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Q: How can I learn more about employing students in campus positions?

August 15, 2012

Student employment

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

Q: Where do SU's students study abroad?

August 3, 2012

Globally engaged

Q:  Ever wonder where SU students go to study abroad?

A:  The Education Abroad office keeps some great statistics on this.

Q: How can I get updates on the First Hill Streetcar project?

July 27, 2012

Streetcar progress

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?

July 16, 2012

2012 Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign

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?

June 18, 2012

First co-ed Jesuit res hall

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?

June 6, 2012


CommencementKeyArenaQ:  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: How can I find out more about changes to staff pay that are coming for fiscal year 2013?

May 7, 2012

Staff pay

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?

April 23, 2012

Hui O Nani Hawaii Club

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 for tickets)

Q: How can I lead a more healthy life?

April 10, 2012

New wellness program for employees

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: 

  • Learn more about  the new LiVE Seattle U web challenges and incentives, communities and other resources
  • Tour the Health Risk Assessment web tool that can help you set goals, track progress and earn rewards
  • Free health screenings from Summit Health from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
  • Mammography screenings offered by the Swedish "Hope" mobile unit
  • "Managing Diabetes"  noon workshop (SCTN 130) and information through PacMed
  • Tobacco cessation education from Group Health Cooperative
  • Free one-on-one wellness coaching program offered through Vera Fitness
  • Prevention and your PPO medical plan with Premera Blue Cross

Q: When will I be able to take my first ride on the First Hill Streetcar?

March 27, 2012

First Hill Streetcar

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. The First Hill Streetcar is a partnership between the City of Seattle Department of Transportation and Sound Transit.

Q: What's going on with the P-Patch between Logan Field and Chardin Hall?

March 27, 2012

Chardin gardens pick up and move

March 27, 2012

Q:  What's going on with the P-Patch between Logan Field and Chardin Hall?

A:  The vegetable beds near Logan Field and Chardin Hall that students, staff and faculty have been tending since 2008 will be on the move this year. With construction at Logan Field beginning this spring, the very popular P-Patch plots are being relocated to the lot south of the Broadway Parking Garage. Construction on the new beds will start this week, with an opening celebration planned for SU Earth Day, April 20. For more information contact Janice Murphy at

Q: I noticed different paper towels and toilet paper in the campus bathrooms-why the change?

March 12, 2012

New paper towel and toilet paper dispensers 

Q:   I noticed different paper towels and toilet paper in the campus bathrooms-why the change? 

A:   During winter quarter, Facilities switched from Georgia Pacific (GP) to Kimberly-Clark (KC) paper towels, toilet paper, soap and hand sanitizer in every academic building. (The old stock of paper was moved to the resident halls, so those buildings will be converted as soon as it is used up.) Facilities changed vendors for the following reasons: 

$25,000 annual cost reduction.  SU was buying 3,600 batteries every year to power the GP towel dispensers at a cost of $2,700 plus the labor to change batteries. The new KC towel dispensers use mechanical touch-less technology. Along with a reduction in product cost, tube-less toilet paper and paper towel rolls result in more paper per roll, less rolls to buy and fewer roll changes by custodians.   The soap dispenser squirts out less soap, resulting in less usage. KC's foaming sanitizer costs less and uses less product to get the same job done.  

50 percent less packaging. No paper tube, no individually paper-wrapped toilet paper and towel rolls, no cardboard boxes and 100 percent of the towel and toilet paper roll is used. The custodians used to remove and throw away almost empty toilet paper rolls. 

Kimberly-Clark's environmentally sustainable initiatives. KC has cooperated with Greenpeace since 2008 to switch to sustainable practices after Greenpeace's aggressive four-year campaign against KC for using trees from Canada's Boreal Forest. KC's virgin wood fiber is certified by third party groups like the Forest Stewardship Council. Paper contains high levels of recycled fiber. Their soap is Green Seal Certified. Technology and packaging design is used to reduce the amount of natural resources used in products.

Thank you to Karen Price, campus sustainability manager, for providing this information.