In review

Looking Back on Dawg Days in the Desert

Every March, UW alumni and friends gather in Southern California for the decades-old tradition of Dawg Days in the Desert. It’s a chance to soak up the sun, celebrate the Husky spirit and learn more about the current Husky experience. This year, more than a dozen events sponsored by various social groups and colleges occurred over a two-week period.

The UW Alumni Association was proud to lend its support to two of Dawg Days in the Desert’s signature events. On March 13, nearly 150 alumni gathered for the Desert Scholarship Luncheon at the Toscana Country Club. Attendees enjoyed delicious food in a beautiful setting, with a special program featuring celebrated alumni Warren Moon, ’78, and Steve Pool, ’77. Proceeds from this event support student scholarships.

Dawg Days in the Desert concluded on March 15 with the ever-popular Chow Down to Washington. This year’s party was held at the Palm Springs Air Museum. The 300 guests were encouraged to arrive early and explore the museum’s vast collection of historic military aircraft. Joining the festivities were UW Football Head Coach Chris Petersen, UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Mike Halperin, Be Boundless – For Washington, For the World Campaign General Chair. The latter two surprised the gathered crowd with their dramatic entrance, arriving at the party with style in a military jeep. That set the tone for a fun-filled evening of food, friends and dancing — proving once again that when alumni and friends gather, the sky’s the limit.

Desert Scholarship Luncheon

Monday, March 13, 2017

Q&A with Steve Pool, '77, and Warren Moon, '78

Governor Dan Evans, '48, '49, and Bill Gates, Sr., '49, '50

Plenty of purple and gold in the California desert

Jeff Larson, Luncheon Co-Chair Kay Larson, George Zaikowski and UWAA Executive Director Paul Rucker

Warren Moon, '78, and UWAA President Clyde Walker

Warren Moon, '78; Luncheon Co-Chair Kay deMars; Steve Pool, '77; Luncheon Co-Chair Sandy Dyer; and UW Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Baldasty

Chow Down to Washington

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

UWAA President Clyde Walker, UW President Ana Mari Cauce and UWAA Executive Director Paul Rucker

Guests tour the Palm Springs Air Museum

New to Chow Down to Washington: a big band and dancing!

UW President Ana Mari Cauce

UW Football Head Coach Chris Petersen

Great connecting with Southern California Huskies!

Guests cut the rug to cap off the evening