Alumni

February 27, 2024

Colleen McElroy, 1935-2023

Colleen McElroy, 1935-2024, was the first Black woman to be promoted to a full professorship at the UW.


February 24, 2024

Living laboratory

Each year, some 1,200 to 1,500 Huskies find their way to the UW Farm through classes, service-learning programs, research projects and clubs.


Reaching and teaching

Teacher Pamela Savagaonkar saw a gap in STEM education for kids and started a venture in Snoqualmie Valley.


Raves for novelist

E.J. Koh’s debut novel affirms her place among powerful American storytellers.


Clean-energy Republican

Heather Reams advocates for clean energy and discusses climate change from a Republican perspective.


Civic and civil

Husky Civic Saturdays bring people together to explore moral questions that concern all of us.


February 23, 2024

Beware the hollow horse

Words of caution from 2,000 years ago are relevant today as our country experiences an alarming escalation in efforts to censor books.


February 7, 2024

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Beauty after chaos

The Wing Luke Museum unveils a new mural across Canton Alley after the museum's windows and doors were vandalized in an alleged hate crime in September.


January 27, 2024

Black and white photograph of a man in a football uniform smiling

City Hall's top dawg

Bruce Harrell, ’81, ’84, talks about football, family and Seattle's transformation in an exclusive Q&A.


January 25, 2024

Out of the box

Pastry chef Lauren Tran, who bakes up desserts with Southeast Asian flavors, tells us how she got her start.


January 8, 2024

A new history

Ned Blackhawk's book about Native Americans in U.S. history won the National Book Award for its enlightening take on "rediscovering" America.


December 18, 2023

A man smiles in the crowd at the Olympics

The Jim Caple effect

The Husky grad, Daily writer, IMA softball champ and all-around good guy entertained us with his clever writing and sharp mind.


December 13, 2023

A man smiles in the projection booth of a theater, holding a film reel.

Cinema steward

Tom Mara, who helms the Seattle International Film festival, is making history by transforming the Cinerama into SIFF Cinema Downtown.


December 12, 2023

East and West

Cheryll Leo-Gwin, '75, '77, draws on her history with fabric and jewelry arts in her new Jack Straw exhibit "Larger than Life."


December 8, 2023

A man wearing a purple and gold uniform holding a football in the rain.

Jake Browning is an NFL star

From practice squad to AFC Player of the Week, Jake Browning is on an upward trajectory in the NFL.


November 30, 2023

Good eats

Find out which seven alumni-owned restaurants are getting national attention.


November 29, 2023

Chairmen of the boards

Twin brothers forge a thriving business creating bindings for snowboards and splitboards.


Ann Streissguth, 1932-2023

Ann Streissguth made a name for herself after publishing an article describing what became known as fetal alcohol syndrome.


Seattle's sounds

Daniel Pak, who calls himself the "executive homie" for Totem Star, builds a legacy at their new home.


November 26, 2023

Wit and whiteout

Haidee Merritt charms readers with her droll and deprecating illustrations about Type 1 diabetes.


Helping PROVAIL prevail

Mike Hatzenbeler’s goal is to help people with disabilities fulfill their life choices.


November 25, 2023

At peace with the past

Decades after serving in the Vietnam War, Dr. Mike Fey made peace with his past by developing a dental curriculum in Hanoi.


November 24, 2023

Two good

MacArthur Foundation Fellowships that were awarded to two University of Washington graduates recognize their work in disparate fields.


Forest chorus

Byron Au Yong, ’96, went to the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island to sing with the trees at an outdoor, participatory research event.


November 17, 2023

Small canvas, big impact

Kela Wong celebrates her Asian American identity through Kela Designs, her small business, selling stickers, pins and more.


November 6, 2023

The legend of Jake Kupp

Husky football star Jake Kupp credits his time at the UW for taking advantage of opportunities to make a career on—and off—the field.


October 30, 2023

Community servant

According to Dr. John Hess, this year's Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award (DAVA) recipient, service is a way of life.


October 27, 2023

Invisible history

Much of the history of Tacoma's Japantown has been forgotten. Tamiko Nimura is bringing it back to life.


Stories to tell

See how three museums from the Seattle area draw upon their UW ties and engage in evolving conversations around race, history and identity.


Stories to tell: Sea Mar

The 4-year-old Sea Mar Museum is the first in the Pacific Northwest to represent Chicano and Latino culture.


Stories to tell: NAAM

The Northwest African American Museum, which opened in 1998, has many ties to the UW.


Stories to tell: Wing Luke Museum

The Wing Luke Museum is part of Seattle's community of culturally specific museums that build empathy, promote equity and tell more complete histories.


October 24, 2023

Insights from a UWT alum

After serving in the Army, Joe Davis saw college as a pathway to a career in public service.


October 6, 2023

Community visionary

From canvases in coffee shops to Brooklyn streets, Hoa Hong’s art and impact are far-reaching.


September 8, 2023

Grit City gives back

Andrea Reay loves Tacoma, which is why she became the CEO of their chamber of commerce.


September 2, 2023

Quiet philanthropists

Dan and Pam Baty, recipients of the 2023 Gates Volunteer Service Award, have spent nearly five decades supporting UW programs.


Shaping the future

Five industrial designers, five decades of influence and one message for tomorrow’s designers.


UW alum succeeds Fauci

Jeanne Marrazzo has become the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.


Cities at your fingertips

Two graduate students seeking a better transit experience invented an app that is used by millions across the U.S.


August 30, 2023

Tribe and timber

By listening to land stewards within the Yakama Nation, Tom Hinckley learned to see the forest for the trees.


Staying tuned

Actor Garret Dillahunt joined the UW Symphony orchestra for an end-of-year performance. An audience of more than 500 were treated to his narration of ‘l'Histoire de Babar, le Petit Éléphant.’


August 29, 2023

Everyone belongs here

As the first UW graduate not from the Seattle campus to serve as president of the UWAA Board of Trustees, Joe Davis took a path less traveled.


August 25, 2023

Legacy of leadership

Cary Bozeman overcame a childhood full of obstacles to become the mayor of Bellevue and then Bremerton.


August 9, 2023

The business of brilliance

Like her fine jewelry, Valerie Madison built a career to last a lifetime.


July 10, 2023

Ordinary to extraordinary

Nathan Vass slows down time with his photography and writing.


June 20, 2023

Historian, tour guide, archive enthusiast

Let Antoinette Wills show you around the UW's campus.


June 10, 2023

Robinson’s words

Marilynne Robinson's remarks upon receiving the University of Washington's Alumna Summa Laude Dignata Award


June 9, 2023

High flyers

Four Huskies have joined the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Read about their achievements in space and beyond.


June 4, 2023

A protector of children

Carol Lace Jenkins dedicated her career to helping parents and guardians.


Fraud finder

Josh Crabtree runs a Seattle-based office of special agents and investigative specialists conducting passport and visa fraud investigations.


Down to earth

Blending her own story with tales of climate crisis negotiations, Brianna Craft shows us the world in her memoir.


A KKK ‘monster’ story

Timothy Egan’s latest book, “A Fever in the Heartland," centers on the rise and undoing of D.C. Stephenson, a grand dragon of the KKK


May 29, 2023

Distinguished Service Award

The Desert Scholarship Patrons Committee is this year's recipient of the UWAA Distinguished Service Award.


Smooth sip of success

Pals Manny Chao and Roger Bialous have made Georgetown Brewing a Seattle favorite.


Powerful prose

Her Northwest connections played a big part in Marilynne Robinson’s path to becoming one of the most important authors of our time.


May 28, 2023

The Gen Z's and me

"How wonderful to return to campus and see that the arc of Black history, despite ongoing struggles, still bends toward justice," Audrey Edwards writes.


May 19, 2023

Full of surprises

As UW mourns the loss of a beloved artist, we talk with a fellow Husky who saw first-hand how much the acclaimed painter cared about our campus and community.


May 18, 2023

Influencer extraordinaire

Emma Cortes Ellendt explains her journey from business to aeronautics to Instagram in a Q&A with Aleenah Ansari.


April 27, 2023

Not quite by the book

Preston Wadley explores new truths in old objects through "Abstract Truth" at the Bellevue Arts Museum.


April 21, 2023

Full circle

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


April 13, 2023

Behind the mic

Mike Blowers and Shannon Drayer continue to bring baseball action to fans over the airwaves.


April 11, 2023

Mouth-watering news

Look out for Lioness in Phinney Ridge this summer. Renee Erickson's latest restaurant will focus on shared plates and Italian wine.


March 23, 2023

Anna learns things (and sells them, too)

Anna Dong, '21, uses her UW degree in neuroscience to create products that make people happier.


March 1, 2023

A heartfelt award for Jean Smart

The star of the HBO series “Hacks” scores yet another honor for playing acerbic Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance – but couldn’t attend the show due to a heart issue.


February 26, 2023

A sense of purpose

With scholarship support, Tony Nabors found a calling and a lifelong commitment to racial equity.


February 25, 2023

Call of the wild

Samantha Zwicker works to rehabilitate and reintroduce wildlife in the Amazon rainforest.


Drawn to love stories

New Yorker cartoonist Olivia de Recat captures relationships in her book ‘Drawn Together.’


An unlikely knight

When Spain decided to allow Sephardic Jews to reclaim their citizenship, Doreen Alhadeff, ’72, jumped at the chance. She recently earned a knighthood for helping others do the same.


February 23, 2023

Another side of the city

Peter Bacho wrote a love letter to Seattle with “Uncle Rico's Encore,” a book he says he “had to write.”


February 15, 2023

Huskies in the Super Bowl

Magical avocados, an (alleged) $1.5 million hairstyle and two Huskies-turned-Chiefs took over our TVs this weekend.


February 13, 2023

Hall of famer

It took 36 years, but Don Coryell, the former Husky defensive back-turned-offensive genius in the NFL, gets the glory he long deserved.


January 27, 2023

Fond farewell to Fennema

Former New York Giants player Carl Fennema attended Husky football games for decades; his love for his alma mater never flagged despite age and injury.


Captain Fantastic

The late Jerry Thornton was a great ballplayer and a real family man.


January 26, 2023

A letter from Grethe

Margarethe "Grethe" Cammermeyer, '76, '91, served as an Army Nurse in Vietnam. She reflects on a return trip in 2019 with fellow UW veterans.


January 24, 2023

Deep mud, both feet

UW student veterans and Vietnam veterans travel to Vietnam to experience the duality of war and find the path to peace.


January 3, 2023

So long, 747

Boeing rolls out the final 747 – once known as the Queen of the Skies – and the end of an era is upon us for a plane designed by a famous alum.


December 15, 2022

Sweet child of wine

He's been in the wine business for decades, and he's only in his thirties. Andrew Januik (of Januik Winery and Andrew Januik Wines) was born to be a winemaker.


November 27, 2022

A seat at the table

Gov. Jay Inslee, ’73, selected Professor Alexes Harris, ’97, to serve a three-year term on the University’s highest governing body.


Star power

On the 20th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, we remember astronaut Michael Anderson, ’81.


November 26, 2022

The hows of housing

Two UW alumni lead separate projects to address some of the biggest social issues of our time.


Learners and leaders

With a foundation rooted in leadership, service and education, the Women’s University Club has served the community since 1914. This year, its headquarters turns 100.


Newsroom star

Former Daily reporter turned Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Suki Dardarian was honored for her newspaper’s George Floyd coverage.


Treasure in feces

Bryn Nelson followed his love for animals and science to become both a microbiologist and the writer of a book on human feces.


Dorothy Hollingsworth, 1920-2022

“She was a maverick, and she placed the most vulnerable and marginalized populations—primarily women and children—at the center of her work.”


November 23, 2022

Our first astronaut

In 1969, NASA launched Apollo 12, which took Richard F. Gordon, '51, to the moon and back.


November 17, 2022

Alumni on the small screen

From Anna Faris to Joel McHale, check out a few of our favorite performances from UW alumni on television.


November 9, 2022

Mountain man

John E. Kurnick, '67, climbed all 68 of the 14,000-foot peaks in the contiguous United States.


On the big screen

Anna Faris plays Savannah, a struggling business owner after her aunt's inheritance, in her latest silver screen effort.


November 4, 2022

A new era for campus security

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


Media

Viewpoint Magazine highlights two new books from the UW community.


November 3, 2022

Inspired by a blue suit

Poet Shin Yu Pai uses everyday objects to explore unique meaning in her new podcast "The Blue Suit."


October 28, 2022

Service on his terms

Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award recipient Michael Kilmer is now a leader in Veterans Affairs 20 years after being forced out of the Coast Guard.


September 19, 2022

It begins with a dreamer

Alula Asfaw, '08, wants to help schoolchildren from disadvantaged backgrounds thrive. That's why he started the Dream Project.


September 16, 2022

Big day for Smart

The acclaimed Seattleite and actor wins her second consecutive Emmy Award on the day before her birthday.


Hall of famer

The former Husky defensive back turned football upside down with his unstoppable “Air Coryell” passing attack.


No. 19

On Oct. 6, all Husky players will wear number 19 warmup tops in memory of their teammate and to spread awareness of sudden cardiac arrest.


September 4, 2022

Nursing advocate

Joanne Montgomery, recipient of the 2022 Gates Volunteer Service Award, spent two decades as a nurse—and two more ensuring that the UW is at the forefront of the field.


September 3, 2022

Glowing observations

Willem Volkersz, ’65, will have an exhibit of his work, “The View From Here,” on display at the Boise Art Museum from Oct. 8 to Jan. 8.


Ancient voices

Grace Funsten, ’17, ’22, studied ancient epitaphs in Rome as part of a select group of classics scholars.


September 2, 2022

Pulitzer for podcaster

Audrey Quinn detoured from a life in science to become an award-winning storyteller.