Q: How'd this year's Wellness Challenge shake out?
A: According to Jazz Espiritu in the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion, 364 faculty, staff and students comprising 91 teams participated in the 2015 Anne Carragher Wellness Challenge.
First, the winners...
Best Team Name: ADVANCE THIS!!!!
Top Combo Team (faculty/staff/student): Tell-A-Hawk
Top Faculty/Staff Team: #awesome
Top Student Team: Feel Good Inc.
Top Individual Staff/Faculty: Rosie Sabaric
Top Individual Student: Carolyn van der Meulen
And now, for some fun facts...
Collectively, Wellness Challenge participants accomplished the following:
You can learn more about the challenge here.
Q: What exactly goes on in that greenhouse behind the 1313 Building?
A: The greenhouse (on 13th between E. Columbia and E. Cherry) is jointly used and managed by the Department of Biology and the Grounds Department. Michael Zanis, assistant professor of biology, and his students ran experiments on hydroponics and some mysterious-looking algae experiments during the fall quarter.
Grounds staff start all their veggies in the greenhouse during the spring for campus "Food For All" gardens and the Earth Day Plant Giveaway. This winter, the student group Food With Spirit grew micro-greens in the greenhouse that were harvested and donated to the St Mark's Cathedral Kitchen. "They were a big hit!" says Janice Murphy, integrated pest management coordinator. "The greenhouse was also the site for our wreath- making event before the Christmas break. It's a great collaboration between the two departments, sharing space and resources."
Q: Donna Horn of Facilities says she's noticed Redline performing at basketball games and other events such as the Homecoming parade and wondered who's in the group and how they're organized.
A: "Redline is the official Seattle University drumline," writes Rebekah Ray, coordinator of game operations and facilities in the Department of Athletics. "The drumline is composed of students. Redline began in 2012 and is organized by the athletic department."
If you are interested in joining the drumline, please contact Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Why should I consider participating in LiVE?
A: LiVE (Lead, Inspire, Value and Enrich) is a wellness program offered by SU through which faculty and staff get rewarded for taking steps that lead to healthy habits. Aside from the obvious health benefits, LiVE offers other incentives to employees. By earning 1,000 points throughout the year, faculty and staff qualify for the lowest available health insurance premium. There's also opportunities to win prizes such as gift cards for REI and Amazon. In fact, two of our colleagues-Jasmina Kostich (law) and Katie Guts (psychology)-recently won $750 REI gift cards for achieving "Upper Level" status for 2014. They were randomly chosen from a group of 143 Upper Level achievers.
OK, so how about a follow-up question: how do you pronounce "LiVE?"
LiVE rhymes with "give" (rather than "hive"), explains Matt Philip, compensation and benefits director in Human Resources. The lower case "i" is an attempt to assist people in pronouncing it as intended. (Unrelatedly, there is one "L" and no "S" in Matt's last name.)
Q: I'm coordinating a campus event--what's the best way to register guests and receive payments?
A: Good news! Through the efforts of Conference and Event Services (CES), event coordinators will soon have access to a new system for receiving RSVPs and taking payments.
The registration system, RegOnline (www.regonline.com), is actually the same one CES has been using for nearly a decade. It will be directly accessible to event organizers throughout campus by the end of February, says Nick Martinez, registration coordinator in CES.
Martinez says that updates in recent years have made the system easier to use. He has designed a number of templates that can be used by event organizers, and each can be tweaked further to fit their individual needs. He will also provide support for users of the system.
The system is particularly useful when it comes to collecting payments. In the past, event organizers had to receive payments on site or by check through the mail. Some organizers were even having to set up their own PayPal accounts, which was not only a burden for them but also for the Controller's Office staff as they tried to properly track and account for the payments.
Even before its official launch, the system is already being used by organizers of some campus events such as the Search for Meaning Festival (Feb. 28).
"A campus need was identified," says Kit Morse, director of CES. "This is a really great customer service tool. We've already received a lot of positive feedback from those who have had a chance to use it."
Stay tuned: A link to the registration system will soon be available on CES's website.
Q: What's going on at SU in January?
Albers Executive Speaker Series - Wednesday, Jan. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Pigott Auditorium: Ron Armstrong, president and CEO of PACCAR, will be the featured speaker. For more information, visit Speaker Series or contact Barb Hauke at email@example.com or 296-5732.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration - Tuesday, Jan. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. (with reception to follow), Pigott Auditorium: #BlackLivesMatter is the theme for this year's celebration. Learn more and reserve a complimentary ticket HERE.
Gaffney Dialogue on Gratitude - Tuesday, Jan. 20, noon-1:30 p.m., Casey Commons: The Gaffney Chair, Le Xuan Hy, invites faculty and staff to attend the second informal dialogue on the topic of gratefulness. President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., will help start the conversation with some reflections. RSVP to Thorne Clayton-Falls at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Double) Book Celebration for Susan Meyers - Thursday, Jan. 22, 3:45-4:45, Casey 517; and 5-6:30 p.m. Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave.: To paraphrase Ernie Banks, "It's a great day to celebrate a book; let's launch two!" Assistant Professor of English Susan Meyers has recently completed not one, but two (!!) books. Click here…and here.
"Building Pathways": SU Professionals Without Borders Fundraising Auction - Saturday, Jan. 24, 5:30-9 p.m., Campion Ballroom: Professionals Without Borders (PWOB) engages SU students, faculty and staff in sustainable service projects that help people in need. Register HERE for the auction to support PWOB's work.
Etiquette Dinner - Tuesday, Jan. 27, 6-8 p.m., Campion Ballroom: Enjoy a three-course dinner workshop on dining/business Etiquette. Click here for more information, including how to purchase tickets.
Marijuana Legalization: Highs and Lows - Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:15-8:15 p.m., Student Center Room 160: Now that marijuana is legal in Washington state, how is implementation working? What are the challenges? Come hear Washington State Attorney Bob Ferguson and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, discuss some of the legal conflicts, public safety, and public health issues. Click HERE to learn more and RSVP.
Meet the Redhawks Baseball Dinner - Friday, Jan. 30, 5 p.m. Bell Harbor International Conference Center (2211 Alaskan Way on Seattle waterfront): Support SU baseball at this auction that will feature major league players and a Mariners broadcaster. Learn more and get your tickets HERE.
International Dinner - Saturday, Jan. 31, 6-9 p.m., Campion Ballroom: That great SU tradition, International Education Week, kicks off with a dinner to celebrate a rich variety of customs, culture and, of course, cuisine. Purchase your tickets HERE. Stay tuned to International Student Center for more information on the dinner and I-Week.
Visit the campus calendar for a full list of upcoming events.
Q: What are some things I can buy for the holidays right here on campus?
A: You don't really want to go to the mall now, do you? Well, you don't have to-there's something for everyone on your list at SU's Campus Store. We asked our friends at the store for recommendations on what's hot this holiday season. Swing by the store on your lunch break or whenever to shop for these and more.
1. The gift card (also known as the ace in the hole) is always a great option when you're stuck on what to get that notoriously picky relative or friend, and the Campus Store carries plenty of options, whether you're looking for Starbucks, iTunes, Amazon, Subway or something else. You can even purchase a gift card for the Campus Store.
2. Fact: No Christmas tree is complete without a Seattle U ornament. Snag one today and hang it proudly.
3. Keep yourself and your loved ones warm with a Columbia fleece.
4. Get in the spirit of the holidays with Seattle U Santa hats and Christmas stockings.
5. Pick up some yoga accessories to work off all those calories you'll be racking up over the holidays.
BONUS IDEA: Here's another great gift idea suggested by Laura Paskin of Arts and Sciences:
Check out the list of A&S arts, lectures and events coming this winter and spring--a wonderful way to plan quality time with friends and family in the new year. Apollo Chamber Players will be on campus for a special concert on Feb. 23. Here's the link for all upcoming events in the college: http://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/alumni/events/
Q: Where can I find answers to questions on the university's editorial style?
A: Wonder about where to put that comma--or if it even belongs in a long sentence? Confused about period placement or how to properly explain a title? These and other writing dilemmas will be answered in the Seattle University Editorial Style Guide, which is now available in PDF form here. The refreshed guide, produced by Marketing Communications, offers handy tips that are useful when you are writing a news story, an article for an e-newsletter or pulling together a stream of information for social media purposes. So check it out today!
Q: The ever-inquisitive Associate Professor of History Dave Madsen, had this question: "I have noticed that the men's bathrooms on Casey 2 and 4 have had the stalls removed so that one must lock the door upon entry. I'm guessing that the same has happened in the women's rooms on 1, 3 and 5. Is this the preamble to a change to make all of them gender neutral?"
A: Checking with Lara Branigan (Director of Design and Construction in Facilities Administration), we learned the change was made in order to improve accessibility in the restrooms. "The toilets were located in alcoves with stall doors closing off the alcove and the stalls were not as large as current Americans with Disability Act (ADA) requires. In order to prevent someone in a wheelchair from becoming stuck in a stall, we removed the stall doors, which then necessitated the locks on the doors to make them single user rooms."
As for the separate issue of gender neutral restrooms, Branigan says, "We are studying the feasibility of gender inclusive restrooms on campus. There are a set of complex issues involved including building codes, current configurations, signage, etc. We are working through these issues and hope to have some direction in the near future."
Q: How many international students are enrolled at SU this fall?
A: Nearly 700 students at SU hail from countries outside the United States. A total of 674 students representing 49 countries are enrolled at SU this quarter on F and J visas. That's up from last fall's total of 640 students.
"The same top ten countries (shown in the table to the left) were listed last year although with the big growth in the numbers of students from China, Saudi Arabia, and India there has been some shifts within the Top 10 countries," said Ryan Greene, director of the International Student Center.
The other 39 countries represented at SU this year are:
Thailand (10 students); United Kingdom (6 students); Croatia, Mexico, Uganda (4 students each); Austria, Brazil, Ecuador, New Zealand and Sweden (3 students each); France, Germany, Macau, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, and Serbia (2 students each); and Armenia, Australia, Chile, Colombia, Germany , Egypt, Eritrea, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zaire (1 student each).
In addition, the International Student Center is managing 141 students in optional practical training, which is up from 120 students who were in the program last year. Practical training is a temporary work authorization for F-1 visa students, granted by the United States government, designed to give students an opportunity to gain working experience in their field of study prior to or after graduation.
Q: Is there a centralized place for university policies?
A: If you're looking for a university policy, there's a good chance you'll find it at http://www.seattleu.edu/policies/. Maintained by the Office of University Counsel, the site includes policies and guides on topics as varied as business expenses, photography, political activities and employee recognition--to name just a few. In some cases the site links you to other pages. The site does not include policies that apply only to specific academic or administrative units or only to students, though it may link visitors to those policies.
Q: Kari Langsea of Campus Ministry writes, "I'm curious about the plans for the sky bridge over James Street--is the fencing there to stay or are there plans to remodel the structure?"
A: Yes, Kari, the temporary fencing on the sky bridge between the Student Center and Murphy Garage will be replaced with permanent features over the next several months. Currently in the design phase, construction is planned for December-January, pending permit approvals. For more information, contact Steve De Bruhl in Facilities Services at 296-2508.