This Week at Seattle University, 5/21-6/4

Written by Kristina Alvarado
June 8, 2015
Do You Have Ideas on How the University Should Manage Its Finances?
Thursday, May 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Pigott 101

The university?s Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Business Affairs Connie Kanter wants your input. The Finance Division partners with leadership across the university to set budgets, review operating results and manage the university?s financial resources. The division is looking for your input on how we can best serve the Seattle University community. Please come share your thoughts in this informal discussion Kanter. For more information, contact kanterc@seattleu.edu.

Africa Day Celebration with Charles Mudede
Thursday, May 28, 6 p.m.
Pigott Auditorium

Charles Mudede, columnist with The Stranger will talk on ?The Cinema of Post-Industrial Capitalism and African Traditions.? He will explore the representations of neoliberalism (in the form of the International Monetary Fund?s Structural Adjustment Program) in African cinema, beginning with Djibril Diop Mambety?s ?Hyenas.? He will explain what neoliberalism is, how it replaced developmental economics in the 80s, and the consequences of this for Africans and their traditions, which had already been impacted by the colonial narrative of modernization. Key scenes from a number of African films will be shown during the talk. Learn more at Global African Studies. For more information, contact Kate Reynolds at reynoldk@seattleu.edu or 296-5470.

Farewell gathering for Dr. Ben Curtis
Tuesday, June 2, 4-5:30 p.m.
Chieftain Pub - 908 12th Ave.

Ben Curtis, assistant professor and director of the Poverty Education Center, will be leaving the Matteo Ricci College in June to take a position in England as senior advisor with the Behavioural Insights Team, a firm that does policy consulting for governments and international organizations. Curtis has been at Seattle U for more than 10 years. ?Consistently ranked among the top faculty in the college, Curtis was also the first director of the Poverty Education Center. ?There is no replacing Curtis, but we can celebrate his tenure at SU. Please stop by and wish Dr. Curtis a fond farewell. For more information, contact Fran Henderson at fdh@seattleu.edu or 296-2690.

Kelly Benkert?s Farewell
Tuesday, June 2, 3:30-5 p.m.
Center for Service and Community Engagement (Douglas Building)

After seven years of working with student leaders and many other campus partners, Kelly Benkert will be moving to Chicago with her partner to pursue new opportunities. She will be missed dearly, but the Center for Service and Community Engagement would like to send her off with a warm Seattle U farewell. Please join in celebrating Benkert and her stellar work to connect the campus with the community. For more information, contact Genevieve Venable at venableg@seattleu.edu.

Special ?Last-Chance Concert?: Seattle University Choirs
Wednesday, May 27, 8:15 p.m.
Chapel of St. Ignatius

Join us for a special performance of this year?s Seattle University Choir singers! They will perform highlights of their 2014-2015 repertoire. If you?re not coming to the Baccalaureate Mass on June 13, this will be your last chance to hear the Choirs until Family Weekend 2015. Don?t miss it! Admission is free; donations will benefit the Daughters of Mary, Uganda. Sponsored by Seattle University Choirs/PAAL Music Division. For more information, contact Lee Peterson at petersla@seattleu.edu.

KUOW to Air Nine Stories from StoryCorps "Finding Our Way" Story Collection
KUOW (94.9 FM), Puget Sound Public Radio, will air nine stories from the StoryCorps ?Finding Our Way: Puget Sound Stories of Family Homelessness? project, supported by the Project on Family Homelessness in the Center for Strategic Communications.

One story will air each Tuesday through July 7. Stories will air during the noon show ?The Record? on Tuesdays; some will air on other shows, such as ?Morning Edition? and ?All Things Considered,? and all will air on the weekend. You can also listen online.
The first story aired on May 12 and featured the Kalberer family, which originally aired on NPR?s ?Morning Edition? last August. Listen to their story here.
Click here to view the full broadcast schedule and learn more. The Project on Family Homelessness, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has worked with StoryCorps, Catholic Community Services and YWCA Seattle ? King ? Snohomish to collect nearly 100 stories about family homelessness since last July. For more information, contact Catherine Hinrichsen at hinrichc@seattleu.edu.

Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons Memorial Day Hours
Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Library staff will offer limited services during these hours. The Media Production Center will be open from noon to 10 p.m. Research Services, the Writing Center, Learning Assistance Programs and the Math Lab will be closed, with regular service hours resuming Tuesday, May 26. The secure 24/7 study spaces on the 1st and 2nd floors will be open as usual. For more information, visit library hours or contact Melissa Chamberlain at chambmel@seattleu.edu.

Share a Message for SU?s Soon-to-be Graduates
Do you have some words of wisdom or support you?d like to share with our soon-to-be graduates for next week?s edition of The Commons? Please send your messages to thecommons@seattleu.edu.

Zen Meditation in Everyday Life
July 9, 16, 23, 30, noon-1:30 p.m.
Campion Multifaith Prayer Room

Due to popular request, there will be a summer offering. Have you ever considered meditation? The Office of Jesuit Mission and Identity invites faculty and staff to explore the practice of meditation (inspired by the Zen tradition) and how it can enhance your daily life. The group will meet four Thursdays at noon for an hour. The sessions will be led by Eddie Daichi Salazar and Jason Tetsuzen Wirth and will be followed by a simple lunch from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Feel free to come with your curiosity, questions and ?beginner?s mind.? All are welcome, and no experience with any kind of meditation is required, however attendance at the first session on July 9 is required. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Eddie Salazar at salazare@seattleu.edu or 296-6133.

Honors Showcase 2015
June 4-19
Visual exhibition: Kinsey Gallery | Monday- Friday |8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Opening reception, performances and presentations: Lee Center for the Arts - June 12, 6-8 p.m.

Seattle University?s Department of Art and Art History and the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership is proud to present exhibitions by honors students. These projects, which are selected by the entire Fine Arts faculty, demonstrate the highest level of achievement by students earning departmental honors in the major. Free of charge and open to the public. For more information, visit Honors Showcase or contact Miles Schlagel at 296-5360.