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UW AWARDS 2007 HOMEPAGE

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DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD
Douglas Black, Pharmacy
Lauro Flores, Ethnic Studies
Matt Sparke, Geography/ Jackson School
Terry Swanson, Earth & Space Sciences
Crispin Thurlow, Communication
G. Kent Nelson, Business, UW Tacoma
David Goldstein, UW Bothell

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD
Jerusha Achterberg, Anthropology
Alex Coverdill, Biology

DISTINGUISHED STAFF AWARD
Marne Faber, Harborview
Elaine Franks, Psychology
Pam Robenolt, Athletics
Cynthia St. Clair, Music
Deborah Flores, Engineering

BROTMAN AWARD FOR INSTRUCTIONAL EXCELLENCE
Program on the Environment
MIRT, Epidemiology

DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTIONS TO LIFELONG LEARNING AWARD
Jan Spyridakis, Technical Communication

OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Erasmo Gamboa, Ethnic Studies

JAMES D. CLOWES AWARD FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING COMMUNITIES
James Gregory, History

S. STERLING MUNRO PUBLIC SERVICE TEACHING AWARD
J. Carey Jackson,  Medicine

DAVID B. THORUD LEADERSHIP AWARD
Eve Riskin, Electrical Engineering
Don Wulff, UW Center for Instructional Development and Research (CIDR)

MARSHA L. LANDOLT DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE MENTOR AWARD
Raj Bordia, Materials Science

ALUMNUS SUMMA LAUDE DIGNATUS
Dan Evans

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Dawn Williams

PRESIDENT'S MEDAL
Minh-An Nguyen, Biochemistry/ Chemistry
Elise Saba, English


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Dawn Williams

Adapted from a Columns story by Tom Griffin

In 1990, Dawn Williams was a recent business school grad who wanted to reconnect with the University. She heard about a downtown Seattle alumni lunch and thought that would be a good start. But the turnout was "embarrassing," she recalls.

Afterwards, she told herself, "Don't complain about something unless you are willing to do something about it." The basic idea of a lunch series was sound, she thought; it just needed better execution.

So Williams worked with other business alumni to revamp the offerings.

Through some arm-twisting, they were able to attract high-powered executives who, in turn, drew sellout audiences.

And that was just the beginning of Williams' work as an active alum -- work that has led to her selection for the UW Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award. Her first big achievement was unifying three different alumni groups -- one for BAs, one for MBAs and one for the Executive MBA program -- into one business alumni association. That led to her joining the UWAA's Board of Trustees.

A financial adviser at Smith Barney, Williams became the association's treasurer, and in that role she helped ensure that life dues and income from credit card agreements were banked in the UW's end In 2003, Williams became president of the UWAA, a job she enjoyed so much that in her first month she attended 42 alumni meetings and events. But she claims to enjoy it all.

"The best part for me," she says, "was the camaraderie, just being with my fellow Huskies working to support the University."