This Week at Seattle University, 2/16-2/22

Written by Kristina Alvarado
February 24, 2015
Is College a Level Playing Field? Inequality on Campus and College Success
Wednesday, March 4, 7-8:30 p.m.
Wyckoff Auditorium (EGNR 200)

There is an idea that college is a meritocracy mirroring American society: simply work hard enough, and you?ll succeed. However, college campuses may be a mirror in other ways too, namely by reproducing the massive inequities in American society. Only 40 percent of African-American college students actually graduate, compared to 62.5 percent of white students. Other research has shown how universities cater to rich socialites, providing a ?party pathway? that ends in a degree and a job for the already well-connected.
This discussion will consider how American universities relate to broader trends of social inequality. How can issues of race, ethnicity and culture impact graduation? How do class divides on campus impede students? persistence and completion? How is Seattle University working to ensure that all students succeed?
Panelists include: Joelle Pretty, director of Premajor Studies and Student Academic Persistence; Josh Krawczyk, director of university retention initiatives; and students and staff from College Access Now, a local organization that helps low-income students attend and graduate from college.
This event is part of the Poverty Education Center?s year-long series on inequality and higher education. For more information, contact Ben Curtis at

How to Draw God from Direct Observation
Opening reception: Feb. 22, 6-8 p.m.
Exhibition: Feb. 18-April 4, Wednesday-Saturday, 1:30-6 p.m.
Hedreen Gallery

Equal parts art history lesson, motivational sermon and experiential divine observatory, Emily Ann Pothast?s ?How to Draw God from Direct Observation? is a multimedia meditation on the formal considerations of rendering one?s hierophanies in visual art. ?Originally commissioned for the Portland State University?s Center Public Humanities? 2014 ?Visions? series, Pothast is expanding ?how to Draw God? into a series of performances, objects and an ongoing environment for Seattle University?s Hedreen Gallery. Free of charge and open to the public. Presented by ARTS at Seattle U. For more information, contact 296-2244.

Guest Chamber Music Concert
Monday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m.
Pigott Auditorium

Dedicated to the exploration of the cultural heritage and folkloric inspirations of classical composers, the Apollo Chamber Players present their Seattle debut. Their appearance is made possible by the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts. Tickets are available at the event: $5 for students; $8, faculty/staff; $10, general public. Presented by ARTS at Seattle U. For more information, contact 398-4994.

Blood Drive
Friday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed noon-1 p.m.)
Bloodmobile at the Bellarmine Turnaround

The Puget Sound community requires at least 900 units of blood for patients undergoing treatments for cancer, blood disorders and trauma, as well as surgery and other medical needs. Blood for transfusions can only come from donors like you. Please give back to the community in this important, life-saving way. Sign up to donate at Puget Sound Blood Center.

Movie Screening ? ?Last Rush for the Wild West: Tar Sands, Oil Shale and the American Frontier?
Sunday, Feb. 22, 7-8:30 p.m.
Wyckoff Auditorium (EGNR 200)

Named as one of ?10 Best Eco-Docs of 2014? by EcoWatch, this documentary exposes the truth about PR Spring, the first commercial tar sands operation proposed in Utah and the nation. This method of fossil fuel extraction which has ravaged tribal lands and poisoned the Athabasca River in Alberta, Canada, now threatens the health of Utahns, the local ecosystem, and the entire Colorado River watershed. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the issue of tar sands extraction both in Canada and Utah; resistance to such projects; the connection of the tar sands to the Pacific Northwest; and what we can do about it. Jennifer Ekstrom, the film?s director, will participate on the panel. Sponsored by Sustainable Student Action. For more information, visit screening or contact Zarna Joshi at

Moral Mondays at SU: Trayvon Martin Remembrance and Peace Walk
Monday, Feb. 23, 12:10-12:50 p.m.
Pavilion Lobby

In preparation for the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin?s death, Moral Mondays is leading a ?remembrance? and ?peace walk? across campus, inspired by the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Members of the campus and greater community are asked to wear a hoodie for the event. Sponsored by Student Development. For more information contact Tyrone Brown at or visit Moral Mondays.

Men?s Basketball vs. UMKC and Chicago State
The Seattle University men?s basketball team returns to KeyArena for its final home games of the regular season, starting with an important contest against the Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18. The Redhawks played the Kangaroos tough earlier this season in Kansas City and will look to earn the victory on their home court. Saturday, Feb. 21, Seattle U welcomes Chicago State to the Pacific Northwest for a 7 p.m. contest. Seattle U will earn a sweep over the Cougars with a victory as well as help its chances of staying in the top half of the league standings. Faculty and staff can receive two free tickets to all home basketball games at KeyArena, subject to availability, by showing a valid Seattle U ID at one of the Will Call windows on the East side of the arena. The Redhawks need your support, so come out and cheer them on!

Baseball vs. Cal State Northridge
The Seattle University baseball team will celebrate its new field when the Cal State Northridge Matadors come to town for a four-game weekend series at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue (1790 Richards Rd.). The first game will take place Friday, Feb. 20, starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 21, the ceremonial opening day will take place, with representatives from Seattle U and the City of Bellevue on hand to show off the new turf playing surface. The Redhawks and Matadors will play a doubleheader that day at 1 p.m. The final game of the series is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 22, beginning at noon. Faculty and staff receive free admission to all home baseball games by showing their valid ID at the entrance gate. Come out to Bellevue and enjoy the sounds of spring!

Packing Your Invisible Knapsack: Practicing Cultural Inclusion Outdoors
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Student Center 210

An opportunity to bring social justice learning to a new setting, this session will be a brief exploration of the way that social power in general has particular manifestations and shapes in outdoor activities and experiences. From basic social history that informs how we define ?outdoor recreation? to the power dynamics of personal identities, we will discuss strategies for seeing our own identities and working to counteract traditional norms in the unique setting of outdoor recreation. Participants will explain the social merits of outdoor recreation for community health and empowerment; and articulate their own identity in terms of power and privilege as it applies to leadership positions. Sponsored by Outdoor Adventure Recreation. For more information, contact

Positive Body Image
Feb. 23-28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Student Center 380

Stop by the Wellness and Health Promotion office to design your own page in a ?Zine? about positive body image. This is a time to anonymously and creatively share your story on how body image has impacted your life or how you have seen it affect others. These stories will be put together and published to inspire and prompt others at SU and our surrounding community to think positively about body image. For more information, visit HAWC or contact the Health and Wellness Crew at

Coffee Conversation and Seattle University Campus Tour
Thursday, Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Meet in Hunthausen Hall, second floor lobby

Come learn more about the School of Theology and Ministry?s graduate programs. Enjoy some coffee, meet a current student and explore the SU campus. The school offers graduate programs in Transformational Leadership, Couples and Family Therapy, Divinity, Chaplaincy, Spiritual Direction and more. For more information, visit School of Theology and Ministry or contact Colette Casavant at or 296-5333.