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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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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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Charter schools are just one of the options, dean says

Tom Stritikus, dean of the UW College of Education, addressed in a recent Seattle Times op-ed the growing interest in charter schools. He references the new documentary “Waiting for Superman,” in which director Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvient Truth”) tells the tale of an American education system that caters to adults and not children. Stritikus sees the movie’s buzz as an opportunity to talk teacher training and quality.

A former Teach for America corps member, Stritikus says, “I know firsthand that many of today’s youth aren’t getting a quality education. But can charter schools alone fix this problem?” Washington voters rejected a charter school initiative in 2004, but Stritikus believes it is time to re-approach that decision. He says teachers must represent and respect the diverse landscape in which they’ll work. Charter schools are just one of the options needed to face the challenge, he concludes.

Read the op-ed by Stritikus, and make room for this week’s Dawg Treats:

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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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Provost Phyllis Wise named interim UW president

University of Washington Executive Vice President and Provost Phyllis Wise was named the school’s interim president July 8 at a public meeting of the UW Board of Regents. She will serve in that position until the Board of Regents finds a replacement for Mark Emmert, who is leaving the UW in November to head the NCAA.

Wise is a professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Biology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UW. She is the first woman and first Asian-American to serve as UW president.

To read more about Wise’s appointment, please see the following:

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UW President Mark Emmert is leaving to head NCAA

UW President Mark Emmert, a 1975 alumnus who returned to his alma mater in 2004, announced April 27 that he is leaving the University of Washington to become the next NCAA president. He will be the NCAA’s fifth chief executive and will begin his tenure there no later than Nov. 1, 2010.

Reaction across campus was that of surprise, but congratulatory remarks are pouring in. It’s a big job, a fantastic opportunity, and we’re proud to have a UW alumnus at NCAA headquarters. President Emmert has been a strong supporter of the UW Alumni Association over the years, and we wish him the best of luck in his new position

Keep reading for additional coverage from around the region.

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Budget cuts coming to the UW in 2011

The Washington State Legislature wrapped up its 2010 session recently, and the UW’s budget will again be reduced as a result of the state’s economic challenges.

UW President Mark Emmert issued a statement to the UW community on Monday, April 19, explaining how budget cuts will affect our institution moving forward:

With the 2010 session of the State Legislature now concluded, we have a clearer picture of what our budget for 2011 will be. The results are about what we expected—we ended up doing better in some areas and worse in others, and there were no surprises in the concluding hours of the session. While there were many disappointments in the session, I was extremely pleased that need-based financial aid was kept intact.

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