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Chancellor Kenyon Chan

April 2013

Greetings Colleagues,

It is springtime, and the campus is abuzz with activity and anticipation. Many students are eagerly anticipating graduation, an achievement finally within their grasp after years of study. We are also hearing from incoming freshmen, who are receiving their acceptance letters and are thrilled to become Huskies.

It is also the time of year when those of you who generously support students through your gifts, time and energy are able to see those contributions bear fruit.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that three of our students have won prestigious national awards. Yekaterina Klepanchuk, a senior who is pursuing global studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, has been selected for the 2013-14 class of Coro Fellows. Only 64 fellows are chosen nationwide for this honor.

Two students have received Fulbright Awards. Although many faculty have won Fulbrights, these are our first student Fulbright winners. Tyrell (Ty) Edwards (IAS '11) will conduct research on international student development and retention at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Edwards will graduate in June with a master's degree from the cultural studies program in the School of IAS.

After graduating with his BSN in June, Christopher Nelson will pursue his master's degree in Denmark while conducting research on the expanded scope of nursing work in isolated Arctic settlements in Greenland.

I am so proud of these students and of the faculty and staff who encouraged them to attempt great things. Scholarly awards transform the life of a student, but their selection is a testament to the exceptional teaching and education at UW Bothell.

In campus news, the search for the next UW Bothell chancellor is progressing quickly. One candidate visited campus last week and the remaining two finalists will visit early in May. You can read more about the candidates on the UW Provost's website.

Construction on campus is proceeding at breakneck speed. The fourth and final floor of the Science and Academic Building is almost completed. You can watch the progress on the construction webcam. The Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory is nearing completion; we plan to formally open that building June 22. Our new property (across from Husky Village ) has formally been named Husky Hall. Scheduled to open in the fall, the facility will house student services along with various faculty and administrative offices, a new student fitness center and a large food facility. This will allow us to build more classrooms in UW1 and UW2, which in turn allows us to serve more students in our region.

I hope to see you at this year's Chancellor's Dinner, to be held Friday, May 17 at the Hollywood Schoolhouse in Woodinville. This is my opportunity to recognize the many individuals who support the work of UW Bothell throughout the year. Please take a moment to register today. I look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,


Nobel Laureate Oscar Arias to Speak at UW Bothell Commencement

Oscar Arias

Dr. Oscar Arias, the former President of Costa Rica, will deliver the commencement address to the graduating class of UW Bothell at its 22nd Commencement Ceremony. The event takes place at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 16 in Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Alaska Airlines Arena, at the University of Washington Seattle campus. About 1,400 students will receive degrees.

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Arias in 1987 for his tireless efforts to bringing peace to Central America. With the monetary award that comes with the Nobel Peace Prize, Arias formed the Arias Foundation for Peace & Human Progress. The foundation promotes peace, justice and equality in Central America.

Partnership With Everett Community College Aims to Produce More, Better Educated Nurses

Nursing Students

An innovative program between Everett Community College (EvCC) and the University of Washington Bothell aims to increase the number of nurses with four-year degrees in the state of Washington.

Starting fall 2014, a new “1+2+1” educational pathway will allow students to complete their freshman year prerequisite courses at UW Bothell. The student would attend EvCC to complete two years of clinical nursing education and pass the national nursing licensing exam. In the fourth year, the student would return to UW Bothell to complete requirements to graduate with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN).

The program, believed to be the first of its kind in the state of Washington, is expected to better prepare nursing students while reducing the time required earning a BSN. The program addresses a significant health care labor challenge issued by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) “Future of Nursing” report released in 2010, which addresses the roles nurses play in meeting the objectives set forth in the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act. One of the challenges is to increase the educational attainment of the nursing workforce. The IOM report calls for 80 percent of the nation’s RNs to have their BSN by 2020.

Three Students Receive Prestigious Awards: Two Fulbright Awards and a Coro Fellowship

Katia Klepanchuk, Tyrell (Ty) Edwards, Christopher Nelson

Three UW Bothell students received prestigious national awards during the month of April. Yekaterina Klepanchuk, a senior who is studying global studies in the School of IAS, was named to the 2013-14 class of Coro Fellows. Coro is a highly selective, prestigious program in public affairs that places small cohorts of participants in select U.S. cities for intensive, experiential learning to train them as citizen leaders. Yekaterina's placement is in Pittsburgh, where she will be focusing her research on refugee issues and completing graduate coursework at Carnegie Mellon University.

Two students received Fulbright Awards. Graduate student Tyrell (Ty) Edwards will conduct research on international student development and retention at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Edwards will graduate in June with a master of arts from the cultural studies program in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Nursing student Christopher Nelson will use his Fulbright Award to pursue his master's degree in Denmark while conducting research on the expanded scope of nursing work in isolated Arctic settlements in Greenland. Before he begins his studies in Denmark, Nelson will travel to Greenland to present his spring and summer quarter research findings funded by his 2013 Mary Gates Venture scholarship. Nelson will pursue his masters of Circumpolar Health and Wellbeing through the University of the Arctic Consortium.

The awards represent UW Bothell's recent investment in student support services that help students identify and apply for scholarships, says Hung Dang, associate vice chancellor of enrollment and student affairs. "These awards recognize our institution as a place to nurture students to be successful academically and to be engaged in meaningful ways."

Karam Dana Delivers Lecture at Harvard University

Karam Dana

Karam Dana, assistant professor in the School of IAS, recently joined the list of prominent scholars to speak at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES). Dana's lecture, "Contextualizing the Arab Revolts: State-Society Relations, Protests, and Other Forms of Discontent," was part of Harvard University's 2013 Middle East Forum Lecture Series.

Dana's work on the Middle East investigates the use of religion as a means to mobilize and rally support for specific political agendas in Palestine during the British Mandate period. For his current research, "Anti-American Sentiment in the Arab World: A Clash of Civilizations?" Dana has been named a 2012-2013 Worthington Distinguished Scholar.

UW Bothell Celebrates Earth Day 2013

Students at the UW Bothell Earth Day

The Student Sustainability Organization hosted the 2013 Earth Day Celebration on April 22. Tesla and Toyota cars were parked on the promenade while students planted a new flower "W" with reused water bottles. Larry Ryan, a retired Hewlett Packard engineer, showcased a pickup truck he converted to full lithium ion power using off-the-shelf parts. He told students to always think about how "energy is converted in everything they do." Students took a hard hat tour of the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory while others rode electric bicycles.The Student Sustainability Organization promotes sustainable practices and environmental education.

Upcoming Events

UW Bothell Husky 5K

UW Bothell Husky 5K
Saturday, May 11, 2013

8:00 a.m.
UW Bothell Campus

There's still time to register for the 8th annual Husky 5K. Enjoy great food and entertainment and help raise funds to benefit student scholarships. Register today.

Chancellor's Dinner

Chancellor's Dinner
Friday, May 17, 2013

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Hollywood Hill School House, Woodinville WA

Help us celebrate the support of UW Bothell donors, alumni and friends at a champagne reception and three-course dinner. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit UW Bothell scholarships.