Chancellor's Monthly Report, Wolf Yeigh

May 2014


I have just returned from a whirlwind trip to Southeast Asia where I met with industry leaders and UW Bothell alumni. We take pride in preparing students to work in a global economy at UW Bothell; this trip helped strengthen those ties with companies that do business in and around the Puget Sound.

I recently attended our admitted students’ reception, where we welcomed those students who will attend UW Bothell in the fall. The event was held in a packed auditorium filled with students (and their families) who are excited to attend UW Bothell. Our enrollment numbers for the fall continue to look encouraging. The School of STEM is at 111 percent of its target enrollment. Newer programs such as the Interactive Media Design program are also exceeding expectations.

UW Bothell must continue to grow to address the lack of higher education opportunity in the state of Washington. Together with the administrative team and faculty, we are developing a growth plan that assumes our campus will grow to 7,500 students by 2020. However, our challenge is clear; we are adding students at a faster pace than we can add new space.

Hence, we are exploring other options. They include off-site classes, hybrid and online solutions and an expanded class schedule, including a true summer semester or possibly weekend classes. With Discovery Hall at capacity before it even opens, it’s also not too early to begin advocating for future buildings.

My vision of UW Bothell is fueled by the success of our students. Three students recently earned prestigious awards. Aspasea McKenna (’13) an alumna from the School of Business has received a Fulbright Award. We also have two new Mary Gates Research Scholars: Jiansheng (Jarvis) Xu (School of Business) and Tyler Bannon (School of STEM). Congratulations to these three scholars. In their success, we catch a glimpse of what is possible.


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ABC’s John Quiñones to Speak at UW Bothell Commencement

John Quiñones John Quiñones, Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC’s Primetime and sole anchor of the Primetime series What Would You Do?, will deliver the commencement address to the graduating class of the University of Washington Bothell at its 23rd Commencement Ceremony. The event takes place at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, June 15 in Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Alaska Airlines Arena, at the University of Washington Seattle campus. About 1,400 students will receive degrees.

Like Quiñones, many UW Bothell students have overcome multiple barriers to attain a college education. Of the 4,600 diverse students at UW Bothell, nearly half are the first in their families to attend a four-year college and many work full time while immersed in their academic studies.

Quiñones frequently shares his powerful story of growing up in a poor family of migrant workers to eventually become ABC’s first Latino correspondent. He encourages the pursuit of dreams regardless of socio-economic barriers and emphasizes the role education played in his success.

In a video message to the UW Bothell community, Quiñones says he looks forward to challenging graduates and attendees at the ceremony. Tickets are required. Click here to watch the video.

Two Faculty Receive University Recognition

Benjamin Gardner Benjamin Gardner, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award. Gardner is an assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Since joining the UW Bothell faculty in 2008, Gardner has consistently proven himself as an outstanding and successful teacher, mentor and colleague. He is recognized for continually improving his own courses and actively sharing those new approaches and innovations, which ultimately are used throughout the curriculum and the campus.

Gardner’s record as an inspiring instructor and pedagogical innovator is equally attested to by his impressive results as a student mentor. Two of his undergraduate students have received Mary Gates Research Fellowships and a third received the UW Bothell undergraduate research award.

Dan JaffeDan Jaffe, Ph.D., has received the inaugural Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award from UW Bothell.

The new award recognizes a UW Bothell faculty member for scholarly or creative achievement that exemplifies the standards of excellence of the research environment at UW Bothell. The award will be presented annually.

Jaffe is a professor of atmospheric and environmental chemistry in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. He is internationally recognized for his research in global and regional air pollution and long-range transport of pollution. He received a Fulbright Award in 2013 and is currently in Naples, Italy conducting research as a Fulbright scholar.

Welcome Ana Karaman

Ana Karaman Ana Karaman, Ph.D., is the new vice chancellor for administration and planning at UW Bothell. She began May 1. At UW Bothell, Karaman will manage a $60 million annual budget and develop strategic long-range financial plans for the campus. Karaman will also direct facilities planning. The campus will welcome her with a reception on May 5.

Where are the Black Superheroes?

Aina Braxton Aina Braxton, program coordinator for UW Bothell’s Digital Future Lab, is doing research to help solve the cultural misrepresentation in video games. Braxton was recently featured in the blog Pixelkin, where she talked about a recent workshop she conducted with teenagers to look at the portrayal of African-American characters in video games. “I’ve always wanted to flesh out more about all kinds of underrepresented groups and how they’re written into these games in ways that sometimes can be really awesome and sometimes can be hurtful and leave a lot to be desired,” Braxton says. Read the Pixelkin article here.

Cannon Named Director of Institutional Research

Russell Cannon Russell Cannon is the new director of institutional research at UW Bothell. He was most recently at the Office of Institutional Research and Planning at Beloit College. His work there focused on pairing careful research with stakeholder input and working with colleagues across the college to turn findings into meaningful action. Cannon holds an M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. (pending) in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

UW Bothell Names its First Director of Undergraduate Research

Charlotte Rasmussen Charlotte Rasmussen, Ph.D., is UW Bothell’s first director of undergraduate research. She will occupy the undergraduate research office in the Student Success Center and will support undergraduate research through programs and curriculum, student life, faculty research and university/community partnerships.

Upcoming Events

IAS Research Colloquium With Rebecca Price

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
4 to 5:30 p.m. in UW1-280

9th Annual Husky 5k

Saturday, May 10, 2014
8 to 10:30 a.m.
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