Dean's Monthly Memo, June 2015

Upcoming deadlines

June 17: Due date for nonexempt employee time sheets to be submitted to the Payroll Office.
June 17: Due date for leave reports for exempt employees to be submitted to the Payroll Office.
July 17: Due date for submission of fiscal year 2015 invoices and reimbursements to the Controller’s Office
July 24: Due date for submission of fiscal year 2015 journal entry requests for correction of errors or reclassifications

Oct. 1: All proposals for 2015-16 for Curriculum Committee review are due to the Rhonda Woods . This includes the following:
• Proposals for study abroad courses
• Proposals for significant curricular changes and changes which involve the budgeting process
• Proposals for program changes which do not involve the budgeting process
• Proposals to create a new course of a new core course
• Proposals for other curricular changes
The forms are available on the Provost’s page here.
A checklist is on the T:drive at College of Arts and Sciences/All/Curriculum Committee Forms.
All completed forms should be submitted to Rhonda Woods by your department chair.



Seattle University’s commencement ceremonies will take place at Key Arena on Sunday, June 14, 2015, with the undergraduate ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the graduate ceremony at 3:00 p.m. We look forward to your participation in these important events.  If you will be robing and processing during either of the ceremonies, we ask that you please RSVP through the website here. Please do so as soon as possible but no later than June 5.  
All College Day

Plan to join faculty and staff as raise a glass to toast our award recipients and enjoy delightful refreshments. June 5,  Casey Atrium, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.


Rave reviews for the cast and crew of Picnic showing at the Lee Center through May 17. The production was directed by Theatre Professor Ki Gottberg, chair of the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership. More here and here.


Film Studies Professor Georg Koszulinski showed a collection of his recent work "Hallucinatory Maps" at the Grand Illusion Cinema on May 12.  More here.

Anthropology Professor Harriet Phinney co-hosted the 3rd Cascadia Seminar: Ethnographic Adventures in Medical Anthropology, which focused on how health and illness are shaped by global, political, economic and historical factors. More here.

In the news: Communication Professor Barry Mitzman on local public broadcasting, an op ed in the Seattle Times here.

Associate Dean Kathleen LaVoy received ROTC’s Major General Patrick H. Brady Spirit of Service Award from President Sundborg, S.J. in recognition of her service to the ROTC Brady Battalion and campus community.

Professor Greg Tuke, Internship Coordinator in the International Studies Department, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award for 2015-16. He will be working with faculty at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India. More here.

Psychology Professor Kira Mauseth, Alumni Jordan Skalisky ('14) and Ray Kaffer ('13), and Noel Clark published "Substance Use in Muslim Culture: Social and Generational Changes in Acceptance and Practice in Jordan,” in the Journal of Religion and Health, here.

In the news:  Findings from a study issued by Criminal Justice Professors Peter Collins and Matt Hickman, along with Law School faculty Robert C. Boruchowitz and Mark A. Larrañaga, continue to be referenced in debates on the death penalty. Here in the Christian Science Monitor.

Psychology Professor Emeritus Steen Halling presented "Leaning into Transcendence: More Grace than Will" at the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists Meeting at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, on May 23.

Professor  Brian McCullough, Master of Sport Administration and Leadership program, has been elected Secretary of the North American Society for Sport Management. The association is a leader in the field for academics and practitioners alike. This is McCullough’s second consecutive term as Secretary, and he will serve in the role for two years.

Professor Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Departments of Modern Languages and Women and Gender Studies, is the first recipient of the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors. She will be recognized at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 14, and at the Provost’s Convocation in the fall.


Congratulations to Laura Hauck-Vixie on receiving the university’s Excellence in Leadership Staff Award . She is a double alumna, having earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish and Sociology in 2003 and a master's degree in Student Development Administration in 2006. More here.


English Professor Charles Tung reported that the English Department had a record number of students presenting at national and regional undergraduate conferences this year. More here

Congratulations to these Class of 2015 undergraduate students who received Arts and Sciences awards:

  • 2015 Hickey Award: Jacqueline Wallis. Philosophy and Cell and Molecular Biology
  • 2015 LeRoux Leadership Award: Elizabeth MacGregor, English
  • 2015 Department Award recipients can be found here.
  • Join us in support of all Class of 2015 student awardees at the A&S Annual Student Awards Ceremony & Reception on Friday, June 12 from 4:00-6:00pm in Pigott Auditorium. More here

Congratulations to these graduate students who received Arts and Sciences awards:

  • Wallace Loh Award: Lucas Trout, Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Leadership and Professional Engagement Award, Jacinta Tegman, Master of Nonprofit Leadership
  • Social Justice and Community Engagement Award, Stephanie Martinez, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Congratulations to these students from the College of Arts and Sciences on receiving campus-wide awards:

  • Distinguished Graduates:  Robin Curry, senior, English & Liberal Studies, and and Nguyen Tran, senior, Psychology
  • Mission Award for Diversity: Meredith Guido, sophomore, Sociology
  • Mission Award for Faith: Maya Lall, junior, Visual Arts
  • Mission Award for Justice: Delaney Piper. junior, Environmental Studies

2015-16 Naef Scholarship Awards
President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., announced the 2015-16 Naef Scholars. The Naef Scholars are among the university’s very finest students. The scholarship they receive was made possible by an endowment gift from the estate of Sue M. Naef. Naef Scholars are selected after a very extensive selection process, which takes place in the spring. They must receive endorsements from faculty and staff and undergo interviews before being chosen by the Naef Scholarship Selection Committee. For more information about the Naef Scholars, please contact Dr. David Madsen, who oversees the program.

Congratulations again to this year’s recipients from the College of Arts and Sciences (*returning Naef Scholar):

  • Mallory Barnes-Ohlson, senior, Sociology
  • Koji Clark, junior, Psychology
  • Jennifer Cruz, senior, Psychology
  • Isaac Gardon,* senior, Strategic Communications
  • Calvin Garrett,* senior, Sociology & Women and Gender Studies
  • Grace Goodwin,*senior, English & Sociology
  • Kasey Deems, senior, Creative Writing & History
  • Alyssa Garcia, senior, Public Affairs
  • Madelyn Glasco, senior, History
  • Samantha Garrard, junior, Public Affairs
  • August Hastings, senior, History
  • Hailee Johnson, senior, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
  • Delaney Piper,* senior, Environmental Studies
  • Brendan Kehoe, junior, Economics & English
  • Erik Kiffe, junior, Criminal Justice
  • Emma Scherer, senior, Digital Design


In the news: Victoria Holt, BFA '12, is featured in "An Eye for Art" in the Capitol Hill Times here.



To Institute of Public Affairs Program Coordinator Danielle Potter and husband Brian on the birth of their son Bennett Potter Dague, weighing in at 8 lbs 5.3 oz and 21 1/4 inches, on May 14.

To Criminal Justice Professor Will Parkin on his marriage to Claudia Escobedo on April 25.

Free coffee Mondays

We welcome the return of Free Coffee Monday. Simply present your Campus Card and own reusable mug at the Bottom Line or Cherry Street Market on Monday mornings beginning Monday June 15th  through August 31st to receive a free drip coffee or tea.

Summer Friday hours

Friday, June 19th, is our first early Friday of the summer. We will close at 3:00 every Friday through September 4th (preceding Labor Day weekend).  Please read below for specific guidelines regarding summer Friday hours. Please note the following exceptions and important guidelines for summer Friday hours:

  • The early release applies to Friday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, and may not be used to alter work hours at any other time, unless an exception is approved in advance in writing by Human Resources and the supervisor.
  • The shorter work day applies to those who are normally scheduled to work after 3:00 pm on Fridays.  In those relatively few cases where a person’s regular full-time shift ends earlier than 4:30 pm on Friday, a full-time employee may be released 1.5 hours earlier than their regular shift ending time, with the supervisor’s prior written approval.
  • Exceptions will also be permitted if an employee is required to work after 3:00 p.m. on Friday (because an office must remain open, for example)  In such cases, the employee may leave 1.5 hours earlier on another day during the same or following work week, as approved in advance in writing by the supervisor.
  • An employee who uses a vacation, sick day or other personal leave day on a Friday is charged with a full day and does not receive an “extra” 1.5 hours to use at another time.
  • An employee who does not use the 1.5 hours early release time each Friday will not be “cashed out” or paid for the time not used.  This is not a pay benefit.  The time does not accumulate and may not be carried over from week to week.

Except as noted above, it is the university’s policy to provide coverage in all offices during normal working hours, and employees are expected to work their regular schedule.  Any proposal for an exception to “Summer Friday Hours" should be directed to Human Resources.  

Use it or lose it.

Please remember that only a portion of unused vacation may be carried over after the June 30 fiscal year-end. As of July 1, any unused vacation that exceeds the annual award (plus 5 extra days) will be forfeited. Now is an appropriate time to discuss your year-end vacation situation with your supervisor. Your current vacation balance is available on SU Online as part of your electronic pay advice.

Also, June is the month to correct payroll records if you haven’t reported all of your vacation and/or sick leave for fiscal year 2014-2015. Please deliver your exception leave report to the Payroll Office by June 17. The Payroll Office is located at 1218 East Cherry Street, Seattle, WA 98122 (Building #19 on the campus map).

The following reminder is for exempt staff only (those who aren’t eligible for overtime). Time off for exempt staff is recorded in full-day increments only.  Be sure to record your time away on the Leave Report for Exempt Staff form accessible at approval of time off is required. Please be sure to submit your report in a timely manner. 


Details are on the Campus Calendar.

June 3: Social Work Pinning and PI Appreciation Luncheon
June 4 – 18: Honors Showcase, Kinsey Gallery; Opening Reception, Performances and Presentations June 12
June 4: Spring Chamber Concert
June 5: Stem + Art = Steam: What Might the Sum Look Like at SU? Audience roundtable and panel with discussion leaders Allison Henrich (Chair, Mathematics), Naomi Hume (Chair, Art and Art History), and Mark Roddy (Professor, Education) and audience roundtable. Brown bag lunch, coffee/tea provided. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Casey 517.
June 7: Viola Recital for SU Students
June 12: A&S Awards Ceremony, 4 – 6 p.m.
June 12: Fine Arts Honors Showcase Opening Reception, Performances and Presentations
June 13: MFA Arts Leadership Summary Project Presentations

The next Dean’s Monthly Memo will publish in September. Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by August 25. Have a good summer.

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