People

November 19, 2021

Celebrating Gen Z

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


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.


Nursing leader’s legacy

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


June 14, 2021

Fond farewells

As we celebrate 12,000 new University of Washington graduates, we also have the special opportunity to honor three academic leaders who are retiring.


June 10, 2021

A dog-gone great idea

Bill Perkins' nonprofit organization employs people in prisons to train service dogs for veterans.


A Coast Guard first

Linda Fagan, '00, was nominated to become the highest-ranking woman in Coast Guard history.


A Husky to the core

W. Thomas Porter, ’59, served in the army, earned his MBA from the Foster School of Business, taught at the UW, and loved Husky athletics with all his might.


Forward momentum

Erin O'Connell, '96, is back at the UW as the Deputy Athletics Director and the Senior Woman Administrator.


A shot at better care

To get vaccines into arms in underserved communities, we need to meet people where they are, Pharmacy Professor Don Downing writes.


Bridging the distance

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


Learning the business

At the Foster School, Nicole Bryant, ’21, is getting a real-world business education and helping a women-owned startup.


Less can be more

Compared to changes that add, those that subtract are harder to think of. The removal of a bridge in the Bay Area illustrates how sometimes, less is more.


June 7, 2021

Retiree honored

One of the Foster School’s most prolific researchers in organizational behavior, Terence Mitchell has not slowed down since retiring.


Curiosity and clay

From the start, Seattle artist George Rodriguez explored identity, culture and community in his work.


Promoting preservation

Elizabeth Bell was honored for more than 42 years of “tireless effort in preserving the city and promoting understanding of the heritage” of Antigua, Guatemala.


RIP, Dubs I

Dubs I, an Alaskan Malamute who was the Huskies’ cheerful and beloved mascot for a decade, died on April 3. He was 12.


Calling the shots

For Golf Channel analyst Paige Mackenzie, ’06, the only thing more thrilling than scoring a hole-in-one is calling the golf play-by-play at the Olympic Games.


June 4, 2021

Can’t hold him back

From radical youth to senior statesman, Larry Gossett is an activist for us all. The 2021 Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus award recognizes his lifetime of service.


Humanity and impact

Anthony Ishisaka’s impact on legions of University of Washington students as well as all of Western Washington shines as bright as ever.


Passion for the UW

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley’s commitment to serving the UW Alumni Association, the University of Washington and higher education has been nothing short of amazing.


June 3, 2021

Q&A with designer Shu Jones

Shu Jones, ’17, has dabbled in earth-conscious furniture making, 3D printing, illustration, origami and footwear with brands like Reebok.


Joy Plein, 1925-2021

Joy B. Plein, ’51, ’57, dedicated her long life to researching, teaching and sponsoring pharmaceutical research at the University of Washington.


‘A child’s eye view’

By the time of her death at the age of 104, Beverly Cleary’s books had sold more than 85 million copies.


June 1, 2021

The death dodger

Taking risks was second nature for Albert Scott Crossfield. That’s how he became the first man to fly at twice the speed of sound and laid the groundwork to go into space.


Speeding up the science

Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson lost their daughter to an uncommon form of cancer. Their philanthropy aims to expand research and bring hope to patients and their families.


May 22, 2021

Golden grads

This UWAA recognition honors alumni who have demonstrated sustained, long-term and meaningful engagement with the UW.


May 11, 2021

High-flying professor

Cecilia Aragon’s memoir, “Flying Free,” is for “anybody who has been discouraged all their life,” she says.


Building opportunity

The Black Opportunity Fund addresses the harmful legacies that colonialism, racism, white supremacy and racial capitalism have on Black communities.


MAP award recipients

This year’s promising scholars range from early undergraduates who are still zeroing in on a major to those pursuing graduate and professional degrees.


Building brotherhood

Last June, 17 students from the first Brotherhood Initiative cohort graduated, and now three more classes of young men are following in their footsteps.


The adventure gap

Money isn’t the only challenge. Racist and classist gatekeeping of hiking spaces also impedes the ability to access the outdoors.


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."


Remembering Bryan Monroe

Brian Monroe, ’87, headed a Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper team and being the first print journalist to interview the country’s first Black president-elect.


April 26, 2021

Bouncing back for the next physical challenge

A near-fatal paragliding accident in Central Washington didn’t keep Masako Hirata down for long.


April 17, 2021

Frontline photographer

Photographer David Ryder, ’06, ’11, was recently recognized as UW Bothell's Alumni of the Year recipient.


March 13, 2021

Surveying the Native art of the Pacific Northwest

Here's what it's like to be a student in the University of Washington's class about Indigenous art.


March 11, 2021

Rural nurses wanted

A program funded by Premera Blue Cross is placing nursing students in rural practices throughout Washington.


Bracing artistry

Residents in the School of Dentistry’s orthodontics program crafted wire sculptures using the materials of their profession.


Helen Chu honored

University of Washington Medicine professor Dr. Helen Chu, ’12, “Washingtonian of the Year” by the Washington State Leadership Board.


Charles V. Johnson, 1928-2020

Colleagues remember the remarkable life of Charles V. Johnson, ’57.


Native knowledge

Native art is prominent in the life of Miranda Belarde-Lewis, an assistant professor in the University of Washington Information School.


March 9, 2021

Culture crew

Their commitment to equity brought three UW alumni to 4Culture—and it has remained the agency’s North Star in its pandemic response.


Don’t be a spreader

Some advice about the kind of misinformation you may see in the coming months about COVID-19 vaccines and some tools to stop its spread.


Standing tall

He went from the UW to professional basketball and back. But it’s in the special education classroom that Anthony Washington, ’16, ’19, is making a lasting difference.


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

Our climate future is now

Scientists spent decades warning us about what would happen during the 2020s and 2030s. Now we see it.


Digital dynamo

UW Libraries has undertaken a massive effort to expand access to digital resources and develop programs that teach students and faculty skills for research in a digital age.


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.


Private-eye inspiration

Instead, Thoft uses the P.I. skills she learned to write her award-winning detective novels featuring hard-nosed private eye Fina Ludlow.


Dick’s dynasty

Jim Spady never expected to preside over the family business of burgers and fries.


March 3, 2021

Soul of Seattle

With the city changing rapidly, Ron Chew set out to write about one of its beloved communities. It’s a story only he could tell.


March 2, 2021

Never done learning

Ed Jones has since completed 11 UWPCE certificate programs, more than anyone else.


January 16, 2021

Catch up with Jake Locker

Husky football fans remember Jake Locker for his determined play during some down years for the program.


Hockey heights

Now an agent, Ryan Minkoff, ’15, became the first student-athlete from the Husky club hockey team to make it to the professional hockey ranks.


January 11, 2021

Books and conversation

To date, more than 1,600 readers have joined the UW Alumni Book Club, representing alumni from every college and school across all three campuses.


December 16, 2020

A year to remember

Historians and information experts encourage us to preserve our memories and mementos so future generations might understand this exceptional time.


Nobel laureate’s UW ties

Harvey J. Alter, a UW resident in internal medicine from 1964-65, has received a Nobel Prize for his contributions to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus.


Emerging from pain

Britt East’s book “A Gay Man’s Guide to Life” provides realistic ways for gay men to deal with homophobia and live a good life.


The other pandemic: racism

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


Honoring our roots

In celebration of the Seattle Japanese Garden’s 60th birthday this summer, a number of local artists created works honoring the landscape and the people involved.


Whitman revisited

In “Unsettled Ground: The Whitman Massacre and Its Shifting Legacy in The American West,” historian Cassandra Tate, ’86, ’88, ’95, revisits a conflict that left 13 settlers dead.


December 10, 2020

Voice of the band

Frazer Cook called his time with the Husky Marching Band “an honor, a privilege and a pleasure.” Husky fans everywhere felt the same way about him.


Grade A performer

Liberty Bracken is a big reason the Husky football team earned an NCAA-record academic score.


December 9, 2020

Healing words

Norman B. Rice’s timing couldn’t have been better for his new book, “Gaining Public Trust: A Profile of Civic Engagement.”


Holistic view

The first Filipino American to graduate from UW medical school, Fernando Vega helped open the path to alternative medicine in the U.S.


December 8, 2020

Learning from darkness

After a tumultuous 2020, what have we learned that can light our way forward?


December 7, 2020

Inspirational figure

A titan of the law and a trailblazer on the bench, Judge Joseph Jerome Farris sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for 41 years.


Painting a new picture

LeShawn Gamble uses art as a tool to write a new narrative.


After prison

Ten stories that show how the UW can help people take advantage of second chances.


Building a future

After holding down a job at Mod Pizza, Amanda Henritze sees bigger things in her future in architecture.


Taking control

In describing her mindset, Kelly Olson quotes a favorite author: “You have to own your story if you want to change the ending.”