The University of Washington celebrates the legacy of support built by a unique desert community of alumni and friends with Dawg Days in the Desert, a series of special events in Southern California's beautiful Coachella Valley.

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Featured events

Desert Scholarship Luncheon
Monday, March 16, 2015
Desert Island Golf and Country Club
11 a.m. Reception and silent auction
11:30 a.m. Luncheon
12:30 p.m. Program

Carol James, wife of famed UW coach Don James, will join Peter Tormey, ’84, former UW linebacker and author of "The Thursday Speeches — Lessons in Life, Leadership & Football from Coach Don James," for a spirited discussion of the impact and legacy of the legendary Husky coach.

$65 UWAA Members ($30 tax-deductible)
$75 Non-Members ($40 tax-deductible)

Desert Dawgs Golf Tournament
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Indian Wells Golf Resort
7 a.m. Registration
8 a.m. Shotgun start

Pro-quality links action is waiting for you and your fellow Huskies to come out and play. Price includes continental breakfast and lunch. A no-host bar will be available.

$210 UWAA Members
$255 Non-Members (Includes a one-year UWAA membership.)

Chow Down to Washington
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Home of Jim Houston, ’55
5:30 p.m. Cocktail hour
6:30 p.m. Dinner and program

Join Husky Football Head Coach Chris Petersen and UW President Michael K. Young for this spirited celebration of desert Husky community. Jim Houston, ’55, will reprise his role as host. Last year's Chow Down was filled to capacity, so make sure you sign up early!

$85 UWAA Members
$100 Non-Members

More desert events

Reception and Lecture with the UW School of Nursing
Monday, March 16, 2015
La Quinta Country Club
5 p.m. Reception and program

Join nursing alumni and friends for a hosted reception and program featuring Dr. Tatiana Sadak, who will share insights about supporting dementia patients and their families with a presentation titled "Better Care for People Living with Dementia: Tools for Improving the Clinician and Family Caregiver Partnership."

Questions about this event? Please contact Lauren Johnson at

Lunch and Learn in the Desert
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Thunderbird Country Club
11:30 a.m. Plated lunch and lecture

In Brown Bears and Red Salmon: Tales of Life and Death in Alaska, UW College of the Environment professor Thomas Quinn shares remarkable imagery from the field and knowledge gained from two decades of research about this unique and vital ecological relationship.

$20 General admission

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