Dean's Monthly Memo November 2016


Inaugural Peter L. Lee Endowed Lecture in East Asian Culture and Civilization

Plan to attend the inaugural Peter L. Lee Endowed Lecture in East Asian Culture and Civilization, featuring Johns Hopkins University Professor Tobie Meyer-Fong, a historian specializing in the cultural and social history of Qing China. The Qing dynasty, which ruled from 1644 to 1912, formed the basis of the modern Chinese state. She will present ““World of Pain and Wonder: Horizons of a 19th Century Chinese Traveler,” which focuses on Li Gui who, from 1876 to 1877, became one of the first Chinese travelers to circumnavigate the globe.  November 14, 4:30 p.m. Student Center 160. A reception precedes the lecture at 4 p.m. Details here.

Endowed Chair Installation Ceremonies and Upcoming Events

President Steven Sundborg, S.J., will install Professor Sharon Suh as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities on November 3 at 4 p.m. in Student Center 160. At the installation, Suh will present on her book project "Occupy This Body: Meditation as Political Recuperative Strategy," that examines mindfulness and meditation as social justice praxis and reparative political strategies for survival in the face of multiple intersecting forms of disempowerment. RSVPs requested here.

A three-part Pigott McCone lecture series, The Science of Mindfulness, on the foundations of mediation features Tuere Sala and begins on November 9 with Part 1: The Science Behind Mindfulness: How and Why Mindfulness Works. Part 2: Finding Safety in the Body is on February 8, 2017. Part : Engaging the World From A Place Of Strength is on April 12, 2017. Free but RSVPs required. Details .

On November 15, President Sundborg, S.J., will install Professor Jeanette Rodriguez as the Reverend Louis Gaffney, S.J. Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences. Rodriguez will discuss focus and activities during her tenure as Gaffney chair. The installation is on the agenda of the Colleagues in Jesuit Education program, 5 p.m., Student Center 160.

Imagining the World Photo Competition Now Open for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Win up to $500 and have your photos exhibited in the Kinsey Gallery! All current SU students are invited to submit photos taken while participating in a study abroad program, and international students are invited to submit photos taken in the United States. Faculty and staff are invited to submit photos in a brand new category. Entry forms and complete rules for the competition are here. Submissions are due December 5, 2016.

10th Annual Giving Voice to Experience

The 10th annual “Giving Voice to Experience” conference takes place on January 27-28. This year’s theme is the challenge of speaking to the seemingly ineffable aspects of human life, and the invited speaker, the poet Anne Pitkin, will speak about the process of envisioning and creating poetry. The deadline for submission of abstracts is December 1. We invite presentations on qualitative research that have relevance for psychotherapy. Details about submission, required conference pre-registration, CEUs, and other aspects of the conference are on our website here.

Public Keynote Address, January 27: To celebrate the first decade of the conference, we have invited Dr. Robert Mugerauer, a noted phenomenologist, Dean Emeritus, and Professor in the Departments of Architecture and Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington to speak on how particular works of art and culture can inform our understanding of loss. This lecture on January 27, 7:30-9 pm, Wyckoff Auditorium is free and open to the public.

Fr. Moleski Named LeRoux Chair

Professor of Religious Studies and Catholic Theology at Canisius College Martin Moleski, S.J., , joins the faculty as the William F. Le Roux, S.J. Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences for the winter quarter 2017, housed in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Fr. Moleski is scheduled to teach and give a free public lecture, “The Tao of Dogma,” at 7 p.m. on February 15, 2017. More here.

Works in Progress Lunches

The college will once again host a Works-in-Progress brown bag series this year, once every quarter. This year's events are scheduled in following dates:
•    Fall: Nov. 29, 12:30-1:30, Chardin 144
•    Winter: Feb. 7, 12:30-1:30, Casey 516
•    Spring: April 13, 12:30-1:30, Casey 517
We welcome faculty members in all disciplines to submit their proposals to present work to the college community. The proposal should have a title, with a short description (100-150 words). Send to Kan Liang via email here. Each event will have two papers presented. Coffee and cookies will be provided.

Global Grants Available

Global Grants in Academic Year 2017 are intended to provide meaningful international experiential learning opportunities for faculty, staff and students. The updated Call for Proposals/submission form is available here. Please note that the deadline for submissions is November 4, 2016 (to, and approval for summer student travel through the Education Abroad Office is in January. Grant funds may be used to support existing experiential learning programs as well as for new experiential learning programs. Existing programs are encouraged to include faculty who have not previously participated in such programs.



In October, Professor Brian McCullough, Sport Sustainability Leadership program coordinator, co-presented with members of the Green Sports Alliance on the current status of college athletics sustainability efforts at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He also participated in an invitation only think tank on fan engagement for sustainability at the campus of the University of Colorado – Boulder.

In the News: Social Work Professor Joseph DeFilippis was featured in “Leveling the Economic Playing Field for LGBTQ Americans,” NBC News here. He published “’What About the Rest of Us?’” An Overview of LGBT Poverty Issues and a Call to Action” in the Journal of Progressive Human Services [27(3), 143-174]. He also served on panels and gave presentations at the “After Marriage” conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City in early October: “The “Beyond Marriage” Statement: Reflections 10 Years Later” panelist; “Building Movements: New Forms of Coalition and Solidarity” panelist and paper presentation, “A Queer Liberation Movement;” “Deadly Denial: A Panel Discussion on The Unacknowledged Epidemic of Queer Poverty,” panelist and paper presentation “’What About the Rest of Us?’: An Overview of LGBT Poverty Issues and a Call To Action.”

Social Work faculty are presenting at the annual conference of the Council on Social Work Education, November 3 – 6. MSW Director Hye-Kyung Kang is scheduled to give two presentations: “What Is Clinical Social Work? Examining How Social Work Educators Define It” and “Social Justice Matters: A Comprehensive Curriculum for Teaching Clinical Social Work.” Social Work Field Director Riva Zeff is presenting “Connecting with Field Education: Sharing Best Practices.”

English Professor Charles M. Tung published “Baddest Modernism: the Scales and Lines of Inhuman Time” in Modernist Inhumanisms, a special issue of Modernism/Modernity [23.3 (2016): 515-538], the official journal of Modernist Studies Association. He presented a paper on time-lapse aesthetics at “Timescales: Ecological Temporalities Across Disciplines,” at a conference hosted by the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania in October. He also organized the linked panels “Modern Futures I:  Race, Time, and Human Scale” and “Modern Futures II:  Race, Time, and Inhuman Scale,” for the Modernist Studies Association 18th Annual Conference, to be held in November in Pasadena, CA. He will also present a paper at that conference:  “Race, Anthropogenesis, and Extinction in in Post-Holocene Modernism.”

Communication Professor Tomás Guillén, University of Washington alum (MA Communication class of 1990) was inducted into the UW Communication Department Hall of Fame. More here

Communication Professor Julie Homchick recently published "Constructing Weakness: Scientific Rhetoric and Victorian Sensibilities," a chapter in Using and Abusing Science - Science and Political Discourse from Burke's "French Revolution" to Obama's Science Fair (Cambridge Scholars Publications, 2016). In this piece, Homchick examines the rhetorical impact of the gendered language of several nineteenth century scientific texts, including Darwin's Origin of Species, as well as pseudo-scientific texts of the period as well. In doing so, she argues that the scientific language of these texts served to normalize and reinforce existing gendered codes that relegated women to the private sphere while prioritizing the public life of men. More here.

Professor Galen Trail, director of the Master of Sport Administration and Leadership program, published “Seven Deadly Sins of Manuscript Writing: Reflections of Two Experienced Reviewers,” with Jeffrey D. James in the Journal of Global Sport Management here. In the article, they have identified seven problems that often prevent submitted manuscripts from being accepted and provide good and bad examples.

Olympian Jill Savery joins the faculty the graduate programs in Sport Administration and Leadership to teach sport sustainability. Savery, who won Olympic gold in synchronized swimming in 1996, received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Science. More here.

Criminal Justice Professor David P. Connor published, "Inmates and prison involvement with drugs: Examining drug-related misconduct during incarceration," with R. Tewksbury, in the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice [32(4), 426-445]; "Serious juvenile offenders who have experienced emerging adulthood: Substance use and recidivism," with A.S. Denny, in Children and Youth Services Review (67, 11-19); and "How to get out of prison: Views from parole board members," in Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research [1(2), 107-126].

Theatre Professor Harmony Arnold designed the costumes for "Man of La Mancha," now showing at the Fifth Avenue Theatre through October 30. See a preview here.

Congratulations to our Psychology faculty Kevin Krycka and George Kunz and former faculty member George Sayre. Their book, Psychology for the Other: Levinas and the Face-to-Face Relationship, has been nominated for the 2016 Gradiva Award for Best Edited Book by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.

In the news: Music Professor Quinton Morris is opening Key to Change, a violin studio for students of color with limited financial resources, in the Seattle Weekly. Details here.

MFA in Arts Leadership Professor Carol Wolfe Clay designed the sets for The New Century Theatre Company's production of "The Big Meal," directed by Makaela Pollock and written by Dan LeFranc. "A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in roughly ninety minutes, The Big Meal tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family." October 20 - November 19, 2016, Mainstage at 12th Avenue Arts, Seattle. More here.

Institute of Public Service Professor Kevin Ward received the Bill Basl Commitment to Service Award from Serve Washington in recognition of his significant contributions to public service. Details here.

Anthropology Professor Jason Miller received a City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant to determine the feasibility of opening and sustaining a grocery coop in the Delridge neighborhood. The $25,000 grant will pay for focus groups, outreach, translators, and interpreters to facilitate participation for all community members. The community has had a successful farm stand for the past three summers. The grant is part of the City’s Neighborhood Matching Fund.

Sven Arvidson, Director and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and Senior Faculty Fellow of the Center for Faculty Development, presented “Reverence and the Field of Consciousness” at the annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences in Salt Lake City, UT. The talk showed how reverential awe, religious or non-religious, is an ordered experience; in particular, it reminds humans of their place in the order of existence.


Payroll Changes Coming

Seattle University has invested in a new Enterprise Resource Planning system in order to improve how we (1) store, retrieve and analyze information related to employee, student and financial records and (2) serve our faculty, staff and students.  RevSU is the project name for this multi-phase initiative that will be rolling out a new HR/Payroll system this January. This change creates the opportunity to transition to a semi-monthly payroll cycle. Moving to a semi-monthly pay cycle means faculty and staff will receive their pay more frequently and efficiently. Fewer adjustments will be required, and it will improve our compliance with Washington State overtime payment regulations.  Emails regarding this changes were sent to all faculty and staff on October 12. Faculty and staff who have questions or desire further information, contact the RevSU team here or 206-296-2129.

Banners for Special Events

If you are hosting a special event, you may want to use a tall banner as a backdrop. During Seattle University’s 125th anniversary, Conference and Event Services (CES) and Marketing
Communications (MARCOM) purchased a total of 8, new banners branded for the 125th anniversary.
All departments are required to request the use of these banners through CES event check-out procedures for both on- and off-campus events. CES will track the checkout and return process through EMS. With the limited amount of banners and priorities, the 125th signature events and events
featuring Fr. Sundborg are required to use the banners. It is strongly encouraged that your department or academic program feature the 125th anniversary mark and banners at your events.


Details are on the Campus Calendar.
Nov. 3: Coffee in the Atrium for faculty and staff from Arts and Sciences and Matteo Ricci, 8:30 – 10 a.m., Casey Atrium
Nov. 3: Installation of Professor Sharon Suh as the Pigott McCone Chair and her presentation on her book project "Occupy This Body: Meditation as Political Recuperative Strategy," 4 p.m., Student Center 160.
Nov. 5: 125th Anniversary Gala, 6 p.m., Westin Hotel, Seattle.
Nov. 8: Jesuits in the History of Science, Featuring Professor David Boness, Physics Department Chair, 12:00 – 1:20 p.m. Student Center 130.
Nov. 9 – 20: Theatre production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” directed by Professor Ki Gottberg. Lee Center for the Arts.
Nov. 9: A three-part Pigott McCone lecture series, The Science of Mindfulness, on the foundations of mediation with Tuere Sala, begins with Part 1: The Science Behind Mindfulness: How and Why Mindfulness Works. Free but RSVPs required.
Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day, offices closed.
Nov. 14: Professor Tobie Meyer-Fong presents “World of Pan and Wonder: Horizons of a 19th Century Chinese Traveler,” as the inaugural Peter L. Lee Endowed Lecture in East Asian Culture and Civilization. Her presentation will focus on Li Gui who, from 1876 to 1877, became one of the first Chinese travelers to circumnavigate the globe. 4:30 p.m. Student Center 160. A reception precedes the lecture at 4 p.m. Free.
Nov. 15: Installation of Professor Jeanette Rodriguez as the Rev. Louis Gaffney, S.J. Chair., 5 p.m., Student Center 160. The installation is on the agenda of the Colleagues in Jesuit Education program, 5 p.m., Student Center 160.
Nov. 17: Screening and lecture on Flannery O’Connor, with Professor Mark Bosco, SJ, Ph.D., 5 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium
Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving holiday, offices closed
Dec. 2 & 3: SU Choirs Christmas Concerts. St. Joseph’s Church 18th & Aloha, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 3. SU Alumni Association Advent Mass and Christmas Reception. Open to all alumni, faculty, and staff. 4 p.m. Mass at the Chapel of St. Ignatius, Reception to follow 5-7 p.m. in Student Center 160. Families welcome.

Grad Program Information Sessions

Nov. 1: MSW, 6 - 7:30 p.m.  Casey 516
Nov. 3: Criminal Justice, 6 p.m. Casey 516
Nov. 7: Last day to withdraw from a 16FQ class
Nov. 9: MSW, 3 – 4:30 p.m. (online)
Nov. 9: Nonprofit Leadership, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Casey Atrium
Nov. 12: MA Psychology, 6 p.m., Casey 516
Nov. 14-18: 17WQ class registration
Nov. 15: MFA, 6:30 - 8 p.m., JEFF Classroom
Nov. 17: MSW, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Casey 516
Nov. 19: Fall Preview Day
Nov. 22: MSW, 3 – 4:30 p.m. (online)
Nov. 22: MA Psychology, 6 p.m. Casey 516
Nov. 29: MSW, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Casey 516
Dec. 1: Criminal Justice 6 p.m. Casey 516
Dec. 6: MSW, 5 – 6:30 p.m. (online)
Dec. 6:  MFA, 5 p.m. (online)
Dec. 7: Nonprofit Leadership, 12 p.m. (online)
Dec. 8: MSW, 6 -7:30 p.m. Casey 516
Dec 12: MA Psychology, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (online)
Jan 3: MSW, 5 – 6:30 p.m. (online)
Jan. 5: Criminal Justice, 6 p.m. Casey 516
Jan. 10: MA Psychology, 6 p.m. Casey 516
Jan. 11: MSW, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Casey 516
Jan. 12: MFA, 6:30 – 8 p.m. JEFF classroom


Jan. 11: Panel on family homelessness. The panel will include Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.  The questioners will be Joni Balter and Larry Hubbell. 6:30-8:00 p.m., Pigott Auditorium. Free.
Jan. 21: SU Grad Programs Open Houses, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Student Center
Jan. 27-28: The 10th annual “Giving Voice to Experience” conference.
Feb 25: Seattle U Search for Meaning Book Festival. All colleges and schools welcome to propose authors and/or help host the 50+ presenters for this event. Details here.
May 5-7: Grand Reunion Weekend. All alumni are being invited  back to campus to join our celebration.

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