What a busy winter quarter it has been! I
know many of you may have questions about the transitions happening at the
executive level of the university, so I’d like to take this opportunity to
address that briefly.
First, with the departure of Michael K.
Young, we are losing a devoted supporter of Student Life. President Young has
been an excellent partner for our division during his time at the UW,
demonstrated through his involvement in the launch of the Sexual Assault Task
Force; leading the charge to initiate the Parent and Family Programs office;
bringing greater attention to the international student experience; and
connecting with campus student leadership groups, to name a few examples. The
good news is that he is leaving in place a strong team of individuals who are
committed to student support.
As of Tuesday, March 3, Ana Mari Cauce is
officially the UW’s interim president and Jerry Baldasty has moved into the
role of interim provost. As the process gets underway in the coming weeks for
the presidential search, there will be further university-wide updates about
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to look at
the other articles in this edition of the Student Life staff e-news to learn
more about the excellent work happening in our division. As Ana Mari mentioned
last week in her first email to the UW community as interim president, “Our
students – from all walks of life and circumstances – believe anything is
possible,” and it is you, the staff of this university and Student Life, who
make all of this possible. As always, I appreciate your dedication and
boundless efforts in accelerating the UW!
I look forward to seeing you around campus soon.
Spotlight: Assessment Committee
Deborah Costar, Housing
& Food Services Assistant Director and Student Life Assessment Committee
Chair, shares the latest news from the committee.
With representation from across the division, the
Student Life Assessment Committee is continuing its work to “advance knowledge
and application of assessment and data-driven decisions.” Although the group
has been in existence for several years, this is the first time it has been
appointed by the Vice President for Student Life, as of April 2014. This
official committee charge illustrates the high priority Denzil is placing on
assessment. Read more online.
What is HUA Voice Radio?
Navigating the UW can be daunting to students, especially
for those who aren’t native English speakers. HUA Voice Radio was created for Chinese
students, by Chinese students. Now airing five hours a day, five nights a week,
HUA Voice programs offer students support and entertainment. The programs are
heard live on campus and around the world via an internet streaming service to Chinese
radio stations via a relationship with Chinese TuneIn Radio. A podcast option
allows even greater reach. Without any promotion, the shows have more than
2,300 daily listeners in China. Read the full story online.
Qolors, the 10th Anniversary
Beginning the week of
April 6, the Q Center, Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center and Queer People of Color
Alliance (QPOCA) will host Qolors, an annual reception celebrating queer and
trans* people of color communities and the intersections of all the identities
we embody. Qolors is a community-building space and, with this in mind, this
year’s events will focus on the power of our local community, activists and
organizations. In recognition of the 10-year anniversary, Qolors will expand
beyond a daytime reception to incorporate a week of events centering on the
theme of “ART for the Heart.” Last year, the reception drew the largest
attendance in its history with 140 guests, and we expect to set a new record this
year! See the full schedule online.
New Career Center @ Engineering
The Student Life Career Center is thrilled to announce
the upcoming launch of the Career Center @ Engineering, a partnership between our
career center and the College of Engineering.
The Career Center @ Engineering will respond to the
needs of both undergraduate and graduate students seeking internships and
employment. It will function as a single entry point for employers who contact
the UW looking to hire engineering professionals. This partnership is uniquely
positioned to develop additional employer contacts that will benefit not only engineering,
but also other majors and departments particularly in the realm of STEM. Read the full story online.
Dare to Do Challenge
Anne Garrett, fitness coordinator at the IMA and a
Whole U ambassador, recently posted an article for the “Dare to Do in 2015”
challenge on staying motivated to exercise. She checked in with five UW staff and
faculty members, who are long-time IMA regulars, to hear their inspiring
stories. A resounding theme emerged from these testimonials – each person has
overcome a failure to find lasting joy and meaning in their wellness routines. To
learn more about what helps these individuals maintain healthy habits, read
the full article online.