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Husky Holiday Bowl Blog – Dawgs win 19-7!


Live from sunny San Diego, it’s the Husky Holiday Bowl show!

Well, at least it feels that way. Washington just scored a 19-7 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers and I have to admit… this is awesome! There’s nothing better if you’re a Husky football fan than winning a bowl game, and this was a stellar performance for our squad. Congratulations to coach Steve Sarkisian and his team. We love you guys and we are proud of you.

So proud to be a UW alum. Go Dawgs!

Game Day – Thursday, Dec. 30

Holiday Bowl, 10:14 p.m.
This game is in the book and the Washington Huskies have won the 2010 Holiday Bowl 19-7. One of the most impressive defensive performances in
Husky history, the Dawgs dominated Nebraska from start to finish and held one of the nation’s best offenses to just 7 points and 184 yards of total offense. This was some 1990-ish Husky defense. Big hits. Hard knocks. Everything you could ask for in a defensive effort. It was so exciting to be in the stadium for the game, and watching the team celebrate its victory afterwards was priceless. Steve Sarkisian truly has done wonders with this program, and that had to have been the best Gatorade bath he’s ever had. During the trophy presentation, he called us the “best fans in America.” I have to agree. Thanks to all of you for a great season. Go Dawgs, and let’s enjoy this victory!

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Limited edition buttons/T-shirts for sale

Happy holidays from the Huskies!

We’re just days away from Washington’s Holiday Bowl match-up against Nebraska, and it’s not looking very California-ish in San Diego. Heavy rains flooded Qualcomm Stadium this week, but the football gods appear to be in our favor as the weather report for game day is for 56 degrees and party sunny.

A quick reminder that the official pre-game party for Husky fans in San Diego is the Husky Holiday Warm Up presented by WallyPark Premier Airport Parking. I’m on the party planning committee and have the inside scoop: this baby is going to rock, trust me. The UW Alumni Association goes all out for Warm Up parties each year, but nothing compares to a UW bowl game.

The night before the football game we are hosting Husky Happy Hours at Moondoggies and Pacific Beach Bar & Grill down by the beach in San Diego. Happy hour prices go all night for fans wearing purple, and I’ll be there with the Flip camera in hand. Keep checking the blog for all the Holiday Bowl details.

Last but not least, we’re selling limited edition buttons and “I love the UW” T-shirts tied to this year’s Holiday Bowl festivities. Game day buttons have been a UWAA tradition for decades, but this is the first time we are making them available to the general public. Cost is $10 for a souvenir button and proceeds go to UWAA scholarship programs. It’s a good cause, and all your Husky buddies will want one.

For all the info on Holiday Bowl activities, including where to watch the game with fellow Huskies, check out our Holiday Bowl site. See you in San Diego!

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UW alumni group is showing the will to act

The time for action has come.

That’s the message being delivered by UW Impact, a nonprofit group of alumni that is mobilizing University of Washington graduates in a time of fiscal uncertainty for the UW and higher education in Washington state. The group, organized by volunteer board members of the independent UW Alumni Association, announced at a Dec. 22 news conference that it has hired political consultants Chris Vance (R) and Christian Sinderman (D). Neither are UW alums.

“We feel like if we don’t act now to create a public movement in support of the UW and higher education, tomorrow may be too late,” UW Alumni Association President Colleen Fukui-Sketchley told the Seattle Times in a front-page story that ran today.

The state’s budget woes have forced significant cuts to the UW’s state funding the past two years, and with tuition increasing by double digits each year the university reached a point where—for the first time—tuition brings in more money than state support. That’s a hard line for a public research institution to walk, and the UW Impact group is looking to raise awareness and empower alumni across the state.

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UW alum’s Community for Youth video highlights grads and students

 
UW alum and Information School Guest Faculty Greg Hay has released a short-documentary on Community for Youth, a local nonprofit that provides mentors for inner-city kids facing significant challenges. It’s an inspiring video and includes a few comments from former UW men’s basketball star Nate Robinson.

Community for Youth has a presence in three Seattle high schools—Rainier Beach, Cleveland and Chief Sealth—and celebrates its students that progress to the University of Washington. Recent Community for Youth and UW graduates include Biniyam Berhe and Vanny Chham (both UW ’07), while Samuel Martin, Marcell Buckner and Jonathan Amosa are current UW students pursuing degrees.

“Non-profits have been hit pretty hard in the past few years with the economic downturn and that includes Community for Youth,” Hay says. “I hope to raise awareness of this organization, as it has helped many troubled kids find success. My goal is to get 10,000 people to view the short-documentary before the end of January.”

Take a look, you’ll love it. And enjoy this week’s Dawg Treats: 

  • Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large writes about the late Sam Kelly’s new autobiography, written with UW history professor Quintard Taylor. Dr. Kelly was the UW’s first vice president for minority affairs.
  • A survey by UW Associate Professor of Social Work Taryn Lindhorst shows that women who have left their abusive husbands and fled with their children to the U.S., half the time our court system sends the children back, usually to their fathers.
  • UW alum Norm Rice was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Council for Community Solutions, which will look at the best ways citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government can work together to solve specific community needs.

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Teen Feed provides for homeless youth in U District

As the holidays approach, charities are receiving considerable attention. But many of these organizations need year-round assistance. One such organization is Teen Feed, which provides dinner, medical, housing and job assistance, as well as counseling and a place to hang out, for the homeless youth of the University District.

Teen Feed began in 1986 when nurses at UW Medical Center noticed that many of the youth who came in were malnourished. From then on, Teen Feed has been in the U District working to help homeless youth. In 2009, volunteers served more than 11,000 meals and case managers assisted 60 homeless youth enter into stable housing.

Every night, Teed Feed serves between 40 and 70 homeless youth under the age of 25. On the first Friday of each month, a group of passionate volunteers from the UW forms a Meal Team and, together, they provide the menu and materials for dinner. They cook and serve it to the attendees, then clean up and send any leftover food to the Rising Out of the Shadows (ROOTS) Youth Shelter located in the basement of the nearby University Temple United Methodist Church.

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UW degrees made possible for working professionals

Thinking about going back to school while you work?

The University of Washington makes it possible for those wanting to complete the undergraduate degrees they started. UW Professional & Continuing Education is celebrating 20 years of the Evening Degree Program. More than 2,000 students have graduated from the program, and nearly half did so between the ages of 26 and 35. Some returned to school decades after starting and then suspending their studies.

And for professionals wondering how to fit grad school into their busy lives, the UW recently hosted a panel discussion featuring three professionals who earned graduate degrees while working full-time: Cyndy Clegg, assistant director of Ambulatory Pharmacy Services at Harborview Medical Center, earned an Executive Master of Health Administration in 2007; Jeremy Snook, senior business development & strategy manager for Microsoft Game Studios, completed a Master of Communication in Digital Media in 2009; and Kelli Bixby Bays, a construction project manager for REI, is a graduate of the Master of Science in Construction Management.

These alumni successfully went back to school while continunig to work their day jobs. That’s a hallmark of UW Professional & Continuing Education, which offers more than 125 certificate programs, dozens of graduate and undergraduate degrees and hundreds of courses—in the evening, on weekends and online. 

Here are 12 tips from those who survived the experience. Thrived in it, actually.

Alison Koop of PCE says, “What I found most inspiring: each grad rediscovered a hunger for learning. They called the experience ‘empowering.’ It was a very satisfying experience, returning to school as an adult. And to their surprise, they found their professional skills (giving presentations, writing business proposals, etc.) really put them ahead in school. So, yes, you can teach an old Dawg new tricks! Even while he keeps his day job.”

Here are this week’s Dawg Treats:

  • After jumping 375 percent over the last 20 years, a report by the UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IMHE) shows that global health funding slowed to just 6 percent.
  • From Time magazine, Dr. Wendy DeMartini of UW Medical Center reports that MRIs are an important tool in helping women detect more cases of breast cancer.
  • UW Provost Mary Lidstrom says more budget cuts are coming.
  • The UW’s Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) hosted a rapid response public conversation on the Wikileaks debate. This is being called a defining moment for the Internet. Read an extensive post on the subject by Adjunct Professor Ken Rufo.
  • Matthew Nienow, a 2010 UW graduate, was selected from over 1,000 applicants as one of this year’s Creative Writing Fellows from the National Endowment for the Arts. The prize is worth $25,000.

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Holiday video highlights UW students

For me, the University of Washington is more than a campus. It’s more than a degree and it goes deeper than a community. For me, the UW is a feeling. It’s something I know exists for the public good, and I believe it’s an institution worth supporting even in the darkest of hours. That’s not just a UW feeling, either. That’s higher education in our state, and it’s full of wonderful stories and people.

Students like Karen Craddick and Brent Leithauser are making the UW stronger. They received student advocacy awards from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores for their role in organizing the wildly successful Pharmacy Legislative Day in February. Faculty like Jim Kenagy, professor emeritus of biology and the Burke Museum’s curator of mammals, are using science to change the world. Kenagy’s team invoked the help of flesh-eating beatles to clean animal bones for important research. Alumni like Jean Hernandez, who was recently named president of Edmonds Community College, are using their UW education to make a difference.

The UW’s holiday video focuses on students and the impact our institution has on everyday lives. It’s a powerful tribute to the campus, community and feelings that make the UW such an amazing place.

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The Huskies road back to a bowl game video

This video was released today by the UW Athletic Department and all I’ve got to say is, wow. The Husky football team (and its fans) have been through so much these last few years. It feels good to be back in a bowl game and this video sums that up beautifully. Proud to be a Husky!

We’ll be launching registration for our Husky Holiday Bowl Warm Up shortly. That’s the official pre-game party of Husky fans in San Deigo, and you’ll want to keep checking UWalum.com/cheer for details. Hint: it’s going to be awesome.

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