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Kristen Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean of Nursing Inducted into WSNA Hall of Fame

The Dean of Seattle University’s College of Nursing, Kristen Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, is among those who have been inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) 2020 Hall of Fame, which recognizes achievements that will endure beyond their lifetimes.

August 6, 2020

Social media campaigns urging new generations to vote in upcoming election

Story features interview with Seattle U political science professor Marco Lowe.

KING5 News

August 3, 2020

Seattle U in the News: Who is Getting COVID-19 in King County?

People of color are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and the trend when associated with income wasn't much of a surprise to Jodi O'Brien, a sociology professor at Seattle University.

July 31, 2020

Seattle U in the News: 5 takeaways from MacKenzie Scott’s $1.7 billion in support for social justice causes

"As a scholar of philanthropy, I believe that (MacKenzie) Scott is modeling five best practices for social change giving," writes Elizabeth Dale, PhD, assistant professor of Nonprofit Leadership.

July 30, 2020

5 takeaways from MacKenzie Scott’s $1.7 billion in support for social justice cause

Contributed story by Elizabeth Dale, PhD, assistant professor of Nonprofit Leadership in the Collehe of Arts and Sciences.

The Conversation

July 30, 2020

6 months in, who is getting COVID-19 in King County? Here's a breakdown by race, age

Story includes comments by Jodi O'Brien, PhD, professor of sociology.

Seattle P-I

July 29, 2020

'Racial gaslighting made me feel like a foreigner in my own home'

Story includes comments by Angelique Davis, JD, associate professor of Political Science.


July 19, 2020

Seattle restaurant describes struggles losing money to food delivery apps during pandemic

The restaruant is co-owned by Seattle U Assistant Professor of Social Work Aakanksha Sinha, PhD.

KIRO Radio

July 18, 2020

Sculpture with Space Needle in the background, photographed at Seattle's Kerry Park.

A Great Place to Land

New career mentorship platform connects students and alumni.

July 16, 2020

Covid-19 crisis will improve higher ed long-term, Seattle college leaders say

Story includes remarks by Seattle U President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.

Puget Sound Business Journal (subscriber content)

July 15, 2020

This court case could weaken WA’s Indian Child Welfare Act

Story includes comments by Brooke Pinkham, staff director for the Center for Indian Law & Policy.


July 6, 2020

The fight over monuments asks, who is an American hero and who is a 'symbol of hate'?

Story includes comments by School of Law Professor Ronald Slye.

USA Today

July 3, 2020

A COVID-19 outbreak on UW’s Greek Row hints at how hard it may be to open colleges this fall

Story includes comments from Kira Mauseth, PhD, senior instructor in the Psychology program.

The Seattle Times

July 3, 2020

Guardians or warriors? How hiring veterans impacts Seattle Police

Story includes comments by Matthew Hickman. PhD, professor and chair of the Criminal Justice program.


July 1, 2020

Seattle police have made gains in recent years, but work remains

Guest op-ed by J. Michael Diaz, a King County Superior Court Judge, includes mention of work by Seattle U Criminal Justice Prof. Jacqueline Helfgott.

The Seattle Times

June 30, 2020

How to recognize if you're being racially gaslighted

Story features interview with Angelique Davis, JD, associate professor of political science.


June 26, 2020

Seattle U in the News: How to Recognize if You're Being Racially Gaslighted

Associate Professor of Political Science Angelique Davis, JD, is the primary source for a story in Mashable that defines and explains racial gaslighting

June 26, 2020

Seattle U in the News: Lara Branigan profiled in Blueprint

Blueprint, a trade journal for facilities professionals, featured a profile of Seattle U's Lara Branigan, director of design and construction, and her work on the new Center for Science and Innovation.

June 25, 2020

Why refusing to forget is a powerful political force

Guest op-ed by Onur Bakiner, associoate professor of political science.


June 24, 2020

Illustration graphic depicting world map and technological devices

Going the Distance

When Seattle University announced its plan to transition to online learning in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Rubiná Mahsud, PhD, of Albers School of Business and Economics had to quickly redesign her courses while stuck in a time zone 12 hours ahead of Seattle.

June 23, 2020

Nursing Faculty Member Awarded Parkinson’s Foundation 2020 Nurse Faculty Grant

The Parkinson’s Foundation has awarded the third Parkinson’s Foundation Nurse Faculty Award to three nurses, including Mo-Kyung Sin, PhD, RN, an associate professor of nursing at Seattle University.

June 23, 2020

Female nurse wearing face mask stands with arms crossed.

Nursing Grad Student Establishes COVID-19 Training and Policy Programs

With intensive experience in the health care field, Sarah Welch, ’21, is working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis as a STAT registered nurse, while pursuing a doctorate at Seattle University’s College of Nursing.

June 22, 2020

Civil asset forfeiture used by some law enforcement ‘as a major revenue source’

Story features interview with Brian Kelly, PhD, associate professor of economics.

KIRO Radio

June 17, 2020

2020-2021 Ignatian Leaders

June 17, 2020

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 cohort of Seattle University's Ignatian Leaders.

King County Labor Council expels Seattle police union

Story includes comments from Seattle U School of Law Prof. Charlotte Garden.


June 17, 2020

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda unveils her own proposal for taxing Seattle’s big businesses

Story includes comments from Seattle U School of Law Prof. Sara Rankin, director of the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project.

The Seattle Times

June 16, 2020

Trouble concentrating? Forgetting things? Our brains are doing strange things during this time of crisis.

Panel discussion included Kira Mauseth, PhD, senior instructor of Psychology.


June 11, 2020

Graphic that reads Seattle U 2020 with photo of graduate in cap and gown holding diploma.

Honoring the Class of 2020

Although Seattle University’s in-person commencement ceremonies have been rescheduled due to COVID-19 restrictions, virtual events organized by various departments across campus will celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s graduating class.

June 11, 2020

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust awards $120,000 in grants to Seattle University for scientific research

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust recently awarded Seattle University with $120,000 for two research projects, one that will help improve maternal and child health and another that will increase understanding of beneficial insects in urban gardens.

June 11, 2020

Photo of Albers faculty member Jeffery Smith.

The Business of COVID

Albers faculty research ethics around data privacy amid push for contact tracing as businesses and organizations reopen.

June 9, 2020

Father Steve 2020 Q&A

Q&A with President

Father Steve reflects on an academic year unlike any other.

June 9, 2020

State Economies Most Exposed to Coronavirus

Lawrence Hubbell, PhD, director, of the nstitute of Public Service at Seattle University, is the feaured "Ask the Experts" commentator in a Q&A.


June 8, 2020

Computer science student Arya Mathew is this year's winner of these

An Entrepreneurial Idea That Sticks

Meet this year’s Grand Prize Winner of the annual Business Plan Competition.

June 5, 2020

Campus-oriented mentorship program eases transition to college life for first-year students.

Igniting a Community

Mentoring program eases college transition for first-year students.

June 3, 2020

Remembering Paul Milan

SU mourns the passing of a beloved colleague who "contributed greatly to fabric of the university."

June 2, 2020

Bannan Scholars

Science and Engineering Dean Michael Quinn announces 2020-2021 recipients. 

June 1, 2020

Student Awards

Provost Shane P. Martin announces the 2019-2020 recipients of the President’s Award, Provost’s Award and Provost’s Award for Graduate Student Excellence. 

May 26, 2020

Tenure and Promotions

Provost Shane P. Martin announces tenure and promotions for 2020-2021.

May 26, 2020

Want to do more for your favorite charity? Consider a planned gift

Guest column by Elizabeth Dale, PhD, assistant professor, Nonprofit Leadership program.

The Conversation

May 26, 2020

The Significance of Laudato Si’ at Seattle University on its 5th Anniversary

Three faculty members reflect on the continued importance of the papal encyclical and resources for celebrating the anniversary observance.

May 20, 2020

Seattle U fall session could be a virtual experiment — and a sign of things to come

Puget Sound Business Journal (subscriber content)

May 19, 2020

Seattle U in the News: What does COVID-19 mean for the future of college admissions?

Seattle University Provost Shane P. Martin was among those interviewed for a PBS NewsHour story about the impact of the pandemic on standardized tests for college admissions.

May 19, 2020

You could be the citizen scientist the world needs right now

Story includes a project co-led by Mark Jordan, PhD, associate professor of Biology.


May 18, 2020

What does COVID-19 mean for the future of college admissions?

Story includes interview with Seattle U Provost Shane Martin.

PBS Newshour

May 18, 2020

How the pandemic impacts the mental health of local front-line workers

Story includes comments by Kira Mauseth, PhD, senior instructor, Psychology.


May 14, 2020

Changing Business in the Wake of COVID-19

Seattle U double alumni Steve Brooks, ’98, ’19, vice president of business development at UMC, is driving an innovative solution to help at-risk communities stay healthy while keeping employees in the workforce by designing and manufacturing portable handwashing stations

May 13, 2020

Virus Talk Is Inescapable, 44% of Americans Tell Pew

Story includes comments from Kira Mauseth, senior instructor in the Psychology program.

Courthouse News

May 13, 2020

Facebook’s AI for Hate Speech Improves. How Much Is Unclear

Story includes comments and references research by Seattle U communications professor Caitilin Carlson.


May 12, 2020

The Presidential race, the race to reopen, and blowback for Inslee

Story features interview with Seattle U political science professor Marco Lowe.

KING 5 New Day Northwest

May 12, 2020

Responsible AI starts with higher education

A guest op-ed co-authored by the dean of Seattle U's College of Science and Engineering and an alumni who works in AI at Microsoft say we need to ensure that those entering careers in technology have studied how technology can impact society.

May 11, 2020

Opinion: Responsible AI starts with higher education

The guest op-ed is co-authored by the dean of the College of Science and Engineering, Michael Quinn; and SU alumni and Microsoft employee Scott Hoogerwerf.

Puget Sound Business Journal

May 8, 2020

Seattle U in the News: Psychology senior instructor Kira Mauseth, PhD, speaks on the potential psychological effects of the pandemic

Dr. Mauseth is the co-lead of the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the Washington State Department of Health. She specializes in disaster relief work in her clinical role as a practicing psychologist.

May 8, 2020

Remembering John Morford, Former Education Dean

John Morford, former dean of the School of Education and founding director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, died this past Monday, May 4.

May 7, 2020

Mental health experts warn of COVID-19 emotional distress

Story includes comments by Kira Mauseth, PhD, senior instructor of psychology. 


May 7, 2020

Kenworth training program gives college engineering students real-world experience

Story is about long-running relationship between Kenworth and Seattle U whose students have done projects for as part of their undergraduate coursework in the sciences and engineering.

The Trucker

May 6, 2020

Seattle U in the News: Graduate student draws on her relationships with farmers and grocers to get unsold produce to food banks

With the city’s farmers markets shuttered for weeks and only recently beginning to reopen, some regional farmers have been stuck with produce they can’t sell. Now a collaboration between local businesses, farmers markets and food banks is working to redirect those fruits and vegetables to hungry communities across the Seattle area.

May 5, 2020

Farmers Market Program Funnels Fresh Produce to Local Food Banks

Samantha Kielty, programs manager at Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets, is a student in the Seattle U Masters in Nonprofit Leadership program.

South Seattle Emerald

May 4, 2020

Natasha Martin

SU’s Natasha Martin Named American Council on Education Fellow

The American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program has selected 38 emerging college and university leaders for the 2020-21 class, including Natasha Martin, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion and Associate Professor of Law at Seattle University.

April 17, 2020

Seattle U is doing its part to fight food insecurity.

OMA Food Pantry Adapts to Challenging Times

OMA pantry satiates and destigmatizes food insecurity.

April 17, 2020

Nicola Kraus

Seattle University Sophomore Nicola Kraus Selected for 2019 U.S. Bank Student Union Scholarship

Nicola Kraus, a sophomore at Seattle University, has been selected as a 2019 U.S. Bank Student Union Scholarship recipient.  

April 15, 2020

'I don't want my career to fade away' says one PNB dancer

Story is about Benjamin Griffiths, '19, principal dancer at Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet and an SU alumni.


April 14, 2020

Cities Cut Back Homeless Sweeps During Crisis. Activists Hope They’ll Stop For Good.

Story includes comments by Seattle U law professor Sara Rankin.


April 14, 2020

Gratefully Remembering Father Peter Ely

April 13, 2020

Seattle University mourns the loss of Peter Ely, S.J., an extraordinary Jesuit, who passed away April 11.

Judge G. Helen Whitener appointed to state Supreme Court

Judge Whitener is an alumna of the Seattle U School of Law.

Associated Press

April 13, 2020

Coronavirus will trigger ‘staggering and unprecedented’ increase in number of homeless in US, say experts

Story includes comments by Seattle U law professor Sara Rankin.

The Independent (UK)

April 12, 2020

Can you find God in a Zoom call? How communities of faith are adjusting to COVID-19

Story mentions Seattle U Associate Professor Beatrice Lawrence, an expert in the Hebrew Bible and Jewish Hermeneutics.


April 11, 2020

Decisiveness, Flexibility are Key in a Crisis

Essay by Kristen M. Swanson, dean and professor of nursing at Seattle University’s College of Nursing.

Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education

April 11, 2020

Hospital Chaplains Try to Keep the Faith During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Swedish Medical Group Chaplain Rev. Leah Klug is a Seattle U alumna (School of Theology and Ministry '08).

The New York Times

April 11, 2020

Vera Whole Health raises $10M to expand its ‘advanced primary care’ model

The company was founded by Seattle U alumni Ryan Schmid co-founded in 2008 when he was an MBA student.


April 10, 2020

Thousands of Washington students haven’t missed a day of instruction

Story features two College of Ed alumni: Monica Wingard, EdAd’13, Principal at St. George & St. Edward Catholic Schools; and David Watson, EdAd ’19, Assistant Principal and English Teacher at St. George School.


April 9, 2020

Daniel Lee

Mechanical engineering student is member of research group looking for ways to reuse N95 facemasks

Daniel Lee is among 60 academics and professionals nationally looking for ways to decontaminate and reuse N95 face masks to help counter a severe shortage of the critical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 9, 2020

As virus batters government, US mutual aid groups step up

Story includes comments by Dean Spade, associate professor of law.

Agence France Presse (AFP)

April 8, 2020

Naomi Diggs, MD

Care on the Frontlines: An Alumna's Expertise with COVID-19

Naomi Diggs, MD, ’04, '20 is a physician and leader at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle where she is part of the coordinated COVID-19 response team.

April 3, 2020

New website explains how hospitals can decontaminate and reuse scarce N95 masks to fight COVID-19

A Seattle U mechanical engineering undergraduate is a member of the 60-member research group that founded the website.

Stanford News Service

April 1, 2020

Pandemic-Stoked Instacart Strike Exposes Risks for Gig Workers

Story includes comments from Seattle U School of Law Prof. Charlotte Garden. 

Bloomberg Law

March 31, 2020

Therapy during the coronavirus pandemic: ‘This is new for all of us’

Story includes comments from Kira Mauseth, a psychology senior instructor at Seattle University and psychologist.

The Seattle Times

March 29, 2020

Seattle U in the News: Restaurants are hurting due to the coronavirus-related shutdown. Yet many continue to help others in need.

Osbaldo Hernandez (Public Affairs, '12), co-owner of Frelard Tamales, and his family have been packing free sack lunches for children who are out of school.

March 26, 2020

Restaurants are hurting due to the coronavirus-related shutdown. Yet many continue to help others in need.

Osbaldo Hernandez (Public Affairs, '12) and his family own Frelard Tamales are packing free sack lunches for children who are out of school.

Seattle Times

March 25, 2020

Seattle U in the News: Kathleen McChesney, law enforcement trailblazer and victim advocate, to receive 2020 Laetare Medal

Kathleen McChesney, '76, will receive the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics.

March 23, 2020

Seattle U in the News: Elgin Baylor Will Forever Remain the Most Magnificent Loser in NBA History

A look back at the incredible story of one of the greatest players in NBA history and Seattle U alumnus, Elgin Baylor, '58.  

March 22, 2020

Seattle U in the News: Homeless feel the effect of social distancing

Law Professor Sara Rankin on the effects of social distancing on the most vulnerable.

March 20, 2020

Seattle U in the News: Should colleges pay their athletes? What Catholic social teaching has to say.

Pat Kelly, S.J., associate professor of theology and religious studies, shares a perspective on sport and spirituality.

March 20, 2020

Seattle U in the News: Why Foreign-Trained Lawyers Should Consider a Two-Year J.D.

Josie Mitchell, associate director of the School of Law's Center for Professional Development, has some advice for international students interested in earning a two-year J.D. in the U.S.

March 19, 2020

Seattle U in the News: Should your company tell you when coronavirus hits the workforce?

A case involving an Amazon contractor's sick spouse raises questions that many companies are asking right now. Albers Professor Jeffery Smith weighs in.

March 18, 2020

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