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Public Art at the UW: Department of Forensic Morphology Annex, by Cris Bruch

Department of Morphology Annex by Cris Bruch

Planted near the shrubbery at the north end of Parrington lawn, the Department of Forensic Morphology Annex presents the most basic of questions to the viewer: what the heck is that? The Annex resembles a cross between some alien creature dredged up from the squiddy depths and the silver-skinned antagonist from “Terminator 2.” Curvy like a root vegetable, but silver plated like a B-29, the Annex resembles nothing natural on this earth.

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The UW Celebrates its 150th

Cupcake Royale owner Jodi Hall

Cupcake Royale owner Jodi Hall shows off some of her W Day cupcakes

The UW Celebrated its 150th Anniversary with W Day last Friday, November 4th, commemorating the day that the UW opened its doors in 1861. On W Day, Huskies from around the world came together decked out in purple to celebrate the UW and all of its accomplishments. Here on campus alumni, students, faculty & staff celebrated on Red Square with 150th celebratory t-shirts, W Day cupcakes created by Cupcake Royale, a performance by the Husky Band, face painting and appearances by President Young, Coach Steve Sarkisian, Coach Lorenzo Romar and even Harry the Husky!

Take a look at the W Day slideshow which captured some fun photos from the day.


State Sen. Scott White, 1970-2011

State Senator Scott White

State Sen. Scott White, 1970-2011

The University of Washington alumni community was saddened to learn of the passing of State Senator Scott White, who died Friday, October 21, of cardiac arrest brought on by an undiagnosed enlarged heart. White, who graduated from the Evans School of Public Affairs in 2001, also taught courses in legislative relations there until the end of 2009.

Senator White was an ardent supporter of higher education, and was also a friend of public transit. Both of these passions were on display earlier this year when he worked to restore funding to King County Metro and lobbied to maintain bus routes that affected the University. As a result, students were not affected by threatened route changes and cutbacks, and were able to enjoy strong transit access to campus.

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Onalaska 5th-Graders “Adopt” the UW

(Via UWToday) When an Onalaska elementary school asked the UW for help in inspiring her students to think about college, UW staffers rose to the occasion. Cheryl Smaciarz's students wear their "scholar berets" and other Husky gear.

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. Did you have a teacher who pointed you to college when you didn’t think it was for you? You should get in touch and let them know about the effect they had. It will make their day.

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Astronaut and UW alum Bonnie Dunbar featured in UW 360 video

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While the Museum of Flight didn’t get a space shuttle, it’s still an amazing piece of Northwest culture.

Former astronaut and UW alum Bonnie Dunbar served as president and CEO of the Museum of Flight until April 2010. Visit Seattle’s Museum of Flight and hear from former astronaut and UW alum Bonnie Dunbar as they prepare to house the full-fuselage shuttle trainer from NASA.

UW 360 takes you on a tour of the Museum of Flight in this exciting video. Read more on Dunbar, the 2004 Alumnus of the Year in this 2004 article from Columns magazine.

Also in May’s edition of UW 360:

UW 360, a magazine-style show that takes you inside the University of Washington, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on UWTV (channel 27 in Seattle). New episodes air the first Wednesday of each month with UW drama alum Samantha Rund as host.

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UW alumna Elisha Logue started the Innovator’s Network

UW alumni Elisha Logue, left, started the Innovator's Network.

A new way to donate and help fight cancer has come, and with it comes the full support of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Innovator’s Network strengthens the ties between donors and scientists to fund the future of cancer research. It was started by Scott Hutchinson, great-nephew of the center’s namesake, and UW alumna Elisha Logue as a way to get a younger demographic to begin donating. 

According to a 2008 report, people in their 30s and younger were donating just 1 percent of the total amount received by the center each year. By connecting with potential donors 45 and under, the Innovator’s Network can create a bond that will grow as the people become more stabilized in their life. In order to make joining the Innovator’s Network easier, the group organizes events such as happy hours to fit into the lives of younger individuals. 

You can watch this video to see how the network is committed to getting new donors involved with the new group. 

“The (people) we are looking for, they really want to give—but they may not have felt they could make a big difference on their own,” Logue says. “And they may still be searching for that thing they feel connected with, and want to give to. This generation is about giving back and involvement—and it’s about networking with people of other backgrounds we wouldn’t have known otherwise. Social interaction is important to us.”

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Five UW alumni raising money for cancer at The Madhouse Project

At the University of Washington, five great friends came together: Phil Friedman, John Fiala, Mitch Morando, Brad Newcomer, and Kurt Shintaffer. After graduation in 1996, they lived together near campus in a house dubbed “The Madhouse” before moving on, and out, to the rest of what life was bringing their way.

From playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers to attending graduate school, they left Seattle behind. But when eight years had passed, they had all returned and were looking to give back in a meaningful way. Thus was born The Madhouse Project, a Seattle charity that has been operating since 2005 in support of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Every year, this influential group of UW alumni, along with Randy Tennant, a friend of Friedman’s from the MBA program at UCLA, organize the Night Out for a Cure cocktail fundraiser to donate to the SCCA. Since its inception, the Night Out for a Cure has progressed from raising more than $16,000 in a single night to more than $150,000.

To learn more about the project and its five UW alumni directors, visit The Madhouse Project site.


Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson meet with Husky fans

Brandon Roy and Nate Robinson - UW HuskiesBrandon Roy and Nate Robinson are Husky basketball legends. Both spoke to UW alumni and fans at an exclusive post-game Q&A following the Portland Trail Blazers-Oklahoma City Thunder game April 1 at the Rose Garden.

It was all part of the UW Alumni Association’s fifth annual Husky Night with the Trail Blazers. Brandon Roy, an All-Star for the Blazers, has been our star here since he was drafted by Portland in 2006. Nate Robinson, the only player in NBA history to win three Slam Dunk contests, just so happened to be in town with the Thunder.

And, yes, since the game was against the Thunder (who used to be the Seattle SuperSonics – grrrr!), many loyal Sonics fans showed up wearing their green and gold.

Two Husky legends in an intimate setting—this is what the UWAA is all about!

More than 100 people came out for the event, which began with a Husky Happy Hour in downtown Portland. We raffled off a few great prizes, including a Brandon Roy autographed jersey and a picture with Brandon after the game. The Blazers rallied for a 98–91 victory after being down 11 points at halftime.

The Q&A following the game was a lot of fun. Everyone was pleasantly surprised when Brandon was joined by Nate Robinson, who was recently traded to the Thunder. Together, they answered questions like:  “What did you think of Isaiah Thomas going to the NBA?” and, “What was your favorite memory as a Husky?”

As always, it was a very exciting and fun-filled evening. Go Huskies!

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