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

October 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.

In a recent quick trip to Washington DC, I met with several members of the Washington State Congressional delegation.  They were pleased to hear about the great growth on this campus and eager to work with us to pursue federal funding for projects and programs.  I also had the opportunity to meet with several higher education news publications. 

The following are links to articles published about the campus as a result of the trip:
As always you can read about UW Bothell in the news by visiting:http://www.uwb.edu/news/inthenews

Kind regards,


Enrollment Soars
The campus welcomed 2,374 full-time equivalent (FTE) students, or a headcount of 2,801 when classes began in late September. With these figures, the campus is currently overenrolled at 116%.

By comparison, when classes began in fall 2008, UW Bothell had an FTE of 1,899 and a headcount of 2,288.

These numbers are a great reflection of our institution and its benefits to our region. Students know that when they attend UW Bothell they will not only receive the knowledge, skills and professional preparation needed to be successful in the market, but they will do so on a campus that encourages and supports student/faculty interaction, collaboration and research.

The incoming student pool for fall 2009 saw a 66% increase in freshman applications; a 30% increase in transfer applications; and a 37% increase in freshman students of color.  The incoming freshman class totals 306 students (126 of whom are first generation college attendees) and the incoming transfer class has 454 students.

Learn more.
20 Years of Accomplishment - Diversity
The University of Washington Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operations in 2009-10 and reflects on its great history of accomplishment. This month we focus on our diversity.

Did you know that 33% of UW Bothell's fall class are self defined as minority students? Another 2% are international students.

These statistics showcase efforts being made to create a more diverse and inclusive campus, as called for in the 21st Century Campus Initiative. The Initiative has also led to enhanced academic support and outreach programs, including the student-run Dream Project, which helps local high school students realize their dream of a college education.
UW Bothell Hosts Her Excellency Meera Shankar
UW Bothell and the City of Bellevue hosted Her Excellency Meera Shankar, the Indian Ambassador to the United States, for a dinner in her honor on Friday, October 16 at the Harbor Club in Bellevue.

Over 150 Eastside business leaders and dignitaries, including members of the Indian Association of Western Washington, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington State Department of Commerce, Snohomish County EDC and the Trade Development Alliance were in attendance at the event to welcome the Ambassador and to celebrate the eve of Diwali.

Her Excellency spoke to the sold-out crowd on the importance of higher education in an increasingly globalized world. UW Bothell Business Program Director Sandeep Krishnamurthy followed the Ambassador's remarks, illustrating the common dilemmas faced by businesses working in a more globalized economy. Said Krishnamurthy, "It is our mission to focus on ideas that will change the world. In an international knowledge-based economy, leadership is about the power of ideas and not the idea of power."

Learn more.
Faculty Notes
A national study of urban school leadership was released at the The Wallace Foundation's National Conference Education Leadership: An Agenda for School Improvement October 14-16, in Washington, D.C.  Prof. Bradley Portin (Education) and colleagues (Knapp, Dareff, Feldman, Russell, Samuelson, & Yeh) from the Center for Teaching and Policy presented the report, Leadership for Learning Improvement in Urban Schools.  The study explored what it takes for leaders to promote and support powerful, equitable learning in schools and districts.  This report (and further reports from the project) are available at www.ctpweb.org.

The 10th annual conference of the National Network for Educational Renewal occurred on October 15-17 in Bellevue.  NNER continues to be a prominent leader in Democracy in Education and the annual conference brings together key leaders and thinkers in education.  The conference theme this year, In Praise of Education:  The New Three Rs-Reflection, Responsibility, and Renewal was organized by a committee including Professors Tom Bellamy and Anthony Smith (Education).

Prof. Clark Olson (CSS) will be presenting his paper, titled "Robust Registration of Aerial Image Sequences", at the 5th International Symposium on Visual Computing, November 30 through December 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada. You may view his paper online.

Prof. P.V. (Sundar) Balakrishnan's (Business) paper "The Impact of Expectation of Future Negotiation Interaction on Bargaining Processes and Outcomes" was recently published in the Journal of Business Research.
Honors and Awards
Claude Weldon (Nursing '10) who attends the nursing cohort in Mount Vernon was recently named as recipient of the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office Distinguished Citizenship Award for his extraordinary efforts. While volunteering at a safety booth at the Northwest Washington Fair, Claude and a deputy on duty aided a patron who suffered a heart attack.

According to Whatcom Sheriff Bill Elfo in a letter of commendation, "According to medical personnel, the patron was clinically dead at the scene and your actions...resulted in a life being saved!
As a trained nurse, your skills proved invaluable and you are to be commended.  It is my honor to select you to receive the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office Distinguished Citizenship Award......I also plan on nominating you for the American Red Cross Real Hero's Award."

UW Bothell congratulates Claude for his heroism.

Alumni Neil Low's (IAS '03) second book, Sign of the Dragon was released in September and earned the top spot on the Seattle Mystery Bookshop's September 2009 Bestsellers list. His first effort, Thick as Thieves, is still on the trades list at number 8.

UW Bothell has been recognized by Community Transit as the Commute Trip Reduction Employer (CTR) for the Second Quarter 2009.
The CTR  Employer of the Quarter award is given to organizations that have demonstrated not only an interest in providing outstanding commuter benefits and amenities but also a willingness to deliver programs and incentives that encourage their employees to try a commute alternative. 
UW Bothell was able to achieve this level of distinction among its peers through its strong support of the Snohomish County and City of Bothell Bike to Work Day and Commuter Challenge events. This, is in addition to providing a U-PASS to all of its students and employees, managing an internal ridematch system (Rideshareuwb), and providing opportunities for the campus community to find out more about their transportation program at events such as the annual activities expos, earned the institution this honor.
Husky Herald
UW Bothell students have released their first online newspaper. You may view it at: www.huskyherald.com.
Notable Upcoming Event
UW Bothell will host a Freshman Preview Day on Saturday, November 21, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. on campus in the North Creek Events Center. All prospective freshman and their families are invited to the event to learn more about curriculum, financial aid, student life and more.

Additional events may be found online.
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