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Justin Camputaro

Justin Camputaro

Hello HUB alumni and friends, we have some exciting things to share in this Fall newsletter.  The first – a change, I’ll be writing the newsletter welcome note moving forward. I have big shoes to fill, but do not fret, Lincoln will still be sharing stories in his own “Bubba’s Bulletin.”

As you will read about below, ASUW and GPSS both had successful elections last Spring.  As the groups returned this Fall, they kicked-off the year with fresh new training programs.  ASUW expanded to a weeklong intensive training for their entire organization, and I can say this has been paying off in dividends.  These efforts go right alongside an entirely new RSO registration process and student leader-training program being developing by the Student Activities Office.  The HUB staff are making significant shifts to provide high caliber support for our students today and for their futures beyond graduation when they too join the HUB Alumni Network.

Speaking of such, I hope that all of you are aware of the HUB Fund for Leadership in Excellence. Starting this year, we are switching gears and have a goal to endow several scholarships through this fund. We have so many incredible students who leave indelible marks on the UW campus and soon the HUB will help provide some of these students better access to their education through a scholarship that recognizes their leadership contributions. I hope that you will help us make that a reality.

Finally, last year we brought on a new staff member, Adam Serafin, as our Assistant Director for Communications & Development.  Along with this year’s Intern, Alison Day, Adam will be developing more ways for us to engage with all of you and for you to engage with the current students.

We are so very excited to build upon the engagement with the HUB Alumni Network that has grown over the past decade!

Justin Camputaro

L. Lincoln Johnson

L. Lincoln Johnson

Let me start off by staying – I’m still here and not going anywhere. Yet, the time has come to initiate the transition of the HUB Alumni Network into the extremely capable hands of Justin Camputaro, the Director of the HUB, who has now been in his role for 2.5 years. He has fully embraced the alumni work that we have created and is excited to build upon the successes we’ve had over the last 10+ years. The work will be greatly benefited by the support and assistance of Rene Singleton, Assistant Director for Student Activities, and Adam Serafin, Assistant Director for Communications & Development. And since I’m not going anywhere, all of us will continue to work collaboratively on our outreach and cultivation with the HUB Alumni Network.

Let me say loudly and proudly: I remain committed to this important and inspiring work and the many, many relationships we’ve built since my arrival 22 years ago. I look forward to staying in touch with you over the coming months. Be well, y’all.

L. Lincoln Johnson

PS: If you’re interested in the “Bubba” reference, perhaps I can use a future newsletter to illuminate its origins; hint: it involves ASUW Board meetings.

Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera

1. What are your goals as Director of Community Relations?

My role in ASUW allows me to collaborate with students from all over campus. I’m really fortunate that I get to help other student leaders put on effective programming and critically think about how they can advocate for their constituents. Within my term, I hope to have a joint-programming event across all living communities and I hope to encourage participation in Student Senate from underrepresented communities.

2. In what ways has the HUB contributed to your Husky Experience?

When I am at the HUB, I am meeting with friends to discuss what we can do as student leaders on behalf of our constituents to make the campus a better place. As I am finishing my last term serving on Panhellenic, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life has become a second home to me. Serving as this year’s Director of Community Relations, I am also thrilled be apart of ASUW’s space, where I can continue to drive change on campus!

3. If you had to eat a single food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I’m a huge burger fan. I have a weird obsession with burgers. Any type, too. So, if I could just have a different type of burger for every meal of the rest of my life, that could be fun! But, if I had to narrow it down, I’d probably stick to a classic bacon cheeseburger!

4. What is your dream job?

I have a passion for health. As a Medical Anthropology and Global Health major, I love learning about people’s ways of living and am constantly intrigued by how different parts of the world perceive and prioritize healthcare. I would love a job where I could work within the healthcare realm and apply the leadership skills that I have developed at UW!

5. Do you have any Husky Game Day traditions? If so, what?

I go to all of the Husky games with girls from my chapter! For me, Dawg Saturdays and basketball games are times when I can celebrate the school with some of my best friends!

Cordell Carter

Cordell Carter

1. What was your most memorable UW class?

I had many at UW. However, one that stands out is Political Science 101, as we dissected “Lord of the Flies” as a metaphor for civilization. When I used to do labor negotiations, I would mentally categorize people Jack Merridew or Ralph to determine how to approach them.

2. Who is your hero? Why?

Teddy Roosevelt. He possessed a remarkable intellect and was a renaissance man – as adept at hunting as he was at writing. His life was constant motion and  adventure, tragedy and triumph were his companions. He was often out of place, way ahead of his time, yet incredibly productive as if he was in on a secret that few knew. He was a remarkable human being who inspires me to be more productive.

3. What would be your go-to karaoke song?

Creep by Radiohead. I came of age in 1990s, so I love the splendid darkness of grunge music.

4. What is your favorite Husky football game day tradition?

An enormous mountain of fresh fruit on top of pancakes at Portage Bay in Roosevelt Avenue!

5. What has been your favorite memory of the HUB?

It’s more a feeling than a memory. The HUB was the one spot on campus where students ran the show. I remember it as a place full of hope and great expectations.

This past spring, a new team of inspiring and enthusiastic students were slated as candidates in the 2018-2019 ASUW and GPSS elections.

ASUW Elections

Campaigning for the ASUW election commenced two weeks prior to the voting period and successfully garnered support from a large number of UW community members. As always, there were many promising candidates.

This year, the ASUW Board of Directors elected officers include Ritika Jain (President), Espen Scheuer (Vice President), Andrew Tejero (Campus Partnerships), Gabby Rivera (Community Relations), Favour Orji (Diversity Efforts), Casey Duff (Internal Policy), Jack Hood (Programming), and Angelia Miranda (University Affairs).

The new officers have vowed to build community following the principles of inclusion, transparency, and cohesion. Moreover, these individuals are dedicated to bringing ASUW back to its roots of student activism and involvement.

GPSS Elections

Exactly one week prior to ASUW elections, GPSS held its own electoral race. After a well-fought battle between deserving candidates, the following individuals triumphed: Giuliana Conti (President), Sydney Pearce (Vice President Internal), Kelsey Hood (Vice President External), Amy Gabriel (Secretary), and Robby Perkins-High (Treasurer).

Collectively, the GPSS Board of Directors is dedicated to bringing leadership and commitment to the UW graduate community.


In honor of the incoming and outgoing ASUW and GPSS Board of Directors, an inauguration celebration was held at the HUB this Spring.


Joined by ASUW and GPSS alumni leaders, the UW community ceremoniously embraced the newly elected officers into their positions and congratulated graduating seniors as they transitioned into the HUB’s growing alumni network.

Many of the incoming officers used inauguration to forge relationships with their predecessors and gather insight on how to be impactful representatives of the student body using their newfound voice and positionality. Similarly, outgoing officers capitalized on the opportunity to develop ties with alumni from a variety of professional backgrounds.

As past student leaders mingled with UW’s emerging change agents, one thing become evidently clear to those attending the second annual inaugural event: Once a Husky, always a Husky.

Rock the Vote

In preparation for the 2018 midterm elections, UW student leaders rallied together in an effort to drive voter registration and turnout.  

According to Nick Peda, Organizing Coordinator for ASUW’s Office of Government Relations (OGR), roughly 500 individuals filled out registration forms as a direct result of organized outreach efforts urging students to vote. In addition to forging a strong partnership with the Residential Community Student Association, the OGR tabled and distributed flyers for multiple days on campus, ran a successful social media campaign, and facilitated a “Rock the Vote” event in collaboration with GPSS on the HUB Lawn.

Compared to previous years, ASUW devoted more of their efforts towards actively encouraging students to vote rather than merely registering. Peda acknowledges that students often forget to vote due to hectic schedules/busy lifestyles or simply choose not to vote because of lack of trust in the system.

With these voting barriers in mind, Peda shared, “The biggest thing we can do to get students to vote is to really bring to mind the issues that they care about and convince them that they can actually effect change. Individual votes are very, very important.” As a whole, students interested in politics are presented with numerous opportunities to get involved and propel change within the UW community, such as through one of the many registered student organizations, work-study options, or ASUW programs.

As stated by Peda, “Whatever side of the political divide that you are on, you should be doing something that can help your community.”

Alison Day

Join the HUB in welcoming Alison Day to the team!

This academic year, Alison will be graduating with dual degrees in Communication and Education as well as a Minor in Diversity. As an intern, Alison will be working to foster community growth and student engagement at the HUB. In addition to creating, coordinating, and executing events and programs, Alison will also play a pivotal role in maintaining alumni relations.

As an out-of-state student, Alison was drawn to the HUB and its mission to create meaningful experiences for students at UW. She looks forward to being a part of the dynamic team behind many of UW students’ favorites Husky Experiences.

Welcome aboard, Alison!

Fun Facts

Hometown: Pasadena, California
Recent Work Experience: Live Nation Entertainment
Campus Involvement: Alpha Delta Pi Sorority; PRSSA
Favorite Husky Experience: UW Game Days

L. Lincoln Johnson

UW at ACUI 2018

The end of the school year is upon us yet again and I can’t help but reflect on the amazing opportunity my colleagues and I have working with ASUW and GPSS student leaders. It is quite humbling…and exhausting at times…but such an honor. The conclusion of the year means that leadership transitions are underway. We will truly miss the student leaders who are concluding their year of leadership and service and preparing for a happy and successful life beyond UW; we wish them the best as they embark on their next phase of life.

While we say farewell to this year’s leaders, we are excitedly welcoming the ASUW and GPSS leaders for 2018-19. As we have done for generations, HUB staff and administration continue to stand alongside and partner with ASUW and GPSS leaders to continue their growth as individuals, pursue their organizational goals, and enhance the experience for our student community. With the incoming group of leaders, I have this annoying tendency of frequently reminding them that they are not in this alone. We want them to always know that they are a part of a rich tradition and tapestry of former student leaders and I know that they appreciate and respect the legacies you have left behind.

Enjoy this edition of the HUB Alumni newsletter…and please let us hear from you. We love getting little notes and emails about your life and work.

Be well, y’all.
L. Lincoln Johnson

Sabrina A. Fields

Sabrina A. Fields

1. What was your most memorable UW class?
Being one of the first students to start the UW Dream Project before it became an established UW program. If you look closely at the logo I’m the second silhouette from the right.

2. Who is your hero? Why?
My mom is my shero. She’s a resilient woman from who I have learned a lot from and has also given up a lot for me and my sisters success.

3. What would be your go-to karaoke song?
Lauryn Hill – Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You

4. What is your favorite Husky football game day tradition?
Being at Husky stadium when the two sides of the field call out “Go Huskies!” back and forth. The call and response effect was always so much fun.

5. What has been your favorite memory of the HUB?
Before the HUB was renovated, being on the second floor for election results and learning that I won the position of Director of Diversity Efforts. I spent less than $30 on my campaign and ran as an independent.

Giuliana Conti

Giuliana Conti

1. What is your role? What is your favorite thing about your role?
I was elected Secretary of GPSS for this academic school year and while there are a myriad of responsibilities under my purview, my favorite part of being Secretary is working toward enhancing and advocating for diversity within our organization and graduate and professional students at UW.

2. What has been your favorite memory in the HUB?
My favorite memory so far is not really a particular event, more like the energy that fills a room when small or large groups of people gather for a common goal. I feel this in our office when a lot of our staff, officers, exec members, and graduate students are hanging out and working together; and I feel it during Senate meetings when representatives of over 50 departments meet to make collective decisions that better our experiences on campus. We are lucky to have the space for these gatherings to be realized.

3. If you had to eat a single food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Oh, easy. Pasta. Or any bread product, really. I grew up with my dad’s Italian cooking so I’ve basically already satisfied the “rest of my life” goal since I continue to eat bread and pasta regularly!

4. What is your dream job?
My dream job would be an environment where I’m surrounded by like-minded, public service-oriented people that advocate for the advancement of education, especially music education. I think academia is a special place filled with intelligent, intellectual, passionate, over-achievers with an immense capacity and drive for change; I would love to stay as close to academia as I can, with maybe a side of policy reform and/or elementary teaching.

5. Do you have any Husky game day traditions? If so, what?
Yeah, so I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I’m not much of a sports person…I am however in the arts, so music performances tend to be my jam. For these I usually call/text whoever I can think of to rally them into joining me, and then going out for drinks after the performance to celebrate. I totally support people’s love of sports, but I also encourage everyone to check their local concert listings!

The _______ Monologues

Students, staff, and faculty filled the HUB Lyceum on February 8th and 9th to hear experiences shared by a group of brave women, trans*, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer individuals. The stories were about personal moments of resistance, identity, and survival experienced by the performers. A range of topics were explored, such as gender identity, religion, bodies, minds, activism, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and many more. The goal of the ASUW Womxn’s Action Commission’s flagship event was to “deconstruct” the identity of a woman, and to leave attendees with a feeling of pride in the power of individuals.

For Brittany Wu, the president of the Womxn’s Action Commission, this event is more than just a performance. To her, participation in The _______ Monologues was more important than the event itself, as the goal was for the performers to feel empowered during their moments of vulnerability. “As the director, knowing that a student can make this big of a difference feels incredible, and I’m so glad that around 350 people got to have insight on 9 of thousands of breathtaking stories held by UW students,” shared Brittney. From the response and feedback heard regarding this event, the hours upon hours of planning and organizing by the Womxn’s Action Commission shined through in the final product.

Pasifik Voices

A few months ago, the ASUW Pacific Islander Student Commission began preparation for their quarterly event that occurred on January 31st, Pasifik Voices. This event was founded in 2009 by Kiana Fuega and Christina Pelesasa with the intention to provide a public space for Pasifik poet Sia Figel to present her work to the UW community. When the Pacific Islander Student Commission noticed the positive reaction from students at UW, they opened up the floor to all students willing to present their talents through music, art, spoken word, dance and much more. This event, both then and now, celebrates the diversity of Pasifik Islander representation throughout our campus and the surrounding area, and aims connect this passionate community of students and the wider UW population through a night of cultural expression.

Since the Pacific Islander Student Commission consists of a variety of clubs, there was a significant amount of representation for all corners of campus. The Polynesian Student Alliance and Micronesian Islands Club were the master of ceremonies for the event, and the performers represented the Hui Hoaloha ‘Ulana (Hawaii Club), Filipino American Student Association, and the Filipino Association for Health Careers, just to name a few. To make the event more accessible, community member Lokeni Tiatia volunteered her time to provide an ASL interpretation. Katrina S. Punzalan, Pacific Islander Student Commission Director shared, “People don’t always understand who Pacific Islanders are, so we hope that this event could allow the community to express themselves accurately so that the UW community can have a better understanding and gear away from any stereotypes that may exist.” The sense of community in the room was also very exciting for Punzalan, as this year even more individuals on campus could experience the talents of the Pacific Islander community.

This Spring, in place of Pasifik Voices, the Pacific Islander Student Commission hosted the Pacific Islander Festival of the Arts at the Intellectual House. The festival showcased community artists, both visual and performance, in an effort to highlight the vast Pacific Islander art and presence in the community inside and outside the UW.

Huskies On The Hill

University of Washington students were invited to join ASUW and GPSS leaders on January 29th as they challenged our state legislative system with current affairs. This event, dubbed Huskies on Hill, provided UW students the opportunity travel to Olympia and lobby on behalf of student issues. Planning for this event began in early December, which allowed the ASUW Office of Government Relations to assemble community members who were willing to bring forth a conversation with their legislators about how to better support issues regarding their higher education experience. These topics included tuition and textbook costs, mental health resources, sexual assault protections, and disability inclusion and accessibility on campus.

Through word of mouth, social media, and physical posters, the Office of Government Relations was able to recruit 150 students to join their lobbying efforts. Partnering with the Tacoma and Bothell campuses increased the total amount of participants and united the University of Washington community under a common cause. With that many individuals comes an immense amount of logistical planning, as 97 individual meetings were set up to ensure the face to face communication between UW students and legislative officials. When asking Kalani Tissot, the Legislative Programming Coordinator, about his favorite aspect of the event, he shared that it was “providing students an opportunity to meet with the Governor and Lieutenant governor of Washington.” The opportunity has given UW students a voice and a platform to change our community for the better.


Keeping a brand fresh and exciting is not an easy task. ASUW has recently tackled that challenge and has undergone a rebrand. This change was initiated by the ASUW Office of Communications at the beginning of April. Through interviewing a student focus group, the Association was able to pinpoint areas of improvement in the ASUW’s current brand. What they found was that the Association’s brand lacked cohesion and did not accurately represent its mission. With the help of ASUW’s Visual Designers, the new brand guidelines better represent the Association and have more appeal to students. Brittany Pham, ASUW’s Communications Director, suggested that, the “rebrand was focused on reinventing the perception of ASUW through the logo and brand and to engage with students by showing them the opportunities offered through ASUW.” Check out ASUW’s website to see the outcome of this creative endeavor!

Lincoln Johnson

Lincoln Johnson

A very belated happy new year, y’all, and welcome to the latest edition of the HUB Alumni newsletter. We have reached the time of the quarter where you can see the anxiety and looks of worry on the faces of students. Whether related to finals, research papers, the challenges of everyday life, a break-up, or the grey skies, our hearts certainly go out to our student leaders. We just wish we could fix everything for them, but the world of student development is all about challenge and support so we do our best to be present and provide resources that help our students navigate through the ebb and flow of these experiences. What impresses me is how much grit, ambition, resilience, and diligence our student leaders bring to their school work (most importantly, of course) and their roles with ASUW and GPSS.

As for the student union, the HUB continues to grow at the seams. Once you enter the doors, you will soon hear the verve and flow of conversations, piano playing, friends comparing notes on their latest Netflix favorites, and study groups working together to solve the woes of our world. It’s exactly what was envisioned when ASUW and GPSS advocated for and helped accomplish the renovation. The HUB continues to serve as the community center for campus and we are humbled by this.

The HUB Alumni network continues to grow each year and we so appreciate your participation, support, and interest in this amazing yet critical work with ASUW and GPSS leaders. Let us hear from you. I welcome your emails and updates. It also helps me connect students with the individuals who came before them and blazed the trail of student advocacy and service to the campus community.

Lastly, this newsletter was organized and written by this year’s HUB Alumni Intern, Marissa Greitzer, a senior studying Education and Sociology. We hope you enjoy it.

L. Lincoln Johnson

Danica You-Hamilton

Danica You-Hamilton

1. What was your most memorable UW class?
I took an independent study comparative literature class with Willis Konick when I was at the UW. I had taken a number of his films courses by that time, and like every other student who took those classes, immediately fell in love with his active and engaging teaching style. It was an honor to work with him one-on-one while studying works by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Professor Konick helped improve my ability to think critically and creatively, and also helped me realize how much I loved literature. Perhaps even more importantly, he was always kind, supportive, and rooted for me to succeed at the UW, academically and beyond. In retrospect, some of the most significant lessons I learned during college happened in courses like his – classes that I initially took only for “fun” because I had a personal interest in the subject matter. I was devastated to learn that Professor Konick passed away a couple of years ago.

2. Who is your hero? Why?
My heroes are all of those who have stepped up to fight for immigrants, people of color, women, and all of those whose fundamental rights have been threatened.

3. What would be your go-to karaoke song?
I am a pretty terrible singer, yet I do not fear a karaoke mic. I don’t have a specific go-to song, but my go-to genre would be any late 90s/early 2000s pop or rock: Pearl Jam, Green Day, TLC, En Vogue, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, etc., etc. I should have some shame about my continued love for this type of music, but I do not.

4. What is your favorite Husky football game day tradition?
Making my family wear Husky gear on every game day even though we live in NYC. My 2 year old can really rock that purple and gold like nobody’s business. I think it’s because of his 100% Husky lineage.

5. What has been your favorite memory of the HUB?
Meeting my husband, as well as some people who remain close friends more than 15 years after I graduated, through my time in student government are my favorite memories of the HUB. Being surrounded by people who truly wanted to be a part of a community and wanted to work toward making the UW and the world a better place was a magical time for me. When I visit the HUB my heart instantly fills with love and fond memories, as well as the hope that there continue to be many students who have positive, life-changing experiences like mine during their time at the HUB.

Sorana Nance

Sorana Nance

1. What’s your role, and how did you get involved with ASUW?
My role is Senate Speaker! I got involved as a Senator last year. My day-to-day work varies depending on the day of the week, but I generally spend the earlier part of the week sending out emails to keep Senators looped into the plans for the coming week, along with other happenings around the association. Then, after planning, I run the Senate meetings, which is two hours of ensuring that everyone is following proper meeting procedure, and making sure that a room of 75 students is as respectful as possible. The rest of the week involves meeting with other members of the association to see what they may need in terms of support for writing or following up on legislation. As Speaker, it’s also my job to follow-up on legislation that the Senate passes. So the end of my week is writing emails to individuals who can take action on Senate legislation, whether that be legislators, University administration, or other colleagues in ASUW.

2.What’s your favorite part about working in the HUB?
My favorite part about working in the HUB is having a home away from home. It’s not necessarily the resources of the HUB as a building that are the most beneficial to me, but the support of my coworkers and everyone in the Student Activities Office. My team, Madison, Nick, and Alec, are near and dear to my heart. Without their hard work and friendship, the HUB wouldn’t be the same for me. Because of the compassionate and driven individuals involved with the Association, the HUB is a home for me. I know that every time I walk into the HUB, I am walking into a space full of people that I know will have my back. While there is admittedly a culture of overworking ourselves, it’s the support systems we share that make our work much easier.

3. What’s the biggest challenge you have faced in your role?
The biggest challenge I’ve faced in my role is trying to keep organized and make sure everyone is on the same page. Delegating tasks hasn’t always been my strong suit, but because I’m the entity director I’ve had to learn how to spread the work amongst my teammates. I’ve also learned how to ask for help more, which has been really helpful.

4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’d go to Japan, because I love visiting my family and friends there.

5. What’s your favorite TV show at the moment?
My favorite TV show is Sense8!


ASUW Middle Eastern Student Commission

On November 17, 2017, ASUW’s Middle Eastern Student Commission held their first annual Professional Development Night. Students and professionals of Middle Eastern and Muslim origin gathered in Kane Hall to learn about opportunities in various fields. Numerous UW Alumni returned to campus to share their stories with those attending the event, thus creating a networking opportunity for students.

The planning for this event began in Summer 2017, with the intention of highlighting experienced individuals in the Seattle area. By reaching out to alumni, Middle Eastern Student Commission Director, Mennah El-Gammal, felt that UW students would then envision themselves in the global workforce. “It’s hard for them to have a positive image of themselves, and a lack of representation can affect what they imagine to be possible. Essentially, who is heard and seen, and who is not defines the status quo, and with that in mind our team developed and executed on this event,” says El-Gammal. The lack of representation of professionals with Middle Eastern and Muslim origin has been expressed by many minority students in their community.

The night was a success, with a hundred students attending the event. El-Gammal hopes that this can transform into an annual occasion so that students can continue their academic pursuit with the confirmation that their efforts will not go unnoticed in the future.


Students bowl during a fundraiser for Kiwanis Camp Casey

Two on-campus clubs partnered with the HUB Games Area to host a fundraiser for Kiwanis Camp Casey last November. PediaPUPS, UW’s Student Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, and Rho Chi, UW’s chapter of the International Honor Society in Pharmacy, collaborated for this cause. Kiwanis Camp Casey is a free summer camp for children with physical disabilities where they can spend a week doing fun activities and building friendships with other children who also face similar challenges. With the help of The North Central Seattle Kiwanis Club and the money raised during this event, PediaPUPS and Rho Chi will be able to fund campers to attend Camp Casey this summer. The clubs are made up of students whose future careers will be maintaining the physical well-being of individuals, so each association is passionate about the cause.

The fundraising event consisted of two components, a raffle drawing and bowling. Raffle tickets were donated by businesses in Seattle, such as Paint the Town, Jet City Improv, and DoodleBug Sportz. The student organizations raised nearly $500 to donate to Camp Casey.

Loretta Gallegos, Director of Philanthropy for PediaPUPS, shared, “My personal favorite part of this event was getting to bowl with friends, both from pharmacy school and outside pharmacy school, at the HUB bowling alley, knowing that our fun was going to allow children with physical challenges to enjoy themselves at camp as much as we enjoyed ourselves bowling.”

Rainy Dawg Radio

Rainy Dawg Radio
Rainy Dawg Radio Facebook Page

In 2001, Rainy Dawg Radio was created to not only entertain the students, faculty, and staff of UW, but to generate a scholastic outlet for UW students who are interested in the music and broadcast industry. This means of communication allows students to practice reaching and relating to a campus-wide audience, while enjoying a moment away from their tough academic lives. Last quarter, Rainy Dawg expanded their programming quality by hiring more individuals as DJs. With a total of 105 DJs, the sound has been more diverse and relevant to everyone in the UW community. In addition, Rainy Dawg held their Local Music Show at the Ethnic Cultural Theater this past November. The free event featured bands from the Seattle area and the student leadership is planning to host more shows as the year continues.

One of Rainy Dawg’s goals is to discover more ways for the station to better collaborate with the community, both inside and outside of UW. At the beginning of January, Rainy Dawg invited volunteers who share a similar passion for music to connect with members of the staff. The leadership feels that it will strengthen their community by growing and developing its membership. Dominika Morawski, Director of Rainy Dawg, shared, “I hope that Rainy Dawg will be large enough to bring more influential artists that can relate to and inspire a much larger group within the UW community.” Not only does this station connect with members of the UW community, but also maintains a relationship with local promoters, musicians, and concert venues Seattle that bring joy to all music lovers.

GPSS Husky Sunrise

4th Annual Husky Sunrise
GPSS Facebook Page

On September 5, 2017, the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) held their 4th annual Husky Sunrise on Rainier Vista to welcome new and returning graduate and professional students. This year’s event featured a delicious breakfast, mimosas, and the opportunity to mingle with Deans, faculty, and students from a variety of academic disciplines. Students were also able to learn about many of the resources for graduate and professional students at the campus resource fair.

According to one attendee, “it was a great way to be introduced to campus. I didn’t know anyone and was nervous, but everyone was in the same situation and it was a very easygoing event.” It was exciting to see students, deans, faculty, and administrators come together with the sole purpose of meeting new friends and enhancing a sense of community at UW.

Yeun Elloise Kim, who is in her second year as GPSS President said that the event “brimmed with a feeling of excitement and offered a setting where students supported each other and celebrated each other’s splendid achievements.” GPSS continues to be proud of hosting this annual event and is thankful for the campus departments who provide the generous support for it.

Stacey Hurwitz and Lincoln Johnson

Stacey Hurwitz and Lincoln Johnson

Congratulations to the ASUW and GPSS students who graduated this year. If you know me in any sort of way, you won’t be surprised that I get a little wistful when the school year reaches its conclusion. Those of us who work with, advise, and mentor students from GPSS and ASUW put so much of our hearts and minds into building these interactions and relationships that we experience a sense of loss when our students graduate or choose to get involved with other opportunities on campus beyond ASUW and GPSS. Don’t get me wrong — I am beyond thrilled to witness this grand moment (for them and their families), but I am really going to miss so many of them. All I can hope for if that they remain in touch with us over the coming months and years. We truly invested in their success beyond UW.

Enjoy this edition of the HUB Alumni newsletter. My deepest appreciation and gratitude goes to Stacey Hurwitz (pictured) who just graduated from UW and is moving to the east coast to start her professional career. For two years, Stacey served as the HUB Alumni Intern and was instrumental in our alumni efforts. She wrote two years of newsletters, helped plan alumni events, and enhanced our alumni efforts during her tenure. Thank you, Stacey. You will be missed.

Have a wonderful summer, y’all.


ASUW and GPSS elections are held in May of each school year and they are exciting times for student government at UW. This year, ASUW held their elections May 8-10, and GPSS held their elections on May 17 and May 31.

ASUW elections were announced on Thursday, May 11, on the front porch of the HUB. 4,718 students voted in this year’s election (approximately 15% of the undergraduate population) which exceeded last year’s voter turnout. There were two students who waged a campaign for President and Vice President, in addition to one complete “ticket” for this year. That ticket, “Husky Purpose,” celebrated their victory that evening due to the announcement that their candidates won every position. The 2017-18 ASUW President, Osman Salahuddin, notes that “it was so fun engaging with students…now it has culminated into this one awesome time where the entire team won, and I am just really excited to serve the campus community!” Husky Purpose’s platform was “Empower. Engage. Enrich.” The notion of reaching out to non-traditional and underrepresented students was a main focus of their platform, and will continue going into next year. “I want to make sure that students feel safe on campus, but also make sure they feel accepted,” says Salahuddin.

ASUW BoD 2017-18

Picture courtesy of The Daily

2017-18 Board of Directors (pictured above):

  • President: Osman Salahuddin
  • Vice President: Julia Pham
  • Director of Campus Partnership: Anna Johnson
  • Director of Internal Policy: Bo Goodrich
  • Director of Diversity Efforts: Kendra Canton
  • Director of Community Relations: Shawntel Bali
  • Director of Academic/Administrative Affairs: Navid Azodi
  • Director of Programming: Ian O’Keefe

Not pictured above are the other members of the Board of Directors for 2017-18:

  • Director of Finance and Budget: Joshua Fuller
  • Director of Personnel: Kaitlyn (KP) Pahler
  • Director of Communications: Brittany Pham
  • ASUW Senate Vice Chair: Madison Kunzman

GPSS held their elections May 10 and May 31, and it was quite lively this year. This year’s process had the largest number of candidates in the last five years, which generated energetic debates at the respective election days. For the first time in recent memory…perhaps in GPSS history…and to everyone’s surprise, there was a tie for President after three rounds of Instant Run-Off Voting which necessitated the second election in order to break the tie. Asad Haris, GPSS Elections Chair, was understandably surprised by the tie, especially considering that this might have been a “first” for GPSS, but he and his Elections Committee colleagues handled the situation with great skill and effort.

The GPSS Officers for 2017-18 are:

  • President
  • Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim (English)
  • Vice President for Internal Affairs
  • Tori Hernandez (Evans School)
  • Vice President for External Affairs
  • Matt Munoz (Evans School)
  • Treasurer
  • Brad Copenhaver (Foster School)
  • Secretary
  • Giuliana Conti (Music)
Candidates for 2017-18 GPSS Officers

Candidates for 2017-18 GPSS Officers

Colorful clouds of pigmented powders filled the air above Rainier Vista on May 26 in celebration of the Hindu Festival of Holi. Known as the “Festival of Colors”, Holi has been celebrated at UW for the past 12 years. In collaboration with the South Asian Student Association (SASA), the Indian Student Association (ISA), and ASUW Asian Student Commission (ASC), nearly 300 students participated in the event that marks the arrival of spring and celebrates love and friendship.

According to a May 2017 article in The Daily, the “use of colors is based on a Hindu tale in which Lord Vishnu felt apprehensive approaching his love, goddess Radha, because he had blue skin. He playfully colors her face blue too so there are no differences between the two of them.”

Additionally, the Holi Festival goes well beyond the throwing of colorful powders; it serves to promote cultural awareness, encourages a safe space on campus for everyone, and creates a sense of belonging and community. As you might imagine, the event brings such joy and excitement to campus.

Holi Festival 2017

Picture courtesy of The Daily

On April 15, the Khmer (Cambodian) Student Association (KhSA) hosted its 21st annual KhSA New Year Show. Taking place in the HUB ballroom, the six hour event consisted of food, entertainment, and community building. The event consisted of traditional dress/attire, a seated dinner of fish cakes and beef skewers, and a program of music, dance, and culture.

KhSA was formed in 1982 with a mission to focus mostly on academics and community. Currently, it aims to engage the Cambodian community, young and old, to come together and share traditions, experiences, culture, and a rich history. KhSA has recently focused its efforts on preventing the potential elimination of the Khmer language program at UW. The association believes that the language program is imperative to the understanding of Cambodian history and culture, and feels that eliminating the language program from UW would be devastating.

The New Year show opened with the “blessing dance” that is traditionally performed to welcome guests, and included the main performance of the play, “A Tale of Two Mountains,” which re-enacted cultural traditions, addressed prior gender roles, and featured both Cambodian and English dialogue throughout. The evening ended with a “circle dance” in which the entire audience moved together in a slowly rotating ring. The student organizers did a great job with this year’s event.

21st annual KhSA New Year Show

Picture from: UW KhSA Facebook page

Mike Egan

What was your most memorable UW class?

Comparative Literature with Professor Willis Konick. He brought classics to life and walked the desk ala “Dead Poet’s Society”.

Who is your hero? Why?

Both Lincolns: Abe and Johnson. Both have bettered their surroundings and united their communities.

What would be your go-to karaoke song?

“Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang (long and old-school, but once you get these lyrics down, you won’t forget it.)

What is your favorite Husky football game day tradition?

With a 5 year old and 8 year old, my days of gathering in the Montlake parking lot to tailgate have now morphed into watching the boats arrive at the Waterfront Activities Center and then searching for Harry Husky!

What has been your favorite memory of the HUB?

February 25, 1989, seeing Nirvana play (before anyone knew them) – 4 bands for $4 – in the HUB Ballroom. And that same year, hosting Jerry Seinfeld, before his TV show, for Parent’s Weekend. I still recall The Daily blasting ASUW for booking him, their headline; “Jerry Who?”

Hakikat Bains

What is your role, and your favorite thing about it?

I served as the 2016-17 ASUW Director of Campus Partnership. My favorite thing about this role was definitely the interactions with students. My role allowed me to work with various student groups and communities on campus to ensure that our ASUW partners were bettering their student experience. Whether they were meetings, events, or students simply dropping by my office hours, this is what I looked forward to everyday.

What has been your favorite memory in the HUB?

My favorite activity has been attending the HUB Crawl during Dawg Daze! As a first year student, I was able to explore the HUB and meet the ASUW officers at that time. This event inspired me to also one day work in the HUB.

If you had to eat a single food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If I had to eat a single food for the rest of my life, it would be cake! I LOVE CAKE.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to become a child psychologist for underrepresented communities, but also bake cakes on the side!

Do you have any Husky game day traditions? If so, what?

My Husky game day tradition is usually just getting dressed in as much purple and gold as possible, heading over to the game with friends, then coming back with no voice!

HUB Alumni Newsletter: Lincoln Johnson


One might say that we live in turbulent times. The past few months on campus have featured moments of anxiety, polarization, celebration, fear, joy, and frustration. Yet through it all, the leadership of ASUW and GPSS continue to shine brightly and do all they can to serve their respective campus communities. I would guess that it hasn’t been the easiest time for student leadership, but thankfully, our 2 student governments continue to represent, engage, encourage, and connect in positive and effective ways. No matter what role you played in GPSS and/or ASUW, I hope you reflect on your experience and see the value that it played in your life and on your development as a citizen, community member, and human being. My colleagues and I are tremendously thankful for the opportunity to play a small role in supporting and mentoring past and current leaders. Transformation happens from both ends of the spectrum and I continue to say that our work with student leaders is transformative for those of us who advise and support the services and programs of student government.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the HUB Alumni Newsletter. We simply don’t have the room to cover all the good work of ASUW, GPSS and the HUB, but from what I’ve heard through the grapevine, you seem to appreciate these quarterly highlights. Be well, y’all.

Lincoln Johnson

On December 23, 2016, the HUB Alumni community celebrated its 8th annual “Home for the Holidays. HUB staff were excited to welcome over 90 former ASUW Board members and GPSS officers and their families who came together to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, and share memories. While some keep in touch often, some had not seen each other for years, if not decades. Justin Camputaro, HUB Director, introduced himself to the group and shared his hopes for the alumni community, while Sam Al-Khoury graciously talked about his time in the HUB and the importance of maintaining connections with one another. Stacey Hurwitz, HUB Alumni Intern, shared her experiences as a beneficiary of the HUB Fund, which included receiving a HUB Fund scholarship to attend the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) and expand her leadership development and skills. Lincoln Johnson warmly welcomed the group and raised a toast and “cheers” to the New Year and future of the HUB Alumni community. We are grateful for the continued support from our HUB alumni network and look forward to the 9th event later in 2017.

HUB Alumni Newsletter: Home for the Holidays


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UW Leaders, an impactful program providing students with leadership development, mentorship, and a welcoming and inclusive community, has continued to be a staple of the ASUW. Founded by fellow HUB Alumni and former ASUW Vice President, Ivan Barron developed UW Leaders because he wanted “a program for emerging student leaders and help them gain a greater understanding of the role before even starting it.” At the same time, UW Leaders built a broader awareness of the Associated Students and created lifelong connections in the process. Ivan explained how he had this great feeling of community by the time he was a junior, but wanted freshmen and sophomores to feel this community much earlier than he did. Over the past 20 years, UW Leaders has grown from a once “pipeline network” of incoming student leaders that spread ASUW awareness and job training, to a vast network of mentors and mentees who continue to fulfill the mission of UW Leaders through meaningful workshops and programming. “I just wanted to do my part to make this university a better place,” says Ivan. If you were once a part of UW Leaders, we hope you would agree that he certainly helped make this university a better place.

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HUB Alumni Newsletter: ASUW UW Leaders


It’s here! At a HUB Alumni Board meeting in May/June 2016, members discussed the idea of improving engagement, stewardship, and connection between alumni and current ASUW and GPSS student leaders. As a result of that conversation, we are excited to announce that a HUB Alumni Network page is now available on LinkedIn! Please search “HUB Alumni Student Leader Network” on, or click the link below.

Linkedin: HUB Alumni Network

HUB Alumni Network Linkedin


On March 17, 2016, the ASUW Board of Directors passed a Board Bill establishing the Middle Eastern Student Commission (MESC). This commission was created in response to the vicious murder of 3 Middle Eastern students at the University of North Carolina in 2015, and initially lobbied for by then SARVA Director, Varsha Govindaraju, along with 12 other UW students. They came together to brainstorm and formulate a commission that works to expand resources for Middle Eastern students.

Currently led by inaugural Director Varisha Khan, the MESC has been busy with responding to the impact the presidential election had on its constituents, assisting a constituent who was attacked on campus with a glass bottle, advocating for students who are refugees and immigrants impacted by the refugee crisis and the recent Presidential Executive Orders, creating resources to keep students safe on campus, and keeping its office doors open as a safe space for students who need physical or emotional support because of the climate both on and off campus.

Apart from constituent support, the MESC also hosted its first event in October 2016 in collaboration with the other ASUW Commissions as well as the Student Advisory Board (SAB) of Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity and its legacy groups. They hosted the popular, “Consider the COSTume” campaign, which was a visual display of students representing a part of their communities to raise awareness about cultural appropriation. Want to learn more about the impactful work they do? Visit

HUB Alumni Newsletter: ASUW MESC

 UW Daily

What was your most memorable class?

No brainer there. I remember the Economics 200 class taught by the legendary Henry Buechel where on the first day he literally wiped out a quarter of his class with his opening lecture; all tests graded on a ridiculous scale. How about them apples?  By the end of the quarter, only about half of the class was still there and I received a “gentleman C” (as it was known back in the 1960’s) and this was, without question, the most appreciated C grade I ever received!

Who is your hero?

My intellectual hero has always been Thomas Jefferson followed somewhat closely by Thomas Sowell. Something about the amazing intellect of some people has always intrigued me. Don’t laugh, but my current hero is a gentleman by the name of Lincoln Johnson for having the wisdom to work with some wonderful staff, students, and administration and initiate the Office of Student Veteran Life at the University of Washington.

What is your favorite memory of the HUB?

Standing shoulder to shoulder with the HUB Manager, John Bickford, and backing down a huge crowd of demonstrators who were trying to disrupt a speech by Senator Henry Jackson in the HUB ballroom, and we got them to settle down and let Henry Jackson complete his speech. Challenged my adrenaline as never before or since! Somehow you just don’t forget those significant emotional moments and the iconic people I have had the pleasure to work with over the years at the University of Washington.

Favorite karaoke song?

First, a few brewskies are always in order as a warm up and I remember well the time I was in San Antonio, TX, at Nasty Nellie’s bar with a group of Coast Guard Officers and the place was packed with university alumni from all over the country. The guy who played the piano knew the Husky Fight Song since the Huskies had played a couple of times in the Sun Bowl so when he found that I was a graduate of the UDUB, he invited me to join him singing our fight song as the last group sing of the evening. Husky Fight Song all the way!

What is your favorite Husky football tradition?

A little known fact about me is that in my senior year when I was on the BOC and Executive VP of the IFC, I called the card stunts at all the home football games. There was one game where the Huskies scored a long touchdown just seconds before the half ended and the cards flew in every directions and the looks on the faces of the cheerleaders, the Sundodgers (men’s spirit group that put the stunts together), and others on the field was one of pure anxiety! Somehow the card stunts went on and the howls of glee from across the field at every stunt was absolutely hilarious! But we did it and it might have been the most entertaining card stunt program ever at the stadium. It is a shame that the tradition died, but it really was entertaining.

HUB Alumni Newsletter: Gary Ausman


1. What is your current role, and your favorite thing about it?

Currently, I serve on the Board of Directors as the Director of Internal Policy. My job is very internal– I basically ensure that the ASUW is following our own governing documents and Washington state laws, and work to ensure that the Association is being as transparent as possible at all times. My favorite thing about my position is that it gives me the opportunity to revise and interpret documents; skills that I want to improve before applying to law school.

2. What has been your favorite memory in the HUB?

My favorite memory in the HUB was coming to Freshman Orientation and sitting in the HUB Lyceum with hundreds of new Huskies. It was my first event at the UW and got me really excited to come to the University.

3. If you had to eat a single food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fruity Pebbles cereal, hands down.

4. What is your dream job?

My dream is to work for the United Nations or a similar organization as a human rights lawyer.

5. Do you have any Husky game day traditions? If so, what?

I usually just hang out with friends before the game and swing by the UW Bookstore to pick up some UW temporary face tattoos!

HUB Alumni Newsletter: Taylor Beardall


Lincoln Johnson


As you might have heard, a new HUB Director was hired this summer and he has already proven to be a tremendous asset to the student union. You can learn more about Justin further into this newsletter.

I promise that I’m not going anywhere at this point. Why would I ever leave this outstanding institution? I have had the chance to support, mentor, challenge and advise the most creative, talented and intellectually stimulating students over the last 20 years and I don’t see that changing very much. That certainly goes for the strong alumni network we’ve fostered over the years.

But here’s what is so awesome about the recent professional transition; it’s only going to get better because the new HUB leader is going to build upon and enhance this glorious HUB alumni network. Justin and I will continue to actively engage our alumni community and create meaningful events and opportunities.

I hope you’ll stick with us. It’s going to be a fun adventure.


Justin Camputaro


Meet Justin Camputaro, the NEW Director of the Husky Union Building!

Justin Camputaro joined the University of Washington in July 2016 as the new Director of the Husky Union Building, succeeding Lincoln Johnson who served as the Director since 1996 and who will continue his role as Associate Vice President for Student Life.

Justin has had more than 15 years of experience in colleges and universities. He notes that it is an “honor to join an incredible team of professionals and student leaders as the HUB begins the fifth year of its most recent major renovation. I am excited to be a part of visioning and building memorable and life-changing experiences for out Husky students and colleagues.”

Justin’s role is to provide overall leadership, supervision, and management of the HUB and work with student leaders and university staff to create and implement a creative and strategic vision for the student union.

Debuting in 2014, HUA Voice was created by UW Chinese students to provide primarily Mandarin programming and entertainment for the UW campus and all the way to China.

Currently, there are 2,300 daily listeners in China and the audience continues to increase. This effort is done with involvement of 30 UW students who work with HUA Voice, and it is estimated that about half of the Chinese students on campus subscribe to the broadcast.

Their most popular program is called, “Ask a Senior” where experienced members of the UW community respond to questions posted by UW students via social media. HUA Radio also produces news stories, movie and music reviews, restaurant recommendations, and other stories of interest.

Listener YueJia Huo describes HUA Voice as something she “looks forward to every night, especially the ‘Ask a Senior’ show. It’s so helpful, and sometimes funny, too.”

The organizers hope to replicate HUA Voice’s success in other languages as soon as possible. If you are interested in learning more, go to or download the Tune-in Radio App and search for HUA Voice.

Hua Voice


HUB Resource Center


Housed in the HUB, the Student Organization Resource Center, also known as SORC (pronounced “source”), provides free services to Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). SORC was initiated by students in the late 1990s and is supported by the Student Technology Fee and the Services and Activities Fee Committees.

Last year, over 500 RSOs utilized its services; this entailed the use of over 2,000 feet of construction paper, 3,000 buttons created, over 2,000 balloons inflated, and the coordination of over 700 reservations for equipment usage.

While it initially started in the sub basement of the HUB, SORC is firmly situated in the main flow of traffic on the 1st floor of the HUB. It’s quite the success story and it wouldn’t be without the initiative of former RSO student leaders.

Next time you’re in the HUB, please stop by and check out this amazing resource for student organizations.

On October 21st, the University of Washington celebrated its annual homecoming celebration, which includes the highly anticipated selection for students to the homecoming court.

With over 120 applicants this year, students across all majors and departments applied to be chosen for the scholarship and opportunity to be recognized on the field at halftime during the football game.

Selected this year, were Rajdeep Chokar, Joshua Bean, Ivyanne Smith, and Aubrey Grower. Winning the title of Homecoming Royalty this year were students Kevin Celutska and Allison Chan.

Kevin explained “It was an incredible honor to be selected as Homecoming Royalty, it means so much to be recognized for making the most of my Husky Experience. I feel so fortunate to attend the University of Washington, where I found boundless opportunities to serve my community and grow as a leader. Walking on the field of Husky Stadium during the game against Oregon State was an experience I will never forget!”

Homecoming Court 2016

Homecoming Court/Royalty posing with UW President Ana Mari Cauce during halftime at the October 21st football game.Osman Salahuddin

Kristen Hosey

Kristen Hosey Kristen Hosey

What was your favorite course you took at UW? Why?

It is very hard for me to choose between my two favorite courses…the first was Dr. Stephen Bezruchka’s Global Health course on societal determinants of health (GH 514). It really did a great job of comparing our nation’s health with other countries globally. The second was not a course in itself, but rather my entire clinical practicum series with Dr. June Strickland from the School of Nursing, where I spent much of my time working on health promotion and disease prevention activities with elders.

Where was your favorite location on campus? Why?

My favorite location on campus is probably the HUB, followed closely by the UBooktore. I spent a year there as the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Secretary when the HUB first reopened, and I loved my office, my friends and the SAO staff. It was a busy environment, lots of energy, and sure beat hanging out in the health sciences building!

Where are you/what are you doing now?

I have an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor with the UW School of Nursing, and I am also active within the Department of Global Health as a faculty member for the Afya Bora Consortium in Global Health Leadership. For both, I focus my work on training nurses in leadership, public health and policy – mostly in Africa, but also locally with the tribes I have been connected to now for 6 years. In addition to this, I recently became the Director of a new RN to BSN program I am working to develop at Wenatchee Valley College.

What was your most memorable moment as a student leader?

My most memorable moment was with the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS). Two major initiatives that I was proud to be a part of included the creation of a Diversity Committee for the GPSS, as well as my work in science and policy activities (including annual Science and Policy Summits, DAWG Talks – much like TED Talks – science communication workshops). My work with the Diversity Committee I am also proud of – probably the most proud of – because during my term as Secretary we institutionalized the first Diversity Committee for the GPSS.

James Moschella (Current GPSS VP External Affairs)

James Moschella James Moschella

1. What was your favorite course you took at UW thus far? Why?

My favorite course at UW thus far has been a current class of mine, Campaign Management. I came to UW for real, practical experiences in careers that I want to pursue, and this course has given me the opportunity to learn the actual factors to building a successful political campaign!

2. Where is your favorite location on campus? Why?

The HUB! It’s the only place where I can eat, work, study, relax, and hang out all in one spot. As a GPSS representative, I think I have to say that, no?

3. What is your current position? What do you enjoy about it?

My current position is GPSS Vice President of External Affairs. My favorite aspect is that as VP of External Affairs, I get to serve as a lobbyist in Olympia working on graduate student protections and issues. This position has not only given me the opportunity to expand and support my network for my future career, but allowed me to advocate for support for graduate students. I love filling legislators in on the great things that students at UW are doing!

4. What has been your most memorable moment as a student leader thus far?

My most memorable moment as a student leader has been advocating for graduate student issues in Washington DC last year on behalf of GPSS. I was able to meet with Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. They loved hearing about the great work that organizations like UW Co-Motion are working on, and committed to supporting UW in the future. It was great to know that our lawmakers are listening to what students are saying and what they care about.

In the Seattle area? Come back to UW and see what current student leaders are up to! Email to set up a time to reconnect!

Lincoln Johnson

Lincoln Johnson

With the end of another academic year and commencement behind us, this moment is forever bittersweet. The HUB staff will truly miss the students who are moving on to life beyond the HUB and campus. We strive diligently to develop strong and positive relationships with our ASUW and GPSS leaders and, in doing so, build an amazing cadre of friends and mentees. Having the opportunity to witness and perhaps be a part of their transition away from UW is inspiring and humbling. The amount of pride, respect and joy I have for our leaders is immense, and I wish the very best for those embarking on new beginnings.

We hope you enjoy the spring edition of our newsletter. It certainly would not be possible were it not for the fabulous Stacey Hurwitz, the HUB Alumni Intern, and the incomparable Leigh Tucker, Student Life Marketing & Communications Manager.

Here’s wishing you a relaxing and glorious summer.

Lincoln Johnson

‘Tis the season of student government elections. GPSS elections were held on May 4, and the new officers for 2016-17 are already gearing up for another strong year of leadership and service to the graduate and professional student community. Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim was elected President. The GPSS Vice Presidents are Sarah Loeffler (Internal Affairs) and James Moschella (External Affairs). Rounding out the GPSS leadership team are Michaella Rogers, Treasurer, and Randy Siebert, Secretary.

Nearly 4,300 students voted in the ASUW election this year, which is approximately 15% of the undergraduate population. With five different tickets running this year, the outcome of the ASUW elections (May 9-11) were quite difficult to predict. The ticket, Husky Progress, won five positions on the Board of Directors, and YourVoiceUW won three. Daniele Meñez and Michael Aldridge, both from Husky Progress, won the Presidency and Vice Presidency, along with Tae McKenzie as Director of Diversity Efforts, Osman Salahuddin as Director of Community Relations, and Kaitlyn Zhou as Director of University Affairs. The elected YourVoice officers are Hakikat Bains as the Director of Campus Partnerships, Meili Powell as Director of Programming and Taylor Beardall as the Director of Internal Policy. “While we ran on different slates, in the end we are forming a new team working together as the new ASUW Board of Directors,” says Hakikat Bains.

ASUW Elections

ASUW ElectionsThe Daily

Food Pantry

Food Pantry

On Monday, May 2, the first of three campus food pantries opened its doors in the HUB. A partnership between the ASUW Student Food Cooperative, Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, Student Life, and the HUB, the pantry is an opportunity to provide greater food security and basic nutritional assistance to members of the UW community. In addition to the HUB, pantries were held in the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. Thanks to food drives and contributions, nearly 1,000 shelf-stable, non-perishable items were collected.

Erica Weisman, co-manager of the ASUW Student Food Cooperative, remarked, “Food is very personal to everyone on this planet in some way. Joking about someone’s food intake and teasing someone for what they eat is detrimental to someone’s identity. We don’t want anyone to be ashamed of what they eat and what they’re not able to eat.”

The program hopes to expand to more days next year. “Even if one percent of this 40,000-person university deals with food insecurity, that is unacceptable,” says Weisman, who is motivated to continue this new initiative that seeks to directly give back to the campus community and change the stigma surrounding food insecurity.

Parent & Family Weekend

Parent & Family Weekend
Image courtesy of UW Student Life

Spring always brings a lot of visitors to campus – whether it’s due to the glorious weather, to view clear views on Rainier Vista, or to admire the cherry blossoms that line the Quad. On April 8-10, campus saw an even higher number of guests on campus with the inaugural Parent & Family Weekend. Students took this opportunity to show their families around campus and attend campus events. Activities included a wide range of academic programs, sports events, open houses, a breakfast with campus leaders and administration, and an appearance and discussion from The Boys in the Boat author, Daniel James Brown.

The goal of the weekend was to enhance the sense of community on campus by embracing parents and families as an integral part of the Husky Experience. Parent & Family Weekend was a great success and we can’t wait to see how it grows into the next academic year.

HUB Alumni Board members congregated in April to brainstorm and consider new ideas for alumni/student engagement, learn about current HUB-related news and discuss potential innovations to link the HUB alumni community together. Several themes emerged from the meeting, including leadership and mentoring for current ASUW and GPSS leaders, career development and social programming that would bring alumni and current student leaders together more frequently throughout the school year.

One idea discussed is the establishment of a HUB Alumni Network LinkedIn group that could be used to promote a stronger network between past and current GPSS and ASUW leaders. Stay tuned in the coming months for additional information on this opportunity to connect with current and past student leaders!

Additionally, if you have any ideas for the HUB Alumni Board, or are interested in serving, please email

Elloise Kim

GPSS 2016-17 President, Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim

We chatted with 2016-17 GPSS President, Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim, to learn more about her favorite HUB and UW memories. We also learned a few other fun facts from our Q&A. Here’s what she shared with us:

What is/was your favorite memory of the HUB?

I love seeing colorful posters of events and lectures on the bulletin boards. It has become my daily ritual. I feel that an exciting buzz comes from every corner of the HUB with such various events and programming. I am grateful to be part of this great community and appreciate the HUB for being a nurturing place for all students.

Who is your hero and why?

There are too many to name only one, but this year it’s Rene Singleton, SAO advisor. My work as the GPSS Secretary would not have been possible without her gentle guidance and insightful advice. She always has provided me heartfelt support and has taught me to be brave, determined and focused. Either for joy or a challenge, I know that she will be there for me. Besides, she is a true advocate for underrepresented and marginalized students. I have great respect for her.

What is your most memorable class you took/are taking at UW?

As a Ph. C., I finished my coursework a while ago. Instead, please let me share about “AES 151: Identities, Cultures, and Power across American Ethnic Groups” that I taught in spring 2014 and winter 2015. I have been lucky to be able to teach many classes at the UW as a graduate student instructor in a few departments, and each class has given me much learning and precious relationships with students. However, once as a TA and another time as an instructor of ENGL 198, a writing course linked to AES 151, I met a diverse group of students. Besides learning the history of power dynamics of different ethnic groups and studying critical racial theories, the class had vibrant conversations about lived experiences of students of color inside and outside campus. I highly value my experience with students in those classes.

What is your favorite Husky game day tradition?

I am still cultivating my passion for a Husky game day, and yet seeing Husky supporters who dress up in lovely purple makes my heart race.

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

I am an excellent audience member. I prefer not to sing in public!

On May 19, the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) celebrated its 40th anniversary of official recognition by the UW Board of Regents as the student government for graduate and professional students. Until 1976, GPSS was part of ASUW, yet became separate and independent from the ASUW during the elections in April 1976. The celebration, which was held at the Center for Urban Horticulture, recognized and honored the efforts that GPSS’s officers and senators, both past and present, implemented in order to best serve the student body. Alex Bolton, 2015-2016 GPSS President, stated, “GPSS is only as good as the people serving. Every year, the leadership tries to create new opportunities to support our academic community. The impacts of these efforts are far reaching and long lasting.” He also noted that the decisions made by the past GPSS leaders have led GPSS to where it is today.

During the event, Karen Lee, former two-term GPSS President and the first woman of color to serve in this role, was the featured speaker. She shared how important her role in GPSS was in preparing her for her future career in government and public service. In addition, many former GPSS officers, senators and volunteers attended the celebration to show their ongoing support for GPSS and to honor the rich history of leadership at UW. The anniversary celebration demonstrated just how much GPSS has grown over the past 40 years to better serve graduate and professional students, increase its legislative efforts and advocacy initiatives and continue this legacy into the future.



Lincoln & Harry Husky

Lincoln & Harry Husky

Student engagement comes in so many forms. In fact, it can be overwhelming for UW students who are faced with opportunity, upon opportunity, upon opportunity. Thankfully, GPSS and ASUW continually seek more effective ways to connect with students and engage the next generation of student leadership.

For some of you reading this newsletter, that connection with ASUW and GPSS was a life-changing moment or perhaps a shining light from your years at UW. While it might surprise you, my staff and I have similar sentiments and emotions connected to these amazing student governments on the Seattle campus. While we advise, cajole, support and mentor all aspects of this work, we too get a lot of affirmation from our interactions with these talented student leaders. And, more importantly, we have had opportunities to watch lives transform and, in turn, our lives also have been transformed. What a joy that is…

Please enjoy the winter 2016 edition of the HUB Alumni Newsletter. We simply do not have enough space to cover all that GPSS and ASUW do for the campus community, but I hope you continue to enjoy these quarterly glimpses into their programs, services, and events.

‘Til next time, be well and take care,
Lincoln Johnson

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

The seventh annual Home for the Holidays (H4H) was held on Dec. 23 in the HUB Fireplace Lounge. This annual event is for those alumni who served on the ASUW Board of Control/Directors and/or served as a GPSS officer. Over 80 student alumni leaders from the 1960s through 2015 gathered to catch up with one another, network and reminisce about their years at the UW and the impacts they made during that time. The evening featured a lot of laughter, hugs, good company, delicious food, a cozy setting and a fine selection of wines and bubbly generously provided by the UW Club. This certainly added to the cheer that filled the room as old friends reunited.

Ashley Miller, former ASUW Vice President, and Joshua Dawson spoke to the audience, encouraging them to continue connecting to the HUB alumni network and to consider a contribution to the HUB Fund for Excellence in Student Leadership. Joshua, who received one of the first HUB Fund scholarships to attend a national leadership institute in summer 2015, offered his deep appreciation to the alumni who are contributing to the HUB Fund and, therefore, allowed him to expand his development as a student leader on campus. Ashley Miller then announced that the HUB intends to present six or seven scholarships in summer 2016 and encouraged the alumni to consider a gift to the HUB Fund. According to L. Lincoln Johnson, “The evening was a great time to reconnect with past student leaders, hear about their lives, learn about all of the great things they are currently doing and talk about the fun times that they had in the HUB during their time here.”

Husky Veteran Life

Husky Veteran Life

We are thrilled to announce the creation of the Office of Student Veteran Life here at the UW! Student Veteran Life was created to meet the programming and academic needs of student veterans, and to act as a supportive community for both current military members and veterans. Along with that, the office’s major priorities for this year include increased communication, becoming a “veteran-supportive” campus, educational opportunities for UW faculty and staff, data collection and changing the focus from primarily recruiting members to retaining student veterans. Additionally, offering constructive workshops and inclusive events helps build community and provides opportunities for student veterans to gain skills academically and socially. This preparation for the future is crucial to empowering student veterans. If you would like to learn more, attend an upcoming event, or be in contact with Student Veteran Life, visit

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HUB Games 8 Ball Tournament

HUB Games 8 Ball Tournament

Shaun King at the HUB

Shaun King at the HUB

POSTPONED: Casey Neistat

POSTPONED: Casey Neistat