Dean's Monthly Memo, January 2015

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Spring quarter: January 27, 2015


New Major 

The College has added a new major: BA in Interdisciplinary Arts with Emphasis in Arts Leadership. The degree will be administered by the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership under the direction of Professor Kevin Maifeld. 

Now Accepting Proposals: Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature

Seattle University hosts the Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature whose theme is" Literature, Film, and Religion in an Interdisciplinary Age” on May 22-23, 2014. Proposals are welcome on such issues as theology and film or literature, humanities and religion in Film or literature, social science (or science) and religion in film or literature, religion and literary or film theory, and  religion in a particular film or literary text. Other topics relating religion to film or literature are also welcome, as is creative writing or an original short film. Please send one-page proposals to Professor David Leigh, S.J. by February 1.  



The Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts received the Key of Excellence award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society at a reception celebrating the arts and sciences on December 10. Dean David Powers has represented Seattle University since the early planning stages for the consortium. More here.


Kudos to Katie Bates, ASAC Advisor, who was awarded a scholarship to attend the National Academic Advising Association Region 8 conference in Coeur D’Alene, ID March 11-13, 2015. The theme of the Region 8 conference is, “The Heart of the Matter: Advising for Student Success, Persistence, and Retention.”


In the News: Naomi Hume, chair of the Department of Art and Art History, comments on a sketchbook signed by Picasso and dated 1912. On King 5 TV here.

Criminal Justice Professor Jacqueline Helfgott participated in a panel “Celebrities Through Violence: The Copycat Effect and the Influence of Violence in Social Media on Mass Killers,” published in Violence and Gender. More here

In the News: English Professor Susan Meyers’ novel, “Failing the Trapeze,” was included in the Seattle Times section on new books by local authors. Here’s the link. Her book was also reviewed in the Bellingham Herald. More here.

In the News: English Professor Nalini Iyer comments on the growth of the Indian community in King County in “What It Was Like to be Redmond’s First Indian Family,” on More here.

Theology and Religious Studies Chair Sharon Suh is the text editor for the Wing Luke Museum exhibit Bojagi: Unwrapping Korean American Identities, now through June 21, 2015. More here.

In the News: Professor Marie Wong (Institute of Public Service and Asian Studies Program) was elected to the International Special Review District Board on November 18. She had been serving as a mayoral appointee, filling a vacancy in position #3. More here. Professor Wong was also the guest speaker at the opening celebration for “Building Community: The Lives of the Cadillac Hotel” on December 10 at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Seattle.

In the News: Criminal Justice Chair Jacqueline Helfgott on the relationship between video games and violence in the International Business Times. More here 

In the News: Institute of Public Service Professor Lee Holmer comments on the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, in the Seattle Times here.   

In the News: Communication Professor Sonora Jha’s op ed on race coverage and media in the Seattle Times here.  

Philosophy Chair Burt Hopkins gave a keynote address, “Husserl and Jacob Klein on Arithmetical Unity and Multiplicity,” the 5th meeting of the Organisation of Phenomenological Organisations at Murdoch University in Western Australia in December. He also moderated a session on Jan Patočka.

Criminal Justice Professor Elaine Gunnison published "Desistance from Criminal Offending: Exploring Gender Similarities and Differences" in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society. More here

Institute of Public Service Professor Kevin Ward focuses on motivation for public service in "Public Service Motivation Theory in a Nonprofit Context: An Explanatory Study of Nonprofit Board Member Motivations" in the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. More here.

Psychology Professor Emeritus Steen Halling gave a keynote address on qualitative research and inspiration, "The Phenomenon as Muse: On Being Open to 'Friendly Invasion,'" at the Confluence Psychology Alliance Research Conference at Point Park University in Pittsburgh on December 6. He also co-edited a special edition of the Danish academic journal Academic Quarter, its Creativity issue, which is published online at the University of Aalborg, Denmark. Here's the link.

Political Science Professor Onur Bakiner examines the 2014 presidential elections in Turkey in his latest article.This first presidential election by popular vote followed a series of political crises.More here. He also published an op ed, "Visionary Failure: on Turkey’s Foreign Policy,” in Research Turkey (Centre for Policy and Research and Turkey). More here.

Institute of Public Service Professor Olha Krupa received the 2014 Distinguished Research and Development Award given by the International Association of Assessing Officers. She was selected for her work related to her article “Housing Crisis and Vertical Equity of the Property Tax in a Market Value Based Assessment System,” published in the Public Finance Review.

Faculty Research Grants

Student Assistantship Awards

The following faculty projects have been awarded funds for a student assistantship: 

Eric Dugan, Sport & Exercise Science: Exploring the effects of fatigue on performance and injury risk.

Maylon Hanold, Master in Sport Administration and Leadership: Exploring the relationship of gender and leadership in the world of sport.

Rosa Joshi, Performing Arts & Arts Leadership: Directing a professional workshop of Bring Down our Houses for an all-female company, Upstart Crow.

Claire Le Beau, Psychology: An existential phenomenological investigation of the early experiences of developmental transition for new parent couples.

Sonora Jha, Communication: Book project, “Emerging Social Activism in South Asian Film, Literature and New media: A Cultural Studies Perspective."

Alexander Mouton, Art & Art History: Book project, "Reconfigured Families."

Sharon Suh, Theology and Religious Studies: Book editor, “The Bloomsbury Handbook to Religion and Race.”

Jonathon Pierce, Institute for Public Service: Meta-Analysis of the Advocacy Coalition Framework

Special thanks to the thoughtful work of the selection committee:  Jason Miller, Harmony Arnold, Rick Malleus, Neil Chatervedi, Kira Mauseth, Malick Ndiaye and Ohla Krupa.

Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture Faculty Research Grants

Tese Arts and Sciences faculty received research grants from the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture:  

Serena Cosgrove, International Studies and Women and Gender Studie, for the development of the course, "Walking in the Steps: The Spirituality of Saint Ignatius in Historical Perspective," a 10-day experiential learning experience through Spain in which students follow in the steps of Saint Ignatius. 

Michael Jaycox, Theology and Religious Studies, for his research proposal, "Social Anger and the Struggle for Justice: Emotion, Grassroots Protest and Catholic Social Ethics," an exploration of social anger, particularly in light of the Occupy Movement and recent protests in Ferguson, MO.

Jodi O'Brien, Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work, her research proposal, "How Practicing Catholics Practice Teachings on Marriage, Family and Sexuality," a sociological exploration of the moral and theological compass of sexually non-conforming Catholics.

Daniele De Santis, Philosophy, for his research proposal, "Eternal Being, Personhood and Human Action in the Philosophy of Edith Stein," an examination of the writings of the German, Jewish philosopher, martyr and saint.

Rev. Trung Pham, Art and Art History, for his research proposal, "Wounds of Christ," a series of paintings that explore empathy and the act of finding beauty in brokenness.   


New Staff

We welcome Jennifer Smoose to MFA team as the new Senior Administrative Assistant. This part-time position is the same position previously held by Jon Greer. Jen comes from Chicago where she worked for Encyclopedia Britannica and the University of Chicago in a variety of media design, editorial and content development positions. She holds a BA in Film & Media Arts from American University in Washington, DC, a BFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Chicago. Jen's email is

New Mileage Reimbursement Rate

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the university will reimburse at a rate of 57.5 cents for each business mile driven. This is an increase from the previous reimbursement rate of 56 cents. 

Please note that the most cost-effective method of transportation shall be used for business travel (i.e. airfare, taxi, auto rental). When requesting reimbursement of business miles driven, please print out a detail of the mileage between the origin and destination of travel. This can be found on Google maps, MapQuest or Yahoo maps. 

Snow Closure Policy

Snow closure or delayed opening decisions are typically made by 5:30 a.m. so that an announcement can be disseminated by 6 a.m. To ensure information is readily available, announcements will be posted as follows:

  • Snow delays or closures will be posted on the university home pageand the Hotline (206-296-2200).
  • An e-mail will be sent to all faculty, staff and students with closure specifics.
  • Postings will be made on The Commonsthe university  Facebook page and Twitter  account. 

Weather conditions can change so please look for updates throughout the morning.

In all cases, faculty and staff should use their best judgment about how safe it is to travel based on the conditions near their homes. Please inform your supervisor (by e-mail or phone) if you are not able to come in to the office.

Radio and TV outlets typically report on our closures, though we cannot guarantee the timeliness of those reports. AM radio stations KIRO 710 and KOMO 1000 and FM stations KPLU 88.5 and KUOW 94.9 air snow closure announcements. Local television stations KOMO, KING, KIRO, KONG, KCPQ and Northwest Cable News also announce school closure notifications. Information is typically posted on television web sites and will also be listed on FlashAlert. (Students, faculty and staff may register for free e-mail notifications for SU at FlashAlert.)

Please note that in some cases, a suspension of classes and administrative operations on the campus at Broadway and Madison may not affect classes at the Eastside Education Center in Bellevue. Announcements concerning the suspension or cancellation of Seattle University classes, administrative operations and events will include reference to the Bellevue location.

Seattle U License Plates Are Here!

You can now drive with pride while supporting student scholarships with the new Seattle University license plates. Seattle U license plates are now available through the Washington Department of Licensing. A Seattle U license plate will initially cost $72.75 and $28 of that goes directly to support the Seattle University general scholarship fund.

Show your Seattle U pride-get your own SU license plate. Order online or visit a DOL office. More information here.

2014 Form W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement) Information
The deadline to opt out of receiving hardcopy Form W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement) by providing W-2 electronic consent through SUOnline is Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Employees have two options to receive Form W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement):
1. Electronically (preferred method). To receive the W-2 Form electronically, employee is REQUIRED to provide W-2 electronic consent through SUOnline by Jan. 6. If electronic consent was selected in prior year, employee does not need to resubmit again. No hardcopy W-2 will be mailed if W-2 electronic consent is selected. See instructions below on how to provide W-2 electronic consent. W-2 will be available on SUOnline on Jan. 23. 
2. Hardcopy mailing. If W-2 electronic consent is not provided by Jan. 6, 2015, a hardcopy W-2 will be mailed to the address on file by the end of the fourth week of January. You may still obtain online Form W-2 by providing W-2 electronic consent. See instructions below on how to provide W-2 electronic consent. W-2 will be available on SUOnline on Jan. 23.
Instructions to provide W-2 Electronic Consent to receive 2014 W-2 Form online:
  • Click on
  • Log in using your SU credentials. 
  • Click on “Employees” and go to the “Employee Profile” section.
  • If W-2 electronic consent has not been provided, click on “W-2 Electronic Consent” first and select the first option to view online W-2. You may change this option at any time and review the W-2 consent history on this page. Then, click on “W-2 Statements.” If W-2 Electronic Consent has been previously provided, click on “W-2 Statements.” 

College Community Fun Fact

Psychology Professor Alex Adame’s favorite Seattle Sounder to cheer on is Obafemi Martins. What’s your fun fact? Send to Laura Paskin


Details are on the Campus Calendar.

January 8 - April 16: Art Faculty Exhibition, Kinsey Gallery. Free Opening Reception 1/8/2014 from 4:30-8:30 

Jan 8: MACJ info session, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 12: MFA in Arts Leadership Info Session, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Jan. 13: Dean’s Coffee Hour, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Jan. 14 – Feb.  14: Art Exhibit, Private Beach Installation by Graham Downing and Max Kraushaar, Curated by Amanda Manitach, Hedreen Gallery. Free 

Jan. 16 – Feb. 13: Art Exhibit, Jason Hirata, SU Visiting Artist in Residence, Kinsey Gallery. Free. Opening Reception 1/15/2014 from 4:30-8:30 PM

Jan. 20: Informal dialogue on gratitude, with reflections from President Stephen Sundborg, S.J.,  12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Casey Commons. RSVP required to Thorne Clayton-Falls

Jan. 22: Prof. Susan Meyers discusses her new book, Del Otro Lado: Literacy and Migration Across the U.S.-Mexico Border, 3:45 p.m., Casey Commons. Free.

Jan. 22: Prof. Susan Meyers reads from her new novel, Failing the Trapeze (winner of the 2013 Nilsen Award). 5:00 p.m., Elliott Bay Books, 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle. Free

Jan.  25:  String and Piano High School Chamber Competition, 6:00 p.m. Pigott Auditorium. Free

Jan. 28: Marijuana Legalization: Highs and Lows, featuring  Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General, and Pete Holmes, Seattle City Attorney, 6:00 - 8:45 p.m.  Student Center Room 160. Free but RSVPs requested here.       

Save the Date

Feb. 3: Works in Progress Brown Bag Lunch, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 12: Poetry reading with visiting writers Maged Zaher and Kathleen Flenniken. 6 p.m., Casey Commons.

Feb. 18: Policy Incubator Competition final round, 5:00-7:30pm., Casey Commons

Mar. 3: Al Mann Memorial Lecture featuring Professor Sheldon Anderson on “Yalta: the Meeting that Changed to World,” 6:00 p.m. Wyckoff Auditorium                                                                                                  


The next Dean’s Monthly Memo will publish in February. Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by January 20.

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