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Q: What do I need to know about the upcoming Data Center shutdown?

May 6, 2019

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. 

Saturday May 25 - Sunday May 26 

What is Involved?

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. 

What's affected?

The following services* will be unavailable from 8 p.m. Saturday evening to noon Sunday:

  • Wired network
  • Wireless network
  • Virtual desktop (VDI)
  • Blue Light phones
  • SU Online/WebAdvisor
  • Inter-Library loan
  • T and P drives
  • Phones (e.g. office, elevator, and wall), voicemail and call centers

*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:

  • Connect SU
  • Canvas
  • Office 365 (email, calendar, OneDrive, SharePoint) 

The following services remain available on campus:

  • Public Safety
  • Fire Alarms
  • Security Alarms 
  • Emergency notifications 
  • Campus Dining 

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.

Q: What is the schedule for the CSI project?

April 2, 2019

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:

  • On Friday and Saturday of this week (April 5 and 6) a construction fence will be installed around the site.
  • Construction trailers will start to arrive on the Marion lot on Saturday, April 13.
  • Salvage of the USVC interior and relocation of the university's telecommunications demarcation ("Demarc") will take place during April and May.
  • The data center shutdown and generator installation will take place over Memorial Day weekend. Visit ITS for more details.
  • The official groundbreaking for the CSI will take place 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 30, at the site with a reception in Sullivan Hall. A formal invitation will be sent to the campus community but you don’t have to wait to RSVP here.
  • The date for the demolition of USVC is dependent upon permits from the city. The current plan is to begin demolition on Monday, June 17, and the process is expected to take about eight days. The building will be taken down with bulldozers rather than by imploding or exploding.
  • Following the demolition, construction of the new building will begin and continue through spring of 2021. During spring and summer of 2021, the focus will shift to renovations in Bannan Science and Engineering. Over that same time period, the new building will be furnished, and lab equipment, faculty and staff will move in for the start of the 2021 Fall Quarter. 

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.

Q: Where can I find the new locations for offices that have moved recently?

March 26, 2019

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.

Q: What is SU’s new Carnegie Classification and why does it matter?

March 13, 2019

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.

Q: What can I do to help SU address its current recycling crisis?

February 7, 2019

(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: 

  • Put the right stuff in the right bins. Use this “Where does it go flyer” to help you.
  • Make sure all recyclables are reasonably EMPTY, CLEAN and DRY
  • Do NOT recycle Styrofoam, plastic films, food waste, liquids, e-waste or textiles in the blue bin.
  • Check out the media toolkit at for digital and printable signage to use in your office, kitchen, residence hall, collegium, bulletin boards, etc. to SPREAD THE WORD ON CAMPUS!
  • Participate in the many events organized on campus during the 8-week long Recyclemania tournament (Feb. 3-March 30).
  • Contact Richard Moyer, resource conservation manager, at with any questions or suggestions.

Q: How is late-evening access to the library changing?

January 23, 2019

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 with any questions.

Q: How can I manage the increased traffic expected when the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes?

January 2, 2019

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. 

  • Consider leaving earlier or staying later and adjusting commuting hours to avoid peak commuting times (typically 6 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.).
  • Consider scheduling (or rescheduling) meetings or campus events to occur outside of the typical commute time.
  • There are many SU events happening around campus after business hours. Stay on campus outside of business hours and enjoy one of the many SU-sponsored events before getting back on the road. 

Try alternative ways to get to campus.

  • Bike
  • Walk 
  • Take the bus (utilize park and rides) 
  • Water taxi/ferry, light rail
  • Carpool, Vanpool or Rideshare 

King County Metro is currently sponsoring carpooling trips for all King County commuters through the apps Scoop and Waze Carpool. Learn moreContact 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. 

Increase Flexibility 

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: 

  • Shifting to an earlier or later start/end time for your daily schedule
  • Compressed work week
  • Using accrued vacation to take time off (with approval)
  • Telework and work from home arrangements 

Please note the following resources: 

Recommendations for Leaders and Supervisors to plan for the Viaduct Closure 

Guidelines and Considerations for Supervisors Related to Flexible Work Arrangements 

Information for the Telecommuter 

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: 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 

  • SDOT Website: Check out SDOT’s website,, which is devoted to helping you coordinate and prepare for Seattle’s new era of tough traffic. This new website contains an explanation of the Period of Maximum Constraint, current traffic times to neighborhoods across Seattle, a Partners page full of resources and more. 
  • WSDOT Tips: WSDOT also has provided information, including tips on how to navigate during the closure to avoid gridlock at

Q: How many degrees has SU conferred in each of the past several decades?

November 29, 2018

Thank you to the Office of Alumni Engagement for the following information.


# of Degrees

2010- 24,101
2000-2009 21,461
1990-1999 17,034
1980-1989 12,059
1970-1979 8,248
1960-1969 5,074
Before 1960 1,648

Q: How can I celebrate the holidays and give back, SU- style?

November 27, 2018

(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:

  • Christmas Tree Lighting | Thursday, November 29, 6-8 p.m., Student Center, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons Plaza
    Join with others in the Seattle University community to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season. Take pictures with Santa, eat delicious cookies, create wonderful winterland crafts, play games, sing carols and countdown to the lighting of the tree. A reception with cookies, hot cocoa, crafts and games will be held in the Student Center at 6 p.m. Caroling and the tree lighting will take place in the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons Plaza at 7 p.m. Event information can also be found here. Sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement. For more information, contact Bianca Galam at
  • Holiday Donation Drive | Thursday, Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m.
    The Center for Community Engagement will be accepting donations at the Christmas Tree Lighting to stock up our community food/goods pantries at Washington Middle School, Bailey Gatzert Elementary and the Gender Justice Center on campus. For more information, contact Brianna Cardenas at You are also invited to join the Center for Community Engagement this holiday season by supporting local youth, adults and families in the Spirit of Giving. Select a gift from the online registry. For more information, contact Erin Burrows at
    Annual Hanu-Chaos Party | Thursday, Nov. 29, immediately following the Christmas Tree Lighting (7:30-8 p.m.), Campus Ministry, STCN 120
    Come celebrate Hanukkah with the Jewish Student Union and Campus Ministry! There will be latkes, dreidel games, gelt, prizes and more! Event details can also be found here. For more information, contact Victoria Carr-Ware at

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.

This event is filling up fast, don't wait to reserve your spot! RSVP here. Questions? Contact Stephanie Jamieson at

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 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

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!

Q: How does the university announce closures related to snow and inclement weather?

November 21, 2018

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: 

  • Snow delays or closures will be posted on the university home page ( and a message will be recorded on SU’s hotline (206-296-2200).
  • A text message will be sent using the university’s Omnilert (formerly E2campus) messaging account. Sign up here to receive messages or by simply texting SeattleUalert to 79516. Register today to stay informed.
  • An e-mail will be sent to all students, faculty and staff with closure specifics.
  • Postings will also be made on the university Facebook page and Twitter 

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.

Q: What are some demographics of this year's first-time-in-college students?

October 31, 2018

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.

Q: What's notable about this year's Homecoming?

October 22, 2018

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.

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.

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