May Edition: Faculty, Staff, Student & Alumni Updates

Written by Hannah Crivello
May 28, 2014


Dr. Gloria Burgess

This past month, Dr. Burgess hosted and moderated a webinar sponsored by the International Leadership Association entitled "Yes, to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz" along with Frank Barrett, leadership scholar & jazz pianist, who wrote a book with the same title. Dr. Burgess additionally co-led a workshop in Indianapolis for the Tobias Institute's Annual Leadership Conference entitled "Maestro: Inspiring Leadership Lessons from the Podium."

Dr. Leticia Guardiola-Saenz

From June 9 to 20, Dr. Guardiola Saenz will be in Granada, Spain at the International Summer School engaging "Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles, Theology of Liberation and Islamic Revival," an intensive seminar composed of several courses that aim at opening the space for the analysis and investigation of Islam not only as a spiritual tradition, but also as an epistemic decolonial perspective that offers contributions and responses to the problems that humanity faces today. From June 23 to 25, she will be in Sierra Madre, CA attending the National Symposium on Catholic Hispanic Ministry and then on June 25 traveling to Los Angeles, CA and Loyola Marymount University to facilitate a workshop entitled "Jesus, the Migrant: A Reading of the Gospel of John from the Borderlands." Then from August 10 to 15, Dr. Guardiola-Saenz will be visiting San Francisco, CA to teach "New Testament Spirituality" at the Academy for Spiritual Formation, a program of the United Methodist Church.

Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune

Adjunct faculty member and contributor to the Dean's Executive Advisory Board, Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Eden Theological Seminary this past month. Dr. Fortune is Founder and Senior Analyst at FaithTrust Institute and additionally founded the Center for Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence here in Seattle. We celebrate Dr. Fortune for this honor that recognizes her incredible work.


Lisa Gustaveson, MNPL

This past month, Program Manager for the school's Faith & Family Homelessness Project, Lisa Gustaveson, was awarded the Spirit of Community Staff Award at Seattle University's 10th Annual Spirit of Community Celebration. As only one staff award is issued annually, this is a testament to Lisa's influence within the greater Seattle community around the issue of family homelessness.



Nindyo Sasongko ? Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality

It has been a great honor to celebrate many awards and acknowledgements bestowed over the last few months to Nindyo Sasongko, one of our current Transforming Spirituality students. In addition to previous announcements here and here, Nindyo has received word from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC that he has received a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to attend the 2014 Summer Institute on June 2-7.? He will join a special seminar on Christian-Muslim Peacemaking which is his area of future work. In addition, his paper "Toward a Trinitarian Theology of Erotic Experience: The Passionate Mysticism of Hadewijch of Brabant and the Question of Sexuality" has been accepted for presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego.

Jaime Yslas - Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership

This past month, Transformational student Jaime Yslas, in addition to his ongoing work with Veterans on the Seattle University campus, gave a presentation entitled "Faith and Finding Your Way" at a special Seattle University leadership development event "SPARK." The gathering was an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students at Seattle University to share their experiences with leadership and leading through the core values of the university--care, academic excellence, diversity, faith and justice. Jaime spoke about faith and discernment based on a video he had developed for the "STMM 5930 Gospel and Global Media Culture" course, presented by Dr. Mary Hess last Summer Quarter. The presentation along with the video addressed how faith can inform all of our decisions, particularly leadership decisions.


Kelly Hickman, MA in Transforming Spirituality 2010 (also former staff, Administrative Assistant!)

Kelly has a great heart for intentional community and being a part of local and global initiatives that are actively working for a more just and human world. After her time as student, graduate assistant and then staff at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, she has been a key member of the Mission Education area of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Currently serving as Missions Office Program Coordinator, Kelly is instrumental in collaborations with the Office for Catholic Schools and Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers to lift up new religion curriculum in Catholic schools. This July, Kelly will be traveling to Ghana with Catholic Relief Services, one of the agencies her office represents, to learn about their work there on hunger and food security. The trip was designed for educators, and Kelly will be joining to bolster her knowledge and communication of global need as she interacts with students directly in schools, Maryknoll and the Office for Catholic Schools. This year, Kelly has become a part of Magis' Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) cohort, which began last September and will conclude June 2015. The program moves Jesuit-educated alums through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises with emphasis on contemplation, leadership and service. The experience has brought Kelly into community with other justice-oriented and faith-driven young adults, and the CLA experience has already proven to ground me in deeper ministry.