Dean's Monthly Memo, January 2016

Professor Brian McCullough discusses our new Graduate Certificate in Sport Sustainability, designed to meet the growing demand for sport industry professionals focused on increasing environmental and ecological sustainability. Applications now being accepted for the 9-month online program. Watch the video here.

A brief look into the Journalism program here


Center for Strategic Communications Awarded New Gates Foundation Grant
The Center for Strategic Communications (CSC) has been awarded a new $150,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for continuation of its Project on Family Homelessness. The project works with nonprofit partners to engage the community in making homelessness rare, brief and one time among families in our region. Highlights of its 2015 work include the StoryCorps “Finding Our Way” project and the “Home: Lost and Found” project with The Moth. Students from across campus work as project assistants, creating content for nonprofit partners, including audio recordings, infographics and blog posts. The project is led by Professor Barry Mitzman and Program Director Catherine Hinrichsen. This is the sixth grant from the Gates Foundation for this project, and the seventh grant to the CSC for work on family homelessness.

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Now Offers Specialization in Elementary Ed
The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, directed by Professor Sven Arvidson, is now offering undergraduates a Specialization in Elementary Education (K-8), the first of its kind in the Seattle area. Offered in partnership with the College of Education, the degree includes a clinical internship, proficiency requirements in science and math, and an English language learning component. More here

 Applications Being Accepted for Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards, $1000 top prize
 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards honor scholarly writing at Jesuit colleges and universities. The category this year is “Professional Studies,” which includes the fields of Architecture, Business Administration, Communication, Education, Engineering, Foreign Service, Law, Social Work, etc. Four $1,000 prizes, along with plaques, will be awarded. Authors/editors do not have to be either Jesuits or members of the Alpha Sigma Nu honor society to be eligible for the book awards. All faculty, including faculty emeriti, and administrators of our Jesuit member colleges and universities are eligible. For books to be eligible, they must be scholarly works and have been published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015; see the Book Awards page of our website for a full list of eligibility requirements here. Application is here. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.
NEH Director Briefed on Yesler Terrace Youth Media Program
On December 3, Dean David Powers showcased the Yesler Terrace Youth Media Project for National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William Adams. Photography Professor Claire Garoutte directs the 7-week summer program for youth who are documenting the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace on video and in photographs. Joining them at the Yesler Terrace Community Center were staff and youth involved in the project, SUYI Executive Director Kent Koth, Humanities WA Executive Director Julie Ziegler, and Humanities WA Boardmember Debra Holland. Humanities WA provides funding for the project from grants it receives from NEH.



Art Professor Alexander Mouton exhibited his work “Some Time Later... I’m Here: Photographs From Poland & Ukraine,” at Gallery4Culture November 5 – December 3. More here.

In the News: Strings Magazine writes about Music Professor Quinton Morris and his documentary film on Joseph Bologne here.

In the News: Institute of Public Service Professor Kevin Ward on “How My Adventure In National Service Came to Shape the Rest of My Life” in the Huffington Post here.

In the News: MFA in Arts Leadership Director Kevin Maifeld on Pacific Northwest Ballet’s new production of “The Nutcracker,” on KUOW here.

In the News: Criminal Justice students administered the Seattle Public Safety Survey Downtown Emergency Service Center to ensure that underrepresented individuals have the opportunity to take the survey and have their voice heard and also served as media spokespersons for the project. On KIRO TV here

In the News: Communication Professor Caitlin Ring Carlson on hate speech in the Seattle Times here.

Anthropology Professor Jason E. Miller presented a paper titled: Undergraduate Student Led Research: An Applied Anthropology Class As a Community-Based Research Firm at the 114th meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver, CO. Students worked with Disability Rights Washington looking at issues of oral health care access for adults with developmental disabilities and with the university's Center for Community Engagement looking at how prepared SU students were to engage in service learning in the community.

Communication Professor Rick Malleus published, with E. Murchena, “Multiple Identities, Multiple Needs: Student Cell Phone Use in Zimbabwe,” Florida Communication Journal. He presented “Embracing Reentry: A Call to Use the Research for College Student Intercultural Reentry Programming" at the National Communication Association conference held in Las Vegas in November. He also chaired a panel and presented his research on Seattle University student experiences of reentry with a presentation entitled "Embracing Opportunity: Students Communicating in Intercultural Reentry."

Art Professor Trung Pham, SJ, has been name Artist in Residence for the 2015-16 at Fuller Northwest Institute which offers graduate theological education.

In the News: King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed Social Work Professor Hye-Kyung Kang, director of the MSW program, to the advisory board that will help implement Best Starts for Kids, his initiative to increase the number of children and youth who reach adulthood healthy and able to achieve their full potential. More here.

Communication Professor Sonora Jha was elected president of the board of directors of Hedgebrook, the prestigious literary nonprofit that supports women writers (from Gloria Steinem to Pulitzer journalists/Booker Prize winners to new authors) with writing residencies and other programs. She was a recipient of their writer-in-residence award in 2009. More here.

Architecturalized Asia, edited by History Professor Hazel Hahn with Vimalin Rujivacharakul, Ken Tadashi Oshima, and Peter Christensen, was chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2014 by Choice, the official publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries. More here.

Social Work Professor Amelia Derr's work with the City of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Refugee Women’s Institute was just featured in the White House Task Force on New Americans Report here.

Faculty Awarded Student Assistantships
These members of our faculty have been awarded a student assistantship to help with their scholarly projects:

  • David Connor, Criminal Justice: Experience of Parole Board Members
  • Michael Spinetta, Psychology: Exploring the Effects of Environmental Enrichment on Recognition Memory
  • Molly Welsh, Sport and Exercise Science: Investigating the Role of Muscle Contraction Type on Extra Cellular Matrix Remodeling in Humans
  • Dominic CodyKramers, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership: Sound Design Assistant – Buzzer
  • Joseph DeFilippis, Social Work: A Queer Liberation Movement

Special thanks to the selection committee for their hard work: Clare LeBeau, Eric Dugan, Sharon Suh, Rosa Joshi, Alexander Mouton, Jonathan Pierce, and Maylon Hanold, all of whom were awarded assistantships last year.

Faculty Awarded ITCT Fellowships 

For 2016-17, Arts and Sciences faculty are receiving support from the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture to pursue research and course development projects that engages elements of Catholic intellectual and cultural traditions, contributing significantly to the university’s engagement with its intellectual and cultural roots:

Research Fellows 

  • Sharon Suh, Theology & Religious Studies: Occupy this Body: Mindfulness as Political and Recuperative Strategy
  • Rob Efrid, Anthropology: Effective Pedagogy: Responses to Laudato Si’and Pope Francis’ Call for Ecological Education
  • Amelia Derr, Social Work: Calling to Social Justice Work: Exploring the Contribution of Catholic Social Thought to Social Work Education

In addition, Donna Teevan, Theology & Religious Studies is receiving a modest award to support her research for The Relationship between Theology and Religious Studies in the 21st-Century Catholic University and Ali Altaf Mian, Theology & Religious Studies, is receiving a course development award for Teaching Comparative Mysticism: Christian Spirituality and Sufism.  


In the News: Criminal Justice and internet safety expert Stefanie Thomas (MACJ ’14) spoke about cyber-bullying, social networking, online posting, sexting, safety tips and more at Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma, in the Auburn Reporter. More here.

In the News: Kiyon Gaines (BA Arts Leadership '15) on his current work with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Crosscut here


In the News: Film Studies junior Tara Reynolds on her experiences on and off campus, in the Seattle Times here.


Snow closures

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 page and the Hotline (206-296-2200).
  • An e-mail will be sent to all faculty, staff and students with closure specifics.
  • Postings will also be made on the university Facebook page and Twitter account, as well as The Commons.  

Weather conditions can change so please look for updates throughout the morning. Radio and TV outlets typically report on our closures, though we cannot guarantee the timeliness of those reports. Radio stations KIRO-AM 710, KOMO-AM 1000, KPLU-FM 88.5, and KUOW-FM 94.9 air snow closure announcements. Local television stations KOMO, KING, KIRO, KONG, KCPQ and Northwest Cable News also announce school closures. 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.


Details are on the Campus Calendar.

Jan. 8 – Apr. 15: Art Faculty Exhibition, Kinsey Gallery; Opening Reception: Jan. 14, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 13: Dean’s Coffee Hours, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Casey Atrium

Jan. 15 – Feb. 11:  Matt Sellars, 2015 Seattle University Artist in Residence, Exhibition, Vachon Gallery. Opening reception, Jan. 14, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Jan 26:  Graduate Student Get Connected Networking Event, sponsored by ASGC and Career Services, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Student Center

Jan. 26-Feb. 12: Advising Period

Winter Graduate Programs Information Sessions

Jan. 6: MSW, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 7: MA Criminal Justice, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 8: Master of Nonprofit Leadership, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 13: MFA, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Jan. 13: MSW, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 19: MSW, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 23: All SU Grad Programs Open House, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Feb. 4: MA Criminal Justice, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9:  MFA, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Feb. 10: MSW, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18: MSW, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 29: MSW, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Mar 1: MFA, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Mar 3:  MA Criminal Justice, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Winter Quarter Holidays
Jan. 18: Offices closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb. 15: Offices Closed for President’s Day
Mar 25 & 28: Offices Closed for Easter Holiday Break

Save the Date
Feb. 11: Internship Fair, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Feb. 11: A Conversation with Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O'Toole. Larry Hubbell, Institute of Public Service Director, and Joni Balter, multi-media journalist and professional in residence, interview Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O'Toole. 6:30pm, Pigott Auditorium. Free and open to the public. RSVPs requested here.  

Apr. 21: Dean’s Coffee Hours, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

May 5: Imagining the World Awards Reception

June 3: All College Day

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