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The Burke’s Got Everything…

The Burke Museum and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences maintain an amazing collection of fish. From spiny deep-sea anglerfish to a unique albino dogfish, the University of Washington Fish Collection comprises rows and rows of bottles and basins of fish preserved in alcohol in a fireproof, explosion-proof, earthquake-proof facility. Open to scholars and researchers, KING5 recently had a behind-the-scenes look:

Or you can take a look here:

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The Burke really DOES have everything!

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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.

Share the page on Facebook to help us spread the word!

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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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Alumni vote on top reasons to love the UW

Red Square at University of Washington
Last week, we asked UW Alumni Association staff and friends on Facebook to help us out with a membership project.

We’re on the way to 60,000 members—a new record for our organization—and we’re focused on telling the stories of why alumni, friends and fans love the UW.

Here’s what everyone decided upon, in no particular order. There were about 15 choices, and this is the top six including a write-in vote for “beautiful campus,” which I can’t believe we left off the list in the first place. Kudos to you guys for adding what is obviously a top reason to love the University of Washington. Your favorite reasons to love the UW are:

  • You went there.
  • Husky football, basketball and other sports.
  • UW drives 70,000 jobs in Washington and is the third largest employer in the state behind Boeing and Microsoft.
  • The UW is researching the critical issues of our time. Kidney dialysis, color TV and the Hepatitis B vaccine are all products of UW research.
  • UW educates nearly 100,000 people and UW Medicine treats more than 1.4 million patients each year.
  • Is there a more beautiful campus in the United States?

And here are a few more write-in votes:

I picked up valuable life skills beyond the classroom.

Where would you be without it?

The BEAUTIFUL campus!!! (And a super cute mascot.)

Read more…

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