President Richard L. McCormick appointed former UW Director of Government Relations Robert Edie to become vice president of university relations Jan. 1, succeeding James Collier, who left the UW to become vice president of university relations at the University of Northern Colorado. At the same time, McCormick combined the offices of university relations and government relations into one unit. Sheral Burkey, former associate director of government relations, is now associate vice president for university relations and director of government relations. She will oversee state, city and county relations. Norman Arkans, current associate vice president and executive director of university relations, will continue his responsibilities in public relations and communications. Arkans will also become special assistant to the president, assisting him in coordinating the operational aspects of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Collier had been at the UW since 1981. Under his tenure, the UW built the North Stands Addition to Husky Stadium, saw its first NCAA national championship and launched a new alumni magazine--Columns.
The Delta Chi fraternity was suspended from University recognition Dec. 22 following allegations of hazing and underage drinking. In early December the UW received a complaint from the mother of a Delta Chi pledge, alleging that there had been incidents of sleep deprivation, blindfolding and paddling. Underage drinking was also reported. As of mid-January, the national headquarters of Delta Chi was investigating the allegations. A spokesman for local alumni who operate the fraternity told the press that it was "premature" to make judgments on the allegations. The University has the option of withdrawing its recognition from the fraternity; however, the group can still operate without this recognition. Two other fraternities are currently operating without UW recognition, Chi Psi and Alpha Sigma Phi. Delta Chi has been part of the University community since 1909 and counts the late Sen. Henry Jackson as one of its alumni.
Medical School Dean Philip J. Fialkow received the Mayo Soley Award from the Western Society for Clinical Investigation in February for his "original and important contributions" to research in the genetic features of human tumors, especially those associated with leukemia. The society also honored Medicine Professor Mark Kay with its Young Investigator Award, noting his research in the use of gene therapy techniques in the liver, seeking ways to cure hemophilia.
The UW's public radio station, KUOW, received two Gold Awards in programming, the highest programming honor, from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 1995. The station received top honors in the Special Achievement Category for the "NPR Election Project" and in the News Category for its program "Northwest Journal."
The UW Police Department received the 1995 Jeanne Clery Campus Award for having the best college or university police unit of the year. Established in 1994, the award is given by the Security on Campus organization, which promotes safe college campuses nationwide. It was founded by the parents of Jeanne Clery, who was murdered in her Lehigh University dorm room in 1986. The UW Police Department is a leader in community-based policing. It is recognized nationally for informing students, faculty and staff of crime statistics through full page advertisements in the Daily.