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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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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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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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UW Alumni Group on LinkedIn passes 15,000 members

The University of Washington Alumni Group on LinkedIn has passed the 15,000-member milestone. That’s a huge number and speaks volumes about what alumni want. You want to stay connected to the UW and to each other. LinkedIn makes that easy for career minded graduates.

A special thanks to our partner Keoke Silvano, a re-entry counselor at the UW’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity. He founded the Alumni Group on LinkedIn and later teamed with the UW Alumni Association to grow it into a force for Huskies online.

In recognition of the 15,000 members who are making this group the resource it is today, our team wanted to share a few submissions from your fellow alums and others in the UW community that tell the story of what LinkedIn is about.

I’m a Husky alum living in enemy territory (Eugene, OR)! Just getting started with LinkedIn and would like to show my support of the DAWGS!
Carol Stineman, ’86

I met my wife at UW. My daughter Jenny, brother Michael and sister-in-law Diane are all UW grads. I am the Dawg Pack leader for my family. I volunteer at University of Washington Medical Center in the patient/family Intensive Care Unit. Had a heart transplant at UWMC and owe so much of my life experiences to UW. Go Dawgs!
Turner Prewitt, ’76

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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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Dawg Dash celebrates 25th anniversary

Dawg Dash, the popular 10K run and 5K walk/run hosted by the UW Alumni Association, is off the charts for two notable reasons. First, its race course weaves its way through the beautiful UW campus. Second, you can run it with your dogs. Big, small, it doesn’t matter. This event is for the entire family.

On Sunday, Oct. 24, Dawg Dash threw its 25th birthday party in the middle of a rainstorm. It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to, right? But even the weather didn’t stop the largest crowd in the event’s 25-year history from ascending on Husky Stadium for another great day.

This was so Seattle—Huskies running around in the rain.

Keep reading for the entire photo gallery.

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