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Chancellor Kenyon Chan

October 2012

Greetings Colleagues,

At long last the sun has given way to rain. But the colder weather has not slowed progression on our many construction projects. You can keep track of progress on the Science and Academic Building by watching the construction webcam, which has been re-positioned to afford an even better view.

The state of the university is excellent with a strong and vital future ahead. After reviewing 10th day enrollment numbers from colleges around the state, we can officially say that UW Bothell is the fastest-growing four-year public university in the state of Washington. We are also the largest branch campus in the state.

With UW Bothell poised for further success, it is an opportune time for me to leave my role as chancellor. As I related during our recent Town Hall meeting, my decision leaves me with many mixed emotions. I have had the privilege to work with outstanding faculty and staff, students, alumni and strong community partners. It has been a great honor to lead this campus during a period marked both by extraordinary growth and many challenges to higher education.

A national search for my successor will be conducted through the Provost’s office, with the goal of having my successor in place when I leave in July 2013. A search committee has been established, chaired by Doug Wadden and co-chaired by Alan Wood. In the coming weeks, you will have an opportunity to share your views with regard to the desired characteristics of a new chancellor. This is a critical decision for our campus and we are in an excellent position to attract a candidate of the highest caliber. Please take the time to share your views.

In the interim, I am firmly focused on the future. In particular, I am looking forward to the celebration on Nov. 2 with the Nursing and Health Studies program as they celebrate the 20th anniversary for the RN to BSN program and the 10th anniversary for MN (master of nursing) program.

There are so many more milestones ahead. Thank you for making them happen.

Kind regards,


10th Day Figures Show Enrollment Growth

Enrollment Growth

For the 2012-13 academic year, the University of Washington Bothell reports enrollment growth, making it the fastest-growing public university in the state of Washington.

The campus reports a head-count for 2012-13 of 4,172 students, also counted as 3,788 FTE (full-time equivalent students). This number compares to an FTE of 3,377 in the previous year, corresponding to an increase of 411 FTEs, or 12 percent. Applications to the university also increased by 13 percent over the previous year.

The recent increase in enrollment at UW Bothell now makes it the largest of the five university branch campuses in the state. Ninety-two percent of the currently enrolled students are from Washington.

UW Bothell remains one of the most diverse universities in the nation. The incoming freshman class is comprised of 66 percent students of color from diverse backgrounds. UW Bothell offered more than $39 million in financial aid to UW Bothell undergraduates for the 2012-13 year, including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study awards.

A Celebration of Environmental Education


Community partners and UW Bothell supporters attended a celebration of the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory at the Januik Winery in Woodinville on October 27. The event, hosted by Jan and Dick Hunter, was held to honor the legacy of the late Dr. Gordon Green, the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory Benefactor. Darryl and Pam Green were also in attendance.

The conservatory will be a center for regional environmental education and will act as the front door to the wetlands and the restored North Creek, an important, salmon-bearing tributary of the Sammamish River. Attendees at the event were challenged to share their ideas for creating an innovative environmental education program that will benefit both UW Bothell students and the public.

UW Bothell Increases its National Presence

Increasing National Presence

UW Bothell continues to increase its presence and influence on the national level. Recently, the university joined two national organizations.

The UW Bothell School of Business has joined the Principles for Responsible Management Education Initiative (PRME). Launched at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, the Principles provide an engagement framework for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibility through the incorporation of universal values into curricula and research.Signatories to PRME commit to the six principles for responsible management education, which includes global social responsibility, research, partnerships and sustainability.

UW Bothell has also joined the Campus Action Network (CAN), of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The Campus Action Network focuses on campuses and organizations that are committed to liberal education across the arts and sciences, and “shines a spotlight on educational practices that work.” In our immediate region, other members include Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University, and Evergreen State College. For more information, please see:

UW Bothell Logo Adorns Sports Field

UWB Logo on Sports Field

The Sports and Recreation Complex is now ablaze with the purple and gold UW Bothell logo. Workers installed the logo on October 17. Chancellor Kenyon Chan, student leaders and Holly the Husky were on hand to celebrate the occasion. Work is proceeding quickly on the complex, which cost $3.3 million and is completely funded by student fees. It is scheduled to open by the end of October; plans are under way for an opening celebration to be held in November.

Innovation Forum: Engaging Design

Chalk It Up

"Chalk it Up" - the inaugural event of the 2013 Innovation Forum, took place October 18 featuring student artists and dancing groundskeepers.

UW Bothell’s second annual Innovation Forum takes place February 11-14, 2013. This year’s forum will focus on the art and science of design. The week-long event will showcase UW Bothell's many design-related endeavors in all the areas of teaching, research, service and outreach.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Carol Strohecker, Director of the Center for Design Innovation, at the University of North Carolina.

See the complete schedule and be sure to check often for the latest updates. Join the discussion; visit the Innovation Forum blog at

UW Bothell Alumna is Miss Washington 2012

Miss Washington

Cassandra Searles (Business '12) was crowned Miss Washington USA on October 21. She will represent Washington at the 2013 Miss USA pageant next spring. In her pageant bio, Searles writes, “I am a 24-year-old graduate of the University of Washington-Bothell and an employee of Sterling Bank’s Bellevue Commercial office." Learn more about Cassandra below.

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Markham is new CBLR Director

Markham is the new CBLR Director

Dr. Paul Markham is the new Director of Community-Based Learning and Research at UW Bothell. Markham has in-depth transdisciplinary training in both his academic and in his community engagement leadership experience. He will join UW Bothell Jan. 1, 2013.

Already a national leader in these areas, Markham is the recipient of the 2012 John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement and the 2012 President’s Service Award at Western Kentucky University. Markham holds a Ph.D in philosophical theology from Durham University (UK), a master’s degree in theological studies, and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering technology (with a master of arts degree in sociology pending).

Markham will visit the campus November 1 to 6. Contact Gray Kochhar-Lindgren to meet with Markham during his visit.


Lend-A-Paw Event

On October 6, 2012, more than 60 UW Bothell students, alumni, family and friends donned their purple and gold and volunteered for a day of community service and Husky football for the second annual Lend-A-Paw, hosted by the UW Bothell Alumni Council. Volunteers helped renovate the American Legion Post 127 in Woodinville by cleaning up invasive species, moving rocks and debris off the lawn, trimming vegetation, and planting flowers. They finished the day by cheering on the Huskies vs. Oregon in the on-site event hall.

The event also helped raise awareness about student veterans and the Veterans Archway project on the UW Bothell campus. Current student veterans spoke about the importance of campus support and a sense of community when transitioning from active duty to student life.

UW Bothell Facebook Hits 4,000

UWB Facebook

The UW Bothell Facebook page hit a milestone last week: 4,000 “likes” on its Facebook page. The number of likes on the page has increased by more than 1,500 since October 2011. Enrollment growth at UW Bothell has helped drive the increase, along with the efforts of staff in the Office of Advancement and External Relations to engage visitors on the page. Visit and “like” the page at You can also follow UW Bothell on Twitter! (@uwbothell).

Upcoming Events


W Day
W Day is Friday, November 2 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Codex (outside the bookstore). Wear your purple and join us for music, cupcakes and free t-shirts (while supplies last).


Nursing 25th Anniversary

Nursing 20th Anniversary Celebration
Everyone is invited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the nursing program on Friday, November 2 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Mobius Hall. If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP.