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Parent & Family
Weekend

April 8, 9 and 10, 2016

From our Husky family to yours, join us!

Parent & Family Weekend is an awesome — and abundant — three-day exploration of the Husky experience for parents, families and current undergraduate students to dive deep into the UW — together.

It’s a choose-your-own-adventure weekend — take a tour of campus, chat with UW leadership, rally your purple spirit on Red Square, hang out on the Ave and explore the city (hello, Space Needle!) and more!

Be a part of the #UWFamily at #PFW2016. See you there!

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Events

Click on event title for more information. Locations will be added as they are confirmed.

★ – Spotlight event
– Tickets must be purchased

Friday, April 8

Check-in

Check in at the PFW Cafe in the HUB Lyceum, the place for all your Parent & Family Weekend needs. Come here first to pick up your welcome packet and badge, and feel free to return throughout the weekend to get all your questions answered. Don’t forget to grab a cup of complimentary coffee!

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Husky Union Building

Leading through change: The Husky Leadership Initiative

A session for parent & families, featuring UW parent, Senator Reuven Carlyle

A one-day conference designed for UW students to develop their leadership skills through a series of workshops and sessions with leaders from the UW and community at large. Each year, conference organizers solicit proposals for workshops addressing the learning objectives identified by the Husky Leadership Initiative as important attributes for effective and socially-responsible leaders. This annual event brings together UW students interested in developing their skills and engaging in conversation centered on leadership. Based on our belief that one’s capacity to lead grows out of experience, practice and reflection, this conference gives students the opportunity to build and hone the leadership skills they need to make a difference in whatever context speaks to them.

In celebration of the inaugural Parent & Family Weekend, this year’s Husky Spring Training will offer a couple of sessions for parents as well as students. The event will kick off with our keynote speaker, state Sen. Reuven Carlyle, who is a current Husky parent. Following the keynote presentation, we will offer a session for parents entitled “Husky Leadership 101,” featuring stories from current UW students. Parents will be able to attend both of these presentations prior to attending the Parent & Family Weekend kickoff and welcome event at 4 p.m. More info

2 – 3:30 p.m. / Alder Commons

Parent & Family Weekend kickoff

Kick off Parent & Family Weekend with a warm Husky welcome from Interim Provost Jerry Baldasty and Vice President for Student Life Denzil Suite. Pack your purple and gold spirit and share your Husky pride with the Husky Marching Band and Cheer, Harry the Husky, and everyone’s favorite live mascot — Dubs! Grab some swag, enjoy festive treats and get to know members of the UW family.

Special Event

4 – 5 p.m. / HUB Ballroom

The Samuel E. Kelly Lecture

Can well-meaning health care providers hold hidden or unconscious racial or ethnic bias? Take part in the discussion as Janice A. Sabin, Ph.D., MSW, reflects on 10 years of health care disparities research. Presented by the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity. Free admission, advance registration is recommended. Event info and registration

6 – 7 p.m. / Intellectual House / Register

Full schedule

Saturday, April 9

Check-in

Check in at the PFW Cafe in the HUB Lyceum, the place for all your Parent & Family Weekend needs. Come here first to pick up your welcome packet and badge, and feel free to return throughout the weekend to get all your questions answered. Don’t forget to grab a cup of complimentary coffee!

7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Husky Union Building

Breakfast with leadership - session 1

Come connect with UW leadership over breakfast! These hour-long sessions include a brief speaking program followed by time to meet and mingle with leadership and families over pastries and coffee.

Special Event

8 – 9 a.m. / HUB Ballroom

Breakfast with leadership - session 2

Come connect with UW leadership over breakfast! These hour-long sessions include a brief speaking program followed by time to meet and mingle with leadership and families over pastries and coffee.

Special Event

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. / HUB Ballroom

Faculty presentations

Hear how the UW’s world-class faculty and researchers are turning ideas into life-changing realities through their collaboration with students in a series of exclusive presentations. Each session will highlight the research and community impact of two to three professors in an interactive setting.

Transforming the student experience, 11 a.m.–noon, Kane 210

Being a student at the UW means having extraordinary experiences — in and outside the classroom.

Tom Quinn, professor, aquatic and fishery sciences: Seventy-some years ago, Bristol Bay, Alaska’s salmon population mysteriously diminished by millions — so the industry turned to the UW for answers. Now, the UW has a suite of camp-like facilities in southwest Alaska dedicated to studying and preserving the world’s largest, healthiest and most valuable salmon fishery. Alaska Salmon Program faculty Tom Quinn shares how undergraduates are playing a major part.

David Domke, professor and department chair, communication: It’s one thing to read about history in a book — it’s another to actually see it firsthand. Listen as Professor David Domke shares how he engages his students through immersion teaching, including his popular civil rights pilgrimages where UW students and supporters make a nine-day trek across the South to critical landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement.

Empowering possibility through innovation, 11 a.m.–noon, Kane 220

Never afraid to question the answer, the UW is an epicenter for turning innovative ideas into actions.

John Vidale, professor, Earth & space sciences: Alongside fellow experts, UW professor and Washington state seismologist John Vidale is working toward making the earthquake-prone Pacific Northwest a safer place. Listen as Vidale discusses the M9 Project’s earthquake early warning system, and shares his thoughts on the New Yorker’s July article “The Really Big One.”

Dr. Samuel Browd, assistant professor of neurological surgery and attending neurosurgeon, UW Medicine: With a little help from the NFL, UW startup VICIS brought together the latest in engineering and medicine to create a football for the modern age. Hear from Dr. Browd — attending neurosurgeon, medical director of the Seattle Children’s Sports Concussion Program, and neurologic consultant to the Seattle Seahawks — as he shares how VICIS’ first concussion-curbing helmet hit the market, and which teams will be sporting it next season.

Special Event

11 a.m. – noon / Kane Hall

Husky Experience showcases

The Husky Experience showcases are where Huskies can, well, showcase what it means to be a student at the UW. Slow down, reflect and connect with the UW Mindfulness Project, snack on food grown on the UW Farm or get a full tour of the UW’s environmentally friendly EcoCar — whatever your interests, you’re bound to find a student who shares it.

Special Event

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Various locations

Campus open houses

Ever wonder what your student’s classrooms look like? Interested in checking out some of the UW’s groundbreaking labs and student resources? Come visit one of the many campus locations whose doors are open!

Special Event

1 – 4 p.m. / Various locations

Faculty presentations

Hear how the UW’s world-class faculty and researchers are turning ideas into life-changing realities through their collaboration with students in a series of exclusive presentations. Each session will highlight the research and community impact of two to three professors in an interactive setting.

Expanding our impact — everywhere, 1–2 p.m., Kane 210

The UW has a passion for discovery, constantly working to create a world of good.

Sara Goering, associate professor, philosophy: Life’s biggest questions don’t just plague adults. Listen as Associate Professor Sara Goering shares how the UW’s Center for Philosophy for Children introduces philosophy to K–12 students. Through children’s books and activities, the Center inspires exploration, and encourages young people to trust their own ideas about the world and think about the meaning of their experiences.

Ivan Owen, makerspace lab manager, School of STEM, UW Bothell: Through 3-D printing, UW Bothell’s Ivan Owen is increasing access to prosthetics for children around the world with missing fingers. See how Owen — in collaboration with individuals across the world through the open source e-NABLE Community — are coming together to change lives.

Driving the public good, 1–2 p.m., Kane 220

We aren’t the University of Washington; we’re the University for Washington, always giving back to our local and global community.

Dr. Greg Davis, associate professor of otolaryngology and director of rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery, UW Medicine: When Woodland Park Zoo’s 35-year-old western lowland gorilla Vip came down with a life-threatening sinus infection in 2014, his keepers feared the worst. Thanks to a first-of-its-kind pro-bono endoscopic sinus surgery led by UW Medicine’s Dr. Greg Davis, Vip is now happy and healthy — and the father of a newborn baby gorilla. Listen as Dr. Davis shares his story.

Stuart Reges, principal lecturer, computer science & engineering: Can computers figure out what you’re thinking? They can — and companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon are using that technology to grow, leading to an incredible hiring boom for students with computer science degrees. Hear as Stuart breaks down metaknowledge, ngrams and more in a non-technical way.

Special Event

1 – 2 p.m. / Kane Hall

'The Boys in the Boat' reading and book signing with Daniel James Brown

Enjoy an exclusive session with Daniel James Brown, author of The New York Times bestseller “Boys in the Boat.” Hear about the triumph of the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic rowing team from the UW while seated in the crew’s iconic shell house, get your book signed and browse the University Book Store pop-up shop.

2 – 3 p.m. / Conibear Shellhouse

Forever Purple reception

The UW Alumni Association hosts a reception celebrating Huskies of all ages.

4 – 5:30 p.m. HUB Lyceum

PFW Night at the Mariners: M's vs. Oakland A's

It’s PFW night at the ballpark! Swing out to Safeco Field and cheer for the Seattle Mariners in their home opener against the Oakland A’s. Bonus: We’re bringing the Dawg Pack. Join your fellow Huskies in special reserved group seating available for you to buy online. $15 to $32 if purchased by April 8. Event info and tickets

6:10 p.m. / Safeco Field / Tickets

Full schedule

Sunday, April 10

Career town hall

Learn how to support your student as they navigate the transition from classroom to working world. Hear from UW alumni, employers and Career Center professionals in an expert panel, then check out one of the five interactive sessions.

• Pete Shimer, deputy chief financial officer at Deloitte, UW alum (’84 Accounting)
• Erin Combs, senior manager, Community Partnerships, Starbucks, UW alum (’03 Communications)
• Matt Erickson, manager, College to Career Initiatives, College of Arts & Sciences
• Gail Cornelius, director, Career Center @ Engineering
• Andy Rabitoy, director, Career Services: Undergraduate and Specialty Masters, Foster School of Business
Facilitator: Susan Terry, executive director, UW Career Center

Break-out sessions 10 – 11 a.m., HUB rooms (TBD)
5 Sessions (running concurrently), 60 minutes per session total

Does major equal career?
Students are often conflicted between trying to choose a major based on “practicality” and exploring their academic passions, and can find themselves unfulfilled both during and after college. This workshop will examine how all majors at UW offer students learning outcomes and transferrable skills that prepare them for post-collegiate employment. We will talk about the benefits of finding an academic home (“a major”) that stems from organic interests, and the difficulties that arise from trying to get into a major that may not be a good fit. We will also help students think about designing a holistic college experience that combines academic rigor, on-campus involvement, internships, and off-campus experiences to become well-rounded with the skills and strengths to go for an array of career possibilities. Attend this interactive session and leave with enhanced perspectives about the major/career connection and a vision for career success that is tied to any UW area of study.

Presenters:
Jon Olivera, career counselor, UW Career Center
Matt Erickson, College to Career Initiatives, College of Arts & Sciences

Recent grad panel: Paving the path to success
There is no single unique Husky Experience, but what are common themes and attributes that surface in the stories of successful Huskies? The Career Center will facilitate an engaging panel discussion featuring recent graduates on how they maximized their Husky Experience. What happy accidents and planned discoveries did they encounter along the way? Parents and family members will be invited to reflect on their own professional pathways and share key learning moments and themes with students. The Career Center will highlight key resources, services, and identify opportunities for parents and families to help students prepare for and take advantage of high-impact experiences. Attend this interactive session and leave with specific next-steps for how to maximize success during and after college.

Presenters:
Tina Adelstein, career counselor, UW Career Center
Recent UW graduates

The current job market: Opportunities & challenges
Join us for a conversation about the Seattle area and national job market: top employers and industries, myths and realities of the job search for recent graduates (yes, internships are important!) and key economic trends. We will share information from our “first destination” survey of new graduates plus strategies for supporting your UW student in their career development. Come as you are – with or without questions! Attend this interactive session and leave with a thorough understanding of “where the jobs are”, how students can increase their marketability and how best to be successful in this job market.

Presenters:
Catherine Basl, career counselor, UW Career Center
Susan Terry, executive director, UW Career Center

Leveraging LinkedIn
LinkedIn (.com) is an incredible tool for everyone. Learn how to get connected, build relationships (online and in-person) and network, explore career options and present yourself professionally online. Become a LinkedIn superstar (not just a passive user) and figure out what’s next-for-you in life and in your career. Attend this interactive session and leave with concrete ideas on how to fully use LinkedIn and network effectively with the 300+ million professionals (including 256K+ Huskies!) active on LinkedIn.

Presenters:
Patrick Chidsey, career counselor/associate director, UW Career Center

Real world 101: How to be a good Husky hire
Found success as a student but worried how that will translate outside of the UW? This workshop will discuss strategies for students to be successful in their first endeavors after graduation. Parents will also learn ways to support and guide their students toward success. Attend this interactive session and leave knowing a lot about how to effectively manage the transition from student to professional in the first 30-60-90 days on the job.

Presenters:
Shannon Merchant, career counselor, UW Career Center
Alison Jones, career counselor, UW Career Center

Special Event

9 – 11 a.m. / HUB Ballroom

Full schedule


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Schedule subject to change