Back to
Columns Magazine
  • The UW launched a record 17 startup companies this fiscal year, making fiscal 2013 the UW’s single most productive year for startup formation. It also places the UW among the top five schools in the nation. UW startups are companies, usually co-founded by UW researchers, formed around technology licensed from the University.
  • Two prominent alumni were named to the UW Board of Regents by Gov. Jay Inslee, ’81: Constance Rice, ’70, ’74, managing director for Knowledge Management for Casey Family Programs, and Rogelio Riojas, ’73, ’75, ’77, president and chief executive officer for Sea Mar Community Health Centers. Rice is filling the seat formerly held by Sally Jewell, ’78, who left to become Secretary of the Interior. Riojas will succeed Craig Cole on Oct. 1.
  • Odegaard Library will celebrate its official reopening this fall after undergoing a yearlong renovation. The $16.75 million project created student spaces for quiet study and group work, a technology studio and other features.
  • Mark Mitsui, ’03, is leaving his position as president of North Seattle Community College to become deputy assistant secretary for community colleges in the U.S. Dept. of Education.
  • Chuck Sloane, ’01, was named University Ombudsman. He served as deputy ombudsman for King County since 2008. He replaces Susan Neff, the University’s ombudsman since 2009.
  • Men’s crew won its third consecutive national championship at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in June in California. By sweeping all five grand finals, the UW won the Ten Eyck Award, given to the top overall team, for the seventh straight season.
  • The UWAA’s Multicultural Alumni Partnership will honor five alumni and community leaders at the Oct. 28 Bridging the Gap Breakfast. Diane Narasaki, ’76, executive director of the Asian Counseling & Referral Service, will receive the Dr. Samuel E. Kelly Award. The Distinguished Community Service Award will go to civil rights lawyer Lem Howell. Distinguished Alumni Awards will go to Sarah Sense-Wilson, ’99, chair of the Urban Native Education Alliance; and Alejandro C. Torres, ’88, director and corporate securities counsel for Starbucks Coffee. Polly Olsen, ’94, community relations director for the School of Social Work’s Indigenous Health and Wellness Institute, will receive the Diversity Award for Community Building.
  • Class of 2013 donated a record class gift of $50,000 to the UW Counseling Center. The money will be used to provide online videos that address topics such as stress management and test-taking anxiety.
  • Men’s basketball, with a score of 985, ranked No. 1 in the Academic Progress Rate scores released in June by the Pac-12.
  • Two faculty members have been named John Simon Guggenheim Fellows: Tom Daniel, professor of biology and Joan and Richard Komen University Chair in Biology, and Katie Peichel, affiliate associate professor of biology.
  • The Native Voices Film Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary in May. Documentaries produced by the Native Voices Center have won awards and been screened at Sundance, the American Indian Film Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian and other venues.
  • Leonard Forsman, ’87, chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, was named by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. A research archaeologist, he was director of the Suquamish Museum.
  • Stephen H. Sumida, ’82, professor of American ethnic studies, received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Asian American Studies.
  • John Schaufelberger, chair and professor of construction management, is serving as interim dean of the College of Built Environments. Former dean Daniel Friedman stepped down on June 15.
  • Denzil J. Suite was named vice president and vice provost of student life, succeeding the retiring Eric Godfrey. Suite had been associate vice president of student affairs at USC since 2003.
  • Chris Williams, ’13, the world’s No. 1 ranked amateur golfer, received the 2013 Ben Hogan Award as the best player in college golf. It is the second time a Husky has received this honor in the past four years.
  • UW Professional and Continuing Education celebrated its 100th birthday. The department serves nearly 47,000 students.
  • Her Calling

    My Tam Nguyen, ’06, spent the summer as the new media manager for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, ’81, through two special legislative sessions. In the fall, she’ll be entering Harvard University, pursuing a master’s degree in urban planning. Prior to the governor’s office, she worked on social media and public engagement at the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development. A cancer diagnosis in 2011 brought about a change for the native of Vietnam, who came to the U.S. when she was 8 years old. “I’m grateful to have served the City of Seattle and our great state,” Nguyen says. “Through treatment, I was reminded of my humanity, and as a survivor, I realized that I want to serve as many people as possible. Studying urban planning will give me the technical tools and knowledge to inform my future work to address global urban poverty.”—Jon Marmor

    Sweet Sounds

    Despite turning 98 in June, Randolph Hokanson, UW emeritus professor of music, remains quite connected to Seattle’s music community and still coaches concert pianists in his digs on Queen Anne Hill. This year, a new collection of Hokanson’s performances has been issued. Titled The University Years (available at Silver Platters), it is a seven-CD compendium of performances covering the years 1949 to 1984, when he taught and inspired a generation of UW musicians. Hokanson also has a new memoir available at the University Book Store, With Head to the Music Bent: A Musician’s Story, the story of Hokanson’s career as a concert pianist playing all over the world and his years as a UW professor inspiring and teaching new generations of musicians.—Julie Garner

    What Do You Think?

    Use the form below to comment on this story. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


    Personal attacks, insults, profanity, solicitations and spam are prohibited. The UW Alumni Association reserves the right to remove comments. For more information, please read our comment FAQ.