Welcome to My Monthly Report


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.

This month, I held my third annual Chancellor’s Dinner and Reception at nearby Chateau Ste. Michelle. The dinner provided an opportunity to reflect upon the year, acknowledge our ever-growing community of supporters, and talk a bit about the future. Despite the gloom of the budget situation in Olympia, the spirit of the evening was positively upbeat. UW Bothell is uniquely positioned to grow even in the current economic climate. The budget cuts are painful, to be sure. But while we aren’t exactly young anymore, we are in relative terms a nimble campus poised for continued growth. As long as our community of support grows, we can continue with the good work of providing even greater access to the excellence that a UW education provides.

 Kind regards,


2011-2012 Freshman Class Taking Shape

upward_graph_1.jpgEnrollment applications are soaring at UW Bothell. The admissions office received approximately 2,000 freshman applications for 500 seats available in Fall of 2011. This represents a 17 percent increase in freshman applications compared to Fall 2010. UW Bothell is the most diverse four-year public university in the state of Washington, and the incoming freshman class is similarly diverse. Transfer applications are up 25 percent for Fall 2011. The increase in freshman applications from Fall 2006 to Fall 2011 is 340%.


Green Conservatory Gift

GreenConservatory.jpgUW Bothell is moving forward with a tremendous new addition to the campus. Due to the generosity and foresight of Dr. Gordon Green and his family, UW Bothell will be building a greenhouse and conservatory near the wetlands area at the north end of campus. The facility, which is now in the initial planning stages, will be open to students and the public, and will house both exotic and native plants, two classrooms, a spacious foyer for events and presentations, and a teaching lab. Through the vision of the Green family, UW Bothell will design and build a facility that will allow a dramatic expansion of its environmental and ecological courses, while serving as a repository celebrating the history of a remarkable local family.

Commencement Speaker Confirmed 

JD2.jpgIn keeping with UW Bothell’s strategic emphasis on innovation in business, Jim Donald, former CEO of Starbucks and former UW Bothell Executive In Residence, will be delivering the keynote address at UW Bothell's Commencement ceremony, which will be held June 12, 2011 at Alaska Airlines Arena, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Technology Summit

110407A_040.jpgA coalition of experts and business leaders in the rapidly expanding medical devices industry met on April 7 in a summit addressing the international commercialization of medical devices. The summit, designed for medical technology executives, board members and investors, focused on the emerging trend to lead with international markets, which can result in great success, or total failure. The University of Washington Bothell, University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education and the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association hosted the event. Keynote speakers for the event were Rob Michiels, CEO of CardiAQ Valve Technologies, and Rebecca B. Robertson, co-founder and general partner of Versant Ventures.


Student Housing

 Housing.jpgThe campus housing project at UW Bothell’s northwest corner is making significant strides. Newly appointed apartment homes for 240 students are being reserved at a pace exceeding last year’s off-campus housing requests. Staff members at UW Bothell are working with city officials to create a smooth transition and to build stronger connections between the campus and Bothell’s developing downtown district.


Program and Faculty News

Leadership MBA Ghana Trip 

A group of students and faculty from the Leadership MBA program at UW Bothell recently returned from a groundbreaking trip to Ghana. The immediate objective of the trip was to gain a better understanding of business opportunities and challenges in developing countries, using Ghana as a case study. Students who led the trip created a two-week itinerary packed with meetings and travel throughout the West African nation. Key areas of focus included micro-finance, wireless communications infrastructure, and potential areas of trade between Washington state and Ghana. 

Librarian Honored

Leslie Bussert, head of instruction services for the UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College Library, has received the 2011 Community College Learning Resources Program Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Bussert during the American Library Association annual conference in June. Bussert earned the accolade due to her innovative assessment work. In collaboration with Norm Pouliot, Bussert converted a grading rubric into an online self-assessment survey that can be used to communicate information literacy learning goals to students. Her work has been widely praised as an advocacy tool for sustaining information literacy instruction programs.

Nursing Program Presents North End Community Health Fair

UW Bothell and the Children’s Home Society of Washington’s North Seattle Family Center are hosting the North End Community Health Fair on May 24. The purpose of the event, which is free and open to the public, is to provide basic health service and information to underserved individuals living in the north King County area. The health fair, to be held at the North Seattle Family Center, was organized by Dr. Mabel Ezeonwu, nursing program assistant professor, along with the students in her community nursing partnerships course. Additional community partners participating in this event include: Elsevier Foundation Nurse Faculty Mentorship Leadership Program; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Pacific Medical Clinic, Northgate; and Seattle–King County Public Health.

Upcoming Events

April 22 - UWBB Open House - Students, faculty, staff and neighbors are invited to explore the University of Washington Bothell Beardslee Building (UWBB) at an open house April 22 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. UWBB features a wealth of innovative and technology-rich teaching spaces, and is home to the Business Development Center, the Center for Serious Play, and the Science and Technology Program.

May 6 - The big “Final Four” for the Business Development Center’s Business Plan Competition will be held on May 6. Student teams are competing for $20,000 in cash and prizes. Doors open at 4 p.m. at Mobius Hall.

May 14 - UW Bothell will be hosting our 6th Annual 5K Run-Walk. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and race time is at 9 a.m. on the UW Bothell Campus. Following the Run-Walk, enjoy a complimentary breakfast and lots of family fun activities. Since its inception, the UW Bothell 5K Run-Walk has generated over $40,000 for student scholarships, including the creation of a permanent scholarship endowment of $25,000. 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.

May 16 - A photo journal exhibit, “Holding Mother Earth Sacred,” which is jointly sponsored by the MA in Policy Studies program and the Center for University Studies and Programs, will be on display for two weeks from May 16 to 27. The exhibit, a collaborative effort between Earl Dotter, Cindy Becnel and four tribal communities, illustrates the contributions made by these sovereign nations in energy resource development, job creation and worker safety. 

June 12 - UW Bothell Commencement Ceremonies will be held June 12 at Alaska Airlines Arena, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.