Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, PhD, returns to Seattle University to serve in the newly created role of Vice President for Mission Integration. She has served in various roles at the university and was Director of Catholic Studies and the inaugural Director for the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture. Working with President Peñalver, Catherine will facilitate and coordinate mission-related activities across the university, including the re-constituted Mission Council.
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In partnership with contributors across campus, the Office of Strategic Initiatives presents the Strategic Conversations series. These interactive conversations aim to bring awareness and understanding to the five goals of Reigniting Our Strategic Directions. Our hosts and presenters represent the working groups carrying out Seattle University’s strategic initiatives and goals. Each meaningful conversation is an opportunity for our community to learn, grow and collectively support a better tomorrow for Seattle University. Attendees are encouraged to bring their unique voices, insights, feedback and questions in person or via Zoom.
The Open Education Task Force is exploring open education and open educational resources (OER) at Seattle University. These resources for faculty and students are free of legal, financial and technical barriers. The task force has made notable progress in several areas, including facilitating Seattle University’s membership in the Open Education Network, a community of colleges and universities working together to promote the use of open educational materials in higher education. April’s faculty workshop gave insight into what makes an OER and welcomed attendees to review an item from the Open Textbook Library. In addition, the Open Education Task Force has launched a new website for the community to learn more about OER at Seattle University.
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The newly launched Provost Fellows encourages faculty to help advance the academic goals of Reigniting Our Strategic Directions. Fellowships will be filled by faculty with expertise in key curricular themes and related areas of curricular design, pedagogy and holistic student engagement and success. The Fellows will be selected through a competitive application and review process, compensated with course releases and stipends, and charged with bringing a scholarly lens to their work. Collectively, the Fellows will ensure the work of our strategic implementation is informed by the best practices of scholarship and the literature relevant to our work. Visit the Provost Fellows homepage for applications and additional information.
Applications Due March 28, 2022
Seattle University has recently announced a new benefit program with Landed designed to support faculty and staff on the path to homeownership. Landed’s work to address social inequities and wealth gaps in the housing market aligns with the university’s mission and values and Reigniting Our Strategic Directions initiatives. The benefits of working with Landed include in-depth homebuyer education, support through the buying process and down payment assistance through a shared equity program.
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The Provost Convocation opened with remarks from Frank Shih and President Eduardo Peñalver, who focused on the future of Seattle University. Provost Shane P. Martin's in-depth and inspiring presentation Reigniting Our Strategic Directions: A New Way Forward explored the university's challenges and opportunities. He touched on several areas of importance, including shifts in the higher education landscape, Seattle University's response to our changing world, enrollment and recruitment.
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Seattle University has announced its collaboration with TimelyMD, the only student-first telehealth provider that offers a complete care solution. This important step forward in Seattle University’s commitment to student health and wellness aligns with the initiatives of Reigniting Our Strategic Directions Goal 3: Enhance the Student Experience. Integrating TimelyMD into existing services improves access and expands care for students. The working group charged with addressing student health and wellness was integral to bringing TimelyMD to our students. Co-chairs Kim Caluza and James Willette, along with other university leaders, facilitated the work of identifying the immediate need for changes in support of student health and wellness. In response to their findings, the group selected TimelyMD and established the agreement.
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President Eduardo Peñalver hosted the first open forum for Reigniting Our Strategic Directions before finalizing the draft of Seattle University's strategic plan that will be presented to the Board of Trustees in mid-November. This first open forum broadened the discussion of the strategic plan to the wider campus community for feedback and questions. President Peñalver presented the five goals and fielded questions from students, faculty and staff. Input from the president's meetings with various shared governance groups and those who attended the forum were considered for inclusion in the draft for the Board of Trustees. Going forward, President Peñalver intends to host additional open forum sessions as the work surrounding Reigniting Our Strategic Directions gets underway.
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