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Q: How can I comment on SU's self-evaluation report for accreditation?

December 11, 2017

All students, staff, and faculty can access the Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report here on the Office of University Planning’s accreditation website. Please direct your comments and corrections to Sophia Sansone, accreditation and assessment manager, at no later than Jan. 11, 2018. 

Seattle University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). As an accredited institution of higher education, Seattle University must continually demonstrate that it is meeting the standards set by NWCCU

During this past year the Office of University Planning sought and received substantial input from various offices, individuals and groups across campus. The Academic Assembly, the Student Government of Seattle University, the Graduate Student Council, the Student Bar Association, program directors, deans and cabinet members all reviewed drafts and/or provided input.  More than 200 faculty, staff, and students have contributed to the drafting of the self-evaluation report. 

In April 2018, the university will host a team of nine academic professionals from our region trained by NWCCU to review the university’s policies and practices as part of the process of reaffirming the university’s accreditation for the next seven years. In early February 2018 the Office of University Planning will send NWCCU the final version of the Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report for the team to study prior to their visit. The evaluation team’s visit to campus will be on April 25, 26 and 27, 2018. During the visit students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to meet with the evaluators. More information about these meetings will be announced prior to the visit. University Planning will present to various groups and host several information sessions in Winter term to familiarize members of the Seattle University community with the accreditation process and what to expect during the visit. 

For more information, contact Sansone at or 206-296-2809.

Q: What can I expect from SU's 2018 Search for Meaning Festival?

December 7, 2017

Search for Meaning is Seattle University’s annual community festival dedicated to topics surrounding the human quest for meaning, and the characteristics of an ethical and well-lived life. Hosted on the university’s campus, Search for Meaning draws more than 60 nationally and internationally acclaimed authors and artists for an interactive, introspective experience.  

The 2018 festival, which takes place Feb. 24, features: 

  • Author presentations on topics including social justice, cross-cultural, racial and interreligious dialogue, history, poetry and spirituality

  • Keynote presentations by: Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor | Redeeming Darkness: A Spirituality for the Night Times; Ruth Ozeki | A Tale for the Time Being; and Rev. William J. Barber, II and Taylor Branch | Dismantling American Racism: Past & Present 
  • Pop-up book shop featuring author book signings

  • Art exhibit highlighting works of artists who participate in the ACRS Behavioral Health Art Therapy program

  • Theatre performance, The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux directed by Jane Nichols. Search for Meaning ticket holders receive a discounted rate

  • Mobile Mavens food trucks and Bon Appétit campus cafes 

Q: How many international students are at Seattle University this year?

November 23, 2017

Thanks to a slick infographic prepared by the International Student Center, we know there are 764 international students representing 54 countries currently at SU. Click here to see the top 10 countries represented and other interesting demographic information.

Q: What is the university's procedure for snow closure communications?

November 3, 2017

Snow closure or delayed opening decisions are typically made by 5 a.m. so that an announcement can be disseminated by 5:30 a.m. To ensure information is readily available, announcements will be shared as follows: 

  • Snow delays or closures will be posted on the university home page ( and a message will be recorded on SU’s hotline (206-296-2200).
  • A text message will be sent using the university’s E2campus messaging account. Sign up for messages by texting SeattleUalert to 79516 to stay informed.
  • An e-mail will be sent to all students, faculty and staff with closure specifics.

  • Postings will also be made on the university Facebook page and Twitter account.

Weather conditions can change so please look for updates throughout the morning.

In all cases, faculty and staff should use their best judgment about how safe it is to travel based on the conditions near their homes. Please inform your supervisor (by e-mail or phone) if you are not able to come in to the office. 

Radio and TV outlets typically report on our closures, though we cannot guarantee the timeliness of those reports. AM radio stations KIRO 710 and KOMO 1000 and FM stations KNKX 88.5 and KUOW 94.9 air snow closure announcements. Local television stations KOMO, KING, KIRO, KONG, KCPQ and Northwest Cable News also announce school closures.

Q: Whatever happened to the Segways?

October 20, 2017

As some will recall, the Department of Public Safety added a number of Segways to its fleet in the summer of 2013. The department has since decided to discontinue using the two-wheeled scooters, as explained here by Executive Director of Public Safety and Transportation Craig Birklid: 

“We had to retire the Segway’s from patrol. While they provided a speedy response, allowed Public Safety staff to carry additional first aid supplies (including an AED) and provided additional patrol capability, there were some unintended drawbacks we experienced in their use. Besides some workplace injuries, we had a number of concerns raised by officers about lack of physical activity during their patrol. The university has since invested in the campus wide installation of AED’s allowing for the quick implementation of a device in a cardiac emergency, which was one of the more significant concerns addressed in the Segway deployment. Public Safety continues a foot or bike patrol presence on campus and officers carry some first aid supplies with them. We also have a service vehicle available for officers to provide safety escorts and assist in other duties.” 

Click here to learn more about Public Safety at Seattle U. 

(Thanks to Dave Madsen, associate professor of history, for the question.)

Q: How much waste does SU generate in a given day?

October 6, 2017

A campus event this week helped answer that question as volunteers attacked a mountain of refuse that tipped the scales at 450-plus pounds. 

Hosted by the Facilities Recycling Shop and the Green Team at the Library Plaza on Oct. 4, Garbology II brought attention to the kinds of waste and how much of it SU generates each day. 

The 17 volunteers, representing students, faculty and staff, sifted through the contents collected from all the campus bins that day. As Recycling Coordinator and Compost Technician Eric Elliott reports, here’s the final breakdown of what the volunteers sorted: 

  • 62 percent was compostable
  • 21 percent was recyclable
  • 17 percent was neither compostable nor recyclable and was sent to a landfill 

Elliott points out that items placed in campus trash bins (vs. recycling/composting bins) is never sorted except at Garbology events. “Seattle University sends an average of 1.6 tons of waste directly from our trash cans to a landfill every day,” he says. “If the ratios found during Garbology II are relatively accurate, over 80 percent of that waste could have been placed in a green compost container or a blue recycling bin instead.” 

While the first Garbology took place last winter with patches of snow on the ground, the Garbology II crew of volunteers labored under near-perfect weather conditions, fortified by freshly pressed apple cider at lunch.

The Green Team, which is open to students, faculty and staff, promotes sustainability on campus through a variety of outreach activities such as helping people properly dispose of their waste at university events.

If you have questions about Garbology or waste collection on campus, please contact Eric Elliott at You can also learn more about the SU's leadership in sustainability and the university's ongoing efforts to lighten its carbon footprint at

Q: Who are the holders of endowed professorships and chairs for 2017-2018?

September 29, 2017

Following are the 28 holders of endowed professorships and chairs for the current academic year. Each endowed faculty position is made possible by the generous philanthropic support of the university's alumni and friends.

Albers School of Business and Economics 

Peter Brous | Khalil Dibee Endowed Chair in Finance 

Bonnie Buchanan | Howard J. Bosanko Endowed Professor 

Marc Cohen | Genevieve Albers Professor 

Geneva Lasprogata | Robert B. O'Brien Endowed Chair in Business 

Jeffrey Smith | Frank Shrontz Chair in Professional Ethics 

Quan Vu Le | Eva Albers Professor 

Jot Yau | George Albers Professor 

Tina Zamora | David E. Tinius Endowed Professor in Accounting 

Lisa Zhao Song | Lawrence K. Johnson Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship 

College of Arts and Sciences

Michael Barber, S.J. | William LeRoux, S.J. Visiting Chair

Jeanette Rodriguez | Rev. Louis Gaffney Endowed Chair 

Sharon Suh | Theiline Pigott-McCone Endowed Chair of the Humanities 

College of Nursing 

Katherine Camacho Carr | Premera Endowed Professor of Nursing in Health Promotion and Care Innovations 

Janiece DeSocio | Sauvage Endowed Professor of Nursing 

Danuta Wojnar | N. Jean Bushman Endowed Chair  

College of Science and Engineering 

Jean Jacoby | Thomas J. Bannan Chair 

Jennifer Loertscher | Arline F. Bannan Chair 

Henry Louie | Francis P. Wood, S.J., Chair 

Michael J. Quinn | Howard S. Wright Chair 

Leanne Robertson | Sister Kathleen D. Sullivan , R.S.C.J. Endowed Chair 

Teodora Rutar Shuman | PACCAR Professor 

School of Law 

Deborah Ahrens | William C. Oltman Professor of Teaching Excellence 

Janet E. Ainsworth | John D. Eshelman Professor 

Margaret Chon | Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice 

David M. Skover | Frederic C. Tausend Professor 

School of Theology and Ministry 

Leticia Guardiola-Saenz | The Fr. Patrick J. Howell, S.J., Professor of Theology and Ministry 

Manuel Mejido | The Spehar-Halligan Directorship of the Center for Religious Wisdom and World Affairs 

Rev. Michael B. Raschko | Robert and Mary Bertch Professor in Systematic Theology

Q: Where can I find information on DACA?

September 21, 2017

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.

In addition, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the City of Seattle have DACA webpages with current information, resources and listings of free legal clinics.

Q: What's going on with the Help Desk and campus card services?

September 19, 2017

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 co-location 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 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

Q: What percentage of SU’s faculty and staff contributed to this year’s giving campaign?

July 31, 2017

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.

Q: Am I allowed to take fruits and vegetables that are grown on campus?

July 18, 2017

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.

Q: What’s the deadline for staff performance evaluations?

July 11, 2017

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.