Every year since 1971, the UW has held two powwows celebrating Native American cultures, hosted by First Nations@UW. The more informal event is in January. The larger Spring PowWow in April attracts thousands to Hec Edmundson Pavilion. It is the largest […]
“Hirabayashi openly defied the forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. As an undergraduate at the University of Washington, he refused the order to report for evacuation to an internment camp, instead turning himself in to […]
The Dawg Pack holds up The Daily’s “Who Cares?” poster as the Oregon State basketball team is introduced at the January 8, 2010 game at the…
With cherry trees. Today’s 365 Project photo.
Yoshino cherry trees mark the start of spring on the UW Seattle campus
Seriously cool set up in here. Hook up your laptop to a dongle, tap a big button to share your screen. Rinse and repeat. That’s Scott’s…
The UW women’s softball team is off to a great start with a 16-0 record. This weekend the dawgs will be hosting a tournament at the UW…
Today, we finally began shooting the first segments of our new show, “Backstory: A Filmmaker’s Vision.” The show is a collaboration with…
Really, not a bad way to end the day.
I came here because AMATH was let out early and someone told me it was downgraded to a reading room. It’s got a great view of the water.
I’ve written about this event a couple of times for the P-I, but this is the first time I’ve actually come. My friend Kim, who brought me…
Ok- so I think im in the wrong profession…apparently I shouldve been a University president for an American College…stunning residency!
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When full-scale revolts broke out in Libya in February 2011, Ali Tarhouni’s finance and business economics students were surprised when he announced that he once had been a pro-democracy activist in Libya and was returning to help the revolution after being stripped of his citizenship in 1973.
Welcome to the UW’s 150th In November, the UW will mark 150 years of providing a world-class education to generations of leaders, thinkers and doers. Join us on a stroll down memory lane by exploring the rich collection of stories […]
The UW ranked No.3 on the Peace Corps’ 2011 rankings of large university-based recruitment, with 94 undergraduate alumni currently serving as volunteers.
I first climbed the steps of Denny Hall as a freshman in the fall of 1981.I was impressed with the beautiful old building and loved the echo of the halls and history in the walls.
UW was one of my wonderful and forever experience I got. As a freshman from Kenya I was delighted to get more helping professor on campus and other students…
What a surprise it was to sit down several years ago with my cousin, Gary Millar, (of the UW Long Range Planning Department) and find out that our grandfather, James W.
I was about to write about a memory that would have included either my first day on campus next to the fountain, a tough fought victory for a sporting event, or even graduation day.
For years I had been stalking the UW website.I was looking at it even before it got its beautiful upgrade.I looked at all the pictures on the site and I even used that interactive map with Dubs showing me around.
I was privileged to lead a discussion today on “Mining Information” for high school newspaper reporters and editors, as part of the…
Darren and Leila, two of our best friends, got married on 7/9/10. Darren is one of the most avid Husky fans I’ve ever met…they even had a…
Much to my surprise tomorrow marks the ten-year anniversary of my graduation from University of Washington. Unlike the cliché uttering of…
Students are welcoming guests to the 2010 UW iSchool Dean’s Club dinner.
RT @westseattleblog: Huskies beat Marquette 80-78 on a Quincy Pondexter drive with 1.7 seconds to go.
At a Journalism That Matters conference at the University of Washington, we gave a handful of people a sneak preview of Intersect.
Violin Masters: Two Gentlemen of Cremona Thursday, December 9, 2010, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Henry Auditorium The Seattle Chamber Music Society…
Sahara and Duane explained they were taking pictures in royal garb around the university as part of an effort to call some attention to the…
Jordy loved the warm-ups and the actual shooting, but wasn’t so sure about his first introduction to Harry the Husky by Grandma. Oh well!
Monica Harrington joined us for our 4th espisode of Media Space – Entrepreneurship & Innovation: “How do we innovate?” Watch short clip…
Seattle is a storytelling capital. That statement, along with an announcement of an ambitious new event coming to the city, was how…
On October 21, 2010, President Barack Obama visited the campus for a rally in support of the re-election of Senator Patty Murray.
Last summer, I studied abroad in Granada, Spain! We (two friends from UW and I) set out on our adventure with no idea where we were staying…
What parent has not wanted to know what is going on in a child’s mind? That mystery is particularly profound with infants, who learn rapidly but are unable to speak.
I entered UW as a freshman in September of 2010. While many things were brand new to me, one thing in my life stayed constant throughout this transition, and that was my involvement in marching band
The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) announced in November 2010 that the UW School of Pharmacy was the recipient of the 2010-11 Transformative Community Service Award.
The 2010-2011 Academic Year marked the first year of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at the University of Washington’s Seattle Campus.
On July 1, 1969 the Office for the Recruitment of Minority Graduate and Professional Students was created to serve the needs of graduate students of color at the University of Washington. In the first year, staff members traversed the nation […]
UW Medical Center is awesome! My littlest guy was born there. Had a view of Husky Stadium out my window… what could be better than that. :o)
By Ann Beckmann For homeless youth, access to computers is far from an everyday occurrence. Yet self-reflection, greater confidence and…
By Catherine O’Donnell When Michael Marczewski registered for FIT 100: Fluency in Technology at Tahoma High School in Covington last…
During the 2009-2010 academic year, each of the University’s three campuses showed significant growth compared to the previous decade. During autumn quarter 2009, 42,933 students were registered on the Seattle campus, an increase of 14% compared to autumn quarter of 1999.
The Burkemobile is a statewide outreach program that sends three to four Burke educators into classrooms to teach students about fossils, ecology and Native cultures.
In April 2009, a land blessing ceremony was held in the N6 parking lot by McMahon Hall, the future site of the UW Intellectual House.
The longhouse-style facility is expected to help improve recruitment, retention, and graduation rates for Native American UW students, and will feature classroom space, a student lounge, computer and resource center, office space, and a large central gathering space.
In 2009, the UW became the first college in Washington state to be declared a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation, recognizing the UW’s dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.
The UW’s James Banks is a pioneer in diversity studies. In 2009, he was named the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies. Banks has written or edited 15 books in multicultural and social studies education.
I started work at UW in 1998 at the UWB campus but have been a part of UW since I can remember. My mom, MarDee Schaefer, began her career here in 1981.
Dubs becomes the 13th live mascot for the University of Washington.Isn’t he the cutest! In fact, in March 17 2009, Petside.com named Dubs the No.1 mascot of the 2009 NCAA Basketball Tournament.
In Spring 2009, in conjuction with UW’s celebration of 40 years of diversity, Viewpoints Magazine published a special issue to honor emerging leaders who make a difference. More information: http://www.washington.edu/alumni/viewpoints/pdf/viewpoints_2009spring.pdf
It was perfect. A turn-of-the-century building minutes away from the University of Washington, on the corner of one of the busiest streets…
My office while I was Director of External Relations for Husky Football was always full of people, especially when my son Jordy came to…
College buddy, former UW All-American and pro player Lawyer Milloy rolled through to visit Coach Donatell. Quinton Richardson and Johri…
By Ann Beckmann It takes visionaries to discover how government can be improved with mobile technology. Over the past three years, the…
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama visited campus on April 14th, 2008, for a special convocation that was part of his five-day trip to Seattle.
I came from a small town down to Seattle as an 18 year-old freshman excited to begin my time as a University of Washington student! I was…
In 2008, Computer Science & Engineering graduate student Brian Ferris and Civil Engineering graduate student Kari Watkins launched OneBusAway, an online service that provides real-time transit information for the Puget Sound region.
UW Educational Outreach re-branded in 2007-08, launching UW Professional & Continuing Education as the public-facing entity which provides a wide variety of programs for lifelong learners. Meeting the needs of different populations, UWPCE transforms lives through education, reaching a global […]
MSIM alumnus Tariq Alam brings information technology to the businesses and villages of rural Bangladesh Spreading the bounty and promise…
iSchool helps the statewide Communities Connect Network seek better access to information technology for all Washingtonians With Microsoft…
The UW’s Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson received the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year award in 2007.
As an orphaned teenager in Kenya, Kithene raised three siblings by himself. As a UW undergrad, he raised enough money to found a health clinic in his home village. Now he’s raising his own baby son while completing a master’s […]
In 2007, UW Tacoma created the position of Assistant Chancellor for Equity & Diversity to lead and oversee diversity issues on the Tacoma campus. Dr. Sharon Parker is the first person to serve in this capacity. That year also marked […]
The 29th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference was held at the UW campus in Seattle, August 6-11, 2006. Organized by the Information…
MLIS candidate Jeanne Doherty spent eight weeks in July and August 2005 as an intern for the United Nations International Court of Justice…
Our beloved Beverly Cleary, famous iSchool alumna and creator of the lovable Ramona Quimby, celebrated her 90th birthday last April. The…
Students entering the UW in the fall of 2006 were given an early assignment: to read the book Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder.
In 2006, UW electrical engineering professor Vikram Jandhyala launched the start-up company Physware to help customers in the microelectronics industry solve design problems for microprocessors, FPGAs, memory, wireless RF systems, analog systems, and high-speed serial and parallel channels.
Time: Dec 17, 2005Place: Seattle, WA, USA Go to the intersection of Dec 17, 2005 & Seattle, WA, USA
When Joanne Euster graduated with a Master’s of Library Science degree from the University of Washington in 1968, war raged in Vietnam, gas…
Spencer Shaw picked his profession by the time he reached high school. Books and reading were important parts of his family life, and so…
The Dream Project was founded in 2005 by students – spearheaded by then-freshman Alula Asfaw – in an effort to help first-generation and low-income students reach their goal of attaining higher education, as well as raising awareness surrounding issues of educational opportunity and social mobility.
In 2005, the University of Washington began offering a new tune for students’ MP3 players: that of their professors’ lectures.
In 2005, the College of Education launched the Ackerley Partner School Network, a partnership between the UW and the Ginger & Barry Ackerley Family Foundation that offers teachers at high-needs schools added support through mentors and online support groups used to develop teaching techniques.
I was an undergraduate exchange student from Sichuan University in China for the 05~06 year.Upon arrival at UW, I joined the FIUTS and started my wonderful international friends history.
Upper Skagit Tribe elder Vi Hilbert (1919-2009) donates her extensive Lushootseed materials to the University Libraries. The Ethnomusicology Archives have created a website to honor her memory: http://music.washington.edu/ethno/hilbert/
In 2005, the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity created a distinguished faculty lecture series to honor Dr. Samuel E. Kelly, the first Vicby a UW faculty member focusing on diversity and social justice. The first lecturer was Dr. Quintard […]
One of the biggest books in the world, Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom was donated to the UW in 2004 and is on permanent display outside the Reading Room in Suzzallo Library.
In the summer of 2004, then-associate professor of pharmacy Mary Hebert received a $2.8 million National Institutes of Health grant to study drugs in pregnancy.
Another cold night, but a satisfying win over the ducks! http://www.gohuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/110103aac.html
I want to try to see as many major sports venues as possible, so the 2003 UW @ Ohio State game was a must. Not the outcome I’d hoped for…
William H. Gates Hall became the new home of the School of Law in autumn quarter 2003, bringing all the school’s programs and activities under one roof for the first time in 20 years.
As teenagers, Paul Allen and Bill Gates would sneak into the graduate computer center at Roberts Hall to get time and experience on the machines.
Ruth Worden Award Trent Hill, MLIS Trent Hill will likely be remembered among his classmates and professors as Book and Media Sale…
iSchool researchers study kids and computerized pets to map the intersection of technology, information and nature. Pets can help children…
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks heightened interest in using information to break down barriers and increase understanding between cultures…
During the 2002-2003 school year, a group of students grew frustrated when the only way to recycle paper in the dorms was to take it to…
Desi Dhamaka is an annual student run South Asian Performing Arts and Culture show at the University of Washington.It is know as “the largest South Asian cultural show in the Pacific Northwest.” The Desi Dhamaka is a Registered Student Organization at the UW, and is currently a collaboration of members from the 5 on-campus South Asian student organizations: South Asian Students Association (SASA), Indian Students Association (ISA), Pakistani Students Association (PSA), Bengali Students Association (BSA), and Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc.
The sole aim of Desi Dhamaka is to showcase the South Asian Performing Arts, at both the UW community and the greater Seattle area.
When the quake hit I was sitting in class at UW in one of the oldest buildings. We were on the 1st floor with 4 floors above us. I remember…
The School of Nursing’s Center on Infant Mental Health and Development (CIMHD) is guided by a simple vision: Every child has the right to early nurturing relationships that are the foundation for life-long healthy development.
I was sitting in the basement of the marine sciences building, can’t remember what class it actually was, and I started feeling the back of my chair shake
An event celebrating the life of former School of Library and Information Science Director Dr. Margaret Chisholm was held at the UW Faculty…
In 2000, Jon (B.S., B.A.’65) and Judy (J.D.’74) Runstad pledged $1 million to the University of Washington to support a comprehensive new real estate program in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (now the College of Built Environments).
The Washington State Model United Nations (WASMUN) Conference and the WASMUN Student Association were founded at the UW in March 2000 by Jorge Roberts (BS,BA, 2002) and Gary Cannon (MMus., 2003), both UW students, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Seattle and with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
When I moved to Seattle in 1999, my first job was serving as assistant editor for the faculty-staff newspaper, University Week. It was a…
Americans are living longer than their grandparents did, but what is their quality of life in those extra years?
I was just about finished with my AA and was thinking about how and where I would finish my degree. As a “non-traditional” (read “older”) student living in Everett, the idea of entering UW Seattle as a sophomore was daunting; enough so that I was actually considering commuting to Western! Then one day while driving on I-405 I spotted a sign for UW Bothell (then located at Canyon Park).
After sixteen years as the leader of UW Educational Outreach, Richard Lorenzen left the position in 1999. The role was filled by David Szatmary, who had worked for UWEO since 1984, where he had been instrumental in creating and launching […]
I left the TV business for good in 2004, after a last stint in Iraq with NBC News. I found it a profoundly dissatisfying storytelling…
Adkison knows how to make magic. The founder of game-publishing company Wizards of the Coast, he helped launch wildly successful card games like Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon. He also used his business savvy to acquire Dungeons and Dragons, the […]
In 1996, the Mary Gates Endowment for Students was established with a gift of $10 million by Bill and Melinda Gates to honor the memory of Bill’s mother, Mary Gates (1929-1994).
After 84 years known variously as Extension, Continuing Education, Adult Education or some combination, all outreach offerings were brought together under one new name: UW Educational Outreach. This was intended to emphasize the outreach similarities between the many varied UW […]
I worked for the Hula Bowl after graduating from UW in 1993. I’m pictured here with the two Huskies who played in the game, Hillary Butler…
Pictured with some of the other Husky Hostesses on the field at our last game as students in Husky Stadium. UW routed Oregon State 45–16 in…
At 31, I realized too late that I was too old to be sitting in the student section during a Husky football game. As a younger student…
In 1992, Undergraduate Academic Affairs (originally named Office of Undergraduate Education) was created to steward the undergraduate experience at the University of Washington, ensuring that undergraduates could better access the benefits and opportunities of a large research institution.
During the school-year 1992 – 93 I was a visiting graduate student.I signed up for the FIUTS ski trip to Chrystal Mountain as both a driver and a ski – teacher.
This year, UW’s Award-winning U-PASS program celebrates 20 years of making it easier for UW commuters to leave their cars at home.
Since its 1991 launch, the U-PASS transportation program has been creating a culture of transit use and low impact commuting.
Some of the girls in my house (ADPi) and guys in a fraternity across the street (Psi U) fielded an IMA soccer team each fall and spring…
Two historic events of the 1990s changed student life at the University of Washington forever: the opening of branch campuses in Tacoma and Bothell and the emergence of the World Wide Web.
On October 1, 1990, UW Bothell opened with 155 juniors and seniors at the Canyon Park Business Center. The opening followed the Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 1989 selection of Bothell and Tacoma as branch campus locations for the University of Washington as a way to serve upper-division students coming out of community college.
Funding cuts in the early 1980’s had ended the University’s previous evening degree offerings, but in 1990 these programs were reintroduced. Adults who had at least 75 academic credits from another college or university – including community colleges – could […]
My college experience was truly unique – I had the best job around working in the UW Football office. The photo here is of the board in my…
Hans Dehmelt was the first active UW faculty member to win a Nobel Prize, sharing the prize in physics with two other researchers in 1989.
Dimitri Kieffer is trying to circle the globe under his own power—hiking across Asia, bicycling across North Africa, paddling across the Atlantic, etc. Don’t bet against him: he’s already walked from Alaska to Siberia across the not-entirely-frozen Bering Strait. He […]
Rebecca Nelson, ’88, was discussing potato diseases with a colleague when she received a phone call telling her that she’d received a 1998 MacArthur Fellowship, or “genius grant,” for—you guessed it—her work in combating potato blight. Photo courtesy of Rebecca […]
He was a postbac, taking Italian courses to improve the language he heard growing up but never fully mastered.I was an art history graduate student, working on my language proficiency requirement for a masters degree.
Since 1985, the UW’s Rome Center, based in the Palazzo Pio in the heart of Rome, has provided a unique home in Rome for undergraduate and…
A former director of sales for the Boeing Co., Scott Carson is given considerable credit for helping reverse the company’s bad fortunes. Now CEO of the commercial aircraft unit, he’s overseeing the production of the 787 Dreamliner. Photo courtesy of […]
In 1984, after twenty years known as Continuing Education, the name reverted back to University Extension. The Extension name would itself later be faded out during the last years of the century, eventually becoming University of Washington Educational Outreach and […]
PC-WRITE, written by Bob Wallace, ’78, was the first software program distributed for free with a proviso asking for a contribution. If the user sent back the fee, he or she would receive added features. Wallace dubbed the idea “shareware,” a concept that has spread worldwide with the birth of the Internet.
On graduation day, when the waterlogged mortarboard drooped over my eyes and I wiped away fat drops of Washington rain from my diploma, I wondered what my next chapter would be.
UW Biology Professor Dee Boersma knows her penguins: since 1982 she has directed the Magellanic Penguin Project at Punta Tombo, Argentina, in her role as a scientific fellow for the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Who’s that? That’s Pat, though you wouldn’t know by looking at the sparkling Julia Sweeney. Best known as the androgynous Pat on Saturday Night Live, Sweeney is responsible for the acclaimed one-person shows “God Said, ‘Ha!’” and “In The Family […]
The Washington State Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Program (MESA) provides enriching opportunities in mathematics, engineering and science for underrepresented students in grades K-12. It was formally started in 1982 it has consistently served students throughout the state and won awards […]
A well-known Seattle-area conservative, John Carlson raised his voice against what he considered an unfair quota system by pushing I-200 in 1997. The initiative, which passed overwhelmingly, eliminated affirmative action in UW admission policies. Photo courtesy of Fisher Radio Seattle. […]
Professor Emeritus Benjamin D. Hall has the kind of curiosity that drives basic science and leads to unexpected outcomes.
In 1981, the Department of Computer Science became part of the ARPANET, a research network established by the government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency. It was the predecessor to today’s Internet. In 1986, the UW connects to NSFNET, the next step […]
How many knew there was rollerskating at the UW? During my second year, I took a backwards rollerskating class at the IMA. I didn’t…
The eruption of Mount St.Helens on the morning of May 18, 1980, included an earthquake that collapsed one side of the mountain, a release of pressurized gases and pulverized rock that blew over or killed trees in 150 square miles of forest, and a cloud of volcanic ash five miles high that turned the sky dark as prevailing winds carried falling ash over Eastern Washington and states beyond.
Brigitte Grossrieder, a Violin Performance and Education double-major, has won the title of Miss Seafair, Queen of the Seas 1980-81! As a student of Professor Zigmundy from the UW School of Music, Miss Grossrieder worked to perfect her 3-minute piece, DeFalla’s Dance Espagnole, for the talent portion of the competition.
During the 1979-1980 academic year, 45,596 individual students attended the University of Washington, an increase of 5% compared to a decade before. During autumn quarter 1979 alone, 37,547 students were registered, as the University made efforts to cap enrollment on its single Seattle campus.
I got out of the Navy in Texas with my UW acceptance in hand and drove north. I was so excited to start this new phase of my life
When students at the University need health care, they often turn to the closest place available: Hall Health Center. Amid the clinics for primary care or exotic travel, they also can find the Rubenstein Memorial Pharmacy, which connects the early days of Seattle’s history with its present and future.
As an unknown 23-year-old computer designer and engineer, Tim Paterson wrote what became known as the original MS-DOS—the most widely used computer operating system in the 1980s. Photo courtesy of Tim Paterson. This alumni profile is excerpted from the “Our […]
Initially established with a grant in 1971, the School of Nursing’s Continuing Nursing Education unit became self-sustaining and nationally-accredited by the ANA in 1978. With exceptional faculty, staff and student involvement over the past four decades, the UWCNE program has […]
Barbara A. Krohn was the first woman publisher of the UW Daily, starting in that position in 1977 and retiring in 1991. She started her…
After disclosing she was a lesbian, Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer was discharged from the National Guard. She fought back with a lawsuit and in 1994 a Seattle judge ruled the ban on homosexuals in the military unconstitutional. Her memoir, Serving in […]
His brilliantly colorful and stunningly composed nature photographs have appeared in major magazines, in dozens of books and on two U.S. postage stamps. Fans can catch up with him on his new public television series, Travels to the Edge with […]
The Pablo O’Higgins mural “The Struggle Against Racial Discrimination,” now hanging in UW’s Kane Hall, was painted in 1945 for the Seattle Ship Scaler’s Union. The mural was later donated to the University of Washington, and after a campaign led […]
I was here!
I moved here to be closer to the UW Daily office, because by this time I was managing editor of the school newspaper. I had a single room…
Before there was MS-DOS, there was CP/M and QDOS.
Part of the Pixar founding team and now its chief scientist, Loren Carpenter celebrated an Academy Award win in 2000 for advancements in motion picture rendering by Pixar’s RenderMan software. He helped develop the software, which made possible the stunning […]
UW Professors David Smith and Ann Streissguth and student Kenneth Jones published the first definition of fetal alcohol syndrome and its characteristic physical and behavior features. They also created new screening methods for the condition.
“Title IX” is a shorthand expression referring to federal legislation in 1972 that outlawed discrimination based on sex under “any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” While athletics were not specified in the legislation, Title IX is widely credited for increased support for and recognition of women athletes.
Managed by UW Botanic Gardens, the Union Bay Natural Area is a public wildlife area, natural restoration laboratory and significant habitat next to Lake Washington.
In front of the camera, Weller is the host of A&E’s Top 10, and formerly co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight. Behind the camera he’s partner/executive producer of Weller/Grossman Productions, the company responsible for bringing reality and documentary shows to life for […]
Jacob Lawrence was already a famous artist when he joined the UW faculty in 1971, after he and his wife, the artist Gwendolyn Knight, moved to Seattle.
In the 1960s, “urban renewal” usually meant tearing down old buildings to make way for new ones. Several of Seattle’s beloved landmarks, including Pioneer Square and the Pike Place Market, almost became victims of that trend.
The chance to design an addition to Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art drew interest from some of America’s top architects, but the contract ultimately went to the one who “broke all the rules.” Named “America’s Best Architect” by Time […]
“Today’s Students Demand Changes” was a bold headline, and a constant theme, of the 1970 TYEE yearbook.
Every year on a weekend in May, University Way is crowded with merchants, food vendors, artists, and many others that comprise the famous University District Street Fair, which is the longest-running event of its kind in the U.S.
People across the country take for granted that when they can call 911 in the event of a medical emergency, they receive care within minutes from firefighters or specially trained medics. That wasn’t always the case.
In the early 1970s, the Educational Opportunity Program Counseling (EOP), Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC) &Theatre, and the Instructional Center were created to serve new populations of students coming to the UW. EOP counselors assist students with academic, financial, and personal […]
I started at UW thinking I wanted to study Oceanography, but that first year of science and math was not really want I wanted to do. The Introduction to Economics course was taught by the chair of the department that […]
Born and raised in Lebanon, Fouad Ajami is a professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a prominent public intellectual. He writes on Middle Eastern affairs for the Wall Street Journal and other publications, and has served […]
Christine Gregoire was the first woman to be elected attorney general in Washington and served three terms, notably winning a $4.5 billion share for the state in a tobacco settlement. In 2004, she became Washington’s second female governor. Photo by […]
Charles Odegaard kept his May 1968 promise to the Black Student Union, creating a new program to recruit and support underrepresented minority students to the UW.
An investigative reporter for the Seattle P-I who knows how to follow the money, the smoke and the oil slick, Nalder has received two Pulitzers. He exposed dangerous flaws in the regulation of oil tankers, the misuse of HUD funds […]
In 1968, using money from a Mothers Club rummage sale, Lakeside School set up an ASR-33 Teletype terminal for the school computer club. An eighth grader named Bill Gates used the terminal for his first experience in mainframe programming. The […]
As head of education programs for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Shirley Malcom helps improve public understanding of science, especially among underrepresented groups. In 2003, she received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of […]
In 1972, Maestas helped lead a peaceful occupation of the abandoned Beacon Hill Elementary School, protesting cuts to basic education at South Seattle Community College. Today his organization—El Centro de la Raza—owns the building, from which it provides services like […]
After 15 years in existence since the early 1950’s, the University’s radio station, 94.9 KUOW FM, was added to the Continuing Education Division in 1966. It remained part of this division until 1980, managed along with other diverse offerings for […]
UW students aiming for careers in real estate can follow in the footsteps of former Regent Runstad, thanks to the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, which he and his wife Judy, […]
Notorious for her unauthorized biographies of the world’s most powerful people, Kitty Kelley has written about the Bush family, the British monarchy, Nancy Reagan and Jackie O. Photo by Ira Schwarz. This alumni profile is excerpted from the “Our Wondrous […]
After 17 years as head of Adult Education, Lloyd Schram was named Dean of Continuing Education. The promotion was part of a wider reorganization of University Extension offerings as “Continuing Education,” and also recognition of the increased significance of the […]
It was a Friday morning, shortly after 10:00AM. I was in the midst of a Power Distribution Systems class in the basement of the Electrical Engineering Building on lower campus.
The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909 brought the world’s attention to the UW and the region’s ties to countries around the Pacific Rim. A century later, “globalization” is commonly used to describe the changing world of business, government and culture.
Rainier Vista, which provides a view of the majestic mountain from the heart of the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, was created…
The University Honors Program was established as an “experimental” program in the College of Arts & Sciences in 1961 to provide the University’s most academically motivated students with a learning environment connecting them to the increased academic challenge they sought.
Colwell was the first female director of the National Science Foundation. In 2007, President Bush awarded her the National Medal of Science for her research on marine microbes and the links between environmental and human health. Photo by Jon Marmor. […]
Student life at the UW in the 1960s was shaped by many national trends, one of the most important of which was the fight for civil rights and racial equality.
In 1964, four years into his career, Japanese deregulation proponent Miyauchi and 12 colleagues founded ORIX Corporation. Under his leadership it has grown to an $8 billion conglomerate with 15,000 employees. In 2005 Miyauchi appeared on the cover of Forbes […]
In getting to classes at UW back in the 1960s I parked north of the campus and entered on the pathway just west of Denny Field.I walked by this popular recreational field every single day and never had a clue as to its amazingly rich history.
During the 1959-1960 academic year, 23,336 individual students attended the University of Washington an increase of 12% compared to a decade before. During autumn quarter 1959 alone, 16,882 students were registered, nearly the same number as a decade earlier.
One of the great virtuosos of American music, William Bolcom is equally comfortable composing symphonies, chamber music, cabaret and ragtime. His many honors include a Pulitzer, the National Medal of Arts, three Grammys and the UW’s Alumnus of the Year […]
The “father of bioengineering,” Wayne Quinton collaborated with physicians to create more than 30 innovative medical devices. One in particular—a shunt that made long-term dialysis therapy possible for patients who had lost their kidney function—has saved millions of lives. He […]
My father taught General Engineering at the U from around 1955 to 1969 or so. One of my earlier memories is of walking with him down Smith Lane, collecting chestnuts and putting them into the back of my new red and white toy Ford station wagon.
Flash forward to 1982, and I am a MBA candidate, slaving away in study groups, doing HBR cases, and learning the language of business.
An electrical engineer, alumnus Siegfried Hansen, ’33, came up with the hard spacesuit NASA has used in space missions. He is called the father of E.V.A. (extravehicular activity).
Living in the dorms at UW was a great experience. It was pretty noisy, though. I eventually moved along with two other fellows to a quieter location off campus.
In 1952, Henry Schmitz began his six-year tenure as president of the University, having been the first alumnus of the University to hold the position.
His sport was football, but his specialty was the 100-yard dash. Hugh McElhenny is the only player in UW history to record touchdown runs of over 90 yards as a punt returner, a kickoff returner and a rusher from scrimmage. […]
You might say former U.S. Speaker of the House Tim Foley is a Spokane man—he was born and raised there, and represented the 5th District of Eastern Washington for 30 years in Congress. But he earned his bachelor’s and law […]
The 1950s were a time of tremendous energy at the University of Washington, with new buildings going up, new programs like the School of Medicine, and a new emphasis on research and graduate education, encouraged by both federal and state dollars.
A Husky defensive back, Don Coryell went on to become a genius on the offensive side of the football. As head coach of the San Diego Chargers, he devised the “Air Coryell” passing system. A pioneer of the I-formation offense, […]
On July 9, 1949, Governor Arthur Langlie presided over the dedication of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Jack Hatlen graduated with the UW’s first class of Sanitary Science majors in 1949, and joined his classmate, John Fish, at Seattle-King County Public Health
Power Lunch: Democrat Rice (right), Seattle’s first and only African American mayor, takes a coffee break in the HUB with Republican Evans, Washington’s beloved former governor and U.S. senator. Rice is currently Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Daniel J. Evans School […]
George Tsutakawa’s life is intimately bound up with the Pacific Northwest and the University of Washington.
One day Petersen, then president and soon to be CEO of the Ford Motor Company, asked some designers if they were proud of that year’s models. They said no, and the resulting mandate—Petersen told designers to work only on cars […]
World War II created both increased demands and desire for adult education. When the war ended, the University of Washington created a new Division of Adult Education and Extension Services to coordinate and expand these opportunities. The Division, headed by […]
Working with the U.S. Navy to come up with a more reliable exploder for torpedoes, UW Physicist Joe Henderson created the Mark 9 Torpedo Exploder in 1945, a significant improvement that would only detonate when it was under the keel of the target ship.
The GI Bill—officially called the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944—offered educational and housing benefits to veterans returning from World War II that transformed not only the veterans’ lives but also higher education institutions like the University of Washington.
In response to the development of the atomic bomb in World War II and its effect on fisheries, UW Professor Lauren Donaldson was ordered by the Manhattan Engineering District of the U.S.
Like the rest of America, the UW was greatly affected by World War II.
During the 1939-1940 academic year, 15,115 individual students attended the University of Washington, an increase of 37% compared to a decade before. During Autumn Quarter 1939 alone, 10,662 students were registered.
University of Washington, Office of the Registrar, Yearly Statistical Report 1979-1980.
The UW had become well known for the success of its rowing programs over several decades, but in 1936 the Husky varsity crew proved to be the best in the world.
In a modest brick building on the UW Seattle campus, wind speeds can reach up to 250 miles per hour. The Kirsten Wind Tunnel, built in 1936, is the second wind tunnel built on the UW campus.
Radio was still a relatively new technology in the 1930s, but it quickly found a place as a tool for education, extending the classroom and providing increased access. The University of Washington began presenting talks by radio in 1934, and […]
Blind alumnus Robert Irwin, 1906, was the force behind the creation of the “talking book,” which allowed the visually impaired to “read” a book by playing records of spoken text
Maud Walker Ames and her husband Edwin Gardner Ames created a unique legacy at the University through a gift made in several stages during the 1930s.
After seeing couples “spooning” in the shadows of the Columns one spring evening in 1929, University president Matthew Lyle Spencer banned kissing on campus.
The University of Washington faculty was not well known for its scholarship when, in 1928, the first national recognition came to a faculty member: Vernon Louis Parrington.
The Suzzallo Library, named after former UW President Henry Suzzallo, opened in 1926. The president, who was instrumental in planning the library starting in 1922, envisioned it to be “the soul of the university.”
Collegiate football began on the East Coast, and the first collegiate game is credited as happening November 6, 1869, when Rutgers beat Princeton.The University of Washington played its first collegiate opponent—Stanford—on December 29, 1893, losing 40-0 before 600 spectators in West Seattle.
Washington’s athletic teams had been called the Sun Dodgers since 1919, but a lot of people thought that didn’t do much for the school’s—or the region’s—image.
A student-run athletic association managed sports activities in the 1890s, but as the University and the athletics program grew so did the need for funds.
The United States officially entered what would become known as World War I on April 6, 1917.
On June 15, 1916, William E.Boeing piloted the Bluebill, the first plane he helped to build.
The School of Business was established in 1914 and is the second-oldest institution of management education on the West Coast.
The Sylvan Theater, a tree-enclosed hideaway southeast of Drumheller Fountain, contains four white columns, preserved from the original Territorial University building when it was torn down in 1911.
A British boat builder and crew racer, George Pocock came to the U.S. and built floatplane pontoons for Boeing. He returned to his first love, boat building, when he joined the UW and built the shell that the then-unknown UW crew team used to win a national championship.
A group of civic leaders, including Professor Edmond Meany, organized Seattle’s first world’s fair, the Alaska-Yukon Pacific Exposition, held on the UW campus from June to October 1909.
During the 1909-1910 academic year, 2,156 individual students attended the University of Washington, four times as many as a decade before. There were no longer any preparatory students taking pre-collegiate courses.
The Woman’s Building (now Cunningham Hall) opened as part of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, the first building built for women in the State of Washington. Its purpose was to exhibit the work of local women artists and to provide hospitality to […]
Although many people know that the original site of the Territorial University was 10 acres of what is now downtown Seattle, fewer know that the University still owns the land, which is now crowded with tall buildings.
Henry K.Benson came to the UW in 1904 as assistant professor of chemistry during a time when Washington state’s economy was still based on natural resources—timber, mining, fishing and agriculture.
The first UW Summer Quarter was held in 1904 (known as Summer Session at the time), at the urging of the State Teacher’s Association and others who felt need for increased access to education. Initially summer classes targeted teachers and […]
In 1901, Swedish immigrant John W.Nordstrom and his friend Carl Wallin went into the shoe business and opened the first Nordstrom location in downtown Seattle in 1901.
Student life in the early years of the University repeatedly showed the influence of the native peoples who lived in the area. Chief Seattle, for whom the new city was named, died in 1866, five years after the Territorial University’s founding, and early settlers were dependent for years on help from the local tribes.
Among many characteristics that made John T.Condon an outstanding choice to found the UW Law School in 1899 was the fact that he was born in Washington Territory (in 1863) and attended the Territorial University for part of his pre-college education.
Sigma Nu was the first national fraternity to have a chapter at the University of Washington: the Gamma Chi chapter was founded in 1896…
Keeping a growing student body away from the evils of city life was one reason the University’s Board of Regents asked the state legislature to authorize moving the University to a site larger than the original 10 acres.
My grandmother, Helen Mae Anthony, was in the group of the first 13 to graduate from the current campus in 1894 and took a street car from 7th and Pine, where her father was Seattle’s first bookbinder, to the Montlake […]
On June 6, 1889, a man named John E.Back caused a fire in the basement of a downtown building that would spread and become known as Seattle’s Great Fire.
The University of Washington Alumni Association was founded in 1889, when the Territorial University had 60 living alumni. They wanted to have a way to stay connected and support the University.
The Territorial University was plagued with financial and administrative problems, closing four times in its first 15 years (in 1863, 1867-69, 1874 and again in 1876 after granting its first bachelor’s degree, to Clara McCarty).
Clara McCarty became the first student to receive a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in 1876.
In a remarkable and history-changing act of generosity, Arthur and Mary Denny, Charles and Mary Terry and Edward Lander in April of 1861 deeded 10 acres overlooking Elliott Bay that would be used to establish the first University of Washington campus.
On January 22, 1855, Chief Si’ahl of the Duwamish, along with other chiefs and delegates of tribes, bands, and villages in the Puget Sound region, and Isaac Stevens (1818-1862), Governor of Washington Territory, signed the Point Elliott Treaty. Through the […]
After a year of traveling, William Clark and Meriwether Lewis entered what would become the state of Washington on October 10, 1805.
The University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity’s (OMA&D) new Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC) will be named in honor of the late Dr. Samuel E. Kelly, the founding vice president for the department and a pioneer for diversity […]
Great experience, great job, great knowledge, great university, thank you teachers, one of my best experience in dental educational.
Sports Editor Taylor Soper traveled to San Diego to the Holiday Bowl to watch the UW Huskies win.
Time: Apr 14, 2011 5:34 PMPlace: Kane Hall, Seattle Go to the intersection of Apr 14, 2011 5:34 PM & Kane Hall, Seattle
This was the first day of my internship at UW Marketing. This photo is a historical documentation of the desk at which I was busy at work…
Early detection of the HIV-1 virus in infants in Africa is a pressing global health concern but current testing tools are too expensive. A…
The women’s softball team keeps on winning – with a 23-2 record. Husky freshman pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby (Portland, Oregon) was named the…
folks had some very nice things to say…can you see me blushing through the screen? Every year, the University of Washington honors the…
The University of Washington campus is not being maintained the way it once was. I can see it when I walk to and from my car on those rare…
Time: May 19, 2011 6:50 PMPlace: 1801-1807 E Hamlin St, Seattle, WA 98112, USA Go to the intersection of May 19, 2011 6:50 PM & 1801-1807 E Hamlin St, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
The Daily students got new(er) chairs today, thanks to Intersect!
Student gets a birds-eye view from a tree branch on this stunning Spring day! Not too sure how much study got done though!
Ah, the things you learn. Sorry!
I was here!
Am trying out a little ‘then and now’ project with some photos from our Special Collections Campus Photo Collection. These are rough tests…
The School of Nursing again was again ranked first among nursing schools in the country, according to rankings of 464 schools of nursing provided in March 2011 by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Nursing has the distinction […]
I treasure my education at the U Dub. Great professors!
Inspiring surroundings, challenging requirements all
add up to effective preparation for a successful business
Now semi retired, sold my commercial mortgage banking business in 2008….(Whew!), living in Santa Barbara……..Five daughters, ten grandchildren..
Trying to discover what one great passion to give my life to has been a personal struggle for me; should I be a doctor? –A research scientist? –An Ecologist perhaps? It wasn’t until coming to UW Bothell and becoming part of the closest, most challenging, and most enriching community of learning I have ever experience, that I could find my passion for sustainability and environmental conservation.
I was 8 years old when I attended my first UW football game back in 1961. We had seats in the (then) Tyee section So.side upper deck, compliments of my step-father who was a UW track and field star in the early 1930’s.
I was in Joe Butwin’s Bible as liturature class and he asked me if faith was simple. I said, “yes.” He answered, “That’s the right answer.”….
In the face of rising cost of tuition and other higher education expenses, Ty Edwards, ASUW-Bothell’s Director of Student Advocacy and co-founder James Liu, initiated a program, Husky Packs, for members of the surrounding community. Husky Packs serves both the […]
A story collected from Dr. Wasser’s Celebrate Conservation Canines event on July 22, 2010. Dr. Samuel Wasser uses trained dogs to sniff out…
It’s official! I finally graduated from the University of Washington. Specialty? Journalism and political science. Next? Grad school at The…
Daily made us what we are, let us be who we wanted Published in The Daily on June 4, 2010 By Christian Caple First, you need to know who I…
I took my 5th graders to visit the UW campus. All year we had an ongoing discussion about what college is all about and how to prepare for…
The Daily’s Double Shot created a time-lapse of the Dawg Pack for the game covered by ESPN. This year, 2011, The Daily will be providing…
A very small sampling. Actually, these are more properly called “hailmen” as they are built from a two inch dumping of hail the hill…
The UW’s Master of Communication of Digital Media (MCDM), in collaboration with the Seattle Public Library and City Club present: Open…
Today, Jason, David, Moni (not pictured) and I headed to the UW campus. Since moving to the Seattle area more than 20 years ago, I’ve…
This morning I had an appointment at the health center at the University of Washington, so I had a chance to walk around the campus. It was…
This new program from UWTV and the Master of Communication in Digital Media is hosted by award-winning TV correspondent and UW Professor…
It was great to see old friends at the Big W tailgate. Pete finally got to meet Shane, Mike, Tommie, T-Red, Rich and a bunch of the other…
Battling childhood dental disease through early intervention and other innovative approaches, The Center for Pediatric Dentistry is a collaboration between the School of Dentistry and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Hanson Hosein, assistant professor of communication, defies categorization. He heads the UW’s Masters of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) program, hosts a UWTV series, is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker, holds law degrees from two countries, and was once a television news producer for NBC News.
In October 2010, Drs. Jay Rubinstein and James Philips, UW otolaryngologist, introduced the first implantable device that could help patients with Ménière’s disease, a condition believed to be an inner ear problem that causes vertigo, hearing loss, and ringing and pressure in the ear, restore their balance.
My husband and I met on campus in 2002 as Sophomores.He was tall, lanky and quiet from Hyderabad.I was short, expressive and loud from Gujarat.It took another year before we realized that we may actually have something there between the two of us.
I knew I always wanted to go to the University of Washington, that is where my father went, therefore as a little girl that was my dream. When it was time for me to go to college, I did not do as well as I should have to go to a school like the UW.
Each year, the Q Faculty and Staff organization (QFSUW), founded to build and facilitate academic and social community for faculty and staff, organizes UW’s participation in the Seattle Pride Parade in June. In 2011, the Q Center organized a committee […]
Twenty-two dancers converged on the UW Aug. 9-14, 2010. five of them in wheelchairs. The occasion was the Integrated Dance Summer Intensive, and the aim was to share processes whereby dance can be made more accessible to those with disabilities. The […]
Just a couple weeks before giving birth to Julia, I graduated from the Evans School of Public Affairs with the best cohort ever!
Karen E. Fisher promoted to full professor Dr. Fisher joined the iSchool in 1999 after two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University…
By Ann Beckmann It’s remarkable how couples meet and somehow things connect. Similar interests, values, smarts and looks are typically part…
The UW became the pilot site for the first compostable paper cup developed for Coca-Cola soft drinks in 2009.
Each summer, the Burke Museum offers a week-long program called Girls in Science for teenage girls entering 7th through 9th grades.
Many individuals and departments at the UW have engaged in human rights activities and scholarship over decades, but efforts have always been decentralized.
Sunny afternoons inspire some Seattleites to leave work early. They inspire David Ginger to work harder.
In 2009, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s opened a sports concussion program for teen and adult athletes.
In 2009, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy honored a group of eight UW pharmacy students with one of its first-ever Student Community Engaged Service Awards.
The award — which carries an $18,500 prize with it — recognized student-led community outreach projects that encourage service learning.
On September 20, 2009 it was a chilly afternoon at Husky Stadium and the Dawgs were taking on the Trojans for the first time under coach Sarkisian.I was late to the game because of a babysitting job so could not squeeze in with my friends in the roaring dawg pack but found a seat on the aisle near the band.
In Fall 2009 the University of Washington College of Engineering reached a female faculty rate of 20.5% while the national rate plateaus at 12.7%. Since the initiation of UW ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change in 2001, the percentage of women […]
Jordy LOVES this Husky hat…kept wearing it around the house at only 7 months old. :–)
Since I worked in the office, I was able to bring my family down early. Jordy got to meet the guys and is pictured here with Jake Locker…
By Ann Beckmann Trust is tricky business when it comes to elections. After Florida’s hanging chads became a household cliché in the 2000…
I joined the UW Men’s Glee Club in the second quarter of its reincarnated life. The group was founded in 1895 and was in continuous…
In 2008, UW researchers began working with local Native American tribes to develop locally produced bioenergy.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama visited campus on April 14th, 2008, as a special convocation that was part of his five-day trip to Seattle…
In 2007, when UW pharmacy students were called upon to help with a hypertension-awareness initiative at Seattle Seahawks games, the students were more than happy to heed that call.
A 56-year search for a new location that could house the many diverse programs and functions involved in lifelong learning finally ended in 2008, when UW Professional & Continuing Education moved into the UW Tower at 45th and Brooklyn, previously […]
Phillip Endicott is no stranger to the Seattle-area arts and culture scene, having held strategic jobs with successful endeavors including…
Launched in 2007, the Husky Promise is a guarantee to students of Washington state residency that financial challenges will not prevent them from achieving a degree at UW.
Latino musicians have had a profound influence on popular music in the United States, including jazz, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and hip-hop.
A tennis prodigy as a youth, Yoky Matsuoka turned to the emerging field of neurobotics when an injury ended her tennis dreams.
While bedside “learning” has long been part of the School of Nursing’s curriculum, in 2007 the School launched a redesigned, state of the art Center for Excellence in Nursing Education. This “lab” enables students to experience hands-on patient interactions through […]
In 2007, with funding from the Bernard Osher Foundation, UW Educational Outreach opened the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning. The institute provides affordable education to those over 50 on a membership basis. In five years the institute has grown to […]
iSchool community seeks to increase understanding of the Middle East and improve learning environments for people in need throughout the…
“The School ought to be a prototype, test-bed and model of innovative thinking and leading-edge practice in information.” Harry Bruce, who…
iSchool helps launch Communities Connect Network to enhance community techno Many diverse organizations across Washington state share an…
(Continued from Part 2) And now begins the Seattle segment of our program. As a graduate student at the University of Washington, I taught…
Not the most desired way to spend your summer but it actually was really nice to absorb the beauty of the campus while taking some needed or fun classes you wouldn’t be able to fit during a quarter!
Here’s a picture of some friends and I out on Lake Washington with canoes with rented from the WAC.
After struggling to find a job in nonprofit out of college, I finally landed a temp gig in the College of Engineering’s marketing…
Fall is always an exiting time for me. The academic year starts, and I get the chance to welcome new faculty and staff and see student…
Mike Crandall has seen the growth of his field and the Information School from both sides now. A 1986 University of Washington graduate in…
Jerry Franklin has been a researcher for the Forest Service as well as various academic institutions since 1959. He has mentored more than 40 students, given hundreds of seminars, and authored approximately 450 papers.
UW Regent William H.Gates, Sr.(BA ’49, JD ’50) was surprised with an unusual gift in honor of his 80th birthday in 2005. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave the School of Law $33.3 million for scholarships that will allow hundreds of talented students to pursue careers in public service law without worrying about paying off thousands of dollars in debt that law students normally accrue.
ISIS (The Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies) was established in 2005 in response to the need for a centralized interdisciplinary center for simulation training at the UW.
During the 2000s, the UW led the way in demonstrating the potential for delivering high definition video over the Internet for education and research purposes. An example was the HDTV broadcast of ocean floor research by the Visions 2005 research […]
In academic year 2005-2006, UW Tacoma established the Diversity Resource Center UWT campus with funding from the Presidents’ Diversity Appraisal Fund. In 2006 the campus also hosted the Power Of One Conference, a northwest student leadership conference designed to […]
More than 30 years after starting my degree program at the University of Washington, I finished it on December 17, 2004. I’d been two…
We had to do this fashion walk for the new homosexual fraternity on campus and one person had an outfit completely handmade out of trash…
The University of Washington’s commitment to building and maintaining a diverse faculty was substantiated by the creation of the Diversity Research Institute (DRI). Founded by the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity in 2004, the DRI develops a community of […]
Candis joined a sorority
In recent years, Congress has enacted several laws that narrow the scope of various constitutional rights. But none has produced more…
Bill Holm first encountered Northwest Coast Art as a teenager, when his mother took him to the Washington State Museum on the University of Washington campus.
In 2003, UW Computer Science & Engineering Professor Oren Etzioni grew frustrated at the unpredictably (and seemingly arbitrarily) fluctuating prices of airline tickets.
The Information School was home to a remarkable group of students during the 2001/02 academic year. The School congratulates them…
Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission (UGM) is well known for its work with the urban homeless population, but the public isn’t as aware of UGM’s…
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks shocked and saddened us all. But as recovery began, the world sought information to explain what had…
Soon after the International Training and Education Center on HIV was founded in 2002, it quickly grew to more than 600 employees working in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
In 2002, the Center for Curriculum Transformation hosted a national conference, funded by the Ford Foundation, to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Project leaders from around the county convened to explore how both individual work and collaborations among faculty members, students, and […]
On February 28, 2001, the 6.8-magnitude Nisqually earthquake shook much of Western Washington.
UW genetics professor Leland (Lee) Hartwell was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his basic research on cell division.
Hope, a special canine mascot at the UW, is safely back at home after wandering alone in the wilds for two days last month. Named by low-income, disadvantaged middle school students enrolled in the GEAR UP program when they were […]
Information technology changed so rapidly in the first decade of the twenty-first century that a whole new language seemed to emerge: podcast, blog, Twitter, Skype, YouTube, and Facebook became part of the educational experience at the UW and on college campuses across the country.
Back in the summer of 2000, President McCormick blessed the formation of an all campus welcome week that involved students, faculty and staff better known as Dawg Daze.
It’s always exciting o be part of Husky history, In this case, I got to witness the last game in Hec Ed as we knew it before the awesome…
During the 1999-2000 academic year, the University had three campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. During Autumn Quarter 1999, 37,541 students were registered on the Seattle campus, an increase of 13% compared to autumn quarter of 1989.
Thanks to the technology investment company he started as a freshman at the UW, James Sun had over $2 million in the bank by the time he graduated. In the years since, he has founded the networking site Zoodango.com and […]
Using UW-developed software, UW engineers conducted the first high definition television (HDTV) broadcast over the Internet, sending live studio quality HDTV both ways simultaneously between Seattle and a convention of the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas, for a […]
One of my first courses at UW was a Dept. of Communication course about women and minorities portrayals in media/advertising, taught by…
A grand celebration welcomed students, faculty and staff to UW Tacoma’s permanent campus in 1997. So much attention was showered on the new campus, including significant coverage in the News Tribune, many thought the campus opened that year rather than 1990 when UW Tacoma opened with 176 students in leased space.
I wrote a little poem to encourage my teacher John Davis to give the students a pre-final cheat sheet in his Psychology class:
‘Twas the end of the quarter and all through Arc Hall, the students were whining for the best grade of all.
When UW president Richard L.McCormick began his search for a new engineering dean, he knew he wanted a pioneering leader who understood that success in research and education included a focus on diversity.
Launched in 1995, Amazon.com is considered the pioneer of online retailing. While it started primarily as a book retailer, it is now well known for selling a huge array of items, from groceries to strollers.
Since 1994, the website EthnoMed has served as a source of information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other topics relating to the health care of individuals from a wide range of countries and cultures in the United States.
Working in the football office through college I made several lifetime friends. I’m pictured here with two of them, Lawyer Milloy and Shane…
The University of Washington began its first university-wide major fund drive on July 1, 1987, with a goal of raising $250 million in five years, half of it for endowment.
UW researchers David Engel, Joseph Miller and Roy Martin helped entrepreneur David Giuliani make the first sonic toothbrush, whose bristle tips move 100 times faster than you can brush manually. The cleaning action also directs fluids deep between teeth and below the gumline to remove plaque and prevent gum disease.
Originally developed to replace a mainframe mail system serving a few hundred UW administrators, Pine became one of the most important productivity tools on the Internet, eventually used by tens of millions of people at thousands of institutions (educational, government, […]
Not all UW students were youngsters.I and many of the students in our graduate class at the School of Social Work were middle aged.Going to school was an adventure for us.
One of the greatest experiences at college was being part of a sorority, especially coming to a large school where I knew no one. I’m…
Charles Johnson joined the UW English department in 1976 with an unusual background in both creative writing (his novel Faith and the Good Thing had been widely praised) and philosophy (the field of his doctoral study).
UW Tacoma opened with 176 students in the fall of 1990, one of five new campuses established across the state in population centers to expand access to higher education.
Sororities have a systemwide event called “Presentation Night” in which your families can come through and meet your new sisters / see your…
The Art Building held a cool coffee shop in the basement. This was before coffee shops were considered cool. I can still smell the mixture…
Created in 1989 to help fight the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, the UW Center for AIDS and STD is one of the world’s leading AIDS and STD research and training institutions.
During the Spring Quarter of 1989, when I was still a freshman at the UW, I received a survey in the mail from a local School Use Advisory Committee concerning the closure of the University Heights Elementary School.
In 1987, the UW first established the television station “Cablearn” through the Continuing Education Department. In the summer of 1994, the station was officially renamed UWTV.
The Different Voices Institute, a project of the Northwest Center for Research on Women (NWCROW) directed by Angela Ginorio (currently in the department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies), launched a commitment to curriculum transformation at UW that has lasted […]
As the heavy-riffing lead guitarist for Soundgarden, Kim Thayil (right) ruled the Seattle music scene at a time—the 1990s—when Seattle music seemed to rule the world. As the furious-fingered turntablist for Blue Scholars and Common Market, “Sabzi” is the hottest […]
In 1985, Paralegal Studies became the very first certificate program offered by what was then called University Extension. Designed by current University of Washington Educational Outreach Vice Provost David Szatmary, this program was quickly followed by other certificates such as […]
Administration of the University’s English Language Programs was moved under UW Extension in 1984. Trish Delamere was appointed to lead English as a Secondary Language, and the first teaching appointments were made in winter quarter, 1984. Today, these courses are […]
As chairman of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in Sequim, Allen works to ensure the sovereignty and economic vitality of his people. He has led the tribe from zero revenue to a $6 million annual operating budget and expanded a landless […]
In October 1983, Richard Lorenzen became the fourth leader of lifelong learning and educational outreach programs in eight years, taking over from Aldon Bell. Lorenzen was Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences before moving to Continuing Education, as […]
MacLachlan studied drama at the UW, and he must have studied well. Not long after graduating, he starred in the films Dune and Blue Velvet. A Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy nominee, he can now be seen playing mysterious […]
A former door-to-door salesman, Mike Luckovich today is one of the premier (and funniest) cartoonists in all of journalism. He’s captured two Pulitzer Prizes (1995 and 2006) for his work in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and is syndicated nationally in 150 […]
Lawyers need libraries, and the UW’s law library is one of the best in the nation.
Seattle is a famously literate city, and here are three reasons why. Cross (right) is the best-selling biographer of Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. Doig (center), whose books include The Whistling Season and Prairie Nocturne, is perhaps the dean of […]
Robb Weller, ’72, a former UW yell leader, and Bill Bissell, the Husky Marching Band director, came up with the idea for the Wave in 1981, and it caught on as a staple in sports stadiums nationwide.
1981 saw the launch of UW in the High School, administered by what is now known as UW Professional & Continuing Education. From humble beginnings, the program today provides opportunities for high school students at partner schools to earn as […]
The eruption of Mount St. Helens on the morning of May 18, 1980, included an earthquake that collapsed one side of the mountain, a release…
Since 1969, the Board of Regents has invited one representative from the Associated Students of the University of Washington and one from the Graduate and Professional Student Senate to sit at Regents’ meetings.
High schoolers these days are so accustomed to essay exams, they can probably take them in their sleep. In my day, we didn’t have many of…
Physician Jill Seaman has spent her adult life battling epidemics in Sudan, personally dealing with, by one doctor’s estimate, more than 10,000 cases of the deadly parasitic disease kala-azar. She’s currently fighting tuberculosis through the Sudan TB Project. Photo by […]
I love UW………………………..
The Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) was established at the UW in 1978 as a cooperative institute between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University.
For 10 years, David Guterson got up early to work on his novel before heading off to teach at Bainbridge High School. The effort paid off. Snow Falling on Cedars spent 87 weeks on the best-seller list and was made […]
The day before I started my UW adventure I watched the Huskies beat Michigan in the Rose Bowl with Warren Moon at quarterback. Thus I began my big adventure at the college of my dreams..
As personal computers have become ubiquitous, so has Jeremy Jaech. He has been involved in creating and running some of the most important software companies in the world: Aldus, Visio, RealNetworks and Trumba. Photographed in Odegaard Library by Kathy Sauber. […]
Back in 1976 we were honored to be a part of the Pacific conference History. Husky thorwers Borys Chambul (Discus), Rod Ewaliko (Javelin), Russ Vincent (Shot Put), and Scott Nielson ( Hammer) each won Pac-8 Titles.
A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, editorial cartoonist David Horsey has entertained, enlightened and sometimes outraged readers of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and 450 other newspapers. He got his start when The Daily staff elected him as editor in 1974, the first […]
July 1, 1975 marked the end of an era for what is known today as UW Professional & Continuing Education, with the retirement of Lloyd Schram. He had led the Extension division since 1947, steering it through a period of […]
I shared this rental house with four other UW Daily staffers: Dave Horsey, Charlie Gay, Larry Maloney, Jack Kerstad. Dave and I had…
Since 1974, the School of Dentistry’s DECOD program (Dental Education in Care of People with Disabilities) has provided oral care to people with both developmental and acquired disabilities.
Frustrated that she “had to get a San Francisco newspaper to get any Chinese news,” Ng founded the Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly newspapers in the early 1980s. These publications, together with her tireless volunteerism, make Ng an […]
Upon returning to my dorm room after a summer at my parent’s home, my first task was to set up my waterbed. But I couldn’t find the…
My roommate, Glenn, was a pleasant fellow but he rarely left the dorm room except to attend class, and so I never had privacy. The…
In February 1972, the Seattle King County Public Health Department STD Clinic opened at Harborview Medical Center, starting the first of what would be many collaborative projects between the UW and Public Health – Seattle & King County.
Colella didn’t walk on water—although that would’ve helped explain some of her achievements in the pool. She won 10 national championships, along with a silver in the 200 butterfly at the 1972 Olympics—the first Olympic medal ever won by a […]
Giovanni Costigan taught history with a scholarly passion that made him a legend not only at the UW, but also throughout the Northwest. He…
The first Starbucks Coffee shop opened in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in April 1971, becoming an instant success, well known for selling high-quality coffee, dark-roasted in small batches.
In 1968, a young social activist named Larry Gossett was arrested during a sit-in and locked in a jail cell on the 12th floor of the King County Courthouse. That part of the building now houses Gossett’s own office—he’s chair […]
Quarterback Sonny Sixkiller not only helped turn around a 1-9 Husky team, he became an inspiration for Native Americans—and aspiring QBs—all over the country. He led the nation in passing in 1970, made the cover of Sports Illustrated, appeared in […]
Giovanni Costigan taught history with a scholarly passion that made him a legend not only at the UW, but also throughout the Northwest.
On February 26, 1970, students on the UW campus were asked to bring in trash from their homes to special bins that were set up around the HUB.
In the early 1970s, a Control Data Corporation CDC 6400 was acquired for compute-intensive research and instructional computing. Initially located in Wilcox Hall, the CDC was eventually moved to the new Academic Computer Center when it was built in 1980. […]
In the early 1970’s, a new vocational counseling service known as Women’s Studies was launched. The service reflected changing social ideas about women’s role in society, in the family and in the workplace. The service was renamed Career and Life […]
During the 1969-1970 academic year, 43,344 individual students attended the University of Washington, an increase of 86% compared to a decade before.During autumn quarter 1969 alone, 32,749 students were registered, almost twice as many as a decade earlier, as the “Baby Boom” generation reached college age.
After 27 years as a faculty member and administrator at Yale, Bottomly was recently named the 13th president of Wellesley College. Despite these East Coast affiliations, her ties to her alma mater remain strong. Her daughter, Hannah Janeway, graduated from […]
The Experimental College opened in 1968 as a nonprofit organization that gave students and the general public the opportunity to take affordable, recreational, not-for-credit classes in categories that included arts and crafts, dance, business, language, culinary arts, exercise and many others.
One of the most famous photographs in the University’s history shows a black student climbing the front wall of the Administration Building (now Gerberding Hall) on May 20, 1968, to enter President Charles Odegaard’s office by the window.
In 1968, Dr. Tom Marchioro performed Washington State’s first kidney transplant at the UW Medical Center. In 1985, UW Medical Center started its heart transplant program and over the years has become the only center in the region to provide transplants for all solid organs including liver, lungs, pancreas and bowel.
Instruments created by University of Washington alumni and faculty, including the automated dialysis machine (1963), the portable Doppler ultrasound (1958), and the cardiac treadmill (1953), fused medicine and engineering in a completely new way.
In 1967, the Computer Science Group (CSG) was formed to offer M.S. and Ph.D. programs in computer science. CSG acquired a Scientific Data Systems Sigma 5 computer in 1969 and housed it in Wilcox Hall. CSG expanded in 1975 to […]
In the mid-1960s, computer operations were moved to More Hall, Wilcox Hall, and Roberts Annex. By the end of the 1960s, there were still only five computers at the UW: the IBM 7040/7094 and Burroughs B5500 at the Wilcox Hall, […]
Dale Chihuly brought the notion of collaborative teams to the Studio Glass movement, and made the blown glass form an accepted vehicle for installation art. Once he captured the garden in glass; now his Mille Fiori installations at museums and […]
When Smith was gulping down coffee while cramming for exams at the UW, he probably had no idea that he was holding his future in his hand. As vice president, director, and finally president and CEO of Starbucks, Orin Smith […]
The son of a successful entrepreneur, Jeffrey Brotman has said that he entered law school at the UW “to get out of the retail business.” That didn’t exactly happen. In fact, he went on to co-found Costco Wholesale Corporation, the […]
In early 2006, Dicks thought about retiring from Congress after nearly 30 years representing Western Washington. But that fall’s elections put his party back in power, and now he chairs one of the House’s most important subcommittees, Interior and the […]
Also known as the Century 21 Exposition, the Seattle World’s Fair gave visitors a glimpse into the future and gave Seattle world-wide recognition.
Close thinks of himself as one who builds painting experiences for the viewer. His photographs and photorealistic paintings, often produced in very large scale, focus on portraits of himself, his family and friends. His work can be found in the […]
Rainier Vista, which provides a view of the majestic mountain from the heart of the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, was created as part of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, a world’s fair held on the UW campus in 1909.
Gregory Falls took over as chair of the wildly successful School of Drama in 1961, when the School was performing plays for the public every single week, and was the source for theater and live entertainment in town.
In 1961, UW opened a multi-disciplinary Center for Pain Relief that would become the world model for diagnosis, study and treatment of chronic and acute pain.
The decade of the 1960s began as an era of hope and enthusiasm for students at the University of Washington.
The descendant of Seattle pioneers and early community leaders, Carver Gayton has led a life of pioneering leadership himself: he helped the Huskies win the 1960 Rose Bowl, became the first black FBI agent from the state of Washington, served […]
Standing in a wintry line that stretched from the registrar to Denny Hall, the fleeting thought of “class closed” failed to roil my resolve.
A native of Seattle, I graduated from the University of Washington in 1960 with a Chemistry degree.
Alumnus Wayne Quinton’s most influential invention had a humble beginning. In his garage, he tested the prototype cardiac treadmill that would revolutionize diagnoses of heart disease.
Booth Gardner, a former two-term Washington governor, is on the final campaign of his life: to legalize physician-assisted suicide this September. He’s not fighting for his own right to die—his Parkinson’s disease isn’t considered terminal—but he wants Washington voters to […]
In 1958, the UW Summer Quarter was brought under the Department of Adult Education and Extension Services. Summer Quarter remains a significant part of UW Professional & Continuing Education today, which also provides other lifelong learning programs for diverse audiences […]
Real estate mogul and philanthropist Donald Bren attended the UW on a ski scholarship and even tried out for the Olympics in 1956. An injury halted his bid, but the Irvine Co. chairman stands high atop the real estate mountain […]
Charles Smith planned to be a psychiatrist, but changed fields when he observed a surgery and realized he couldn’t stand the sight of blood. One field’s loss was another’s gain. The UW law school grad became the first person of […]
In 1948, the Husky men’s basketball team failed to make the NCAA tournament, and their talented forward/center was left selling programs outside the Final Four—held, heartbreakingly, at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The next year, Houbregs was the program, averaging nearly 35 […]
Two of the most influential public broadcast stations in the region began at the University of Washington as educational stations in the 1950s.
In 1978 Dolores Sibonga—the first Filipina American woman admitted to the Washington state bar—became the first Filipina American to sit on the Seattle City Council. Photo by Mary Levin. This alumni profile is excerpted from the “Our Wondrous One Hundred” […]
A longtime Bremerton educator, John Hawk received the Medal of Honor for his heroism during a battle with German tanks and infantry that left him wounded near Chamois, France, on Aug. 20, 1944. He not only helped fight off an […]
The Accelerated Teacher Education Program began in the fall of 1949. Former students recall the fifth-year program entailing eight hours of class a day for five days a week.
During the post-war “baby boom” period following World War II, enrollments in Adult Education and Extension Services exploded from 3,748 in 1947, to 20,120 in 1950, just three years later. Through correspondence, evening and daytime classes, the department served veterans […]
Since it opened in 1949, the Husky Union Building (HUB) has served as a home for student activities, dining and event space on campus. Operated by the Department of Student Activities and Union Facilities, the building has undergone renovations in 1952, 1960 and 1975.
The period after World War II was a time of tremendous growth at the UW, with veterans filling classrooms, a new medical school and dental school, and relief that the war was over and normal life could resume.
When Robert Lee Ellis was killed by a German artillery shell during World War II, the news sent his older brother Jim (right) into a self-destructive rage. But Jim’s wife, Mary Lou, persuaded him to redirect his anger: “Why not […]
After 20 years leading UW Extension (known today as UW Professional & Continuing Education), Harry Smith retired in 1947. He was replaced by Lloyd Schram, who led the division until his retirement in 1975, nearly 30 years later. Picture: […]
An American hero, Hirabayashi refused to report to internment camps for Japanese Americans in May 1942. He spent nine months in jail and appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, which affirmed his conviction 9–0 for violating the Army’s […]
Established as the first independent nursing school on the West Coast in 1945, the School of Nursing offers a series of undergraduate…
A renowned engineer for the Apollo missions to the moon, Jeffs was part of the team that raced the clock to save the crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft, which had suffered a catastrophic explosion. The mission operations team won a Presidential […]
By the end of spring quarter 1942, more than 450 Japanese-American students at the UW were forced to abandon their studies.
When the Grand Coulee Dam was completed in 1941, it was hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” The dam is the largest hydropower producer in the United States, generating a total capacity of 6,809 megawatts.
One of America’s best-loved authors, Cleary has spent her life writing the kinds of stories she longed to read as a little girl—stories in which children are children, and not merely means to the end of some adult moral. She […]
Solomon Katz joined the UW history faculty in 1936 as an instructor. He later chaired the Department of History, served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and became provost and vice president for academic affairs.
The Speakers’ Bureau was created after community requests for faculty speakers were centralized under the Extension Service in 1936, with a list of available speakers and subjects published by the Extension Service in February, 1936. The Bureau was an immediate […]
Professor David Auth invented this device, which uses a tiny catheter for inserting into an artery to clean out a blockage. It has a football-shaped burr at the end, rotating at speeds up to 190,000 rpm. Like a tiny sander, it removes the brittle plaque material while leaving healthy tissue intact.
At 98, he’s the oldest living former governor in the United States. Rosellini held Washington’s top office from 1957 to 1965, and has served as a mentor to several of his successors, including Gary Locke and Chris Gregoire, ’69, ’71. […]
The stock market crash of October 1929 is generally considered the event that began the Great Depression of the 1930s. The effect on the University was profound; faculty salaries were cut, first by ten percent and then even more.
During the 1929-1930 academic year, 10,998 individual students attended the University of Washington an increase of 54% compared to a decade before.During autumn quarter 1929 alone, 7,258 students were registered.
The process that brought us color television-three beams of electrons (one for each primary color) fired on a screen of small, inverted pyramids, was invented by Willard Geer, a 1927 physics graduate of the UW.
The Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington was the first art museum in the state when it was built in 1927. Horace C. Henry made…
The University of Washington played its first collegiate opponent—Stanford—on December 29, 1893, losing 40-0 before 600 spectators in West…
For almost a century, scientists and students have taken advantage of the unique natural setting of the UW’s Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL). Located on San Juan Island, the laboratories are well situated for research on many aspects of marine biology and oceanography because the surrounding waters are relatively free from pollution.
The Poems of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, published in 1920 and edited by Frederick M.Padelford, was the first book to bear the imprint of the University of Washington Press.
William Boeing became fascinated with airplanes in 1910, when they were made of wood and fabric.
The University of Washington did not have a medical school until 1946, and offered only pre-medical training for undergraduates until then. But the UW Extension Service, in cooperation with state and county medical societies, began providing Graduate Medical Lectures to […]
The high spirits of UW students often were expressed in performances of plays, as well as many musical clubs—ranging from men’s and women’s glee clubs to mandolin and ukulele clubs.
In 1911 the University set aside an acre of land for the College (now School) of Pharmacy to cultivate medicinal plants. Using natural plants for medicinal purposes—a discipline called pharmacognosy—was practiced worldwide.
On November 8, 1910, Washington state’s male electorate granted women the right to vote by adding an amendment to the state constitution.
One month before the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opened on the UW campus, the Reverend Herbert H.Gowen gave a lecture on May 11, 1909, entitled “The Significance of the Orient to the State.”
Students at the University started their own newspapers in the 1890s, the most consistent being The Pacific Wave, which published monthly…
The UW began attracting students from other countries very early in its history, and in 1908 an International Student Club was formed “for the purpose of bringing into closer touch the students of various nationalities, that thus might be removed the many erroneous ideas they hold of one another.
A building on the UW campus is barely visible above the trees behind the cabin belonging to Cheshiahud on Portage Bay. This picture, capturing a ceremony honoring his wife after her death, appeared on the front page of the Seattle […]
Although many people know that the original site of the Territorial University was 10 acres of what is now downtown Seattle, fewer know that the University still owns the land, which is now crowded with tall buildings.
With two lakes adjoining the new campus, the University of Washington was a natural place to establish a crew program.
The College of Engineering was established in 1901 after the Board of Regents hired and appointed Almon H.Fuller as professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering three years earlier.
The University of Washington moved to its current Seattle campus in 1895. During the 1899-1900 academic year, 533 individual students attended, almost twice as many as a decade before.
In 1899, the state Legislature recognized a museum on campus erected by members of the Young Naturalists Society as the Washington State Museum.
Sigma Nu was the first national fraternity to have a chapter at the University of Washington: the Gamma Chi chapter was founded in 1896.
Japanese students were among the first international students to attend the University of Washington, starting in 1894, when it was still a small institution that had not yet moved from downtown Seattle to its present campus.
In 1892, before the University moved to its current Seattle campus, students were forming organizations to promote “college spirit.” An…
President Grover Cleveland selected the anniversary of George Washington’s birthday, February 22, to sign the act that would create the state of Washington.
Edmond Meany was one of the earliest graduates of the Territorial University (B.S.1885, M.S.1889), and he devoted his life not only to building the University, the city, and the state but also to preserving and teaching local and regional history.
The Territorial University had graduated its first student in 1876.
In 1873, Northern Pacific Railroad executives announced that Tacoma would serve as their new western terminus, much to the shock and anger of Seattle residents.
Asa Shinn Mercer helped to build the foundations of the University of Washington in ways that his successors never had to; he worked as a common laborer to construct the building that housed the Territorial University.
On May 23, 1853, the first maps establishing the boundaries of Seattle was were filed.
Forty years after the passage of Title IX, we highlight 40 key moments that helped shape the last 40 years in Husky women’s sports. See the complete list here.
On March 9th, 2012, the Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council (Northwest MSDC) awarded its Public Agency of the Year award to the University of Washington at its annual awards gala. Under the overall coordination by Chesca Ward and the Business Diversity […]
…and the office, in the Communications Building on the University of Washington campus, looks pretty much the way it did 35 years ago…
My favorite professor during my time at the UW has to be Dr. Patricia Kramer in the department of anthropology. She is the first professor…
Worked at an amazing event held at the PSC sharing research from over 30 UW programs and 280+ scientists with the community.
And it feels like 200 days of rain, doesn’t it? 365 Project Site
My first opportunity to see what the future Husky Stadium is going to look like!
The final report was recently issued in a four-year study by University of Washington education scholars on charter schools in the U.S. It…
An eye-catching display, arranged in the form of big Zero, was featured in the Quad of the University of Washington. What does it mean…
Cold day – busy workers. I am following the new construction at the business school, adjacent to the recently opened PACCAR Hall. It’s fun…
It’s Student Employee Appreciation Week at the University of Washington Libraries and I’m at the reception for student employee scholarship…
Welcome hamper from UW marketing team when I arrived at my new ‘home’…..just the begining of their amazing hospitality!!!
In honor of my large and extremely stressful imperialism research project for my history class, my dad and I took a trip to the Suzzallo…
UW Red Square 12:20pm April 15, 2011 Seattle Glee Flash Mob
A few interesting facts about the University of Washington: When the University was founded in 1861, Seattle’s population was 250. The UW…
In May 2011, Luis Fraga, UW associate vice provost for faculty advancement, was appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics by President Obama.
By the end of June, I went to the UW for my freshman orientation. While taking a tour of the campus I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful the campus is
I am proud to be part of the fourth generation of my family to attend the University of Washington. My great grandmother attended the UW but didn’t graduate because her father thought if she graduated she wouldn’t get a husband.
I haven’t got a real experience at UW but I have an ocean full of dream experiences.I have always fantasized about coming to UW since I was a young girl from the moment I a documentary about the school.
Chris and I got matching UW pedicures today.Go Huskies!…………………………………………………………………………………..
I spent my time in both the Electrical Engineering building and in the Art building/ Foundry facilities obtaining a BSE and BFA degree (with honors in both).
At 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, for dozens of participants on Red Square to freeze in place, no matter what they were doing. For five minutes, passers-by wondered what was happening when people stopped cold. The event was called “Everybody […]
Dr. Samuel Wasser of the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology is always looking for new fieldwork team members: must…
Awesome day opening our new location in Downtown Seattle with our partners at the University Bookstore. Softy and the KJR crew broadcasted…
Daniel is also telling an incredible story at the UW Dean’s Club dinner. He came from Ethiopia when he was 13 and his father was imprisoned…
Wish Twitter had a “like” button. RT @dailysu: #UW is headed to the Sweet 16!! Blew out New Mexico!!!! GO #DAWGS GO!!! #NCAA
The Daily, the student newspaper of the University of Washington, expanded to television with its own weekly show, The Daily’s Double Shot…
This event is FULL, totally sold out — but the Eleanor Henry Reed Collection Study Center will be open for the evening, and admission on…
On the last night of production for the last newspaper of Fall Quarter, The Daily staff celebrated with a tradition slightly updated. In…
My thanks to the Monicas, Jason and David for a great presentation/discussion at our E-marketing Working Group at the University of…
Nicole and I always root for the University of Washington football team. UW is our alma mater, but I’ve been a Huskies fan since long…
After two years of construction, PACCAR Hall debuts as the innovative hub of the Foster School of Business. The five-story…
Learning the ropes after just starting with UW Marketing! Worked the first ever Paws-on Science: Husky Weekend at Pacific Science Center…
In 2002, the Office of Minority Affairs was renamed to reflect a larger mission at the University. In addition to the original focus on supporting underrepresented, economically and educationally disadvantaged students, the new mission includes advocating for all areas of diversity: students, faculty and staff, curriculum, research, community outreach and campus climate.
In its most ambitious housing construction project since the 1970s, Housing & Food Services in 2010 began its endeavor to remake the residence and apartment experience at UW Seattle.
When African leaders launched a competition for the creation of a new African Union flag in 2007, they had no idea how far-flung the results would be
I start of my college experience in the best dorm ever.Lander Hall has been the best place to meet new people and people who will be my friends for life.
On Sept. 11, 2010, the UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) hosted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Commemorative Signing Event at Johnson Hall on the UW campus. The MOU was entered into by the University of Washington and […]
The University of Washington is engaged in a series of planning initiatives to shape its future as a premier research and education institution in the context of changing demographics, challenges of global scale, and tough economic times. As part of […]
In Spring 2010, UW’s Disability Studies Program acquired a new administrative home in the College of Arts & Sciences and received a bequest of $500,000 from the estate of Harlan D. Hahn, a longtime disability activist and a political scientist at […]
On June 1, 2009 I started my first job at the University of Washington as an event coordinator in UW Marketing! During my first year I…
Time: Dec 12, 2009 9 AM – 2 PMPlace: Paul Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) Go to the intersection of Dec 12, 2009 9 AM – 2 PM & Paul Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering […]
Got thinking about great UW games the other day after the Holiday bowl win and decided to resurrect this shot from the USC game last year…
A global increase of three degrees Celsius in average temperature may not seem like a lot, but experts concerned about climate change know that increase can threaten basic human rights to health, food and water, security, equity, and justice.
The College of the Environment was established in 2009 and consists of eleven previously existing units and schools, all highly regarded in…
The College of the Environment was established in 2009 and consists of 11 previously existing units and schools, all highly regarded in their research and education that draws from natural resources.
The Norris and Dorothy Haring Center for Applied Research and Training in Education provides families, researchers, and students the opportunity to work on developing strategies for success in education.
The School of Nursing’s student-led Diversity Awareness Group launched its first annual NurseCamp for high school students. Geared towards high school Juniors and Seniors, as well as underrepresented minority students, the week-long camp was offered free of charge to students […]
After spending the most exciting semester abroad at U-Dub, getting to know wonderful people, the husky spirit and the beautiful northwest, I finally went back home dressed in puprle, with 2 kg of crunchy peanut butter and new Christmas tree decoration.
After extensive testing, contract negotiation, and integration with UW enterprise systems, Microsoft and Google cloud-based collaboration tools became available, initially to UW students and alumni, and subsequently to faculty and staff. More information: http://dailyuw.com/news/2009/oct/08/whos-got-mail/ http://uw.edu/itconnect/teamwork/cloud.html
Took my family to our first Husky football game. Had a blast – GO DAWGS!!
by Ann Beckmann As information gatherers, the Net Generation has distinctive ways of reading and learning. When the digital age emerged, Dr…
We welcomed the incoming freshmen to the summer bridge program with a BBQ at Coach Willingham’s house. Here’s all of the incoming freshmen…
I’ve had the privilege of managing the University of Washington’s Facebook page since it debuted in April 2008. I helped it grow from 7…
Time: Nov 4, 2008Place: Red Square, Seattle, WA 98105, USA Go to the intersection of Nov 4, 2008 & Red Square, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
UW Tacoma Professor Michael Honey received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2008 for Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign.
Mark Emmert (’75) returned to Seattle in June 2004 as the UW’s 30th president, and a few months later presided over one of the milestone events in the University’s history: the public launch of Campaign UW: Creating Futures, a fund-raising drive with a goal of raising $2B over eight years.
For someone who volunteers his time at the UW, Dennis Lang, guiding light behind the Disability Studies Program, has made a tremendous mark on the University. It was Lang’s activism in part that resulted in the program’s creation. Then just as […]
Assistant professor Kevin Desouza is adept at juggling many projects. Besides being on the iSchool faculty since 2005, he is also an…
The last game of my first season as Director of External Relations for UW Football was in my ‘aina, Honolulu, Hawaii at Aloha Stadium…
In 2007, the Washington state Legislature approved funding for RIDE (Regional Initiatives in Dental Education), which has since worked to improve access to oral health care around Washington state.
In response to growing interest in global health, the UW launched the Department of Global Health with generous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the state of Washington, and the University of Washington in 2007.
In 2007, the University of Washington received more than $1 billion in grant and contract research funding, marking the first time it had reached this level.
My boyfriend and I were so excited that UW was hosting the 100th Apple Cup that we had to go to the game. As we walked to seats I noticed that my boyfriend seemed a little off, I just thought it was the overwhelming feeling of excitement and the energy of the crowd that had him acting a little strange.
Claire, a member of my pledge class, was the first to get married and we all sang her a song from the soror. It was a gorgeous wedding.
After I left my first job at the University of Washington, I worked at Microsoft for 5 years. After I quit that job, I came back to the…
A “digital divide” separates participants in the revolution in information and technology from those who are not. It happens across…
Most of us want to get rid of dust. Donald Brownlee has spent years focused on obtaining it. Then again, Brownlee’s dust is not the kind to gather under the sofa.
In 2006, three UW students were awarded prestigious scholarships that marked the first time that UW “hit the trifecta.”
Bill Colman, a member of the tribal council for the Nooksack Indian Tribe, speaks at the repatriation of the granite sculpture T’xwelátse, seen in the foreground wrapped in a cedar bark cape. Full story: http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/id/27333 Photo credit: Mary Levin
The University of Washington’s Information School has embraced diversity in enrollment, hiring and curriculum, and also as a critical…
Palmer Dorsey “P.D.” Koon, one of the University of Washington’s greatest benefactors, died in Seattle on Dec. 22, 2004, at the age of 98…
Running down Meany Hall steps in caps and gowns with Kathryn and her saying, “Ohmigosh just look at us!” Knowing your faculty and academic…
Historic legislation authorizing UW Tacoma and UW Bothell to accept freshmen and sophomores was signed into law by Gov. Christine Gregoire Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at a ceremony at UW Tacoma.
The Dream Project was founded in 2005 by students – spearheaded by then-freshman Alula Asfaw – in an effort to help first-generation and…
I already had an MPH and PhD from the UW and was working at the Seattle-King County public health department, when I decided my life’s work was to become a medical librarian.
To add diversity to the permanent art displayed around campus, a group of UW students worked with the Public Art Commission to assemble artworks by some of the country’s most influential and respected artists of color. The Kane Hall Collection […]
The University of Washington Q Center facilitates and enhances a brave, affirming, liberatory, and celebratory environment for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all sexual and gender orientations, identities, and expressions. The Q provides access to respectful and expansive gender […]
Dave and I looked through a bound copies of the UW Daily from the term in 1974 when he was editor and I was managing editor. We hadn’t…
UW alumna Linda Buck (BS ’75) became the 11th woman to receive a Nobel Prize in science when she shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Richard Axel of Columbia University.
Yup, Huskies win 27-19 over the Cougs. Go Dawgs! http://www.gohuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/112203aaa.html
I was here!
The Milgard School of Business at UW Tacoma was named in 2003 in recognition of a generous endowment of $15 million from Gary E. Milgard, the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation and James A. Milgard.
Michael Gelb may one day save your life.
When I was eight years old, My UW alumna father brought me to my first Huskies game.My grandfather had season tickets to football and basketball so we’d always be in Husky Stadium and Edmunson.
On the eve of University of Washington’s June 15 commencement exercises, the Information School honored its 115 Master of Library and…
Annual Meeting The theme of the University of Washington iSchool Alumni Association—“Staying Connected-Makes a Difference!”—permeated the…
During the 2002-2003 school year, a group of students grew frustrated when the only way to recycle paper in the dorms was to take it to outside dumpsters – for some, that meant an 11-floor trip.
What’s a UW student to do when he wants to keep his friends updated on college life? Write a computer program to maintain his online journal, of course. Brad Fitzpatrick did just that when he created LiveJournal, a site that […]
On December 19, 2002, just six days before Christmas, a three-alarm fire broke out at the Olson Building near University Village. The building housed University of Washington Educational Outreach at the time, but was completely destroyed in the fire. Initially […]
When Sam Wasser (Ph.D.’81) joined the UW faculty in 2001, he already was well known as a pioneer in developing non-invasive methods to monitor wildlife.
My study buddy and I were on the 4th floor of Smith Hall in the Geography Study/Break room. We were studying, and there was a loudish noise, like someone going down the hallway with a very heavy, loud cart or something.
On June 7, 2001, the Instructional Center (IC) of the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity was awarded both of the Brotman Awards which were presented at the annual University Recognition Ceremony. The IC is the first program to receive two Brotman […]
On September 25, 2000, the permanent campus for UW Bothell opened with 1,300 upper-division students.The campus is located at the junction of Interstate 405 and State Route 522.
As I sat in Husky Stadium on that sunny June day in 2000, it finally really sank in just how proud this day was for me and my mom, who was in the audience.
My sister graduated from the UW on a blazing hot day in Husky Stadium. She’s pictured post-graduation with her husband (then fiance…
When a World Trade Organization (WTO) conference was held in Seattle from November 30th to December 3rd in 1999, the issues regarding international trade (particularly when it came to agriculture, services, and intellectual property) proved to be quite controversial.
The shortage of trained nurses in America has been a source of national and local concern for more than a decade. In October 2010, a report from the Institute of Medicine called for increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in […]
Students founded the Student Ambassador Program to intensify UW outreach and recruitment in the wake of Initiative 200, barring consideration of race and gender in University admissions. This was the first UW program in which students worked alongside UW recruiters, […]
In 1998, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Foster School of Business launched the UW Business Plan Competition.
Pete Findley (BA 1998), the winner of that first competition, entered with a plan to create a giant campus for the Internet age, a virtual school offering courses that are all too often unavailable to teens attending thinly populated rural schools, cash-strapped urban districts, or who are home-schooled.
Since 1979, the UW School of Law has offered students the opportunity to represent real clients or mediate real cases by working with faculty members through the clinical law program.
A 1996 “Futures Committee,” chaired by Betty Bengtson, director of University Libraries, was brought together by UW Provost David Thorud to…
UW was one of 34 universities that banded together in the Fall of 1996 to develop the “Next-Generation Internet”. The goal was to jointly operate a nationwide research network designed to meet the high-bandwidth requirements of advanced applications and computational […]
Since 1995, the Huckabay family has supported more than 300 medical students at the UW.
In the first five weeks of its life, the site was viewed 25,000 times. An early version of the UW Home page can be seen at http://web.archive.org/web/19961227125219/http://www.washington.edu/ More information: http://www.washington.edu/itconnect/
Pictured here escorting All American and friend Mario Bailey for recognition at half time of the Husky Sping game in 1992.
University of Washington students and faculty have always been service-minded. In 1992, the UW’s service-focus came into a sharper view with the creation of the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center.
When Edwin Krebs joined the UW faculty in 1948, the School of Medicine was only two years old.
The Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology Center (DO-IT) Center, which began in 1992 with support from the National Science Foundation, promotes the success of individuals with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers, using technology as an empowering tool. Now an international […]
Hazel Koenig was my first surface design teacher at the University of Washington’s school of art. She was very encouraging of me and my…
One of my favorite professors was Michael Spafford who taught drawing, painting and wood-block printmaking. He was always enthusiastic and…
Congress created Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise.
The “Fremont Troll,” a sculpture located under the Aurora Bridge, may be the most beloved public artwork in Seattle.
Little did I know that some of my best, lifetime friendships could be formed in a matter of a week. Here we are on the front steps of ADPi…
During the 1989-1990 academic year, the University was preparing to open two branch campuses, one in Tacoma and one in Bothell. During autumn quarter 1989, only 33,238 students were registered on the Seattle campus, a decline of 11% compared to autumn quarter of 1979.
The 1980s transformed our interactions with computers in many ways. The first affordable home computers introduced and the formal study of human-computer interaction began to gain traction in the early 80s.
Who knew an online networking site like MySpace.com, which hosts over 230 million accounts, would be so popular? MySpace CEO and co-founder DeWolfe did. Launched in 2003, the site quickly took off and has only grown more since News Corp. […]
It took Bryan Monroe three tries to get into the then-School of Communications at the UW. His tenacity paid off then, and has continued to—he received a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for his team’s Hurricane Katrina coverage in The Sun […]
Thirty years after closure of the previous downtown center for University Extension (as it was known then), UW adult education returned to downtown Seattle in 1986, with the opening of new classrooms for lifelong learners in the Washington Building on […]
In 1985, the UW opened the Rome Center in a renovated seventeenth-century building, the Palazzo Pio, which sits on the foundations of the ancient theater of Pompey (55 B.C.).
Laura Chang must have put both of her UW areas of study—journalism and psychology—to good use when she stayed up all night excerpting the Unabomber manifesto for the New York Times in 1995. She’s now the paper’s science editor. Photo […]
In 1983, the first Costco discount warehouse opened on Fourth Avenue South in Seattle. Headquartered in Issaquah, the company’s warehouses offer food, appliances, clothes, office supplies, and many other goods at highly competitive prices.
After giving my girlfriend my pledge pin, it was tradition at TKE to pond the member.The catch is, you cannot get out of the fountain without help.The bottom is full of duck sludge and kind of siphons you down.
Established in 1982, the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the School of Dentistry has helped thousands of patients overcome their fear of the dentist while delivering the dental treatment they need.
It’s a good thing Rodney Moore has experience in office from his time as president of UW’s Black Student Union—he’ll surely use it as president of the National Bar Association, the nation’s largest association of African American lawyers and judges, […]
The UW Center for Commercialization (C4C) was founded in 1982 as the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer.
Your worst nightmare is her dream job. The first woman ever hired as a test pilot at Boeing, Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann has spent 22 years making sure jumbo jets can safely do things they should never be asked to—like stall in […]
On a 27,000-foot peak in Nepal, Ed Viesturs found a young climber—perfectly preserved—who had frozen to death 20 years earlier. It was a harrowing reminder of what he risks every time he goes out. So far, Viesturs has climbed (and […]
My first job at the University of Washington was in the Nutritional Sciences and Textiles Department (since disbanded), in Raitt Hall. I have many fond memories of watching students on the Quad, especially, hanging upside down in those beautiful trees, taking photos of the trees in full blossom, as well as the great cafe we had in the basement..
Time: 1980Place: University of Washington, 407 Gerberding Hall, Seattle, WA 98195-0001, USA Go to the intersection of 1980 & University of Washington, 407 Gerberding Hall, Seattle, WA 98195-0001, USA
“In 1971, when the Tyee last appeared, the average college student was idealistic, socially oriented, and liberal . . . Now, as the Tyee returns in 1986, the average college student is personally oriented, pragmatic and conservative. The ideals yesterday’s student fought for are generally commonplace thinking today.”
Lt. Gen. Chiarelli was the No. 2 U.S. military leader in Iraq in 2006. He later became senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, and is a leading candidate to succeed Gen. David H. Petraeus as top commander […]
Registering for classes back in 1979 meant standing in long lines at Schmitz Hall. Schmitz Hall – the upside down ziggurat. (I was so proud…
In 1991, actor Karn had no savings, no other professional prospects, and no idea whether the show in which he’d been cast was going be a hit. So he kept his day job as the manager of an apartment complex […]
During the 1970’s, UW Professional & Continuing Education (as it’s known today), was perhaps best remembered for Spectrum magazine. This popular, quarterly printed magazine was created in 1962 to inform the greater population about public courses, lectures and activities offered […]
When Rick Steves decided to teach a travel class at the UW’s Experimental College, he expected 20 students to attend. Instead, about 100 people showed up and Steves’ multi-million dollar travel empire was born. Fans can follow Steves’ advice through […]
By day he was Kenneth Gorelick, accounting student at the UW. By night, he was Kenny G, saxophone soloist in Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra. Has anyone but Clark Kent had a cooler alter-ego? Kenny G would go on to […]
In 1978, the recently installed Dean of Continuing Education, Robert Waldo, was promoted to Vice Provost and Dean of Continuing Education, reflecting the growing stature and importance of UW’s lifelong learning division. Today, UW Professional & Continuing Education is home […]
McMahon Hall provided co-ed floors for Spanish-speaking students. I was a master’s candidate and loved sharing living space with a French student and 6 Americans.
Founded in 1975 by Bill Gates III and Paul Allen, Microsoft has stood as the leader of standardized computer software development for the past several decades.
My Mother started my life out in Purple and Gold. on this date she went into labor with me
My friend Dave Horsey and I spent 28 days visiting newspaper editors all across country, exploring the question of whether the media was…
In the spring of 1974, David Horsey was managing editor of The University of Washington Daily, and I was his managing editor. This meant…
One of the most transformative legal decisions in Washington state history came in 1974, when Federal Judge George Boldt issued a ruling reaffirming the treaty rights of Washington’s Native American tribes to fish in their accustomed places.
Smart may be best known for her role on Designing Women, or for being the emotionally volatile First Lady of the TV series 24, but to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, she’s known as a mentor and fund-raiser. Photo by Chris […]
If Bill Johnston was my favorite teacher at the University of Washington, Haig Bosmajian was probably second. I say “probably” because I…
Professor Bill Johnston was my favorite professor at the University of Washington—and he wasn’t even a full professor though he taught…
Arguably the watershed moment of my college career came on the second day of my first quarter as a freshman at the University of Washington…
Most UW students look for a job after graduation. Daniel O’Neill sold his possessions and took off on a volunteer mission to Africa, Europe and the Middle East. In 1981, he founded Mercy Corps, a humanitarian organization that has since […]
Richard Ladner, Boeing Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, joined the UW faculty in 1971, spending many years involved in theoretical computer science research.
When TV idol Patrick Duffy left the nighttime soap opera Dallas in 1985, the writers simply killed his character off. That proved disastrous for the show’s ratings, and a year later Bobby Ewing was back. The entire 1985–86 season of […]
In 1971, the UW School of Medicine began a program to train physicians for the surrounding states that did not have a medical school.
Sonny Sixkiller has a memorable name, and sports writers couldn’t resist emphasizing his Cherokee ancestry when they wrote stories about his years as the UW’s quarterback (1970-72).
Established in 1970, the School of Public Health is the only accredited school of its kind north of Berkeley and west of Minneapolis.
The impetus for the formation of ethnic studies and women studies can be traced to the social protest and political dissent of the Civil Rights Movement and accompanying Black power, Chicano, American Indian, and women’s movements. Students and supportive faculty […]
In the autumn of 1970, a group of students began an experiment on the 8th floor of Lander Hall—an environmental community, the first such learning program in a residence hall.
The University of Washington has produced more than a dozen astronauts and other NASA personnel that have served on well known missions and made numerous contributions to the fields of astronautical sciences.
When Bierds studied writing at the UW, she focused on fiction. Small wonder that her celebrated poems read like lyrical short stories—Bierds has a gift for inhabiting lives, and eras, other than her own. A regular in The New Yorker, […]
People of Hispanic heritage are becoming the largest minority group in the U.S., yet to many Americans they are a mystery, with stereotypes based on images of migrant farm workers and illegal immigrants.
Page for page, Robinson may be the most influential fiction writer in America. She has produced only two slender novels—Housekeeping and Gilead—and both are regarded as modern classics. She’s won the Pulitzer, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the […]
Since I completed my Masters at the UW piecemeal
after having four children I had no special class affiliation.There was no free childcare available and parking was a nightmare since I went for one class at a time after my teaching day.
If Arreguin struggled to find his place in the world—he was raised by his grandparents in Mexico until their deaths three days apart—his art hasn’t. His works hang in galleries around the world; he has two paintings in the permanent […]
In the fall of 1967 I was attending Seattle U.and my roommate, a high school friend, was attending the UW. He talked me in to going to a dance at the HUB and in the course of the evening I struck up a conversation with a UW student.
In 1966, a Burroughs B5500 was installed in what is now Wilcox Hall to provide services for both administrative data processing and some student instruction. The machine provided both a multi-processing batch environment and the first time-sharing service on campus […]
Meeting of the Minds: Emmert has done a superb job as UW president; former football star Mitchell retires this month as chancellor of the Seattle Community College District, following a career of more than 25 years with the colleges; and […]
People flying kites from the hill at Seattle’s Gasworks Park may never have heard of Richard Haag, but they profit from his creativity as a landscape architect and his adaptive re-use of existing structures.
A solid college and NFL running back, David Kopay made a real name for himself in a courageous 1975 newspaper interview: he was the first professional team athlete in a major sport to announce that he was gay. Photo by […]
Self-made billionaire David “Bondo” Bonderman, founding partner of the Texas Pacific Group, hired the Rolling Stones for his 60th birthday. He also started the Bonderman Honors Travel Fellowship, which offers UW students an opportunity to travel not for research but […]
The Evans School of Public Affairs, formerly the Graduate School of Public Affairs, was founded in 1962, becoming the nation’s first independent school of public administration at a public university.
In 1962, new Peace Corps training was added to the Division of Adult Education and Extension Services, known today as UW Professional & Continuing Education. In the first two years the University of Washington conducted 12 training programs, preparing 326 […]
The Centennial celebration concluded November 16, 1961, when John F. Kennedy came to campus as keynote speaker for an academic convocation in Hec Edmundson Pavilion attended by 11,000 people.
In 1972, an esteemed senior fellow at the World Health Organization told William Foege, “If you eradicate smallpox from India, I’ll eat the tire off your Jeep.” No word on how that tire tasted, but by 1979 smallpox was gone […]
Thy silver tongue is silent now Invention steals away thy voice. Thy golden chime has oft arc now Called many laggards to the tryst. –The Daily, Aug. 7, 1928 For 364 days a year, the silver tongue is silent. The […]
She achieved television immortality as Mary Ann on the short-running, long-syndicated sitcom Gilligan’s Island—the wholesome counterpart to sex-kittenish Ginger Grant. Wells still receives about 50 fan letters a week. Photo by Wally Fong. This alumni profile is excerpted from the […]
In 1960, the world’s first long-term dialysis patient was treated at the UW Medical Center (known as University Hospital at the time) using a new device. Previously, a patient could only receive a few dialysis treatments before arteries and veins […]
During the 1960s, computers gradually arrived at the UW. Some of the earliest were an IBM 650 on the top floor of Bagley Hall and an IBM 709 in the basement of the Mechanical Engineering building. The computers were described […]
Although many aspects of student life were lighthearted in the 1950s, the shadow of potential conflict—the “Cold War” between the Soviet Union and the United States, between communism and capitalism—was always present.
The 1958 Husky men’s crew, stung by a loss to Leningrad Trud’s crew at the famous Henley Regatta in England, came back to stun the world champions in Moscow’s Khimi Reservoir by 1 3/4 lengths. It was the first American […]
The College of Built Environments comprises four academic departments—architecture, construction management, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning—plus interdisciplinary programs that prepare students for careers that focus on both the built and natural environments.
Oscillatoria rubescens—blue–green algae—are a sure sign of trouble in a lake, and UW zoology professor W.Thomas Edmondson, UW fisheries professor Lauren Donaldson, and other scientists understood the danger.
In 1979, Alex Ekwueme became the vice president of Nigeria. Four years later the government was deposed by military coup, and he spent six years in prison. But he has continued, all his life, to take courageous stands for peace […]
Ann Rule was going to be a psychology major, but a class with English Professor Markham Harris changed her life, launching a career that has included New York Times best-sellers on notorious crimes. She is perhaps best known for The […]
In 1952, Henry Schmitz began his six-year tenure as president of the University, having been the first alum of the University to take on…
Earned Wings: Dunbar is one of the world’s most experienced female astronauts, with 50 days in space covering 20.4 million miles on five shuttle flights. Sutter, known as “the father of the Boeing 747,” invented the concept of the “wide […]
In 1951, after an incredible 30 years at $4 per credit hour, the cost of adult education extension classes was raised to $5 per credit hour. During the period since the previous tuition increase, the United States had been through […]
The first African American to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Brimmer has also headed his own financial consulting firm, Brimmer & Co., in Washington, D.C., since 1976. LBJ LIbrary photo by Robert Knudsen. This alumni profile is […]
During the 1949-1950 academic year, 20,887 individual students attended the University of Washington, an increase of 38% compared to a decade before. During autumn quarter 1949 alone, 16,380 students were registered.
She’s the 2004 Nobel Laureate in physiology and medicine. He’s the co-chair of the Gates Foundation. And the breakthroughs she’s making in the lab—explaining the human sense of smell, among other things—may one day yield the medicines he’s helping disseminate […]
Based in Tacoma, Washington, Weyerhaeuser is one of the world’s largest producers of pulp, paper, lumber, packaging materials, and other wood-related products.
Complementing a new name (the Division of Adult Education and Extension Services) and a new leader (Lloyd Schram), University Extension opened a new home in 1948. The Center for Adult Education in downtown Seattle’s Denny Regrade area consisted of two […]
The School of Dentistry, the only dental school in Washington state and one of two in the Pacific Northwest, was founded in 1946.
The first entering class of students at the School of Medicine began classes in October of 1946, after Washington state Governor Monard C. Wallgren authorized the formation of the school a year earlier.
The worldwide flu epidemic of 1918, which killed more people than World War I, brought issues of public health to the forefront everywhere.
Established as the first independent nursing school on the West Coast in 1945, the School of Nursing offers a series of undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral educational programs to approximately 600 students and fellows currently. It holds the great distinction […]
After the Japanese military attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, student life on the UW campus changed dramatically.
When the U.S. entered the war after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, students and even faculty members from the UW joined the military, or became involved in the war effort through civilian roles. The University Extension […]
Edwin Guthman found it—the guest registry that proved UW Professor Melvin Rader had spent his summer at a resort in the Cascades, not at a communist training school. Guthman’s series of articles for the Seattle Times cleared Rader’s name and […]
This is actually a picture of my father Rufino F.Cacabelos ’39 posing with the Filipino Students Club sometime in 1937.Here is his story about his time at the UW – http://cacabelos.us/Rufinopart2.html
The UW had become well known for the success of its rowing programs over several decades, but in 1936 the Husky varsity crew proved to be…
Whitney Harris knows how to make a convincing case. At the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, he presented evidence against Ernst Kaltenbrunner so overwhelming that the former head of the Gestapo didn’t bother appealing his conviction. At 96, Harris is the […]
In 1932 the Seattle Times profiled “UW Extension,” running an article that profiled some of the students who took classes. The article cheerfully described the mix of students as “mothers, professional men, laborers, factory girls, immigrants, society matrons, school teachers, […]
Before Glenn Hughes took over as head of the UW Division of Drama in 1930, practical training in theater took place mostly by trial-and-error in the professional world.
Margaret Herrick graduated from the University of Washington in the 1920s with a library degree from what is now the Information School and became head librarian of the Yakima Public Library in 1929.
The Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington was the first art museum in the state when it was built in 1927.
70 years before I was a Husky, my great-grandfather Burt P.Kirkland was one of the first professors of Forestry at the UW. He helped found Pack Forest and advocated for the economic benefits of selective harvesting of timber, instead of clear cutting.
In 1923, the unexpected death of founding director Edwin A. Start led to the appointment of Alexander C. Roberts, a member of the University’s Education faculty, as Director of the Extension Service. Roberts was to devote half time to the […]
When the UW Extension Division was created in 1912, it received state funds for its activities. In 1921, the state legislature required that the Extension Service become financially self-sufficient. Although this requirement appeared to impede growth, in the long term […]
During the 1919-1920 academic year, 7,135 individual students attended the University of Washington, more than three times as many as a decade before.
World War I – then called the Great War – brought enormous changes to the University campus and also to the University Extension Service. To serve military and civilian needs, new courses of instruction were added, including “an intensive evening […]
Henry Suzzallo’s 11 years as president of the University of Washington (1915-1926) were a time of enormous growth, achievement and also political conflict that ultimately led to his dismissal.
In 1912, following the report of a committee appointed to study the idea of creating a new University Extension Division, UW President Kane hired Edwin A. Start as the first Extension director. Initially, the purposes to be served were both […]
The Department of Library Economy in the College of Liberal Arts was founded in 1911 and has played a critical role in librarianship across the Northwest for a century.
The Graduate School was permanently established in 1910, although the University had awarded its first graduate degree, a Masters of Arts in the field of classical languages, as early as Commencement Day in June of 1885.
Home Economics—also known as Domestic Science—was a practical and progressive discipline when it was created at the University in 1909.
In 1909, the Washington state Legislature decided that the UW was the best site for a state Food and Drug Laboratory.
Students at the University started their own newspapers in the 1890s, the most consistent being The Pacific Wave, which was originally published in 1891.
PACCAR Inc is an international truck manufacturing firm based in Bellevue that is known for selling heavy-duty trucks under the names Kenworth, Peterbilt, DAF, and Foden.
“Campus Day” was instituted in April 1904 as a way to accomplish practical physical work on the new campus, which was still mostly wilderness.
Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) was created in 1901, replacing the Student Assembly, the Athletic Association and other minor student organizations.
Trevor Kincaid graduated from the UW in 1899 and was hired two years later as a faculty member in zoology. His most enduring contributions to the Northwest—besides inspiring legions of students who shared his love of nature—include saving Washington’s oyster industry and establishing a marine research station in the San Juan Islands that ultimately became Friday Harbor Laboratories.
In 1895, when the University moved from downtown Seattle to its new campus, there were few houses in the neighborhood where students could live.
In July 1897, the steamship Portland arrived in Seattle from Alaska carrying a copious amount of gold, leading way to the Klondike Gold Rush.
Henry Landes was one of the first faculty members hired when the University moved to its new campus in 1895.
Established in 1894, the School of Pharmacy was created through the efforts of the Washington Pharmaceutical Association, which had lobbied in favor of regulating the profession in the state.
In 1892, the newly-formed Athletic Association selected purple and gold as the school colors.
The Territorial University was getting crowded by the time of statehood (1889). During the 1889-1890 academic year, 273 individual students attended, almost twice as many as a decade before.
The Burke-Gilman Trail is a popular recreational trail with runners, cyclists, walkers, and commuters.Jointly maintained by the Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks & Recreation, it stretches over 18 miles from Shilshole Bay to the City of Bothell where it intersects with the Sammamish River Trail.
The trail dates back to 1885 when Judge Thomas Burke and Daniel Gilman were among a dozen investors who set out to establish a Seattle-based railroad.
Preparing young men and women to become teachers was an important function of the University from its early days. After becoming the Territorial University’s first graduate in 1876, Clara McCarty became a teacher, the usual career for an educated woman at the time.
On November 4, 1861, the University of Washington opened its doors at its original campus at present-day Fourth Avenue and University Street in downtown Seattle.
The Territorial Legislature stipulated that the fledgling university have four departments: literature, science and the arts; law; medicine; and a military department.
On February 8, 1853, a federal bill was introduced to separate the “Columbia Territory” from Oregon, born out of the growing resentment that the people living north of the Columbia River had regarding the distance between them and the capital in Salem.