This Week at Seattle University, 1/12-1/19

Written by Kristina Alvarado
January 14, 2015

Gaffney Dialogue on Gratitude
Tuesday, Jan. 20, noon-1:30 p.m.
Casey Commons

The Gaffney Chair, Le Xuan Hy, invites faculty and staff to attend the second informal dialogue on the topic of gratefulness. President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., will help start the conversation with some reflections. The doors open at noon and the event ends at 1:30 p.m. You are invited to attend whatever portion of the event you are able to. RSVP to Thorne Clayton-Falls at

CEJS Reading Group - Change by Degrees: Addressing the Climate Challenge
Six weekly lunch-time discussions
Feb. 2-March 15 (Multiple days from which to choose)

Tired of eating lunch alone at your computer? The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) invites staff, faculty, students and alumni to a bring-your-lunch reading group to discuss Change by Degrees: Addressing the Climate Challenge. Published by the well-respected Northwest Earth Institute, Change by Degrees brings together a great diversity of authors like Amory Lovins, Lester Brown, Michael Pollan and Thomas Friedman. Through the readings and group discussions, participants will:


  • Consider the cultural values and resulting actions that contribute to our current climate crisis
  • Deepen in understanding of the history and science of climate change
  • Identify individual and community level actions to curb climate change and create a sustainable energy future


To register, e-mail Karen Price at by Friday, Jan. 16, with your preferred time, either 12:05-12:55 p.m. or 12:30-1:20 p.m., and which week days you can meet. Participants will be organized into one of several groups based on their preferred days and time.

Share Your Photos
Got any shots from break that you?d like to share for an upcoming edition of The Commons? Please send them to

2015 Anne Carragher Wellness Challenge - Last Week to Register
Registration open now through Friday, Jan. 9; Challenge from Jan. 12-Feb. 20

Participate in the Anne Carragher Wellness Challenge, a six-week, campus-wide team challenge toward holistic wellness. Join up with three other faculty, staff or students?all you need is a team name and some excitement about making small changes to live a healthier life. For more information and to register, visit Carragher Wellness Challenge. Contact Jazz Espiritu at with any questions.
Host an Event: The Anne Carragher Wellness Challenge is looking for events to incorporate into the program. It?s easy?you host an event and the challenge helps promote your event and offers points for attendance. Please contact Kira Glynn (, if you have an event you would like to be included and promoted through the Wellness Challenge. Organizers are looking for balance in the five dimensions of wellness, as follows.
Week 1 (Jan. 12): Goal Setting
Week 2 (Jan. 19): Physical Wellness
Week 3 (Jan. 26): Emotional Wellness
Week 4 (Feb. 2): Spiritual Wellness
Week 5 (Feb. 9): Intellectual Wellness
Week 6 (Feb. 16): Social Wellness

Doctor of Ministry Info Session
Wednesday, Jan. 7, noon-1:20 p.m.
Admissions and Alumni Building (ADAL)

Come learn more about the Doctor of Ministry degree offered through the School of Theology and Ministry. For more information, visit or contact Colette Casavant at or 296-5333.

Two Opportunities to Share with Students
Stephen Chew, professor and chair of psychology at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., will give a presentation on ?How to study long and hard and still fail?or, how to get the most out of your studying? from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, in Student Center 160. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Morgan Frost in Learning Assistance Programs at
The Tutoring Assessment Blitz will take place 5-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, on the second floor of Lemieux Library. Learn more at

Albers Executive Speaker Series
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Pigott Auditorium

Ron Armstrong, president and CEO of PACCAR, will be the featured speaker at this Albers Executive Speaker Series event. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Speaker Series or contact Barb Hauke at or 296-5732.

Catholic Heritage Lecture Reading Group
Feb. 6 and 13, 3:30-5 p.m.
Casey 400, Casey 516

The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture?s reading group for the winter Catholic Heritage Lecture, ?Field Hospital on the Border(s): A Church in Kinship with Migrants," is still seeking participants to read and discuss the work of Kristin Heyer, Ph.D. The second of the 2014-2015 Catholic Heritage Lecture keynote speakers, Heyer will be examining Pope Francis?s model of church as ?field hospital? in the context of immigration. Please consider joining the conversation of her research: Kinship Across Borders, A Christian Ethic of Immigration. RSVP at to arrange delivery of the book. Click here for more information on the Catholic Heritage Lectures.

Multicultural Programming Fund
Have an idea for a project, program or event centered on multiculturalism, equity and/or social justice? Applicants may be individuals or part of a larger group. Sample programs include cultural preservation events, art programs and exhibits, guest speakers and panel discussions, educational campaigns. The possibilities extend as far as your imagination. If you have always had an idea for a project, the MPF offers support, a platform, and funding for you to make it happen. Visit MPF for more information, including how to apply. Sponsored by Student Government of Seattle University and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, contact Nikki Robison at

Etiquette Dinner
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 6-8 p.m.
Campion Ballroom

Enjoy a three-course dinner workshop on Dining/Business Etiquette. Tickets are only $10 for SU students, faculty and staff (cash, check or meal plan). Alumni and off-campus guests can attend for $25. Purchase a ticket by Jan. 21 at the Albers Placement Center (Pigott 331) or Career Services (Student Pavilion 110). Sponsored by the Albers Placement Center and Career Services. For more information, contact Megan Spaulding at

?Building Pathways?: SU Professionals Without Borders Fundraising Auction
Saturday, Jan. 24, 5:30-9 p.m.
Campion Ballroom

Register for the auction to support the work of Professionals Without Borders (PWOB). PWOB engages SU students, faculty and staff in sustainable service projects that help people in need. By working hand in hand with local residents PWOB volunteers improve the lives of many nearby and far away on projects that provide safe drinking water and good sanitation. Visit PWOB to learn about the group?s past, current and future projects. Contact Dawn Madore for more information at or 296-2348.

Advocacy Skills Training
Seattle University is proud to offer advocacy skills training for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Based on the work of Catholic Relief Services and developed by Just Associates, the Advocacy Skills Training helps participants develop a shared understanding of social justice advocacy, dynamics of political power, effective messaging and organizing strategies and tactics. Two trainings will be offered this year: Saturday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, April 25. The training takes place 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and attendance for the entire day is required. If you are interested in attending this training, please e-mail Kelly Benkert at with your preferred training date. Space is very limited. The Advocacy Skills Training is in high demand?if you register for the training, please hold the date firmly on your calendar. This training is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Service and Community Engagement and Campus Ministry.

Art Faculty Exhibition and Opening Reception
Reception: Jan. 15, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Gallery Exhibition: Jan. 16-April 16, 8:30-4:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
Kinsey Gallery: Admissions and Alumni Building

Curated by Fine Arts faculty, this exhibition of recent faculty work showcases the artistic diversity found within the Visual Arts programs. Free of charge and open to the public, this exhibit is presented by ARTS at SU. For more information, contact 296-5360.

Jason Hirata SU Artist in Residence, Opening Reception and Gallery Exhibition
Reception: Thursday, Jan. 15, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Gallery Exhibition: Jan. 16-Feb. 13, 8:30-4:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
Vachon Gallery (Fine Arts building)

The Department of Art and Arts History is pleased to announce Jason Hirata as the 2014 Seattle University Artist in Residence (SUVAIR.) Hirata received his BFA from the University of Washington in 2009. Hirata?s shifting, situation-specific practice has taken numerous forms. For the SUVAIR, Hirata will bring his collaborative and inclusive social practice to SU with a variety of lectures, film screenings, conversations, and student art critiques planned for the six-month residency. His residency, which is made possible by the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts, culminates with this exhibition in the Vachon Gallery. Click here to read about his previous work and for more information on the Artist in Residence program. Free of charge and open to the public, this exhibition is presented by ARTS at Seattle U. For more information, contact 296-5360.

Karen Kohlhaas: Tennessee Williams
Jan. 16, 6 p.m.
Lee Center for the Arts
Karen Kohlhaas will be presenting and discussing her film in progress about Tennessee Williams. A cofounder of the Atlantic Theater Company, Kohlhaas has directed many Atlantic mainstages as well as productions for the New York Shakespeare Theatre/Public Theater, Ars Nova, St. Luke?s Theatre, Naked Angels, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Live Arts, IRT, Culture Project, Alley Theatre in Houston, Menagerie Theatre in Cambridge, UK and the Practical Theatre in Sydney. She is a senior teacher in Atlantic?s NYU and Conservatory programs, and teaches her own advanced acting, directing, monologue and audition workshops. Click here for more information on Kohlhaas and her film project on Williams. Sponsored by Performing Arts and Arts Leadership.

New Beach: Opening Reception and Gallery Exhibition
Reception: Jan. 23, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Exhibition: Jan. 14-Feb. 14, 1:30-6:00 p.m. (Wednesday to Saturday)
Hedreen Gallery, Lee Center for the Arts

?New Beach? is an installation by Graham Downing and Max Kraushaar that is curated by Amanda Manitach. Visit New Beach for more information or contact 296-2244. Sponsored by Art and Art History.

Women?s Basketball vs. Utah Valley
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m.
Connolly Center North Court

The Seattle University women?s basketball team opens its Western Athletic Conference schedule against the Utah Valley Wolverines. To give fans a chance to catch both this game and the Seattle Seahawks playoff game, the start time for women?s basketball game has been moved up to 2 p.m. As always, Seattle U faculty and staff receive free admission to all home basketball games at the Connolly Center, so come to the North Court and cheer on the Redhawks as they begin to contend for another conference title.

Swimming vs. Pacific Lutheran and Whitworth
Coming off a productive winter training session in the middle of December, the Seattle University swim teams return to competition for their final two home meets of the 2014-15 season. Friday night, Jan. 9, the Redhawks face Pacific Lutheran University at the Connolly Center Pool starting at 6 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Jan. 10, Seattle U welcome Whitworth University to campus for a 1 p.m. dual meet. Before the start of Saturday's meet, the seniors on the Redhawk swim teams will be honored for their contributions to the Seattle U swim program. Admission is free to both swim meets, but seating is limited, so come early to grab your seat and watch two exciting swim meets this weekend.

Women?s Tennis at Washington
Friday, Jan. 9, 5 p.m.
Nordstrom Tennis Center at University of Washington

The Seattle University women?s tennis team opens the 2015 dual match season by heading to Montlake to face the Washington Huskies. This will be a strong test for the Redhawks, as the Huskies are once again one of the top teams in the region. Seattle U is looking to matches like this to prepare for the rest of the schedule, including the WAC Tournament where they can earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Admission is free at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, so head over to UW and support the Redhawks!

Courtside Club Luncheon
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 11:45 a.m.
FX McRory's (Pioneer Square)

As Seattle University basketball enters the WAC portion of the schedule, head coach Cameron Dollar will talk about the team at the second Courtside Club Luncheon of the 2014-15 season, to take place Tuesday, January 13, at FX McRory's in Pioneer Square. The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. and is expected to run until 1 or 1:30 p.m. This is a chance for Redhawk fans to find out about the team?s expectations as they prepare for the first home conference games of the year. The cost to attend the luncheon is $25, and registration is available online by going to the Special Events page of (

Meet the Redhawks Baseball Dinner
Friday, Jan. 30, 5 p.m.
Bell Harbor International Conference Center (2211 Alaskan Way on Seattle waterfront)

Embarking on its 2015 season, the SU baseball team is holding its annual Meet the Redhawks Dinner and Auction. The Redhawks are pleased to have major league players Raul Ibanez and Brian Hunter, as well as Seattle Mariners play-by-play broadcaster Rick Rizzs, join them on this special night. There will be a cocktail reception and silent auction from 5-6:30 p.m., with the dinner program scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The cost to attend the event, which includes a no-host reception and dinner, is $75 for a single adult, $35 for children 14 and under, $650 for a table of eight, or $1,000 for a VIP table of eight. To register for the 2015 Meet The Redhawks Baseball Event, visit the Special Events page on the Seattle U Athletics website (

Discounted Lift Tickets
Stock up for winter! For just $52, purchase discounted lift tickets (9 a.m.-close) for local favorite Stevens Pass Resort. Perks: save $13, tickets are good EVERY day of the season (including holidays) and RDIF Tickets are ready to use at the lifts; just put it in your pocket and go. No waiting in line to redeem vouchers. Purchase your Stevens lift tickets in-person from the OAR office (Fitness 174) during business hours.

Office Closures
Disabilities Services and the Office of Fellowships (Loyola 100) will be closed on the following dates/times for Student Academic Services department functions:


  • Tuesday, Jan. 20- closing at 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27- closed 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


The closures include the Disabilities Services testing services. Students and professors should plan accordingly for any exams scheduled on those days. For more information, contact Candace Bohonik at