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UW Alumni Association members sell out opening night of Harry Potter

On Friday, Nov. 19, the UW Alumni Association hosted its second members-only night at the movies: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Earlier this year, we reserved the Pacific Science Center’s IMAX Theater for opening night of Alice in Wonderland 3-D. This time, it was all witchcraft and wizardry.

Once again, we sold out the opening night showing at Pacific Science Center in just a few hours. Members and their guests were treated to the 7:30 p.m. show that kicks off the 7-part story’s dramatic conclusion. The film puts Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort on a collision course that will end next summer with Part 2.

This is the kind of membership experience the UW Alumni Association is proud to bring its members, and it’s just one example of the kind of exclusive events and benefits you can enjoy as a UWAA member. See why 50,000 other Huskies are enjoying membership and tell us why you love the UW.

Stay tuned for all the latest member deals, and enjoy this week’s Dawg Treats:

  • From the Wall Street Journal, more and more youngsters are getting braces, but UW Professor of Orthodontics Gregory King says it’s no more effective to do it early than later.
  • UW students: Next president should raise money, keep tuition low.
  • The UW Board of Regents approved a $250 million renovation to Husky Stadium. The project will begin Nov. 7, 2011 and the Huskies will play at Qwest Field in 2012 and return to Husky Stadium in 2013.
  • The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University is hosting a major 45-year retrospective exhibition of works by Seattle painter Francis Celentano, a professor emeritus from the UW who explores issues of color, shape, form and structure in abstract, geometric works. 
  • UW Alumni Association President Colleen Fukui-Sketchley and Past-President Eddie Pasatiempo are featured in this Department of Communication story about confronting the UW’s budget.

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Snow days in Seattle blanket UW campus

Walking in a winter wonderland.

UPDATE 11/24: The city of Seattle is on hiatus right now with snow on the ground and ice on the roads. Stranded cars, stranded buses and stranded people were all too common the last few days, and the holiday forecast calls for light snow and (hopefully) a little rain. Happy Thanksgiving!

The University of Washington cancelled classes on all three campuses Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday’s round-up from the Seattle Times had a lot of information, while Wednesday’s follow-up asks why can’t we handle the snow? You can subscribe to the official UW Alerts program for text messages, Facebook and Twitter updates. And check out this great video of the UW campus covered in snow.

Hopping off the bus Monday morning, I took a stroll through campus as the flakes were still falling and snapped a few pictures on my smartphone. The UW campus is stunning every day of the year, but it’s a magical sight with the snowfall. See the full show below or on our Flickr site.

Of course, you can learn more about the storm on the Cliff Mass Weather Blog. And feel free to share your stories. Here’s a crazy video of somebody trying (and failing) to drive up Queen Anne hill, and here’s a fun one of the Husky football team practicing in the snow. Getting ready for the Apple Cup in Pullman, I imagine.

Enjoy the snow, Huskies. Stay safe!

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What Husky football means to Jake Locker

Five years ago, Jake Locker set foot on the UW campus and energized the fan base with his lightning-quick speed and million-dollar smile. On Thursday, Nov. 18, Locker and 16 other Washington seniors will play their final game at Husky Stadium. It is the first Thursday night game at home for the UW since 1939.

It’s been a rough go for this group, but they are helping to right the ship and Locker, in particular, has given us reason to hope. His work ethic, passion for Husky football and all-around character epitomize what this university is all about. In recognition of Jake’s last game at home, here are a few quotes left over from my pre-season interview with the UW quarterback.

Read the full story in the December issue of Columns.

What were your thoughts upon signing with the UW in 2005?
This program was comfortable being at the top of the Pac-10. If you weren’t winning it you were second and playing for it at the end of the season. Year in and year out you were competing for a Pac-10 title, and then you have your really good teams that are competing for national titles. Everybody who’s signed their letter of intent in the last five years has had that belief. This is a program that can be in the top of the Pac-10 and in the top of the country. That’s where I wanted to end up when I got done, and that’s where I thought this program realistically could go.

Can you compare the program now to where it was when you first arrived?
We’ve taken a big step forward. It was obviously tough the first couple of years. We didn’t do what we wanted to. We’ve always had the talent to win, but some guys were going different ways and buying into different things. Some were with the program and some weren’t. I think for the first time since I’ve been here, everybody believes in the same thing, believes in the same idea, the same goals, and is working together to achieve them. To me, that’s what’s going to make us successful. That’s why this year and going forward feels a lot different than it has in the past.

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Passport to Picasso sells out Seattle Art Museum

On Sunday, Nov. 14, the UW College of Arts & Sciences hosted Passport to Picasso, an exclusive showing of the Seattle Art Museum’s amazing new Picasso exhibit. I attended this event with my family and was moved by the paintings, sculptures, photography and imagination of the 20th century’s most iconic and influential artist.

I’d never been to the SAM before, so I was looking forward to it for several reasons. How often do you get to experience an exhibit like this in a community setting? The entire allottment of 1,200 tickets sold out and the museum was bustling with UW alumni and friends, but it never felt crowded. Drinks and cookies were served, and we had an hour to explore the rest of the museum before punching our passport to Picasso.

The exhibit featured hundreds of pieces from Picasso’s personal collection. It spanned eight decades of Picasso’s extraordinary life, highlighting a variety of mediums and the Cubist movement he helped create. It was a remarkable collection and worth every second of my time. Events like this make our community proud. Kudos to Arts & Sciences, the UW Alumni Association and Seattle Art Museum for a stellar partnership.

On to this week’s Dawg Treats:

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UW Alumni Group on LinkedIn passes 15,000 members

The University of Washington Alumni Group on LinkedIn has passed the 15,000-member milestone. That’s a huge number and speaks volumes about what alumni want. You want to stay connected to the UW and to each other. LinkedIn makes that easy for career minded graduates.

A special thanks to our partner Keoke Silvano, a re-entry counselor at the UW’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity. He founded the Alumni Group on LinkedIn and later teamed with the UW Alumni Association to grow it into a force for Huskies online.

In recognition of the 15,000 members who are making this group the resource it is today, our team wanted to share a few submissions from your fellow alums and others in the UW community that tell the story of what LinkedIn is about.

I’m a Husky alum living in enemy territory (Eugene, OR)! Just getting started with LinkedIn and would like to show my support of the DAWGS!
Carol Stineman, ’86

I met my wife at UW. My daughter Jenny, brother Michael and sister-in-law Diane are all UW grads. I am the Dawg Pack leader for my family. I volunteer at University of Washington Medical Center in the patient/family Intensive Care Unit. Had a heart transplant at UWMC and owe so much of my life experiences to UW. Go Dawgs!
Turner Prewitt, ’76

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A Husky for life: Why I love the UW

We've always been a UW family.

I grew up a huge Husky football fan and always wanted to play wide receiver for the Dawgs. But it quickly became clear that football just wasn’t in my genes (thanks, Mom and Dad), so I decided to take the next best approach. The University of Washington was the only school I applied to, and if I didn’t get accepted I probably would have taken a year off and tried again. And then again.

I could have been the happiest 40-year-old freshman this place has ever seen. Luckily (and I mean that), I got accepted on the first try. I spent three years covering Husky football for The Daily and graduated in 2004 with a degree in journalism. I took a job covering high school football in Mobile, Ala., and returned to Seattle in the summer of 2007. For the past three years, I have worked for the UW, and I’ve fallen for it all over again. This is my college, my team, my story. And I love it here.

The point is, the UW has been a big part of my life. It’s who I am and it’s what I talk about. Be it the rise and fall of the football team or the Masters degree I’m now pursuing in digital media, this place means something to me. I’m sure it means something to you, too. That feeling, that connection, is what makes us Huskies. It’s what ties us together and allows us to feel good about where we come from and where we are going still.

I work for the UW Alumni Association. My responsibilities include writing copy for the UWAA’s membership program. This is not one of those times. This is from the heart, and it’s for all the Huskies out there who know what I’m talking about when I say the UW will always be a part of me. If you love the UW and believe in that impact, consider joining the UW Alumni Association. Tell ‘em Derek sent you.

The membership community is 50,000 strong and growing. Spend a few moments on our website and see if it’s a good fit. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. But I’m guessing that a lot of you feel the same way I do about the University of Washington, and we can be proud of that connection.

If you have a moment, share why you love the UW.

Derek Belt
UW Alumni Association

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Columns archives: Honoring our veterans

A very special thank you to all of the men and women who have served our country with honors. Today is Veterans Day, and I am reminded of the poem “Freedom is not Free” by Ashley Persyn:

There is a price we pay for freedom
For it is not truly free
But rather paid for by the contributions of veterans
To buy our liberty.

The photo above is of Blake Miller. It is one of the most famous pictures from the Iraq War and was taken by 1982 UW alum Luis Sinco. Watch this video from the Los Angeles Times on what came to be known as the “The Marlboro Marine.”

I ran a quick search of UWalum.com for “veterans” and am excited to share a few stories from our Columns archives. Thank you, veterans.

  • Healing wounds, March 2008: A UW alum tells his tale from the Vietnam War. He served as a dentist with a mobile construction battalion attached to the 3rd Marine Division. He says, “My dental training did not necessarily prepare me for treating the wounded in a helicopter; but you did what you could and quickly learned.”
  • Pappy Boyington—Our Black Sheep Hero, Dec. 1998: There aren’t many UW alums who win the Medal of Honor, write a best-selling book and have Robert Conrad portray them in a TV series. But that’s World War II Fighter Pilot Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, a 1934 engineering graduate who shot down 28 enemy planes as a Marine pilot.
  • The Caretaker, Dec. 2009: Days after 24-year-old Army Lt. Robert Leisy wrote a letter home to his parents, he used his body to shield his fellow soldiers from a North Vietnamese grenade. They survived. Leisy did not. A look at the UW alum who made the ultimate sacrifice—in his own words.

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Black Panther movie “Night Catches Us” produced by UW alum Ron Simons

Night Catches Us, a new film about the Black Panthers produced by UW alumni Ron Simons, will be released by Magnolia Pictures on Dec. 3. Written and directed by Tanya Hamilton, it premiered at Sundance 2010 and was an Official Selection.

This is the first feature film produced by SimonSays Entertainment, Inc., which Simons founded in 2009 to tell the stories, fables and narratives of under-represented communities. Simons left Microsoft Mail’s marketing division to earn his Master of Fine Arts in Drama from the UW in 2001. He now lives in New York City.

It’s 1976 and Marcus (Anthony Mackie) returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. He quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced and must protect a deep secret that could shatter everyone’s beliefs. For more, see the official movie site.

Night Catches Us will be screened Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Cinebarre in Mountlake Terrace. The screening will raise money for the UW School of Drama Career Entry Endowment Fund and is co-sponsored by the UW School of Drama and the Graduate School. More info in this University Week story written by Elizabeth Lowry.

Now, on to this week’s Dawg Treats:

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