Office of the VP for Student Life

A message from your VP


During fall quarter, and over my time so far as VP, I have made a regular practice of communicating with and meeting Student Life staff. Keeping lines of communication open is a key value of mine, so I am continually thinking of ways I can stay in better contact with staff across the division.

In order to ensure that I am representing our organization and our work in the best possible light, I will be initiating a series of lunches with Student Life staff in the new year. There will be no set agenda or expectations, other than a chance to spend time together and chat about what’s on your mind. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to hear directly from you – the exceptional staff of our division. Feel free to reach out to me at if you have questions or feedback around this idea.

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication in 2014. I wish you and your family health and happiness this holiday season and throughout 2015. I’m looking forward to another exciting and inspiring year!

Happy holidays,

Winter celebration - Wed., Dec. 17, 3:30

Snowy bronze WThe Student Life staff winter celebration is this week! Join your colleagues from across the division at the HUB Lyceum on Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for food, crafts, raffle prizes, a photo booth and a chance to celebrate your hard work from fall quarter. Join in the holiday spirt and RSVP here!

Unit spotlight: Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness staffShannon Bailie, Health & Wellness Director, shares the latest news and program updates from her unit.

Health & Wellness has undergone some exciting changes in the last year. As many of you know, we have a small staff pulling off extraordinary programs (as is often the Student Life way). While we are proud of our innovative program, we know we couldn’t do this work without our partners in both Student Life and across campus.

Our Student Care program, run by Amanda Myhre, works with students to create plans for support and success, at times when life starts to threaten their ability to focus on their academic endeavors. For many of these students, having a safe place to connect makes all the difference for staying engaged in the Husky Experience. Over the last year, our Student Care program has worked with hundreds of students, helping them bridge our vast University with an individual and personal connection.

Dr. Jason Kilmer leads our Alcohol & Other Drugs program, which continues to bring evidence-based (and nationally recognized) education and training to the UW community. Read more online.

Career Center staff recognized as "Innovators Among Us"

Career Center staffStudent Life's Career Center staff were featured in the provost's May report Innovators Among Us: Preparing Students for Life after Graduation, for their leadership in developing resources for faculty and programming that helps students understand and articulate their strengths. This report is part of a provost report series on trends and issues in higher education, including preparation for life and careers and putting learning first when teaching with technology. The entire series is available on the Office of the Provost's website under Committees and Reports.

Let's celebrate our colleagues' efforts toward helping students understand connections between classroom learning and life after graduation! It is work like this that contributes to a rich Husky Experience. To read more about their work, go to page 14 in the report.


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