UW Seal Chancellor's Monthly Report
Kenyon S. Chan, Chancellor
University of Washington Bothell

November 2008  
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National Survey of Student Engagement: Spring 2008
Each year the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) asks students at hundreds of colleges and universities to reflect on the time they devote to various learning activities. The topics explored are linked by previous research on student success in college.

Results from NSSE can provide prospective students with insights into how they might learn and develop at a given college. The following are a few of the responses provided by 256 randomly selected UW Bothell students on the 2008 NSSE survey that address their thoughts on the UW Bothell experience.

To what degree is studying or spending time on academic work emphasized?
90% of first year students feel that this institution places substantial emphasis on academics.

To what extent does the school help students deal with their academic and social needs?
88% of first year students feel that this institution has a substantial commitment to their academic success.

Are students satisfied with their overall educational experience?
75% of first year students report a favorable image of this institution; 88% of seniors would choose this school again if they could start their college career over.
Gekler to Lead Business Development Center
UW Bothell welcomes R. Brooks Gekler as Director of its Business Development Center, a unit within the Business Program at UW Bothell. 

As Director, Gekler will lead the Center, launched in 2006 to serve small businesses in the North King/South Snohomish region. Gekler will be responsible for outreach, project development and oversight of consulting projects between BDC higher education partners and community business owners focused on driving profitable business growth.

Gekler brings over twenty-five years of experience in the business and education sectors.  Most notably, after retiring from General Mills, Inc. as Corporate Vice President, Gekler directed the Augsburg College MBA Management Consulting Program.
UW Bothell Approves Goodlad Institute
UW Bothell has approved the official launch of the Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal. Sponsored jointly by UW Bothell, UW Tacoma, and the UW Seattle College of Education, the Institute will be housed on the UW Bothell campus.

The Institute was created to continue to build on the work of Dr. John Goodlad, who while working at the UW, developed the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER), a not-for-profit corporation that now includes twenty-four school-university partnerships throughout the United States and Canada, and initiated the independent Institute for Educational Inquiry (IEI) to support these partnerships.

The Institute will continue the broad research program of the IEI and work collaboratively with the NNER on projects of national significance. It will focus its efforts on how PK-12 schools and universities can better realize the public democratic purposes of education, and will promote research, professional training and service.

The Institute will be directed by UW Bothell Education professor Dr. G. Thomas Bellamy, who worked previously with the NNER as a researcher, College of Education Dean and local partnership chair.
Students give 228 hours of service to the Washington state election
Twenty-two UW Bothell students gained valuable community-based experience when they joined 148 UW Seattle students to work at King County polling sites on Election Day.
To prepare for their 16-hour shifts, participants were required to attend a three-hour training session, which included training on AccuVote, an optical scanning machine, and on a special, handicap-accessible voting machine. 
The activity was part of the BIS 280 U.S. Political Processes course, taught by instructor Tim Jones.
Faculty Updates: Spotlight on the Arts and Research
UW Bothell founding faculty JoLynn Edwards has been named the Seattle Arts and Lecturers' Wednesday Lecturer for spring quarter in a series called Art and its Publics, from the Renaissance to the Present. The lecture series, co-sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities, will run Wednesdays, April 1-May 27, 2009.
Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren presented "Art as Research: Observation, Site, and Social Innovation," at R2P (Research to Practice), Royal Society of the Arts, London, England, October 2008 and "Land Sound Dance," at ASTR, Boston, MA, November 2008.
She will be performing "Bakcheia," at FOOT, Toronto, Ontario, January 2009.

Jeanne Heuving published a second book-length volume of poetry, Transducer, January 2008--and has given multiple readings from it (Open Books, Seattle, February 2008; Kootenay School of Writing, Vancouver B.C., May 2008; Artifact Reading Series, May, Oakland, CA; and is scheduled to read at Spare Room Poetry Series, Portland, OR, and Chax Reading Series, Tucson, AZ, in January 2009). This August she did a ten day collaborative residency with the poet Kathleen Fraser, exploring the intersection of experimental poetry and ecology / environmental subjects at the UW Whiteley Center at Friday Harbor Labs.

Deborah Caplow, working with Seattle Print Arts, helped organize an exhibition of Seattle print artists at the Institute of Graphic Arts in Oaxaca, Mexico in November.

Kelvin Sung, in collaboration with Michael Panitz from Cascadia Community College, presented 'Incrementally Incorporating Video Games into Instruction Using XNA Game-Themed Assignments' at the Tenth Annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC -Northwest Region), Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR, in October.

Education Program Director Linda Watts served as a panel member for the "You Can DO-IT: Articulating Your Needs and Communicating with Faculty," DO-IT Scholars Program, UW Seattle and "Working with Highly Motivated Students," CUSP Retreat, UW Bothell.

Steven Collins, Faculty Principal for the UW Bothell Biotechnology and Biomedical Technology Institute, spent part of the fall as a visiting research fellow at the Graduate School for Creative Cities, Department of Economics, Osaka City University in Osaka, Japan.  While there, he performed research on the institutional and policy framework to support technology-based economic development, especially in relation to the biopharmaceutical and medical device sectors.

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program Director Bruce Burgett has been named Vice Chair of the National Advisory Board of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, a consortium of institutions of higher education intended to support and advance public scholarship in the arts, humanities, and design fields. 
Husky Spirit
UW Bothell celebrated Husky Spirit Week as part of its Homecoming activities in late October, during which our alumni council held a spirit contest for students.

The winners of the contest created this humorous YouTube video on why they "Love UWB."  Watch now.

Hopefully you can all share a laugh and agree that this pride is contagious. We all have so much to be proud of at UW Bothell and I encourage you to share in our pride.
Notable Event: Independent Film Festival
UW Bothell will host its first independent film festival in December. The Indigenous Media and Film class will present an excellent line-up of independent films, showcasing a variety of perspectives from communities in the region.
The festival kicks off on Wednesday, December 3, at noon, and runs through Thursday, December 4, bringing together students, filmmakers and community members. Select features will follow with director discussions in a relaxing atmosphere. The festival is open to the public and all are invited.

View our
event calendar to learn about additional events.
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