Chancellor's Monthly Report, Wolf Yeigh

February 2014


Chancellor’s Letter Feb. 2014

I always enjoy my job, but the last few weeks have been especially gratifying as I have had the opportunity to work alongside students and represent UW Bothell at home, in Olympia and in Washington, D.C.

I especially enjoyed serving with students from UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College on Jan. 20 as we marked the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. I want to thank Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Representative Derek Stanford for attending, along with 100 students and staff from both campuses.

I also had the privilege of testifying in front of the Washington State House Higher Education Committee on Jan. 15. As I spoke about our success – rising enrollment, increased numbers of faculty – the representatives wanted to know the secret to our success. I tell everyone that our "special sauce" is our great faculty and staff and our devoted supporters. It is such an honor to represent this institution throughout our state and region. You make my job easy.

Closer to home, UW Bothell hosted the University of Washington Foundation Board on Jan. 24. This dedicated group of volunteers supports the UW in myriad ways, but many had not been to our campus before. It was wonderful to share our story with them.

Speaking of success, UW Bothell opened its new Student Success Center in January. Located on the first floor of UW-1, the center brings many core student services (counseling, advising, Center for University Programs and Services, Veterans services) and others under one roof and in one space. I want to recognize Gray Kochhar-Lindgren and his team for creating yet another space that puts students first.

Finally, I want to congratulate the Nordstrom family and Nordstrom Inc., recipient of the second annual Icons of Retail award. The award is given by the UW Bothell School of Business' Retail Management Program to trailblazers in the retail industry. The Nordstrom family has been a stalwart supporter of the University of Washington and numerous charities in the region.

As I conclude this letter, I wish to remember Chancellor Debra Friedman, my counterpart at the University of Washington Tacoma. Debra died of lung cancer on Sunday, January 26th. She was a gifted, dedicated administrator and I enjoyed collaborating with her. She will be missed.


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Student Success Center is Open

Student Success Center On January 16, the University of Washington Bothell opened the Student Success Center, a new home for some of UW Bothell’s exceptional student resources. “The Student Success Center is an improved model for student services in that it provides a unified, cross-unit space that will help with the nuts and bolts of student concerns, but also enable an easier flow between students and staff,” says Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Learning.

The center houses a number of programs and career services; community based learning & research; the first year and pre-major programs & advising (CUSP); disability resources for students; global initiatives & study abroad; undergraduate research; student leadership, diversity, and engagement projects. Kochhar-Lindgren says the center combines key resources together into a single space, which will help students get quicker response to questions.

Donors Honored at Scholarship Breakfast

Scholarship Breakfast UW Bothell student scholarship recipients gathered to recognize donors at breakfast reception on January 28 on the UW Bothell campus. About 60 percent of students at UW Bothell receive some sort of financial aid. Students thanked donors for their financial support, which allows them to concentrate on their education without also struggling to make ends meet. UW Bothell awards about 50 privately-funded  scholarships to students each year.

Nordstrom Honored With Icons of Retail Award

BooksFor its trailblazing contributions to the retail field, the Nordstrom family and Nordstrom, Inc. have been selected as the second recipient of the Icons of Retail Award. The award will be presented to Erik Nordstrom, President of Stores, at an event to be held on Thursday, Feb. 6. The Icons of Retail Award is presented by the University of Washington Bothell School of Business’ Retail Management Program and exemplifies the school’s strategic commitment to retail education, outreach and research. Last year’s recipient was Kemper Freeman, Jr., CEO and Principal Owner of Kemper Development Company.

Teaching and Learning Center is “Exemplary”

Fast FactsThe Teaching and Learning Center at UW Bothell is one of two finalists in a survey to select the finest teaching and learning centers at a college or university in the U.S. The survey, conducted by the Teaching & Learning Institute and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at Florida State College at Jacksonville, included responses from 107 colleges and universities throughout the country.

“This is a well-deserved honor and recognition of the great work done by the TLC, says Susan Jeffords, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

The award will be presented at the 25th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning to be held March 25 in Florida.

Research in Progress Series: Focus on Digital Data

Annual ReportThis quarter, the UW Bothell Office of Research is presenting a unified set of presentations with the theme "Data in the Digital Age.” The series, which will span seven weeks, highlights the importance of interdisciplinary conversations over the spectrum issues surrounding data in the modern world. Curated by Jason Pace, Executive Director of the Digital Future Lab, the series examines how increasingly pervasive access-to and interaction-with digital data is influencing creative arts and the humanities (and indeed how the humanities might help frame how we approach issues related to data).

At the end of the series there will be discussion about how digital data informs, influences or impacts a diversity of research and have attendees thinking about the many ways digital data has integrated into our work across a spectrum of endeavors. All talks are held on Tuesdays, from 4 to 5 p.m. in room LB1-205. The talks are free and open to the public. For the complete schedule of talks, visit

New Recycling Initiative to Raise Funds and Help the Planet

Ron Krabill Students, faculty and staff at UW Bothell can now recycle small electronics on campus, thanks to a new partnership with Waste Management. “We evaluated several programs, and ultimately selected the “Cartridges for Kids” project with Waste Management,” says Tony Guerrero, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services. The program, which has been used widely in K-12 schools in Washington State, will return a portion of recycling proceeds back to UW Bothell. Guererro says funds could be used to fund student sustainability projects.

Items that can be recycled include printer cartridges and small electronics including mp3 players, phones, cameras and laptops. All personal information should be removed from devices prior to recycling.

Two bins have been placed in UW-1 and UW-2, with a third to be placed at a site yet to be determined.

Upcoming Events

Research In Progress

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in UW1 - 280.

"Re-Mapping Imaginary and Imagined Communities," by Ted Hiebert & Jin-Kyu Jung, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences.

Pacific Islanders Pursuing Education

Friday, February 7, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Mobius Hall

High school students of Pacific Islander background explore the UW Bothell campus.


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