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David Allen It gives me great pride to introduce you to our first School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS) newsletter! As the school grows by leaps and bounds, we felt it was essential for us to communicate our past accomplishments and current endeavors with you: our alumni, friends, community partners and supporters.

First off, last Spring, we had the incredible opportunity to hire seven new faculty members all of whom have begun teaching this Fall. We had a riches of talent with close to 100 applicants from all over the US and the world. I look forward to seeing the contributions each of these new faculty members make during this academic year.

Last Fall, the school accomplished another key initiative - the launching of the First Year Entry program. This program is uniquely designed to enroll high school graduates into our nursing program by spending their first year here at NHS then moving to Everett Community College for two years to earn their Associate’s degree (RN) and then back to us to complete their Bachelor’s degree. We currently have a very diverse cohort of 23 students from across the region!

With regards to other curriculum developments, we are currently working on the expansion and refinement of our Health Studies degree, a major overhaul of our MN degree and the initial revision of the BSN curriculum. And as we develop and revise these important initiatives, I want to acknowledge the work of our volunteer boards: the Mission & Strategies Advisory board and the Curricular & Educational Policy board. Both boards have been and continue to be integral in the shaping and enriching of our work.

These are just a few of the extraordinary undertakings by our school. As you’ll read ahead, we have highlighted important work by our students, alumni, faculty and community partners. We hope you’ll see the value our school provides as a regional asset around health and health careers. We want to continue graduating stellar students, building key partnerships with regional healthcare organizations while our enduring commitment to social justice for which leads us to focus on agencies working with under-served populations. We believe the health and prosperity of University of Washington Bothell and our communities are inseparable. Please stay in touch and let us know if there are other items and/or issues you’d like us to feature in our next newsletter!

Warm regards,
David Allen
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NHS School News

UW Bothell School of Nursing & Health Studies graduation 2015 largest in history

This past June, nearly 1,800 students received their bachelor’s and master’s degrees during UW Bothell’s 24th commencement. This was the largest graduating class for both the University and the School of Nursing and Health Studies. A total of 177 NHS students graduated this spring of which 80% earned undergraduate degrees in either Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Bachelor of Arts in Health studies (BA) and 20% earned Master of Science degrees in nursing (MN). Read more about our 2015 graduates.

University of Washington Bothell ranked best in state by Money magazine

For the second year in a row, the University of Washington Bothell has been ranked No. 1 in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest, according to a ranking of best colleges in the most recent issue of Money magazine. Read more.

Nursing student selected for 2015 Bonderman Fellowship

Emily Soman

Emily Sorman, a Registered Nurse and current BSN student, was one of fourteen undergraduate students awarded a Bonderman Travel Fellowship. Read more about Emily Sorman.

UW Bothell names Swedish CEO 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

June Altaras

The University of Washington Bothell has named Swedish CEO June Altaras the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Altaras graduated with her bachelor’s in nursing in 1997 and returned in 2007 to get her master's degree. She credits her analytical thinking, research success, and vision for diversity in hiring and patient care to the classes she took at UW Bothell. “I believe that there is not a day that goes by that my education at UW Bothell doesn’t influence something I’m doing, impact my thinking, or impact a decision. Read more.

Faculty News

Seven new faculty members hired

The School of Nursing and Health Studies is proud to announce the addition of seven new faculty members:
Dan Bustillos (Assistant Professor)
Meghan Eagen-Torkko (Assistant Professor)
Katryna McCoy (Assistant Professor)
Victoria Breckwich Vasquez (Assistant Professor)
Eric Stoerm Anderson (Senior Lecturer)
Annie Bruck (Senior Lecturer)
Grace Lasker (Senior Lecturer)
Read more.

Chris Wade awarded UWBIG funding

Chris Wade

Chris Wade, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing & Health Studies, received a $5,000 grant from the UW Bothell Initiatives Group (UWBIG) for a pilot project to create a reviewed online compendium of health related movies, clips, podcasts, games, comics, teaching tools, etc…
Read more about the award.

Mayumi Willgerodt named UW Bothell’s first graduate studies director

Mayumi Willgerodt

Mayumi Willgerodt, Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, has become the first Graduate Studies Director at UW Bothell this coming fall.
Read more.

Cheryl Cooke promoted to associate professor with tenure

Cheryl Cooke

Cheryl Cooke was promoted and received tenure as part of the annual faculty recognition reception on May 19.
Read more.

Alumni News

Alumna helps with rescue efforts to Nepal in May 2015

Miriam Witt

Miriam Witt, NHS Alumna and orthopedic and surgical nurse at Skagit Valley Hospital, traveled to Nepal this past spring to assist with earthquake relief efforts after the magnitude-7.8 earthquake on April 25, 2015. Read more on the Skagit Valley Herald website.

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Please join us on Tuesday, January 19 for an alumni reception and evening of conversation between NHS Dean David Allen and UWB NHS distinguished alumna, June Altaras. The UWB BOLD program is hosting this engaging event as part of their Leadership Lesson series. More details and information to follow.