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Passport to Picasso sells out Seattle Art Museum

On Sunday, Nov. 14, the UW College of Arts & Sciences hosted Passport to Picasso, an exclusive showing of the Seattle Art Museum’s amazing new Picasso exhibit. I attended this event with my family and was moved by the paintings, sculptures, photography and imagination of the 20th century’s most iconic and influential artist.

I’d never been to the SAM before, so I was looking forward to it for several reasons. How often do you get to experience an exhibit like this in a community setting? The entire allottment of 1,200 tickets sold out and the museum was bustling with UW alumni and friends, but it never felt crowded. Drinks and cookies were served, and we had an hour to explore the rest of the museum before punching our passport to Picasso.

The exhibit featured hundreds of pieces from Picasso’s personal collection. It spanned eight decades of Picasso’s extraordinary life, highlighting a variety of mediums and the Cubist movement he helped create. It was a remarkable collection and worth every second of my time. Events like this make our community proud. Kudos to Arts & Sciences, the UW Alumni Association and Seattle Art Museum for a stellar partnership.

On to this week’s Dawg Treats:

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The Homecoming vibe is part of our fabric as Huskies

Homecoming at the University of Washington is a wonderful time of year. Alumni of all ages return to campus—some for the first time in decades—to share a few stories and celebrate their connection to the UW.

The Class of 1960 celebrated its 50-year reunion on Friday, Oct. 15 and dedicated this iconic ‘W’ which greets people as they enter campus on Memorial Way. Here’s more about the Class of 1960 gift and you can check out the photo album from the 50-year reunion.

I’ve got awhile until my 1994 50-year reunion, but I had a memorable Homecoming weekend just as well. Prior to kickoff of the Huskies’ 35-34 double overtime victory over Oregon State, I conducted the Husky Marching Band to “Bow Down to Washington.” Then, UW Interim President Phyllis Wise and I presented a scholarship check to the Homecoming King and Queen.

And I finally met Dubs!

The band spelled out “UWAA” on the field (so cool!) and several past presidents of the UWAA returned to campus to be recognized on the field. It really was a fantastic weekend and another reminder of what the UW means to alumni. I hope you, too, had a great Homecoming. Go Huskies!

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, ’94
President, UW Alumni Association

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Phyllis Wise looks ahead in her first address as UW President

University of Washington Interim President Phyllis Wise delivered the President’s Annual Address on Tuesday, October 12 at Kane Hall.

Wise outlined her goals for her tenure and for the future of the University. Andrew Doughman of The Daily wrote, “She described a university reeling from consecutive years of budget cuts with no promise for relief for the next two years. But even in this climate, Wise rolled out a policy agenda that she said could position the university to emerge from the recession stronger than when it hit.”

Read the entire story from The Daily, and enjoy this week’s Dawg Treats:

  • A vigil was held for Carly Henley, the UW student who committed suicide last week, from KING 5-TV.
  • Slavic Languages and Literature Professor Jose Alaniz donated his treasured comic book collection to UW Libraries, from KOMO 4-TV.
  • Are Americans taking too many drugs? UW Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology Bruce Psaty weighs in on this story from U.S. News & World Report.
  • Get ready for the flu season with tips from UW Medicine’s Dr. Yunyu Cao.
  • UW sociologist and sex expert Pepper Schwartz spoke to the Orange County Register for this story on a recent study suggesting men over 50 are not using condoms. And here’s another Schwartz sighting on the subject from the New York Times.
  • Steve Sarkisian released a new iPhone app. All proceeds will be donated to the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
  • Local basketball star Tony Wroten Jr. chose the UW. His father played football for the Huskies in the 1980s.

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Charter schools are just one of the options, dean says

Tom Stritikus, dean of the UW College of Education, addressed in a recent Seattle Times op-ed the growing interest in charter schools. He references the new documentary “Waiting for Superman,” in which director Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvient Truth”) tells the tale of an American education system that caters to adults and not children. Stritikus sees the movie’s buzz as an opportunity to talk teacher training and quality.

A former Teach for America corps member, Stritikus says, “I know firsthand that many of today’s youth aren’t getting a quality education. But can charter schools alone fix this problem?” Washington voters rejected a charter school initiative in 2004, but Stritikus believes it is time to re-approach that decision. He says teachers must represent and respect the diverse landscape in which they’ll work. Charter schools are just one of the options needed to face the challenge, he concludes.

Read the op-ed by Stritikus, and make room for this week’s Dawg Treats:

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Asian American women are leading the way at UW

This is a fantastic photo for every reason. Taken by George Liu of the Northwest Asian Weekly, it shows, from left, UW Alumni Association President Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, University of Washington Interim President Phyllis Wise, and UW Student Regent Frances Youn.

The Weekly says this trio ”represents a paradigm shift in leadership for America.”  A UW Alumni Association president who is a Japanese American, a UW interim president who is also Chinese American, and a UW student regent who is a Korean American. And all three of them are women.

The University of Washington community is proud of its diversity. Here is another shining example.

Photo by George Liu, Northwest Asian Weekly.

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