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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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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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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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UW credit cards: Student data is not shared with banks

Alumni and friends,

A recent news report confused the national story about credit card companies and student data with the UW’s program that is focused entirely on alumni.

The UW’s affinity credit card program has never been promoted directly to students and at no time has student information been shared, sold or distributed by the UW or UW Alumni Association.

The UW and Bank of America are partners in promoting the UW’s official credit card to alumni. Select alumni information is used for this specific purpose and the UW retains ownership of all alumni information. At no point does Bank of America retain use of this information for purposes other than promoting the UW’s official credit, checking and debit programs through mailings and promotional efforts that are individually approved by the UW Alumni Association.

I welcome your thoughts. I will answer your questions as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

Paul Rucker, ’95, ’02
Executive Director, UW Alumni Association

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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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A morning in Hec Ed with President Obama

President Obama and Senator Murray. (Photo by Ron Wurzer)

It’s been nearly 50 years since a current U.S president has been to the University of Washington. Not since JFK visited in November of 1961 and delivered a centennial address for the University has a sitting president come to campus. No wonder, then, that President Barack Obama’s visit on a golden October morning drew such a crowd of, and a roar from, Seattleites and UW students. A whopping 10,000 people packed Hec Ed this morning, with another 3,000 spilling over into Husky Stadium next door.

And that was after he stopped at Top Pot Doughnuts, was handed a cup of coffee (according to Gov. Christine Gregoire), attended a small backyard discussion in northeast Seattle, met with the UW women’s volleyball and cross country teams, and ran out of the tunnel and into Husky Stadium cheering “Go Huskies!”

Truth is, as we all know, the President was in town to stump for Senator Patty Murray. And, he did it well. There were funny anecdotes—including one that had an imaginary Murray and the President pushing a car out of a mud-filled ditch (“It was a really deep ditch,” he said, “and it was really reckless driving”)—and the expected calls to vote. Of course, there also was the President’s signature ability to lead the crowd into chanting “Yes We Can” at every turn. Yes, he was stumping, playing the politician, attempting to drive votes for his team.

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UW’s new PACCAR Hall is open for business, literally

At the UW’s Foster School of Business, bigger isn’t always better. Unless you’re talking about PACCAR Hall, the incredible new home for one of the country’s premier business schools.

On Friday, Oct. 15, Foster School faculty, staff, alumni and supporters gathered for a private reception to dedicate the five-story, 135,000-square-foot building. Dean Jim Jiambalvo, PACCAR chairman and CEO Mark Pigott, and UW Interim President Phyllis Wise all spoke at the event.

Click here to see a photo gallery of the gorgeous new building.

PACCAR Hall includes 124 offices, 19 classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium and 28 breakout rooms that can be used for small group discussions. There’s also an outdoor terrace and a large cafe that serves Starbucks coffee. It’s called Orin’s Place in honor of UW alum and Regent Orin Smith, the former president and CEO of Starbucks.

Read the University Week story and check out this week’s Dawg Treats:

  • Scientists at the UW have discovered that women who are depressed during pregnancy have a higher chance of premature births.
  • A report by the National Research Council examines how universities have managed the intellectual property of their federally-funded research.
  • When in Rome: Students studying abroad drink more alcohol, according to a UW study. This report has been all over the web—here’s a story from TIME.com.

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Phyllis Wise looks ahead in her first address as UW President

University of Washington Interim President Phyllis Wise delivered the President’s Annual Address on Tuesday, October 12 at Kane Hall.

Wise outlined her goals for her tenure and for the future of the University. Andrew Doughman of The Daily wrote, “She described a university reeling from consecutive years of budget cuts with no promise for relief for the next two years. But even in this climate, Wise rolled out a policy agenda that she said could position the university to emerge from the recession stronger than when it hit.”

Read the entire story from The Daily, and enjoy this week’s Dawg Treats:

  • A vigil was held for Carly Henley, the UW student who committed suicide last week, from KING 5-TV.
  • Slavic Languages and Literature Professor Jose Alaniz donated his treasured comic book collection to UW Libraries, from KOMO 4-TV.
  • Are Americans taking too many drugs? UW Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology Bruce Psaty weighs in on this story from U.S. News & World Report.
  • Get ready for the flu season with tips from UW Medicine’s Dr. Yunyu Cao.
  • UW sociologist and sex expert Pepper Schwartz spoke to the Orange County Register for this story on a recent study suggesting men over 50 are not using condoms. And here’s another Schwartz sighting on the subject from the New York Times.
  • Steve Sarkisian released a new iPhone app. All proceeds will be donated to the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
  • Local basketball star Tony Wroten Jr. chose the UW. His father played football for the Huskies in the 1980s.

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