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• Winter Wishes from the Dean
• In the Spotlight
• Winter Events 
• In Case You Missed It
• Show Your Husky Pride

Warm Winter Wishes from the Dean

Ed Taylor 200x200I taught a seminar fall quarter in which students examined leadership across cultures, traditions and countries. Students in my class were from all over the world and it reminded me that there is no single Husky story. In this e-newsletter, I hope you’ll be inspired by student and alumni stories that show UW narratives—plural—and how students connect to the boundless opportunities here and carry those experiences into the world and make an impact.

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In the Spotlight

Danny Shelton6 high notes for Danny Shelton in 2014

Husky senior nose tackle Danny Shelton had a busy year in 2014. Both on and off the field, dedication to his academic studies and leadership on the football field reflect this Husky’s passion and drive. Read more >



Sam BurdenUndergraduate robotics researcher returns to UW as assistant professor

Sam Burden, '08, started as a bored high school student in eastern Washington who wasn’t even planning on going to college to an incoming assistant professor in the University of Washington’s Electrical Engineering Department. Undergraduate research in robotics was key to Burden’s academic experience. Read more >



Jennifer LeeFrom the lab bench to the White House

When Jennifer Lee, ’06, came to the University of Washington, she expected to earn her bachelor’s degree and then a Ph.D. in a science-related discipline. She didn’t think she’d end up working at the White House. Read more >



David OlsenLife really does begin at 40

As a child, David Olsen visited his grandfather’s Venezuelan health clinic during summer breaks. The elder doctor was a gifted internist who often volunteered his services to treat those in need. As Olsen swept the floors, he observed how one person can truly make a difference. Now a UW undergrad, Olsen looks to make a difference himself. Read more >



Waseda University ThumbnailVideo / Looking at the future of global leadership

Watch how UW students and students from Waseda University in Tokyo learn across cultures to develop their leadership philosophies and principles, preparing themselves to create global change. Watch >



Dream Project mentorsMoving the opportunity needle

In 2010, the Dream Project received a four-year, $972,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to expand, deepen and evaluate its program. That grant has concluded and the results are in. See what we’ve learned about the Dream Project impact and what’s in store for the program. Read more >


Winter Events 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 19, 2015
Kickoff: 8 a.m. | Ethnic Cultural Center
Project locations and times vary, see links below.

Start 2015 by serving your community!

Join UW students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends in this annual day of service by building a team as a project leader or by registering individually for a public project.

This January 19, honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by joining a community of volunteers ready to provide vital people-power to organizations that support King County’s most vulnerable populations. Each year the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service inspires more than 1,000 volunteers to donate their time to nonprofit organizations for day-long service projects that make a difference for months to come.

The MLK Day of Service is produced in partnership by the UW’s Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center and United Way of King County.


Scholarship Saturday
January 31, 2015
1-5 p.m. | Mary Gates Hall

High school students are invited to work on scholarship applications with the Dream Project. With the help of scholarship experts and mentors, students will find scholarships that are a good fit for them and fill out and submit high quality applications. Students will also have the opportunity to attend relevant workshops and presentations about scholarships and financial aid. This event is open to all high school students. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Limited bus transportation will be provided. Parking is free in the UW Central Plaza Garage. RSVP required.


In Case You Missed It

Video / Best Husky Moments of 2014

New director maps social justice to Honors Program landscape

Video / Art of Light with undergraduate artist and researcher Julia Chamberlain

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Show Your Husky Pride

End of Year GivingLast chance to make an impact

There are only a few more hours to make an impact in 2014! Together we can make 2015 even brighter: go online to make your tax deductible gift before midnight this Wednesday, December 31, and renew your support of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. If you already made your gift this year, thank you! From all of our programs, we wish you a Happy New Year full of boundless opportunities!


Husky License Plate

Purple pride on your ride

Show your UW pride on your ride with the new, purple University of Washington license plates. With a portion of every purchase going directly toward academic scholarships, it’s a great way to give back.

Get yours: uw.edu/huskyplates
Be social about it: #UWPurplePlates


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UAA Alumni

What are you doing now? How have your undergraduate experiences impacted your current work? Tell us about it by emailing UAAalum@uw.edu.

UAA Programs & Initiatives

Academic Support ProgramsCarlson Leadership & Public Service Center * Center for Experiential Learning & DiversityCenter for Learning & Undergrad Enrichment * Center for Teaching & LearningDream Project * First Year Programs * Honors Program * Husky Leadership InitiativeJumpstart * Global Opportunities * Mary Gates Endowment * Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards * Office of Educational Assessment * Pipeline Project * Robinson Center for Young Scholars * Undergraduate Advising * Undergraduate Research Program

About this e-Newsletter

This newsletter is produced by Undergraduate Academic Affairs to keep students, UAA alumni and friends connected to the diverse and inspiring undergraduate community at the University of Washington.