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.
Q: How much was raised at this year's Costco Scholarship Fund Breakfast?
A: The 16th Annual Costco Scholarship Fund Breakfast, held Sept. 30, 2015 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, attracted a record number of attendees-more than 1,200-and raised the largest amount to date, $3.83 million. Funds raised at the breakfast benefit scholarships for underrepresented students at the University of Washington and Seattle University.
SU sophomore Ryan Lim, served as co-emcee, and shared how the Costco Scholarship allowed him to pursue his dream of attending the university. The breakfast also featured a video of SU alumnus Abraham Romo and his work with Waves for Water a non-profit geared at providing clean drinking water around the world. Freshman Nayeli Cervantes and her path to college was also featured in a video. Alumna Ashley Burns closed out the event by reflecting on the impact of the Costco Scholarship.
Pictured left to right: Abraham Romo (SU alumnus); Jim Sinegal (Costco co-founder and retired CEO), Ryan Lim (SU student), Nayeli Cervantes (SU student), Genezaret Quintana (UW student), Else Washines (UW alumna), Ashley Burns (SU alumna) and Craig Jelinek (Costco CEO).
Q: What's new with SU's benefits plans this year?
A: The biggest change this year is that your medical plan election will not simply rollover to the next plan year. If you decide not to make an election, then you will automatically be enrolled in the HSA Plan.
Open enrollment runs now through Friday, Nov. 20. Visit Human Resources to find the 2016 Benefits Guide and link to Your Benefits Center in order to make your elections for the upcoming calendar year.
Open enrollment benefits workshops, at which you can learn more, will be held as follows:
Oct. 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m., BANNAN 501
Oct. 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m., ADMN 221
Nov. 3, 12:30-1:30 p.m., BANNAN 501
Nov. 4, 12:30-1:30 p.m., ADMN 22
The annual benefits fair takes place Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., in STCN 160.
Q: How many miles did the SU community log through Move Around the Sound?
A: "Thanks to you and your competitive spirit, we walked, ran, jogged and moved 43,468 miles!" says Matt Philip, director of compensation and benefits. That's 6,605 miles more than the SU community logged in the 2014 competition. "All of us should feel great about the additional miles logged this year. Puget Sound is 100 miles from bottom to top, so together we easily canvassed our local treasure including detours to each of its special nooks and crannies," says Philip.
The Executive Vice President's division (including Athletics and Public Safety), which racked up the most miles on average in 2014, the inaugural year of Move Around the Sound, repeated as champions in 2015.
Move Around the Sound took place June 29 and Sept. 27. All participants receive 150 LiVE points and members of the winning division earn an additional 150 points.