Dean's Monthly Memo, April 2017



Seattle University tied with St. Edward’s University in Austin for 2nd place in US World and News Reports’ latest ranking for Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs, Regional Universities (West). (First was Trinity University in San Antonio.)


Kirsten Moana Thompson, Professor and Director of Film Studies, delivered this conference paper: "Lanu Moana (Blue) and Brown Skin: Disney Color Design and the Pacific" Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Chicago, March 22-27, 2017

She published the following: “Colourful material histories: The Disney paint formulae, the paint laboratory and the ink and paint department" Animation Practice, Process and Production 4: 1 (2014/2016): 45-66.

Stephen Rice of the Department of Criminal Justice took part in the doctoral student mentoring session "Going on the Market: Tips for Interviewing for an Assistant Professor Position" at the Western Society of Criminology Conference in Las Vegas.

Peter Collins, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, presented at the WSBA (Washington State Bar Association) Decoding the Law conversation series entitled: The Death Penalty in Three Parts.
These recorded discussions are available online at

Angelique Davis and Rose Ernst published “Student-Centered Discussion in Racial Justice Courses" in the journal Race and Pedagogy Journal: Teaching and Learning for Justice

Marie Wong’s Community Design Workshop has a new project this year. They have helped keep away the wrecking ball from a historic log home in West Seattle. Wong, whose undergraduate urban-planning practicum course this spring will examine preservation policies in other cities and complete an intensive survey of three Seattle neighborhoods. Read the article here:

Sharon Suh, Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities, will be the guest lecturer for the Founders Annual Lecture in Comparative Religion and Contemporary Life at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. The title of her talk is: “Occupy this Body: Buddhism, Race, Gender and Self”. The lecture will be held on Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 120 of the Communications Building on the UW campus (Thomson Hall (THO)).

Even though Harmony Arnold is on sabbatical this quarter, she has a number of accomplishments of note. She designed costumes for Murder for Two, the latest collaboration between The 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT - A Contemporary Theatre. Encore Media featured her work in this article:

The production, with book by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, music by Kinosian and lyrics by Blair, makes its Northwest Premiere March 25 - June 11, 2017, directed by Daniel Knechtges. For tickets and information:
Some fun video in this link:
She also costumed Little Potato, directed by Wes Hurley and Nathan M. Miller, which won the SXSW Film Festival grand jury prize for documentary short.
An autobiographical doc tells the story of Little Potato's journey growing up gay in the Soviet Union before and after the fall of communism, his mother's struggles to create a better life for them both, and their eventual escape to America via her becoming a mail-order bride.
Video Link:
City Arts Article:

Professor Ali Mian (THRS) has been invited to present in a two-day conference titled, "Sexuality in Contemporary Muslim Societies," at Columbia University on April 13-14, 2017.

Following up her very successful production of Seattle Shakespeare Company​'s Bring Down the House, an epic two part adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy, Rosa Joshi will direct Henry V for Oregon Shakespeare Festival​ in the upcoming season.

Dr. Quinton Morris, the Director of Chamber and Instrumental Music and Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Seattle University, has been named to the Seattle Arts Commission.


Design Student Nathan Watkins was chosen from a pool of artists to be one of five Seattle artists to submit art proposals to completely cover 68 of the I-5 underpass pillars between Downtown and First Hill, spanning 3 blocks (the areas around and between James and Cherry). There was a public vote to decide which artist would be selected and Nathan WON! Congratulations Nathan!

First Hill Improvement Association URL:
Overview of the artwork:
Nathan’s website:
athan Watkins Graphic Design, Web Design, UX/UI, & Illustration

Please congratulate the following Arts and Sciences students who will be inducted in the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society on April 6, 2017.

MACJ Students
Brooke Bray
Grace Goodwin
Kidst Messelu
Bridgette Navejar

MFA Students
Katie Chapman
Can Gulan
Andrea Nicole Lim Yi Zhuang

MPA Students
Franklin Newton
Desiree Omli
Katharine Scifres
Stephanie Vandervelden

MNPL Student
Crystal Oswald-Herold

MSAL Student
Madeline Velling

Undergraduate Students

Koby Andrews-­Howards

Rohan  Basu Jolly

Ariana Marie Chriest

Rachel Clark

Madison Dickman

Nicole Zamora Harvey

Anne Celine Jeffroy-‐Meynard

Jason McCue

Anna McLean

Cheryl Hodges

Tanya Petruk Baek

Kasey Deems, class of 2017, has received a Fulbright US Student award to study at the University of East Anglia (UK) from September 2017 to June 2018. She will study the history and language of disabilities in the Middle Ages with Professor Carole Rawcliffe. Kasey will graduate in June 2017 with a double major in History and English Literature with a minor in Medieval Studies.

Congratulations to the SU Debate Team! Take a look at their success so far (and there are four more tournaments this season.)

Championships to date:

  • Steve Hunt Classic at Lewis & Clark
  • Western Washington University Debate
  • Mahaffey Memorial at Linfield College
  • Top speakers and advancing teams at every tournament
  • Advanced to finals in five tournaments
  • Advanced teams to out rounds at all tournaments
  • Awarded:
  • Top novice team at first tournament of the season
  • Top program In the Pacific Northwest
  • Top speaker at three tournament

The Arts and Sciences Graduate Council is soliciting nominations for the annual graduate commencement awards.  Nominations Accepted through May 1, 2017 at 11:59pm. 

Complete the online nomination form by clicking on the award title below or visiting (click on the appropriate award on the left hand menu). Recipients will be awarded a $250 scholarship and recognized at the graduate commencement ceremony.

Leadership and Professional Engagement Award

This award recognizes the graduating graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences who has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities and professional engagement.  The recipient is an innovative forward thinker, making new roads in their chosen field.  Their professional development efforts contribute to the vibrant educational experience in their graduate program.  Professional experiences can include work experience, volunteer, assistantships, internships, practica, etc.

Social Justice and Community Engagement Award

This award recognizes the graduating graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences who has demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and community engagement.  The recipient has gone above and beyond in their service to others, carrying with them the founding principles of a Jesuit education, making choices as a leader for a just and humane world.


Dr. Julie Weiskopf (Seattle University, class of 2001; PhD University of Minnesota, 2011), currently an Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, is the recipient of a Fulbright US Scholar grant to teach and research in Tanzania for 10 months (August 2017 to June 2018). She will offer two courses at the University of Dar es Salaam: Oral History in the Public Sphere and Diseases and Healing in Africa (a graduate-level course). She will also conduct oral history interviews and archival research all over the country on her new project on 1970s-era mass education radio campaigns. They were meant to improve literacy, teach Swahili, instruct citizenship, and enhance public health using both print and radio media.


Please welcome Karen Bystrom, as the new Director of Marketing in the College of Arts & Sciences. Karen has been teaching Marketing the Arts in the MFA Program in Arts Leadership since 2009 and was most recently the VP of Marketing and Development for Sound Generations followed closely as Director of Communications for Cornish College of the Arts. Karen has a strong background in all phases of marketing and focuses on collaborative relationships and strategic planning. She began her new role on March 22.

Karen’s past roles include Director of Relationship and Resource Development for ACT Theater, Communications Director for Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, Marketing Manager for the Pacific Science Center and Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Seattle Repertory Theatre.


SeattleU Gives, the university’s first online challenge for 1891 minutes of giving March 6-7 results are in:

  • 548 donors = $51,440
  • 181 first-time donors

College of Arts and Sciences benefited from 60 donors who contributed almost $5K - 4th place out of 12!
SU fund 98/109 - faculty/staff.

Thank you, everyone, for your participation and support!

Celebrate SUccess – SU’s Scholarship Luncheon to connect donors and scholarship recipients is coming up April 20. Please help encourage scholarship recipients in your department to attend as they are invited. Efforts are underway to match up as many students as possible with supporters and/or family members of donors to their scholarships. Contact Katie Chapman with questions about department scholarships, or to RSVP for this event at 206.398.4401 or


April 6: Mission Day

April 8: Master of Arts in Psychology 35th Anniversary and Awards Celebration, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m., LeRoux Room, Student Center.

April 8 – June 2: Imagining the World Photo Competition Exhibit, Kinsey Gallery; reception and awards ceremony May 4. Free.

April 10- 2017-2018 Class Schedule goes live on SUOnline.

April 12 and 26, May 10 and 24 -  Alumni Seminars Series - Four sessions. *Details about the SAM series here.

April 13: opening reception: Digital Design Exhibition, Vachon Gallery, runs April 14 – May 5. Free.

April 14 - 17, Easter break, offices closed.

April 14 – May 20: Art Exhibit, Minerva Cuevas, visiting artist, Hedreen Gallery. Free.

April 18-May 5, Advising period

April 21 and 22: Spring Choir Concert: Earthsong, St. Joseph Church, 8:00 p.m.

April 28:  Guest Artist Violin Recital: Brittany Boulding Breeden, Pigott Auditorium.

May 4: Imagining The World Photography Competition Awards Ceremony and Artist Gallery Opening 5-7 p.m., Stuart Rolfe Community Room in ADAL / Kinsey Gallery. Free.

May 5:  Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) 10th Anniversary and Reunion, 5-7 p.m.

May 5, Last day to withdraw from 17SQ classes.

May 5-7: Alumni Grand Reunion Weekend (College of Arts and Sciences Open House May 6 10 am-12 pm).

May 8-12, Priority Registration for 17FQ.


May 10 -21: Theatre Presentation: The Big Ambition, directed by Professor Rosa Joshi, Lee Center for the Arts.

May 11: Rutgers University History Professor Leah DeVun, scholar, artist, and award-winning author, presents this year’s Seattle University Medieval Studies keynote address, “The Medieval Hermaphrodite: Gender, Race, and the Boundaries of the Human in the Middle Ages.” 4 p.m. Wyckoff Auditorium. Free.

May 25: Senior Class Toast: Faculty and staff are invited by individuals in appreciation for their support. Campion, 5-7 pm.

May 29: Tee-Off-Fore-Troops – MSAL sponsored golf tournament honoring veterans.

June 2: All College Day.

June 9: A&S Undergraduate Awards Ceremony, Pigott Auditorium, 4 pm.

June 10: MFA in Arts Leadership Project Presentations, Pigott Building, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.

June 10: President’s Commencement Brunch, Sheraton Hotel Grand Ballroom, Seattle, 9:30-11:30 am.

Grad Program Info sessions

April 4:  All SU Grad Programs Open House, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Student Center

Apr. 5: MFA in Arts Leadership, 5 p.m. PST (online)

Apr. 19: Graduate Programs in Nonprofit Leadership, 5:30 p.m., Casey 517

May 17: Graduate Programs in Nonprofit Leadership, 5:30 p.m., Casey Atrium

The next Dean’s Monthly Memo comes out in May. Send items for the next issue to Karen Bystrom by April 17.