Safe Start Health Check
October 28, 2020
President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., updated faculty and staff on the latest campus news and developments at his fall open forum on Oct. 27. For the second half of the forum Father Steve was joined by colleagues who spoke about the wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The full video can be found at President's Updates. Here’s a brief recap:
The president opened the forum by encouraging everyone to take an active part in the university’s ongoing efforts to more deeply commit to diversity, equity and inclusion.
On his successor who was named last week, Father Steve said, “I can’t tell you how much my spirits were lifted by the choice and appointment of Eduardo Peñalver as the next president of Seattle University.” As for what’s in store for our current president, Father Steve said, “My provincial gave me three directives: I want you to take a full year off after July 1st; I want you to do whatever you want to do; and I don’t want you to think about your next assignment ’til you’re halfway through that year off. I’m going to obey him on that.”
Attendees were offered a behind-the-desk glimpse of Father Steve’s work day when his phone rang during the forum. Stealing a glance at the incoming call, the president explained that his digits are similar to a number at King County Elections and that it’s not unusual for him to field inquiries from voters asking about their ballots. (Which is as good a segue as there is to remind everyone to be sure to vote!)
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