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 Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.
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.
Q: Where can I purchase some Fair Trade coffee beans on campus?
A: You may remember that Seattle University became the first Fair Trade university in the Northwest last November. As part of the effort, faculty and students worked with students and colleagues at the Universidad Centroamericana Managua (UCA Managua), SU's Jesuit sister school and farmers in the Nicaraguan coffee farmer cooperative, CECOSEMAC ("Aroma of Coffee" Union of Multiple-service Cooperatives), to develop a new Fair Trade coffee. That coffee is now available on campus. Check out this update from Sue Jackels, professor emerita of chemistry, who has been active on the initiative:
"I am so happy and proud that the SU students of the Global Business Club, with the leadership of (student) Braden Wild and Associate Professor of Economics Quan Le, have succeeded in importing, roasting and packaging the Fair Trade and Organic coffee of the farmers of CECOSEMAC, Matagalpa, Nicaragua!
"This coffee is now offered to the campus community for sale in the Campus Store. It is called Café Ambiental and you will find it with the coffee mugs (of course) near the book stacks. The price is $12.95 for 12 oz. (Bonus: faculty and staff get a 20 percent discount at the Campus Store.)
"Right now there is only whole bean coffee on the shelf, but the students are working on having some ground for sale. This is the first of several rounds of roasting and selling. The proceeds are to go into a fund that will eventually provide children of the coffee farmers with scholarships to continue their education past the sixth grade.
"Since we are just now figuring out the details of how to offer the coffee, I would appreciate it very much if you could send me any comments about it that you think will help. I will relay the comments to the group. Thanks again to Braden and Quan and all the students from both SU and UCA who were involved in arranging for this great coffee to be made available to us! So get it quick, before it runs out, and we will let you know when future offerings are available. Looking forward to hearing from you."
Q: What new academic programs is Seattle University launching this year?
A: Courtesy of the Office of the Provost, following is a full list of programs that will begin in the 2015-2016 academic year:
Master of Science in Structural Engineering - College of Science and Engineering
Specialization and Minor in Arts Leadership for the BA in Interdisciplinary Arts - College of Arts and Sciences
Master's Degree in Educating Non-Native English Speakers - College of Education
Certificate/Specialization in Sport Sustainability Leadership - College of Science and Engineering
Bachelor of Arts, major in Digital Cultures - School for New and Continuing Studies
Bachelor of Arts, major in Organizational Leadership - School for New and Continuing Studies
Master of Social Work - College of Arts and Sciences
Fundraising Leadership - College of Arts and Sciences
Leadership Formation (certificate) - Albers School of Business and Economics
Healthcare Management (certificate) - Albers School of Business and Economics
Business Administration (certificate) - Albers School of Business and Economics
Software Architecture and Design (certificate)- College of Science and Engineering
Software Project Management (certificate) - College of Science and Engineering
Humanities Minor - Matteo Ricci College
International Studies Departmental Honors Track - College of Arts and Sciences
ON THE HORIZON FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-17
Master of Science in Business Analytics - Albers School of Business and Economics and College of Science and Engineering
Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters - College of Nursing
Q: What are the final results of the 2015 Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign?
A: Forty percent of Seattle University's faculty and staff gave a combined $311,250 to this year's campaign, which ended June 30. Giving was up 8 percent over the $288,000 raised last year. More than 450 donors contributed through a combination of one-time gifts and payroll deductions. Many faculty and staff gave during the Seattle Foundation's 24-hour GiveBIG event in May, says Assistant Director of Annual Giving Sara Young.
The table to the left shows participation rates across divisions and department.
"(Co-chairs) Mary (Sepulveda), Bernie (Liang) and the Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign Committee did an excellent job raising awareness of the campaign, generating gifts and keeping the momentum going throughout the last quarter of FY15," says Young. "Asking colleagues and friends for gifts can be intimidating, so I'm very grateful for those who were up to the challenge of serving on the committee. It was fun to see how creative department representatives got, offering incentives like gift card drawings and cupcake challenges!"
This year's campaign, Young says, saw "an uptick in the number of faculty and staff giving via payroll deduction, where you can opt into a recurring or fixed monthly contribution. It's an easy way to participate, allowing employees to spread their gift out over time."
Q: How did SU's athletic teams fare in terms of the most recent Academic Progress Rates?
A: Quite well! Six Redhawk athletic teams received Public Recognition Awards from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for posting multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top 10 percent of their respective sport. Seattle U was the only Western Athletic Conference school to receive more than one award. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a picture of the academic performance for each sports team over four years.
- Annie Beckmann and Jason Behenna