It's time to bring out your inner Redhawk and learn the SU lingo! As a new member of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Bell - Short for Bellarmine Hall
The Bistro - Short for the "Hawks Nest Bistro," this is an eatery on the Student Center third floor
The Bottom Line (TBL) - food counter at Pigott Atrium
The Byte - café in the Library
C Street (Cherry St. Market) – The main eatery in the Student Center, officially Cherry Street Market
Camp - shortened version of Campion Hall (i.e. Camp Ballroom)
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.
CCE - The Sundborg Center for Community Engagement: main entry point for students, faculty and staff who want to engage in the local community
The CD - the Central District neighborhood of Seattle, located east of campus
CES - Conference and Events Services, where clubs can go to reserve meeting and event space
The Chapel - Chapel of St. Ignatius
Collegia (Plural)/Collegium (singular) - a “home away from home” space for commuter and transfer students
ConnectSU - An online warehouse of campus clubs and events, available at www.seattleu.edu/ ConnectSU
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
Fall Ball - SEAC's annual fall dance held at one of Seattle's attractions
Fall Welcome - academic and social programs orienting new undergrads in September
Family Weekend - Annual opportunity for families and supporters to visit and experience campus with their student
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 includes on/off campus job searches, resume support, career counseling, interview help, and more
HAWC – Health and Wellness Crew. Wellness peer educators
Homecoming - A campus-wide celebration packed with a series of events and programs for all Redhawks to enjoy
Hub Desk - The information desk on the first floor of the Student Center. Check out Orca Passes, rent lockers, event ticket sales
The ID - The International District, local historic neighborhood with various Asian restaurants, groceries, and shops
iLead – annual student leadership conference on campus
International Dinner - International Student Center's annual event celebrates cultures from around the world
ISC - International Student Center, located in Pigott Pavilion
KXSU - SU’s radio station with student DJs
mySeattleU - student on-line access to academic records, registration, financial aid, bills, student employment
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
OL (Orientation Leader) - Peer leader who helps new students transition to university life
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
ORCA Card - transportation card used across systems in the Seattle area
Outreach Center - resource space for first-generation, student veterans, Student Center 110
Pavilion - officially the Pigott Pavilion, location for offices like OMA, CAPS, Career Engagement, ISC, Education Abroad, Super Copy, and more. Not to be confused with the Pigott Building!
Pigott - Pigott Building, location of a lot of classrooms and the Albers School of Business. Not to be confused with the Pigott Pavilion (aka the Pavilion)!
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.
The Quad - The Quad is located in the heart of campus. During the warmer months, the Quad is a great for shows, fairs, and other large, outdoor gatherings
Quadstock - annual spring music festival sponsored by SEAC
RA (Resident Assistant) – student staff member on floors in the residence halls. Help build community
RedhawkTHON - Student philanthropy organization raising money for Seattle Children's Hospital
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
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.