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Welcome from the Dean

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This year is one full of wonderful milestones. At the University of Washington, we are celebrating the institution’s 150 years of service, research, and teaching. And here in Undergraduate Academic Affairs, we are celebrating several milestones as well. Read more >

In the Anniversary Spotlight

University Honors Program

From Sputnik to the 21st century: A brief history of the UW Honors Program

Honors professor and students in the 1960s

Being a student of the popular TV show “Mad Men” isn’t necessary to recognize the significant shifts in American society in the 1960s. The UW Honors Program was created in the midst of these changes. In this brief history, learn how and why the Honors Program came about and how it’s different today. Read more >


Alumni spotlight: Penelope (Molander) Ellis (’68, ’69, ’80) exemplifies lifelong learning

Alumni spotlight: Penelope (Molander) EllisHonors alumna and current Access student Penelope Ellis has taken an interesting educational path across disciplines. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the University Honors Program, current Honors student Crystal Zhu spoke with Penelope about her educational experiences in the early days of the Honors Program and how they compare with her classroom experiences today. Read more >


Exploring Seattle’s criminal justice system with the UW Honors Program: A reflection

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In the Honors Program course “In Your Name: A Service-Learning Experience in Seattle’s Criminal Justice System,” Honors students and Post-Prison Education Program students learned alongside one another, taking intellectual risks and better understanding the criminal justice system and how it impacts individuals. Read more > 


Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Service-learning featured on UWTV

Service-learning on UWTVUniversity of Washington student participation in service-learning is breaking records. Learn about this community-based learning opportunity through February's episode of UW 360 which contained a special spotlight on the Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center, "Stories on service learning integrated with academics." Watch the segment >


A detailed look at service-learning

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UW students are participating in public service in record numbers, giving back to the community and connecting their academics to their leadership and service work. Learn some details about this work through a series of visuals and infographics. Read more >


Carlson Center welcomes new director, Rachel Vaughn

Rachel VaughnAs the Carlson Center celebrates its 20th anniversary, there is yet another reason for celebration: the new director, Rachel Vaughn. Rachel’s involvement in service-learning began in her own undergraduate days when she started a tutoring/mentoring program at Western Washington University that ran for nearly 13 years. She has worked at the Carlson Center for the last 7 + years, 4 years as the associate director, and 3 years as the assistant director for community-based learning. In her time as the associate director, Rachel led an amazing team of professionals to more than double the number of students, courses, and community partners engaged in service-learning in a two year period. Read more about Rachel’s plans to strengthen community partnerships and student participation in service. Read the UW Today article > 

Mary Gates Endowment for Students

This I believe: Being open to connection

Katie McCorkellMary Gates Leadership Scholar Katie McCorkell wasn’t trying to become a leader when she started to read her poetry out loud. But by reading her work to others and helping establish a poetry group on campus, she gained personal insight that led to deeper connections with her peers and leadership opportunities. These experiences helped her form her ideas about what leadership means to her. Listen to Katie's essay >


Alumni spotlight: Riz Reyes (’06) loves gardening and plants, and he’s not retired

Rizaniño "Riz" ReyesRizaniño “Riz” Reyes ('06), Mary Gates Scholar alumnus, has made a name for himself in the gardening and horticulture scene. Riz shares his enthusiasm for plants and suggests some plants to grow in small spaces. Read more >


Robinson Center for Young Scholars

Making history: Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Medalists all came to UW through the Robinson Center

Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior MedalistsUniversity of Washington freshman, sophomore, and junior medalists were recently selected for their high scholastic standing and difficulty of coursework. They all entered the university through the Robinson Center for Young Scholars, a program that helps students from 7th through 10th grades enter the university. This is the first time that the freshman, sophomore, and junior medalists all came to the UW through early entrance programs. Read more >


The Robinson Center’s UW Academy Program turns 10!

Robinson Center Birthday CakeThe Robinson Center’s UW Academy Program celebrated its 10th birthday with a reception and keynote address from Professor Paul LePore. Enjoy a few photos from the celebration. Happy birthday, UW Academy! See the pictures >


AlumnotesAs a UW undergraduate, you may have participated in service learning, presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, received a Mary Gates Leadership award or served on the Honors Student Advisory Panel. All of these experiences (and more, in fact) make you an alum of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Check out what some of our alumni have been up to since graduation, then send a note to UAAalum@uw.edu and let us know what’s new with you. What contributions are you making to your community? Where are you living and working? We want to know! We’ll publish them in the Alumnotes section of the fall issue of this e-newsletter. Photos are welcome, too!

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Save-the-Date: Love Purple, Raise Gold

Love Purple Raise GoldIn honor of the UW’s 150th anniversary, Huskies far and wide are coming together for a 48-hour online giving event with the goal of raising $150,000. Bring this special year to a triumphant close: Make a gift online to the UW school, program or scholarship you are passionate about—any time between 1:50 p.m. on June 7 and 1:51 p.m.* on June 9.

Keep your eyes on UAA's Facebook page for details as the date gets closer.

*Pacific Standard Time

UAA News

UW undergraduates earn Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships

2012 Goldwater Scholars and Honorable MentionsThe Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation selected two University of Washington undergraduates as Goldwater Scholars and two to receive honorable mention. This year’s University of Washington Goldwater Scholars are Michael Bocek and Raymond Zhang and the students receiving honorable mention are Evan August Boyle and Derek Tang Nhan. Read more >


UW senior selected for national fellowship for aspiring teachers of color

Dustin DacuanUniversity of Washington senior and Renton, WA, native Dustin Dacuan was recently named one of 25 fellows selected through a competitive process for the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color. Dacuan is on track to graduate this spring with a major in international studies and a minor in diversity. Read more >

UAA in the News

Following are some articles featuring UAA programs or people published since the last UAA Alumni e-newsletter. The stories are presented within themes that define the work of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Connecting undergraduates to academic foundations and opportunities.

Clay Schwenn, adviser in Undergraduate Academic Affairs, wins national award

UW Today | 5/7/12

Clay Schwenn, lead academic counselor for undergraduates, has won an Outstanding Advising Award from the National Academic Advising Association.

Excelling at the University is unique to each undergraduate.

Rare UW class unites honors students, felons

Seattle Times | 4/5/12

Half the students were academic stars at the University of Washington, selected for the highly competitive honors program. The other half were felons—people who had served time behind bars for crimes such as manslaughter, assault, forgery and drug possession.

Two Good: UW joins Stanford, Harvard, Brown and Princeton with most Rhodes scholars

Columns Magazine | March 2012

Two UW seniors were selected in November to receive Rhodes Scholarships, making the UW the only American public university with more than one Rhodes Scholar for 2012.

Entering a Larger World

The Daily | 2/1/12

Desmond Huynh is a UW senior majoring in neurobiology and comparative history of ideas. He plans to go to medical school after he graduates. Even though Huynh is a senior, he is 18, the age of most freshmen. Huynh came to the UW at age 13 as a student in the Early Entrance Program.


Exploring academic interests inside and beyond the classroom.

UW mentoring program helps dreams come true

Seattle Times | 1/3/2012

The Dream Project, started and run by undergraduates at the University of Washington, helps students from schools in high-poverty areas around Seattle apply for college and find scholarship money.


Innovating in the dynamic landscape of teaching and learning.

Space weather forecast: Sunspotty, with an increasing chance of solar storms

UW Today | 4/11/12

John Sahr, a UW professor of electrical engineering who studies the upper atmosphere, is the regional go-to guy for questions on solar flares. We found some time in Sahr’s busy schedule (he’s also the associate dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs) to get his read on the space weather forecast.

Recipients announced: UW recognizes outstanding contributions to learning, service

UW Today | 4/4/12

The university will honor 26 individuals and one team of five this year as part of the annual university-wide awards program. The awards honor outstanding performance in teaching, mentoring, librarianship, public service and staff support.


Spring 2012

Did you know...

The University of Washington is the only public university in the country to have two undergraduates selected for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for 2012.

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