Spring 2019

Jeff’s Corner: Notes from the Geographic Trustee

Jeff Adams

After a crazy winter on the West Coast and all throughout the United States, spring is finally here! As we spring forward into daylight saving time, we can look forward to lighter, brighter evenings, warmer weather and a 2019 full of great UWAA events for all of you to enjoy.

Of course, 2019 started in a way that, in my opinion, should be the way to start every New Year – with our Huskies in Pasadena! So many of you made the trip to Southern California for the “Granddaddy of Them All” to enjoy a classic PAC 12/BIG 10 New Year’s showdown versus Ohio State. Despite a big Husky comeback that fell just short, the purple and gold traveled from far and wide, and enjoyed an exciting game. Further, continuing a tradition started last year at the Fiesta Bowl, alumni and fans of both Washington and Ohio State joined forces to volunteer at a Goodwill facility in Los Angeles. Everyone was victorious as the alumni of these two great universities came together to help those in need.

Several exciting chapter events have taken place since the beginning of the New Year. UW President Ana Mari Cauce visited with alumni and friends this winter during gatherings in Portland, Vancouver, WA and Los Angeles, where she shared updates from campus and stories of UW’s impact across the nation. The inaugural Husky Days in the Bay took place in the San Francisco Bay area during the weekend of March 2 and 3, with a variety of events in San Francisco, Oakland, the Napa Valley and the Peninsula. They included wine tasting, museum tours, a “brunch-and-learn” and Husky basketball vs. Stanford. In addition, one of the great UWAA traditions took place during the week of March 18, as our Southern California Huskies gathered in Coachella Valley to enjoy Dawg Days in the Desert. This wonderful celebration of all things purple and gold includes shared meals, celebrations, lectures and more.

While the UWAA strives to provide value to our alumni and friends, we also look to offer opportunities where you can share your talents with UW. If you would like an opportunity to engage directly with our talented UW students, please consider participating in Huskies@Work, a great job shadowing program where you have the opportunity to be paired with students based on your career and interests. It is a tremendously rewarding program for students and alumni alike. If interested, please visit our website for more details.

That’s all I have this time. If you are interested in learning more about UWAA events, both in Seattle and points beyond, please take a moment to visit the UWAA events website. In the meantime, have a wonderful spring, and GO DAWGS!!!