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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)

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)

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."



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

LiVE it up for wellness, lower premiums and prizes

Q:  Why should I consider participating in LiVE?

LiveLogo_new(2)A:  LiVE (Lead, Inspire, Value and Enrich) is a wellness program offered by SU through which faculty and staff get rewarded for taking steps that lead to healthy habits. Aside from the obvious health benefits, LiVE offers other incentives to employees. By earning 1,000 points throughout the year, faculty and staff qualify for the lowest available health insurance premium. There's also opportunities to win prizes such as gift cards for REI and Amazon. In fact, two of our colleagues-Jasmina Kostich (law) and Katie Guts (psychology)-recently won $750 REI gift cards for achieving "Upper Level" status for 2014. They were randomly chosen from a group of 143 Upper Level achievers.

OK, so how about a follow-up question: how do you pronounce "LiVE?" 

LiVE rhymes with "give" (rather than "hive"), explains Matt Philip, compensation and benefits director in Human Resources. The lower case "i" is an attempt to assist people in pronouncing it as intended. (Unrelatedly, there is one "L" and no "S" in Matt's last name.) 

Event Registration

Q:   I'm coordinating a campus event--what's the best way to register guests and receive payments? 

A:   Good news! Through the efforts of Conference and Event Services (CES), event coordinators will soon have access to a new system for receiving RSVPs and taking payments. 

The registration system, RegOnline (, is actually the same one CES has been using for nearly a decade. It will be directly accessible to event organizers throughout campus by the end of February, says Nick Martinez, registration coordinator in CES. 

Martinez says that updates in recent years have made the system easier to use. He has designed a number of templates that can be used by event organizers, and each can be tweaked further to fit their individual needs. He will also provide support for users of the system. 

The system is particularly useful when it comes to collecting payments. In the past, event organizers had to receive payments on site or by check through the mail. Some organizers were even having to set up their own PayPal accounts, which was not only a burden for them but also for the Controller's Office staff as they tried to properly track and account for the payments. 

Even before its official launch, the system is already being used by organizers of some campus events such as the Search for Meaning Festival (Feb. 28). 

"A campus need was identified," says Kit Morse, director of CES. "This is a really great customer service tool. We've already received a lot of positive feedback from those who have had a chance to use it." 

Stay tuned: A link to the registration system will soon be available on CES's website.

Up ahead

Q:   What's going on at SU in January? 

A:  The month of January offers a full slate of activities. Following are just a few events. Make sure you also check out all of this month's offerings in the arts and in athletics, too.

Albers Executive Speaker Series -  Wednesday, Jan. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium: Ron Armstrong, president and CEO of PACCAR, will be the featured speaker. For more information, visit Speaker Series or contact Barb Hauke at  or 296-5732. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration - Tuesday, Jan. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. (with reception to follow), Pigott Auditorium:  #BlackLivesMatter is the theme for this year's celebration. Learn more and reserve a complimentary ticket HERE.  

Gaffney Dialogue on Gratitude - Tuesday, Jan. 20, noon-1:30 p.m., Casey Commons: The Gaffney Chair, Le Xuan Hy, invites faculty and staff to attend the second informal dialogue on the topic of gratefulness. President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., will help start the conversation with some reflections. RSVP to Thorne Clayton-Falls at

(Double) Book Celebration for Susan Meyers - Thursday, Jan. 22, 3:45-4:45, Casey 517; and 5-6:30 p.m. Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave.: To paraphrase Ernie Banks, "It's a great day to celebrate a book; let's launch two!" Assistant Professor of English Susan Meyers has recently completed not one, but two (!!) books. Click here…and here

"Building Pathways": SU Professionals Without Borders Fundraising Auction - Saturday, Jan. 24, 5:30-9 p.m., Campion Ballroom: Professionals Without Borders (PWOB) engages SU students, faculty and staff in sustainable service projects that help people in need. Register HERE  for the auction to support PWOB's work. 

Etiquette Dinner - Tuesday, Jan. 27, 6-8 p.m., Campion Ballroom: Enjoy a three-course dinner workshop on dining/business Etiquette. Click here for more information, including how to purchase tickets. 

Marijuana Legalization: Highs and Lows - Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Student Center Room 160: Now that marijuana is legal in Washington state, how is implementation working? What are the challenges? Come hear Washington State Attorney Bob Ferguson and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, discuss some of the legal conflicts, public safety, and public health issues. Click HERE to learn more and RSVP. 

Meet the Redhawks Baseball Dinner - Friday, Jan. 30, 5 p.m. Bell Harbor International Conference Center (2211 Alaskan Way on Seattle waterfront): Support SU baseball at this auction that will feature major league players and a Mariners broadcaster. Learn more and get your tickets HERE

International Dinner - Saturday, Jan. 31, 6-9 p.m., Campion Ballroom: That great SU tradition, International Education Week, kicks off with a dinner to celebrate a rich variety of customs, culture and, of course, cuisine. Purchase your tickets HERE. Stay tuned to International Student Center for more information on the dinner and I-Week. 

Visit the campus calendar for a full list of upcoming events.

Gift ideas

Q:  What are some things I can buy for the holidays right here on campus? 

A:  You don't really want to go to the mall now, do you? Well, you don't have to-there's something for everyone on your list at SU's Campus Store. We asked our friends at the store for recommendations on what's hot this holiday season. Swing by the store on your lunch break or whenever to shop for these and more.

SUOrnament_AMT1. The gift card (also known as the ace in the hole) is always a great option when you're stuck on what to get that notoriously picky relative or friend, and the Campus Store carries plenty of options, whether you're looking for Starbucks, iTunes, Amazon, Subway or something else. You can even purchase a gift card for the Campus Store.

2. Fact: No Christmas tree is complete without a Seattle U ornament. Snag one today and hang it proudly.

3. Keep yourself and your loved ones warm with a Columbia fleece.

4. Get in the spirit of the holidays with Seattle U Santa hats and Christmas stockings.

5. Pick up some yoga accessories to work off all those calories you'll be racking up over the holidays. 

BONUS IDEA: Here's another great gift idea suggested by Laura Paskin of Arts and Sciences:

Check out the list of A&S arts, lectures and events coming this winter and spring--a wonderful way to plan quality time with friends and family in the new year. Apollo Chamber Players will be on campus for a special concert on Feb. 23. Here's the link for all upcoming events in the college: