Dean's Monthly Memo, October 2015

Upcoming Deadlines

New UCOR proposals are due October 15 or February 15 for the 2016-17 academic year. Please remember that all proposals must first be approved by the department chair before they will be accepted.  They should all be sent directly to Rhonda Woods.


New Degree Offerings
The College of Arts and Sciences is now accepting applications for the new graduate Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership. The 15-credit, online certificate addresses the growing demand for increasing environmentally and ecologically sustainable practices in the sport industry. Most students can complete the program in 9 months. More here.

Photo Competition for Faculty and Staff

In response to requests from faculty and staff, the College of Arts and Sciences has created a new, “faculty and staff” category for the 2015 annual Imagining the World Photo Competition. Faculty and staff from any college or unit in the University are eligible to participate in this competition which is judged by a distinguished group of professional photographers and photojournalists.

The annual Imagining the World Photography Competition highlights our participation in the global community. Now entering its 8th year, the competition has featured outstanding photographs taken by SU students studying abroad and by international students studying here at SU. We are pleased to create a new category for faculty and staff and share in your experiences through your photographs.

All SU faculty and staff who participated in a study abroad program (e.g., SU-sponsored program, Fulbright) during the academic year 2015-16 are invited to submit photos that address the theme: "Imagining the World." Entries should go beyond the "postcard" and express your vision and understanding of life in the host country.
•    Photographs will be judged on technical merit and how well they address the theme of the contest.
•    All photographs submitted are eligible for the exhibit at the Kinsey Gallery, open to the campus community and public during Spring Quarter.
•    The winner and honorable mention photographers will be honored at the annual Awards Ceremony and Artists Reception.
•    The award-winning photographer will receive a $250 gift certificate for a local restaurant.

The Call for Entries for the 2015 competition (for students only) will go out in October 2015. The exhibit and awards ceremony will take place this spring.

College Events Committee Accepting Requests for Funding

The College Events Committee (Reine Mages, Rick Malleus and David Madsen) has a modest budget to support public events. Grants are made on a first come, first served basis. To request funding, send an e-mail which includes details about the event/speaker, date, other sponsors and funding agencies (especially important), intended audience, and amount requested. Additional details or justifications are welcome. The e-mail may be sent to any of the Committee members who will then forward it to the others. It has been the tradition of the Committee to spread the funds among as many departments and programs as possible.

Now on Video

Swedish Health Systems CEO Tony Armada is passionate about working with interns. He and MPA interns offer their perspectives on the MPA internship program.  Read the article and watch the video here.


Center for Strategic Communications Project Manager Catherine Hinrichsen and Adjunct Professor Whitney Keyes along with Homeless Program Manager Lisa Gustafson in STM presented on  to the Center for Women and Democracy on September 17. They were able to shape the program content and present it in front of about 30 powerful and extremely civically engaged women, including political consultant Cathy Allen (one of the co-founders of the organization); a Bellevue City Council candidate; an executive from Seattle Foundation; the UW researcher who developed the Self-Sufficiency Standard  (which was part of the multimedia package the Journalism Fellows team from the Seattle Times created in its “Invisible Families” series); and many more.


The Seattle City Council voted unanimously for the reappointment of Political Science Professor Angelique M. Davis as a member the Civil Service Commission. Her term runs through December 31, 2018. More here. Davis also presented on the politics of black motherhood at the Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop held at Vanderbilt Law School. 

Professor Galen Trail, MSAL director, published "An Examination of Constraints and Motivators as Predictors of Sport Media Consumption Substitution Intention," with Ben Larkin and Janet S. Fink in Sport Marketing Quarterly. The article examines why people will stay at home to watch the game on TV rather than going to the venue.

MSAL Professor Brian McCullough, MSAL, published “Considering the Social Impact of the Sustainable Stadium Design,” with Professors Timothy Kellison and Sylvia Trendafilova, in the Journal of Event Management Research. The article investigates the influence of social pressures on decision makers in sport organizations to implement environmental sustainability aspect in new construction or retrofitting of sport facilities. More here.

Tanya Hayes and Felipe Murtinho published their work on resource management in Ecuador, with Hendrik Wolff, "An institutional analysis of Payment for Environmental Services on collectively managed lands in Ecuador," in Ecological Economics here.This work was also presented at an international conference on land management held at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Quito Ecuador, July 2015.

Theology Professor Peter Ely, SJ, gave the keynote address at the 18th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Understanding of Human Ideas of Ultimate Reality and Meaning at University College, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 5-8..  Fr. Ely spoke on the ultimate meaning of Justice and Mercy.  Ely also gave a paper on Augustine’s City of God and a symposium response on Albert Camus’ approach to death. Visual Art Professor Truong Pham, SJ, gave a paper on “Extreme Beauty” and led a symposium on his own paintings dealing with that topic. English Professor David Leigh, SJ helped coordinate the conference, and also gave a paper on “Method in Theology and Literature” and a symposium response on S. T. Coleridge’s philosophy.

English Professor Nalini Iyer is featured in the King County Library System's Mind Matters program. Her first presentation on her book Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest, took place on Sept. 17 at Sammamish Library. In presentations throughout the fall, she will be discussing "At Home in the World: The South Asian Immigrant Experience in Contemporary American Fiction" and Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, which is part of the library's Big Read program,  Details of the talks, dates, and locations here.

In the News: Center for Strategic Communications Professor Whitney Keyes is joining the National Women's Business Council, a federal advisory body that conducts research and makes policy recommendations to the White House, Congress and Small Business Administration. More here.

Communication Profession Sonora Jha published "On Spine and Crown" in Seattle, City of Literature (2015, Sasquatch Books). The anthology of Seattle writers is a collection of essays, history, and personal stories that pay tribute to Seattle’s literary heritage. More here. She also presented a research paper titled "Gathering Online, Loitering Offline: Hashtag Activism and the Claim for Public Space by Women in India Through the #WhyLoiter Campaign," at the annual convention of the Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication in San Francisco in August.

Criminal Justice Professor Elaine Gunnison published “Investigating Life Course Offender Subgroup Heterogeneity: An Exploratory Latent Class Analysis Approach”in  Women and Criminal Justice, 25(4): 223-240.

Theology and Religious Studies Professor Patrick Kelly, S.J., gave a two-hour workshop with the athletic directors of Jesuit High schools of the United States about sports and the growth and development of young people last spring. He also gave the keynote lecture at the 41st Annual Conference on Value Inquiry, “Sport and Values,” at Neumann University (PA) in April.  While in the Philadelphia area, he also did a workshop with the coaches at St. Joseph’s University and spoke to student athletes. In May, Kelly participated in an international conference at the Vatican called “Coaches: Educating People.” He talked about the book he edited, Youth Sport and Spirituality: Catholic Perspectives.  In September, his article, “An Examen in the Spirit of Pope Francis,” was published on America magazine’s special Papal Visit web site.  

Professor Rachel Luft published “Governing Disaster: The Politics of Tribal Sovereignty in the Context of (Un)Natural Disaster" in Ethnic and Racial Studies here.

In the News: Professor Rosa Joshi, Acting Chair of the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, discusses directing "John Baxter Is a Switch Hitter," now playing at the Intiman Theatre, on KING 5 TV. More here.

Social Work Professor Joseph DeFilippis published a book chapter and article that look critically at the same-sex marriage campaigns, raising concerns about the implications that gay marriage activism will have for other (non-married) LGBT families and non-traditional heterosexual families. More here.

Social Work Professor Amelia Derr brought her expertise in social work practice with immigrants and refugees to the International Federation of Social Work conference and recently published on efforts in the United States. More here.

English professor Charles M. Tung was invited by the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society at the University of Louisville to give a seminar on Ben Lerner’s novel 10:04 and contemporary U.S. fiction at the University of California, Berkeley, last summer.  The seminar focused on the novel’s questions about social, political, and environmental futures, and its exploration of possible collective identities for whom the fantasy of a “great American novel” provides inadequate representation. The participants in the seminar were literature and language scholars from around the globe who were visiting the U.S. as part of the Department of State Institute on Contemporary American Literature.

Psychology Professor Christie Lynk, named Clinical Director of the MA in Psychology program, works with more than 30 mental health agencies to provide internships for second-year students. More here.

Theatre Professor Harmony Arnold designs costumes two new productions coming out this month: Capitol Hill Season 2, a feature film, and the play Buyer & Cellar. More here.



Congratulations to Professor Caitlin Ring on her marriage to Wayne Carlson in Denver on August 22, 2015. She is changing her name to Dr. Caitlin Carlson. The couple is living in Capitol Hill with their dog Rocco.

We welcome to the world Helen Florence Russell, who joined the family of Academic Advisor Tonja Brown, husband Matt, and son Brandon at 2:22 p.m. on October 1, weighing in at 7lbs 12.5 oz and 19.25" long. Both mom and baby are doing well.

Changes to Banquet/Liquor Permits

CES was just informed that the costs for Banquet Permits and Special Occasion Licenses will be undergoing a temporary fee increase from September 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017. Additionally, the issuing government agency is now called the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. Costs will be: Banquet Permit: $11 (previously $10); Special Occasion License: $64 (previously $60)
For more information on Banquet Permits, click here. For more information on Special Occasion Licenses, click here.



Details are on the Campus Calendar.

Oct. 6: MSW Information Session
Oct 8-10: AJCU Arts and Sciences Deans Conference
Oct. 13: Dean’s Coffee Hours, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Atrium
Oct. 13: Seattle Idealist Graduate Fair
Oct. 16: All SU Graduate Programs Open House
Oct. 19: Master of Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
Oct. 20: A Conversation with the City of Seattle “At-Large” Council Candidates Tim Burgess and Jon Grant for Position 8 and Bill Bradburd and M. Lorena González for Position 9.
Oct 26 - Nov. 13: Fall Quarter Advising Period
Oct, 28: Ursula K. Le Guin: Common Text
Oct. 29: MA Psychology Information Session
Nov. 4: The "Story" Behind Nonfiction PEP (Profession, Education, Publication) Talk & literary reading with Kevin Grange ’04, author of Beneath Blossom Rain and Lights & Sirens.
Nov. 5: MA Criminal Justice Information Session
Nov. 7 and 21: Preview Days

Fine Arts Events
Details here.

Today  – Jan. 2, 2016: The Grandmothering of Nicaragua:
Family, Community and the Effects of Immigration, Kinsey Gallery.
Opening reception Oct 8
Oct. 7: A Conversation with Seattle Artists on Making & Making It with Matt Sellars & Victoria Haven, Lecture and Reception
Oct. 12: Music’s Professional Development Seminar featuring Gretchen Amussen
Oct. 10 – 24: In Your Face Exhibition, Vachon Gallery
Oct. 19: Faculty lecture, recital, and film. Prof. Quinton Morris presents a lecture recital and premiere of his original film "Breakthrough” on the 18th century violinist and composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

Save the Date

Dec. 4: Holiday Party
Jan. 13: Dean’s Coffee Hours, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Apr. 21: Dean’s Coffee Hours, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
May 5: Imagining the World Awards Reception
June 3: All College Day

The next Dean’s Monthly Memo will publish in November. Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by October 23.

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