With the Thanksgiving holiday providing a brief respite from our day-to-day activities, the last month has flown by…I get a knot in my stomach each day as I walk by Christopher Phaiah’s work station and am reminded, “How many days until Christmas?!” I have spent much time involved in university-level conversations about budget planning for FY16…enough said.
On the lighter side, it was a pleasure to attend the reception for our adjuncts and catch up with those I have met in the past and meet new people as well – we are fortunate to have such a committed and capable group of people supporting our instruction! Peggy and I met with and I am thrilled to share that Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education for Microsoft, has agreed to serve on the college’s Advisory Council! We look forward to exploring and connecting with initiatives with schools and colleges at the national and international levels.
Finally, I have had the honor of engaging with our students this past month, both through watching presentations of their coursework, defending dissertations, and collaboratively planning future events for current students and alumni.
There is anticipation in the air this week as we get ready for a well-deserved holiday break to spend meaningful time with family, friends and colleagues. Whether you are staying at home or traveling far away in the days ahead, I wish you a holiday filled with warmth, fulfillment and joy.
Congratulations to SDA aluma LaKeisha (Keisha) Jackson, MA ’14, who was appointed by the Seattle City Council to the Seattle Women’s Commission for a two-year term. In her new role, Keisha will be advising the major, city council and city departments on issues that impact the women of Seattle. The Commission identifies areas of concern and recommends policy and legislation, provides feedback and opinion on issues of city and state budget, and acts as a liaison between the women of Seattle and City government. “I am really excited about this opportunity to inform systematic change in the City of Seattle, Keisha said. “The main issues that drew me to apply for the Seattle Women’s Commission are wage equality, access to education, health care, housing and safety.”
A Racial Justice Lecture by Stephen Newby, associate professor of music, director of composition and director of the Center for Worship at Seattle Pacific University, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 14 in the Casey Commons. He will explore particular theological implications and their workings as found in Ysaye Barnwell’s “Fortune’s Bones,” discussing how the music and text instantiates notions of how we deal with freedom, the afterlife, the pursuit of cultural heritage and race relations. The panel will relate this lecture to historical and contemporary times. This project is inspired by a book authored by Marilyn Nelson titled Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem, which has inspired a Seattle community-wide exploration of the story of Fortune, an enslaved African American who lived in Waterbury, Conn., in the late 1700s. Tickets can be reserved at Brown Paper Tickets.
A screening and talkback on racial justice regarding the film, “Precious Knowledge,” centers on Arizona’s battle over ethnic studies in public schools. The film portrays one of the final years of a highly successful but controversial Mexican American Studies Program in Tucson’s public schools. The program was a national model of educational success: 93 percent of its enrolled students graduating from high school and 85 percent going on to attend college, bucking a statewide trend that saw only 48 percent of Latino students graduating at all. The program taught Mexican and American history, as well as Central and South American literature and culture. The free screening and discussion will be held Wednesday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium. Tickets may be reserved at Brown Paper Tickets.
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Justice in Society, these events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Pamela Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 296-2678.
Counseling students and community partners presented the results of developmental service learning projects in Kristi Lee’s “Counseling Across the Lifespan” class last week. The projects included:
The College’s departments now have names! The department for K-12 programs, which includes Master in Teaching, Special Education, Literacy for Diverse Learners, Educational Administration, and School Psychology, under the leadership of Chair Sam Song, is called K-12 Teaching, Learning and Social Justice. The Non K-12 Department under the leadership of Chair Bill O’Connell is now called the Department of Leadership and Professional Studies; the department includes Adult Education and Training, Community Counseling, School Counseling, Student Development Administration, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and the doctoral program in Educational Leadership.
Karen Smaalders and Bill O’Connell volunteered to work on a committee that will develop a process and request for proposal to hire a consultant to address the work climate at the College of Education, with the aim to forward the top recommendations to the Leadership and Finance Team. Results of a staff and faculty climate survey that indicated a majority support hiring of a consultant were shared at November meetings for faculty and staff. Additional faculty and staff representatives serving on this committee are Kay Beisse, Casey Hicks, Pam Taylor and Jeomja Yeo. Approved minutes of the LFT and the consultant recommendation committee are on the TEAM drive.
AEDT: Kevin Roessger (all)
EDAD: Bob Hughes (all)
COUN: Vong Ratts (Admissions, SUCSJ Advisor); Bill O’Connell (Assessment & Continuous Improvement, Advisory Committee); Kristi Lee (Communication, Meetings, XEI advisor); Jackie Leibsohn (Curriculum); Arie Greenleaf (PEAB).
EDLR: Tana Hasart (Admissions, Assessment & Continuous Improvement, Meetings, Communication for Recruitment, Governance Committee); Laurie Stevahn (Communications for Program Org., Curriculum) John Gardiner (Communication for Program Development, Curriculum)
MIT: Bethany Plett (Admissions); Mark Roddy (Assessment & Continuous Improvement); Amy Eva (Communication); Charisse Cowan Pitre (Curriculum); Margit McGuire (Meetings); and Bridget Walker (PEAB)
SDAD: Erin Swezey (Admissions and Faculty Advisor for Student Professional Organization); Erica Yamamura (Assessment & Continuous Improvement, Curriculum (journal); Jeremy Stringer (Communication, Meetings, Advisory Committee)
SPED: Cinda Johnson (all)
SPSY: Kay Beisse (Admissions, Meetings); Sam Song (Assessment & Continuous Improvement, PEAB); Ashli Tyre (Communication, Curriculum)
TESOL: Jian Yang (Admissions, Assessment & Continuous Improvement, Curriculum); Jeomja Yeo (Communication, Meetings)
Parking permits are available now for Winter and Spring quarters through the Public Safety and Transportation Office. Parking enforcement teams are stepping up enforcement of permit use in all parking facilities. The office reminds drivers to come to a complete stop at the entrance to parking areas to allow the booth attendant to see your permit.
SU Redhawk license plates will go on sale through the Washington Department of Licensing beginning January 2. The plate cosats $72.75 – with $28 going back to SU for scholarships. In the meantime, numbers 3-25 are being auctioned off between Dec. 2 – 12 to raise even more money for student scholarships. So far, nearly 300 bids have raised more than $15,000. To learn more, visit the alumni website.
Reprographic, SUperCopy and Mailing Services hours of operations for Dec. 15-23 will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reprographic will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1. Mailing Services will have limited morning hours during the holiday break to sort incoming mail and will process limited outgoing USPS mail. Other courier services (UPS, Federal Express and DHL) will not be available.
Shumyala Haroon (pronounced shuh-my-la) joins the College of Education as the Program Administrative Assistant for MIT, SPED and LITC. A Seattle native, Shumyala attended elementary school in SU’s neighborhood, formerly known as T.T. Minor Elementary. Shumyala returned to the state of Washington this past summer after working as an administrative assistant at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business. Before accepting her current position, she worked as a human resources office assistant at Green River Community College in Auburn, WA. Shumyala earned her bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies and psychology from Central Washington University’s campus at Highline College in Des Moines, WA, and she hopes to enroll in CoE’s SDA program this fall. An advocate for higher education, Shumyala has a passion for social justice, community service, and diversity – all values that brought her to Seattle University. Her prior civic engagements include service work to underrepresented populations and at-risk youth, assisting immigrants in applying for citizenship, and helping newly-arrived refugee youth in the strengthening of English, math, and literacy skills through a summer program sponsored by the Kent School District and Jewish Family Services.
Congratulations to Center for Change in Transition Services Director Sue Ann Bube, who earned her EdD last month after presenting her dissertation, “Effects of Targeted Professional Development on Transition Services and Teacher Practice,” to her EDLR dissertation committee, fellow students and CoE colleagues.
Elizabeth (Beth) Jane O’Boyle, mother of CoE Advancement Director Peggy Fine, died November 28, 2014 at the age of 92. Born in the Kent Valley, she worked for Seattle City Light and the Northshore School District, but saved her greatest work for her family. Married for over 64 years, Beth and her husband Jim raised five children with a life centered on faith, family and community. Beth is survived by her husband Jim, her children Tom (Sharon), Bryan (Gayle), Patti, Dan, and Peggy (Tom) and four grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 19, 2014 at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Bothell, WA. Remembrances may be made to The Franciscan School of Theology, Kathryn E. Short Memorial Fund, 4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92057.
A photo of Department Chair Bill O’Connell painting walls as part of SU Service Day is included in Seattle University’s slideshow, “2014 at SU: The Year in Pictures.” See it in this week’s The Commons.
Amy Eva and Charisse Cowan Pitre, Teacher Education, and Cindy Nash, Middle College High School, presented “Learning to BREATHE: Supporting Social Emotional Learning at Middle College High School,” at the SU Community Engaged Scholarship Symposium, November 14, 2014.
Kristi Lee, Counseling, and Dan Kelley-Petersen, Community Counseling student, presented “Service-Learning in Counseling Across the Lifespan: Promoting a Social Justice Paradigm in Counselor Education,” at the SU Community Engaged Scholarship Symposium, November 14, 2014.
Bill O’Connell, Counseling, and David Fagerholm, Alison Gomez, and Tolani Ogunyoku, Counseling students, with Evelyn Allen, Village Spirit Center Executive Director presented “Village Spirit Center for Community Change and Healing Program Evaluation,“ at the SU Community Engaged Scholarship Symposium, November 14, 2014.
Ashli Tyre, School Psychology, and Karen Gunn, math teacher and Nathan Simoneaux, history teacher, Garfield High School, presented “Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports at Garfield High School,” at the SU Community Engaged Scholarship Symposium, November 14, 2014.
The next COE Update will publish in January. Send items for the next issue to Education@seattleu.edu by January 14.