Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Undergraduate Academic Affairs news digest, winter-spring 2011

UAA News


Alumni e-News

News stories featuring UAA programs

The following are some articles featuring UAA programs or people published since the last UAA Alumni e-newsletter. The stories are presented within themes that define the work of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Also, if you haven’t heard the news, the Board of Regents named Michael K. Young president-designate to the University or Washington. Check out this UW-exclusive video introduction to the community.

Connecting undergraduates to academic foundations and opportunities.

Poetry EventThe 2010-11 UW Common Book wrapped up with a poetry event featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine (left) and National Poetry Slam champion Ken Arkind (right). Stay tuned: the event will be broadcast on UWTV soon. Read Levine’s poem “What Work Is” in Columns magazine and eavesdrop on a conversation Levine had on campus with students.

Excelling at the University is unique to each undergraduate.

Mary Gates Scholar and alum Brandon Stogsdill talks about his troubled past and turning his life around in the Tacoma News Tribune and on King 5 News.

2011 Goldwater ScholarsFour UW undergraduates have won *Goldwater Scholarships*, designed to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. Read to find out who they are. Photo by Joan Bajorek.

Honors students Shelby Handler and Katie McCorkell, two officers of Manic Mouth Congress, the UW’s slam poetry collective get ready for the college national poetry slam competition, and Honors student and researcher Geoffrey Morgan talks about helping recovery efforts after the China earthquake.

Oil SpillWhat does a philosopher, or a creative writer, have to say about an oil spill? That’s what a group of honors students found out winter quarter through Honors 100, the required first course in the new honors curriculum. Photo by Talk Media News.

Exploring academic interests inside and beyond the classroom.

Undergraduate ResearchCatch up on undergraduate research with this Seattle Times article about the 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and learn about the $1 million grant awarded to the Undergraduate Research Program to continue the Amgen Scholars Program. The UW is one of 13 schools world-wide to host the Amgen Scholars Program. Photo by Theo Stroomer.

Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large writes about the community-engagement programs in UAA’s Center for Experiential Learning. At the heart of that group is the Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center, started 19 years ago with a grant from the Eddie Carlson family.

Get the latest update on the Dream Project and its recent grant of nearly $1 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in this UW 360 video.

The writing assignment was OK. The books they made were fun. But what students in Vicki Kiefer’s fourth-grade class at Paschal Sherman Elementary School said they enjoyed most was spending time with the college kids who led the whole thing. Read about this year’s Alternative Spring Break program.

Innovating in the dynamic landscape of teaching and learning.

Graduation rates at Washington’s public and private universities and colleges have been on a steady upswing over a six-year period that ended in 2008, and some administrators say it’s because the state’s high schools are doing a better job of preparing students for college. Ed Taylor, UAA’s vice provost and dean, is quoted.

On June 9, seven UW faculty members will receive the Distinguished Teaching Award. Will one of the professors be your favorite teacher? Learn who they are here.