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In This Issue

UW Tops Primary Care Medical School Rankings for 15th Straight Year
The University of Washington again has been ranked first among primary care medical schools in the country, according to annual rankings of graduate and professional programs provided by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Medicine was tied for sixth in biomedical research. Only Harvard Medical School was ranked as high as the UW in both primary care and research. Read more...

Washington Weekend: UW Opens Its Doors to the World April 2426
Washington WeekendClear your calendar for the weekend of April 24–26. Washington Weekend, the UW’s annual extravaganza of open houses, tours, lectures, performances and fun activities for the whole family, is returning to all three UW campuses. From art to zoology, every facet of the University will be in the spotlight. More than 70 enlightening, exhilarating and eclectic events are on tap and most are free. For complete details, visit the Washington Weekend Web site.

Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
Roll Over Beethoven? Quincy Jones is UW Commencement Speaker
Quincy Jones, a distinguished musician, composer, producer, arranger and conductor for more than six decades, will be the featured speaker at the University of Washington 133rd Commencement held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, in Husky Stadium. Jones, who was raised in Seattle, also will receive an honorary doctorate. UW Bothell will have author and humanitarian Greg Mortenson as the featured speaker for its commencement ceremony held at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 15, in Hec Edmundson Pavilion. UW Tacoma will have business leader Michael J. Phillips, chairman of Russell Investment Group, speaking to graduates at 10 a.m. Friday, June 13, in the Tacoma Dome.
UW 133rd Commencement
UW Bothell Commencement
UW Tacoma Commencement

New Budget Has Some UW Improvements But No North Sound Campus
When the Legislature passed its 2008 supplemental operating and capital budgets March 13, it included $5.3 million in new resources for the UW—$2 million in additional operating support and $3.3 million in additional capital funds. The University received $1 million in new funding to support the creation of an eScience Institute and $3 million for land acquisition and soils remediation on the UW Tacoma campus. While legislation to establish a new UW North Sound branch campus in Snohomish County did not pass, the budget provided $100,000 to the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop a recommendation for a permanent site. Read more...

Mercer Hall
Mercer Hall
Regents OK $850 Million Plan for New Student Housing
The UW Board of Regents approved March 20 an $850 million plan to expand student housing at the Seattle campus with a net gain of about 2,365 beds. Currently the UW houses about 5,400 students in space meant for 4,500, mostly by converting double rooms into triples. The plan calls for three new residence halls and five new apartment buildings, each about six-stories tall, to be built in the southwest area of campus near Terry-Lander. Mercer Hall, built in 1970, would be demolished as part of the plan and existing residence halls would be renovated, eliminating communal bathrooms. Read more...

One of the original Columns
One of the newly repaired columns.
Historic Columns Come Home to Campus
The Sylvan Theater is back to normal after several months without its columns. The columns—which are all that remain of the original, downtown Territorial University Building that was razed in 1908—were removed last fall to be repaired. The work was funded by contributions from the Class of 1956 for their 50th reunion. Twenty-two Facilities Services staffers were involved in the work, which included replacing the columns’ wooden bases with concrete replicas and cleaning and painting the columns themselves. Over spring break, a crew performed the arduous task of moving the columns back home, and the University’s photographer was there to record the journey. Read more...

Toast to the Northwest Coming May 10, Featuring Co-Host Don James
Enjoy sips, tastes, sights and sounds at this introduction to more than 40 Northwest wineries from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Complimentary food and entertainment will accompany your tour of the region’s oeneophilic offerings. This event is co-hosted by legendary UW football coach Don James. It starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Dempsey Indoor Practice Facility next to Husky Stadium. The proceeds will support the UW Husky Marching Band. For more info visit the Toast to the Northwest Web site.


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April 2008 UW NewsLinks Trivia Contest

On March 20 the UW announced a major plan to increase student housing on the UW campus. What is the current percentage of students living in UW residence halls and apartments?

    1. 10%
    2. 16%
    3. 19%
    4. 25%
    5. 29%

Answer this month's question

Last Month's Answer
In last month’s trivia question, we listed five campus visits by presidential candidates and asked which one was false.

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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 - Columns: Mary Levin; Quincy Jones, courtesy Quincy Jones. Mercer Hall, courtesy UW Housing and Food Services

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