Summer Edition: Faculty, Staff, Student & Alumni Highlights

Written by Kristina Alvarado
August 17, 2015


Dr. Michael Reid Trice
Dr. Michael Trice was recognized as a leader in the interfaith movement working for peace this month by Religions for Peace USA, the largest and most broadly-based representative multi-religious forum in the United States. The forum quoted Dr. Trice?s response as an interfaith leader to the recent tragic shootings in Charleston, SC and Chattanooga, TN. See the post here.

Dr. Christie Eppler
Dr. Eppler was highlighted in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) feature on newly accredited couples and family therapy programs. Reflecting on the process that the school?s own couples and family therapy program underwent to gain accreditation she said: ?Seeking accreditation augmented our curriculum's transparency, accountability, respect for collaboration, and value of both practice-based evidence and evidence-based practice. This process helped us understand our fit with other high quality marriage/couples and family therapy programs while affording us the opportunity to see how we are distinct in our quest to integrate ecumenical and interfaith religious and spiritual practices into competent couples and family therapy.? Read the full article here.


Marcia Corner
The school welcomes Marcia Corner, new Academic Specialist for the Master of Arts in Relationship & Pastoral Therapy?the school?s couples and family therapy program. Marcia earned her Master of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary and previously worked as the program coordinator of Seattle Pacific Seminary. ?As the Academic Specialist, Marcia will be working closely with couples and family therapy students as they progress through their clinical internship sequence. Marcia is excited to be working with the program and looks forward to the opportunity to learn more about the Jesuit tradition as well as participate in interfaith dialogue at Seattle University.

Ryan Walker
This summer, Ryan joined the school?s staff as Senior Administrative Assistant of Stewardship. Ryan?s primary responsibility will be to assist the Director of Development and Dean Mark Markuly in the school?s stewardship efforts. His other duties will include organizing the Dean?s Dinner, Scholarship Luncheon & Priests? Dinner, and providing event support for the President?s Reception, Fall Gala, & the Search for Meaning Book Festival. Ryan shares that he has been humbled by the genuine concern, effort, and commitment to social justice that the school and its staff exhibit and is excited to join the ranks of an organization with such a tangible and unwavering dedication to its mission statement.


Sarah Bania-Dobyns ?| ?MA in Transforming Spirituality
This winter, Sarah co-founded a tutoring company that provides high quality tutoring to students in Cleveland and beyond?both locally and online. Cleveland Tutors is currently running a crowdsourcing campaign to support tutoring scholarships for low-income students, a population they are normally not able to reach because they rarely can afford private tutoring. They are raising $20,000 to support scholarships for low-income students. The scholarships would guarantee recipients 10 hours of free tutoring this summer. Students in Title I schools (those schools where most students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch) would automatically qualify. To support the program, click here.


Nindyo Sasongko ?| MA in Transforming Spirituality ?15
Nindyo?s article entitled Toward a Nonviolent Koinonia: An Ecumenical Inquiry into Being the Church from a Historic Peace Church Perspective has been accepted for publication in the Ecclesiology journal, an international peer-reviewed journal published by Brill Academic, Netherlands, in association with the Department of Theology and Centre for the Study of the Christian Church at the University of Exeter, UK. ?The article was originally a project paper for his independent study course with Dr. Michael Kinnamon called Current Trends in Ecumenical Studies.

Alfredo Feregrino ?| ?Master of Divinity ?12
Alfredo was recently featured by the Episcopal News Service for his bicultural, bilingual progressive ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Episcopal Church. Our Lady of Guadalupe is part of the Anglo-Catholic tradition that focuses on urban Latinos, New Generation Latinos and a bilingual and bicultural population, including Anglos and non-Latinos. The feature recognizes Alfredo as the only minister in the diocese doing bilingual service this way. Fellow Master of Divinity alumna Rev. Alissa Newton was also featured in the article for her role as director of congregational development with the Diocese of Olympia. Alissa said the diocese paired its own money with the $50,000 Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society Mission Enterprise Zones grant to Feregrino because Our Lady of Guadalupe ?is a unique project.? Read the full article here.

Eliac?n Rosario-Cruz ?| ?Master of Divinity ?12
In July, Eliac?n began as Associate Priest at San Lucas Episcopal Church in Vancouver, WA. Eliac?n continues to collaborate with other Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry alumni in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.?