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Foundation Board News

Happy Spring!  The cherry trees are starting to blossom on the Quad and the students are out in full force enjoying the sun.  We're looking forward to being back on the Seattle campus for our next meeting on Friday, April 25 which will be a joint meeting with the UW Alumni Association Board.  A few recent updates:

  • The attached February Report of Contributions details the generosity of alumni and friends to the UW: 
Current YTD (7/1/2013 – 2/28/14)   $375,726,415
Previous YTD   (7/1/2012 – 2/28/13) $220,432,382
  • REMINDER: The Award & Recognition Committee continues to accept nominees for the Gates Volunteer Service Award which recognizes long-term volunteer service and impact.  To make a nomination, please visit the GVSA website. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2014.

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New Foundation Board Calendar

Check out the new calendar on the Board website!  Now you can check event details, filter events by Committee and subscribe to the calendar feed for easy addition to your personal calendar.

To access the Board website, you will need to sign in with your HuskyID.  If you have any questions about your ID, please contact Leela Bilow for assistance.

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Top Stories

Justice Sonia Sotomayor visits UW
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor asks herself two questions when she goes to bed at night: What have I done that’s something nice for someone else today? And, what did I learn new today? “It doesn’t have to be big momentous things, but they’re building blocks to growing,” Sotomayor told an audience at the University of Washington.  
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UW astronomer's seven-planet system part of major NASA discovery
University of Washington astronomer Eric Agol played a key role in the windfall of 715 new exoplanets announced by NASA Feb. 26.  Full Story

New initiative prompts engineering students to look back to go forward
The University of Washington’s Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching has received a $4.4 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to develop and promote teaching practices that help undergraduate engineering students reflect on their experiences.   Full Story

Deep Dive Highlight

School of Music 

Ludovic Morlot

The School of Music Deep Dive provided a number of insights into the technical, musical and instructional aspects of the UW Symphony performances.  Although I’ve been backstage at Meany on a number of occasions, this was the first time that I’d seen the mechanics used to customize the stage to different types of performances.  The demonstration made it clear how tailoring the space maximizes the effectiveness of various types of music. 

The rehearsal itself was wonderful.  Not only did we have the pleasure of observing the development of a performance, but the ease with which the orchestra incorporated Maestro Morlot’s suggestions into their playing spoke volumes about their talent, and the musical maturity and subtleties of which they’re capable.

I was very interested in Maestro Morlot’s remarks during the reception about learning more from the student orchestra than from the well-established ones with which he works.  It’s particularly intriguing that it’s the students who question him, rather than the professional musicians, which reflects not only their eagerness to learn, but his approachability and eagerness to teach.  And, as always, it’s a joy to hear students speak about their music.   

Many thanks to Richard Karpen and his staff, as well as to the students and M. Morlot for inviting us to share in the fun!

- Marcie Stone
UW Alumni Association Board of Trustees, MLIS Advisory Board Member (iSchool)

Upcoming Events

April 24, 2014 – UW Foundation Board Dinner at Boat Street Cafe, 6:30 p.m.

April 25, 2014  –  UW Foundation Board of Directors & UWAA Board of Trustees Joint Meeting, 8:30 a.m. – Noon 

May 8, 2014 – Deep Dive College of Environment, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

May 19 and 21, 2014 – Deep Dive Center for Commercialization, 12:00 p.m. –2:00 p.m.

September 4, 2014 – Recognition Event for Outgoing Directors, 6:30 p.m.

September 5, 2014 – UW Foundation Board Meeting, 8:30 a.m. –  11:30 a.m. 

Media Highlights

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UW in the News

Chris Petersen establishing new tone with UW Football
The Seattle Times 

New health care collaborative to take on industry issues
Puget Sound Business Journal

Aspiring teachers learn alongside dedicated mentors
USA Today



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