Memorial Day weekend has been approved for the installation of Seattle University’s new backup generator for the data center, which will allow us to better mitigate power outages. In order to bring the new generator into service, the Data Center must be shut down for final connections. IT Services will perform a controlled shutdown and restart. The entire campus will be impacted for a period of 16 hours.
ITS technicians will shut down the data center on Saturday evening. Once this has been completed, SU Facilities employees will work with our vendor to connect the generator to the data center. On Sunday morning, when the generator installation is complete, our ITS technicians will restart the data center and work with our campus partners to ensure all applications are functioning correctly.
*additional impacted services are listed on the IT Services website.
The following services remain available and accessible to those who have an internet or LTE connection at their location:
The following services remain available on campus:
What should I do?
After this work has been completed, if you experience problems when accessing a university service or application, restart your device. If the problem persists, please contact the Help Desk.
This week you will begin to see activities related to the new Center for Science and Innovation (CSI), the largest construction project in Seattle University’s history. The project includes the new building at the current site of the University Services Building (USVC) as well as renovations in the Bannan Science and Engineering buildings. In preparation, all occupants of USVC have been moved out of the building. (To find the new locations of offices and services that have been relocated from USVC, please visit Design and Construction.)
Following is a brief timeline for the CSI project:
Updates on the CSI project will continue to be provided to the campus community in the weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Ranleigh Starling, CSI project manager, at (206) 296-6325.
The coming construction of the new Center for Science and Innovation (CSI)—which necessitates the demo of the University Services Building (USVC)—and the recent opening of Vi Hilbert Hall, have resulted in a sequence of office moves. Visit Design and Construction for new locations for offices and services that have been or soon will be relocated from USVC, as well as other related office moves.
SU has a new Carnegie Classification. Read on for what this all means and why it's significant.
What is the Carnegie Classification?
As described on its website, the Carnegie Foundation Basic Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is a framework “for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education.” Currently there are 33 different categories, running the gamut from institutions that are highly active in research (R1), to associate’s colleges, to special focus four-year schools, to tribal colleges, just to name a few.
What is Seattle University’s classification?
Funny you should ask. For the past several years, SU has fallen into the “Master’s Colleges and Universities: Larger Programs” category. However Carnegie created a new category in 2018, “Doctoral/Professional University,” which includes institutions that confer 30 or more “professional practice” doctoral degrees per year across two or more programs, while conferring fewer than 20 research/scholarship doctorates. Professional practice doctorates include juris doctorates, or JDs as well as our DNP, DMin and EDD degrees in law, nursing, theology and ministry and education, respectively. When you consider that SU has multiple doctoral programs and confers more than 30 doctoral degrees—approximately 220 JDs alone were granted by the law school, according to the most recent data—this new “Doctoral/Professional University” category better reflects our commitment to supporting professional formation at the highest academic levels.
Why does this matter?
Well, there are several reasons, but perhaps the most significant is that Carnegie Classifications are utilized by many college searches and guides, such as U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings.
Will U.S. News be changing the way they categorize institutions in light of Carnegie’s new classification?
The publication is currently deliberating on how, if at all, its rankings might change in light of the newly added category. A decision is expected in April.
“There are several possible responses,” says Bob Duniway, associate vice president for institutional effectiveness, who has been in touch with Robert Morse, chief data strategist for U.S. News. “They may move all institutions currently classified as regional universities (including SU) but now in the new classification to the national universities rankings. They may decide to leave the existing regional ranking lists in place. They could create a new national ranking for Doctoral/Professional universities. They could do some more complicated reclassification to determine which institutions are moved to the national universities ranking and which remain on the regional lists.”
You can read more about the new classification at Carnegie.
(Excerpted from Feb. 7 Official Communication)
Recent changes in the recycling industry are affecting communities across the U.S., including Seattle and in turn our university. For almost two decades, China accepted more than 50 percent of the world’s exported recyclables, but as of July 2017, has implemented new regulations that ban the import of low-grade and contaminated recyclables, many of which once came from the U.S. A recent audit of our campus recycling has concluded that well over 10 percent of the items in our blue bins belong in the garbage or compost, but instead are contaminating the rest of our recyclables. If we do not improve our recycling practices by Feb. 21, Seattle University’s recycling will no longer be accepted by our recycling service, and will instead be sent directly to the landfill at great expense.
The major contaminators that are consistently being found are: Styrofoam, plastic films and bags, food waste, liquids, clothing, and electronics. These items cannot be placed in the blue bin, but instead should be trashed, composted or recycled separately through one of the many innovative specialty programs on campus. It is up to all of us to think before we throw and to educate those around us to clean up our recycling stream. We are asking the entire Seattle University community to make improvements as soon as possible. Here is how to help:
In an effort to increase campus safety and security, Seattle University will be implementing a new policy. Effective Feb. 1, late-evening access to the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons building will be reserved exclusively to current SU students, faculty and staff with a valid SU Campus Card.
At 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, outer doors to the building will lock, and students, faculty and staff will need to swipe a valid SU campus card in order to enter. This policy does not apply on Fridays and Saturdays when the library closes before 8 p.m., and will not impact the 24/7 spaces. Click here for more information about the policy.
Building and all service hours for Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons will stay the same.
Current students, faculty and staff can get new or replacement campus cards by visiting SUpercopy during business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. SUpercopy is located at the courtyard level of the Pavilion (PAVL) building. Click here for more information about Campus Cards.
Please contact the manager of circulation at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Work will soon begin to permanently close the Alaskan Way viaduct in Seattle and open the SR99 tunnel. This project, known as the “Period of Maximum Constraint” or the “Seattle Squeeze,” will last approximately three weeks, beginning Jan. 11, 2019. All deans and division leadership have been fully briefed on this upcoming disruption and are prepared to set up plans that best meet the needs of their work groups based on their role(s) within the university.
While the main closure of the viaduct is projected to take three weeks, additional ramp closures are anticipated for another three weeks. Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is advising commuters to expect a significant increase of region-wide traffic congestion and disruption for up to six weeks. This will be the longest and biggest highway closure in Seattle area history.
All faculty and staff are encouraged to begin planning now for what is certain to be an unavoidable traffic disruption for many, as the closure will inevitably impact university business, including staff and class schedules. Start planning with your department and managers in regards to ways in which you may be able to adjust your commute patterns to address the traffic congestion during this time. HR is also available to answer questions and advise workgroups throughout this period.
However, please be reminded that our commitment to SU’s educational mission and supporting and serving our students and university community will remain the same. Above all, we will maintain our commitment and responsibility of service to our students and the SU community.
Things to think about:
Look at Commuting Options
Plan to discuss commuting/scheduling options during this time period with your supervisor before Jan. 11.
Try alternative ways to get to campus.
King County Metro is currently sponsoring carpooling trips for all King County commuters through the apps Scoop and Waze Carpool. Learn more. Contact Public Safety if you have any questions. They will be happy to provide you with additional information or discuss some alternative ideas about your commuting options.
One such option that will be offered during the “Seattle Squeeze” for faculty and staff who may be interested in trying commute alternatives is a one-month ORCA card at a significantly reduced cost of $14. Faculty and staff who have purchased a regular university parking permit can now purchase this discounted ORCA card from Public Safety.
The viaduct closure will likely impact university business operations, including staff schedules. During this time, consider flexible options to your current work schedule, in conversation with your supervisor and whenever reasonable, such as:
Please note the following resources:
You should also plan to contact ITS as soon as possible for more information about access to technology programs and options for working remotely, such as Virtual Private Network (VPN) or Virtual Desktop: https://www.seattleu.edu/its/. Be mindful however that flexible work arrangements will not be available to each department and/or position. Contact your manager or HR if you have questions or want to discuss and explore available options such as your availability to take time off or to establish a temporary work arrangement during this time.
Additional Information and Resources
Thank you to the Office of Alumni Engagement for the following information.
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(Updated Nov. 30, 2:15 p.m.)
Here are some of the ways you can celebrate the holidays at SU.
Kick off the Holiday Season
Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season, SU-style, with the following activities this Thursday evening:
Advent Mass and Reception
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Mass 4 p.m.
Reception 5 p.m.
Celebrate the season with Seattle U and the Alumni Association. Staff, faculty, family and friends are invited to attend a favorite holiday tradition. Following mass celebrated by President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., there will be a candlelight procession from the chapel to the Student Center featuring holiday carols by the Chapel Choir. The reception includes appetizers, wine, beer and tons of family fun to celebrate the season.
Share Your Favorite Holiday Recipe
The Alumni Association is celebrating everyone’s favorite holiday treats with an SU Voice article highlighting our community’s best holiday recipes. Do you have an appetizer, dessert or other holiday dish that you make each year? Share your favorite recipe and a few brief sentences about what you love about it for a chance to be featured in our holiday treats article. Bonus points if you also submit a picture of your creation. Send your recipes to Caitlin Joyce at email@example.com by Dec. 3.
An Advent Evening of Prayer: The Waiting Room
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
Seattle First Baptist, Seattle
Allow yourself to let go of the busyness and "shoulds" of the holiday season! This Advent, we join Zechariah, Mary, Elizabeth and others in "The Waiting Room," remembering that we are not alone as we wait for what is yet to be. Come to this contemplative ecumenical evening to pray with beautiful music, silence, vivid imagery and rich reflections from presenters Carla Orlando (SEEL Puget Sound) and Rev. Tim Phillips (Seattle First Baptist Church).
The Seattle University Choirs | “GLOW: A Christmas Celebration”
Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m.
St. Joseph Church (18th E. and E. Aloha, Seattle)
The first major concert under newly appointed Director of Choral and Vocal Music Leann Conley-Holcom, this year's program features sacred and seasonal music by John Rutter, Stephen Paulus, Eric Whitacre, Vera Kistler, Pietro Yon, Gerald Cohen and other noted choral composers. The concerts will be presented at historic St. Joseph Church on Capitol Hill. Tickets are $7 (students), $20 (general admission) and $35 (reserved seating), and are available from Brown Paper Tickets and at the door. Like the Seattle University Choirs on Facebook and follow them on Instagram @seattleuchoirs. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty and Staff Christmas Open House Breakfast | Friday, Dec. 14, 8-10 a.m., LeRoux Conference Center (STCN 160) – Join with colleagues in enjoying good food and spreading holiday cheer. And don’t forget to cut out at noon on Friday, Dec. 21—that’s when the university closes for Christmas Break!
Snow closure or delayed opening decisions are typically made by 5 a.m. so that an announcement can be disseminated by 5:30 a.m. To ensure information is readily available, announcements will be shared as follows:
Weather conditions can change quickly, so please look for updates from the university on closures, delayed openings or early closures. In all cases, faculty and staff should use their best judgment about how safe it is to travel based on the conditions near their homes. Please inform your supervisor (by e-mail or phone) if weather conditions impact your ability to be in the office.
Radio and TV outlets typically report on our closures, though we cannot guarantee the timeliness of those reports. AM radio stations KIRO 710 and KOMO 1000 and FM stations KNKX 88.5 and KUOW 94.9 air snow closure announcements. Local television stations KOMO, KING, KIRO, KONG, KCPQ and Northwest Cable News also announce school closures.
In addition to this being our largest ever first-time freshmen class, the university saw a 3.4 percent increase in enrollment of those students who are from Washington over fall 2017. The percentage of women first-time freshmen students fell by 4.6 percent, while the percentage of students who are represented by “all diverse groups” rose to 50.1 percent of the first-time freshmen class, an increase of 3.4 percent over fall 2017.
Well, for one thing, SU's Homecoming, which for the past few years has been held in February, will now take place in November--Nov. 8 to 11 to be exact.
A full slate of activities awaits, including the Red Umbrella Parade and Redfest Celebration, a variety of sporting events, as well as opportunities to network, serve and more.
With Homecoming now coinciding with Veterans Day weekend, the celebrations include several events to honor our veterans.
The weekend also features the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) men's soccer tournament, which SU is hosting, with all matches being played at Championship Field, including the championship on Sunday, Nov. 11.