April 2019

Message from the Dean

Dear Arts & Sciences Community Members,

Spring quarter is off and running with exciting news and events from faculty, staff and students! Seattle U’s College of Arts and Sciences is again well-represented in the annual rankings at College Factual: top 10% nationally for Arts & Sciences/Humanities and top 5% of highest paid Arts & Sciences/Humanities graduates (additional rankings below). In other news, the Debate Team has reached the U.S. Universities National Championship round; our Social Work faculty have won state-wide teaching awards; the College is accepting nominations to recognize outstanding graduating students; the A&S Strategic Planning Committee launched an informative website; and a number of faculty, students and staff share their exciting news, research and events with us.  Please read on for more news about what is going on in the College. 

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


Staff Training

Campus Connect training offered for staff by CAPS on how to work with students in distress is April 15, 9 a.m. to noon in Casey 525. Space is limited, first-come/first-served, to 30 participants. RSVP by email to Lilly Newell; there will be a waitlist if the numbers exceed 30. Departments are encouraged to help staff who work directly with students to attend the training.

Congratulations to Social Work

The Washington State Chapter of the National Association of Social Works recognized Hye-Kyung Kang, PhD, Mary Brennan, DSW, and Riva Zeff, MSW as Social Work Educators of the Year and MSW student Kat Cole with the Outstanding Student Award.

College Factual Rankings

Seattle U’s College of Arts and Sciences is again well-represented in the annual rankings at College Factual. We are ranked in the top 10% nationally for Arts & Sciences/Humanities and in the top 5% of highest paid Arts & Sciences/Humanities graduates.

Individual program rankings:

  • Top 15 % Highest Paid Communication and Media Studies Graduates
  • Top 15% Most Focused for Digital Communications (new this year)
  • Top 5% Criminal Justice
  • Top 15% Highest Paid Criminal Justice Graduates
  • Top 10% English (up from top 15% last year)
  • Top 15% Highest Paid Fine Art Graduates
  • Top 10% Liberal Arts General Studies (new)
  • Top 5% Highest Paid Liberal Arts General Studies (new)
  • Top 10% Highest Paid Social Work Graduates
  • Top 15% Psychology

2019 A&S Awards Ceremony and Reception

The A&S Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held on Friday, June 14, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium and Atrium. Please review your email from Kate Elias regarding these important related items.

  • Nominations for the Hickey Award
  • Nominations for the LeRoux Leadership Award
  • Department/Program Awards.
  • Departmental Honors
  • Faculty Presenters

Graduate Commencement Awards

The Arts and Sciences Graduate Council is soliciting nominations for the annual graduate commencement awards from faculty, staff and students. Online nominations are accepted through May 5 at 11:59 p.m. Recipients receive a $250 scholarship and recognition at the graduate commencement ceremony.

2019-20 Ignatian Leaders

Nominations for this cohort are open through May 1. Information is available here.

Strategic Planning

We have added new content to the website, including an outline of the process, samples of strategic plans from other Colleges of Arts and Sciences and more links to the Seattle University Strategic Planning process. Information about upcoming events and data-gathering was sent to all faculty and staff on April 9.

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Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice

The Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice plans to hold fora on the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences and how to build intersectionality into your curriculum. Please stay tuned for dates.

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Serena Cosgrove, PhD, and Christina Roberts, PhD, had their panel proposal accepted to the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association annual conference in Aotearoa/New Zealand June 26 through 29. . The panel, "Can Universities Be Decolonial Partners? Lessons Learned from Intercultural, Intergenerational, Transdisciplinary Scholarship,” features them, Nicaraguan sociologist Leo Joseph, SU International Studies alum Andy Gorvetzian, and two current seniors, Sena Crow and Tara De Bortnowsky.

Twenty-two students from Biomechanics and Motor Learning (SPEX 3130) presented the first Biomechanics Fair on March 14 in the Athletics Performance Center. Students worked in small groups to create hands-on demonstrations of biomechanical principles for more than 40 Rainier Beach High School juniors and seniors.

Under the advisement of Erica Rauff, PhD, Kinesiology, two undergraduate students from the Kinesiology Department, Ella Fisher and Monet Kumazawa will give an oral presentation titled "The Relationship between Physical Activity Knowledge, Barriers, and Exercise Behavior in First Year Undergraduate Students" on Saturday, April 13 at the Northwest Student Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium in Bellingham, Washington.

Amelia Seraphia Derr, PhD, in partnership with the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA), recently launched the third year of the award-winning Immigrant Family Institute (IFI). The Immigrant Family Institute (IFI) is a program designed to build systems knowledge, leadership, and self-advocacy skills for immigrant & refugee families with youth ages 10-14. The IFI has 70 participants this year and will run through the end of May. Currently, Dr. Derr and OIRA staff are working with three other cities to explore implementing their own versions of the IFI.

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Of Gifts and Gratitude

University Campaign Update: As of March 31, Seattle University has raised $226,254,975, or 82.3% toward our goal of $275M. As a reminder, key priorities for the campaign include the new Center for Science and Innovation (Groundbreaking coming up May 30), Mission, and Scholarships. The College of Arts and Sciences is at 98% of our campaign goal. Heading into spring quarter, the gifts to the College total just over $677,000 for the year, and we are working diligently to reach the $1M mark by June 30. Thank you for your collaboration to make this success possible. In the College of Arts and Sciences, our focus is on increasing scholarship support, especially for our graduate students, securing program support across the college and raising funds for the Indigenous Peoples Institute to be sustainable in perpetuity.

Looking ahead to 2020 -Academic year 2019-2020 – Please let Katie Chapman know if she may help your department prioritize key initiatives that may be of interest to donors next year. Invite her to a strategy session, department meeting or one on one with the chair. She is always open to learning more about what the greatest needs are for your faculty and department.

College of Arts and Sciences donors are invited to the Imagining the World Photo Competition Reception and Awards Celebration Tuesday, April 30, 5-7 p.m., Rolfe Community Room, ADAL. Please extend an invitation to supporters of your College of Arts and Sciences programs to allow us to thank them in person and join them at the reception. RSVP requested to Katie Chapman by email or 206.398.4401.

Save the Date - Go Deep with IPI, June 4. Fr. Pat Twohy, SJ, Dr. Christina Roberts, Diane Tomhave, and the Indigenous Peoples Institute host a fundraising event featuring special guest speakers Darrell Hillaire, Setting Sun Productions, Michael Vendiola, Swinomish, and Colleen Echohawk, Chief Seattle Club. Sponsorships available, $125 suggested donation per person. Open to Alumni, Friends and the General Public. We are looking forward to a wonderful community celebration and invite you to join us in thanking our table captains and sponsors who have confirmed so far: Chief Seattle Club, Fallsapart Productions, Kateri Ministry Members, Tricia and Steve Trainer, Lummi Business Council, Rocky Mountain Mission, Seattle U Jesuit Community,  Nonprofit Leadership, Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. Please contact Katie Chapman for more details.  

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Harriet M. Phinney, PhD, Associate Professor Anthropology, participated in "Future Horizons in Critical Medical Humanities" - a symposium sponsored by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for Humanities at the University of Washington March 27, 28, 29. The symposium brought together faculty and graduate students pursuing critical humanistic and social scientific research on health and medicine from UW, with those from other institutions in the region (the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia), the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Copenhagen. The symposium had two goals. First, to create an opportunity for scholars from different locations and at different stages to share research and discuss what they see on, or as, the future horizon of our field of scholarship. Second, to discuss possibilities and begin laying plans for an ongoing international scholarly exchange among graduate students and faculty engaged in research in this area, between the University of Washington, Simon Fraser University (in British Columbia), the University of Copenhagen (in Denmark), and the University of Amsterdam and Maastricht University (in the Netherlands).

Charles M. Tung, PhD, associate professor and chair of English, published a new book,” Modernism and Time Machines,”now available in the Critical Studies in Modernist Culture series at Edinburgh University Press. His monograph reads the time obsession in canonical modernist literature and art in relation to the rise of time-travel narratives and alternate histories in popular culture. Examined together, both modernism and the fantasy of moving in time help us to revise our understanding of the shapes of time, the consistency of timespace, and the nature of history.

Yitan Li, PhD, Political Science, presented a research paper co-authored with Enyu Zhang, International Studies, “Unification through Changing Discourse or by Force?: Cross-Strait Relations in the Xi-Trump Era” at the 60th International Studies Association Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada on March 28th, 2019.  He also served as the discussant on the same panel.

Ohla Krupa, PhD, spent her winter sabbatical as a visiting scholar at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In that position, she worked on her research project entitled: "School Funding Disparities: the Case of Washington School Districts". During her time at the Lincoln Institute, she presented a lecture on land markets in Ukraine and a lecture on Washington's school finance reform.

Jasmine Mahmoud, PhD, wrote a chapter  "Space: Postdramatic Geography in Post-Collapse Seattle," for the recently published Postdramatic Theatre and Form (Methuen 2019), a book edited by Michael Shane Boyle, Matt Cornish, and Brandon Woolf. She also published an interview in Hyperallergic with artist Tschabalala Self about her exhibit that runs at the Frye Art Museum through April 28.

Serena Cosgrove, PhD, published  “Who will use my loom when I am gone? An Intersectional Analysis of Mapuche Women’s Progress in Twenty-First Century Chile,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Intersectionality in Public Policy, Eds. Olena Hankivsky and Julia Jordan-Zachery. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Her trip to Nicaragua earlier this year is featured in the Arts and Sciences web news.

Rob Efird, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies, gave a tour of our taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden to a group of high school girls visiting from the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He presented a paper entitled "Urban Chinese Childrearing and Social-Ecological Resilience" at a symposium at the University of Puget Sound on Resilience, Response and Reclamation in the Ecology and Environment of Greater China.

Marie Wong, PhD, was featured in an article in the North American Post, Marie Rose Wong, Community chronicler turns her eye to prewar Nikkei baseball.


"The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games” by Chris Paul, PhD, was mentioned in this article on Gamespot.

Patrick Schoettmer, PhD, Political Science, talked about the Mueller report, what we might expect next, and how the report may become public with Bill Radke on KUOW Public Radio's The Record. 

Jeff Philpott, PhD,  had a piece on writing in the core and adapting to communication contexts published in AJCU’s Connections.

Caitlin Carlson, PhD, was on KUOW’s The Record, discussing whether elected officials should be able to block constituents on social media. https://www.kuow.org/stories/congresswoman-jayapal-explains-her-plan-for-medicare-for-all

Catherine Hinrichson wrote this Op-Ed, Why KOMO’s Take on Homelessness is the Wrong One, for Crosscut about a recent documentary about homelessness on KOMO TV.

Kimberly Harden, EdD, co-authored Moving from Ally to Accomplice: How Far Are You Willing to Go to Disrupt Racism in the Workplace? with Tai Harden-Moore In Diverse Issues in Higher Education. She was featured in the Seattle Times for her presentation at  Ignite Education Lab. A link to the article about the event (and her presentation) is available here.

Jackie Helfgott, PhD was quoted in two articles recently, Facebook removes 15 million videos of New Zealand Shooting and Firms in New Zealand pulls Ads from Facebook, Google after Christchurch shootings.

“The Gaffney Chair Presents THE COLOR PURPLE” event was covered in THE SPECTATOR, Connecting “The Color Purple” to the Jesuit mission.

Marco Lowe, MPA, appeared on CBS News for Jay Inslee becomes third presidential candidate to release tax returns.

Ali Altaf Mian, PhD, published “Love in Islamic Philosophy.” In The Routledge Handbook of Love in Philosophy, edited by Adrienne Martin. London and New York: Routledge.

Sharon Cumberland, PhD, Professor of English Emeritus, has been accepted at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia to study The Identification of Photographic Print Processes. Her special interest is in 19th century American photographs, which she collects. Her poem, "The Day No One Died" has been accepted in the forthcoming international anthology "Magnum Opus" (New Delhi, India, 2019)

Joy Sherman, DMA, Professor Emeritus, attended the National Conference of The American Choral Directors’ Association in Kansas City where she received the Distinguished Choral Alumna Award by the Choral Program of The University of Colorado at Boulder.

Wes Howard-Brook, JD, Senior Instructor, Theology and Religious Studies, led a Lent retreat in Lacy for the Holy Wisdom Catholic Community and gave a presentation on "The Gospel of Luke and Jubilee" at St. Leo Church in Tacoma.

Julie Homchick Crowe, PhD, presented a paper at the Columbia History of Science Group titled: Maternal Instincts: Pregnancy, Labor and Arguments of “Common Sense”

Susan Meyers’, PhD, essay "Visits to the Border" in the journal Creative Nonfiction in April.

Sonora Jha, PhD, Professor, Department of Communication and Media, presented on a panel titled “The Unlikable Woman in Literature,” at the Orcas Island Literary Festival 2019, April 6. 

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Molly Mac, curator of the Hedreen Gallery, shared this Crosscut story, A swarm of starlings invades a Seattle gallery, about the latest exhibition, Markel Uriu's An Object Lesson, which continues through May 18.

Welcome to Melissa Poquiz, the new Administrative Assistant for the History and Political Science Departments.

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Congratulations to Sarah LaChance Adams ‘04, alum of the MA in Psychology program, who has recently accepted a position as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Florida Blue Center for Ethics at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

James Norris ‘09, alum of the MA In Psychology program and executive director of Matumaini Counseling, is launching a new event series, the Matumaini Community Forums. The events will serve as an open forum to discuss community needs and concerns related to mental health, and the first event will be held April 12th and 13th on SU’s campus.

Patrick Brady, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.), BA, Psychology, ’60 and Medal of Honor recipient, joined the Board of Directors of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, and will play a leadership role in the creation of a permanent home to honor America's bravest heroes.

Julia Olson, BA, Communication and Media, ’19 published an op-ed about the inequity in unpaid internships in the Spokesman-Review.

Debra Entenman, BA, Political Science, '03, State Representative for the 47th Legislative District was recognized by KEXP in their Sound and Vision series. Read the interview here.

ParentMap has named alum Olivia Ashé, Political Science and Spanish, '16, "The Equalizer" as one of their 2019 Superheroes for Washington State Families. Read the story here.

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Abigail Leong, Communication and Media/Journalism, published a story on Seattle Globalist about The Detention Lottery, an interactive play by Margaret O’Donnell, a local immigration lawyer.

The SU Debate Team continues to have a very successful year.

Caroline Guess and Lily Panetta took 2nd place at the Pacific Lutheran University Womxn’s Round Robin. Caroline was also the top speaker at the tournament.

Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook placed 1st at Western Washington University. Flora Lloyd and Hatcher Chapman took 2nd place, Caroline Guess and Al Vazquez were semi-finalists, and Alex Lindgren-Ruby and Lily Panetta placed 1st in junior division. Seattle U had the best school performance at the tournament.

Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook placed 1st at Willamette University. Flora Lloyd and Hatcher Chapman and Alex Lindgren-Ruby and Lily Panetta were semi-finalists. Seattle U again had the best school performance at the tournament.

At the Northwest University Tournament, Seattle University debate advanced four of our teams into semi-finals and two of those teams advanced to finals, placing in the top four. Seattle U was by far the most successful program at the small but competitive tournament. Kudos to semi-finalists Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook (7th speaker, tie), Caroline Guess (7th speaker, tie) and Parker Davidson. The finalists are Flora Lloyd and Hatcher Chapman and Alex Lindgren-Ruby (4th speaker) and Lily Panetta (2nd speaker.) Not advancing, but great team members are Al Vazquez and Connor Stickels.

The four teams listed above are also headed to the US Universities National Championship where they will compete with 200+ teams from across the country.

Writing Center consultants Olivia Roussell and Nick Stinehour had papers accepted by the Pacific Northwest Writing Center Association conference at Yakima Valley Community College, April 26-27th.

Bryant Garduque, current MA in Psychology student, is collaborating with the Outreach Center to launch the SU Women Veterans photo series. The gallery opens April 17, featuring women veterans in the SU community who have served in various military branches.

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  • An Object Lesson, Solo exhibition by Seattle-based artist Markel Uriu, now through May 18, Hedreen Gallery
  • 2019 Earth Month, now through April 30, multiple events
  • Spring Dean's Coffee Hour, April 10, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Casey Atrium
  • An Evening with the Poet Norman Schaefer, April 11, 7 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium
  • Gaffney Endowed Chair Gathering, one of a series around the theme "Tender Mercies: Moving from a Kaíros of Mercy to Building the Beloved Community for a Just and Humane World,” April 12, noon-2:30 p.m., Wismer Center, Loyola 400
  • Women of the House: Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal and Kim Schrier at SU, April 15, 6:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium. *Seattle University does not support or oppose the positions of the speakers. The views expressed are those of the speakers only.
  • Inclusion & Industry Takeover, April 16, All Day, Student Center 160
  • Movie Bites: Conversation & Lunch, April 18, 12:30- 1:20 p.m., Pigott 100
  • Spring All College Meeting, April 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
  • Graduate Students: Tea Time and Resumes, April 18, 5-6:30 p.m., Casey Commons
  • Annual McGee Lecture, Gabrielle Lynch, April 18, 6 p.m., Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room, ADAL
  • An Evening with Michael Daley, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Pigott 102
  • 4th Annual Symbolic Confederate Flag Burning, Moral Mondays at SU, the #BlackLivesMatter Initiative at Seattle University, April 22
  • Patrice Vecchione, editor and poet, April 24, 6-9 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
  • Writing workshop for faculty and staff lead by Patrice Vecchione, April 25, noon to 3 p.m., Casey Commons. Limited space, please RSVP by email or contact Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs.
  • Gaffney Endowed Chair Gathering, one of a series around the theme "Tender Mercies: Moving from a Kaíros of Mercy to Building the Beloved Community for a Just and Humane World,” April 26, noon-2:30 p.m., Wismer Center, Loyola 400
  • Spring Sing featuring Cantus Men's Vocal Ensemble and the Seattle University Choirs, April 26 and 27, 8:00 p.m., St. Joseph Church, 18th E and E Aloha, Seattle
  • Eco-Engineering and Urban Water: The Ethics of Environmental Transformation, Professor Robert Mugerauer, April 29, 3:45-5:15 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium
  • Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics by José Esteban Muñoz, April 29, 7 p.m., an arts archival workshop led by Jasmine Mahmoud, PhD
  • FSS Plenary, April 30, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Pigott 100
  • Imagining the World: Photography Competition Awards and Exhibit Opening, April 30, 5-7 p.m., Kinsey Gallery, ADAL. Awards ceremony at 6 p.m.
  • Health Professions Expo, April 30, Time, TBA, Campion Ballroom
  • Etiquette Dinner, May 2, Time, TBA, Campion Ballroom
  • Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, May 8-12 & 15-19, Lee Center for the Arts
  • Arts + Media + Design Day, May 9, All Day, Various locations
  • Moral Panic: Understanding How We Construct Crime, Featuring Philip Jenkins, May 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Seattle University Student Center, Room 130
  • Gaffney Endowed Chair Gathering, one of a series around the theme "Tender Mercies: Moving from a Kaíros of Mercy to Building the Beloved Community for a Just and Humane World,” May 10, noon-2:30 p.m., Wismer Center, Loyola 400
  • Communication Alumni Open House, May 11, 1-3 p.m.
  • Gaffney Endowed Chair Gathering, one of a series around the theme "Tender Mercies: Moving from a Kaíros of Mercy to Building the Beloved Community for a Just and Humane World,” May 17, noon-2:30 p.m., Wismer Center, Loyola 400
  • How Racism Takes Place by George Lipsitz, May 20, 6 p.m., an aesthetic, spatial, and racial engagement with Seattle University’s neighborhood led by Roxy Hornbeck, MFA and Jasmine Mahmoud, PhD
  • Africa Day, May 23, 6 p.m., Casey Commons
  • Romson Regarde Bustillo| More than can be held, opens May 31, Hedreen Gallery
  • Go Deep with IPI, June 4, 5-9 p.m., Campion Ballroom,. An evening celebration and fundraiser to amplify and honor Indigenous voices, and recognize Pat Twohy, SJ for his work in community with Native Peoples
  • Poetry Slam with Distinguished Visiting Writer Daemond Arrindell and Guests, June 5, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room
  • Commencement, June 16, Washington State Convention Center. Undergraduate Ceremony: 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Graduate Ceremony: 3 - 5 p.m.

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Graduate Information Sessions

  • MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session, April 10 at 11 a.m.
  • MFA Arts Leadership On Campus Info Session, April 17, 6:30 p.m., JEFF 401
  • Master of Arts in Psychology, Online Info Session, May 7, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
  • MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session, May 14, 10 a.m.
  • Nonprofit Leadership Info Session, June 3, 6 p.m., 515 CASY
  • MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session, June 20, 11 a.m.

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Academic Calendar

  • Apr. 19-22, Easter Break, No Classes
  • Apr. 26, Last Day to Remove “I” Grade: Winter 2019
  • May 1, Last Day to Remove “N” Grade: Spring 2018
  • May 13, Registration Begins: Fall 2019
  • May 17, Last Day to Withdraw from Classes
  • May 25-27, Memorial Day Weekend, No Classes
  • Jun. 10, Last Class Day
  • Jun. 11-15, Final Exam Week
  • Jun. 15, Baccalaureate Mass
  • Jun. 16, Commencement
  • Jun. 19, Grades Due by Noon
  • Jun. 19, Grades Posted on SU Online by 6 p.m.
  • Jun. 24, Summer, first 4-week, 8-week & 10-week Sessions Begin
  • Jun. 28, Last Day to Add/Drop or Change Grading Option, First 4-week & 8-week and 10- week Sessions

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The Dean’s Monthly Memo is published the second full week of the month, September through December and February through June. Remember to send your updates to Karen Bystrom.

The next deadline is April 29.