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Chancellor Kenyon Chan

May 2013

Greetings Colleagues,

It is difficult to believe that the spring quarter is almost over. We are less than one month away from Commencement, where more than 1,400 students will receive degrees. I am particularly excited to welcome Dr. Oscar Arias, former two-time President of Costa Rica and Nobel Laureate, as our Commencement speaker. Arias won the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring peace to Central America. He continues to work for peace throughout Central America and the world.

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Wolf Yeigh as the next Chancellor of UW Bothell. Wolf is currently professor and president of SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. He will join UW Bothell on September 1. I am so pleased to welcome Wolf to the UW Bothell family. I have known Wolf for some time; he is an excellent fit for UW Bothell and the right leader to take the university to the next level. You can read more about Wolf on the UW Bothell news page.

We had a delightful evening at the recent Chancellor's Dinner. I had the privilege of presenting UW Bothell's Legacy Award to William and Lydia Abbott, who have served the university in so many ways over the years. Thank you to all who attended in support of our students.

One of the great benefits of being Chancellor is the opportunity to interact with the many student groups on campus. This week I had the great honor of joining the Student Veterans Association; legislators Suzan DelBene, Luis Moscoso and Derek Stanford, and veterans groups from our community in the dedication of the Veterans Archway. Our student veterans raised the funds for this monument, which celebrates the service of veterans and their transition to academic and civilian life. I am proud that UW Bothell has been designated a veteran-friendly campus and grateful for the experience and leadership our veterans bring to the university.

Your support and encouragement is a key to our success. Thank you for all you do for the students, faculty and staff of UW Bothell.

Kind regards,


2013 Chancellor's Dinner

Chancellor's Dinner

More than 180 donors, alumni and friends of UW Bothell attended the Chancellor's Dinner on May 17 at the Hollywood Hill Schoolhouse in Woodinville. Guests were treated to a wine reception and silent auction before a wonderful dinner and multimedia program hosted by Advisory Council chair Rick Shea and Catti Alvarez, a senior in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science. The program included videos that highlighted just a few of UW Bothell's successes and the presentation of this year's Legacy Award recipients, Bill and Lydia Abbott.

To view the videos featured at the Chancellor's Dinner, click here.

Bjong Wolf Yeigh Selected as Next UW Bothell Chancellor

Bjong Wolf

University of Washington President Michael K. Young and Provost Ana Mari Cauce announced the selection of Bjong Wolf Yeigh, (pronounced "YAY") professor and president of SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, as the next chancellor of UW Bothell, effective Sept. 1, 2013.

"Dr. Yeigh has been a force of innovation and change throughout his career, particularly in positions of academic leadership," said Young. "He has left a trail of success everywhere he has been, and we are very excited to have him join the University of Washington and lead our dynamic campus at Bothell as it continues to grow and develop."

Yeigh has been at SUNYIT since 2008, where he has overseen operations for the 800-acre science and technology campus, SUNY's only institute of technology.

UW Bothell Welcomes Advisory Board Members

Gavel and Books

Three individuals have recently joined the UW Bothell Advisory Board:

Jeff Hanley, Director with Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Jens Molbak, Chief Executive Officer of Molbak's Garden and Home.

Preston Simmons, CEO of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

The Advisory Board for the University of Washington Bothell provides guidance to the campus on issues surrounding higher education, assists in building relationships with business and civic leaders and advocates for university resources.

Nursing Partnership to Increase BSNs in Washington

Nursing students

An innovative program between the University of Washington Bothell and Everett Community College (EvCC) will 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 then 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 provide nursing students with better preparation 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.

Veterans Archway Dedication

Veterans at Archway Dedication

Veterans from around the region joined elected officials and UW Bothell faculty, staff and students on May 28 to dedicate the new Veterans Archway. The project was led by the UW Bothell Student Veterans Association (SVA), which also raised the funds for the $60,000 project. The monument is meant to honor the sacrifice of veterans, and support veterans as they make their transition to student life. The Veterans Archway will have a permanent place on the north end of campus adjacent to the Sports and Recreation Complex.

SVA member Ben Wiselogle says the Veterans Archway carries a message for veterans, "You sacrificed while you were in uniform. This campus, this community supports you in your transition to successful civilian life." Wiselogle added, "This is a permanent statement by the university, by the student body, by the local community that we are behind you."

UW Bothell to Hold 22nd Commencement Ceremony June 16

2013 UW Bothell Commencement

The UW Bothell campus is abuzz with preparations for the 22nd Commencement ceremony, slated for Sunday, June 16. The Commencement speaker is Dr. Oscar Arias, two-time President of Costa Rica and Nobel Laureate. For his remarkable contributions to world peace and prosperity, Arias will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa from the University of Washington. This year, the university will confer degrees upon 1,263 undergraduate and 221 graduate students. In addition, 23 students will receive teaching certificates. Among those 1,507 two graduates will stand out for proving that it's never too soon or too late for an excellent education: The oldest student to graduate this year from UW Bothell is 64, and the youngest is 19.

In keeping with UW Bothell's commitment to pursue sustainable practices, the Class of 2016 will wear gowns made from 100 percent recycled water bottles. UW Bothell is among only 8 percent of schools in the nation to use recycled gowns.

Commencement will be held at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the UW Seattle campus. Click here for more information.

Jaffe Uses Innovative Approach to Research Funding – Crowdsourcing

Microryza Logo

Dan Jaffe, Professor of Chemistry and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, was unable to secure federal funding for his research related to the controversial proposal to increase the running of coal trains through Seattle and the surrounding areas. So he stepped outside the traditional higher education research funding model and did something radical.

Jaffe turned to the Seattle-based crowd-funding site Microryza and in less than two weeks, he had enough pledges to fund his research, which involves gathering high quality scientific data on the impact coal trains currently have on air quality in the Seattle and greater Pacific Northwest.

Jaffe’s goal of $18,000 for this phase of his research was modest, but he says the research and the methods of getting the research funded may prove to be game changers. “After being unable to get funding through the traditional sources, I was ready to give up. When someone suggested crowd funding, I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding. I don’t even have a Twitter account.’” Jaffe adds, “The words ‘brave new world’ come to mind. This is a new model for funding important science.”

8th Annual Husky 5K Raises Record Amount for Scholarships

Students running the Husky 5K

A record number of participants turned out for the 8th Annual Husky 5K. Nearly 700 runners, joggers, walkers, strollers, and dogs descended upon the UW Bothell Campus on Saturday, May 11. The Alumni Council planned an exciting morning of competition and fun for all ages, including a silent auction, music by the Husky Band and even a fun run for young runners led by Holly the Husky.

  The course passed through campus, downtown Bothell and the wetlands. UW Bothell Advancement and Alumni Relations Associate Director Sean Marsh says with nearly 1,000 individuals on campus, it was the biggest and best Husky 5K yet, "We raised $13,000 and we're thrilled that all this money is going to help support student scholarships. We couldn't have had a better day." He added, "We are grateful to all of our sponsors. They not only contributed to our financial goal, but their presence was a great addition to the festivities."

Mark your calendar -- Next year's Husky 5K will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Progress Continues on the Science and Academic Building

Rendering of the UW3 building

Construction on the Science and Academic Building has officially reached the half-way point; the building is on target for completion in 2014. May was a very busy month. Work was done on the water lines, the Crescent Path was being prepared for paving, and workers poured concrete for the interior stairs and roof level. Interior walls are also being framed.

The new building will allow UW Bothell to accommodate more than 1,000 students, resulting in an increase in the number of STEM graduates in the Puget Sound region. Known as "UWB 3," it is the first building to be constructed on the UW Bothell campus in 10 years. If you are interested in a hard-hat tour of the building, please call or email Kelly Snyder at 425-352-3623 or

Upcoming Events

Commencement student and the chancellor

22nd Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, June 16, 2013

1:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Alaska Airlines Arena, UW Seattle

Rendering of the conservatory

Opening and Dedication of the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory
Saturday, June 22, 2013