June 2019

Message from the Dean

This time of year, at the beginning of Finals Week and just days away from Commencement, we are all immersed in a bubbling gumbo of completing tasks and celebrating accomplishments. As busy as we all are, this is when we see years of growth, learning and engagement come to fruition for our students and for us.

All College Day once again gave us the opportunity to come together and honor some of the many, amazing people in our faculty and staff community, while the upcoming A&S Awards Ceremony will highlight some of the most outstanding work of our graduating seniors. As tired as we all can find ourselves this time of year, I find the joy of what we have helped our students accomplish truly energizing, powering me through the 400-plus handshakes at graduate and undergraduate commencement.

I want to thank all of you for the contributions you have made through the year to this amazing academic community, to the growth of knowledge and creativity and to the extension of both to our students and the broader world.

Thank you and have a great summer.

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

Arts and Sciences Fall "Start of the Year" Events


College of Arts and Sciences 2019-2020 Naef Scholarships

  • Molly Brown*  ̶  Senior/CAS; Political Science and Public Affairs
  • Leah Dooley*  ̶  Senior/Honors; Women and Gender Studies, English and Economics
  • Veronica Espitia  ̶  Senior/Honors; Cultural Anthropology
  • Neha Hazra  ̶  Junior/CAS; Psychology and Philosophy
  • Ricki Lieu*  ̶  Senior/Honors; Cultural Anthropology
  • Rita Manalastas  ̶  Junior/CAS; Social Work
  • Siena Miller  ̶  Senior/SD; Humanities for Leadership and Public Affairs
  • Cara Nguyen*  ̶  Senior/ASBE and Honors; Economics
  • Michael Ninen  ̶  Senior/CAS; International Studies and Spanish
  • Megan Oakes  ̶  Junior/SD; Public Affairs and Theology
  • Erin Phelps*  ̶  Senior/SD; CAS and Honors; Communications and Arts Leadership
  • Justina Portillo*  ̶  Senior/CAS; Criminal Justice
  • Mariana Renteria Hernandez*  ̶  Senior/CAS; Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Mary Schiele  ̶  Senior/CAS; Political Science and Criminal Justice
  • Madeline Silverman  ̶  Junior/CAS; Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
  • Phillip Stamolis  ̶  Senior/ASBE; Humanities and Finance
  • Adilia Watson  ̶  Junior/CAS; Environmental Studies
  • Falen Wilkes*  ̶  Senior/Honors; Philosophy, History, Women and Gender Studies

*Returning Naef Scholar

2019 College of Arts and Sciences Student Awards

Celebrate our students' achievements at the College of Arts and Sciences Graduating Student Reception and Award Ceremony on Friday, June 14, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium.

  • Hickey Award: Kennedy Dresh, BA, in English with departmental honors; BA, in Environmental Studies, Urban Sustainability; Minor: History; Specialization: University Honors
  • LeRoux Leadership Award: Anab Nur, BA, in Public Affairs; Minor: Sociology
  • Wallace Loh Award: Kabrianna Tamura, MACJ
  • Social Justice and Community Engagement:  Tykera Williams, MSW
  • Leadership and Professional Engagement: Katherine Cole, MSW

Departmental awards are also recognized at the event:

Majoring with departmental honors offers an opportunity for motivated and capable students to engage in extensive interaction with faculty and complete challenging directed study projects and research in their major.

Student Executive Council (SEC) is a group of students representing each of the College of Arts and Sciences majors who act as an advisory board to the Dean. These students work together act as the students’ voices in regards to making policy and implementing change within the college.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day

Congratulations to all of our faculty and staff who celebrated milestones this year, including our new Faculty Emeriti and Honored Retirees

  • Gary Atkins, MA
  • Georgia Gurrieri, PhD
  • David Leigh, SJ, PhD
  • David Madsen, PhD
  • Jacquelyn Miller, PhD
  • Marie Wong, PhD
  • Riva Zeff, MSW

All College Day Awards

Congratulations to all of our colleagues recognized on Friday, June 7, at our All College Day celebration.

  • Outstanding Advising Award: Lauren Van Fossen
  • Outstanding Contract Faculty Award: Al O'Brien
  • Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Caitlin Carlson
  • Outstanding Scholarship Award: Dr. Charles Tung
  • Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Rachel Luft
  • Outstanding Collegiality Award: Bruce Decker
  • Outstanding Staff Award: Reine Mages
  • Dean’s Award: Sally Hogan

Also, thanks to this year’s Awards Committee: Amelia Derr, Kayla Huddleston, Hannah Tracy, Onur Bakiner, Kimberly Gawlik, Roxy Hornbeck, Molly Clark Hillard, Sonora Jha.

Seattle U Theatre Program 2019-20 Season Announcement

Take a look at the exciting season planned and contact Rosa Joshi and Ki Gottberg to talk about how to incorporate these compelling plays into your syllabus.

Tickets will go on sale later this year.

Pathways to Professional Formation

Save the date

LinkUp: Annual Alumni and Student Mentoring Event
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

  • Undergraduate students, 4-6 p.m., Student Center 160
  • Graduate students, 4:30-5:45 p.m., Student Center 130

Questions? Contact Tonja Brown, Internship and Mentorship Coordinator.

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Strategic Planning

Our thanks to everyone who has participated in all of our information gathering activities.

We recently added these articles to the College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Planning website.

Why we still need to study the humanities in a STEM world

Enrollment Shortfalls Spread to More Colleges

The Economic Benefits and Costs of a Liberal Arts Education

As Tech Companies Hire More Liberal Arts Majors, More Students Are Choosing STEM Degrees

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Faculty and staff from Seattle University joined colleagues from Seattle Pacific University and University of Washington to host the first-ever "Higher Ed on Homelessness: Collaborating for Change" conference May 10 at El Centro de la Raza. About 100 faculty, staff and student leaders from 10 area universities, colleges and campuses came together to talk about the power of collaboration and to share best practices in research, education, service, advocacy and community service. From CAS, Catherine Hinrichsen of the Project on Family Homelessness was one of the lead organizers; David Moser, MPA, adjunct faculty in Social Work, moderated a session on creatively teaching about homelessness; and students Connor Crinion (Public Affairs and Sociology) and Anneke Karreman (Public Affairs and Sociology)of the Project on Family Homelessness shared their experiences in a workshop on how students can lead homelessness initiatives on campuses.

English majors from Dr. Allison Machlis Meyer’s Fall 2018 “Early Modern Drama on the Modern Stage” class have a collaborative performance review forthcoming in the scholarly journal Early Modern Culture. Ivy Jong, Emily Boynton, Caroline Craighead, Mary Lawrence, Mina Gibbs, Sydney Haas, and Emily Brown wrote “The Making of a Tyrant” about upstart crow collective’s production of Richard III, directed by Seattle University Performing Arts professor Rosa Joshi. The review will appear this summer in Early Modern Culture’s 2019 annual volume 14, published by Clemson University Press. Another group of students from Dr. Meyer’s class, which studied all-femme productions of Shakespeare in Seattle, are revising their collaborative review on The Fern Shakespeare Company’s Much Ado About Nothing for future publication in 2020.

Senior Haley Witt and Dr. Caitlin Carlson have been awarded Top Paper for the Commission on the Status of Women division of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). They will present their paper, "Online harassment of U.S. women journalists and its impact on press freedom," this August in Toronto. Dr. Carlson will also be presenting a paper there titled, "Exploring legal solutions to address the problem of hate speech in the United States."

Student journalists from The Spectator turned an event into “one of the best, most thought provoking events I have ever attended at Elliott Bay Book Company,” according to Dr. Sonora Jha. Journalism majors Frances Divinagracia (managing editor) and Alec Downing (incoming Spectator editor-in-chief) and Creative Writing major Michelle Newblom (current editor-in-chief)  interviewed Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ken Armstrong on his new book “False Report: A Rape in America,” about rape survivors being forced to say they lied about their assault. He in turn interviewed them about The Spectator’s coverage of difficult stories. The audience was packed with our students who came out in great numbers to support their peers.

MNPL ’19 student Suzanne Walker and Nonprofit Leadership’s Elizabeth Dale, PhD, presented “Leaving a Legacy: Mixed-methods research on planned giving donors” as part of a national planned giving research study at the West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference at Arizona State University on April 26-27.

Charles Tung, PhD and Ken Allan, PhD, are preparing to host the third Study of the US Institute on Contemporary American Literature at Seattle University.  This Fulbright-related program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs invites 18 professors from 18 different countries to a four-week academic residency in Seattle and a two-week study tour of Los Angeles, Berkeley/SF, and Washington, DC.  This year’s scholars and educators hail from Mexico, Brazil, Togo, Cameroon, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Turkey, Portugal, France, Belarus, Finland, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, India, Nepal, Mongolia, and China.  The SUSI aims to provide participants with new materials for their teaching and research on twentieth- and twenty-first-century US literature, art, and culture; more complex and diverse conceptions of the contemporary U.S.; and new ideas about theoretical approaches, pedagogical methods, and curricular structures best suited to the study of American literature and culture.  You can find more information, as well as photos from the 2017 and 2018 Institutes, at the website.

Ted Fortier, PhD and Christina Roberts, PhD, Indigenous Peoples Institute, hosted representatives from the Blood Nation Reserve (Canada) to discuss collaboration with their social service agency.

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Of Gifts and Gratitude

Fundraising in the College of Arts and Sciences remains strong, and we are close to reaching the $1 million a year goal for the end of the university’s fiscal year June 30. Please remember to get in any last donations to Advancement Services (Admin 305b) or to Katie Chapman in Rianna 104A as soon as you can. This can include donations of tickets to performances, equipment, as well as checks –thank you for helping us to make sure every gift is recognized and every donor is acknowledged!

“Tigweetsee” (Thank you) - Go Deep with IPI Success: On Tuesday, June 4, the Indigenous Peoples Institute (IPI) held its first fundraising event. We are so pleased that than 300 people registered for the event to be a part of this special celebration. The program was centered around Native voices including Michael Vendiola, Darrell Hillaire, Colleen Echohawk-Hayashi, and Christina Roberts, and also honored Fr. Pat Twohy’s long-time service in community with Native peoples in our region. To date, we are pleased to share we’ve raised nearly $200,000 to be added to the Indigenous Peoples Institute Pat Twohy SJ Endowment to sustain IPI in perpetuity. 

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Ken D. Allan, PhD, Associate Professor of Art History (Art, Art History + Design) published an essay on the painter Jonas Wood in a museum catalog distributed by Yale University Press for a Dallas Museum of Art exhibition running until July 14, 2019.  The show and catalog was included in the winter preview issue of Artforum International (January 2019).  In his essay, “Jonas Wood’s Modernism,” Allan addresses the role of formal play, the decorative and technologies of reproduction in Wood’s painting as it relates to the artist’s interest in major modern European figures such as Matisse, Braque and Vuillard.   

He also recently had his work translated into Portuguese for an online publication by Instituto MESA that came out of his 2017 invited lecture for an international symposium in São Paolo, Brazil on Pop art and the 1960s in Brazil and the US.  Allan’s essay “Rude Objects in Public Space: Ed Kienholz & 1960s Los Angeles” was included in the publication “Flipping Pop” sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Museum of Modern Art--São Paolo.  Dr. Allan discussed his exchange with this group of international scholars in São Paolo in a recent web story for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Hazel Hahn, PhD, published “Tagore as a Celebrity Tourist?: Urban Planning, Tourism, and Architecture in Colonial Saigon,” in Southeast Asia's Modern Architecture: Questions in Translation, Epistemology and Power, ed. Imran bin Tajudeen and Jiat Hwee. National University of Singapore Press (distributed in N. America by the University of Chicago Press), 2019

Alfred G. Pérez, PhD, will providing the opening plenary talk in Washington, DC to commemorate the 20 years of the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999. The event is sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. Read the story illustrating his involvement in the original legislation.

Rosa Joshi, MFA, discussed her experience in making the theater world more inclusive as the featured speaker of Red Talks on May 14. Read the story in the SU Newsroom.

Gráinne Perkins, PhD, Criminal Justice adjunct faculty member, received the Richard Block Award from the Homicide Research Working Group.

Marco Lowe, MPA, appeared on KIRO 7 News about Governor Inslee’s climate plan.

Elizabeth J. Dale, PhD, Nonprofit Leadership had a piece published in The Conversation about MacKenzie Bezos’s commitment to give away half of her wealth; read the article here. She spoke at APRA-NW annual conference in Seattle, WA as part of a panel on “Philanthropy and Diversity” on May 17.

Completing his assignment to Military Science, Lieutenant Colonel Marty Lepak will attend the Army War College at Carlisle, PA. Joining Military Science on June 19, is Lieutenant Colonel Nakia Reddin.

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Catherine Hinrichsen, MA, project director of the Project on Family Homelessness in the Institute of Public Service, presented at two national conferences and a statewide conference in May. With community partners, she again presented the popular workshop "Lessons from the Frontiers of Data Storytelling" for the statewide Washington School Public Relations Association Conference in Leavenworth on May 2, and at the national conference of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations in Seattle on May 29.

Catherine and her partners from Building Changes, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Columbia Legal Services, the Communications Hub at Fuse Washington and Washington Low Income Housing Alliance have now presented the Data Storytelling workshop nine times for local, state and national gatherings. Catherine also presented a session on "Poverty and Philanthropy" for the National University Extension Conference May 22 in Seattle.

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Alexandra Peck, Anthropology, 2015, and PhD candidate at Brown, co-curated číčməhán (Chetzemoka): Then & Now, an exhibit of Northwest Indigenous art at Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend.

Teresa Wippel, BA, Journalism, minor in Political Science, 1979, was named the 2019 Citizen of the Year in Edmonds, Washington. Read the article here.

Major William Swenson, BA, Political Science, 2001, is featured in the Crosscut article, As Afghanistan peace talks progress, WA continues to suffer losses in America’s longest war.

Kiyon Gaines Ross, BA, Arts Leadership, 2015, will become Director of Company Operations at Pacific Northwest Ballet in August.

Leigh Ann Gilmer, MFA 2012, is now the Executive Director of the Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds. Read more here.

Jamie Moses, MFA 2015, was named Assistant Development Director at The New York Pops

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The 2019 Film cohort and the Film Studies and Production award winners will celebrate the end of the year on June 13, 6 to 9 p.m. in Wyckoff Auditorium with pizza, popcorn, awards and "Best of" Screenings.

Mickey Rowe, 2020 cohort in Seattle University Arts Leadership's MFA program, and Talleri A. McRae his co-executive director of the National Disability Theatre, will serve as Artists-in-Residence at La Jolla Playhouse. The Ford Foundation grant supporting that work also allows National Disability Theatre to work with MFA adjunct faculty member Annette de Soto and her consulting practice, Beyond the Divide

The Ethics Bowl team is featured in an article in the new Seattle U Newsroom. Read it here.

Anna Iwasaki, BM, String Performance, 2020, completed a weeklong curatorial program at Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), an encyclopedic museum. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 15 undergraduate students were selected from around the nation. Students met different professional curators, learnt the function of an encyclopedic museum and concluded the program by giving a 30-minute exhibition proposal using MFAH’s permanent artwork collections in front of museum staffs. This program will continue to select two students to work with curators at one of the six major museums in the U.S. for two years after graduating from college. 

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  • An Object Lesson, now through May 18, Hedreen Gallery
  • Imagining the World: Photography Competition Exhibition, now on view, Kinsey Gallery, ADAL
  • Romson Regarde Bustillo| More than can be held, now through August 10, Hedreen Gallery
  • SU Film Program End of Year Celebration, June 13, 6-9 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium
  • College of Arts and Sciences Graduating Student Awards Ceremony and Reception, June 14, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
  • MFA Arts Leadership Summary Project Presentations, June 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pigott 102, 103, and 105
  • Commencement, June 16, Washington State Convention Center. Undergraduate Ceremony: 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Graduate Ceremony: 3 - 5 p.m.

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Graduate Information Sessions

  • MFA Arts Leadership Online Info Session, June 20, 11 a.m.

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Academic Calendar

  • Jun. 11-15, Final Exam Week
  • Jun. 15, Baccalaureate Mass
  • Jun. 16, Commencement
  • Jun. 19, Grades Due by Noon
  • Jun. 19, Grades Posted on SU Online by 6 p.m.
  • Jun. 24, Summer, first 4-week, 8-week & 10-week Sessions Begin
  • Jun. 28, Last Day to Add/Drop or Change Grading Option, First 4-week & 8-week and 10- week Sessions
  • Jul. 4, Fourth of July Holiday, No Classes
  • Jul. 9, Last Day to Withdraw, First 4-week Session
  • Jul. 20, Last Class Day, First 4-week Session
  • Jul. 22, Second 4-week Session Begins
  • Jul. 26, Last Day to Add/Drop or Change Grading Option, Second 4-week Session
  • Jul. 29, Last Day to Withdraw, 8-week and 10-week Session
  • Jul. 31, Last Day to Remove “N” Grade: Summer 2018

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The Dean's Monthly Memo

Is published the second full week of the month, September - December and February - June.

Send your updates to Karen Bystrom.

Feel free to send info about your summer adventures at any time!

The deadline for September, the first issue for the 2019-20 academic year, is August 30.