Fall letter 2018

Jeff’s Corner: Notes from the Geographic Trustee

Jeff Adams

Greetings, everyone! Autumn is upon us and here in Seattle, ever-crisper weather combined with the arrival of “liquid sunshine” throughout Puget Sound is our signal that the new academic year is well under way. School has been back is session for less than two months but we have lots share.

University-wide, we have some amazing news. The most ambitious campaign in the University’s history, Be Boundless — For Washington, for the World, has raised more than $5 billion in support of UW’s teaching, research and service. This outstanding milestone was made possible by the generosity of more than 380,000 donors — most of whom gave less than $500. If you’d like to learn more about the campaign, visit the Be Boundless page.

We’re also thrilled to announce that this past October, the UW was recognized by Reuters with a top-five ranking and number one in the world among public universities in their most recent edition of The World’s Most Innovative Universities. Also in October, U.S. News and World Report unveiled its 2019 Best Global Universities Rankings. The University of Washington placed 10th in the world, and number two among public universities.

This autumn has also brought us another successful season of Husky football! Coach Petersen and the team have been on a season-long quest for another Pac-12 Conference championship. The UWAA has sponsored football viewing parties across the country and we hosted Washington Warm Ups Presented by Alaska Airlines for road games at Utah and UCLA. We look forward to an exciting conclusion to the season with hopes of seeing all of you at a bowl game!

UWAA has worked with a number of our communities over the past few months to provide a range of rewarding activities.  In October, our Washington, D.C. community hosted D.C. Theater Night, as well as How to Make it in D.C., a networking event featuring prominent alumni. This coming winter season, Dawg Days in the Desert will again draw numerous alumni from across Southern California and beyond to the Coachella Valley in March for a week of sun-filled and fun-filled activities for alumni, donors and friends. Also in March, we will be presenting our East Coast Career Treks, where UW students will travel to visit alumni and learn more about career opportunities in New York and Washington, D.C. Our New York community will also host a theater night, providing a night out in the Big Apple with a critically acclaimed Broadway show.

These are only a few of the upcoming events on our UWAA calendar. For more information about UWAA events, both in Seattle and points beyond, please take a moment to visit the UWAA events website.

As 2018 draws to a close, let’s all celebrate the ever greater heights that we have achieved as well as many exciting things to look forward to in the coming year. Until next time, I send my warmest purple and gold-wrapped season’s greetings to all of you as well as wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2019!