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October 14, 2021

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A Celebration for Michelle Clements
Thursday, Oct. 28, 3:30 p.m.
LeRoux Conference Room (STCN 160)

Please join the campus community in honoring outgoing Vice President of Human Resources Michelle Clements and thanking her for her many contributions to the university during her time here.

Nursing Faculty Awarded New External Grant to Engage Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth in Community-Engaged Research

Assistant Professor of Nursing Alic Shook was recently awarded funds through the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. With support of these funds, Dr. Shook will establish a Youth Advisory Board composed of 10 transgender and gender-expansive youth from across the U.S. who will provide critical support for the development of a novel evidence- and strengths-based online sexual health intervention. In addition to gaining experience with research training and practice, youth members will also engage in professional development activities with professionals in the health sciences and gain opportunities to connect with youth with shared lived experiences nationally.

Coffee Hour with President Eduardo Peñalver
Friday, Oct. 15, 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Stop by the Puget Pour Coffee Station in the Cherry Street Market (second floor of the Student Center) to say hello to President Peñalver and have a cup of coffee on him. Hope to see you there!

Soccer, Volleyball Continue Homestand This Week

Four opportunities to cheer on our Redhawks are coming up this weekend as women’s soccer, men’s soccer and volleyball all compete at home.

Celebrate Global Handwashing Day on Friday with a special Seattle U soap giveaway, Diabetes Awareness (volleyball) and Parkinson’s Awareness (men’s soccer) on Saturday and a Special Olympics Unified Experience on Sunday (women’s soccer).

  • Friday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. – Women’s Soccer vs. Grand Canyon – Championship Field
  • Saturday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m. – Volleyball vs. California Baptist –
    Redhawk Center
  • Saturday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. – Men’s Soccer vs. Air Force –
    Championship Field
  • Sunday, Oct. 17, 1 p.m. – Women’s Soccer vs. New Mexico State –
    Championship Field

All spectators over the age of 12 must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result. Visit Athletics for more details. In alignment with current King County policy, face masks are required for all persons age five and older. 

All Seattle U faculty and staff receive two (2) complimentary tickets to all regular-season volleyball and soccer matches, while supplies last. Tickets can be claimed at the box office on game day by presenting a valid SU ID card. Tickets for additional friends and family may be purchased by contacting the Seattle U Athletics ticket office at 206-398-GOSU or For complete schedule information, visit

Recording Now Available: Workplace Trends, Resources and Strategies: Reopening, Reorienting and Navigating Unknowns, Behavioral Health During COVID-19

A video recording of the Oct. 7 presentation by Psychology Senior Instructor Kira Mauseth, PhD, can now be found at Arts and Sciences’ Arts, Lectures and Events page in the “Past Events on Video” section. Learn more about Mauseth’s recent work at New State Toolbox for K-12 Teachers and State Pandemic Project.

UREC Updates

Registration is open through tonight (Oct. 14) for the following intramural sports: esports, volleyball and basketball. Create your team here.

Lap swim hours for this week (Oct. 11–17) are:

  • Wednesday–Friday, 7:15–9:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Learn more at Aquatics.

Please Share with Students: Coping with Transitions and Uncertainty During COVID-19
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2–3 p.m.

Join via Zoom

As we enter a new school year in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, people may be having a variety of responses. Presented by Learning Assistance Programs, this workshop will review some of the difficulties associated with living in a time of uncertainty, as well as ways to cope with and respond to unplanned transitions.


Winter Quarter Course Packs Reminder 

The submission deadline for winter quarter course packs composed of ALL material is Wednesday, Nov. 3. If you need assistance in securing permissions, please send all your materials to with your request form as soon as possible. Pack requests will be addressed on a first-come, first-served basis. Course pack items will be reproduced as submitted with a reasonable effort to achieve the highest readability. Visit Copyright Compliance for more information on requirements and resources.

Masses at the Chapel of St. Ignatius 

Masses are offered on Sundays at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., and weekday Masses (Monday-Friday) are at 12:30 p.m. at the Chapel of St. Ignatius. All are welcome. Masks are required to be worn at all times indoors at the Chapel. Please read the details on returning to the Chapel carefully at Campus Liturgies, which includes information about protocols during the Mass and is updated weekly with parking pass information. 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on Sundays at 7:15 p.m. or by appointment for students at ConnectSU. The Chapel is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for visiting each day. Questions about liturgies at the Chapel can be directed to

Vatican II at Sixty: The New "Signs of the Times" and What They Mean for the Church in the Global World
Thursday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m.
Please RSVP to to receive the Zoom link

Please join the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture for the Patrick Howell, S.J., Catholic Heritage Lecture featuring Massimo Faggioli, PhD, professor and theologian at Villanova University, Vatican II scholar and writer for La Croix International and Commonweal Magazine.

Vatican II was celebrated almost 60 years ago (1962-1965) and its theology is the compass for the church in our global world. But since the 1960s and the early post-Vatican II period, the world and the church have changed, and the signs of the times have changed. The lecture will analyze some of the most consequential changes in the “signs of the times” and reflect on what they mean for our understanding of church and our mission. For more information about Faggioli and the lecture, visit the ICTC website.

A Conversation with Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell
“Her Honor,” My Life on the Bench...What Works, What’s Broken and How to Change It
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.
Register here »

Students, faculty, and staff: for free tickets, log in here with your SU credentials.

In “Her Honor,” Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell provides a rare and thought-provoking insider account of our legal system, sharing vivid stories of the cases that came through her courtroom and revealing the strengths, flaws and much-needed changes within our courts.

The first African American woman to sit on the Superior Court of Northern California, Judge Cordell knows firsthand how prejudice has permeated our legal system. And yet, she believes in the system. From ending school segregation to legalizing same-sex marriage, its progress relies on legal professionals and jurors who strive to make the imperfect system as fair as possible.

Presented by Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences, Criminal Justice, Criminology & Forensics Department, SU School of Law, SU Black Law Student Association, Elliott Bay Book Company and Northwest African American Museum.

Center for Change in Transition Services Awarded $565,000 Grant

Cinda Johnson, professor emerita in residence, and Elaine Marcinek, director of the Center for Change in Transition Services (CCTS), were awarded a grant to continue their work for the State of Washington’s Special Education State Needs Project. This is Seattle University’s 18th consecutive year of funding from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for this program. 

Housed in the College of Education, CCTS works to empower educators and administrators to improve transition services for youth with disabilities through partnerships, research and training. In the words of a teacher who has participated in CCTS trainings, their work “is life-changing!”

For more information, visit CCTS.

Kinesiology Faculty Member Wins Grant to Host Conference

Erica Rauff, assistant professor of Kinesiology, received an award from the Association of Applied Sports Psychology to host the 2022 Annual Northwest Student Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium. One of seven universities nationally to win this grant, Seattle University will host the symposium in April. The student-centered conference is expected to draw students and faculty from across the Northwest.

Fidelity Webinar: Five Money Musts
Thursday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m.

Registration is required »

Learn about five basic money concepts to help you start your financial journey on the right foot. This virtual webinar hosted by Fidelity is open to all faculty and staff. For more information, contact Angela Deppe at

CDLI Workshops

The Center for Digital Learning & Innovation offers the following workshops for any interested faculty. Contact Mafil Fabroquez Cho at with any questions.

  • Canvas Assignments & Quizzes (Virtual)
    Tuesday, Oct. 19, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

    Assignments and quizzes are the two most straightforward tools for assessing your students within Canvas. This workshop will focus on building different types of assignments and quizzes along with exploring various settings. RSVP and see workshop information.

  • An Ignatian Approach to Academic Integrity (In-Person)
    Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2–3 p.m.

    In this workshop, CDLI will discuss challenges students face and how these challenges lead and relate to issues of academic integrity in the classroom. Join us for sharing strategies and addressing academic integrity with Ignatian pedagogy in your course design. RSVP and see more workshop information.

  • Making the Most of the Canvas Gradebook (In-Person)
    Thursday, Oct. 21, 10–11 a.m.

    Distribute scores and feedback to each student in your course from one screen—the Canvas Gradebook. There are many time-saving features, for example: two clicks inside the Gradebook allows you to message all students who haven’t yet submitted their work to a particular assignment. RSVP and see workshop information.

  • Camtasia (Virtual)
    Friday, Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.–noon

    Learn the basics of Camtasia for Mac or PC. Camtasia is a premium screen recorder with sophisticated video editing. CDLI has a limited number of instructor licenses available if you decide this is the tool for you. RSVP and see workshop information.

Please note which workshop type you are attending. For Zoom meetings, a link will be sent prior to the start of the workshop. If you are unable to attend a particular workshop or need advice about something specific to your course, consider signing up for an individual consultation.

Open Staff Positions

You’re invited to help to find candidates for open staff positions. Please view the full list of postings or check out this week’s highlighted opportunities:

Billodue Makerspace Specialist
Senior Executive Coordinator to the President
Area Coordinator (Housing and Residence Life)

Invitation for Pre-College Program Proposals

The Undergraduate Admissions Office invites faculty and campus partners to submit Pre-College Program Proposals for Summer 2022 and/or beyond. With the success of Seattle University Pre-College Programs such as Albers Summer Business Institute and Seattle University’s AI4ALL, Undergraduate Admissions looks forward to expanding our pre-college offerings to establish earlier engagement and robust, collegiate exposure with prospective students.

Undergraduate Admissions, in partnership with other university departments, has established: a sustainable model of advertising; a streamlined application process and orientation; and will support logistical planning such as lodging, college-access programming and community exposure. With these supports in place, faculty members and departments can focus their energies and ideas in curricular creation, student experience and an exposure to a collegiate learning environment.

Please submit your proposals for review by Monday, Nov. 25. The proposal guidelines can be downloaded in PDF form here. The Pre-College Program team will consider the feasibility of new additions to our current pre-college offerings. All proposals will be kept for future consideration, as we strategically develop and roll out new program offerings. For more information, contact Julian Franco, associate director of admissions for diversity recruitment and pre-college programs at

ICTC Call for Faculty Research Proposals and Info Session

The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture invites faculty to apply for the 2022–2023 ICTC Faculty Development Summer Research Fellowships. Applications are due Monday, Nov. 15. For application guidelines, information on eligibility requirements and required deliverables, please visit

In addition, the following opportunity is available to assist in your proposal development: 

Faculty Fellowship info session | Tuesday, Oct. 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Zoom
This is an opportunity to ask questions specific to your area of study and learn more about how you can connect your work with the Catholic intellectual tradition. RSVP to Jessica Palmer at

Homelessness: After All the Time and Effort, Why Is It Getting Worse?
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Livestream, Town Hall Seattle

Homelessness is perhaps the No. 1 issue facing our city. “Compassion Seattle,” a proposal that offered a different approach to homelessness, did not make the November ballot. Many people are asking, “What now? Is there a better idea? How can we make progress on this complicated problem? What are our best chances for a solution—or solutions?”

Please join Seattle University’s Institute of Public Service for a vigorous and thoughtful discussion on “Homelessness: After All the Time and Effort, Why Is It Getting Worse?”

Panelists include:

  • Marc Dones (they/them), CEO of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority
  • Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (she/her)
  • Tiffani McCoy (she/her), advocacy director for Real Change news
  • Jon Scholes (he/him), president and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association

The event is moderated by Larry Hubbell, professor at Seattle University, and Joni Balter, contributing columnist and lecturer at SU. A few selected students will also join. Register here. Tickets are $5 for the general public, but FREE for Seattle U students, faculty and staff. Find the discount code here (requires SU login).

Wrestling with Whiteness
Oct. 26 to Nov. 23
Tuesdays, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

This five-session training is designed for white folks interested in understanding whiteness. Together, we will create a shared understanding of whiteness, reflect on how it lives in us and shapes our lives and utilize the gifts of Ignatian spirituality to prayerfully consider how we free ourselves to think and act outside of the dictates of white dominant culture. Participants will learn to articulate their own story of whiteness and analyze how their work is impacted by implicit bias and white supremacy, with a particular focus on how our faith institutions can interrupt these dynamics. Finally, participants will get equipped with tactics to train, organize and move other white people in the work of dismantling white supremacy.

There will be about an hour of assigned prep-work for each session, a combination of readings, videos, prayer and reflection questions.

Sign up today to reserve your spot!

This is a program of the Jesuits West Collaborative Organizing for Racial Equity (CORE).

Human Resources Department News

Matt Philip officially began as SU’s Interim Vice President for Human Resources on Friday, October 1. He will serve in that role through the end of the 2021–22 academic year. Michelle Clements will be working as an advisor and on special projects for the university through the end of October. Please save the date of Oct. 28, 3:305 p.m., for a special farewell celebration for Michelle to thank her for her many contributions to SU over the past five years. More details will be shared soon.

We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 12:30 p.m.

Register here »

Three voices. Three acts of defiance. One mass injustice.
The story of camp as you've never seen it before.

The Pigott-McCone Endowed Chair in the Humanities and the English Department welcome Tamiko Nimura, PhD, who will speak about her recent book We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration.

Japanese Americans complied when evicted from their homes in World War II—but many refused to submit to imprisonment in American concentration camps without a fight. In this groundbreaking graphic novel, meet Jim Akutsu, the inspiration for John Okada’s No-No Boy, who refuses to be drafted from the camp at Minidoka when classified as a non-citizen, an enemy alien; Hiroshi Kashiwagi, who resists government pressure to sign a loyalty oath at Tule Lake, but yields to family pressure to renounce his U.S. citizenship; and Mitsuye Endo, a reluctant recruit to a lawsuit contesting her imprisonment, who refuses a chance to leave the camp at Topaz so that her case could reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Based upon painstaking research, We Hereby Refuse presents an original vision of America's past with disturbing links to the American present. This event is free and open to all. Please RSVP on Eventbrite. For more information, contact Professor Nalini Iyer,

In Memoriam

Gregory Lucey, S.J., who served as Seattle University’s vice president for planning and development in the 1980s, died this morning.

Father Lucey played a critical role in Seattle U’s first-ever fundraising campaign, which exceeded its $20 million goal to bring in $26 million for the construction of new buildings and other initiatives that were key to the university’s growth and development.

After a decade at Seattle U, Father Lucey went on to serve in a number of leadership roles, most notably as president of Spring Hill College (Mobile, Ala.) from 1997 to 2009 and again from 2013 to 2015. He also served as president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, president of the Jesuit Conference USA and rector of the Jesuit Community at Marquette University. Father Lucey retired as chancellor of Spring Hill College in 2019 and returned to his home state of Wisconsin, residing at the St. Camillus Jesuit Community outside of Milwaukee.

A funeral will be held in Milwaukee, and memorial Mass and burial will take place at Spring Hill College.

With thanks for his many contributions to Seattle University and Jesuit higher education, our prayers are with Father Lucey’s loved ones and Jesuit brothers.

“Voices of the Border” | A Conversation with Co-editors Tobin Hansen and María Engracia Robles Robles
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Pigott Auditorium

Register here »

Migrants, refugees and deportees live through harrowing situations, yet their personal stories are often ignored. While politicians and commentators mischaracterize and demonize, herald border crises and speculate about who people are and how they live, the actual memories of migrants are rarely shared. In the tradition of oral storytelling, Voices of the Border reproduces the stories migrants have told and in doing so, offers a window onto both individual and shared experiences of crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

SU students, faculty and staff can purchase the book in person at Elliott Bay Book Company with a 20 percent discount, or order online for full price. This event is open to Seattle U students, faculty and staff only. Seattle U COVID-19 safety protocols, including face coverings, will be in effect. Attendees must present their Safe Start Health Check confirmation.

Sponsored by the Seattle University Common Text program, Matteo Ricci Institute, International Studies program, Modern Languages and Cultures department, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Jesuit Education and the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture. For more information, contact Christina Juarez at

Christmas Break Extended

Recognizing the hard work of faculty and staff in response to continuing challenges, President Peñalver announced at his Town Hall meeting yesterday that Christmas Break will now begin Monday, Dec. 20. (The break was originally scheduled to begin Friday, Dec. 24.) The university will reopen Monday, Jan. 3. 

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