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A message from your VP

Dear Student Life Staff,


I hope you’ve been enjoying a rewarding and productive winter quarter. Although we’re already more than two months into 2014, this is my first chance to address the division as whole, so I’d like to wish you all a happy new year!

Over the past several months, I’ve spent much of my time in collaboration with Student Life directors, as well as Academic and Student Affairs leadership, establishing relationships and clarifying divisional priorities. I’d like to take an opportunity here to provide a brief overview of our working vision for Student Life and its potential impact on the Husky Experience. Read more.

In memoriam: Kathy Hanken, GM of Local Point, Lander Hall

Kathy Hanken, HFSStudent Life lost a beloved colleague with the passing of Kathy Hanken in early February. Kathy, a 14-year employee with Housing & Food Services, was an integral part of the University’s dining services program and a role model for engaging students in learning about food and the power of community dining.

UW Campus Executive Chef Tracy McRae, Kathy’s coworker and friend, said Kathy had shared with her that working in a college environment was a very satisfying experience for her. “She felt a connection to the students, and [felt] positive about being able to help shape the futures of young people through both dedication to work and adventures in food,” McRae said.

Kathy will be missed in a significant way, and we in Student Life will continue to mourn this untimely loss for a long time.

On February 19, The Daily published an article in tribute to Kathy, highlighting her commitment and enthusiasm for her work at the UW. Read the article here.

Unit spotlight: Student Publications

Diana Kramer, Publisher and Editorial Adviser to Student Publications, shares the latest news and program updates from The Daily.The Daily iPad app

Start with good writing and sharp photography. Blend it with compelling video and audio. Then, swirl in rich, smart interactive design and the result is digital publications, or e-pubs, that can be downloaded to iPads and Android tablets, then perused at the reader's leisure. 

The Daily started experimenting with digital publications earlier this year and currently has three titles in the iTunes store and Google Play: Husky Stadium and two basketball Game Dailies. The Housing Guide will be published in early March with other special sections to follow. From your tablet, search for The Daily UW in the iTunes store, or TheDailyUW in Google Play. Read more.

Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention: An overview

Sexual assault is a concern on every college campus in the nation. It is an issue that can have a tremendous impact on a student’s experience, as well as affect the entire campus community. In April 2013, President Young reconfirmed the UW’s commitment to do all we can and should to prevent sexual assault of our students and to properly respond to every individual report of sexual assault. To that end, he charged a group of University academic personnel, staff and students to come together as the Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response to “review our current policies and practices, explore best practices from other institutions, develop new practices to fill any gaps, and propose a plan for their implementation.”

Ellen Taylor, Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Director of the Counseling Center, serves as the task force Chair. “This has been a really exciting project,” Ellen commented. “The Task Force got input from students, staff, and faculty – including representatives from Tacoma and Bothell campuses – to develop our recommendations. What we learned is that we have some terrific people and excellent programs in place and, of course, we could do better. Our goal is excellence in all aspects of dealing with this critical issue.” Read more.

The Whole U is all about YOU

The Whole U logoUW has launched “The Whole U” and Storm Hodge, Gary Leonard, Amanda Myhre, Steve Rittereiser, Duncan Robinson and Ellen Taylor are Student Life’s inaugural ambassadors. This exciting program is designed to promote programs and activities in the department and across campus to share ways to stay healthy, foster community, and promote the great benefits and services available to UW faculty and staff. This program’s focus is YOU, so be sure to check The Whole U’s website often for great discounts, events, and learning opportunities.

Learn more about upcoming Whole U events.

Student Life newsmakers recently featured the UW as one of the 25 best colleges and universities for LGBT students – and the Q Center was highlighted. Read more.

Keep an eye out for the spring 2014 edition of Viewpoint, a publication in partnership with the UW diversity community and the UW Alumni Association. In an article called, “Access for Everyone: How the UW is renewing its focus on accessibility,” our very own VP Denzil Suite talks about the role of Student Life around this important topic. See a preview.

Michelle Primley Benton, Administrator for North Campus & Diversity Initiatives, in HFS was interviewed for a feature on The Whole U website about the upcoming Celebrating UW Women event. Read more and nominate a UW woman by Friday, March 14.

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Each quarter, we'll select a "photo of the quarter" representing the various units and diverse staff of Student Life. Submit your photo to for a chance to be featured in the next staff newsletter.

Recreational Sports staff, feeling energized! (Photo submitted by Anne Garrett)



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