Dean's Monthly Memo, March 2018


The College of Arts & Sciences is well-represented in the 2018 Alumni Awards

Jan Dwyer, '70 and her husband, Jim, '69, Alumni of the Year, are being honored for their lifelong commitment and leadership to Seattle University and their influence on the university and the greater community. Learn more.

Peter Lee, PhD, ’64, University Service Award, is one of Seattle University’s earliest international students and most actively engaged. Lee led the Hong Kong alumni chapter for 17 years. He made the lead contribution and secured the remaining funds for the Asian Studies Program and established the Peter L. Lee Endowed Lectureship in East Asian Culture and Civilization. Learn more.

Professor David Madsen, PhD, ’69, Distinguished Faculty Award, graduated from Seattle University and then joined the faculty in 1981 as an assistant professor. Associate professor in the history department since 1996, Madsen has directed the University Honors Program, moderates the Naef Scholars and has served as Grand Marshall for 18 years. Learn more.

Shasti Conrad, ’07 Outstanding Recent Alumna, is a dynamic change maker whose work is guided by diversity and inclusion. She was a White House intern under President Barack Obama and then moved to a West Wing job with the senior advisor to the president. As a Princeton Graduate Fellow, she worked with The Malala Fund, traveling with Malala Yousafzai to the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. Conrad is the U.S. campaign manager for the 100 Million Campaign. Learn more.

The 33rd Annual Alumni Awards will be held May 4. Information is here.

Seattle U Choirs alums are invited to attend the May 5 Choirs reunion, celebrate with retiring director Joy Sherman, DMA, and perform at the concert that night.


Of Gifts and Gratitude

It’s in the mail (or email): On February 28, the College of Arts and Sciences annual direct mail appeal landed in Alumni mail and email inboxes. This year’s letter to all undergraduate program alumni, donors and friends featured student Gabriel Narvaez, '18, Sociology Major & Honors Student. Graduate level alumni received a letter from Dean Powers and, new this year, the envelopes and suggested designation for graduates’ donations were matched with their specific program gift fund to encourage greater support for their graduate program. Calling to appeal for support for the College of Arts & Sciences will follow these efforts running April 15 through May 24.

Save the Date – May 15, Seattle University Celebrating SUccess Annual Scholarship Luncheon to invite donors to meet scholarship recipients. Faculty directors, advisors for scholarships are welcome to attend with recipients – space is limited so please let Katie Chapman know if you plan to attend to verify your donors are confirmed.

Scholarships & Endowment Minimums and Myriad Details:

Yes, scholarships may be designated by donors to align with their interests – and in general it is best to guide donors toward supporting students demonstrating financial need, interest in fields of study, majors/programs to make sure we are able to award the scholarships now and into the future.

  • Named, annually funded scholarships require a commitment of $25,000 or $5,000 per year for five years in order to set up a new fund with the Controller’s Office.
  • Endowed Scholarships require a minimum of $50,000. When funds are invested by December 31, distributions may begin from the fund the following fiscal year at the Trustee-determined spending policy, currently 4.5% of the last 12 quarters’ rolling market average value. As specified in the official endowment agreement, awards are made according to donors’ criteria facilitated with the collaboration of the College Department, University Advancement (Development Director and Stewardship Representative) and Student Financial Services (thank you, Yen Ngo and Edith Larson).
  • Endowed Professorships are established with a minimum commitment of $500,000 to $1.5 million and provide financial support for a faculty member in the College. It may provide partial salary support, research support or other support to help achieve scholarly goals. Professorships may be granted to assistant or associate professors.
  • Endowed Chairs require a minimum gift of $2 million, depending on discipline and market salary requirements. An endowed chair may provide partial to full salary and program funding to help achieve the faculty member’s scholarship. Chairs are usually granted to tenured, full professors.

If you have questions about scholarships for your students or ideas about alumni and donors who may be interested in sharing support, contact Katie Chapman, by email, 206.398.4401, or stop by Casey 109.



Harmony Arnold, MFA, Associate Professor, Performing Arts & Arts Leadership (Theatre, Costume) is working with SU alum and Costume Design Assistant at Village Theatre, Brynne McKeen. This video illustrates this great example of how student/faculty scholarship continues on into the professional workplace. 

The Department of Criminal Justice faculty and students presented papers and roundtables at two conferences in February, The Western Society of Criminology (three faculty, two MACJ students, and one alum) and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (three faculty, seven MACJ students, and one alum.). Papers presented:

WSC Annual Meeting, Long Beach, Feb 1-3

  • Measurement of Potential Over-Policing in Communities: Hickman/Parkin.
  • Successful Women in Criminal Justice: Gunnison/Helfgott w/MACJ Students Autumn Murtagh, Michelle Newton, Bridgette Navejar.
  • Informed Consent: Autonomy Model Modernization Achieved Through Respect for Individual Liberty: Andrea Giuffre.
  • Matt Hickman received the WSC Joseph Lohman Award for Outstanding Contributions to WSC and Drs Gunnison and Helfgott attended in their capacity as Co-Editors for the WSC Journal Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society.
  • In addition, they ran into SUCJ alum Emily August at the conference who graduated BSCJ 2015 (who is now in a graduate program at San Diego State)

ACJS Annual Meeting New Orleans Feb 14-17

  • Badasses: The Rise of Women in Criminal Justice: Helfgott/Gunnison w/MACJ Students Autumn Murtagh (Presenter) and Bridgette Navejar.
  • Researching Copycat and Performance Crime: Methods and Social Media: Helfgott/Parkin. This a roundtable with Dr. Ray Surette from University of Central Florida who is well known scholar in the area of media and crime. Dr. Surette will be a featured speaker on Criminal Justice’s annual continuing education event along with Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole on June 1 and June 2.
  • Parole Board Members’ Perspectives on Modes of Inmate Evaluation: MACJ Student Andrea Giuffre
  • The Motivations of Becoming a Victimized Perpetrator in the Prison System: MACJ Student Elissa Kumar.
  • Policing Through the Lens of Oppression: Areas of Training for the Improvement of Racial Disparities: MACJ Student Lauren Morgan.
  • In addition to these presenters, members of the CJ Honor Society and other students attended, including Hannah Thompson-Gardner, Emily Holdeman, Susan Nembhard to support their fellow students and they ran into SUCJ alumni Loren Atherley from the Seattle Police Department (BACJ 2008/MACJ 2010).



KIRO TV hosts Live Town Hall: An Urgent Conversation on Guns, Wednesday, March 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium.  The event will feature Q&A with Governor Jay Inslee and a broad range of panelists representing different perspectives. Dr. Jackie Helfgott, Chair and Professor, Criminal Justice, will be on the panel to represent the criminological/criminal justice perspective on the role guns play in criminal behavior, particularly by individuals in crisis with mental health issues. RSVP is encouraged and available online.

Caitlin Ring Carlson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication, was heard on KUOW on February 12, discussing how colleges can protect free speech and the rights of their students, faculty and staff.

Rick Malleus, PhD, Associate Professor, Communication Department, chaired and presented on a panel at the Western States Communication Association annual conference in Santa Clara, CA. The panel was entitled: Mindful and Mindless Communication in Student Intercultural Reentry”. My presentation was entitled: “Is This Really What I Want to Say? Mindful and Mindless Communication in Students’ Reentry ‘Elevator Speeches.”

Molly Clark Hillard, PhD, Associate Professor, English, won the Provost's Summer Faculty Fellowship for 2018. I also had an essay accepted for Victorian Literature and Culture. She is also the new Coordinator of Student Research for the university.

Kevin Ward, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Institute of Public Service, and his graduate students in “Collaboration across Sectors” will present the findings of their inter-organizational social network analysis of the Parent Child Home Program to United Way of King County and their nine community partners on Tuesday, March 13 from 6:30-7:30pm in STCN 130.  They will also provide a consulting-style report for the collaborative. He also published two articles recently: Ward, K.D., Epstein, D., Varda, D., & Lane, B.  2018. “The Antecedents of Interagency Collaboration: The Case of FEMA Corps,” American Review of Public Administration, and Ward, K.D., Epstein, D., Varda, D., & Lane, B. 2018. “Measuring Performance in Interagency Collaboration: FEMA Corps.” Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy. 8(3): 172-200.

Ken Allan, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Art & Art History, presented a paper entitled, “Mark Tobey and Ed Kienholz: West Coast Urbanism and Forms of Community,” at the annual conference of the College Art Association in Los Angeles on February 23, 2018.  His paper looked at Tobey’s 1940s paintings of Pike Place Market and Kienholz’s sculptural replica of a famous Los Angeles bar as part of the panel “Remote Sensing: The American West in Modernity and After.” 

Onur Bakiner, PhD, has a new publication A key to Turkish politics? the center–periphery framework revisited," Turkish Studies (forthcoming). It is still available as an online copy, but will be available in hard-copy versions, too.

Henry Kamerling, PhD, History was a guest on Pretty Late, WGN, Feb. 21, discussing the Second Amendment and gun control.

Elizabeth Dale PhD, Assistant Professor in Nonprofit Leadership, was featured on the inaugural Fresh Research podcast with The Nonprofit Times. She will I will be presenting on “Million-dollar gifts by and for women: A new model of philanthropy?” with Diana Small, a second-year MNPL student, at the West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference April 27-28 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, PhD; Director, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture; Malcolm & Mari Stamper Chair; and Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies gave the keynote address at the preconference gathering of the Association of Catholic Colleges and University Mission Officers at the ACCU Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. with the theme Rethinking Catholic Higher Education is a Transformed Landscape on February 3-5.The title of the presentation was: [Re]claiming Catholic as Inclusive: A Necessary Step in Catholic Higher Education in the 21st Century

Rosa Joshi, MFA, Professor, Theatre, made her directing debut at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Feb with Henry V. Alumnus Jim Dykeman, daughter Tamara, granddaughter Sadie, joined Dean Powers, Ki Gottberg and Katie Chapman ’98 & ’17 attended opening weekend. Rosa will bring theatre students back to OSF in May, an experience sponsored by the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts.

Initial local reviews include The Siskiyou Daily: “ What director Rosa Joshi has done with this work is to be creative with the staging, but never losing sight of the language and story, as Henry V wages his war against France. This is a wonderfully layered production, where Joshi uses a number of theatrical elements beautifully to show this war and its human cost.” From Bend Source Weekly: “Rosa Joshi directs "Henry V," and does a masterful job. She is featured in two videos on the OSF website, Director Interview and Why Theatre? She was also interviewed on KUOW about her love of Shakespeare. On Monday, March 12, Rosa participated in a panel discussion, State of the Theatre: Shakespeare, Our Contemporary.

Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD, Director, Master of Social Work, has two new publications. Kang, Teaching Note - Constructing critical conversations: a model for facilitating classroom dialogue for critical learning. Journal of Social Work Education, 54 (1), 187-193. H.-K. & O'Neill, P. (2018).  Microaggressions in social work classrooms: strategies for pedagogical intervention. Journal of ethnic and cultural diversity in social work, 27 (1), 4-16. Kang, H.-K. & Garran, A.M. (2018).

Christopher A. Paul, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Department, has published a new book, The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games: Why Gaming Culture Is the Worst.



Jeanne (Reitz) Fekade-Selassie, BA Psychology, ’94, is the Project Director for Funders for Housing and Opportunity.

Celebrating Mentorship Success: Alumni & Students Connect: This year’s mentorship connection event was held on February 13. More than 70 students participated and met with 50 alumni. Thank you for encouraging participation among students and alumni. This event keeps improving and we will be putting forward next year’s date very soon.

Kevin Manning, BA Psychology, ’76 was named Vice President of Strategic Growth & Business Enhancement at IMPEC, a preeminent facility Management firm. He will concentrate on creating and selling the company’s Strategic Portfolio Planning, Workplace & Occupancy Planning, IWMS software and Financial Engineering offerings as well as IMPEC’s full range of Facility Management services, through mergers and acquisitions as well as organic growth.

English and Philosophy alum Nina Wallace published “A herstory lesson about five women whose World War II internment inspired them to action” in the San Diego Free Press.

Andrew Hoge, who studied Strategic Communication, is Seattle Magazine’s new style and society writer. From the interview:  Why did you choose Seattle? “I moved here to study strategic communications and business at Seattle University. One of the best decisions I ever made!”



This year, Seattle University nominated five students for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship , a highly competitive and prestigious national scholarship:  Tiffany Carpenter, Evelyn Chow, Connor Crinion, Kate Hannick, and Maggie Roberts. Of these five nominees, three are finalists: Evelyn Chow (Hawaii), Connor Crinion (California), and Kate Hannick (Missouri). These three students are now preparing for their interviews, which is the last step in becoming a Truman Scholar. Learn more about them.

The young Seattle University debaters continue to show great promise. Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook were in the semi-finals at the University of British Columbia tournament in January. After the semi-finals, Ryan spent hours researching Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts so they would do even better in the future. And more recently, Alyssa was the top novice speaker at the recent Willamette University tournament in February. Alyssa and Ryan, Matt Omiya and Brandon Stickels, and Caroline Guess and Flora Lloyd all placed in the top 20 at the tournament. The team is looking forward to upcoming tournaments at Pacific Lutheran University, Northwest University, and then Stanford University for the U.S. National Championship.

Seattle University's Ethics Bowl team, under the direction of Ben Howe, were in Chicago for the March 3-4 2018 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl national competition.  This is the first time that a team from SU has qualified for nationals.

Please congratulate the following College of Arts & Science students on their induction into the Tau Sigma National Transfer Student Honor Society.  They were inducted on March 6, 2018 and recognized for their academic excellence as transfer students.  Additionally, James Alexander, Digital Design Senior, inducted in 2017, was recognized for his leadership as Director of Communication of the club and for receiving a scholarship from the national office.

  • Adam Bruening
  • Courtney Baker
  • Stephen Brantzeg
  • Margaret Brown
  • Tabitha Brown
  • Jessica Cable
  • Brenalee Campbell
  • Tiffany Carpenter
  • Simone Chavez
  • Emilie Corthell
  • Amanda Diaz
  • Patrick Enrico
  • Ginan Fayed
  • Isabella A Flores
  • Andy Havens
  • Barbara Hoffman
  • Azrael Howell
  • Tyler Jardine
  • Maya Jungmann
  • Elena Larsen
  • Jovanka Lazovic
  • Kyle Lemon
  • Hanna-Marie Lucero
  • Katee Martinez
  • Kaitlyn McNally
  • Anna Moore
  • Jacob Prater
  • Nicollette Rindero
  • Kayla Sager-Riley
  • Marcus Schloredt
  • Amelia Strecker
  • Ghazaleh Vakili
  • Courtney Yasunaga

Environmental Studies student Jason McCue performed a concert on May 9 at Washington Hall. He's seeing his music career grow and was featured recently in The Seattle Times.



March 13, 6-8 p.m., ADM 203

Alumni Seminar Series, Christian Unity and World Peace: Ecumenism and Dialogue Among World Religions after 500 Years. More information.

March 15 - May 19, Hedreen Gallery

COLLAPSE: Recent Works by Dewey Crumpler, guest curated by Sampada Aranke. Public Conversation with Dewey Crumpler and Sampada Aranke April 12, 6:30 p.m.

April 17, 6-8:30 p.m., Casey Atrium

Displacement (The intersections of gentrification, immigration, and incarceration), Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work’s Social Justice Teach-In.

May 2, 5-7 p.m., ADAL, Kinsey Gallery

Imagining the World Photo Competition, opening reception at 5, with the awards ceremony at 6.

May 4, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel

Alumni Awards Celebration and Dinner - This year we celebrate three College of Arts and Sciences recipients:  David Madsen, PhD; Peter Lee, PhD; and Shasti Conrad. (See Announcements, above.)

May 4 & 5, 8 p.m., St. Joseph Church

Seattle U Choirs Spring Concerts, tickets available in Fine Arts, all faculty and staff get a discount: reserved seats are $20 instead of the normal $25 and general admission is $15 instead of $18.  Students tickets are $7 and apply to any student anywhere. Choirs alums invited to perform on May 5.

May 5, multiple times/locations

Alumni Reunion Weekend. Classes of 1968 and 2008, Choir Reunion, celebration of Joy Sherman’s retirement.

May 7, multiple times/locations

5-6:20 p.m., LeRoux Room

Peter L. Lee Endowed Lecture, Professor Robin Yates, “Chinese Science, Medicine, and Technology: Some Recent Discoveries and New Trends in the Field.” Pre-lecture reception at 4:30 p.m.

Special added event: 9:20-10:45 a.m., Casey Commons

Professor Grace Fong, “On My Birthday and When I am Sick: Women Reflecting on Aging in Qing Dynasty China.”

More College of Arts and Sciences events


Graduate Program Information Sessions

  • March 14, 1 p.m., Online, Master of Sport Administration and Leadership Online Info Session
  • March 14, 5:30 p.m., 516 Casey, Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
  • April 3, 5 p.m., Online, MFA Arts Leadership Virtual Info Session
  • April 11, 5:30 p.m., Online, Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
  • April 17, 4-6 p.m., Student Center, Graduate Open House
  • May 7, 5 p.m., Online, MFA Arts Leadership Virtual Info Session
  • June 20, 5 p.m., Online, MFA Arts Leadership Virtual Info Session

Academic Calendar

  • March 19, Last Class Day, Winter Quarter
  • March 20-24, Final Exam Week, Winter Quarter
  • March 25-April 2, Spring Break
  • March 28, Grades Due by Noon
  • March 28, Grades Posted on SU Online by 6pm
  • March 30-April 2, Easter Break
  • April 3, Classes Begin
  • April 8, Admitted Student Open House
  • April 9, Last Day to Add/Drop or Change Grading option
  • April 12, University Mission Day (Classes Before 1:30 p.m. cancelled)
  • April 14, Admitted Student Open House
  • April 16, Roster Checks For Spring Quarter Due
  • April 16-May 4, Advising Period: Fall 2018
  • May 1, Last Day to Remove “N” Grade: Spring 2017
  • May 4, Last Day to Remove “I” Grade: Winter 2018
  • May 7, Registration Begins: Fall 2018
  • May 18, Registration Begins: Fall 2018


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