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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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A history of UW logos – Which is your favorite?

University of Washington logos

For Huskies, the University of Washington means many things. To the majority of people outside the UW community, the school is an image—a purple block W.  

When people look at the logo, no matter where they are, they don’t just see the logo. They see their personal experiences with the university, and their impressions are based on media and other sources. They see the UW’s reputation.  

With its logo, mascot and color scheme, the UW has always tried to represent the students, the school and the ideals held here. The brand’s evolution has taken some unusual twists and turns but has endlessly inspired students and alumni alike. Let’s open the history books and look back at nearly a century of UW logos.  

First, some interesting notes:  

  • Until 1919, the UW did not have a mascot and used only the block W. But as other schools adopted mascots across the nation, Columns reported, student leaders realized that Washington needed an icon.
  • The nickname “Sun Dodgers” was used until the UW switched to Huskies in 1922. Wanting to move away from Sun Dodgers, university officials decided to go with Vikings but students immediately protested and the school settled on Huskies a few months later.
  • It wasn’t until 1984 that the UW agreed it needed a clear identity and moved to adopt a consistent logo and color scheme. Before that, more than 550 licensees were authorized to use either the block W or Husky logos, and the result was a mishmash of UW imagery.

    University of Washington logo 1919

    Sunny Boy statue at Husky Hall of Fame.

Our story begins with a drawing in the Sept. 1919 issue of the on-campus magazine, Sun Dodger, in which a staff artist depicted a fictional UW student named “Sunny Boy,” a smiling freshman wearing a huge bow tie and carrying an umbrella (right). Despite the initial protests of magazine staff, the name “Sun Dodgers” stuck with the local press and Sunny Boy grew in popularity. Eventually, students commissioned a 3-foot-tall wooden statue in his likeness and carried it to the away football games. See the video from the Husky Hall of Fame.

An article in the Washington Alumnus, which later became Columns magazine, noted the Husky is “a symbol of willingness, courage, endurance, strength and fight.” After settling on the new name, university officials were most excited to use a live dog as an on-the-field mascot, and felt the name Huskies “suggests the idea that Washington is the most northern American university on the Pacific Coast.” A nod to our neighbors to the north, eh?

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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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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’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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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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