Columns September 2000

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Serious Injury for Football Player Curtis Williams
Senior Curtis Williams, a safety on the UW football team, remains in intensive care at Stanford Medical Center with what UW Coach Rick Neuheisel says was a contusion to the spinal cord suffered in the Huskies' 31-28 victory over Stanford on Oct. 28. See Seattle Times update. Also, see UW athletics Web site for Curtis Williams, and on-line messages sent by fans. UW is launching a special fund to support long-term care for Curtis Williams. See the announcement on the UW athletics Web site.
No Charges Filed in Sanderson Shooting
On Sept. 18, the King County Prosecutor's Office decided not to file charges against the pizza delivery driver involved in the shooting of James Sanderson. Sanderson, a UW freshman, was killed April 29 after he climbed on the driver's car as it was waiting at a traffic light on the Ave. See Seattle P-I article. Also, see "Fatal Choices."
Gifts to UW Set Record at $134 Million
Gifts to the University of Washington in 1999-2000 surged by more than 30% to a record total of $134,038,997. The previous year's total was $102,925,052. In 1998-1999, the University of Washington ranked eleventh nationally in the amount of private gifts and grants it received and third among public universities. See UW press release.
Hedges Reinstates Swimming Program
University of Washington Athletic Director Barbara Hedges announced Aug. 29 that she has reversed her decision to drop men's and women's swimming as a varsity sport following the conclusion of the 2000-2001 season. The announcement to drop the program was made on July 27 after an evaluation of the program. Fan input and a pledge of help from Pacific Northwest Swimming helped in the decision. "In the last month, it has become very apparent that there is interest in retaining this program, not only from the people in the Seattle area, but around the State of Washington," Hedges says. "I have heard from many of them." See also Seattle Times article and Seattle P-I article.
Vortman Appointed Interim UWAA Executive Director
Sheila Manus Vortman, '69, '85, was named interim Executive Director of the UW Alumni Association on Sept. 5. Vortman will work with David Fagerlie, '81, who has submitted his resignation as the alumni association's executive director, effective Sept. 29. Vortman, who was vice president of corporate services for Puget Power before retiring, served as UWAA president in 1993-94 and chaired the UWAA strategic planning committee in 1998-99. Fagerlie became UWAA executive director in 1997. "Having had the opportunity to bring a world-class alumni association closer to its world-class university (especially my alma mater) was one I will cherish," says Fagerlie. "I look forward to continuing my friendship with so many fine people." See also UWAA News Center backgrounder.
Nearly 5,000 New Freshmen Expected This Fall
The University of Washington is preparing for its largest incoming class ever as 4,935 new freshmen are expected to attend when Fall Quarter starts Sept. 25. The new class will see an increase in African Americans. Native American enrollment will remain flat, while Latinos are projected to drop by 18 percent. Asian American enrollment will rise by 8 percent.
Huskies Tagged to Finish Near Top in Neuheisel's Second Season
After finishing last season with a 7-5 record and a second place finish among the Pac-10, the Husky football team under Coach Rick Neuheisel will face intensified pressures to succeed. The 2000 season schedule includes games against Idaho, Miami, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona State, California, Stanford, Arizona, UCLA and Washington State. For more information, see the official Husky Football Central Web site.
Record Gift Helps Students Pursue Nursing Careers
Bob and Jean Reid of Bellingham made a $5 million deferred gift to the University of Washington School of Nursing—the largest gift in the school's history, the UW announced May 16. The money will be used to establish a scholarship endowment, providing full scholarships for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. See also UW news release.
Older Women Treated Less Often for Heart Attacks
Older women are less likely to receive early treatment following a heart attack than older men and are more likely to be assigned a do-not-resuscitate order during their hospital stay, UW researchers reported in the July 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. See also UW news release.
Parody Distributed in the Daily Draws Fire
An article published in a May 19 supplement to the Daily, "The Mutt," offended students, faculty, regents, alumni and the public, causing the supplement editor to resign and the Board of Student Publications to withdraw financial support for the humor publication. Titled "Prison inmates to attend UW," the article described a "diversity program" that enrolls "undereducated, middle-aged minorities" recently released from prison. See also coverage in The Daily.
Journalism Group Honors Columns
Columns won six awards in the 2000 Excellence in Journalism Competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, Western Washington Chapter, the organization announced May 20. This year the magazine also won two awards in a regional competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District VIII.
Awards Honor Undergraduate Education
Two UW units were recognized for innovative improvements to education June 8 as the Department of Technical Communications and the Comparative History of Ideas Program won 2000 Brotman Instructional Excellence Awards. Named after UW Regent Jeffrey Brotman, '64, '67, and his wife, Susan, the award recognizes collaboration within and among departments and programs to improve undergraduate education.

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