Q: What impact has the Eisiminger Fitness Center had on the SU community's recreational and fitness activities in its first year of operation?
A: In just about every measurable way, the William F. Eisiminger's first year of operation was a great success. In 2010-2011-the last year of the pre-Eisiminger era-an average of 1,200 users were visiting the Connolly Center on a daily basis. After the opening of the new fitness center, the number of users per day climbed by 15 percent to 1,380. A recreation benchmarking survey found that 61 percent of SU's students availed themselves of campus recreation facilities, programs and services in 2010-2011. That percentage rose to 70 percent in the first year following the Eisiminger Center's opening.
Q: How can I learn more about employing students in campus positions?
A: Now's the time when many faculty and staff are starting to look into hiring students for campus employment. Student Financial Services provides a wonderful one-stop resource for faculty and staff that covers all the ins and outs of student employment at Seattle University. Check out the Supervisor's Guide to On-Campus Student Employment for all the information you need on: student employment policies; the purpose and roles of campus employment; student employment eligibility; hiring a student employee; paying a student employee; employment changes and termination; and summer employment.
The guide is revised annually to remain current on federal, state and campus regulations. Additional assistance or training can be provided by the Student Employment Coordinator Lauren Hardin in the Office of Student Financial Services at email@example.com.
Q: How can I get updates on the First Hill Streetcar project?
A: Construction is in full swing for the First Hill Streetcar. Set to open in 2014, the streetcar will provide new transportation options for SU faculty, staff and students. For weekly updates, you can visit First Hill Streetcar to follow the progress and get information on the project's impacts for drivers, bikers and pedestrians. There's also a link to sign up for a weekly construction bulletin.
Q: What percentage of SU employees gave to this year's Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign?
A: For the fifth year in a row, Seattle University employees came together to break a record for the Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign. In fiscal year 2012, which ended June 30, an unprecedented 48 percent of our university community joined in the fundraising effort to help students-that's a four percent increase over last year's participation.
When all the gifts were counted, 609 of our colleagues had donated $275,672 to support Seattle University. Employees designated their gifts to support a wide variety of programs on campus, from scholarships and general operations to athletics and student activities. The campaign was led by co-chairs Penny Koch-Patterson, associate director of the Albers Center for Leadership Formation, and Phil Thompson, professor and chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
"Penny and Phil were joined by a dedicated group of volunteers who represented many of SU's departments and colleges and who worked to promote the campaign across campus," said Leigh Ann Gilmer, assistant director of Annual Giving. "Their efforts and your generosity will help Seattle University continue to provide hard-working students with an exceptional Jesuit education and an enriching college experience."
Q: What was the first co-ed residence hall on a Jesuit campus?
A: That would be our very own Campion Hall, which was made the first co-ed residence hall at any Jesuit school in the country in 1969.
Q: What does it take to put on SU's commencement?
A: In a nutshell, quite a lot of work. Almost as soon as one year's graduation ceremonies end, the Commencement Planning Committee begins working on the next year's proceedings. The committee is comprised of 14 faculty and staff and co-chaired by Andrew Anderson of the Registrar's Office and Kate Kelly of Conference and Event Services. It is estimated that the co-chairs alone devote more than 200 hours to planning for commencement. About 50 staff and 20 students work behind the scenes to ensure the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies are a success. Some of the crew starts setting up the night before (6 p.m. to midnight). And let's not forget about all the faculty and staff who participate in both ceremonies, which is a time commitment of nine-plus hours.
Q: Can I work through SU to get a discount on computer hardware or software?
A: Absolutely. As a service to the SU community, the Office of Information Technology facilitates a number of opportunities for students, faculty and staff to purchase hardware and software at highly discounted rates. Visit OIT to learn more about the participating vendors and how you can take advantage of this service.
Q: How can I find out more about changes to staff pay that are coming for fiscal year 2013?
A: Changes to staff pay are going into effect on July 1. If you haven't had a chance to attend one of the open forum sessions on the changes, there's still time to attend one of the following this week:
Tuesday May 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wyckoff Auditorium (ENGR 200)
Wednesday May 9, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., LeRoux Conference Center (STCN 160)
Wednesday May 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Bannan 102
Thursday May 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Student Center 210
Can't make any of the sessions? Don't worry-Human Resources will be providing an online presentation on their website by May 14.
Q: What is the Hui O Nani Hawaii Club all about?
A: The Hui O Nani Hawaii Club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary on May 5, is one of the oldest and largest organizations on campus. The club promotes and preserves the culture of Hawaii. Its focus on unity and family makes it one of our most engaging multicultural organizations. As of fall 2011, 236 students from Hawaii were enrolled at SU.
The club also has a very active alumni group. Paul Chinen, the first president of the club and a retired brigadier general, will be among 11 of the original 33 charter members along with many others attending the anniversary celebration. Here's a list of the activities:
Thursday, May 3
5:30 p.m., The Chieftain: Relax and relive memories of your college days.
Friday, May 4
10 a.m.: Tour the campus (meet in the Admissions & Alumni Community Room)
Noon: Lunch, Admissions & Alumni Community Room
5:30 p.m.: Reception, Admissions & Alumni Community Room
Saturday, May 5
4:30 p.m., North Court Connolly Center: Luau (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets)
Q: How can I lead a more healthy life?
A: SU faculty and staff now have access to a new wellness program called LiVE Seattle U. The first step is to attend a Healthy Living Fair on Tuesday, May 1, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the LeRoux Conference Room (STCN). There, you'll have the opportunity to get a free biometric screening and learn more about SU's new wellness program. Once you've had your health screening you can move from awareness and education to taking charge of your health.
Here's more on what's available to you at the May 1 fair:
Q: When will I be able to take my first ride on the First Hill Streetcar?
A: Construction begins this April on the First Hill Streetcar, which will travel on Broadway along the west side of our campus and provide a vital transportation link between Sound Transit's Link light rail transit centers in Pioneer Square, Chinatown International District and Capitol Hill. In just two years, the new line, depicted in this rendering at Broadway and Marion, will be ready for us to ride. Here are some key mileposts along the way:
April 2012 Start utility construction
Summer 2012 Start track construction
Early 2013 Complete utility construction
Early 2014 Complete track and roadway construction
Spring 2014 Streetcar opens for service
The SU campus will be updated on the project as it moves forward-stay tuned for periodic construction bulletins. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about the streetcar and how it will add new transportation options for faculty, staff and students, visit http://www.seattlestreetcar.org. The First Hill Streetcar is a partnership between the City of Seattle Department of Transportation and Sound Transit.