This Week at Seattle University, 3/24-3/30

Written by Kristina Alvarado
March 25, 2015

Ignatius and Zen: Spiritual Exercises with Ruben Habito
Friday, April 10, 5 p.m.
LeRoux Conference Center (STCN 160)
Ruben Habito has been a pioneer, both in practice and theory, of the interrelation and mutual illumination between the Spiritual Exercises and Zen meditation. This is a rare opportunity to participate in the dialogue between these two venerable practices. Habito is a former Jesuit priest turned master practicing in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen. For more information, visit ICTC.

Food for Thought - Dignity Arising: A Dialogue on Dignity (Faculty Brown Bag Lunch)
Tuesday, April 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Chardin Hall, Room 138
The word dignity has ancient origins from the Latin dignit-em merit, worth, < dignus worthy (OED). A yearning for dignity is increasingly expressed in ombudsing, but what do we mean by human dignity? Why does it matter? How can we receive it and extend it? Concepts of dignity often seem to transcend cultural and other boundaries. The scholar Donna Hicks lists inclusion and acceptance of identity among the essential elements of dignity. This brown bag lunch for faculty will provide a gently facilitated, participatory dialogue on ideas of dignity drawn from Hicks, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Max DePree and others. All faculty are welcome. ?We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion. And in giving each other the gift of space, we need also to offer the gifts of grace and beauty to which each of us is entitled.? (Max DePree)
Sponsored by Faculty Ombudsperson. For more information, contact McKenna Lang at 296-5898.

Managing Student Loan Debt and Focusing on What Matters
Thursday, April 9, noon-12:50 p.m. (Sullivan Hall C5) or 5-6 p.m. (Wyckoff Auditorium)
(Pizza will be provided at the noon presentation)
Students and graduates have important decisions to make about student loans. Flexible repayment options and forgiveness provisions are available, but the details matter and it can be confusing to figure out on your own. This presentation will clearly explain student debt as part of the total financial picture; options for managing student debt; strategies for reducing overall costs; income-driven repayment plans; President Obama?s Pay as You Earn repayment plan; loan forgiveness that is not tied to employment; public service loan forgiveness in five steps; tax issues specific to student loan borrowers; and proposed changes to student loan debt relief programs.

Presenter Heather Jarvis has provided student loan education and consultation for universities, associations and professional advisors since 2005. She graduated cum laude from Duke University School of Law and is a dedicated advocate on behalf of high-debt student loan borrowers. Jarvis contributes to student debt relief policy for the House Education Committee and others in Congress and serves on the American Bar Association Task Force on Financing Legal Education.

Sponsored by Seattle University School of Law?s Student Financial Services, Access to Justice Institute, Center for Professional Development, Student Development, Admissions, Center for Service and Community Engagement, Poverty Education Center and College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, contact Diana Singleton at

Master of Nonprofit Leadership Information Session
Wednesday, April 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
Admission/Alumni Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room
The Master of Nonprofit Leadership program teaches students how to lead so they can change the world. In collaboration with faculty and a cohort of peers, students learn to think critically, act on their values and apply classroom theory to real-world problems. This program is designed for working professionals; classes are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays. E-mail to meet with a program representative or to learn more about the curriculum and application process. For more information, visit MNPL.

30th Annual Alumni Awards
Saturday, April 18, 6-10 p.m.
Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle

Each year Seattle University confers the Alumni Awards which honor those alumni who exemplify our Jesuit values and excel in the areas of leadership, professional achievement and community service. This year we not only celebrate our six deserving winners but the 30th anniversary of the Alumni Awards. The 2015 award recipients are:

?Alumna of the Year ? Doreen Marchione, ?62

?University Service ? Joe Zavaglia, ?71

?Community Service ?- Clayton Pitre, ?68

?Professional Achievement ? Margaret Heitkemper, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, ?73

?Distinguished Faculty ? Phillip Thompson, Ph.D., P.E.

?Outstanding Recent Alumnus ? ?Derek Rogalsky, ?10

Please join in celebrating 30 years of excellence. Visit Alumni Awards to purchase your tickets. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Engman at

CEJS Social with Cynthia Moe-Lobeda and Wes Lauer
Wednesday, April 1, 5-6:30 p.m.
LeRoux Conference Room (STCN 160)

Join the Center for Environmental Justice (CEJS) for hors d?oeuvres, drinks and environmental justice and sustainability research as the center presents ?Dam Removal on the Elwha River Climate Justice Around the Globe? with Cynthia Moe-Loebeda, associate professor of theology and religious studies, and Wes Lauer, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.
Moe-Lobeda and Lauer will present their CEJS-sponsored research followed by time for questions and discussion. Lauer will explore how the recent removal of two large dams on the Elwha River is producing rapid change on a river once famous for its salmon runs. Moe-Lobeda will bring a perspective from her work addressing the ethical issues inherent in the fact that while climate change is caused largely by the world?s high-consuming people, it is wreaking destruction first and foremost on impoverished peoples who are also disproportionately people of color.
Join SU faculty and students and members of the Seattle area?s environmental justice and sustainability community to learn and explore opportunities for collaboration. RSVP by March 25 to

Blood Drive
April 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed noon-1 p.m.)
Bus at the Bellarmine Turnaround
Every day, 900 units need to be collected to ensure our community has a stable blood supply. How can you help? Spend one hour donating one pint of blood and it will go to save three lives! Sign up for an appointment at PSBC.

Theology After Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?
Monday, March 30, 6:30-8 p.m.
LeRoux Conference Room (STCN 160)

Part of the Moral Mondays movement and sponsored by Campus Ministry, this panel discussion will focus on two key questions: 1) how do/should recent events in Ferguson (and elsewhere) regarding issues of racial injustice and racialized police violence affect the way theology is done? and 2) how can/should theology inform understanding of, and response to, Ferguson and other instances of racial injustice? Panelists include:
?Brian Bantum, associate professor of theology at Seattle Pacific University and author of Redeeming Mulatto: A Theology of Race and Christian Hybridity

?Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, associate professor of theology and religious studies at SU, scholar of Christian ethics and author of several books and articles at the intersection of social and environmental justice, the most recent of which is Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation

?Michael Jaycox, assistant professor of theology and religious studies at SU, scholar of Catholic moral theology and recent graduate of Boston College, whose dissertation focuses on the virtue of anger in social justice movements

?Darrell Goodwin, dean of students at Seattle University, pastor of Liberation United Church of Christ in Seattle and doctoral candidate at San Francisco Theological Seminary

For more information contact Jimmy McCarty at

Spring Break Week Hours for Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons
The hours for Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons this week are as follows: open 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday; closed Saturday; and open 1-9 p.m. on Sunday.
Research Services and the Learning Commons partners will offer limited services during hours of operation. Spring Quarter hours and services will begin Monday, March 30. The secure 24/7 study spaces on the first and floors will be open as usual. For detailed information about library hours, please visit