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

March 2009  
Welcome to my Chancellor's Monthly Report, created specifically for University of Washington Bothell friends and supporters of the university. This Report highlights select UW Bothell events, news and information.

Kind regards,


Freshman Applications Break Records
Applications for our incoming freshman class have surpassed 1,000 for an incoming class of 325. This figure indicates a 76% increase in freshman applications over this time last year. Better still, this is the first time UW Bothell, or any branch campus, has received so many applications. 
Nursing Receives Major Grant
The Nursing Program will receive $330,000 as part of the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill to fund year-two of its "An Initiative to Train Nursing Faculty in Partnership with a Consortium of Colleges." U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Representative Jay Inslee led the efforts to pass this legislation with the continued support of the entire Washington delegation. Read more online.
Budget News
As an update to earlier messages: UW Bothell will finish the current fiscal year without any significant disruption in the quality of its services and support of students, faculty and staff. Fortunately, the institution had sufficient funds in its reserves to return the requested 4.2% of its state appropriations for this fiscal year.
However, going forward into the next biennium, we know we will face significant additional budget restrictions. The current forecast for the state predicts a shortfall of around $9 billion, or around $4.5 billion a year for 2009-11.

Faculty, staff and administrators are currently engaged in an active conversation about unit and campus-wide budget cuts. These difficult discussions are centered around meeting the following goals:
  • We must be 100%+ enrolled
  • We must offer enough classes to keep our students progressing towards degree completion
  • We must offer enough academic support to keep our students succeeding and graduating
  • We must support junior faculty towards promotion and tenure
  • We must support academic programs sufficiently to maintain their accreditation
At this time it is more important than ever to connect with community and business partners as these ties will help the institution recognize new and positive opportunities during this time of change. To connect with UW Bothell, contact the Office of Advancement and External Relations, 425-352-3642.

Look for additional information to be shared in upcoming Reports.
CSE Launches 50th Business
The UW Bothell Center for Student Entrepreneurship will see the launch of its 50th business this month. The CSE was established with the goal of helping students become successful entrepreneurs, as creators of their own innovative startups or as major participants in small dynamic companies. Learn more about the CSE online.
UW Bothell Announces Agreement with CMC ICOS
UW Bothell and CMC ICOS have entered into a consulting agreement wherein students in the MBA program will engage in three consulting projects for CMC ICOS. In return, CMC ICOS will give students the opportunity to develop real-time solutions to real-world challenges. 

Students will be working on projects involving: researching market opportunities, developing business plans and improving business processes. "We are excited about our new partnership with UW Bothell.  The students we are working with are bright, experienced and engaged.  We look forward to their help in tackling some critical business challenges and opportunities," says Gustavo Mahler, President of CMC ICOS Biologics.

The projects will be completed as part of the students' capstone course. The capstone serves as the final course for the MBA students and features consulting work as well as lectures by leading community business leaders including Jim Donald, former CEO of Starbucks and Blake Nordstrom, CEO of Nordstrom's.

The consulting agreement is done under the auspices of the UW Bothell Business Development Center, led by Brooks Gekler.
City of Bothell Celebrates 100 Years
The City of Bothell celebrates its centennial this year. Mark your calendars for the opening and dedication of Centennial Park on April 18. Also of note, the Northshore School District is celebrating 50 years and UW Bothell will soon celebrate 20 years.
Honors and Awards
Julie Shayne, lecturer in the IAS program, was acknowledged by the "Celebrating University of Washington Women Program" that recognizes the "contributions of outstanding female students, staff and faculty members" in honor of Women's History Month. In nomination materials, one student said "After taking the courses Professor Shayne offers I see most every issue presented to me through an eye towards the representation, contribution, and equality of women. This has been a large part of my education at UW Bothell, without which I would have a less complete view of the world."
The Center on Reinventing Public Education's Michael Hansen has been named as a finalist in an upcoming research competition sponsored by the National Council on Teacher Quality. Michael, a research assistant, will be defending his original research paper "State Intervention and Contract Choice in the Public Teacher Labor Market" before a jury of national experts to compete for a top prize of $15,000.
CUSP Program Director Gray Kochhar-Lindgren's essay, "A Passion for Waiting: Walter Benjamin in the Cafés," has been nominated for inclusion in Best Creative Non-Fiction and for a Pushcart Prize.  It can be found in The Café Irrea.

Public Safety Officer Deborah Conley-Staerk was named as one of Community Transit's SMART Commuter of the 4th Quarter for 2008.  She was also selected as the 2008 SMART Commuter of the Year. Deborah was honored at the Community Transit Annual Visionary Awards Luncheon in February. She is currently featured on SMART Commuter posters and Community Transit buses.

CSS Professor Kelvin Sung has been invited to present "XNA Game-Themed Applications for Teaching Introductory Programming Courses" at the Fourth International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games in Orlando, Florida in April.

Three Master of Arts in Policy Studies alumni are participating in the SR 520 Corridor Program. The Program's aim is to enhance safety and provide transit and roadway improvements throughout the corridor. Participating alumni include: Holly Stewart who is serving as Communications Lead with the SR 520 Pontoon Construction Project, Hannah Baweja who is serving as Project Coordinator for the SR 520 Corridor Program and Jason McKinney who is serving as the SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project Deputy Enrironmental Assessment Lead.

Notable Upcoming Events
All are invited to the annual Chancellor's Reception, which will be held on Friday, April 17, 6:00 p.m. at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville. The event will honor UW Bothell's supporters and friends. For more information, visit the Chancellor's site or contact 425-352-3663.

The Career Center will host its annual Spring Career and Internship Fair on Tuesday, April 21, 12:30-3:30 p.m. To register for this recruiting opportunity, contact 425-352-3183 or complete forms online.

The Business Program will host an Accounting Kick-Off Event on Thursday, April 23, 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the North Creek Events Center. All are invited to learn more about the new Accounting option.

UW Bothell is hosting the National Numeracy Network's annual meeting, May 1-2. The event is expected to draw faculty from across the nation who are interested in issues surrounding quantitative literacy. Ellen Peters from the Decision Science Research Institute in Oregon will serve as keynote speaker. Special thanks to IAS faculty Cinnamon Hillyard for her leadership with the event. Cinnamon serves as the treasurer/secretary of the National Numeracy Network and chair of the Math Association of America's Special Interest Group on Quantitative Literacy. Both groups collaborated on an NSF grant to help support the conference. 

The 4th Annual 5-K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, May 16. The event, sponsored by the Alumni Council and managed by students in the BBUS 441 Project Management Class, raises funds for student scholarships. Learn more online or call 425-352-3642.
The University of Washington is committed to providing equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at 425.352.5307, TDD 425.352.5303, FAX 425.352.5455, or email dss@uwb.edu.