Dean Deanna Sands traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting and will be back in the office next week. Please join her in extending a warm welcome to our six new staff at the College of Education and the Center for Change in Transition Services. Stop by and introduce yourself when you’re on the third and fifth floors!
A Seattle native, Lisa completed two years at St. Martin’s University in Lacey before transferring to Seattle University to earn a bachelor of social work with a minor in psychology. After graduating in 2011, Lisa worked as a Therapeutic Child Care Worker at Childhaven, a King County non-profit serving at-risk children. The experience helped her realize her passion for working with children with disabilities, and she subsequently applied and was accepted to COE's School Counseling program. The same passion drew her to the CCTS, where she found a role as Senior Administrative Assistant. Lisa will graduate in the spring of 2018 and is considering opening a private counseling practice.
Originally from Denver, CO, Adam graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO with a degree in English literature and a minor in psychology. Hoping to pursue his interest in education in a high-need area, Adam joined Teach for America and spent two years as an 8th/9th and 12th grade math teacher in Detroit, MI. He hopes to creatively apply his teaching experiences as a Program Coordinator in CCTS. Out of the office, Adam plays Ultimate Frisbee and is an avid reader of science-fiction. He also pursues an interest community of spoken word as a learning mechanism in schools. You can check out some of his own work here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_wFUDeD2a0.
A transplant from Orlando, FL, Jay moved to the West Coast more than 10 years ago. She earned a degree in elementary education with a minor in studio art from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA and a master’s in Arts Management with a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Oregon. She first discovered her interest in education while teaching theater to children at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. As a Program Coordinator in CCTS, Jay looks forward to applying her passion for theater and education in an administrative function. Feel free to quiz her on Hamlet lines…
Gina is a Seattle native who graduated from Seattle University in 2013 with a bachelor’s in business administration. Subsequently she worked at the architecture firm CallisonRTKL as a human resources coordinator. Seeking mission-driven work outside of the for-profit world, Gina was naturally drawn to CCTS. She is currently enrolled in SU’s master of public administration and plans to graduate in spring of 2018. Gina’s favorite book is 1984 by George Orwell, and she loves 70s and disco music. Another fun fact – she has an identical twin who is also working in a grant-funded office at a university.
Kimberly comes to COE with extensive experience in marketing, communications, and administrative roles in higher education settings. Most recently she managed Columbia Ideas at Work, Columbia Business School’s thought leadership magazine, where much of her work involved translating technical research language into plain English for business leaders and policy makers. She now freelances as a copyeditor, primarily for academic researchers, and also writes. She moved back to Seattle last year and enjoys rediscovering the city by foot, bus, and bicycle.
Beth Armitage comes to Seattle University with extensive experience in education administration, having previously worked at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA as well as Salmon Bay K-8 School in Ballard. She was drawn to Seattle University for its reputation for excellence, its mission, and its commitment to educating the whole person. Beth has lived in Seattle since 1999, and she has two children ages 11 and 13. She loves reading (especially biographies and mysteries), traveling, and museums about buildings.
Two more profiles are still to come! Look for Rebecca McColl, Grants Manager in CCTS, and Jennifer Stanton, Associate Director in CCTS, in the next COE Update.
Faculty are encouraged to open the doors of your classroom to faculty colleagues from other disciplines during the week of May 2. The Center for Faculty Development is handling the logistics. Please sign up here. See the please visit this page for more information.
Five faculty from SU presented at the American Educational Research Association conference this month in the following seminars, lectures, presentations, and workshops:
In the past month, the College of Education received two major gifts from generous alumnae who included the College in their wills:
Joanne Schumacher BAEd,’55
Known as a woman who was very engaged in her community, Joanne Schumacher made a legacy commitment to the College through an estate gift of $382,000 for scholarships. Some of her closest friends, many of whom are also College of Education alumna, visited the College in March for a luncheon in memory of her life and her gift to the College. please visit this page.
Elizabeth Puckett, BAEd ‘60
The College of Education received a $97,000 gift from the estate of Elizabeth J. Puckett, BAEd ’60. A former teacher and librarian for many years before retiring, Elizabeth was a longtime Seattle resident and most recently lived in Moses Lake. She was born in Nortonville, Kansas on September 18, 1925, daughter of Edgar and Clara Grace. She enjoyed quilting and loved spending time with family.
Transition to Terminal Four, the new website CMS, is complete, but work continues on fixing broken links that lead to 404 error messages. Please contact Karen Smaalders or Casey Hicks with any website issues.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Kristi Lee (Counseling), who received tenure and a promotion to associate professor.
Admissions, Recruiting and Marketing Coordinator Elizabeth Steeves is on maternity leave and enjoying time with her son, William Hite Steeves, who was born on Friday, March 25. Elizabeth plans to be back in June.
The JesuFit combo team of Jessica Fenner, Peggy Fine, Kaelen Frashure and Karen Smaalders won the 2016 Anne Carragher Wellness Challenge last month! The six-week campus-wide team challenge invites students, faculty and staff to join together and pursue goals in various dimensions of wellness, including physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and social.
Father Casimir “Cas” Zielinski passed away on March 4, 2016 at the age of 92. Father Cas served in the College of Education’s Department of Counseling and School Psychology from 1979-1993 where he taught theory and practicum courses and supervised interns. Father Zielinski’s obituary may be viewed by clicking here. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, April 16th at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Kirkland, the parish where Fr. Cas was in residence during his Seattle University tenure. All are welcome.
Victor “Paul” Johnson, M.D., passed away on March 9, 2016, in Sun City West Arizona after a brief illness. Paul was the husband of Margaret “Peg” Haggerty, emerita faculty member and former Dean of Seattle University’s College of Education. Paul’s full obituary can be viewed by clicking here. Memorial gifts may be made to the St. James Cathedral Kitchen, 804 9th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 or the charity of your choice. A Mass in celebration of Paul's life is planned for Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Cathedral in Seattle.
Former COE faculty member Sandra Barker died Thursday, April 7 with family and close friends at her side. A memorial is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Holladay Park Plaza, 1300 NE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97232. Donations may be sent to your local Friends of the Library or your favorite jazz station.
Kris McDuffy, EdD '94 (EDLR), superintendent of Arlington Public Schools, has been selected as the new Edmonds superintendent.
The next edition of COE Update will publish in May. Send items for the next issue to Education@seattleu.edu no later than Friday, May 6.