November 2019

Message from the Dean

Hello everyone! It is hard to believe we are past Fall Quarter midterms until you look at everything our faculty, staff and students are doing right now. I was happy to get the chance to recognize Psychology alumnus Don Whedon as the Seattle University Distinguished Veteran Alumnus of 2019 at the Homecoming basketball game last Saturday, after I did community service work with some of our students and staff at St. Francis House that morning.

I mentioned Marshall and Rhodes Scholarship finalist Serena Oduro in my two-minute message last week and you can read more about her below.

Also, as noted below we are finding our departments and programs ranked highly across an increasing number of categories on the website, College Factual; take a look.

I hope I see all of you at our College of Arts and Sciences Holiday Party on Friday, December 6. Join us in Casey Atrium any time between 3:30 and 6 p.m.

Finally, the team of Karen Bystrom, Heather Reis Fike and Kevin Krycka have been hard at work redesigning the Faculty Staff Resource portion of the A&S web site. This project has been in the works since the summer and I am happy to say the new site is live! You can access it here. Thanks to Karen, Heather and Kevin for their hard work on this overhaul.

Shared Governance

Executive Committee: Recent Minutes

Faculty Staff Senate: Recent Minutes

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


Congratulations to Serena Oduro, '20

Seattle U student Serena Oduro is a finalist for both the Marshall Scholarship and Rhodes Scholarship, among the most prestigious national fellowships. Serena will graduate from Seattle University in 2020 as a Sullivan Scholar with a major in History and minors in Business Administration, Chinese, and Philosophy. Read the full story here. The Office of Fellowships is seeking volunteers to mock-interview Serena in preparation for her Rhodes interview on November 22. If you are interested, please contact Assistant Director Melissa Schade by email.

New and Improved Faculty and Staff Resources Website

We have reorganized the Arts and Sciences Faculty and Staff Resources website and updated a lot of the content. Check it out here. Our goal was to make it easier to find the information you need. Please send any feedback or corrections to Karen Bystrom by email.

2020 College Factual Rankings

  • Ranked Top 10%: Arts and Sciences/Humanities
  • Top 5% Highest Paid Graduates: Arts and Sciences/Humanities
  • Top 15% Best for Non-Traditional Students: Arts and Sciences/Humanities – NEW
  • Ranked Top 15%: Communication and Journalism – NEW
  • Top 15% Highest Paid Graduates: Communications and Media Studies
  • Top 15% Most Focused: Digital Communications
  • Ranked Top 5%: Criminal Justice
  • Top 15% Highest Paid Graduates: Criminal Justice
  • Ranked Top 10%: English and Literature
  • Top 15% for Non-Traditional Students: English and Literature – NEW
  • Top 15% Highest Paid Graduates: Fine Art
  • Ranked Top 10%: Liberal Arts Studies - NEW
  • Top 5% Highest Paid Graduates: Liberal Arts Studies - NEW
  • Top 15% for Non-Traditional Students: Liberal Arts Studies – NEW
  • Ranked Top 10%: Psychology
  • Top 10% Highest Paid Graduates: Social Work

All Seattle U College Factual Rankings

The Misanthrope

SU Theatre launches their 19-20 season with Moliere’s The Misanthrope, beginning previews on November 13 and with performances November 14-17 and 20-23. The Misanthrope or The Snarky Lover: Do you know anyone who thinks they know what is truly right and wrong about everything? In Moliere's comic masterpiece, The Misanthrope, we meet the outspoken, opinionated Alceste, whose only comic flaw is that he thinks his wit, artistry and reasoning are flawless. Of course, he's in love with Celemine, a mistress/master at manipulating a posse o’ many lovers all at once…and all their pals/lovers/frenemies, who live to recite poetry, flirt, be loved and looked at...reminding you of anyone? In verse by the late Poet Laureate of our fair and furious land, Richard Wilbur, your time with The Misanthrope will be spent in a whirl of heightened language, intrigue, high-fashion and laughs.  Buy tickets here.

Maintaining Livability in a Boomtown: Conversation with Mayor Jenny Durkan

Next Monday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m., in Pigott Auditorium, Mayor Durkan will discuss many issues facing our fast-growing city including cost of living, homelessness, income inequality, and environmental sustainability. Sponsored by Seattle University's Institute of Public Service in the College of Arts and Sciences. Free tickets available here.

*Seattle University does not support or oppose the positions of the speakers. The views expressed are those of the speakers only. The Institute of Public Service is sponsoring this event.

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Seattle U Theatre alums and faculty were well-represented at this year’s Gregory Awards.

  • Outstanding Lighting Design:  Amiya Brown (current faculty), The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night
  • Outstanding Scenic Design: Shawn Ketchum Johnson (former faculty), Richard III
  • Outstanding Sound Design:  Meghan Roche (SU alumnus) and Robertson Witmer, Richard III
  • Outstanding Direction:  Rosa Joshi (Performing Arts and Arts Leadership Chair), Richard III
  • Outstanding Production:  Richard III

Kinesiology, in partnership with Swedish Sports Medicine, will host “The Science of Running” on November 30 as part of the Seattle Marathon Health and Fitness Expo at the Westin Seattle. Sarah Shultz, PhD, Chair, SU Kinesiology, moderates a discussion about the impact of exercise science on human performance, particularly as it relates to record breaking race records. The diverse expert panel includes Ray Browning, PhD, CEO, BiOMOTUM; Lauren Vernese, DO, Swedish Rehabilitation and Performance Medicine;  Cristine Agresta, PhD, Asst. Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, UW; and Jessalyn O’Donnell, RD, Performance Dietitian/Nutritionist, Athletics, Canada/Canadian Sport Institute. Tickets are $25 and net proceeds support the SU Kinesiology Get Up and Move campaign. Buy tickets here.

Films by Seattle University students Barb Hoffman, ’20, and Hailey McGill, '21, and by recent alum Mathew MacDonald, '19, screened at this year’s prestigious National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), a Seattle-based international film festival for filmmakers under the age of 25. NFFTY’s Managing Director is Dan Hudson, MFA in Arts Leadership, ’17. Hoffman's film “Keys,” McGill's film “Melons” and MacDonald's film “Mormor,” were all produced in SU Film Studies courses. Selected from a pool of more than 1,200 submissions, they were screened among the 265 films by filmmakers from 24 states and 24 different countries. Read more here.

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Sonora Jha, PhD, Communication and Media, spoke on a panel titled “Doors to Democracy:  Challenges to Global Press Freedom,” at the annual conference of the Fulbright Association in Washington D.C., October 24-28, 2019.

Charles M. Tung, PhD, English, was invited to give a plenary lecture, “Going Sideways:  John Wick, Time Traveler,” at the World(s) of John Wick conference, Nov. 7-9, at Indiana University, Bloomington, a meeting organized around a planned volume in IUP’s series on fan culture and cultural theory.  Tung’s lecture focused on anachronistic communication and storage media at the heart of the larger financial and administrative totality of the underworld in the films, and explored the relation of speeds and channels of transmission to the production of worlds shot through with bits and pieces of different times.

Sven Arvidson, PhD, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, presented “Globally Extended Cognition: Philosophy of Mind Meets Earth Remote Sensing” at the annual conference of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies in Amsterdam. Integrating concepts from philosophy and earth science, “Globally Extended Cognition” is cognition by the earth scientist – developed with brain, body, and remote sensing tools – about the entire earth system rather than a specific place on earth or a single discipline. It was the first time he had worked with his co-presenter, scientist, and sister, Theresa Arvidson. He was also a panelist in a workshop for “Early Career Interdisciplinarians.”

Kimberly Hardin, PhD, Communication and Media, published “Bring Your Authentic Self to Work” in Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Read the article here. She also has a podcast, “The Ins and Outs of Remote Internships,” on, available here.

Jacqueline B. Helfgott, PhD; Peter A. Collins, PhD; and Matthew J. Hickman, PhD, Criminal Justice, published an op-ed in The Seattle Times, “Allow Dreamers to become police officers to better serve our communities.” Read it here.

Peter A. Collins, PhD, Criminal Justice, published “The death penalty is getting more and more expensive. Is it worth it?” at Read the article here.

Social Work faculty were featured at the Council of Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Hye-Kyung Kang, PhD, Chair of the Social Work Department and Director of the MSW Program, received the Best Teaching Note Award for the article, “Constructing Critical Conversations: A Model for Facilitating Classroom Dialogue for Critical Learning,” co-authored by Peggy O’Neill, PhD, which appeared in Volume 54, Issue 1, of the Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE). Aakanksha Sinha, PhD, presented two sessions, including Engaged Pedagogy: Using anti-oppressive techniques to teach program evaluation, which focused on the methodology/ technique used in our MSW program to teach students program evaluation. The second was a workshop titled: Human Centered Design: Anti-oppressive research techniques to achieve social justice, introducing social workers to use Human Centered Design as a method for innovative research and practice.

Hye-Kyung Kang, PhD, Social Work, also presented a panel entitled “Leading with Intersectionality: Advancing Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity in Social Work Education at the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work. 

Henry Kamerling, PhD, History, published “Zombies and the City,” Chapter 9 in “The Spaces and Places of Horror.

Theresa Earenfight, PhD, Women and Gender Studies, published "The Shoes of an Infanta: Bringing the Sensuous, Not Sensible, 'Spanish Style' of Catherine of Aragon to Tudor England," in “Moving Women, Moving Objects (400–1500),” eds. Mariah Proctor-Tiffany and Tracy Chapman Hamilton. Leiden: Brill, 2019, pp. 293–317.

Marco Lowe, MPA, was interviewed for the KIRO 7 story, “Starbucks asks citizens to 'Wake Up And Vote'.”  Watch the video here. He also appeared on New Day Northwest to talk about “What to know before voting in Seattle's upcoming election.” Watch the video here.

The 2019-20 Works in Progress Brown Bag Series begins with two fascinating presentations, by Dr. Ken Allan (Art History) and Dr. Patrick Schoettmer (Political Science). Please come support your colleagues, give them feedback, and come away inspired on Tuesday, December 3, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., in Casey Commons. Tea/Coffee and cookies will be served. No need to RSVP.

Dr. Ken Allan, Art History

Art, Race and Infrastructure in Los Angeles: Ed Ruscha, Senga Nengudi, and Mark Bradford

The city of Los Angeles has been shaped by both racial conflict and technological challenges from its beginnings.  An 1871 massacre of 19 Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles streets encouraged by the new police department in response to the killing of an Anglo man is one of the earliest recorded instances of the racial violence that has marked the public space of the city throughout its history. Water distribution in the desert climate of Southern California; its distant location from other population centers; the distances between nodes of commerce that required new transportation solutions are all embedded in the form of the city today.  The solutions to these problems favored the communities of the historically white power structure, making racial bias legible in the built landscape.  In this paper, I will look at the way three artists working in Los Angeles from 1960 to the present have registered and responded to features of the urban infrastructure such as freeways, parking lots, the retail strip mall, and advertising and communication networks through the lens of the racialized body and the different in modes of access and mobility figured in their work.  I will consider the handheld experience of Ed Ruscha’s Thirty-four Parking Lots book and its aerial photos after the 1965 Watts Rebellion, Senga Nengudi’s post-minimal sculptures of stretched pantyhose and sand and her collaborative performance and site-specific installation under a downtown freeway in the 1970s, and Mark Bradford’s abstract “paintings” of urban topographies built-up of layers of billboard and poster paper collected from the Leimert Park neighborhood in the 2000s. What these artists can tell us is not only an L.A. story, of course, but one that structures the racial and cultural ecologies of all American cities.

Dr. Patrick Schoettmer, Political Science

Vote by mail (VbM) is growing in popularity in a number of states. A number of scholars have looked at the impact VbM has on political mobilization and turnout, but fewer have examined other consequences of this change in method of voting. This paper helps fill that lacunae by examining the impact of VbM on political polarization. The loss of ballot secrecy that comes with VbM increases the possibility that others will discover how one votes. This may in turn increase the pressure to conform to group norms and preferences in vote choice, especially among ideological minorities. This paper intends to explore this possibility by examining whether electoral district vote choice become more politically homogeneous as the number of VbM voters increases, controlling for prevailing national trends.

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Congratulations to Tena Gizinski, MNPL, ’15, and Nonprofit Leadership Alumni Council member, for starting a new position as Regional Manager of Business Development at SAILS Washington.

Jenessa Schulte, Sport and Exercise Science, ’19, was accepted into the Olympic Training Center internship program.

Stephanie Verdoia, Political Science, ’15, published a Crosscut op-ed on pay equity in women’s soccer. Read it here.

Dorothy Cordova, Sociology, ’53 and a Seattle U Regent from 1981 to 1991, is featured in The Seattle Times’ “Seattle’s keeper of Filipino American history is an 87-year-old volunteer, and replacing her may prove difficult.” Her late husband, Fred Cordova, was also an alum, Sociology, ’52. Read the article.

Charlotte West, Women and Gender Studies, ’02, published “Western Colleges Are Embracing Native Students & Practices, but Some Programs May Be At Risk” in Bitterroot: The West’s Magazine. Read the article.

Megan Tobias Neely, Women and Gender Studies, ’07, has coauthored “Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance” with Ken-Hou Lin. The book, to be released December 2, is available on Amazon for pre-order.

Hollis Wong-Wear, Women and Gender Studies, ’10, released her debut single solo, “Sedative.” Her debut EP “half-life” will be out January 2020. Listen to the song and watch the video here.

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2019-20 Bill and Paula Clapp Humanitarian Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to academically successful rising sophomores who have demonstrated a personal commitment to and aptitude for leadership in humanitarian service, particularly in the international arena. The scholarships provide $10,000 per academic year and are renewable through graduation contingent on academic progress, service, and participation in cohort activities.

The new incoming Arts and Sciences Clapp Scholars are:

  • Hallie Evans, International Studies and Spanish, minor in Latin American Studies
  • Allie Macdonald, Humanities and Psychology
  • Hannah Reidel, International Studies & Public Affairs, minor in Spanish

More Scholarship News

Olivia Knudson, English and Philosophy, received the 2019 COUNTRY Financial Life Lessons Scholarship. Read more here.

SU Debate Team

The team made a strong showing at the Lewis and Clark College tournament with a total of 44 debate teams participating.

Team Awards

  • Alyssa Gaston and Ryan Shook, Semifinalists Senior Division (top 8)
  • Alex Lindgren-Ruby and Lily Panetta, Quarterfinalists Senior Division (top 12)
  • Kelsey Oliver-Connelly and MacKenzie Palmer, Finalists Junior Division (top 4)

Speaker Awards

JV Division

  • Mackenzie Palmer, 7th speaker
  • Kelsey Oliver-Connelly, 6th speaker
  • Chase Wells, 4th speaker

Open Division

  • Lily Panetta, 15th speaker
  • Ryan Shook, 13th speaker
  • Alex Lindgren-Ruby, 10th speaker
  • Alyssa Gaston, 5th speaker

Team members Caleb Ohryn, Jan Lippencott, and Victoria Vargas also participated.

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Event descriptions and more on the Arts and Sciences Event page.

  • Up from the Table, a new exhibition by Creative Justice, through Nov. 24, Hedreen Gallery
  • Sanctuary Print Shop: Seattle, through Feb. 21, Vachon Gallery
  • The Misanthrope by Moliere, translated by Richard Wilbur, directed by Ki Gottberg, Nov. 13 -17 and 20-21, Lee Center for the Arts
  • Fall Catholic Heritage Lecture, Cultural Contributions and Contemporary Challenges: African American Catholics, Nov. 14, 7-8:30 p.m., LeRoux Room, Student Center 160
  • Bites of Reality: An informal pizza conversation series, featuring Ellen Chestnut, Attorney, US Dept. of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Nov. 14, 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m., Administration Bldg 321
  • Contemporary Gestalt Couples Therapy Film Screening, Nov. 15, 6:30-9 p.m., ENGR 304
  • “The Experience of Envy” Professional Development Training, Nov. 17, 2-5 p.m., STCN 130
  • Maintaining Livability in a Boomtown: Conversation with Mayor Jenny Durkan, Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
  • The Are & Be Success Series: Finesse My College Finance, Nov. 20, 6-7 p.m., Casey Commons
  • My Life in Another Language, Nov. 21 from 12:30-2pm, LeRoux Room (STCN 160)
  • What is Happening to Our Norms Against Racist Speech?, Dec. 5, 5 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
  • Seattle U IV Debate Tournament, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-5:20 p.m., Pigott Auditorium

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College and Academic Calendar

  • November 15, Last Day to Remove “N” Grade: Fall 2018
  • November 27-30, Thanksgiving Break, no classes.
  • December 5, 3:30-6 p.m., Casey Atrium, A&S Holiday Party
  • December 7, Last class day
  • December 9-14, Final exams
  • December 16, Non-matric Registration: Winter 2020
  • December 18, Grades Due by Noon
  • December 18, Grades Posted on SU Online by 6 p.m.
  • December 23-January 1, Administrative Offices Closed

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

The next deadline is December 2.

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