As March begins, we welcome new leadership to the University of Washington. Dr. Ana Mari Cauce has been a stalwart champion of UW Bothell and we wish her well as she begins her tenure as interim president.

Outreach events provide access to a UW education

February and March are important months on our campus as we hold several outreach events aimed toward helping underrepresented groups navigate the college admissions process. We have held (or have planned) events for these groups: Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, Latino/Latinas and African Americans. I am proud that these programs are bearing fruit. For example, In 2005 we had six undergraduate Native American students. In 2014 we had 76. Most importantly, our students are graduating.

Among institutions with our proportion of low-income students, our campus has among the highest six-year graduation rates in the country.

Another key component of access is helping students realize their dreams. Senior CSS student Eleanor Wort was told by some that as a woman, she couldn’t pursue an engineering career. But she learned otherwise at UW Bothell. Here, we have intentionally recruited women to our faculty and they serve as strong role models. At UW Bothell, women make up 40 percent of STEM faculty, far outpacing the national average. Eleanor will graduate this June with a computer science degree and a position with Microsoft. Like all our students, her future is boundless.

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Wolf Yeigh, Chancellor

NSF Day at UW Bothell

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is coming to UW Bothell on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. NSF Day will provide basic insight and instruction on how to compete for NSF funding for science, engineering and education research. This day-long workshop for early career and tenure track faculty will provide background on the Foundation, its mission, priorities, and budget. NSF representatives will be on hand to answer questions and to host discipline specific breakout sessions to personally engage in discussions with attendees.

UW Bothell lecturer awarded Fulbright Scholar grant

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Greg Tuke, a lecturer in the First Year and Pre-Major program, has been awarded a 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to India. Beginning September 2015, Tuke will spend nine months working with the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, teaching and conducting faculty trainings on using online tools to embed international collaboration projects into local courses. Tuke teaches social media and social change courses at UW Bothell. He has been instrumental in launching our efforts to institutionally support Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses across the curriculum. He is also the faculty leader for the Global Living Learning Community in student housing, and has conducted digital storytelling workshops for visiting groups of students from South Africa, Japan and Mexico.

Brotman Brothers receive Icons of Retail Award

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Costco co-founder Jeff Brotman and his brother and long-time Seattle retailer, Michel Brotman, were named 2015 Icons of Retail. The award was created by our Retail Management program in the School of Business to showcase industry leaders in a region of iconic retail brands. Mary Ann Odegaard, Ph.D., launched the retail management program, “Jeff and Michel have been role models for countless entrepreneurial retailers as well as generous supporters and partners with the university.” Dean Sandeep Krishnamurthy says Jeff and Michel epitomize the visionary, ethical leaders that the UW Bothell School of Business develops. The awards were presented on March 2 at the third annual Icons of Retail award ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

Starbucks teams up with MBA students

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Four years ago, Dennis McGrath, Vice President Global Test and Operations at Starbucks Corp., approached UW Bothell’s School of Business to create a partnership where students could get involved in low-level testing and program development. But Associate Professor Surya Pathak challenged him to do more. “He told me I wasn’t thinking big enough about this and we could make it much more significant,” says McGrath. Although wary at first, McGrath agreed to take a chance.

Since then, select students in UW Bothell’s Master of Business Administration program have worked on twenty projects addressing real questions facing McGrath’s Global Operations Innovation team. Pathak says that the partnership with Starbucks aligns with the community-based learning focus by giving his students practical experience working on real-world problems. McGrath says the program benefits Starbucks as well. “It is a development opportunity for many of the people on my team,” he says. One of his team members decided to go back to school and earn an MBA at UW Bothell. (Click here to read the full story)

Upcoming events

Author Jeff Chang / Who We Be: The Colorization of America
Tuesday, March 10
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Discovery Hall 062

Inaugural Alumni Weekend & 10th Annual Husky 5k
Saturday, May 9
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


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