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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 helpdesk@seattleu.edu. 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 stoffela@seattleu.edu.

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.

Q: How should I label outgoing mail to be picked up by Mailing Services?

July 10, 2017

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.

Q: How can I receive emergency text messages?

June 28, 2017

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.

Q: What's all this hubbub we've been hearing from RevSU about July 3?

May 18, 2017

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 mission-critical 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.” 

For more information RevSU or the July 3 transition, contact RevSU@seattleu.edu or visit RevSU.

Q: What is "Move Around the Sound?"

May 11, 2017

“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: 

  • Join the challenge and start or join a team
  • As a team, log two million steps between May 16 and July 31
  • Earn 200 LiVE points 

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.

Q: How many SU student-athletes were named to the All-WAC team for academics?

April 11, 2017

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.

Read more here.

Q: Who is eligible to purchase a carpool permit and how do I apply for one?

March 22, 2017

A carpool must consist of two or more people who meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in classes or be a full-time employee
  • Arrive to campus together in a carpool registered vehicle
  • Live more than one mile away from campus and within a logical commute path of each other (carpool should not pass by campus to pick up members)
  • No member of the carpool team can have an outstanding campus parking violation
  • No member of the carpool team can be currently registered for an ORCA transit pass

You can apply for a permit online at The Permit Store.

(Source: Transportation and Parking Services)

Q: What are the benefits of the recently installed lights in the Murphy Garage?

March 8, 2017

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.

Q: How can I get a copy of the International Dinner 40th Annual Cookbook?

February 13, 2017

Anyone who’s ever attended SU’s International Dinner can attest to the quintessential quality of its cuisine. Each featured dish is made with recipes submitted by international students, providing a tantalizing tour for the taste buds. 

This year’s International Dinner, held Jan. 28, marked its 40th anniversary, and to celebrate the milestone, the university’s international students decided to do something special—create a cookbook featuring recipes of more than 80 dishes that have been served at the dinner through the years. 

GET YOURS! Copies are still available: $20 each, cash or check, at the front desk International Student Center (PAVL 160). 

The idea for the cookbook began marinating when Marie Johnston (Student Development Administration, ’16), assistant director in the International Student Center (ISC), was working in the center as a graduate assistant. One day, she and other students on staff got to talking about “how amazing it would be to compile all of these fantastic recipes that come from the legacy of international student experiences and narratives.”

That vision became real when three student leaders—Melia Lawrence, Lynn Doan and Angel Yi-Ting Wang—teamed up during the fall quarter to recruit designers, photographers and cooks to make the publication happen. 

The result is an impressive compendium of 86 culinary treats from around the world. “This (shows) how much talent, pride, and drive is within our international student community,” says Johnston. “We hope that you all enjoy the food as well as the 100 percent student-produced statements, narratives, testimonials and photography.” 

A few highlights from the book… 

Nikujaga- A Japanese Beef and Potato Stew 

This dish is considered a really popular comfort food which means the recipes for this dish varies from home to home, so you can add your own personal touches to this recipe. Within the ISC, this dish has been a staple for our Sophia University Japanese exchange students who prepare this dish for either our annual UN Luncheon or our International Dinner. Featured alongside this recipe, is a photo and reflection from Gyongsu Ha, who was an exchange student during the 2014-2015 academic year. During his time at Seattle University, he cooked this dish three times, and at the International Dinner, he marveled at the vast amount of potatoes he had to peel and insisted on a photo with them. Gyongsu’s reflection within our book talks about how his experience studying abroad helped him embrace his marginalized identity of being a Korean Citizen within Japan and has given him strength to celebrate his nationality and the legacy his ancestors have left. 

Ful Mudammas- Egyptian Breakfast Fava Beans with Tahini

Good for special occasions or even everyday breakfast, ful is a humble dish as old as time! Its high fiber content will also keep you full for a while- so consider this dish for an energy-packed meal. Paired with this dish is a reflection from Fadi Abouelsaad, a Jesuit from Egypt studying Transformational Leadership at the School of Theology and Ministry. He reflected on his experience as an international student Jesuit at Seattle University. 

Shrimp Ceviche- Ecuadorian Seafood and Citrus Appetizer 

An easy and healthy appetizer from the coasts of Ecuador. This dish has been featured at our International Dinner, UN Luncheon, and also recently featured for a BBQ fundraiser for the 2016 earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan and Ecuador. One of our current international students, Wendy Tafur, and our 2015-2016 Sophia University exchange students teamed up to host this earthquake relief event. Featured alongside this recipe, is Wendy herself who talks about the friendships she has made while studying here at Seattle University as well as her Fall 2016 quarter abroad in London.