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Chancellor Kenyon Chan

December 2012

Greetings Colleagues,

Already, the fall quarter is almost over. It has been gratifying to see our campus filled with students, and to watch the construction taking place on campus. I am particularly looking forward to the grand opening of the Sports and Recreation Complex, to be held Thursday, Dec. 6. Rain or shine, the games will begin as our students inaugurate the field with a day of athletic events. Thank goodness for artificial turf! I want to thank and congratulate our student leadership on the completion of this project. Their vision and dedication will benefit students for many years to come.

UW Bothell is rapidly garnering recognition for its science and technology program. We saw further evidence of this by the large turnout at our first-ever STEM networking event, which attracted more than 100 students and 12 regional employers. I appreciate Dr. Elaine Scott and our Career Center for leading this event.

I am continually impressed by the depth and breadth of scholarly work that takes place on our campus. The news and events page on the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) website is filled with activities of IAS faculty. For example, IAS faculty members Ron Krabill and Bruce Kochis recently presented "Students Seeing Sausage in D.C.: Making U.S. Human Rights Policy" at the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies. I also want to recognize Rebecca Brown, whose short story "Diminished" has been published in PageBoy Magazine.

Representatives from the search firm Isaacson, Miller were on campus this week to talk with key campus groups about the desired attributes of the next UW Bothell chancellor. I hope you had a chance to attend the town hall to voice your opinion. The search committee has completed the position description and it is now posted online. The search firm will now begin working to identify and recruit outstanding candidates from across the nation.

Like you, I love to hear the stories about our students -- their journey to UW Bothell and how they are growing. I encourage you to read the new publication by our student journalists in the Office of Advancement and External Relations. "Spotlight" is a biweekly, online newsletter that features student stories. You can read it online at

The year 2012 has been one of the most significant in the history of UW Bothell. As this quarter and year draw to a close, it is an opportune time to express my gratitude for each of you and the excellent work you do each day. My best to you for a wonderful holiday season. I look forward to the great potential that 2013 holds for all of us.

Kind regards,


UW Bothell Employees are Driving and Parking Less

UWB Empoloyees are Driving Less

A recent analysis of the state-required Commute Trip Reduction Survey shows UW Bothell employees are going greener by the year. Faculty and staff are choosing alternative modes of transportation, including carpooling, busing and biking, according to Calvin W. Johnson, commuter services manager. Data from the 2011-2012 survey shows employees are driving an average of 7.9 miles one way to work, surpassing the goal set of 8.1 miles set by the state.

Johnson says these changes support the sustainability and growth components of UW Bothell’s 21st Century Campus Initiative. "If we continue our efforts to choose alternative modes of transportation, we can grow and still meet our demands," he says. "With plans under way to grow the student body to 6,000 by 2020, there was a concern over a possible space shortage. However, the number of employees driving alone dropped to 60 percent." The 8.7 percent decrease will result in 1,300 fewer parking spaces than the master plan projected – a potential $45 million savings over the next eight years.

Nursing and Health Studies Program Mark Milestones

Nursing Anniversary

The UW Bothell Nursing and Health Studies Program celebrated two anniversaries this month. The year 2012 marks both the 20th anniversary for the RN-to-BSN program and the 10th anniversary for the MN (master of nursing) program. UW Bothell has graduated more than 2,000 nurses who contribute to health care regionally and worldwide.

Attendees at the recent anniversary celebration honored two graduate students for their academic achievements and perseverance. Pius Mbithi is a Kenyan-born master's student with an emphasis on gerontology and global health. Lisa Zerby carries a full course load while working full time at Virginia Mason Medical Center in the operating room.

Program director David Allen says the event provided a glimpse into the future of a more robust program, "It was a moment to renew friendships and reflect on the possibilities in our new name: Nursing and Health Studies. The addition of a campus-wide major in health studies symbolizes the enduring creative energy that has characterized the last twenty years and will carry us through the next twenty."

UW Bothell Veterans Observe Veterans Week

UWB Veterans

UW Bothell recognized its veterans during Veterans Week with a slate of activities. Among the activities was a screening of "The Invisible War." Guest speaker Dr. Peter Schmidt presented information on battle mind, military culture and transition. Schmidt is a dean at Edmonds Community College and a noted expert on veterans issues. Student veterans also held a panel discussion exploring their experiences in different cultural settings.

The Student Veterans Association continues to raise money for the Veterans Archway, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony tentatively planned for late spring. Students and alumni have raised more than $50,000 toward their $60,000 goal, with additional donations coming in each week.

First STEM Networking Event is a Major Success

STEM Networking Event

The UW Bothell Career Center's first STEM Networking Event exceeded expectations, with nearly 100 students and 12 local companies in attendance, including Aerojet, Boeing, Phillips Healthcare, Microsoft and Amazon. Dr. Elaine Scott, Director of the Science and Technology Program, gave the event an A+. "It was fantastic. I couldn't believe how many students attended, and their interactions with industry representatives were vibrant and energetic."

BE Aerospace senior recruiter Shawn Murphy was impressed with the caliber of the students who attended. "The education they are receiving allows them to come and perform at a high level in a short turnaround time," Murphy says This was his first visit to UW Bothell. The University of Washington is one of just nine universities nationwide that his company has targeted for active recruitment until 2015.

The Science and Technology Program and the Computer Science and Software Engineering Program will combine to become one STEM school in 2013. Already, UW Bothell ranks second in the state for conferring the most computer science bachelor's degrees. Computer science student Matt Carlson was thrilled with the opportunity to meet with such heavy hitters in the industry. "The fact that all of these companies came here says there is talent at UW Bothell," he said.

UW Bothell in 50 Seconds

UWB in 60 Seconds

Did you know UW Bothell is the fastest growing university in the state of Washington? Get the fast facts on this amazing institution in the video produced by the Office of Advancement and External Relations. The video is 50 seconds long -- a perfect length to view and share with everyone you know. Watch the video on the UW Bothell YouTube channel.

Upcoming Events

UW Sports and Recreation Complex

UW Sports and Recreation Complex Grand Opening
The grand opening of the Sports and Recreation Complex is Thursday, December 6 from 11:30 to 5 p.m. The festivities include a welcome from ASUWB along with a full slate of recreational activities

2013 Innovation Forum

2013 Innovation Forum
February 11-14, 2013

UW Bothell's second annual Innovation 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. All are invited and encouraged to participate.