October 2019

Message from the Dean

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.

Shared Governance

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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:

  • engage in desolation/consolation sharing of challenges carried and graces gifted among compassionate and caring SU community members (faculty, staff, students) in the spirit of our Ignatian ethos for cura personalis (care of the whole person); or
  • share in some meaningful “Can I Get a Witness” dialogues where what’s needful to say is said and heard by a supportive community that practices holy listening and wholly listening; or
  • come learn more about the Gaffney-themed books (noted below) to be discussed during winter and spring quarters; or
  • simply come and sit in silent contemplation in the company of others seeking quiet, respite, and restorative time away from the busyness of our campus lives.

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 gaffney@seattleu.edu 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:

  • The Name of God is Mercy, The Name of God is Mercy Treatise, AND The Church of Mercy [Pope Francis];
  • Strength to Love, Why We Can’t Wait, AND Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? [Martin Luther King, Jr.];
  • A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life (Welcoming the Soul and Weaving Community in a Wounded World) [Parker Palmer];
  • Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times AND The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear [Paul Rogat Loeb]           

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.

RSVP online here.

Free e-books are available at the Lemieux Library website.

If you would like a hard copy, please email centerforjesuiteducation@seattleu.edu.

Book Discussions: Reflection and discussion over a simple meal or refreshments.

  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m., STCN 210
  • Friday, Nov. 1, 3:30 p.m., STCN 210

Conversation with Contributors Wes Howard-Brooke and Sylvia McAdams

  • Wed., Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Bannan Auditorium

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.

Proposals Submitted


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

  • Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Giving USA Foundation,** National Study of Planned Giving Donors' Motivations and Experiences
  • Francisco Guerrero, PhD,Raynier Institute & Foundation.** College of Arts & Sciences Artist Assistantship Program
  • Tanya Hayes, PhD, National Science Foundation, What Happens When Payments Stop? Collective Resource Management Under the Rise and Fall of Payment for Environmental Services
  • Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD, Seattle Police Department, Micro Community Policing Plans and John Jay College (Laura and John Arnold Foundation), Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice
  • Matthew Hickman, PhD, The Joyce Foundation,** Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform
  • Larry Hubbell, PhD, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Project on Family Homelessness
  • Christina Roberts, PhD,* San Manuel Band of Mission Indians,** Indigenous Peoples Institute, Emergency Student Fund
  • Nova Robinson, PhD,* Global Child Nutrition Fund,** Arabic Speaking Research Assistant for the Global Child Nutrition Foundation
  • Charles Tung, PhD, Department of State, Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars on Contemporary American Literature

Upcoming funding workshops

Faculty Workshop: Identifying Funding Opportunities.

  • Thurs, Nov 14, 12:30-1:20 p.m., Lemieux 366
  • Mon, Nov 18, 2:15-3:05 p.m., Lemieux 366

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).

More information on the OSP website.

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Strategic Planning

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:

  • Consult with the Leadership Committee on Intersectionality & Justice and do additional outreach to marginalized communities in the College.
  • Hold a 1-day retreat with the Strategic Planning Committee in November to revisit the feedback we have received, draft a vision and refine a strategy screen.
  • Test the vision and strategy screen with the College. More details to follow.
  • Seek alignment with the University's final strategic plan.
  • The vision and strategy screen will then inform us as we develop specific initiatives in Winter 2020.

Throughout the process, we welcome your input. Please contact us, or anyone on the CAS Strategic Planning committee with your thoughts and questions.

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Pathways to Professional Formation

Watch your email for the weekly updates from P2PF.

There are already many events scheduled for the Fall; please let your students know about them.

Planning ahead, the annual LinkUp Alumni and Student Mentoring event is January 28.

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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.

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Of Gifts and Gratitude

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:

  1. Learn about and USE your gift funds for the purposes our donors have intended! Award those scholarship funds, help faculty with their projects, and plan those events and activities - and communicate with Katie Chapman or Kathleen Jones so we may help share with your donors the positive impact their gifts are making.
  2. Are you connecting with alumni and community members who want to be more involved, or who could contribute? Let us know! Send a quick note about a meeting, share a photo, post about it through department social media – we want to hear about your connections.
  3. Know of some amazing student achievement, faculty accomplishment or alumni update? Please let us know so we may help boost alumni communications, refer great CAS students, faculty and/or staff for publicity or help build a case for support with these stories.

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:

  • Film Studies Program
  • Kinesiology
  • IPI
  • Theology & Religious Studies

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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.

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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.

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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, Oct. 24-February 21, 2020, Vachon Gallery
  • Historical Perspectives on Impeachment in the Age of Trump, Oct. 22, 4-6 p.m., ADAL - Stuart T. Rolfe
  • Are & Be Series: Education Re-imagined, Oct. 23, 6-7 p.m., Casey Commons
  • The Crossroads Matrix:  Spirituality, Cosmopolitanism and Black Subjectivity in “Fela! On Broadway” and Marvel’s “Black Panther,” Oct. 23, 4-5:15 p.m., Harding 143
  • Discussion with Timothy Wise on the Future of Food, Oct. 29, 12:30-1:20 p.m., Bannon 102
  • 2019 William Leroux Lecture, Fr. Kizito Kiyamba, SJ from Arrupe University, Zimbabwe, Oct. 29, 4 p.m., Bannan Auditorium
  • The Syrian Crisis: Local, Regional, & Global Implications, Oct. 29, 5 p.m. Wyckoff Auditorium
  • Crush the Culture Code Series: Women in/and Leadership, Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m., Student Center, Rm 160
  • Pacific Science Center Career Trek, Nov. 1, 8:15 a.m. - 12 p.m., van leaves from Bellarmine Turnaround
  • Dispatches from the Border, Nov. 13, 6-9 p.m., Pigott Auditorium
  • 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
  • “The Experience of Envy” Professional Development Training, Nov. 17, 2-5 p.m., STCN 130
  • Contemporary Gestalt Couples Therapy Film Screening, Nov. 15, 6:30-9 p.m., ENGR 304
  • 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

  • October 21-November 8, Advising Period for Winter 2020
  • October 25-27, Family Weekend
  • October 28, Last Day to Remove “I” Grade: Spring & Summer 2019
  • November 1, Last Day to Apply for Graduation: Spring 2020
  • November 6, 3 p.m., Provost's Convocation
  • November 11, Veteran's Day, no classes
  • November 12, Last Day to withdraw from classes
  • November 12, Registration begins, Winter 2020
  • November 15, Last Day to Remove “N” Grade: Fall 2018
  • November 27-30, Thanksgiving Break, no classes.
  • 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. Remember to send your updates to Karen Bystrom.

The next deadline is November 4.

Graduate Program Information Sessions and Open Houses