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


April 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,

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Budget Update
Months of speculation on the future of the UW's budget were put to rest in late April with the adoption of the 2009-11 Legislative Budget. While the state higher education operating appropriation has been significantly reduced, the authorized tuition increase of 14% should help ameliorate the impact of the state fiscal crisis for our campus. Know that we will be working with students to help them find funds to offset these increases (additional funds were made available through the economic stimulus bill in Pell Grants and Hope Tax Credits).

As noted in previous Monthly Reports, UW Bothell is prepared to meet the budget cuts and will continue to provide a world class education to students, while providing support to faculty and staff. We look forward to continuing our forward momentum by growing our enrollment and increasing our offerings to benefit the Puget Sound region.

Of note, UW Bothell received $5 million for the design of its third building, UW3. UW3 is intended to house the campus' growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs and will allow the campus to continue its positive enrollment growth. Special thanks go to legislators of the 1st District for supporting this effort with special attention to Mark Ericks, Vice Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Visits to Olympia
UW Bothell used the legislative session as an opportunity to educate its community about state government. Teams of students, alumni and faculty participated in eight sessions in Olympia, meeting with 118 legislators or their staff, which is 80% of the state's legislators. Positive outcomes included a better understanding of government and an increased awareness of UW Bothell.
Growing Enrollment
Applications for admission to UW Bothell are up across the board for incoming freshman, transfer and graduate students. As a whole, applications are up 50% for what is projected to be a fall enrollment of 2,700 students. Freshman applications are currently at almost 1,116 for 325 spots.

Applications for the MBA program, alone, are up 42%, likely due to the announcement of a new LMBA in Bellevue to debut in Fall 2009.

With the soar in interest, prospective students are encouraged to get their applications in ASAP for best consideration.
Fundraising Success
Through the efforts of the faculty, research centers and the Office of Advancement and External Relations, the campus has significantly increased its capacity to attract private support, with over $1.8 million raised through February of the current 08-09 fiscal year. Additionally, the institution has grown its grants from $1 million a year to $4 million a year, on par with its private success.
Chancellor's Reception
The 3rd Annual Chancellor's Reception was held in mid-April, with attendance more than doubled from 66 participants in 2008 to close to 150 in 2009.  At the Reception, guests (including special guests King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson, Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb, Bothell Councilmember Joshua Freed, Bellevue Councilmember Conrad Lee, and Pat McClain of the City of Everett) gathered to toast the institution's success and to discuss its ambitious plans for future growth.

With Advisory Board Chair George Northcroft serving as emcee, guests enjoyed an evening of food and wine and speeches from Chancellor Chan, student Xheni Diko and alumni Calvin Kavalski. Several 'Golden Huskies' were also awarded to select friends of the institution including members of the 2008-09 Bothell Biomedical Device Innovation Partnership Zone Steering Committee.

Event sponsors included Vertafore, Verizon, Providence Regional Medical Center, IPZ/City of Bothell, UW Bothell Alumni Council, Jim Pinkleman, Bill Abbott, Bill Ptascek and Jeanne Thorson.
Stellar Students
Three UW Bothell students were recently recognized for their scholarly work and community service with the announcement of two outstanding scholarship awards:

Lucie Caslavska, BSN student, was awarded a $1500 scholarship from the King County Nurses Association.

Efrain Moreno-Salmanca and Ellen Bartlett were both awarded $1500 scholarships for three quarters by the Mary Gates Endowment for their leadership and service work. Moreno-Salmanca received his award for his work with the Hispanic Business Student Association and Bartlett received hers for her work with the Dream Project.

UW Bothell nursing students Barb Plovie, Avra Veilleux, Anna Sterner and Betsy Pesek participated at the Western Institute for Nursing Research (WIN) Conference in Salt Lake City in late April. The students presented projects from their BNURS526 Program Development and Evaluation class. Student Jocelyn Anderson won best student poster in her session and was named runner up for overall student conference posters.

Congratulations to all.
Faculty Honors
IAS faculty and CUSP Director Gray Kochhar-Lindgren has received a 2009-10 Fulbright General Education Fellowship to support the creation of a cross-disciplinary curriculum in a consortium of Hong Kong universities, which are in 2012 transitioning from 3 to 4-year degrees. Hosted by the University of Hong Kong and its Philosophy Department, Kochhar-Lindgren will teach one course per semester and organize workshops, coordinated by the Hong Kong-America Center, on the first year experience and integrated learning initiatives in General Education.  

Nursing faculty Carol Leppa will receive the 2009 Ethics and Human Rights Award from the Washington State Nurses Association at a reception in late April. She will receive the award in recognition of excellence in supporting major ethical and human rights issues.

Business faculty Tim Hargrave has been selected as the Advisory Council Faculty Fellow in Business. This three-year term fellowship was funded by donations from members of the Business Program Advisory Council. Hargrave was selected for his scholarly promise, ability to represent the business program  and ability to communicate scholarship to students.

IAS faculty Michael Goldberg's chapter "Re-designing the U.S. Women's History Survey Course Using Feminist Pedagogy, Educational Research, and New Technologies, " appears in the just-published Clio in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching U.S. Women's History (Oxford University Press: 2009).
Center News
Writing Center tutors presented an interactive multi-media workshop titled "Centering the Relationship:  Student Writers and Peer Tutors" at the 6th Annual Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association Conference in Ellensburg, WA.  To prepare for the workshop, tutors created six videos designed to surface issues in the tutoring relationship.  The workshop sparked lively discussion and debate amongst tutors from across the Pacific Northwest.

The Quantitative Skills Center, designed to provide students with mathematics support and tutoring, has increased its usage by over 350% over the last four years, demonstrating great student engagement.
Notable Upcoming Events
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. 

A free night of traditional Indian music featuring Srivani Jade, Kuntal Roy and Mausam will be offered on Thursday, May 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Commons.

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.

Additional events may be found online.
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