Faculty & Staff Insider

March 14, 2019

Renewed impact in 2019: Meet the winners of the #YouW photo contest!

This past February, UW teams from across all three campuses shared their new initiatives, goals and accomplishments. Our winning photo features Gareth Kenee, a UW gardener, clearing campus pathways after February’s historic snowstorms. Many facilities members were on campus as early as 4 a.m. to help clear pathways and streets so that students, faculty and staff as well as community members could return to campus safely. A huge thank you to Gareth and all of UW Facilities for their commitment and hard work!


UW-Science-Explorers-Feb-19The first runner up for this month’s contest is the UW Science Explorers team from the department of physics. They shared their community outreach-centered approach to teaching science and engineering — running after-school STEM enrichment programs for undeserved elementary students at Sanislo Elementary, Washington’s most diverse public school. A group of UW graduate students, they foster love of science and engineering through hands-on, weekly explorations. Learn more about how UW Science Explorers are making an impact.

Student-Fiscal-Services-Feb-19The UW Student Fiscal Services team also puts students first. Comprised of 22 full-time staff and 4 student workers, the SFS team helps support 1.5 million student transactions every academic year. In addition to being in their eighth year of LEAN process improvement, SFS has pushed to provide even higher-quality, efficient service through process review and mapping. Throughout 2018, they supported 85,000 students, answered nearly 18,500 phone calls and more than 28,000 e-mails, while maintaining a 98% rate of student satisfaction for all in-person and phone support, according to a recent customer satisfaction survey.