Dean's Monthly Memo, April 2018

In Memoriam

I want to take another opportunity to acknowledge the loss of our friend and colleague, Rose Zbiegien.

Rose’s family has planned a service for her on Wednesday, April 11 at 11 am. at St. Louise Catholic Church in Bellevue. Campus Ministry is working with the family to plan an SU campus memorial to honor Rose later this quarter.

In case you missed last week's email, we have included it below, at the end of this month's memo.


Congratulations: Tenure and Promotions

Join us in recognizing College of Arts and Sciences faculty who have received tenure and promotions.


  • Sven Arvidson, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Department
  • Kirsten Thompson, Professor, Department of English

Tenured and Promoted to Associate Professor

  • Olha Krupa, Associate Professor, Institute of Public Service
  • Beatrice Lawrence, Associate Professor, Department of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Brian McCullough, Associate Professor, Sport Administration & Leadership (moving to Albers School of Business and Economics, Department of Management effective 07/01/18)
  • Allison Meyer, Associate Professor, Department of English
  • Felipe Murtinho Associate Professor, Institute of Public Service, Department of International Studies
  • William Parkin, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice
  • Trung Pham, S.J., Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History
  • Kevin Ward, Associate Professor, Institute of Public Service

Promoted to Senior Instructor

  • Maureen Feit, Senior Instructor, Department of Non-Profit Leadership
  • Brynn Gribben, Senior Instructor, Department of English
Intersectionality and Justice Panel

The Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice in the College of Arts & Sciences will host a pro-seminar on April 24 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in STCN 130. Panelists will be speaking about how intersectionality informs their lives and work.

The panelists include Angelique Davis, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Global African Studies, Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Professor of Modern Languages and Women and Gender Studies, Nalini Iyer, Professor of English, Jason Wirth, Professor of Philosophy and Haleema Bharoocha, Sociology Major and Executive Director of the Gender Justice Center.

Visit Social Justice, Inclusion and Intersectionality for more events and resources.

"Us Too"

Student Haleema Bharoocha and Sonora Jha, Associate Dean and Professor, Communication and Media, were featured in The Seattle Times' powerful "Us Too" story. Read it here.

Spring Awards Season Arrives

Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative EndeavorsAward criteria, nomination and application requirements are attached to this email and can also be found here. Applications are due to the Awards Committee by April 20, 2018. Completed applications should be emailed to Arielle Fissmer.

College of Arts & Sciences

Last week, Kate Elias, PhD, Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs, sent out the nomination information and forms for College of Arts & Sciences Awards.

Hickey AwardPresented to the outstanding graduating student in the College. Selection is based on the student's total contribution to academic life and is made by the department chairs and program directors of the College. Each department may nominate one major who has a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher; interdisciplinary nominations, i.e. several departments endorsing the same nominee, are encouraged. Nominations will be accepted in the Dean's Office until 4 p.m. on April 25, 2018.

LeRoux Leadership AwardPresented to the graduating undergraduate student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities, shown academic excellence, and performed significant service to the College. The recipients personify in character and action the qualities of a liberal education, which constitute the “spirit” of our College. Faculty and/or staff may nominate any student who meets the following criteria: displays satisfactory academic performance (C student or better), has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities embodying the values and mission of the College, and personifies in character and action the qualities of a liberal education which constitute the “spirit” of our College. Nominations will be accepted in the Dean's Office until 4  p.m. on April 25, 2018

Department/Program AwardsThe student receiving the highest cumulative GPA in each department/program receives a department/program award. If two or more students are within .04 grade points of each other and the department/program faculty consider all worthy of a medal, then all will receive a medal. Your department/program's selection and student information are requested by April 25, 2018.

Departmental HonorsStudents receiving departmental honors are recognized in the ceremony program. Please provide a list of departmental honors students, their student ID numbers, and the title of their directed study project and/or research. Your department’s list is requested by April 25, 2018.

Faculty PresenterPlease send the name of a faculty member who would be willing to present your department/program's medal(s) to Kate Elias. Faculty who are presenting awards will be seated on the stage and are expected to wear academic attire at the ceremony. All faculty and staff are welcome at the ceremony and reception. Your participation would be appreciated by the award recipients and their families and friends. Your department's faculty presenter is requested by April 25, 2018.

The A&S Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held on Friday, June 15  from 4 to 6 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium and Atrium.

Graduate Commencement Awards

The Arts and Sciences Graduate Council is soliciting nominations for the annual graduate commencement awards from faculty, staff and students. Nominations are accepted through May 2 at 11:59 p.m.

Complete the online nomination form by clicking on the award title below. Recipients receive a $250 scholarship and recognition 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.

New Research Prize Announced

This year, the Office of Fellowships and Student Research is proud to be a sponsor of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons Undergraduate Research Prize. New this year, the award was designed to encourage, support and celebrate the scholarship of students, emphasizing their reflection on the research process and use of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons services and resources.


  • Be currently enrolled at Seattle University as an undergraduate student in any class level. All disciplines are encouraged.
  • Have completed and submitted an original research project for a SU credit course during Spring 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Winter 2018.
  • Works from Spring 2018 will be considered but the project must be completed by time of submission.

The first place prize winner will receive $500.

Second and third place winners will receive $250.

All required materials must be submitted electronically by noon on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.


Of Gifts and Gratitude

Arts & Sciences Annual Giving Updates
Mailing Success:
To date, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends have contributed more than $6,600 to the annual mail donation appeal. This is an increase over last year’s total in a shorter time period. Gifts will continue to come in over the next few months. Thank you, all!

Student Calling for Alumni Donations: April will mark a renewed focus on calling College of Arts and Sciences alumni. Our student callers will be doing outreach on behalf of the Dean’s Fund in support of faculty development and support of the many new hires joining the college.

Save the Date – May 15, Seattle University Celebrating SUccess Annual Scholarship Luncheon: This is a free event hosted by University Advancement to invite donors to meet scholarship recipients supported by their generosity. Faculty directors and advisors for scholarships are welcome and encouraged to attend with recipients; space is limited so please let Katie Chapman know if you plan to attend in order to verify your donors have confirmed.

Donor-Funded Scholarships in the College of Arts and Sciences:

Annually Funded Restricted Scholarships

  • Artist Assistantships Fund
  • College of Arts & Sciences Annual Scholarship Fund
  • Choral Music Program Scholarship Fund
  • Elgin E. Olrogg Criminal Justice Endowment Fund of the Greater Tacoma Community
  • Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Fund
  • French In Africa Scholarship Fund
  • Departmental Honors Endowed Scholarship
  • Russell M. Lidman Scholarship Fund
  • Lockwood Foundation Scholarship
  • Dr. Lovell Social Work Scholarship
  • Music Performance Scholarship
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet – Seattle University Educational Partnership Fund
  • Petersen Family Scholarship Fund
  • Study Abroad Programs through the Modern Languages Scholarships
  • John Talevich Fund in Communication

Endowed Scholarships:

  • Artistic Excellence in Theatre Scholarship Fund
  • Mary Lou and Richard Amen Scholarship
  • Ann and Bruce Blume Criminal Justice Scholarship
  • Michael W.T. Chon Endowed Scholarship
  • Nellie Clark Scholarship
  • Jeannette Standaert Conlon Memorial Scholarship
  • Eugene M. Corr Scholarship in Criminal Justice
  • Joseph P. Donovan Endowed Scholarship
  • Kaethe A Ellis Scholarship
  • Etnyre Scheingold Clinical Social Work Endowed Scholarship
  • Ronald & Nan Giuffre Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Wendelin Gruber, S.J. Endowed Scholarship
  • Della Caldirola Guilfoil Scholarship
  • Mary Stewart Hall Endowed Scholarship
  • Hearst Foundation Scholarship
  • Marion J. Helenkamp Endowed Scholarship in Criminal Justice
  • Tim Brandt-Guy Marsh Honors Scholarship
  • Indigenous Peoples Institute (IPI) Endowed Scholarship
  • The Jeremiah F. Lavell Journalism Scholarship
  • Fr. William F. LeRoux Deans Endowment Scholarship
  • Professor Al Mann Endowed Scholarship
  • Paul Breslin Milan Legacy Scholarship Fund
  • Thomas L. O'Brien, S.J. and C. Robert Harmon University Honors Scholarship
  • Mildred O'Neal Scholarship - Fine Arts
  • Leona and Phelps Quitslund Endowed Scholarship
  • Fr. James B. Reichmann Scholarship
  • Charles R. Risner Scholarship Fund
  • Kristin L. Roach Memorial Scholarship Endowment
  • Jan Rowe, PhD Endowed Scholarship
  • Fr. James E. Royce Addiction Studies Scholarship
  • Mary G. Searles Endowed Scholarship
  • SU Guild Endowed Scholarship
  • Sisko Endowment for Artist Assistantships
  • Ezra and Yobi Teshome Studies in Africa Scholarship
  • Barbara A. Trachte Honors Scholarship
  • Antoinette Wagner Perpall ’64 Endowed Scholarship

BOLD = new, or significant gift added in the last year.

Choir Reunion – Alumni Singing with Joy May 5
Alumni are signing up to sing with Joy and Lee for Dr. Sherman’s final concert with the Seattle U choirs, Saturday, May 5. Faculty and staff choir alumni are welcome too – join more than 75 alumni who have signed up so far for the reunion celebration, rehearsal and performance. Share with your department’s alumni and/or register here. Additional SU general alumni reunion schedules and information are also available.

Do you have questions about scholarships for your students or ideas about alumni and donors who may be interested in sharing support? Katie Chapman would love to hear from you, by email, 206.398.4401, or in person in Casey 109.



Congratulations to Dr. Christina Roberts, associate professor of English, the recipient of the 2018-2019 James B. McGoldrick, S.J., Fellowship, the most prestigious award conferred upon SU faculty. From the announcement: “Named for a legendary Jesuit who devoted a half century of his life to Seattle University, the fellowship recognizes an extraordinary faculty member who embodies the mission and values of our institution. Widely admired and valued by colleagues for her leadership and wisdom, Dr. Roberts is founding director of the Indigenous Peoples Institute and director of the Women and Gender Studies Program. In numerous important ways, she has served the university, including as co-chair of the Matteo Ricci College Strategic Planning Task Force, a member of the Core Executive Committee, founding member of the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Staff Senate, faculty advisor to the First Nations Club, member of the Advisory Boards for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Faculty Development and the Center for the Study of Justice in Society. Perhaps the most impactful role Dr. Roberts fulfills is as a mentor to the multitude of students who seek her guidance and support. She has a special connection with, and commitment to, those students who are underrepresented in higher education and those who are the first-generation in their families to attend college. Among other recognitions, Dr. Roberts has received the Spirit of Community Faculty Award and the College of Arts and Sciences Student Executive Council Teacher of the Year Award and has also served as a Service-Learning Faculty Fellow.”

Tanya Hayes, PhD, Environmental Studies and Institute of Public Service, organized a panel discussion and working group “Assessing the Social and Behavioral Outcomes Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in Latin America” for the North American Conference for the Association of the Commons, March 8-9, Tempe, Arizona.  Felipe Murtinho, International Studies, and Hayes presented their work assessing an Ecuadorian Payment for Ecosystem Services project. The working group now has a paper in progress on social and behavioral assessment methods for PES conservation programs.

Carol Wolfe Clay, MFA, is designing the set for “The Lamp is the Moon” at Seattle Children’s Theatre, which runs April 11 through May 20. She also wrote a section of the teacher packet.

Ali Altaf Mian, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, gave two lectures in March. The first, on March 28, "The Ornamental in the Art Work of Naiza Khan" at Dartmouth College and "Genres of Desire: The Erotic in Deobandi Islam” at Columbia University on March 30.

Christopher Paul, PhD, will talk about his new book, Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games : Why Gaming Culture Is the Worst (University of Minnesota Press), on April 23, in a preconference event for the 14th  Game Research Lab Spring Seminar, April 24 and 25, hosted by University of Tampere in Tampere, Finland.

Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Professor and Director of Film Studies Program has a forthcoming publication, “Rainbow Ravine: Color and Animated Advertising in Times Square, 1891-1945.” Joshua Yumibe, Sarah Street and Vicky Jackson, eds. The Color Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018: 161-178. She also presented at two conferences, “The Color Revolution: The Disney Studio, Du Pont and Faber Birren” Color in Film III Conference London, UK, March 19-22 and “Arab Cinema and Animated Advertising: From the Frenkels to Future TV”, Cinema of the Arab World, American University in Cairo, Egypt, March 2-5.

Mary-Antoinette Smith, PhD, Associate Professor, English; Director, Sullivan Leadership Program; and Executive Director, National Association for Women in Catholic Higher Education (NAWCHE) has been accepted as a participant in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on the theme of Women’s Suffrage in the Americas.  Her scholarly monograph project is titled No More No-Woman’s Land Over Troubled Waters: Transnational Bridge Building (Britain, the Americas, and Beyond).  It will span the years 1700-2020 and cover past and present suffrage history, activism, and relations between whites and persons of color, while envisioning prospects for future collaborative activisms. Her pedagogical project will center on globalizing content for the “militant suffragette” unit of my UCOR 3400 The London Eye: Engaged Gazing for Social Justice summer study abroad course.

For the second consecutive year, the 2018 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, to be held on April 8, has been awarded Gold Level Inspire Certification by the Council for Responsible Sport, an Oregon-based non-profit promoting sustainability in sports. The Council’s Inspire Certified events represent the pinnacle of achievement and stand as an example and inspiration to others. With that in mind, and to increase their understanding of why runners purchase carbon offsets, or not, event organizers reached out to Drs. Galen Trail and Brian McCullough of Seattle University’s Masters of Sport Administration and Leadership program for help. Their research findings suggest a considerable opportunity to grow carbon offset sales—43% of runners polled said they were interested in purchasing carbon offsets—but identified a number of different market segments that would each require a specific communications strategy.

McCullough was also interviewed by Talk Media News about the NHL’s second league-wide sustainability report.  The entire interview and a news report featuring aspects from the interview are available online.

Naomi Kasumi, MFA, Associate Professor of Digital Design and Director of Siena Program, Department of Art & Art History, has an international book art exhibition at Biblioteca Civica di Verona (Verona Civic Library), Italy from April 6 through 20. 4/6_4/20, 2018. This exhibition title is "Da Seattle A Verona" (From Seattle to Verona) Curated by Alessandro Corubolo a hand-print master in Verona.  The collections of her artist books from 2005–2018 and her Siena students' artist's book projects are also included in the show. This exhibit celebrates her long-running Book Art program in Siena (faculty led study abroad program in Italy) that she founded and has directed since 2005. 

Jason Wirth, PhD, is a finalist for the 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award in the Philosophy category for his book, Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth: Reading Gary Snyder and Dōgen in an Age of Ecological Crisis. Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd. The list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners are now being decided by a panel of judges across the country, reflecting Foreword’s readership of booksellers and librarians. Winners will be announced in June.

Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, and William Parkin, PhD attended the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Misdemeanor Justice Network annual meeting March 22 and 23.

Olha Krupa, PhD, was interviewed by Q13 about the 2018 reform of Washington State's public school funding.

Harmony Arnold, MFA, designed costumes for the world premiere of String, a new musical at Village Theatre. Thursday, April 19, Village Theatre is hosting a special Fashion and Beauty Industry Night, including an exclusive post-show talkback with Harmony. You’re invited to bring your friends and family, and make a night out of it. Use coupon code “FASHION” when you order, and receive 15% off tickets.

John Trafton, PhD, Lecturer, Film Studies, was interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor for a story about the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, PhD, Director of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Malcolm & Mari Stamper Chair; and Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies; and Donna Teevan, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the Theology and Religious Studies Department; presented “Catholic in a Religiously Plural Context: The Case of Seattle University” at a conference on “The Idea of the Catholic University in the 21st Century” sponsored by the Academy for Catholic Thought and Imagination at Loyola Marymount University, March 15-18, 2018. Other Seattle University-related faculty in attendance were Dung Tran, PhD, from Organizational Leadership in the School of New and Continuing Studies, and Fr. Pat Howell, SJ, DMin, temporarily away from SU while serving as the Interim Executive Director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA.

Rob Efird, PhD, Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies, was invited to the Hangzhou Botanical Garden in Hangzhou, China over spring break to help facilitate a three day incubator workshop for Chinese environmental educators. The workshop was co-sponsored by Cornell University's Civic Ecology Lab and the Alibaba Foundation's Dreamland Nature Center.



Collapse, an exhibit at Hedreen Gallery, guest curated by Sampada Aranke and featuring the work of Dewey Crumpler through May 19, was featured in The Stranger. Gallery curator Molly Mac invites faculty, staff, and students to a conversation with Aranke and Crumpler in the gallery on April 12 at 6:30 p.m.



Lane Powell PC welcomed SU alum Manpreet Kaur, BA, Journalism, who joined their Trusts & Estates Team in the Seattle office.

Another journalism alum, Adriana Janovich has two articles in the February issue of Alaska Beyond.



Anab Nur, a junior majoring in Public Affairs, has been awarded the Public Policy and Internationals Affairs Fellowship and will participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute. 

“I am honored to have received this opportunity to study at Carnegie Mellon this summer for the PPIA program,” said Ms. Nur.  “I am interested in pursuing a career in Education Policy, and this fellowship will help me prepare for graduate school and strengthen my skills in the field of Public Policy. My vision is to one day work, in policy or elsewhere, to advocate for schools to use anti-racist pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching practices to provide all youth with transformative educational experiences.”

She is also a Student Campus Minister for Campus Ministry, the President of the SU Muslim Students Association, Vice-President of the African Students Association, and Program Coordinator for the Gender Justice Center.

The PPIA Fellowship Program helps students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field, starting with intensive study in a seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI).  Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.

Following the completion of JSI, the students join an alumni network of nearly 4,000 leaders. In addition to the mentoring and career development provided by this network, the students have the opportunity to receive financial support for their graduate school education if they attend one of the programs in the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.

(A second student who also received the fellowship preferred we not include them in this story.)

Seattle University debaters Caroline Guess and Alyssa Gaston tied for second place at the PLU Womxn’s Round Robin. The round robin is dedicated to empowering female, trans, and non-binary debaters with an inclusive and engaging argumentation opportunity. Caroline and Alyssa placed highly among the 16 teams attending and showed again the growing strength of the Seattle University debate team. The team finishes up its season over the next two weeks, heading for Northwest University in Kirkland and then to the U.S. Universities National Championship held at Stanford University.



Through May 19, Hedreen Gallery

COLLAPSE: Recent Works by Dewey Crumpler. Guest Curated by Sampada Aranke

April 12, 6-8 p.m., Casey Commons

The Sharon James Lecture: The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games: Why Gaming Culture is the Worst by Christopher Paul, PhD

Dr. Paul, Chair of the Communication Department, discusses his new book and video games' culture, from deep bred misogyny to the endemic malice of abusive player communities. He offers tangible suggestions that will ultimately foster a more diverse, accepting, and self-reflective culture that is not only good for gamers, but good for video games as well.

April 12, 6:30 p.m., Hedreen Gallery

Public Conversation with Dewey Crumpler and Sampada Aranke.

April 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., North Court Redhawks Center

Admitted Student Open Houses. Learn more and RSVP.

April 17, 6-8:30 p.m., Casey Atrium

Displacement (The intersections of gentrification, immigration, and incarceration), Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work’s Social Justice Teach-In.

Thursday, April 19, 12:15-1:20 p.m., HUNT 100

A Faculty Fellows Presentation by Jessica Imanaka, PhD, and Jason Wirth, PhD.

Forms of Life: From Technocratic Paradigm to Eco-politics by Dr. Imanaka and Laudato Si’ and Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness by Dr. Wirth. Light lunch included with RSVP.

April 24, 3:30-5 p.m., STCN 130

Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice in the College of Arts & Sciences: Pro-Seminar

Panelists will speak about how intersectionality informs their lives and work. The panelists include Angelique Davis, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Global African Studies, Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Professor of Modern Languages and Women and Gender Studies, Nalini Iyer, Professor of English, Jason Wirth, Professor of Philosophy and Haleema Bharoocha, Sociology Major and Executive Director of the Gender Justice Center.

May 2, 5-7 p.m., ADAL, Kinsey Gallery

Imagining the World Photo Competition, opening reception at 5, with the awards ceremony at 6.

May 2, 7-8:30 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium

Decolonize Your Diet: Creating Food Justice and Healing from the Legacies of Colonization

In the past, Mesoamerican peoples consumed a diet rich in fresh vegetables, beans, seeds, and herbs. In this talk, Dr. Luz Calvo will use testimonio, Chicanx art, Mexican food history, and political critique to explore the meaning of the call to "decolonize our diets" by reclaiming healthy ancestral foods

Dr. Calvo is a mixed-race, gender non-conforming Chicanx scholar and activist. Trained at UC Santa Cruz, with a PhD in His- tory of Consciousness, Dr. Calvo is the co-author of Decolonize Your Diet: Mexican-American, Plant- Based Recipes For Health and Healing. They are a professor of Ethnic Studies at Cal State East Bay. Sponsored by the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities.

May 4, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel

Alumni Awards Celebration and Dinner - This year we celebrate three College of Arts and Sciences recipients:  David Madsen, PhD; Peter Lee, PhD; and Shasti Conrad. (See Announcements, above.)

May 4 & 5, 8 p.m., St. Joseph Church

Seattle U Choirs Spring Concerts, tickets available in Fine Arts, all faculty and staff get a discount: reserved seats are $20 instead of the normal $25 and general admission is $15 instead of $18.  Students tickets are $7 and apply to any student anywhere. Choirs alums invited to perform on May 5.

May 5, multiple times/locations

Alumni Reunion Weekend. Classes of 1968 and 2008, Choir Reunion, celebration of Joy Sherman’s retirement.

May 7, multiple times/locations

5-6:20 p.m., LeRoux Room

Peter L. Lee Endowed Lecture, Professor Robin Yates, “Chinese Science, Medicine, and Technology: Some Recent Discoveries and New Trends in the Field.” Pre-lecture reception at 4:30 p.m.

Special added event: 9:20-10:45 a.m., Casey Commons

Professor Grace Fong, “On My Birthday and When I am Sick: Women Reflecting on Aging in Qing Dynasty China.”

May 10, 6-8 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium

Philosophy Endowed Chair Lecture:  Changes in the Categories of Race, Class, and Gender: How Life has Outpaced Theory by Naomi Zack, PhD, University of Oregon.

Recent events have culminated in fundamental changes in the nature of our progressive categories of race, class, gender, disaster, as well as disability, and democratic process. In this talk, Dr. Zack focuses on changes in race and class with a concluding look at changes in feminism through the #Me Too movement. Race or racism now exceed intersection theory because race is more like a junction that unpredictably takes off on a track of its own; for the electorate; class has become more a matter of culture and racial identity than economic interest; feminism now includes some of the most elite and powerful members of its foundational group, namely women.

May 10-20, varied times, Lee Center for the Arts

How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (With 69 People You May or May Not Know), Seattle U Theatre Department and Sojourn Theatre. Information and tickets.

May 12, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

Accepted Transfer Student Open House. Learn more and RSVP.

May 15, 11:45 a.m., Campion Ballroom

Celebrating SUccess- Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon

May 19, 1-3 p.m., 1103 Madison

Communication hosts the Talevich Tour and Reception

May 21, 7:30 p.m., Chapel of St. Ignatius

Chamber Singers Farewell Concert, free

May 22, 6-8:30 p.m., Casey Atrium

Welfare and Economic Inequality, Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work’s Social Justice Teach-Ins.

May 25, 6 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

Africa Day Celebration, Harp Performance and Keynote, Professor Lisa Beckley-Roberts, Jackson State University. Reading: The Days to Come. Co-sponsored by Global African Studies and the Department of Performing Arts & Arts Leadership.

May 30, 8 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

Choir Talent Show, fundraiser for the Daughters of Mary, Uganda, tickets are $5.  This is always a great show and for a very good cause.

June 1, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - STCN 130

Social Media and Crime, Continuing Education Event.

June 2, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Boeing Room

Copycat Crime Research-a-thon: Collective research endeavor using open-source data on homicides in Seattle and King County. Open to all current SU students, Graduate and Undergraduate

June 2, time/location

Red Tie Celebration. All proceeds benefit Seattle University student-athletes.

June 11, 4-6 p.m., Lee Center for the Arts

Retirement celebration for Carol Wolfe Clay, Professor, MFA in Arts Leadership (Theatre) and Director of Graduate Practicums, MFA in Arts Leadership, and Dr. Joy Sherman, Director of Vocal and Choral Music, Fine Arts

June 15, 4-6 p.m., Pigott Auditorium and Atrium

College of Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony and Reception.

June 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., PIGT 102 and 103

MFA Arts Leadership Summary Project Presentations.

More College of Arts and Sciences events


Graduate Program Information Sessions

  • April 11, 5:30 p.m., Online, Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
  • April 17, 4-6 p.m., Student Center, Graduate Open House
  • May 7, 5 p.m., Online, MFA Arts Leadership Virtual Info Session
  • June 20, 5 p.m., Online, MFA Arts Leadership Virtual Info Session


Academic Calendar

  • April 12, University Mission Day (Classes Before 1:30 p.m.cancelled)
  • April 14, Admitted Student Open House
  • April 16, Roster Checks For Spring Quarter Due
  • April 16-May 4, Advising Period: Fall 2018
  • May 1, Last Day to Remove “N” Grade: Spring 2017
  • May 4, Last Day to Remove “I” Grade: Winter 2018
  • May 7, Registration Begins: Fall 2018
  • May 18, Registration Begins: Fall 2018
  • May 26-28, Memorial Day Weekend: No Classes
  • June 11, Last Class Day, Spring Quarter
  • June 12-16, Final Exam Week, Spring Quarter
  • June 16, Baccalaureate
  • June 17, Commencement
  • June 20, Grades Due by Noon
  • June 20, Grades Posted on SU Online by 6pm
  • June 25, First 4-week, 8 week & 10 week Session Begins
  • June 29, Last Day to Add/Drop or Change Grading Option, First 4-week
  • July 4, Independence Day: No Classes
  • July 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, Summer in Seattle - New Student Orientations
  • July 10, Last Day to Withdraw, First 4-week Session
  • July 21, Last Class Day, First 4-week Session
  • July 23, Second 4-week Session Begins
  • July 27, Last Day to Add/Drop or Change Grading Option, Second 4-week Session
  • July 30, Last Day to Withdraw, 8-week and 10-week Session
  • August 1, Last Day to Remove “N” Grade: Summer 2017

Rose Zbiegien

A lover of learning, Rose earned several Seattle University degrees in 1992 and 1999, majoring in English, History, Philosophy, and Theology and Religious Studies.

Over her 25+ years at Seattle U, Rose worked in many offices, including the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office; English Department; Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work Department; International Studies Program; and Modern Languages Department before retiring at the end of 2013. Even in retirement, she returned to campus regularly as a temp to help out wherever she could be of service to the SU community. She came out of retirement to accept a position with the Military Science/ROTC program in 2016 where she worked up until the time of her passing.

Her colleagues and students remember her fondly for her warmth and wit. In the words of our faculty colleague, Dave Madsen, “…Rose epitomized the dedication of all those staff members whose loyalty to and love of the University make Seattle University what it is--particularly in the eyes of our students for whom staff are probably the first and genuinely human face of the University. For Rose service was a vocation, and she served everyone very, very well.” Many of us, myself included, will miss her dearly.

Rose is survived by her husband, three children and five grandchildren. Rose’s family has planned a service for her on Wednesday, April 11 at 11:00am at St. Louise Catholic Church in Bellevue. Campus Ministry is working with the family to plan an SU campus memorial to honor Rose later this quarter. We will keep you apprised of details as they develop.

Please continue to keep Rose and her family in your thoughts and hearts, honoring her in a way that best fits your own traditions for recognizing someone special and meaningful in our life together as a community.

Take care,



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