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October 27, 2020

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President-Elect Featured in Latest Inside Seattle U

Yesterday’s special edition of Inside Seattle U is dedicated to our President-Elect Eduardo Peñalver and includes a Q&A, a photo gallery from last week’s announcement, media coverage and more. And new today is an additional story by NBC News.

Soul Sessions
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Mondays on Zoom, from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m.

In order to reflect upon and make meaning of our individual and collective realities, the Center for Jesuit Education welcomes you to a series called “Soul Sessions,” an opportunity to boost to one’s spirit and discern what is most important in this time. In the spirit of the Ignatian call to be “contemplatives in action,” Soul Sessions provide a brief and accessible time to breathe, reflect and find inspiration for the path ahead. 

Facilitators  include  Jason Wirth, Jodi O’Brien, Fr. Steve Sundborg, Kristi Lee, Jen Tilghman-Havens and Eddie Salazar.

To receive “Soul Session” Zoom links in your Outlook calendar, please e-mail You can attend every week, or drop in when you’re able. If you miss a session, they will be available on the CJE website.

Albers Deep Dive on Election Ads

How have presidential advertising campaigns changed since the advent of the television set? What are some common (mis)conceptions people have about political advertisements? In the Albers School of Business and Economics’ latest Deep Dive talk, Marketing Professor Matt Isaac and Assistant Professor Jennifer Hong cover the history of presidential ad campaigns and discuss how and why some common conceptions about political campaigning have precipitated a dramatic change in the current presidential cycle. Watch it here.


Is Seattle Becoming Ungovernable?
Thursday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m.
Register at Town Hall Seattle’s Digital Stage
Free for SU Faculty and Staff with Code: CIVICFRIENDS

In this livestream conversation presented by Seattle University’s Institute of Public Service and Town Hall Seattle, respected journalist Joni Balter and Professor Larry Hubbell engage in a discussion with local experts to consider this question: Is Seattle becoming ungovernable? Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez and former King County Executive Ron Sims join Balter and Hubbell to examine the impact of the recent past, particularly these past six months, on Seattle and local government—and to consider a way forward as a city. The event is free for Seattle U faculty and staff by using code CIVICFRIENDS at checkout.

Remembering Our Beloved Departed in November

During the month of November, the Christian community remembers before the Lord all those who have gone before us in life and faith and commends them to God’s care. As has been its practice, the Arrupe Jesuit Community will be remembering those who come to our hearts at daily mass through the month of November and invites all of the campus community to forward any names you would like them to bring before the Lord in this special way. The Jesuits will draw forth specific names from their common prayer basket at each mass. Please forward your names to c/o Bob Grimm, S.J., at

2021 Summer Faculty Fellowship Applications: Due Nov. 2, 5 p.m.

The Office of Sponsored Projects and the Summer Faculty Fellowship Committee are pleased to announce that proposals are now being accepted for the 2021 Summer Faculty Fellowship! The Summer Faculty Fellowship (SFF) is for full-time tenure-track, tenured faculty and full-time librarians who are involved in an active program of scholarship. The fellowship amount is $7,100 total, paid in the summer 2021 pay periods. New this year: in support of SU’s strategic priorities, two fellowships will be designated to support environmental justice and sustainability scholarship. Please submit the completed proposal by e-mail to by 5 p.m. on Nov. 2. Proposals received after the due date and time will not be considered. Selected recipients will be notified in January 2021. All submitters will receive proposal feedback in early 2021. For more information, please contact Jenna Isakson at

Introducing Fall 2020 Course Design: Build Your Future Course

As most faculty will be teaching in a virtual environment through winter quarter, the Center for Digital Learning and Innovation (CDLI) has created a resource to help get your courses up and running. Build Your Future Course can be accessed by anyone and covers much of the information contained in CDLI’s six-month Course Design Program. This is an open course, so you can move through it as suits your needs and schedule, though CDLI will also be offering biweekly 90-minute workshops on Building Your Canvas Course as well as its usual schedule of workshops and one-on-one consultations.

To access the course, follow this link to the Build Your Future Course Canvas site, where you can download templates, find course design tips and strategies, learn to personalize your Canvas course and sign up for course-building workshops. If you’d like to participate in other workshops or schedule a one-on-one consultations, check out CDLI’s Calendar of offerings today!

Christmas at SU: Please Submit Your Photos and Videos for Tree Lighting and Video

All are encouraged to share photos and videos for the university’s Christmas Tree Lighting as well as photos for SU’s Christmas video, as described here:

  • For the first time in history, Seattle University’s Christmas Tree Lighting, scheduled for Dec. 3, will be celebrated virtually, and the Center for Student Involvement is looking to showcase members of our campus community during the program. Have some fun holiday photos to share? Interested in sharing your hopes for the new year or season’s greetings via video (~30 seconds–one minute)? Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to send their submissions to De’Andre Jones at no later than Oct. 31. Also, if you haven’t done so already, please RSVP to the Christmas Tree Lighting Event at ConnectSU. Sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement.
  • Conveying a message of hope and renewal, the concept for Seattle University’s 2020 Christmas video is “Behind Every Mask is a Smile and Spirit for Christmas,” and Marketing Communications is looking for photos from members of the campus community. Please share two photosof yourself, your family or pet—one photo with the subjects wearing face coverings and the other photo of the subjects without face coverings but taken from the same camera angle as the first. Send your submissions by Oct. 31 to Eli Voigt at

Community Engaged Writing Fellows
Winter and Spring 2020

If you have used community engaged teaching practices in one or more of your courses and are interested in working to develop a manuscript for publication, please consider applying to become a Community Engaged Writing Fellow. The new Community Engaged Writing Fellows Program provides an opportunity for up to six Seattle University faculty members to develop a learning community that provides support, collaboration and shared knowledge with the goal of writing and submitting manuscripts for publication. All faculty members with experience in the use of community engaged teaching (service-learning) are eligible to apply.

Sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement, the purposes of this new program are to:

  • Strengthen and advance research on community engaged teaching and learning
  • Provide consultation, collegial support and peer feedback to researchers
  • Build a network of community engagement scholars
  • Increase knowledge and emphasis on the impacts of community engaged teaching and learning on community, students and faculty
  • Advance Fellows’ research agendas through publication

Fellows will meet twice quarterly on Zoom (winter and spring) as a group and once quarterly individually with Kristi Lee. Dates and times will be set by group agreement. This Fellowship carries a $1,000 stipend paid in two installments: half after completion of all winter and spring quarter meetings; the other half on submission of manuscript by Sept. 1, 2021. Applications are due Monday, Nov. 16, through Qualtrics. Applicants will be notified by Dec. 1, 2020. Questions? Contact Kristi Lee at

Staff Council Election Results

The Staff Council is pleased to announce the results of the 2020 Staff Council Election.

  • Matt Burton | Facilities
  • Johnica Hopkins | College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jenna Isakson | Office of Sponsored Projects
  • Christina Juarez | College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kari Langsea | Campus Ministry
  • Chelsea Lien | Information Technology Services
  • Eunice MacGill | College of Education
  • Dawn Madore | Facilities Services
  • Anaka Ofstedal | Information Technology Services
  • Paige Powers | Office of Human Resources *(will fill current vacancy that ends on June 30, 2021)
  • Mallory Torgeson-Preuitt | Undergraduate Admissions

The voter participation rate was 46 percent. Thank you to all the candidates who ran in the election and to the staff members who took part in voting in the election! A full report of the election results and a list of the continuing Staff Council members can be found here. The Staff Council will elect its new Leadership Team (President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer) on Oct. 28 in a special meeting.    

*Unless noted, these individuals will serve a full term Nov. 1, 2020-June 30, 2022.  

Albers Executive Speaker Series Pivots to Podcast

With the pandemic affecting live gatherings, the Albers Executive Speaker Series launched a podcast edition of its signature event. The Leadership Playbook asks top executives from the business world’s most recognizable brands and companies about the stories behind their success, their leadership secrets and the biggest obstacles they’ve faced and overcome. The show consists of six 45-minute to one-hour episodes per season, one in fall and the other in spring. Three episodes are interviews with business leaders hosted by Albers Dean Joe Phillips, while the other three are throwback episodes from the live event.

The first episode, “Performance, Product, and People,” features John Burke, CEO of Trek Bikes. As the pandemic deepened across the world, Trek Bikes saw a surge in bicycle sales, especially among new riders. Burke talks about how this trend has impacted their business, the opportunities presented by e-bikes and new technology, and how to thrive in a family-owned business.

Spotify link to The Leadership Playbook:

iTunes link: 

As previously announced...

Discussion Group on Pope Francis’s new encyclical Fratelli Tutti
Thursdays, Nov. 5 and 12
12:30-1:30 p.m., via Zoom

Faculty and staff are invited to read and discuss the new encyclical from Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti. On the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis released the third encyclical letter of his papacy entitled “Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social friendship.” In this time of social distancing, Pope Francis reminds us that we ought to love our brothers and sisters as much when they are far away as when we are with them. Sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Jeanette Rodriguez and Donna Teevan will facilitate. Please RSVP to 

College of Science and Engineering Virtual STEM Research Showcase 2020

The College of Science and Engineering invites you to attend the STEM Research Showcase 2020, its annual poster event. Due to the pandemic, this year’s showcase will be a virtual, asynchronous event available on Canvas. Beginning Friday, Oct. 23, and available for an extended period of time, the event will highlight the summer research completed by students with faculty mentors. Poster presentations will be given on a variety of areas in science, mathematics and engineering. To view the showcase on the day of the event or later, please visit STEM Showcase. You can also choose to sign up for reminders to attend the event on the webpage. For more information, contact Chandra Catron at

The Seattle University Choirs - Virtual Performance Video Release!
Tuesday, Oct. 27

Director Leann Conley-Holcom, Assistant Director Lee Peterson and Guest Producer Stephen O’Bent are pleased to release the Seattle University Choirs’ first of three Fall 2020 virtual choir performances, featuring a mashup of two stirring contemporary social-justice songs from the Justice Choir Songbook: the beloved Civil Rights anthem “Hold On (Eyes on the Prize)” and Melanie DeMore’s lively, contemporary “One Foot In Front of the Other (Lead With Love).” For more information and to join the virtual audience, like Seattle U Choirs on Facebook and Instagram @seattleuchoirs. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership. For more information, contact Lee Peterson at

NTT Faculty Handbook Revision - Proposal Draft and Open Forums

The University Non-Tenure-Track Committee has made available a full draft of its Faculty Handbook revision proposal on the Academic Assembly website. As an important part of the proposal’s final development process, all interested community members are invited to attend an open forum to ask questions and provide feedback. The Zoom link for all forums is:

Forum 1 – Tuesday, Oct. 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Forum 2 – Wednesday, Oct. 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Forum 3 – Thursday, Oct. 29, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Additional questions or input may be directed to any of the University NTT Committee members.

Please Take the 2020 Seattle Public Safety Survey 

Seattle University is administering the sixth annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey, which is available at from Oct. 15 through Nov. 30. The survey is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Your participation in the survey is important. Your answers will allow the City of Seattle to determine what safety and security concerns are a priority in your neighborhood. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to help them better understand your neighborhood’s safety and security concerns. You are encouraged to circulate this e-mail to your friends, family, co-workers and community members and share the information on your social media. More information can be found at Seattle Public Safety Survey. 

Founder Friday with Robb Monkman
Friday, Nov. 6, 3:30-5 p.m.
Register here

Join the Albers School of Business and Economics and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) to kick off the new school year with this Founder Friday event, back after popular demand! Reserve your ticket and invite others to network and catch up with your entrepreneurial friends, get the inside scoop on ways you and your business can benefit and volunteer in the IEC programs, and hear Robb Monkman’s story of entrepreneurship and using technology and innovation to ensure health and safety.

Founder and CEO of React Mobile, Monkman earned his MBA at the Seattle University. As an alumnus, he has participated in the Jones Progress Awards, an alumni business accelerator run by the IEC and received $10,000 and six months of expert business coaching. The visionary for the React Mobile team, Monkman sets the strategic direction for the company. His passion for safety and commitment to helping others is the backbone of the organization.

React Mobile, founded in 2013, is a global leader in providing panic-button solutions to help organizations in the hospitality industry protect their employees. Hoteliers realize that housekeeping staff who need to enter into guest rooms alone can sometimes find themselves in vulnerable situations. Having help available at the press of a button is not only reassuring to staff, but it can also prevent serious emergencies or additional liability from occurring in the first place.

Housed in the Albers School of Business, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center supports all Seattle University students and alumni as well as the greater Seattle entrepreneurial ecosystem with the mission to accelerate entrepreneurial leaders for the common good.

Redhawks Launch New Ignatian Approach to the Student-Athlete Experience

Seattle University Athletics kicks off the school year with a new program, The Redhawk Experience (TREx), that brings a distinctly Jesuit and unique Seattle U approach to intercollegiate athletics. TREx informs how the athletics family lives in community with one another—shaping how students, staff, coaches and administrators learn, teach and compete—putting the university’s values into action. Read more »

Managed Print Services Gets Greener

Managed Print Services (MPS) has recently instituted two important initiatives to reduce Seattle University’s environmental footprint and realize cost savings:

  • Effective Sept. 28, Managed Print Services now defaults to duplex printing. All printing is double-sided unless manually changed.

  • Beginning with FY21, MPS has moved from 30 percent recycled paper to 100 percent recycled paper. In doing so, Seattle U annually will significantly reduce its environmental footprint, saving 380 trees, 400 million BTUs of energy, 287,400 pounds of CO2 emissions and 343,000 gallons in water consumption.

Defaulting to double-sided printing combined with the shift to 100 percent recycled paper will result in a savings of $4,000 annually.

With the exception of the law school, MPS is utilized by all areas of SU.

Course Pack Reminder

The final submission deadlines for winter quarter course packs composed of ALL material is Nov. 3, 2020. If you need assistance in securing permissions for winter quarter, please send all of 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. Course packs will continue to be all digital for the winter quarter. The 2021 spring quarter deadline is Feb. 2, 2021.

  • The Office of Copyright Compliance is available to assist all faculty, staff and students in the process of securing permission to reproduce print, film, music and images. The Copyright Office also works directly with Reprographics to produce print and digital course packs and can assist you in making determinations of fair use and public domain.

  • Course Packs – To submit a course pack, please read and complete the Course Pack Request Form. (You may need to click view and then edit document.) Save the completed form to your hard drive and submit as an attachment to, 206-296-2308. If you are unable to meet the deadlines above, your course pack will not be ready by the start of the quarter; therefore, please plan accordingly.

  • Classroom Use – Faculty and staff are required to obtain permission to use multiple copies (print or electronic) of copyrighted work unless that use is determined to qualify for an exemption to copyright law, such as fair use or public domain.

  • Lemieux Library Resources – The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons subscribes to hundreds of electronic journals and databases that are available for course readings. Best practice is to provide links to these electronic articles in CANVAS or through Library Course Reserves. It is recommended that you do not include print copies of library electronic articles for course packs, as this usually requires a separate copyright permission and additional fees. Professors are welcome to provide links to library material or other content available for free on the web in your syllabus. 

  • University Copyright Policy – All university members are required to comply with university copyright policy. Faculty and staff are encouraged to review the policy online to ensure they respect the rights and privileges of copyright holders.

  • Copyright Resources

    + Seattle University official copyright policy and guidelines
    + Copyright Myths, published in Plagiarism Today
    Seattle University Office of Copyright Compliance
    + Stanford University’s guide to fair use and Academic and Educational Permissions

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