November 2020

Message from the Dean

Dear A&S Faculty and Staff Community,

It is the morning of Monday, November 8, as I write this introduction, with an election outcome finally becoming clear and two weeks of classes remaining before finals in this outré fall quarter. Thank you again for all you have done to support our students and each other through everything we have faced. Together, you are living our cura personalis, care for whole person, as the first of the six central values of Seattle University.

Even as we manage the immediate challenges of the moment, on Saturday, we greet the potential new students of 2021-22 with Fall Preview Day. Several programs have worked with Karen Bystrom to create new videos and you can see examples below. You can also see a host of other activities and accomplishments.

Finally, I want to thank you for sustaining me this week. In several Zoom events we have had the opportunity to share what lifts us up and sustains us, I continue to be inspired and uplifted by the intellectual excellence of the Arts & Sciences community.


Shared Governance

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


Eduardo M. Peñalver Named Seattle University’s 22nd President

Learn more about the President-elect here.

A Quiet World: The Wonders of Hearing & Hearing Loss with Dr. David Myers

Drawing on personal experience and psychological science, David Myers explains and demonstrates the psychology of hearing and the realities and humor of hearing loss. Presented by the Seattle University Psychology Department. Watch the video of this presentation.

Observing Veteran's Day

A number of virtual events are scheduled this week and information is available on ConnectSU.

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Recruitment and Retention

mySeattleU Student Planning

If your students have questions about the new student planning tool, you can guide them to the short training videos here for support.

Three programs recently shared courses open to all students that may be of interest to yours:

Fall Preview Day Saturday, Nov. 7

The College of Arts and Sciences panel presentation was attended by 110 prospective students.

Three programs partnered with Karen Bystrom to create short videos for the virtual Fall Preview Day. You can view them on our Vimeo channel.

Communication and Media

English and Creative Writing

Public Affairs

Additionally, Kinesiology worked with Karen and a video producer to create this video for Fall Preview Day.

These will also be used on the program websites. If you would like to create video for your program, contact Karen.

Other 2020-2021 Undergraduate Admissions Event Dates

Sullivan Leaders’ Day: January 23, 2021: This event is for admitted Early Action students (and their families) who have applied for the Sullivan Leadership Award to move forward in the selection process.

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

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

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

Other Colleges and Schools Transfer Student Receptions:

  • College of Nursing: Monday, April 26, 2021
  • College of Science and Engineering: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  • Albers School of Business: Thursday, May 27, 2021

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

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

Selected Upcoming Deadlines

 The Wabash Center – February 18, 2021 deadline

The Wabash Center provides funds for projects that enhance teaching and learning in the fields of religious and theological studies as taught in colleges, universities, and theological schools. We fund projects that focus on at least one of these areas:

  • Improving teaching and learning practices
  • Encouraging research and study of pedagogical questions
  • Nurturing supportive teaching environments
  • Understanding student learning

NEA Creative Writing Fellowships – March deadline

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Applications are reviewed through an anonymous process in which the criteria for review are the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the submitted manuscript. The program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. For FY2022 (March 2021 deadline) fellowships in prose are available and guidelines will be available in January 2021.

National Endowment for the Arts – Research Grant Program – March deadline

Research Grants in the Arts funds research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts, either as individual components of the U.S. arts ecology or as they interact with each other and/or with other domains of American life. Matching/cost share grants of $10,000 to $100,000 will be awarded.

Have you ever considered becoming a NEH or NEA peer reviewer?

Proposal reviewers gain insights into how decisions are made and successful grant writing approaches. We highly recommend you consider volunteering. Sign up here to volunteer for the NEH and here to volunteer for the NEA.  No previous grant experience necessary!

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Pete Collins, PhD, and Brooke Gialopsos, PhD, Criminal Justice, recently completed a report for the Washington State Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission entitled “An Analysis of Disparities in Jury Summons/Pool Participation in Washington State.” It provides the very first empirical study of jury summons participation in Washington and focuses on the barriers that people, especially women of color, face in participating in jury service.

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Of Gifts and Gratitude

Help SU engage with 10,000 alumni this year – learn more about Our Moment for Mission: the President’s Challengeinviting alumni to connect, volunteer and give.

Please let us know when you include alumni as guest speakers, host them at events, or hear from them with updates. We appreciate all that you do to stay connected with our alumni and share gratitude with our supporters.

If you use Eventbrite for registration, there is now a custom question added to the order form to track alumni attendance. If Karen Bystrom assists with your event set up, she will send the list to Alumni Engagement. If you set it up on your own, please make sure you download the list and send it to them.

Should donors wish to make a gift during the holidays, please direct them to the secure online giving page for the College of Arts and Sciences or find additional information here.

Contact Kathleen Jones  or Katie Chapman with questions or for more information.

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Caitlin Carlson, PhD, Associate Professor, Communication and Media, published:

Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Leadership, is cited in two articles.

Rob Efird, PhD, Professor, Anthropology and Asian studies, published a chapter, "Nature for Nurture in Urban Chinese Childrearing,” in a new book, “Greening East Asia: The Rise of the Eco-developmental State.”

Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Professor, Criminal Justice and Director, Crime & Justice Research Center, was quoted in numerous news stories.

Sonora Jha, PhD, Professor, Communication and Media, and A&S Associate Dean for Academic Community was interviewed by Crosscut for "Seattle celebrates Biden win, end of the Trump presidency." The Hindu shared her reading recommendations this weekend.

Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD, Chair and Associate Professor, Social Work and Director, Master of Social Work Program recently made two presentations.

  • “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Mental Health Crisis from a Social Justice-focused Perspective.” The International Webinar on Mental Health for All: Strategies and Roadmap. (Organized by the Department of Social Work, St. Joseph’s College Autonomous, Bangalore, India.)
  • “Toward building a social justice focused social work department: Experiences from Seattle University.” Teaching colloquium at the Boston University School of Social Work.

Paul Kidder, PhD, Professor, Philosophy, published “The Point of View of Mr. Rogers’ Work as an Author” in the Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter.

Marco Lowe, MPA, Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Public Service, made appearances on local channels all weekend following the November 3 election. Some are listed here. His new book, "Powershift," has also just been published and is available as an e-book for Kindle. Read about it here.

Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud, PhD, Arts Leadership wrote an essay, “Black and Center: Archiving Indigenous and Black Futures,” for the South Seattle Emerald. She was also interviewed for a University of Washington study on COVID-19's impact on the arts sector, which cited her research, “Brooklyn’s Experimental Frontiers: A Performance Geography.” TDR/The Drama Review, vol. 58, no. 3, 2014, pp. 97–123., doi:10.1162/dram_a_00375.

Kira Mauseth, PhD, Senior Instructor, Psychology, continues to be a popular interview subject:

Alexander Mouton, MFA, Chair and Associate Professor, Art, Art History & Design, is included as a subject matter expert in “Experts Weigh in on Current Job Market Trends” for

Christopher Paul, PhD, Professor, Communication and Media, participated in “Book Jam” presented by SIMLab Chicago. Watch the online event here. (Chris makes his appearance at about 36:00.) He is quoted in Wired, “The Genshin Impact Backlash Is Here.”

Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, Interim Director, Institute of Catholic Thought and Culture and Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, published “Christian Nonviolence Uses Love to Disrupt” in Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.

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Louis  Green, Criminal Justice ’13, talks about his experience on a Chicago PD rowing team in ‘A Most Beautiful Thing’: How Arshay Cooper found peace on the water.”

Barb Hoffman, Film Studies ’20, showed a new film, What We See in the Clouds at the 2020 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY)  Learn more about NFFTY.

Nolan Jekich, IDLS '20, began a new job with Cambia Grove in August and published “Cambia Grove. Not Just a Vision. A Movement,” about the history of the company.

Charese Jones, MNPL and GCFL '20, was promoted to Director of Early Intervention & Specialized Services at YouthCare Seattle.

Dominica Myers, MNPL ’16, joined the King County Library System as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Rick Reyes, Philosophy and Public Affairs ’18, a Seattle-based researcher, artist, and Racial Equity Coordinator with the Office of Arts & Culture, was a panelist for “Using Racial Equity Tools for Change” sponsored by Governing for Racial Equity & Inclusion (GREI).

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Aly Choate, Matteo Ricci, Humanities in Teaching ’21, was featured in the Nisqually Valley News, in “ ‘Rise by Lifting Others’: Yelm Grad Choate Talks Seattle U Softball and COVID Challenges.”

The 2020 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) included films by two Seattle U students. Abel Fong, Strategic Communications and Film Studies, created 6.4.89, in Filmmaking 3. Christian Krantz, Film Studies, made Face to Face, in Experimental Film. Learn more about NFFTY.

Tres McMichael, MFA in Arts Leadership, ‘22, has been selected by the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) for one of two Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Research Fellows to investigate the intersection of EDI and arts management programs.

Sierra Pia, BA Arts Leadership '22, dropped her new single, "Stay The Night.” Listen to the new single and learn more about her here.

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Buddy Todd (they/them) has joined the Arts and Sciences Marketing and Communications team as the Marketing Graduate Assistant. Buddy will work with Karen Bystrom, providing website, social media, video editing, and graphics support. Buddy is a 2021 MFA Candidate with Arts Leadership at Seattle University. Buddy comes from an acting/directing background in theatre and film and is currently apprenticing with Jerry Dixon at Village Theatre. In addition to working with the College of Arts and Sciences, Buddy is the Vice Chair of Marketing and Communications with Graduate Student Council at Seattle University. On the weekends, Buddy has been practicing baking skills and recording a mystery podcast.

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Events (Pacific time, unless otherwise noted)

  • November 9, 3 p.m., Redhawk Squawk: Veterans' Edition. Guest Speaker, Mr. Gary Keith, a Navy Veteran. Register here to receive the Zoom link.
  • November 11, noon (Pacific Time), 3 p.m. (Eastern Time), A View from Seattle, Washington: Navigating the Conversation. A panel discussion to shed light on recent events in Seattle, WA, as seen on the national news, to include insight into the intersection of Black Lives Matter, on-going police reform, calls for defunding police, and the resignation of the first black female Chief of Police in Seattle. Includes Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott, Director of the SU Crime & Justice Research Center, SU student Sophie Evans ('21), CJ Criminology Major and President of SU Criminal Justice Club, and former Seattle Chief of Police Carmen Best. Presented in conjunction with fellow Jesuit institution Boston College's International Education Week topic: "Exposing the Fault Lines: Embracing Social Justice in the Wake of a Crisis" November 9-13, 2020.
  • November 13 and 14. Virtual Homecoming. Details here.
  • November 24, time TBD, Redhawk Squawk: Thanksgiving Special on Nutrition. Guest Speaker: Nicole Thelan. Register here for the Zoom link.
  • December, TBD - released in the Provost's Holiday Card: The Seattle University Choirs - Virtual Choir Performance,"Candlelight Carol"
  • December 8, time TBD, Redhawk Squawk: One Athlete’s Journey. A chat with Anthony Washington. Register here to receive the Zoom link.
  • December 9 and 10, noon, Arts Leadership Book Club and Reading Redhawks with Jasmine Mahmoud, PhD, Assistant Professor, Arts Leadership. Imagining Seattle: Social Values in Urban Governance by Serin Houston.  Register for the Zoom link here.
  • December 14, release date: Seattle University Choirs with DigiPen Vocal Ensemble - Virtual Choir Performance, "Remembering Decembers"
  • January 28, time TBD, Reading Redhawks: Tanya Hayes, PhD, Professor and Director, Institute of Public Service, and Program Director, Environmental Studies; and John Armstrong, PhD, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies. More information here.
  • March 5, time TBD, Roots of Injustice: The Structural Sources of America’s Penal State. Seattle University Crime and Justice Research Center presents a continuing education event featuring David Garland, author of Punishment and Modern Society, The Culture of Control, The Peculiar Institution, America’s Death Penalty, Mass Imprisonment, The Welfare State. Information available here.

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College and Academic Calendar

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Graduate Program Information Sessions and Open Houses

The next deadline is November 25 for distribution by December 4, due to the early end of Fall Quarter. Reminder: we do not publish the Dean's Memo in January due to the holiday break.

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.