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
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
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.
- Update from Washington, D.C.
- Update from Olympia
- Update to Our Local Community
- Key Contacts
- Key Links
Update from Washington, D.C.
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com.
Update from Olympia
Legislature adjourned on time; passes supplemental budget
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
- $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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
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 email@example.com.
UW Commencement Ceremonies
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 uwtv.org. 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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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 UWTV
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.
social media growth
know? UW Video operates two websites (uwtv.org and uw.edu/video) and three social
media channels (facebook, Twitter, and YouTube).
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
The uwtv.org website has also seen growth in Q2, with users up 35% over the
same period last year. The new uw.edu/video 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
Vice President, External Affairs
Director, Regional & Community Relations
Director, Federal Relations
Associate Vice President and General Manager, UW Video
Director, State Relations
Questions? Contact Amanda Rich, firstname.lastname@example.org.