Dean's Monthly Memo, November 2014


Advising Period: Oct. 28 - Nov. 14.

Priority registration for 15WQ runs from Nov. 17 - 21. 

Course pack deadlines for Winter Quarter 2015

New Course Packs (all new material): November 3

Repeat Course Packs (with changes): November 12  

Repeat Course Packs (no changes): December 1 

Textbook orders due to the bookstore

Spring quarter: January 27, 2015


Imagining the World Photo Competition:  Call for Entries

The annual "Imagining the World Photography Competition" highlights our College's participation in the global community. Through this contest, students capture more than a moment in their experience—they share with us a very personal window into a world. Students currently enrolled at Seattle University who have participated in a study abroad program while attending SU or who are currently international students attending SU are invited to submit photos that address the theme: "Imagining the World." Photos are judged, prizes awarded, and winners and honorable mentions are displayed in the Kinsey Gallery. Encourage your students to submit by December 5. Information here

First IPS Visiting Scholar in Residence: Joni Balter

Award-winning multi-media journalist and lecturer Joni Balter joins the staff as the Institute of Public Service Visiting Scholar in Residence. She is planning a series of events with community leaders, including Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (November 18), and is teaching a class winter quarter. More here.  

Preparing Students for Advising and Registration Through a Canvas Course

In an effort to better inform students about basic advising and course registration information, all new first-year and transfer students at SU are required to participate in a series of online training courses. The courses cover topics such as the importance of academic advising, an overview of resources such as SUOnline, the Course Catalog and the Office of the Registrar, and the steps involved in drafting and registering into a balanced class schedule for upcoming quarters.

All new students were notified of their enrollment in the Canvas courses in mid-October and we estimate that it will take 30 minutes or less for students to complete them. The courses are titled, “Academic Advising at SU: Preparing for Advising and Registration” (for new first-years) and “Transfer SUccess: Next Steps for Advising and Registration” (for new transfers). We requested students complete the courses prior to their fall quarter advising appointment. Please encourage all new students to complete these courses. 

If you have questions, please contact the Arts and Sciences Advising Center in Casey 1W. We look forward to our students being more prepared for productive advising appointments and experiencing greater success during the registration period as a result of these courses. 

New Policy: Student Leave of Absence Policy

The Student Leave of Absence (SLOA) is a form of withdrawal that encourages proactive management of a student’s temporary departure from SU. A student should request a SLOA if they are withdrawing from classes but with an intent to return in a future quarter. Upon completion of the SLOA process; and as appropriate per other University policies; institutional aid commitments, priority registration status, and academic catalog year may be maintained upon the student’s return to SU.

The new policy changes the amount of time that students are able to stop out from SU without applying for a SLOA. Previously students were given the ability to be away from SU for three quarters without penalty. Now students can now only be away from SU for one quarter – if they are not enrolled by the census date of the next quarter they will be administratively withdrawn from the university and must apply for readmission before returning to SU.  Administrative withdrawal may impact the student’s standing with Student Financial Services, Housing and Residence Life, and others.  If a student will be away from SU for longer than one quarter and plans to return to the University, they should be encouraged to apply for a Student Leave of Absence. Review the official Student Leave of Absence policy here



English major Vincent Chien’s paper, "To House a Moor and End a Marsh: Jane and Imperialism through Liminal and Structural Processes in Jane Eyre,” presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research has been accepted for publication as part of this year's NCUR Proceedings volume. Here is a link to the paper. Chien was mentored by Professor Molly Hilliard.

Strategic Communications major Emma Lytle wrote “Heartbroken”: A Young Female Fan Reacts to Domestic Violence and the NFL” on Firesteel. More here.


Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work Chair Rob Efird was interviewed by China Daily USA about his work in China. He was recently selected as one of 20 China scholars for the National Committee on United States-China Relations' Public Intellectuals Program. Read the interview here. In addition, Efird presented “‘Neighbors Across a Narrow Belt of Water’: Migration and Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations” as part of a national China Town Hall that featured a webcast with President Jimmy Carter. The town hall was sponsored by the National Committee on United State-China Relations.

English Prof. Charles Tung organized the panel,“Modernism and the Inhuman Turn” at the Modernist Studies Association Conference in Pittsburgh, Nov. 6-9, 2014.  He will present a paper, “Deep Historicism and the Pale Blue Dot,” in which he explores the impact of whole-earth photographs from space on so-called big history and the various attempts in literary studies to engage the rapid enlargement of context.  

In the news: Communication Prof. Sonora Jha comments on remarks made by Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO. Seattle Weekly. More here. She was also interviewed about her comments on PRI's The World here

In the news: IPS Professor Jonathan Pierce was interviewed for CNBC regarding Saudi Arabia’s response to oil prices and production. More here


Kelli Rodriguez Currie, MSAL/JD ’14, published "National Collegiate Sports Counseling Center: Providing Student-Athletes with Comprehensive Advocacy Throughout Their Collegiate Career," in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. Article 12. More here.

Afam Ayika, Social Work ‘14 has been nominated for the United Way sponsored 2014 Crosscut Public Service Courage Award “for his relentless community organizing and leadership in racial justice issues, specifically around the school-to-prison pipeline.” More here

The silver gelatin prints of Photography alum Lana Blinderman '14 are featured in Studio F Gallery in Pioneer Square during fall First Thursday Art Walks,  Nov. 6 and Dec. 4, 5 - 9 p.m.

In the news: Joe Guppy, MA Psychology ’98, discusses his new book “My Fluorescent God” on KUOW. More here.  


College Community Fun Fact

Kevin Krycka is an avid home remodeler, taking a break in the past few years and now filling his spare time watching TRMS and MHP on MSNBC – translation, The Rachael Maddow Show & Melissa Harris-Perry.


Details on the Campus Calendar.

Nov . 5 - 8: Doug Nufer, The Damned, Hedreen Gallery. 

Nov. 6: Ann O’Hara Graff Lecture, theologian Lisa Sowle Cahill, the J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor of Theology at Boston College, addresses “Theology and Gender Equality: Models of Renewal Since Vatican II."  More here

Nov. 6:, “On the Front Page: A Survival Guide for Women in Journalism” with panelists Dina Bass, technology reporter for Bloomberg News; Tracy Record, editor of the West Seattle Blog; Michele Matassa Flores, Seattle Times assistant managing editor for entertainment, overseeing sports and features; Sonora Jha, associate professor of journalism and novelist, Seattle University; Susan Kelleher, Pulitzer Prize winning Seattle Times reporter; and Nina Shapiro, senior editor, Seattle Weekly. 

Nov. 6 MACJ information session.

Nov. 6: MFA information session.

Nov 10-Jan10: New Mystics: Urban activations, interventions & the art of art collectives, Hedreen Gallery. 

Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day Holiday, offices closed.

Nov. 12: MNPL information session.

Nov. 12: Red Pine, the pen name of Bill Porter, presents “Finding Them Gone: Visiting China’s Poets of the Past.” He is one of today’s most celebrated translators of poetry and Buddhist sutras from classical Chinese. More here

Nov 12- 23: Theatre presentation of Love's Labor's Won, written and directed by Scott Kaiser.

Nov 13-Dec 10: "No Boundaries," latest paintings of Vaho Muskheli.  Vachon Gallery. 

Nov. 14: Young Artist Professional Development Seminar with Josh LaBelle.

Nov. 18: A&S All College Meeting

Nov. 18: Conversation with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

Nov. 19: MAP information session.

Nov. 22: Student Chamber Recital.

Nov. 25, Scratch, Lee Center for the Arts

Nov. 26: Holiday closure, 1:00 p.m.

Nov. 27-28: Offices closed.

Dec. 1: MAP information session.

Dec. 4: MACJ information session.

Dec. 5: College Holiday Party, Casey Atrium, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 5 – 6: Holiday Choir Concerts, St. Joseph Church.

Dec. 10: MNPL information session. 

Dec. 10 - 11: Directing Scenes, Lee Center for the Arts.

Save the Date

Jan. 13: Dean’s Coffee Hour, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Jan. 22: A&S All College Meeting, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 3: Works in Progress Brown Bag Lunch, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Apr. 7: A&S All College Meeting, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Apr. 28: Works in Progress Brown Bag Lunch, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

May 7: Imagining the World Photo Competition Reception, 5:00 p.m., Kinsey Gallery

The next Dean’s Monthly Memo will publish in January. Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by December 5.


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