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Everyday Huskies

From Alaska to Australia, there are UWAA members around the world. Some are parents and grandparents, some are entrepreneurs, some are community leaders — all are making an impact and have unique stories to tell.  We’re dedicated to sharing those stories and showing the everyday Huskies that make up the UWAA community.

Are you a member with a great story? We want to hear about it! Email Karen Chilcote at chilck@uw.edu.

Patrick ClarkAlumni at work on their tiny house

The UWAA program Huskies@Work pairs students and alumni for a day of job shadowing. Patrick Clark, ’86, is the Director of Campus Planning and Retail Services at UW Tacoma. He sat down and told us about his experience with UW student Angie Fung, ’18.


“The Whizzies”
Alumni at work on their tiny house

Building on fifty years of friendship, a close group of more than 20 Huskies — who met as Haggett Hall roommates in the 1960s — united to build a UW-themed tiny house to help shelter local homeless people.

 
Sharon Maeda

Sharon Maeda

Sharon Maeda, ’68, is building on her legacy as an activist and communications pioneer. With a career that has taken her from the the UW campus to the White House, she’s come out of retirement to serve Seattle’s Rainier Valley as station manager of Rainier Valley Radio/KVRU 105.7 FM.

David Owens

David Owens

David Owens, ’04, knew from an early age he wanted to represent those whose voices were not being heard. Working as a civil rights attorney, Owens now brings justice to the wrongfully convicted. As part of the Exoneration Project, Owens helped to exonerate and release Patrick Prince after 26 years of wrongful imprisonment.

Shanda Boyd

Shanda Taylor Boyd

After a car accident, Shanda Taylor Boyd, ’94, was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. Now she serves as a national spokeswoman and advocate for disabled veterans. After this article appeared in Columns Magazine, Taylor Boyd connected with an old friend, showing the strength of our Husky community.

Temple Mathews and Manon Mathews

Temple Mathews

With over 30 years in the film business, Temple Mathews, ’76, has had a busy career in Hollywood. He’s been a screenwriter, director and more — even a successful young adult novelist. But nothing could prepare him for one challenge: working with his daughter Manon.

Five Generations of Huskies

Mary Joan Hervey

From grandmother Winifred to grandson James, Mary Joan Hervey, ’62, is part of a unique Husky pack: she has five generations of UW grads in her family. Hervey reflects on her family’s history at the UW, which started in the 19th century and continues with her grandson’s enrollment this fall.

Trish Bostrum

Trish Bostrum

Trish Bostrom, ’72, was a nationally ranked tennis player, but the UW women’s team was considered a non-competitive club. So she lawyered up and got that changed, and then she went on to fight for equality while playing on the women’s professional tour for eight years.

Ty Okamura

Ty Okamura

Think you have to be a UW alum to be a UW Alumni Association member? Not the case! Ty Okamura may have graduated from Gonzaga, but she’s found a home with the UWAA. She’s president of the Portland Huskies chapter and a life member.

Ted McGregor

Ted McGregor

For years, Ted McGregor, ’87, dreamed about moving home to Spokane and starting a newspaper. His dream came true in 1993 when he and his brother Jer, ’92, started the Inlander, building it into a community staple with a circulation of 50,000.

Kevin Quinn, Meghann Quinn, Kevin Smith, Patrick Smith of Bale Breaker Brewing Company

Kevin Quinn, Meghann Quinn, Kevin Smith, Patrick Smith

Ask Meghann Quinn, ’06, what brought her and her siblings back to their hometown of Yakima after attending the UW, and the answer is simple: “Once hops are in your DNA, you can’t leave.” That’s what led them to open Bale Breaker Brewing Company on the family hop farm.