February 2021

Message from the Dean

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well. It is Black History Month and there are several events across departments and the university; please take a look and see what might work for you and our students to commemorate and more fully recognize the full role and unique challenges of Black people in the United States and across the world this month.

There are a lot of kudos for the amazing work you and our students are continuing to do in the context of the pandemic that is truly remarkable. The passage of time continues to feel faster and slower in so many ways, but next month will mark the one-year anniversary of going fully virtual across the college and what you have all done through that period (however long and short it has felt to you) remains remarkable.

I also want to note my deep appreciation that we are all continuing to move ahead, working on several key pieces of the Strategic Directions of the university and on the Strategic Plan of the College. Our vision and the future of that vision continue to be central in how we are making it through each moment.

Shared Governance

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


Black History Month

Learn about Seattle University events scheduled to honor Black history here, including:

A Racial Equity Reckoning: Black History Month Keynote Address by Dr. Benjamin Danielson

February 18, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (PST)

Free. RSVP to receive the Zoom link

The aim of Dr. Danielson's keynote is to sustain people’s commitment to racial equity during these exhausting days. Another goal of this event is to go deeper into the nature of systemic racism and strategies to help address the difficult work of promoting equity. The address will be followed by Q&A.

Dr. Danielson is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in ethology. He received his doctorate from the University of Washington, School of Medicine where he specialized in pediatrics. For the past 21 years, Dr. Danielson has served as the Senior Medical Director Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic An esteem physician, he provided resources, advocacy and clinical service to our most vulnerable and marginalized children and families, predominantly communities of color. Dr. Danielson has played a huge role in addressing issues of public health, healthcare delivery, foster care advocacy, youth justice issues, diverse mothers and babies, anti-racism and social justice issues. Dr. Danielson has served on numerous committees and task forces, and most recently, he led the Governor's task force on creating the new Office of Equity. He has received numerous awards, including the Norm Maleng Advocate for Youth Award, which recognizes Dr. Danielson's exemplary leadership, dedication, and commitment to the youth and families of Washington State.

Presented by Seattle University Social Work Department. Co-sponsored by Seattle University Nonprofit Leadership

Black Theatre Beyond the Politics of Representation by Intiman Theatre

Tues, Feb 23, 5 p.m.

Open to all. Register for free here.

A Black History Month conversation hosted by Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud, PhD, Assistant Professor, Arts Leadership and Intiman Theatre board chair, with Stacie McCormick, PhD, and Wind Dell Woods, MFA/PhD What are the tensions embedded in the politics of representation for Black theatre artists? How can Black theatre become a liberatory space that pierces the veneer of how blackness gets to be represented on stage? Intiman Theatre presents a virtual conversation that centers these questions alongside the work of Stacie McCormick, author of the 2019 book Staging Black Fugitivity, and Wind Dell Woods, playwright of Aaliyah in Underland. 

Professional Development

Due to the travel restrictions in place with the pandemic, most conference attendance is now online, at a significant reduction in expense.  While these restrictions are in place, reimbursement can be made for multiple conferences under Category: Professional Development up to the $1,500 limit.  Please submit one application with all conferences listed with their respective expenses itemized. Contact Lisa Ferrin with questions.

Call for Applications: College of Arts and Science Fellowships: Deadline March 1

Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to apply for Faculty Research Fellowships, Promotion Fellowship and Dean’s Research Fellowships. Each award carries a $5,000 summer stipend. See your email for the details or contact Dr. Sonora Jha by email.

Earth Month Logo Design Competition (…with a prize). Deadline: March 3

Students, faculty, and staff: get creative and have “the earth” be your inspiration. After last year’s successful design competition, organizers of Seattle University’s Earth Month activities, are looking for your contributions again. Create a logo, and your design may become the face of Earth Month (April) 2021 at SU. Learn more here.

Fall Theatre Production Trailer

Check out this trailer from the Theatre Program's fall production of Three Sisters.

This quarter, they continue with Uncharted Waters, a collaboration with Cornish College of the Arts and University of Washington School of Drama. More information is included below.

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Pathways to Professional Formation

Three College of Arts and Sciences students published the op-ed “Seattle U’s new president must strengthen ties to today’s economy” in The Seattle Times. Andru Zodrow is a second-year political science and economics student studying in the Seattle University honors program and is a news editor at The Spectator. Anna Popp is a fourth-year journalism major at Seattle University and a news editor for the student newspaper, The Spectator. Logan Gilbert is a third-year journalism student at Seattle University and the investigative editor for The Spectator.

The College of Arts and Sciences has a commitment to supporting our students' professional formation. We will soon begin promoting this year's "LinkUp" event, which is scheduled for April 8, 4 to 6 p.m. We are currently researching online platforms and developing the format. We hope to announce details soon. Please make sure that your students register to participate once we begin distributing the information.

Faculty and staff received information on January 15 about our new internship registration process for all internships Spring Quarter 2021 and beyond. Students received their information on January 25. Check out the website for instructions. 

Winter Career & Internship Fair

February 11, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Please encourage students to register and attend. More than 35 employers have already signed up for this year’s fair. Here is a sample of the organizations/companies seeking College of Arts & Sciences students for jobs, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities:

  • BECU (PR, comm)
  • Behavioral Health Works
  • Enterprise
  • Friends of Youth
  • Providence (kinesiology)
  • Service-year programs: Peace Corps, JVC Northwest, City Year, QuEST
  • Shunpike (arts admin)
  • Stone Soup Theatre
  • U.S. General Services Administration

Students will need to sign up for 1:1 and group sessions with employers prior to the Fair. They can register and see the growing list of participating employers in Handshake. Questions? Contact Minato, Melissa.

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Recruitment and Retention

Upcoming Undergraduate Admissions Event Dates

Admitted Students of Color Reception: Saturday April 10, 2021: This event is for admitted FTIC students of color (and their families) to connect with our campus community.

Admitted Student Days (formerly Admitted Student Open Houses): Sunday April 11 and Saturday, April 17, 2021: These events are for admitted FTIC students (and their families) to connect with our campus community and get all of their questions answered prior to making their final college choice.

Admitted Transfer Student Evening Reception, College of Arts and Sciences: Tuesday, June 2, 2021: These events are for admitted transfer students (and their families) to learn more about their college, and connect with advisors, faculty, and current students within their college.

Summer Preview Day: August 18, 2021: This event is for rising high school juniors and seniors, and prospective transfer students to learn more about Seattle U as they launch their college search and prepare to apply.

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Funding Opportunities

Office of Sponsored Projects Events

NEH Fellowships: Advice from Liberal Arts Faculty (see more information below)

  • February 17, 2021, 8-9:30 AM (PST), To sign up for the webinar, click here

Winter Faculty Learning:

  • 'The Room Where it Happens' Insights from SU Faculty who have Served on Grant Review Panels, February 25, 12:30-1:30pm, Please RSVP Here

Seattle University presents “Meet a NEH Program Officer”

  • March 9, 12:30-2 PM (PST)

Check out our page listing potential sources of funding for research and scholarship, including those with specific and rolling deadlines.

Selected Upcoming Deadlines

NEA Creative Writing Fellowship Program   – March 10, 2021 deadline 

This cycle of the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the criteria for review are the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the submitted manuscript. 

NEH Fellowships Program – April 14, 2021 deadline

NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions.  Projects may be at any stage of development. The maximum award amount is $60,000.

Russell Sage Foundation – May 4, 2021 deadline 

The Russell Sage Foundation is dedicated to programs of social science research.  Investigators are encouraged to submit an LOI after they have developed and pre-tested survey instruments, completed preliminary data analyses if the data are publicly-available or conducted some preliminary interviews for qualitative studies.  For the May deadline, RSF will accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) under these core programs and special initiatives: Behavioral EconomicsDecision Making & Human Behavior in ContextFuture of WorkSocial, Political and Economic Inequality

In addition, RSF will also accept LOIs relevant to any of its core programs that address at least one of the following issues:

  1. Research on the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the U.S. Specifically, research that assesses the social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences of the pandemic, especially its effects on marginalized individuals and groups and on trust in government and other institutions. Our priorities do not include analyses of health outcomes or health behaviors. RSF seldom supports studies  focused on outcomes such as educational processes or curricular issues, but does prioritize analyses of inequities in educational attainment or student performance. 
  2. Research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the U.S. Specifically, research that investigates the prevalence of racial disparities in policing and criminal justice and their social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences; the effects of the current social protest movement and mass mobilization against systemic discrimination; the nature of public attitudes and public policies regarding policing, criminal justice, and social welfare; and the effects of those attitudes in the current political environment.

NEA Grants for Arts Projects – June 16, 2021 deadline

Grants for Arts Projects is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program for organizations based in the United States. Through project-based funding, the program supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of excellent art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.  Applicants may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. 

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Seattle U Theatre presents their Winter project, Uncharted Waters, in partnership with Cornish College of the Arts and UW School of Drama, March 11-13. It includes two productions, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Bodies of Water, a devised piece created in response. Seattle U students and faculty involved include:

Twelfth Night

Creative Team:

  • Director: Rosa Joshi (Seattle University faculty)
  • Scenic/Environment Designer: Amiya Brown (Seattle University faculty, UW Drama alum)
  • Production Designer: Sophie Collins (Seattle University)
  • Sound Designer: Derek Jones (Seattle University)
  • Costume Designer: Rebecca Silva (Seattle University)
  • Assistant Director: Kimberly Le (Seattle University)
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Hannah Madgett (Seattle University)
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Nicola Kraus (Seattle University)


  • Feste the Fool: Alex Bailey (Seattle University)
  • Malvolio/Officer/Priest: Talia Rossi (Seattle University)
  • Sir Andrew: Andy Ho (Seattle University)
  • Viola: Ariana Moore (Seattle University)
  • Olivia: Nora Talaga (Seattle University)

Bodies of Water

Creative Team:

  • Stage Manager: Stefania Giron Zuluaga (Seattle University)


  • Daniel Anson (Seattle University)
  • Lily Noto (Seattle University)
  • Leah Sainz-Jones (Cornish College of the Arts)

Read about the production here.

Serena Cosgrove, PhD, Associate Professor, International Studies, and her co-editors, Wendi Bellanger, PhD, Provost, Universidad Centroamericana-Managua, and Irina Carlota Silber, PhD, Professor and Chair, Anthropology, Gender Studies, and International Studies, City College of New York, have been offered a book contract from Routledge for the edited volume, “Critical Higher Education at the Intersection of State Repression and Neoliberal Reform: Ethnographic Insights from the Universidad Centroamericana in Nicaragua.”  In addition to chapters by each of the editors, additional contributors include José Idiáquez, SJ, rector of the UCA, Tania Zambrana, UCA CFO, Karla Lara, professor and chair, Communications (UCA), Arquímedes González, professor, Communications (UCA), Fiore Bran Aragón, former UCA student, and Andrew Gorvetzian, former UCA employee and SU International Studies/Spanish alum (2015).  All book chapters have been drafted; this week the three editors are facilitating a virtual writing workshop with authors to review next steps for chapter edits; and we expect the book will be out in early 2022.

Also, “Surviving the Americas: Garifuna Persistence from Nicaragua to New York City” (University of Cincinnati Press 2021), a book that she co-authored with alum Andrew Gorvetzian and two Nicaraguan colleagues, José Idiáquez and Leonard Joseph Bent, has been  published as a paperback book.  The book is about the Garifuna, an Afro-Indigenous group from the Caribbean coast of Central America.  The Central America Initiative and hopefully other co-sponsors will be hosting a book launch webinar with the authors in February.

Elaine Gunnison, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice and Director, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, and Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice, and Director, Crime and Justice Research Center, have two new publications:

  • “Gender-Responsive Reentry Services for Women  Leaving Prison: The IF Project’s Seattle Women’s Reentry Initiative.”  Corrections:  Policy, Research, & Practice. Helfgott, Jacqueline B., & Gunnison, E. (2020). 
  • “Process, Power, and Impact of the Institutional Review Boards in Criminology and Criminal Justice Research.” Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. Gunnison, E., & Helfgott, Jacqueline B. (2021).

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Of Gifts and Gratitude

Save The Date – Seattle U Gives is coming up Thursday, February 25, 2021 – 24 hours where the Seattle U community will focus on increasing the number of alumni, friends and community partners who donate to Seattle U. How can you help? We have 24 hours to help promote more than 100 gifts to the College to unlock $11,000 for the Dean’s Fund. Please spread the word to your alumni and contacts – thru emails and social media. Tag your posts with #seattleugives and visit the websites:

College of Arts and Sciences Page

Seattle U Gives Main Page

 **Every department and program in CAS will be represented with a fund in the College of Arts and Sciences pre-populated drop down list of options. And donors may include further preferences for their gifts with a note in the comments field.  Questions? Please contact Katie Chapman, (206)398-4401.

Campaign for the Uncommon Good Progress - As of February the total raised has surpassed $285 million! The College of Arts and Sciences has raised over $9,333,300 – 144% of our goal of $6.5 million. Every gift counts through June 30, 2021. We appreciate your partnership in encouraging and stewarding our donors’ generosity.

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John Armstrong, PhD, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, was featured in “How Solar Power and City Ecosystems Can More Effectively Co-Exist” for Solar Magazine.

Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Associate Profesor, Communication and Media, was interviewed about Former President Trump's removal from Twitter.

Mark Cohan, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Anthropology and Sociology, gave a talk in support of Clean Greens Farm & Market (CSA) at their annual Harvest Dinner. Clean Greens is a Black-owned CSA that he volunteered with throughout last summer. After that work, they asked him to give the talk at their annual harvest dinner. Watch the video here; the talk begins at 1:21:00.

Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Leadership, was interviewed by the New York Times for “Giving Billions Fast, MacKenzie Scott Upends Philanthropy.” Her op-ed, “Five ways MacKenzie Scott’s $5.8 billion commitment to social and economic justice is a model for other donors” appeared in publications across the country, including the Houston Chronicle and Greenboro News and Record.

Theresa Earenfight, PhD, Professor of History, Director, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program was interviews for “Experts Weigh in on Current Job Market Trends” for Zippia.

Anne Farina, PhD, Assistant Professor, Social Work, presented the poster titled: "'Boss called me his China doll': Utilizing intersectionality to analyze gender and sexuality stereotypes of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the #thisis2016 hashtag" at the Society for Social Work and Research 25th Annual Conference online.

Steen Halling, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, published the article, “On the nature of phenomenology and its relevance for forgiveness” (translated into Japanese) in the Japanese journal Jijitsu to Sojo [Fact and Creation], vol. 475, pp. 2-16.

Kimberly Harden, EdD, Instructor, and Ruchika Tulshyan, MS, Distinguished Professional-in-Residence, Communication and Media, were feature in Crosscut’s “Companies often want consultants' help with diversity — for free.

Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice, and Director, Crime and Justice Research Center, was interviewed by KUOW for “How a pandemic and social unrest possibly drove up Seattle homicides in 2020.”

Michael P. Jaycox, PhD, Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, published a book chapter, which had previously been released in e-book format but is also now available in print: Michael P. Jaycox, “Emotions and Christian Ethics,” in Tobias L. Winright, ed., T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Ethics (New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2021), 91-101. It is also available in e-book format to the SU community here.

Sonora Jha, PhD, Professor, Communication and Media, and Associate Dean for Academic Community, College of Arts and Sciences, wrote the op-ed, “Juneau, Best, Durkan and the limits of representation,” for Crosscut. Her new book, “How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family,” received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. The book will be released April 6.

Olha Krupa, PhD, Associate professor and Director, Master of Public Administration Program, was named Associate Editor for the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs

Marco Lowe, MPA, Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Public Service, was interviewed by KING5 for “How does the 25th Amendment work?”

Kira Mauseth, PhD, Senior Instructor, Psychology, and her my colleague, Dr. Tona McGuire were awarded the 2020 Washington State Distinguished Psychologist Award (together) by the WSPA (Washington State Psychological Association) for their work on the COVID response. She was interviewed by Q13 News for “Mental health in the time of Covid.” She was also interviewed by StorageCafé for an article about the pros and cons of shared living and the best cities for roommates.

Sean H. McDowell, PhD, Associate Professor, English and Director, University Honors Program, has been part of an international team of scholars working on The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne since 2013. The goal of this edition, which was begun in the mid-1980s, is to recreate as closely as we can the original texts of English poet John Donne’s poems, based on all extant manuscript and early print evidence, and to present a comprehensive commentary on all published scholarly criticism from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries. “The Divine Poems, volume 7.2 of the Variorum edition”, has been published by Indiana University Press. McDowell co-authored this volume as both a textual and commentary editor with scholars from the U. S., Canada, Switzerland, Finland, and Japan. He also serves as member of the John Donne Advisory Board.

Additionally, on December 11, 2020, McDowell gave a presentation on “Donne’s Hymns as Invitations to Write” as part of a John Donne Society webinar on “Teaching Donne in Emergent Occasions.” The purpose of this webinar—and of McDowell’s presentation—was to stimulate discussion about how Donne’s responses to illness and epidemics can speak to our responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic in ways that lead to new understanding.

Allison Machlis Meyer, PhD, Associate Professor, published a new book, Telltale Women: Chronicling Gender in Early Modern Historiography” with Nebraska Press.

Susan Meyers, PhD, Associate Professor, English, and Director, Creative Writing Program, published a story, "Visiting the Grand Canyon" in The Moving Force Journal.

Quinton Morris, DMA, Director, Chamber and Instrumental Music; Associate Professor, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership; and Associate Appointment, Global African Studies was feature in the Seattle Time in "Classical KING FM takes steps to address issues of equity and inclusion." As the first artist scholar in residence with KING FM, he is working on a new show for radio and podcast, “Unmute the Voices,” featuring music by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) composers and performances. He intends to reach out to composers and performers across the country to ask for recordings to include on the show.

Alexander Mouton, MFA, Chair and Associate Professor, Art, Art History and Design, published an article, “Extending Literature Through the Artist Book,” in the College Book Art Association’s Book Art Theory blog.

Wingate Packard, MA, Adjunct Faculty, English, published a book review in the Seattle Times, “‘The Doctors Blackwell’ tells the story of 2 sisters who blazed a trail for women in medicine.”

Christopher Paul, PhD, Professor, Communication and Media, presented a talk about his latest book, "Free-to-Play: Mobile Video Games, Bias, and Norms," and the video will be available soon. Read a new review in First Person Scholar.

Alfred G. Pérez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Social Work was recognized by the Child Welfare League of America as a “champion for children [and youth!]” during their centennial anniversary. The award was originally going to be presented in March 2020 but was delayed because of the Covid19 pandemic.

Patrick Schoettmer, PhD, Instructor, Political Science, was featured in a number of TV news interviews:

Aakanksha Sinha, PhD, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work, opened a second location of the restaurant she and her husband own, Spice Walla, featured by Seattle Met Magazine.

Charles Tung, PhD, Professor and Chair, English, was invited to present his paper, “Mutant Formations for Rethinking Human and Humanist Bodies,” in response to the panel on Speculative Orientations: Reshaping Bodies in Contemporary Science Fiction and Fantasy, at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention, January 7–10, 2021. He also participated a podcast conversation, “Time and the interplay between human history and planetary history,” for the University of Minnesota Press with Carolyn Fornoff (U Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Jen Telesca (Pratt), and Waichee Dimock (Yale), as part of the December 2020 release of the collection, Timescales: Ecological Temporalities across Disciplines, edited by Bethany Wiggin, Patricia Kim, and Carolyn Fornoff.  Tung’s chapter in the volume is “Time Machines and Timelapse Aesthetics in Anthropocenic Modernism.”

Brittany Heintz Walters, PhD, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, presented her research at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference in January. Her presentation was titled, "Visual feedback and attentional deficits are associated with altered visual strategy during a pinch force steadiness task in some older adults.”

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Lena Beck, Humanities for Leadership BA, ’17, published “Eat More Seafood: Latest Federal Guidelines” for the Coastal Online Review.

Patrick Bell, MPA, ’09, was named Deputy Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (WA-05.)

Meme Garcia, BA Theatre and Women and Gender Studies, ’15, has a current online production of their play, house of sueñospresented by Seattle Shakespeare Company.

Maile Lono-Batura, MNPL, ’04, was selected as Director of Sustainable Biosolids Programs by The Water Environment Federation (WEF), a new position established to help WEF members and the water sector advance the beneficial use of biosolids.

Krista Williams. MNPL, '16, was promoted from Director of Operations and Continuous Improvement to Vice President of Saltchuk Logistics with transportation company Saltchuk. Read an interview with her here.

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Jackson Cooper, MFA Arts Leadership '22, Major Gifts Officer for Pacific Northwest Ballet, has been appointed to the Student Planning Committee as part of the 2021 Association of Arts Administration Educators  Virtual Conference.

Riley Grisgsby, BA, Communication and Media, 2021, was profiled in The Seattle Times, ”Riley Grigsby — who does ‘the right thing all the time’ — has responded well to much bigger role for Seattle U men.”

For the fourth year in a row, the Seattle University Ethics Bowl team earned a bid to the National Ethics Bowl, after taking first place at the Northwest Regionals in late November and overcoming stiff competition from excellent teams, including the University of British Columbia, Gonzaga, Whitman College, and the University of Portland. The National competition takes place on February 27 and 28, over Zoom, and university teams from across the country will a wide-range of contemporary ethical controversies, from healthcare rationing in the age of Covid-19 to the role of social media in fostering conspiracy theories. The team is coached by Ben Howe (Matteo Ricci Institute), and team members include Tatianah Summers (Honors and Biology), Sofia McMillan (Honors and Psychology), Anthony Verdugo (Economics), Andru Zodrow (Honors and Political Science, Economics), Adina Van Etten (Humanities for Teaching and History), and Marie-Therese Chahrouri (Honors and Philosophy).

On Saturday January 16, the Seattle Debate Program sponsored another large middle school tournament with over 400 participants attending. The tournament is the second in a series of debate events that our debate program hosts during the year. We have gone online this year and it is pretty amazing to have so few technology problems with so many young students, parents, coaches, and judges. Debate team members help in judging providing feedback to help the students improve. The tournament ran right on schedule and these young people argued respectfully, thoughtfully and way beyond their years. It is genuinely heartening for our future and the debate team is very happy to host these students and their coaches.

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Cay Lane, Digital Design, '10, has been named the Program Coordinator for the Arts Leadership programs. Cay has been serving as the Graduate Marketing Assistant for the programs. Cay has also been a Graduate Research Assistant for the Arts Ecosystem Research Project and has served as Graduate Marketing Assistant for the Performing Arts and Arts Leadership Department. Cay will complete her MFA degree in Arts Leadership this June. Cay will begin her new position on February 16, 2021.

Yazaret Villafana, Academic Advisor, joined the A&S Advising staff in November. She is working part time while pursuing her graduate degree in the School Counseling program at SU. She  earned her BA in Education and Spanish at the University of Washington. She works closely with students majoring in International Studies, Psychology, and Public Affairs.

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Events (Pacific time, unless otherwise noted)

Ongoing, Online: Distance Dialogues: In Fall 2020, Hedreen Gallery, Vachon Gallery, and Seattle University Department of Art, Art History and Design hosted an online exhibition program, Distance Dialogues. This series includes four video programs created by emerging curators who graduated from Seattle University in Spring 2020. Curators include Anna Iwasaki, Meilani Mandery, Dev McCauley, and Kate Murray. In these interview-driven programs, the curators explore the leadership of a working artist, activist, and/or creative community member through conversation and close-readings of their recent work. Each of these original projects was produced during Fall 2020 and was shaped by the ongoing conditions and context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 9, 12:30 p.m., Redhawk Squawk: Black History Month Special: Race and Sports. Guest Speaker: Dr. Alvin Logan. The Kinesiology Department continues the podcast series; Redhawk Squawk: Exercise for Life. Information and registration.

February 13, 1:30-3 p.m., RELATIONAL ART MAKING: Cultivating a Beloved Seattle Theatre Community. Jay O’Leary Woods, Jéhan Òsanyìn, Kathy Hsieh, and Braden Abraham will engage with our students in a conversation on the state of Seattle Theatre and the path to a healthier arts ecosystem. Though this conversation is catered to college students, we welcome anyone interested in shaping a more communal artistic future for this city. Part of the Uncharted Waters project, a theatrical collaboration between Seattle U Theatre, Cornish College of the Arts, and University of Washington School of Drama. Free.

February 17, 6 p.m.: The Promise and Peril in Seattle’s New Era of Female Leadership. In this installment of “The Conversations”, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best and Seattle Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau discuss the highs and lows of women serving as leaders. The event will be moderated by journalist Joni Balter, and Larry Hubbell, longtime previous director of Seattle University’s Institute of Public Service, with additional questions from Dr. Rashmi Chordiya and Seattle University students. Sponsored by Seattle University Institute of Public Service and Town Hall Seattle. Free tickets available here.

February 22, release date: Seattle University Choirs, "To Dust," by Karen Marolli. Director Leann Conley-Holcom, Assistant Director Lee Peterson and Guest Producer Stephen O’Bent are pleased to announce the next virtual performance by Seattle University’s Choirs. This piece is a nod to the longstanding tradition of Lenten Prayer choral concerts honoring the liturgical season and is a prayer for hope and healing during this difficult time in our world: "Let my mourning turn to song / Let my sorrow turn to sunrise / Kyrie eleison..."  For more information and to join the virtual audience, like and follow the program on Facebook and Instagram (@seattleuchoirs). Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership.

March 1, 11:30 a.m., Redhawk Squawk: Zero Discrimination Day. Guest Speaker: Brianna Durand (LGBTQ+). The Kinesiology Department continues the podcast series; Redhawk Squawk: Exercise for Life. Information and registration.

March 4, 4:00 p.m., “ACTIVATE” Poetry Event. A Winter Quarter ENCOMPASS event from the Creative Writing Program, “ACTIVATE,” hosted by Distinguished Visiting Writer Anastacia-Renee Tolbert, brings together poets with one common denominator: to incite, interrogate and excavate words that speak power to truth. A variety of visiting poets will share and discuss their work. All are welcome. Join us here.

March 5, time TBD, Roots of Injustice: The Structural Sources of America’s Penal State. Seattle University Crime and Justice Research Center presents a continuing education event featuring David Garland, author of Punishment and Modern Society, The Culture of Control, The Peculiar Institution, America’s Death Penalty, Mass Imprisonment, The Welfare State. Information available here.

March 11-13, Uncharted Waters: A tri-production with Seattle U Theatre, Cornish College of the Arts, and University of Washington School of Drama.  SU Theatre faculty, students, and staff embark on a new adventure for Winter Quarter with a cross-town theatrical collaboration the likes of which Seattle has never seen. The partners invite the community to join us as we meet the challenges of isolation with radical togetherness. Seattle U Performing Arts and Arts Leadership Chair Rosa Joshi directs William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Cornish College of the Arts’ Sheila Daniels and UW Drama acting alum Porscha Shaw (co-direct a devised piece in response to themes in Shakespeare’s play. Both productions will feature student casts from all three schools, and the artistic and production work of students, faculty, and staff from all three schools, and both will be rehearsed and performed entirely online. Online, tickets on sale February 11.

March 19-21, Vulnerability, Humility and Social Action: The Paradox of Power In the Clinic and the Streets. Psychology for the Other Conference: 17th Meeting. Keynote address: The Truth of Testimony: Testimony as Act and Narrative by Scott Davidson, PhD, West Virginia University. Learn more here.

March 23, 12 p.m., Redhawk Squawk: VR Research. Guest Speaker: Dr. Jimmy Bagley: Associate Professor of Kinesiology, San Francisco State University. The Kinesiology Department continues the podcast series; Redhawk Squawk: Exercise for Life. Information and registration.

April 7, Time TBD. How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family. Dr. Sonora Jha, Professor, Communication and Media, and Associate Dean for Academic Community, College of Arts and Sciences, talks with Ijeoma Oluo about her latest book. Book tour info. More information and registration at Town Hall Seattle.

April 19, 6 -7:30 p.m., Memoir, Migration, and Masculinity: A Conversation with Dr. Sonora Jha. Sonora Jha will be in conversation with Dr. Nalini Iyer and Dr. Theresa Earenfight about her new book How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of my Family. Sponsored by Pigott-McCone Chair and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. RSVP link will be available soon.

April 29, 12 p.m., Redhawk Squawk: Sustainability. Guest Speaker: Brian McCullough, Texas A&M. The Kinesiology Department continues the podcast series; Redhawk Squawk: Exercise for Life. Information and registration.

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The next deadline is February 22 for distribution the week of March 8, 2021.

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