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Chancellor Kenyon Chan

June 2013

Greetings Alumni and Friends,

This is my final monthly report to you as the chancellor of the University of Washington Bothell. As I complete my tenure, I want to express my gratitude to all of you for your support, advice and energy as we moved UW Bothell from its formative stages to its emergence as one of the most substantial universities in the state of Washington. Thank you to all of the faculty, staff, students, community, legislators and alumni pioneers who believed in this university and established its roots as a student-centered, research-oriented UW campus.

As I prepare to hand over the reins of the university to Chancellor-elect Wolf Yeigh, I am so proud and a bit awestruck by what we have accomplished. We recently celebrated UW Bothell’s 22nd Commencement ceremony, where we graduated more than 1,400 students, a number that is almost equal to the entire enrollment of the campus in 2005. UWB 3, the new 74,000 square-foot Science and Academic Building, is half-way to completion. The Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory and classroom was dedicated on June 22. We now have 36 academic majors as compared to only 12 six years ago. Our first-year applicant pools continue to grow and are among the strongest in the state. Our commitment to diversity, to first-generation students, to veterans, and to all of our students is greater than ever.

We are busily preparing for Chancellor Yeigh’s arrival on September 1, and I will remain at UW Bothell throughout the summer. We are welcoming hundreds of students to campus for the summer term and preparing to welcome more than 500 new first-year students this fall.

As I leave, I am grateful to the entire UW Bothell family. I look forward to continuing to be part of this wonderful family in a different capacity in the future.

Best wishes,


New Chancellor to Arrive September 1

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Bjong Wolf Yeigh will become UW Bothell’s next chancellor effective September 1. Thus far, Yeigh’s summer has been packed with travel, including a trip to Seattle the weekend of June 16 to participate in the UW Bothell Commencement ceremony. Yeigh is currently wrapping up his duties as professor and president of SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. He and his wife Sandy will return in August to get settled in the Seattle area.

Legislative Update

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The legislature has agreed to a final operating budget, and the bill is expected to be approved by Governor Inslee soon. The completion of the budget averts the threatened government shutdown slated for July 1. The proposed budget keeps tuition flat for resident undergraduates, but tuition increases for non-resident undergraduates and for all graduate students could occur. The proposed budget does provide some new funding over the biennium to UW computer science and engineering; UW Bothell could receive a portion of that allotment. It is still unclear what the implications of the state budget will be on the overall UW Bothell budget. More will be known once the budget is reviewed and approved by the UW Board of Regents.

The Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory is Open

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The family and friends of Gordon Green assembled on June 22 to celebrate the opening of the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory. The space includes 1,600 square feet of greenhouse and 1,200 square feet of education and exhibit space for historical displays and interpretive materials. The conservatory honors the memory of Sarah Simonds Green, a lover of flowers who was known for her beautiful gardens. The conservatory will serve as a research and education center focusing on the environmental sciences, ecology and botany. Including displays of native and ornamental plants, it also will provide an entry point for the public to appreciate the campus wetlands.

Congratulations Class of 2013!

With nearly 1,400 graduates, thousands of family and friends, and a distinguished keynote speaker, the stage was set for UW Bothell’s energetic and hope-filled 22nd annual Commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 16, 2013. The commencement speaker was Dr. Oscar Arias, Nobel Laureate and two-time president of Costa Rica. After receiving an honorary degree from the University of Washington, Arias challenged graduates to “teach the world to bind the borders that keep one nation from another,” and to “teach us how to use technology to change the world." A number of graduates were celebrated for their accomplishments, including Eleanor Marsh, who received the President’s Medal for the most outstanding achievement by an undergraduate. She received her BSN in nursing with a grade point average of 3.95. Ty Edwards, UW Bothell’s first Fulbright Student Scholar, received the Emerging Leader Award, given to the student who demonstrated leadership on campus and indicates outstanding leadership in the future.  View photos and videos of each honoree here:

UW Bothell Undergraduate Wins Prestigious UW Libraries Research Award


Rena Kawasaki is the grand prize winner of the University of Washington Libraries Research Award for undergraduates. This highly competitive award is given to the finest works of undergraduate scholarship from all three UW campuses. Kawasaki conducted a textual analysis of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest Japanese language newspaper.

Kawasaki’s faculty advisor, Dr. Kristin Gustafson of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Bothell, says, “What is most exciting about Ms. Kawasaki’s research is her ability to move between literatures—from community psychology concepts to journalism history contexts to international relation policies—and make sense of them through the lens of a Japanese American newspaper published post-World War II."

Christian Wins UW Bothell's 4th Fulbright Award


Emily Christian, interim director of UW Bothell Student Services, has been selected to receive a Fulbright Award from the International Education Administrators Program. Christian will travel to Germany in October to participate in the Fulbright Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education. At UW Bothell, Christian oversees student services, including the career center, counseling, merit scholarships and services for veterans and disabled students. Christian is UW Bothell’s fourth Fulbright winner this year, joining Professor Dan Jaffe and students Tyrell Edwards and Christopher Nelson.

New Name, New Focus, Unmatched Student Experience

Digital Future Lab

UW Bothell students now have an opportunity to expand their knowledge base by engaging in a collaborative, interdisciplinary digital experience at the Digital Future Lab. Formerly known as the Center for Serious Play (CSP), the Digital Future Lab is a place where students can gain valuable hands-on development experience while exploring a broad spectrum of digital media projects with faculty and industry partners.

The lab is also partnering with Microsoft, the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts and others to develop a wide range of digital media projects.

The Digital Future Lab emphasizes the dual role of students as both creators and learners, and provides rich opportunities to develop professional identities through ongoing participation in multidisciplinary project teams and regular interaction with industry partners.

Visit the Digital Future Lab's website

Two Student Media Projects Launched in June

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Two long-awaited student media outlets were unveiled in the month of June. On June 5, students flipped the switch to listen to UWave, a new, student-produced online radio station. UWave was built with the collaborative efforts of UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College students, faculty, staff and alumni. The students are laying the foundation for FM broadcasting. In October 2013, the FCC is opening a rare license application window for large urban areas like Seattle. A handful of 100 watt low-power FM (LPFM) licenses will be available. Listen at

Just one day after the UWave launch, the community was treated to the public release of Clamor 2013, UW Bothell’s annual Literary and Arts Journal. Works from Clamor were displayed throughout June in an installation at Shift Collaborative Studio. Clamor includes “best creative practices” in literary, visual and media formats from across the UW Bothell campus and the surrounding community.

Visit Clamor Journal Blog


Upcoming Events

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Fourth of July Parade
UW Bothell will again participate in the City of Bothell’s annual Fourth of July parade. All are welcome to join the UW Bothell crew. The parade begins at noon; float decoration begins at 11:15 in the upper UW Bothell parking lot.

UW Night at the Mariners
Join fellow Huskies on Friday, July 12 to cheer on the Seattle Mariners during the annual UW Night at the Mariners. Pre-game party starts at 5 p.m.;  the game begins at 7 p.m.
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