Q: How can I celebrate the Christmas Season, SU-style?
A: There are many opportunities. Here's five that come to mind.
1. Kick off the Christmas Season in festive form with SU's Annual Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served in the Student Center Hearth, followed by a short program, caroling and, of course, the lighting of the tree in the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons Plaza.
2. Always a delight, "A Festival of Christmas" is being performed by the SU Choirs on Friday, Nov. 30 (8 p.m.) and Sunday Dec. 2 (2 p.m.). Both performances are at St. Joseph Church (18th E and E Aloha).
3. Another signature Christmas-at-SU event, the Alumni Advent Mass and Reception takes place 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Chapel of St. Ignatius. Alumni and friends are welcome. Space is limited and seating is first come, first served. Light refreshments will be served at a reception immediately following Mass in the Paccar Atrium of the Pigott Building. A children's arts and crafts activity table will be available at the reception.
4. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and the warm company of colleagues at the Faculty & Staff Christmas Season Open House from 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 at the LeRoux Conference Center.
5. Remember those in need by taking part in the Center for Service and Community Engagement's Giving Tree. Stop by the center in the Douglas (13th and Cherry) to take a tag from the tree and buy a gift for a child or adult from Childhaven, Treehouse, Full Life or Yesler Community Center. Please return UNWRAPPED gifts with the tag attached by Friday, Dec. 7, for delivery.
Academic Advising at SU
Q: How do the professional undergraduate academic advisors from the different school and colleges collaborate across campus to best serve the needs of students?
A: Seattle University's Academic Advising Council (AAC) is formed of professional undergraduate academic advisors across six schools, colleges and programs. The AAC acts as the voice of undergraduate professional academic advising at SU and provides guidance for the development of advising resources. Together the Council works to establish academic advising best practices across campus and supports members in addressing advising challenges. The ultimate goal of the AAC is to establish excellence in academic advising at SU.
The AAC meets monthly as a group but is also comprised of three committees that work on various projects throughout the year. The focus of the committees rotates each year based on the current campus climate. The 2012-2013 committees are focused on campus outreach, professional development for advisors and building additional support mechanisms for students on academic probation.
At each monthly meeting, the AAC welcomes an on-campus guest. Faculty and staff interested in collaborating with the AAC are welcome to contact the 2012-2013 AAC Co-Chairs, Tonja Brown, (email@example.com), and Suzanne Jayne-Jensen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Q: Is there any place I can go to see the university's top rankings and recognitions?
A: Why, yes, there is! A new page has been created to compile several of the recognitions that have been bestowed on the university. Created by Marketing Communications, the page includes the Presidential Award SU received from the White House for community service in 2012 and a number of other honors and accolades. Visit Rankings and Recognition to learn more.
Q: What is Limeade and what does it have to do with my own personal health and wellness?
A: Limeade is the company hired by SU in 2012 to promote health awareness among faculty and staff. Through the LiVE (lead, inspire, value, enrich) web service, Limeade sponsors assessment tools to help each of us identify areas of strength and development, challenges that motivate participation in whole health activities and campus/community online forums. Limeade, and the LiVESU program, are part of the university's comprehensive total health/wellness benefits that include personal coaching from Vera Fitness, periodic campus health screening events and the services of Premera and Group Health. Learn more at Limeade.
Q: How much money was raised at the 2012 Costco Scholarship Fund Breakfast?
A: A crowd of more than 1,000 supporters gathered for the 13th annual Costco Scholarship Fund Breakfast on Sept. 24. Through the generosity of Costco Wholesale and its many suppliers and business partners, the event raised $3,144,338 for underrepresented students at UW and SU.
SU senior Perla Castaneda (social work and psychology) emceed the event and spoke of how transformational her SU experience has been so far, referencing in a special way her professors and a service immersion trip she took to Belize. New freshman Jorge Moreno-Nunez, left, was featured in a VIDEO shown at the breakfast, and alumnus Brandon Knight also spoke at the event.
Jeff Brotman, Costco co-founder, and Craig Jelinek, president and CEO and SU trustee, honored Jim Sinegal, Senior Executive in Residence in the Albers School, with a surprise announcement of the new Jim Sinegal Graduate Scholarship that will support former Costco Scholars as they pursue graduate degrees at either SU or UW over the next 10 years.
This year SU has 175 Costco Scholars on campus, and 600 scholars at SU have graduated. To date the scholarship breakfast has raised almost $30 million dollars and has benefited more than 1,000 scholars at both institutions.
- Katie Chapman
Q: When does Seattle University's academic year officially begin?
A: While we tend to associate the beginning of SU's academic year with fall colors and shorter days, the university actually considers summer quarter the start of its academic year. The main reason for this is so that our graduate programs that start in the summer don't require students who need financial aid to submit two different applications for aid back to back, as would be necessary if the official start was fall quarter.
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.