Chancellor's Monthly Report, Wolf Yeigh

June 2014

Chancellor-Yeigh.jpgGreetings,

In two weeks, the University of Washington Bothell will hold commencement exercises for its largest class ever. More than 1,500 students will receive degrees or certificates this year. We have so many graduates walking in this year’s commencement ceremony that we are challenging the laws of physics to fit everyone into Alaska Airlines Arena on the UW Seattle campus.

UW Bothell is the fourth fastest-growing public university in the nation

I often tell people we are the fastest-growing university in the state of Washington. However, in a new analysis of six-year national enrollment data, the University of Washington Bothell is the fourth fastest-growing university in the nation (among public, four-year institutions). Further, UW Bothell is the fastest-growing four-year, public university in the Pacific Northwest. We are achieving our goal of becoming a university of choice for students in our region.  Of course, we do not pursue enrollment growth to meet some arbitrary metric. Enrollment growth indicates we are fulfilling our mission to provide access and opportunity for a University of Washington education to talented students in our state and region.

Sustainability: A core value

In addition to providing access, another of our core values is sustainability. I’d like to share a few of this year’s key accomplishments:

  • Discovery Hall is targeted to receive a LEED Gold rating.
  • In early 2014, we applied for and received a Washington State Department of Commerce solar grant for more than $550,000. This funding, combined with contributions from UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College, will result in nearly 500 rooftop solar panels being installed on our LB2 building over the summer. Read more about this grant.
  • Use of high-efficiency hand driers has saved an estimated 850,000 paper towels per building from future use and disposal. Each hand drier will cost roughly $7 per month in electricity, versus about $500 per month in paper towels for a given building.
  • In addition, by participating in the Shred-it™ secure recycling program, we diverted 14 tons of paper from the landfill, saving an estimated 240 trees from destruction. Combined with new combined stations for compost, landfill, and recycling placed throughout UW Bothell buildings, we are striving to set new standards for waste management and reduction on campus.

This will be the last Chancellor’s Monthly Report for the 2013-14 academic year. I want to thank you for supporting me during my first academic year at UW Bothell. It’s been a year of great success that would have been unattainable without your support. 

Sincerely,

Wolf Yeigh Signature

Wolf Yeigh
Chancellor


2014 Legacy Award recipients

Legacy Award Recipients On Saturday May 17, three distinguished community leaders were honored with the 2014 Legacy Award. The honorees, Snohomish County Deputy Executive Mark Ericks, state Senator Rosemary McAuliffe and Representative Derek Kilmer were recognized for their demonstrated support and lifelong commitment to developing UW Bothell, advocating for our students, and expanding the state’s public higher education system. Read more.

2014 Worthington Distinguished Scholars

Worthington Scholars Three UW Bothell faculty members have been named 2014 Worthington Distinguished Scholars. The faculty scholars are Allison Hintz and Antony Smith from the Education program and Seungkeun Choi from the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Hintz and Smith’s research has resulted in the development of a process to incorporate mathematics into the literature for Seattle Public Libraries’ story time. They hope to reach a more diverse population. Choi is researching emerging lighting technology and plans to develop a more energy-efficient product that could reduce power consumption by almost 50 percent and save the U.S. approximately $250 billion.

Commencement by the numbers

graduation caps A record number of students are expected to don their caps and gowns at UW Bothell’s 23rd commencement ceremony. Nearly 1,000 of this year’s 1,500 graduates will fill Hec Ed to celebrate their own accomplishments in completing their undergraduate and graduate degrees. They will also honor the accomplishments of this year's Chancellor’s Medalist, MFA student Katherine Seidemann. The winner of the President’s Medalist is CSS student Kevin Call.

Here’s a breakdown of graduates by the numbers:

School/ProgramGraduate DegreesUndergraduate Degrees
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences 43 486
School of Business 57 362
Education Program 60
Nursing and Health Studies Program 29 273
School of Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics 16 210

 This year’s graduates will bring the number of UW Bothell alumni to more than 14,000.

Ninth annual Husky 5K is a success

Husky 5k This year’s Husky 5K was the most successful ever. On Saturday May 10, the UW Bothell campus was filled with more than 900 people, nearly 700 who participated in the race. Thanks to the biggest turnout ever, the Alumni Student Endowed Scholarship has now surpassed $100,000. Check out pictures from the Husky 5K here. Next year’s 10th Annual Husky 5K will take place on Saturday, May 10 and is sure to be a great celebration as part of UW Bothell’s 25th Anniversary.

Student Activities Center groundbreaking

Activities Center Our campus continues to grow to as we support student academics and enhance the campus community. On Friday June 5, UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College will come together to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new $20-million Student Activities Center. The 36,000 square foot facility will be funded by student fees from both campuses and will provide open, flexible space for student government and club offices as well as work space. The center, scheduled to open in the fall, will be situated adjacent to the campus’ Sports and Recreation Complex and the North Creek Event Center.

Upcoming Events

Groundbreaking for Student Activities Center

Thursday, June 5, 2014
10:30 to 11:00 a.m. by North Creek Events Center

Commencement

Sunday, June 15, 2014
1:45 to 4:30 p.m.
Alaska Airlines Arena, UW Seattle (tickets are required)

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