PFP September Masthead

Preparing Your Student for Life Beyond the UW: A message from Provost Cauce

Dear ,

Ana Mari Cauce

I would like to join President Young in welcoming you to the Husky family! As your Provost, I am responsible for the day-to-day operations at the University of Washington—academic, fiscal, and otherwise. My top priority and my biggest joy in this job will always be to help students get the most out of their Husky experience and to ready them for life after graduation. As the world's challenges grow increasingly complex, finding solutions to them will require innovative, flexible and collaborative problem-solvers. At UW, we work to provide each and every student with the necessary tools to become the leaders this world needs. Read more of Provost Cauce’s letter, and learn about her role at the UW.

Reflections on the Husky Parent Experience

Coach Lorenzo RomarLorenzo Romar, in his 12th year as head coach of UW Men’s Basketball, has two daughters who graduated from the UW, the youngest in 2012. Parent and Family Programs asked him to share his perspective on being a Husky parent alongside his role as a coach and mentor for students.

Besides coaching basketball, do you see mentoring as part of your role at the UW?

No question! If my sole reason to be here is just to win games, I am shunning my responsibilities. When students get to the UW, they are accountable for themselves and start to ask a lot more questions of themselves than they did in high school. They may start to wonder, “Am I really equipped to go out there and attack this world?” Read more of Coach Romar's interview.

Nothing Minor About It

Senior, Pedro Arellano; Arts & Sciences adviser, Jamie B

For students interested in exploring a subject in depth without committing to an additional major, the UW offers academic minors. Many minors are department-based, but some span several departments or colleges and explore interdisciplinary fields like diversity, labor studies, disability studies, and human rights. “These minors fill a demand that people feel hasn’t been met,” says Kevin Mihata, associate dean for educational programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. “They allow students to get substantive specialization in an area that they couldn’t get otherwise.  It can help them focus their interests and articulate them better.” Read the full story.

Husky Parents 101: A Recap

Husky Parents 101 graphicOn Saturday, March 8, Parent and Family Programs hosted its first-ever Husky Parents 101 event. Husky Parents 101 was our response to a February 2013 survey of parents and families, when respondents identified the topic of "careers" as their number-one area of interest. The morning provided opportunity for learning, networking, and discussing ways to help UW undergraduates as they begin to develop their career paths. After receiving such enthusiastic interest and feedback from this first event, we look forward to continuing the Husky Parents 101 series in the future. Unable to attend? Watch the video coverage here!

Visit PFP at the Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Research Symposium poster

Parent and Family Programs is hosting the hospitality suite at the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 16 -- and you're invited! The Undergraduate Research Symposium, taking place in Mary Gates Hall on the UW Seattle campus, is a chance for undergraduates to share their research experiences with a larger audience. The impact of this experience is life-changing. One student participant in last year's symposium said, "Undergraduate research has changed how I approach many life situations and taught me that the best way to deal is to plan ahead, don't fret, and always, always persevere if it doesn't work out the first time."

The symposium also provides a forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting-edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education. Learn more about the symposium.

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014 

Hospitality suite hours: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (12-12: 30 p.m., meet-and-greet with Senior Vice Provost for Academic and Student Affairs, Jerry Baldasty, and Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Ed Taylor)

Location: UW Seattle Campus, Mary Gates Hall, Room 206

UW Day with the Seattle Sounders FC

Seattle Sounders FC logoJoin fellow Huskies for UW Day with the Seattle Sounders FC when they take on Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field on Saturday, May 31! The UWAA has discounted seats for members, alumni, students, parents, families, friends, faculty, staff and retirees, and a portion of every ticket sold goes toward UW student scholarship programs. Order tickets here!

When: Saturday, May 31; game starts at 1 p.m.

Where: CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave S., Seattle, WA

Cost: $26 Hawks' Nest seating (normally $30)

ArtsUW: Dance, exhibits, drama and more!

Handel's Semele, ArtsUWSpring has sprung, and the beautiful cherry blossoms are in full bloom on the UW Seattle campus. It's the perfect time to get out and about, to enjoy the variety of exhibits and performances happening in the next couple of months – many of which are free or reduced prices for your student! From the UW Opera, G.F. Handel’s “Semele,” presented by the School of Music and Pacific MusicWorks, May 16-18, to the School of Art’s MFA + MDes Thesis exhibition, May 23-June 22, at the Henry Art Gallery take your pick, or pick them all! Learn more.

Student Resources

The Career Center
134 Mary Gates Hall - (206) 543-0535
Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mon. - Fri.
No charge for most services. Calendar of events and workshops online.

The Counseling Center
4th floor of Schmitz Hall - (206) 543-1240
Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mon. - Fri.
Confidential counseling available. No charge for most services.

Hall Health Mental Health Clinic
Hall Health - (206) 543-5030
Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mon. - Fri.
Confidential counseling available. Most major insurance accepted.

Health & Wellness
109 Elm Hall - (206) 543-6085
The place to go when you don't know where to go for help in difficult situations, when multiple services are needed to provide a safe and supportive response.

Community Standards & Student Conduct
Condon Hall Room 230 - (206) 685-6194
Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mon. - Fri.
Consultation, Dean's certification forms, disciplinary clearance for study abroad and support for community standards.

Disability Resources for Students (DRS)
011 Mary Gates Hall - (206) 543-8924, (206) 543-8925 (TTY)
Open 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Mon. - Fri.
Services to enrolled students who have a documented permanent or temporary physical, psychological or sensory disability which qualifies them for academic accommodations.




We’d like to hear how the University of Washington can best serve you – the parents and families of our students! Please consider participating in a brief survey, to help us understand your interests. Take the survey here.

Additionally, there is still time to sign up for the next Parent and Family Programs focus group.

Please join us!

Date: Wed., May 21
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: UW Seattle Campus

A light dinner will be served. Space is limited.


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