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  • Faculty, Staff, Student & Alumni Highlights: April 2013


     Dr. Mark Lloyd TaylorDr. Mark Lloyd Taylor and student Alissa Newton's article on children, Christology in Kierkegaard and “Godly Play” is now in print in volume 4 (2013) of The Journal of Childhood and Religion. Visit the link here, and click on "volume 4" to view.





    Dr. Andrew Davis

    Dr. Andrew Davis' article co-written with Tod Linafelt (a colleague at Georgetown), entitled “Translating חנם in Job 1:9 and 2:3: On the Relationship between Job’s Piety and his Interiority,” was just accepted for publication in the journal Vetus Testamentum. Dr. Davis was also recently contracted to write an article on “Oaths and Vows” for the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law.



    Dr. Michael Reid Trice

    Dr. Michael Reid Tricehas a chapter in a book coming out this summer entitled "Christian-Muslim Relations in the Lutheran and Anglican Communions". Dr. Trice is in the second year of a "Christian Leadership Initiative Fellowship", focusing on Jewish-Christian global dialogue and study, and will visit the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem again this upcoming July. Dr. Trice additionally received an invitation to present at the conference: "Remembering the Past – Living the Future: Lutheran Tradition in Transition", in Uppsala, Sweden next October. His presentation will be titled: "There’s an App for That!  Post-Christian Lutheran Encounter".



    Dean Mark S. Markuly, Ph.D.Dean Mark S. Markuly, PhD was featured in a newletter from CADEIO: Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers. Read the article here.








     Colette Casavant, MAPSColette Casavant, both staff Student Community & Admissions Coordinator as well as an alum (Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies) is a current student in Seattle University's College of Education Doctor of Education program. Colette was inducted this week into Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education that recognizes students who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, loyalty to the values of Jesuit education and service. Membership into Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors one can achieve at a Jesuit institution and only 4 percent of each class is able to be inducted each year.




    Jan CherryJan Cherry, staff Ecumenical Liturgical Coordinator as well as an alum (Master of Divinity, with a Post-Master's Certificate in Transforming Spirituality) was elected President of the Board for the Church Council of Greater Seattle this month. Jan also taught a Lenten Bible Study Series at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Magnolia on “Re-discovering the First Century Paul", and has preached at a few local parishes as well in the past few months. Jan is slated to attend the DIAKONIA World Federation Gathering in Berlin in July, and is preparing a slideshow for the gathering using pictures of DIAKONIA in action from all its global regions.  She will also attend the National gathering of the Diaconal Ministers of the Evangelica Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in July prior to both the DIAKONIA of the Americas and the Caribbean (DOTAC) Central Committee meeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil in August at which she serves as Treasurer.



    Ali Records The School welcomes Ali Records as the new Senior Administrative Assistant. Ali graduated from Seattle University in 2005 (B.A. Art History) before going on to work in sales, marketing, and event planning at arts-related businesses. In 2009, she joined the Peace Corps and moved to a rural Moroccan village. While there, Ali assisted craftswomen in starting & running microenterprises. Coming now to Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, and working within a community so focused on social justice and community engagement, is a true pleasure. Ali loves learning about the world around her, is working on my very first quilt, and learning to speak Berber. Say hello to Ali next time you're in the office!






    Ann Mayer

    Ann Mayer is one of the newest additions to the School's team as Graduate Assistant for Operations. Ann is a first year Master of Divinity student, having a BS in Industrial Engineering. Ann worked for Boeing for several years, worked as a Structural Engineer--designing structural integrity on residential projects. When the housing industry dropped off in the economic downturn, Ann found herself transitioning out of her work and had time to ponder what she wanted to do in my life.  Ann began to feel called to be in the ministry somehow, and friends suggested I look into Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry.  The first time she visited the School, she knew it was the right place for her. Ann is married with two teenage children – a daughter who is 20 and a son who is 17.



    Alissa Newton

    Alissa Newton, current Master of Divinity student, just received the news that her paper "The race born blind: Jesus' healing of the blind man in John as an anti-racist text of hope and promise", was accepted for the Society of Biblical Literature's 2013 Annual Meeting program unit on Contextual Biblical Interpretation. The meeting will be held in Baltimore, MD from November 23-26, 2013.




     Michelle MajorsMichelle Majors, 2011 alumni of the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership, recently gave a TEDx talk entitled "Ideal Leadership in the Land of Oz" which is now posted on YouTube here. Michelle's work in the community was also recently profiled for students investigating Graduate Admissions; visit her page here.









    Sister Barbara McMullen, CDPSister Barbara McMullen, CDP is a 1980 alum of the School's Master of Religious Education in 1980. Her thesis project enabled her to practice internal formation ministry for her Community. She has just released the book "Soul Stretching", with information available here.

    Sister Barbara shares about her experience at the School: "The courses and instructors I had at the School were superb. The faculty who were brought in as visiting professors were people who were actually working in their field and had great pastoral experience to share with us. The courses were very interactive, and I remember having had great discussions. Courses' reading lists provided before, during and after the courses were also very helpful, and I feel I was very prepared to teach in the parish about many faith formation topics. I loved my summers at Seattle University!"

    Sister Barbara is a Sister of Divine Providence, Marie de la Roche province.  She has taught elementary education, adult faith formation, and served in parish ministry over the last few decades.  For eleven years she was involved in vocation, formation and leadership ministry in her Community, and worked for the Catholic Health Association as a senior associate in the Mission and Sponsorship department, where she co-authored a book on alternative models of sponsorship, and published prayers and reflections in Health Progress magazine.  During her last term of leadership in the Community, Sister Barbara, as assistant provincial, collaborated with the Office of Mission Advancement in writing a mission manual and various mission-related pieces for use by the Community, as well as conducting mission orientations for employees.  She is also published in works by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Currently she is the executive director of the Women of Providence in Collaboration, a national organization of Providence communities across the United States and Canada.  She grew up in the small town of Madison, Illinois, and resides today in nearby Granite City.  She enjoys teaching, reading, and conducting retreats. 





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