Hawk Talk

Seattle University Lingo

It's time to bring out your inner Redhawk and learn the SU lingo! As a new member to the SU community, you will be learning a lot about SU over the next several years. We hope that this list of words and terms used every day by members of the SU community can help you fit right in!

If you have any additions to this list, we welcome them!  Please email orientation@seattleu.edu with your updates and suggestions!

Academic Advisor-faculty or professional staff who help with educational planning

Area Coordinator (AC)-full-time, live-in professional staff member in the residence halls

Assistant Area Coordinator (AAC)-part-time, live-in professional staff member in the residence halls who assists the Area Coordinators

The Bistro- Short for the "Hawks Nest Bistro," this is an eatery on the Student Center third floor

C St. (Cherry St. Market) – The main eatery in the Student Center

Camp Min- Campus Ministry: encourages students to explore faith and life’s big questions.  Open to all students.

Cap Hill-Capitol Hill.  The neighborhood surrounding and north of campus

CAPS-Counseling & Psychological Services.  Time-limited individual and group counseling and referrals.

CES-Conference and Events Services, where clubs can go to reserve meeting and event space

Collegia (Plural)/Collegium (singular)-a “home away from home” space for commuter and transfer students

ConnectSU-An online warehouse of campus clubs and events

The Core-A four-module, multi-discipline curriculum for all students in addition to their major

CLP - Connections Leadership Program, a pre-orientation program offered in the Fall quarter by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA)

CSI-Center for Student Involvement: student activities, student government, student leadership, student clubs

DA-Desk Assistant at one of the residence hall desks 

FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid

GSC-Graduate Student Council serves as the graduate student government, advocating on behalf of that community

Handshake-online career development platform used by Career Engagement.  Job searches, resume, interview help

HAWC – Health and Wellness Crew.  Wellness peer educators

Hub Desk-The information desk on the first floor of the Student Center.  Check out Orca Passes, rent lockers, event ticket sales

iLead – annual student leadership conference on campus

KXSU-SU’s radio station with student DJs.

Nighthawk – vehicle safety escort for travel around the immediate university neighborhood

NSR (New Student Retreat) - An opportunity for first-year students to get away mid-way through the first quarter to meet new people, reflect on the transition and have fun

OA (Orientation Advisor)-Peer leader who helps new students transition to university life

OA Cabaret –entertainment provided by OAs on the night students move into the residence halls

Office Hours-an opportunity to talk with your professors to discuss questions you may have about your class or other related topics (usually announced in class and in your syllabus)

OMA – Office of Multicultural Affairs. Pavilion 180

Outreach Center- resource space for first-generation, student veterans, DACA, grad students. Student Center 110

Pill Hill-Nick name for the area surrounding the university because of the many hospitals and medical facilities nearby

PSafe-Department of Public Safety (DPS).  Staff are on campus 24/7.

Quadstock- annual spring music festival sponsored by SEAC.

RA (Resident Assistant) –student staff member on floors in the residence halls.   Help build community.

Redhawk Center-the campus Athletic and Recreation complex

Redhawk Service Center -co-located resources of the Registrar’s Office and Student Financial Services

Redzone-campus spirit organization

Rudy the Redhawk-SU mascot

SEAC-Student Events and Activities Council.  Major student programming body on campus.  Plans large scale signature programs and off campus excursions.

Search-a retreat sponsored by Campus Ministry focused on self-discovery in the context of community.

SGSU-Student Government of Seattle University

SUDM-Seattle University Dance Marathon; student-led organization that benefits Seattle Children’s Hospital

SU Online-student on-line access to academic records, registration, financial aid, bills, student employment

Upper/Lower Mall – the main North/South walking thoroughfares through campus.

UREC—University Recreation: Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, work out space/Group Fitness classes, Aquatics facility/lessons, Outdoor activities.

Welcome Week-academic and social programs orienting new undergrads in September.