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Hope everyone on campus is enjoying another great Pacific Northwest summer! Here in the Office of External Affairs, we have been keeping rather busy on a number of fronts which are discussed in more detail below. While the 2014 state legislative session seems like a distant memory, planning is actively underway for the 2015 biennial budget session coming this January. In the other Washington, Congress is mired in a summer slump with real work in the federal budget unlikely to commence until after the mid-term elections in November.

Here in Seattle, new Mayor Ed Murray has been extremely busy in only his first half year in office, working on agreements related to the minimum wage, ride-sharing, and transportation funding as well as hiring the city’s first female police chief. A lot is happening in the University District with our University District Partnership and some exciting developments that are on the horizon. And UWTV just completed a very successful first fiscal year under its new “UW Video” organizational model significantly increasing video production for the UW campus and winning its very first Emmy® Award for a segment on UW 360. UW Video also worked with UW Today to create a video to accompany their piece on an UW undergraduate course that had students build oceanographic sensors that transmitted readings to laptops on shore. See the story and watch the video on the UW Today website.

We are excited to welcome visitors to campus during the summer months and begin preparing for what will be a busy and productive fall. Be sure to check our website and social media channels for updates.


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Randy Hodgins
Vice President, Office of External Affairs

Table of Contents

  • Update from Washington, D.C.
  • Update from Olympia
  • Update to Our Local Community
  • UW Video
  • Key Contacts
  • Key Links

  • Update from Washington, D.C.

    Photo of the U.S. capitol

    Appropriations work stalls, continuing resolution looms
    With only two weeks left before the August recess, the Senate’s regular appropriations work has stalled and President Obama’s emergency spending request for migrant children is taking up a lot of time and energy on Capitol Hill. A full government-wide continuing resolution (CR) now appears to be a near certainty for the fall. Congress has until September 30th – the end of the federal fiscal year – to complete appropriations work. Many senior appropriators say they now see a 12-bill CR as a near inevitability.

    The more pressing question in coming weeks for appropriators will be not if, but how long stopgap legislation would last and if any other provisions, including perhaps some border spending, might be attached to it. If a CR is approved, we are likely to see an omnibus spending bill in the lame-duck session after the midterm elections.

    Congress moves ahead on HEA and other higher education issues
    Recently, Congress has taken action on several important issues for the higher education community.  First, the House Education and the Workforce Committee on July 10 approved a package of three bills that would reauthorize portions of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The bills are: the Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act (H.R. 4983), the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act (H.R. 3136), and the Empowering Students through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act (H.R. 4984).

    In the Senate, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) unveiled the “Higher Education Affordability Act,” which he termed a draft discussion proposal. The plan has four main goals: increasing college affordability, helping struggling borrowers, strengthening accountability, and improving transparency.

    Also in the Senate, the Commerce Committee held a hearing on July 17 to review the federal government’s role in supporting research and development, setting the stage for the introduction of the committee’s five-year reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act.

    The House passed three bills that comprised noncontroversial parts of their COMPETES reauthorization proposal, which is called the FIRST Act. The STEM Education Act (H.R.5031) and the Research and Development Efficiency Act (H.R.5056) passed under suspension of the rules. In addition, the House passed the International Science and Technology Cooperation Act (H.R.5029) by a vote of 346 to 41.

    Finally, the House took action on tax bills of importance to the higher education community, including a permanent extension of the IRA Charitable Rollover and the Student Family Tax Simplification Act (H.R. 3393).

    To keep up with the latest from Washington, D.C., check out the UW Federal Relations blog and Facebook page. If you have questions about these or any other federal topics, please contact Office of Federal Relations Director Christy Gullion at

    Update from Olympia

    Legislature adjourned on time; passes supplemental budgetPresident Young on the Faculty Field Tour
    Lawmakers had their sights on the finish line this year and a supplemental budget was approved before session adjourned on March 13. The approved budget made small, but crucual investments in higher education that allowed the University to freeze resident undergraduate tuition for another year.

    Other big wins for the University’s top priorities include:

    • $1 million for the Institute for Protein Design
    • $5 million for the REAL Hope/DREAM Act
    • $11 million in Life Science Discovery Fund grants protected
    • $400,000 for UW Tacoma Law School planning

    You can find more information about what happened in the 2014 Legislative Session by visiting the Office of State Relations website.

    Interim Connections
    In May, Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe was awarded the 2014 Legacy Award by UW Bothell for her many years as an advocate for higher education opportunities in the community. Sen. McAuliffe’s most recent efforts included helping to secure funding for Discovery Hall, the first new building to be constructed at UW Bothell in ten years.

    Also in May, State Relations was pleased to welcome several state legislators to campus for the Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 16th in Mary Gates Hall. This annual event featured over 1,000 students from all academic disciplines.

    Finally, in June, State Relations went on the road, twice! First for the UW Faculty Field Tour, and then for the Seattle Chamber and Puget Sound Regional Council’s Northwest Washington Study Mission. On the Field Tour, we hosted several legislators at a UWAA Welcome to Washington Dinner in Richland. We also arranged an opportunity for the tour to visit Sen. Mark Schoesler’s farm in Ritzville, WA. The tour continued on to Spokane, where we hosted Mayor David Condon, Sen. Michael Baumgartner and Rep. Marcus Riccelli for a special evening event.

    Stay tuned to the UW State Relations blog,  Facebook and Twitter for more news and developments during the legislative interim. If you have questions about these or any other state relations topics, contact the Office of State Relations at (206) 543-37604.

    Update to Our Local Community

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    The University District Partnership—a four-year strategic partnership including the UW, the City of Seattle, the Greater University Chamber of Commerce, community members, local businesses, service providers and others—has a new Board of Directors.  Five University staff sit on the Board; Rebecca Barnes, University Architect, Rob Lubin, Associate Director of Housing and Food Services, Michealann Jundt, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, Jeanette Henderson, Executive Director of Real Estate and Theresa Doherty, Director of Regional and Community Relations. Theresa also shares the leadership role as “Co-Chair” of the Board with Louise Little, CEO of the University Bookstore. 

    The most important activity that the University District Partnership is engaged with now is the creation of a new Business Improvement Area. The new BIA spans from I-5 to 15th Ave NE up to NE Ravenna Blvd. and down to NE Boat Street. On July 15th the UDP crossed a critical milestone and turned in petitions requesting that the City Council create a new BIA within those boundaries. Over 60% of the landowners in the area signed petitions so the request will now go to the City Council in August or September for a public hearing and approval.

    Programs and services for veterans and active duty service members
    Regional & Community Relations is working on a project to assess current programs and services for veterans and active duty service members across all three campuses; make recommendations to more effectively and efficiently deliver those services; and look for opportunities to expand programs and services for active duty service members stationed at our state’s military bases. We recently distributed a survey to more than 1,300 people across the university and are in the process of interviewing people on all three campuses who are involved in veterans’ services. We anticipate the assessment and initial recommendations will be completed by this fall. If you would like to provide input on this project or have questions, please contact Aaron Hoard at or 206-221-7684.

    Front Porch
    The Spring 2014 edition of Front Porch is now available on the Regional and Community Relations website. You can also sign up to receive future editions via email.

    To keep up with the latest community updates, check out the UW Regional & Community Relations blog. If you have questions, contact Regional Relations Director Theresa Doherty at

    UW Video

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    On June 14, the University of Washington celebrated its 139th Commencement Ceremonies and UW Video was there to capture it for live broadcast/webcast on UWTV and In addition to the ceremonies, UW Video produced an hour-long, pre-ceremony live show, The Purple Carpet, hosted by Gaard Swanson and Erin Mayovsky. The show included interviews with UW President Michael K. Young and UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce and historic footage of past ceremonies. The UWTV Grad Cam was also there both before and during the ceremonies to show the excitement on the field with interviews and candid footage of the graduating students.

    The ceremony in its entirety, including The Purple Carpet and Steve Ballmer’s commencement speech, is available online or for purchase from the University Bookstore.

    UW Video also produced live webcasts of the University of Bothell’s Commencement Ceremony at the Alaska Airlines Arena and the iSchool’s graduation ceremony from Meany Hall.

    To learn more about how UW Video can work with your department or unit on projects of any size or scale, contact John Haslam, Associate Vice President & General Manager, UW Video.

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    UWTV, a service of UW Video, was recently honored with a 2014 Northwest Regional Emmy® Award for the UW 360 segment Cold War Spy Talks. The award-winning story explores the life of Vaughn Sherman, former CIA operative and UW graduate, and his experiences as a Cold War-era spy. UW 360, UWTV’s magazine-style show, profiles the wide diversity of the people, programs and relationships that define the University of Washington. 

    UWTV was also awarded two 2014 Bronze Telly Awards for Grays Harbor Happenings: The Newsreels of C.D. Anderson and for its production of University of Washington Bothell in 60 Seconds.

    The Daily’s Double Shot won a 2014 Society for Professional Journalists Region 10 Mark of Excellence Award in the Best All-Around Television Newscast category. The show is produced with assistance from UW Video.

    New programming on UWTVNewsletter_UWTVInsideOutlook.png
    Look for the UWTV fall debut of the new public affairs show, Inside Outlook. Produced by UW Video and sponsored by the Evans School of Public Affairs, the show features in-depth discussions by knowledgeable guests about today’s hot-button issues in an intimate, conversational setting. Inside Outlook is hosted by UW alumnus and Fulbright Scholar, Gavin P. Sullivan.

    UW Video in the news
    Last week the Seattle Times featured an article about our documentary, Grays Harbor Happenings: The Newsreels of C.D. Anderson. The piece describes the way the original 35mm film of Charles D. Anderson's clips found its way to the UW Libraries Special Collections department. The program has now been viewed online over 6,000 times online.

    Online and social media growth
    Did you know? UW Video operates two websites ( and and three social media channels (facebook, Twitter, and YouTube).

    Serving a diverse audience with specialized interests (sports, science, the arts, medicine and TV viewers vs. video production clients) can be challenging, so it’s encouraging to see growth across our properties. Since April 1, UW Video has seen increases in the following:

    • facebook likes +2%
    • Twitter followers +6%
    • YouTube subscribers +14%

    The website has also seen growth in Q2, with users up 35% over the same period last year. The new website has recently received analytics for its site and we are still accumulating data to gauge performance.

    If you have questions about UW Video, contact Associate Vice President and General Manager John Haslam at

    Key Contacts

    Randy Hodgins
    Vice President, External Affairs

    Theresa Doherty
    Director, Regional & Community Relations

    Christy Gullion
    Director, Federal Relations

    John Haslam
    Associate Vice President and General Manager, UW Video

    Margaret Shepherd
    Director, State Relations

    Questions? Contact Amanda Rich,

    Key Links