Archived COE Update: 6.15

  • June 2015 

    Dean's Doings

    The past few weeks have been busy with end-of-year festivities!  I want to express my deep gratitude to those of you who joined in our College of Education End-of-the-Year Celebration reception. This new tradition was an apt way to recognize the myriad of accomplishments of our staff and faculty. Commencement marked the official end of our 2015 spring quarter; it was a beautiful day for ceremonial celebrations of our COE graduates’ accomplishments! We have so much to be proud of!
    I wish you all a summer full of opportunities to reconnect with yourself, your loved ones and the wider community.

     View photos of the reception here.

    News and Updates

    Erin Swezey Named New Sullivan Leadership Program Director 
    Congratulations to Erin Swezey, a part-time instructor for SDA, who added a second halftime position at SU when she became the new director of the Sullivan Leadership Program (SLP) on July 1.

    College of Education Rocks Faculty and Staff Appreciation Awards 
    Congratulations to these SU Faculty and Staff award winners, who all are connected to the College of Education: 

Eunice MacGill won the Lee Thurber Outstanding Staff Award for the work she does supporting faculty and students as a senior administrative assistant for the SDA, EDAD, TESOL and AEDT programs.



The Staff Leadership Award was presented to COE alumna Laura Hauck-Vixie, who arrived at Seattle U 16 years ago for her bachelor’s degree, earned her master’s degree in SDA, and now works as an academic advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences.



Our late colleague Michael Silver was honored posthumously with the prestigious McGoldrick Award, which will be used to fund a scholarship in his name for Educational Administration students. Beverley Silver accepted the fellowship for her husband, who directed the EDAD program for 10 years at the COE after a career as superintendent, principal and teacher in K-12 schools. Named for a legendary SU Jesuit, the fellowship is awarded to a professor who shares Father McGoldrick’s passion for teaching, deep commitment to students and embodiment of SU’s Jesuit mission. In her remarks, Beverley said she “hopes the legacy of Michael’s vision will serve as an inspiration for all of us at SU for the work that we do.”



Also honored were the following retiring/emeriti faculty: Kay Beisse (School Psychology), Katherine Schlick-Noe (Literacy for Diverse Learners) and Jeremy Stringer (Student Development Administration).


SDA Student Recognition

Current first year Student Development Administration student, Ona Fisher was elected as president of the Graduate Student Council for 2015-16. Ona is the third SDA student in five years to serve as president of GSC (prior presidents include Adam Serafin, ’11 and Claudia (Garcia-Medina) Louis, ’13)



Gabriella (GG) Flint, SDA ’15, received one of the Distinguished Graduate awards at the Student Development Division Student Leadership annual recognition.



SDA student Taylor Dukes, SDAD '15, was honored with OMA's (office of multicultural affairs) 2015 Cari Urabe Scholar-Advocate Award.


From Associate Dean Bob Hughes

 Megan Garay is now supporting the School Psychology program along with MIT and SPED.



 Elizabeth Kozleski, EdD, from the University of Kansas, joined a group of COE faculty last week to assist them with grant agendas. Dr. Kozleski chairs the Special Education program at the University of Kansas. Her work theorizing systems change for equity, inclusive education, and professional learning for urban schools is recognized nationally and internationally. Read more about her at:



The college received approval from the Board of Trustees for its second online degree to begin in winter 2016:  A master’s degree in Educating Non-native English Speakers.  This degree will provide a specialized graduate degree for educators who serve non-native English speaking students in pre-K-12 settings. Launching in Winter Quarter, the degree emphasizes a sociocultural approach to the needs of English language learners, beginning with the understanding that the context of learners’ experiences and the cultures which shape them also significantly shape the ways in which they acquire and master academic and other language categories.



Amy Eva  was awarded a Summer Research Fellowship  to continue her mindfulness-based intervention study with at-risk youth. She will use this award to finish analyzing the data she collected last year through interviews and focus groups with students and teachers over a six week period. This research agenda has evolved out of an interest in understanding the social emotional learning supports and non-cognitive skills students need to thrive. Eva's paper will present the benefits and challenges and a practical guide to implementing these interventions. A SPSY graduate student, Natalie Hisdahl, will serve as the second author on the manuscripts. 


Development Updates

A Dean’s Club Reception featuring faculty research by assistant professors Arie Greenleaf and Kevin Roessger was held June 4 at the Sunset Club. Hosted by Advisory Council member Maureen Benoliel, the inaugural Dean’s Club Reception featured preliminary results from research at the Growing Veterans farm in Bellingham. Guests in attendance included Dean’s Club donors who make generous annual gifts, endowment donors to scholarships and College programs, and Legacy donors whose gifts will benefit the College in the future.
Thanks to donor giving, the following College of Education achieved the following in 2015:

 Three newly endowed scholarships were established and fully endowed:
• Dr. Roy Patrick Wahle Endowed Scholarship (EDLR)
• Dr. Sue A. Schmitt Scholarship (COE)
• College of Education Counseling Program Scholarship (COUN)



  Significant progress by alumni toward endowing three new scholarships:
• Dr. Jeremy Stringer SDA Graduate Scholarship (SDA)
• John Morford Leadership Endowed Scholarship (EDLR)
• Michael Silver Scholarship in Educational Administration (EdAd)



 A million-dollar planned gift from an anonymous donor who established a trust that will benefit scholarships at the College of Education.


    Marketing Updates

    Summer is the best time to review content on the COE website to make sure it is accurate. Please review program information, in particular degree requirements, deadlines, course schedules and scholarships to make sure we have the most up-to-date information!



    A new donor impact publication, SPARK, that tells the story of some of the wonderful things happening at the COE in the areas of research, programs, global engagement and community engagement, will be published in September. The 2015 issue will feature Kristi Lee’s work in Nicaragua and the University’s new relationship with Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), Middle College High School, the Counseling program’s work with Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, and research that Arie Greenleaf and Kevin Roessger are conducting with veterans through a Bellingham care farm, Growing Veterans.



    A new Banner magazine will be published in July.


    For Your Benefit

    Apps for Students with Disabilities

    For everyone who missed this presentation on apps for smart phones and tablets, here is the handout. If you have questions, contact Kiana Parker at

    Staff and Faculty to Continue Norms Work

    Consultant Yarrow Durbin completed three spring workshops with staff and faculty on college climate issues, including a polarity exercise on decision making and shared governance and a discussion on college norms. Work on crafting specific language for the agreed-upon norms will continue over the summer months with Yarrow working with faculty and staff volunteers. Anyone who did not have the opportunity to volunteer earlier may still do so by contacting Karen Smaalders no later than June 30. A Doodle poll will be sent next week to all of those who expressed an interest in continuing this work – please be able to commit to one or two meetings scheduled between July 14 and August 14.
    Yarrow will meet on September 29 with new faculty and staff and anyone who missed some of this spring’s work to discuss polarities, norms, and the VUCA model. On October 2, she will lead all faculty and staff on a workshop to focus on norms.

    Tobacco Free Campus Starts Now

    Today is the first day of a tobacco free campus at Seattle University. A tobacco free website has been updated to include a map indicating the areas in which tobacco products are prohibited. There is also a new section with information and support resources for tobacco users interested in quitting. This summer, new extinguishing stations will be placed near campus entries.

    All Invited to 'Notes from the Road'

    Director of the Center for Change in Transition Services Sue Ann Bube will deliver the keynote address to special education teachers in a 3-day Summer Institute sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and cohosted by CCTS. “Notes from the Road,” her story of courage and passion as she discusses her journey raising a child with disabilities, will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, in Pigott Auditorium.

    Take Note

    Cinda Johnson is featured along with other mothers who have children struggling with mental illness in this Huffington Post article, "Warrior Moms of Mental Health Advocacy."

    Congratulation to Kevin Roessger, who married Rebecca Ohmen on June 20 in Verona, Wisconsin.

    Condolences to Peggy Fine on the loss of her father, James Francis O'Boyle (June 18, 1922 - May 29, 2015) and to Laurie Stevahn, who lost her mother, Ellen Marie Rowley Stevahn (February 23, 1921 - May 30, 2015).

    Congratulations to the following faculty who recently received SU grants:

     Faculty Research Fellowship, Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability
    John Gardiner, The Elders, Earth’s First Transcendent Leadership Circle,  with Organizational Implications for Global Renewal and Sustainability



     Endowed Mission Fund, Mission & Ministry
    Mary Graham, Teacher Training Workshop, Kenya    



     Global Research Grant, Global Engagement 
    Kristi Lee, International research, Nicaragua  


    The COE co-sponsored the Seattle World School’s first graduation, held on the SU campus. To read more, visit The Seattle Times’ story

    It was fun to watch kindergarteners playing in the COE gardens this spring, thanks to Mark Roddy, Charisse Cowan Pitre, MIT students and Middle College High School students who hosted the kindergarten classes from Kent School District’s Pine Tree Elementary School.   This is the third year of the district’s “Kinder to College” project that brings these children to our campus to participate in engaging learning activities as a way to connect them to a college campus and give MIT and MCHS students the chance to teach hands-on science. 

    Save The Date

    September 15

    COE Retreat: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Casey Commons 


    September 23

    Classes Begin


    September 29

    New Staff/Faculty with Yarrow Durbin: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


     October 2

    Faculty/Staff Workshop with Yarrow Durbin: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. (*Please note time change)


     October 6

    New Academic Year Reception and New Faculty Welcome: 3:30-5:30 p.m ., Casey Commons



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