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Welcome to My Monthly Report

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Greetings Colleagues,

Welcome to my Chancellor's Monthly Report, created specifically for University of Washington Bothell friends and supporters of the University. This Report highlights select UW Bothell events, news and information.

Enrollment figures are in and I am proud to report major increases as we welcome in a fall class of 3,272 students. In just three years we have almost doubled our student enrollment - a major accomplishment for our campus and this region—while retaining our signature faculty and student relations. This is a wonderful testament to the great educational experience here at UW Bothell.

Our students know that when they arrive they will receive a first-rate UW education. They will know their classmates and teachers and have opportunities for research and job preparation. Testimonials from current students and alumni are quickly making us a top choice for Washington students.

As we look forward to another great year, I thank you for your continued support and invite you to our campus for an upcoming event.

Kind regards,

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Demands for Science

On July 1, 2011, UW Bothell will be ready to construct a new science and academic building pending state funding approval. The 74,000 gross square feet building will house 11 labs for chemistry, physics, biology, electrical engineering, life science, software development and geographic information systems as well as 430 classroom seats. This building will serve as the campus’ academic hub for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.  Learn more

Enrollment Soars

[object Object]UW Bothell is pleased to report that it now has 3,272 students (headcount), also counted as 2,850 FTE (full-time equivalent students). This compares to an FTE of 2,374 in 2009, or an increase of 20%.

Of the total student population, the top counties of residence are King (59%) and Snohomish (28%). Students represent a record 23 states and 21 countries (the Fall 2009 class by comparison represented 12 states and 17 countries). The top states of residence are Washington, California, Oregon and Hawaii and the top countries of residence are China, South Korea, Taiwan and India. 

18% of students are benefitting from UW’s Husky Promise program and 25% are Pell-Grant eligible. 109 students are U.S. Veterans.

Of the incoming freshman class, UW Bothell’s fifth freshman class: 1,735 students applied and 404 enrolled. Of these, 178 are female and 226 are male. Of the local high schools represented, top feeder schools include Inglemoor, Mariner, Lynnwood, and Kamiak.

The class is ethnically diverse as well, with students self-reporting as: 38% Caucasian, 37% Asian American, 9% Hispanic, 6.5% African American, 2.5% American Indian, and 1% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (5.7% did not indicate). Learn more

Student Housing Expands

To accommodate the rise in enrollment and the growing numbers of out-of-state and international students, UW Bothell has added an additional off-campus housing complex which has 29 beds. This brings the total housing program to 71 beds in two off-campus housing complexes, both located in Bothell near the campus.

This year’s residents are comprised of 58 freshmen and 13 upper-classmen. Of those students, 14 are international and four are from out of state. In addition to those students, there is one resident director and four student community advisors who reside in the student housing facilities. 

The housing program provides students with a cost-efficient living arrangement and ample student life programming. It is quickly growing in popularity and plans for additional housing is underway. Learn more

Food Options on Campus

[object Object]UW Bothell has a great new food option on campus this year. The campus recently formed a partnership with Bastyr University to provide healthy hot lunches which are now being served in the Commons.

The Commons is also home to the popular Common Grounds coffee shop which still serves a variety of quick-foods. Subway, located near the Library, is another great option for students as well.

Coming in Winter quarter, a new café and student center will open in the Bookstore. The venue, to be called ‘Food for Thought’ will share the same late-night hours as the Library to accommodate all students. Learn more

Come Celebrate the BDC

The Business Development Center (BDC) will host a breakfast in honor of its 5th anniversary as well as to launch its 2010-11 Entrepreneur in Residence series on Tuesday, November 16, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. All are invited to attend.

This energizing event will acknowledge the BDC's partnerships with the business community and the significant impact it has made on students' learning experiences.The keynote speaker is Noah Alper, founder and CEO of Noah's Bagels. Noah is a serial entrepreneur, with more than four decades of launching successful companies. RSVP

Alum Makes the Grade

[object Object]Master of Arts in Cultural Studies graduate, Joshua Heim, recently saw his hard work pay off when the YouthCan Program of the Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific American Experience a program he oversees, was honored with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by first lady Michelle Obama. Congratulations to Joshua and the YouthCan Program.

CRPE Receives $600,000 Grant

The Center on Reinventing Public Education received a $600,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their work on Portfolio School Districts. 

The project:
The portfolio strategy is the provision of public education by multiple means. With this strategy, districts hold portfolios of schools, some operated by district employees in the traditional way and others based
on new designs and run under new rules. A portfolio strategy allows public education leaders to customize the supply of learning options to their communities' diverse needs. This project explores the strategies, implementation, and results in districts that have adopted a model of providing public education by multiple means.  Learn more

Green Funding

UW Bothell/Cascadia Community College received $745,000 from the Washington Department of Commerce as part of the State Jobs Act for Energy Savings in Public Schools. This funding was the result of a competitive grants process and will allow many new projects to commence on the shared campus, including:

Overall, this project will reduce the UW Bothell/Cascadia Community College campus' carbon footprint by over 920 tons annually. Learn more

Faculty and Alumni News

Education Program Director Bradley Portin spoke at the Race to Deliver Vision 2015 Annual Leadership Forum at the University of Delaware in September. He served on a panel discussing “Leader Effectiveness and Evaluation: Incentives, Measures and Supports.”

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) Alum (’03)  Neil Low released his third novel, Unreasonable Persuasion in late September. The murder/mystery features the original character Alan Stewart.

IAS faculty member Jeanne Heuving was named as one of ‘Five Innovative Writers from Seattle and Beyond’ by the conference Convergence Zones: Public Cultures and Translocal Practices, sponsored by the UW and Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. She was invited to speak at an event by the same name held September 24. Jeanne recently published Transducer (Chax), preceded by Incapacity (Chiasmus), which received a 2004 Book of the Year from Small Press Traffic. 

Faculty member Gray Kochhar-Lindgren (IAS, and Director of the Center for University Studies and Programs) has been appointed an Honorary Professor in the Centre for Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong (2010-2013), as well as to the editorial board of Fast Capitalism. He has recently published “Blast Wind: Phantomenology, Modernity, and the Remains of Art,” in Fast Capitalism and "Nothing Doing: Maurice Blanchot and the Irreal,” in The Café Irreal: International Imagination.

Upcoming Events

The Office of Research Support will host “Research in Progress” on Tuesdays in November in UW1-030 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. These events provide an update on research by UW Bothell faculty. Peter Littig of the Science and Technology Program will present “Playing Games in the Classroom: A Game-Theoretic Analysis of Collaborative Group Work” on the 9th. All are invited. For a complete listing of researchers visit

A Freshman Preview Day will be held on November 20, 9:00 a.m.-noon. This is a great opportunity for prospective students to visit the campus and learn more about our offerings.