Chancellor's Monthly Report, Wolf Yeigh

October 2013

Chancellor-Yeigh.jpgGreetings,

I have now logged just over one month as the new UW Bothell Chancellor. I am delighted to join the UW Bothell family. During my first short weeks, I have experienced flawless Pacific Northwest weather, met scores of faculty, staff, students and alumni and attended my first UW Husky football game in the beautiful new stadium.

I want to thank the many people who have welcomed my wife Sandy and me to UW Bothell. It has been a long summer that has involved two cross-country treks and a lot of packing. It is good to be home.

Moving forward, I plan to do a great deal of listening. Over the next several months and beyond, I’ll be learning from you, and we’ll be having conversations about how best to advance our campus community. It will be a time of “reflection and discovery.” Under Chancellor Chan’s leadership, UW Bothell has more than doubled in size, and the quality measures are equally impressive. Reflecting on the great successes you have created together, I’d like to learn what challenges remain and identify opportunities we can harvest in the time ahead.

Please share with me your experience, advice, and anything else that’s on your mind. Send me an email (chancellor@uwb.edu), friend me on Facebook and connect with me on LinkedIn. I look forward to this new chapter and the new academic year.

Sincerely,

Wolf Yeigh Signature

Wolf Yeigh
Chancellor


Record Faculty Class, High Enrollment and New Programs Herald Fall Quarter 2013

Students on CampusApproximately 1,500 first year and transfer students began the fall quarter at UW Bothell. While final enrollment numbers will not be available until Oct. 11, the university welcomed more than 600 first year students and 900 transfer students on Sept. 25, the first day of the fall quarter.

New Programs

Student using a computer Three new academic programs debut this fall quarter. They are: Interactive Media Design (BA), Nursing and Health Studies (BA) and Cyber Security Engineering (MS).

Degrees in chemistry, climate science and policy, computer engineering, mechanical engineering and education will be offered in the fall of 2014. A novel “1+2+1” nursing BSN will also be introduced in the fall of 2014.

New Faculty

Professor lecturing a class Twenty-nine new faculty joined UW Bothell for the 2013-14 academic year. The incoming group is the largest single faculty class in the history of the university. The increase in faculty hires is attributed to the growth in student enrollment, along with an expansion of degree programs at the university.

Eleven of the new hires teach in the new School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Four faculty positions have been added to the Nursing and Health Studies program. The remaining faculty positions are  distributed throughout the university's School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and the School of Business.

Facilities Update: Science and Academic Building Tops Off

Beam signing for the new science and technology building The excellent spring and summer weather of the last several months has helped speed progress on the Science and Academic Building, with completion expected in the fall of 2014. The large construction crane that has been hovering over the campus was removed on Sept. 21. Over the summer, workers "topped off" the building by placing the uppermost beam. Hundreds from throughout the UW Bothell community participated in a long-standing construction tradition of signing the uppermost beam before it is set in place. See our 60-second video on the beam signing at www.uwb.edu/video.

Student Activities Center

Students on campus talking In July, the UW Board of Regents approved construction of a new $19.7-million 36,000 square foot Student Activities Center, to be situated adjacent to the Sports and Recreation Complex and the North Creek Event Center. Now in the final design phase, the $19.7-million facility will provide space for club offices and meetings, along with a fitness center. It is expected to be completed in 2015.

Husky Hall

New Husky Hall building After receiving a space redesign and facelift, Husky Hall will open this fall. The building will serve as a "front door" for new and prospective students by centralizing all admissions services under one roof. The building will also house faculty offices, UWave Radio and student publications. Husky Hall is located across from Husky Village on NE 185th street.

UW Bothell to Host Sally Ride Science Festival

Sally Ride Science Festival in 2012 Hundreds of middle school students are expected to attend UW Bothell’s first Sally Ride Science Festival, slated to take place in September 2014. The festival, which has been held since 2006, is intended to encourage middle school girls towards STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The UW Bothell event will be the first Sally Ride Science Festival to be held in the Pacific Northwest.

Each festival features an inspiring talk by a woman astronaut; workshops for students given by local astronomers, microbiologists and engineers; workshops for parents and teachers on ways to support students' interests in science and math; and a street fair with hands-on activities, booths, food and music.

Electrical Engineering Program Receives Accreditation

Circuit Board for Electrical Engineers The Electrical Engineering program in UW Bothell’s School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math has earned accreditation from the Engineering Commission of ABET, the body that accredits engineering and technology programs.

This new status means the UW Bothell electrical engineering program has met the same level of scrutiny and quality as every other accredited program in the nation.

The ABET accreditation is retroactive from October 1, 2011 which covers all UW Bothell electrical engineering students who previously graduated from the program.

New Nursing Programs Aim to Increase BSN Degrees

Group of nursing students UW Bothell has developed two innovative nursing programs, with the goal of increasing the number of nurses with bachelor of science (BSN) degrees.

Starting this fall, a pilot RN to BSN program will allow employees of UW Medical Center, Harborview, Swedish and Virginia Mason hospitals to attend classes at Harborview Medical Center. Students must earn 30 credits of core nursing classes along with 15 credits of non-nursing elective courses. The program requires four quarters to complete.

In September 2014, UW Bothell and Everett Community College will introduce the "1+2+1" program. Believed to be the first of its kind in the state of Washington, the new pathway allows students to complete their freshman year prerequisite courses at UW Bothell. The student will then attend Everett Community College 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 is expected to better prepare nursing students while reducing the time required to earn a BSN.


Upcoming Events

Homecoming Tailgate

Fans at Washington Husky football game

Saturday, October 26
Husky Stadium Lot E-1, Time TBD

All are welcome to join the Homecoming Tailgate party in the Husky Stadium parking lot. All ages are welcome; there will be food and drink for everyone.

W Day

Holly the Husky at W Day 2012

Friday, October 25
UW Bothell Codex, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Celebrate your love of all things purple and gold on W Day, which celebrates the University of Washington's 152nd birthday. Join us for cupcakes, music and merriment.

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