What a Week!

University recognized for academic excellence and sustainability

Story by: Mike Thee
Published: 2012-11-05

Seattle University received two great votes of confidence last week--one for its commitment to scholarly excellence, the other for its eco-friendliness.

The week began with The Chronicle of Higher Education announcing that SU is tied for number three in the nation among master's institutions for the number of Fulbright Scholars in 2012-13. Just a few days later, the university was named one of Washington's 50 greenest organizations and institutions for 2012 by Seattle Business.

Of the Fulbright recognition, Luke Green, director of the Office of Fellowships, said, "Our inclusion in this list is one of our clearest indications that Seattle University students and alumni stand with our nation's best and brightest. Should we need a measure of academic excellence, this is certainly one."

Green, Serena Cosgrove, assistant professor of Matteo Ricci College, and Carol Schneider, director of Student Academic Services, are instrumental in preparing SU's students for Fulbrights. SU currently has four Fulbrights, bringing the university's all-time total to 28.

"Earning a Fulbright is an award that will enhance an SU graduate's resume for years to come," said Cosgrove. "I would like to recognize the hard work of our Fulbright applicants, the staff at the Office of Fellowship and all the faculty mentors and committee members who help our students strengthen their applications."

As for SU's inclusion on the Seattle Business list, it is the latest in a long line of awards and recognitions for the university's green practices.

Citing the Jesuits’ 450-year commitment to ecological justice, Tim Leary, executive vice president, said, “Seattle University has devoted a great deal of energy, effort and resources to being a leader in sustainability, so this is another very gratifying vote of confidence for us. In the years ahead we are committed to an even more ambitious set of goals to further integrate sustainability into our operations, academics and co-curricular programs, but even as we move forward on a number of key eco-friendly initiatives, we should all take pride in this achievement.”

The university has committed to a Climate Action Plan and pledged to reduce its carbon emissions 12 percent by 2020 and 51 percent by 2035; expand sustainability and climate change in its curricular and co-curricular programs; and share its increasing knowledge and expertise on sustainability more widely.

Visit Rankings and Recognition for an up-to-date list of recent honors and accolades that have come SU's way.


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