On Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as of March 5, 2018. Members of Seattle University's campus community can access resources and information on DACA on this web page maintained by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
This week the Help Desk will move out of its long-time home in Engineering to make way for College of Science and Engineering project rooms. The Help Desk staff and student workers will move to 1313 Columbia, where they will join the main ITS offices. This will allow the Help Desk to work more closely with other ITS teams and provide better support to the campus. The colocation also enabled ITS to move forward with a restructuring to the FY18 budget.
The majority of Help Desk walk-up services has been related to new and replacement campus cards. That service has now moved to SUperCopy in PAVL 010, open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Help Desk’s last day in Engineering 302 is Wednesday, September 20. The Help Desk will continue to offer technology support: please call (206) 296-5571 or e-mail email@example.com. After-hours support and rollover support during busy periods will continue to be provided by the Ellucian off-site Help Desk.
There will no longer be a walk-up Help Desk service, so if you would normally stop by the Help Desk, please call and our technicians will work with you to meet your request. If you have any questions, please contact Alex Stoffel at 296-5401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forty two percent of Seattle University’s employees participated in the FY17 Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign, an increase over last year’s rate of 36 percent as well as the previous year’s 40 percent.
Through the campaign, which concluded June 30, faculty and staff contributed more than $264,000 to support the university and its students. Department of Athletics staff led the way with 100 percent participation.
Yes, says the Grounds Department, but please be moderate in your consumption so that others can partake.
“As part of our commitment to social and environmental justice,” the department’s website reads, “we have been increasing the number of edible plants that we tend on the campus. They range from the Columbia Orchard to an occasional blueberry plant in the landscape. All food-producing plants on campus are free for all to harvest, except for designated raised beds in the Community Gardens.”
Click here for more information, including a map of campus edibles.
The short answer is Sept. 8—that’s the date on which signed evaluations must be sent by division leaders to Human Resources. Click here to see the important steps in the performance evaluation process and for all relevant information and materials.
When placing outgoing mail in your departmental bins for pick-up, please include your “NEW” general ledger # on each piece of mail or bundle. Due to the new chart of accounts and their complexity our mailroom staff is spending significant time trying to cross-reference each general ledger. Mail that is missing the “NEW” general ledger will be sent back to your department.
When dropping off mail at the mailroom also be sure to include your “NEW” general ledger on each piece of mail or bundle otherwise mail will be sent back to your department which will delay your delivery time.
Chart of Account Translator can be located here to help you translate your old GL to your new GL.
Members of the SU community can enroll in E2Campus in order to receive text messages during emergencies and other situations that impact the university’s operations. Click here to learn more and register. Please note that emergency text messages are only sent to those who opt in.
Travis Nation, RevSU project director and associate chief information officer, explains in a recent newsletter:
“On July 3, new Student and Finance modules go live with Colleague XE. Also going live is a new Chart of Accounts, ProcureSU, an eProcurement system, and InformSU, a robust new reporting capability.
“Across the university, RevSU teams are busy preparing for July. Testing is underway, including sessions to practice migrating data from old to new systems. The teams are gathering lists of missioncritical reports so InformSU is ready to support the business needs of the university. They are also identifying stakeholders to participate in training. Other groups that have major support roles are getting ready by making sure they have time and resources available; for example, ITS is not able to take on any new projects between now and August.”
“Move Around the Sound” is a friendly, team-based competition that helps you get fit while earning LiVE points to bring down the cost of your health insurance premium.
Here’s how it works:
Bonus: The two teams with the highest number of steps will earn an additional 100 points
Double Bonus: Walk 600,000 steps on your own - once around Puget Sound (although we don’t mean literally, you’ll be able brag to your friends and family that you did)--and earn an additional 50 points.
Reach 1,000 LiVE points for the year and qualify for a reduced monthly health insurance premium. (The discount is $20/month for the current year.)
The easiest way to track your steps is to sync your LiVE Seattle University account with a device, like a Fitbit or Garmin.
New to LiVE Seattle University? Registration is quick and easy. Simply visit liveseattleu.limeade.com and click Get Started. Complete your online Well-being Assessment so you can see personalized recommendations and activities.
Seattle University placed 30 student-athletes on the 2017 Winter Academic All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Teams. Members of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, and women’s indoor track and field were recognized by the conference.
To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests. A total of 279 student-athletes across the league were selected this winter.
A carpool must consist of two or more people who meet the following criteria:
You can apply for a permit online at The Permit Store.
(Source: Transportation and Parking Services)
Last summer Seattle University replaced all the lights in Murphy Garage with energy-efficient LED lights. About 200 fixtures were replaced on all levels of Murphy Garage. SU’s own Electrical Shop did the work.
“We completed the retrofit because it was a good way to save energy, improve lighting and save on our energy bills,” explains Bryan Accra, manager of Facilities Operations/resource conservation manager.
“The Murphy Garage,” he continues “had old-style high pressure sodium lights that were really inefficient compared to LEDs. Each fixture required 175 watts, and by replacing them all with 48-watt and 58-watt LEDs, we were able to reduce the power demand by 70 percent. Since these fixtures need to run 24/7, we were able to reduce the annual energy consumption from over 300,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) to less than 100,000 kWh.”
The total project cost was $90,000, but SU received a rebate of $52,000 from Seattle City Light, putting the net cost at $38,000.
“We (initially) estimated annual cost savings of $15,000 with a payback period of 2 ½ years,” says Accra. “With electric rates increasing faster than anticipated and our electricians having installed some fixtures with daylight and occupancy sensors, our bills are reflecting even greater savings and we are actually seeing a better payback now.”
Accra puts the revised annual cost savings at $20,000 and anticipates the project will fully pay for itself in less than two years.
A smaller carbon footprint and cost savings aren’t the only advantages made possible by the retrofit. The improved lighting brings benefits in terms of visibility and safety, too.
The energy savings brought about by the LED retrofit are reflected in this chart, which includes electricity consumption in the Murphy apartments and garage.
As Accra adds, "The Murphy Apartments have electric heating so despite the colder winter this year, we are still using less energy than previous years. Savings in FY15 and FY16 were due to warm winters. Seattle City Light is a Carbon Neutral Utility so while the carbon footprint would be smaller for most utilities, Seattle is an exception. With that said, it reduces the demand on the grid which over the long haul reduces the need to expand infrastructure."
If you’d like to see other sustainability projects SU has done or get involved in making the campus more sustainable, please visit the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.