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.