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Chancellor Kenyon Chan

May 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.

I couldn’t be happier with our UWB 3 groundbreaking ceremony. What a tremendously positive way to celebrate the UWB 3 project, and the continued expansion of our campus community.

If you were one on the many who were able to attend, you heard UW President Michael Young express his excitement over our significant growth and success here at UW Bothell. He sees UW Bothell as a fundamental part of the overall University of Washington mission, and recognizes UW Bothell as a place where diversity is welcomed and celebrated, and where innovation is born and tested. I agree with him wholeheartedly.

Now that UWB 3 construction is officially underway, it’s time to turn our attention to those additional 1,000 students who will be joining us in just two short years. Every UW Bothell department, every UW Bothell faculty and staff member, will be involved in preparations for this enrollment boom. At the same time, we will continue to look for ways to enhance the student experience for those already here.

In less than two weeks, we will be holding another meaningful UW Bothell celebration -- commencement. This is the day of all days for us. All of the planning, organizing, teaching, research, outreach; it all comes down to commencement. I feel a great sense of confidence in the graduates we will soon be sending out into the world. I would like to congratulate the UW Bothell Class of 2012, and their families.

Kind regards,


Groundbreaking Ceremony


This past Friday, May 25, UW Bothell students, faculty, staff and friends gathered together to celebrate the groundbreaking for construction on the UW Bothell Science and Academic Building, to be known as UWB 3.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held at 11 a.m. next to the UWB 3 site near the center of campus. The backdrop was a yellow backhoe set against a perfectly blue Seattle sky. Special guests UW President Michael Young and Senator Rosemary McAuliffe spoke, as did ASUWB President Frederic Hensen.

Several dignitaries attended including Senator Maralyn Chase and state representatives Luis Moscoso, Derek Stanford and Larry Springer; Kenmore mayor David Baker and mayor of the City of Bothell Mark Lamb. The UW Husky Marching Band and Holly the Husky were also on hand.

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.

Following the ceremony guests enjoyed cupcakes, coffee, conversation, and campus tours.

Commencement 2012

Congratulations to the Class of 2012!  The 21st annual Commencement ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 at Alaska Airlines Arena on the UW Seattle campus.

We are honored to have former NASA astronaut Captain Wendy Lawrence as our featured speaker. Captain Lawrence has been a stalwart proponent of higher education and currently serves on the UW Bothell Advisory Board.

Lawrence was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She received a bachelor of science degree in ocean engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, and a master of science degree in ocean engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1988.

Lawrence was selected to serve an astronaut in 1992, and worked at NASA for 14 years. Her technical assignments included serving as the NASA director of operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia and as the astronaut office representative to the International Space Station program for crew training, operations and support. She is a veteran of four shuttle missions (STS-67, 86, 91 and 114) and has logged over 50 days in space.

For more information or questions about the commencement ceremony, please contact Lisa Walker, Commencement Coordinator, at (425) 352-3663 or

Two UW Bothell Students Win TEC Business Plan Competition


Entrepreneurs Polina Semeykina and Lyamen Savy won first place and $20,000 in cash and prizes, in The Entrepreneurship Center (TEC) second annual Business Plan Competition this past Friday. Both are seniors attending the UW Bothell School of Business.

Semeykina and Savy won the competition with their business plan for Valeni Boots, a decorative boot line that is stylishly on-trend, comfortable and affordable. Semeykina and Savy are working with Russian manufactures to design and sell into the US market these traditional Valenki-style boots.

Semeykina and Savy competed against 35 student teams who submitted comprehensive business plans. The competition included several rounds of judging. Barry Weisband, TEC director, said the competition highlights the center’s core mission, which is to build the economy by developing businesses and talented entrepreneurs.

“The competition is more than academic -- it’s practical,” Weisband says. “We provide the professional assistance for students to launch their new businesses. All four of the finalists plan on starting their new companies. Many of the semi-finalists will launch companies as well. In many ways, TEC supports the economic growth and job creation for the Puget Sound area by providing significant resources to our students so that they can be highly successful entrepreneurs.”

Sponsors of the competition include the Herbert B. Jones Foundation, Banner Bank, Banyan Branch, Corum Group, Founder Institute, Palo Alto Software Seattle, Rock Paper Sketch, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Palo Alto Software.

5k Run-Walk


The seventh annual UW Bothell 5K Run-Walk on May 19 was a tremendous success! The event attracted more than 550 runners and walkers; in total, there were about 850 visitors to our campus. The weather was perfect, and we enjoyed visits by UW mascot Dubs, Holly the Husky and the UW cheerleaders. Most importantly, we raised about $12,000 for student scholarships.Thanks to out to our dedicated Alumni Council for sponsoring the most successful 5K yet. We’re also grateful to the many community sponsors whose support allows us to provide scholarships to UW Bothell students. Mark your calendars for next year’s 5K Run-Walk on May 11, 2013.

Love Purple, Raise Gold!

In 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 Bothell school, program or scholarship you are passionate about—any time between 1:50 p.m. on June 7 and 1:51 p.m. (PST) on June 9. Learn more at

UW Bothell Veterans Recognition & Challenge Coin Ceremony

Earlier this week, UW Bothell faculty, staff, students and family members gathered together at the Commons for the Veterans Recognition & Coin Challenge Ceremony. The event was held in honor of UW Bothell veterans and their family members, and specifically those veterans who soon be graduating. The Veterans Recognition & Challenge Coin Ceremony provided an opportunity for the UW Bothell to pay tribute to those who have nobly served our country.

Each graduating veteran received a coin in appreciation for their military service and also their contributions while here at UW Bothell. Recipients are encouraged to keep them close, as a reminder of their time at UW Bothell.

Those honored were: Myrthe Boekhorst; Gina Bolander; Melanie Burnham; Chelsea Carter; Dylan Dentremont; Beth Dingman; Mitchell Erickson; Scott Gardiner; Arjuna Gupta; Javier Gutierrez; Paul Henderson; Erle Hunter; Concetta Leggio; Jennifer Mancil; Christopher McRae; Cecilia Mariner; Heather Meyer-Love; Brian Miller; BJ Myers; Florizel Negrillo; Scott Pawlak; Sam Putnam; Alexander Tomlin; and Roberto Whyte.

Upcoming Events

CEO Mentality Workshop

Bothell Live Arts 2012
Come check out Bothell Live Arts 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23rd and 24th on the lawn in front of Mobius Hall. Enjoy live entertainment, artisan booths, a juried art exhibit, a tasty variety of entrees and treats and fun for the whole family. Art proceeds will provide scholarships for local youth and will be allocated for the procurement of public art for the Bothell community. For more information, click here

UW Bothell 5K Run-Walk

Freedom Festival
Bothell’s annual Freedom Festival is a popular tradition and includes not only the Grand Parade through downtown Bothell, but also a parade for children and a pancake breakfast. UW Bothell will participate in the parade, and everyone is invited to get invovled. More details to come!