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Chancellor Kenyon Chan

April 2012

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.

There are currently so many exciting things going on around UW Bothell that I hardly know where to begin.

You have likely heard the good news -- we now have the official green light to begin construction this summer on our new science and academic building, UW 3. For more information, please see the story below for details. While we have been cautiously anticipating this for some time now, the project has finally shifted from a great dream into a practical reality.

We have focused on growth and the need for additional classroom and lab space for some time. This is a fitting time to pause and consider what it all really means. For me, what makes UW 3 so exciting is the very reason we are building it in the first place. UW 3 allows us to provide 1,000 additional students every year with access to a UW Bothell education. These new students will be here before we know it. These students are our future, both figuratively and literally.

Our current UW Bothell students are accomplishing great things. I hope you will enjoy the following articles highlighting their awards and activities.

Kind regards,



Imagine Cup finalists

This past week a group of UW Bothell Computing and Software Systems Program students made news by placing third in the game design category and fourth place in the software design category at the semi-final round of the Imagine Cup international competition hosted by Microsoft.

Putting these 3rd and 4th place finishes into perspective, this year in the U.S. there were approximately 113,000 registered in the competition. Only 22 teams were chosen for the U.S. finals. Of those teams chosen to compete in the national competition, two were from UW Bothell.

Team KinectMath students Jack Chang and Jeb Pavleas competed in the software design category, presenting a tool for interactive math education. The tool utilizes the Microsoft Kinect to teach students abstract math concepts using visualization and movement. This technology has revolutionized the K-12 classroom, and the team and their program has received national and international recognition.

Students Evan Harris, Craig Nishima and Peter Luangrath competed in the game design category as Team Credit/No Credit. Their team created an educational game intended to fight the global spread of infectious diseases.

UW Bothell Hosts Regional Beta Alpha Psi Conference

TEC finals

Recently, UW Bothell hosted the 2012 Beta Alpha Psi Regional Conference, which featured 200 accounting students representing 16 prominent universities from around the northwest to compete in three categories of best accounting practices.

Of those three competitions, UW Bothell won the competition "Dealing with Change," and came in second in the competition "Thinking Outside of the Box.”

The winning team will move on to the national Beta Alpha Psi competition in Baltimore in August. Its members are: JC Hauchecorne, Chris Harbert, James Forinash, Caroline Boktour, and Gennell Scribner. Students on the second place team were Chris Steele and Mariah Wine.

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals founded in 1919. Beta Alpha Psi encourages and recognizes scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field.

Student and Program News

TEC finals

$20,000 Business Plan Competition
Congratulations to the four finalists in The Entrepreneurship Center’s (TEC) 2nd Annual Business Plan Competition: Art of the Soul,, EzCar, and Valeni Boots. These teams will continue on to the for a chance to win $20,000 in cash and prizes. The final round takes place from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 4 in Mobius Hall. For more information, please visit:


Science and Academic Building
Last week in Tacoma, Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law two bills very important to the future of UW Bothell. Senate bill 5127 and Senate bill 6074, which enable UW Bothell to move ahead with construction on its long-anticipated science and academic building.

The 74,000-square-foot building will house 11 science labs, several classrooms, gathering space, and a 200-person lecture hall. This space translates into the ability to serve an additional 1,000 students each year. It is the first building to be constructed on the UW Bothell campus in 10 years.

This funding is critical in efforts increasing access to higher education in the state of Washington and preparing students for the science and technology jobs of this region. In particular, I want to thank the Governor, Sen. Rosemary McCauliffe and the legislature for making this capital investment.

School Party

New Era for New Schools
This month we held celebrations honoring the birth of two new schools -- the UW Bothell School of Business and the UW Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. Faculty, staff and students gathered together for food and festivities. These parties were well attended, and were an opportunity for us to reflect on our past accomplishments and look forward to our continued growth and expansion. Congratulations to Sandeep Krishamurthy, director of the School of Business, and Bruce Burgett, director of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, as well as their students, faculty members and staff.

The UW Board of Regents recently granted the new status in response to the significant growth, expansion and maturation both programs have experienced the past several years. The new distinction better reflects their substantial enrollment, breadth of offerings and distinguished faculty.

Faculty and Staff News

Dr. Leslie Ashbaugh

UW Bothell Associate Professor Robin Angotti attended the Microsoft Academic Summit held in Washington D.C. April 20-21. She presented "Natural User Interfaces, Gaming and Simulations in Education."

Angotti's current research includes: investigating students' mathematical understandings in technological contexts; statistics education; teaching algebra from a functional perspective using multiple representations; and developing students' conceptual understandings of mathematics and preparing teachers to teach in ways that promote and support the development of conceptual understanding.

Angotti is best known for her work utilizing video game systems such as Microsoft Kinect to engage mathematics students in the classroom. Angotti's research and methodology is being examined as a model of educational innovation.

The summit was a joint project of Microsoft and the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP).

Upcoming Events

CEO Mentality Workshop

CEO Mentality Workshop
Facilitated by Dr. Sandeep Krishnamurthy of the UW Bothell School of Business, this workshop will help participants develop their own CEO mentality and explore personal career aspirations. The workshop will be held from 10 to 5 p.m. at the UW Bothell Eastside Leadership Center in Bellevue on Saturday, May 5. Details

UW Bothell 5K Run-Walk

Annual UW Bothell 5K Run-Walk
The 7th Annual UW Bothell 5K Run-Walk to raise scholarship funds for UW Bothell students will be held May 19, 2012. Registration begins at 8:00 A.M. and the run-walk begins at 9:00 A.M. Click here for more information and to register.

commencement ceremonies 2012

UW Bothell Commencement 2012
The UW Bothell community will be celebrating the graduation of its class of 2012 on June 10. Look for more information about commencement ceremonies, and related activities as the big day approaches.