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Honoring the Finest: UWAA Seeks Nominations for Awards

The UW and UW Alumni Association invite nominations for these 2006 awards:

Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus: Presented to a former student who has achieved national or international prominence in his or her field. Send nominations to Charles R. Blumenfeld, President, UW Alumni Association, 1415 N.E. 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98105. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2006.

UW Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award: This award honors outstanding volunteer contributions to the UW Alumni Association and the University. Send nominations to Charles R. Blumenfeld, President, UW Alumni Association, 1415 N.E. 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98105. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2006.

Distinguished Teaching and Excellence in Teaching Awards: These awards recognize outstanding UW educators. The Distinguished Teaching Award is for faculty; the Excellence in Teaching Award is for teaching assistants. Send nominations to: Teaching Award Committee, 220 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352800, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-28000, or e-mail - Deadline: Dec. 9, 2005.

Brotman Awards for Instructional Excellence: Created in 1998, these awards go to programs and departments that excel in the promotion of undergraduate learning.  Send nominations to: Teaching Award Committee, 220 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352800, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-28000, or e-mail - Deadline: Dec. 9, 2005.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Alumni

Alumni who have received the UW’s alumnus of the year award—officially titled the Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award—have had a dramatic impact on many realms of society. Some recent winners are:

Jack Lenor Larsen

2005: Jack Lenor Larsen, ’49. Larsen is the undisputed dean of textile design. He used unconventional materials and bold colors to create, “the Larsen Look,” which became the gold standard for fabric design in the 20th century. Larsen was the second American ever honored with a solo exhibition at the Louvre.

Joe Sutter

2001: Joe Sutter, ’43. Sutter invented the concept of the wide-body aircraft, designing the Boeing 747, the most recognized airplane in the world. Recipient of the U.S. Medal of Technology, he also served on the presidential committee that investigated the Challenger explosion.

Shirley Malcom

1998: Shirley Malcom, ’67. Malcom is a scientist and educator who dedicated her career to providing science, mathematics and technology education to women and minorities. She heads the outreach program for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.