UW News

April 19, 2007

Community Celebration, honoring faculty and staff, is part of annual Washington Weekend April 26-28

John Marmor
Alumni Association

A special UW Community Celebration for faculty and staff is one of the highlights of the third annual Washington Weekend, which will take place from April 26 to 28 at all three UW campuses

Washington Weekend is the time every spring when the UW offers a long weekend of open houses, lectures, hands-on exhibits and more. More than 50 events are in store.

Faculty and staff are the honorees at the UW Community Celebration, to be held from

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27 in Red Square. President Mark Emmert, Provost Phyllis Wise and other UW leaders will be hosting a lunchtime barbecue to thank faculty and staff for their hard work and celebrate all they do for the University.

Of course, faculty and staff are also invited, along with the public, to attend all the talks, tours, culture and entertainment going on during the weekend. Most of the events are free.

“The UW Alumni Association is proud to welcome everyone to see what’s going on at the University,” says UWAA Executive Director Chuck Blumenfeld. “We have a world-class university here, and we want to celebrate that.”

The extravaganza begins on Thursday, April 26, with highlights that include a special talk by James Sun, a UW Business School graduate who is a star on the current season of The Apprentice, an open house at the College of Forest Resources to celebrate its centennial year, and a performance of Tom Stoppard’s highly acclaimed play, Arcadia, at the Playhouse Theatre.

On Friday, April 27, K-12 students, college students and anyone else interested in science will enjoy the College of Engineering Open House, which features more than 100 hands-on exhibits. Other departments holding open houses include Health Sciences/UW Medicine, the College of Forest Resources, the School of Music, the Dance Program, the Center for Digital Arts & Experimental Media and the School of Art.

The public can also take tours of Odegaard Undergraduate Library and the Medicinal Herb Garden, enjoy a campus art walk led by Campus Art Administrator Kurt Kiefer and attend the Costigan Professorship History Lecture by History Professor Raymond Jonas.

For Husky sports fans, Saturday, April 28, brings Spring Fling, which includes the Husky Spring Football Scrimmage at Husky Stadium, a crew race pitting the Huskies against California in the Montlake Cut and the Huskies’ softball game against Oregon at Husky Softball Stadium.

But Saturday has much more than just sports. The College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences has its open house that day, as does the Astronomy Department, where you can make your own edible comets and look for moon rocks from the Apollo landings, as well as many other activities.

The complete Washington Weekend schedule and list of details can be found at www.UWalum.com