December 2018


LGBTQ Studies Minor

The Academic Committee of SU's Board of Trustees approved our LGBTQ Studies minor. The new minor is a focused examination of the intellectual, cultural and political experiences and knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified individuals and groups. Students will: 

  • study LGBTQ lives in both historical and contemporary contexts in world regions,
  • examine LGBTQ politics in terms of policies, practices, and activism,
  • use the lenses and representations of LGBTQ narratives to analyze ways of seeing and of telling our stories, and
  • inquire into the distinct LGBTQ epistemological stance, both theories and ways of knowing, to analyze the entire world and to better understand the social, economic, historical, and political production of sexualities.

The minor requires six courses (30 credits): 

  • Introduction to LGBTQ Studies (WGST 2020)
  • Queer Theories (WGST 3730)
  • Research Methodology: You can choose from SOCL 3130 (Sociological Research Methods), ANTH 3140 (Ethnographic Methodologies), and WGST 3720 (Feminist Methodologies).
  • Three electives from an array of approved courses in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, or policy and professional studies including nursing, health sciences and business

Thank you to faculty who created the courses and advocated for the creation of this minor, which may be the first of its kind at a Jesuit college or university. Your work has already made a difference and will continue to do so for generations to come.

Pathways to Professional Formation

The College of Arts and Sciences and Career Engagement Office are excited to present six weeks of professional formation programming for A&S students during Winter quarter. These events happen across campus and are designed to help students start thinking of their future pathways and how they will use their SU liberal arts degrees to live a life of meaning and purpose. The Takeover events are the first major programming coming out of the new Pathways to Professional Formation initiative in the College.

The goal of Pathways to Professional Formation is to help and guide students to explore where they want to take their lives and how to navigate the decisions about future personal and professional pathways.

Pathways to Professional Formation Takeover: January 8 through February 28, 2019

Highlights include:

LinkUp: An Alumni & Student Mentoring Event – January 30, 2019.

Alumni of the College are encouraged to spend 2 meaningful hours giving back to their alma mater, by sharing your stories of life post SU. Please register by January 10. More details and online registration available here.

Arts, Media and Design Day – February 5, 2019

A full day of programming for students interested in the creative industries. More details will be available online soon.

Sponsoring/Presenting groups: College of Arts and Sciences, Career Engagement Office, A&S Deans Leadership Council, Alumni Engagement Office, Alumni Board of Governors, Alumni Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), SU Board of Trustees, SU Regents, and The Outreach Center and SU Collegia Program, Division of Student Development

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Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice

Thank you to the faculty, staff, and students who have signed up to participate in Undoing Racism with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond on December 17 and 18. The workshop is full and of those signed up, 45% are students, 35% are faculty, and 20% are staff. There are a few people on a waiting list in case there are cancellations. 

Arts and Sciences is covering the costs of participation as part of the college's broader efforts to address issues of intersectionality and racism in particular. This workshop is based on the premise that racism has been consciously and systematically erected, and that it can be "undone" if people understand where it comes from, how it functions and why it is perpetuated. As former Jesuit Superior General Fr. Kolvenbach SJ would note, the approach engages "both head and heart." Learn more on these websites:

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The College of Arts and Sciences and KUOW will present How #MeToo is Changing Culture, Politics, and Journalism: A Conversation with KUOW’s Sydney Brownstone on February 26, 6 to 9 p.m. in Campion Ballroom. Sonora Jha, PhD, will facilitate a conversation with Sydney following her presentation. We are inviting a number of community organizations to participate in a resource fair as part of the program.

Tickets for the Seattle University are free and general admission tickets are $5. Tickets will be available online in January. Anyone interested in bringing a class as a group can contact Karen Bystrom by email or at 206.296.2814.

What role does empathy play in journalism? Why do sexual assault accusers go to journalists instead of the police? Why does the #MeToo movement keep showing us photographs of sad ladies looking out of windows?  

Join award-winning journalist Sydney Brownstone for a look behind the curtain of some of her most complex and impactful reporting on rape and sexual assault. Sydney will open this event with an in-depth examination of how she reports stories involving trauma. Her presentation will include tips for interviewing accusers and the accused, fact checking strategies, insights about self-care for journalists and others close to trauma survivors, analysis of “sad lady” portraits and other clichés in trauma reporting, and more. After her presentation, Sydney will be joined in-conversation by Seattle University Professor Sonora Jha, and then the floor open for audience Q&A.

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Of Gifts and Gratitude

We are grateful to all who support the College of Arts and Sciences with their time, talents and treasure. Thank you to the faculty and staff partners who help to stay connected with our supporters, work diligently to steward their generosity and share our message of gratitude.

December and the holiday season often inspires reflection, and a call to give sharing with our loved ones, friends, family and organizations that matter to us too! Note that if you have alumni or friends who wish to make a year-end 2018 gift to Seattle U here are a few helpful hints:

  • Directions on how to give may be found here.
  • College of Arts and Sciences Secure Online Giving Page – If you or others wish to donate to a specific purpose, but don’t see the program/fund you want to support in the official funds list – include a note in the comments field and an advancement staff member will follow up to direct it to your specifications.
  • The development team monitors the Advancement Main Office Line – even during the break. Donors may leave a detailed message at 206.296.6100 and someone will return their call within 24 hours.
  • Gifts by mail will still count for 2018 if they are postmarked on or before December 31, 2018, and they will get processed once the university reopens January 2.

Save the Date –February 6-7, 2019 - Seattle U Gives –the online day of giving returns for 2019. Could your department/program use donations? Then we need you to recruit an alumni ambassador to post on your behalf during the challenge. Send your ambassadors’ names to Katie Chapman, Development Director by email; you can also sign up a faculty or staff ambassador or learn more.

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Amelia Seraphia Derr, PhD, Social Work, and her work with her community partner, the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, was featured in a new report published by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). PERF is a national research and policy organization that disseminates best practices in policing. Derr’s program, the Immigrant Family Institute was featured in the report Strengthening Relationships between Police and Immigrant Communities in a Complex Political Environment: Multicultural Outreach and Engagement Programs for Police Agencies. Download the report here.

Elizabeth J. Dale, PhD, Nonprofit Leadership, is quoted in The Charity Walkathon is Dead, a web article for The Atlantic. She also presented new research entitled, “All in for women: High-net-worth giving for women and girls” at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) conference, November 15 through 17 in Austin, TX, and presented two sessions at the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Toronto chapter’s Congress on November 19 and 20.

James Risser, PhD, Philosophy, was a keynote speaker in November at the annual meeting of Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy. Along with his regular duties as journal editor for Research in Phenomenology, he has been asked to be Guest Editor for the inaugural issue of the Duquesne Journal of Phenomenology.

Sonia Barrios Tinoco, PhD, Modern Languages and Cultures Department, delivered a paper entitled “Capital humano en fuga: la debacle de una nación (Human Capital in Flight: A Nation's Debacle)” at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association in November. She also organized and chaired the session entitled “Un camino difícil/ A difficult journey: Cultural Products on (Il)legal (im)migration.”

Connie Anthony, PhD, Political Science, published “Schizophrenic Neocolonialism: Exporting the American Culture War on Sexuality to Africa,” International Studies Perspectives, 19.4 (2018):289-304.

Jackie Helfgott, PhD, Criminal Justice, published a new book, No Remorse: Psychopathy and Criminal Justice.

Elaine Gunnison, PhD, and Jackie Helfgott, PhD, Criminal Justice, published their new book, Women Leading Justice: Experiences and Insights.

Yitan Li, PhD, Political Science, appeared as a panelist during the twelfth annual CHINA Town Hall, featuring former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice on October 9. The event was organized by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Sharon A. Suh, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, was newly elected to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. She also recently joined the board of directors of the nonprofit organization Yoga Behind Bars, and will be one of two invited speakers for The Center for the Study of Religion 2019 Symposium on Religion & Race: "Decolonizing the Dharma: Racial Justice and American Buddhism" at Ohio State University. She will present her research from her essay, “We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming to Bring You This Very Important Public Service Announcement…:” aka Buddhism as Usual in the Academy” forthcoming in Buddhism and Whiteness edited by George D. Yancy and Emily McCrae for the Lexington Books series, Philosophy of Race.

Christopher Paul, PhD, Communication, talks about his book, The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games on the podcast, The Art and Design of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Horror.

Marie Wong, PhD, Institute of Public Service, was interviewed for the International Examiner article, What can stem the wave of development threatening Chinatown International District? She was also interviewed by Seattle Magazine for "Room for Rent," a story published in the December print issue.

Nalini Iyer, PhD, English, was recently named Editor for South Asian Review, the journal of the South Asian Literary Association published by Taylor & Francis. South Asian Review was established in 1976 and is a peer reviewed scholarly journal that publishes articles on South Asian and diasporic Literatures and languages, film, cultural studies, postcolonial studies. The journal is a major publication in the field with a global reach, and Dr. Iyer is the first woman editor of this journal.

Marco Lowe, MPA, Institute of Public Service, was interviewed about district elections in Everett.

Matt Hickman, PhD, Criminal Justice, was interviewed for the Public Source article, In disciplining cops, Pennsylvania’s standards trail other states.

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Shasti Conrad, 2007, Sociology and International Studies, is featured in The Stranger article, Who Will Bring the King County Democrats Back From the Dead?

Kiyon Ross, 2015, BA, Arts Leadership, talked about adult ballet at Pacific Northwest Ballet and beyond in The Seattle Times story, Late bloomers: Adult ballet classes bring the joy of dance at any age.

Julia Crain, Public Affairs, 2006, was named one of Butte, Montana’s 20 under 40. She is an urban planner for the Butte-Silver Bow Planning Department.

Patricia Weisenfelder, MPA 2016, community relations specialist for the city of Columbia, Missouri and sustainability coordinator for the True/False Film Fest, received the Progress Award for Sustainability.

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Our SU Debate Team shone at the University of British Columbia Tournament, a highly competitive tournament with some of Canada’s best teams. Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook placed in the top four open teams and won speaker awards. Sarah Salame and Hatcher Chapman placed first in novice, Cameron Quinn and Parker Davidson placed in the top four among novice, and all four won speaker awards. Sophie Pierce and Dylan Love-Russom placed fifth in novice.

The SU Ethics Bowl team, took second place in the Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl and qualified to go to the national competition in Baltimore in March, 2019.

Communication and Media major and basketball player Myles Carter was featured in a Seattle Times article this weekend.

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  • Now through Mar. 3, Hedreen Gallery, Elizabeth LaPensée | heart of the game
    Jan. 9, 6-9 p.m., Hedreen Gallery, Elizabeth LaPensée | heart of the game, Artist Talk and Reception
  • Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium, Joseph Williams, piano
  • Jan. 16, 3-5 p.m., Harding 143, Trump’s America: Historians' Perspectives
  • Jan. 22, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Immigration / Migration, Moral Mondays at SU, the #BlackLivesMatter Initiative at Seattle University
  • Jan. 30, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Campion Ballroom, LinkUp: An Alumni and Student Mentoring Event 
  • Feb. 6 & 7, Seattle U Gives - annual campus campaign
  • Feb. 12, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Campion Ballroom, Career and Internship Fair
  • Feb. 18, Presidents Day, African American Legislative Day, Moral Mondays at SU, the #BlackLivesMatter Initiative at Seattle University
  • Feb. 20-Mar. 3, Lee Center for the Arts, You on the Moors Now by Jaclyn Backhaus
  • Mar. 4 and 5, Artist In Residence: Antoine Hunter, Moral Mondays at SU
  • Mar. 5, 7:30 p.m., The Chapel of St. Ignatius, Distinguished Guest Artist Recital: Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano, with Jessica Schroeder, piano
  • Mar. 9, 8 p.m., The Chapel of St. Ignatius, A Lenten Prayer: Featuring the Seattle University Choirs, Dr. Leann Conley-Holcom, Director, and Dr. Lee Peterson Assistant Director
  • Apr. 16, All Day, Campus Wide, Industry and Inclusion Day
  • Apr. 22, 4th Annual Symbolic Confederate Flag Burning, Moral Mondays at SU
  • Apr. 26 and Apr. 27, 8 p.m., St. Joseph Church, Sing a Mighty Song: Featuring the Seattle University Choirs, Dr. Leann Conley-Holcom, Director, and Dr. Lee Peterson Assistant Director
  • May 8-19, Lee Center for the Arts, Love and Information by Caryl Churchill
  • May 10, 2019, 9 a.m.-5 pm., Lemieux Library, Boeing Room, Moral Panic: Understanding How We Construct Crime, Featuring Philip Jenkins.
  • Jun. 16, Commencement, Washington State Convention Center

More College of Arts and Sciences events

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Graduate Program Information Sessions

  • Dec. 17, 12:30 p.m., MAP Online Info Session
  • Dec. 18, 6 p.m., MSW On Campus Info Session
  • Jan. 3, 6 p.m., MSW On Campus Info Session
  • Jan. 4, noon, MSW Online Info Session
  • Jan. 8, 6 p.m., MSW On Campus Info Session
  • Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m, MFA Arts Leadership On Campus Info Session
  • Jan. 10, 6 p.m., MACJ Info Session
  • Jan. 17, 10 a.m., MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session
  • Jan. 26, 9:30 a.m., Graduate Open House, Winter 2019
  • Feb. 4, 6 p.m., Nonprofit Leadership Info Session
  • Feb. 8, noon, MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session
  • Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m., MFA Arts Leadership On Campus Info Session

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Academic Calendar

  • Dec. 17: Non-matric Registration: Winter 2019
  • Dec. 19:  Grades Due by Noon
  • Dec. 19: Grades Posted on SU Online by 6pm
  • Dec. 24-Jan. 1: Administrative Offices Closed
  • Jan. 7: Classes Begin
  • Jan. 11: Last Day to Add/Drop or Change Grading Option
  • Jan. 11: Roster Checks for Winter Quarter Due
  • Jan. 19-21: Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend: No Classes
  • Jan. 22-Feb. 8 : Advising Period: Spring and Summer 2019
  • Feb. 1: Last Day to Apply for Graduation: Spring 2019
  • Feb. 1: Last Day to Remove “I” Grade: Fall 2018
  • Feb. 11: Registration Begins: Spring 2019
  • Feb. 16-18: Presidents’ Day Weekend: No Classes
  • Feb. 19: Registration Begins: Summer 2019
  • Feb. 25: Last Day to Withdraw from Classes
  • Mar. 1, Last Day to Remove “N” grade: Winter 2018
  • Mar. 18, Last Class Day
  • Mar. 18, Non-matric Registration: Spring 2019
  • Mar. 19-23, Final Exam Week
  • Mar. 24-31, Spring Break
  • Mar. 27, Grades Due by Noon
  • Mar. 27, Grades Posted on SU Online by 6pm
  • Apr. 1, Spring Quarter Classes Begin
  • Apr. 5, Last Day to Add/Drop or Change Grading option
  • Apr. 5, Roster Checks For Spring Quarter Due

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The Dean’s Monthly Memo is published the second full week of the month, September through December and February through June. Remember to send your updates to Karen Bystrom