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Dawg Days in the Desert


After thoughtful consideration for the health and wellness of our community and public health guidelines on heightened health concerns for individuals over the age of 60 and/or with underlying health conditions, we have decided to cancel this year’s program and its public events.

If you have specific questions or concerns, please call (206) 543-0540 or email the UWAA at Please allow 48 to 72 hours for the refund to be issued back to the credit card used to reserve your tickets.

Dawg Days in the Desert is a purple-and-gold celebration of Husky community in California’s scenic Coachella Valley. We gather to change lives for Husky students and support the UW.

Desert Scholarship Luncheon

Monday, March 16 | 11 a.m. | La Quinta Country Club, La Quinta

Korynne Halverson Wright, ’82, chair of the UW Foundation Board, and UW Provost Mark Richards will share how philanthropic support of the UW through the Be Boundless campaign has changed lives on our campuses and around the world.

11 a.m. Champagne Reception & Silent Auction
12 p.m. Luncheon & Program

$70 UWAA Members | $80 Non-Members

Chow Down to Washington

Tuesday, March 17 | 5:30 p.m. | Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells

Join the Husky community in welcoming new Husky Football Head Coach Jimmy Lake and UW President Ana Mari Cauce, with special guest Damon Huard, ’95. Enjoy an evening of camaraderie, complete with live music, dancing and a plated dinner at a newly renovated venue.

5:30 p.m. Husky Happy Hour
7 p.m. Dinner & Program

$100 UWAA Members | $115 Non-Members

More desert events for alumni and friends

Greek Alumni Social

Saturday, March 14 | 4–6 p.m. | Desert Willow Resort

Join alumni and friends of the UW Greek community for our annual celebration to kick off the Dawg Days in the Desert festivities. Catch up and connect with fellow Huskies, enjoy delicious refreshments and hear from UW Vice President for Student Life Denzil Suite and our Greek student leaders.

UW Libraries and UW Press

Thursday, March 19 | 10 a.m. | Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory

On May 18, 1980, people all over the world watched in horror and awe as Mount St. Helens erupted. Hundreds of square miles of lush forests, clear lakes and wild rivers were to all appearances destroyed. Ecologists thought they would have to wait years, or even decades, for life to return to the mountain. Yet rather than being a dead zone, the mountain was very much alive following the eruption.

In a talk about his new book “After the Blast,” author Eric Wagner will explore some of the ways Mount St. Helens has been surprising ecologists ever since.