February 2019

Message from the Dean

Greetings in the middle of what is already the snowiest February in Seattle.We're now one inch ahead of 1949, at a total of 14.1 inches this Monday afternoon and it's still snowing! My thanks to all faculty and staff for adjusting your classes, assignments, tests, and everything else to support our students and adapt to this record-breaking weather.

It is always an honor to share the many accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students at this midpoint of the academic year, please take a few minutes to read what they've done lately. If you have a moment, send out a congratulatory email or two to support your remarkable colleagues.

College and university work continues to move forward through the snow. We're excited to be contributing to the university strategic plan and beginning work on our own college plan as we think about how to move forward over the next five years. The shared governance task force is doing our first in-depth review of our new shared governance system and we have a host of events happening across all our departments and programs.

Thank you for all you do to move our academic mission forward.

David V. Powers, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle University


Our BA in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies is ranked #2 with Bachelors Degree Center. Congratulations to Director Sven Arvidson, PhD.

Three Arts and Sciences faculty members are among the recipients of this year’s 2019 Summer Faculty Fellowship Program. This program provides financial support for tenure-track or tenured faculty and full-time librarians who are involved in an active program of scholarship, including the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching. The program’s goal is to support faculty efforts to build on previous scholarly or creative endeavors (e.g., for the writing of grant proposals) or to move projects in a new direction (providing the basis for future external support or publications).

  • Caitlin Carlson, PhD, “Exploring the Harm in Hate Speech”
  • Heidi Liere, PhD, “Effects of the Abundance, Quality, and Connectivity of Small Green Spaces on Beneficial Insects in Urban Community Gardens in the City of Seattle”
  • Randall Souza, PhD,“Research in Sicily: Publication Preparations and Laying the Groundwork for Student Participation”

Three Arts and Sciences faculty members are among the recipients of The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture 2019-2020 Faculty Fellowships in research and in course construction. These grants encourage and support faculty who wish to incorporate the Catholic Jesuit intellectual and cultural tradition into their academic repertoire. Because of a major endowment gift this last year, the financial awards increased substantially this year.

  • Amelia Derr, PhD, “Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Families in Seattle: The Role of the Local Sector”
  • Sharon Suh, PhD, “Finding Safety in the Body: Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Practice”
  • Natalie Cisneros, PhD, “Migration and Social Justice: An Intersectional Approach”

The 2019-2020 recipients of the ICTC Faculty Course Development Fellowships includes

  • Wes Howard-Brook, JD, MDiv, Senior Instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences, “King David, Godfather: Parallel Paths from Underdog Heroics to Imperial Domination in the Bible, Film and US History.”

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Social Work faculty member Aakanksha Sinha, PhD, and student Megan Quint, MSW ’19, have had a paper accepted for publication in Global Social Welfare, "Undervalued & Overrepresented: Voices of Migrant Domestic Workers in India.”

The Environmental Studies program is excited to partner with the Beacon Hill Food Forest on a series of land resilience workshops under a National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) grant.  The workshops will be for the Beacon Hill community and will provide opportunities for Environmental Studies students to intern and volunteer with the Food Forest.  More details to come this spring.

Steen Halling, PhD, Professor Emeritus in the Psychology Department, recently had an article published in The Humanistic Psychologist journal. The article is titled "Executives’ Experience of Envy in the Workplace: A Collaborative Phenomenological Study" and was co-authored with five MA in Psychology alums: Susan Toback, Joanne Dorpat Halverson, Dawn Marie Loerch, Marie McNabb, Jennifer Reisberg.

Alexandra Adame, PhD, Psychology Department, recently had a paper accepted for the 12th Annual Conference for the Society for Humanistic Psychology. The paper, titled "What Does Community Mean to You? Staff and Resident Perspectives from a Housing First Organization" was co-authored by Dr. Adame, and two psychology students: Christopher Perry, MA in Psychology and Emma Pierce, an undergraduate.

The Film Program and Seattle University are official sponsors of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, the largest international conference devoted to the research and teaching of film and media studies. More than 3,000 scholars and practitioners will be in Seattle March 13 through 17 to present and hear new research; network, mentor, and collaborate; and promote the field of cinema and media studies among its practitioners, to other disciplines, and to the public at large,

Seattle U Film Studies students are volunteering. Seattle University faculty presenting at the conference:

  • Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Chair, Animation and Advertising Panel, with her paper, “Disney for Hire?: Sponsored Disney Animation, from Bucky Beaver to Ludwig Von Drake”
  • John Trafton, PhD, “Dunkirk and The Revenant: Panoramic Vision and History as a VR Experience”
  • Ben Schultz-Figueroa, PhD, "‘Interesting and Curious’: Representing the Dissected Body on Film”

Seattle U Film Studies’ sponsorship also includes the March 13 conference event, "Reframing Ethnographic Media: Edward Curtis, Franz Boas, and the Kwakiutli First Nation.” This screening and roundtable discussion will feature archival restorations of Boaz's ethnographic films, a new documentary on Curtis, and a roundtable discussion with Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, director of the Bill Holm Center of Northwest Art at the Burke Museum in Seattle, Kaleb Child, Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations educator, and Coreen Child, Kwakiutl Nation.

On March 14, Seattle U Film Studies is also helping produce two public events:

“Evergreen Media: Film, Television, and New Media in Seattle" will be presented at the SIFF Egyptian Theater from 7 to 9 p.m. Though overshadowed by filmmaking in Los Angeles, New York, and other U.S. cities, Seattle boasts a vibrant, progressive filmmaking community and cinephile culture. With issues of the environment, homelessness, gender equality, and queer identity often at the forefront, filmmaking in Seattle and the larger Pacific Northwest region provides a unique site for cinema and media scholars to engage with relevant and emerging cultural trends. This event will feature a panel of Seattle and Pacific Northwest filmmakers and industry professionals whose work highlights the contributions of the region to broader discourses.

Panelists confirmed include:

  • Lacey Leavitt (film producer)
  • Beth Barrett (Artistic Director of SIFF)
  • Amy Lillard (Executive Director of Washington Filmworks)
  • Rachel Price (Director of the Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound)
  • Gretchen Burger (Co-founder of Fearless 360 -- Seattle-based virtual reality company)
  • Sam Berliner (Programming and Operations Manager for Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival)
  • David Drummond (Film and Television Location Manager for Seattle)
  • Tony Fulgham (Director of All is Well - Seattle-based commercial production company

A screening of Evidence of the Evidence, a documentary by Alex Johnston, PhD, will be presented at 8 p.m. as part of an affiliated program with the SCMS Conference at Northwest Film Forum called “Experiments in Resistance: Experimental Media in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” This documentary has just won Best Documentary Film in the London Short Film Festival.

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Of Gifts and Gratitude

The College of Arts and Sciences appreciates the 20 donors who contributed more than $3,400 to the College, and $9,400 to the Indigenous Peoples Institute during Seattle U Gives February 6-7. Over the 1891 minutes of giving, a tribute to Seattle University’s founding year of 1891, more than 1,500 alumni, donors and friends gave generously to raise nearly $320,000 for important projects and initiatives across the University. Thank you for helping us meet and exceed our goals. Donations made to individual departments will be showing up in gift accounts soon. Thank you for your patience as our Advancement Services team works through delays from the snow to complete the final gift processing.

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Mary-Antoinette Smith, PhD, English and Women and Gender Studies, 2018-2020 Reverend Louis Gaffney, S.J., Chair, presented at three conferences recently, including “No More No-Woman’s Land Over Troubled Waters: Transnational Bridge Building (Britain, the Americas, and Beyond).” Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages (PAMLA) Conference. Western Washington University (November 2018); “(B)romancing the Stone: Hubris, Allure, and Manipulation in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus” at the Natality vs Immortality: The Case of Frankenstein & The Creature Conference. The University of Cyprus (December 2018); and “No [Wo]man is an Island: Restoring the Umbilical Ties that Bind Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley.” The British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) Conference. St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University (January 2019).

Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Criminal Justice, was interviewed by KUOW for “Not just pot cases: Seattle tries to lift colossal burdens of low level convictions.”

Ruchika Tulshyan, MS, Communication, is included in TheThinkers50’s annual selection of 30 thinkers to watch in the coming year. From their website: ”This is as powerful a group as we have ever identified in our annual selection — a broadly diverse group covering enormous ground — a dream team of researchers, advisers, entrepreneurs, and organizational leaders. They are the emerging thinkers to watch in 2019.”

Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Communication, recently published an article in the Journal of Hate Studies, Carlson, C.R. (2018). “Misogynistic hate speech and its chilling effect on women’s free expression during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.” Journal of Hate Studies, 14(1), 97-111.

Julie Homchick Crowe, PhD, Communication, presented “Fake News, Fake Experts and Fake Data: The Trump Administration’s Alternate Reality” to The Oatmeal Club on Bainbridge Island on December 13.

Sonora Jha, PhD, Communication Department, taught a Master Class in India for Hedgebrook, a women’s writing residency based on Whidbey Island, Washington. The masterclass was titled “Crafting Unforgettable Characters in Fiction and Non-Fiction.” Six writers from the US and India worked with Dr. Jha for seven days in Karjat, India, in the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountain Range.

Seattle University was represented at the Tasveer South Asian Lit Fest on January 12 in presentations by Sonora Jha, PhD, Communication, "Women of Color Writers in the US" and Nalini Iyer, PhD, English, “Meena Alexander: A Memorial with Nalini Iyer.”

Nalini Iyer, PhD was part of “ ‘Four raisins in a rice bowl’ no more,” a conversation on KUOW. http://bit.ly/2MetYho

Charles M. Tung, PhD, English, published the article “The Angel of Alternate History and Apocalyptic Hope” in Apocalypse, a special issue of ASAP/Journal, vol. 3, no. 3, 2018, pp. 547-69.  The article examines a strain of alternate history in which timelines that exist side-by-side slowly desynchronize from one another and call attention to the differently paced, differently scaled catastrophes that are arriving or headed toward us.

Maureen Emerson Feit, PhD, Nonprofit Leadership, contributed to Reframing Nonprofit Organizations: Democracy, Inclusion and Social Change, a new book that offers critical perspectives on the history, leadership and management of nonprofits. Designed to be a companion to standard nonprofit management texts, Reframing Nonprofit Organizations encourages us to rethink unquestioned assumptions about nonprofit and voluntary organizations, and to challenge and change the environments in which we work. In her chapter, Dr. Feit draws on critical race theory to surface and examine strategies for addressing racial bias in nonprofit human resources.

Sarah Schulz, PhD, Kinesiology, was interviewed for “Testing Stretch 22, a new ‘stretch therapy’ startup backed by Expedia and Zillow founder Rich carton” on GeekWire.com.

Catherine Hinrichson, MA, Institute of Public Service, Project on Family Homelessness, was interviewed for “Real Change: How Seattle’s Street Newspaper Plans to Survive in the Digital Age” in The Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine.

Kevin Maifeld, MFA, Arts Leadership, was interviewed by NPR for “Acclaimed Art Museum Deals With Fallout Over Sexual Assault Scandal.”

Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Film Studies, has a new publication coming out, “Tattooed Light and Embodied Design: Animated Surfaces in Moana eds. Paula Massood, Angel Daniel Matos, and Pamela Robertson Wojcik, Yours, Mine and Ours: Intersectional Spaces on Screen. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019. (forthcoming). She has also been named a member of the First Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) Pacific panel. Like the British REF system, this is a government mandated process that shapes all tertiary funding and involves a qualitative and quantitative assessment of every researcher in PI studies 2018 for every tertiary institution in New Zealand. On February 4, she introduced the screening of E.A. DuPont’s 1925 classic, Variety/Varieté, at the Paramount Theatre.

Alfred G. Pérez, PhD, MSW, Social Work, is a keynote speaker for Washington Passport Network’s annual Passports to Careers State Conference on May 16.

Marie Wong, PhD, Institute of Public Service, was featured in Seattle Magazine’s ID Renovations Clash With Housing Affordability.

Kathleen Pape, PsyD, Psychology Department, recently became licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the State of Washington. Previously, she had been licensed as a Mental Health Counselor, which is the license received at the masters level of education. Becoming licensed as a psychologist required her to complete her doctorate in psychology, 3,300 hours of training, passing the Exam for Professional Practice in Psychology, and the WA State Jurisprudence exam.

Marco Lowe, MPA, Institute of Public Service, discussed the government shutdown on KING 5's New Day NW.

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Lauren Van Fossen, MA, received the NACADA Region 8 Excellence in Advising: New Advisor Award.


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Thomas Hoffer, BAH, Humanities, Matteo Ricci and BA, Religious Studies, ’86, was one of ten recipients of the 2018 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards. First bestowed in 2013, the awards honor exemplary leaders in the global disability community who, through the example of their professional accomplishments and advocacy efforts, are reshaping societal perceptions and making significant changes in the quality of life of people with disabilities.

ChrisTiana ObeySumner, BA, Psychology with Honors, ‘13 and MNPL, ‘16, spoke on the importance of actionable accomplices in social justice versus philosophical allies in inaction at the Seattle Womxn’s March on January 19. Read the transcript here.

Leigh Nishi-Strattner, BA, Creative Writing, ’13 published her debut collection of romantic prose poetry, Bone Honey.

Stephen Greer, BA, Criminal Justice, ’81, was appointed municipal court judge for the City of Shelton.

Jacinta Tegman, MNPL ’15 was named President and CEO of CRISTA Ministries.

Mike Descamp, BA, Psychology, ’67, published his first novel, Sunrise, Yeomen’s County.

Debra Entenman, BA, Political Science, '03, State Representative for the 47th Legislative District, was appointed to serve as vice chair of the College & Workforce Development Committee.

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The Seattle U Debate Team had an amazing weekend at the Western Washington University tournament, winning both the JV and Open Division. Congratulations to Parker Davidson, fourth speaker, JV; Hatcher Chapman, tenth speaker, Open Division; Ryan Shook and Caroline Guess, tie, sixth speaker, Open Division; Alyssa Gaston, third speaker, Open Division; Alex Lindgren-Ruby and Lily Panetta, First Place, JV; Hatcher Chapman and Flora Lloyd, Second Place, Open Division; Caroline Guess and Al Vazquez, Semi-finalists; Open Division; and Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook, First Place Open. Kudos to our intrepid team who bunked at a student’s home in Marysville to say money and special thanks to the team coaches/mentors.

Check out the final Multimedia Reporting Newscast from Fall quarter.

Theology and Religious Studies/Psychology double major Claire Lucas was featured for her work assisting migrants at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX in Northwest Catholic, the Archdiocese of Seattle magazine: “The Border Crisis Up Close: Local Volunteers Help at Migrant Respite Center in Texas.”

Criminal Justice student Julia Rosenberg (2019) recently started an internship at Senator Patty Murray's office.

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Public Events

  • Elizabeth LaPensée | heart of the game, now - Mar. 3, Hedreen Gallery
  • Trans* Visions Lecture Series presents Counting the Countless: Data, Infrastructure, and Queer Pluralities, Feb. 13, 6-8 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium
  • Film and English Research Seminar Series, Dr. Melba Boyd speaks about Jordan Peele’s film, Get Out, Feb. 14, 12:30-1:30 pm., Casey 525
  • African American Legislative Day, Feb. 18, Moral Mondays at SU
  • Annual History Department Al Mann Lecture, ‘My Heart Pushed me that I should also Know': Oral Histories of Tanzania's Adult Literacy Campaign, 1968-1975, Julie Weiskopf PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Gonzaga University, Feb. 19, 7-8:30 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium
  • Winter Alumni Seminar Series: Spirituality and Crisis Today, Seminar I: Christian Spirituality and Crisis, led by Peter Ely, SJ, PhD, Feb. 19, Pigott 107
  • Trans* Visions Lecture Series presents The Time to Be Happy is Now: Making Trans History, Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium
  • You on the Moors Now by Jaclyn Backhaus, Feb. 20-24 & Feb. 27-Mar. 3, Lee Center for the Arts
  • International Language Day Celebration, Feb. 21, 12:30-2 p.m., Xavier Lobby
  • Faculty Recital, Dr. Quinton Morris, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
  • How #MeToo is Changing Culture, Politics, and Journalism: A Conversation with KUOW’s Sydney Brownstone, Feb. 26, 6-9 p.m., Campion Ballroom
  • Trans* Visions Lecture Series, Speaker TBD, Feb. 27, 6-8 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium
  • Being a Womxn on the Internet: Studies and Strategies to Tackle Online Harassment, Feb. 27, 6 - 8 p.m., Bannon, Room 102
  • [RE]CONNECT: Seattle Arts Leadership Conference, Mar. 1 and 2, Student Center 160 - LeRoux Conference Room
  • Artist In Residence: Antoine Hunter, Mar. 4 and 5, Moral Mondays at SU
  • Winter Alumni Seminar Series: Spirituality and Crisis Today, Seminar II: Buddhist Spirituality and Crisis, led by Jason Wirth, PhD, Mar. 5, 7 p.m., Pigott 107
  • Distinguished Guest Artist Recital: Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano, with Jessica Schroeder, piano, Mar. 5, 7:30 p.m., The Chapel of St. Ignatius
  • Trans* Visions Lecture Series presents A Toolkit for Radical Inclusion, Mar. 6, 6-8 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium
  • Honoring Indigenous Healing Traditions, Dr. Richard Katz opens the 12th Annual Giving Voice to Experience Conference, Mar. 8, 7:30 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium
  • 12th Annual Giving Voice to Experience Conference, Mar. 9, STCN 160
  • A Lenten Prayer, SU Choirs, Mar. 9, 8 p.m., The Chapel of St. Ignatius
  • Evergreen Media: Film, Television, and New Media in Seattle, Mar. 14, 7 p.m., SIFF Egyptian Theatre, 805 E Pine
  • Winter Alumni Seminar Series: Spirituality and Crisis Today, Seminar III: Spirituality & Crisis in American Literature led by David Leigh, SJ, PhD, Mar. 12, 7 p.m., Pigott 107
  • Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from the Hunger Games to Campus Rape, Kelly Oliver, PhD, Apr. 3, 7 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
  • Industry and Inclusion Day, Apr. 16, All Day, Campus Wide
  • 4th Annual Symbolic Confederate Flag Burning, Apr. 22, Moral Mondays at SU
  • Sing a Mighty Song, SU Choirs, Apr. 26 and Apr. 27, 8 p.m., St. Joseph Church, 18th E and E Aloha, Capitol Hill
  • Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, May 8-12 & 15-19, Lee Center for the Arts
  • Moral Panic: Understanding How We Construct Crime, Philip Jenkins, May 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.., Seattle University Lemieux Library, Boeing Room

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Graduate Information Sessions

  • Feb. 20, 12:30, MACJ Online Info Session
  • Mar. 4, 6 p.m., Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
  • Mar. 7, 6:30 p.m., MFA Arts Leadership On Campus Info Session
  • Mar. 11, noon, MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session
  • Apr. 10, 11 a.m., MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session
  • Apr. 17, 6:30 p.m., MFA Arts Leadership On Campus Info Session
  • May 14, 10 a.m., MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session
  • June 3, 6 p.m., Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
  • June 20, 11 a.m., MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session

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Academic Calendar

  • Feb. 16-18: Presidents’ Day Weekend: No Classes
  • 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
  • Apr. 8: Registration Begins: Summer 2019
  • Apr. 19-22, Easter Break, No Classes
  • Apr. 26, Last Day to Remove “I” Grade: Winter 2019
  • May 1, Last Day to Remove “N” Grade: Spring 2018
  • May 13, Registration Begins: Fall 2019
  • May 17, Last Day to Withdraw from Classes
  • May 25-27, Memorial Day Weekend, No Classes 

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