Answer Me This

Answer Me This is a forum for addressing questions about working at Seattle University and campus life. The Commons invites faculty and staff to suggest possible topics for questions or specific questions for consideration by e-mailing theem@seattleu.edu.

Putting the student in student-athlete

Q: How did SU's athletic teams fare in terms of the most recent Academic Progress Rates?

NCAASeattleU_300A: Quite well! Six Redhawk athletic teams received Public Recognition Awards from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for posting multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top 10 percent of their respective sport. Seattle U was the only Western Athletic Conference school to receive more than one award. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a picture of the academic performance for each sports team over four years.

  • Women's outdoor track and field-fourth year to receive the award
  • Men's indoor track and field and outdoor track and field-second year
  • Women's cross country, indoor track and field and rowing-first year

- Annie Beckmann and Jason Behenna  

Move Around The Sound

MoveAroundtheSound_300Q: What is Move Around The Sound all about and how can I participate?

A: Starting June 29, the LiVE wellness program for faculty/staff challenges you and your division to Move Around The Sound. The goal is to get everyone in your division to walk 300 miles each-the distance from Olympia to Deception Pass, and back down around Puget Sound. Here's how it works: 

1. Join the LiVE Challenge
2. Log 300 miles between June 29 and Sept. 27
3. Earn 150 LiVE points (BONUS: Members of the division with the highest average steps earn an additional 150 points!) 

You'll need about 6,500 steps a day. Watch your inbox for more details, and get ready to move! Join Move Around the Sound at LiVESEATTLEU.

Projects Day

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Q:  What can I expect to find at this year's Projects Day? 

A:  Sponsored by the Project Center, Projects Day is the culminating event for student teams from the College of Science and Engineering and the Albers School of Business and Economics. Throughout the year the teams work on projects in a variety of fields and in so doing gain valuable real-world experience.

This year's Projects Day-which takes place 12:30-6 p.m., Friday, June 5, in Sullivan Hall-features 35 projects. Some examples include making information collected by flight data recorders ("black boxes") more intuitive and easier to interpret, assisting with the process of recycling plastic water bottles so they can be re-purposed into roof tiles and helping to improve housing and living conditions for migrant workers.

You can check out all the projects as well as a schedule for Projects Day here.

Cellphone discounts 

SUCampusStore_300Q: What discounts are available to faculty and staff for Verizon? 

A: At the Campus Store, faculty and staff receive $50 off all upgrades and new lines, as well as 25 percent off all accessories purchased at the time of upgrade. As an employee of the university, faculty and staff also receive an 18 percent­ plan discount (15 percent with paper billing, 18 percent with paperless billing) which can be applied to new or existing accounts. For more information please contact Sione Pauu at 296-5819.

Swishes

Q: Who's playing in the faculty/staff vs. students basketball game?

A: SU's 10th Annual Swishes for Wishes, a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, tips off 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Connolly Center's North Court. Here are the rosters...

Faculty and Staff  

Matt Byers (OIT)
Carlee Norquist (Athletics-Women's Soccer)
Chris Kalinko (Marketing Communications)
David Lance (University Counsel)
Shelby White (Athletics)
Kara Williams (University Core - Academic Affairs)
Brian Fisher (Mathematics)
Isaiah Gonzales (Athletics-Strength and Conditioning)
Kyle Rapp (Undergraduate Admissions)
Vivian Frieson  (Athletics-Women's Basketball)
Andy Patton (Athletics-MSAL)
Rebekah Ray (Athletics)
Alvin Sturdivant (Student Development)
Dion Wade (UREC)
Janessa Oppegard (Athletics)
Brandi Gordon (Athletics-Softball)
Cat Aurelio (Premajor Advising)
Alex Keough (Athletics-Strength and Conditioning)
Coach: Tim Leary (Executive Vice President)

Students
Julian Morales (Sport and Exercise Science)
Joshua Walden (Sport and Exercise Science)
Alex Zwingle (Pre-Buisness)
Casey Martin (Mechanical Engineer)
Alaina Bever (Mechanical Engineering and Biology)
Jessica Domingo (Biology)
Mazen El-Majzoub (Sport and Exercise Science)
Caleb Herrera (Economics)
Qi Xuan Huang (Accounting)
Ryan Agnew (Marketing)
Chase Fields (Mechanical Engineering)
Tolani Ogunyoku (College of Education/Community Counseling)
Anthony Mack (Finance)
Coach: Eric Sype (Matteo Ricci College)

UPDATE (April 30): As reported in The Spectator, SU's faculty and staff narrowly defeated the students, 44-43.

Alumni Awards

Q: Who have the previous Alumni Awards recipients been?

A: The full list of individuals who have received Alumni Awards over the past three decades can be found here. And if you haven't done so already be sure to purchase your tickets to this year's Alumni Awards celebration on April 18.

Wellness Challenge

Q: How'd this year's Wellness Challenge shake out? 

A: According to Jazz Espiritu in the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion, 364 faculty, staff and students comprising 91 teams participated in the 2015 Anne Carragher Wellness Challenge. 

First, the winners...

Best Team Name: ADVANCE THIS!!!!
Top Combo Team (faculty/staff/student): Tell-A-Hawk
Top Faculty/Staff Team: #awesome
Top Student Team: Feel Good Inc.
Top Individual Staff/Faculty: Rosie Sabaric
Top Individual Student: Carolyn van der Meulen

And now, for some fun facts...

Collectively, Wellness Challenge participants accomplished the following:

  • Water drank: 3,702 gallons
  • Hours of physical exercise: 5,607
  • Gratitude expressed: 1,306 times
  • Hours reading for pleasure: 5,770 

You can learn more about the challenge here.

Greenhouse effects

Greenhouse_400Q:   What exactly goes on in that greenhouse behind the 1313 Building? 

A:  The greenhouse (on 13th between E. Columbia and E. Cherry) is jointly used and managed by the Department of Biology and the Grounds Department. Michael Zanis, assistant professor of biology, and his students ran experiments on hydroponics and some mysterious-looking algae experiments during the fall quarter. 

Grounds staff start all their veggies in the greenhouse during the spring for campus "Food For All" gardens and the Earth Day Plant Giveaway. This winter, the student group Food With Spirit  grew micro-greens in the greenhouse that were harvested and donated to the St Mark's Cathedral Kitchen. "They were a big hit!" says Janice Murphy, integrated pest management coordinator. "The greenhouse was also the site for our wreath- making event before the Christmas break. It's a great collaboration between the two departments, sharing space and resources."

Redline

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Q:  Donna Horn of Facilities says she's noticed Redline performing at basketball games and other events such as the Homecoming parade and wondered who's in the group and how they're organized.

A: "Redline is the official Seattle University drumline," writes Rebekah Ray, coordinator of game operations and facilities in the Department of Athletics. "The drumline is composed of students. Redline began in 2012 and is organized by the athletic department."

If you are interested in joining the drumline, please contact Ray at rayr@seattleu.edu.