Archived COE Update: 12.14

December 2014

Dean’s Doings

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.

News and Updates

SDA Grad Appointed to Seattle Women’s Commission

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.” 

Racial Justice Events Sponsored by CSJS

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 or 296-2678.

Counseling Students Present Community Projects

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:

  • Counseling students conducted interviews, reviewed literature, and researched other similar programs to develop suggestions for the Listening Companions, which helps to build a caring and connected community around the guests of The Cathedral Kitchen. The Cathedral Kitchen, one of the outreach programs of St. James Cathedral, provides hot, nourishing meal to 150 guests in need from the First Hill and downtown neighborhoods.
  • Students partnered with the Danny Woo Children’s Garden, which teaches children sustainable gardening practices and how to prepare, cook and eat healthy foods.  Students created a paper and online tool to track the eating and activity habits of elementary school students in one of two age groups, 1st through 3rd graders or 4th through 6th graders. The garden was built to serve the International District community as a part of InterIm CDA, a nonprofit that promotes resiliency in Asian, Pacific Islander, immigrant, and refugee communities through culturally and linguistically responsive community building. 
  • Students interviewed clients, gathered quotes about client experience and assessed specific aspects of the Wellness Studio, a part of Solstice Behavioral Health that seeks to empower people to maintain healthy, independent living. The information will help inform future activities of the mental health agency, which is a part of Full Life Care, a not-for-profit organization that helps adults of all ages with chronic illnesses, physical or developmental disabilities, has helped thousands of individuals preserve their dignity and avoid living in a nursing home or in isolation.
  • Counseling students developed an evaluation tool to be used with teen volunteer tutors to help improve and support the Math Buddies program, a mathematics enrichment pilot program for K-5 students offered at The Seattle Public Library’s Rainier Beach and New Holly Branches this fall. Teen volunteers and elementary school students played math games in the branch, with support from the Teen Services librarian.
  • Counseling students developed and conducted a focus group to help gather information from parents to use in program development for Read Out Loud Early (ROLE), a start-up preschool education program at Monica’s Village Place I, providing services to families in the Seattle University Youth Initiative neighborhood who are eligible for Head Start, Step Ahead and ECEAP programs. ROLE aims to provide evidence-based early literacy support to children and families.
  • Counseling students improved an intake form for Navos Community Mental Health to use to help clients who are struggling to find stable housing. The new form includes questions that will help caseworkers to better assess an individual’s eligibility for a variety of housing and support services within King County.

Committee and Council Reports

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.

Leadership & Finance Team

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. 

Faculty Committee Liaisons


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)

Staff Council

  • Staff Council has been revised to include all staff working in the College of Education, including exempt, non-exempt and grant-funded staff. 
  • Staff began creating a Pattern of Administration (POA) in summer 2013 and will begin to revisit this document in the coming months. This POA will eventually record and codify all policies and procedures for the CoE. 

Development Updates

  • Advisory Council Member Suzie Burke invited Dean Sands, Dean Quinn, and Peggy Fine to join her table at the Institute for Systems Biology Valerie Logan Luncheon for Education on November 18. Deans Sands and Quinn met with other STEM education supporters and partners. Burke, a CoE alumna, is interested in supporting and building bridges between STEM education organizations and is an ambassador for the SU College of Education throughout Seattle. She serves on the Campaign/Development Working Group of the CoE Advisory Council and is participating in campaign efforts.
  • This week CoE received a $15,000 gift from the Sarah M. Hughes Family Foundation for the MIT Alumni Fund for Excellence. The family member who made the gift, an ‘94 MIT alumna, noted that she is “a proud graduate of the MIT program.”
  • Advisory Council members attended Kristi Lee’s “Counseling Across the Lifespan” student presentation sessions on Dec. 3 to learn more about the service-learning activities in which our students are involved. Council members appreciated the opportunity to better understand student involvement in the community and CoE’s community partner relationships.

Marketing Updates

  • Admission requirements for each degree have been updated to be easier to read and provide consistency between programs.
  • MIT will be holding its first evening information session in January to attract students who are not available to come during the day. 
  • Future web content updates will incorporate more popular keywords and shorter copy. More than our visitors use phones or tablets to access the College website. 
  • A new web form allows counseling students to sign up for the Comprehensive Exam online. 
  • To update your email signature with the new SU brand, use the email template on SU MarCom
  • The new SU calendar will launch on January 2, and the old calendar will be phased out by the end of January. Items may be added to the new calendar now – visit Among the features of the new calendar is the ability to post on other campus calendars and the ability to easily share any event on social media.
  • The college website will have a different look later this month as SU updates the fonts and headline styles to better fit the new brand. In addition, six landing pages of the SU website will have a completely new look: the Home Page, Admissions, Academics, Alumni, Student Life and About

For Your Benefit

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.

Take Note

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.

Publications, Papers and Presentations

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.


December 15

  • Annual faculty evaluations due to Dean’s Office
  • FACHEX request forms due

December 23

  • International Education Week (I-Week) Program Submissions due by 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Meetings, Events and Holidays

December 12

  • President’s Faculty and Staff Christmas Party: 8 – 10 a.m., LeRoux Conference Center
  • Faculty and Department meetings: 9-noon
  • COE Faculty/Staff Holiday Lunch: Noon, Loyola 302. Bring a “white elephant” gift if you want to participate in a gift exchange; everyone is welcome to contribute their favorite treats for a Dessert Buffet.

December 17, 2014

  • MIT Information Session: 1 – 2 p.m., Loyola Hall 200

December 24 – January 1

  • Seattle University Holiday Closure

January 5

  • Winter Quarter begins

January 7

  • MIT Information Session: 1 – 2 p.m., Loyola Hall 200

January 19

  • Martin Luther King Holiday

January 21

  • MIT Information Session: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Loyola Hall 200

January 24

  • Graduate Admissions Open House: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Student Center

February 9

  • Counseling Programs Information Session: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Location TBD.


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