College of Arts and Sciences
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Dean's Monthly Memo, October 2013

  • Upcoming Deadlines

    Global Grant proposals: October 28. Details here.
    New course proposals: October 15; send to Rhonda Woods after department chair approval

    Textbook  orders due to the bookstore

    • Winter quarter: October 26, 2013
    • Spring quarter: January 27, 2014

    Faculty Advisors: The advising period runs from October 28 through November 15. Winter quarter registration begins on November 18.


    Two Gates Grants Support Center for Strategic Communications

    A $250,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports a new project on Film & Family Homelessness. More here.

    In addition, the center received a grant of $175,000 to continue its communications consulting services to organizations working to prevent and reduce family homelessness in Washington State. This latest grant will allow us to continue involving SU students, faculty and staff in efforts to strengthen the communications capabilities and effectiveness of local community organizations such as the YWCA, Columbia Legal Services and Washington Alliance for Low-Income Housing.

    College Events Committee Now Accepting Requests for Funding

    The College Events Committee (Harmony Arnold, Mark Cohan, Yitan Li, and David Madsen) has funds to support public events, open and attractive to all the faculty and students of the college. Most grants are in the $150-225 range. Grants are made on a first come, first served basis.To request funding, please e-mail a member of the committee with event details including speaker, date, other sponsors and funding agencies (especially important), intended audience, and amount requested. Additional details or justifications are welcome. It has been the tradition of the Committee to spread the funds among as many departments and programs as possible and to ask those seeking substantial grants whether or not (and with what success) they have sought funding elsewhere.



    Lindy Boustedt, Center for Strategic Communications, discusses the new Film and Family Homelessness Project, in the Capitol Hill Times. More here.

    Patrick Howell, SJ, on grace and sacred moments, in the Seattle Times. More here.

    Jamie Herlich, adjunct faculty in the MFA in Arts Leadership, joins the staff of the Seattle Repertory Theatre. More here.




    Quinton Morris to Perform at Carnegie Hall, Area Venues.  More here.

    Elaine Gunnison and Jackie Helfgott Publish on Offender Reentry. More here.

    Saheed Adejumobi Appointed Director of Global African Studies. More here.

    Chris Paul Named Chair of Communication Department,  Presents at International Conferences. More here.
    He also gave a pair of presentations last month at the Digital Games Research Association conference and was part of a panel “Constructing the Ideal EVE Online Player” and our coauthored paper is here.

    Theresa Earenfight's History Class Examines 15th Century Manuscript. More here.

    Peter Collins Enlists Pop Culture in New Book on Crime and Justice in the City. More here.

    The Philosophy Department is hosting the 4th annual Northwest Ancient Philosophy Workshop on Sept. 21 – 22, 2013. Participants and presenters include faculty and students from the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Philosophy Prof. Yancy Dominick is organizing the conference.

    Sharon Cumberland discussed the appeal of video games and fan fiction at Bumbershoot.

    Steen Halling gave a keynote address on "The Phenomenon as Muse: On being open to 'Friendly Invasion'" at the International Human Science Research Conference in Aalborg, Denmark, in August.

    Jodi O’Brien led a discussion of human interactions and social norms in conjunction with the Act Theatre’s production of “Middletown,” by Will Eno.

    Charles M. Tung was invited to a symposium, “Modernist Inhumanism,” at the University of Notre Dame London Centre, on Aug. 28, where he presented “Posthuman Time Machines.” He also attended the Modernist Studies Association conference at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, where he organized the panel “Futures After Modernism,” and presented “Modernist Scale and Faculties of Foresight.” He also traveled to St. Cross College at the University of Oxford, where he did the M.Phil. in Modern Literature, to discuss the possibility of a study abroad course for Seattle University students.



    Fine Arts student Lana Blinderman has several photographs in the inaugural Renton Photography Show. It is the first exhibition of the kind held by Renton to celebrate the city through photography.
    Event  details here. The exhibit runs through early February.



    Psychology major Isabella Esposito gave presentations on gratitude, quality of life, and well-beijg at the Western Psychological Association’s annual meeting in Reno. More here.

    Thom Mayes, MFA in Arts Leadership grad, has been named Executive Director of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in Bellingham, WA. Thom oversees operations, fundraising and outreach for one of the premier community-based orchestras in the Puget Sound region.



    Congrats to Kristin Ondrak, Center for the Study of Sport and Exercise, on the birth of Zoe Mae Ondrak, August 29, 7 lbs., 20 in. and to Tonja Brown, Academic Advising Support Center, on the birth of Brandon Thomas Russell, June 18, 7 lbs. 14oz, 19.5 in.

    Undergraduate tuition remission programs

    Seattle University participates in two undergraduate tuition remission programs in addition to the tuition remission benefit at Seattle University.  FACHEX is a tuition remission program involving Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States (all except Georgetown).  Tuition Exchange is a similar program within a network of over 500 educational institutions nationwide.  Both programs are available to the dependent children of Seattle University employees who have at least three years of full-time uninterrupted service with the University.  If you are interested in having your child apply for an award at a participating institution for the 2014-2015 academic year, please complete the FACHEX/Tuition Exchange Request Form which is available on the Human Resources website at Applicants interested in a FACHEX award must submit their request form by December 15, 2013. Tuition Exchange applicants must submit their request no later than February 1, 2014.  Please note that your dependent must have applied or be committed to applying for admission before submitting a request for a FACHEX or Tuition Exchange award.  Most institutions have admission deadlines that are earlier than February 1st.  

    Because there is considerable competition for FACHEX and Tuition Exchange awards, it is very important to apply early and to consider applying to more than one participating institution. The number of awards for both programs can vary from year to year and are granted at the discretion of participating institutions.    Please contact the Ruth Roque Sanoy with questions: or 206-296-5894. Information regarding Tuition Program Benefits is available on the HR website at: Tuition Benefits


    Details are on the campus calendar.

    Oct 8: Coffee in the Atrium, sponsored by the dean, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Casey

    Oct. 18: Service in Action Seminar--Leadership from Within: Cultivating an Authentic, Effective Leadership Style, 8 a.m. – 12 noon

    Oct. 28: Seattle Graduate Fair, 5 – 8 p.m.

    Oct. 29: A&S Grad Students Get Connected Networking Night,4:30 - 6:30 p.m.


    Jan 14, 2014: Coffee in the Atrium, sponsored by the dean, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Casey
    Feb. 25, 2014: Lunch in Casey Commons, sponsored by the dean, 12 – 1:45 p.m.
    April 22, 2014: Coffee in the Atrium, sponsored by the dean, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m, Casey

    The next Dean’s Monthly Memo will publish in November.  Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by November 20.