Dean's Monthly Memo, March 2015

Upcoming Deadlines

Endowed Mission Grant Applications: March 20


Installation of Jason Wirth as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities
Plan to join Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., at the installation of Philosophy Professor Jason Wirth as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities at 4 p.m. on April 17 in Casey Commons. The Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities, a two-year appointment, is awarded 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. Wirth will use his award to further scholarship on the relationship of philosophy and religious life through symposia, conferences, and lectures.

Following the installation, Shūdō Brian Schroeder will present “Practice-Realization: Zen Master Dogen and Original Awakening.” Schroeder, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Religious Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology, is also an ordained Sōtō Zen priest, co-director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, and co-editor of the SUNY Press Series in Contemporary Italian Philosophy. A reception immediately follows.

Special Opportunity for SU Students and Alumni to Study and Visit China

Associate Dean and History Professor Kan Liang and History Department Chair Tom Taylor are making available to all SU alumni participation in their spring quarter course “China: past and present,” followed by a tour of China beginning June 22.  The group of alumni and students will visit Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai, the three most important cities in modern Chinese history, and Suzhou, one of China’s oldest cities and its second largest manufacturing center.  Details here.

Endowed Mission Grant Applications Due March 20

The Endowed Mission Fund is now accepting grant applications for the 2015-16 academic year.
Applications are due by 2 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2015. The Endowed Mission Fund provides grants to faculty and staff for mission-related projects, research and personal development. Please contact Eddie Salazar with any questions or for more information on the application process.


Social Work Instructor Morna McEachern organized the 2015 annual conference of the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium held at the Canadian Consulate in Seattle in February. McEachern is the program director of the consortium. History Professor Thomas Murphy, S.J., gave a keynote address, and several SU students gave presentations.

In the News: An art exhibit at Seattle University's Hedreen Gallery, called "New Beach," intends to give you the chilled out feeling a beach can provide, in  More here.

In the News: Psychology Professors Kathleen Cook and Randall Horton on why the Seahawks’ loss hurts so much, in Seattle Met here

Theology and Religious Studies Professor Cynthia Moe-Lobeda gave a keynote address, ““Dismantling Ecological and Economic Violence,” at the “Why Water is Sacred” Ecumenical Conference on Climate Change, held in Santa Barbara  in February. Sponsors included California Lutheran University, the ELCA Hunger Education Fund, and the Episcopal Diocese of LA.

Fr. Patrick Kelly presented at the “Sports as Virtue,” a conference at St. John’s, NY, sponsored by Ponti Council for Culture in February.

English Professor Sharon Cumberland gave a free two-hour poetry writing class at the Greenwood Senior Center on Feb. 13.

David S. Bornus, policy and compliance director for the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in the Minnesota Department of Human Services, gave a rave review of Criminal Justice Professors Elaine Gunnison and Jacqueline Helfgott’s book Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment in the September-October 2014 issues of Corrections Today. He wrote that the book is recommended reading for executive and legislative policymakers and those in the judiciary who structure sentencing and intermediate sanctions.”

In the News: Psychology Professor Emeritus Steen Halling's op ed on love, forgiveness, and healing appeared in the Seattle Times here.

In the News: Criminal Justice Professor Matt Hickman on the shooting of an unarmed man in Pasco, in the Tri-City Herald  here.

Professor Rose Ernst will be a guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin in July. She will be a part of the Twentieth Century Histories of Knowledge about Human Variation research group; her project is  "Endless Subjects: Administrative Racial Discourses in the Development of the Welfare State."

In the News: Criminal Justice Professors Peter Collins and Al O'Brien testified at Washington State House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing on HB 1739, which proposes to eliminate the death penalty and replace it with life in prison without the possibility of parole.  More here

In the News: Professors Joni Balter and Larry Hubbell, Institute of Public Service, hosted an open forum with Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes to talk about issues related to the legalization of marijuana in the state. On KUOW radio here


Kelly Brown, MNPL 2016, was named Executive Director of North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank

Congratulations to the following alumni who received Fulbright awards:

  • Grace Mahoney '10, English major, full grant, Ukraine: Ukrainian Heritage and Identity in Lviv's Festival Culture
  • Jasmine Magana '11, Strategic Communications/Art History, full grant, United Kingdom: Legacy of Exchange: Contemporary Installation Art from Latin America in the UK
  • Kevin Kopetz '14, History major, Germany, English Teaching Assistantship
  • Arica Jeffrey, '14, English major, Czech Republic, English Teaching Assistantship 


It was standing room only at the Psi Chi career night for psychology majors to meet professionals from a wide variety of psychology and psychology-related careers. Psi Chi is Seattle University's chapter of the International Honors Society in Psychology. Special thanks to Psi Chi members and Career Services staff for making the event such a success.

Tau Sigma Honor Society Inductees

On Tuesday February 24, 23 College of Arts and Sciences students were formally recognized for induction into the Tau Sigma National Transfer Student Honor Society. Candidacy for membership in the Seattle University chapter of Tau Sigma is granted to those students who have transferred to Seattle University having completed at least one year at a prior institution and earned an exemplary grade point average during their first term at SU.  Please congratulate the following Arts and Sciences students: Chloe Belisle (SPEX), Ouida Bryson (PHTO), Amy DeBonis (PHTO), Alexandra Reinken (ARTH), Tre Smith (HIST), Christopher Toomey (STCM), Brandon Kilpatrick (ENGL), Zachary Barovsky (CRJS), Marie-Louise Dippenaar (PUBA), Desiree Ender (CRJS), JoAnna Frazier (LBST), Hannah Gorlick (STCM), Kellen Hunter LaVoy (INST), Audrey Johnson (ANTH), Elisa Kumar (CRJS), Mallory Luteran (SOWK), Mark Nebel (SPEX), Huyen Nguyen (SOWK), Madeline Sharpe (DIDS), Kabrianna Tamura (CRJS), Christina Tjahjono (ARTH), Michael Tommins (EVST), William Trogdon (DIDS).


Spring Sabbaticals: Tomas Guillen and Nalini Iyer are on sabbatical for the spring quarter.


Details are on the Campus Calendar.

March 3: Al Mann Memorial Lecture featuring Professor Sheldon Anderson on “Yalta: the Meeting that Changed to World,” 7:00 p.m. Wyckoff Auditorium. There will be a no host reception for alumni at the Rhein Haus Restaurant (912 12th Avenue).   

March 7: Lenten Prayer Concert: “Come to the Water,” 8:00 p.m., Chapel of St. Ignatius. Freewill offering.

March 9: Art lecture, "Steven Holl’s Architectonic Departures from the Art of Seeing: Sensory, Perceptual and Emotional Perspectives on Museums," by Professor Friedhelm Mennekes, S.J.,Art History Institute of the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelm Universitaet, Bonn, Germany, 6:00 p.m., Chapel of St. Ignatius. Free.

March 12: Student Chamber Concert with Guest Choreographer Donald Bryd, 7:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium Tickets: $5 students; $8 faculty/staff; $10 general public. 

March 13 - April 10: Advanced Studio Exhibition, curated by Francisco Guerrero, Vachon Gallery. Free.

March 14: Seminar Discussion with Robert Stolorow,  PhD, 11 a.m., Casey 517. This event is open to the public. Cost: Free for students and $25 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets. Includes 2 CEUs.

March 14: MAP Lecture Series: Emotional Trauma: A Phenomenological-Contextual, Existential, and Ethical Perspective with Robert Stolorow, PhD,  6 - 9: p.m. This event is open to the public. Cost: $10 for students and $25 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets. Includes a light dinner, opportunities for networking, and 2 CEUs.

April 8 – May 9: Art Exhibit, “After Seattle (The psychogeographic Cascadia),” co-curated with Amanda Manitach and Charles Mudede, Hedreen Gallery, Free.

Save the Date

April 17: Installation of Philosophy Professor Jason Wirth as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities at 4 p.m. Casey Commons.

April 21: Spring Job and internship Fair, 11:30am-2:30pm, Campion Ballroom.

June 5: All College Day
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