State of the Grad Student… and Smoking

You asked, and the GSC is responding.

391 graduate students across 6 colleges participated in our State of the Grad Student Survey this year.

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Since the release of the survey, your GSC has had more feedback and inquiries regarding the smoking question than any other topic addressed by this exercise. For your review and consideration, the survey results for that question follow.

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Highlights from respondent comments:

  • Second hand smoke is harmful to everyone who is exposed to it – this is a social justice issue.
  • I would support a smoke-free campus if affected smokers had access to support services to help them also transition to being smoke-free.
  • A smoke-free campus would marginalize affected students by physically displacing them.
  • Displaced smokers would directly impact neighboring homes and businesses, and position SU as a bad neighbor.
  • Recommend providing designated smoking shelters on campus that are a reasonable distance from building entrances for both smokers’ and non-smokers’ wellbeing.
  • The current 50 foot policy is not enforced – how would SU enforce a smoke-free policy?

More information is available upon request.

Ramping Up the Nighthawk Program

Kathleen Dickerson, one of our undergraduate Commuter Representatives, recently met with the Director of Public Safety and Transportation, Tim Marron, about his plans to expand upon the current Nighthawk shuttle service. She was also told that Graduate  Students utilize this service as well and wanted to let us know about some of the potential changes to the program so that you can notify your constituents that may use the Nighthawk.

Currently, the program uses a small fleet of two Ford Escapes and the Public Safety truck to shuttle students within a 6-block radius of campus from 6 P.M. to 12 A.M. on weekdays and 6 P.M. to 2 A.M. on weekends. Students staff the Nighthawk program and drive the vehicles. The problem facing this program is the limited number of vehicles creating long wait times for students.

The plan is to expand the program to utilize 6 Nissan Leafs for the shuttle service, as well as adding two vans that will make larger  loops (similar to a bus route) with swipe access and guest privileges. There are plans for installing charging stations around campus for the new vehicles, and the vehicles will likely remain student-driven with the addition of a Graduate Assistant coordinator and a Director of Transportation Services.

For more information or to provide feedback, you can contact Tim Marron at

Graduate Research Conference

The Graduate Research Conference is quickly approaching and the Graduate Student Council is proud to present a full day of graduate student research presentations and featured faculty speakers. The schedule includes students from a wide range of programs including Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Psychology and Phenomenology. Every attendee will walk away having learned something new and having had the opportunity to network with colleagues from graduate programs across the campus. Faculty will be speaking on issues graduate students are passionate about from research to publishing to sustainability. Our Keynote Speaker, Donnie Goodman, will be teaching students Social Justice Advocacy: how to become the social justice change agent that SU encourages us to be. This is going to be a day that you won’t want to miss!

Keynote Speaker: Donald Goodman

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Donald “Donnie” Goodman started with Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities (SCS) in 1995 and was named the agency’s Clinical Director in 2000 and Deputy Director in 2009. Born and raised on the plains of South Dakota and Nebraska Donnie received his undergraduate degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA and his Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD. During this period he also spent formative time working on the Rosebud Reservation in Mission, SD. Since coming to the Pacific Northwest and joining SCS he has been a strong advocate for HIV/AIDS education and awareness. Donnie has worked for over a decade as President of AIDS Housing of Tacoma (1997-2008) and participates in AIDS Bike-a-Thons across the United States, Canada and Italy. Donnie’s counseling specialties include youth, couples and families and he has been a National Certified Counselor since 1994. He is a licensed Mental Health Counselor for the State of Washington and is identified by Washington State as a Sexual Minority, Youth and Native American Mental Health Specialist. In his spare time, Donnie assists Kids Helping Kids (Teewashea) which connects grade school students in Seattle with fellow students in Tanzania.

From Katie Myers-Wiesen, GSC Chair

Donnie Goodman has been one of my greatest role models this past year. He lives the mission of professional development, social justice, advocacy, reflection- and an innate compassion for others. He is an engaging professor in the College of Education, the Deputy Director of Seattle Counseling Service, and is identified by Washington State as a Sexual Minority, Youth and Native American Mental Health Specialist. Donnie is always seeking to best serve the clients at SCS and goes above and beyond to ensure that all advocacy is done ethically and professionally and with care. Often, I have reflected on my own career aspirations and spoke to Donnie at length about- how do I become the social justice advocate that we all are inspired to become whom have studied here at Seattle University? How do I navigate advocacy work ethically? How to figure out how to even do social justice work in the real world? How do I follow his path and make it my own? I am looking forward to his speech, tips and practical guidance on how to become a social justice advocate – because I know it will bring inspiration into our hearts and a smile to our faces. I hope to see you all at his keynote!

Faculty Speakers

Greg Magnan
PhD, Production/Operations Management, Michigan State University
MBA, Management Science, Michigan State University
BA, Financial Administration, Michigan State University
Professor, Marketing

Greg Magnan teaches a variety of courses at the undergraduate, MBA, and executive-levels, including operations management, sustainability, strategy, leadership, supply chain management, project management, and marketing. Dr. Magnan has received several teaching and research awards, including the 2005, 2009 and 1012 Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year at Seattle University and the E. Grosvenor Plowman Award at the CSCMP Supply Chain Management Educators’ Conference in 2010. His research is focused on supply chain relationships and he has published in numerous journals, including Decision Sciences, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Industrial Marketing Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Supply Chain Management Review, Business Horizons, and the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. Dr. Magnan was named a Genevieve Albers Professor for 2008 – 2011 and spent 2007-2008 as a Visiting Academic Fellow at Henley Management College (UK). He enjoys hiking and watching his kids grow.

Bonnie Buchanan
PhD, Finance, University of Georgia
MS, Statistics, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
BS, Statistics, University of New South Wales
Associate Professor, Finance
Program Director, Professional MBA

Bonnie Buchanan is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Albers School of Business. She is also Program Director for the Professional MBA program. Her doctorial degree is from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Professor Buchanan has published articles in top-tiered journals such as American Business Law Journal as well as Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, International Review of Financial Analysis, Emerging Markets Review, Journal of Structured Finance, Review of International Business and Finance andJournal of Financial Education. Professor Buchanan’s research interests include securitization, law and finance, shareholder activism, emerging markets and real option valuation. Prior to joining the faculty at Seattle University, Professor Buchanan taught at the University of Georgia, Georgia State University and the University of Melbourne. She was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award, Honors Day, UGA in 2004 and the Dean’s Teaching Certificate Award for Excellence at the University of Melbourne in 2006. Professor Buchanan has presented her work at national and international conferences and her co-authored work on shareholder proposals has been used in deliberations at the SEC. Professor Buchanan is also a member of the Financial Literacy Study Group of the Re:Enlightenment Project. As of 2013, Professor Buchanan is the Managing Editor of Journal of Risk Finance.

Susan Meyers
PhD, Rhetoric, Composition & the Teaching of English
MFA, Creative Writing
Assistant Professor, English

Meyers received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. She graduated from Seattle University in 1999. Meyers, a writer and poet, was in the Honors Program and majored in English and minored in sociology.Meyers has published in Calyx, Dogwood, Oregon Humanities Journal, Wilderness House Literary Review, Rosebud Literary Magazine, The Minnesota Review, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, Gender and Education, and Community Literacy Journal. She is currently working on a historical novel about her family’s circus, which operated during the early part of the twentieth century, as well as an ethnographic monograph about literacy and migration in the U.S./Mexico context. At SU, She looks forward to applying her interests in global and historical studies to courses in creative writing, literature, and composition.

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