Arts, Faith and Humanities

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Ambassador of Japan to the U.S. Visits SU

Koji Tomita spoke on U.S.–Japan relations and the renewed focus on the Indo-Pacific region.

July 7, 2022

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Chapel of St. Ignatius Honored by American Institute of Architects

AIA bestows prestigious Twenty-five Year Award upon the chapel, praising its architectural design and timelessness. 

June 27, 2022

President Peñalver Reflects on Juneteenth

On Juneteenth, we remember our past in order to better understand our present so we can recommit ourselves to building a more just future. 

June 17, 2022

Image of Fr. Arturo Araujo, S.J. being installed as the new rector of the Arrupe Jesuit Community at Seattle University during a mass held at the Chapel of St. Ignatius on campus in 2019.

25th Anniversary of the Chapel of St. Ignatius

Memories and momentous occasions reflect the importance of a chapel that has evolved into a  vibrant gathering place for so many.

May 16, 2022

President Honors Justice John Paul Stevens at Supreme Court Memorial

Remarks at Supreme Court preceded by a talk at Yale's Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center.

May 4, 2022

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Catholic Heritage Series’ Summit on Synod, Women and Leadership

With speakers from Seattle U and across the country, event will provide a space for women and men to participate in the synod and Jesuit discernment process.

April 27, 2022

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Vice President for Mission Integration Announced

Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, PhD, current Assistant to the President for Mission Integration at University of Detroit Mercy, will return to Seattle University with broad administrative experience and deep grounding in Jesuit education.

April 14, 2022

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2022 Crosscut Festival Returning to Seattle University

Festival programming this year will be in-person at Seattle University on May 7, with plenty of opportunity to engage virtually, too.

April 4, 2022

Student Synod with Pope Francis

Historic Encounter

Two SU students participated in a dialogue with Pope Francis last month.

March 24, 2022

Outdoor portrait of Christina Roberts. Graphic reads Celebrating Women's History Month. Text below reads Christina Roberts, PhD, College of Arts & Sciences.

Activating Collaboration and Connection

Seattle University continues its female faculty series in honor of Women's History Month with Dr. Christina Roberts.

March 22, 2022

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Remembering Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who passed away Dec. 26, 2021, was celebrated for his tireless work as an anti-apartheid and social justice activist. In 2000, President Emeritus Stephen Sundborg, S.J., conferred an honorary doctorate to Bishop Tutu.

January 7, 2022

Graduating high school ‘wasn’t normal’ for one Seattle foster teen. Treehouse made it happen for her and many others

The subject of the story, Blandy Inzunza, is now a sophomore at Seattle University. 

The Seattle Times

December 18, 2021

Seattle Mayor-elect Harrell names niece deputy mayor, lists other appointments

Marco Lowe, PhD, adjunct professor in the Institue of Public Service, will serve as chief operations officer.

The Seattle Times

December 14, 2021

Comcast business grant winner serves a latte kindness during tough times

Claire Sumadiwirya obtaned her MBA from Seattle University. 

Northwest Asian Weekly

December 9, 2021

Race is a reality Americans are reluctant to examine

Guest opinion submitted by Mark Markuly, PhD, former dean of the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry and currently a professor in the Albers School of Business and Economics.

The Seattle Times

December 1, 2021

What Native American parents tell their own kids about Thanksgiving — and what they want others to know

Story includes the experiences of Brooke Pinkham - staff director for the Center for Indian Law & Policy at Seattle University School of Law - who is Niimiipuu (Nez Perce) and grew up with the Yakama Nation in Washington.

Yahoo Life

November 23, 2021

How To Navigate Feedback Conversations: Avoid These Common Mistakes

Audio and print story featuring an interview with Therese Huston, PhD, cognitive psychologist and faculty development consultant.

Forbes

November 21, 2021

Quinton Morris retires from public performances

Dr. Morris is director of Chamber and Instrumental Music and associate professor of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership.

KIRO 7

November 17, 2021

U.S. presidents have met with the pope since 1919. It all started with Woodrow Wilson

Story includes comments from Mark Markuly, PhD, former dean of the School of Theology and Ministry.

NPR

October 29, 2021

A search for meaning in Minoru Yamasaki's life and architecture

Story and audio replay of KUOW's Speaker's Forum presentation by Paul Kidder, PhD, professor of philosophy and author of a new book about Minoru Yamasaki.

KUOW-FM

October 15, 2021

Perspective: All the lonely men

Op-ed column by SU Communication Professor and authior Sonora Jha, PhD.

Deseret News

October 12, 2021

Overtly religious advertising can harm a faith-based college's STEM reputation

Publication of a research paper co-authored by By Mathew S. Isaac, PhD, professor of marketing; Carl Obermiller, PhD, professor of markerting; and Rebecca Jen-Hui Wang, professor of Marketing, Lehigh University.

Higher Ed Dive

October 11, 2021

How the pandemic gave me courage to explore my feminine side

Story includes comments by Mark Cohan, PhD, chair and associate professor, Anthropology and Sociology.

KUOW-FM

October 7, 2021

Facebook whistleblower raises questions about safeguards, regulations for platforms

Story includes interview with Caitlin Carlson, PhD, associate professor of Communication and a subject matter expert in social media.

KOMO News

October 5, 2021

Seattle and New York's skylines have this architect in common

Story features an interview with Paul Kidder, PhD, Seattle U professor of philosophy and author of Minoru Yamasaki and the Fragility of Architecture and Gadamer for Architects.

KING TV New Day Northwest

September 28, 2021

Mindful Headlines: Why mentorship can change your life

Podcast features an interview with LaKesha Kimbrough, Washington Middle School site manager in the Center for Community Engagement.

KING 5 News

September 16, 2021

Crime and the unhoused critical issues for Seattle voters

Story includes comments from Marco Lowe, PhD, a political science instructor in the Institute of Public Service.

KOMO News

September 15, 2021

Works by Two Faculty Included in State Book Award Winner

An essay and a poem by Seattle University faculty appear in the book Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19, which was a winner in the 2021 Washington State Book Awards.

September 13, 2021

The Addictive Allure of Gacha Games Comes for Everyone Eventually

Story includes comments by Christopher Paul, PhD, professor of communication.

Vice

September 13, 2021

The Man Who Designed The World Trade Center’s Twin Towers

Guest op-ed by Paul Kidder, PhD, author of the book, Minoru Yamasaki and the Fragility of Architecture.

Post Alley

September 11, 2021

The World Trade Center’s architect saw them as a symbol of peace

Guest column penned by Seattle U Professor Paul Kidder, PhD, who authored a new book about the architect Minoru Yamasaki. 

The New York Daily News

September 9, 2021

Remembering the Seattle architect who built the World Trade Center

Story is about the book written by Seattle U professsor of philosophy Paul Kidder, PhD.

Crosscut

September 9, 2021

Andrew G. Bjelland: How America lost its focus in Afghanistan

Dr. Bjedlland is a professor emeritus of philosophy.

The Salt Lake Tribune

August 27, 2021

3 Academic Writing Tips for International Students

Story includes comments by Alexandra Smith, PhD, assistant director of the Seattle U Writing Center and instructor of English.

US News & World Report

August 26, 2021

New Seattle radio show sheds light on BIPOC artists in classical music

Story is about Quintin Morris, the host of "Unmute the Voices" — a monthly radio show on the classical station KING FM. Morris is an associate professor in the Performing Arts and Arts Leadership program.

KING 5 News

August 17, 2021

Study Finds Reputational Harm to Sectarian Universities That Use Overtly Religious Advertising

Overtly religious advertising by religiously affiliated universities can negatively affect perceptions about academic rigor, according to a new study co-authored by Seattle U researchers.

August 9, 2021

Angst grips America's most liberal city

Story includes comments by Marco Lowe, lecturer in politics.

The Hill

July 30, 2021

Study: The Most Socially Equitable Cities in the U.S.

The story includes extensive comments from Rashmi Chordiya, PhD, assistant professor in the Institute for Public Service. 

The Motley Fool

July 29, 2021

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New Book About the Architect of the World Trade Center Seeks Deeper Understanding of its Creator

As the nation approaches the 20-year remembrance of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the destruction of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, Seattle University philosophy Professor Paul Kidder, PhD, has written a new book on the Trade Center’s architect, Minoru Yamasaki.

July 28, 2021

How to better minister to Latinx college students

Story includes comments from Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, director of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and professor of theological studies at Seattle University.

National Catholic Reporter

July 27, 2021

Seattle U in the News: Five ways MacKenzie Scott’s $8.5 billion commitment to social and economic justice is a model for other donors

In an essay for The Conversation, Seattle U Associate Professor of Nonprofit Leadership Elizabeth Dale, PhD, says philanthropist MacKenzie Scott is modeling five best practices for social change giving with her latest $2.7 billion in charitable giving.

June 16, 2021

5 ways MacKenzie Scott’s $8.5 billion commitment to social and economic justice is a model for other donors

Story is by Elizabeth Dale, PhD, associate professor of Nonprofit Leadership.

The Conversation

June 16, 2021

Between a pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests, 2020 changed the life trajectories of many college students

Story includes incoming graduate student James Innocent, who chose to enroll in the Master of Arts in Psychology. He said the competitive program combines philosophical thought “to help us really challenge our perspectives on the world, so we can improve ourselves, so we can help improve other people.” 

The Seattle Times

June 12, 2021

Professors Isaac, Coleman and Cosgrove

Faculty Receive Provost’s Awards

Professors Mathew Isaac in Albers, Brooke Coleman in Law and Serena Cosgrove in Arts and Sciences received this year’s Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors for Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty. The awards were presented by Provost Shane P. Martin on June 7.

June 8, 2021

Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa

Film Studies Professor Explores the Intersection of Humanities and Science

Recognizing the potential for students to explore entirely new ways of working in his Film Studies classes, Assistant Professor Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa, PhD, creates opportunities to develop interdisciplinary work between the arts and science. 

May 27, 2021

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Imagining the World: A Retrospective

In its 12 year history, Imagining the World highlighted the College of Arts and Sciences' participation in the global community. Through this photography contest, students, faculty, and staff captured more than a moment in their experiences – they shared a very personal window into the world they explore.

May 25, 2021

$38 million set of gifts from Ballmer Group to address behavioral health crisis aims to bolster workforce, resources across Washington

Seattle University is one of a number of colleges and universities in the state participating in this effort through graduate student financial assistance provided by the Ballmer Group gifts. The grants will support students in multiple accredited graduate programs in mental health counseling and social work.

May 21, 2021

Lessons from America’s Chinatowns

Story features the work of and an interview with Professor Emerita Marie Rose Wong, PhD, formerly with Seattle U's Institute of Public Service, Asian Studies, and Public Affairs.

Planning

May 13, 2021

Katjarina (Katja) Hurt, ’13 MAPS in the outdoors.

A Compassionate Hand

Alumna combines faith with healing as a chaplain for first responders.  

May 12, 2021

Gates Divorce Roils World’s Biggest Family Philanthropy Engine

Story includes comments by Elizabeth Dale, PhD, associate professor of nonprofit leadership.

Bloomberg

May 7, 2021

How College Became a Ruthless Competition Divorced From Learning

The story, which is critical of popular college rankings systems, asks, "How could these measurements, or any measurements at all, rank schools whose missions embrace disparate visions of education along a single dimension?" The author notes the disparate missions of Seattle U and Harvard.

The Atlantic

May 6, 2021

Cascadia Art Museum hires new executive director

The new director, Melissa Chittenden, is a 2002 graduate of Seattle U's Master of Nonprofit Leadership program.

My Edmonds News

May 6, 2021

How to Raise a Feminist Son

The publication interviewed Sonora Jha, PhD, about her new book How to Raise a Feminist Son. Dr. Jha is professor in the Department of Communication.

Psychology Today

May 4, 2021

Bill and Melinda Gates file for divorce

Story includes comments by Elizabeth Dale, PhD, associate professor in the Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program at Seattle University.

KIRO7

May 3, 2021

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Curating the Intersection of Art and Science

The Jim and Janet Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation will feature works by renowned local and national artists.

April 29, 2021

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“Unmute The Voices,” led by Dr. Quinton Morris

This June, Seattle’s Classical KING FM and Dr. Quinton Morris, their inaugural Artist-Scholar in Residence, launch Unmute The Voices, a new audio and video project celebrating the music and performances of BIPOC composers and performers with dedicated space for BIPOC artistry.

April 19, 2021

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ICTC Welcomes New Faculty Fellows

The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture (ICTC) at Seattle University recently announced its 2021-22 Faculty Fellows representing a variety of disciplines.

April 15, 2021

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Leading Theologian, Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez, Appointed Director, Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture

Guiding the vision behind ICTC through a global Catholic lens.

April 14, 2021

Earth Month: Indigenous elders are teaching me the lesson of abundant generosity

Alumna Claire Lucas, '19, moved to rural Montana after graduation to work as a caregiver for Native American elders. She penned the essay, "Indigenous elders are teaching me the lesson of abundant generosity," for the National Catholic Reporter's EarthBeat blog.  

April 6, 2021

Memoir Offers Advice On 'How To Raise A Feminist Son'

Book author is Sonora Jha, PhD, professor of communication.

NPR

April 6, 2021

Seattle author, professor Sonora Jha explains ‘How to Raise a Feminist Son’

Dr. Jha is a professor in the Department of Communication and Associate Dean for Academic Community, College of Arts and Sciences.

The Seattle Times

March 31, 2021

25 Under 25: Women of Color to Watch

Alumna Haleema Bharoocha, '18, is among young women and girls of color who are changing the cultural and political landscape.

Ms. Magazine

March 30, 2021

Seattle U in the News: Anti-Asian hate crimes in focus after high-profile incidents

Chair of the Seattle U Department of Social Work Hye-Kyung Kang, PhD, was interviewed by KING5 News in the aftermath of the Georgia spa killings and a study that reported hate crimes against Asian-Americans jumped 149 percent from 2019 to 2020 in 16 of America's largest cities, including Seattle.

March 18, 2021

Seattle experts: Anti-Asian hate crimes in focus after high-profile incidents

Chair of the Department of Social Work Hye-Kyung Kang, PhD, was interviewed for this story.

KING5 News

March 17, 2021

Elizabeth Dale

Elizabeth Dale receives 2021 Emerging Scholar Award

Elizabeth J. Dale, PhD, assistant professor in the Nonprofit Leadership program, is the recipient of the 2021 Emerging Scholar Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, which honors an early-career scholar or a scholar-practitioner whose research has and will continue to shape the discourse on philanthropy and fundraising.

March 17, 2021

A Pledge of Civility Towards a Pandemic-Free Future

Community, connectivity and humanity are what prompted two Alfie Scholars at Seattle University to kickstart The COVID-19 Civility Pledge Campaign.

March 16, 2021

Maple Valley food bank reopens doors one year after shutdown began

Lindsey Habenicht, executive director of the food bank, is a 2016 graduate of Seattle U in the Humanities for Leadership program and Strategic Communications.

KING 5 News

March 11, 2021

Cynthia Dillard

Cynthia B. Dillard, PhD, University of Georgia Scholar, Appointed Dean of the College of Education

Following an extensive national search, Cynthia B. Dillard, PhD, has been appointed Dean of Seattle University’s College of Education. Dr. Dillard currently serves as the Mary Frances Early Professor in Teacher Education at the University of Georgia.

March 9, 2021

Seattle mentoring program turning troubled boys into successful men

Mentor Mark Phillips is a junior at Seattle U.

Q13 Fox

February 23, 2021

3 Seattle Schools Give COVID Collab a College Try

American Theatre

February 22, 2021

Poster for Unchartered Waters

Theater in the Time of Pandemic: Collaborative Virtual Productions Coming in March

Seattle University Theatre is joining forces with the undergraduate theatre training programs from Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington to present Uncharted Waters, a virtual tri-production of two plays: William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night  and a new devised work, Bodies of Water, responding to the themes of Twelfth Night.

February 11, 2021

What the $25 billion the biggest US donors gave in 2020 says about high-dollar charity today

Story includes interview with Elizabeth Dale, PhD, assistant professor in Nonprofit Leadership.

The Conversation

February 9, 2021

Classical KING FM takes steps to address issues of equity and inclusion

Story includes mention that Quentin Morris, associate professor of music, was hired as an artist scholar in residence to create 10 to 12 programs featuring composers of color.

The Seattle Times

February 3, 2021

Biden’s Catholic roots may help him unify the nation

Guest op-ed by Mark Markuly, PhD, former dean of the School of Theology and Ministry and a professor of religion and education.

The Seattle Times

January 30, 2021

Juneau, Best, Durkan and the limits of representation

Guest op-ed by Sonora Jha, PhD, professor in the Department of Communications.

Crosscut

December 16, 2020

Randy Engstrom, head of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, to depart

Engstrom will teach in the Seattle U arts-leadership program.

The Seattle Times

December 4, 2020

SU Arts Leadership is a Partner in New Seattle Arts Fellowship

The Seattle University Arts Leadership program is partnering with four leading arts organizations to launch the Seattle Arts Fellowship, which supports emerging leaders and administrators of color.

November 24, 2020

The 'Seattle Process' in 2020. Are we becoming ungovernable?

A  recording of an Oct. 29 event held by Seattle University Institute of Public Service and Town Hall Seattle.  Multi-media journalist Joni Balter and Seattle U professor Larry Hubbell served as moderators.

KUOW-FM

November 20, 2020

Seattle Arts Fellowship Invests in Leaders of Color

Seattle University will serve as a program partner and adviser on the fellowship curriculum and will provide financial aid to candidates accepted to both the fellowship and Seattle U’s MFA in Arts Leadership program. 

425 Magazine

November 18, 2020

Best Charities for 2021/Ask the Experts

The "Ask the Expert" portion of the story is an interview with Elizabeth Dale, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nonprofit Leadership.

WalletHub

November 16, 2020

Local scholar says Biden transition team facing added challenges from Trump

Story features interview with Marco Lowe, adjunct professor in the Institute of Public Service.

KOMO News

November 11, 2020

‘We belong out there’: How the Nordic concept of friluftsliv — outdoor life — could help the Pacific Northwest get through this COVID winter

Story includes comments from Kira Mauseth, PhD, senior instructor of psychology.

The Seattle Times

October 23, 2020

Graduate Student and Edmonds Food Bank Executive Director Named Citizen of the Year

Casey Davis, ’22, a student in Seattle U's Master of Nonprofit Leadership program and executive director of the Edmonds Food Bank, received the 2020 Edmonds Citizen of the Year award, along with the volunteers who staff it.

October 14, 2020

God help us: Religion’s influence on the 2020 presidential election

Guest op-ed written by Mark Markuly, PhD, dean of the School of Theology and Ministry.

The Seattle Times

October 14, 2020

“A Towering Presence” – Remembering Bernie Steckler

Bernie Steckler, a much-beloved and longtime member of Seattle University’s faculty, passed away Sept. 23.

October 1, 2020

Jasmine Mahmoud

Seattle U Professor Appointed to Washington State Arts Commission

Jasmine Mahmoud, PhD, assistant professor of Performing Arts & Arts Leadership in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed a Washington State Arts Commissioner by Gov. Jay Inslee.

October 1, 2020

Bullitt Prize winner uses affordable housing to fight climate change

Winner of the prize, Patience Malaba, is enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program and will graduate after fall quarter.

Crosscut

September 29, 2020

Celebration of Spirit

September 24, 2020

This Year's Common Text program addresses racial justice

Each year the university selects a text or texts to launch the academic year for incoming students. Incoming students receive the year’s Common Text over the summer, and the issues it raises are incorporated into some classes and pursued in a year-long series of programs built around the themes. This year, rather than having just one text, organizers selected a number of resources.

September 11, 2020

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