UW Faculty Auxiliary

Celebrating over 100 years of unity, wisdom, friendship, achievement

For over 100 years the Faculty Auxiliary has enriched the UW community by organizing a variety of social and cultural activities, helping to orient new faculty and raising funds for student scholarships.

The Auxiliary’s programs include seasonal receptions, a speakers series, and an annual scholarship awards dinner and regular gatherings of various interest groups.  All groups are open to both UWFA and UWRA members.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the UW Faculty Auxiliary is complying with the Washington Governor’s guidance on allowable activities and group sizes to protect our members.

UW Faculty Auxiliary

UW Faculty Auxiliary Interest Groups Contact information

Contact information for Interest Group leaders is in the current Directory.  If you do not have access to the Directory, send an email to UWFAInterestGroups@gmail.com, indicating the group or groups you would like to contact, and the Leader/s will be in touch with you.

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Afternoon at the Movies

“Meets  every 2nd Thurs. at 2 pm on Zoom until it’s safe to meet in person”

We watch a movie and meet afterward not in a coffee shop, but on Zoom for a lively discussion. About a week before, we email members of the Movie Group what movie we will see and the time.

For a list of past movies we have watched, click here

Members of our Afternoon at the Movies group are showing off the 3-D glasses they wore to see the sci-fi blockbuster The Martian.

Members of our Afternoon at the Movies group show off the 3-D glasses they wore to see the sci-fi blockbuster The Martian.

Contacts:  Tina Schiess

Antiques and Collectibles

First Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.–Noon on Zoom
We invite guest speakers.
Contact: Sandy Walston

Book Discussion

Third Mondays 9:30 a.m. on Zoom

Book Discussion members having a lively discussion

Book Discussion members having a lively discussion

The group picks both fiction and nonfiction books that have some depth. After background research, a volunteer reviewer opens the discussion. Some examples of what we read: Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe, Dorothy Stimson Bullitt: An Uncommon Life by Delphine Haley, Into the Blue by Robert Goddard and The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway.  Books Read 1997-2017.

Contact: Christiane Faris

Bridge: Evening

Currently on Hiatus
Meeting in members’ homes, the group plays low-key social duplicate bridge with no significant difference from party bridge.
Contact: Marcia Brown

The Clean Beach Team

every 2nd and 4th Thursday, times vary

The Clean Beach Team offers an opportunity to be outdoors, walking the beach among friends, and doing something helpful for the environment—all at the same time.  We will meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday on both saltwater and fresh water beaches.  We will send an e-mail two days before, on Tuesdays, with the time, meeting location and weather forecast.  Clean Beach Team cleaners will bring their own garbage bags, but if someone forgets to bring them, we will have bags to share. We recommend wearing sturdy hiking boots and working gloves. And bring your smiles and cameras—for “before” and “after” photos!  For more information or to join the group, please contact the leaders.

Contact: Claudia Green or  Ron Green

Foreign Language: French

3rd Monday on Zoom; email for details.
At each meeting we set a discussion topic for the following meeting that reflects our wide range of interests.
Contact: Patty Whisler

Foreign Language: German

Third Thursdays, afternoon, 1 pm on Zoom, October-May

The German Interest Group meets on the third Thursday, 1:00 p.m., Oct-May.   Topics chosen by members span many interests and lead to spirited discussions shared in German.
Contacts:  Dotty Shireman or Kathleen Ellsbury

Gourmet – Out-to-Lunch

 Currently on Hiatus.

Contact:  Juliet Beard

Hiking - Tuesday Trekkers

Every Tuesday we plan a hike, year-round.  A wide range of opportunities are provided for day hikes as well as multi-day trips both nearby and afar.  Interested? Check out some of the pictures of past hikes  You can also view all the hikes back to 2009.  Please read the TT Information sheet and if you want to participate, read, fill out, sign and mail the TT Agreement & Release of Liability Form

Tuesday Trekkers enjoying the day in the woods

Tuesday Trekkers enjoying the day in the woods

Contact: Sandy Wood

International Dining

Currently on Hiatus, email leader for details

Contact:  Barbara Scattergood

Scandinavian Cultural Exchange

Second Wednesdays 11 a.m. on Zoom.
Members are Scandinavians living in or visiting Seattle. The group visits places of interest, lunches at fine restaurants or meets at members’ homes.

2017-01-11 Scandinavian group at the Bellevue Arts Museum

2017-01-11 Scandinavian group at the Bellevue Arts Museum

Contacts:  Chris Christoffersen or Lois Arneson


Currently on Hiatus
The group takes interesting and educational outings in Seattle and throughout the region. Great for newcomers and those who want to learn about the area.

Seattle/SEattle visiting Amazon Headquarters

Seattle/Seattle visiting Amazon Headquarters

Contact: Barbara Archbold


First Thursdays 10 a.m. on Zoom.

Members work on various projects, including cross-stitch, crocheting, knitting, quilting, garment making, and mending.  Our activities for this year.

Members of the stitchery group untanglng a ball of wool

Contacts: Tina Schiess or Barbara Archbold

Visiting Faculty Housing Service

Work remotely one week every other month.

Work according to your availability. Volunteers staff a service that assists new and visiting faculty with housing needs. Donations by property owners help fund UWFA scholarships.

Contact: Barbara Archbold

UW Retirement Association Interest Groups

UW Retirement Association Interest Groups

 If you would like to join or to get more information about any of the UWRA’s Interest Groups, please visit the UWRA website, send an email to retirement@uw.edu, or call 206-543-8600.


Currently on Hiatus. Tuesdays, monthly–times vary

Birding half or full day field trips  by carpool. A few participants are accomplished birders but most are learners. Bring binoculars.

Contact: Bettimae Metheny

Book Review

Currently on Zoom.  2nd Fridays, 1:30 p.m.  Email for information.

One member presents a book in depth, followed by general discussion.  Refreshments before meetings

Contact:  Connie Bourassa-Swah


Currently on Hiatus.

For Intermediate players.

Contact: Marjorie Sanders

Carbon Neutral UW

Join us in exploring how we can make the UW a more sustainable carbon neutral place.  Email to learn more.

Contact: Jennifer Small

Day Trips

Varying days and times.  Currently virtual.

Visit local spots of interest…museums, gardens, concerts, historical sites, and so on. Info at UWRA web site.

Contact: UWRA office retirement@uw.edu   206-543-8600

HI-Lites Garden Club

Currently virtual.  1st Tuesdays. noon-2 p.m., Oct. -June

For the active gardener and the gardener at heart!

Contact: Carrie Cone


Currently on Hiatus.

Speakers share their travel adventures from around the world (and the US).

Contact: Randy Everett

Gary Fuller

What is the Big Idea

Usually Wednesday . Meeting virtually. 10:30 a.m., but days/times may vary

Contact: Nancy Wick

Vince Stricherz

Husky Sports

Waiting and watching for future schedules.

Contact: Mark Johnson