Dean's Monthly Memo, June 2016


All College Day: June 3

Join your colleagues and friends for award presentations to outstanding faculty and staff, good food, and good cheer as we celebrate on All College Day, June 3, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m., ADAL Rolfe Community Room.

A&S Awards Ceremony: June 10

Plan to join Dean Powers in recognizing the accomplishments of our senior undergraduate students on Friday, June 10, at 4:00 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium for our annual Arts and Sciences Awards Ceremony. Mingle with graduates and their families in the atrium at the reception immediately following.

New Gaffney and Pigott McCone Chairs for 2016-18

Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., has supported the recommendations of the Arts & Sciences Gaffney Chair Selection Committee and the Pigott-McCone Chair Selection Committee. He has appointed Professor and Theology and Religious Studies Department Chair Sharon Suh to be the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities, and Professor Jeanette Rodriguez of Theology and Religious Studies to be the Reverend Louis Gaffney, S.J., Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Both appointments are for two years beginning July 2016.

The Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities is dedicated to promoting scholarly life among faculty. The President of Seattle University bestows this award to a member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty who is an outstanding teacher and scholar in one of the basic humanities disciplines. Professor Suh will focus scholarly engagement on the theme “Occupy This Body: Meditation as Political and Recuperative Strategy.” Her interest in mindfulness as a component of social justice is in many disciplines and fits the university mission very well.

The Reverend Louis Gaffney Chair, made possible by the Jesuit community at Seattle University, promotes issues related to the Jesuit commitment to faith that does justice and supports the Jesuit ideal of teaching. Professor Rodriguez will address the topic “Women’s Leadership and Partnership in Jesuit Higher Education.” Her proposal focused on making a substantial and enduring contribution to greater inclusion of women in the university’s Jesuit mission, particularly in leadership roles.

Special thanks to the committee members for their careful review and recommendations.
Pigott McCone Committee: Angelique Davis, Theresa Earenfight, Jeanette Rodriguez, Marie-Antoinette Smith, Jason Wirth and David Powers (chair, non-voting member).
Gaffney Committee: Ted Fortier, Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs,  Kevin Krycka, Matt Rellihan, Tom Taylor and David Powers (chair, non-voting member).

Modern Languages Adds Arabic

In response to growing demand, the Department of Modern Cultures and Languages has added a three-course sequence in Arabic starting September 2016. In addition to learning the core structural elements of the language, students will broaden their awareness of the history, geography, fine arts, literature, and daily lives of Arabic-speaking peoples. Professor Amina Moujtahid, a native speaker of both Arabic and French who currently teaches French in the department, will teach all three courses. More here.

Ebasa Sarka Joins the Faculty

The Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work welcomes Ebasa B. Sarka as assistant professor, effective September 2016. Sarka, who received his MSW and PhD from the University of Washington, focuses his teaching and research on the impacts of childhood adversity, racial disparities in social child welfare, intervention and prevention of child maltreatment, and multicultural approaches to social work practice with children, youth, and families. Sarka will teach in the MSW and BSW degree programs. More here.


SU theatre alumni Meme Garcia ‘15 and current theatre student Dylan Zucati are cast in Hamlet at Wooden O this summer! Wooden O, a component of the Seattle Shakespeare Company, presents free outdoor productions in area parks during the summer. Details here.


In the News: Criminal Justice Professor Jacqueline Helfgott comments on the Seattle Police Department’s use of social media, in the Atlantic here.

Criminal Justice Professor Matt Hickman published “Untested Sexual Assault Kits: Searching for an Empirical Foundation to Guide Forensic Case Processing Decisions” with Kevin J. Strom in Criminology and Public Policy here. His research contributes critically important information for criminal justice policy makers tackling questions about prioritization and analysis decisions for untested sexual assault kits.

Communication Professor Chris Paul published ““EVE Online Is Hard and it Matters”  in Internet Spaceships are Serious Business: An EVE Online Reader (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). EVE Online is an extremely popular multiplayer online game with millions of dollars in sales. The chapter argues that the design of the game works to push new players away from the game, which hones the community of people playing it and helps them believe they are better and more skilled than those who drop out. More here. He also gave two presentations at the Tampere Workshop on Money and Games, held in Tampere, Finland: “Performing Masculinity: Free-to-Play and Money” and, with Mia Consalvo, “ Value Crafting: Indie Game Developers and Risk Management.”

Faculty in the News: Political Science Professor Angelique Davis wrote an op ed on "Why black mothers live in fear of the police," published in the Seattle Times here.

Political Science Professor Rose Ernst published, with Political Science alum Hajer Al-Faham ’11, "Between Society and the State: Gendered Racialization and Muslim Americans" in Studies in Law, Politics and Society (Emerald-Insight, 2016). In their study, they found gendered patterns of racial violence emanating from state and society. According to the interviews, the primary source of the racial violence against women is “society” while men are targeted in a complex configuration of state and society. Al-Faham is currently a PhD student in Government at Cornell University.

Communication Professor Rick Malleus reviewed "From the Confucian Way to Collaborative Knowledge Co-Construction" in the National Academic Advising Association’s Journal. The association is a higher education organization for academic advising. More here.

In the News: Institute of Public Service Professor Marie Wong WONG was interviewed about urban gentrification on CCTV America, the American production and broadcast arm of CCTV News (China Central Television). CCTV reaches more than 1.2 billion people. Watch the interview here.

English Professor Nalini Iyer published “Revisiting India’s Partition: New Essays on Memory, Culture, and Politics,” which explores the long-term impacts of the Partition on South Asia and includes perspectives from the often neglected voices of women, ethno-religious minorities, and other marginalized populations. More here.

Sociology Professor Rachel Luft  gave a keynote address at the "Building Resilience to Disasters: A Community-wide Strategy - A UASI Vulnerable Populations Disaster Planning Conference" attended by city, county, and state emergency managers and community agencies. The title of her presentation was "Beyond Resilience: Disaster, Inequality, and Justice."

Political Science Professor Yitan Li, presented “Deliberate Ambiguity: The Triangular U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations” at the Chinese Academic Lectures, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. During the lecture, Professor Li discussed the recent presidential election and power transition in Taiwan and its implications for U.S.-China-Taiwan relations.

Sean McDowell, Director of the University Honors Program, has been elected President of the South-Central Renaissance Conference, one of the largest regional Renaissance conferences in the U. S., which annually draws scholars from Europe as well as North America. In February, he was invited to give a paper on “Opening Donne and Herbert Through Openings,” an essay on teaching seventeenth-century poetry, at the 31st Annual John Donne Society Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In March, he presented an essay on “Place Foolishness in Marvell’s Urban Satires” at the South-Central Renaissance Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. In June, he will give a paper on Early Modern poet and politician Andrew Marvell at the “Marvell and Europe” conference in Mulhouse and Strasbourg, France.

Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellows 2016-17

The Center for Community Engagement announced that Professors Hazel Hahn (History), Tara Roth (English), and Kevin Ward (Institute of Public Service) received Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellowships for 2016-17.  Fellows meet regularly to support each other in the process of revising a syllabus to include service-learning and receive a stipend and curriculum resources focused on the use of service-learning as a pedagogy.


Alumni in the News: Judge Richard Jones, Public Affairs class of 1972, is receiving two prestigious awards this week: Charles E. Odegaard Award from the University of Washington and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. Past recipients of the Ellis Medal include six U.S. presidents. Details here.

Alumni in the News: Merica Whitehall, Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program class of 2007, executive director of the nonprofit Nature Consortium, was featured in the West Seattle Herald, here.


Graduate student Mark Thorrington, Master of Sport Administration and Leadership, received a grant from the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability to develop a strategic framework for environmental sustainability for the Los Angeles Football Club, a Major League Soccer expansion team with its inaugural season starting in March 2018. More here.

Social Work student Blaise Wittenauer-Lee, class of 2017, has qualified for Olympic trials. She is only the second Seattle U swimmer in program history to qualify for Olympic trials. More here

2016 Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Awards for the College of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to the following students who will receive awards at commencement:
Leadership and Professional Engagement Award: Krista Williams, Master of Nonprofit Leadership
Wallace Loh Academic Excellence Award: Neshia Alaovae, Master of Arts in Psychology
Social Justice and Community Engagement: Dominica Myers, Master of Nonprofit Leadership
Hickey Award: Jen Cruz, BS in Psychology
LeRoux  Leadership Award: Feeza Mohammad, BA in Sociology and BA in Humanities for Leadership

In addition, the Graduate Commencement Speaker is Neshia Alaovae, MA in Existential Phenomenological Therapeutic Psychology

2016 Campus-wide award recipients from the College of Arts and Sciences
The Mission Award for Care: Melia Lawrence, Strategic Communications
The Mission Award for Justice: Emma Creegan, Psychology
Spirit of Seattle U: Areesa Somani, Political Science, and  Annet Rangel, Strategic Communications
St. Peter Faber Integrity Award: Jen Cruz, Psychology
Distinguished Graduating Students: Alyssa Garcia, Public Affairs; Maya Lall, Catholic Studies; and Delaney Piper, Environmental Studies

Recipients of the 2016-2017 Naef Scholarship

Along with our Sullivan Scholars and Bannan Scholars, the Naef Scholars are among the university’s very finest students. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be undergraduates in their junior and senior years who have maintained a GPA of 3.4 or above. They must also demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to serving the university and the wider community. Professor David Madsen, who oversees the program. Congratulations to these Naef Scholars from the College of Arts and Sciences:

Garth Ball, Junior, Theater/ English
Conner Chung, Junior, Psychology/Criminal Justice
Koji Clark*, Senior, Psychology/ Economics
Nicolas Cruz, Junior, Sociology
Victoria Deleon Guerrero, Senior, Theater/Liberal Studies
Brendan Kehoe,* Senior, Economics/English
Arthur Moss Hawkins, Senior, International Studies
Madelaine Pine, Senior, Psychology
Annet Rangel, Junior, Communications
Claire Rawson, Senior, Social Work
Zeena Rivera, Junior, Psychology/Humanities for Leadership
Anya Vindla, Senior, Political Science
*Returning Naef Scholar


Reminder: Changes to Procurement Policy. The new procurement policy takes effect on June 1, 2016. Details here.

An Update to Event Planners from Conference and Events: In STCN 130, there is a relay failure similar to the Boeing Room and the projector keeps getting stuck in the ceiling. If a meet is scheduled, CES can quickly reset the system to deploy the projector at that time without the client having to call HelpDesk. CES no longer has the conditional hold for cameras on Wednesdays. Standard video recording requests do not need a Tech Monitor. The laptops on media carts can only access internet via hardline connection due to a restriction that doesn’t save login credentials on WiFi. If booking an event in Vachon Gallery or Atrium that lacks a network jack, clients will need to have their own laptop with WiFi capabilities to connect to the network. Contact Aly Taylor with questions or concerns.


Details are on the Campus Calendar.

June 2 – 18:  Honors Exhibition and Showcase, Lee Center for the Arts
     Reception: June 10,  6 – 8 p.m.
Now through June 14: BFA Photography exhibit, Vachon Gallery.
June 3: All College Day, 3:30 – 6 p.m. Casey Atrium
June 10: Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Awards Ceremony, 4 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
June 18: “The Last Salmon,” written and directed by Theatre Professor Ki Gottberg, has its Seattle premiere on June 18 in the Lee Center for the Arts, 2 and 7 p.m. Details here.

Orientation Dates

Transfer Orientations
June 28: Transfer Orientation (concurrent family program)
July 5: Transfer Orientation (consolidated session)
July 6: Transfer Orientation
July 28: Transfer Orientation
Aug. 6: Orientation in Hawaii
Sept. 7: Transfer Orientation (concurrent family program)
Sept. 8: Transfer Orientation (consolidated session)
Sept. 14: Make-Up Transfer Orientation
First Time in College Orientations
July 7-8: Summer in Seattle
July 11-12: Summer in Seattle
July 14-15: Summer in Seattle
July 18-19: Summer in Seattle
Sept. 15: Make-up Summer in Seattle Orientation

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