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:
"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?
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:
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.
Q: How many people use the Fitness Center each day?
A: The infographic below, contributed by University Recreation, provides some great data on the usage of SU's Fitness Center during 2014-2015.
Q: Aside from Washington state, what are the top regions in which Seattle University's alumni reside?
A: The SU Alumni Association has compiled a variety of interesting data points on the university's graduates. Here are a few of them.
|U.S. Regions (not including Washington) in which SU alumni reside||# of Alumni|
|Southern California Area||2,419|
|New York Area||1,278|
|Washington, D.C. Area||1,141|
|Top 10 States||# of Alumni|
|Top 10 Countries||# of Alumni|
2016 Wellness Challenge
Q: What are some highlights from this year's Anne Carragher Wellness Challenge?
A: Many thanks to Jazz Espiritu, program coordinator in Wellness and Health Promotion, for sharing the following:
There were 66 teams and 264 participants in the six-week 2016 Wellness Challenge, which ended Feb. 21. The teams fell into three categories: students; faculty and staff; and a combination of students, faculty and staff.
During the challenge, participants accomplished the following:
The winning teams were:
Top Combo Team - JesuFit (Karen Smaalders, Kaelen Frashure, Jessica Fenner and Peggy Fine)
Top Staff and Faculty Team - #awesome (Rosie Sabaric, Kate Elias, Tonja Brown and Laura Hauck-Vixie)
Top Student Team - Special Snowflake (Courtney Yotter, Brooke Terteling, Ashley Yotter and Alanna Manley)
Top Staff/Faculty Participant - Rosie Sabaric
Top Student Participant - Karen Smaalders
You can learn more at https://www.seattleu.edu/wellness/challenge/.
Q: How do SU's gardeners keep the turf at Seattle University Park clean?
A: According to the February 2016 edition of Facilities News:
"As part of field maintenance, (Gardener) Peter Larson (pictured here) uses a Litterkat sports turf sweeper to clean SU Park. The sweeper removes debris without removing the small black pellets that fill the turf. There is also a tow behind magnet that collects objects like bobby pins, screws, nails, etc. that are hiding in the infill."
Q: What's the story with that new park near the Douglas Building?
A: The new addition at 12th Ave. and James Court is a "woonerf"-or a "living park."
As explained by Seattle Parks and Recreation, the woonerf "provides pedestrians and cyclists priority on the street. This technique of shared spaces, traffic calming, and low speed limits contribute to improved pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile safety."
Among other design elements created by artist Ellen Sollod, "Cloud Veil" (pictured) is suspended over the park.
Seattle Parks and Recreation and the 12th Avenue Stewards are throwing a party at the new park on Thursday, April 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature refreshments, a ribbon cutting and live music (Garfield High's Jazz Band Trio).
Q: How did one of our colleagues win a $1,000 gift card?
A: A recent work week began quite well for Dhorea Brown when she was informed the morning of Monday Jan. 25 that she had won a $1,000 REI gift card. Brown, associate director of undergraduate programs in Albers School of Business and Economics, was one of 61 SU faculty and staff who earned more than 3,000 LiVE points in 2015. This put her into a raffle from which her name was randomly drawn.
Matt Philip, director of compensation and benefits, had the happy task of delivering the prize. "Like past recipients, she felt very lucky," said Philip. "That may be true, but she did rack up more than 3,000 LiVE points in 2015!"
Here are the full stats for points earned by SU faculty and staff in 2015.
Click here to start earning your points for 2016 and to learn about the Go Move challenge involving employees at Jesuit colleges and universities.
Q: How many international students are enrolled at SU?
A: We currently have 865 international students from 55 countries on campus and the top ten countries are listed below.
China - 240
Indonesia - 159
Vietnam - 81
Saudi Arabia - 71
Taiwan - 55
India - 38
Hong Kong - 25
Japan - 24
Canada - 16
South Korea - 16
Q: What percentage of faculty and staff made elections during Open Enrollment?
A: This year's Open Enrollment was different from that of years past in that faculty and staff had to choose their healthcare coverage or be defaulted to the Premera Health Savings Account option.
So how did we do? Here's what the benefits team has to report about Open Enrollment, which concluded on Nov. 20:
"Thank you!!! During the four weeks of Open Enrollment there were 1,324 faculty and staff who processed their elections-a participation rate of 99%. Now that is impressive!
"With sincere gratitude (we extend) a big thank you for your participation in Open Enrollment this year. We are very grateful to all faculty and staff who interacted with the enrollment system, engaged with Human Resources-including reading email and other communications, and connected with our benefit plan representatives to finalize benefits decisions for 2016.
The importance this year was to be thoughtful of benefit selections and to have a better understanding of the comprehensive benefits offered by the university. The goal for this year's Open Enrollment was for 100% participation-we'll just round up and say mission accomplished thanks to you."
Click here to learn more about SU's benefits programs.
Q: What resources are available for members of the SU community who are interested in discontinuing their use of tobacco products?
A: For faculty and staff interested in cessation, there are options through the university's sponsored health plans with Premera and Group Health. Further details for faculty and staff as well as cessation resources-including "quit kits"-for all members of the SU community can be found here.
The Student Health Center (SHC) is now offering tobacco cessation counseling for students for a $5 copay. Students interested in quitting are encouraged to make an appointment with the SHC at which a number of cessation aids will be discussed. If students opt for nicotine replacement, the patches will be provided at no cost above the copay. Interested students are encouraged to visit the SHC on the first floor of Bellarmine Hall or call 296-6300 to set up an appointment.