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Dawg Days in the Desert

New schedule, new venue, same Husky Spirit

Celebrate the Purple and Gold at Dawg Days in the Desert!
Online registration is closed. If you are not registered and would like to attend the event, please contact the UW Alumni Association at 206-543-0540 or to be placed on the wait list.

Chow Down to Washington

Friday, March 18, 2016
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage
6 p.m. cocktail hour; 7 p.m. dinner and program
The Ritz-Carlton’s legendary mountain views provide the perfect setting to reunite and catch up with your UW friends.

Check out photos from the event (click to enlarge)
Desert Scholarship Luncheon

The 2016 Desert Scholarship Luncheon is full. If you are not registered and would like to attend the event, please contact the UW Alumni Association at 206-543-0540 or to be placed on the wait list.

Monday, March 21, 2016
La Quinta Country Club
11 a.m. champagne reception and silent auction; 12 p.m. luncheon and program
Featuring Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat. Continue your strong legacy of supporting students and help build the next generation of Huskies.

About Daniel James Brown

Please note the Desert Dawgs Golf Tournament will not be held this year.

More Husky events in the desert

Dawg Days in the Desert brings the UW to Southern California with a series of events highlighting the boundless learning and spirit of discovery that drives our unique community.

Wednesday, March 9

College of the Environment Lunch and Learn—Gifts of the Crow

11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Thunderbird Country Club, Rancho Mirage
Featuring UW professor John Marzluff. Mischievous, playful, social and passionate, crows have outsized brains that allow them to think, plan and act in ways humans often find strangely familiar. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Thunderbird Country Club, Rancho Mirage. $20. Advance registration required. Register online.

Friday, March 18

UW Libraries Book Talk

10–11:30 a.m., the home of Mary Heckmann, Palm Desert
UW Tacoma Librarian and Washington State Book Award winner, Justin Wadland, will speak to friends and supporters about the Libraries’ role in advancing research and discovery. Wadland began his research for his book, Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound, as a student at the UW iSchool and continued his research after graduation. Free, but registration required. RSVP to Amanda Pirog at

Saturday, March 19

Nursing Brunch—Staying Sharp: The Science Behind Maintaining Cognitive Health

10 a.m.–12 p.m., La Quinta Resort, La Quinta
UW School of Nursing Executive Dean Azita Emami invites you to join fellow nursing alumni and friends for a hosted brunch and conversation about cognitive health. UW nursing professor Basia Belza will highlight what we know about normal cognitive changes with aging and what you can do to keep your mind active and sharp. Free, but registration required. RSVP to

Palm Desert Huskies Walking Tour—Huskies Prowl the Preserve

8–10 a.m., Coachella Valley Preserve, Thousand Palms
Join the Palm Desert Huskies as they explore one of the Coachella Valley’s most beautiful natural features, home to rare creatures and unique plants. Free, but registration is encouraged. RSVP to Debra Crump at