Dean's Monthly Memo, February 2018


2018 Summer Faculty Fellowship Program

The program’s goal is to support faculty efforts to build on previous scholarly or creative endeavors (e.g. for the writing of grant proposals) or to move projects in a new direction (providing the basis for future external support or publications).

College of Arts and Science’s 2018 recipients and the titles of their projects:

  • Molly Clark-Hillard, PhD (Arts& Sciences) “Literary Subjects: Re-Reading the Victorians”
  • Serena Cosgrove, PhD (Arts & Sciences) “Surviving the Americas: Resilience and Garifuna Culture in Nicaragua”
  • Yitan Li, PhD (Arts & Sciences) “Unification through Changing Discourse or by Force? Cross-strait Relations after China’s 19th Party Congress”
  • Rick Malleus, PhD (Arts & Sciences) “Communicating Xenophobia: Perceptions of China and the Chinese in Zimbabwean Culture”
  • Jonathan Pierce, PhD  (Arts & Sciences) “Emotion, Public Policy, and Environmental Sustainability”

Other SU recipients:

  • Eric Bahaud, PhD (Science & Engineering) “Perturbative Methods in Differential Geometry”
  • Steven Bender, J.D. (School of Law) “Social Impact Advocacy: Transforming Legal Education Toward Meaningful Social Change”
  • Kristen Hultgren PhD (Science & Engineering) “The Evolution of Specialized Host Associations in a Megadiverse Group of Tropical Snapping Shrimps (Family Alpheidae)”
  • Matthew Isaac, PhD (Albers School of Business) “Is Top 10 Better than Top 10%? How Different Rank Claim Formats Influence Preference”
  • Brett Kaiser, PhD (Science & Engineering) “Development of Computationally Designed Protein Scaffolds”
  • Lin Li, PhD  (Science & Engineering) “Automated Detection of Retinal Lesions for Classification of Diabetic Retinopathy”
  • Patrick Murphy, PhD (Nursing) “Chaperone-Mediated Baculoviral Expression of Eukaryotic Transcription Factors: Developing a Novel Biological Technique with Commercial Applications”
  • Claus Portner, PhD (Albers School of Business) “Urban Fertility Transitions Across Regions”

If you are interested in applying for a 2019 fellowship, note that the call for applications will go out in early Fall, 2018. For information regarding this program and other faculty research resources, please visit Office of Sponsored Projects.

Seattle U faculty and alum featured in Gypsy Rose Lee Awards

Founders of upstart crow collective Rosa Joshi, MFA, Professor, Theatre, and Kate Wisniewski, Adjunct Professor, Theatre received Excellence in Local Playwriting for Bring Down The House Parts 1 & 2, Seattle Shakespeare Company/upstart crow collective. Rosa received a nomination for Excellence in Directing for that production, which was also nominated for Excellence in Production of a Play. Recent SU grad Michael Notestine received the nomination for Excellence in Costume Design, Small Theatre with Danial Hellman for Cherdonna's Doll's House, Washington Ensemble Theatre. Learn more here.

In the News

Film Studies’ event, Avengers, Wonder Wom[e]n, and Predators: Sharing Experiences and Strategies for Women Working in the Film Industry on January 10 was featured on KING TV.


Of Gifts and Gratitude

We’ve moved into 2018, and University Advancement ended the year with a very generous Dec. More than $5.6 million in new gifts/commitments came in for the end of the year! We are thankful for all that you do to help make our programs strong, and how you stay connected with our alumni, and donors. Thank you for your partnership in building the success of the college. Here are a few more highlights for the year so far:

Seattle U Gives -online day-of-giving success – The College of Arts and Sciences celebrates $18,464 as part of Seattle U Gives Feb 1-2. We came in 3rd place campus-wide for participation with 86 gifts during the 1891 minutes of giving (#1 out of the colleges and schools!). Please accept my personal thank you to the many of you, faculty and staff, who contributed during the campaign, and the many who shared, liked, or posted information about how to give on behalf of your department or any part of campus important to you. This effort has great potential for our college and we look forward to continuing to improve as we go forward.

For those departments who received designated gifts during the event, gift and donor information will be coming soon.

Program, Faculty, and Staff Support

Indigenous Peoples Institute (IPI):

  • Gift pledged to facilitate the renovation of a new space designated to IPI to open Fall 2018.
  • IPI Twohy, SJ Endowment gifts to make sure funds are designated in perpetuity to fund the activities, programs and personnel of IPI.

Sisko Endowment for Artist Assistantships

  • More than $65,000 received, with additional fundraising in the works and a $5K gift to fund assistantships starting next academic year Supported by friends and close family members, the Sisko Endowment is named in honor of artist John Sisko, former adjunct faculty and Seattle artist, to provide paid student assistants to work with artists in the community.
  • This is the first official endowment for the Art and Art History Department students and this will help sustain these assistantships that has previously been supported by the McMillen Foundation on an annual basis.


Helenkamp Criminal Justice Scholarship

  • Additional gift of $53,000 from the estate of Marion Helenkamp (English alumna 1953) to bring the total received for this endowment to $553,910.
  • This scholarship supports Criminal Justice majors with financial need and awards may be granted starting this year.

Ezra and Yobi Teshome Endowed Scholarship

  • The Teshomes, two dedicated alumni originally from Ethiopia, are founding this scholarship to promote education abroad in Africa. Awarded with preference for students going to Ethiopia, and those studying within the Global African Studies Program the awards will be facilitated out of the Office of the Provost once the endowment is fully funded.

Jan Rowe, PhD Endowed Scholarship Update

  • Thanks to a generous alumna, Pauline Guppy, the Guppy family, and many faculty/staff gifts over a number of years this fund has surpassed the $50,000 award level.
  • The department will be able to make first awards from the fund for the 2018-19 academic year!
  • Named in honor of a cherished colleague, this scholarship will support graduate students in Psychology.

SU’s Endowment Report is available from University Advancement. We are reporting an overall return of 12% for the year ending 6/30/17 and an approximate market value of $224 million. Donors contributing over $5,000 to any endowment on campus will receive an update under a cover letter from UA Vice President Michael Podlin this month.

Alumni Newsletters, Events, Communications – Request Alumni and Donor Info from Advancement Services

A friendly reminder to please request all alumni and donor data desired for communicating with alumni and donors from University Advancement’s Advancement Services Team – via this webpage.


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I’d love to hear from you. Contact Katie Chapman, by email, 206.398.4401, or stop by Casey 109.



Amelia Seraphia Derr has been working with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Race and Social Justice Initiative staff, recently completing a year-long program for City of Seattle employees designed to support them in taking leadership in racial equity efforts in their departments. The program had 27 participants and was designed and facilitated by Dr. Derr in collaboration with Kyana Wheeler, Teddy McGlynn-Wright, LaMont Green, Patricia Lally, Scott Winn, and Senait Brown.

Caitlin Ring Carlson published Censoring Hate Speech in U.S. Social Media Content: Understanding the User’s Perspective in Communication Law Review.

A very powerful and personal political essay by Sonora Jha, PhD, Professor, Department of Communication and Associate Dean for Academic Community, College of Arts & Sciences was published in The Establishment. The following week, she joined others on KUOW’s The Record, discussing #MeToo.

Ruchika Tulshyan, Adjunct Lecturer, Communication Department, on CNBC Make It, “How business leaders can stand in support of the #MeToo movement.”

Seattle University Nonprofit Leadership's Elizabeth Dale, PhD, lead researcher for Women's Philanthropy Institute's new report said, “Women can be powerful agents of change with their philanthropy, and their values and goals are often shaped by the societal experiences of being female. Further, we find that contrary to conventional wisdom that says women are more risk-averse than men when considering their finances, these wealthy women are willing to experiment and to take considerable financial risks with their philanthropy in order to advance meaningful change.” Read the report 

International Studies professor Enyu Zhang, PhD, and Political Science professor Yitan Li, PhD, published an article entitled: “Rival Partners? Cross-Strait Relations after the Permanent Court of Arbitration Ruling over the South China Sea Disputes” in the Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies.  An earlier version of the paper was presented at the International Studies Association –International Conference Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, June 15-18, 2017.

Sven Arvidson, PhD, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, published “The Field of Consciousness and Extended Cognition,” to appear in print this year in Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences, 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s10746-017-9453-5.

Matt Hickman, PhD, coauthored “Primed for death: Law enforcement-citizen homicides, social media, and retaliatory violence,” and was quoted for this article in The Stranger.

Joanne Halverson, Psy.D, published The Experience of Living in an Animistic Lifeworld Juxtaposed to the Western Worldview in the United States Using Phenomenological Methodologies with SAGE Research Methods.

Aakanksha Sinha, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work Department published “Is India’s safe motherhood scheme leading to better child health care practices?”  in the Global Social Welfare Journal and “Cumulative Risk and Resilience: The Roles of Comorbid Maternal Mental Health Conditions and Community Cohesion in Influencing Food Security in Low-income Households” in Social Work and Mental Health.

Patrick Kelly, SJ, PhD, Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies wrote “Sports in Schools: Beyond Winning and Losing,” published in Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education.  It also has a link to a video of a keynote lecture he gave at Villanova in June. He was also featured in “Catholic tradition an antidote to ‘crisis of meaning’ in sports” in The Catholic Spirit, by the Minneapolis St. Paul Diocese, focusing on his research, in the context as we approach Super Bowl, Catholic heritage has some things to offer for reflection on sport.  He was also in Rome in December to do some work for the Vatican office of the “Church and Sport,” and while there was able to concelebrate Mass with Pope Francis on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. His most recent book is Youth Sport and Spirituality: Catholic Perspectives.

On February 3, 2018, Angelique M. Davis, JD, was a speaker for the "Righting the Wrongs of Racism" panel at the Crosscut Festival. The panel was moderated by Marcus Green the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the South Seattle Emerald.  Other panelists included Tim Ikeda, founding Executive Director of Densho; conceptual artist Natasha Marin; and Mark Trahant, the former editorial page editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, who is currently the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota. On February 8, 2018, Dr. Davis delivered the Black History Month keynote "Remaining 'Woke' Through a Great Revolution," for The Breakfast Group.  Established in 1976, The Breakfast Group is the oldest (non-fraternity) all male African-American organization in the Northwest United States.

Emeritus Faculty

Russell Lidman, (emeritus) Institute of Public Service, was a US Professor through COMEXUS, the Fulbright Commission of Mexico, between June and December 2017.  In June and July he did workshops on policy analysis for faculty at the Universidad de Guadalajara and did short courses on campaigns and elections for students at the same university.  In August he shifted east to Mexico City where he taught at Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico.  His semester courses at ITAM were Political Process and Mexico, US and Canada Relations. He has had Fulbrights in Andean Latin America and served as a Fulbright Specialist in Central America.  Russ is available to talk with any faculty or staff who have an interest in learning about the Fulbright application process or would welcome a review of their application.



Paul Mullally, ’71, was recently commissioned to paint a portrait of Pope Francis. While attending the unveiling, his daughters received their First Communion from the Pope. Read the story.

Shelly Dooley, Political Science, ’92, is the new Managing Director for Real Change.

Master of Sport Administration and Leadership alum Stephanie Lee was named Managing Director of Utah Royals FC.



Seattle University students Katie Bradley, Madison Vucci, and Tess Riski delivered 545 postcards from students, staff and faculty of Seattle University who are rightly concerned about homelessness and affordable housing in our region to Senator Christine Rolfe, 23rd Washington State Legislative District. In her latest newsletter she included a photo of them and said, “Last week I had a special delivery from some impressive Seattle University students…I thank Madison, Katie and Tess for the energy and passion they are dedicating to this issue. I share their concern and will continue to search for ways the Legislature can best use our state resources for housing solutions in the Puget Sound.”



Now through March 3, Hedreen Gallery

Favorite's Favorite's Favorite. Free and open to the public.

February 13, 4-6:30, Campion Ballroom,

A&S Alumni & Students Connect, sponsored by College of Arts & Sciences Student Executive Council & Dean’s Leadership Council, Career Services, Board of Regents, Alumni Association

February 13, 6-8 p.m., ADM 203

Alumni Seminar Series, Christian Unity and World Peace: Ecumenism and Dialogue Among World Religions after 500 Years.

February 14, 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Campus wide, Drill - Shelter in Place

February 16, 4:30-5:30, p.m., STCN 160

Albert Mann Memorial Lecture. Multicultural Britannia 1450-1700: History and Memory for a BREXIT Britain, a lecture by Dr. John Cramsie, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Associate Professor, Union College. Reception follows. Sponsored by Seattle University History Department and the Northwest World History Association. More information here.

February 20, 5:30 -7:15 p.m., Seattle University Student Center 160, LeRoux Room

Black & Brown Panel: What it Means to Be a Person of Color in the Workplace. Tickets available online.  The Black & Brown Panel is hosted by the African American Alumni Chapter at Seattle University (AAAC@SU) for members of the community to discuss topics and issues relevant to the black and brown community of Seattle University.

February 20, 6-8:30 p.m., Casey Atrium

Student Advocacy and Activism on the Seattle University Campus, Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work’s Social Justice Teach-In.

February 22, 7 p.m. Pigott Auditorium

Catholic Heritage Lecture: American Catholicism, Xenophobia and Immigration featuring Dr. Laurie Cassidy, Dr. Arturo Chávez, and Dr. Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos,

February 22- March 4, Lee Center for the Arts

The Madwoman of Chaillot, by Jean Giraudoux, Directed by Jane Nichols. More information.

February 24, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., SU Campus

Search for Meaning Festival

February 26, 6 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium

Black History Month: The Blood is at the Doorstep. Film screening with Maria Hamilton, Founder of Mothers for Justice. Reading: Eulogy for the Martyred Children. Sponsored by Global African Studies.

February 27, 6-8 p.m., ADM 203

Alumni Seminar Series, Christian Unity and World Peace: Ecumenism and Dialogue Among World Religions after 500 Years. More information.

February 27, 7 p.m., Popko Lounge, Lemieux Library

LeRoux Lecture, “Pragmatic Everyday Life: Impetus and Obstacle to Knowledge,” Fr. Michael Barber, S.J., LeRoux Endowed Chair, Winter 2018.

February 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m. STCN 160

Graduate Students Get Connected Networking Night. Graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences have an opportunity to participate in facilitated networking with graduate program alumni, fellow students, faculty and colleagues.  Hosted by The Arts and Sciences Graduate Council (ASGC), in partnership with Career Services and the Graduate Student Council (GSC). Info: Laura Hauck-Vixie.

March 3, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Casey Commons

 11th Annual Giving Voice to Experience Conference

March 5, 6-8 p.m., Student Center, Room 160.

Connect 2018, Master of Nonprofit Leadership. Connect across different cohorts over food and wine; meet new colleagues among our students, alumni, faculty, mentors, and community partners; share and gain insights on the issues facing nonprofit leaders today; plus, door prizes!

March 9 & 10, 8 p.m., Chapel of St. Ignatius

SU Choirs Lenten Prayer Concert, The Quiet Center, free (freewill offering for the order of Daughters of Mary, Uganda)

March 13, 6-8 p.m., ADM 203

Alumni Seminar Series, Christian Unity and World Peace: Ecumenism and Dialogue Among World Religions after 500 Years. More information.

March 15 - May 19, Hedreen Gallery

COLLAPSE: Recent Works by Dewey Crumpler, guest curated by Sampada Aranke. Public Conversation with Dewey Crumpler and Sampada Aranke April 12, 6:30 p.m.

More College of Arts and Sciences events


Graduate Program Information Sessions

  • February 20, 9 a.m., Online, Master of Sport Administration and Leadership Online Info Session
  • February 21, 5:30 p.m., Casey 500, Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
  • March 1, 5 p.m., Online, MFA Arts Leadership Virtual Info Session
  • March 1, 6 p.m., Casey 516, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Information Session
  • March 6, 6:30 p.m., JEFF 401, MFA Arts Leadership Info Session
  • March 14, 1 p.m., Online, Master of Sport Administration and Leadership Online Info Session
  • March 14, 5:30 p.m., 516 Casey, Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
  • April 3, 5 p.m., Online, MFA Arts Leadership Virtual Info Session
  • 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

  • February 17-19, Presidents’ Day Weekend: No Classes
  • February 20, Registration Begins: Summer 2018
  • February 23, Last Day to Withdraw From Classes
  • March 1, Last Day to Remove “N” grade: Winter 2017
  • March 19, Last Class Day, Winter Quarter
  • March 20-24, Final Exam Week, Winter Quarter
  • March 25-April 2, Spring Break
  • March 28, Grades Due by Noon
  • March 28, Grades Posted on SU Online by 6pm
  • March 30-April 2, Easter Break


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