State Relations

February 7, 2013

UW Regent Jewell Nominated for Interior, Peace Corps Announces UW #1 Again, Gov. Inslee Weighs in on Legislative Proposals, Dream Project Visits Olympia

The big news this week is that UW alumna Sally Jewell, ’78, chief executive of REI and member of the UW Board of Regents, has been nominated by President Obama as the next Secretary of the Interior. President Obama made the announcement at the White House on Wednesday (Feb. 6):

At another news conference, this one on the UW campus the day before (Tuesday, Feb. 5), Acting Director of the Peace Corps, Carrie Hessler-Radelet announced that University of Washington is No. 1 again among large universities (more than 15,000 students) for alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps. More via UW News & Information:

The UW has ranked first five times, more than any other university.  WWU and Gonzaga were each top-ranked for the first time. It’s the first time the top schools in all three categories are in the same state.

Continuing on the press conference circuit, Gov. Inslee weighed in at his weekly press availability in Olympia yesterday (Feb. 6) on a number of proposals before the State Legislature. Topics included workers’ compensation, green energy, Medicaid expansion and more. The News Tribune has more. Watch the exchange with local media on TVW:

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Finally, student leaders of the UW’s Dream Project visited Olympia yesterday (Feb. 6) to meet with state legislators and discuss their efforts. The program partners UW students with first-generation and low-income students in Seattle area high schools to assist in the college admissions process.

The UW student mentors met with Rep. Larry Seaquist, Rep. Gael Tarleton, and presented before the House Higher Education committee.

Watch the students’ presentation (PDF) via TVW:

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View more photos from the students’ visit to Olympia on State Relations’ Facebook page.