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Archives: July, 2010

New UWAA president has deep Husky roots

I have been a Husky for as long as I can remember.

My mother loved the University of Washington dearly and volunteered with the MESA and minority engineering programs. She would take me to the events she worked at, and I learned quickly there was a lot more to the UW than just getting a good education. My family has deep roots at the UW, and I saw at a young age how strong this community can be and how hard Huskies work for one another.

Now, I’m the UW Alumni Association president and am giving back in my own way. This is a wonderful honor for me and I am excited about this new chapter of my UW life.

I recently spent an afternoon on the UW campus with Columns Editor Jon Marmor and photographer Karen Orders. We must have taken 600 pictures, but it was a beautiful day and I was happy to be among the icons we love so much—Suzzallo Library, Drumheller Fountain, Grieg Garden. I couldn’t help but feel like I am going back to school. Like many of you, the UW has been a big part of my life. My parents and older sister are all UW alums, and my 4-year-old son is already a huge Husky fan. My hope is that someday he, too, sees the value of giving back to his community.

As we prepare for another school year, this blog is one example of how I plan to stay in touch with you. There will be a lot to discuss over the next year, and I hope we can use this space to talk about the UW’s future and our shared roles in the alumni community. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity. Go Huskies!


Husky Night with the Seattle Storm: Members save 50% on tickets!

It’s not every day you get to watch history in the making. But that’s exactly what the Seattle Storm are doing right now, having posted a 20-2 record to match the best start in WNBA history.

Friday, July 30 is Husky Night with the Seattle Storm. It’s part of Husky Summer Celebration, and we’ve got a special deal for UW Alumni Association members. Save 50% on tickets—get $39.37 regular price seats for just $20 and watch Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Lauren Jackson (above) take on the Chicago Sky.

Purchase your discounted tickets here. Stay tuned for a report from the game.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Last, Storm Photos.

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Provost Phyllis Wise named interim UW president

University of Washington Executive Vice President and Provost Phyllis Wise was named the school’s interim president July 8 at a public meeting of the UW Board of Regents. She will serve in that position until the Board of Regents finds a replacement for Mark Emmert, who is leaving the UW in November to head the NCAA.

Wise is a professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Biology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UW. She is the first woman and first Asian-American to serve as UW president.

To read more about Wise’s appointment, please see the following:


Husky football previews are just around the corner

Are you ready for some football?

The UW announced this week that its premier season preview celebrations will take place in late August. The annual Husky Marching Band Sneak Preview is Thursday, Aug. 19 in the Don James Center, while Raise the Woof! is Aug. 27 on the east practice field at Husky Stadium. The UW kicks off the season Sept. 4 at BYU.

I went to the Husky Marching Band Sneak Preview two years ago and it was great. Good food, lots of fans, and a closed-doors talk from the head coach who came right off the field from practice. Doors open an hour before dinner and it’s definitely worth going early. How many other times can you sip a cold microbrew and watch the Dawgs practice?

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