Iconic University of Washington President Henry Suzzallo (1915–1926) envisioned our public institution as the “university of a thousand years.” Throughout the intervening decades, UW alumni and friends have embraced this University’s steadfast commitment to its local roots and expanding global reach—a shared investment in access and excellence.
For more than a century, the UW Alumni Association has been proud of the stories that our alumni magazine has shared about our world-class University and its impact. As the UW’s influence has increased, so has our desire to deepen and diversify our content to more fully capture the breadth and vitality of the people, places and communities that consider the UW part of their story of transformation.
Internally, we imagined a dynamic new version of our magazine, and redesigned a publication worthy of the institution. So what’s changed? The title of course. But that’s just the beginning. The University of Washington Magazine extends and amplifies the University’s public mission to preserve, advance and disseminate knowledge. We take this charge seriously. We hope the changes you experience in the magazine—increased size; new paper and perfect binding; refreshed design; and expanded print and digital content—will bring the innovation and impact of our University alive and encourage you to discover something new about the UW, whether you studied here or not.
What hasn’t changed? Our commitment to exceptional writing, compelling and inspiring photography and visual design, and an unwavering dedication to reporting and storytelling through the lens of the University of Washington. The success of the “university of a thousand years” has always depended on active engagement with its alumni and friends, and so does this publication. Please share your feedback on this inaugural issue at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we make the University of Washington stronger.