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

May 25, 2016

EcoChallenge

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.

Q: How many people use the Fitness Center each day?

April 13, 2016

Fitness Center

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?

March 31, 2016

Alumni demographics

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
Portland Area 2,111
Bay Area 2,015
New York Area 1,278
Washington, D.C. Area 1,141
Oahu 841
Chicagoland Area 385

Top 10 States # of Alumni
Washington 50,233
California 4,981
Oregon 2,169
Hawaii 1,100
Arizona 968
Texas 790
Colorado 735
New York 578
Alaska 559
Florida 546

Top 10 Countries # of Alumni
United States 69,779
Indonesia 247
Canada 211
Japan 178
Thailand 140
Taiwan 111
Hong Kong 72
China 49
Saudi Arabia 48
Singapore 45

Q: What are some highlights from this year's Anne Carragher Wellness Challenge?

March 14, 2016

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:

  • Slept more than 50,911 hours-that's about 5 years and 10 months of sleep. According to NASA, they slept enough hours to make two round trips to Mars without waking up!
  • Drank over 472 gallons of water-this is equivalent to drinking 33 kiddie pools!
  • Spent 532 hours of mindful breathing-that's 22 full days of vacation, shared by all of us!
  • Identified 2, 327 things that brought them joy and accomplishment
  • Participated in at least 763 spiritual activities in the community
  • Engaged in 948 meaningful spiritual conversations
  • Read for pleasure 6,862 times - If each time was a Harry Potter book, they read the entire series 980 times!
  • Learned 1,057 new things outside of our fields
  • Engaged with someone in our community more than 6,711 times
  • Reconnected with 1,058 people - That's like meeting with every person in Langley, Wash. 

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?

February 29, 2016

Keeping our turf clean 

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?

February 17, 2016

"Living park" joins SU's neighborhood

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). 

Learn more about the park at Seattle Parks and Recreation and Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.

Q: How did one of our colleagues win a $1,000 gift card?

February 2, 2016

LiVE well (and prosper)

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. 

  • Core Level - 1,000+ wellness points earned during the year. 640 faculty/staff attained that level (or higher) and were rewarded by preferred medical plan premium placing for the entire 2016 year. 
  • Upper Level - 2,000+ points. 146 people met or exceeded this level. The reward was the preferred premiums above and a $25 Amazon gift card. 
  • Distinguished Level - 3,000+ points. 61 people met the highest level. Their names will be posted to the "Wellness Achievement Circle" and Brown, of course, took home the $1,000 REI card. 

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?

January 19, 2016

International students

 

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?

December 7, 2015

Open Enrollment

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?

November 22, 2015

Smoking cessation

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.