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UW AWARDS 2008 HOMEPAGE

UWEEK.ORG HOMEPAGE

DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD
Ben Kerr, Biology
Gowri Shankar, Business Administration
Jaime Olavarria, Psychology
Jamie Walker, Ceramics
Julia Parrish, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences / Biology
Rebecca Aanerud, Women Studies
Richard Knuth, Education Administration

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD
Fernanda Oyarzun & Chris Himes , Biology
Rachel Goldberg, English

DISTINGUISHED LIBRARIAN AWARD
Theresa Mudrock, UW Libraries

DISTINGUISHED STAFF AWARD
Hendrik Simons, Nuclear Physics Laboratory
Mona Pitre-Collins, Undergraduate Scholarship Office
Philip Mote, Climate Impacts Group
Robin Bennett, Medical Genetics
Sue Park, Facilities Services

DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTIONS TO LIFELONG LEARNING AWARD
John Schaufelberger, Construction Management

OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Nancy Amidei, Social Work

JAMES D. CLOWES AWARD FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING COMMUNITIES
Lance Bennett, Political Science / Communication

S. STERLING MUNRO PUBLIC SERVICE TEACHING AWARD
Denise Wilson, Electrical Engineering

DAVID B. THORUD LEADERSHIP AWARD
Judy Mahoney, College of Engineering
Kathleen Woodward, Simpson Center for the Humanities

MARSHA L. LANDOLT DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE MENTOR AWARD
Tom Quinn, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

ALUMNUS SUMMA LAUDE DIGNATA
Beverly Cleary, Children's Author

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Robb Weller, Television Producer and Host

PRESIDENT'S MEDAL
June Shujun Peng and Royce Anderson




Robb Weller


Most people know Robb Weller, '72, for helping invent "The Wave" at a Husky football game and for spending several years as the co-anchor of the TV show Entertainment Tonight. At the UW, however, Weller is also known as a dedicated volunteer who has been one of the University's best friends, ready to help just about any time the University has turned to him.

Every winter, Weller serves as the emcee for Dawg Days in the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif. Dawg Days brings hundreds of alumni and friends together for a golf tournament, a fundraising coffee gathering and Chow Down to Washington, a celebratory dinner featuring presentations by UW President Mark Emmert, Football Coach Tyrone Willingham and other UW dignitaries.

Weller also provided the voiceovers for the initial phase of advertisements for Campaign UW: Creating Futures, the UW's $2.5 billion fundraising campaign. And in 2001, he produced a video documentary on World War II that featured UW History Professor Emeritus Jon Bridgman. That documentary has been available for purchase through University Book Store and the UWAA.

Weller serves on the UW's Arts and Sciences Alumni Board and the UW Foundation Board. Moreover, he and his wife, Barbara, donated $100,000 to help establish the Jon Bridgman Endowed Professorship in History.

For the past 17 years, Weller, who earned his B.A. in communication from the UW in 1972, has been an executive producer and partner at Weller/Grossman Productions, which has produced more than 3,500 TV programs for 18 different cable networks. He currently hosts the weekly series, A&E's Top 10 as well as two of ABC-TV's popular shows, The Home Show and Win, Lose or Draw.