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August 21, 2019

Summer in Seattle Orientation

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Following are the latest campus announcements for faculty and staff.

Send Us Your Summer Photos!

Have you taken any pictures of what you’ve been up to this summer? SEND THEM IN to us. Marketing Communications is putting together a gallery of photos which will be shown during the President’s Welcome on Friday, Sept. 20. The submissions will also appear in an upcoming edition of The Commons. Please send one or two of your favorite photos and, if necessary, include a brief caption with each. Submissions must be received by Sept. 4. Contact with any questions.

And look for your invitation to the event on Sept. 20. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend!

In Memoriam

Larry Thomas, university librarian emeritus, passed away at his home in Port Townsend earlier this month.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Thomas earned a bachelor of science in composition in 1954 from the Juilliard School and later a master’s in library science. He was collection development librarian at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, before coming to Seattle University as university librarian in 1980. When he retired in 1994 his accomplishments included developing library collection development policies in support of the curriculum and managing the library’s participation in a grant-funded Academic Library Development Program, sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). In 1989-90 under his leadership the library transitioned from a traditional card catalog to its first online-integrated library system, SIRSI Unicorn System.

After retiring, Thomas returned to composing music and self-published a couple of disks of his compositions early this century. He was 87 at the time of his death. He is survived by one son and four grandchildren. No memorial services are planned at this time. The family has asked memorial donations be made to the Jefferson County Humane Society.

Marketing Workshop
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 9-11 a.m.
Pigott 101

Marketing Communications invites the campus community to its September marketing workshop, which will cover:

  • Comprehensive Campaign Toolkit, Website, Communication Strategy and Media Plan–presented by Kristen Kirst and Francesca Nisco
  • Seattle U Newsroom—presented by Dean Forbes, Tina Potterf and Mike Thee
  • Department Brand Licensing—presented by Eli Voigt
  • Updated B-roll—presented by Carter Johnson

Snacks will be provided. RSVP here.

Tree Pruning Next Week

Bartlett Tree Experts will be on campus Aug. 26 and 27 to perform large tree pruning on the upper and lower malls. The campus community should expect some impact to pedestrian routing as well as additional noise from chainsaws and tree chipping equipment. Please excuse the dust while these steps are taken to ensure the campus is safe and ready for the start of school. For more information, please contact the Facilities Resource Center at 296-6996.

ConnectSU Training

Want to learn more about ConnectSU? Need to reach more students this upcoming academic year? Learn how you can use the tools in ConnectSU to help you and your organization/office/department engage with our student community. Upcoming trainings:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 28: 10-11:30 a.m., Admin 224
  • Friday, Aug. 30: 10-11:30 a.m., Admin 224
  • Wednesday, Sept. 4: 1-2:30 p.m., Admin 224
  • Friday, Sept. 6: 1-2:30 p.m., Admin 224

Please RSVP in ConnectSU by logging in with your SU ID and password and searching for ConnectSU Training, or by contacting Bernie Liang at Sponsored by Student Development.

Labor Day Weekend Walk
Saturday, Aug. 31
Start anytime from 9 a.m. until noon; finish by 3 p.m.
Start/finish in front of Sullivan Hall on the Lower Mall

Now in its sixth year, this non-competitive walk of three or six miles (5 or 10K) is supported by the Office of Human Resources and sponsored by the Emerald City Wanderers Volkssport Club. The shorter route heads off campus up to Broadway, down to Yesler, 6th Ave. and the International District before returning to campus via 12th and 14th Avenues. The longer route heads up 12th to Pine, down Pine and then 7th to the Amazon Spheres, across Virginia to the Market and then down 1st to Jackson and then up Jackson to the International District where it links up with the shorter route to return to campus.

Participants may walk for free, credit or an award; all walkers must register onsite before the walk for insurance purposes. The route will be minimally marked and written directions are provided. Dogs on leashes are OK, but not in buildings. Restrooms are available in the Student Center at start/finish and along route. Free parking is available in the Broadway Garage for the duration of the event. Rain or shine! (After all this is Bumbershoot weekend too). Please join others for an interesting walk and some morning exercise! Contact David Madsen with any questions at

Summer Visitors on Campus

While summer can be a slow season for a number of campus areas, it is a time that Conference and Event Services (CES) ramps up and serves approximately 50 summer overnight programs.

Each week, CES will send an update on the groups you can expect to see at Seattle University. In the upcoming few weeks, you may see guests around campus from the following programs:

New Programs this Week

  • Youth Advisory Board: a meeting of the youth advisory board of the Center for Native American Youth
  • Shimane Nursing: a program arranged by the College of Nursing for nursing students from Japan

Continuing Programs

  • National Yunlin Study Abroad: a program for visiting MBA students from Taiwan
  • Fukuoka University: a program organized by the International Student Center for law students from Japan
  • Athlete Early Arrivals: Seattle University students who are arriving for team tryouts and practices check in to one building until it is time for fall housing to open
  • Synergy: an organization which finds accommodations for interns is housing about 30 interns of a local tech company
  • Intern housing: accommodations for students at universities from all over the US who are participants in an internship program in the Seattle area; many of these students will be staying all summer

If you have questions, please contact CES at or (206) 296-5620.

Open Staff Positions

Your help is invited to find candidates for staff positions that are currently open. Please take a look at the full list of postings or check out this week’s highlighted opportunities:

Graduate Program Coordinator – Albers
Service Desk Technician – ITS
Career Engagement Specialist – Career Engagement Office

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