Chancellor Kenyon Chan

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, we are busy preparing for commencement and looking forward to welcoming our new president, Michael Young. Our students and faculty are making the final push toward the end of another academic calendar. Even the campus looks as if summer is approaching.

Nevertheless, budget uncertainties figure large in our daily lives. While we wait for the legislature to finish the challenging work of balancing the budget, the staff and faculty continue to look for ways to be more effective in serving our students. The students’ portion of tuition will inevitably increase to make up for the drastic cut in state tuition support. So, we are working diligently to find innovative ways to support our students by ensuring that they have access to all available aid, support and even jobs that, in combination, will help them offset these unfortunate increases.

In every other regard, things are looking brighter than ever. Our Fall 2011 admissions are looking outstanding, new housing is being readied for students, and current students are thriving. Despite the budget challenges, UW Bothell continues to provide its students with the very highest quality educational experience.

Kind regards,



"Husky Village"

Housing.jpgThe campus housing community at UW Bothell’s northwest corner has a new name. "Husky Village" was recently approved by the UW Board of Regents as the new identity. The individual buildings in Husky Village will be named for various indigenous tree species, such as Cedar and Alder. Meanwhile, the newly appointed apartment homes for 240 students continue to undergo renovation and are well on the way to being fully occupied by Fall 2011. More about student housing at UW Bothell.

Commencement and Graduation Speakers 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 the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. A number of other special guest speakers will be appearing at various program graduation celebrations including: Port of Seattle President Tay Yoshitani; Kevin Goodwin, President and CEO of SonoSite; and Flora Adams of Skagit Valley College. Learn more about Jim Donald.

Secretary of State Reed Visits UW Bothell

Sam Reed.jpgSecretary of State Sam Reed visited students from UW Bothell Monday, May 9, to engage in a discussion about diversity and elections. The visit to the Bothell campus was part of a college civics tour in which Reed is connecting with the state's youngest voters, who happen to be the age group with the lowest voter participation rate in Washington. “It's important for students to realize their collective voice is powerful and that they need to exercise it through their ballot and through being involved,” Reed said. “A key reason I do this tour is to remind students why their votes make a difference, and to encourage them to take part in their government and community.” Learn more about Reed's visit to UW Bothell.

2011 Husky Green Award

huskygreenaward042811 (2).jpgCongratulations to Tony Guerrero, UW Bothell’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services, who won the 2011 Husky Green Award. The Husky Green Award recognizes staff, faculty or students who have shown leadership, initiative, and dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainability at the University of Washington. Tony championed initiatives that resulted in significant energy conservation and savings, better use of water, more thorough recycling practices, and the ongoing protection and maintenance of the campus wetlands. The ceremony was held at the UW Seattle campus April 22 (Earth Day). To learn more about this award, click here.

5K Run-Walk Draws Record Crowds

5k_RunWalk_logoSM (2).jpgThe UW Bothell 5K Run-Walk drew 500 participants, 50 volunteers and scores of supporters to campus May 14. The event was organized this year by the UW Bothell Alumni Council. The number of participants exceeded last year’s figure by 160. The only “participant” that didn’t show up was the rain. Best of all, the event will allow thousands of dollars to be applied toward student scholarships.

Making Campus-Community Connections

Campus AerialUW Bothell Chancellor Kenyon Chan and Cascadia Community College President Eric Murray led a discussion on campus-community connections at the May 11 Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce meeting. The presentation focused on ways that the community could work to create stronger connections between the City of Bothell, which is undergoing major civic improvements, and the shared UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College campus. Although the campus is only a half mile from the city center, much work remains to be done to knit stronger ties between the two areas.

Chancellor's Advisory Board Talks Innovation

InnovationDiscussion.jpgThe directors from all of UW Bothell's academic programs engaged in a lively conversation with the Chancellor's Advisory Board at a special meeting May 13. As one of the fastest growing campuses in the nation, innovation has become one of UW Bothell's signature competencies. The discussion focused on innovation, disruptive market forces within higher education, and on ways that UW Bothell can remain an innovator as it continues to grow.


Program and Faculty News

Distinguished Teaching Award to Balakrishnan

BalakrishnanDr. P.V. (Sundar) Balakrishnan is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award. The award is presented to one faculty member at the University of Washington Bothell every year. Dr. Balakrishnan is a professor of marketing and founding faculty member of the UW Bothell Business Program. He also served as acting director of the business administration program from 1998 to 2000. Read the full press release here.

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.

Business Plan Competition Winners Crowned

The Business Development Center at the University of Washington Bothell awarded more than $20,000 at the final round of its inaugural Business Plan Competition Friday, May 6. The first prize went to Helpful Hints Wedding Planning, a business concept developed by UW Bothell undergraduates Angelica Lizak and Kelsey Allen of Everett, Shalee Clark of Lynnwood, and Steven Fountain of Woodinville. The team received an $18,000 cash prize and a scholarship to the Founder Institute, a global network of startups and mentors that helps entrepreneurs launch meaningful and enduring technology companies. Learn more about the competition.

Alan Wood to Lead Innovation Forum

Dr. Alan Wood, professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at UW Bothell, has been appointed by Chancellor Chan to lead the institution's planning efforts surrounding a forum on innovation to be held in the spring of 2012. The forum's broad purpose is to engage the entire campus and surrounding community in conversations relating to what innovation is, and how it can be encouraged. More details will be shared as they become available.


Upcoming Events

May 16 to 27 – A photo journal exhibit, “Holding Mother Earth Sacred,” jointly sponsored by the Master of Arts 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 the sovereign tribal nations in energy resource development, job creation and worker safety. 

May 20 – The Center for Serious Play will be hosting its first Futures of Unconventional Narrative (FUN Beta) conference Friday, May 20. This dual-track event will feature some of the region’s top game designers and interactive narrative gurus. The keynote address will be delivered by Jordan Weisman of GoGo Kiddo and Brian Tinsman of Zynga. Following the event, there will be a reception and an opportunity to play games with some of the presenters. The event is free and open to all, but space is limited and registration is required. For more information and to register, visit.

June 12 – UW Bothell Commencement Ceremonies will be held Sunday, June 12, at Alaska Airlines Arena, Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Attendees are advised to expect a full house as this year's graduating class is the largest in UW Bothell's history.