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Message from the Dean

Dear UAA Colleagues,

Welcome to the start of the academic year. For some of you, that means welcome back to campus but for some, your work is most intensive in the summer and just leading up to fall quarter. The coming year will be busy.

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Read for the Record | Jumpstart

October 5 | noon-2 p.m. | Mary Gates Hall 120
Sort books, crafts, and activity kits.

October 7 | 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Read with children at local preschool classrooms.

Read for the Record generates public awareness for early childhood literacy and education by creating the largest, shared reading experience across the nation. This year, the fifth year of the program, children around the country will be reading the Caldecott-Award-winning book “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats.


Research Exposed!

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:20 p.m. | Odegaard 220

The popular course in which students learn about research from various disciplines across the UW campus is back!

Frances McCue, writer-in-residence in the Honors Program, will discuss her research as a poet and writer. For her latest book, The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs, she used the UW Special Collections library extensively in her research of the poet Richard Hugo.

McCue talks on October 13.


Quick Note

You Are Never Where You Are

UW Common BookPoet and UW professor Rick Kenney says that "People like poetry like people like music: nobody doesn't. If some think they don't, they just haven't listened to the right thing." Maybe the poem that resonates with you is in You Are Never Where You Are, the 2010-11 UW Common Book. There's only one way to find out--read it!

As in years past, a few copies of the book are available for UAA staff to borrow. Just swing by Mary Gates Hall 220. The book is also for sale at the University Book Store.

Also, connect to an online community via the UW Common Book Facebook page.


UAA News

Read for the Record 2010

On Thursday, October 7, the University of Washington community can help prepare preschool-age children for kindergarten by volunteering for Jumpstart’s annual national Read for the Record 2010 Day. The campaign generates public awareness for early childhood literacy and education by creating the largest, shared reading experience across the nation.


Ran Hennes, our dear colleague and former associate director, passed away Monday evening, September 13. Ran had been dealing with lymphoma for several years. He was still teaching part-time and enjoying his retirement. During the last six months he had some setbacks and toward the end he choose to go on his own terms.


Undergradaute Researcher at Undergradaute Research SymposiumThe Undergraduate Research Symposium is a recent addition to the University of Washington’s YouTube channel. Watch the video and hear what students have to say about the impact of research on their education.



Leading and learning from national Campus Compact institute

Undergraduate Academic Affairs service learning leader Rachel Vaughn brought her leadership skills to the national Campus Compact institute this summer. Vaughn is associate director in the Carlson Center.


Congratulations and thank you to these Undergraduate Academic Affairs employees who reached a milestone in their service to the University.


UAA Media Digest

New faculty get orientation, too -- in the Faculty Fellows Program

U Week | 9/30/10
Chantel Prat was nervous. She was spending her first full week on the UW campus. Prat is not a student, but a new assistant professor of psychology. Luckily she got help in the weeklong Faculty Fellows Program, designed to help new faculty members get oriented and learn more about their teaching role.


Poetry Slam

The Daily | 9/29/10
Once freshmen have read the common book, the hope is that it will introduce and connect them to the community while also strengthening engagement with the book’s themes. In past years, the book has been integrated into classes and Freshman Interest Groups with guest speakers and other related events.


Incoming UW freshman rally together while facing higher tuition

KING-TV NBC 5 | 9/27/10
4,500 incoming University of Washington freshman will be facing a 14-percent hike in tuition. The University says it was forced to raise tuition as state funding was cut. Ed Taylor is quoted.


Ending the week on a nice note: UW picks poetry text for frosh reading | 9/23/10 blogger re-caps some news stories about "You Are Never Where You Are" and adds context about critical reading and poetry.


UW's freshmen all must read (gasp!) poetry | 9/22/10
A University of Washington committee took a brave step, deciding that this year’s common book for all incoming freshmen would be a volume of poetry.


UW freshmen asked to read poetry

Seattle P-I | 9/22/10
The roughly 5,500 University of Washington freshmen attending orientation this month are receiving a slim book titled "You Are Never Where You Are."


Standout scholar returns from extensive travels before stint at Cambridge

The Daily News | 9/21/10
Sam Sudar, ’09, Honors alumnus, had the pleasant choice of deciding between the Bonderman Fellowship and a Gates Cambridge Scholarship as a next step. He chose to do both, delaying his studies at Cambridge in order to take advantage of the travel grant, which he regarded as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


UW Common Book

The Daily | 9/6/10
The Daily’s Welcome Edition features a story on the 2010 UW Common Book, "You Are Never Where You Are."


Encouraging Children to Dream Big

Columns | September 2010
While many of her classmates were relaxing on a sunny beach or catching up on sleep, UW sophomore Dawn Tuason spent last spring break in cool and rainy Forks, Washington. For a week, she helped a spirited group of third-graders write books about their dreams.


Seattle’s Alt-Rock Hub, Purring With Jazz

New York Times | 8/26/10
Feature on Seattle’s Jazz scene includes acclaimed trumpeter Cuong Vu, UW professor and 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award recipient.


15 UW students, alumni selected for Fulbright Scholarships

U Week | 8/19/10
Fifteen UW alumni and students have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships, joining the more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2010-11 academic year through the Fulbright Student Program. This number of recipients sets an institutional record for the largest number of UW undergraduate Fulbright awardees.


On the trail of the poet

Real Change News | 8/18/10
Interview with Frances McCue about her book "The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs." McCue is writer-in-residence in the University Honors Program and served on the selection committee of the 2010 UW Common Book, and wrote the introduction to it.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships are awarded to 11 UW alumni

NW Asian Weekly | 8/12/10
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awarded scholarships to 11 University of Washington (UW) alumni who recently earned their undergraduate degrees. For the UW, this is the largest number of undergraduate Fulbright awardees.


Northern Lights: Tough To See Wednesday; Better Luck Thursday?

Q13 Fox News | 8/4/10
Scientists said there was a chance the aurora borealis could make an appearance in Washington tonight. But haze and smoke from the Canadian wildfires put a damper on the celestial show. UAA associate dean John Sahr is quoted.


Northern lights visible in Seattle's night sky?

Seattle P-I | 8/3/10
If cloud coverage cooperates, the Puget Sound region might get to see an aurora borealis Tuesday night, according to astronomers. For the best chance of seeing the aurora, UW professor and UAA associate dean John Sahr recommends getting out of the city and up to a higher elevation.


More than just pre-college orientation -- it's an Outdoor Adventure

U Week | 7/22/10
When you’re harnessed to safety ropes and walking across a log dozens of feet in the air, you had better trust the folks who are spotting you from below. Thankfully, trust and team-building exercises are right at the heart of Outdoor Adventure, a set of summer experiences offered to new UW students by First Year Programs, in addition to the standard college orientation all incoming freshmen receive.


UW students win Udall, Boren, Goldwater scholarships

U Week | 7/22/10
Seven UW students have been chosen for prestigious national scholarships this year. Two have captured Morris K. Udall Scholarships, one will receive a David L. Boren Scholarship, while four are being honored as Barry M. Goldwater Scholars.


The 'triggering towns' of local poet Richard Hugo

Crosscut | 7/20/10
Frances McCue, a Seattle writer and poet and founding director of Hugo House from 1996-2006, spent more than 13 years visiting Hugo’s friends and family and the "triggering towns" that inspired his poems. She wrote 13 essays about those encounters. Her collection of essays, "The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs," is excerpted with permission from University of Washington Press.