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May 21, 2024

Stitched with love

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


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.


May 14, 2024

Susie Tennant, 1962–2024

Susie Tennant was beloved for discovering and promoting bands such as Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Beck.


May 9, 2024

Claiming the narrative

Welcome to the spring 2024 issue of Viewpoint. As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the power of language. I was the shy kid who never spoke up in class, the weird kid pulled out of class to attend speech therapy, the lone Black kid afraid to open my mouth because...


Preserving the past, protecting the future

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


April 12, 2024

Coffee and community

Efrem Fesaha showcases the history of coffee in Africa through Boon Boona Coffee.


March 22, 2024

Highest achievers

The organization that honors Rosa Parks, Elie Wiesel and Jane Goodall has also celebrated three members of the UW community.


February 24, 2024

A group of four students harvest vegetables in a verdant green field

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.


A woman in a UW jacket rides a white horse in a covered barn

Serious horsing around

Students from the big city saddle up for fun on the UW Equestrian Team.


Two illustrated figures - one outlined in blue and the other in red - stand on stilts above a mess of blue and red barbed wire

Civic and civil

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


February 23, 2024

People relaxing in a bright yellow museum room. They're staring at the ceiling, which has a large panel of acetate and tape made to look like stained glass.

Dazzling display

Artist Raúl de Nieves blends mystical symbols and Mexican craft in a Henry Art Gallery exhibition.


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.


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.


December 18, 2023

People walk down a street filled with tents selling vegetables, milk, eggs, meat and other goods.

Treasure on the Ave

The "granddaddy" of Seattle farmers markets celebrates 30 years of bringing farm-fresh goods to the University District.


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.


November 29, 2023

Seattle's sounds

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


November 25, 2023

Special signing

Seven-year-old Ford Parks, who has a rare genetic condition, signed with the UW as an honorary Husky.


November 24, 2023

An exhilarating story

Author Daniel James Brown recalls writing "The Boys in the Boat": "Anxiety quickly gave way to exhilaration."


November 22, 2023

A Black man wearing a yarmulke sprinkles salt on potatoes in the kitchen.

Taste and time

The first Black author to garner the James Beard Award for Writing, Michael Twitty connects food, ancestry and cultures.


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

Canoe Journey

Hosted by the Muckleshoot Tribe, this year's Tribal Canoe Journey welcomed members of the Shell House Canoe Family, č̓away̓altxʷ ʔiišəd.


A place of promise

For three decades, UW Tacoma has sought to serve not only its students but the community as a whole.


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.


Getting real on mental health

The research-based program helps members of the UW community maintain their mental health.


August 25, 2023

Legacy of leadership

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


July 10, 2023

Ordinary to extraordinary

Nathan Vass slows down time with his photography and writing.


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.


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.


February 25, 2023

Nuggets of history

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering was once the College of Mines. The name changed, but advancing technologies and research is stronger than ever.


Body language

“Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest,” submerses visitors in traditional tattooing practices and their modern expressions.


The aging cathedral

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


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.


November 27, 2022

Hip-hop and hype

The UW Graduate School will host an “Evening with Chuck D” for its public lecture series.


November 3, 2022

Uprooting exclusivity

The UW seeks to make the Washington Park Arboretum and Center for Urban Horticulture more inclusive.


Inspired by a blue suit

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


September 20, 2022

Dynamic times, dynamic giving

Through the UW Fund and other unrestricted philanthropy, donors to the UW can make an immediate impact where it's needed most.


Let's do something about it

By supporting students, professors and research-based solutions to global problems, Leo Maddox Schneider's family is honoring his passion for learning and making a difference.


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.


UW’s Brotherhood Initiative builds a community of success for men of color

As the UW’s Brotherhood Initiative grows—and welcomes a counterpart Sisterhood Initiative—students like senior Noah Stanigar continue to soar.


September 3, 2022

Neurodiversity at work

Neurodiverse UW employees gather to share their stories at a seminar.


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.


Hellish for shellfish

After an unprecedented Pacific Northwest heat wave, shellfish died at alarming rates. Tribal scientists and UW researchers figure out why.


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.


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 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.


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 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 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 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

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.


November 19, 2021

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.


September 11, 2021

It's oral history

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


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

The Nisei story

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


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.


June 4, 2021

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.


May 11, 2021

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.


December 16, 2020

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.


December 8, 2020

Learning from darkness

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


November 29, 2020

For many UW retirees, service never stops

Retiring from the UW doesn’t end the story for faculty and staff. They are driven to serve their communities on a local or global scale.


September 21, 2020

A twist of fate

Ayan Hassan’s life was changed by the Making Connections program—and then unexpectedly saved by one of the program’s founders.


Making people count

Underrepresented minority communities often view government with mistrust. The ECC is working with those communities to build trust in the U.S. Census.


September 11, 2020

Our lives, disrupted

We asked three UW experts—a historian, a leader in education and an expert in infectious disease—how we might use this time of challenge and change to plan for a better future.


September 8, 2020

Course correction

The UW has responded with leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. Now we must make the same commitment to addressing systemic racism and injustice.


June 10, 2020

Book Store stays essential

A quick trip through the University Book Store’s 120 years.


16 years of inclusion

After 16 years of inclusion, UW’s Q Center is just getting started.


May 8, 2020

Serving youth suits her

After deciding medicine wasn't for her, Yasmin Habib created a nonprofit program to serve refugee, immigrant and marginalized children.


November 24, 2019

Roman revival

A special place in the hearts of many, the UW’s Rome Center is undergoing a needed restoration.


Becoming a Husky

The University of Washington's admissions process is vetted and values-driven to produce a talented, diverse student body.


June 4, 2019

Fossil flosser

Some might find the work of dusting and dabbing sand away from a fossil tedious, but Jean Primozich still marvels at it.


March 1, 2019

New life for historic hotel

Tidbits of local history are scattered throughout the guest rooms of the Graduate hotel, formerly Hotel Deca.


August 30, 2018

Voice of the Dawgs

Tony Castricone has a passion for sports and a song in his heart.


August 29, 2018

Have a say, your way

A UW summer camp helps teens who stutter find their voices.


June 2, 2018

Character: Anne-Lise Nilsen

Anne-Lise Nilsen has known the next Husky mascot since he was 9 days old.


September 1, 2016

Character: Dave Torrell

Dave Torrell is the founding curator of the Husky Fever Hall of Fame, which opened in 2002. There are 500 pieces of memorabilia celebrating 21 sports, plus 200 Husky Hall of Fame inductees.


June 1, 2016

Character: Sara Griggs

“I cry tears of joy every year. UW Commencement is considered to be one of the largest and most prominent ceremonies in the country.”


March 1, 2016

Character: Eric Wahl

Meet the man who finds new homes for the UW's unwanted and obsolete items.


September 1, 2015

True to self

As Terra Hoy and others in the UW community know, changing genders is fraught with challenges -- emotional, physical and societal.


June 1, 2015

Character: Mary Larson

The Harborview nurse barters her portraits to help the homeless in Seattle.


September 1, 2013

On Dubs' mind

Getting a little snout time with DUBS, the UW’s 13th live mascot, an Alaskan Malamute.


June 1, 2012

Culture and cleanup

Decades of industrial and urban waste have badly contaminated South Seattle’s Duwamish waterway, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will determine the long-awaited, final cleanup plan of this Superfund site later this year.


June 1, 2011

Get a clue

Crossword puzzle fanatic Jeff Chen, ’02, doesn’t just fill out crossword puzzles, he writes them, too. He recently had one published by The New York Times. And here he created a special crossword puzzle for Columns readers.


March 1, 2010

Huskies in Haiti

In the aftermath of a massive earthquake, numerous UW Medicine and Health Sciences faculty, students and health professionals went to Haiti to treat the injured and sick and care for the displaced.


March 1, 2008

One popular geek

Call it “Revenge of the Nerd.” Rainn Wilson was, by his own admission, a hopeless misfit in high school. But when he made a recent appearance at a Kane Hall event, the adoring undergrads had to be turned away by the hundreds.


September 1, 2007

Out of time

UW communication professors pried open a 51-year-old time capsule on April 26, revealing both its original contents and some more, um, revealing contents.


Split on Commencement

For the Columns Alumni Vote in June, we asked if alumni attended the main graduation ceremony when they completed their UW degree. The 952 responses broke down to 59 percent “yes” and 41 percent “no.”


'Science on Tap'

“Science on Tap” is a monthly opportunity for folks from the community to get together on a Monday evening and listen to a distinguished scientist while sipping beer.


September 1, 2006

Harry's origin story

Though live canines have been official UW mascots for decades, Harry, known simply as "The Husky Dawg" at the time, wasn't introduced until the 1995-96 school year.


September 1, 2005

CLUE is the answer

“Professor Chernicoff … in the hall … with the candlestick …” Nightly study sessions solve the puzzle of how to shrink the University.