UW Tacoma E-news
Spring 2009

Greetings, UWT Huskies!

With spring in full swing here at UW Tacoma, there are many reasons to visit campus and ways to re-engage with your alma mater. Read on for news, class notes and information about great events in the coming weeks. If you're a UWT grad and you are not receiving the alumni E-news, it could be because we don't have a current e-mail address for you. So, while you’re browsing this edition, please take a moment to contact the Office of Alumni Relations online to make sure your information is up to date, and give us the scoop on your life, work and family.

Go Dawgs!

What's Happening

James Carville

SOLD OUT: Political Consultant
James Carville Comes to UWT in April

James Carville, a leading American political consultant and author who helped guide Bill Clinton to presidential victory in 1992, will speak to a sold-out crowd at UW Tacoma on April 20. Carville will meet with UWT students, sign copies of his books and deliver a public lecture in William W. Philip Hall. More...

UW Coaches Tour Kicks Off at Tacoma’s Fircrest on April 30
UW Coaches Tour Excitement is in the air and you’ll want to be there! New Husky football coach Steve Sarkisian joins the 38th annual Coaches Tour at Fircrest Golf Club in Tacoma, along with Pac-10 champion and men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar, women’s hoops coach Tia Jackson and a few surprise guests! More...

Call for Nominations: 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award
UW Tacoma's Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2002 to recognize outstanding women and men who have inspired UW Tacoma students and/or have made significant contributions in their careers and community service. Learn more about the award, past winners, selection criteria and how to nominate your distinguished alumni candidate. More...

Rhubarb the Reindeer

Husky Summer Celebration: Paint the Park Purple with the Tacoma Rainiers!
Join us at Cheney Stadium on June 20 when the Tacoma Rainiers don Husky colors to take on the Reno Aces in a Pacific Conference AAA baseball showdown for a special Husky Summer Celebration event. More...

In the News

Terrain magazine

Terrain Goes on Print Hiatus
To cut costs, our university magazine Terrain is temporarily suspending print editions and moving fully into the online world. The new, more interactive, online-only version of the magazine will launch in the fall. The Winter 2009 issue is the last we'll print for at least a few years. All Terrain, our online companion site for the magazine, is available, with its usual array of fun and interesting Web extras. Please check it out and let us know what you think.

Fiona Johnson

UWT Alumna Gives Gift of Freedom
Do you remember the last present you gave to your brother-in-law? UW Tacoma’s Fiona Johnson does, and it was a doozy: one of her kidneys. The gift helped Johnson’s brother-in-law find freedom from a life-threatening disease, and helped Johnson give back to the man she believes has been a blessing in her sister’s life. More...

IAS to Roll Out Online Alumni E-news This Spring
Have you heard the latest? Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences has begun production of the first IAS Alumni newsletter. The premier issue will be available exclusively online beginning this spring and will be updated every quarter. The IAS alumni newsletter will highlight the accomplishments of students, alumni, faculty and staff.  If you have anything you would like to share about what you are doing now, personally or professionally, please send your information and photos to:

Chris Demaske
Assistant professor, IAS
Newsletter adviser

…and keep watching for updates at the IAS department’s home page.

Class Notes

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Awards & Recognition

Alina Urbanec

5 UWT Women 'Celebrated'
Five UW Tacoma faculty and staff members recently were honored as outstanding University of Washington women. The Celebrating University of Washington Women program recognizes the contributions of exceptional female students, staff and faculty members across all three campuses of the university. See who they are ...

Janice Laasko (left) & Claudia Gorbman (right)

And the 'Distinguished' Award Goes to ...
Film studies professor Claudia Gorbman (right), one of UWT's founding faculty, will receive the 2008-09 UW Tacoma Distinguished Research Award, while Janice Laakso (left), an associate professor of social work, earns the Distinguished Teaching Award. Learn more about these scholars.

Get Connected

Explore Your Options at Career & Internship Fair 2009
With more than 50 potential employers on hand, you won't and to miss Career & Internship Fair at UW Tacoma, Wednesday April 22. Learn more...

HuskyConnect is the exclusive new online networking community comprising more than 300,000 Husky degreed alumni and University of Washington Alumni Association members. All you have to do is log on! HuskyConnect is:

  • FREE
  • 100-percent Husky-driven content
  • non-commercial (no outside advertising)
  • authentic (member eligibility is verified)

Are YOU connected???

Be a Mentor, Build Your Network, Steer Your Career
If you are a UWT grad and want to know more about how you can explore career options and develop professional skills and contacts, or help UW students do the same, visit the Husky Career Network (formerly Career Connections). Consider the reward and satisfaction of expanding your own network. More ...

Join the Team

Elisabeth Leaf

"Going to school in the heart of the city makes learning come alive."—Elisabeth Leaf, Urban Studies, 2006

Giving Back: Have You Answered the Call Yet?
If you’ve considered renewing your commitment to UWT, remember that every gift to UW Tacoma will make a difference in the life of a student. From scholarships to academic program development to campus construction, your generosity allows us to grow and provide top-tier higher education to students in the South Sound region! Make your gift online.

Give Us Your Feedback!
Your suggestions for improving this e-newsletter and future events are always welcome. The UWT Web site is your source for UWAA membership details and information about upcoming events. Look for your next UWT alumni E-news in July and watch for the latest All Terrain online, UW Tacoma's periodical for alumni, donors and friends.

Got a question? Want to know how you can get involved in the UWT Alumni Association? Send us e-mail at: uwtalum@u.washington.edu.

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Pride Points

The UW is one of only 14 schools in the nation to receive an A-minus on the 2009 College Sustainability Report Card, which was the highest grade given for 2009.

The UW enrolls more than 2,600 international students from more than 100 countries. The 11,232 international students studying in the state of Washington last year contributed more than $256 million to the state’s economy.

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