Q: Can I get my taxes done for free?
A: If your household income is $50,000 or less, the answer is yes. This year, the accounting department in the Albers School of Business and Economics is working with the United Way of King County to provide free tax help at the Yesler Community Center (917 E. Yesler Way). The service is available now through April 16*. SU accounting students are working at the site on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and tax preparation is also available on Thursdays, 5-9 p.m. For more information, visit Free Tax Preparation.
* Please note that the Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline for filing taxes to Monday, April 18.
Q: What is the oldest tree on campus?
A: While its precise age is not known, The Commons has it on good authority that the Enkianthus campanulatus located on the east side of the Admin Building is SU's arboreal elder. Gardener Becki Koukal-Liebe says, “I took an informational campus walk with (SU’s longtime head of Grounds) Ciscoe Morris, and he said the tree had been moved from People’s Park by (Fujitaro) Kubota and that it was the oldest tree on campus.”
Q: What is the official name of the atrium in the Pigott Building?
A: Many refer to this expansive space as “Pigott Atrium,” but that would be incorrect. The name that should always be used is “PACCAR Atrium.” For the record, the company for which the atrium is named should be written as “PACCAR Inc”. The PACCAR Atrium, of course, is home to the Bottom Line café, comfortable furniture and the stunning Chihuly glass sculpture, “Accendo.”
Q: What sort of assistance do SU faculty and staff have in buying a home?
A: HomeStreet offers SU employees some special home buying programs including education and discounted closing costs. For more information about this benefit program, visit Human Resources, where you'll find the information under “Compensation and Benefits/Other Privileges and Amenities” or contact HomeStreet Bank Affinity Lending Center (206) 628-0207.
Q: How many international students are enrolled at Seattle University, and what country has the most students represented at SU?
A: According to Ryan Greene, director of the International Student Center, a grand total of 543 international students hailing from 63 different countries are currently enrolled at SU. Countries with the most students represented at SU are:
Indonesia (124 students)
South Korea (34)
Hong Kong (25)
Saudi Arabia (23)
Countries with one student represented: Uzbekistan, Turkey, Rwanda, South Africa, Oman, New Zealand, Palestine, Morocco, Malawi, Kenya, Laos, Libya, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Iraq, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Egypt, Ecuador, Denmark, Cyprus, Belgium, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan and Argentina.
Q: How many teams participated in last year’s Anne Carragher Fitness & Wellness Challenge and how did they do as a group?
A: Mileva Huljev of Recreational Sports, reports that last year 96 teams of four, totaling 388 staff, faculty and students, competed in the Anne Carragher Fitness & Wellness Challenge. “As always, the students were our biggest group with 45 teams followed closely by SU staff (36), and we were happy to see a dozen or so SU faculty involved too,” she writes.
The way it works is participants earn points for doing a variety of healthy things. Last year's competitors collectively ate41,904 healthy meals, slept 97,776 hours (about 11 years) and drank 111,744 glasses of water.
SIGN UP NOW! Does this sound like something you’d like to be part of? There’s still time to register for the 2011 Fitness & Wellness Challenge. All you need is a team of four by Jan. 17. Click here to learn how to sign up.
Q: Melisa of Career Services asked what was going on at the south end of campus—is this part of some initiative to add better entry spaces to SU?
A: Why, yes, as a matter of fact it's just that and more. Sari Graven, director of program and resource development in Facilities, confirms that much work has been done recently to better identify the south end of campus, enhance way-finding and improve security. Included in the upgrade are three new security cameras, six new building signs, more landscaping and hardscaping, new portal gates, a new staircase leading from Chardin to the sidewalk that parallels Logan Field and a new campus map. Graven says the enhancements are intended to bring a “better sense of identity to the south end of campus and to improve the safety of our students and faculty."
Q: In keeping with SU's commitment to sustainability, how can I shop, decorate and otherwise celebrate in an ecologically friendly way this holiday season?
A: The Commons turned to Karen Price, campus sustainability manager, for ideas on greening up the holidays. If you’re looking for a distinctly SU option, here’s what she suggests:
“Give the gift of clean water to Haitians by giving your family and friends a Seattle U water bottle. Proceeds from each bottle goes to Seattle U’s Engineers Without Borders to buy a water treatment system for 8,000 Haitians. The steel bottle weighs only eight ounces and holds 27 ounces of water. Buy the bottle for only $9.99 at the Bookstore. Do the people on your list already have a reusable plastic water bottle? Reusable plastic bottles with scratches or a cloudy, crackled appearance more readily leach chemicals into your water and then your body; scratches can also harbor bacteria. Upgrade to a stylish and sustainable steel water bottle and give Haitians the gift of clean water.”
Price also recommends King County’s Green Holidays website. Included on the site are such tips as using energy-efficient LED lighting (and recycling your old lights); getting your tree from farms that use minimal pesticides and sustainable practices or considering a living tree; giving “experience” gifts; and using reused materials for wrapping paper and gift tags; and many, many more ideas for the green-minded.
Q: How many staff positions does SU fill with internal candidates?
A: In 2010, more than one out of every four staff vacancies have been filled by internal applicants.
The following staff have recently been promoted: Sara Campbell (HR); Kerry Keller Ash (Finance); Lorena Toledo-Easty (ESOP); Rhonda Woods (A&S); Marc Parrish (Bookstore; and Sommar Harrison (Albers).
Q: Where can I find nutrition information for food and drink items sold on campus by Chartwells?
A: Chartwells provides nutritional information on their website. All items produced on campus by Chartwells are prepared from scratch using fresh ingredients of the highest quality. Chartwells sources food produced in a sustainable fashion. For nutritional information on specific food items, contact Buzz Hofford directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How many chapels or sacred spaces do we have at Seattle University, and how are they used?
Chris Joseph Taylor
A: Nick Coffman, university chapels coordinator in Campus Ministry, writes that we have five chapels/sacred spaces on campus, including the Chapel of St. Ignatius, Immaculate Conception Chapel in the Administration Building, the Chardin Hall Chapel, and the Ecumenical Chapel and Multifaith prayer room, which are both in Campion Hall.
“Last year we recorded almost 30 weddings and 30 tours in the Chapel of St. Ignatius, more than 500 regularly scheduled Masses in our chapels and almost 200 other prayer/worship events,” Coffman writes. “Events in the chapels vary from Masses, School and Theology and Ministry Morning and Evening Prayer, St. Egidio Prayer Community gatherings, Ecumenical and Multi-faith prayer services, Reconciliation services, lectures, tours, weddings, fellowship gatherings…We have a very vibrant prayer life on campus!”
A: “Evening Magazine” used Seattle University’s campus as the location for a program that aired on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Click on this video to watch part of the show.