Dean's Monthly Memo, February 2017


Now on video

Pinkwashing: do you know where your money goes? Pink ribbons. Pink gloves. Athletes, companies, and movie stars use pink to promote products and raise breast cancer awareness. Student Uyen Le worked with Communication Professor Caitlin Ring Carlson to develop ethical standards for breast cancer awareness campaigns. Read the article and watch the video here

With more than 30 years of experience under his belt, Claude DaCorsi, MAP ’11, didn’t need a Master’s in Public Administration to advance his career, but it was invaluable when he was elected to the Auburn City Council and appointed to the Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. Read the article and watch the video here.

Community Engaged Research Fellowships Applications due March 1

The Center for Community Engagement will offer two fellowships for faculty in the summer of 2017 to support community engaged research. Funding is equivalent to up to three months of summer pay with further funding possible depending on scope of project. One fellowship will be reserved for faculty working on issues relating to “opportunity youth,” youth aged 16-24 who are neither in school nor working. The second fellowship is for a project that demonstrates a clear connection to issues relating to Yesler Terrace and/or surrounding neighborhoods and one of the following six areas: affordable housing, education, health, environment, arts or economic opportunity. Applications are due March 1. For more information and application form: (1) Create a profile on ConnectSU here. (2) Go to Community Engaged Faculty portal and click the green “Join Now” button in upper right corner (3) Click on “Funding.” For more information, contact Elizabeth O’Brien.

Endowed Mission Fund Applications due February 23

The Endowed Mission Fund provides grants in support of faculty and staff development in the Jesuit Catholic Mission of Seattle University through programs, projects, scholarship and training. The updated application form, which includes information about the process, is available here. Please contact Eddie Salazar with questions or for more information on the application process.

Fundraising and Campaign

The Seattle U Tellahawk Student callers will be reaching out to A&S alumni for support starting Feb 6. We appreciate the generosity of our alumni and your help in extending extra thank you’s to graduates as these gifts come in.

Scholarship Match: Until the funds are distributed, any new endowed scholarships may have the possibility of being matched dollar for dollar. What does this mean? Alumni/donors may confirm a pledge for a minimum of $50,000 that may be gifted over time for up to 5 years (example: $10K/year for 5 years) to be eligible for this match and the resulting endowment would be for a total of $100K.
Congratulations, MSW for receiving the first match on campus for the new Etnyre Scheingold Clinical Social Work Endowed Scholarship!

Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon, April 20: an opportunity to connect scholarship donors and recipients for all university donor-supported scholarships; faculty/staff donors and department representatives welcome with an rsvp here. April 20, 2017, 11:45 .m. - 1:15 p.m., Campion Ballroom.

For questions regarding donations or giving opportunities within the college, please contact Katie Chapman at (206)398-4401 or email.


Digital Design Professor Naomi Kasumi and a team of students are creating a public art project for the Liberty Children’s Home in Ladyville Village, Belize. Prepared in collaboration with Seattle University Professionals Without Borders, the art will be installed on site in mid-March with an opening celebration on March 25, 2017. Seattle University students who have been working on the art and will travel to Belize to install the project are Digital Design seniors Amanda Rusch and McKenzie Nicholson, Digital Design sophomore Neil Griffith, and senior Zodie Waxman, Film Studies. More here.


Music Professor Quinton Morris received the Diamond Award top prize at the 2016 European Independent Film Awards in Paris, France for his short film/music video The BREAKTHROUGH. The BREAKTHROUGH won in the film category for “best picture and special effects.” This past year, Morris presented his short film along with numerous concerto performances on his world tour (also called BREAKTHROUGH) where he toured over 22 cities and 12 countries. In addition, Morris presented the film on January 21 at the IKEA Performing Arts Center at Renton High School in Renton.  The presentation, in the format of a “TED talk, included a lecture, violin performance and short film/music video of Saint-Georges’s story told with a modern twist.  Several Theatre students and alumni participated in making the film. Morris has also received recent mentions in Real Change, Seattle Magazine and Kent Covington for the launch of his nonprofit Key to Change violin studio, teaching middle and high school music students in South King County.  
Sociology Professor Rachel E. Luft, published “Racialized Disaster Patriarchy: An Intersectional Model for Understanding Disaster Ten Years After Hurricane Katrina” in Feminist Formations (Vol 28, Issue 2, 2016). She also presented “Beware the Volunteer Industrial Complex: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina for Service Learning and Other Well-Intentioned Project." at Drake University this fall.

Institute of Public Service Professor Marie Wong is featured in the documentary “Massacre at Hells Canyon.” The documentary, which premiered on OPB TV on January 23, examines a largely forgotten massacre on the border of eastern Oregon where, in the 1880s, as many as 34 Chinese miners were murdered. It is the site of what some have called one of the worst massacres of Chinese by whites in U.S. history. A trailer for the documentary is here:

Professor Kirsten Moana Thompson, Film Studies director, published “Colourful material histories: The Disney paint formulae, the paint laboratory and the ink and paint department" in Animation Practice, Process and Production [4: 1 (2016): 45-66]; reviewed Christine Brinckmann, Color and Empathy: Essays on Two Aspects of Film. Amsterdam  in Film Quarterly [70.1 (Fall 2016):123-125] and Gender on the Edge: Transgender, Gay, and Other Pacific Islanders, in Journal of NZ and Pacific Studies [4.1 (June 2016)]. She also gave a keynote address, “Walt Disney and the Wonderful World of Color,” at Farbe Im Kopf/Color in Mind: From Perception to Art Conference, in Tübingen, Germany, September. In addition, Thompson conducted two manuscript reviews for Bloomsbury Press, and Thames & Hudson, and journal reviews for Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture and Journal of American Culture.

Philosophy Professor Dan Dombrowski published Whitehead's Religious Thought: From Mechanism to Organism, From Force to Persuasion (2017, SUNY Press). Alfred North Whitehead, an English mathematician and philosopher, focused on change as the cornerstone of reality, a view known as process philosophy. More here.

In the News: The Institute of Public Service hosted Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for a conversation on homelessness. Institute Director Larry Hubbell and IPS Visiting Scholar in Residence Joni Balter facilitated the discussion. On KING TV here and KOMO TV here.
Film Professor Georg Koszulinski presented his documentary film, "Loa: Encounters with the Sacred Spirits of Haiti" (2016) at the Northwest Film Forum on January 25. Loa had its U.S. premiere at the 40th Annual Atlanta Film Festival. The documentary is a visual chronicle of the Vodou religion as practiced in the rural mountains of Haiti. More here.

In the News: The state is considering a bill to repeal capital punishment. Criminal Justice Professor Peter Collins and School of Law Professor from Practice Robert Boruchowitz were the principal authors in a  seven-month study "An Analysis of the Economic Costs of Seeking the Death Penalty in Washington State." In the Christian Science Monitor here

In the News: Theatre Professor Ki Gottberg, chair of the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, directed "Getting Through," three one-act plays now being performed at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. The production runs through January 25. Gottberg is the artistic director at the Merc. More in the Methow Valley News here.

In the News: Professor Carol Wolfe Clay is designing the sets for the critically acclaimed musical The Pajama Game. The play runs from February 10 to March 5, 2017, at Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre. Clay She is theatre professor, scenic designer, and director of graduate practicums in the MFA in Arts Leadership program in the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership. More here.

Institute of Public Service Professor Marie Wong is featured in the film "Massacre at Hells Canyon," which was broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcasting TV. The documentary describes the legalized discrimination and violence against Chinese immigrants in Oregon. For over a century, the murders of Chinese gold miners along the Snake River were covered up, and no one was held accountable. Today, the massacre at Hells Canyon is finally acknowledged. Watch the documentary here.

In the News: Theatre Faculty Professor Rosa Joshi directs and Kate Wisniewski acts in "Bring Down the House," a two-part adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy. Produced by Seattle Shakespeare Company in partnership with Upstart Crow Collective, the plays run Jan. 27 - March 12. Wisniewski discusses the all-female "Bring Down the House" in Seattle Met here.

Faculty Awarded Student Assistantships

The list of faculty awarded student assistantships to help with their scholarly projects, reported in January issue, was incomplete. Here is the correct listing:

  • Theatre Professor Harmony Arnold: Student Costume Design Assistant, ACT Theatre/5th Avenue Theatre
  • Criminal Justice Professors  Elaine Gunnison and Jackie Helfgott: book project, "Successful Women in Criminal Justice"
  • Social Work Professor Joseph DeFilippis, After Marriage: The Future of LGTBQ Politics and Scholarship
  • Professor Tanya Hayes (Institute of Public Service and Environmental Studies): Food Security in the Amazon: An exploration of livelihoods, resources, institutions, and sustained access to food. Funded for two students.
  • Theology and Religious Studies Professor Ali Altaf Mian, book project: "Muslims in South Asia: Embodies Spaces, Textual Traces"
  • International Studies and History Professor Nova Robinson: "Modern Arabic Philology: Transcribing Nazik Al-Abed Beyhum’s Handwritten Letters into Typescript”
  • Theology and Religious Studies Professor Jeanette Rodriguez: "Women’s Leadership and Partnership in Jesuit Higher Education"


Sport Sustainability Leadership graduate student Derek Battle was selected for an Emerging Leaders Scholarship at the GreenBiz 2017 conference. Battle has started his own nonprofit that uses the platform of a football camp to teach the attendees about sustainable living (economic, social, and environmental). He is developing various aspects of his nonprofit through the Sport Sustainability Leadership program and assignments.


Alumni in the News: Chris Bullock, Master of Sport Administration and Leadership class of 2011, was named the Orcas Island School District Athletic Director. More here.

Freelance journalist Nick McCarvel ’08 was featured in the winter issue of the Arts and Sciences e-letter here.

Class of 2000 Honors alum Rita Siemion, International Legal Counsel at Human Rights First, was featured in the winter issue of the Arts and Sciences e-letter here.

Rebecca Saldana, Theology & Religious Studies and Humanities major class of 1999, was appointed to the WA State Senate for the 37th district.


Congratulations to Communication Department Chair Chris Paul and wife Erin on the birth of Ingrid Marjorielynn Paul.  Ingrid came into the world at 7 pounds 7.9 ounces, and 19 inches long.

Arts and Sciences Advising Center staffing changes: Tuesday, January 31 was Alemayehu Bahta’s last day in the ASAC. He will be transitioning to a new position in educational research in Washington, DC. He is to be replaced by Lauren Van Fossen, who will start full time in Arts and Sciences Advising Center on Feb. 15. Lauren has been in a part-time student role in the ASAC since September 2015. Please stop by Casey 1W and congratulate Her on her permanent position in the college!

Promoting campus events
Please remember to put all of your events on the campus calendar and to submit information about your event to Mike Thee for campuswide distribution. Here’s a link to the marcom form for internal announcements. If your event is open to the public, Bruce Decker and the college’s marketing director can help promote. Please provide them with the details and a few sentences about the event at least 3 weeks prior to your event.


Jan. 23 - Feb. 10: Advising period for Spring and Summer Quarters. Note: If your department has placed an advising restriction on a student, this restriction must be lifted after the student has been advised. All freshman and new transfer students, regardless of major, have an advising restriction that must be lifted before they can register.
Feb. 7: Internship Fair, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Campion Ballroom.
Feb. 9: An evening with Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, historian, writer, feminist, and author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, 7 p.m. Pigott Auditorium.
Feb 11: SAM Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Winter Saturday University Series*: Images and Emotions: Society and Art Practices in the Islamic World, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Pigott Auditorium. Free with SU ID.
Feb. 13-17: Registration for 17SQ
Feb. 15: Martin Moleski, S.J., William F. Le Roux, S.J. Endowed Chair, presents “The Tao of Dogma,” 7 p.m. Casey Commons. 
Feb. 15: Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall reads from his work at 4:30 p.m. in Wyckoff Auditorium.
Feb 18: SAM Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Winter Saturday University Series*: What We Left Unfinished: Afghan Filmmakers and the Afghan Left, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Student Center. Free with SU ID.
Feb. 20: Presidents Day, offices closed
Feb. 21-24: Registration for 17RQ. Summer class schedule is now posted on SU Online.
Feb. 22: Tau Sigma Transfer Student Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 6pm, Pigott Auditorium
Feb. 25: Search for Meaning festival. Free for students, faculty, and staff.
March 2: Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Get Connected Event, 4:30-6:30pm, STCN 160.  Graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences will have an opportunity to participate in facilitated networking with graduate program alumni, fellow students, faculty and colleagues.
March 3: Women's Roles in Terrorist Movements, presented by Dr. Paula Holmes-Eber and Dr. Christopher C. Harmon, 2 - 4 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium.

Grad Program Info sessions
Feb. 6: MFA in Arts Leadership 6:30 – 8 p.m., JEFF Classroom
Feb. 15: Nonprofit Leadership Graduate Programs Happy Hour, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Casey Atrium 
Feb. 16: MFA in Arts Leadership, 5 p.m., PST, ONLINE
March 2: Criminal Justice Graduate Programs, 6 p.m., Casey 516
March 2: MFA in Arts Leadership, 6:30 - 8 p.m., JEFF Classroom


March 11: SAM Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Winter Saturday University Series*: "Living with Paintings: Spiritual Notes from a Muslim Artist in Indonesia," 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Pigott Auditorium. Free with SU ID.
March 18: SAM Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Winter Saturday University Series*: "Canvassing the Book," 10 - 11:30 a.m., Pigott Auditorium. Free with SU ID.
March 25: SAM Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Winter Saturday University Series*: "Master of Calligraphers Sultan ‘Ali Mashhadi: The Art and Culture of Herat Afghanistan in the Late 15th Century," 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Pigott Auditorium. Free with SU ID.
April 1: SAM Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas Winter Saturday University Series*: Artist Naiza Khan in dialogue with Religious Studies Professor Ali Mian," 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Pigott Auditorium. Free with SU ID.
April 14 - 17: Easter break, offices closed
May 5 -7: Grand Reunion Weekend for all alumni
June 2: All College Day

*Details about the SAM series here.

The next Dean’s Monthly Memo comes out in March. Send items for the next issue to Bruce Decker by February 15.