In This Issue

Todd TurnerTurner Steps Down as UW Athletic Director
UW Athletic Director Todd Turner announced his resignation Dec. 11. UW President Mark A. Emmert, '75, credited Turner with turning around an athletic department that had been raked by a series of problems and controversies. Turner, the UW's 15th athletic director, was hired in June 2004 and finishes his term Jan. 31. UW Vice President for External Affairs Scott Woodward will serve as interim athletic director during the search for a replacement.  Read more...

Governor's Supplemental Budget Includes $8 Million for UW
Gov. Chris Gregoire, '69, '71, released her 2008 supplemental budget proposal Dec. 18. The state currently has a $1.4 billion surplus. Her budget puts $430 million into a new, constitutionally protected rainy-day fund and leaves $774 million in unspent revenue for a total of $1.2 billion in savings. Out of the $144 million in additional spending, the governor's budget includes $8 million for the UW to enhance campus safety, purchase land for UW Tacoma and open the UW North Sound campus in a temporary location in the fall.  Read more...

Peter KitheneUW Graduate Student Named CNN Heroes Honoree
UW graduate student Peter Kithene became an orphan at 12, when an undiagnosed disease took the lives of his parents and six of his siblings. Vowing to one day make life better for rural Kenyans, Kithene decided to excel at school, despite objections from relatives and friends that he should stay at home to take care of three younger siblings. Kithene was accepted into a prestigious high school in Nairobi and then attended the UW. Midway through his undergraduate studies, he raised money for a health clinic in his family's village and opened it two years ago. To date, Kithene's Mama Maria clinic has helped more than 18,000 patients who previously had no medical care. On Dec. 4, Kithene was named as one of six CNN Heroes Honorees, winning a $25,000 prize.
UW Press Release
CNN Video Report

Invest $14 Million in Public College Safety Upgrades, Says Governor
Gov. Chris Gregoire, '69, '71, proposed Dec. 11 that the state spend $14.3 million to improve safety on the state's college and university campuses. "In the past year, we have been reminded that our campuses are not immune from violence," she said. She noted the mass shooting at Virginia Tech University last April, and the shooting death the same month of a UW employee by a stalking ex-boyfriend. The proposal calls for instant warning systems on campuses, community notification systems, assistance for first responders and other security measures. Read more...

20-Year-Old Student to Earn 3 Degrees, Named Marshall Scholar
Jeffrey Eaton, a senior at the UW, has been selected as a Marshall scholar, one of the highest awards available to college graduates in the U.S. He and fellow UW student Graham Griffiths were finalists in the competition, which awards full scholarships for graduate study in England to about 40 American students annually. Eaton, 20, will graduate in June with a master's degree in statistics, bachelor's degrees in mathematics and sociology and a minor in music. He hopes to earn a doctorate in infectious disease epidemiology at Imperial College, London.
University Week article
Columns Magazine

Little League Costly Diet: Price of Lower-Calorie Foods Rising Drastically
As food prices rise, the costs of lower-calorie foods are rising the fastest, according to a UW study appearing in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. The prices of fresh fruit and vegetables and other low-calorie foods have jumped nearly 20 percent in the past two years, UW researchers say. The result is that a nutritious diet may be moving out of the reach of some American consumers.  Read more...

New Year=New Job? Career Discovery Week Coming this Month
Is your New Year's resolution to look for new career opportunities? Take advantage of Career Discovery Week, held at all three UW campuses. A "week" in name only, it will offer more than 140 workshops, panel presentations, networking events and fairs starting Jan. 9. Of special interest to alumni is the free workshop "I Can't Believe They Pay Me to Do What I Love!" held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Alumni House, 1415 N.E. 45th St., in Seattle. The UWAA is also recruiting volunteer table hosts for the 8th Annual Husky Career Lunch on Feb. 20.
Career Discovery Week
Husky Career Lunch
Career Volunteer Opportunities


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January 2008 UW NewsLinks Trivia Contest

Super Bowl XLII is less than a month away. Out of this list of Huskies in the NFL, which player has never appeared in a Super Bowl game?

    1. Eric Bjornson
    2. Chris Chandler
    3. Olin Kreutz
    4. Jeff Jaeger
    5. Benji Olson

Answer this month's question

Last Month's Answer
In last month's trivia question, we listed the names of four UW men's basketball coaches and asked readers to tell us which one did not also coach Husky football. See the answer here.

Trivia Contest Rules


About UW NewsLinks

UW NewsLinks is a free, monthly e-newsletter for alumni and friends about the University of Washington. Prepared by the editors of Columns, it features the same mix of campus news and features but also provides links to fascinating (and unusual) UW-related Web sites and a monthly trivia contest.

Photo credits: Vegetable image courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture. Turner courtesy of UW Athletic Media Relations. Kithene courtesy of CNN.

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