Alumni

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.


Hollywood Husky

Collaborating with Will Smith and Dave Chappelle is all in a day’s work for one of TV’s leading women directors.


September 1, 2022

School in wartime

Anastasiia Konovalova and her colleagues create normalcy for 350 Ukrainian schoolchildren living in Romania.


August 31, 2022

The Poet Laureate

Ada Limón, the 24th poet laureate of the United States, gives UW Magazine a glimpse into her process.


August 5, 2022

100 and counting

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.


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.


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.


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


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

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.


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 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

‘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.


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

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 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.


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 4, 2021

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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

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

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.


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

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.


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.


Forward momentum

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


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

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.


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.


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

‘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 10, 2021

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.