Campus News

June 7, 2024

Husky Basketball's new home

Crews have broken ground on the 36,000 square-foot, $60 million facility.

June 6, 2024

Best of the best

They are voracious learners who instruct and inspire their students and have an impact that lasts a lifetime. Meet this year’s recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award and Excellence in Teaching Awards.

May 21, 2024

Stitched with love

Sharon Thayer's quilting started as a retirement hobby. Five hundred quilts later, it's become much more.

For the common good

The UW recognizes Shauna Elbers Carlisle for her outstanding work in and out of the classroom.

Big impact

Louise Little is the 2024 recipient of the UW Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in honor of her decades of service to the UW community.

Golden grad

The UW Alumni Association proudly presents Patti Warashina with the 2024 Golden Graduate Award.

May 17, 2024

A new Spark Award

Mariama Suwaneh, ’17, was an engaged student leader and activist on campus and continues to build community everywhere she goes.

Art direction

Jordan Jones will provide curation, programming and leadership to the gallery.

May 9, 2024

Preserving the past, protecting the future

Leonard Forsman's love for cultural preservation has led to a life of service.

February 23, 2024

KEXP branches out

KEXP bought Alameda/San Francisco radio station KREV 92.7 FM as part of a bankruptcy auction.

An older man wearing a purple suit and a striped tie smiles in Husky Stadium

Swan song

Brad McDavid, the longest-serving band director in UW history, is calling it a career.

Margaret Cho, a woman wearing a shiny red corset and black tank top, smiles while posing her tattooed arms.

Always identity forward

Margaret Cho brings her socially and personally aware comedy to UW Graduate School's Public Lecture Series.

November 29, 2023

Fulfilling a vision

The original vision for wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (the Intellectual House) included workshop space. That vision is on its way to becoming a reality.

August 28, 2023

Welcome to campus

UW President Ana Mari Cauce provides an update on the University and its surrounding community.

May 28, 2023

Will Parnassus return?

Students returning to campus after winter break this year found the doors to historic Parnassus closed indefinitely.

The Jake awakes

In 1994, the art school’s instructional gallery was dedicated to Jacob Lawrence, recognizing his influence and vision. The time had come for a refresh and a slight relocation.

April 21, 2023

Full circle

Sherri Berdine supports and strengthens the University’s relationships with nearly 40 tribal nations in the Pacific Northwest.

A source of support

The Instructional Center helps more than 2,000 students a year succeed, even in their most challenging classes. More could use its resources.

February 25, 2023

The aging cathedral

Landmark status will aid the drive to restore the ASUW Shell House.

November 4, 2022

A new era for campus security

The UW's new police chief, Craig Wilson, has served 26 years in the department.

November 3, 2022

A name for themselves

Vern Harner led the effort to change University policy for names on diplomas. Now, trans students' diplomas can reflect their chosen names.

September 2, 2022

Ever forward

Thanks to a catalyzing donation, the ASUW Shell House—a location with a rich history—is on the way to being renovated for another century of service for campus and the community.

August 31, 2022

Touch Down

There's a new head coach in town: Kalen DeBoer shares his insights on the upcoming season with editor Jon Marmor.

August 29, 2022

Doctors in the house

A class of 60 UW School of Medicine students now occupy a state-of-the-art building in Spokane.

May 29, 2022

Out of style

The HUB has been home to a hair stylist since 1952. Now, salon operator Jane Snell hangs up her shears and closes the Scissor’s Edge.

May 16, 2022

Why we love the ECC

As the ECC celebrates 50 years of creating a space for diversity and inclusion, alumni share fond memories of the space.

UW’s new regent, Leonard Forsman, ’87, looks ahead

Leonard Forsman, '87, is the UW's new regent. He tells Viewpoint his goals and priorities for his six-year term.

Care Package Community

The UW Champions Program was established in 2011 to serve former foster youth. Recent expansions help students who experienced unaccompanied homelessness as youth.

May 3, 2022

Supporting diversity

Meet the 2022 recipients of the Multicultural Alumni Partnership awards.

March 11, 2022

Remembering Desmond Tutu

Twenty years ago, the human rights leader delivered a message of hope to Seattle.

March 4, 2022

Show us the Shell House

Efforts to preserve and renovate the historic ASUW Shell House on the Montlake Cut continue full speed ahead.

December 4, 2021

A biology student wearing denim overalls and a cloth mask carries a large pot through a greenhouse.

Room to grow

The Biology plant collection settles into its new home, a state-of-the-art greenhouse.

Jen Gonyer and Al Donahue smiling behind the College Inn bar

The Inn crowd is back

Raise a toast to the historic, quirky joint that has come back from a COVID-19 closure.

November 19, 2021

Beacon in the HUB

While Black fraternities and sororities have thrived at the UW, their presence has gone generally unrecognized. Now their crests are on display in the HUB.

A young man gives a speech to a group of formally dressed people in an outdoor plaza

Indigenous walking tour

A walking tour of the UW campus highlights sites that are relevant to the Native American experience.

September 4, 2021

Jewell on faculty

Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, ’78, was appointed to the Edward V. Fritzky Endowed Chair in Leadership for the 2021-2022 school year.

June 10, 2021

Bridging the distance

UW faculty members used innovative approaches to teaching hands-on courses during the pandemic.

May 10, 2021

Diversity takes work

In the recent years, the UW has seen the highest racial and gender diversity among students in its history, “and yet we have fallen short on our faculty diversity efforts."

March 9, 2021

Sign of the times

A campus road has been renamed sluʔwiɫ, a word in the Lushootseed language that loosely translates to “Little Canoe Channel.”

March 8, 2021

The greater Gould

Gould Hall’s original designers created a building that could be modified to serve new generations of students and faculty in the design disciplines.

March 4, 2021

Stories of home

The UW Alumni Association recently invited a group of Native storytellers for a virtual event to discuss the meaning of sense of place.

December 16, 2020

The other pandemic: racism

Members of the UW community join to fight “white supremacy as a lethal public health issue.”

Whale on display

The skeleton of a 39-foot-long Baird’s beaked whale is now on permanent display in the Burke Museum lobby.

December 11, 2020

Sign of the times

A campus road has been renamed sluʔwiɫ, a word in the Lushootseed language that loosely translates to “Little Canoe Channel.”

June 24, 2020

Students step up

Students from across the university have volunteered to assist in a variety of support efforts.

December 9, 2019

Building pays tribute

The Hans Rosling Center for Population Health is a key part of the University’s public health mission.

June 13, 2019

Q Center turns 15

The Q Center continues to evolve and grow. It now serves 500 visitors per month.

March 1, 2019

IMA at 50

Since the late 1960s, students who wanted to clear their heads and have some fun have headed down to the IMA Building.

October 10, 2018

Beyond the confines of campus

A faculty leader shares her view of the future.

May 21, 2018

Making trouble

“Women are shaking the foundation of this country in every possible way," said Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, at a UW Book Store event.

May 8, 2017

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Brothers, mentors, friends

Inside the new program advocating for black and brown students on campus.

May 6, 2017


Talking Trump

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, '89, returned to campus.

March 30, 2017

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Busting BS

Inside the class that's training students to catch—and call out—fake news and falsehoods.


Huskies above the fold: Forbes 30 Under 30, White House awards, predicting sickness.

February 24, 2017

John Lewis, civil rights

Luminary Lewis

Rep. John Lewis, a giant of the Civil Rights movement, comes to campus.

September 1, 2016

The med student is in

While classroom instruction is crucial for learning the scientific foundations of medicine, there is no substitute for firsthand clinical experience. That’s why the UW School of Medicine launched a new curriculum last year that puts an earlier and greater emphasis on clinical training.

March 1, 2016

2015 shined a spotlight on race

After a year of intensifying protests, the UW opens a dialogue and takes action to promote equity.

March 1, 2015

Gerberding's legacy

Though the longest-serving president in UW history (from 1979 to 1995) is no longer with us—the North Dakota native died Dec. 27 at the age of 85 after suffering a stroke—his imprint on the University is indelible.

Grade upgrade

Sure, it’s a national model of academic support; but the UW’s Instructional Center is way more than that—it’s a family for students who need a boost.

March 1, 2012

Belief in teaching

A passion for excellence in education led to a career as a UW professor and now an administrator.

December 1, 2011

Tradition timeout

The Nov. 5 Washington-Oregon football game was the final game in Husky Stadium before it closed its doors for more than a year.

Purple power

As anyone worth their purple and gold will tell you, the beloved “W” can be found everywhere. The UW Trademarks and Licensing Office oversees it all.

September 1, 2011

Intellectual House funding

A total of $3.7 million from state funding and an anonymous gift have been received to support the building of the Intellectual House at the University of Washington.

June 1, 2011

Rousing housing

The University of Washington’s plan to turn its west campus into an urban village will take a big step this fall with the opening of two new residence communities.

March 1, 2011

Stadium overhaul

The renovation of Husky Stadium received the green light to proceed when the University of Washington Board of Regents approved the $250 million project in November.

June 1, 2010

Innovative idealism

Student teams from across the University of Washington and other state schools heralded their inventions of clean, green technologies at the second annual UW Environmental Innovation Challenge.

June 1, 2009

Teachers of the year, 2009

The seven recipients of this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards represent the broadest range of disciplines, from English to maxillofacial surgery. But they all have one thing in common: the ability to hold their students spellbound.

March 1, 2009

Tribal counsel

Since Mark Emmert’s arrival as president, the UW has renewed its focus on recruiting and retaining more Native American students, faculty and staff.

December 1, 2008

House of knowledge

The UW Seattle campus bears many Native American street names, but no place that really signifies the Native presence. That will change in 2011, when construction is slated to begin on the House of Knowledge.

Special gift

For nearly 30 years, Norris Haring led efforts to address learning challenges and develop strategies to help young people. Now, through a major planned gift, he is ensuring that this essential work will continue at the UW for years to come.

June 1, 2008

Dorm upgrades

UW students may soon say goodbye to communal bathrooms and too-cramped triple rooms in the residence halls.

March 1, 2008

Progress on stadium

State lawmakers are considering a plan to help finance the renovation of Husky Stadium by tapping funds currently used to pay for professional stadiums in King County. A decision is expected before they adjourn March 12.

December 1, 2007

Buerk honored

For his tireless volunteer efforts, Artie Buerk received the Gates Volunteer Service Award at the Sixth Annual Recognition Gala on Sept. 7.

Record enrollment

There are more students attending all three UW campuses than ever before, the UW Office of Admissions announced.

June 1, 2007

Tied in pride

In our March Columns alumni vote on who has more pride, we found that both Huskies and Cougars have a lot of devotion to their alma maters—and for a few alumni of both schools, perhaps too much.

Memorial scholarship

Rebecca Griego, a 26-year-old program coordinator in the Department of Urban Design and Planning and a UW alumna, was murdered in her fourth-floor office in Gould Hall early April 2.

$100,000 for memorial

Students, alumni and friends of the UW have raised more than $100,000 for a memorial to former UW students who have received the Medal of Honor, ASUW President Cullen White announced April 9.

March 1, 2007

Memorial moves ahead

Last April the Student Senate passed a resolution urging the creation of a Medal of Honor memorial and now ASUW leaders are launching a $100,000 fund drive to make it happen.

December 1, 2006

Tall order

Beating out several other real estate interests, the UW announced that it successfully negotiated the purchase of the Safeco property in the University District.

Record enrollment

The UW’s Seattle campus broke several records when it opened its doors Sept. 28, including setting a new enrollment record of 39,524 students, beating last year by 273.

2 guilty in bombing

Two defendants pleaded guilty Oct. 4 to participating in the firebombing of the UW Center for Urban Horticulture in 2001.

September 1, 2006

Freshmen set record

When UW campuses open their doors to freshmen Sept. 27, these students will be making history. In Seattle, officials expect a record number of freshmen—around 5,400—exceeding the old record of 5,382 set in 2001.

Purple tide

The admissions office projects that there will be about 5,400 freshmen starting classes on Sept. 27—a tidal wave that is the largest in the history of the UW.

March 1, 2006

Charges in arson

Four years after a blaze destroyed Merrill Hall, U.S. Attorney Karin Immergut has charged three members of "the Family," reputedly a secret eco-terrorist group, with conspiracy to commit arson.

September 1, 2005

Scholarships for diversity

Costco Wholesale, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and Safeco Insurance have partnered with the UW in support of the Diversity Scholars Program, which was created in 2000 to recruit and support high-achieving underrepresented minority students.

Oversight urged

After a 10-month review of billing problems in physician groups attached to UW Medicine, a panel has recommended appointing a compliance officer who answers only to the vice president for medicine affairs.

Wise choice

Phyllis Wise, former dean of the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Davis, became UW provost Aug. 1. As the University’s chief academic officer and chief budget officer, the provost is the second-highest position on the UW’s leadership team.

Crow encounters

Oregon may be one of the UW’s archrivals, but anyone who has spent time on the Seattle campus in June will tell you that the crow, not the duck, is the Huskies’ true nemesis.

June 1, 2005

Back in bronze

The UW likes to think of itself as a 21st-century institution, but in February one of its buildings stepped back in time 110 years.

March 1, 2005

Lab debated

The University of Washington is holding community forums to discuss a possible Regional Biocontainment Laboratory that might be built near the Health Sciences Center on Seattle’s south campus.

September 1, 2003

New UWAA chief

Dawn Williams becomes the 55th president of the UW Alumni Association, representing more than 300,000 living UW alumni. She is only the seventh woman to fill that role in the 114-year history of the organization.

March 1, 2003

Our crumbling campus

They may look good from the outside, but many campus buildings are slowly crumbling away. Will the state rescue its most valuable piece of property?

December 1, 2002

McCormick leaves UW

Richard L. McCormick announced that he will resign as 28th president of the University of Washington to assume the presidency of Rutgers University.

June 1, 2002

Albright to speak

Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state and the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government, will be the featured speaker at the 127th University of Washington Commencement ceremonies.

Degree for Tutu

Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Washington, the first time the UW has awarded an honorary degree since 1921.

Award winners

The UW Dance Program and the Friday Harbor Labs Apprenticeship Program share the 2002 Brotman Award for Instructional Excellence for their efforts to improve the quality of undergraduate education at the UW.

'Painful' cuts coming

Facing a $24.6 million loss of state revenue, the University of Washington regents voted May 17 to raise undergraduate tuition by 16 percent and impose a budget cut across academic and administrative units of about 2.5 percent.

March 1, 2002

UW Tacoma grows

The opening of Winter Quarter on Jan. 7 also saw the opening of two new buildings on the UW Tacoma campus that strengthen its science and student learning programs.

December 1, 2001

A 'power for good'

n a sometimes emotional address to the University of Washington community, President Richard L. McCormick reviewed the state of the UW—and the state of the world—four weeks after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.