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Out and About around the Husky Globe: Summer 2018


Alum gives keynote at Asian L&L convocation

Eugene Saburi, ’93, an experienced global IT executive, former President of Adobe Japan and current Japan Huskies board member, gave the keynote address at the Department of Asian Languages and Literature convocation on Friday, June 8th. Eugene’s enthusiastic and heartfelt speech charted the varied career path his undergraduate major in Japanese Language and Literature has taken him down, and he encouraged students to never be afraid to take chances. As he told the graduates with a final joke, “Your future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades!”

New Foster building closes in on campaign goal

Huh Chang-SooThe Foster School of Business’s campaign to replace Mackenzie Hall is one step closer to crossing the finish line thanks to a leadership gift from Chang Soo Huh, Chairman of Korea’s GS Holdings and a member of the Foster School Advisory Board. The campaign is now more than three-quarters of the way to its goal. Once completed, it will fund a state-of-the-art classroom and experiential learning facility that is slated to open in 2021. The building has been proposed as “Founders Hall” and will be 2.5 times larger than Mackenzie Hall, which stands on the new building’s approved site at the north end of Denny Yard. Not only will the new facility support undergraduates, it will also create a space for new specialty master programs.

Hong Kong Huskies March gathering

The Hong Kong Huskies gathered in March and welcomed special UW guest speaker, Gordon Neumiller, Director of MBA Global Consulting at Foster School of Business. Alumni had an opportunity to meet Gordon in person and learn about the latest developments in the Foster School of Business.

Gordon Neumiller with Hong Kong alumni

From Left: Tae Sung Park, ’97, Gordon Neumiller, Sherry Tai, and Norman Cheng, ’88.

Boundless Impact: International Business Consulting Project

Norman Cheng, ’88 , Managing Director of Strategic Sports Ltd. in Dongguan, China, recently engaged a team of UW Foster Business School MBA students on a brand strategy project for the local Chinese market. Conducted though Foster’s MBA Global Consulting Program, the team did research from Seattle during winter quarter on the helmet market in China. Then, in late March, they traveled to Dongguan where they met with Strategic Sports’ Corsa brand staff and conducted extensive in-country research by visiting helmet distributors, retailers and users. Norman and Sales Director Sherry Tai gave the team high marks for their work and said that they will likely implement some of their recommendations. Pictured below with the Foster MBA team and Corsa staff are Sherry (back row, left) and Norman (back row right).

MBA Consulting Group Photo

Hong Kong Huskies take the court

The Hong Kong Huskies joined their fourth season of the US College Alumni Basketball League in Wan Chai, Hong Kong this year. They faced off against teams from other other universities including UCLA and UC Berkeley. Recently, they celebrated a big win over USC and are gearing up to take on the University of Michigan in July.

Hong Kong alumni basketball teammember


Taiwan Happy Hour with Ken Sun

Husky alumni in Taiwan had an opportunity to connect and socialize at a Taipei happy hour in April. Ken Sun, ’00, General Manager at Microsoft Taiwan, was the featured speaker. Ken took fellow Dawgs on a journey that followed Microsoft’s ongoing transformation and shared his experiences building a culture of growth, empathy and customer-obsession.

Taiwan Happy Hour with Ken Sun

Taiwan Alumni organized a Happy Hour featured Ken Sun, '00, General Manager at Microsoft Taiwan.


Taiwan Huskies Annual reception

The Taiwan Huskies hosted their annual reception in June. It was a great opportunity for Huskies to deepen their connections and hear from special guest speaker, Jeff Riedinger, UW’s vice provost for global affairs. He shared some exciting news about the future of UW’s teaching and research on Taiwan. Other special guests from UW included Denzil Suite, the vice president for student life, and Ray Li, senior director of international advancement. It was an afternoon filled with food, friends and Husky purple.

Taiwan Reception Party