By the looks of these photos, SU's faculty and staff were up to some pretty amazing things this summer.
SU's resident spiderwoman, Elizabeth Lyon of the College of Nursing, scaled a downtown Seattle building to raise money for Special Olympics Washington.
University Librarian John Popko contributed these two shots from his summer travels. The top photo, featuring some very special watermelons, was taken in the village of Corrales, New Mexico. The bottom shot is at Arches National Park, Moab, Utah.
Stephen Rice of the Department of Criminal Justice contributed these photos of his family, taken in Barcelona, Spain.
Nursing faculty Maria Pettinato and Anita Jablonski at the start line of the STP July 14 (Seattle to Portland) bike ride. Susan Matt also completed the ride.
Doug Duncan of the Office of University Counsel took his oldest grandson, Noah, to the zoo while visiting Madison, Wis., for Fourth of July, which, Doug adds, was the hottest Fourth in their history at 102 degrees.
The hills are alive with Ki Gottberg of Fine Arts.
File this one under "My mom has the coolest job!": Lyn Gualtieri of the College of Science and Engineering and four-year-old son Luke were on Adak Island in Alaska doing geology fieldwork, specifically looking at tephra layers from Aleutian Island volcanoes.
Both Audrey Hudgins (Matteo Ricci College) and Joyce Allen (Registrar) sent in photos from Professionals Without Borders' service trip to Zambia this summer. Pictured here is Joyce's team, which, she says, "helped dig trenches in preparation for pouring a cement footing and the subsequent brick and mortar security wall project at a medical clinic in Chipembele, Zambia. This photo is at Victoria Falls, located at the very southern tip of Zambia. What you see is the amazing joy of community and accomplishment." Students present in the picture are clockwise from the bottom in the white rain poncho: Alex Tsway, Erin Flanagan, Madison Goverde, Shreya Shirude, Mathew Lane and Renee Vandermause.
Ryan Greene of the International Student Center sent this in from Mount Rainier.
Along with two philosophy faculty, Jason Wirth and Elizabeth Sikes, and four SU students, Eddie (Daichi) Salazar participated in a five-day Zen intensive in Yokoji Japanese Zen monastery. The daily routine involved waking at 4 a.m. with many rounds of sitting meditation, liturgy, meals and work detail. The two-week tour also involved visiting many temples in Kyoto, and a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Museum. Here, Daichi is taking a moment of supreme enlightenment.
Rob Bourke of Albers, left, and climbing partner Mike reached the top of Mt. Adams (12,280), the culmination of a two-day climb, and the beginning of a seven-hour descent. The dormant volcano is the second highest peak in Washington.