People

August 5, 2022

A toast to Yvette Gunther, a centenarian alumna with rich UW memories

Once self-described as shy, the sociable Yvette Gunther, '45, now enjoys dance classes and public speaking. She recounts her time at the UW during World War II.


July 22, 2022

Ada Limón, ’98, named 24th U.S. Poet Laureate

The 1998 drama graduate received the nation's highest honor in poetry.


July 21, 2022

A tribute to John Hartl, ’67, Seattle’s greatest movie critic

Famed movie critic John Hartl had a thoughtful eye, an unusually high IQ and an encyclopedic knowledge of film.


June 15, 2022

Good, better, best!

They garden, they read, they cook and they dream of becoming dentists. Teachers: They're just like us! But these six are the cream of the crop.


May 30, 2022

Clear sailing ahead

A new nonprofit called the Husky Sailing Foundation aims to create a more stable future for a sports club that dates back to 1948.


JoAnn Taricani, 1953-2022

School of Music Director JoAnn Taricani brought joy to her students and colleagues over more than four decades before her sudden death Feb. 1.


High-water mark

Linda Fagan will continue to put her UW master’s degree in marine affairs to good use in her new role leading the U.S. Coast Guard.


Dreaming of America

Wes Hurley has built a community of allies from his time at the UW, and it’s paying off.


‘Star Wars’ to the stars

NASA is going back to the moon and planning to land humans on Mars, thanks in part to Orion manager Howard Hu, ’91, ’94


The heart of health care

Through public health crisis, nursing leader Pam Cipriano, ’81, has delivered doses of hope and advocacy. The 2022 Alumna Summa Laude Dignata award recognizes her service.


May 29, 2022

Stolen beauty

The story of the shocking theft, destruction and replacement of George Tsutakawa’s sculptural gates at the Washington Park Arboretum.


Media man

For the past 31 years, Jeff Bechthold has worked in sports information for the UW athletic department. He handles Husky football and crew.


Earth and space

Gary Lai, the lead architect of Blue Origin’s New Shepard program, heads to the heavens.


For the next generation

After 26 years leading Densho, a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and sharing Japanese American history, executive director Tom Ikeda, ’76, ’79, ’83, is retiring


Out of style

The Scissor’s Edge has been a fixture in the HUB since 1949. Hairdresser and salon operator Jane Snell is reluctantly hanging up her shears.


Chilling out

For most people, camping season starts in early summer. For a few hardy UW students, it started in March.


May 25, 2022

Champion of opportunities

Michael Verchot receives the 2022 UWAA Distinguished Service Award for his work on behalf of the UW Consulting and Business Development Center.


Commemorating Ken Sirotnik

Ken Sirotnik's legacy remains strong nearly two decades after his death. The UWAA honors him with the 2022 Distinguished Teaching Legacy Award.


Husky Walk of Fame

Jean Smart joins the growing list of UW legends whose names are engraved on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Community champion

For his dedication to the UW and Chicano/a/Latino/a communities, Erasmo Gamboa receives the 2022 Retiree Excellence in Community Service Award.


May 18, 2022

Heartfelt effort

After the tragic and sudden loss of his friend, Adam Lang found a way to honor Daniel Phelps's memory.


May 17, 2022

One who dared

A gifted actor and director—and one of "The Five Who Dared"—Harvy Blanks made history.


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.


Toward a more diverse faculty

A new campus-wide effort led by Alexes Harris supports underrepresented groups and first-generation faculty.


May 5, 2022

Air anniversaries

UW-affiliated public radio stations KUOW and KEXP mark milestones in 2022.


May 4, 2022

Beloved communities

College of Built Environments students help historically Black churches survive gentrification.


May 3, 2022

Honoring Frank Irigon

Frank Irigon, noted social and civil rights activist, will be honored with the 2022 Charles E. Odegaard award.


Supporting diversity

Meet the 2022 recipients of the Multicultural Alumni Partnership awards.


March 18, 2022

Behind the scenes

Tres Tracy Ballon, '01, is the master carpenter at the UW School of Drama. We talked to her about squirrels, big ideas and building sets (and boats).


March 11, 2022

Remembering Desmond Tutu

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


Win a trip to Browntown

George Tramountanas, '93, turned personal tragedy to big-screen comedy in his new feature film about a unique incentive for weight loss.


March 5, 2022

Dinosaur dreams

Zeke Augustine, ’23, has sifted through soil for microscopic fossils and helped dig up a Triceratops. The Burke Museum has been at the heart of it all.


Living through history

UW history professor Margaret O’Mara shares her perspective on the pandemic and its echoes from the past.


‘You Deserve the World’

Ally Ang is a 2021 graduate of the UW Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, with a focus on poetry.


Fungi friendly

The Northwest is the perfect place for a mushroom enthusiast; one digs into the Burke Museum’s collection.


For the Love of iPhone

Software developer Tom Love’s innovative programming language became the backbone of every Mac, iPhone and iPad.


The voice of Yakima Valley

While working on her doctorate, Monica De La Torre, ’16, studied the Yakima Valley's Radio Cadena. She shares their stories in “Feminista Frequencies."


March 4, 2022

Mentor to many

Millie L.B. Russell, who passed away in November, helped generations of BIPOC students become medical professionals.


Autism in the spotlight

Actor Mickey Rowe's book chronicles his journey from a legally blind self-described outcast to the hero of his own story.  


Caring for custodians

Evalynn Fae Taganna Romano, ’10, ’21, leads an effort recognize an often overlooked group in the pandemic: campus custodians.


Sweet success

Carlton Olson, ’61, overcame Type 1 diabetes to play 4 years of Husky baseball.


A real character

Versatility has been Jean Smart’s strength since her UW days. Now, the Emmy-winning actor’s star is shining brighter than ever.


Native leader joins Regents

As a UW regent, Leonard Forsman plans to help represent Indigenous people.


March 3, 2022

The Kelly ECC at 50

Once a student activist’s dream, the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center celebrates five decades as a space for diversity and inclusion.


March 2, 2022

Where our voices are heard

Mustapha Samateh, president of the ASUW, reflects on his journey from Gambia to the UW.


March 1, 2022

A woman stands in front of a craft booth holding fabric

Preserving crafts in India

Judy Frater, '87, put her UW museology degree to good use by seeking out and empowering local Indian artisans.


One momentous week

In the span of seven days in November 1961, civil-rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy spoke on campus.


February 14, 2022

Headshot of Cristobal Alex wearing a suit with the American flag in the background

The power of representation

An El Paso native's journey to UW leads to a key position as the White House Deputy Cabinet Secretary — and a piece of political power.


January 31, 2022

Ryan Minkoff smiles while wearing his UW Hockey Club uniform and holding a hockey stick

From puck steals to book deals

Player-turned-agent Ryan Minkoff’s second book, “Nora’s Hockey Dream,” pays homage to his sister and all the girls who love hockey.


December 11, 2021

Partially colored sketch of Marie Spiker cooking soup

Locally grown

Marie Spiker is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health, registered dietitian and enthusiastic kayaker. We asked her about her various passions.


December 4, 2021

Why get a booster?

Marion Pepper of the School of Medicine helps us better understand the latest COVID-19 shot.


A damaged container of juice with a label reading "Sunny Diabetes, 100% bad choice for Vitamin C, 15 sugar cubes per serving"

Fruity, not healthy

Fruit drinks are often disguised as nutritious alternatives to soda. Researchers try to counter that narrative.


Down The Ave game box on a table with game cards scattered around it

UW in the cards

‘Down the Ave,’ a card game developed by business students, is full of UW and Seattle references.


Red footed booby, a brown bird with a blue face and bright red webbed feet, carrying greens in its beak

Closing the distance

For a teacher in a time of COVID-19, the challenge is to bring the world to students.


Dancer Abdiel Jacobsen poses wearing dark blue pants, a light blue tank top and a pink cardigan.

Stepping up

Dance students and faculty once again get a chance to strut their stuff.


Illustration depicting a student in a cap and gown climbing a ladder

Why grad school works

Graduate education is more than a ticket to a better future; it’s an engine for the public good.


Electrofishing

Students wade into Issaquah Creek to quantify the population and distribution of different fish species.


Junior Coffey smiles, wearing a black shirt and a white hat that says "Dimmitt Bobcats" in purple lettering.

Junior Coffey, 1942-2021

Junior Coffey, who passed away recently, overcame traumatic experiences to become a Husky football star and racehorse trainer.


Imogen Cunningham takes a black-and-white self portrait in a storefront window.

Imogen exposed

Imogen Cunningham was an innovative and influential fine art photographer. A retrospective features nearly 200 of her works.


Wendy Barrington wears a dark blue shirt and clear glasses and rests her head on her chin while looking into the camera.

A call to action

Associate Professor Wendy Barrington, '12, brings a passion for health equity to her role as director of the Center for Anti-Racism and Community Health.


A smiling woman, wearing a black shirt and red patterned skirt, crosses her arms and looks off into the distance.

The art of curiosity

As she curates an exhibit at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, doctoral student Brittney Frantece examines art through a critical lens.


A large grey house in the midcentury style with warm light inside and a manicured yard outside.

The midcentury view

A new book finally shines a spotlight on Paul Hayden Kirk, ’37, who set the standard for Northwest modernist architecture.


Maynard Okereke wearing a white coat and glasses, smiling, holding a small globe.

Opening up a new world

Maynard Okereke, ’06, makes STEM topics more relatable to kids of color.


Jamar Beaver stands at a construction site, wearing a construction shirt and hat with safety goggles.

Legal relief

Longtime prisoners who received life and long sentences as minors benefit from a UW program that sends students and lawyers to help.


Illustration depicting a giant evil smartphone terrorizing Seattle.

Fighting the infodemic

Twisted facts, fake news and social media spoofs can turn society upside down. One UW team is working to help us through the infodemic.


Headshots of Gregg Alex, Ralph Bayard, Harvy Blanks and Lamar Mills

Hall of Famers

Twelve former student-athletes from five sports receive the highest honor in UW Athletics.


Portraits of justice

Alfredo Arreguin has painted the official portraits for three justices on the Washington State Supreme Court. At 86, the master of Mexican-American art remains a source of colorful ideas and vivid canvases.


November 19, 2021

Rickey Hall standing on Red Square smiling wearing a purple tie

Celebrating Gen Z

Rickey Hall, UW vice president for minority affairs and diversity, on the latest issue of Viewpoint.


Lois and Thaddeus Spratlen sitting and smiling wearing formal attire

Remembering the Spratlens

Thaddeus Spratlen and Lois Price-Spratlen were the UW’s academic power couple—excelling as scholars and opening up opportunities for others.


Sepia toned film headshot of Rachel Suggs Pitts in a nursing uniform

Nursing leader’s legacy

One of Seattle’s few Black nurses in the 1940s, Rachel Suggs Pitts helped create a network of support for her colleagues and nursing students.


Enoka Herat headshot from the shoulders up

Changing the law

Enoka Herat works with law enforcement leaders and the families of people who have died from police violence to change practices in Washington.


A student sits at home at a corner desk using a laptop

The rise of Gen Z

The most diverse generation in American history, they are engaged, informed, and not content with the status quo.


Rising above hate

A Japanese American UW grad turned businessman, Harry Kawabe was a humanitarian who built economies in two U.S. cities and dedicated his life to building community.


Headshot of Jane Wong holding a bouquet of flowers

From pain to poetry

Poet Jane Wong isn’t afraid to lay her emotions bare as she explores ways beyond the written page to reach audiences.


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.


October 30, 2021

A life in service

Dave Stone, ’68, is recognized for his lifetime of service—military, public and volunteer—with the Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award.


October 21, 2021

Personalizing care

Margaret Towolawi, ’10, adopts a new model for health care that promotes closer doctor-patient relationships.


September 11, 2021

Friend to veterans

Dentistry professor Theresa Cheng leads a nonprofit organization that connects veterans with resources and employment opportunities.


Eyes on the goal

Sociology Professor Alexes Harris, ’97, works closely with UW Athletics to help student-athletes succeed.


It's oral history

From the Bagley Hall attic to global outreach: The School of Dentistry celebrates 75 years.


Art and exploration

“Fly Your Own Thing,” a celebration of the late Alden Mason, ’42, ’47, is on exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum.


September 8, 2021

Visual music

Through the interplay of light with her creations, artist Barbara Earl Thomas creates ‘ordinary magic.’ Her extraordinary work explores childhood, race and religion.


September 4, 2021

Hope and healing

A researcher combats cancer with the help of UW doctors and tools developed by his colleagues.


The Nisei story

‘Boys in the Boat’ author Daniel James Brown’s new book depicts the heroism of World War II-era Japanese Americans.


Meals & memories

Two decades after Tom Stockley and his wife, Peggy, perished in a plane crash, their daughters curate a new book of his eating pleasures.


Anderson honored

James G. Anderson, '66, will receive the 2021 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences.


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.


The ‘Renton Redhead’

Kermit Jorgensen was part of a Husky team that notched back-to-back Rose Bowl victories.


AAPI stories

A website highlights Asian American and Pacific Islander voices from our community.


A life in design

Nin Truong brings creativity and sustainability to the world of public art, skateboarding and apparel.


August 31, 2021

A distinguished legacy

Thaddeus Spratlen was a trailblazing business educator, a prolific scholar, a mentor and role model for generations of students.


Land of fire and smoke

Ernesto Alvarado will be the first to tell you: You can’t suppress all of a region’s fires when they’re as much a part of the ecology as its flora and fauna.


Global vision

Stan Barer, recipient of the 2021 Gates Volunteer Service Award, used his UW Law degree to help make the world a better place.


A name that stuck

Cassandra Amesley, ’77, ’81, made ‘Red Square’ catch on and etched her name in Husky history.


Higher purpose

After his NFL career, Mark Pattison kept pursuing athletic feats. He recently climbed Mount Everest to complete the Seven Summits challenge, raising more than $56,000 for charity.


9.11.01: I was there

Two alumni who escaped the horror of Ground Zero bravely share their stories of trauma and hope.


August 12, 2021

Seizing the moment

Whether we’re together in person or using technology to bridge the distance, the UW Alumni Association is about making connections.


July 22, 2021

A fresh lens on QTPOC life

Through feature films, groundbreaking documentaries and shorts, a UW librarian creates a canon of meaningful representation in American cinema.


June 21, 2021

Professors nonpareil

One year into remote learning, these seven distinguished scholars kept class as fresh and relevant as ever. Find a seat and meet your 2021 Distinguished Teachers of the Year.