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Happy Fall Quarter!

University of Washington fall quarter began Wednesday and we in Undergraduate Academic Affairs wanted to share a few quick pieces of information with UAA friends. Hence, your receipt of our first e-Bulletin. This brief interstitial won’t replace your fall UAA e-Newsletter—due out mid-October—but we simply couldn’t wait. Be sure to look for the e-newsletter in a few weeks. In fact, you can contribute to it through Alumnotes. See below for details.


Welcome Freshmen and Transfer Students

Big W 2011Check out this short video featuring our newest students participating in a UW tradition: forming the “W” at Husky Stadium. This year the UW celebrates its 150th anniversary so you’ll be watching the first class of the next 150 years come together.


You’re invited to the UW Common Book Lecture

“The Search for Randomness” with Persi Diaconis

The Meaning of It All book coverThis year’s UW Common Book is The Meaning of It All by Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize-winning physicist. This book is a transcription of a series of lectures Feynman delivered at the University of Washington in 1963. The Meaning of It All was selected to celebrate the University of Washington’s 150th anniversary and the University’s place in sustaining delight in wonder, encouraging perennial questioning, and sparking insatiable curiosity about the world.

Persi Diaconis (photo by LA Cicero/Stanford News Service)Nationally-acclaimed statistician Persi Diaconis is the first speaker in this year’s Common Book Lecture Series. He will expose how mathematical thinking makes the world come alive and how simple questions can unravel what we thought we knew. Just as Feynman did throughout his career, Diaconis embraces uncertainty and doubt. Quite literally, Diaconis focuses his work on issues of randomness and probability. Though he left home at 14 to travel and learn magic from the legendary Dai Vernon, Diaconis went onto to become a MacArthur “Genius” Awardee and Stanford professor. He asks audiences to consider how probability impacts their lives. From coin tosses to magic tricks, Diaconis hopes to deconstruct how we view randomness. Like Feynman before him, we can delight in wonder and be open to the possibilities.

When: October 12  |  7 p.m.
Where: Kane Hall
RSVP for priority seating.


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Call for Alumnotes

What’s new with you? Where do you work? What interesting experiences have you had? What are you proud of? Share your story with us and we’ll include it in the UAA Alumni e-Newsletter which will come out mid-October.

Email with your shareable story. Photos welcome, too!


Happy 150th birthday to us!

150th LogoThis year we celebrate the UW’s 150th anniversary and what the University and the people of Washington state have built together over the last 150 years. You’ll find many ways to celebrate the UW’s 150th through the year.  Here’s one way:

What are you wearing on Nov 4? If you answered “purple,” congratulations! This is an All-Dawg call to wear purple on November 4—the date the University opened back in 1861.

On Nov 4, 2011, Huskies all around the world will drape themselves in purple and raise a toast to the UW’s 150th birthday. As part of that day's celebration, Seattle-area businesses will offer discounts to anyone wearing purple, KJR 950 AM will broadcast live from campus, Husky athletes will pass out purple T-shirts, and various Seattle icons will turn purple. Huskies who live outside the area can post their UW memories and photos of themselves in purple on the UW Facebook page, host purple parties and show their Husky pride wherever they happen to be that day. Get your purple on, Dawgs!

If you can’t wait until November 4 to take a picture of yourself in purple—maybe you have an early fall trip to Paris planned and want to snap a photo of you wearing purple in front of the Eiffel Tower—you can email your picture in advance to Then, on Nov 4, look for it on the UW Facebook page and UAA’s Facebook page.