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Seattle University's Family E-Newsletter-May 2017

New Lemieux Library Dean Announced

Sarah Barbara Watstein, the University Librarian and University Accreditation Coordinator at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has agreed to serve as the new Dean of the Lemieux Library at Seattle University. Interim Provost Dullea wrote, "Sarah is a highly accomplished and experienced scholar and librarian. She has over 50 publications, including refereed journal articles, monographs, reports and books. Her primary areas of scholarship include AIDS and infectious diseases, information technology, and reference services and sources. She has 37 years of experience in highly regarded public and private institutions on both coasts, including the University of California at Los Angeles, Virginia Commonwealth University, Hunter College, and California State University, Long Beach." Dean Watstein will begin August 1.

Moving out of campus housing for the summer

The end of the quarter will be here before you know it! All on-campus residents must vacate their rooms for the summer, even if they are returning to that same room in the fall. Students tend to accumulate things over the course of the year so what is coming out of the space may be more than went in there in September! Residents who are not graduating must be out of the halls no later than noon on Saturday, June 10. Graduating seniors have until noon on Monday, June 12.

All students must sign-up for a move-out appointment. Residents have until June 1 to schedule an appointment at their front desk. Ask your student if they have setup an appointment time. Students are expected to leave their rooms clean and in good condition and turn in their key at their move-out time. Within a day of your student moving out residence hall staff members will assess the room for any charges. Students are email any charges within the first two weeks after closing and have two weeks to appeal charges. Please note that 90% of all charges are for students failing to clean their room or for keys not turned in. Cleaning supplies will be available at their front desks to assist students with leaving their rooms clean!

While no on-campus storage is offered, the Housing Office recommends these options for students wanting to store belongings in Seattle for the summer. Please check out Livible - an easy pick-up and delivery storage solution: call (206) 673-2840 or 12th and Madison Self Storage (located near Xavier Hall) at (206) 322-8408. Mailing Services on campus is able to ship via UPS, FedEx and others. They may be contacted at or 206-296-6199.

Students recently received this detailed newsletter from Housing.

Undergrad Research Journal launched

The inaugural Seattle University Undergrad Research Journal was launched on May 12. The journal showcases interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research through developing and publishing writing by Seattle University students at all stages of their undergraduate careers. See more about the journal here.

More Senior events

Commencement weekend isn't the only time we are celebrating our graduating students. There are a number of other celebrations and activities that will highlight seniors. Please see the list of programs here.

2017 Commencement

Commencement for the Class of 2017 will be here before you know it! Don't miss out on all the festivities to celebrate you and your graduating student. See details here.

Congratulations Redhawk families!

Author Sherman Alexie to speak at undergrad commencement

Sherman Alexie is an extraordinarily gifted storyteller whose poems, short stories, films and other works portray life on and off Indian reservations. With poignancy and humor, Sherman’s stories bring to the fore the struggles that many Native peoples confront while also conveying a sense of survival, resilience and hope.

Sherman’s own life has followed a similar narrative. A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene tribal member, he grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. As a child, he faced a life-threatening medical condition; later in life, he battled alcohol abuse. In college, he began writing poetry and short fiction and never looked back. His writing and work in film has been prolific and highly acclaimed. Among the many awards and grants he has earned for his work, Sherman has received the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, American Book Award and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.


Keep track of important academic dates with the Academic Calendar.

Check out upcoming Music, Theater and Gallery Openings.

Show your SU Redhawk Spirit! Info on Athletic Events.

Save the Date: Family Weekend is October 20-22, 2017.

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This is the last family newsletter of the academic year. Newsletters will start up again in the fall. If you have questions before then, please feel free to contact us. Have a wonderful summer!

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