Dean's Monthly Memo, May 2018


Marie R. (Bai Mei Gui) Wong, PhD, Associate Professor, Urban Planning, Asian American Studies,  received word from the American Planning Association/Planning Association of Washington that the Community Design Workshop (PUBA 3550) planning studio project (service learning) entitled "House Relocation: A Sustainable Alternative to Demolition" took the planning excellence award in the student category.  This is a prestigious award won by SU students among "a very strong set of submissions" according to the jury committee.  We competed with other universities that have urban planning degree programs.  As you know, Seattle University has no such major.   The award will be presented at the annual conference and banquet in Chelan, May 2 through 4 and will be written up in The Western Planner Journal.


Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice

Update from the Leadership Committee on intersectionality and Justice (LCIJ)

We are pleased to report that our work with colleagues in the College is yielding connections, conversations, and partnerships. We held two “Deep Dive” meetings during Winter Quarter, in which the community came together to assess our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) with issues of intersectionality and justice in the College. We also held a Pro-seminar on April 24, titled “Intersectionality and Our Work: Theory and Practice,” in which some of our faculty and a student discussed academic scholarship, pedagogy, and lived experiences.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge two departments in the College that contributed sections of their library funds toward building a collection of resources that LCIJ can offer for enhancing colleagues’ engagement with intersectionality. The departments are International Studies and Political Science. The books the library purchased for us are:

Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice:

  • Gary Perry, PhD
  • Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD
  • Jason Wirth, PhD
  • Sonora Jha, PhD

Learn more here: Social Justice, Inclusion and Intersectionality. 


Elizabeth J. Dale, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Leadership, and MNPL student, Diana Small, ’18 will present “Million-dollar Gifts by and for Women: A New Model of Philanthropy?” at the 15th Annual West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, UT, April 27 and 28.



Two new tenure-track assistant professors will join the Social Work faculty this fall, Alfred G. Pérez, PhD, MSW and Bill Vesneski, PhD, MSW, JD. Alfred received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, his MSW from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in social work with a minor in speech communications from San José State University. He is currently an assistant professor at California State University Stanislaus. Bill received a PhD in social welfare and a master's degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Washington. Dr. Vesneski also holds a JD from Seattle University. He has been a full-time lecturer for three years at the University of Washington School of Social Work.

The MFA in Arts Leadership program welcomes their two new tenure-track faculty, Roxy Hornbeck, MFA, and Jasmine Mahmoud, PhD, beginning September 1. Roxy is a 2011 graduate of the program and is a doctoral candidate in SU’s EdD in Educational Leadership program. She also earned her MA in Literacy, Technology, Professional Writing; Professional Writing Certificate; and BS in English Education Extended from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. She has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level in Performing Arts and Arts Leadership since 2015. Jasmine earned her PhD in Performance Studies at Northwestern University; her M.A. in Arts Politics from the Department of Art and Public Policy, New York University; and her BA in Government at  Harvard University. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Inequality and Identity, Program in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Communications adjunct lecturer and award-winning inclusion strategist and author, Ruchika Tulshyan moderated an evening of open conversation on the representation of women of color in the media with Ijeoma Oluo, the author of the New York Times Best-Seller, So You Want to Talk About Race, and Editor-At-Large of The Establishment, sponsored by The Riveter.

Charles M. Tung, PhD, associate professor of English, had his article, The Angel of Alternate History, accepted for publication in the special issue on apocalypse in ASAP/J, the journal of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.

He was invited to present a paper, How to Live ‘Pataphysically in an SF Universe, to graduate students in Rice University’s Masterclass conference sponsored by the Humanities Research Center in Houston, TX, April 6, 2018.  He gave another paper, “Wormhole Modernism,” at the undergraduate mini-conference on modernist aesthetics at Rice University, April 7, 2018.

Elizabeth J. Dale, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Leadership, published, “Financial Management and Charitable Giving in Gay and Lesbian Households” was published by Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly in April.

Nalini Iyer, PhD, gave two talks titled South Asians in the Pacific  Northwest on April 21 at East Bend and Redmond libraries of the Deschutes County Library System. These talks were part of the library’s annual programming “A Novel Idea” where this year’s focus is on a South Asian American novel No One can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal.

Rosa Joshi, Professor of Theatre, will direct As You Like It at Oregon Shakespeare Festival next season. 

Mary-Antoinette Smith, PhD, Associate Professor, English; Director, Sullivan Leadership Program Executive Director; and National Association for Women in Catholic Higher Education (NAWCHE) presented a paper at the Conference on Christianity and Literature last weekend (April 13-15, 2018) at George Fox University. The conference theme was “Mixing Water with Wine? Innkeepers at the Borders of Secular and Sacred” and her paper was titled Introducing Ellen Tarry: African-American Catholic Convert and Interracial Justice Advocate.

Nova Robinson, PhD, Assistant Professor, History and International Studies, was awarded the Bernadotte E. Schmitt Research Grant for Research in European, African, or Asian History from the American Historical Association for her book project, Truly Sisters: Syrian and Lebanese Women’s Transnational Activist Networks.

Watch the video of Dr. Christopher Paul’s presentation at the 14th  Game Research Lab Spring Seminar at University of Tampere in Tampere, Finland about his new book, Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games : Why Gaming Culture Is the Worst.

Professor Ali Altaf Mian, PhD (Theology and Religious Studies) was awarded a visiting fellowship for Michaelmas 2018 at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, where he'll pursue research for his forthcoming book, Muslims in South Asia.

Theresa Earenfight, PhD, edited Royal and Elite Households in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: More than Just a Castle, which was recently published. In this volume, the authors bring fresh approaches to the subject of royal and noble households in medieval and early modern Europe.



MFA alum Verna Everitt is the new executive director for Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

Felipe Roa-Clavijo, MPA ’10, participated in a round table news show in London, discussing the future of the peace process in Colombia. He is currently working on his PhD in International Development at the University of Oxford, where his thesis focuses on the challenges of food and agriculture in Colombia during the post-conflict.



Kate Hannick, a junior and economics and public affairs double major, has been named a 2018 Truman Scholar, one of only 59 selected this year by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

The Seattle Debate Union finished the year strong, showing off its young talent. At the Northwest University tournament, Tiffany Carpenter, Hatcher Chapman, and Ryan Shook all won speaker awards, Tiffany and Hatcher were the top novice team after preliminary debates and Alyssa Gaston and Ryan placed second in open division. At the U.S. National championship tournament, Alyssa and Ryan along with Hatcher and Sarah Salame placed in the top 26 of novice teams. The team is grateful for the help of alums Alissa Neuman and Aine Foran as well as Brandon Stickels, graduating senior. They have each played major roles in the successes and educational growth of the team members. The team looks forward to an even stronger upcoming year with 12 returning debaters.



Through May 19, Hedreen Gallery

COLLAPSE: Recent Works by Dewey Crumpler. Guest Curated by Sampada Aranke

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 2, 7-8:30 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium

Decolonize Your Diet: Creating Food Justice and Healing from the Legacies of Colonization

In the past, Mesoamerican peoples consumed a diet rich in fresh vegetables, beans, seeds, and herbs. In this talk, Dr. Luz Calvo will use testimonio, Chicanx art, Mexican food history, and political critique to explore the meaning of the call to "decolonize our diets" by reclaiming healthy ancestral foods

Dr. Calvo is a mixed-race, gender non-conforming Chicanx scholar and activist. Trained at UC Santa Cruz, with a PhD in His- tory of Consciousness, Dr. Calvo is the co-author of Decolonize Your Diet: Mexican-American, Plant- Based Recipes For Health and Healing. They are a professor of Ethnic Studies at Cal State East Bay. Sponsored by the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities.

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.”

May 9, 4:45-6 p.m., ADMN 307

Not in My Family: German Memory and Responsibility After the Holocaust by Roger Frie. Hosted by the Psychology Department. More information.

May 9, 7:30-9 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium

Historical Haunting and the Task of Hermeneutics: 2018 Naef Scholars Last Lecture by Professor Jerome Veith, PhD, Philosophy Department. Dr. Veith is a Naef alumnus.

May 10, 6-8 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium

Philosophy Endowed Chair Lecture:  Changes in the Categories of Race, Class, and Gender: How Life has Outpaced Theory by Naomi Zack, PhD, University of Oregon.

Recent events have culminated in fundamental changes in the nature of our progressive categories of race, class, gender, disaster, as well as disability, and democratic process. In this talk, Dr. Zack focuses on changes in race and class with a concluding look at changes in feminism through the #Me Too movement. Race or racism now exceed intersection theory because race is more like a junction that unpredictably takes off on a track of its own; for the electorate; class has become more a matter of culture and racial identity than economic interest; feminism now includes some of the most elite and powerful members of its foundational group, namely women.

May 10-20, varied times, Lee Center for the Arts

How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (With 69 People You May or May Not Know), Seattle U Theatre Department and Sojourn Theatre. Information and tickets.

May 12, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

Accepted Transfer Student Open House. Learn more and RSVP.

May 15, 11:45 a.m., Campion Ballroom

Celebrating SUccess- Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon

May 19, 1-3 p.m., 1103 Madison

Communication hosts the Talevich Tour and Reception

May 21, 7:30 p.m., Chapel of St. Ignatius

Chamber Singers Farewell Concert, free

May 22, 6-8:30 p.m., Casey Atrium

Welfare and Economic Inequality, Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work’s Social Justice Teach-Ins.

May 25, 6 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

Africa Day Celebration, Harp Performance and Keynote, Professor Lisa Beckley-Roberts, Jackson State University. Reading: The Days to Come. Co-sponsored by Global African Studies and the Department of Performing Arts & Arts Leadership.

May 30, 8 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

Choir Talent Show, fundraiser for the Daughters of Mary, Uganda, tickets are $5.  This is always a great show and for a very good cause.

June 1, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - STCN 130

Social Media and Crime, Continuing Education Event.

June 2, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Boeing Room

Copycat Crime Research-a-thon: Collective research endeavor using open-source data on homicides in Seattle and King County. Open to all current SU students, Graduate and Undergraduate

June 2

Red Tie Celebration. All proceeds benefit Seattle University student-athletes.

June 8, 3:30-6 p.m., Casey Atrium & Patio

A&S All College Day. Join us for our annual faculty and staff end-of-year celebration and presentation of Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards.

June 11, 4-6 p.m., Lee Center for the Arts

Retirement celebration for Carol Wolfe Clay, Professor, MFA in Arts Leadership (Theatre) and Director of Graduate Practicums, MFA in Arts Leadership, and Dr. Joy Sherman, Director of Vocal and Choral Music, Fine Arts

June 15, 4-6 p.m., Pigott Auditorium and Atrium

College of Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony and Reception.

June 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., PIGT 102 and 103

MFA Arts Leadership Summary Project Presentations.

More College of Arts and Sciences events


Graduate Program Information Sessions


Academic Calendar

  • May 4, Last Day to Remove “I” Grade: Winter 2018
  • May 7, Registration Begins: Fall 2018
  • May 18, Registration Begins: Fall 2018
  • May 26-28, Memorial Day Weekend: No Classes
  • June 11, Last Class Day, Spring Quarter
  • June 12-16, Final Exam Week, Spring Quarter
  • June 16, Baccalaureate
  • June 17, Commencement
  • June 20, Grades Due by Noon
  • June 20, Grades Posted on SU Online by 6pm
  • June 25, First 4-week, 8 week & 10 week Session Begins
  • June 29, Last Day to Add/Drop or Change Grading Option, First 4-week
  • July 4, Independence Day: No Classes
  • July 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, Summer in Seattle - New Student Orientations
  • July 10, Last Day to Withdraw, First 4-week Session
  • July 21, Last Class Day, First 4-week Session
  • July 23, Second 4-week Session Begins
  • July 27, Last Day to Add/Drop or Change Grading Option, Second 4-week Session
  • July 30, Last Day to Withdraw, 8-week and 10-week Session
  • August 1, Last Day to Remove “N” Grade: Summer 2017


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