Dean's Monthly Memo, May 2016


Congratulations to Our Fulbright and CEJS Award Winners

Six Seattle University students received 2016 Fulbright grant awards. That’s the most ever in a single year; the previous record was five. Seattle University consistently ranks as a top producer of Fulbright student and faculty awardees among master’s institutions nationally. Congratulations to these students, recent graduates and seniors, who will do their Fulbright year abroad beginning in the fall:

  • Stuart Haruyama, history, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA), Turkey
  • Lara Gooding, international studies, Fulbright ETA, Rwanda 
  • Helen Packer, humanities/English, Fulbright ETA, South Korea
  • Jennifer Cruz, psychology, Fulbright Research Grant, India. More here.
  • Meme Garcia-Cosgrove, theatre, Fulbright Study Grant, United Kingdom. More here.
  • Hannah Nia, environmental studies, Fulbright ETA, Colombia

The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability awarded a grant to graduate student Mark Thorrington, Master of Sport Administration and Leadership, to develop a sustainability strategic framework for the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). LAFC is a Major League Soccer expansion team with its inaugural season starting in March 2018. More here.

College Reorganization

The College has reorganized two graduate programs. The graduate programs in nonprofit leadership (Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Certificate in Fundraising Leadership), formerly administered by the Institute of Public Service, now comprise an independent unit that reports directly to Associate Dean Kathleen LaVoy. The graduate programs in sport administration (Master of Sport Administration and Leadership and Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership), formerly part of the Center for the Study of Sport and Exercise, also now comprise an independent unit that reports directly to Associate Dean Kathleen LaVoy. Professor Maureen Feit remains the director of the nonprofit graduate programs, and Professor Galen Trail, who returns from sabbatical this summer, is the director of the graduate programs in sport administration. Both programs are housed in the Jefferson building at 14th and Jefferson, 4th floor.

Now on Video

Faculty-Student Research: Influencing Public Opinion on Climate Change. Although most scientists and policymakers believe that climate change is real and is caused by human activities, almost 30% of the electorate are not convinced. Institute of Public Service Professor Jonathan Pierce used a form of storytelling called “policy narratives” to determine best ways to explain climate change. Watch the video, which features student Samantha Garrard, and read the article here.

Faculty Profile: Naomi Kasumi, Digital Design. Creating a new sacred space in one of the largest Buddhist training monasteries in Japan was challenging and humbling for Digital Design Professor Naomi Kasumi. In the fall of 2015, hundreds of thousands of people experienced “Sarit: Flow of Compassion” when they entered Soji-ji Temple in Yokohama during a month-long commemoration of the 650th anniversary of Daihonzan Soji-ji’s Second Abbot, Gasan Joseki Zenji. Read the article, and watch the video, which features design student Mandy Rusch, here

Imagining the World Photo Competition and Exhibit

The 8th annual Imagining the World Photo Competition and Exhibit celebrates our students and acknowledges our college’s commitment to global education.

Award Winners Study Abroad Category

  • First Place: Jake Alexander, senior, Interdisciplinary Arts-Photography major
  • Second Place: Kasey Williams, sophomore, Humanities for Leadership/Photography major
  • Third Place: Heidi Franz, junior, Photography

International Student Category

  • First Place: Bowen Chen, graduate student, MS in Finance
  • Second Place: Raghad Ashoor, sophomore, Civil Engineering
  • Third Place: Daniel Immanuel Ongkowidjojo, senior, Marketing

Join Dean Powers, our professional judges, and all award winners and honorable mention photographers at a reception on May 5, 5 – 7 p.m., ADAL. The exhibit runs through the end of May in Kinsey Gallery.

Reminder: The 2016 competition includes a category for faculty and staff.

Award Nominations Due May 13

On All College Day we take time to celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues and friends. This year we are scheduled to gather in the Casey Atrium on Friday, June 3, at 3:30 pm to share a glass of wine, nibble some munchies, enjoy each other’s company, and recognize outstanding staff and faculty. Please send one-page narrative nominations to Associate Dean S. Kathleen LaVoy here by Friday, May 13, and she will get them to a committee of last year’s winners for their review.

  • Outstanding Teaching Award provides the occasion for the college to recognize the successful embodiment of the Jesuit and Catholic ideal of liberal education by a colleague whose courses are recognized by students and faculty alike as being uncommonly rigorous and challenging, and whose delivery of these courses is again recognized by students and faculty members as having a major impact on the intellectual, spiritual, and/or personal development of the students. Innovative student-centered teaching methods deserve special recognition.
  • Outstanding Administrative Staff Award provides the occasion for the College to recognize a member of the administrative staff who has made an outstanding contribution to the staff, faculty, and students of the college.
  • Outstanding Scholarship Award provides the occasion for the college to recognize the publication of a book, the production of a creative work, or the publication of a series of articles by a colleague that scholars in her or his discipline judge as representing a significant contribution to the field.
  • Outstanding Service Award provides the occasion for the college to recognize a colleague who has given generously of his or her time and energy to the department, the college, the university, the community, or the profession, and whose service has had a significant positive impact on those to whom it has been given.
  • Outstanding Academic Advising Award provides the occasion for the college to recognize a colleague who has had a major impact on the intellectual, spiritual, and/or personal development of students through serving as their academic adviser.
  • Outstanding Contract Faculty Award provides the occasion for the college to recognize a colleague in a full-time non-tenure track position who has met the criteria for the Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship, or Service Award (or who has made an outstanding contribution in a combination of areas).
  • Outstanding Collegiality Award provides the occasion to recognize a member of the Arts & Sciences community who supports the effectiveness, well-being, advancement, and professional growth of her/his colleagues. This award recognizes an individual who has a significant positive professional and personal impact on the health and happiness of others in the college as we work together on our shared educational mission. All faculty and staff in the College of Arts & Sciences are eligible.

Call for Papers and Presentations

Reminder: Submissions for The Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education conference,  to be held at Seattle University August 10-13, 2017, are due May 20, 2016.  Both short and long forms of the call are linked here:
Call for Papers and Presentations – Long form: Justice 2017 long
Call for Papers and Presentations – Short form: Justice 2017 short

For more information please contact the Office of Jesuit Mission & Identity, or you can visit the website for the Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education here.


LMN Architects, who designed our Lee Center for the Arts, received the 2016 American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award.

Assistant Professor Jonathan Pierce, Public Affairs student Samantha Garrard, and MPA Student Samantha Kersul attended the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago to discuss Public Opinion and Climate Change. The article and video about their research were featured in the April edition of the Arts and Sciences e-letter and is also on the MPA website.


Professor Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs gave three major community presentations in March.  On March 5, she opened with two poems she wrote to welcome to Seattle Miguel Fraga (the first Secretary of the newly re-established Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C.); the event was organized by the Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee and the International Action Center. She was part of a panel at International Women's Day, sponsored by the Northwest Film Forum and the University of Washington Bothell on March 5; the panel presentation "Policing Women" included women scholars and activists from the Northwest. On March 24, she presented her poetry at the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Summit, a one day conference held at Seattle University, which included the inclusion of renowned poets of color opening each session; she gave a poetry reading at the first session for Agency Directors for the City of Seattle.

In addition, on October 30, Gutiérrez y Muhs joined a long line of US Latin@ poets who participated in the American Writing Programs National Conference, which included Juan Fellipe Herrera,  Poet Laureate for the country, in Los Angeles. She also participated in the Seattle Arts and Lectures program as the academic discussant for the launch of a new book, Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda,” which features 20 unearthed  poems by Pablo Neruda. .The launch will feature bilingual readings and conversations with a panel of writers, translators, and luminaries who will give light to the new publication by this late, great Chilean poet.

In the News: Institute of Public Service Professor Marie Wong discussed the history of Nikkei baseball at the Japanese American Citizens League Seattle Chapter annual meeting. This year's meeting focused on sports and social justice.” More here.

Sharon Cumberland read poems along with David Horowitz, Donald Kentop, and Bethany Reid this Thursday 4/14 at 7:00 PM at Queen Anne Avenue Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Avenue N.
Anthropology Instructor Jason Miller chaired a roundtable entitled: “Teaching Undergraduate Applied Anthropology” at the Society for Applied Anthropology meeting held in Vancouver, BC in March. The roundtable was an opportunity to highlight the Seattle University Cultural Anthropology program and its focus on applied and community-based learning.

In the News: Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work Chair Rob Efird was instrumental in creating the exhibit on the Danny Woo garden that opened in March in the Wing Luke Museum, in the International Examiner here

 “MEM: memory • memorial no. 7 scriptorium,” a new exhibit by Art Professor Naomi Kasumi is at the Asian Center, University of British Columbia, through May 30.  The exhibit consists of 8 tapestry-like books with 8 stories. Each panel creates a book out of 108 encaustic cards embedded with Japanese sutra calligraphy, digital images, Xerox images, personal writings, maple leaves, plants, and butterfly wings. Details here.

Art Professor Ken Allan published an essay called “'Radio-Mastery of the Ether’: Wallace Berman, Mysticism and Meaning in the 1960s” in the book Wallace Berman: American Aleph, edited by Claudia Bohn-Spector, (distributed Art Press/Michael Kohn Gallery).  The book was published in coordination with a retrospective on Wallace Berman at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. The research for this essay was supported by a College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Summer Research Fellowship. More here.

English Professor Susan Meyers, has been named the 1st runner up in the 2016 J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction. Here story "Imagining Veronica" will be published in Dappled Things, a Catholic literary magazine that describes itself as "a quarterly of ideas, art, & faith."

Political Science Instructor Julian Gottlieb received the "2016 Dissertation Award Given for the Best Political Science Dissertation in the Western States, 2014/2015" from the Western Political Science Association. 
His dissertation, completed at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is titled “The Protest News Framing Cycle: How News Attention and Framing Change over the Course of a Protest." The award was made at the association's annual meeting.

Communication Professor Julie Homchick published “Constructing Weakness: Scientific Rhetoric and Victorian Sensibilities,” in Science and Political Discourse from Burke’s “French Revolution” to Obama’s Science Fair (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016). The piece offers a rhetorical critique of Victorian scientific texts. Homchick argues that the authority of scientific language in these texts normalizes and rationalizes the separate spheres of gender that simultaneously relegate women to the hearth and invite men to the public sphere in Victorian society. More here.

Political Science Professor Onur Bakiner presented "Judges at War: Comparative Reflections on Judicial Behavior During Political Violence" at a conference on judicial decision-making during conflict held on campus in April. Scholars who conduct empirical research on the topic came together to initiate dialogue between the different traditions of scholarship (legal studies and social sciences, qualitative and quantitative, area studies and comparative studies) and offer a comparative perspective on courts.

In the News: Music Professor Quinton Morris, currently on world tour, discusses growing up in Renton and the Quinton Morris Project, his nonprofit that helps music students, in the Rentor Reporter here. He was also featured on BFM radio,BFM: The Business Radio Station - Overview Malaysia's only independent radio station, here and at King's Christian College, Australia, here.




In the News: Founder Cervanté Burrell, Sociology class of 2012, and co-founder P.J. Smith created The Unforeseen, a nonprofit organization that highlights student achievements and integrity through adversity, in the Sacramento Observer here.


Catherine Hinrichsen, Project Director of the SU Project on Family Homelessness in the Department of Communication, writes about Art for Advocacy Gates Foundation's "Impatient Optimists" blog here.

Stephanie Edlund-Cho attended the Heritage University Fair in Yakima in March to promote the MSW program.


Meet student Megan Rahrig, intern with US Senator Patty Murray here.

In the News: Olivia Smith, Political Science and Spanish double major and a Truman Scholar, in the South Seattle Herald here

Seven History students presented scholarly papers at the regional Phi Alpha Theta conference in April at Western Washington University. They will also present their papers on campus at the Celebration of Student Scholarship on May 16:

  • Dylan Cade: ‘Le Roy Covets Our Money e La Rayne Our Beautiful Manors’: Jewish Landholding, Alienation, and Aliens in Angevin England
  • Madelyn Glasco: ‘Burn This Letter’: An Emotional Examination of Abuse in a Medieval English Family
  • Nathaniel Hoe: ‘A Blank Canvas Begs To Be Painted’: Perceptions of Flemings in Fourteenth-century England
  • Erin Kwan: One Man’s Trash: An Examination of the Secondhand Clothing Market in Late Medieval England
  • Allen Mikulski: Unto the Breach No More: Battlefield Archaeology of the Battle of Towton (1461) and the Problem of Feud
  • Kylee Mudrovich: Performing Gender in Medieval Britain: The Trotula, Cosmetics, and the Problem of Deception
  • Grace Taylor: Public Expressions of Emotion in the Family of Edmund Crouchback

Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. The regional conference brings students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges that promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.  


Welcome Katie Chapman

Katie Chapman is the new development director in the college. Chapman, who graduated from the college as a History major and is a proud alumna of the SU Choirs, is also a current graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts - Arts Leadership program. She has worked for several years in University Advancement, most recently as director of events with previous roles in alumni relations and stewardship. Her office is in the dean’s suite. Email: Phone: 206-398-4401.


Details are on the Campus Calendar.

April 21 - May 27: Imaging the World International Photo Exhibition Kinsey Gallery
May 5: Awards Ceremony and Reception, 5 -7 p.m. Kinsey Gallery

April 22 - May 11:  Digital Design Exhibition, Vachon Gallery

May 4: Professor. David Boness, chair of the Physics Department and a member of the Honors faculty, will give the Touchstone Lecture on "Einstein:  Still Making Waves in the 21st Century?"  Wyckoff Auditorium, 4:00 p.m.

May 5 – 22: Theatre presentation, “Women of Troy,” Lee Center for the Arts

May 9: "Mend the Gaps: Societal Healing in Polarized Times," the annual Ann O’Hara Graff Lecture featuring Sister Simone Campbell,  Executive Director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby. 7 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium

May 9 - 13: 16FQ Registration

May 10: Washington State Legislative Employer Information Session, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Pavilion

May 11: Thirteenth Annual Denise Levertov Award will be presented to DANA GIOIA, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and current Poet Laureate of California. The award will be followed by a reading, as well as a dessert reception with Gioia. 7:00 pm, Pigott Auditorium

May 15: Accepted students open house for transfer students

May 16: Last Day with Withdraw from a 16SQ class 

May 16: Chamber Singers Farewell Concert, Chapel of St Ignatius, 7:30 p.m.

May 17:  A&S Alumni Meet and Greet, 12:30-2pm, Casey Commons
The third annual College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Meet & Greet will be a low key, meet and greet style event intended to welcome alums of the college back to campus to offer career support to students of all years and all majors in the college. A&S alumni will talk with groups of students about their career path and offer advice for career exploration, internships, job searching etc.

May 20 – June 14: BFA Photo Exhibition, Vachon Gallery
May 19: Opening Reception, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

May 20: SU Young Artist Competition, Pigott Auditorium, 7:30 pm.

May 23: Seattle University Choir’s Talent show, Pigott Auditorium, 8:00 p.m.

June 2: Student Chamber Music Concert, Pigott Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

June 2 – 18:  Honors Exhibition and Showcase, Kinsey Gallery & Lee Center Exhibition: Showcase: Friday, Showcase: June 10 6 – 8 p.m.

June 3: All College Day

June 10: A&S Awards Ceremony, Pigott Auditorium, 4 - 6 p.m. 

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