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Everyday Huskies

From Alaska to Australia, there are UWAA members around the world. Some are parents and grandparents, some are entrepreneurs, some are community leaders — all are making an impact and have unique stories to tell.  We’re dedicated to sharing those stories and showing the everyday Huskies that make up the UWAA community.

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Portrait: Melissa Arias, ’97 and Trina Cottingham, ’96Alumni make kids’s wishes come true

When children with critical illnesses in Washington and Alaska make a wish, they turn to two alumni of the UW College of Arts and Sciences: UWAA member Melissa Arias, ’97, and Trina Cottingham, ’96.

The 5030 group

The 5030 Group

Nearly 40 years ago, 11 friends moved into a U District boarding house. The bonds they made are as strong as ever.


Charyl Kay Sedlik

A famous quote says, “80 percent of success is showing up.” Learn how trailblazer Charyl Kay Sedlik, ’67, has made a difference for the UW, the arts and the community.


Mark Glenn

Mark Glenn, ’95, MSW ‘01, makes a big impression at football games with his love for all things Husky and all things purple. Meet the man behind the purple hat and learn what drives him to show his purple pride, from the inside out.


The Class of 1958

From rowing to reunions, the Class of 1958 has come together in support of the UW. “Your class has set the standard for involvement, both with this great university and with your loyalty and friendship with each other,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said at their 60-Year Reunion.


Charlie Warner

On Aug. 18, 2018, life member Charlie Warner, ’41, ’47, turned 100 years old. Charlie fought to protect our freedoms in World War II and then fought for the rights of injured workers as one of the earliest partners of The Walthew Law Firm.

Alumni at work on their tiny house

Patrick Clark

The UWAA program Huskies@Work pairs students and alumni for a day of job shadowing. Patrick Clark, ’86, is the Director of Campus Planning and Retail Services at UW Tacoma. He sat down and told us about his experience with UW student Angie Fung, ’18.

Alumni at work on their tiny house

“The Whizzies”

Building on 50 years of friendship, a close group of more than 20 Huskies — who met as Haggett Hall roommates in the 1960s — traveled from as far as Spokane and Portland to build a UW-themed tiny house they’ve dubbed “The Dawg House” to help shelter local homeless people.

Sharon Maeda

Sharon Maeda

Sharon Maeda, ’68, is building on her legacy as an activist and communications pioneer. With a career that has taken her from the the UW campus to the White House, she’s come out of retirement to serve as station manager of Rainier Valley Radio/KVRU 105.7 FM.

David Owens

David Owens

David Owens, ’04, knew from an early age he wanted to represent those whose voices were not being heard. Working as a civil rights attorney, Owens now brings justice to the wrongfully convicted. As part of the Exoneration Project, Owens helped to exonerate and release Patrick Prince after 26 years of wrongful imprisonment.

Shanda Boyd

Shanda Taylor Boyd

After a car accident, Shanda Taylor Boyd, ’94, was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. Now she serves as a national spokeswoman and advocate for disabled veterans. After this article appeared in Columns Magazine, Taylor Boyd connected with an old friend, showing the strength of our Husky community.

Temple Mathews and Manon Mathews

Temple Mathews

With over 30 years in the film business, Temple Mathews, ’76, has had a busy career in Hollywood. He’s been a screenwriter, director and more — even a successful young adult novelist. But nothing could prepare him for one challenge: working with his daughter Manon.

Five Generations of Huskies

Mary Joan Hervey

From grandmother Winifred to grandson James, Mary Joan Hervey, ’62, is part of a unique Husky pack: she has five generations of UW grads in her family. Hervey reflects on her family’s history at the UW, which started in the 19th century and continues with her grandson’s enrollment this fall.

Trish Bostrum

Trish Bostrum

Trish Bostrom, ’72, was a nationally ranked tennis player, but the UW women’s team was considered a non-competitive club. So she lawyered up and got that changed, and then she went on to fight for equality while playing on the women’s professional tour for eight years.

Ty Okamura

Ty Okamura

Think you have to be a UW alum to be a UW Alumni Association member? Not the case! Ty Okamura may have graduated from Gonzaga, but she’s found a home with the UWAA. She’s president of the Portland Huskies chapter and a life member.

Ted McGregor

Ted McGregor

For years, Ted McGregor, ’87, dreamed about moving home to Spokane and starting a newspaper. His dream came true in 1993 when he and his brother Jer, ’92, started the Inlander, building it into a community staple with a circulation of 50,000.

Kevin Quinn, Meghann Quinn, Kevin Smith, Patrick Smith of Bale Breaker Brewing Company

Kevin Quinn, Meghann Quinn, Kevin Smith, Patrick Smith

Ask Meghann Quinn, ’06, what brought her and her siblings back to their hometown of Yakima after attending the UW, and the answer is simple: “Once hops are in your DNA, you can’t leave.” That’s what led them to open Bale Breaker Brewing Company on the family hop farm.