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Alumni E-Newsletter

  • Message from the Dean

    Dean Powers New ImageDear Alumni and Friends,

    While many of us were enjoying the summer, accolades flowed into the College of Arts and Sciences. Three of our six graduate programs were recognized among the top programs in their disciplines nationwide. The Master of Sport Administration and Leadership program is ranked among the top 10 in the United States and in the top 20 in the world by the SportBusiness International. Our Master of Public Administration Program is ranked #19 in the country by graduateprograms.com, and the Master of Criminal Justice program came in at #13 in the nation by criminaljustice.com.  At the undergraduate level, our Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Program ranked #4 in the nation by bestcolleges.com.

    Not satisfied to rest on our laurels, we have added new degree programs, highlighted in this issue. Building on our widely successful Bachelor of Social Work program, we are now accepting applications for a Master of Social Work. At the undergraduate level, we have added an Interdisciplinary Arts degree with an emphasis on arts leadership for students who want to create, manage, or administer creative activities within the arts. The program combines classroom learning with an internship in a local arts organization so our students are ready to run their own businesses as creative artists or work at a museum, theatre, or arts organization. We have also added a graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership designed to improve the capacity of nonprofit organizations to fulfill their missions.

    You’ll also read about the new director of our award-winning ROTC program, Master of Public Administration program interns working with Swedish Health Services CEO Tony Armada, and Environmental Studies alumna Sandra Brierley, who took first place for her film “Fighting the Current.”

    As always, the fall is teeming with activity, just a few highlighted below. Look for the “Arts, Lectures, and Events” calendar in your inbox in early October and stay up-to-date on all things Arts and Sciences by joining our Facebook page.

    David V. Powers
    Dean


    College Offers Three New Degree Programs

    In response to growing demand for increased professional education, the College of Arts and Sciences has added three new degree programs: Interdisciplinary Arts with a Specialization in Arts Leadership (undergraduate), Master of Social Work (MSW), and graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership.

    The Interdisciplinary Arts with a specialization in Arts Leadership focuses on building the business acumen of young artists who plan to produce their own work or who seek work in an arts organization. The degree offers a a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of working in the arts.

    Kiyon Gaines, who danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company for 15 years, was the first graduate from the program. He retired from dancing a week before graduation this past June.

    The interdisciplinary degree allows for flexibility of focus. Students may balance the Arts Leadership core with additional coursework related to the arts business or they may choose courses in a particular arts discipline. All students majoring in the degree are required to intern in a local arts organization; for minors, an internship is an elective.

    The Master of Social Work degree builds on our strong BSW degree program and meets a growing demand for social workers with advanced degrees. The program offers two degree opportunities. The 63-credit, 2-Year MSW is now accepting applications for a September 2016 start. A 10-month Advanced Standing MSW, designed for individuals who have a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) from an accredited program, will be implemented in August 2017.

    The MSW prepares students to work with children, youth, adults of all ages, families, and groups dealing with difficulties and social problems including mental illness, poverty, oppression, homelessness, complicated aging, and physical illness. Students serve with the surrounding area’s most vulnerable populations in one of more than 40 community agencies.

    The graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership, the first of its kind in Washington state, addresses the growing demand for effective fundraisers who can generate resources that enable nonprofits to fulfill their missions. The 15-credit program combines theory and research with practical skills based on proven models. Students take classes online, come to campus on one Saturday per month during the quarter.

    The certificate is designed for current development staff, executive directors, program staff who want to move into leadership, and board members who seek to expand their skills in fundraising. The dynamic classroom environment emphasizes case studies and exposes students to the full range of knowledge and perspectives needed for effective fundraising in today’s environment.


    Fall Alumni Seminars Series:
    What Is Happening to Our Common Home?

    Registration is now open for the Fall Alumni Seminars Series: What Is Happening to Our Common Home? 
The Debate About Pope Francis’s Recent Letter on the Environment and the Economy. The seminars, which take place during six evenings  in the fall, will address Pope Francis’s letter, Laudato Sí. The letter raised questions about the ecology and the economy in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

    Fall 2015 Faculty Presenters

    Faculty presenters and participants will examine the Pope’s document about the future of our planet and discuss what it has do with faith, Catholic teaching, and our responsibility to creation and human ecology.  Faculty presenting are Jessica Imanaka, PhD, Albers School of Business and Economics; Patrick Howell, SJ, DMin, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and School of Theology and Ministry; Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and College of Arts and Sciences; Wesley Lauer, PhD, PE, College of Science and Engineering; and David Boness, PhD, College of Science and Engineering.

    The Alumni Seminars are 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.

    Details and registration information here.


    Swedish Health Systems Partners with MPA Program

    Tony-Kristine-Phung For Tony Armada, Swedish Health Systems CEO, a one-year internship goes beyond offering students substantial projects to complete. It offers them the opportunity to engage directly with senior leadership on important issues critical to the success of the organization.

    Seattle University’s nursing program has had a long-term partnership with Swedish. When Armada was named CEO last year, he reached out to President Sundborg and Provost Crawford to find ways to further that partnership.

    “I have dual master’s degrees in Healthcare and Business Administration from Xavier, which required a residency,” he said. “Ever since, it’s been my passion to give others that experience.”

    As the first Master of Public Administration (MPA) interns at Swedish, Kristine Kleedehn and Phung Nguyen each have two projects that address the strategic goals of the organization. Kleedehn, who had five years in the private sector working in accounting and finance before coming to the MPA program, is helping launch the Truven health analysis initiative that uses data and analysis to improve quality and lower health care costs. She is also working on the transportation elements of the master development plan for the main campus on Capitol Hill.

    “I didn’t really see myself getting into transportation by joining a hospital,” Kleedehn said, “but it’s really a great fit for me. I’m doing something environmental within health care, mitigating transportation impacts, and finding alternative methods of transportation.”

    Nguyen, who spent seven years in the nonprofit and government sectors, serves as a project manager for Swedish’s teen health program in addition to working on launching a mental health initiative.. The teen health program is in the pilot stages of testing a text message program to increase healthy behaviors among students at Ballard high school. Nguyen is also assisting several leadership teams to implement Swedish’s behavioral health program in partnership with Seattle & King County. The goal is to improve quality and reduce costs of care in 25 primary care clinics in the Puget Sound region.

    “I work with a variety of caregivers, including clinic and program administrators, physicians, psychiatrists, and case management nurses to roll out the first four primary care clinics in the Seattle area,” Nguyen said. "I also have the opportunity to see how different levels of the management team collaborate in order to execute the behavioral health program. I never knew that there are so many things you can do in a healthcare environment. My internship experience helps me better understand that there are many career options in a hospital setting other than being a doctor or nurse."


    In addition to overseeing their major projects, Armada treats the interns as important parts of his leadership team. They attend cabinet and senior leadership team meetings that guide the $2.4 billion organization.

    “We understand that our interns, the students, are balancing both didactic and experience learning, but we also see an opportunity for Swedish Health Services,” he said. “We’re able to sit down with Kristine and Phung and understand and learn from their passion and grow with them as we work together to transform health care.”

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    Alumni Profile: Sandra Brierley, class of 2013

    Sandra BrierleyWhen Sandra Brierley produced her first short documentary film “Fighting the Current,” she merged her passion for the environment with her skills in photography. It took first place in the first film festival she entered.

     Sandra Brierley came to Seattle University after completing an AA degree in California, working for several years, and studying and photographing the natural world. After joining the university as the Manager of Faculty Services, she decided to continue her education, majored in Environmental Studies, and developed her skills in documentary photography.   

    Brierley did an independent study project in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, photographing its ecologically diverse wilds during an eight-day sail. Stopping at two First Nations communities, she visited their small salmon hatchery, an integral part of their subsistence and culture. Upon her return to Seattle, she gravitated toward the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for her service learning. 

    Brierley immersed herself in the lives of salmon, both figuratively and literally. She gutted salmon to harvest and fertilized hundreds of thousands of fish eggs. She learned about the history of salmon in the region and helped nurture the young fish until they were ready for release. She also provided documentary photography for the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the nonprofit Friends of the Salmon Hatchery. As an alumna, Brierley returned to the college to take a film production class. She linked up with Film Studies students, now alumni Brian Cunningham and Glaser Jacobson, to produce “Fighting the Current: Salmon as a Symbol of the Pacific Northwest.”  

    For centuries, the varied cultures and economies of the Northwest have been linked to salmon. In the 1930s, overfishing and habitat destruction led the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to rebuild the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery in an effort to return salmon to Issaquah Creek.

    “The video is a journey with the salmon as they begin their remarkable lives,” Brierley said. “The Issaquah hatchery is a real success story, but salmon continue to struggle against the currents of habitat destruction, pollution, and barriers blocking their passage home.”

    Brierley hopes that “Fighting the Current” sparks concern not only among the environmental community but among government agencies and private business.  

    “This critically important species is still under constant threat of disappearing from the waterways of the Pacific Northwest,” she emphasized. “Use of public funding and regulations that prevent the destruction of wild salmon habitat will require people with different perspectives to join forces not only for the health of our biotic community but also for our economic well-being.”

    “Fighting the Current: Salmon as a Symbol in the Pacific Northwest” was selected for screening at the 2014 Ellensburg Film Festival. In April 2015, the film was, by invitation only, selected to be a part of the Ellensburg Film Festival Shorts Showcase on the Audience Awards where it took first place. You can watch the film here.

    In addition to her work for the university, Brierley continues to focus her interests in nature fine art photography and film as the owner of Red Crow Photography.


    Faculty Profile: Kerry Norman, ROTC

    Kerry NormanShe traveled the world first as a tennis pro and later as part of the Department of State Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST) during Secretary Clinton’s tenure. As ROTC Professor of Military Science and Department Chair, Kerry Norman is now preparing the next generation of leaders in the vastly changed world of military service.

    Kerry Norman was set on a professional career in tennis when an injury sidelined her plans. Unsure of her future and the direction to go, she joined the Army Reserve. Her first assignment in Hawaii: search and recovery of Missing in Action (MIA) and identification of the remains of soldiers from all wars, especially the Vietnam War.

    “My job was a blend of forensic science and archeology,” she emphasized. “There’s a lot you can tell about a person from a single bone. That and data about missions helped us identify remains.”Recognized by top command early on, she received a direct commission from the enlisted ranks without going to Officers Candidate School, a rarity in the service. She quickly rose in the ranks of military police, focusing on tactical operations, policies, and procedures to protect members of the force, their families, and facilities from terrorist activities.

     “Training is essential for a continuous state of readiness,” she explained. “Our units practice protection procedures, examine facilities for everything from lights and fencing to cracks in foundations, and work with families to increase their awareness of policies and procedures to avoid putting them at risk. We talk about social media a lot.”

    After tours in Central America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, advanced military trainings, including one in France with NATO, earning three master’s degrees and graduating from the Army War College, and holding high level command positions at installations throughout the United States, Norman joined an elite detail in the State Department. Her job as deputy for counterterrorism was to work with the State Department’s Foreign Emergency Support Team.  

    “The team works with U.S. missions and host governments to not only respond to crises but also to ensure safety of our personnel,” she said. “Secretary Clinton traveled extensively in many areas that demanded extra security.”

    Today, as the Lieutenant Colonel in charge of Seattle University’s ROTC program, recognized in 2010 as the nation’s top program, Norman prepares students in basic military skills and leadership. ROTC students, most on scholarship, take classes in military science, leadership, physical fitness, and management in addition to courses required of all students. They also participate in required field training exercises, and many go overseas during the summer for special training, including language immersion, nurse-practitioner internships in military hospitals, and jungle, airborne, and dive trainings.

    “Our goal is to prepare competent and confident cadets to excel and achieve the highest standards of excellence within the Army’s Officer Corps,” she emphasized. “It is gratifying for me that the Army acknowledges time and again the quality of our program, administration, and students as we develop the next generation of leadership.”


    Events

    Details are on the campus calendar here:

    Sept. 9: Master of Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
    Sept. 22: MA Psychology Information Session
    Oct. 1: MA Criminal Justice
    Oct. 5: MFA Arts Leadership Information Session
    Oct 13: Seattle Idealist Graduate Fair
    Oct. 14: MA Psychology Information Session
    Oct. 16: All SU Graduate Programs Open House

    Look for our Arts, Lectures, and Events Calendar in your inbox in early October.