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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 friends and supporters of the University of Washington Bothell. This Report highlights select UW Bothell events, news and information.

We have taken some major steps forward since my last report. First, we will debut a new science and technology center for spring quarter (see below). In addition, the University is purchasing the Beardslee Cove apartment complex, which sits on the northwest border of the campus.  We will convert the complex to a 244-bed student housing village this summer, addressing a long-standing need of many of our students: the need for affordable housing located right where they study. Campus housing will allow students to spend less time commuting and more time performing the hard work of being a student. Nearly as important, however, is that this addition makes our campus feel so much more like a living, breathing campus. I always look forward to fall quarter. But this year, it will be all the more special.

Now, here are some of the other great things we’ve been up to...

 Kind regards,

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UW Bothell and Bellevue College Agree to Joint Enrollment of International Students

A new type of educational partnership in the state of Washington launched on Wednesday, January 19, when the UW Bothell and Bellevue College signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a cooperative admissions process for international students studying business in the United States. The initiative is expected to begin in the Fall of 2012, when the first class of 20 students will be jointly admitted to Bellevue College and the University of Washington Bothell. The institutions anticipate that the first international cohort of students will come from China. The students will first complete two years of intensive study at Bellevue College, earning a two-year degree in business, working on their command of English and acquaintance with U.S. culture. Then they will transfer directly to UW Bothell for another two years to earn their Bachelor of Arts in business.

UW Bothell BDC Business Plan Competition

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The UW Bothell's Business Development Center recently held a series of business plan workshops, as part of a business plan competition.  Each workshop was designed to help students complete a specific section of their business plan.  Every student team that participated in the workshops also received a license for Business Plan Pro, the leading business plan writing software used by entrepreneurs.  By completing the workshop series and using Business Plan Pro, students will craft their business plans, then submit them by March 28 to compete in the first business plan competition, hosted by the UW Bothell Business Development Center. The competition will be held on May 6 and students could win $20,000 in cash and prizes. Learn more.

Campus Growth

Beardslee Professional.jpgThe UW Bothell campus is growing. Not just in terms of student enrollment, but in terms of physical size, with the addition of new leased space in the Beardslee Professional Building and with the addition of on-campus student housing. The space in the Beardslee Building will accommodate the Science and Technology Program. The University took occupancy of this great new space on March 1, 2011. In addition, the UW Board of Regents approved the purchase of a 90-unit apartment complex which sits immediately adjacent to the northwest corner of the campus. The property will be converted to student housing for fall of 2011. The new housing is an economically self-sustaining project perfectly suited to the current economic climate.

Everett Students Visit Campus

Everett Middle School_100px.jpgThe University of Washington Bothell hosted 280 students from Everett’s Eisenhower Middle School on March 3, 2011. The visit was part of an outreach program engineered to help middle school students identify more closely with higher education. The students received a brief presentation followed by a campus tour, a meeting with university students, and a tour of the wetlands. In February, 360 eighth-grade students from Everett’s Evergreen Middle School also visited the campus. The UW Bothell Office of Admissions hosts a variety of events throughout the year which are targeted to local high school students. The campus also offers daily tours for the public Monday through Friday at 3:00 p.m. For tour registration information, visit uwb.edu.

Alumni News

neil-low.jpgMurder mystery writer and Seattle Police Captain, Neil Low, a UW Bothell alum, is doing more than writing these days.   He’s taken it to the streets with his Murder Mystery Tours.  Low recently began offering walking tours through the streets of Seattle’s oldest district, Pioneer Square, sharing interesting tidbits of what he’s unearthed about the city’s colorful and gruesome past. Pioneer Square and other areas of old Seattle have served as the basis for his last three novels. Follow along as UWTV's 360 takes you on a mystery tour.  Watch video

Program News

3-4-11-Workshop-071.jpgMore than 130 nursing faculty and clinical educators from 14 programs offering an associate's degree in nursing and 12 regional medical centers in the Northern Puget Sound region attended UW Bothell’s Nursing Education Consortium workshop March 4. The workshop highlighted the results of a three-year program designed to collaboratively address the current shortage of qualified nursing faculty to teach in Washington state’s community and technical college nursing programs. Dr. Mary Baroni, program director of the Nursing Program at UW Bothell elaborates, "the only way to increase the supply of nurses is to train more nurses, and to do that, you need more nursing faculty. The Nursing Education Consortium links faculty-to-faculty across our region’s nursing programs, thereby building a pipeline for the next generation of nurse educators who are so critically needed."

Faculty News

[object Object]Brad Portin, director of the Education Program, was recently in the United Arab Emirates teaching at Zayed University in Dubai on curriculum development for its Master in Education program.  This partnership between the University of Washington and Zayed University started in 2008.  One of the goals of the program is to engage education students in extended conversations with students from Zayed University, sharing cultural perspectives and building links that will continue beyond the visit.  Portin also traveled throughout the UAE meeting with other groups and individuals in the field of education and spent two days in Abu Dhabi, facilitating continuing education for secondary school principals.

convio-2.jpgThe devastation from the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami is horrific. Understanding and explaining the global impacts of the aftermath is a job entrusted to the finest minds available.  UW Bothell’s Professor Dan Jaffe has been featured in hundreds of news stories during the last two weeks. Professor Jaffe is a globally recognized expert in how air pollution migrates across large distances. In particular, Dan’s expertise has been sought after with respect to how radiation and other pollutants might flow from Japan across the Pacific. Professor Jaffe deserves thanks for all the hard work he has performed to help the world understand these potential risks.

UW Bothell Welcomes Bill Hayes

University of Washington Bothell hired Bill Hayes as its new Associate Director of Advancement Communications. Bill will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major prospects for gifts in support of UW Bothell. Additionally, he will manage the externally focused communications, media relations and marketing efforts of the institution. Learn more 


Former Advisory Board Member, Dick Chappelle, Passes

Chappelle.jpgI am saddened to report that long-time UW Bothell supporter and friend, Dick Chappelle, passed away on February 27, 2011. Dick’s career as an engineer and businessman, and his life as a sailor, traveler, and devoted family man were filled with enthusiasm and achievement. As one of the founding fathers of UW Bothell, his presence will be missed, though his many contributions will continue to grow.

Upcoming Events

IAS Research Colloquium featuring Dan Goldhaber on “Managing the Teacher Workforce in Austere Times” will be held Tuesday, April 5, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on campus in UW1-280. This research presentation estimates the factors that predict the likelihood of a teacher receiving a reduction-in-force (RIF) notice. Results suggest that a teacher’s seniority is the greatest predictor of receiving a layoff notice, and that teacher effectiveness is not considered in the layoff decision.


The 2011 Chancellor's Reception & Dinner will be held on Friday, April 8, 6:00 p.m. at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville. The event will honor UW Bothell's supporters and friends. For event information call 425-352-3394.

UW Bothell will be hosting a variety of activities to commemorate Earth Day. Although Earth Day is typically observed on April 22, we, as many other organizations, are celebrating during “Earth Week.” So, come by campus on Thursday, April 21, and check out the following: visit with representatives from dozens of local eco-minded organizations, plant some flowers in our big “W,” pitch in with a wetlands maintenance work party, check out a variety of leading edge electric vehicles and our new electric vehicle charging stations, and lots more.

On May 14, UW Bothell will be hosting our 6th Annual 5K Run-Walk. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and race time is at 9:00 a.m. on the UW Bothell Campus. Following the Run-Walk, enjoy a complimentary breakfast, as well as a lot of family fun activities. The 5K Run-Walk brings together UW Bothell students, alumni, their family and friends, and the community of Bothell.  Most importantly, the run is an opportunity to contribute toward the education of UW Bothell students. In fact, since its inception, the UW Bothell 5K Run-Walk has generated over $40,000 for student scholarships, and recently endowed a special $25,000 scholarship fund. Last year’s event drew more than 300 participants representing all ages, and contributed over $12,000 toward student scholarships.  Even if you can’t make it on May 14, our Doze for Dogs program allows you to register for the race and support the cause, all without competing. Learn More