April 2021

Message from the Dean

The Spring Quarter started with the Easter holiday falling on the earlier side this year, and now we begin "Events Season" through graduation. I want to note the first event on the list, an April 22 Zoom webinar focusing on the film, 13th, open to all A&S faculty staff and students through the registration link.

The application process for the Gaffney Chair is also now open and we are pleased to note a total of eight faculty scholarly fellowships will be supported by the College this summer.

Admitted Student Days are coming up, my thanks in advance to all of you supporting incoming students as they finalize their decision to join us this fall. Read on to see the ongoing amazing contributions of our colleagues and alumni of the College of Arts & Sciences!

Shared Governance

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


Beyond 13th: Alternatives to Incarceration, Systemic Reform, and Restoration of Rights

April 22, 12:30 p.m., online. Find our private link to RSVP here.

How do we address the racial disparities in Washington’s criminal justice system? What are the economic, political, and personal impacts on incarcerated people and what alternatives to incarceration exist? A panel of Seattle U faculty, undergraduate students, and an alumnus explore these topics and more.

This event will include live closed captioning.

We encourage those who have not viewed the film, 13th, to watch it before the event.

Presented by the Seattle University Common Text Program. The event is free. We are offering the opportunity to donate to the Seattle U Black Student Union Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Our panel:

  • Robert Chang, Professor of Law and Executive Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality
  • Brooke Gialopsos, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Rev. Martin l. Lawson, Director, Community Safety Initiative, Community Passageways
  • Abem Fekade-Tessema, student, Business Economics
  • Sarah Trapizona, student, Political Science

This event is open only to Seattle U students, faculty, and staff.

You will receive the Zoom link a few days prior to the event. Please do not share the link.

The Reverend Louis Gaffney Chair

The call for applications (and nominations) for the next Gaffney Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences. Information about the position is open. The Gaffney and Pigott-McCone chairs are appointed in alternating years. As was the case in the previous selection process, a joint selection committee will consist of two members chosen from among the current and former endowed chair holders and three members elected by the faculty at large. Dean David Powers will chair the committee 

The holder of the Gaffney chair will be selected from among the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences and will be appointed by the President of the University for a term of two years, from Fall 2021 to Spring 2023. The mission of the Gaffney Chair is to promote "issues germane to the Jesuit mission and identity of Seattle University."  The holder of the chair should be tenured, should have achieved excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, and should have demonstrated leadership in promoting the mission of the endowed chair. They should have a thorough knowledge of and familiarity with the Jesuit tradition. The endowed chair will receive a compensation of three-course releases and a stipend of $14,900 annually. There is an operating budget as well as administrative support for the chair.

Applicants should submit the following:  1) a statement of the themes they would pursue as holder of the chair and the manner in which they would pursue those themes, 2) a curriculum vita, and 3) a letter of recommendation.  Faculty may nominate themselves; if nominated by others, the nominees will be contacted by the Dean’s Office to find out if they are willing to apply. In regard to item 1, please elaborate on how your proposal will: a) support growth in faculty, staff and student understanding of the themes you propose,  b) help faculty, staff and students connect your area of interest to the mission and identity of the University. 

Please submit completed applications, via email, to Sonora Jha by Friday, April 16, 2021.  If you are nominating a colleague, please submit your nominee’s name as soon as possible so that we may notify them in time to prepare an application.  

2021 College of Arts & Sciences Summer Faculty Research Fellowships

Dr. Sonora Jha, College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for Academic Community and Professor, Department of Communication, recently announced the recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences Summer Faculty Research Fellowships.

Promotion Fellowship

  • Dr. Hye-Kyung Kang (Social Work): “Re-envisioning Social Work Education: Building and Living a Social Justice-Focused Clinical Social Work Curriculum”

Dean's Research Fellowships

  • Dr. Caitlin Ring Carlson (Communication and Media): “Today’s Public and the Public Interest: Race, Gender, and Broadcast Media Ownership in 2021”
  • Dr. Le Xuan Hy (Psychology) “Gratitude, Hope and Spirituality in Troubled Times”

Faculty Research Fellowships

  • Dr. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs (Modern Languages and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies) “The Healing of Literature, The Dialectics of Poetry and Creative Writing: the Environment, Spirituality, Immigration and Identity” (by Latinx scholars and writers in Jesuit Institutions)
  • Dr. Julie Homchick Crowe (Communication and Media): “Viral Denial: Tropes and Argument in the Rejection of Claims about Infectious Disease”
  • Dr. Mary-Antoinette Smith (English): Momentous Matters: Black Literary Lives and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola”
  • Dr. Zachary Wood (Institute of Public Service): “Democracy & The CD System: A Critical and Comparative Analysis of Local Democratic Norms, Values, and Practices in Seattle, Cleveland, and Little Rock”
  • Dr. Meg Cristofalo (Social Work): “Health Care Social Workers’ Experiences of Telehealth and Its Effects on Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

This year's Selection Committee, made up of last year's recipients of the fellowships, included  Dr. Rashmi Chordiya, Dr. Allison Meyer, Professor Alexander Mouton, Dr. Anne Farina, Dr. Serena Chopra, Dr. Jerome Veith, and Dr. Eric Severson, with support from Kate Reynolds.

2021-22 ICTC Faculty Fellows

The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021-2022 Faculty Fellowships in research and in course development, representing a variety of disciplines. These grants encourage and support faculty who wish to incorporate the Catholic Jesuit intellectual and cultural tradition into their academic repertoire.

Recipients of the ICTC Faculty Research Fellowships:

  • Dr. Maureen E. Feit, Nonprofit Leadership, “From Transaction to Transformation: New Models of Leadership & Capacity Building in Community Organizations”
  • Dr. Allison Machlis Meyer, Department of English, “Both Extirpate and Vagabond Forever: Material Formations of Faith in Early Modern Compilation”
  • Dr. Nova Robinson, History Department and International Studies Program, “The Woman Question: The League of Nations and the Shaping of the International Women’s Rights System”
  • Dr. Donna Teevan, Theology and Religious Studies, “The Jesuit University in a Secular Age: Theological Perspectives”

Congratulations also to Recipient of the ICTC Faculty Course Development Fellowship, Dr. Lyn Gualtieri, College of Science and Engineering, “Applying Ignatian Pedagogy to the Natural Sciences: UCOR 1800 course redesign.”

University Honors Program Leadership Transition

The University Honors Program has new leadership for the coming academic year as current terms have ended. Dean David Powers shares that, per the recommendation of the University Honors Search Committee, Dr. Jason Wirth has been appointed as Associate Director of Intellectual Traditions for a two-year term. Dr. Wirth is a Professor of Philosophy and has taught in the Honors program for sixteen years, including courses in 19th and 20th Century Philosophy, and most recently “Capitalism and Its Discontents.“

Dr. Vinod Acharya has been appointed as Associate Director of the Innovations Track for a two-year term. Dr. Acharya is a Senior Instructor in Philosophy, where he has served as a full-time Instructor since 2011 and as a Senior Instructor since 2016. His baccalaureate degree is in engineering. Dr. Acharya has taught modern philosophy in both the Innovations and Intellectual Traditions tracks over the past two years and is a member of the Honors Learning Outcomes committee.

Dr. Maria Bullon-Fernandez has agreed to serve as the new Honors Director for the next two years. Dr. Bullon-Fernandez is an English Professor and current Associate Dean (and will continue in that role during this time.) She has taught in the program since 1996, offering Medieval Literature and, most recently, Literary Innovations I. She has also served on several Honors committees over time. The next two years will serve as an opportunity for reflection and conversation toward the future. The new three-track Honors program has grown to expectations across the three tracks and we look with excitement to what lies ahead as a hallmark program for the university in the context of our strategic priorities, mission, vision and values.

Dr. Dean Peterson, Associate Professor, Economics, will continue as the Associate Dean of the Society, Policy and Citizenship track.

Dean Powers thanked Dr. Sean McDowell and Dr. Yancy Dominick for their contributions in leadership roles in the program.  Yancy is the Founding Associate Director for the Innovations track, beginning in the role when it was established in 2016 and leading the track on a path of growth even through the challenges of the pandemic. Sean has served as Director of the University Honors Program since 2012, leading the program through a period of significant reimagining that included the addition of the Innovations and Society, Policy and Citizenship tracks. Both of those programs have grown and are quite robust. Our program of three different tracks is an innovative approach that has drawn the attention of other schools across the country and re-energized relationships with several high schools

Flexibility for Students, Faculty, and Staff with School-Aged Children

Schools have been mandated to offer at least 30 percent in-person instruction in Washington State starting April 5. Different schools and, sometimes, different grades within the same school, are taking vastly different approaches to meet this goal. I would ask for supervisors, chairs and directors to be mindful that the move back to in-person has made planning much more challenging and unpredictable for families with school-aged children. Each individual family will have different schedule challenges; please be flexible as families adapt.

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Pathways to Professional Formation

LinkUp, our annual mentoring event, pivoted to the virtual space like everything else this year. We are very happy that we had 35 students and 34 mentors participate last week. We learned a lot about the benefits and challenges of engaging students online for mentoring and networking. We will be considering how to balance in-person and virtual opportunities as we plan for the future. Thanks to everyone who helped with the event, especially this year’s LinkUp Coordinator, Alexis Bradley, Communications and Media, ’18.

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Recruitment and Retention

Upcoming Undergraduate Admissions Event Dates

Admitted Student Day (formerly Admitted Student Open Houses):  Saturday, April 17, 2021: The event is for admitted FTIC students (and their families) to connect with our campus community and get all of their questions answered prior to making their final college choice. (The first event was Sunday, April 11.)

11:25-12:40 p.m. Meet your Major - Academic Session 

We will meet with admitted students and their families who are interested in CAS for a brief college-wide presentation and then send them off to individual department/program zoom sessions for the remainder of the time. I anticipate that students and families may be interested in moving between department zoom meetings as they explore major and minor options. 

In order to coordinate this event, please create a Zoom meeting for your departmental/program session and set yourself as the host. Make sure to review the attached instructions about how to set up the meeting with the zoom security protocols we used for Fall Preview Day. Create the Zoom links and events, setting the time from 11:25-12:40 for both dates and upload the information to this document by Friday, March 19. Note there are two tabs on the document - one for April 11 and another for April 17. 

Recruit current students to participate in these virtual events with you and your faculty. Student Executive Council representatives expect to participate as needed.  Contact Kate Elias with questions.

Admitted Transfer Student Evening Reception, College of Arts and Sciences: Tuesday, June 2, 2021: These events are for admitted transfer students (and their families) to learn more about their college, and connect with advisors, faculty, and current students within their college.

Summer Preview Day: August 18, 2021: This event is for rising high school juniors and seniors, and prospective transfer students to learn more about Seattle U as they launch their college search and prepare to apply.

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Funding Opportunities

Office of Sponsored Projects Events

Virtual Celebration of Scholarship: May 20, 12:30-1:20 p.m.

RSVP here by May 18 to receive the Zoom link. Send questions by email.

Please join the OSP and Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons for a celebration of Seattle University faculty’s excellence in research, creative, and other scholarly activities! After opening words from Provost Martin, you will hear from six of your colleagues as they share their recent work in a lighting talk format, as well as learn about SU faculty’s wide-ranging intellectual and scholarly contributions – including sponsored projects, published books and manuscripts, conference presentations, and all other products. Please complete this brief form so that we may celebrate your important achievements.

Selected Upcoming Deadlines

NSF's Developmental Sciences Program – July 15 deadline 

NSF's Developmental Sciences Program supports basic research that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to human development across the lifespan. Research supported by this program will add to our knowledge of the underlying developmental processes that support social, cognitive, and behavioral functioning, thereby illuminating ways for individuals to live productive lives as members of society. Developmental Science supports research that addresses developmental processes within the domains of cognitive, social, emotional, and motor development across the lifespan by working with any appropriate populations for the topics of interest including infants, children, adolescents, adults, and non-human animals. The program also supports research investigating factors that affect developmental change including family, peers, school, community, culture, media, physical, genetic, and epigenetic influences. Additional priorities include research that: incorporates multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic, and longitudinal approaches; develops new methods, models, and theories for studying development; includes participants from a range of ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultures; and integrates different processes (e.g., memory, emotion, perception, cognition), levels of analysis (e.g., behavioral, social, neural), and time scales.  

National Science Foundation -  Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB) Program  - August 16, 2021  deadline 

National Science Foundation supports basic scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of issues broadly related to attitudes, behavior, and institutions connected to public policy and the provision of public services. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include (but are not limited to) the study of individual and group decision-making, political institutions (appointed or elected), attitude and preference formation and expression, electoral processes and voting, public administration, and public policy. This work can focus on a single case or can be done in a comparative context, either over time or cross-sectionally. The Program also supports research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations.

NEH Program Specific Workshops

NEH Virtual Workshop: Digital Humanities 
May 6, 2-3:30 PM EDT: This workshop will highlight grant programs that support work in the digital humanities, both in NEH's Office of Digital Humanities and across the agency. Teams meeting link: Join live event

NEH Virtual Workshop: Individual Scholars 
May 13, 2-3:30 PM EDT: This workshop will highlight grant programs that support research by individual scholars.: Teams meeting link: Join live event

NEH Virtual Workshop — Archives and Libraries 
May 20, 2-3:30 PM EDT: This workshop will highlight grant programs that support the work of archives and libraries. Teams meeting link: Join live event

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Pete Collins, PhD, Associate Professor, and Brooke Gialopsos, PhD, Assistant Professor, both in Criminal Justice, recently published a journal article "Answering the Call: An Analysis of Jury Pool Representation in Washington State" that highlights the under-representativeness of historically marginalized groups (i.e., BIPOC women and LGBTQ+ individuals) in jury summons. They also explore recommendations to overcome these barriers to jury service.

Elaine Gunnison, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice and Director, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, and Jacqueline Helfgott, Professor, Criminal Justice and Director, Crime and Justice Research Center, published  “Process, Power, and Impact of the Institutional Review Board in Criminology and Criminal Justice Research” in the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Subject Ethics.

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Of Gifts and Gratitude

Join Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. to celebrate the close of our Campaign for the Uncommon Good.

Celebrate how Jesuit education has strengthened and transformed our campus and communities and hear from Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., about the lessons he's learned from the 24 years serving as president. All Seattle U community members are invited to this virtual event. Register here.

Questions? Email UA Events.

  • Tuesday, May 4, 2021
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. AKDT
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. PDT
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. MDT
  • 6:0-7:30 p.m. CDT
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. EDT

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Harmony Arnold, MFA, Associate Professor, Performing Arts & Arts Leadership (Theatre, Costume), was on a panel talking about her creative scholarship at Northwest Film Forum for Wes Hurley’s latest film, “Potato Dreams,” which premiered at SXSW.

Caitlin Ring Carlson, PhD, Associate Professor, published a new book, "Hate Speech,” on investigation of hate speech: legal approaches, current controversies, and suggestions for limiting its spread. She was interviewed by LitHub for “How Absolute Free Speech Upholds White Male Supremacy.”

Research about racial gaslighting by Angelique M. Davis, JD, Associate Professor, Political Science, and Affiliate Faculty, African and African American Studies, and former faculty member Rose Ernst, was referenced in the CNN program, “Afraid: Fear in America’s Communities of Color.

Bryn Gribben, PhD, Senior Instructor, English, had three poems published in the February issue of The Write Launch:  "Promotion Review in the Afterlife," "My Thieves Are Lonely," and "Odd Boy.”  Read them here. Additionally, her poem "Tom Petty, A Quarantine Playlist," will be featured in a forthcoming issue of The Ice Colony, her poem "Feeding" will be in the Poets' Choice anthology “Change is the Only Constant,” her poem "When You Want to Tag Yourself as Dead" will be in the Wingless Dreamer anthology “Snowdrops,” and her poem "Slantwise View of Simeon Solomon," part of a larger chapbook manuscript, will be in the forthcoming issue of “The Festival Review.”

Hazel Hahn, PhD, Chair and Professor, History, published a peer-reviewed book chapter, “Glimpses of the East via Japan: Representing Colonial Korea and French Indochina in the Interwar Years,” in Colonialism, Tourism and Place, ed. Denis Linehan, Ian D. Clark and Philip F. Xie, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020. She also published two book reviews, Review of Nancy Green, “The Limits of Transnationalism,” Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. Journal of Asian Studies 79/4 (November 2020), and review of Haydon Cherry, “Down and Out in Saigon: Stories of the Poor in a Colonial City,” New Haven:  Yale University Press, 2019. Journal of Asian Studies 80/1 (February 2021).

Audrey Hudgins, EdD,  Associate Clinical Professor, Matteo Ricci Institute and Affiliate Faculty, International Studies, was invited to present on her work on assessment in community-engaged learning contexts at the at the October 2021 Assessment Institute hosted by Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Her presentation will be based on the 2020 Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education article titled “Civic Identity Development in a Critical Service-Learning Context: A Critique of the Civic-Minded Graduate Rubric 2.0.” The session will be moderated by Dr. Kristi Lee, SU College of Education. Audrey also recently completed two blind peer reviews for this journal.

Nalini Iyer, PhD, Professor, English and Associate Appointment, Asian Studies Program and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, had her book, “Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest,” included in The Seattle Times, “15 books to read to learn more about Asian American history and experiences, in Seattle and elsewhere.”

Sonora Jha, PhD, Professor, Department of Communication and Associate Dean for Academic Community, College of Arts & Sciences, is getting great reviews for her new book, “How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity and the Making of My Family.” Join her, Dr. Nalini Iyer, and Dr. Theresa Earenfight on April 19 for “Memoir, Migration, and Masculinity: A Conversation with Dr. Sonora Jha.” RSVP for the Zoom link here. You can also watch her conversation with Ijeoma Oluo at Town Hall Seattle here.

Alexander Johnston, PhD, Associate Professor, Film Studies, and John Trafton, PhD, Adjunct Faculty, Film Studies, are featured in the Spectator story, "Billie Eilish Documentary Emphasizes Family Bonds," which was also picked up by an online news site, OltNews.com.

Hye-Kyung Kang, PhD, Chair, Social Work and Director, MSW Program, wrote this Seattle Times Op-Ed, “Racist, colonialist and misogynist narrative abets violence against Asian women,” which was then referenced in Naomi Ishisaka’s column, “The hidden stories that give rise to violence against Asian American women.” AJCU Higher Ed News called out this summary in the SU Newsroom. She also gave a number of interviews about violence against members of the AAPI community, including:

Claudia Castro Luna, Adjunct Faculty, Matteo Ricci Institute Adjunct, will publish an essay in the upcoming anthology, “There's a Revolution Outside, my Love, “ edited by Tracy K. Smith and John Freeman. On May 14, at 6 p.m., she will read at Elliott Bay Book Company, with two other contributors, Sasha Lapointe, a descendant of Vi Hilbert, and Honorée Jeffers.

Kira Mauseth, PhD, Senior Instructor, Psychology, appeared on The Record with KUOW, “Making it through the disillusionment phase.” She was interviewed for the Seattle Times story, “In Seattle as everywhere, hope is ahead — but we haven’t hit the ‘post’ in post-traumatic stress from COVID-19.”

Patrick Schoettmer, PhD, Instructor, Political Science, was interviewed by KOMO TV for “Pfizer claims its COVID vaccine is safe, protective for 12-year-old kids and older.”

Mary-Antoinette Smith, PhD., Associate Professor, English, will have a chapter titled "A Classical Drama of Human Bondage: Recurrent Replications of Supplication, Enslavement, and Appeal from Antiquity through the Nineteenth Century (and Beyond)” appear in Adaptation Before Cinema: Literary and Visual Convergence from Antiquity through the 19th Century, eds. Lissette Lopez Szwydky and Glenn Jellenik (Palgrave: Adaptation and Visual Culture Series, 2022). This chapter is being promoted as a “smart, innovative, and timely” analysis of how ancient kneeling practices have been adapted over time from supplicatory through the 19th century to reverential, empowered, and liberatory through the social justice "taking the knee" practices of contemporary civil rights icons including as MLK, Jr., John Lewis, Colin Kaepernick, and Black Lives Matter advocates. She will present an abridgement of this chapter by invitation of the Cyprus Association for English Studies (CESA) as a featured keynote address for their conference in June 2021. She will serve by invitation of as a panel discussant on Gerald Beyer’s new book Just Universities: Catholic Social Teaching Confronts Corporatized Higher Education (Fordham UP 2021) at the National Center's 48th Annual Labor-Management Conference: Higher Education, Collective Bargaining, and the Biden Administration (May 2021). 

Tom Taylor, PhD, Associate Professor, History, published a peer-reviewed article, “The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Person: Jan Kozlowski and the Russian Revolution,” World History Connected (February 2021).

Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Director and Professor, Film Studies, published “Copyright under COVID-19. Special Teaching Media Dossier,” Journal for Cinema and Media Studies (JCMS), March 2021, with co-editor Brendan Kredell, and “Tattooed Light and Embodied Design: Intersectional Surfaces in Moana” in “Media Crossroads: Intersections of Space and Identity in Screen Cultures.” Durham: Duke University Press, 2021: 250-261. eds. Paula Massood, Angel Daniel Matos, and Pamela Robertson Wojcik. She chaired a panel, Cleaning out Walt’s Vault: A Closer Look at Disney’s Corporate Practices”, and presented "There’s Money In That Scholarship: Disney's Appropriation and Monetization of (its ) Historiography", both for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Virtual Conference, March 17-21, 2021.

Ruchika Tulshyan, MS, Distinguished Professional-in-Residence, Communication, published “Why Is It So Hard to Speak Up at Work?” in the New York Times and  “I Could Have Waited out the Pandemic in Singapore, but Seattle Kept Me” in Seattle Met. She was interviewed for the NPR story, "Why Pronouncing Names Correctly Is More Than Common Courtesy."

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Adam Dinius, Kinesiology, 2018, was accepted into Pacific University's Physician Assistant program. Adam will begin his graduate studies this spring.

Ella Fisher and Lauren Crews, both Kinesiology, 2019 began pursuing their Doctor of Chiropractic degrees at the University of Western States, Oregon in January.

Lindsey Habenicht, Humanities for Leadership and Strategic Communications, 2016, is the Executive Director of Maple Valley Food Bank and Emergency Services. She was interviewed by KING 5 for “Maple Valley food bank reopens doors one year after shutdown began.”

Toshiko Grace Hasegawa, Criminal Justice, 2010 and MACJ, 2019, is running for Seattle Port Commission. Read about her campaign announcement here.

Rosel Hermita, Kinesiology, 2019 was accepted into Concordia University of Chicago's Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. Rosel will be completing her master's degree online while continuing to work here at Seattle University as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Nolan Jekich, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, 2020, published “Understanding the Value Behind Health Care’s Terminologies.”

Alexandra Peck, Anthropology, 2015, successful defended her PhD dissertation, “Totem Poles & Cultural Heritage Complexity: Restoring Native Presence, Preserving Identity, &Combating Settler Colonial Amnesia on Western Washington’s Jamestown S’Klallam Reservation,” at Brown University.

Sammy Rodriguez Mora, Kinesiology, 2018 was accepted into University of Puget Sound's Physical Therapy program. Sammy will begin his graduate studies this fall.

Makayla Stahl, Kinesiology, 2020 was accepted into University of Puget Sound's Occupational Therapy program. Makayla will begin her graduate studies this fall.

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Katy Andersen, a current Graduate Student in the Kinesiology Graduate Program, was recently awarded runner up for the Society for Neuroscience Science Sketch competition. The competition was to create a three-minute video sketch that quickly explained current research through drawings and simple vocabulary. Her project was titled "Age-Related Changes in Manual Dexterity", supervised by Dr. Brittany Heintz Walters, and presented research on visuomotor changes and movement impairments in older adults.

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(Pacific time, unless otherwise noted)

College and Academic Calendar

April 15, 12:30 p.m.

Spring Quarter All College Meeting

June 13, 1 p.m. (PDT)

Commencement 2021: Virtual

The ceremony will be prerecorded and will broadcast online. After the university section (convocation, invocation, Fr. Steve remarks, keynote, student speakers, etc.) there will be a college commencement ceremony. All CAS GR and UG students will have their name called and will have the opportunity to provide a picture and quote that appears when their name is called. Faculty and staff are encouraged to watch the broadcast on June 13 and provide encouragement and congratulations through a social media tab (more details to come) when their students' names are called.

Departments and programs can host their own smaller virtual celebrations as well. If you are planning a virtual celebration specific to your department/program, make sure to check the commencement website to ensure that your event does not conflict with other university-wide commencement related events. Given the ongoing pandemic, there are to be no in-person graduation celebrations this year; there is no way to ensure equitable or safe access to any such gatherings.

Academic Calendar

Find the most recent Academic Calendar dates here.

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Graduate Program Information Sessions and Open Houses

The next deadline is April 26 for distribution the week of May 10, 2021.

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