March 2019

Message from the Dean

Dear Arts & Sciences Community Members,

What a winter quarter it has been! First and foremost, I want to thank faculty, staff and students for their flexibility, creativity and patience in working together through the snowiest single month in Seattle in 50 years, 20.2 inches total in February. The many days off were a challenge for everyone and I appreciate your collective efforts in getting through the storms. The snow slowed us down, but we worked around it and had a remarkable number of events as well as the faculty, staff and student accomplishments noted below. Please read on for more news about what is going on in the College. 

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


A&S Student Assistantship Awards

Dr. Sonora Jha, Associate Dean for Academic Community, College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor, Department of Communication, recently announced the recipients of this year’s College of Arts & Sciences Student Assistantship Awards.

  • Victor Evans, Communication and Media, Documentary project - "I want my QueerTV": The Impact of Media Images on LGBTQ Youth
  • Olha Krupa, Institute of Public Service, Education Funding Disparities in Washington School Districts: Examining the Effects of the McLeary Decision
  • Shawn Johnson, Theater, Collaborative hybrid performance piece/ Time to Tell)
  • Jasmine Mahmoud and Roxanne Hornbeck, Arts Leadership, Displacement and Gentrification of PoC Artists and Arts Organizations within Capitol Hill and the Central District
  • William Parkin, Criminal Justice, Media Coverage of Indigenous Female Homicide Victims
  • Aakanksha Sinha, Social Work, Childcare as a Women's Rights Issue: An Examination of Labor Force Participation Among Women and the Impact of Child Care
  • Kevin Ward, Institute of Public Service, A Systematic Review of Nonprofit Advocacy Research Methods

These assistantships support faculty scholarship and creative work. Submissions were assessed on meeting criteria including learning opportunities for the student, equitable distribution of research assistantships among faculty, and potential of the work to lead to a peer-reviewed publication or presentation of work.

The awards were determined by a Committee made up of last year's award recipients, Drs. Caitlin Carlson, Serena Cosgrove, Hazel Hahn, Mary-Antoinette Smith, and Kirsten Thompson. The process was also supported by Kate Reynolds.

2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Semi-Finalists

Fourteen Seattle U students and alumni are semi-finalists for the 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the largest exchange program in the country that offers opportunities for recent graduates in more than 140 countries.

  • Laura Affolter ’19; Art History, Photography; Applicant for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to Germany
  • Sabine Bernards ’10; Political Science, Spanish; Applicant for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Sweden
  • Shayan Chishti ’19; International Studies, Spanish; Applicant for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to Mexico
  • Julia Cordero ’18; Humanities for Teaching, Spanish; Applicant for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to Mexico
  • Nicolás Cruz ’18; Biology, Sociology; Applicant for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Canada
  • Melissa Cuevas ’19; International Studies, Spanish; Applicant for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to Mexico
  • Nizama Djuderija ’18; Criminal Justice, International Studies; Applicant for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Bosnia and Herzegovnia
  • Margaret Girardin ’19; History, Visual Art; Applicant for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to Lithuania
  • Rachel Henkels ’18; Art History, English Literature; Applicant for a Fulbright UK Study Grant
  • Michael Lott ’16; Social Work, Spanish; Applicant for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Guatemala
  • Madison Mele ’19; Humanities for Teaching, Philosophy; Applicant for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Indonesia
  • Miracle Orji ’19; Chemistry, Sociology; Applicant for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Nigeria
  • Jasmine Waland ’19; Humanities for Teaching, Psychology; Applicant for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to India
  • Kami Yamomoto ’18; Anthropology, Sociology; Applicant for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to The Philippines

Seattle U students and recent alums interested in the Fulbright program or other fellowships are encouraged to visit The Office of Fellowships website. Students are also welcome to visit Assistant Director Melissa Schade in Hunthausen 129, or to contact her by email. Fulbright applicants begin working on their applications during Spring Quarter. Those on campus are invited to attend the first Fulbright Info Session on Thursday, April 11, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Hunthausen 100.

Naef Scholars Program

The Naef Scholars Program (for students who will be juniors and seniors in 2019/20) is accepting applications through April 9. Application forms, which should answer most questions, are available in the office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Honors Program, the VP for Student Development in the Student Center (for those active in student affairs), and the CAC. Direct questions about the application to Professor David Madsen, History Department, Casey 410-03, 206-296-6938, or by email.

Faculty should encourage qualified students (including international students) to apply. Students should consider applying and be sure to give their recommenders ample time to write a strong letter on their behalf.

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Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice

The CAS Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice (LCIJ) facilitated a gathering of the past two cohorts of attendees (December 2017 and December 2018) of the Dismantling Racism workshop. The purposes of the event were:

  1. to provide attendees with an opportunity to re-connect with other students, staff, and faculty who participated in the Dismantling Racism workshop,
  2. to reflect on and discuss how the knowledge gained from the workshop may be integrated into larger changes in the College's institutional practices, and
  3. to support those committed to this work and identify possible resources.

Twenty eight faculty, staff and students attended the event on February 28 and produced important feedback for continuing the College’s work to change institutional practices toward intersectionality and justice. 

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In January, Serena Cosgrove, PhD, continued our support of our colleagues at Universidad  Centroamericana, traveling to Managua and meeting with UCA President P. José Alberto Idiaquez (known as Fr. Chepe), members of the UCA cabinet, and the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa. She also had the opportunity to meet the U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Kevin K. Sullivan to communicate the concern of the 28 Jesuit universities in the U.S. regarding the situation in Nicaragua and the UCA, in particular. Read about her trip here.

The College of Arts and Sciences and KUOW presented "How #MeToo is Changing Culture, Politics, and Journalism: A Conversation with KUOW’s Sydney Brownstone” on February 26. You can listen to the conversation between Dr. Sonora Jha and Sydney Brownstone on the KUOW website.

Kira Mauseth, PhD, Senior Lecturer in the Psychology department, recently submitted a paper for publication on "Faith, Coping and Resilience for Refugees and Survivors of Large Scale Disaster" with three former students, Jordan Skalisky, Scott Wanner, and Bradford Howe. Kira has also been asked to be part of a Washington State task force on how to better prepare for mental and behavioral health needs in the context of a large regional disaster (such as an earthquake, fires, etc), and do regular consulting with local CERTs (Community Emergency Response Team). 

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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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Kathryn L. Bollich-Ziegler, Ph.D, Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department, presented her research "To Know or Not to Know? Personal and Relational Correlates of Perceived Self-Knowledge and Perceived Meta-Accuracy” at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Annual Convention in New Orleans

Randall Horton, PhD, Associate Professor and Program Director of the MA in Psychology program, moderated a panel on Global Mental Health at the South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest which was held at the University of Washington.

Le Xuan Hy, PhD, Associate Professor in the Psychology department recently received a $4,000 Institute of Catholic Thought and Culture grant.

Lane Gerber, Professor Emeritus in the Psychology department has a new publication “Hidden injuries: Stories of social class, politics, and the face of the Other” which was published in the journal Psychoanalysis, Self and Context. Additionally, Lane presented a paper "Malignant Normality and Enlivening Guilt" at the 2018 International Federation of Psychoanalytic Education Annual Meeting.

Jacob Kysar, MS, Kinesiology Department recently published an article in Gait & Posture, Kysar, J. E. & Dalton B. H. (2019). Static monocular visual cues can decrease the vestibular-evoked balance response at low frequencies, 69, 162-168. This work was aimed at examining how visual asymmetries may alter one’s ability to maintain standing balance.

Jacob Kysar, MS (Kinesiology Department Instructor), Sean Machak, MA (Kinesiology Department Lab Supervisor), and eight students from the Kinesiology Department traveled to Bend, OR for the American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Annual Meeting on March 1 and 2. This is the largest group the department has sent to this conference. The theme of this years’ conference was ‘Innovation, Application and Future of Physical Activity, Exercise and Sport.’ The group networked with both current and new colleagues and supported their collaborative research with the University of Oregon, examining cardiopulmonary physiology. In addition to attending a breadth of academic presentations, the group will host a departmental event where attendees will share the knowledge gain with students who were not able to attend. The Kinesiology Department and the Kinesiology Club would like to thank the Student Government of Seattle University for funding to attend this event.

Rosa Joshi, MFA, directed As You Like It at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which opened on March 8. Listen to her director’s interview here. Learn more here.

Jennifer Tilghman-Havens, MBA, Director, Center for Jesuit Education, published “The Will to (Share) Power: Privilege, Positionality and the Servant-Leader” in the International Journal of Servant-Leadership which can be found here.

Angelique Davis, JD, was featured for her work on reparations, apologies, and racial gaslighting on, Gov. Northam blackface case distracts from broader problems of racism, and This Black Light, Turn The Gaslight Off.

Psychology faculty member Claire LeBeau, PhD, will present her paper, "The Movement of Justice through Dénucleation: Levinas, King and the  Personal Dynamics of Peace" at the 12th Annual Conference for Society for Humanistic Psychology at Oregon State University March 21-24. She also participated in an interview on KUOW about changes in parental leave policies at the Gates Foundation. Listen here.

Chris Paul, PhD, co-edited Casual Games, a special issue of Games and Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media. His most recent book was covered here and he was interviewed on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Ali Altaf Mian, PhD, presented "Sufi Shrines in Modern South Asia" at the University of Washington March 5.

The Communication Department’s Caitlin Carlson, PhD, and Ruchika Tulshyan, MS, participated in “Being a Womxn on the Internet” on February 27 with Amy Clancy, KIRO TV, and Eula Scott Bynoe, host of KUOW’s “Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace.” The related story is here.

Seattle University Institute of Public Service's Marco Lowe, MPA, was interviewed by KING 5 about Governor Jay Inslee's potential announcement of his candidacy for president. Watch it here.

Jackie Helfgott, PhD, Criminal Justice, was interviewed by KOMO TV for the story “Man with 72 convictions almost set free by city attorney.” She was also interviewed by Le Devoir for a story about the fascination with serial killers in pop culture. "Obviously, you do not become a serial murderer simply because you watch a movie about serial murders," says Professor Helfgott. But we can very well consider criminogenic media on an individual or cultural basis." The story is available here.

At the 34th Annual John Donne Conference, February 11-14, Sean H. McDowell, PhD, Associate Professor of English and Director of the University Honors Program, received the 2017 Distinguished Book Award from the John Donne Society for his contribution to John Donne and Contemporary Poetry: Essays and Poems (Palgrave Macmillan). McDowell shares this award with volume editor Judith Scherer Herz and fellow contributors Calvin Bedient, Stephen Burt, Joseph Campana, Mark Dow, Heather Dubrow, Katie Ford, Kimberly Johnson, Alicia Ostriker, Molly Peacock, Carl Phillips, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Jonathan F. S. Post, and Stephen Yenser. This is only the second time in the history of the Donne Society that a collection of essays has received the book award. Also at the conference, McDowell presented on his forthcoming digital edition of Donne’s satire Ignatius his Conclave. Finally, he was elected Second Vice President of the Donne Society, which means he will ascend to the presidency in two years’ time and give the presidential address in 2021.

Rob Efird, PhD, gave a presentation on March 2 at Seattle Public Schools' School Learning Garden Network Winter Workshop on the topic "'The Earth is Our First Teacher': Native Plants and Indigenous Culture in School Ethnobotanical Gardens.”

Julie Homchick Crowe, PhD, Communication Department, organized a panel for the Western States Communication Association Health Communication division called “Expertise, Experience and Evidence in Argument about Women’s Health.” She chaired the panel and also presented a paper called “Maternity, Moral Imperatives and Arguments from ‘Nature.’” Her paper, “Architectural Advocacy: The Bullitt Center and Environmental Design,” was chosen for the Top Papers Panel in the Environmental Communication division at the Western States Communication Association. Preliminary research for this project was supported by Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.

Dominic Cody Kramers, MFA, designed sound for the play "John" by Annie Baker at ArtsWest, directed by Erin Murray. Learn more about the play here.

David Powers, PhD, had an article, Recruiting and Retaining Jesuit Faculty in the Spring issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.

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Nick Turner (Ryusei Takahashi), Journalism, ‘18 and former Spectator editor-in-chief, is now a reporter at Japan Times. Read his recent stories.

Nick Pineda, Theatre '17, with a minor in Film Studies, and his father are planning a 1,954-mile trek along border to change how we talk about migration. Read Tyrone Beason's story in The Seattle Times​.

Leigh Pierre Oetker, English ’90, is the new Executive Director of the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation.

Marie McNabb, ’03, Karl Chan-Brown, ‘01, and Julie Keller, ’10, alums of the MA in Psychology program, have had their manuscript “In my Head, I have a Cleaning Lady:  Symbol Form and Symbolic Intention in the Everyday Use of Money" accepted for publication by Semiotica: Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies.

Congratulations to Dawn Loerch, ’96, Helena Soholm, ‘07, and Naoko Brown, ’03, alums of the MA in Psychology program who recently received their PhD in Psychology. Dawn attended Pacifica Graduate School, and Helena and Naoko both received their PhD from Saybrook University.

Sasha Anderson, Sociology '03, is running for Seattle City Council.

Katherine Rodela, History/Philosophy '04, and Fulbright Scholar, now a member of the WSU Vancouver faculty, is the first recipient of the George Brain and Gay Selby Faculty Award in Educational Leadership.

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Criminal Justice major and first base for Seattle University Softball, Madison Cathcart earned All-WAC First Team honors and was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association First Team All-Pacific Region, the first player to earn this prestigious honor in program history.

The photography of Laura Affolter, BFA ’19  is featured in PDN online.

Public Affairs student Anub Nur is one of the students editing a new interfaith prayer book. From a recent story in The Seattle University Spectator: “We had a prayer book before but it wasn’t interfaith, but it was helpful in reflection spaces and campus ministry events,” Nur said. “We had the idea last year to do an interfaith prayer book…the purpose of this was so that in following years people can use this material to reflect and use in events.”

The Debate Team continues their successful year. Read the article in The Spectator. At the Willamette University Mark Hatfield Debate Tournament February 16 and 17, their awards included:

  • Ryan Shook: 10th speaker
  • Alyssa Gaston: 4th speaker
  • Alex Lindgren-Ruby: 2nd speaker
  • Semi-finalists: Alex Lindgren-Ruby and Lily Panetta
  • Semi-finalists: Flora Lloyd and Hatcher Chapman
  • First Place: Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook

Erin Phelps, Strategic Communication and Arts Leadership published a story with the Westside Journal, “Marie Kondo tidies American consumerism.”

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Public Events

  • An Object Lesson, solo exhibition by Seattle-based artist Markel Uriu , now through March 9-May 18, Hedreen Gallery
  • Career and Internship Fair, March 13, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Campion Ballroom
  • Winter Student Chamber Music Concert, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
  • Evergreen Media: Film, Television, and New Media in Seattle, Mar. 14, 7 p.m., SIFF Egyptian Theatre
  • 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
  • Annual McGee Lecture, Gabrielle Lynch speaks about her work with the Kenyan Truth and Reconciliation Commission, April 18, 6 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium
  • 4th Annual Symbolic Confederate Flag Burning, Apr. 22, Moral Mondays at SU
  • Patrice Vecchione, editor and poet, April 24, 6-9 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
  • Sing a Mighty Song, SU Choirs, Apr. 26 and Apr. 27, 8 p.m., St. Joseph Church, 18th E and E Aloha, Capitol Hill
  • Imagining The World: 11th Anniversary Photography Competition Awards and Exhibition Opening, April 30, 5 p.m., Kinsey Gallery
  • 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
  • Africa Day, May 23, 6 p.m., Casey Commons
  • Romson Regarde Bustillo| More than can be held, opens May 31, Hedreen Gallery

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Graduate Information Sessions

  • April 2, p.m., Graduate Open House Spring 2019
  • 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

  • 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 6 p.m.
  • 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
  • Jun. 10, Last Class Day
  • 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

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