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Message from the Dean

Dear UAA Colleagues,
Is the University of Washington prepared to educate the next generation of leaders? This question was posed by former Starbuck’s executive Howard Behar in recent meetings I’ve had with him about leadership. He sees that the UW has the opportunity to be the most recognized and respected institution on preparing students to be thoughtful leaders. Read more


Quick Notes

Presidential visit to FIG 108

FIG students with President Wise

In November, Interim President Wise visited with a Freshman Interest Group class. She answered a few questions from students, offered advise about being a first-year student, shared ideas on promoting the University in a positive way, and took a quick photo.


You Are Never Where You AreLearn more about the poets in the Common Book
Which poet in the UW Common Book considered herself to be an "expert eavesdropper" by the time she was 12? Who was awarded a Nobel prize? Find out the answers to these questions and more via the Common Book website. It's available for UAA staff to borrow from the front desk of the dean's suite and is also for sale at the University Book Store. To borrow a copy, just stop by Mary Gates Hall 220 and read a poem or fifteen. Also, be a part of the growing common book community on Facebook and like the Common Book Facebook page.



UAA News

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, January 2011
Martin Luther King, Jr."Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

The University of Washington continues to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and his vision for social justice through a commitment to service and community engagement. In January 2011, there are several ways to get involved. Read more



Robinson Center students provide insight into their experiencesRobinson Center students
This fall, the Robinson Center produced a series of videos with students in the Transition School, Early Entrance Program, and the UW Academy. Students talk about why they wanted to join this unique learning community. Read more



Fall 2010 UAA snapshot of serving students
Dream Project Admissions WeekendFor the October 2010 UAA directors meeting, Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor asked directors to share some program updates. The points below are edited from those updates. It’s intended to be a quick snapshot of some of the ways Undergraduate Academic Affairs serves students. Read more



Undergraduate Academic Affairs is launching a UAA Dean's Club
Deans Club AnnouncementAmong our most dedicated friends and alumni are the Undergraduate Academic Affairs’ Dean’s Club members. This distinction recognizes individuals who make annual gifts totaling $1,000 or more, our Dean’s Club donors provide critical resources that help support students and programs to meet the our most pressing needs. Read more


UAA Service Awards for November and December

UAA Service Awards ThumbnailCongratulations and thank you to these Undergraduate Academic Affairs employees who reached a milestone in their service to the University.

December Service Awards

November Service Awards


University of Washington receives $1 million grant from Amgen Foundation in support of undergraduate research

Amgen Grant RenewalThe University of Washington has received a $1 million grant over the next four years from the Amgen Foundation to provide hands-on laboratory experience to approximately 100 undergraduates through the Amgen Scholars Program. Read more


UAA in the News


Columns Magazine | December 2010
“What Work Is” was featured in the 2010 UW Common Book, You Are Never Where You Are. Since 2006 the UW has chosen one book for all freshmen to read. This year’s book marks two major firsts: It is the first Common Book to focus on poetry and the first original anthology—the 15 poems in the book appear together nowhere else.


Sharing a passion for nature

Columns Magazine | December 2010
During a recent drizzly Saturday afternoon, UW senior Audrey Djunaedi encouraged Seattle middle school students visiting the Marine Life Center in Bellingham to get to know the plants and animals living at our shores. Audrey is a former participant in Alternative Spring Break.


Graduation rates at state's colleges, universities on upswing

Seattle Times | 12/6/10
Graduation rates at Washington’s public and private universities and colleges have been on a steady upswing over a six-year period that ended in 2008, and some administrators say it’s because the state’s high schools are doing a better job of preparing students for college. Ed Taylor, vice provost and dean, is quoted.


Academic Prodigies

The Daily | 12/6/10
The Robinson Center for Young Scholars, located on the first floor of Guthrie Annex 2, houses the students of the Early Entrance Program (EEP) and the UW Academy, or the EEPers and Acads as they sometimes call themselves. They range in age from 12 to 17.


Gulf oil spill offers central discussion point for Honors 100 class

UW Today | 12/1/10
What does a philosopher, or a creative writer, have to say about an oil spill? That’s what a group of honors students have been finding out this quarter as they take Honors 100, the required first course in the new honors curriculum.


We will adjust

The Daily | 12/1/10
There were interruptions to classes three out of the four weeks in November, both planned and unplanned. Ed Taylor is quoted.


Turning up the volume

The Daily | 11/18/10
“This is not a heart / it’s a volume knob,” UW senior Jillian Skeen read into a microphone yesterday afternoon in Red Square as she led a group of students in a flash mob inspired by this year’s Common Book.


UW receives $1 million grant from Amgen Foundation to support undergraduate research

UW Today | 11/17/10
The UW has received a $1 million grant from the Amgen Foundation to provide hands-on laboratory experience to about 100 undergraduate students over the next four years, through the Amgen Scholars Program. The Amgen Scholars Program is administered through the Undergraduate Research Program.


Poetry out loud: Bringing the Common Book to life

UW Today | 11/17/10
How do you engage people with a poem? Speak it, sing it, scream it, scrawl it. Discuss it, argue over it, dance to it — anything to launch the words off the printed page and into the world. Story focuses on Anis Bawarshi’s class using the Common Book and a student-initiated flash mob inspired by the class.


UW Dream Project plans to expand with nearly $1 million grant

The Daily | 11/15/10
The UW Dream Project plans to expand its effort to join UW student mentors with high-school mentees threefold, after receiving a nearly $1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation this summer. The Dream Project pairs about 300 UW student mentors with high-school juniors and seniors to help guide them through the college application process.


New director of the UW's Robinson Center plans challenging classrooms for all children

U Week | 11/10/10
Nancy Hertzog had one heck of a first day teaching elementary school: one of her students pulled the fire alarm and then vanished — later he was found hitchhiking by the assistant superintendent — as fire and police forces descended on the school. Profile of Nancy Hertzog, new director of the Robinson Center for Young Scholars.


Sharing the freshman experience

The Daily | 11/4/10
FIGs are just one of the many first-year resources on campus to help incoming students transition into the college environment. The program was created 15 years ago to help shrink a campus of more than 40,000. While they are optional, FIGs give students with similar interests the chance to mingle.


Academic Transplants

The Daily | 11/3/10
To help facilitate the initial transition, Lillian Dubiel was paired with a former transfer student through the transfer-orientation program. Transfer Orientations and Transfer Interest Groups — or “TrIGs” — are two programs to help students joining the university midway through their college careers.


Nov/Dec 2010

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January 11
Service Opportunities Fair
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
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