Dear A&S Community,
Happy Holidays one and all! Thank you for all your hard work across the past quarter. I hope you have some well-deserved rest, relaxation and celebration with those who are close to your heart over the next few weeks.
When you come back, the new Strategic Directions document for the university will officially roll out and we will have some important conversations as a university and a college about how we position ourselves for success in our academic mission over the next five years.
But that’s for winter and spring. For now, after you wrap up the quarter do take time rest, reflect and enjoy the season.
Executive Committee: Recent Minutes
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David V. Powers, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle University
Seattle U Theatre’s Winter Quarter production of “45 Plays for 45 Presidents” could not be more timely, running February 19 through March 1. Washington State’s primary was moved from May to March, and voters may begin submitting ballots on February 21, with ballots due no later than March 10.
Performing Arts and Arts Leadership Chair Rosa Joshi describes the production as “a unique opportunity to see our presidents as people, embodied by their lives.” She also points out that the color- and gender-blind casting encouraged by the playwrights, like the hit “Hamilton,” allows today’s Americans to tell America’s story; however, it predates the musical by more than a decade.
First created in 2004 by the Chicago-based Neo-Futurists – Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Chloe Johnston, and Karen Weinberg – as “43 Plays for 43 Presidents,” the production has been updated to remain current for each new election cycle.
Plans are underway to augment this hilarious and incisive collage of American political history, as revealed through the lives of our presidents, through a variety of special events featuring one of the playwrights, Seattle U faculty, and guest speakers. The goal is to offer a talk back after each of the performances, with themes including “Politics and Art,” “Presidential Politics,” and more.
Seattle U Arts Leadership, led by Dr. Jasmine Mahmoud, will host a related session of their Book Club, featuring “Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater” by Chloe Johnston and Coya Paz Brownrigg. Following the matinee of “45 Plays for 45 Presidents” on February 23, the authors will participate in a talk back and a workshop. The book club and events are open to the public. Information will be available here.
There are myriad opportunities to include the production in Winter Quarter classes. Contact Rosa Joshi if you are interested in discussing how to connect your class to the play. If you are interested in participating in a special event, contact Jasmine Mahmoud.
“45 Plays for 45 Presidents” also features the work of guest director Jane Nichols and guest scenic designer Pete Rush. The Seattle U cast is ready to put their touch on the Neo -Futurists’ particular brand of irreverent experimental theatre and their insightful, musical, tragic, bizarre and painfully funny takes on leadership in our country. Buy tickets here.
Pathways to Professional Formation and Career Engagement Office are compiling a series of winter quarter programs targeted to Arts & Sciences students. The College to Career Series aims to ignite student’s curiosity around professional formation. College to Career Series provides numerous opportunities to explore career paths, build community, and identify and celebrate their skills as Arts & Sciences students.
Programming will run from January to mid-February 2020.
We ask for your partnership by joining us in making this vision a reality.
Is your department planning to host a winter quarter event that has themes of professional development? Let us help you market your work and amplify the opportunity across the college. Email Melissa Minato with the event name, a one to two sentence description, date, time and meeting location. To ensure your event is featured in the campus posters, please share event details with us by Friday, December 6.
Please consider encouraging students to attend the LinkUp Mentoring Events. There is one event for undergrad students and one for graduate students.
LinkUp is a structured, casual, networking event that connects current A&S students with A&S alumni and friends of the college. Students meet professionals, discover shared interests, discuss professional plans and ideas, and start a mentoring relationship. We welcome students of all class years and encourage them to come every year.
MACJ Student, Taylor Lowery, and MACJ Alum, Jennifer Danner, discussed crime prevention in West Seattle. In the MACJ Program at SeattleU, students get out in the community and have the opportunity to engage with others to develop crime prevention strategies. Read more here.
Larry Hubbell, PhD, Director, Institute of Public Service, and Jodi Balter, IPS Professional in Residence, talked with Seattle Mayor Durkan in the event “Maintaining Livability in a Boomtown: Conversation with Mayor Jenny Durkan.” KIRO TV broadcast the event on Facebook live. The video post was seen by 26,034 people in their Facebook news feed, 4,140 people engaged with the post (likes, comments, shares), and just over 11,000 people stayed to watch at least part of the video. The program video is now available on The Seattle Channel. View it here.
Serena Cosgrove, PhD, International Studies and Central America Initiative, and Shayan Chisti, International Studies and Spanish, ‘19, co-wrote an essay for Routledge’s Sustainable Development Goals Online collection. Core essay: Sustainable Development Goal #1 and Capabilities - Gender-Based Violence in Guatemala. Tayor & Francis, July 2019. Available here.
Aakanksha Sinha, PhD, Social Work, with the support of students, Thomas Kravitz, MSW ‘19 and Margaret Bolger, MSW ’20, conducted a needs-assessment for 47 affordable housing buildings managed by Capitol Hill Housing that culminated in a two-day Resident-Driven Advocacy workshop.
Dr. Sinha’s restaurant, Spice Waala, a social impact business, was recognized as a “Top 10 Bites” by the Seattle Times; read the article here. Recently, based on the growing concerns around access to food, the restaurant conducted a “Pay it Forward” event where any customer could donate $1 towards a free meal for any college student. Read more on the MSW website.
Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Matteo Ricci Institute; Tammy Liddell, Director of Seattle University Campus Ministry; Ernesto Aquilar-S, executive director of Fundación Esperanza de Mexico; Felicia Islas, executive director of Esperanza International; Alexa Montenegro, Senior, Humanities for Leadership; and Hillary Sturgeon, Class of 2019 International Studies, had their workshop session proposal “From Mission to Magis in Mexico: Using the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm to enhance short-term service/immersion programs and their long-term impacts” accepted to the 20th Anniversary Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Conference to be held June 3-6, 2020 at Georgetown University. The workshop will use the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm to accompany participants in reflection on their own planned or existing short-term international service-learning programs, and foster idea sharing, community building and lessons learned.
Seattle U Gives is the university’s day of giving and a celebration of the uncommon generosity and impact of our community. For 24 hours, Seattle U alumni, students, parents, friends, staff and faculty come together to invest in what matters most to them at Seattle University. This year, Seattle U Gives is on February 6 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. PST.
Want to know how your department or program can participate and benefit directly? Contact Katie Chapman today.
Elaine Gunnison, PhD, and Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, are co-editors of "Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society" and the latest issue is available online.
“Unsettling Femininity,” the exhibition at the Frye Museum curated by Naomi Hume, PhD, Art and Art History, is reviewed in Apollo: The International Art Magazine. Read the review here.
Rob Efird, PhD, Anthropology and Asian Studies, gave a presentation at the 6th National Nature Education Forum in Wuhan, China on October 26, at the invitation of WWF China. The talk, entitled "Ethnobotanical Gardens and Biodiversity Education,” showcased our own Seattle University taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden.
Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Film Studies, published "Live Electrically with Reddy Kilowatt, Your Electrical Servant" in Animation and Advertising: eds. Malcolm Cook and Kirsten Moana Thompson, London and New York: Palgrave, 2019; 127-145. She also presented "Kanaka Maoli Childhood, Epistemologies, and Futurity", at the American Studies Conference, in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 7 through 10.
The English Department’s current Distinguished Writer in Residence, memoirist Theo Nestor, published the Seattle Times Op-Ed, “Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford, a through line of courage and faith.” Read it here.
Sven Arvidson, PhD, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, published “How Can Sartrean Consciousness Be Reverent” in Sartre Studies International. This peer-reviewed article articulates a connection between Sartre’s early work and virtue ethics, especially focusing on reverent awe. Read it here.
Sharon Suh, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, presented “Mindfulness and Trauma-Embodied Healing” at the Compassionate Leadership Summit, November 8-9. Her session was highlighted in the Forbes article, "Personal Reflections on a Compassionate Leadership Summit." Read the article here.
Elise Murowchick, PhD, Psychology,recently participated in a symposium, “Predicting successful academic performance and degree completion: The roles of persistence, resilience, and academic skills”. The Symposium was conducted at the meeting of National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) 81st Annual Conference, November 20-23, 2018, Fort Worth, TX.
Steen Halling, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, recently presented a paper entitled “On receiving unexpected gifts: Reflections on first-hand accounts of spiritual experiences” at the second regional conference of the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience, Valparaiso University, IN, October 11, 2019
Stephanie Neill, PsyD, Psychology, presented a paper entitled, "Ecology in Spiritual Counseling" at the Los Angeles Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education, November 3-5, 2019.
Kira Mauseth, PhD, Psychology, was appointed a team lead for a new program that the WA State Department of Health is developing; the creation and deployment of rapid response teams throughout the state that can help local groups prepare for and respond to all manner of critical incidents or disasters. Dr. Mauseth will be working with two other team leads on team development, training and deployment.
Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Nonprofit Leadership, received a grant from the Ford Foundation for $41,641. Her project, entitled “Deepening Community Participation: A Case Study of the Pride Foundation’s Transition to Broad-based Participatory Grantmaking,” was one of nine projects awarded nationally. Elizabeth will study the process by which a community foundation (Pride) transitions to a participatory grantmaking practice to better understand the challenges and opportunities this shift in organizational strategy presents, the questions it surfaces for the foundation, and the effectiveness of the foundation’s change management strategy.
Patrick Schoettmer, PhD, Political Science, was interviewed for the Crosscut article, “Seattle PACs spent $4 million on the election. Who got paid?” Read it here.
Ruchika Tulshyan, MS, Communication, was interviewed in the Seattle Times article, “Celebrating religious and cultural holidays at work, inclusively.” Read it here.
Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Becky McNamara, PhD, and Maria Tedesco, PhD, of Matteo Ricci Institute attended the American Association of Colleges and Universities (ACC&U) Institute on Civic Prompts in the Major: Designs in Social Responsibility and the Public Good at Loyola Chicago in mid-November. Small faculty-staff teams from 15 colleges and universities across the nation came together to draw on national consultants and the community of faculty with the goal of envisioning ways to embed civic learning across the structure, concepts, and pedagogies of undergraduate curricula. MRI’s focus was on its Peace and Justice Studies Core Curriculum and its three-year Humanities degree. Participants explored innovative designs that are intended to foster equity, social responsibility, and public-mindedness as an integral dimension of students’ specialized area of study.
Ben Howe, PhD, Mattoe Ricci Institute; Audrey Hudgins, EdD; and Becky McNamara, PhD, had their roundtable session proposal, “Transforming the Western Canon into a Social Justice Canon: Successes and Challenges in Building a Peace & Justice Core Curriculum” accepted to the 20th Anniversary Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Conference to be held June 3-6, 2020 at Georgetown University. The roundtable will offer participants the opportunity for discussion and reflection on the successes and challenges of designing and implementing a transdisciplinary global humanities core curriculum built on a foundation of peace and justice studies.
Marco Lowe, MPA, Institute of Public Service, was interviewed about the November elections and impeachment proceedings on KING 5's New Day. Watch the video here.
Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Criminal Justice, was quoted in the Seattle Times article, “Magnolia residents’ AI-powered surveillance camera tracks people, cars at entrance to neighborhood, experts caution bias.” Read the article here.
David Stone, Criminal Justice, ‘08, an officer with the Spokane Valley Police Department, paid very special tribute to his late friend, Army 1st Lt. Robert Bennedsen, Seattle University Army ROTC and Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics alum, ‘10, naming his new canine partner after him. Read the article here.
Cody Albertin, Criminal Justice, ‘19, is Kennewick Police Department's newest officer.
Kevin Koppes, MNPL, Nonprofit Leadership Alumni Council member, was promoted to Executive Director at Epilepsy Foundation Washington.
Sara Billups, MNPL ’16, was hired as Communications Manager for the Bezos Family Foundation.
Cheryl Sesnon, MNPL, for started a new position as Executive Director at Harmony Hill.
Creative Writing major Alexandra McGrew, ’21, is a frequent contributor to Her Campus, a media site for college women, written entirely by college journalists. Read two of her recent articles, The Fine Line Between Being a Bad Feminist & a Badass Feminist, and My Worst Reads for 2019.
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Monday, January 6 at 12:30 PM
Tuesday, January 7 at 4:00 PM
Thursday, January 9 at 6:00 PM
Tuesday, January 14 at 4:00 PM
Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00 PM
Thursday, January 16 at 6:00 PM
Thursday, January 23 at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, February 4 at 4:00 PM
Thursday, February 6 at 11:00 AM
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