March 2021

Message from the Dean

Last Saturday, March 6, marked one year to the day that the college moved to fully virtual course offerings and offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One year later, this memo is place of hope. I am deeply proud of how our faculty, staff and students have managed the greatest constellation of challenges in decades and continued to move forward in academic excellence.

You can see how the college is advancing in the face of the pandemic in a multitude of ways: supporting the Black Student Union scholarship, producing amazing virtual Choir concerts, innovative joint theater work with the University of Washington and Cornish, and many faculty scholarly projects.

Here at the beginning of Women’s History Month we see the release of  ‘Presumed Incompetent II” and a remarkable joint video interview with key female leaders in the City of Seattle. We also share a list of Redhawk alumnae/i in the State legislature and a host of other accomplishments.

Shared Governance

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

A Special Recognition of International Women's Day

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, PhD, Professor, Modern Languages and Women Gender & Sexuality Studies about gender and climate justice through the lens of the arts for the Center for Climate Justice and Faith at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary for International Women's Day. She wrote the two poems below for this presentation and we are honored that she allowed us to share them with our colleagues


Lanza tu red de par en par
en tu nuevo paradigma,
que no sea pescado lo que pescas


Cast your nets wide
in your new paradigm,
may it not be fish you catch

nothing will cloud our seamless sight

This is the road in fact taken by today's vicissitudes
of woman's work
making milk is no longer a necessity
since oats and almonds can be milked,
we have gained full value scientifically,
but men enjoy milking hemp much more,
nonetheless our blood still sings acapella
to different types of motherhood
knitting booties and scarves, sewing outfits for our children
while we formulate theories is always a plus

Nothing will cloud our seamless sight

while Frida Kahlo earrings are made by artisans and mothers,
and Adrianne Rich stands high with Toni Morrison editing each other
into the future of our beginning.

We cook with expert books and TV shows, our grandmothers
would have loved and deeply adored. Our dishes washed
by machines, while we discover more poets than sauces.

Nothing will cloud our seamless sight.

This road of nursing climate back to health one starfish at a time,
consoling whales about polluted hangars, deep in the ocean,
shampooing the environment with chamomile on our path,
added to the dryers, automatic deep fryers, electronic books, hair curlers we do not need,
smart cars we have inherited as the patrimony of our culture. This is our cross to bear while we drink caffeine free lattes
in the shade and give up tobacco for a treadmill.  We have choice
and will only hold on to it like the foreboding necessity to drink and bathe,
reminiscing the full response of our bodies to the multi-sensory need to consume
knowledge, food, water, affection, kindness, compassion, rest and love. 

We are the owners of our own dreams, our own bodies, our own means of making a life
in our own manner, nada nos turbará.

Nothing will cloud our seamless sight.

As we diminish our needs and float in love, we will need to wash the feet of
our land as it has fed us and washed our feet with its loyalty all these centuries, 
in many places intact, unscathed, holy, as only a mother can be towards
her mother, the earth. 


Black Student Union Secures Endowed Scholarship

From the article in the Seattle Medium, “It was a great moment for BSU advisor Colina Bruce, the director of educational partnerships at Seattle U’s Center for Community Engagement and an adjunct faculty member in the university’s Master of Nonprofit Leadership program, and the members of the BSU, as their efforts led to Seattle University’s first student-led, Black-serving scholarship initiative.” Read the article here.

“You Will Be Found”: Seattle U Choirs’ Second Winter Quarter Virtual Performance Video to Be Released March 15

Director Leann Conley-Holcom, Assistant Director Lee Peterson and Guest Producer Stephen O’Bent are pleased to announce the Seattle University Choirs’ second Winter Quarter 2020 virtual performance, “You Will be Found,” from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical "Dear Evan Hansen." The choirs will be joined by soloists Tess Altiveros and Ross Hauck, SU voice faculty. For more information and to join the virtual audience, like and follow @seattleuchoirs on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership. For more information, contact Lee Peterson by email.

Listen to the most recent performance of Karen Marrolli's "To Dust" here.

Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture (ICTC)

Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, was appointed as Director of ICTC for a three-year term.

2021-2022 Faculty Fellowships: These grants encourage and support faculty who wish to incorporate the Catholic Jesuit intellectual and cultural tradition into their academic repertoire. Recipients of this round of ICTC Faculty Research Fellowships are in Arts and Sciences:

  • Maureen E. Feit, Nonprofit Leadership, From Transaction to Transformation: New Models of Leadership & Capacity Building in Community Organizations
  • Allison Machlis Meyer, Department of English, Both Extirpate and Vagabond Forever: Material Formations of Faith in Early Modern Compilation
  • Nova Robinson, History Department and International Studies Program, The Woman Question: The League of Nations and the Shaping of the International Women’s Rights System
  • Donna Teevan, Theology and Religious Studies, The Jesuit University in a Secular Age: Theological Perspectives

Provost’s Faculty Awards

The call for nominations for six awards that recognize outstanding faculty contributions to Seattle University are open:

  • Excellence in Teaching for TT/T Faculty
  • Excellence in Teaching for Term Faculty
  • Excellence in Teaching for Adjunct Faculty
  • Excellence in Research/Scholarship/Creative Endeavors for TT/T Faculty
  • Outstanding Service for TT/T Faculty
  • Outstanding Service for Term Faculty

Candidates may be nominated by students, faculty, staff, or they may self-nominate to the Chair of the Awards Committee. Nominations for one individual from multiple nominators (e.g., across departments, between schools/colleges,) are welcome. All faculty who have been at SU for at least three years, are eligible. The award recipients will be recognized at the 2021 Fall Provost’s Convocation, and each will receive a plaque and a $2,000 honorarium. Award criteria, nomination requirements and application checklists are located here. Applications are due to the Awards Committee by April 9, 2021.

McGoldrick Fellowship 

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that it will be moving forward with the McGoldrick Fellowship award process for the AY20-21. The McGoldrick Fellowship was named for Reverend James B. McGoldrick, S.J. to celebrate fifty years of distinguished teaching, dedicated service to students and to Seattle University. The McGoldrick Fellow is chosen by the President each year and is given to a member of Seattle University faculty or administration for exemplifying what Fr. McGoldrick stood for – commitment to students and to the values of the Jesuit educational tradition. Nominations are made by the Deans to the Provost, and final fellowship recipients are chosen by the President.

The Reverend Louis Gaffney Chair

The holder of the Gaffney chair will be selected from among the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences and will be appointed by the President of the University for a term of two years, from Fall 2021 to Spring 2023. The mission of the Gaffney Chair is to promote "issues germane to the Jesuit mission and identity of Seattle University."  The holder of the chair should be tenured, should have achieved excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, and should have demonstrated leadership in promoting the mission of the endowed chair. They should have a thorough knowledge of and familiarity with the Jesuit tradition. The endowed chair will receive a compensation of three-course releases and a stipend of $14,900 annually. There is an operating budget as well as administrative support for the chair.

Applicants should submit the following:  1) a statement of the themes they would pursue as holder of the chair and the manner in which they would pursue those themes, 2) a curriculum vita, and 3) a letter of recommendation.  Faculty may nominate themselves; if nominated by others, the nominees will be contacted by the Dean’s Office to find out if they are willing to apply. In regard to item 1, please elaborate on how your proposal will: a) support growth in faculty, staff and student understanding of the themes you propose,  b) help faculty, staff and students connect your area of interest to the mission and identity of the University. 

Please submit completed applications via email to Sonora Jha by Friday, April 16, 2021.  If you are nominating a colleague, please submit the name of your nominee as soon as possible so that they may be notified in time to prepare an application. 

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Pathways to Professional Formation

LinkUp 2021 is a virtual, low-key, networking event that connects current Arts & Sciences (A&S) students with A&S alumni and friends of the College. Please share this information with your students and alumni.

This year LinkUp will be hosted virtually on HopIn, a virtual venue created to optimize connection and engagement utilizing multiple interactive areas. The platform allows attendees to move freely in-and-out of rooms just like an in-person event, giving you the freedom to speak to many mentors about their experiences. Registration for LinkUp on HopIn will open March 9; create your free account here

Please note that students and mentors have different arrival times. More information will be sent in your confirmation email when you register here.

  • Students attend from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
  • Mentors attend from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. 

Students receive answers to professional and personal questions and concerns from people who have similar degrees and interests.  

Mentors benefit by helping students navigate the road ahead - making an impact.  

Learn more on our Pathway to Professional Formation website.

This event is co-sponsored by: 

  • The College of Arts and Sciences and the Dean’s Leadership Council 
  • Seattle University Board of Regents 
  • Career Engagement Office 
  • Seattle University Alumni Association, the Alumni Board of Governors, and Graduates of the Last Decade Chapter (GOLD)  

Focused on College of Arts and Sciences students, all SU students are welcome to participate. 

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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.

11:25-12:40 p.m. Meet your Major - Academic Session 

We will meet with admitted students and their families who are interested in CAS for a brief college-wide presentation and then send them off to individual department/program zoom sessions for the remainder of the time. I anticipate that students and families may be interested in moving between department zoom meetings as they explore major and minor options. 

In order to coordinate this event, please create a Zoom meeting for your departmental/program session and set yourself as the host. Make sure to review the attached instructions about how to set up the meeting with the zoom security protocols we used for Fall Preview Day. Create the Zoom links and events, setting the time from 11:25-12:40 for both dates and upload the information to this document by Friday, March 19. Note there are two tabs on the document - one for April 11 and another for April 17. 

Recruit current students to participate in these virtual events with you and your faculty. Student Executive Council representatives expect to participate as needed.  Contact Kate Elias with questions.

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

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

Selected Upcoming Deadlines

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.

William T. Grant Foundation - May 5, 2021 deadline 

The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. WTG Foundation seeks studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. They prioritize studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins. Major research grants on reducing inequality typically range between $100,000 and $600,000 and cover two to three years of support.  Officers’ research grants on reducing inequality are a separate funding mechanism for smaller projects with budgets ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, and are not included in the May deadline (accepted in January and August deadlines).

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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. Buy tickets here.

Alum and students at Oregon Short Film Festival

Brennan Bunn, Theatre and Film Studies, 2019 directed the short film “Interior” which selected for screening at the Oregon Short Film Festival. The film features Jaime Riggs, Theatre, 2018 and current theatre student Talia Rossie. Watch the trailer here.

Art History and Arts Leadership Faculty and Students Reflect on Curating During 2020

Faculty members Ken Allan (Art History), Molly Mac (SU Galleries Curator) and Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud (Arts Leadership) and their students/alumni, Anna Iwasaki, Ashley Marshall, Meilani Mandery, Ellen McGivern, published series of interviews and essays in the journal, ASAP/J about Mahmoud's exhibition: Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art from Saint Louis.

Mahmoud, Mac and student members of the exhibition team reflect on how to do the work of curating, educating and art making amidst the COVID-19 crisis and ongoing racist regimes. Originally designed for the space of the Hedreen Gallery at the Lee Center for the Arts, Seattle University, the exhibit went virtual in May 2020. ASAP/J is the online, open-access journal of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, an interdisciplinary scholarly organization that published a series of new work in lieu of their cancelled 2020 conference. Dr. Allan serves on the board of ASAP.  Links to the posts below:

Mahmoud's introduction to the exhibition and the artists

Conversation with Dr. Ken Allan, SU Galleries Curator Molly Mac, and Dr. Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud: "Abstractions of Black Citizenship: An Interview with Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud and Molly Mac by Ken Allan.”

Conversation with SU students/alumni Anna Iwasaki (BA/BM '20 Art History), Ashley Marshall (MFA '21 Arts Leadership), Meilani Mandery (BA '20 Art History/Arts Leadership), and Ellen McGivern (MFA '19 Arts Leadership)/

Potato Dreams of America

Harmony Arnold, MFA, Associate Professor, Performing Arts & Arts Leadership, is the costume designer for this new film, and Hersh Powers, son of CAS Dean David Powers makes his feature film debut. The film premieres as SXSW on March 16. Current students can get a special pass here. Full SXSW passes are available here.

Potato Dreams of America is an autobiographical narrative feature film chronicling filmmaker Wes “Potato” Hurley’s childhood as a closeted gay kid in the disintegrating U.S.S.R., and his adventurous journey to the United States with his mother, a prison doctor turned mail-order bride. This very timely American Dream story is taken from an immigrant’s perspective and follows the success of Wes Hurley’s Oscar-qualified award-winning short documentary “Little Potato”, a film Harmony also made with Wes.  Her initial creative work for the feature film began in March of 2019.

Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia

Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power, and Resistance of Women in Academia, edited by SU professors Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs (WGST and Modern Languages) and Carmen González (Law School), and Yolanda Flores Niemann (University of North Texas) is receiving great reviews. Among the authors in this collection is Seattle University Professor Jodi O'Brien (SOCL).  The book has been widely praised, and Robin D'Angelo (author of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, sums it up well: As a bastion of elites, whiteness is fiercely protected in academia. Institutions claim to ‘value diversity’ yet consistently remain overwhelmingly white. Contrary to the claim that this is a ‘pipeline’ issue, this powerful collection of essays makes visible the daily mechanics of white supremacy and its intersections with class and gender in academic institutions. We cannot address a problem we cannot see. May these eye-opening essays help loosen the grip of whiteness in academia.” Read this review, also.

The Promise and Peril in Seattle’s New Era of Female Leadership

Presented by Seattle University Institute of Public Service and Town Hall Seattle, this latest in the “Conversations” series featured Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best and Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau discussing the highs and lows of women serving as leaders. The event was moderated by journalist Joni Balter, Professional in Residence, and Larry Hubbell, PhD, Professor, Institute of Public Service. The event garnered media interest, including:

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Of Gifts and Gratitude

Seattle U’s Campaign for the Uncommon Good continues has reached $287 million – exceeding our $275 million goal. All gifts to the university count and here is a breakdown of where we are at in each of the three categories as of the end of February 2021:

  • Campaign raised to date: $286,634,353 (104.2% of goal)
  • Center for Science & Innovation - $100,009,027
  • Mission & Programs - $107,180,754
  • Scholarships - $79,444,572

The College of Arts and Sciences has raised approximately $400,000 this fiscal year and over $9,381,426 million to date in the Campaign (144% of our $6.5 million goal).

Seattle U Gives 2021 Success: We know every dollar makes a difference and we want to shout out a sincere thank you to the programs and departments that participated in Seattle U Gives February 25th. We raised over $25,000 from the efforts, from 159 gifts to programs from Asian Studies to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Kinesiology did an especially fantastic job with social media incorporating student ambassadors, featuring faculty (and pet) videos, and creative visuals that raised about $4,000 for lab equipment. Katie will continue to meet with program directors and chairs during spring quarter around fundraising. Thank you all for being partners in our collective advancement!

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Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Leadership, is the recipient of the 2021 AFP Early Career Emerging Scholar Award by the Research Council of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  The Emerging Scholar award was established by the AFP Research Council in 2013 to honor an emerging scholar or scholar-practitioner whose research has and will continue to shape the discourse on philanthropy and fundraising. The award is given for a significant body of scholarship or a single extraordinary research achievement and in recognition of potential for future research. Jurors rate the nominated scholars on their record of scholarship, demonstrated evidence of a further promising career as an academic researcher or scholar-practitioner, demonstrated impact on the state of scholarship or advancement of knowledge, and evidence of impact on fundraising practice. The Emerging Scholar jury recognized Dr. Dale’s extremely impressive training and experience.  Her research provides a greater understanding of philanthropic behavior and the context promoting philanthropic behavior.  Her work will further enhance fundraising strategy development for the field and will provide insights regarding donor motivations and giving trends. Her research is cited here, “MacKenzie Scott’s Remarkable Giveaway Is Transforming the Bezos Fortune." She co-authored “What the $25 billion the biggest US donors gave in 2020 says about high-dollar charity today

Brooke Gialopsos, PhD, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, recently released an article, “Countering the Media Narrative: Positive Outcomes of an Active Assailant Protocol,” in Campus Security and Life Safety magazine. Based on a research study that she co-authored in 2020, this magazine article provides key findings and places them in a broader context that is useful for school safety personnel in primary and secondary schools. 

Audrey Hudgins, EdD,  Associate Clinical Professor, Matteo Ricci, attended the 2021 meeting of the Mexican Jesuit Migration Network – a part of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks -- while conducting research with colleagues at Ibero Puebla. The two-day conference was attended by representatives from Jesuit universities and non-profits across Mexico with the goal of synchronizing work across three dimensions, research, pastoral care, and advocacy. She was also an invited commentator in a Spanish language webinar sponsored by Universidad Iberoamericana featuring a discussion with the author, Adam Goodman, of his book “The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants.” She was on a panel for La Maquina de Deportaciaon in February.  You can watch it here. 

Naomi Hume, PhD, Associate Professor, Art, Art History, and Design, whose exhibition, “Unsettling Femininity,” at the Frye Museum has been extended to the end of May because of the pandemic, wrote a piece recalling the physical feeling of being in the museum for their Frye from Home website. She also developed a virtual tour of the show and a discussion with Negarra Kudumu, which can be viewed here.

Nalini Iyer, PhD, Professor, English, Asian Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities, gave a talk, “Narrating Partition in South Asian Diasporic Writing” at McMaster University on February 25, 2021. The talk was sponsored by the Aditi Foundation as part of their South Asia Speaker Series.

Russell Lidman, Emeritus Professor, Institute of Public Service, U.S. and Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange participated in the Selection Committee for Fulbright-García Robles grantees of the 2021-22 US Student Researcher.

Jasmine Mahmoud, PhD, Assistant Professor, Arts Leadership, published “Ijeoma Oluo on the Pervasive Impact of White Mediocrity, on Literary Hub.

Kira Mauseth, PhD, Senior Instructor, Psychology, was hired by the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health (GCACH) to develop a community-based resilience campaign. “Practice the Pause” kicked off last week and the materials will be provided to 3 ESDs, and more than a hundred thousand teachers and students as well as to the general public. Read this article in the Yakima Herald. She was also interviewed by KOMO News for “Over three million Washingtonians experiencing depression, anxiety during pandemic.”

Quinton Morris, DMA, Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, moderated Navigating Race on the Road to Leadership with Ronald A. Crutcher for Town Hall Seattle. You can watch the program here. On March 3, he participated in a preconference presentation, “Teaching Musical Diversity: The Step-by-Step Guide,” for the American String Teachers Association.

David Moser, MPA, Adjunct Faculty, Social Work, was interviewed for “Mandated homeless shelters draw criticism,” which appeared in several publications.

Alexandar Mouton, MFA, Associate Professor and Chair, Art, Art History, and Design, published “Non-Linearity and the Hyperlink” for the College Book Art Association's Book Art Theory blog.

Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa, PhD, Assistant Professor of Film Studies, published “Things to Come: Teaching Film Studies for our Scientific Future” in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies' online Teaching Dossier series.

Sharon A. Suh, PhD, Professor, Theology and Religious Studies elected as President of the Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women, the largest international organization dedicated to the well-being and flourishing of Buddhist nuns and laity. Most of the biennial meetings take place in Asia and usually have participants from 40 countries. On February 18, she co-delivered the Goodspeed Lecture at Denison University along with three Asian and Asian American feminist scholars who are contributors to the 2020 edited volume, Asian and Asian American Women in Theology and Religion (Palgrave, 2020). On April 5, 2021 at 6 pm I will be interviewed by author E.J. Koh through Elliot Bay books for her memoir, Occupy This Body: A Buddhist Memoir. On April 9, she will be a respondent for the "The Roundtable on Ethics and Practices of Self-Care: Sharon Suh's Occupy This Body: A Buddhist Memoir" for the Association of Asian American Studies annual conference. On April 16, 2021, she will present a workshop on "Embodied Mindfulness" at the Pacific Asian and Asian North American Women in Theology and Ministry annual conference.

John Trafton, PhD, Adjunct Faculty, Film Studies, is teaching “Outlawed Festival Fims,” a virtual class for Seattle International Film Festival on March 9. Other online classes have included “The Hunt for Dr. Lecter” and “Cinema DNA: Parasite.”

Ruchika Tulshyan, MS, Distinguished Professional-in-Residence, Communication, co-authored “Stop Telling Women They Have Imposter Syndrome” for the Harvard Business Review.

Matt Whitlock, PhD, Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, presented at the annual Society of Biblical Literature international conference. He presented on "Teaching St. Paul’s Theology and The Matrix." He developed this course with the help of Seattle University’s Center for Digital Learning and Innovation.

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The March 4 issue of SU Voice features several Arts and Sciences alums:

Redhawks in the Legislature

  • Debra Entenman, BA, Political Science, 2003
  • Joe Nguyen, BA, Humanities/BA, Business Administration, 2006
  • Dave Paul, BA, in Business Administration (majoring in marketing and political science), 1990
  • Rebecca Saldana, BA, Theology & Religious Studies and Humanities, 1999
  • Keith Beasley, Communication and Media, 2019, has published his first book entitled, Bone Flake: A Poetic Maniac.

Lena Beck, Humanities for Leadership BA, '17, wrote “Sea Level Rising More Rapidly: ‘Report Cards’.”

Shasti Conrad, Sociology and International Studies, 2007, and recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Young Alumna award published “Opinion: We Must Continue Lifting the Voice of Every Womxn” in the South Seattle Emerald.

Meme Garcia, Theatre, 2015, is the creator of “house of sueños,” available for listening through March 17 on Seattle Shakespeare Company’s “Rough Magic” podcast. The Seattle Times writes about the production in “This audio drama weaves Spanish, English and ‘Hamlet’ in an autobiographical tale.” The Folger Shakespeare Library features the play in their “Shakespeare Unlimited” podcast.

Leigh Ann Gilmer, MFA 2012, was named Regional Director of the SeaDoc Society.

Nicole Kidder, Journalism and Sociology, 2000, is a contributor to MyDomaine.

Clair Lucas, Psychology and Theology and Religious Studies, minor in Catholic Studies, 2019, wrote ”Fast from indifference during communal heartbreak” for Catholic Courier.

Hameed Makttoof, Psychology, 2020, is pursuing his doctorate at the University of Chicago. An Iraqi refugee, his personal story has been captured in the film, This Being Human.

Andrea Martinez, Humanities for Leadership and Psychology, minor in Catholic Studies and Sociology, 2019, is the Restorative Practices Facilitator for the Tucson Unified School District. She was featured in a City of Tucson blog post, saying, “Nonviolence is an active voice. It is not passive,” she said, echoing King’s words. “It’s necessary to be in conversation with one another.”

Joseph Seia, Public Affairs, 2008, and current MPA student, helped create the first-in-the-nation pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic specifically for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). "Joseph Seia, executive director and founder of the Pacific Islander Community Association of Washington, says the state’s vaccine rollout hasn’t been fair to people with fewer resources. “It’s an equity thing. People don’t have technology,” he says. “The most impacted folks aren’t able to do it.” Read the article.


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Incoming student Katlyn Sipes, Psychology, entering this coming fall, is featured in “It’s a long way from Montgomery to Seattle University, but St. Francis libero Katlyn Sipes to take being a ‘spitfire competitor’ to West Coast.”

Congratulations to the following Arts and Sciences 2020 Transfer Students for their induction into the Tau Sigma National Transfer Student Honor Society. The virtual induction ceremony took place on Tuesday March 2, 2021. In addition to celebrating the academic excellence of these students, Tau Sigma also inducted Dr. Kimberly Harden, instructor in the Department of Communication, as an honorary member. Please congratulate our students and Dr. Harden.

The President of the Seattle U Tau Sigma Chapter this year is Brady Mathis, Senior Communication and Media major and the Vice President is Haley Cummins, Senior Communication and Media major. Laura Hauck-Vixie from the Arts and Sciences Advising Center, serves as one of the advisors to the chapter.

2021 Inductees:

  • Takumi Aoyama
  • Ashley Applegate
  • Chelsea Arnold
  • Shirley Baughn
  • Oishi Bhattacharya
  • Ezekiel Brower
  • Pham Chau
  • Alexander Colchiski
  • Aeon Corvidae
  • Giang Dinh
  • Matthew Fields
  • Briana Gordon
  • Danielle Heffner
  • Marissa Hoffman
  • Oliver Lindseth
  • Chih Han Lo
  • Yaslynn Makein
  • Alexa Manning
  • Ciara McConnell
  • Regan Morris
  • Gabrielle Perrine
  • Tam Pham
  • Christian Poulsen
  • Orion Rendon
  • Erica Reynolds
  • Eva Rodriguez
  • Angela Romano
  • Braelyn Scheer
  • Lindsey Schuler
  • Nathaniel Shani
  • Jaden Sierra
  • Varanyoo Sirinontanaves
  • Sarah Trapizona
  • Abigail Watts
  • Natalie Wiley

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Events (Pacific time, unless otherwise noted)

March 11-14: Uncharted Waters: A tri-production with Seattle U Theatre, Cornish College of the Arts, and University of Washington School of Drama. Online, buy tickets here.

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.

Mar 21-22, 2021 (London times): Yours in the Uprising of Jesus: Recognizing and Resisting Empire in the Bible, the Church and Beyond: an Easter Online Festival Wes Howard-Brook, Senior Instructor, Theology and Religious Studies, is a keynote speaker for this event. Join the Zoom event 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. Register here for the Zoom link

April 5, 6 p.m.: Occupy This Body: A Buddhist Memoir by Sharon A. Suh, PhD. Dr. Sharon Suh discusses her book with Seattle poet and writer E. J. Koh.  Tickets available here.

April 7, 730 p.m.: 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 about her latest book with author Ijeoma Oluo. Tickets available here.

April 8-10 (April 8-11 in Asia/Oceania): Saying What We Mean: A Symposium on the Works of Eugene Gendlin. Participants are invited to explore the implications of Gendlin’s posthumous collection “Saying What We Mean: Implicit Precision and the Responsive Order” (2018). Learn more and register here.

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. Register here for the Zoom link.

TBD: Redhawk Squawk: Sustainability. Guest Speaker: Darcy Winslow, Sustainability, Leadership, Former Nike Executive. The Kinesiology Department continues the podcast series; Redhawk Squawk: Exercise for Life. Register here for the Zoom link.

Redhawk Squawk: Tech. Dan Giuliani, Volt Athletics, Technology in performance and health/fitness. The Kinesiology Department continues their podcast series, Redhawk Squawk. Register here to receive the Zoom link.

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