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  • This Week at Seattle University, 2/3-2/7


    Albers Executive Speaker Series
    Tuesday, Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m.
    Pigott Auditorium

    Roy Whitehead, chairman, president and CEO of Washington Federal, LLC, will be the featured speaker at the next Albers Executive Speaker Series event. The title of his talk is “Business and Banking: Challenge and Opportunity in a New Economy.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Albers Executive Speaker Series or contact Barb Hauke at
    Search for Meaning: Parking, Day of Event
    This Saturday, February 15, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Seattle University will welcome more than 2,000 participants for the Fifth Annual Search for Meaning Book Festival. Please be advised that due to the large volume of visitors coming to campus, parking in campus lots may be challenging and require more time. Public transportation is strongly encouraged. (Bus routes number 2, 3, 4, 12, 43, 49 and 60 serve campus.) All guests are encouraged to park in the Murphy and Broadway Garages. Please note, the 12th and Marion visitors’ lot will be restricted to special Book Festival permit guests only and ADA access only. Campus parking permits may be used at all other campus parking lots. Interested in learning more about the Festival? Check out available tickets here and schedule here. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Conference and Event Services at 296-5620.
    Interreligious Dialogue with Jesuits from Asia: Heru Prakosa, S.J.
    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m.
    Admissions and Alumni Building, Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room

    Heru Prakosa, S.J. works among Muslim and Christian students in Indonesia to facilitate interreligious dialogue. He is a scholar of Qur’anic hermeneutics and teaches Islamic Studies for Catholic seminarians. Fr. Prakosa will discuss the importance of going beyond one’s comfort zone when engaging in interreligious dialogue, as well as what Catholic theology looks like in light of religious pluralism in Indonesia. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture. For more information, contact Emily Holt at
    Great Backyard Bird Count
    Tuesday, Feb. 18, noon-1 p.m.
    On the deck overlooking the Union Green

    Join the SU Grounds Dept for its annual celebration of the Great Backyard Bird Count, a national event sponsored by the National Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Come help us count and identify birds on campus. Bring binoculars if you have them. For more information, contact or visit
    The Boldt Decision at 40: The Legacy of U.S. v. Washington (The Fish Tale That Changed History)
    Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2-3:50 p.m.
    Sullivan Hall, Courtroom

    The School of Law’s Center for Indian Law and Policy invites you to this special opportunity to meet Phil Katzen and hear his unique perspective on United States v. Washington, the long-running treaty fishing rights case in which Katzen frequently served as a lead or coordinating counsel for the plaintiff tribes. Katzen continues his involvement in United States v. Washington and various other matters related to tribal rights. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit Boldt Decision or contact Guadalupe Ceballos, staff attorney at
    Justice Film: “Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?”
    Friday, Feb. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Bannan Auditorium (Room 102)

    In April 1961, the CIA sent a force of Cuban exiles to overthrow the Cuban government, which resulted in the Bay of Pigs Fiasco. Fifty years later, a new documentary shows that U.S.-backed violence against Cuba continued for decades. Some Bay of Pigs participants and the most well-known terrorists appear on camera to boast or re-evaluate their activities over the years. Orlando Bosch, Jose Basulto, Luis Posada Carriles and Antonio Veciana discuss assassinations and other actions they took to bring down the Revolutionary government. The new film, with Danny Glover, Cuba’s top counter spy and Fidel Castro himself (filmed recently) is combined with fascination archival footage and a rare recorded interview from prison with one of the Cuban 5. As the documentary portrays, these men are serving long sentences in U.S. prisons for trying to stop terrorism against tourist sites in their country. The film was produced by Emmy Winner Saul Landau with music from the Cuban Cowboys, who won a major applause at the Havana Film Festival. The film will be followed by a short discussion. For tickets, visit Justice Film. This event is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Justice in Society. For more information, contact Pamela Taylor at
    Justice Book Talk with Stephen Kimber, Author of What Lies Across The Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five
    Friday, March 7, 12:30-2 p.m.
    Casey Atrium

    Stephen Kimber of the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will speak about his latest non-fiction book: What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five. Kimber is an award-winning writer, editor, and broadcaster, and his writing has appeared in almost all major Canadian magazines and newspapers. He currently writes a weekly column for Halifax Metro, serves as senior features writer for The Coast, a Halifax alternative weekly and is a contributing editor of Atlantic Business Magazine. He is the author of nine books—a novel and eight works of non-fiction. RSVP to For more information visit The Center for the Study of Justice in Society.
    Nursing’s Lunchtime Scholar Series: “A Respectful Approach to Indigenous Health Research and Community Partnerships” with Eileen Owen-Williams
    Thursday, Feb. 20, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
    Hunthausen 100

    Eileen Owen-Williams, associate professor of nursing, will discuss the importance of cultural humility and the utilization of a community based participatory approach to research and the translation of knowledge to Indigenous health issues, health care programs, and policies. She will draw from her past work with First Nations Elders in Canada, Indigenous health disparities in Australia, and her current research partnership with the Seattle Indian Health Board. Owen-Williams has practiced as a sexual assault examiner for 24 years in an advanced practice role in remote, rural and urban locations within the U.S. and Canada. She has specialized as a clinician, administrator, consultant, educator and expert witness in the area of child sexual abuse and elder abuse, and remains active in pursuing the integration of forensics into nursing curriculums within North America. She currently practices clinically as a nurse practitioner and nurse midwife at Madigan Army Medical Center. You are welcome to bring your lunch to this event. Light refreshments served. For more information, visit College of Nursing or contact Beth Branchaw at
    Lawyering in an International Age: Observations from a Career in International Trade
    Monday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m.
    Sullivan Hall, C-5

    Rufus Yerxa, ’76, will deliver a lecture based on his expertise as a leader of the World Trade Organization and a broad range of international trade experience as a senior government official, trade negotiator and Congressional advisor. For more information, visit School of Law or contact Katherine Hedland Hansen at
    Women’s Basketball at Connolly Center
    The Seattle University women’s basketball team plays four of its final six games of the regular season at home, starting with two key conference games this weekend. Thursday, Feb. 13, the Redhawks welcome Utah Valley to the Connolly Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff. At halftime, the organizers of Seattle U’s Dance Marathon will be performing. Saturday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. Seattle U hosts Bakersfield, currently ahead of the Redhawks in second place in the WAC standings. It is Dads and Daughters Day, which means fathers can bring their daughters to the game for as little as $8 ($5 for the father, $3 for each daughter). There will also be several performances by the Seattle U Cheer and Dance Team, as they welcome those who will participate in their clinic earlier in the day. Seattle U students, faculty and staff earn free admission to all home women’s basketball games at the Connolly Center. The basketball season is entering the home stretch, so now is the time to support the Redhawks!
    Track and Field at Husky Classic—Dempsey Indoor Facility
    The Seattle University track and field team returns to Dempsey Indoor at the University of Washington for the Husky Classic, taking place Friday, Feb. 14, starting at 4 p.m. and continuing Saturday, Feb. 15, beginning at 8 a.m. Several school records have already fallen during the 2014 indoor track and field season, and the team will be hoping to make more history during the two-day meet. This is the final regular season competition for the Redhawk track and field team before the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in two weeks in Moscow, Idaho. Admission is free for all spectators, so head on over to Dempsey Indoor and cheer on the Redhawks!
    Presidents Day Services at Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons
    The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons will be open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 17. Library staff will offer limited services during these hours. The Writing Center, Learning Assistance Programs and Math Lab will be closed, with regular services resuming Tuesday, Feb. 18. Research Services will also be closed over the holiday. The Media Production Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The secure 24/7 study spaces on the first and second floors will be open as usual. For more information, visit library hours or contact Melissa Chamberlain at
    Buddhist Women’s Awakening Stories
    Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
    Chapel of St. Ignatius (note new location)

    Two Zen Buddhist women present from their book The Hidden Lamp, a collection of 100 koans and stories of Buddhist women from the time of the Buddha to the present day. This revolutionary book brings together teaching stories that were hidden for centuries, unknown until this volume. The stories are extraordinary expressions of freedom and fearlessness, relevant for men and women of any time or place. Each story is accompanied by a reflection by a contemporary woman teacher—personal responses that help bring the old stories alive for readers today. Zenshin Florence Caplow is a Zen priest, dharma teacher, field botanist, essayist and editor. Reigetsu Susan Moon is a Zen writer, lay teacher and political activist. There will be a book signing immediately after the lecture. Sponsored by EcoSangha. For more information, contact Jason Wirth at
    Lantern Festival
    Thursday, Feb. 13, 7-9 p.m.
    International Student Center Lounge

    Join the Taiwanese Student Association in making mochi rice balls, learning about Taiwanese culture, making lanterns to bring home and guessing riddles (there will be prizes). An RSVP is required as space is limited. Please e-mail Ernest Kao at For more information, visit Lantern Festival.
    The Well Gathering and Reflection
    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Ecumenical Chapel (lobby floor of Campion)

    The Well is SU’s on-campus interdenominational Christian gathering and reflection service. This Wednesday Campus Minister Marilyn Nash shares a reflection on what liberation means in Ignatian spirituality. For more information, contact Monica Allen in Campus Ministry at
    Pad and Tampon Drive
    The Society of Feminists is sponsoring this drive from Feb. 14 through the end of the quarter. Collected items will be donated to Compass Cascade Women’s Program which provides transitional housing for homeless women. Both loose feminine products and boxes will be accepted. The society will be taking donations at a table at C-Street during lunch, or look for drop boxes at the CAC, C-Street and in the residence halls. For more information, visit Society of Feminists or contact Jolyn Kelsch at
    SU Dance Alliance Session 3: Jazz Funk with Grant
    Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
    Group Exercise Room, Fitness Center

    There’s no need for a holiday to come celebrate the love with your Dance Alliance family. Learn the quick steps of jazz funk with Grant Cabebe. Bring your friends and be sure to wear comfortable clothing! For more information, visit Funk with Grant or contact Shraddha Shirude at


     Make a Difference through the Seattle University Youth Initiative

    Do you have any interest in working with kindergarteners at Bailey Gatzert Elementary? Would you like to use your Community Service Leave Benefit? Are you free Monday and/or Wednesday afternoons? If you answered YES to any of these questions, the Youth Initiative could use your help. Monday, Feb. 3, marks the beginning of the kindergarten after-school program at Bailey Gatzert, and more volunteers are needed. The program runs from 2:50 to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. If those dates do not work for your schedule, your help could also be used on Tuesdays and Thursdays in other programs working with first through fifth graders. If you are interested in volunteering at Bailey Gatzert, please contact Emily Chambers at
    Dessert, Laughter and Carbon Taxes!?
    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.
    Rolfe Room in Admissions and Alumni Building

    Join Yorum Bauman, the world’s first and only stand-up economist, for an evening of laughter. With laughter, Bauman will guide the audience through the details of a revenue-neutral carbon tax set to be on the 2016 ballot. His performance will be followed by a dessert social and conversations about climate change, the carbon tax and actions that can be taken. For more information, visit CEJS. Sponsored by the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, Center for Business Ethics, Environmental Studies Program, Albers School of Business and Economics, and Eco-Alliance. For more information, contact Mike Schut at
    February Blood Drive
    Feb. 5 and 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed noon-1 p.m.)
    Bloodmobile in Bellarmine Turnaround

    The need for blood donations is particularly critical at this time. The Puget Sound Blood Center’s inventory is at an eight-year low with three blood types having dropped to emergency levels—less than a one-day supply—earlier in the month. Blood collections were significantly disrupted due to a widespread network outage with PSBC’s Internet service provider, and the center lost the opportunity to collect 50 percent of what was needed at an already critical time. The blood center had to issue a 48-hour order to hospitals to minimize blood usage, something that hadn’t been done in more than 20 years. More than 1,000 extra donors are needed in addition to the usual donations to restore PSBC’s blood supply. Please make an appointment to donate. For more information, contact Krista Fink at (206) 422-1686.
    CEJS Invites Papers for Inaugural Conference – Deadline Extended

    Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability invites papers and proposals for presentations, workshops, panel discussions and artistic performances for its inaugural conference “Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons” to be held Aug. 7-9, 2014. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Feb. 24. Please visit CEJS for more information. CEJS invites papers related to environmental justice and sustainability from all fields of discourse, including but not limited to environmental studies, theology, business, philosophy, engineering, education, law, the arts, international development, anthropology, religious studies, geography and the natural sciences.
    De-Stress with Dogs
    Come take a study break, learn ways to de-stress and play with dogs 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, in Student Center 160. Sponsored by the Health and Wellness Crew (HAWC). For more information, contact Kara Ortbal at
    Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sport Day
    Stop by the Athletics lobby of the Connolly Center on Tuesday, Feb. 4, between noon and 3 p.m. and join the Athletics Department in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sport Day. Gather a group and take a picture in the photo booth, or fill out a postcard to send to someone who inspired you to get where you are today. There will be snacks, and Rudy the Redhawk has promised to make an appearance. Support the Redhawk women as they celebrate this special day.

    Movies with Meaning—“The Lesson Plan: A Story of the Third Wave”
    Monday, Feb. 10, 7-9 p.m.
    Le Roux Room (STCN 160)

    Campus Ministry’s Movies with Meaning is presenting a screening of the film, “Lesson Plan: A Story of the Third Wave.” The documentary explores how high school teacher Ron Jones led his students in a classroom experiment to help them understand fascism. Two of the original students who were part of the experiment and helped produce the film will be present to answer questions and talk about their experience in this Third Wave experiment. For more information, contact Colleen Newell at
    Hearts and Crafts
    Come make Valentine’s cards for children at Seattle Children’s Hospital with SEAC and the Dance Marathon at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Student Center Hearth with musical guests Lee Corey Oswald and Special Explosion. For more information, visit Dance Marathon or contact Marcus Shriver at
    Albers Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center Offers Skill Building Sessions
    The Albers Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center invites faculty, staff and students of all majors to participate in the following opportunities to develop new skills while meeting potential business plan members and networking with other entrepreneurial minded folks.
    ·        “Putting Together a Dream Team” (Tuesday, Feb. 4, 12:30-2 p.m., Pigott 416) is for people looking to put together a dream team in order to take their businesses/ideas to the next level.
    ·        “Create a GREAT Idea & Business Model” (Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. 6-8 p.m., Student Center 130) is for anyone looking for help in putting together a business plan or creating a great idea.
    For more information about either event, contact Nettasha Reese at or 296-5715.
    SU Dance Alliance Session 2: Hip Hop with Peter
    Friday, Feb. 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
    Group Exercise Room, Fitness Center

    Feeling a little stressed? Come to SU Dance Alliance for an awesome time dancing. This week, you’ll have a chance to learn hip-hop with Peter Liang! For more information, visit Dance Alliance or contact Shraddha Shirude at
    Support Student Scholarships - Get SU License Plates on the Road!
    Great news! The SU License Plate initiative, which provides funding for student scholarships, passed a big hurdle on its path to becoming reality, as the House Committee on Transportation passed House Bill 2100 out of committee. Next step is the House Rules Committee, then a House floor vote before the process starts all over in the Senate.
    Your help is needed. Please contact your legislators—there are two easy ways to do it. First, visit for easy instructions to reach all three of your legislators at once. Second, sign one postcard and it will be sent to your legislator for you: look for the table in Pigott on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and at Saturday’s alumni pre-game rally and men’s basketball game. Or come by the Alumni Relations office in the Admissions and Alumni Building. For more information, contact Corinne Pann in Alumni Relations at
    Homecoming 2014
    Feb. 28-March 2
    SU Campus and KeyArena

    Reignite the tradition, celebrate your community and share your Seattle University pride during Homecoming 2014. The entire Seattle U community is invited to share in a weekend of fun and festivities. Highlights include:
    ·        Friday, Feb. 28 – Announcement of the Homecoming Court and Battle of the Bands
    ·        Saturday, March 1 – Pre-game rally, men’s basketball v. Idaho; halftime ceremony honoring Hall of Fame inductees and announcing Homecoming Royals; and post-game social at T.S. McHugh’s
    ·        Sunday, March 2 – Alumni Mass and Hall of Fame Induction
    Check out for details on all of these events and more. Homecoming is co-sponsored by Alumni Relations, Student Development and Athletics. For more information, contact Corinne Pann at
    Guest Artist Cello Recital featuring Paul Wiancko
    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m.
    Pigott Auditorium

    Paul Wiancko is quickly establishing himself as the next generation of talented cellists and composers. He appears regularly with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra and Musicians from Marlboro. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for faculty/staff and $12 for general admission. Sponsored by Fine Arts. For more information, contact Em Olson at
    Annual Campus Night-Walk
    Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    The Department of Public Safety wants your input and feedback on physical features of campus that affect safety, including walkway lighting, landscaping, parking areas, bus stops and building entrance ways. All are invited to meet in the lobby of the University Services Building and then proceed on the campus safety design walk. Facilities Team members will also be on hand to talk about lighting and grounds. Coffee and cocoa will be provided. If you have any questions or wish to learn more information about the walk, contact the assistant director of operations at
    Men’s Basketball at KeyArena
    Thursday, Feb. 6, and Saturday, Feb. 8 – 7 p.m. (both games)

    After a thrilling comeback victory at Idaho last Saturday, the Seattle U men’s basketball team returns to KeyArena for two key conference games this weekend. Thursday, Feb. 6, the Redhawks welcome the Texas-Pan American Broncs for the first time ever. Seattle U defeated UTPA earlier this season in Edinburg, Tex., and looks to complete the season sweep. A special halftime performance by the organizers of Seattle U’s Dance Marathon will take place. Faculty and staff receive free admission to all home games, but anyone who comes to the KeyArena Box Office wearing gear depicting the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will also receive a free ticket Thursday night. Saturday night, Seattle U hosts one of the top teams in the conference, as the New Mexico State Aggies come to town. Last year’s game at KeyArena between the two teams went to double overtime, and a thrilling contest is expected once again. Saturday’s game is being televised on ROOT Sports, so a big crowd is needed to show the region that Seattle U basketball is on the rise. Once again, faculty and staff receive free admission to all home games at KeyArena. Faculty/staff tickets are available at the CAC in the Student Center until the day of the game, and then faculty and staff can go to the special window on the east side of KeyArena to pick up their free tickets on game day. Come help the Redhawks keep the momentum rolling!
    Meet the Redhawks Dinner and Baseball Alumni Reunion
    The Seattle University baseball program invites all supporters and fans to the annual Meet the Redhawks Dinner, set for Friday, Feb. 7, at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, located at 2211 Alaskan Way on the Seattle waterfront. The evening’s festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with registration, a silent auction and a no-host cocktail reception. The dinner program is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. as the Seattle U baseball team celebrates the opening of the 2014 season, with the first game set to take place six days later at UC Davis. Seattle U head baseball coach Donny Harrel is issuing a special invitation to all former Seattle U baseball players, as he would like the evening to become a “Seattle U Baseball Alumni Reunion.” All former players, both from before 1986 and after the reestablishment of the baseball program, will be recognized during the dinner program. The cost of an individual ticket is $60 or $30 for attendees 14 years old and younger. Tables of eight can be purchased for $450, with special VIP tables of eight available for $750. Included in the VIP pricing is priority seating, a baseball autographed by the 2014 Seattle U team, and a bottle of wine. Parking is available in the Republic Parking Garage on Alaskan Way between Elliot Ave. and Wall Ave. To register for the event online by Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m., visit For more information, contact the Redhawk athletic department at
    Prayer, Poetry & Praise at the Well
    Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Ecumenical Chapel (lobby floor of Campion)

    The Well is SU’s on-campus interdenominational Christian prayer and community gathering, and “Prayer, Poetry & Praise” takes place the first Wednesday of the month. Join Campus Ministry as local poets and musicians share their work on the theme of “Liberation & Justice.” For more information, contact Monica Allen at


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