On and Off the Ave
A collection of newsworthy items from the pages of Columns.
Let there be light
Light and space artist James Turrell will unveil Skyspace, a permanent work commissioned to open in the Henry Art Gallery's Illsley Ball Nordstrom Sculpture Court in July. Construction began in January. Skyspace will stand on two columns 11 feet above the Sculpture Court and will be entered through the front doors of the Henry's original beaux-arts building. Above: Architectural drawing of James Turrell's Skyspace Pavilion at the Henry Art Gallery, courtesy Donnally Architects.
One from the Heart
Kayla Burt's career as a Husky basketball player is over, but that she is alive after a near-death experience New Year's Eve is a tribute to her teammates and the paramedics who saved her life. Burt has an inherited problem with the electrical conduction system in her heart called Long Q-T Syndrome. On New Year's Eve she suddenly felt faint while at her Seattle home with several of her Husky teammates. Players Giuliana and Gioconda Mendiola administered CPR until emergency medical technicians arrived at the scene, only four minutes after the call to 911. "I'm about as lucky as anyone has ever been lucky," said Burt at a Jan. 8 press conference. "My heart was stopped. I was dead, basically." She added, "They saved my life, my teammates and the paramedics. I haven't even comprehended everything that has happened. It is so amazing." Surgeons at UW Medical Center placed an automatic defibrillator on the right side of her chest to prevent future heart failure. Just four days after Burt's collapse, the team had a last-minute, come-from-behind victory against USC. "To see these kids really come together and have nothing on their minds except going out there and playing for Kayla like they did, it is the most amazing experience I have ever had as a coach," said Coach June Daugherty. Burt has resumed attending classes and expects to attend all Husky women's games this season. She will retain her scholarship and will be taking on undergraduate coaching responsibilities in the future. Photo by Dean Rutz, © 2003 Seattle Times.
Here's Mud in Your Eye
Troy Heithecker, a graduate student at the UW College of Forest Resources, gets down and dirty at the National Cyclocross Collegiate Championships in December in Napa, Calif. Plagued by a flat tire five seconds into the race and ultra-muddy conditions, Heithecker finished 26th out of 60 riders. Jeannette Nussbaum, a Ph.D. microbiology student, overcame two flat tires to place sixth in the women's race. Both are members of the Husky Racing bicycling club team. Photo courtesy Troy Heithecker.
Fire Guts Educational Outreach Offices
A Dec. 19 three-alarm fire destroyed an office building that UW Educational Outreach leases to house about 100 employees. No one was injured in the blaze, which broke out around 6 a.m. and is blamed on a faulty fluorescent-light fixture. Damage to the office building, located west of 25th Avenue N.E. near the University Village shopping mall, totaled more than $1 million. Technology specialists were able to retrieve most of the data stored on computer hard drives and students were able to register for classes only one day after the fire. UW Educational Outreach provides continuing education, distance learning, English as a second language and evening degree classes. Most of its offices have been relocated to Roosevelt Commons, 4311 11th Ave. N.E. photo at left by Steven H. Robinson. Right photo by Kathy Sauber.
University Gets New Look
The University unveiled a new graphic identity in December that officials hope becomes synonymous with success, tradition, innovation-and the University of Washington. The new logo, which is anchored by an abstraction of the familiar columns found on the University's first building, will replace the "UW" logo that has been used since the late 1980s.