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dawg days in the desert

Desert Scholarship Luncheon

Mon. March 16, 2020      11 a.m.

La Quinta Country Club, La Quinta, CA


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.

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. Part of Dawg Days in the Desert.

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

UWAA members: $70
Non-members: $80

Unable to attend but still want to support student scholarships? Make a gift here.

Korynne Halverson Wright, ’82

Korynne Halverson Wright is the current chair of the University of Washington Foundation Board, where she is leading the completion of the most comprehensive capital campaign in the University’s history at $6 billion to date. She also serves on the board of the Grousemont Foundation and is an advocate for Islandwood, Save the Children and the YWCA, after serving on their board for seven years. Korynne is a co-recipient of the Legion of Honor award along with her husband, Jeff Wright, which recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly of their time and talent to develop and sustain Seattle Center as one of the region’s leading cultural institutions and destinations.

Portrait: Mark Richards

Mark Richards

Mark Richards joined the UW as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on July 1, 2018. A geophysicist, Richards also holds a faculty appointment in the College of the Environment’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences. As provost, he is the University’s chief academic and budget officer.

Richards came to the UW from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was professor of Earth and Planetary Science. While at Berkeley, he served as dean of mathematical and physical sciences, and simultaneously as executive dean of the College of Letters and Science. For his work on racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in the STEM fields, Richards received Berkeley’s two highest awards for promoting equity and inclusion.

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