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.
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 www.huavoiceuw.com or download the Tune-in Radio App and search for HUA Voice.
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!”
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.
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 email@example.com to set up a time to reconnect!
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.
‘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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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,
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.”
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 depts.washington.edu/vetlife.
On February 9, UW students traveled to Olympia, WA for the annual “Huskies on the Hill Lobby Day.” Huskies on the Hill is coordinated through the ASUW Office of Government Relations.
Over 100 students met with Senate and House legislators to share their individual stories and highlight issues such as increased higher education funding for State Need Grants, sexual assault advocacy, support for more student mental health programs and installation of a permanent ballot box on campus. In addition, they encouraged legislature to continue its support for lower tuition rates similar to the 15% reduction that was achieved during the 2015 Legislative Session. Many staff at the UW agree that the tuition decrease was passed in part due to student advocacy from ASUW and GPSS.
Students came together for a rally on the Capitol steps where they heard encouraging remarks from State Representative Hans Zeiger, ASUW President Tyler Wu, ASUW Office of Government Affairs Director Kate Graham and Student Regent Vanessa Kritzer. Harry the Husky was even on hand to cheer on all of the UW students who attended the event.
The passion and commitment from students continues to encourage legislators to consider the impact that their higher education decisions have and how they can work together in an effort to increase higher education affordability.
The sixth annual Everybody Every Body Fashion Show was held on March 7 in the HUB ballroom, featuring over 150 models that strut their stuff in clothing by 18 local retailers. The goal of the fashion show is to focus on more than just image and appearance – giving attention to individual identities and celebrating what makes each UW student unique and beautiful.
This year, in addition to creating awareness surrounding eating disorders, the fashion show expanded its scope to include race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, health and wellness.
“It was really cool to get to be a model for a day, something most students would never get to experience, or even think they’d be good enough for. It’s nice to know the UW appreciates all people and their body types/backgrounds,” says Ariana Urcia, a model in the fashion show.
To see more pictures from this event and to learn more, visit shc.asuw.org.
(Photo courtesy of The Daily)
Recently, the HUB installed five commissioned art pieces that were created by internationally renowned Coast Salish artists, Shaun Peterson and Marvin Oliver, ’73, MFA.
The commissions include, Frog and Moon Panel, Three Salmon, Storm Wind, and North Wind with Ravens, which are the vision of Shaun Peterson, a member of the Puyallup nation, as well as Canoe Journey, carved by Marvin Oliver.
In Peterson’s works, the cedar carvings and cast-glass reference and honor the history of the Duwamish people, and highlight personal reflections of “elders who have been involved with the University in years past, including the late Vi Hilbert, whose work in language preservation was invaluable,” said Peterson in his project proposal.
Oliver’s work symbolizes the bonds of the extended UW family as we “journey together” as students, staff and alumni. Oliver focused on his Quinault heritage by carving a Salish-style canoe embellished with the mythical icons of the Salish peoples, which also symbolize the intellectual, spiritual and physical journey of students at the UW. Raven, at the head of the canoe, “… like us, changes to adapt to the environment. This is similar to students’ paths at the University: growing, learning, adapting and moving forward in their journeys,” said Oliver in his project proposal.
These pieces have increased a sense of serenity when walking through the HUB. Next time you are here, we encourage you to stop and admire these new additions.
What is your most memorable UW class?
Community Environment and Planning (CEP) 200!
Who is your hero? Why?
I know this sounds cheesy, but my mom. After immigrating to the United States from Vietnam after the war, she had nothing. Ever since then, she has done nothing but work her butt off to ensure that I am provided with the support and resources to succeed.
What would be your go-to karaoke song?
Slow Dancing In A Burning Room (John Mayer)
What is your favorite Husky football game day tradition?
Walking down to the stadium with all of my friends and yelling to the people across the street “GO”, and having them yell back “HUSKIES.” It shows a cool UW tradition that even our oldest alumni know about!
What has been your favorite memory of the HUB?
I remember leaving the HUB at midnight after a long night of working and studying for a final, and it was one of those moments where I realized that I spent more time at the HUB than at my physical house. Whether I was working at Commuter Commons, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life or the ASUW office, my college career has revolved around walking to the Husky Union Building every day. Do I wish I could be at home more? Absolutely. But the HUB is truly my second home.
What is your favorite memory of the HUB?
My favorite memory is probably ASUW election night 1997. All of the candidates gathered around to wait to hear the election results for ASUW President, ASUW Vice President and the Board of Directors (then Board of Control). To take the edge off everyone’s nervousness, I brought a toy bowling set, so my friends and I bowled down the hallways of the HUB while we waited.
What was the most memorable class you took at UW?
I took so many great classes at UW, it’s really difficult to choose just one. My favorite freshman year class was States and Capitalism, taught by Professor Joel Migdal. Professor Migdal is such an engaging lecturer and he made the history of the modern global system fascinating.
My favorite upper level class was Social Change in Latin America, taught by Professor Jonathan Warren. The class opened the door to later experiences like conducting research for my undergraduate honors thesis in Oaxaca, Mexico and doing postgraduate research in Brazil.
What is your favorite Husky game memory?
I loved attending home football games at Husky stadium, but my favorite game day memory has to be when I took my dad to the Aloha Bowl in 1997. My dad is a lifelong Husky fan, so he was thrilled when he got the opportunity to meet Coach Lambright during the trip. The entire trip was great fun, but it was an especially wonderful experience to enjoy the Husky win with him!
What is your favorite city in the world to visit?
I love Tokyo. So much tradition, modernity, delicious food, interesting architecture and fun fashion packed into one beautiful city! I can spend days just walking and eating my way through the city.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip, yum! But I also love any kind of coffee ice cream (coffee, chocolate chip, coffee toffee crunch, etc.).
Welcome to the fall 2015 edition of the HUB alumni newsletter! The school year started out beautifully, not only in terms of bright and lovely weather, but also with the excitement that comes with the arrival of new students and the return of student leaders from all over campus. The HUB continues to bustle and hum with study groups, friends relaxing, students playing the baby-grand, packed lounges and lots of planning meetings for the academic year. More and more, the HUB continues to serve as community center for campus and, for that, we are deeply pleased and honored.
For those who are curious, the term “HUB alumni” is meant to embrace former UW students who were involved in the Associated Students/ASUW, Graduate & Professional Student Senate/GPSS, Registered Student Organizations and the HUB Board of Representatives. Hence, HUB alumni! This newsletter will go out three times a year and will focus on various aspects of student government and student organizations. We hope you enjoy it!
– Lincoln Johnson, email@example.com
Thanks to the generous contributions to the HUB Fund for Excellence in Student Leadership, four students were selected to receive the inaugural HUB Leadership Fund Scholarships to attend a national leadership conference. Riya Nath, Stacey Hurwitz, Andrew Arakaki and Joshua Dawson had the great fortune to respectively attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (May 2015) and the National Student Government Summit (October 2015), both in Washington, DC.
These conferences provide students from all over the United States an opportunity to learn career exploration, attend educational sessions, listen to motivational speakers from student and industry leaders, expand their networks and enhance their leadership development. According to Joshua Dawson, the scholarship recipients were given the chance to meet hundreds of students from across the nation and had the pleasure of developing themselves as both leaders and students equipped with more knowledge and skills to contribute to our home here at the UW. This travel opportunity would not have been possible without the generosity of former student leaders who contributed to the HUB Leadership Fund. Thank you!
Interested in giving back by providing student leaders with opportunities like this one? Visit giving.uw.edu/hub to learn more and donate today.
Andrew, Joshua, Riya, Stacey
The 32nd annual freshman Convocation was held on September 27 in Alaska Airlines Arena/Hec Ed Pavilion. Convocation is the UW’s official “welcome to campus” event for first-year students. It traditionally features comments from the ASUW president. This year, Tyler Wu, 2015-16 president, delivered a moving and memorable talk about the uncomfortable nature of the first year of college and advised his new classmates to “take a leap of faith, do something that scares you and feel uncomfortable.” In many ways, Tyler took his own advice because he delivered his comments in front of 6,600 students and family members. Convocation has grown into a strong tradition at the UW.
For this newsletter, Tyler asked that we quickly highlight a few ASUW goals for the 2015-16 academic year. In collaboration with the other ASUW student leaders, the Associated Students of the University of Washington strive to:
On October 1, the ASUW Black Student Commission (BSC) had an informational tabling event during Dawg Daze (UW’s welcome week), with the purpose of educating freshman about the many opportunities on campus to get involved in black-affiliated student organizations. Adaeze Medani, ASUW BSC director, reports that students were able to network and meet members of these organizations, contributing to a greater level of involvement and community here at the UW.
The participating organizations included: Black Student Union, National Society of Black Engineers, Sisterhood, Association of Black Business Students, National Association of Black Accountants, Minority Association of Pre-health Students, RETRO, Somali Student Association and the African Student Association.
For more information about any of the organizations mentioned here, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, check out #BlackatUW to follow their activity on social media!
What is your most memorable UW class?
As an undergraduate, it was state government taught by the late great David Olson. He helped me fall in love with Washington state government. In law school, it would either be Washington State Constitutional law, or Washington state and local law, both taught by Hugh Spitzer who has strengthened my passion for Washington state government.
Who is your hero? Why?
Dan Evans is my hero because he is our state’s greatest governor, loves this university, and despite all of his accomplishments, is extremely humble and down to earth. We still benefit from many of the policies and institutions that he helped to establish. He has an extremely strong passion for this university and loves his Huskies.
What would be your go-to karaoke song?
On a usual night of karaoke, I would pick between my standards of Van Halen, AC/DC, the Darkness, David Lee Roth or James Brown.
What is your favorite Husky football game day tradition?
I would say sitting in the student section at the 50-yard line, or Lou Gellerman welcoming everybody with, “Hello, Dawg fans,” but those are no longer traditions. I would say being on campus, tailgating, the siren and winning.
What is your favorite memory of the HUB?
I enjoyed the tradition of announcing the winners of the ASUW elections at the mural, even though those were fraught with mixed emotions both times that I was on the ballot. I loved going to the Naughty By Nature concert because it was great to see our campus community coming together and having fun in the HUB. It was also pretty special when we started Rainy Dawg Radio. After all of that hard work by a lot of people, it was pretty special to see it all come together and finally begin broadcasting over the internet. Winning the GPSS presidency ranks up there as well.
What was your most memorable UW class?
A political science class where everything the teacher said about “political game theory” I thought was pure BS. I was agitated all quarter.
Who is your hero? Why?
Jimmy Carter. He has lived a courageous life. Constantly advocating and educating the public on incredibly important issues, he has led an honest life of public service. From writing, to giving speeches, to starting and still working on Habitat for Humanity at the age of 91, to teaching at his local church – I admire everything about him.
What would be your go-to karaoke song?
Bruce Springsteen, “Born to Run”
What is your favorite Husky football game day tradition?
None – I never went to any games while in college, but now I do! The whole family loves going to the men’s basketball games.
What is your favorite memory of the HUB?
The Anita Hill hearings. Lots of students were huddled around the TV watching the hearing. We would argue during the breaks. It was exciting to be a part of history with a bunch of other students in the HUB.
In the Seattle area? Come back to the UW and see what current student leaders are up to! Contact email@example.com to set up a time to reconnect.
The annual Winter Powwow was held on January 24 at the HUB, hosted by the ASUW American Indian Student Commission. Featuring the Emmy-Award winning singers BlackLodge as host drum, the event drew over 700 Native American community members and allies from as far away as Vancouver, Canada, Montana, Idaho, Eastern Washington and Oregon.
This 26-plus year tradition saw the most drum groups to participate in 13 years, with 15 drum groups and their families contributing their voices and energy to inter-tribal and exhibition dancing of various traditional Native American dances. The registered student organization First Nations kept everyone amply fed with their Indian taco stand. Also in attendance were various vendors of Native American crafts, jewelry and countless Northwest-style 12th Man gear!
The ASUW Women’s Action Commission presented the production of The ______ Monologues, previously known as The Vagina Monologues, held on February 12 through 14 in the HUB. The _______ Monologues is an entirely student written and organized production featuring 10 UW students who shared their personal stories of survival, identity and resistance through a range of performances.
Writing and rehearsing for months, the students brought their stories to the stage for two days of free shows open to all audiences. As a challenge to the widely known Vagina Monologues, The _____ Monologues showcase that all people can tell their own stories in their own voices to increase inclusivity. Now, on an annual basis, this event has proven that these stories are important and crucial to the student body at UW.
ASUW Arts & Entertainment, HUB Culture & Pop Programs and a coalition of geek-themed special-interest registered student organizations worked together to produce the second annual UW Geek Week in the HUB, featuring a week’s worth of events and activities focused on technology-related and intellectual entertainment. Highlights of the “geekend” in late February included events such as the second annual Trivia Night with Ken Jennings, the longest running Jeopardy winner with 74 straight victories.
An Evening of Science and Comedy with Megan Amram, the author of the comedy book Science… For Her, Twitter personality, and Parks and Recreation writer, featured the UW’s own The Collective improv group. Other activities included Harry Potter and Game of Thrones games and trivia, panels featuring VIPs from the world of Esports and League of Legends, Smash Bros tournaments, role-playing games, board games, robotics, LAN parties and a final concert featuring 8 bit DJ Fighter X, Portland duo The Doubleclicks and geek troubadour Jonathan Coulton.
Geek Week was a resounding success that tapped in on unique campus communities and brought a diverse group of students to the HUB to enjoy a series of creative programming and to connect with students of similar interests.
In addition to Geek Week and others events, ASUW Arts & Entertainment works to connect students with new artists with fresh takes on music. For example, on January 1, more than 150 students attended up-and-coming Los Angeles singer/songwriter Moses Sumney’s performance at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre. Sumney’s soul-infused folk music using guitar and loop pedals was a hit with students.
The ASUW Office of Government Relations held a Women’s Political Action Training and Networking Event on Monday, February 2 to learn about opportunities for women to become engaged in political positions. The event was a follow-up event to the second annual Elect Her: Campus Women Win event from November, as the ASUW has been focused on offering more opportunities to engage women on campus who are considering careers in politics.
A dynamic political action training session for women consisted of a Q&A with women in political and leadership positions, followed by networking time for attendees to learn more about potential career paths. Engaging in what it’s like to be involved with student government and leadership on campus, as well as on a larger political scale, this event strengthened student connections.
On Friday, February 6, nearly 100 students filled buses chartered for Olympia to advocate for the ASUW Legislative Agenda. There, they met with legislators and discussed higher education issues that affect students. Taking the opportunity to tell politicians their own higher education story and how tuition rates affect them, students were in teams to meet with legislators to lobby for higher education funding. Hosting a rally on the Capitol steps, students heard remarks from ASUW President Christina Xiou and GPSS President Alice Popejoy.
The ASUW’s 2014-2015 Legislative Agenda included topics like state funding, the cost and quality of education, financial aid, diversity, transportation and more. Offering students a chance to lobby for their education presented students with hands-on political experience and gave legislators an opportunity to connect higher education budgeting with student stories.
Our outreach and communication with alumni student leaders of ASUW and GPSS has yet again confirmed the rich history of friendship, service, leadership and stories that the HUB wants to capture. In an effort to hear those stories and learn more about our former student leaders’ experiences at the UW, two dinner parties were held in November and December 2014 for small, intimate groups of ASUW alumni.
Former ASUW President Mike Egan hosted the first dinner with four student leaders from the same era. ASUW President Judy Nicastro hosted the second event for six alumni from her time as president. Both evenings were a great success! From the moment guests arrived, it was obvious that the years that had passed would quickly melt away. While social media has aided awareness of what is happening in their respective lives, many of the guests had not seen one another since their time as students in the HUB.
The evenings were full of laughter, camaraderie, stories and even a bit of singing. The alumni spoke with pride and fondness of the time they spent in the HUB, serving as student leaders for ASUW. The reminiscences about their respective groups’ projects, ideas and initiatives were inspiring. They certainly validated why current student leaders proudly exclaim that they are standing on the shoulders of giants who have motivated them to contribute to this legacy.
Due to the success of these two events, the HUB will continue to seek out opportunities to gather smaller, more intimate groups of alumni so that we can continue to learn more about these student leadership experiences. If you would like to learn more about how to get involved in these dinners, please contact Lincoln Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-221-6323.
Now in its sixth year, the Home for the Holidays event, a chance for former student leaders to gather on an annual basis, was held on December 23 in the HUB. Despite the fierce weather that evening, approximately 70 guests came together to celebrate an evening of stories, reunion, and lots of laughter. Home for the Holidays has turned into a special tradition and we look forward to it every year. Reconnecting with HUB alumni leaders is so important to us, as it allows us to educate current and future students about the significant legacies of past student leaders, thereby preserving the history of student involvement at the UW.
The newly formed HUB Alumni Board met for the first time last summer and then again in October. The goals of the group are to help the HUB brainstorm big and aspirational ideas about programs and services, leverage relationships with other alumni, gather remembrances and stories from the past, and determine fundraising strategies. The October meeting was a tremendous evening of friendships, connections, and candid conversations about supporting student leaders on campus. Board members expressed that the HUB provided a valuable and caring support system for them while they were students and the group wants to help ensure that the HUB continues this work, not only for student government leaders, but also for students in a diverse array of clubs and organizations. The meeting included a discussion about future fundraising ideas that could build upon and support current student leadership at the UW.
The HUB recently established a fund for excellence in student leadership, as a result of discussions with the HUB Alumni Board and other ASUW and GPSS student leaders. The goal of the fund is to support student leaders from ASUW, GPSS, and the 800+ clubs and organizations toward reaching their full potential as campus leaders, regardless of financial situation. Since launching in July 2014, the HUB fund has already received $9,000 in pledges and contributions from a handful of former ASUW and GPSS alums, and we hope that this generous support will continue to expand. Supporting the students who are carrying forward, as well as building upon, the legacies of past student leaders is important to the development of these programs. We’re excited to see what we can accomplish together.
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As part of Dawg Daze in September (the University’s welcome week for incoming students), over 4,200 excited new students visited the HUB for HUB Crawl 2014. The HUB Games Area was packed, HUB rooms were filled with X Box and Wii tournaments, the hot dog eating contest was a cutthroat competition, and the Elvis impersonator elicited raucous applause. The HUB lawn was alive with a large temporary rock climbing wall and an inflatable obstacle course, and thousands of students enjoyed a tasty late night breakfast as part of the festivities. The crawl encourages incoming students to meet one another, take home some UW swag, enjoy fun and free activities, and get to know the HUB and the groups that call the HUB home. The event opened the doors of the HUB to a new class of Huskies for the first time, introducing them to a key campus spot that will serve them for the rest of their time at the UW.
The 70+ remarkable students who serve as employees of the Associated Students of the University of Washington took three days before classes commenced this past fall to get oriented to their new positions, learn more about the history of ASUW, become aware of their fellow entities and organizations within the ASUW, and engage in team building exercises. Spending time at the HUB and Carkeek Park, the ASUW diligently worked on goals and objectives for the year, built stronger networks for future programs and events, and focused on how to bring innovation and collaboration into their work as student leaders. Savannah Ledgerwood, the UW Leaders Director, said, “ASUW Orientation opened my eyes to the dedication and initiative student leaders convey during their time here at UW. It was inspiring for me to be in the same room with such empowering individuals, all looking to give back and engage with their community.” The ASUW Orientation is an annual event that is jointly planned and led by ASUW and the Student Activities Office.
The HUB hosted over 4,700 programs and events in 2013-14 and the majority of those were for students. We to hope use this newsletter as a way to highlight interesting student events on a regular basis. For this first issue, we’d like to introduce DubHacks. DubHacks was the first major collegiate hackathon in the Pacific Northwest. On October 17 and18, over 400 top college hackers in the Northwest gathered at the HUB to design and build the next generation of innovative software and hardware. Undergraduate students from many different universities across the nation came to the UW for the event. Complimentary meals, workspace, refreshments, and even travel reimbursements ensured that the attendance was strong. Sponsorships from Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Facebook (just to name a few) showcased the collaborative nature of this amazing student project. The event’s success was a true testament to student programming at the University of Washington! The UW Informatics Undergraduate Association sponsored DubHacks. Read more about the event on GeekWire.