Dean's Monthly Memo, October 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, 2016, 4:00 p.m. Details here.

Endowed Chair Installation Ceremonies and Upcoming Events

October 6: Dr. Joy Gordon, Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. Professor of Social Ethics. Philosophy Department, Loyola University Chicago, presents “Jesuit Higher Education and the Challenge of Gender,” as the first lecture in a series of events sponsored by the Gaffney Chair. 7:00 p.m., Pigott Auditorium. Dr. Joy Gordon will also present to faculty and staff at noon. RSVP’s required. Details here.

Oct. 26: The Gaffney and Pigott McCone Chairs along with Professor Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Director, Center for the Study of Justice in Society, are sponsoring a series of Women of Color Faculty Lunches. Research shows that women of color have experiences and perceptions that are unique from women as a group and men of color as a group. Many professional development or career development programs do not take the unique experiences of diverse women into account. Thus, the purpose for these lunches are to provide a safe conceptual space to both mentor and support. The lunches are free, but RSVPs required here. The first lunch is October 26, 2016, in Hunthausen 16, 12 - 2 p.m.

Nov. 3: 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.

Nov. 9: 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 here. Details here.

Nov. 15: President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., will install Professor Jeanette Rodriguez as the Reverend Louis Gaffney, S.J. Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences on November 15. Rodriguez will discuss the focus and activities planned 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.

Funding for Special Events

The College Events Committee, whose members are David Madsen, Tara Roth, and Reine Mages, has a modest budget of $3,510 for the academic year. Funds are reserved for public events, open and attractive to all the faculty and students of the College. Historically, the majority of our grants have been in the $150-225 range, allowing for the support of about eighteen events a year. Grants are made on a first come, first served basis. It has been the tradition of the Committee to spread funds among departments and programs. It has also been the practice to ask those seeking substantial grants whether or not (and with what success) they have sought funding elsewhere; we simply do not have the resources—in all but modest requests—to be the sole funding agency.

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: David Madsen, Tara Roth, Reine Mages.

Now on Video

Student-Faculty Research: When Sociology Professor Jodi O’Brien starting looking at how practicing Catholics make sense of family planning practices that don’t conform to the Church’s position, she didn’t expect to find important Catholic teachings as a foundation for an alternative viewpoint. Working closely with her research assistant Cal Garrett ‘16, O’Brien uncovered important insights regarding the ways Catholic women root their practices within the tenets of their faith. Read the article and watch the video here.

McMillen Assistantships Support Student Artists: Designed for student artists majoring in digital design, photography, and studio art, the Robert B. McMillen Foundation grant supports paid assistantships for students to work with professional artists. Read the article and watch the video here.

MSAL Promotional Video here.

Giving Gratitude: Record year for philanthropic support

This past year the College of Arts and Sciences celebrated a record year for philanthropic support receiving $1.98 million from the generosity of alumni, parents, friends, and community partners. This is a ringing endorsement of the work we do as a college with our students and each other. Gifts from our own faculty and staff as part of the faculty and staff giving campaign, make up an especially appreciated part of the celebrated total. We are sincerely grateful for your participation this year – thank you!! Please help share an additional thanks with Laura Hauck-Vixie and Le Xuan Hy, our colleagues who championed this campaign for the college this year when you next see them. And, drumroll please, the Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign CAS Raffle Prize drawing took place last month, and here are the winners:

  • Jason Wirth: Lunch with the dean at a local restaurant of your choice and a college t-shirt
  • Randy Horton: $100 gift card to Lark
  • Claire Garoutte: Cupcakes and an Arts and Sciences t-shirt.


In early September, MA in Psychology (MAP) Professor Kevin Krycka led a panel that included MAP Professors Claire LeBeau and Kathleen Pape and alum Shannon Solie on "The therapeutic relationship as ground for social change: Healing as the platform for human agency" at the Human Science Institute Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. Each presented on the topic as it relates to their work, followed by a lively discussion period.


Sociology Professor Jodi O’Brien gave a public keynote address, “Family Diversity? Obergefell’s Unfinished Revolution,” at the conference “After Obergefell: Religious Communities, LGBTQ People, and the Possibilities for Reconciliation,” held in September at Fordham University. Obergefell v. Hodges is a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held in a 5–4 decision that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

English Professor Nalini Iyer guest edited (with Amritjit Singh, Ohio University) a special issue of Comparative Literature Studies  (53.2, 2016) on the topic “Beyond the Anglophone—Comparative South Asian Literatures.” The issue includes essays by scholars from India and the United States and is an attempt to bring a much needed corrective to the dominance of Anglophone literature and postcolonial analyses to the study of literary works from South Asia.

Music Professor Quinton Morris, violinist, received the Young Arts Leader Award from Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Arts Commission in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the arts and cultural traditions of Washington state. More here.

Theology and Religious Studies Professor Wes Howard-Brook published “Empire Baptized: How the Church Embraced What Jesus Rejected," which focuses on how Christianity became a religion of empire during the 2nd to 5th centuries. Details here.

In the News: Theology and Religious Studies Professor Pat Kelly, S.J. is featured in the article "The Spiritual Significance in Sports." Fr. Kelly has written extensively on sports and Catholicism. In the NW Catholic magazine here.  He is also a featured speaker at the First Global Conference on Faith and Sports, scheduled for early October at the Vatican. More here.

In the News: In the News: Public Administration Professor MARCO LOWE breaks down the electoral map on KING 5 TV here.

Political Science Professor Angelique Davis presented, “From Mamie Till to Maria Hamilton: Black Mothers’ Quest for Justice, “ at the “Black Women and Girls Symposium: Producers of Knowledge and Agents of Change,” at Providence College in  Providence, RI. It is the first annual symposium by The Collaborative for Research on Black Women and Girls, a multidisciplinary research group that centers the experiences of Black women and girls. The purpose of the group is to explore the ways in which Black womanhood and girlhood intersects and interacts with other social categories such as nationality, religion, class, sexuality, etc. The Collaborative also seeks to support scholars who engage in research on Black women and girls, and develop practical ways to bring the knowledges of Black women and girls into the classroom and other critical spaces.  

Professor Galen Trail, director of graduate programs in sport leadership, published the textbook “Marketing Sustainability Through Sport,” which details how sport organizations can create sustainability marketing campaigns, here. He also published “Differential Effects of Motives and Points of Attachment on Conative Loyalty of Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix Attendees” in the Journal of Sport Marketing here  and “A longitudinal study of team-fan role identity on self-reported attendance behavior and future intentions” in the Journal of Amateur Sport here.

History Professor Heath Spencer published “From Liberal Theology to Völkisch Christianity? Heinrich Weinel, the Volkskirchenbund, and the Church Struggle in Thuringia” in Holocaust Genocide Studies (Fall 2016) 30 (2): 328-350

Psychology Professor Kevin Krycka accepted a Lifetime Achievement award for Eugene Gendlin, a philosopher and psychologist whose work he used as the basis for his scholarship. As part of this award ceremony, held in New York City at the 12th World Association for Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling Conference, Krycka gave a keynote lecture, "Rogers and Gendlin: Joint Contributions to Person-Centered Experiential Psychotherapy."

Professor Brian McCullough published "Introduction to Environmental Sport Management, a textbook for upper level undergraduates and graduate students to explore how environmental sustainability and the sport industry intersect and interact with each other. More here.

Criminal Justice Professors Elaine Gunnison and Jacqueline Helfgott published “A Day in the Life of a Day Reporting Center: Needs and Challenges of Clients Entering and Exiting” in the Journal of Community Corrections. The researchers examined the Community Center for Alternative Programs (CCAP) in Seattle as operated by the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, Community Corrections Division. More here.

In the news: Sport and Exercise Professor Molly Welsh on tips to get back to exercising, in the Seattle Times here.

Communication Chair Professor Chris Paul gave a keynote address, "Playing Better: Theorycraft, The Meta, Analytics, and the Optimization of Play" at the Future and Reality of Gaming - 10th Vienna Games Conference in September. More here.


Kudos to MA in Psychology alum Sarah LaChance Adams, class of 2004, on her upcoming book, New Philosophies of Love and Desire.

Kudos to Dan Giuliani, MSAL class of 2010, for his work with student athletes. Dan, CEO of Volt Athletics, is working with the Seahawks to donate professional strength training programs to three Washington high school football teams. More here.

The television world premiere of the If Project documentary, featuring Sociology Alum Kim Bogucki, class of 1987, co-founder of the If Project and Seattle Police Department detective, was featured on Logo TV on Sept. 14..  The feature length documentary follows Bogucki, a heroic Seattle police officer and the writing workshop she created with a group of inmates at a maximum security women’s prison. Watch the trailer here.

Congratulations to Angie Buysee, MNPL 2012, and Cynthia Per-Lee, who will receive the 2016 Outstanding Philanthropists Award from AFP Advancement Northwest in November. Angie Buysse and Cynthia Per-Lee are community philanthropists committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the Pacific Northwest. More here.

Master’s in Psychology alumni Kristin Beck and Jennifer Reisberg, class of 2015, created a model of psychotherapy to specifically address issues facing teens and their parents. Beck works directly with parents, while Reisberg meets independently with teens. More here.

In the News: Congratulations to Monique Courcy, MFA in Arts Leadership class of 2013, on being named Executive Director of TeenTix. The organization provides opportunities for teens from all backgrounds to engage deeply with the arts. More here.

In the News: Op ed by alum Tesi Uwibambe, Public Affairs class of 2016, on "Why ‘whitesplaining’ is hurtful to people of color," in the Seattle Times here. 


Welcome back Rose! Rose Zbiegien has been lured out of retirement to support ROTC.

Congratulations: Serena Marie Whitlock, born August 29 is the newest addition to the family of Theology and Religious Studies Professor Matt Whitlock.

Reminder: We are in election season so please take a moment to review the  University’s Policy and Guidelines on Political Campaign Activities here.

A note about email signatures

In order to improve communications and to respond professionally to outside (and inside) clients, it is important to include a signature in your email. This provides readily available content about where to contact you. In the effort to rebrand the University and mark the 125th anniversary of the University, templates have been created for guidelines on many communication points and email signatures is included.  More here. Note: You can use your email signature to promote an upcoming event by simply editing your signature to include event information.

Undergraduate tuition remissions programs

Seattle University participates in two undergraduate tuition remission programs in addition to the tuition remission benefit at Seattle University. FACHEX is a tuition remission program involving Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States (all except Georgetown). Tuition Exchange is a similar program within a network of over 600 educational institutions nationwide. Both programs are available to the dependent children of Seattle University employees who have at least three years of full-time uninterrupted service with the University. Because there is considerable competition for FACHEX and Tuition Exchange awards, it is very important to apply early and to consider applying to more than one participating institution. The number of awards for both programs can vary from year to year and are granted at the discretion of participating institutions.    Please contact the Office of Human Resources with questions: or 206-296-5867. Information regarding Tuition Program Benefits is available on the HR website here.


Details are on the Campus Calendar.

Sept. 23 – Dec. 10: Robots Building Robots, an international group of artists addresses the intersection, or divergence, of creation and consciousness in the digital age, considering ways in which images are harvested without human direction. Hedreen Gallery.

Oct. 4: Pre-law info session, 12:30-1:20, Admin 220. Encourage any student interested in attending law school to attend this workshop. RSVP:

On October 6, Dr. Joy Gordon, Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. Professor of Social Ethics. Philosophy Department, Loyola University Chicago, presents “Jesuit Higher Education and the Challenge of Gender,” as the first lecture in a series of events sponsored by the Gaffney Chair. 7:00 p.m., Pigott Auditorium. Dr. Joy Gordon will also present to faculty and staff at noon. RSVP’s required. Details here.

Oct. 7: "Streetwise" screening and discussion of the classic 1984 documentary about teenagers living on the streets of downtown Seattle, 7:30 - 9:45 p.m, Campion Ballroom. The film, by Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Bell and Cheryl McCall, was nominated for an Academy Award. Keanna Pickett, an educator at Washington Middle School and photographer, and Professor Claire Garoutte will discuss the film and its impact and take audience questions. Free but reserve your place here.

Oc. 11: Sharing Perspectives: Protest and Policing in the United States, 6 - 8 p.m. Pigott Auditorium, featuring community leaders, law enforcement, and Seattle University faculty. Free and open to the public.

Oct. 12: 7th Annual Catholic Heritage Lectures: Rooted in Tradition, Growing Towards the Future: SU at 125, featuring Stephanie Russell, Vice President for Mission Integration of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and University who will provide a foundational understanding of a Jesuit Catholic university in the 21st century. 5:00 pm, Campion Ballroom. Details here.

Oct. 14 – Nov. 23: Torito y Castillos, an exhibition of Professor Francisco Guerrero’s recent work, investigating the machismo of the Industrial Military Complex through drone weapons technology and traditional Mexican pyrotechnic techniques. Vachon Gallery.

October 20: 16FQ Faculty Advisor Luncheon, 12:30-1:20 STCN 130. All faculty advisors are encouraged to attend this luncheon where they will have an opportunity to talk with Natasha Martin, Chief Diversity Officer, about applying principles of inclusive equity in the advising relationship.

Oct. 21: Family Weekend Choir Concerts: Chapel of St. Ignatius, 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 21: SU Alumni Legacy Reception for all Seattle U alumni or faculty/staff who have a relative who is a current student at Seattle U, and all alumni who have had multiple family members attend SU. 6-9 pm. Campion Ballroom

October 24-Nov. 11: Advising Period

Oct. 24: Candidates forum, sponsored by IPS and moderated by Joni Balter and Larry Hubbell, with 7th Congressional District candidates, Pramila Jayapal and Brady Pinero Walkinshaw, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

Oct. 26: Women of Color Faculty Lunch, 12 - 2 p.m. Hunthausen 160. Free but RSVP required here.

Nov. 3 REVISED DATE: The date for Coffee in the Atrium for faculty and staff from Arts and Sciences and Matteo Ricci has changed from Oct. 13 to Nov. 3, 8:30 – 10 a.m., Casey Atrium

Nov. 3: Installation of Sharon Suh as the Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities and 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. Featuring the Seattle Rock Orchestra with special guest, SU CAS Alumna Hollis Wong-Wear, ’10

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 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 to Laura Paskin. Details .

Nov. 10: Institute of Public Service hosts an analysis of election results. Guests include Scott McClellan, Vice President for Communications and former White House Press Secretary. 6 - 8 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium. Free.

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. Free.

Nov. 15: Installation of Professor Jeanette Rodriguez as the Rev. Louis Gaffney, S.J. Chair. Details forthcoming.

Nov. 16: 10 Year Anniversary Celebration for the Jeanne Marie and Rhoady Lee, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Open House reception throughout the Hedreen Gallery and center followed by a performance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” for donors, alumni, community partners and friends of the arts at SU. 6-9 pm. Lee Center

Nov. 17: Screening and lecture on Flannery O’Connor, with Professor Mark Bosco, SJ, Ph.D., 5 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium

On Campus Grad Program Information Sessions Unless Otherwise Noted
Oct. 4: MSW
Oct. 6: MA in Criminal Justice
Oct. 6: MFA in Arts Leadership (online)
Oct 10: Seattle Idealist Graduate Fair
Oct. 11: MA Psychology
Oct. 12: MSW (online)
Oct. 14: All SU Grad Programs Open House
Oct. 20: MSW
Oct. 26: MA Psychology
Oct 27: MSW (online)
Nov. 1: MSW
Nov. 3: MA in Criminal Justice
Nov. 9: Master in Nonprofit Leadership
Nov. 9: MSW (online)
Nov. 12: MA Psychology
Nov. 15: MFA in Arts Leadership
Nov. 17: MSW


January 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.

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