The faculty, staff and students in the College of Arts & Sciences continue to do amazing and impressive things and you can read about many of them here, but I want to make sure and mention a critically important step at the university level that has major implications for the next five years and well beyond. A draft of the university strategic plan is now out, and everyone has an opportunity to comment up to November 1, when the President will finalize a “high-level version for Board of Trustees review and approval. You can go here (your regular SU login is required) to read the current draft and provide feedback.
This plan will shape the ongoing development of our College Strategic Plan (more info below) while guiding the direction of the entire university. I encourage you to take a look at it and share any comments you would like before next Friday, November 1.
Our thanks to our colleagues in the School of Theology and Ministry, Conference and Events Services, and Public Safety, and our partner, Elliott Bay Book Company, for making it possible to host Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton on their book tour for "The Book of Gutsy Women." You can listen to KUOW's audio broadcast, including moderator and local author Laurie Frankel and the Seattle Storm's Sue Bird.
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David V. Powers, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle University
Imagining the World
The submission deadline for the Imagining the World International Photo Competition is December 16. The program is open to current SU students who have participated in a study abroad program while attending SU, current international students, and faculty and staff who participate in Seattle U study abroad programs. Submitted photos will address the theme: "Imagining the World." Entries should go beyond the "postcard" and express the entrant’s vision and understanding of life in the host country. A panel of professional photographers judge the photos on their technical merit and how well they address the contest theme. The chosen images will be celebrated with an awards ceremony on May 7, 2020 when the exhibit opens. Information is available here.
Fall Quarter Gaffney Gatherings
Year Two of the Gaffney Gatherings on the theme of “Tender Mercies: Moving from a Kaíros of Mercy to Building Beloved Community” launches this quarter with come-as-you-are discussions which follow in the tradition of last year’s gatherings. This theme merges the philosophies of Pope Francis and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. around merciful, tender, just, and inclusive interactions among all members of society (local, national, global).
At these Gaffney Gatherings you are welcome to:
The location is the Wismer Center (Loyola 400) on the following dates: October 24, November 13, and December 2. The atmosphere will be casual and you are invited to come as you are, for the time span you are able between 12 and 2 p.m. Light nibbles will be served to complement the brown bag lunch you bring.
Please RSVP to email@example.com and note the date(s) you plan to attend.
During winter and spring quarters the gatherings will focus more specifically on discussions of the following books:
Please contact Kari Berkas by email if you’d like to order books now so you can start some leisure reading.
These gatherings are sponsored by Dr. Mary-Antoinette Smith, PhD, Associate Professor, English Department, Rev. Louis Gaffney, SJ, Endowed Chair (2018-2020) for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Unsettling Our Stories: Conversations on Reckoning, Reconciliation, and Decolonization
This year, faculty, staff, students, and community members will come together to read and reflect on decolonizing sacred stories and centering Indigenous wisdom.
This fall, please join us to read and discuss “Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization,” edited by Steve Heinrichs.
Free e-books are available at the Lemieux Library website.
If you would like a hard copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Discussions: Reflection and discussion over a simple meal or refreshments.
Conversation with Contributors Wes Howard-Brooke and Sylvia McAdams
All events are free.
Sponsored by Indigenous Peoples Institute, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Center for Jesuit Education and Campus Ministry, and College of Arts and Sciences.
College of Arts and Sciences Sponsored Project Activity
Colleagues from the Office of Sponsored Projects shared information at the recent All College Meeting, encouraging faculty to learn more about how they can support your scholarship, research, and and service endeavors.
Number of Proposals: 18
Number of Awards: 9
Amount Requested: $4,935,114
Amount Received: $793,800
Number of Proposals: 10
Number of Awards: 8
Amount Requested: $930,137
Amount Received: $916,627
Number of Proposals: 17
Number of Awards: 10
Amount Requested: $2,763,668
Amount Received: $1,351,387
2018-19 New Awards
*3 new Principal Investigators, **5 new funders
Upcoming funding workshops
Faculty Workshop: Identifying Funding Opportunities.
Join us to discuss strategies for finding relevant funding opportunities and conducting an efficient on-line search, as well as to learn about the Library’s new Funding Resource Guide and other resources available through SU and beyond. *Attend one of two sessions (same content at each).
Thank you for your enthusiastic participation at the College of Arts & Sciences Convocation last month. We received a great deal of feedback through the heat map exercise and the individual index cards. The attached memo includes all comments offered, organized by the original themes. We will use this input and any additional input we receive this quarter to add to, reword and restructure the themes, which will then inform our conversations about vision and initiatives.
As we start to add more documentation of feedback and share drafts, we have added password protection to this section of the website. Your regular Seattle U login will give you access.
The feedback and the Convocation presentation are available here.
The committee’s next steps this quarter are to:
Throughout the process, we welcome your input. Please contact us, or anyone on the CAS Strategic Planning committee with your thoughts and questions.
Angelique Davis, JD, Political Science, Global African Studies, Pre-Law Program, Women and Gender Studies; Rose Ernst, PhD, formerly Political Science; and Hajer Al-Faham, PhD, 2011, BA, Political Science, published “Intersectionality: From Theory to Practice” in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science.
This October Seattle University publically announced the Campaign for the Uncommon Good – the university’s largest comprehensive campaign in our history. Information about the impact of our supporters’ generosity and progress with the three key pillars of the campaign, scholarships, mission & programs, and the Center for Science and Innovation may be found on the campaign website.
Gifts to every part of Seattle University count in the grand total for the campaign. The College of Arts and Sciences has received gifts and pledges of approximately $8,445,000!
How can you, our faculty and staff help with fundraising success? Your introductions, or connections to alumni and/or community partners who may be interested in giving are always welcome. In addition, here are three tips that do not require you asking for donations:
Seattle U Gives 2020
A reminder, department reps who are interested in helping promote Seattle U Gives – Feb 6, 2020 - our day of online giving for the benefit of your programs, please contact Katie Chapman before December 1.
Thank you to the departments that have already started working on their campaigns:
“When Faculty of Color Feel Isolated, Consortia Expand Their Networks,” in the Chronicle of Higher Education, highlights 2012’s “Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia,” edited by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, PhD, Modern Languages and Women & Gender Studies, Theiline Pigott McCone Endowed Chair in the Humanities.
Onur Bakiner, PhD, Political Science, published an article, “Why Do Peace Negotiations Succeed or Fail? Legal Commitment, Transparency, and Inclusion during Peace Negotiations in Colombia (2012–2016) and Turkey (2012–2015)” in the Negotiation Journal, run by the Program on Negotiation in Harvard Law School. He also published “The Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Non-Repetition: Precedents and Prospects,” in As War Ends: What Colombia Can Tell Us About the Sustainability of Peace and Transitional Justice, James Meernik, Jacqueline H.R. DeMeritt, and Mauricio Uribe-López (eds.) (Cambridge University Press, 2019).
Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD, Film Studies, published "The Colour Revolution: Disney, DuPont and Faber Birren" Cinéma&Cie International Film Studies Journal, ed Elena Gipponi and Joshua Yumibe, 32 (2019), 39-52, and "Light, Color and (E)Motion. Animated Materiality and Surfaces in Moana", Emotion in Animated Films, ed. Meike Uhrig, New York: Routledge University Press, 2019: 142-160. She has an edited book with Malcolm Cook, that will appear before the end of the year, “ Animation and Advertising: Art, Commerce, Persuasion and Appeal, eds. Malcolm Cook and Kirsten Moana Thompson, London and New York: Palgrave, 2019.”
David Moser, MPA, Social Work co-led a workshop titled “State of Exclusion: Envisioning Housing Justice in Washington State” in Spokane at the WSCADV annual conference. with Ubax Gardheere from the City of Seattle Dept of Planning and Community Development.
Alexandra Adame, PhD, Psychology, appeared in the video for Plymouth Housing's fall fundraising event that raised a record 1.3 million dollars towards building permanent supportive housing for our follow Seattle citizens.
Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Criminal Justice, was interviewed for this story, along with graduate alum and advisory committee member Jennifer Danner, Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Seattle Police Department Southwest Precinct.
Chris Paul, PhD, Communication, published his new book, “Real Games: What's Legitimate and What's Not in Contemporary Videogames,” coauthored by Mia Consalvo. He also presented “The Meta: Esports, Optimization, and Setting Limits” at the UCI Esports Conference 2019.
John C. Bean, PhD, English was interviewed for “Three cheers to deep reading” in the Bangkok Post.
Hazel Hahn, PhD, History, edited “Cross-Cultural Exchange and the Colonial Imaginary: Global Encounters via Southeast Asia,” National University of Singapore Press, 2019, distributed in North America by the University of Chicago Press.
Le Xuan Hy, PhD, Psychology, recently co-presented at the Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation to 35 pastoral leaders. The theme of the program centered around finding peace in turbulent times. Dr. Hy draws from the courses he has taught at Seattle University, particularly Adult Development, Growth and Development, Psychology of Spirituality, Psychology of Religion, and Multicultural Psychology . The week-long exchange should enhance these courses in the future.
Steen Halling, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, presented a paper entitled “On receiving unexpected gifts: Reflections on first-hand accounts of spiritual experiences” at the second regional conference of the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience, Valparaiso University, IN, October 11, 2019.
Audrey Hudgins, EdD, Matteo Ricci Institute, presented at the International Association for Research in Service Learning and Community Engagement in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 24th in collaboration with representatives of the campus-community partnership between Seattle University, Fundación Esperanza de Mexico. and Esperanza International. The group consisted of Hudgins, Ernesto Aquilar-S, executive director of Fundación Esperanza de Mexico; Felicia Islas, executive director of Esperanza International; Tammy Liddell, Director of Seattle University Campus Ministry; Alexa Montenegro, Senior, Humanities for Leadership; and Hillary Sturgeon, International Studies, Class of 2019. The roundtable session was titled “Assessing the effects of short-term international critical service-learning immersions on the perspective transformation and civic-mindedness of students and community members” and the poster session was titled “Reflections on a 25-year campus-community partnership: Using the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm to analyze a short-term international critical service-learning immersion program.”
Heidi Liere, PhD, Environmental Studies, published “Environmental and spatial filtering of ladybird beetle community composition and functional traits in urban landscapes.” Liere, H., Egerer, M. H., & Philpott, S. M. (2019), Journal of Urban Ecology, 5(1), juz014, and “A global synthesis reveals biodiversity-mediated benefits for crop production Science Advances ,” Dainese, M. et al. 2019, (5):, eaax0121. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aax0121. Media coverage on the second includes “Biodiversity improves crop production,” “Nature Improves Crop Production,” and “Without a crucial ingredient, more bees won’t help the world’s farms.”
Alfred G. Pérez, PhD, Social Work, facilitated a panel titled “Elevating Youth Voice” at the West Coast Congressional Listening Tour (comprised of members representing the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth). Dr. Pérez’s panel highlighted the persistent inequity and disparity in child welfare policies and practices from the perspective of those who experienced foster care and other public systems firsthand. U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis (IL 7th District), Chairman of the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee on the House Ways and Means Committee (which has jurisdiction to issues related to foster care) , is committed to bringing the ideas learned from Washington State to inform federal reform efforts to improve the U.S. foster care system. The University of Washington, Partners for Our Children, and Casey Family Programs sponsored the West Coast Congressional Listening Tour.
Naomi Hume, PhD, Art and Art History, curator for “Unsettling Femininity” at The Frye Art Museum, hosts a gallery talk and tour on December 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. Crosscut recently feature the exhibition in their “Things to Do” email newsletter.
Matthew Hickman, PhD, Criminal Justice, was quoted in "The Shooting of Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton, 10 Years Later" in Seattle Met Magazine.
Charles M. Tung, PhD, English, co-organized a seminar, “Inside Junkyard Ecologies and the Archives of the Present,” at the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present conference at the University of Maryland, College Park, Oct 10-12. In his paper, “The Great Digital Garbage Patch, Tim Maughan’s Infinite Detail, and the Fantasy of Survival,” he examined contemporary fiction’s interest in the Digital Dark Age, toxic platforms, and the hazardous materiality of communication hardware. At the Modernist Studies Association annual conference in Toronto, Oct 17-20, he delivered a paper on the “Ethnofuturist Archives” roundtable entitled “Ethnofuturism: Racial Fastforward,” which examined transracial fantasies in Altered Carbon and “post-racial” SF, the future of race as data, and “ethnicity recognition” algorithms.
Nathan Issac, 2002, Communication and Media/Journalism, created Staylon, a company that brings the outdoors to hospitalized children. A cancer survivor, his company was inspired by his own experience and his company dedicates 10% from sales in support of hospitalized children and to send them posters, postcards and stickers of adventure images. Read more here.
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:
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 members Caleb Ohryn, Jan Lippencott, and Victoria Vargas also participated.
Event descriptions and more on the Arts and Sciences Event page.
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