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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: 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 email@example.com 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: