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Dawg Pack gatherings

From football to fighting cancer, Eastern Washington Dawgs gathered to learn and show their purple pride over the late summer and early fall.


Let purple reign. For 36 seasons, Bob Rondeau has been the legendary Voice of the Huskies, narrating some of the greatest moments in UW athletic history. This season is Bob’s last as play-by-play announcer, and more than 120 fans joined the Spokane Chapter of the UW Alumni Association at the Spokane Club on Aug. 23. Bob previewed the upcoming season, and fans got the chance to pay tribute to this towering figure in Husky sports.


Huskies and hops. More than 60 alumni and friends gathered at Bale Breaker Brewing Co. for the Yakima Husky Social on Aug. 25. They welcomed incoming students from the Class of 2021 and shared their own stories about the Husky Experience. Joining the Yakima Huskies was Rickey Hall, the UW’s vice president for the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity.

This was UWAA’s second event hosted at Bale Breaker, owned by Husky alumni Patrick Smith, ’04; Meghann Quinn, ’06; Kevin Smith, ’10; and Kevin Quinn, ’05. Learn about how their UW journey led them back home to revolutionize the brewing business.

2017_NoraDsis_inline_325x215#UWinnovates. On Sept. 14, an audience of 250 heard from UW Medicine cancer researcher and UW School of Medicine associate dean for translational science, Nora Disis, at Gonzaga University. In her lecture “Next Generation Medicine: Vaccines to End Cancer,” Disis shared the latest developments in vaccines that boost cancer immunities and kill cancer. Presented in collaboration with UW Medicine and the UW School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership, the evening included an invitation-only pre-lecture reception with Prof. Disis, and was open to UWAA members, donors, friends and elected officials. Fifty enthusiastic Huskies joined us for the reception. Read a feature on Dr. Disis in The Inlander.


Be inspired. UW President Ana Mari Cauce traveled to Yakima and met with alumni and community leaders. In a visit hosted by the Downtown Yakima Rotary Club, she also spoke to 500 middle and high school students, the Yakima Herald reports. She shared what inspired her and affirmed the UW’s commitment to expanding access to education through admission policies that consider the whole student, looking beyond test scores, and programs like the Husky Promise, which guarantees that cost won’t be a barrier to getting a UW education.