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

  • Upcoming Deadlines

    • Global Grant proposals due: October 28. Details here.
    • New course proposals due: 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
    • Fulbright Scholar Awards: September 15, 2013
      The competition deadline for select 2014-15 academic year Fulbright Scholar awards has been extended. Most awards for the core competition (for academic year 2014-15) are now closed to new applicants, but you can find a list of awards that are current open online.


    Arts and Sciences Faculty and Staff Convocation
    Wednesday, September 18

    Convocation takes place from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. (lunch included) at the Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave N., Seattle, WA 98109. 

    Convocation Transportation Information 

    • Campus bus shuttle: A shuttle bus will leave Seattle U’s Campus at 11:45 am from the 12th and E. Marion parking lot and pick up those wishing to return to campus at 4:10 pm at the Swedish Cultural Center. Space is limited. To reserve a space on the shuttle bus, please contact Bruce Decker at
    • Parking: Parking is free and available in the three adjacent lots to the Swedish Cultural Center. Meter-free street parking is also available.
    • Metro bus from campus: Take Route MT 12 Downtown Seattle and exit at Madison St. and 4th Ave. Transfer to Route MT 28 BROADVIEW on 3rd Ave and Madison St. Exit at Dexter Ave N and Newton St.

    Jeffry Mitchell Joins Fine Arts as Visual Artist in Residence: 

    Jeffry Mitchell has exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the United States and Asia. His appointment runs through December. More here.

    End-of-the Year Awards

    Presented at All College Day, College of Arts and Sciences awards recognize outstanding contributions of faculty and staff during the 2012-13 academic year.

    • All College Day Awards for Faculty and Staff

    All College Day Awards were presented to outstanding members of our college who were nominated by faculty and staff.  Nominations were reviewed and recipients chosen by a committee of previous winners. Congratulations to our award winners:

    Outstanding Advisor: Gordon Miller, Environmental Studies
    Outstanding Contract Faculty: Cordula Brown, Modern Languages and Cultures
    Outstanding Staff: Rose Zbiegien, Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work
    Outstanding Service: Mary Antoinette Smith, Women Studies
    Outstanding Scholarship: Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Theology & Religious Studies
    Outstanding Teaching: Edwin Weihe, English Department

    • Dean’s Award for Exceptional Service:

    The faculty or staff recipient of the Dean’s Award is chosen by the dean in recognition of exceptional service. This year’s award for exception service went to Heather Reis Fike, Dean’s Office.

    • Student Awards for Faculty and Staff

    Students in the College nominate faculty and staff for awards at the end of academic year. Nominations are reviewed and recipients chosen by members of Student Executive Council. These awards were presented at the A&S Undergraduate Awards Ceremony.

    Advisor-of-the-Year: Sharon Cumberland, English
    Staff-of-the-Year: Cat Aurelio, Dean’s Office
    Teacher-of-the-Year: Eric Olsen, Political Science


    Prof. Sonora Jha weighs in on the future of journalism. More here.

    Can you make a living making music? Prof. Quinton Morris on KUOW radio. More here.

    What Immigrants Bring to America, by Prof. Olúfémi Táíwò in the Chronicle of Higher Education Academe Today. More here.

    Prof. Marie Wong discusses her research on Japanese American baseball in the Northwest, in NW Asian Weekly. More here.

    The Seattle Police Department is turning to Criminal Justice Prof. Matthew Hickman to determine whether minority police officers are treated unfairly, on KOMO news. More here.

    Prof. Marie Wong addresses the significance of single-room occupancy hotels dating from the 1920s in Seattle's International District, in the Seattle Times. More here.

    Catherine Hinrichsen, Family Homelessness Project Coordinator, responds to the Seattle Times question: Who will help the homeless? More here.   

    Journalism fellows in the Center for Strategic Communications publish "The State of Family Homelessness in Pierce County," articles and video in South Sound magazine. The fellows, part of the university's Project on Family Homelessness, focus on increasing public awareness and understanding of family homelessness the state. More here.

    Alum Ruan Pethiyagoda, Communication major '12, in Wired. More here.

    David Wilbrecht, MPA class of 1989, appointed new City Manager for Blaine, WA, by the City Council, in the Northern Light. More here.

    Prof. Karen Porterfield comments on campaign fundraising in the Seattle mayoral race, on KPLU. More here.

    We welcome incoming student Emma Scott, who competed in the national Distinguished Young Women Scholarship competition. More here.  

    Graham Pruss, Research Fellow for the Vehicle Residency Research Program, Center for Strategic Communications, on people living in cars, in Real Change. More here

    Jackie Helfgott on the No Gun Zone proposal, on KING TV, here.


    Just out: The latest issue of the American Journal of Arts Management features articles on degree programs in arts management and mission-focused arts management education. Kevin Maifeld is an editor and founder of the free online journal. More here:

    Criminal Justice faculty, students, and alumni and Seattle Police Department personnel were featured presenters at the 33rd International Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health in Amsterdam, Netherlands


    Tom Taylor and International Studies senior Gabrielle Porter published their article on Thomas Stevens who traveled around the world on a bicycle in the late 19th century. Published in World History Connect. More here.

    Ki Gottberg was named the new artistic director of The Merc Playhouse. Gottberg will continue to teach in the theatre program while working with the Merc. More here.

    Cynthia Moe-Lobeda -LOBEDA joined a distinguished group of theologians in Geneva, Switzerland, to explore theological tools and insights to make the present economic order more just. More here.  

    Chris Paul presented  a paper about how the constitutive rhetoric of games creates a category of 'real games' and 'real gamers' that impacts what games are made and how we think about them at the Foundations of Digital Games conference in Crete ( . More here.  He also presented on gaming and Burke and spoke to the digital games research group at the Rhetoric as Equipment for Living conference in Ghent, Belgium which will be the first Kenneth Burke conference in Europe. 

    Jodi O’Brien was the first recipient of the Award for Advancing Inclusion in Academic Life. The award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to inclusion of LGBTQ perspectives in the classroom through teaching, curriculum development, expansion of degree programs, or advocacy on campus. The award is made through the. Office of Multicultural Affairs.

    Peter Collins enlists pop culture in his new book on crime and justice in the city. More here.

    In late spring James Risser gave one of the keynote talks at a conference on the phenomenology of sociality at the University College Dublin. The conference took place in the famed University’s Newman House which was at one time the residence of the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins and where James Joyce was a student. Risser also gave an invited lecture to the Philosophy Department at CSU Stanislaus.  His new book was chosen for one of the current research sessions at the national SPEP meeting this October.

    Burt Hopkins has been invited by the Philosophy Department of the Nanjing University to deliver 20 hours of lectures on "Phenomenology and the Historicity of Meaning in Exact and Phenomenological Science" during the first week in September. The topics were presented in his recent books, The Origin of the Logic of Symbolic Mathematics: Edmund Husserl and Jacob Klein and The Philosophy of Husserl.


    Film Studies alumni Megan Leonard, Peter Edlund, and Rachel Klein and junior Lael Rogers received the prize for Best Emerging Filmmakers for their "History is Subject to Interpretation." The video was submitted for the "History is" competition sponsored by the Museum of History and Industry.

    Graduating senior Olivia Gibbons received the President’s Award in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement. She completed the University Honors program and majored in Spanish and International Studies with minors in English, Latin American Studies, and Philosophy. More here.

    Sport Administration and Leadership grad students raised more than $3200 for Street Soccer Seattle at the Cap Hill Soccer Jam on May 25. They designed, planned, marketed, and managed the weekend event which drew more than 200 participants from the greater Seattle area. More here

    Andrew Battaglia, '13, dual major in Philosophy and English, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for 2013-14. Battaglia, who will work in Nuremberg, Germany, had received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service for full-time study at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, in 2011.

    Digital Design student McKenna Haley received "poster of the week" from The Stranger. McKenna, a project assistant in the Center for Strategic Communications, also creates posters for KSUB, SU's radio station.


    Sarah Thibaudeau, a double alum, rappels down a 40 story building in downtown Seattle, on video here.


    Faculty Sabbaticals

    Angelique Davis
    Tanya Hayes
    Marc McLeod
    Tom Murphy
    Mary Lou Sena
    Sharon Suh
    Edwin Weihe

    Fall Quarter:
    Gary Atkins
    Matt Hickman
    Beatrice Lawrence
    Harriett Phinney
    Matt Rellihan
    Michael Spinetta


    Fine Arts events

    Sept. 1–Dec. 12, 2013
    Jeffry Mitchell, Seattle University Artist in Residence 
    Open Studio: Sept. 1 - Oct. 9
    Opening Reception:  Oct. 10, 4:30-7:30 pm
    Closing Reception: Dec. 12, 2013 4:30-7:30 pm
    Vachon Gallery

    ¡ Seguir Adelante !
    Sept. 16 -29, 2013
    Opening Reception: Sept. 26, 5:00-7:00 pm
    Kinsey Gallery

    Seattle University Visual Art Faculty Show
    Oct. 10 - Dec. 27
    Opening Reception: Oct. 10, 4:30-7:30 pm
    Kinsey Gallery

    “Puppet Fest"
    Oct. 3 - 6, Lee Center for the Arts

    Music Division Convocation
    Sept. 26, 2013 7:00 pm
    Featuring Instrumental Music Concerto Competition winners and voice students in a “Welcome Back” recital with a special keynote address by Dr. Andrew Dell’Antonio, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Musicology at the University of Texas at Austin.
    Pigott Auditorium

    Faculty Viola Recital
    Oct, 14, 7:30 pm
    Amber Archibald, Viola
    Kevin Kaukl, Piano
    Viola works by Hindemith, Primrose, Vieuxtempsm and Quincy Porter
    Pigott Auditorium

    College events, details are on the campus calendar.

    • Sept. 18: Arts and Sciences Convocation, 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
    • Sept. 18: Master of Public Administration Information Session, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Sept. 24: A&S New Student Welcome, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Pigott Auditorium
    • Oct. 8: Catholic Heritage Lecture Series. Philipp Renczes, SJ, presents "A Vision Meant to Stay 'Centered' Cardinal Augustin Bea SJ, Vatican II and the Cardinal Bea Center," 7 p.m.
    • 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. 8, 2013: Coffee in the Atrium, sponsored by the dean, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Casey
    Nov. 1 - 3, 2013: Alumni and Family Weekend, a time to meet former students. Details here.
    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 October.  Send items for the next issue to Laura Paskin by September 20.