this effort by joining us for LinkUP on January 30.

I invite you to share your own stories of professional and personal accomplishments with us. Our alumni are the greatest inspiration we can offer to our students. Let us know how you are making a difference in the world.

David V. Powers, PhD

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Women and Gender Studies Offers New Minor in LGBTQ Studies

Last quarter, the Academic Committee of Seattle U’s Board of Trustees approved a new LGBTQ Studies minor, a focused examination of the intellectual, cultural and political experiences and knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified individuals and groups.

Multicolored letters spell out LGBTQStudents will study LGBTQ lives in both historical and contemporary contexts in world regions; examine LGBTQ politics in terms of policies, practices, and activism; use the lenses and representations of LGBTQ narratives to analyze ways of seeing and of telling our stories; and inquire into the distinct LGBTQ epistemological stance, both theories and ways of knowing, to analyze the entire world and to better understand the social, economic, historical, and political production of sexualities.

The minor requires six courses, including Introduction to LGBTQ Studies, Queer Theories, Research Methodology and three electives from an array of approved courses in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, or policy and professional studies including nursing, health sciences and business.

“Thank you to faculty who created the courses and advocated for the creation of this minor, which may be the first of its kind at a Jesuit college or university,” said Dr. Theresa Earenfight, Women and Gender Studies program director. “Their work has already made a difference and will continue to do so for generations to come.”

With the new minor in LGBTQ Studies, the Women and Gender Studies Program builds on its rich history of intellectual studies and creative work that links the campus to the community. Inaugurated as a Minor in 1992, expanded to a Major in 2006, and now with a minor in LGBTQ Studies, it is a stronger interdisciplinary program. Learn more about Women and Gender Studies and the new minor in LGBTQ Studies here.

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LinkUp: Your Opportunity to Connect with SU Students

Have you been thinking about a way to give back to Seattle University as an alum?

Are you interested in helping SU students explore the many options open to them upon graduation?

Would you like to share the story of your professional journey with current SU students?

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a fun, engaging opportunity this month to do just that.

  • LinkUp: Alumni and Student Mentoring Event
  • Wednesday, January 30, 4-6 p.m., Campion Ballroom

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Our annual LinkUp event is in just two weeks and we would love to have you participate. You will be paired with undergraduate and/or graduate students for three short rounds of networking. We provide the connections – and refreshments – and you provide valuable information for students.

We are also offering free parking!

Typically, the alumnus conversation has included a brief personal and professional history and highlights of your SU experience. Typical discussion topics:

  • Academic learning that helped prepare you for work in the professional world.
  • How you juggle the demands of professional and personal life.
  • Students’ SU experiences while at SU, including participation in organizations/clubs.
  • Students’ tentative plans for their first job or expected first position following graduation.
  • Your favorite SU tradition or location on campus.
  • What you would do in college if you could do it all over again.

The goal is to quickly engage in conversations around professional pathways and journeys.

You can register online here. Have questions? Contact Tonja Brown, Internship and Mentorship Coordinator by email or at 206.296.6982.

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How #MeToo is Changing Culture, Politics, and Journalism: A Conversation with KUOW’s Sydney Brownstone

KUOW online editor Sydney BrownstoneWhat role does empathy play in journalism? Why do sexual assault accusers go to journalists instead of the police? Why does the #MeToo movement keep showing us photographs of sad ladies looking out of windows?  

The College of Arts and Sciences and KUOW present How #MeToo is Changing Culture, Politics, and Journalism: A Conversation with KUOW’s Sydney Brownstone on February 26, 6 to 9 p.m. in Campion Ballroom. Sonora Jha, PhD, will facilitate a conversation with Sydney following her presentation. Before and after the program, an interactive resource fair will be open in the lobby featuring local and national community organizations.

Tickets for the Seattle University community are free and information will be distributed in January. General admission tickets are $5 and are on sale now.

Sonora Jha, PhDJoin award-winning journalist Sydney Brownstone for a look behind the curtain of some of her most complex and impactful reporting on rape and sexual assault. Sydney will open this event with an in-depth examination of how she reports stories involving trauma. Her presentation will include tips for interviewing accusers and the accused, fact checking strategies, insights about self-care for journalists and others close to trauma survivors, analysis of “sad lady” portraits and other clichés in trauma reporting, and more. After her presentation, Sydney will be joined in-conversation by Seattle University Professor Sonora Jha, and then the floor open for audience Q&A.

  • Doors open: 6 p.m.
  • Resource Fair: 6-7 p.m.
  • Program: 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Resource fair continues: 8:30-9 p.m.

General admission tickets are on sale online now.

Sydney Brownstone photo by Megan Farmer, KUOW

Alumni Seminar Series: Winter 2019

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The Alumni Seminar Series is open to Seattle University alumni and other college graduates in the Seattle area who seek a high-quality learning experience, stimulating discussions of life’s deeper questions, and the companionship of other active minds. The Alumni Seminars are organized by the College of Arts and Sciences of Seattle University under the guidance of David Leigh, SJ, PhD.

The Winter 2019 series includes three seminar sessions on the topic of "Spirituality and Crisis Today.The schedule for the three sessions on Christian, Buddhist, and other forms of spirituality and crisis will be as follows:

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
    Seminar I: Christian Spirituality and Crisis, led by Peter Ely, SJ, PhD
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
    Seminar II: Buddhist Spirituality and Crisis, led by Jason Wirth, PhD
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
    Seminar III: Spirituality & Crisis in American Literature led by David Leigh, SJ, PhD

All three seminar sessions will take place in Pigott 107 on the Seattle University campus. The cost of the seminars, plus materials, is $150. Register in advance online.

For more information, contact Allie Wood at

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Alumni Snapshots

Shasti Conrad, Sociology and International Studies, 2007Shasti Conrad, Sociology and International Studies, 2007, and recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Young Alumna award. was featured in The Stranger article, Who Will Bring the King County Democrats Back From the Dead? 

Kiyon Ross, Arts Leadership, 2015 talked about adult ballet at Pacific Northwest Ballet and beyond in The Seattle Times story, Late bloomers: Adult ballet classes bring the joy of dance at any age.

Julia Crain, Public Affairs, 2006, was named one of Butte, Montana’s 20 under 40. She is an urban planner for the Butte-Silver Bow Planning Department.

Patricia Weisenfelder, MPA, 2016, community relations specialist for the city of Columbia, Missouri and sustainability coordinator for the True/False Film Fest, received the Progress Award for Sustainability.

Aerica Banks, Environmental Studies, 2010, talked about the walkout at Google over sexual harassment on NPR. She has been working for gender justice since she was a Sullivan Scholar at SU.

Mari Horita, MNPL 1999, is leaving her position as CEO of Artsfund to lead the community engagement and philanthropic strategy of NHL Seattle as part of the foundation of the new organization.

Kevin Eggers, Philosophy and minor in Political Science, 2011, and Northwest Consumer Law Center were featured in a Seattle Times story about their assistance in a local woman’s battle with a local tow company.

Teen Vogue published this essay on race and college applications by Charlotte West, History 2002, who has also been an adjunct faculty member in the History Department, a Fulbright scholar, and now a consultant on international education and free-lance writer.

Ben McCarthy, MFA, 2015, is now Executive Director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema. From the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: “Three Dollar Bill Cinema is about bringing our community together around queer film and media. Being able to see ourselves reflected on the screen is really important for our community, and it’s important to come together and see a film in a theater, the way it’s supposed to be seen, rather than on your phone or on your laptop or tablet or even your TV at home.”

Toshiko Grace Hasegawa, Criminal Justice and Spanish, 2010, was appointed executive director of Washington State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs. She is a current MACJ student. Read the full story in the Arts and Sciences news feed.

Mia McNeal, Photography, 2018, received a GAP award from Artist Trust to continue her project "Undefinable." The funding will cover film, printing, and exhibiting cost for her series of over a 100 different portraits. Through this, she aims to highlight the beauty, power, and uniqueness that is naturally exuded by women of color. Read more about her on the Artist Trust website.

Kaitlin Muench, MACJ, 2016, accepted a position as a juvenile probation officer with Williamson County Juvenile Services in Texas.

The 2018 Seattle Police Foundation award recipients include MACJ alum and SPD Officer Matthew Thomas who received the “Lifesaving Award” and MACJ alum Mary Amberg, SPD North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator, who received the “Excellence Award.”

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Faculty News

Last fall, Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, PhD, was installed as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities and Mary-Antoinette Smith, PhD, as the Reverend Louis Gaffney, S.J., Chair . Read their installation addresses:

Dr. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs; Dean, Dr. David V. Powers; and Dr. Mary-Antoinette Smith

Amelia Seraphia Derr, PhD, Social Work, and her work with her community partner, the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, was featured in a new report published by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). PERF is a national research and policy organization that disseminates best practices in policing. Derr’s program, the Immigrant Family Institute was featured in the report Strengthening Relationships between Police and Immigrant Communities in a Complex Political Environment: Multicultural Outreach and Engagement Programs for Police Agencies. Download the report here.

Elizabeth J. Dale, PhD, Nonprofit Leadership, is quoted in The Charity Walkathon is Dead, a web article for The Atlantic. She also presented new research entitled, “All in for women: High-net-worth giving for women and girls” at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) conference, November 15 through 17 in Austin, TX, and presented two sessions at the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Toronto chapter’s Congress on November 19 and 20.

James Risser, PhD, Philosophy, was a keynote speaker in November at the annual meeting of Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy. Along with his regular duties as journal editor for Research in Phenomenology, he has been asked to be Guest Editor for the inaugural issue of the Duquesne Journal of Phenomenology.

Sonia Barrios Tinoco, PhD, Modern Languages and Cultures Department, delivered a paper entitled “Capital humano en fuga: la debacle de una nación (Human Capital in Flight: A Nation's Debacle)” at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association in November. She also organized and chaired the session entitled “Un camino difícil/ A difficult journey: Cultural Products on (Il)legal (im)migration.”

Connie Anthony, PhD, Political Science, published “Schizophrenic Neocolonialism: Exporting the American Culture War on Sexuality to Africa,” International Studies Perspectives, 19.4 (2018):289-304.

Jackie Helfgott, PhD, Criminal Justice, published a new book, No Remorse: Psychopathy and Criminal Justice.

Elaine Gunnison, PhD, and Jackie Helfgott, PhD, Criminal Justice, published their new book, Women Leading Justice: Experiences and Insights.

Yitan Li, PhD, Political Science, appeared as a panelist during the twelfth annual CHINA Town Hall, featuring former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice on October 9. The event was organized by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Sharon A. Suh, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, was newly elected to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. She also recently joined the board of directors of the nonprofit organization Yoga Behind Bars, and will be one of two invited speakers for The Center for the Study of Religion 2019 Symposium on Religion & Race: "Decolonizing the Dharma: Racial Justice and American Buddhism" at Ohio State University. She will present her research from her essay, “We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming to Bring You This Very Important Public Service Announcement…:” aka Buddhism as Usual in the Academy” forthcoming in Buddhism and Whiteness edited by George D. Yancy and Emily McCrae for the Lexington Books series, Philosophy of Race.

Christopher Paul, PhD, Communication, talks about his book, The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games on the podcast, The Art and Design of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Horror.

Marie Wong, PhD, Institute of Public Service, was interviewed for the International Examiner article, What can stem the wave of development threatening Chinatown International District? She was also interviewed by Seattle Magazine for "Room for Rent," a story published in the December print issue.

Nalini Iyer, PhD, English, was recently named Editor for South Asian Review, the journal of the South Asian Literary Association published by Taylor & Francis. South Asian Review was established in 1976 and is a peer reviewed scholarly journal that publishes articles on South Asian and diasporic Literatures and languages, film, cultural studies, postcolonial studies. The journal is a major publication in the field with a global reach, and Dr. Iyer is the first woman editor of this journal.

Marco Lowe, MPA, Institute of Public Service, was interviewed about district elections in Everett.

Matt Hickman, PhD, Criminal Justice, was interviewed for the Public Source article, In disciplining cops, Pennsylvania’s standards trail other states.

Patrick Schoettmer, PhD, Political Science, was in high demand as a commentator during this election season. Some of his appearances:

Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Communication, discussed the lawsuit against a Washington State Representative who banned two constituents from his public Facebook page on KUOW Public Radio. Listen to the interview on KUOW. She later returned to the station to discuss hate speech.

Kevin Krycka, PsyD, Psychology, has a new publication, “Transformational Focusing Experiences: A Thematic Analysis of Memoirs” in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Available here, it presents a narrative analysis of 19 published memoirs from individuals reflecting on a particular transformational experience. Phenomenological and transpersonal methods were used in order to reveal the nuances of the experiences. Findings are presented as significant themes and subthemes found across all the memoirs. They formed this research team four years ago due to their mutual interest in the experience of transformation and the possible impact of paying close attention to one’s bodily awareness in recalling and living further from the reflected upon event. Grindler Katonah, D., Grafanaki, S., Krycka, K. C., & McDonald, M. V. (2018).

Charles M. Tung, PhD, English, organized and chaired the Paleofuturism roundtable at the ASAP/10 conference, October 17-20, 2018, New Orleans, LA.  He also presented the paper “The Mathematician and the Image-Maker: Vilem Flusser’s Medium Historicity” on the Scale, Representation, and the Ontology of the Present roundtable.

Gadamer for Architects by Paul Kidder, PhD, Philosophy, has now appeared in Korean, Chinese, and Persian translations.

Stephen K. Rice, PhD, Criminal Justice, co-edited “Doing Ethnography in Criminology,” a unique volume that asks ethnographers in crime and justice to reflect on their research questions, research methods, and research trajectories. Read more about the book.

Sonora Jha, PhD, Communication, published her political essay, “We Need Boys to Dismantle the Patriarchy.” Read the essay at Dame Magazine.

Paulette Kidder, PhD, Matteo Ricci Institute and Philosophy, had an article, “From ‘Martha Nussbaum on Dickens’ Hard Times,’” reprinted in Fred Kaplan, ed., Hard Times, Norton Critical Edition, 4th edition.

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SeattleU Gives: Support what you love most at Seattle U February 6 and 7

Every gift is meaningful and will help unlock special matching gifts.

We invite alumni to sign up as ambassadors to make an even greater impact. Ambassadors assist by making a gift during the challenge, emailing friends to encourage their participation and sharing your enthusiasm for Seattle U via social media. Sign up today to show your pride and win prizes.

SeattleU Gives February 6 and 7, 2019

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