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Q: How will I find out if the university is closed for snow or other inclement weather?

November 23, 2016

Snow closure or delayed opening decisions are typically made by 5:30 a.m. so that an announcement can be disseminated by 6 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).
  • 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.

Please note that in some cases, a suspension of classes and administrative operations on the campus at Broadway and Madison may not affect classes at the Eastside Campus in Bellevue. Announcements concerning the suspension or cancellation of Seattle University classes, administrative operations and events will include reference to the Bellevue location.

Q: What did Father Steve discuss at his fall quarter President’s Forum?

October 28, 2016

At his first open forum of the 2016-2017 academic year, held on Oct. 27, President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., spoke about enrollment and the FY17 budget; a recent incident involving swastikas being written on a white board in a residence hall; the university’s decision to seek court review of the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board in regards to a request to bargain that was made by a union representing some of SU’s faculty; and a revision to the Code of Student Conduct related to campus disruptions.

You can read more and watch a video of the forum in its entirety here.

Q: What are the benefits of timely faculty textbook orders (a.k.a. textbook adoptions)?

October 24, 2016

Timely textbook orders

Q: What are the benefits of timely faculty textbook orders (a.k.a. textbook adoptions)?

A: Marc Parrish, manager of the Seattle University Campus Store, says that timely faculty textbook orders are the single most important factor in helping students save money on course materials.

If the campus store receives an order before the adoption deadline, the following is possible, according to Parrish: 

"Most importantly, we keep the university Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) compliant. In short, it's our duty and legal responsibility as an educational institution to ensure students know the full cost of education, including textbooks. 

"We're able to buy back books from the previous term(s) at 50 percent of their retail price, putting cash in students' pockets. If we need copies on the shelf, we'll pay up. 

"Through buyback and early ordering from the used book companies, were able to get more used copies on the shelf. We compete with schools nationwide for the same finite supply of used books; with early adoptions, we're able to beat them to the punch. 

"With used books, students save 25 percent when purchasing and 65-80 percent when they rent." 

Parrish says, "The financial burden of textbooks can be so great that students delay their purchase by a week or two, or even entirely. We're fighting to keep textbook prices down and academic success up, and we're counting on you for a timely adoption. Winter quarter/spring semester adoptions are due Oct. 28. More on that here."

Q: Where can I find all-gender restrooms on campus?

October 12, 2016

All-gender restrooms 

Q: Where can I find all-gender restrooms on campus? 

A: As announced by the Committee to Improve Trans Inclusion (CITI) on Oct. 16, 2016, a number of all-gender restrooms are now available throughout campus, as is a map showing the buildings in which the restrooms are located. Visit and click the link to a "Printable Campus Map" in the lower right corner. (The green star symbol and signage are markers used to easily identify these spaces.) For more information on this and other resources for members of SU's trans and gender non-conforming community, click here.

Q: How much financial support for students was raised at this year's Costco Scholarship Fund Breakfast?

September 26, 2016

Costco Scholarship Breakfast

Q: How much financial support for students was raised at this year's Costco Scholarship Fund Breakfast?

A:  Held Sept. 14 in Bellevue, the 17th-annual Costco Scholarship Fund Breakfast raised $4.1 million in support, which will be shared equally by students at Seattle University and the University of Washington. In 2000, Costco joined forces with SU and UW to create scholarships for highly qualified underrepresented students who wish to attend these universities. Since then, more than 600 Seattle University students have proudly carried the distinction of being named Costco Scholars.

Rianne Spath, a senior majoring in electrical and computer engineering (left) served as emcee for the event. (That name might sound familiar as Spath was recently featured on KOMO News along with Associate Professor Henry Louie for their work to bring electricity to rural areas of Zambia.)

In his remarks, President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., said, "As much as any new building, new program or new initiative to come online in the past several years at Seattle U, the Costco Scholarship has changed us. It's brought to our campus hundreds of men women and women men and counting who contribute a richness to the tapestry community of our university. It's made us a stronger, and more vibrant academically community. All of us at Seattle University-all of us-have benefited greatly from the Costco." 

You can learn more at Costco Scholarship Fund and Costco Scholars.

Q: What are the top employers of SU alumni?

September 15, 2016

SU at work

Q: What are the top employers of Seattle University alumni?

A: Among other interesting demographic facts and statistics, the Office of Alumni Engagement shares the following list of the top 10 employers of SU graduates.

Special thanks to Katie Powers in Alumni Engagement for this information.

Q: What new academic programs did the trustees recently approve to be launched in fall 2016 and 2017?

August 23, 2016

New academic programs

Q: What new programs are being launched in fall 2016 and 2017?

A: As announced in May by the Office of the Provost, the following new degree, specialization and certificate are coming online either this fall or fall 2017. [Note: these programs join the new Master of Science in Business Analytics in Albers that, as previously announced, will also be launched this fall, as well as the new Elementary Education (K-8) Specialization within the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies.]

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - College of Science and Engineering: A 45-credit graduate program, launching in fall 2017, the MSME is designed to provide engineers with technical and professional skills to advance their careers in the mechanical engineering profession, through eight courses that span the breadth of mechanical engineering disciplines and four courses in project management, microeconomics, leadership and ethical, legal and regulatory environments. The MSME program was developed by the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Board, and will leverage the existing expertise within the department. The program, which blends technical and management components, will be attractive to many practicing engineers in the Puget Sound region and beyond who are looking to move into technical management positions and need advanced training to achieve their career goals. The program will also be an attractive option for current Seattle U mechanical engineering undergraduate students interested in extending their undergraduate studies at by one year to obtain two degrees, BSME and MSME.

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities for Teaching with Specialization in Elementary Education (K-8) - Matteo Ricci College and College of Education: Launching in fall 2016, this specialization will allow undergraduate students to apply for certification to teach kindergarten through eighth grade in the state of Washington and earn an endorsement in English language learning (ELL) within a four year program. The specialization combines curricula from two existing programs: the current Matteo Ricci College BA in Humanities for Teaching (BAHT), and College of Education courses developed earlier this year as part of a new program for a similar undergraduate teaching degree within the College of Arts and Sciences. This specialization builds on the distinguished experiential components of the existing BAHT program and adds the highly marketable elements of the ELL endorsement and proficiencies in math and science.

Certificate in Public Administration - College of Arts and Sciences: Also launching in fall 2016, this four course, 12-credit program is open to students with a bachelor's degree. Courses are already taught in the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program, and include: Foundations of Public Administration, the Policy Process, Budget and Financial Management and Human Resource Management. The certificate provides a new credential for working professionals primarily employed in the public and non-profit sectors. It also provides for ease of access as all the courses will be offered through the hybrid format: about half of class time will occur in the classroom, and the remainder online. Applicants the certificate program will go through an admissions process similar to the process in place for the MPA, and will have the option of continuing on with the MPA degree after completion of the certificate.

Q: What percentage of SU employees participated in the 2015-2016 giving campaign?

July 13, 2016


Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign


Q: What percentage of SU's employees participated in the 2015-2016 giving campaign?

A: Participation is always the primary focus of the Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign, and as the final numbers reveal, SU's employees came through in a big way during the recently concluded fiscal year 2016. More than one out of every three faculty and staff-36 percent to be precise-made a contribution to the campaign during FY16. 

The three leading units of the university by participation rate were the Albers School of Business and Economics with 81 percent participating; the Arrupe House with 75 percent making a gift; and Human Resources and University Services at 74 percent. 

"Thank you for giving and showing your commitment to the university's mission," Ande Peterson, assistant director of development in the Office of Annual Giving, wrote to supporters. "Through your gifts SU continues to be a powerful force in the Seattle community and an agent of change in our students' lives." 

"This year's Faculty and Staff campaign was made possible by a number of colleagues across campus who volunteered their time and enthusiasm to rally support for scholarships and programs," Peterson continues. 

Lê Xuân Hy (Psychology) and Katie O'Brien (Admissions) served as co-chairs of the campaign. Committee members were as follows:

Angel Asuncion-Reed (Office of Multicultural Affairs)
Colina Barlow (Center for Community Engagement)
Jane Billbe (Human Resources)
Kelsey Brown (Athletics)
Denise Burns (Facilities Services)
Rob Bourke (Albers)
Aaron Boruff (Information Technology Services)
Serena Cosgrove (Matteo Ricci College)
Erin Engelhardt (Athletics)
Margaret Garrett (Arrupe House)
Liz Hammond Moenig (Albers)
Laura Hauke-Vixie (Arts and Sciences)
Katherine Hicks (Education)
Hannah Hunthausen (School of Theology and Ministry)
Stacey Jones (Albers)
Caitlin Joyce (Alumni Engagement)
Lily King (Science and Engineering)
Tamara Liddell (Campus Ministry)
Susan Matt (Nursing)
Kathy Paul (University Advancement)
Meech Pelletier (Conference and Event Services)
Laurie Prince (Parent and Family Engagement)
Nel Sea (Lemieux Library)
Laura Vasilopoulos (University Advancement)
Ryan Walker (University Advancement)

For more information on the Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign please contact Peterson atpeterand@seattleu.eduor visitGiving.  

Q: What is RevSU?

June 8, 2016

RevSU and you

Q:  What is RevSU? 

A:  Did you know that the system we use for student, human resource and financial operations is nearly two decades old? Over the years SU has made substantial customizations to this system, also known as the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, that now limit our ability to implement standard updates and new features. So the university has undertaken a project called RevSU to rectify this situation. 

In Father Sundborg's e-mail announcing RevSU, he wrote: "Critical to Seattle University's educational mission, RevSU will significantly boost and optimize essential operations at Seattle University. Implementing a state-of-the-art software system for the university's students, human resource and financial operations is a central element, but the project is about more than new technology. RevSU will enable the SU community to realize greater efficiencies, work together more collaboratively and make it easier for students and other stakeholders to engage with the university."

A RevSU Executive Sponsors Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Pigott 101. This will be an opportunity to learn more about why this project is being done and to provide feedback to those guiding this important university effort. No RSVP is necessary and all are welcome to attend.

In addition, you can learn more about what's happening in the project here. To learn more, you are encouraged to reach out at

Q: What are the highlights to take away from this year's EcoChallenge?

May 25, 2016


Q: What are the highlights to take away from this year's EcoChallenge? 

A: "The 2016 EcoChallenge was a great success!" writes Yolanda Cieters, sustainability manager in the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS). Cieters shares the following facts, figures and anecdotes about the challenge: 

During April, Earth Month, 97 students, staff, faculty, and alumni came together to commit to 3 weeks of exploration and challenges related to how one's actions impact the environment. 

Some of the most noteworthy accomplishments specific to this year's challenge were:   

  • In order to live out the Seattle University Jesuit values, we unveiled a new theme for this year's week three… Social Sustainability!   
  • Participants were provided with opportunities to connect with other local organizations and events -a social justice concert at Benaroya Hall; a local film production company, Longhouse Media, that focuses on indigenous rights; and SU's own Seattle Food Rescue.   
  • New to this year, individuals were able to sign up not just in teams  but also individually , and the challenge was extended to alumni , increasing the accessibility and reach of the EcoChallenge.   
  • And the participants had a blast!   

"This was the best Eco-Challenge yet…I found everything to be informative and worth my time!"   

"I thoroughly enjoyed talking with my fiancé about this challenge and all that I was learning."   

"My mom enjoyed the emails, as well!"   

And special congratulations to our winners over the course of the challenge, who each received a $25 gift card to a local business:    

Week 1: Anita Sandoval

Week 2: Callie Moothart, Jackie Saarenas

Week 3: Rachael Brown, Kelly Besmer, Melissa Pico

Overall Winning Team: The Polliwogs - Matilda Schroeter, Gordon Miller and Kimberly Gawlik

Q: How many students will present their scholarly endeavors at the Celebration of Student Research?

May 11, 2016

Student research

Q: How many students will present their scholarly endeavors at the Celebration of Student Research? 

A: More than 120 undergraduate and graduate students, mentored by nearly 50 faculty advisors, will present their research at the daylong celebration on Friday, May 13. Sponsored by the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Association, the event pulls together all manner of scholarly works produced by our students, from science to the humanities to business and more. Students in the International Development Internship Program will also share their experiences working with non-governmental organizations. 

The day begins with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Student Center Hearth and a welcome at 9 a.m. Panels and individual presentations will take place from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and poster presentations will be set up in the hearth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit ORSSP for the full program.

Here's a quick sampling of some of the topics that will be highlighted during the course of the day: 

  • "Race, Hate Speech, and Social Media" 
  • "Biodiversity Surveys of Jumping Spiders in Minnesota" 
  • "Modeling Drug Synergy for HIV Prevention" 
  • "John Donne's Sickly Inclination: Christian Doctrine on Suicide in Early Modern England" 
  • "The Impact of Spirituality and Stress on the Health of Emerging Adults" 
  • "The Collective Trauma of 'all lives matter' in Response to Black Lives Matter"

Q: How much blood was donated during the most recent drive at SU?

April 25, 2016

Blood drive

Q: How much blood was donated during the most recent drive at SU? 

A: According to Bloodworks Northwest, the April 14 blood drive at SU brought in 28 donors who contributed a total of 22 units. Each unit has the potential of saving a life, so that comes to 66 possible lives saved through the donations of the SU community. Included were two first-time donors. 

Those who donated are eligible to do so again June 9. The next drive at SU will take place Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29. 

To make an appointment, visit Bloodworks Northwest.