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July 16, 2018

Seattle University is once again featured in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges.” Revised and updated for 2019, the guide aims to provide “an insider’s look at what it’s really like to be a student at the ‘best and most interesting’ four-year schools” in the United States, Canada and the U.K. Begun more than three decades ago by former New York Times education editor Edward Fiske, the guide bearing his name includes about 320 colleges. 

SU’s profile reads, in part: “Although Seattle has cultivated a reputation based largely on software, Starbucks lattes, and perpetually gray skies, the city is also home to Seattle University, a vibrant Jesuit institution that attracts just over 4,500 undergraduates to its urban campus. With strong preprofessional programs and a commitment to social and spiritual engagement, SU continues to express its mission to empower leaders for a just and humane world.” 

The guide for college-bound students and their families also refers to SU’s campus as an “urban sanctuary” and makes note of the university’s Core Curriculum and the abundance of service-learning opportunities, among other attributes.

“SU students are outgoing, passionate and very intentional when it comes to how they engage in and outside the classroom,” says a social work major quoted in the publication.

Sounds like a pretty good place to go to school, eh?

July 12, 2018

Seattle University men's basketball was among teams honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as the association announced the sixth annual Team Academic Excellence Awards.

The award, created by the NABC Committee on Academics, recognizes outstanding academic achievement by teams with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2017-18 season.

The Redhawks achieved a team cumulative GPA of 3.012 for the 2017-18 academic year. Five players concluded the year with a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher while four Redhawks – Mattia Da Campo, Morgan Means, Matej Kavas and Jake Spurgeon – were also named to the 2017-18 Winter All-Western Athletic Conference Academic Team.

Seattle U was one of just two teams in the WAC, and one of 44 total Division I programs, to be honored.

In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA must count the grade point averages of all men’s student-athletes who competed during the 2017-18 season. 

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game.

- Sarah Finney, Athletics

June 15, 2018

Misuk Lee, assistant professor of management, received a best paper award for her paper, “Investigating the Impact of Online Browsing Dynamics on Promotion Effectiveness,” which she presented at the 2018 4th International Conference on Information Management in Oxford, UK.

June 14, 2018

A hydroelectric power utility company noticed cracks in a bridge connecting a dam and its intake structure…A county confronted a failed culvert which was blocking migrating fish from passing. 

Both turned to Seattle University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for solutions, and our students delivered. Not only that, their projects have now won awards from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Each award comes with $10,000. 

SU’s projects were among just eight chosen from nearly 100 entries for NCEES Engineering Education Awards. SU teams have won 17 out of the 62 awards that NCEES has given out (27%) since 2009. 

In one of the winning projects, a team of SU students partnered with Snohomish County Public Works to design a replacement for the failed culvert in Stanwood, Wash. This restored passage for migrating juvenile fish, meeting the concerns of the county, the Stillaguamish Tribe and local property owners. 

For the other project, students worked with Seattle City Light to design a solution for cracked girders on the Ross Dam Intake Access Bridge at the Skagit River Hydroelectric Facility. The facility generates 10 percent of the electricity used by the City of Seattle, and the bridge is the only access point for conducting maintenance at the dam. 

SU’s two winning projects were completed last year through the Project Center. Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty, Instructor Mark Siegenthaler and Assistant Professor Joshua Pugh, served as advisors for the culvert and bridge projects, respectively. 

Click here to learn more about the NCEES awards, and here for more information on SU’s Project Center.

June 12, 2018

Haytham Al-Ohali, a 1999 electrical engineering graduate, has been appointed by royal decree as vice minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. He previously served as managing director for Saudi Arabia at Cisco Systems, Inc.

June 11, 2018

Kirsten Thompson, director of Film Studies, has published and made numerous presentations at conferences recently.

She authored “Rainbow Ravine: Color and Animated Advertising in Times Square, 1891-1945,” for the book The Color Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema (Amsterdam University Press). 

She also was selected as an external evaluator for the Performance Based Review Team on Pacific Research in New Zealand, a prestigious comprehensive assessment of all national research that occurs once every seven years in the New Zealand tertiary education system. 

In addition, Thompson presented: “The Color Revolution: The Disney Studio, Color and Visual Culture” at  Classical Hollywood Studies in the 21st Century (Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ont.); “Harvey Weinstein, # MeToo, #TimesUpNow, and Social Media” at Ends of Cinema, Center for 21st Century Conference (Milwaukee, Wisc.); “The Color Revolution: The Disney Studio, Du Pont and Faber Birren” at the Color in Film III Conference (London, UK); and “Arab Cinema and Animated Advertising: From the Frenkels to Future TV,” at Cinema of the Arab World (American University, Cairo, Egypt).

June 11, 2018

Two SU professors have received faculty awards, Interim Provost Bob Dullea announced June 7. 

2018 Provost’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching 

Professor Toni Vezeau, a faculty member in the College of Nursing, has been teaching at Seattle University for a quarter century. She has taught in all programs from the bachelors to doctoral level, focusing her efforts in supporting students very new to the field. She is passionate about the development of a new kind of nurse—one who is both compassionate and exceptional in leadership and skills. Vezeau has developed evaluation methods with the college so that all faculty ensure that students are well-prepared for licensure. She is known for a direct and individualized approach to both students and faculty. Jesuit-raised and Jesuit-educated, Vezeau has worked to keep the Jesuit mission central in all aspects of the college, ensuring both academic rigor and social consciousness. Vezeau deeply cares about her students and colleagues in the university. 

2018 Provost's Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors 

Professor Mary Alberg, a faculty member in the Physics Department of the College of Science and Engineering, is a nationally recognized teacher-scholar. Her research is in theoretical nuclear and particle physics, most recently focused on the properties of the proton, the particle at the heart of every atom and the fuel of stars. Inspired by her own undergraduate research experience at Wellesley College, Alberg has made collaborative work with undergraduates central to her scholarly life. Her research program and mentorship of Seattle University students has been continuously supported by the National Science Foundation for over two decades. The impact of Alberg’s scholarship has been recognized by her election to Fellowship in the American Physical Society. She is the inaugural recipient of the Lynnwood W. Swanson Scientific Research Award, established by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to honor “a professor whose work has gained national recognition, and demonstrated leadership in engaging undergraduate students and promoting research and their institution.” 

The recipients will be recognized at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 17 at KeyArena and at the Provost’s Convocation in the fall. They also will receive honoraria.

May 29, 2018

Seattle University has been recognized as a 2017 Tree Campus USA. A national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, Tree Campus USA “honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation,” Dan Lambe, president of the foundation wrote to SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., last month. 

“To obtain this distinction,” Lambe continued, “Seattle University met the five core standards for an effective campus forest management including, establishment of a tree advisory committee, evidence of a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects. Your entire campus community should be proud of your sustained commitment to environmental stewardship…Thank you for contributing to a healthier planet for all of us.” 

You can learn more about the Tree Campus USA program here.

May 24, 2018

Seattle U's team of engineering and business students for the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition in early May placed a respectable 5th overall of 12 teams that qualified for the contest. Teams were required to develop and deliver a business plan, build and test a wind turbine and plan a wind project.

May 24, 2018

A paper by Albers faculty Marinilka Kimbro, Ajay Abraham, and Jay Lambe, “Corporate Social Responsibility: The Efficacy of Matched Alliances between Non-for-Profit and Multinational Enterprises in Developed and Emerging Markets,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Management for Global Sustainability. Joining the Albers trio as a coauthor on the paper was Victoria Jones of UC Irvine, who served as Seattle University’s associate provost for global engagement from 2010 to 2014.

April 9, 2018

An article by Associate Professor English Charles Tung, “The Angel of Alternate History,” has been accepted for publication in the special issue on apocalypse in ASAP/J, the journal of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. 

Tung also was invited to present a paper, “How to Live ‘Pataphysically in an SF Universe,” to graduate students in Rice University’s Masterclass conference sponsored by the Humanities Research Center in Houston on April 6. He gave another paper, “Wormhole Modernism,” at Rice University on April 7.

April 9, 2018

Associate Professor of Psychology Alex Adame has coauthored Exploring Identities of Psychiatric Survivor Therapists: Beyond Us and Them. The book focuses on the navigation and blending of the roles of psychiatric survivor, mental health professional and activist. In this volume, readers are introduced to the psychiatric survivor movement and are witness to how that affiliation was instrumental in shaping the activism and clinical work of the authors. Their individual journeys of transformation, informed by their education as professionals, have imbued their work with a heightened awareness of the expansive possibilities for those who struggle with extreme emotional states. Read more at Palgrave Macmillan.

April 6, 2018

Accounting and Computer Science faculty joined forces to write a report on potential pitfalls in integrating artificial intelligence into internal audit practices. Accounting Senior Instructor Sarah Bee, Lecturer Dennis Applegate and Computer Science Lecturer Mike Koenig authored “Artificial Intelligence – The Data Below,” which has been published by the Internal Audit Foundation.

April 4, 2018

Written by Karen Bystrom, Arts and Sciences

Two Seattle University students have been awarded the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship and will participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute. 

Anab Nur (right) is a junior majoring in Public Affairs in the College of Arts & Sciences.

“I am honored to have received this opportunity to study at Carnegie Mellon this summer for the PPIA program,” said Ms. Nur.  “I am interested in pursuing a career in Education Policy, and this fellowship will help me prepare for graduate school and strengthen my skills in the field of Public Policy. My vision is to one day work, in policy or elsewhere, to advocate for schools to use anti-racist pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching practices to provide all youth with transformative educational experiences.”

She is also a Student Campus Minister for Campus Ministry, the President of the SU Muslim Students Association, Vice-President of the African Students Association, and Program Coordinator for the Gender Justice Center.

The PPIA Fellowship Program helps students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field, starting with intensive study in a seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI).  Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.

Following the completion of JSI, the students join an alumni network of nearly 4,000 leaders. In addition to the mentoring and career development provided by this network, the students have the opportunity to receive financial support for their graduate school education if they attend one of the programs in the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.

(The second student preferred we not include them in this story.)

March 23, 2018

Patrick Kelly, S.J., presented “Flow, Sport and Spirituality” at Wheeling Jesuit University on March 22. 

In anticipation of the lecture, Jamey Brogan, director of Campus Ministry and Mission and Identity, said: “We are grateful to be able to host one of the leading Catholic and Jesuit experts on the value of sport and recreation, and its connection to the spiritual life. Fr. Kelly shows that throughout history, Catholics—and Jesuit schools in particular—have championed recreation and sport not just as an optional activity to be tolerated, but as integral to the flourishing of the human person, mind, body and soul. He sees the methods, effects and goals of sport and spirituality to be similar and complementary, when directed properly.” 

Among other works, Father Kelly is the author of Catholic Perspectives on Sports: From Medieval to Modern Times and Youth Sport and Spirituality: Catholic Perspectives.

March 23, 2018

Seattle University's Ethics Bowl team finished #12 out of 36 schools that earned a spot in the 22nd Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Chicago in early March. The team earned a spot in the national competition by winning the regional Ethics Bowl last November.

You can read more about this year's team here.

March 21, 2018

A paper by Jot Yau, Quan Le and Teresa Ling—“Do International Co-Curricular Activities Have Impact on Cultivating Global Mindset in Business School Students?”—has been accepted for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Teaching in International Business on Advancing Learning in International Business Related to Global Mindset and Innovation.

Yau is chair and professor finance and current George Albers Professor; Ling is economics instructor and assistant dean of undergraduate programs; and Le is associate professor of economics, director of the International Business Program and current Eva Albers Professor.

March 20, 2018

Chris Paul, associate professor and chair of the Communication Department, has published a new book, The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games: Why Gaming Culture Is the Worst.

"The core argument in my book is that video games are an actualized meritocracy, a realm in which the values of hard work and skill have been pushed to their extremes and the result is a toxic community that focuses more on the celebration of individual glory than on the good of the collective," Paul shares in University of Minnesota Press blog post.

In a recent article, Paul talks about how his participation in Seattle University's Arrupe Seminar inspired him to undertake the book.

”Christopher A. Paul is an incisive critic, and The Toxic Meritocracy of Video Games is essential reading for researchers, industry professionals, and players trying to make sense of gaming's culture wars,” says Carly Kocurek, author of Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade. 

- Karen Bystrom, College of Arts and Sciences

March 9, 2018

A team of five Albers students captured the Northwest regional CFA Institute Research Challenge and will represent the region in the Americas Region competition in Boston later this month. The competition required a financial analysis of PACCAR. The team included Matthew Alderson (finance undergrad), Kevin Brown (MSF student), Jarrett Lum (accounting and finance undergrad), Eric Tatsuno (PMBA student) and Travis Ulvestad (economics and finance undergrad). Katya Emm, associate professor of finance, serves as the faculty advisor for the competition. Albers has been regional champ for six out of the last eight years.

March 7, 2018

Third-year law student Connor Smith was selected by The National Jurist Magazine as one of 20 Law Students of the Year. His profile can be found on page 30 of the new issue. Smith, who is attending the law school’s Anchorage campus, is executive editor of the American Indian Law Journal, president of the Labor and Employment Law Association and is active in the Workers’ Rights Clinic. He will clerk for the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court after graduation.

March 6, 2018

Numerous awards came Seattle University’s way at the 2018 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII Conference held in Seattle last month. 

As previously reported, President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., received the 2018 District VIII Leadership Award. Father Sundborg also presented on “Higher Education Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice - The Role and Impact of Advancement Leadership.” 

In addition, the following communications projects received awards from CASE: 

  • The Spring 2017 SU Magazine won a Gold Award in the “Cover Design” category. (Contributing Marketing Communication Staff: Anne Reinisch, Yosef Kalinko, Tina Potterf, Kristen Kirst and Scott McClellan)

  • The video “The Ones” earned a Silver Award in the category “Marketing and Branding Video.” (Contributing Marketing Communications staff: Scott McClellan, Kristen Kirst, K. Francesca Nisco and Kaily Serralta) 
  • “Hall of Honor,” a series of photographs of SU’s 2017 Alumni Award recipients that are displayed in the Admissions and Alumni Building, won a Silver in the “Excellence in Photography” category. (Contributing staff: Yosef Kalinko and Kristen Kirst of Marketing Communications and Corinne Pann of Alumni Engagement)

  • The activities and communications surrounding Seattle University’s 125th anniversary celebration won a Bronze in the category “Best Practices in Communications and Marketing.” (Contributing Marketing Communications staff: Scott McClellan, Kristen Kirst, Kaily Serralta, K. Francesca Nisco, Eli Voigt, Jason Beardriel, Tracy DeCroce, Yosef Kalinko, Matt Miller, Anne Reinisch, Marissa Leitch, Aubrey Benasa, Carter Johnson, Dean Forbes and Lincoln Vander Veen) 

CASE District VIII is comprised of 152 member institutions in western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. 

For more information, visit CASE Communications Awards.

Pictured above, Father Sundborg is joined by Anne Reinisch (left) and Yosef Kalinko. (Photo by Kristen Kirst)

February 23, 2018

SU’s student-run, award-winning Dance Marathon raised a record-breaking $160,217 in critical financial support for the Uncompensated Care Fund and children battling cancer at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In so doing, the students bested last year's $148,000 effort.

Launched 11 years ago, SU’s Dance Marathon is the oldest of its kind on the West Coast.

“I am so proud of our students for their tireless efforts and incredible commitment to this vital cause,” wrote President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., in his winter quarter update to the university community.

Seattle Children's also expressed gratitude, tweeting:


February 16, 2018

A study published about a decade ago by School of Law Adjunct Professor and Reference Librarian Kelly Kunsch is referenced in a recent My Northwest article that examines Nisqually Chief Leschi’s conviction and execution for murder in the 1850s.

Drawing from his paper, “The Trials of Leschi, Nisqually Chief,” Kunsch explains the historical backdrop against which the execution took place—an execution, which as the article goes on to note, has “(come) to be regarded by many as a miscarriage of justice.”

February 8, 2018

For the third year in a row, Seattle University has been named a Commute Trip Reduction Champion by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). 

"Through the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program Seattle works with the city’s largest companies to reduce congestion by decreasing the numbers of drive-alone trips during peak hour commutes," writes SDOT. "The CTR Champions program recognizes employers who achieve notable reductions, provide innovative and comprehensive employee commuter programs and have high levels of participation." 

The city lauds this year’s Champions for “providing commuter benefits that get results by encouraging and supporting commute modes other than driving alone.” 

Seattle University provides various incentive programs and resources to reduce single occupancy vehicle (SOV) commutes, including subsidized Orca cards and options for ridesharing and bicycling. 

Nearly half of SU’s community bikes, walks or uses transit for commuting purposes, according to an infographic on the Center of Environmental Justice and Sustainability’s website. 

A 2016 commuter survey of SU students, faculty and staff showed a 10 percent decrease since 2007 of students driving alone to and from campus and a 23 percent decrease since 1995. Employees driving alone has seen a decrease of 10 percent since 2001.

Transportation Coordinator Whitney Wedge will represent Seattle U at a celebration next month to honor this year’s CTR Champions. Christine Gregoire, former governor of Washington and current CEO of Challenge Seattle, will be the keynote speaker. 

February 6, 2018

On Thursday morning, Feb. 1, prior to Homecoming Weekend, the university launched its second annual online giving campaign, Seattle U Gives. At the campaign’s conclusion Friday evening, the university had raised a total of $223,163, including $95,496 in matching money, for scholarships and programs across campus. This year’s results are an impressive 217 percent over last year’s total of $70,350. Additionally, 1,033 gifts were received, more than double last year. University Advancement offers its heartiest thanks to the many faculty and staff who made gifts and participated as ambassadors.

January 19, 2018

Stacey Jones, senior instructor in economics, and Jeffrey Anderson, professor in the College of Education, coauthored an article, “The Influence of Service-Learning on the Civic Attitudes and Skills of Japanese Teacher Education Candidates,” which has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Research in Service Learning in Teacher Education.

January 19, 2018

The Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs in the School of Theology and Ministry is partnering with Fordham University Press to publish the work by Center Scholars on the role of religion in understanding and responding to homelessness. 

The forthcoming publication, which will be edited by Center Director Manuel Mejido (right), explores how faith-based organizations and other community partners can more effectively and meaningfully address homelessness and the affordable housing crisis, as well as how the wisdom of different religious traditions can be leveraged to reimagine solutions to this intractable social problem. 

The seventh oldest university press in the country and the nation’s oldest Catholic university press, Fordham University Press produces intellectually penetrating studies in the humanities and the social sciences, with a particular emphasis on creatively interdisciplinary work and a deep commitment to critically engaged scholarship. 

Related coverage: The center’s Puget Sound Network gathered with partners on Jan. 10 to continue its work around how faith-based organizations can more effectively respond to pressing social problems such as homelessness and the affordable housing crisis. Click here for a recap of the meeting.

January 19, 2018

Elaine Gunnison, professor of criminal justice, has a new book Community Corrections. Published by Carolina Academic Press, the book is described, in part, as follows: 

“With millions of offenders serving community corrections sentences each day in the United States, the topic of community corrections could not be more important than it is today. This text provides a detailed exploration and examination into the journeys of community corrections offenders. Moving beyond other texts on this subject, this book examines the literature on all types of community corrections offenders—not just probationers and parolees—as well as offender reentry experiences for all types of offenders (i.e., adult and juvenile). Additionally, discussion of the role of gender, race, and social class is included in the context of explaining experiences and how various factors and programs can contribute to, or stifle, successful offender reintegration.” 

This is the fourth book Gunnison has authored or coauthored. She currently is coauthoring a book with Jacqueline Helfgott, professor and chair of criminal justice.

January 19, 2018

Sven Arvidson, director and associate professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, published “The Field of Consciousness and External Cognition” in Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences (to appear in print in 2018) DOI: 10.1007/s10746-017-9453-5. The overall purpose of the article is to answer the question “Where is the mind?” using Gestalt psychological theory, phenomenology and recent philosophy of cognitive science.

January 18, 2018

Thirteen SU faculty have been selected as 2018 Summer Faculty Fellows, Interim Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs Kathleen La Voy announced on Jan. 18. The Summer Faculty Fellowship Program provides financial support for tenure-track or tenured faculty and full-time librarians who are involved in an active program of scholarship, including the scholarship of discovery, integration, application and teaching. 

The program’s goal is to support faculty efforts to build on previous scholarly or creative endeavors (e.g. for the writing of grant proposals) or to move projects in a new direction (providing the basis for future external support or publications). 

Following are this year’s faculty recipients and the titles of their projects: 

  • Eric Bahaud (Science and Engineering)– “Perturbative Methods in Differential Geometry”

  • Steven Bender (School of Law)– “Social Impact Advocacy: Transforming Legal Education Toward Meaningful Social Change” 
  • Molly Clark-Hillard (Arts and Sciences)– “Literary Subjects: Re-Reading the Victorians”

  • Serena Cosgrove (Arts and Sciences)– “Surviving the Americas: Resilience and Garifuna Culture in Nicaragua” 
  • Kristen Hultgren (Science and Engineering)– “The Evolution of Specialized Host Associations in a Megadiverse Group of Tropical Snapping Shrimps (Family Alpheidae)”

  • Matthew Isaac (Albers School of Business)– “Is Top 10 Better than Top 10%? How Different Rank Claim Formats Influence Preference” 
  • Brett Kaiser (Science and Engineering)– “Development of Computationally Designed Protein Scaffolds”

  • Lin Li (Science and Engineering)– “Automated Detection of Retinal Lesions for Classification of Diabetic Retinopathy” 
  • Yitan Li (Arts and Sciences)– “Unification through Changing Discourse or by Force? Cross-strait Relations after China’s 19th Party Congress”

  • Rick Malleus (Arts and Sciences)– “Communicating Xenophobia: Perceptions of China and the Chinese in Zimbabwean Culture” 
  • Patrick Murphy (Nursing)– “Chaperone-Mediated Baculoviral Expression of Eukaryotic Transcription Factors: Developing a Novel Biological Technique with Commercial Applications”

  • Jonathan Pierce (Arts and Sciences)– “Emotion, Public Policy, and Environmental Sustainability” 
  • Claus Portner (Albers School of Business)– “Urban Fertility Transitions Across Regions” 

For information on the Summer Faculty Fellows and other faculty research resources, please visit Office of Sponsored Projects.

January 18, 2018

Third-year School of Law students Brian Best, Humberto Quintanar, Philip Johnson and Ashley Langley (on left side of picture) took first place at the moot court competition at the annual convention of the Western Region, National Black Law Students Association. The team now advances to the national competition in Brooklyn. Johnson also won “best advocate” for the entire competition

January 17, 2018

Russell Lidman, professor emeritus in the Institute of Public Service, was a U.S. Professor through COMEXUS, the Fulbright Commission of Mexico, between June and December 2017. In June and July he provided workshops on policy analysis for faculty at the Universidad de Guadalajara and did short courses on campaigns and elections for students at the same university. In August Lidman shifted east to Mexico City where he taught courses at Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico. 

Lidman has had Fulbrights in Andean Latin America and has served as a Fulbright Specialist in Central America. He is available to talk with any faculty or staff who have an interest in learning about the Fulbright application process or would welcome a review of their application.

December 14, 2017

Albers is #75 in the 2017 Poets and Quants undergraduate business programs ranking and is one of only two schools ranked in the Northwest as well as the top private university in the Northwest. Albers also ranked number three across Jesuit universities. Poets and Quants is an online portal focused on issues related to business education. This is the first time Albers has appeared in the ranking. 

The Leadership EMBA is ranked #20 in the nation according to College Choice in its 2017 ranking of the nation’s best EMBA programs. Albers has the top program in the Northwest and #4 on the West Coast. 

College Choice also ranks SU’s undergraduate accounting program #25 in the nation. Albers is the top private school in the Northwest, #4 among Jesuit schools and #6 on the West Coast.

December 12, 2017

An article coauthored by Phil Thompson, “The future is now: Graywater treatment for a commercial building,” has been published in the December 2017 issue of Water Environment & Technology (WE&T). 

Professor Thompson, director of the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, says his paper “summarizes four years of performance data for the Bullitt Center’s graywater treatment wetland and demonstrates the feasibility for such systems for large office buildings. The results also show that future designs should include ultraviolet sterilization to ensure compliance with permit requirements.” 

The Bullitt Center (1501 E. Madison St.), once the home to CEJS, is billed the “greenest commercial building in the world” and meets the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge

The premier magazine for the water quality field, WE&T provides information for professionals on cutting-edge technologies, innovative solutions, operations and maintenance, regulatory and legislative impacts, and professional development.

December 11, 2017

John Gardiner, professor emeritus in the College of Education, has received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented by Marquis Who’s Who, publisher of biographical profiles, the award takes account of the recipient’s position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field. 

In a news release announcing Gardiner’s selection, the publisher wrote: “…Dr. Gardiner celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.” 

Gardiner was awarded professor emeritus status this past summer. After joining SU’s faculty in 1991, his appointments in the college included serving as chair of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program. 

Nationally recognized for his scholarship and work on leadership, Gardiner was a founding member of American Council on Education’s National Leadership Group and served on the board of the Center for Advanced Study of Leadership (CASL) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Among other accomplishments and service, he was awarded a grant from CASL to develop a leadership center for Russia, chaired 2002 Annual Conference of International Leadership Association (ILA) and was on the board and executive committee of the ILA, as well as the advisory board of Leadership Review

At SU, Gardiner was a founding member of the President’s Committee for Sustainability, a steering committee member of the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) and a Faculty Fellow in CEJS.

December 7, 2017

Christie Eppler has been named the Educator of the Year by the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT). Eppler is professor and program director of the Couples and Family Therapy Program in the School of Theology and Ministry. Eppler will be formally honored at a ceremony on Dec. 9. 

A division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, WAMFT seeks to advance the profession and the practice of marriage and family therapy, representing the interests of its more than 1,200 members as well as the profession of marriage and family therapy within the state of Washington.

November 30, 2017

Seattle University’s Nonprofit Leadership and Institute for Public Service have together earned a place among College Choices recommendations for the top 40 Master’s Degrees in Nonprofit Management.

From the College Choice website: “(We want) to help you navigate the growing number of graduate degrees offered in the field of nonprofit studies. To that end, with reference to resources like U.S. News & World Report,, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and school websites, we’ve considered various factors including program and school reputation, tuition, and forecasted salary to compile a list of the forty best Master of Nonprofit Management degree programs. In case you’re interested in assessing online colleges generally, we’ve created a ranking of the best ones in the country.”

Visit Arts and Sciences to learn more.

November 29, 2017

The Albers School of Business and Economics’ MS in Business Analytics program was ranked 12th in the U.S. in the 2018 Top 50 Best Value Big Data Graduate Programs. Click here for the rankings and here to learn more about Albers' MS in Business Analytics.

November 15, 2017

Leezel Ramos, assistant director of Career Services, received the 2017 Millennial Leadership Circle Award on behalf of Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration (EPYC). Ramos is co-founder and director of the organization. The award was given by the National Federation of Filipino American Associations. 

Ramos also was an invited panelist for the 2017 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Western Regional Conference. The panel session was titled “Lifting Up Our Sisters: Mentorship for Asian American Women.”

November 14, 2017

Charles Tung, associate professor of English, presented a paper, “Apocalyptic Alternate History,” at the ASAP/9 Conference hosted by the University of California, Berkeley. At the conference, he also presented work on the politics of multitemporality in a seminar on “Impossible Times.”

November 13, 2017

Maylon Hanold, program director of Sport Administration and Leadership; Galen Trail, professor, Sport Administration; and Brian McCullough, assistant professor, Sport Administration and Leadership and Coordinator, Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership, have new publications and represented the program at a number of conferences. Visit Arts & Sciences for more.

November 1, 2017

Sven Arvidson, director and associate professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, presented “What Could a Senior Capstone Be?” at the 39th annual Association for Interdisciplinary Studies conference, Baltimore. The presentation featured work by majors ranging from research to creative projects.

October 27, 2017

Shaney Fink, director of athletics, was a panelist at the fifth annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast on Oct. 26. Fink joined others in discussing how their involvement in sports helped drive and develop them to become the leaders they are today. The breakfast was cosponsored by the Seattle Sports Commission and AT&T. Earlier this year, Fink was profiled in the Seattle Times.

October 20, 2017

The Albers School of Business and Economics’ Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) chapter has been named a Superior Chapter for 2016-17 based on its accomplishments in the areas of academics, professionalism and leadership. BAP is the academic honor society for financial information professionals. Sarah Bee, senior instructor in accounting, served as the chapter’s faculty advisor this past year. This is the 19th consecutive year BAP has been recognized as a Superior Chapter.

October 10, 2017

Quan Le, associate professor of economics, has been invited to participate in the Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 in Hyderabad, India, next month. Hosted by Shri Narendra Modi, prime minister of India, the conference, titled “Women First, Prosperity for All,” will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally. 

Le was selected to attend the conference by the U.S. State Department because of his previous work on the topic at hand. As a Fulbright Scholar in 2016, Le’s project was on women entrepreneurship in Vietnam. 

The U.S. delegation, which will include educators, investors and entrepreneurs, will be led by first lady Melania Trump. While Le is not an official member of the delegation, he will join delegates as a citizen diplomat representing the U.S. 

Le is also director of the International Business Program and current holder of the Eva Albers Professorship.

October 9, 2017

Therese Huston, faculty development consultant in the Center for Faculty Development, gave a keynote at the Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference. Huston’s presentation was titled “Breaking Biased-Habits – Why Josh is More Likely to Speak than Jessica.” The conference was held at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Read more here.

October 3, 2017

Elizabeth Dale, assistant professor in Nonprofit Leadership, is the lead author for paper selected for the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Best 2016 Conference Paper Award. Dale and her coauthors will receive the award at ARNOVA's annual conference in November.

October 3, 2017

Sonora Jha, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of communications, has been selected for the 2017 Barry Lopez Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded each year to a writer based in Washington or Oregon with a strong interest in issues of justice and equity and whose work resonates in spirit with that of its namesake. Read more here.

October 2, 2017

Of the 2016 graduates of the Master in Teaching (MIT) program who are certificated teachers, 95 percent are in contracted teaching positions and 100 percent are either in teaching positions or serving as substitute teachers. 

Well regarded throughout the region, the MIT program is a full-time, cohort-based degree program in teacher education that offers both a master's degree in teaching and a Residency Teaching Certificate.

September 27, 2017

A University Core class taught by Mark Cohan, Sociology of Food, partnered with Seattle-based Northwest Harvest to create a video promoting a national conference on hunger. Read more about the students’ efforts, the video and the conference at Arts and Sciences. Cohan is chair and associate professor of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work.

September 25, 2017

“’Laudato Si’ and the Papal View of Ecological Debt: An Empirical Exploration,” a paper coauthored by Meena Rishi and Chips Chipalkatti, has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Management for Global Sustainability. Rishi is professor of finance and director of the International Development Internship Program (IDIP). Chipalkatti is professor and chair of accounting and director of the Master of Professional Accounting program (MPAC).

September 25, 2017

Sven Arvidson, director and associate professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and senior faculty fellow of the Center for Faculty Development, has been named co-editor of Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies. Issues is the refereed, flagship journal of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, founded in 1979 and the largest international organization dedicated to interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching.

September 25, 2017

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, professor in Modern Languages and Women and Gender Studies, gave a presentation with Steven Bender, professor in the School of Law, at the International American Studies Association Conference in Laredo, Tex. Bender has a chapter in Gutiérrez y Muhs’ recently released book Word Images: New Perspectives on Canícula and Other Works by Norma Elia Cantú (University of Arizona Press). She also gave the closing reception reading at the conference. 

In addition, Gutiérrez y Muhs presented on Word Images and her other recent book, The Runaway Poems (Finishing Line Press), at Trinity University in San Antonio, and gave numerous other poetry readings and presentations over the summer in Texas and California. 

Most recently, she presented and gave a reading at “The Environment of the College Classroom,” sponsored by the Center for Women Writers at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

September 22, 2017

Jodi O’Brien, professor of sociology, presented the Charles M. and Shirley F. Weiss Lecture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her talk was titled “Beyond Discipline: A Queer, Transgender, Biocultural Perspective on Gender and Sexuality Studies.” O’Brien is also Director of SU ADVANCE, an NSF-funded program for the advancement of women and minority faculty.

September 20, 2017

Yitan Li, associate professor of political science, has recently been promoted from assistant editor to editor at the Journal of Chinese Political Science (JCPS). JCPS is the refereed flagship journal of the Association of Chinese Political Studies, the largest U.S.-based organization dedicated to academic and professional activities relating to Chinese politics.

August 31, 2017

Onur Bakiner, assistant professor of political science, has received the Best Book Award from the Human Rights section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for Truth Commissions: Memory, Power, and Legitimacy. APSA is the largest political science grouping in the United States and their journals are regarded as “flagship” in the field. Read more at Arts and Sciences.

August 22, 2017

Seattle University has again been named a “Cool School.” For the second consecutive year, the university placed 48th out of 227 participating institutions in the Sierra Club’s annual rankings of the nation’s most sustainable campuses. SU is second-highest ranked school in Washington state and the fourth-highest among Jesuit institutions. Rankings are based on a variety of factors, including campus energy use and transportation. Click here for the complete rankings and more information.

August 10, 2017

Dr. Robert “Kit” Flowers, a 2002 graduate of the Master of Nonprofit Leadership program, received the 2017 President’s Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). 

Given to Flowers and the Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM), which he leads, the award recognizes individuals or groups making extraordinary contributions to health, veterinary organizations or the profession. CVM provides relief, training and veterinary services to underprivileged communities throughout the world. 

Flowers and CVM were honored at AVMA’s national convention in Indianapolis last month. The organization represents more than 89,000 veterinarians. 

“Dr. Flowers has dedicated his life to building bridges across cultures and serving communities around the world through education and training,” said Dr. Tom Meyer, AVMA President. “By sharing his veterinary and leadership skills, he has had a profound impact on the lives of thousands. I congratulate Dr. Flowers on all of his achievements and thank him for his outstanding service to animal health and the practice of veterinary medicine across the globe.” 

Read more about Flowers at The Chaffee County Times and AVMA.

August 9, 2017

The Albers School of Business and Economics’ Internal Audit Program has been designated a Center of Excellence by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IAA). Albers is only the eighth school worldwide to achieve this designation and the only school on the West Coast, the fifth school in the U.S. and the first Jesuit university to be recognized as such. 

“This designation has been made possible thanks to a tremendous amount of work by our program director, Sarah Bee, and the Internal Audit Advisory Board, led by Dominique Vincenti, VP of Internal Audit at Nordstrom,” wrote the Albers School in a Facebook post. “Many thanks to Sarah, her colleagues in the Department of Accounting, and the advisory board for their unrelenting efforts to achieve this recognition from the IIA!”

August 7, 2017

Antitrust scholar Professor John Kirkwood has been elected to The American Law Institute (ALI), the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. Visit School of Law to read more.

July 31, 2017

Joanne Hughes, associate professor of physics, published a paper in the Astronomical Journal with a team that included five SU students and alumni. The paper, “A Multiwavelength Study of the Segue 3 Cluster,” describes an imaging study of a two- to three-billion-year-old star cluster, using the Apache Point Observatory's 3.5-m Telescope.

The authors describe how they determined that the sparse group of stars is not native to our galaxy, being too rich in iron and too young to belong to our outer halo, at a distance of about 95,000 light-years from Earth. The Milky Way’s own halo globular clusters are all more than three times older than Segue 3, indicating that large spiral galaxies such as ours are still accreting dwarf galaxies and stripping them of stars, gas and star clusters. Click here to learn more.

July 28, 2017

Albers students, faculty and alumni, participating in the United Way of King County Low Income Tax Prep program (formerly VITA), assisted 726 clients to complete their 2017 federal tax return. In the process, they secured $854,368 in tax refunds and $284,789 in earned income credits for low income households. This was the 42nd year Albers has participated in the program.

July 20, 2017

SU faculty members participated in the 15th annual Summer Faculty Seminar in Teaching Social Justice. Participants in the seminar, which took place June 22-July 7, were Rob Andolina (International Studies), Ajay Abraham (Marketing), Brenda Bourns (Biology), Arie Greenleaf (Counseling, College of Education), Audrey Hudgins (Matteo Ricci College), Rachel Luft (Sociology), Katherine Raichle (Psychology), Ebasa Sarka (Social Work) and Leighanne Thompson (Law School Library). John Topel, S.J. also attended several sessions.

Seminar coordinators were Jessica Imanaka (Albers) and David Leigh, S. J. (English).

Supported by the Endowed Mission Fund and the Core Curriculum, the seminar focused on theories of justice, Catholic Social Thought and the pedagogy of justice issues in the college classroom.

July 10, 2017

Seattle University is hosting the Study of the U.S. Institute for Scholars (SUSI) on Contemporary American Literature, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this summer. Charles Tung (left), associate professor of English, who played a key role in bringing this program to the university, is serving as director of the institute with Ken Allan, associate professor of Art and Art History, serving as associate director.

The SUSI program brings to SU scholars and educators from 18 countries, who specialize in U.S. literature and culture with the aim of deepening participants’ understanding of the history of U.S. society, institutions, culture and values. In SUSI seminars, participants encounter a diverse set of contemporary American authors and artists, different kinds of cultural expression and a variety of U.S. faculty members who represent a range of disciplinary approaches to literature.

Read more about SUSI here.

June 28, 2017

Volt Athletics Inc., cofounded and led by CEO Dan Guiliani, MSAL ‘10, was named to Seattle Business Magazine’s 2017 “100 Best Companies to Work For” in Washington State.

Guiliani earned his master’s degree in Sport Administration and Leadership from Seattle University in 2010 and his BA from Colby College, where he played football. An adjunct professor of sport performance at the University of Washington, Guiliani has been a CSCS-certified strength coach by the NSCA since 2009. He has coached elite athletes at the high school and college levels since 2006.

Read more at Arts and Sciences.

June 28, 2017

Seattle University had 84 student-athletes honored by the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Thursday. Sixty-one Redhawks were named to the 2017 Spring Academic All-WAC Team, while 23 other SU newcomers earned recognition on the Freshmen/Transfers Academic Team. Student-athletes had to have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and competed in at least 50 percent of their team's events. Read more »

June 20, 2017

Pat Kelly, S.J., associate professor of theology and religious studies, was a keynote speaker at a conference at Villanova University this month. Sponsored by the Vatican and Big East Conference, the gathering focused on intercollegiate athletics. As part of his presentation, Father Kelly read from the papers of Seattle University students. You can read more about his talk and the conference in Catholic Philly. A video of the talk can be seen here. Father Kelly recently gave similar talks at Notre Dame and the World Union of Jesuit Alumni. Read about Father Kelly's participation in a worldwide gathering hosted by the Vatican last fall on the Church and sport.

June 12, 2017

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has won awards for two projects from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES): Design of a Care Facility for Young Mothers in Uganda and Restoration and Replacement Options for a Utility Company Bridge. Four other universities received awards. Seattle University was the only institution to win two awards, each of which comes with $7,500. The NCEES Engineering Education Award recognizes engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and professional engineers. Read more at NCEES.

June 7, 2017

Leezel Ramos, assistant director of Career Services, was recently selected to participate in the NACE Leadership Advancement Program, a recognition of her talent and promise in the field. NACE is the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The Leadership Advancement Program is an initiative designed to provide differentiated leadership preparation for current NACE members who wish to develop leadership skills and aspire to NACE leadership roles. Learn more about the program here.

June 2, 2017

Charles Tung, associate professor of English, gave the keynote lecture, “The Angel of Alternate History in the Space Between,” at the 19th annual conference of The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914–1945, at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, on May 26. Tung was interviewed by The Space Between Journal in advance of the conference, which can be found here. His talk focused on strange conceptions of time and future possibilities that arose in the 1930s, which were defined by the rise of fascism, actuarial impulses of New Deal modernisms, and reconfigurations of hope in dark times. 

In addition, Tung spoke to SU students at the University Honors Program’s Touchstone Lecture, “Time Machines, Anthropocene Clocks, and Alternate History,” on May 22.

May 30, 2017

Anne Hirsch, associate dean for graduate education and the N. Jean Bushman Endowed Chair in the College of Nursing, received a Shining Star Award from King County Nurses Association at their annual banquet on May 11.

The association presents annual awards to nurses who demonstrate excellence in their areas of practice or contribute significantly to the nursing profession.

Hirsch has chaired a design team to develop a master plan for nursing in Washington State, and was recently appointed by the governor to serve on the committee to establish core performance measures for health care. She is the only educator or nurse practitioner on the committee.

Hirsch has established a PhD program at Washington State University and two DNP programs at Washington State University and Seattle University. She has been inducted into both the Academy of Advanced Nursing Practice and the American Academy of Nursing.

May 18, 2017

Seattle University’s Connolly Complex renovation has won the 2017 Excellence in Construction Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Western Washington. 

Completed in 2016, the renovation addressed Title IX requirements for intercollegiate athletics by strengthening the student-athlete and spectator experience. The project included seating and visual enhancements to North Court, as well as newly configured locker rooms and spectator amenities. The added Porter Pavilion (pictured here) is an iconic entryway that greets visitors to the complex and guides them directly to the second-floor basketball courts.

Home to SU’s women’s basketball, volleyball, swimming and recreational sports, the Connolly Complex also hosted six regular-season men’s basketball games in 2016-2017. In addition, the complex provides a venue for New Student Convocation, Mission Day and other signature university events. 

The Connolly Complex project capped a decade of upgrades to Seattle University’s athletics and fitness facilities, including significant renovations of Championship Field (2006), which won a national award in 2014, and Seattle University Park (2012) and the construction of the Eisiminger Fitness Center (2011).

May 18, 2017

Associate Professors of Marketing Terry Foster and Eva Lasprogata have received the 2017 Michael and Elizabeth Ruane Award for Best Paper/Article in Business Education Innovation, given by the School of Business at Providence College. The award recognizes their paper published in the Atlantic Law Journal in 2016, “Fostering Integrative and Interdisciplinary Learning: A Business Law Exercise in Social Entrepreneurship, Global Health Innovation and Cloud Technology.”

May 18, 2017

Members of Seattle University’s Debate Team advanced to the quarterfinals in this year’s National Debate Tournament. Held in Denver April 14-17, the tournament drew more than 200 teams. SU made it to the “Sweet Sixteen” round, making it the top team from the Pacific Northwest. Read more in The Spectator.

May 18, 2017

Cinda Johnson of the College of Education was a featured speaker at the fourth-annual Peace of Mind Storytellers Day. Held at Rhode Island College’s Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, the gathering drew more than 400 attendees to raise awareness of mental-health issues through the power of narrative. 

Johnson, associate professor in the Special Education program, is a national spokesperson, advocate and instructor in supporting children, adolescents and young people with mental health conditions to assure that they are provided the best opportunity for success after leaving high school. 

She is principal investigator of the Center for Change in Transition Services (CCTS), which informs national practice and policies in research in secondary special education and the post-school outcomes of young people with disabilities. In 2012, she coauthored with her daughter Perfect Chaos: A Daughter’s Journey with Bipolar, A Mother’s Struggle to Save Her (St. Martin’s Press).

Johnson also wrote a piece that recently appeared in The Seattle Times.

May 17, 2017

Seattle U men’s and women’s tennis teams won the Northwest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Community Service Award in their respective categories.

Over the past year, members of both teams have volunteered with various organizations throughtout the local Seattle community.

Among these are the Northwest Harvest Food Drive, the ACEing Autism Foundation, and the Diabetes Research Foundation.

Players helped package over 4,000 meals, provided tennis lessons for children with autism, and helped fundraise for the Diabetes Research Foundation.

"I am so proud of our tennis student-athletes," said head coach Adam Reeb. "This is a tremendous honor for both teams. They truly embody the mission and spirit of our Jesuit institution and practice servant leadership. They have all made such an impact in our community and have touched the lives of many people."

May 16, 2017

An amicus brief filed by the School of Law’s Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality was cited during a federal appellate court hearing on the Trump Administration’s revised travel ban on May 15 in Seattle. A three judge-panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was hearing arguments before deciding whether to uphold a Hawaii judge’s decision to block the ban, which suspends the nation’s refugee program and temporarily bans visas from citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. You can read more here.

May 16, 2017

Captain Benes Z. Aldana, '91, BA Political Science (cum laude), chief trial judge of the U.S. Coast Guard, has been selected as president of the National Judicial College, leading the nation’s most influential institute for the continuing education of judges. Visit Arts and Sciences for more.

May 5, 2017

Krista Holden, a student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program of the College of Education, was selected for a Minority Fellowship by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation. As a fellow, Holden will receive $8,000 to support her education and propel her towards her goal of serving disadvantaged youth minority populations. Holden also hopes to provide chemical dependency services.

May 4, 2017

Sister Maria Nassali has received a P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) International Peace Scholarship to support her studies in SU’s Doctorate in Educational Leadership program. Sister Nassali is already a double SU alumna, having previously earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (School of Theology and Ministry). Click here to read more about Sister Nassali and her future plans.

May 3, 2017

Professor Sharon Cumberland has published a new poetry collection, Strange with Age (Black Heron Press).

Award-winning author and Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken writes: “Strange with Age is proof that wisdom—the real, hard-earned kind, built of experience, intelligence, faith, and yes, age—does not take the place of desire, but stands arm-in-arm with it offering truth, consolation, and a lovely sense of humor.​”

One of the biggest fans of Cumberland's new book is none other than Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., who said at a recent open forum, "Her poetry is just wonderful. It's great to have a poet among us."

Read more at Arts and Sciences.

May 1, 2017

Paced by a freshman and a senior on the final day of play, the Seattle University men's golf team captured the 2017 Western Athletic Conference title, and the league's automatic NCAA Regionals bid, April 30 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.

Seattle University women's rowing advanced three boats to the Grand Finals at the 2017 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships and came away with Gold in the Novice 8+ April 30 on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

April 27, 2017

Associate Professors of Management Holly Ferraro and Jennifer Marrone have had their case study, “Is this for me? Career Decision Making within Family Businesses,” accepted for publication in the Case Research Journal.

April 27, 2017

Seattle University is one of 12 universities that has been selected to compete in the 2018 Collegiate Wind Competition, an event supported by the Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Labs. 

Students will form interdisciplinary teams to develop technical and business plans for a marketable wind turbine. At the competition, the team will bring a scaled model of the turbine to undergo wind tunnel testing; furthermore, the business plan will be presented and judged by a panel of wind industry experts. 

Over the next year, the team will be supported by faculty from the College of Science and Engineering and the Albers Business School, as well as an external committee of local wind energy professionals. 

Pictured here: Seattle University Mechanical Engineering seniors on a fact-finding trip to the Wild Horse Wind & Solar Facility in Ellensburg, Wash.

April 19, 2017

Charles Tung, associate professor of English, was invited to give the keynote address at Florida State University’s first Graduate Literature Organization symposium, Bodies, Machines, and Objects: The Scope of the Inhuman and Posthuman. His talk, "The Heterochronic Body of History:  from Ontogeny to Alternate History," explored the relationship between the nineteenth-century biological concept of “heterochrony”—the that variations in the onset, offset, and pacing of embryonic processes result in deformations of morphology and the species history it was thought to represent—and experiments in the 20th-century literature and art that likewise envision the body of the text and the body of history as a hodgepodge of ongoing times. 

Tung also provided readings for, and participated in, a roundtable discussion, “Michel Serres's Flying Saucers, Mark McGurl's Time Travel,” with graduate students and colleagues.

April 11, 2017

Bonnie Buchanan, the Howard Bosanko Professor of Economics and Finance, has authored a book, Securitization and the Global Economy, which has been published by Palgrave Macmillan. Its description reads:

“This book examines the controversial issue of securitization in a global, historical context. It traces its origins and compares evidence of securitization across countries, linking differences to variations in legal, political, and cultural regimes. By incorporating the history and current status of securitization (including sources of value and risk) with alternative markets and future outlooks for the global market, Buchanan provides an overall assessment of the costs, benefits, and sustainability of securitization in the global economy, particularly in the aftermath of the 2007-2009 financial crisis. The book also offers a roadmap for future research. As financial regulators around the world plan a sweeping overhaul of securitization markets with tough new rules designed to restore market confidence, it is essential to consider the global outlook for securitization.”

April 6, 2017

Dan Dombrowski, professor of philosophy, delivered a lecture at the Metaphysical Society of America (MSA) meeting at Harvard University. The title of the talk was “Contingent Creativity as Necessary.” Dombrowski has been elected president-elect of MSA, which will hold its annual meeting at Seattle University in 2019.

March 30, 2017

Quinton Morris, a concert violinist, educator, entrepreneur, filmmaker and founder of The Young Eight String Octet, comprised of distinguished African American string players from the nation’s most prestigious music schools, has joined the Seattle Arts Commission. Read more at Arts and Sciences.

March 28, 2017

Adam Reeb, the head men's and women's tennis coach at Seattle U, has been recognized by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) as the 2016 College Coach of the year for the PNW Division. Read more at Athletics.

March 27, 2017

Associate Professor of Management Jessica Imanaka and Professor of Management Greg Prussia, along with Albers alumna Samantha Aw have had their paper, “’Laudato Si’ and Integral Ecology: A Reconceptualization of Sustainability,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Management for Global Sustainability.

March 15, 2017

Two books by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs have recently come off the press. The Runaway Poems: A Manual of Love has been published by Finishing Line Press. She will be the keynote speaker at the Universidad de Alicante, in Spain, opening with some of the pieces in The Runaway Poems

Gutiérrez y Muhs also edited and contributed to Word Images: New Perspectives on Canícula and Other Works by Norma Elia Cantú, published by the University of Arizona Press. This collection of critical essays unveils for the first time Norma Elia Cantú’s contribution as a folklorist, writer, scholar and teacher. Cantú is an author and the Murchison Professor in the Humanities at Trinity University in San Antonio.

Gutiérrez y Muhs is professor of Modern Languages and Cultures and Women and Gender Studies and director of the Center for the Study of Justice in Society.

March 12, 2017

A concept by senior digital design senior Nathan Watkins has been selected to cover I-5 pillars between downtown Seattle and First Hill. Watkins’ design, “Sunlight over First Hill,” features elements of its environs as well as a gradual rising of the sun as you travel east and a setting as you move westward. The design was selected from among five concepts with thousands of people voting. Learn more at First Hill Improvement Association and KING 5.

March 11, 2017

Alyssa Reuble of Seattle University softball threw a perfect game to lead the Redhawks to an 8-0 five-inning win over South Dakota on March 10. Reuble was brilliant for SU, tossing the third perfect game in program history. Learn more at

March 10, 2017

An article coauthored by Accounting Assistant Professor Marinilka Kimbro, “Capital Planning, Selection, and Investment: Integrating Sustainability in Decision-Making,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Management for Global Sustainability.

March 8, 2017

Jeanette Rodriguez, professor of theology and religious studies, has authored a forthcoming book, A Clan Mother's Call, Reconstructing Haudenosaunee Cultural Memory. Click here to learn more about the book, which is being published by SUNY press and due out in September.

March 6, 2017

William Parkin, associate professor of criminal justice, coauthored an article in The Conversation titled “Threats of violent Islamist and far-right extremism: What does the research say?” The article was also picked up by Salon.

March 6, 2017

Yancy Hughes Dominick, associate director of the University Honors Program and senior instructor in philosophy, had a paper accepted for the 2017 meeting of the Ancient Philosophy Society, which takes place at Baylor University in April. The paper is titled “Among the Boys and Young Men: Philosophy and Masculinity in Plato’s Lysis.” He also had a paper, “The Image of the Noble Sophist,” accepted by Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy.

February 28, 2017

Tito Cruz, associate dean of academic affairs in the School of Theology and Ministry, will serve a two-year term as vice president of the International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT).

The most comprehensive and international body in its field, IAPT is dedicated to the study of and critical reflection on practical theological thought and action.

Cruz’s appointment is expected to be formalized at the academy’s biennial conference in April.

Also at the conference, he will present his current research, a critical theological reflection titled “Migrant teachers: reframing enslaved spaces of imported labor in the United States.”

For more information, visit the School of Theology and Ministry.

February 27, 2017

Alan Johnston, an adjunct electrical and computer engineering professor, has authored Returning to Zero, the sequel to his cyber spy novel Counting from Zero (2011). Visit Seattle University News to find out how Johnston’s experience in the classroom inspired his two novels and what they’re about.

February 24, 2017

A paper coauthored by Matt Isaac, associate professor of marketing in the Albers School of Business and Economics, was selected as the best paper to appear in the Journal of Advertising Research for 2016. The title of the paper is “How to Capture Consumer Experiences: A Context-Specific Approach to Measuring Engagement–Predicting Consumer Behavior across Qualitatively Different Experiences.”

February 22, 2017

Seattle University’s Criminal Justice program and the Seattle Police Department have joined similar public/private partnerships in six localities across the country as part of the Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice, which is based at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Visit SU News for the full article.

February 16, 2017

Public Safety staff member Chun Choi was nominated by his peers and selected as the department’s employee of the month for January 2017. Choi joined Seattle University Public Safety as a communications dispatcher in February 2016. A valued member of the team, Choi is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism. He brings with him several years of dispatching and customer service experience with AAA and has completed certifications in professional level dispatching courses. Choi is especially recognized this month for his team work and his training and development work in Public Safety dispatch operations with our officer teams.

February 13, 2017

Charles Tung, associate professor of English, received a contract for his monograph Modernism and Time Machines. The book will be part of the Critical Studies in Modernist Culture series, Edinburgh University Press. He was invited to present the keynote at the 19th annual conference of “The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945,” at the University of Mississippi in May.

February 13, 2017

Tom Murphy, S.J., associate professor of history, gave a talk on the Jesuits’ role as slaveholders, at his alma mater, Loyola University Chicago. Father Murphy is the author of Jesuit Slaveholding in Maryland. In his presentation, he referenced Georgetown University’s acknowledgment of its ties to slavery, as reported in a series by The New York Times last year.

February 7, 2017

Carol Wolfe Clay, professor of theatre, is designing the sets for the critically acclaimed musical “The Pajama Game.” The play runs from Feb. 10 to March 5, at Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre. Read more at Arts and Sciences.

February 3, 2017

School of Law student Tarra Simmons has received a prestigious Skadden Fellowship. She is the first law student from Seattle University to join this elite group of dedicated social justice professionals working on behalf of people who are poor, elderly, disabled or otherwise deprived of human or civil rights. Read more at law school.

January 19, 2017

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has received a $250,000 grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to support the development of an Internet of Things-based Innovation Lab.

The grant will enable the faculty in ECE to add Internet of Things-related skills to the undergraduate curriculum and will foster the growth and success of the new Fr. Wood Innovation Lab being created in Bannan 210.

The award will “support undergraduate research and help cultivate an informal learning environment that inspires curiosity, exploration, and discovery,” says Assistant Professor Shiny Abraham, the Principal Investigator on the grant.

Abraham is pictured here (right) with co-Principal Investigator Agnieszka Miguel, associate professor and chair of the department. Read more ECE news here.

January 17, 2017

Mildred Ollee, a 1988 alumna of Seattle University’s doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, has been appointed interim executive director of the Northwest African American Museum. “Dr. Ollee brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Debbie Bird, chair of the museum’s board. “She comes with a great passion to help realize the mission and vision of the museum. I look forward to the invaluable contribution she will add to NAAM as our Interim Executive Director.” Ollee previously served as president of Portland Community College and Seattle Central Community College. Read more.

January 13, 2017

Stacey Jones, senior instructor for economics, has been elected as president-elect of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international academic honor society for economics, with 690 chapters worldwide. Jones will assume the role of president in January 2018.

January 13, 2017

Seattle University landed 30 student-athletes on the 2016 Fall Academic All-Western Athletic Conference Teams. Redhawks from men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball were recognized by the conference. Visit Athletics for more information.

January 11, 2017

Philosophy Professor Dan Dombrowski, published Whitehead’s Religious Thought: From Mechanism to Organism, From Force to Persuasion (2017, SUNY Press). Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1930), an English mathematician and philosopher, focused on change as the cornerstone of reality, known as process philosophy. Whitehead’s Religious Thought is Dombrowski’s 19th book. Learn more at Arts and Sciences.

December 21, 2016

The College of Nursing published its 2015-2016 report, which features the research and scholarly activities of its faculty and students. Read the report at Nursing.

November 15, 2016

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center in the Albers School of Business and Economics has received a three-year $500,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase to implement a new program that offers tailored business training and development services to neighborhood businesses in Seattle’s Central Area—the Resource Amplification and Management Program (RAMP). The grant is part of JPMorgan Chase’s “Small Business Forward” program, which recently announced a $75 million initiative to accelerate the growth of minority-, women-, and veteran-owned small businesses. Read more here at Seattle University News.

November 3, 2016

Angie Buysse, who earned an MA in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University in 2012, has been honored as an “Outstanding Philanthropist” in the Northwest by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Buysse is program director for the Seattle Storm Foundation. In that role, she builds partnerships and programs with organizations that serves girls. Read more at AFP.

November 2, 2016

Kate Elias and Mallory Torgerson-Preuitt have been recognized by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 8. Elias, assistant dean for student academic support in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Advising - Advising Administrator category. Torgerson-Preuitt, advisor services coordinator in Student Academic Services, received the Advising Technology Innovation Award. Comprising more than 12,000 professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators and students, NACADA is an international organization that works to enhance the educational development of students. Region 8 is made up of Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Yukon Territory.

October 28, 2016

Sven Arvidson, director and associate professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and senior faculty fellow of the Center for Faculty Development, published “Interdisciplinary Research and Phenomenology as Parallel Processes of Consciousness” in Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies. The article identifies analogies between interdisciplinary studies and philosophy in order to encourage communication between practitioners. Arvidson also presented “Reverence and the Field of Consciousness” at the annual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences in Salt Lake City, UT. The talk showed how reverential awe, religious or non-religious, is an ordered experience and in particular reminds humans of their place in the order of existence.

October 27, 2016

Victory Media has recognized Seattle University as a Military Friendly® School in its 2017 listing of colleges and universities nationwide. The designation is reserved for higher-education institutions that exhibit leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students. Click here to learn more.

October 24, 2016

Jacquelyn Miller, university liaison, Fulbright Scholar Program, recently announced that two Seattle University faculty have received Fulbright awards for 2016-17. Following is the text of her announcement: 

MaraAdelman_149Mara Adelman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication has received a Fulbright Specialist award for Fudan University in Shanghai.  

While there she will be designing and teaching a course in Cross Cultural Communication for the School of Foreign Languages and Literature and mentoring faculty on this topic.  Fudan is among China's most prestigious universities with a renowned language program.  She will also keynote an upcoming conference at the university for over 200 Chinese faculty on "Narrative and Culture."  Prior to retiring, Dr. Adelman was awarded a Fulbright for the University of Mekelle in Ethiopia and worked with Save the Nation; the only NGO focusing on road safety in all of Ethiopia.   

Dr. Adelman's book, Beyond Language, was the first textbook that integrated English as a Second Language and cross-cultural communication, and is used throughout the world. Her award winning book, Communicating Social Support, pioneered this field in the study of communication. In addition to publishing several books and articles, during her last five years at Seattle University, Dr. Adelman focused on solitude and distraction and gave numerous faculty workshops on these topics.    

Prior to joining Seattle University in 1994, she taught at Northwestern University, the University  of Washington, and at the University of California, Los Angeles.  She retired to become an artist and resides in Napa, California.   

John Carter, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Mathematics has received a Fulbright Scholars award for the University of Bergen in Bergen, Norway from January to June 2017.


Dr. Carter will be working with Norwegian mathematicians, including Dr. Henrik Kalisch, a longtime collaborator, to develop more accurate predictions for tsunami evolution by developing new models of waves on shallow water. He will help derive, study, and solve equations that allow varying bathymetry and waves traveling in both directions. Predictions from these new equations will then be compared with data from physical experiments.  Dr. Carter will also travel to the Norwegian Technical University in Trondheim and the University of Oslo in Oslo to work on related problems with other scholars in the field.   

Dr. Carter's current research focuses on mathematical models of waves in the ocean, particularly on how they evolve over long distances, by using a combination of asymptotics, numerical analysis, and analysis.  His 2016 co-authored publications in this area includes "Frequency downshifting in a viscous fluid," in the European Journal of Mechanics B: Fluids and "On the nonlinear dynamics of the travelling-wave solutions of the Serre system," in Wave Motion.  Dr. Carter has also co-authored, including other SU faculty, a 2016 article in the scholarship of teaching and learning field entitled "Improving student success in calculus at Seattle University," which was published in the journal PRIMUS.   

Dr. Carter received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Applied Mathematics and began working at Seattle University in 2001.  He also served as a Visiting Professor in the Departamento de Ingenier´ıa Hidr´aulica y Ambiental at the Pontificia Universidad Cat´olica de Chile during a sabbatical in 2008.  As a result of that experience, he now teaches a course in winter quarter on a two-year rotation entitled Mathematical Models of Near-Shore Phenomena, in which students are introduced to mathematical models of waves in the ocean and then spend nine days in Chile learning from Chilean experts and experiencing Chilean culture.   

(Click here for a list of previous faculty recipients of Fulbright awards.)

October 24, 2016

Quinton Morris, director of chamber and instrumental music, is launching Key to Change, a violin studio in South King County that will serve middle and high school students of color and lower economic backgrounds in Renton, Kent, Auburn, Maple Valley and Federal Way. Read about it inSeattle Weekly.

October 24, 2016

Institute of Public Service Professor Kevin Ward has received the Bill Basl Commitment to Service Award from Serve Washington. The award, named for Bill Basl, current director of AmeriCorps for the Corporation for National and Community Service, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to public service. Read more at Arts and Sciences.

October 24, 2016

The School of Theology and Ministry is recognized as one of ten "bright spot" institutions in theological education in a report released by Auburn Theological Seminary. The report highlighted the school's dynamic Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership program. Learn more here.

October 24, 2016

A case coauthored by Assistant Professor of Accounting Gabe Saucedo, "Mystery Inc.: A Big Data Case," won the Best Education Paper award at the Northeast Region American Accounting Association meeting.

October 24, 2016

Seattle University School of Law is ranked in the top 10 nationally on The Princeton Review's list of law schools with the most diverse faculty.

October 10, 2016
Charles Tung, associate professor of English, has published "Baddest Modernism: the Scales and Lines of Inhuman Time" in Modernist Inhumanisms, a special issue of Modernism/Modernity 23.3 (2016), the official journal of Modernist Studies Association. Tung will be presenting a paper on time-lapse aesthetics at Timescales: Ecological Temporalities Across Disciplines, a conference hosted by the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. He also organized the linked panels "Modern Futures I:  Race, Time, and Human Scale" and "Modern Futures II:  Race, Time, and Inhuman Scale" at the Modernist Studies Association 18th Annual Conference in Pasadena, Calif.  There he will present a paper on "Race, Anthropogenesis, and Extinction in Post-Holocene Modernism."
September 28, 2016

Check out the College of Education's latest Banner magazine, which features alumna Jill Wakefield and other alumni, faculty, students and staff.

September 19, 2016

The law school's Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, led by Professor Sara Rankin (left), is the recipient of the 2016 Change Agent award from Seattle's Real Change. Read more at School of Law.

September 14, 2016

Pat Kelly, S.J., associate professor of theology and religious studies, and his scholarly work were profiled in Northwest Progress. You can read the article, "The Spiritual Significance of Sports." here.

August 29, 2016

Criminal Justice faculty Jacqueline Helfgott, department chair, and Elaine Gunnison, director of graduate programs, have been appointed co-editors of the Journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society for a three-year term beginning February 2017. The academic journal, a publication of the Western Society of Criminology, features articles on research and practice related to criminology, criminal justice and criminal law and society. Also included are essays and commentary on crime, law and justice policies. Read more »

August 25, 2016

SU's Master's in Sport Administration and Leadership (MSAL), led by Galen Trail  (left) has again been ranked among the top 20 master's programs in the world by SportBusiness International. Visit  Arts and Sciences  for more information.

August 23, 2016
Ed Reed, assistant professor in Matteo Ricci College, has been appointed to the board of the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH). Based in Washington, D.C., NCH's mission is to prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected. Its board is comprised of individuals currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, and community-based and faith-based service providers. As a board member, Reed will serve a three-year term. Learn more about the organization at NCH.
August 23, 2016

Dan Dombrowski, professor of philosophy, recently presented a lecture titled "A Rawlsian Approach to Nonhuman Animal Rights" at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics at Oxford University.

July 14, 2016

Three publications by Seattle University have been recognized with 2016 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII Communications Awards. The university received silver awards from CASE, as follows:

The Path Less Taken: Seattle University President's Report - 2015 was recognized in the category "Annual, Semiannual or Biennial Reports,"(Contributing Marketing Communications staff: Tina Potterf, Annie Beckmann, Chris Kalinko, Terry Lundmark and Mike Thee)

SU's undergraduate admissions acceptance posters were lauded in the category "Multi-Page Print Design." Sent to accepted students, the posters feature a quote pulled from the student's application essay. (Contributing Marketing Communications, Enrollment and Admissions staff: Francesca Lukjanowicz, Chris Kalinko, Sarah Hyde, Kimberly Witchey, Keith Walberg, Tina Potterf, Eli Christopher, Marilyn Crone, Melore Nielsen and Katie O'Brien)

The 2015 undergraduate viewbook "What You Shape Starts With What Shapes You" was also recognized in the "Multi-Page Print Design" category. (Contributing Marketing Communications, Enrollment and Admissions staff: Francesca Lukjanowicz, Sarah Hyde, Kimberly Witchey, Tina Potterf, Eli Christopher, Marilyn Crone, Melore Nielsen and Katie O'Brien)

June 12, 2016
Albers Dean Joe Phillips' blog has been listed in the top 100 business professor blogs by, a credit card comparison and financial education website. The dean's blog can be found here.
June 8, 2016

Three projects by engineering faculty and students have received awards from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The winning projects are: "Design Development of a Cultural Village for Migrant Workers," "Design of Habitat-Sensitive Erosion Hazard Mitigation near a Bridge" and "Solar Microgrid in Rural Zambia with Real-Time Cloud-Based Monitoring." Each award comes with a $7,500 contribution. Seattle University took home half of the six awards given in 2016.

May 11, 2016

Communication Associate Professor and Department Chair Chris Paul published "EVE Online Is Hard and It Matters" in Internet Spaceships Are Serious Business: An EVE Online Reader . EVE Online is an extremely popular multiplayer online game with millions of dollars in sales. Read more at Arts and Sciences.

April 26, 2016

Peter Ely, S.J., associate professor of theology and religious studies, delivered the 2016 Huegli Lecture on Christian Higher Education at Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, Ind.). Father Ely's lecture was titled "Jesuit Higher Education in the Age of Pope Francis." Learn more here.

April 26, 2016

The NCAA recently recognized four Seattle University's athletic teams for excellence in the classroom. Men's basketball, women's track, women's cross country and women's golf all earned NCAA recognition for having Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top 10 percent of teams of their sport for the 2014-15 academic year. The APR is based on eligibility, retention and graduation rates and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. 

The NCAA's announcement is part of its overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Seattle University had the most teams from the Western Athletic Conference to be recognized by the NCAA for having an APR in the top 10 percent. 

"While our student-athletes deserve the credit, this recognition wouldn't be possible without the commitment and dedication of the Seattle University faculty and staff who have worked with our student-athletes to ensure their academic success," wrote David Arnesen, professor of marketing in the Albers School of Business and Economics, chair of the Athletic Advisory Board and faculty athletic representative. "It is the shared desire of the Athletic Advisory Board that we continue to build on this in future years and that each student-athlete, most importantly, is successful in the classroom."

April 13, 2016

Agnieszka Miguel, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has been elected to the board of directors of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Miguel will chair the Professional Interest Council I, which includes the areas of aerospace, architectural engineering, biological and agricultural engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, construction engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering economy, engineering management, industrial engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering. Her two-year term will begin in July 2016. Miguel is also currently serving as chair of the ASEE Pacific Northwest Section until July 2017.

Miguel has held numerous ASEE leadership positions and has contributed to the ASEE Annual Conference for more than a decade by reviewing papers, chairing sessions, organizing panels and presenting her own work. Miguel has been a member of the Program Committee of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association annual conference. She is a principal investigator of a National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM grant that provides scholarships and support services to ECE transfer students. As department chair, Miguel has led the creation and implementation of new ECE undergraduate curriculum and increased the undergraduate enrollment in ECE by almost 50 percent. 

ASEE was founded in 1893 and is the only national engineering education organization concerned with all engineering disciplines. ASEE is a leading voice in the community, authoring reports on transforming curriculum and transitioning veterans into engineering careers, among others; managing a large portfolio of fellowships and internships for the federal government; and publishing the world's premier journals on engineering education.

April 12, 2016

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, professor of Modern Languages and Women and Gender Studies, gave three community presentations in March. She read two poems she wrote to welcome Miguel Fraga, the first secretary of the newly re-established Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C., during his visit to Seattle. She served on a panel sponsored by the Northwest Film Forum and the University of Washington Bothell to celebrate International Women's Day. She also presented her poetry at the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Summit.  

This month Gutiérrez y Muhs will join the Seattle Arts and Lectures program as the academic discussant for the launch of a new book featuring 20 unearthed poems by Pablo Neruda.

March 30, 2016

Senior English Honors student Grace Goodwin received the award for Best Critical Paper at the Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature. Her winning essay, "The Liberation of Queerness: De-colonizing Time and Space in Ellison's Invisible Man and King's Green Grass, Running Water," was written for Associate Professor of English Christina Roberts's class. Read more »

March 15, 2016
Value Colleges has ranked Albers' Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) among the top 20 "Best Value Big Data Graduate Programs of 2016." Set to launch in fall 2016, the MSBA program addresses a national shortage of business analytics professionals.


March 15, 2016

Dale Watanabe, assistant director in the International Student Center, was inducted as an honorary member into the Tau Sigma Gamma Mu Chapter of the National Tau Sigma Transfer Student Honor Society in recognition of his work with international transfer students throughout his career. The induction ceremony took place March 1 in Pigott Auditorium. Ninety-nine new transfer students to Seattle University from 2015 were also inducted. 

Watanabe (center) has worked with the international transfer student population since joining SU in 2001. Dale is a committed leader, social justice advocate and mentor to many international students. 

Tau Sigma is the national academic honor society designed specifically to recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students. SU's chapter is led by students Marissa Huntley as president, Brian Liston-Clark as executive vice president, Samantha Susilo as vice president of finance, Patricia Wu as vice president of community services and Quinn Yackulic as secretary. Co-advising the chapter are Laura Hauck-Vixie, senior academic advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Angel Asuncion-Reed, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. 

Watanabe joins the following current and former university administrators, staff and faculty as an honorary member: Diane Schmitz, Dhorea Brown, Audrey Hudgins, Jacob Diaz, Gwen Jackson and Carol Schneider.

March 15, 2016

Allison Machlis Meyer, assistant professor of English, will deliver the Opening Reception Address of the Teaching with Primary Sources Symposium on Thursday, March 17, 2016. The Symposium is sponsored by the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the Seattle Pacific University Library, University of Puget Sound Collins Library, and the Willamette University Hatfield Library. Professor Meyer's talk, titled "Pedagogy and Primary Sources: Reflections on Teaching Shakespeare in Context," explores how using primary sources in classes on early modern literature can increase students' autonomy and intrinsic motivation to learn.   

March 15, 2016

Jimmy McCarty, campus minister for social justice, wrote an article, "Journeying Toward Repentance," which is featured on Ignatian Solidarity Network's Today's Voices for Justice.

March 2, 2016

David Green, director of the Center for Faculty Development, delivered the opening keynote speech of the Canadian annual Educational Developers Caucus conference in Windsor, Ontario. The talk-"Intentionally in tension"-explored the possible virtues of tensions that faculty developers must frequently navigate in their institutions to be effective. The abstract and slides can be found here.

Green also recently coauthored a book chapter on leading a faculty development center in the Routledge anthology Advancing Practice in Academic Development.

March 2, 2016

Christie Eppler, director of the Relationship and Pastoral Therapy Program in the School of Theology, along with Karen Quek and Martha Morgan (who have also taught in the program) recently had a manuscript accepted for publication by a prominent journal in the field of family therapy. The article, titled "Teaching gender in family therapy education: Reflection of cis-female students' learning," will be published in The Journal of Family Therapy.

Eppler also had two presentations accepted by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) to be presented at the AAMFT national conference in September in Indianapolis. The first, "Using Creative Assessments to Promote Social Justice," was co-authored with Jeanette Rodriguez, professor of theology and religious studies, and the second, "Exploring Spirituality through Cinemetherapy," was co-authored with Doctor of Ministry student Nicole Chilivis.

March 2, 2016
Ki Gottberg, professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, has written and directed a play, "The Last Salmon," which is appearing at the Merc Playhouse in Twisp, Wash. Described in part, the play "uses contemporary music styles such as hip-hop and indie-pop to tell a story that begins with the Native American First Salmon ceremony." Gottberg received a grant fromCenter for Environmental Justice and Sustainability to support her work in writing the play. You can read about the play in Methow Valley News.
March 1, 2016

Mary-Antoinette Smith, associate professor of English, is featured in U.S. Catholic magazine's February issue. Titled "Balancing Act," the article covers her leadership as executive director of National Association for Women in Catholic Higher Education (NAWCHE) as well as other aspects of her life and career.

February 3, 2016

Film Studies Assistant Professor Georg Koszulinski's latest documentary feature, Loa: Encounters with the Sacred Spirits of Haiti, has its premiere at DOCFeed 2016, an international documentary film festival held in Eindhoven, Netherlands, this month. Loa will have its U.S. premiere at the 40th annual Atlanta Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, in April. The documentary is being released by Substream Films in association with Kembe La Collaborative. Read more at Arts and Sciences.

February 3, 2016

Allison Machlis Meyer, assistant professor of English, published a peer-reviewed article, "Multiple Histories: Cultural Memory and Anne Boleyn in Actes and Monuments and Henry VIII" in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation.

December 21, 2015
Bonnie Buchanan, the George Albers Professor of Finance, has authored three papers. "Securitization: A Financing Vehicle for All Seasons?" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Ethics. “Securitization in China - Deja Vu?” has been published in the Journal of Structured Finance. “The Way We Live Now: Financialization and Securitization,” has been accepted by Research in International Business and Finance.
December 9, 2015

King County Executive Dow Constantine has appointed Hye-Kyung Kang to the advisory board that will help implement Best Starts for Kids, his initiative to increase the number of children and youth who reach adulthood healthy and able to achieve their full potential. Kang is the director of the university's new Master of Social Work program. You can read more about her at Arts and Sciences and her appointment at Best Starts for Kids.

November 23, 2015

Katie Eilers (MSN, 2013) was one of 10 nurse innovators honored with the 2015 "Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing" award from the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action, spearheaded by AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read more »

November 23, 2015

Jennifer Marrone, associate professor of management, coauthored an article with part-time MBA students Lauren Rochholz, Maria Bauermeister, Megan Pahl, Angelina Kalinovich, Barry Wilson and Jonathan Greer. The article, "Preparing Students for Leadership through Experiential Learning," has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Leadership Education.

November 23, 2015

Sharon Callahan, director of the doctor of ministry program in the School of Theology and Ministry, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of trustees of both Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services. Callahan will work to enhance the school's two grant efforts related to public theology and may provide opportunity for the school to design new degrees related to helping people move into social service leadership and family therapy.

November 23, 2015

Mike Marsolek, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering (left, in picture), joined other partners in installing a water filtration system in Nepal following the earthquake that devastated the country last spring. Read more at CEJS.

November 23, 2015

Bill Ehmann, associate provost for research and graduate education, wrote an article that appears in the November edition of Connections, which is published by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Ehmann's article, "Ethos Matters: Delivering on the Jesuit Mission through Graduate and Professional Experiences at Seattle University," can be found at AJCU.

November 23, 2015

Bryan Adamson, professor law, will receive the William Pincus Award from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The award is one of the highest honors bestowed on a clinical educator. Learn more at School of Law.

November 23, 2015

Professor Richard Rego, S.J., joins the faculty as the William F. LeRoux Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences for winter quarter 2016. Read more at Arts and Sciences.

November 9, 2015

Sue Jackels, professor emerita of chemistry, is one eight awardees named by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation's 2015 Senior Scientist Mentor Program. The award provides a $20,000 grant to emeritus faculty in the chemical sciences in support of undergraduate research to be conducted under their guidance. Awardees are selected from applications submitted by colleges and universities from throughout the United States. Jackels' project is titled "Investigation of East African Green Coffees Affected by Potato Taste Defect."

Established in 1946 by chemist, inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus, the foundation is devoted to the advancement of the chemical sciences. For more information, visit

October 28, 2015

Mohammed Alabbar and Gary Brinson have a lot in common. Both are graduates of SU's Albers School of Business and Economics. Both received honorary doctorates from the university (2007 and 2014, respectively). And now, both have been chosen to be among the first 100 influential leaders by the AACSB International, the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools. Read more at SU news.

October 27, 2015

According to the U.S. Department of Education's new College Scorecard, Seattle University graduates earn the highest median salary 10 years after entering school compared to all other colleges and universities in Washington state.

October 27, 2015

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Stephen Rice has co-edited Envisioning Criminology: Researchers on Research as a Process of Discovery (Springer, 2015). With chapters contributed by leading scholars in criminology and criminal justice, the book includes behind-the-scenes experiences of scholars engaged in the research process. 

Two of the chapters are contributed by SU criminal justice faculty-Rice's "Getting Emotional" and Associate Professor Matt Hickman's "I Want You to Wear Something for Me": On the In Situ Measurement of Police Stress and the Potential Rewards of Channeling One's Inner Experimentalist." 

Jacqueline Helgott, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, calls the book "a key contribution to criminology and criminal justice literature."

October 27, 2015

Management Professor Ben Kim's paper, "Data Mining Analysis and Predictions of Real Estate Prices," co-authored with Professional MBA students Victor Gan and Vaishali Agarwal, has been accepted for publication in Issues in Information Systems.

October 15, 2015

Bill O'Connell, associate professor of counseling and chair of the Department of Leadership and Professional Studies, co-presented "Experiential Exercises to Enhance Cross Cultural Supervision" at the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors conference in Philadelphia. The presentation was peer-reviewed.

October 14, 2015

Sociology Professor Jodi O'Brien has been named the inaugural director of the university's Wismer Office for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence. Read more here.

September 29, 2015

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to reappoint Political Science Associate Professor Angelique Davis as a member the Civil Service Commission. Davis is the 2015 Chair of the Commission. Learn more at Arts and Sciences.

September 29, 2015

Charles Tung, associate professor of English, was invited by the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society at the University of Louisville to give a seminar on Ben Lerner's novel 10:04 and contemporary U.S. fiction at the University of California, Berkeley. The seminar focused on the novel's questions about social, political and environmental futures, and its exploration of possible collective identities for whom the fantasy of a "great American novel" provides inadequate representation. The participants in the seminar were literature and language scholars from around the globe who were visiting the U.S. as part of the Department of State Institute on Contemporary American Literature.

September 29, 2015
Jenny Loertscher and Vicky Minderhout are highlighted in Science magazine, the world's leading outlet for scientific news, commentary and cutting-edge research. The two chemistry professors are featured in aSept. 18 article titled "Effective teaching: to be an effective educator, get active." Minderhout, the 2011 Professor of the Year in Washington state, and Loertscher have long been recognized as pioneers in active learning.
September 18, 2015
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies ranked #4 in the nation by and #1 in the West. The ranking reflects diversity of learning options, graduation rates, admissions rates and options for post-baccalaureate study. Learn more at Arts and Sciences.


September 15, 2015

Sonora Jha, associate professor in the Department of Communication, presented a paper titled "Gathering Online, Loitering Offline: Hashtag Activism and the Claim for Public Space by Women in India Through the #WhyLoiter Campaign," at the annual convention of the Association for the Education of Journalism and Mass Communication in San Francisco.

September 15, 2015

Marinilka Kimbro, assistant professor of accounting, will be recognized by Woman of Color Empowered for her work in the accounting and finance sectors. The award recipients will be recognized at a luncheon on Sept. 18.

September 15, 2015

Three SU Jesuits-Fathers Peter Ely, Trung Pham and David Leigh, had prominent roles at 18th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Understanding of Human Ideas of Ultimate Reality and Meaning at University College, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Father Ely, associate professor of theology and religious studies, gave the keynote. He spoke on the ultimate meaning of justice and mercy. He also gave a paper on Augustine's City of God , and a symposium response on Albert Camus' approach to death. Father Pham, assistant professor of art and art history, gave a paper on "Extreme Beauty" and led a symposium on his own paintings dealing with the topic. Father Leigh, professor of English, helped coordinate the conference, and also gave a paper on "Method in Theology and Literature" and a symposium response on S. T. Coleridge's philosophy.

August 18, 2015

Patrick Howell, S.J., distinguished professor in the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, presented a paper at the 23rd biennial Congress of Jesuits in Ecumenism in Vienna, Austria. The title of the paper was A Theology of Brokenness as a Source of Ecumenical Unity.

"We had delegates from Kerala, Ranchi and Gujarat provinces in India, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark, and four of us from the USA," said Father Howell. "Ecumenical efforts are different in every region. The Middle East and certain sections of India, for instance, are experiencing intense persecution of Christians, and this ominous threat has drawn Christians closer together than ever. There is an ecumenism of martyrdom, if you will."

Father Howell is one of the co-editors of the Proceedings, which will appear in print next spring.

August 18, 2015

Seattle University's Center for Community Engagement has received a three-year, $156,000 grant from the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) to support art and artisan programs at Yesler Terrace. Under the grant, Yesler Terrace youth and adults will work with Seattle University faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, Albers School of Business and Economics and the College of Education. Original funding came to the SHA from the Kresge Foundation. Read more at SU News.

August 18, 2015

Colleen Frakes, library technician in Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, is also a cartoonist and has completed a book, Prison Island: A Graphic Memoir. Published by Zest Books, a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprint dedicated to young adult nonfiction, the book is about the author's experiences living on McNeil Island, home to America's last island prison only accessible by air or sea. Visit Prison Island for more information.

August 18, 2015

Chips Chipalkatti, professor of accounting, and Meena Rishi, professor of economics, coauthored an article, "Sustainable Development in India: Balancing Poverty Alleviation, Economic Growth and Reduced Carbon Emissions," which has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

August 18, 2015

The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality has joined the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C., in filing an amicus brief to support the U.S. government's denial of trademark registration to an Asian American rock band in a case before the Federal Circuit. Read more at School of Law.

August 8, 2015

Seattle University is one of the nation's top institutions for undergraduate education, according to the Princeton Review, which once again features the university in its Best Colleges guide.  

Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled by the Princeton Review and included in the Best Colleges guide.  

In its profile of Seattle University in The Best 380 Colleges 2016, Princeton Review noted comments from students who cited the university's highly-regarded academic offerings and Jesuit philosophy.

Students also gave high marks to the value of Seattle University's required Core classes, professors who "ensure that students have a chance not only to digest and memorize the information but also to critically think about it and discuss different viewpoints" and the university's commitment to social justice issues that are "more than just rhetoric." Also noted:  the "great library" and the school's location in the heart of Seattle.

July 13, 2015

In an important decision to advance equality and freedom of speech, the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court and held that a challenge to the Arizona law prohibiting Mexican-American studies courses raises claims that should go to trial. Read more about the involvement of SU law faculty at School of Law.

July 13, 2015

College Factual ranked Seattle University 15th in the nation in the category "Top Colleges for Liberal Arts/Sciences and Humanities." Read more at Arts and Sciences.

June 10, 2015
Sven Arvidson, director of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and senior faculty fellow of Center for Faculty Development, published on Aron Gurwitsch (1901-1973) for Routledge Press in the new Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The 1500-word entry explains how this major 20th century philosopher integrates Husserlian phenomenology and Gestalt psychology.
June 10, 2015

Seattle University's master's degree program in criminal justice is among the nation's top 15 campus-based programs for 2015, according to, a comprehensive directory of criminal justice programs. ranks more than 10,000 criminal justice degree and certificate programs in the U.S.

June 10, 2015

The Financial Engineer website ranks the Albers School's MS in Finance program 52 in the nation and the top program in the Northwest and number five on the West Coast.

June 10, 2015

A project by students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has received a $7,500 award from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The project, "Seismic Analysis and Retrofit Design of a Historic Substation Control Building," was sponsored by SCL. Associate Professor Nimmy Gnanapragasam was the faculty advisor. Since 2009, Seattle University has won 10 of the 42 awards given by NCEES. You can learn more here.

June 10, 2015

Dan Dombrowski, professor of philosophy, has two forthcoming publications: a book  A History of the Concept of God: A Process Approach  (Albany: State University of New York Press, forthcoming) and "Religion, Solitariness, and the Bloodlands," which will appear in American Journal of Theology and Philosophy.

May 20, 2015

An article coauthored by Gareth Green, associate professor and chair of economics, Stacey Jones, senior instructor of economics, and John Bean, professor emeritus of English, has been accepted for publication in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. The article is titled "Teaching Real-World Applications of Business Statistics Using Communication to Scaffold Learning."