REWARDING REUSE: The UW’s Motor Pool and Surplus Property operations won the Recycler of the Year Award for higher education institutions from the Washington State Recycling Association recently. The UW has won recycling honors for its overall program in the past, said Diana Perey, director of transportation services, but this year both motor pool and surplus property had made such “great strides” that they were singled out for the honor. This isn’t the only honor that motor pool has won for its work. It recently received a five-star rating from the King County EnviroStars Program for its efforts to properly manage and reduce hazardous waste. Five stars is the highest rating available from the program, which awarded motor pool a four-star rating last year.
PROMOTING REUSE: And speaking of recycling, UW students who lived on campus had the opportunity to donate their unwanted clothing, books, food and reusable materials to charitable organizations when they moved out of the residence halls at the end of the year. They did — big time. More than 12 tons of material were diverted from the landfill, including 1,988 pounds of food, 15,356 pounds of clothing, 2,000 pounds of books and 5,000 pounds of miscellaneous reusables. Called Summer Scram, the event was organized by Housing and Food Services, Recycling, Surplus Property and Seattle Public Utilities. It was so successful that a similar event is planned next year.
ENDS OF THE EARTH: Three UW School of Music doctoral students have won the second prize at the Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy. Known as the Brechemin Trio while at the UW, they have branched out on their own as “Finisterra.” They are indeed “from the ends of the earth,” the meaning of their group’s name. Kwan Bin Park, violin, is from Korea; Natalya Kalendarev, piano, is from Russia; and Kevin Krentz, cello, is from the United States.
ART HONORS: Akio Takamori, associate professor of ceramics in the School of Art; and Robert Jones, professor emeritus of art, are among 10 artists selected for the Flintridge Foundation’s Awards for Visual Artists. Each will receive a $25,000 grant to encourage future work and a catalog highlighting their careers will be published. The foundation’s biennial awards honor California, Oregon and Washington artists working in fine arts and crafts media whose work demonstrates high artistic merit and a distinctive voice for 20 or more years.
IT’S HISTORIC: The American Association for State and Local History has given an Award of Merit for the online resource, “Crossing Organizational Boundaries.” Crossing Organizational Boundaries was a two-year partnership between the Museum of History and Industry, the UW Libraries and 10 smaller historical institutions that resulted in the scanning and cataloging of 12,000 images of King County featured on the Web site http://www.KCSnapshots.org. The AASLH Annual Award Program is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the presentation and interpretation of local, state and regional history.
EDUCATORS EXTRAORDINAIRE: Education Professor Geneva Gay received the W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Educator Award, presented by the American Educational Research Association’s special interest group, Research Focus in Black Education, for her contributions to African American education. Education graduate student Roger Hamlyn received the Outstanding Educator, Golden Apple Award from the Green Lake Elementary PTA for his work as a tutor and teacher’s aide at the school. His fellow graduate student Diem Nguyen is the recipient of the Diversity Leadership Award presented by the Office of Minority Recruitment and Retention.
NOT DANCING, BUT: When Dance This was presented at the Paramount recently, Millie Russell, assistant to the vice president for minority affairs, was on hand to provide the introduction to one of the pieces, “Remembering Syvilla: Memoirs and Contributions.” The dance was dedicated to Syvilla Fort, a dance teacher with whom Russell studied for 10 years.
INTERNATIONAL STAR: Mary Fetterly, international counseling services coordinator, recently received an award in recognition of four years of service to the National Association of International Educators as admissions section representative to the Education and Training Executive Committee. Her responsibilities include the oversight of professional curriculum development and five foundation workshops on topics related to admission, student recruitment and foreign credentials analysis, and immigration issues, which are offered at the regional and national conference levels throughout the year. Fetterly was also given an award recognizing her four years of service to the organization and the Admissions National Sectional Team in the field of international educational exchange.
FORESTRY HONORS: The College of Forest Resources has announced its annual awards. Exemplary Staff Service Awards go to Chris Berry, Lynn Catlett, Ann Corboy, Cara Mathison, Jim McCarter and Nicole Stevens. Faculty honored for exemplary teaching, research and service are Darlene Zabowsky, Steve West and Dave Briggs respectively. Rob Harrison was honored for student contact hours production, while Michael Andreu, Marianne Elliott and Elaine Oneil were singled out for student service. Ben Brigham was named outstanding student in wildlife. The exemplary team service award went to the Environmental Science and Resource Management team. Bob Edmonds won the dean’s faculty award, while the Graduate Student Research Symposium Committee received the dean’s student award and the college’s Information Technology Team got the dean’s staff award. Larry Mason and Roarke Donnelly took first and second place in fact sheets, and the Denman Forestry Issues Series team won the public relations award.
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