February Edition: Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Updates

April 3, 2016


Mark Markuly, PhD

Dr. Markuly spoke at the Methow Valley Unitarian Universalist Sunday fellowship gatherings on February 7. These Sunday fellowship gatherings, with the theme “Looking in—Reaching Out,” will challenge people to create visions of positive change and make those visions happen. Dr. Markuly’s presentation, "The Jazz Age of Spirituality: Improvisation in the Life of the Spirit Becomes a New Norm” explored how the life of the spirit has jumped its boundaries in some dramatic ways and like the Jazz Age, has brought the different rhythms, phrasing, tempos and beats from religious and spiritual heritages into a new age celebrating creativity and freedom. Learn more about Methow Valley UU at http://methowunitarians.org/

Christie Eppler, LMFT, PhD

Dr. Eppler, along with Karen Quek and Martha Morgan (who have also taught in the couples and family therapy program), recently had a manuscript accepted for publication by a prominent journal in the field of family therapy. The article, entitled Teaching gender in family therapy education: Reflection of cis-female students’ learning, will be published in The Journal of Family Therapy, a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Association of Family Therapy and Systematic Practice. She also had two presentations accepted by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) to be presented at the AAMFT national conference in September in Indianapolis. The first, Using Creative Assessments to Promote Social Justice, was co-authored with faculty Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez, and the second, Exploring Spirituality through Cinemetherapy, co-authored with Doctor of Ministry student Nicole Chilivis.


Hannah Hunthausen  | Program coordinator, Faith and Family Homelessness Project

See Hannah Hunthausen pictured above with the SU Project on Family Homelessness staff and Mayor Ed Murray supporting the launch of the newly rebranded Committee to End Homelessness--now All Home. With the launch came a new strategic plan with a more inclusive vision for King County’s community response to homelessness. The event was attended by over 200 people with many new and young faces in attendance. The Faith and Family Homelessness Project connected briefly with the Mayor and is continuing to work with his office on different projects.


Linda Smith  |  Master of Divinity
Linda received the 2015 Outstanding Citizen of the Year in recognition for her unwavering dedication and far-reaching contributions to the Renton community. She will also be recognized this month by the Renton community Foundation as the Center of Hope Patron of the Year. Mayor Denis Law says of the 2015 award recipients: “They are the backbone of our community who dedicate their time, effort, expertise and enthusiasm and make an already great city even greater.

Nancy Gale  | Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership

Nancy has been putting her MATL degree into action as the principal for TLG Learning which has been offering computer training classes taught by certified (in-person) trainers in Seattle & Bellevue classrooms for over 20 years. TLG Learning, trusted by premier companies and government agencies, provides complete learning solutions on Microsoft, F5 Networks, ITIL, Cisco, Citrix, CompTIA, VM Ware, Adobe, Project Management, Business Skills, and more. A very exciting development for my company this year has been a pilot project with the Veterans Administration.TLG Learning was one of six organization nationwide selected to provide transitional training and employment services to Veterans as part of the President’s TechHire initiative. Congratulations to Nancy and TLG Learning.

Sally Freed  |  Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
Sally Freed is excited and grateful to embrace her ministerial and professional calling by starting her own business as a retreat facilitator and workshop leader. Sally cultivates environments where people feel safe to explore and discover new understandings about themselves and others. Working with a variety of groups and businesses, she tailors her leadership support and facilitation based on the unique goals of her clients. Learn more about her work by visiting her website:http://www.sallyfreed.com/

Kelly Hickman  |  Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
Through her work with the archdiocesan Missions office, Kelly has been involved in a special project providing hands on service learning for high school students. These efforts arose from a partnership between the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the Archdiocese of Seattle, and Seattle University. The goal was to help form missionary disciples who share God’s love, particularly with marginalized people. Focusing on enlivening young Catholics in mission, our three groups created the Mission Institute for Seventh-Graders in the Seattle Archdiocese. Summing up the benefits of the program, Kelly says, “It’s real, tangible and interesting, not book-based or dry theory…Plus, it’s fun!” Read more about the program here: http://www.maryknollmagazine.org/index.php/magazines/641-living-their-lessons