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1970s, 2000s stand out in “I love the UW” survey

"I love the UW" member survey

Now that our Spring Membership Drive is underway (it’s going GREAT by the way!), we are starting to look deeper at the more than 900 member comments we received during our “I love the UW” survey.

Some exciting stuff is coming to light. For instance, alumni from the 1970s were well represented, while our newest members (2000-2010) came out in force. The classes of 2010 (62 comments), 2009 (36 comments) and 2006 (32 comments) led all participants. This clearly shows, in members’ own words, that the University of Washington is just as transformative as ever despite deep budget cuts.

Take a look at the above graphic showing survey participants by graduation year. Click here to see a larger view and access more data. Try hovering over 1999 to see how many participants we had from that year.

As always, you can read all the member comments or search by college, class year or favorite UW memories by visiting loveuw.blogspot.com.

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Feel the love – Spring Membership Drive is underway

UWAA members tell us why they love the UW.
Members are the heart of the University of Washington’s alumni community. That’s why we asked members to tell us why they love the UW, and they responded with more than 900 powerful stories.

Our team is working on a new site that will showcase these comments and allow you to read through them. Believe me, they are incredible. We’ll let you know as soon as the page launches, but in the meantime you can get a snapshot of what members said with the tag cloud above.

The size and weight of each term represents the frequency it was used by members in the survey. Clearly, members love the UW. But they also love the campus, Husky sports and the community of people they met along the way. This was an amazing project for the UWAA’s membership team, and we are really excited to share it with you soon.

Great universities have great alumni associations, and more than 50,000 alums have already joined the UWAA. If you are a member, thank you! If not, consider joining during our Spring Membership Drive and cast your vote to stand with fellow Huskies that love the UW and know what a difference it makes.

Learn more about membership here.

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Huskies atwitter over new UW debit card from BECU

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The University of Washington and UW Alumni Association are proud to announce a new partnership with BECU, a business that shares our values and understands our mission. BECU’s new Husky debit card is pretty spiffy and the video promoting it has garnered lots of attention so far.

Detlef Schrempf, Kenny G, Nate Robinson, Rick Steves and Bill Gates Sr., all singing “Bow Down to Washington” … what’s not to love?!

Here is just a sample of what our friends and followers are saying on Twitter:

We’re loving this BECU commercial. Bow Down to Washington! #UW http://ow.ly/3X8MA

UW Husky greats team with @BECU to sing fight song, promote new debit card: Yes, that’s UW Husky Richard Karn of Home Improvement fame!

Love it! Must order it now! Go UW Alums! – Husky Legends Sing UW Fight Song In New BECU Ad http://t.co/SLRT7Ns

I’m taking my talents (and by talents I mean money) to @BECU. How cool is this @UWAlum debit card? http://bit.ly/hXLsea.

Bow Down To Washington With BECU! Go Huskies! #UW #gohuskies #becu http://www.becu.org/uw-debit-card.aspx

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A new year means new stories for UW alumni

For me, New Year’s Eve is a big disappointment. Unlike Thanksgiving—in which I expect a big meal and get more that I hoped for—expecations are rarely met on the last night of the calendar year. Hopes are high. The reality is a bit different.

The one thing New Year’s Eve has going for it, however, are the resolutions. I love New Year’s resolutions. Some people hate them, but I look at these as a chance to set goals and start fresh. For example, when I was 13 I wanted to play less video games. My resolution was to find other ways to be creative. Believe it or not, that’s how I started writing.

This year, one of my resolutions is to better connect this blog with the values we all share as UW supporters. That means telling more stories, meeting more graduates, and defining the value of a UW Alumni Association membership. And just like former Husky star Tim Lincecum on the cover of Sports Illustrated, we’re going to be all smiles in 2011.

Did you know there are more UWAA members than UW students? More than 50,000 alumni make this organization one of the nation’s biggest and best, and I’m committed to telling those stories in new and exciting ways. My goal is to show you the value of staying connected to the University of Washington. That’s my resolution, and I’m excited about the prospects.

Happy New Year, Huskies! Let’s make it a great one.

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UW Alumni Association members sell out opening night of Harry Potter

On Friday, Nov. 19, the UW Alumni Association hosted its second members-only night at the movies: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Earlier this year, we reserved the Pacific Science Center’s IMAX Theater for opening night of Alice in Wonderland 3-D. This time, it was all witchcraft and wizardry.

Once again, we sold out the opening night showing at Pacific Science Center in just a few hours. Members and their guests were treated to the 7:30 p.m. show that kicks off the 7-part story’s dramatic conclusion. The film puts Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort on a collision course that will end next summer with Part 2.

This is the kind of membership experience the UW Alumni Association is proud to bring its members, and it’s just one example of the kind of exclusive events and benefits you can enjoy as a UWAA member. See why 50,000 other Huskies are enjoying membership and tell us why you love the UW.

Stay tuned for all the latest member deals, and enjoy this week’s Dawg Treats:

  • From the Wall Street Journal, more and more youngsters are getting braces, but UW Professor of Orthodontics Gregory King says it’s no more effective to do it early than later.
  • UW students: Next president should raise money, keep tuition low.
  • The UW Board of Regents approved a $250 million renovation to Husky Stadium. The project will begin Nov. 7, 2011 and the Huskies will play at Qwest Field in 2012 and return to Husky Stadium in 2013.
  • The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University is hosting a major 45-year retrospective exhibition of works by Seattle painter Francis Celentano, a professor emeritus from the UW who explores issues of color, shape, form and structure in abstract, geometric works. 
  • UW Alumni Association President Colleen Fukui-Sketchley and Past-President Eddie Pasatiempo are featured in this Department of Communication story about confronting the UW’s budget.

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Browse member benefits on your mobile phone

Let’s say you need new luggage. There’s no doubt in your mind that ExOfficio is the place to get it. But you want to make sure there’s an ExOfficio discount for UW Alumni Association members. You’re not going to drive all the way to the store if there isn’t, but you’re not at your computer desk so you can’t be sure.

Oh, yes you can.

Simply head to UWalum.com/mobile on your smartphone for a quick look at all your benefits and services. Browse dozens of member perks and see what’s available to you while you’re away from your desk, standing in line at the coffee shop or sitting comfortably on your couch. In this case, just tap “Dawg Deals & Discounts” and scroll down to ExOfficio. Members save 20% off any regular price purchases. What a deal!

See our Membership page for more details, and bookmark UWalum.com/mobile.

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Beat the heat with member deals on concerts, golf

 

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy

It looks like we’re past the 90-degree heat here in Seattle, but there is still plenty of summer left and we have some great outdoors opportunities coming up for UW Alumni Association members.

Save more than $40 on tickets to a pair of Marymoor summer concerts when you purchase 2-for-1 passes to the No Depression Festival on Saturday, Aug. 21 and the Doobie Brothers on Thursday, Aug. 26. No Depression has The Swell Season, Lucinda Williams, The Cave Singers, Punch Brothers, Alejandro Escovedo, Chuck Prophet and Sera Cahoone. The Doobie Brothers, of course, are classic rock legends.

Members also save big at Washington National Golf Course during the month of August. Show your membership card and enjoy 20% off the Monday-Thursday rate, while members playing the course Friday-Sunday get a free appetizer after their round. There is also 10% off all Husky merchandise in the golf shop.

Stay tuned for more great member benefits. Enjoy your summer, Huskies!

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Husky Night with the Seattle Storm: Members save 50% on tickets!

It’s not every day you get to watch history in the making. But that’s exactly what the Seattle Storm are doing right now, having posted a 20-2 record to match the best start in WNBA history.

Friday, July 30 is Husky Night with the Seattle Storm. It’s part of Husky Summer Celebration, and we’ve got a special deal for UW Alumni Association members. Save 50% on tickets—get $39.37 regular price seats for just $20 and watch Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Lauren Jackson (above) take on the Chicago Sky.

Purchase your discounted tickets here. Stay tuned for a report from the game.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Last, Storm Photos.

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