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UWAA President talks budget on KCTS 9 Connects

This past Friday, UW Alumni Association President Colleen Fukui-Sketchley met with KCTS 9 Connects to discuss the University of Washington and the difficulties facing our state’s higher education budget.

To see Colleen’s interview, skip ahead to the 17-minute mark.

Please note the interview is longer than what we have access to above, so once the clip stops click the bright green button to go to the KCTS 9 site and finish the interview. It’s about seven minutes long.

Colleen was also quoted in this story from The Daily about UW Impact, a civic advocacy resource that helps Huskies speak out for the UW and higher education. UW Impact is mobilizing alumni and i’s building serious momentum right now. It is part of the independent, nonprofit UWAA and does not represent the views of the University of Washington.

To learn more, visit UWimpact.org. Colleen, you are the best!

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Budget woes all the talk in UW community right now

Cherry blossoms on the UW campus
The state legislative session is in full swing and there has been lots of coverage recently about the University of Washington’s budget woes.

On April 3, the Seattle Times reported budget cuts have forced UW officials to admit more out-of-state students this year, thus decreasing the number of in-state applicants who were accepted. The story, titled “Straight-A’s may not get you into the UW this year,” has generated an astonishing 700-plus comments on the Times website.

UW gives us what we asked for is today’s headline from columnist Danny Westneat, who argues the budget situation at UW is exactly what the state asked for when it demanded the UW do “more with less.” Westneat says declining state support strong-arms the UW into operating more like a business.

It’s clearly a critical time for all of us who love the UW. More information can be found on the new UW In Your Community map, and alumni can read UW Alumni Association President Colleen Fukui-Sketchley’s letter to members in the March issue of Columns.

Now, the happy return of Dawg Treats:

  • UW Lecturer Ali Tarhouni was named finance minister of the shadow government in Libya. In a March 16 interview with Voice of America, the former Foster School of Business senior lecturer said, “There’s no fear of Gadhafi and his forces. We know he’s gone. … The question is how many innocent lives he’s going to take with him.” Read more about Tarhouni from the Seattle Times.
  • Sadly, a 20-year-old UW sophomore was killed during an avalanche while snowboarding near Stevens Pass. A candlelight vigil was held for Riley McCarthy on the UW campus March 31.
  • Former Husky quarterback Jake Locker impressed NFL scouts at Washington’s Pro Day at Dempsey Indoor.
  • UWTV recently debuted two new shows that feature independent film making and contemporary performances from the UW’s Chamber Dance Company. UWTV also won three prestigious Telly Awards!
  • UW alum Joe Sutter, the famed chief engineer of the original Boeing 747, had his initials carved into the 747-8 that made its maiden flight March 20.

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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 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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UWAA Past-President Eddie Pasatiempo a hall of famer


The Department of Communication inducted six alumni into its Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 21. Among them was our very own E.M. “Eddie” Pasatiempo, the current Past-President of the UW Alumni Association.

Eddie is a business leader and executive who has enjoyed much success in the technology and professional services. He is an optimist in every sense of the word and one of the most inspirational people I and many others have met at the University of Washington. During his induction speech, Eddie told the crowd, “Thank you to all of you who have touched me, because I am a mosaic of all of you.” Now that’s classy.

Congratulations to Eddie. Read the full story and enjoy this week’s Dawg Treats:

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The Homecoming vibe is part of our fabric as Huskies

Homecoming at the University of Washington is a wonderful time of year. Alumni of all ages return to campus—some for the first time in decades—to share a few stories and celebrate their connection to the UW.

The Class of 1960 celebrated its 50-year reunion on Friday, Oct. 15 and dedicated this iconic ‘W’ which greets people as they enter campus on Memorial Way. Here’s more about the Class of 1960 gift and you can check out the photo album from the 50-year reunion.

I’ve got awhile until my 1994 50-year reunion, but I had a memorable Homecoming weekend just as well. Prior to kickoff of the Huskies’ 35-34 double overtime victory over Oregon State, I conducted the Husky Marching Band to “Bow Down to Washington.” Then, UW Interim President Phyllis Wise and I presented a scholarship check to the Homecoming King and Queen.

And I finally met Dubs!

The band spelled out “UWAA” on the field (so cool!) and several past presidents of the UWAA returned to campus to be recognized on the field. It really was a fantastic weekend and another reminder of what the UW means to alumni. I hope you, too, had a great Homecoming. Go Huskies!

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, ’94
President, UW Alumni Association

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Asian American women are leading the way at UW

This is a fantastic photo for every reason. Taken by George Liu of the Northwest Asian Weekly, it shows, from left, UW Alumni Association President Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, University of Washington Interim President Phyllis Wise, and UW Student Regent Frances Youn.

The Weekly says this trio ”represents a paradigm shift in leadership for America.”  A UW Alumni Association president who is a Japanese American, a UW interim president who is also Chinese American, and a UW student regent who is a Korean American. And all three of them are women.

The University of Washington community is proud of its diversity. Here is another shining example.

Photo by George Liu, Northwest Asian Weekly.

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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!

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