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May 2, 2019

President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., has granted the honorary rank of Professor Emerita/Emeritus on the following faculty members upon their retirement from the university at the conclusion of this academic year, Provost Shane P. Martin announced today: 

Gary Atkins             College of Arts and Sciences

Marilyn Gist             Albers School of Business and Economics

Georgia Gurrieri       College of Arts and Sciences

Connie Krontz          School of Law

David Leigh, S.J.      College of Arts and Sciences

Valerie Lesniak        School of Theology and Ministry

David Madsen          College of Arts and Sciences

Jacquelyn Miller       College of Arts and Sciences

Michael Raschko      School of Theology & Ministry

Ruben Trevino         Albers School of Business and Economics

Susan Weihrich        Albers School of Business and Economics

Marie Wong             College of Arts and Sciences

“Please join me in expressing appreciation to our new Emeriti faculty for their many years of distinguished service to Seattle University,” the provost wrote.

May 2, 2019

Nalini Iyer, professor of English, has been named chief editor of South Asian Review

A refereed journal of the South Asian Literary Association, South Asian Review “presents an international scholarly forum for the discussion and evaluation of South Asian languages, literatures, culture and arts in postcolonial context.” 

Some of Iyer’s courses have included Postcolonial literatures and theory, Literature of India, African Literature, International Women’s Writing, Contemporary South Asian Literature and Culture. Her research and scholarly work has included postcolonial literatures, particularly South Asian literatures, “third world” women’s issues, British literature and imperialism.

May 2, 2019

The Washington Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers recognized members of Seattle University’s Master of Social Work program at their annual Social Work Month Celebration on March 29. Katherine (Kat) Cole, currently in her second year in the SU MSW program, received the Outstanding Student Award. Faculty members Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW; Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD; and Riva Zeff, MSW were named Social Work Educators of the Year. Read more at Arts and Sciences.

April 29, 2019

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, the Pigott McCone Endowed Chair in the Humanities, has criss-crossed the nation in the past few months, giving talks alongside prominent antiracist speakers, poets and scholars on various campuses and at other venues. 

At California State University, Monterey Bay, Gutiérrez y Muhs, joined other renowned authors featured in Ink Knows No Borders, for a poetry reading. This week she hosted the book’s co-editor, Patrice Vecchione, for two campus events sponsored by the Pigott McCone Chair, including a presentation and reading as well as a writing workshop. 

Gutiérrez y Muhs also gave presentations at Arizona State University, CSUMB, Santa Clara University as well as Tor House and Hawk Tower in Carmel, Calif. (pictured above). At the National Dialogue on Race and Racism in Florida, which examined race-based health disparities, Gutiérrez y Muhs served on a panel with noted anti-racist speakers Jacqueline Battalora, Tim Wise (with whom she is pictured below) and Ernest Grant, the first male (and first African American male) to be president of the American Nursing Association. 

Gutiérrez y Muhs also attended the sole presentation of “Their Dogs Came With Them,” at the Perryville Prison, near Phoenix, Ariz. Staged and fully presented by women prisoners, the precedent-setting play is based on the work of Helena Maria Viramontes, the director of the Creative Writing Program at Cornell and an author about whom Gutiérrez y Muhs has written criticism for many years and edited an entire collection of essays, published by University of Arizona Press: Rebozos de Palabras: An Helena Maria Viramontes Reader

In May, Gutierrez y Muhs will present at the Gloria Anzaldúa Conference: Translating B/borders University of Paris VIII, Paris, France, and at The Spanish Association for Dialogue with the Hispanic Cultures of North America International Conference in Alicante Spain at the  Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, where she will be a featured poet and presenter.

April 24, 2019

Claudia Castro Luna, a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences who is currently serving as the Washington State Poet Laureate, is one of 13 poets laureate to receive a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. 

Made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the fellowships recognize the laureates’ literary merit and support civic programs which will take place over the coming year. With her fellowship, Castro Luna will establish programs along the Columbia River that address the landscape and natural resources. At a combined $1,050,000, the fellowships are believed to be the largest awards provided to poets in the U.S. at any one time by a charitable organization. 

Prior to being named Washington’s fifth Poet Laureate, Castro Luna served as Seattle’s inaugural Civic Poet. She is author of the Pushcart-nominated Killing Marias: A Poem for Multiple Voices (Two Sylvias Press) and This City, (Floating Bridge Press) and the creator of the acclaimed Seattle Poetic Grid. She is also a Hedgebrook and VONA alumna, a 2014 Jack Straw fellow, the recipient of a King County 4Culture grant and an individual artist grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. 

Born in El Salvador, Castro Luna came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate and an MFA in poetry.

April 24, 2019

The student club Sustainable Student Action (SSA) received a Sustainability Leadership Award from Sustainable Seattle earlier this month. SSA was recognized alongside other regional leaders in sustainability for its “(c)lever organizing, political savviness, and activism,” which was instrumental to the Seattle University Board of Trustees’ vote last fall to adopt a pair of recommendations to divest the university’s $230 million endowment from fossil fuels within the next five years.

Following the vote, SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., expressed his gratitude to several campus groups for their work leading to the divestment decision, including the leadership of students, especially Sustainable Student Action (SSA) for elevating the importance of this issue.” 

Sustainable Seattle works to build a thriving future through initiatives in the Puget Sound region that deliver environmental, economic and community benefits, promote equity and build resilience.

April 19, 2019

Charles Tung, associate professor and chair of English, has a book, Modernism and Time Machines, that is now available in the Critical Studies in Modernist Culture series at EUP. Tung’s monograph reads the time obsession in canonical modernist literature and art in relation to the rise of time-travel narratives and alternate histories in popular culture. Examined together, both modernism and the fantasy of moving in time help us to revise our understanding of the shapes of time, the consistency of timespace and the nature of history. 

Tung also presented a paper, “Historical Time and Virality after Flusser,” at the Thinking Media After Flusser Symposium, April 5-6, hosted by Rice University’s Humanities Research Center, the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory, the Humboldt Institute and the Goethe Institute.

April 15, 2019

Allison HenrichWith a grant from the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM), Associate Professor of Mathematics Allison Henrich will lead a team of three undergraduates in knot theory research throughout the 2019-20 academic year. Their research will seek to learn more about knotting complexity by studying unknotting operations on knotted structures. They will also apply their findings to studying topological-combinatorial games. For more information about CURM grants, visit their website:

Henrich coauthored the book An Interactive Introduction to Knot Theory, which was published by Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York (2017). She is coauthor of A Mathematician's Practical Guide to Mentoring Undergraduate Research, to be published jointly this year by the Mathematical Association of America, the American Mathematical Society and the Council on Undergraduate Research.

April 15, 2019

Dan Dombrowski

Dan Dombrowski, professor of philosophy, delivered the 70th Annual Presidential Address to the Metaphysical Society of America Conference in March. The title of his address was “Metaphysics, Political Philosophy, and the Process of Liberal Political Justification.” The conference was held at SU this year after having taken place at Harvard University and the United States Naval Academy the previous two years. Dombrowski is currently serving a one-year term as president of the society.

Dombrowksi has also authored a book, Political Liberalism and Process Philosophy: Rawls, Whitehead, and Hartshorne, which will be published by Edinburgh University Press in June. In the book—his 20th—Dombrowski defends both the processual character of political liberalism and the politically liberal character of process thinking. In addition, he defends political liberalism against illiberal tendencies on both the political right and left.


April 12, 2019

Provost Shane P. Martin announced the approval of tenure and/or promotion for the following faculty members for 2019-2020 today.

Promoted to Professor 

Bryan Adamson, School of Law

Bonnie Bowie, College of Nursing

Diane Dick, School of Law

Gareth Green, Albers School of Business & Economics, Department of Economics

Allison Henrich, College of Science & Engineering, Department of Mathematics

Naomi Kasumi, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Art & Art History

J. Wesley Lauer, College of Science & Engineering, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Henry Louie, College of Science & Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Christopher Paul, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Communication

Andrew Siegel, School of Law

W. Lindsay Whitlow, College of Science & Engineering, Department of Biology

Jason Zhu, College of Science & Engineering, Department of Computer Science 


Jeffrey Minneti, School of Law 

Tenured and Promoted to Associate Professor 

Natalie Cisneros, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Philosophy

Amelia Derr, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Social Work

Yen-Lin Han, College of Science & Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Kristin Hultgren, College of Science & Engineering, Department of Biology

Hyun Jung Kim, College of Nursing

Lin Li, College of Science & Engineering, Department of Computer Science

Benjamin Miller, College of Nursing

El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Modern Languages

Caitlin Ring Carlson, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Communication

Michael Zanis, College of Science & Engineering, Department of Biology 

Promoted to Associate Librarian 

Caitlin Plovnick, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons 

Promoted to Senior Instructor 

Joseph Barnes, Albers School of Business & Economics, Department of Marketing

Benjamin Howe, College of Arts & Sciences, Matteo Ricci Institute

Tara Roth, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English

Dan Washburn, College of Arts and Sciences, Matteo Ricci Institute

April 11, 2019

The Journal of Jesuit Business Education has accepted for publication a paper titled “‘Taste Internally’– Ignatian Pedagogy and Service-Learning at the Farmers Market,” which was co-authored by Stacey Jones (Albers), Kristi Lee (College of Education), Michael Saito (Albers 2018 graduate) and Jen Tilghman-Havens (Center for Jesuit Education).

March 14, 2019

A team of Albers finance students took first place in the CFA Institute Research Challenge regional competition and advanced to the Americas Regional competition. They will be heading to New York City to present their research at the Americas final in April. SU has won the regional competition in seven of the past 10 years. The students who are representing SU in this year's challenge are Arshak Ghazaryan (Finance), Haley Hayes (accounting and finance), Stanley Madjukie (MS in finance) and Alicia Younker (finance). Katya Emm, associate professor of finance, is the faculty advisor for the team.

March 8, 2019

Stephen Sundborg, S.J., received the Engaged Presidential Leadership Award from Campus Compact’s Western Region on March 8. The award was presented during the region’s annual conference, which was held in San Diego. 

Described as “the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement,” Campus Compact is a national coalition of 1,000-plus colleges and universities “committed to the public purposes of higher education and building democracy through civic education and community development.” The organization is comprised of state and regional offices including the Western Region.   

Now in his 22nd year as president, Father Sundborg has made community engagement a priority for the university. Under his leadership, SU has expanded service-learning opportunities for students and strengthened its partnership with the university’s neighbors through the Center for Community Engagement and the Seattle University Youth Initiative, which earned the Presidential Award for community service from the White House in 2012. 

SU was also represented at the Western Region’s conference by Kent Koth, executive director of the Center for Community Engagement, and Erica Yamamura, associate professor and director of the Student Development Administration program. Koth and Yamamura spoke on a panel that explored “A Focus on Place: A New Paradigm for Community Engagement in Higher Education,” the topic of a recent book they coauthored.

March 7, 2019

Seattle University was well represented at the Washington and Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC), which took place in Seattle Feb. 25-27.

Natasha Martin, vice president for diversity and inclusion (left), was a plenary speaker on a panel that discussed integrating social sustainability across the academic system and building a thriving campus environment that connects universities with their community, region and world.

Other speakers included Phil Thompson, director of the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability; sociology student Kiran Oommen; Yolanda Cieters, sustainability manager; alumnus Chris Johnstone. Learn more at WOHESC.

March 7, 2019

Francesca Nisco, Ed.D, director of university marketing, spoke at the Washington Marketing Summit on March 5. Held in Seattle, the conference drew 250 marketing leaders from major brands, corporations, cultural institutions, public agencies and nonprofits. Nisco, who spoke on a panel that included executives from PATH and the Port of Seattle, discussed the brand of Seattle and how Seattle University integrates its brand story with the dynamic and progressive ecosystem of the city. 

To learn more, visit Washington Marketing Summit.

March 1, 2019

Seattle University received four communications awards at the 2019 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII Conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia last month. 

  • The Seattle University Magazine’s Fall 2017 Issue and Spring 2018 Issue (pictured) won the Silver Award in the category Magazine Print General Interest Magazines. (Contributing Marketing Communications staff for the Fall 2017 Issue were Tina Potterf, Anne Reinisch, Tracy DeCroce, Yosef Chaim Kalinko, Marissa Leitch, Terry Lundmark, Kristen Kirst and Scott McClellan; for 2018 Spring Issue: Tina Potterf, Anne Reinisch, Tracy DeCroce, Yosef Chaim Kalinko, Marissa Leitch, Terry Lundmark, Kristen Kirst and Scott McClellan)

  • The Spring 2018 issue of the magazine also won the Gold Award in the category Visual Design Cover Design. (Contributing Marketing Communications staff: Marissa Leitch) 

  • SU’s undergraduate acceptance posters won the Gold Award in the Visual Design Posters category. (Contributing Marketing Communications and Enrollment staff: Anne Reinisch, Francesca Nisco, Yosef Chaim Kalinko, Scott McClellan, Marilyn Crone, Melore Nielsen, Katie O’Brien and Terry Lundmark)

  • The Graduate Digital Viewbook won the Silver Award in the category Electronic & Digital Media Alumni, Fundraising, or Student Recruitment Sub-Site. (Contributing Marketing Communications and Enrollment staff: Jason Beardriel, Aubrey Benasa, Megan Otis, Kerry Francesca Nisco, Yosef Chaim Kalinko, Tracy DeCroce, Carter Johnson, Eli Voigt, Janet Shandley, Caroline Lwali, Dozie Ononiwu, Isaac Ortega and Max Napadiy) 

All award winners can be found at CASE VII.

February 28, 2019

Albers School of Business and Economics professors Cathy Cao and Meena Rishi have been appointed to endowed faculty positions.

Cao (right) has been appointed by President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., as the Dr. Khalil Dibee Endowed Chair in Finance for 2019-23. Cao will succeed Peter Brous, who has held the chair since 2015.

“Cathy is a very student focused teacher, who clearly relishes engaging with students,” wrote Albers Dean Joe Phillips. “Students remark on her enthusiasm for the subject matter, availability, knowledge of the subject, and patience and kindness in her student interactions.” 

The dean referred to Cao’s scholarship as timely and topical, “which leads to higher impact on the discipline and practice.” She has published in such highly regarded and influential outlets as the Journal of Corporate Finance, the Journal of Investing and Managerial Finance. 

“Cathy’s most impactful service activity has no doubt been her leadership of the Redhawk Fund, in which she oversees students managing approximately $700,000 of the university endowment,” wrote Phillips. “She has been doing this since 2012 and has been very successful in guiding our student fund managers.” 

Rishi has been appointed as our 2019-22 Eva Albers Professor. Rishi succeeds Quan Le, whose term is expiring at the end of this academic year.  

Rishi (left) has been a member of Albers’ faculty since 2004, and previously held the Howard J. Bosanko Professorship in International Economics and Finance. “She is a dedicated and rigorous teacher, and her passion for her subject matter is well-known to our students,” wrote Phillips.  “She has been one of the leaders in our international economic development curriculum, and has been a strong advocate for student-faculty research.” 

Rishi’s research has examined a variety of issues for emerging economies, capital flows and the Indian economy. Her publications have appeared in such highly regarded outlets as the Journal of Development Studies, the International Review of Financial Analysis, and Energy Economics

Rishi is currently serving as a Fulbright Specialist as well as executive director of the Association of Indian Economic and Financial Studies. 

February 4, 2019

Third-year law student Angelica Gonzalez was named by The National Jurist Magazine as a finalist for Law Student of the Year. “We're proud of her persistence and her powerful advocacy on issues of juvenile justice, access to education, foster care, immigration and women’s rights,” the School of Law shared on its Facebook page.

February 1, 2019

Margarita Takach, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded the 2018 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Regional Advisor Excellence Award.

February 1, 2019

Rev. Mark Chung Hearn authored Considerations for Religious Education in Light of White Normativity, which is published in The Journal of the Religious Education Association. Hearn is director of contextual education and assistant clinical professor of contextual education and ministry in the School of Theology and Ministry.