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The changing face of a communications department

David Domke, chair of the UW Department of Communication, outlined his goals for the department’s next few years at a recent staff meeting. The author and former journalist reflected on these goals in a forward-looking blog post that speaks to what a communications department of the 21st-century should look like.

Domke says the department will look to be entrepreneurial, seeking funds, developing ideas and creating new products and approaches. It will engage with the public via lectures, workshops, organizational boards and partnered events. It will act as a source for news media and will seek opportunities to provide knowledge to students and foster a navigational mindset for how to succeed in a 24/7 communication world.

In short, it’ll get busy, get involved and get noticed. Read Domke’s post here, and enjoy these tasty Dawg Treats:

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Become a social media rock star and hedge fund legend

Each week, we’ll gather stories and links about the University of Washington that may be of interest to you. Our aim is to become a hub for Huskies on the web and Dawg Treats is your connection to everything UW:

  • UW alum Matt Bernardy is a social media marketing manager at Microsoft. Read his blog in The Huffington Post on becoming a social media rock star.
  • From Business Insider, learn how legendary hedge funder and UW alum Bill Fleckenstein is investing right now.
  • Congratulations to UW alum Travis Senger, whose film “White Lines and the Fever!” won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival. The tragic story of hip-hop personality Junebug’s double-life as a DJ and drug dealer also won awards at SXSW, Tribeca and several other film festivals. See an interview with Sengar at SXSW.
  • The UW budget office estimates a $20-22 million dollar reduction in state support this year, with approximately $19 million coming from the Seattle campus. Read a joint statement from outgoing UW President Mark Emmert and Interim President Phyllis Wise.
  • UW psychologist Anthony Greenwald testifies in Witt lawsuit, saying America’s policy on gays is hurting the military.
  • Nurse Camp at UW creates opportunities for minority, low-income students.

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World-class: UW ranks 23rd of all world universities

More accolades for the University of Washington, as the Times of London released its latest World University Rankings and the UW is 23rd overall and fourth among American public universities.

No. 1 on the list is Harvard, and 15 of the top 20 universities in the world are from the United States. The top-ranked American public university is UC-Berkeley (No. 6), followed by UCLA (No. 8) and the University of Michigan (No. 12).

So what does this mean? Well, it means there are a lot of amazing things happening here. The UW is a huge economic driver in our region, generating $9.1 billion for Washington state annually. It’s also the third-largest employer in the state behind Boeing and Microsoft, with more than 69,000 jobs supported by the UW. And don’t forget about the students who continue to excel. More than 25% of UW undergrads study abroad at some point, which is the seventh-highest participation rate in the entire country. Stupore!

Alumni everywhere are making an impact. The UW has led the U.S. in total alumni volunteering for the Peace Corps four years running. Costco, Weyerhauser, Nordstrom and countless other businesses large and small have been created by UW graduates. And there are famous faces all across the globe—Joel McHale stars in the hit NBC sitcom Community, Johnson Toribiong is the president of Palau, Cammie Croft is director of New Media and Citizen Engagement at the U.S. Department of Energy.

And that’s just three of the more than 300,000 living alumni who make the UW special. We’ve always known our university was world-class, but it’s a pretty cool feeling to hear somebody else say it, too.

Thanks to everyone who makes the UW great. Yeah, that’s you!


Dawg Treats: Weekly links to UW stories

Each week, we’ll gather stories and links about the University of Washington that may be of interest to you. Our aim is to become a hub for Huskies on the web and Dawg Treats is your connection to everything UW:

  • Lack of sleep linked to child obesity: UW Assistant Professor Janice F. Bell is the lead author in a fascinating new study that’s been all over the news lately.
  • UW to host largest university-based global health conference Sept. 19-21. The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) will discuss the role of universities in global health.
  • Sex expert and UW Sociology Professor Pepper Schwartz is quoted in this USA Today story on why more young couples are trying long-distance relationships.
  • After a huge remodel, the 45th Street viaduct re-opened in time for Saturday’s football game. See the story from KING 5-TV.
  • Virginia B. Smith, a 1944 and 1946 UW graduate, was the eighth president of Vassar College and a champion for higher education in California. She passed away at her home in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • UW Professor Dr. Thomas Walsh is quoted in this story on male menopause. Is it reality or myth?

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Is a college education what it used to be?

A recent headline in The Washington Post read, “College isn’t the golden investment it once was.” The story argues that higher education is simply a bad financial investment in many cases, that it doesn’t make nearly as much sense as it did 5, 10, 20 years ago. What do you think? Is college what it used to be?

Obviously, this an issue that hits close to home for many of us. I earned a journalism degree at the University of Washington that taught me so much and has paved the way for my professional career. Now, I’m a graduate student here and am getting every penny’s worth out of that investment. For me, this is a great deal.

James Altucher, an author and hedge fund manager, is quoted in the story as saying, “You’ve been fooled into thinking there’s no other way for my kid to get a job,”  arguing that using a college education as a springboard to wealth and prosperity is an outdated way of thinking. He says people should start a business or pursue their travels, but you could easily ask where somebody might get the knowledge (not to mention the money) to do those things if they don’t go to college?

The story also makes note of a Wall Street Journal report calculating that the hundreds of billions of dollars in U.S. student-loan debt has actually overtaken the country’s credit-card debt. That’s an amazing statistic, no question, but I’m not sure it negates the need for people to pursue a college degree. Higher ed isn’t for everyone, but it’s a game-changer for many including myself.

I encourage you to read the story if you have time. Then return for a discussion on what the value of college is these days. Please share what you think. Times are definitely changing and tuition is increasing across the board, but is the college experience still something we value as a culture?

Photo by Wonderlane.


Dawg Treats: Weekly links to UW stories

Each week, we’ll gather stories and links about the University of Washington that may be of interest to you. Our aim is to become a hub for Huskies on the web and Dawg Treats is your connection to everything UW:


Dawg Treats: Weekly links to UW stories

Each week, we’ll gather stories and links about the University of Washington that may be of interest to you. Our aim is to become a hub for Huskies on the web and Dawg Treats is your connection to everything UW.

Without further adieu:

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U District dog defender gets the geese

Photo by Patrick Riley of The Daily.

If you’ve been on the UW Seattle campus in recent years, you’ve probably noticed the geese. They’ve taken a liking to our fair campus and have made themselves right at home. Unfortunately, they leave lots of droppings in their wake.

The Daily has a great story about Tom Finnelly and his dog Jerry. The short-haired pointer loves chasing geese and has proved to be much better at scaring them away than the variety of methods previously used, including scarecrows and grape juice extract. A casual conversation with outgoing UW President Mark Emmert led to Tom and Jerry becoming goose patrol superstars.

Via U District Daily. Photo by Patrick Riley, The Daily.

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