CUSP Presents Newsletter


69th Edition: November 26th,  2014

 World Language Cafe

Justin Nygard and Chinese 101                             For Martin Luther King Day

Professional Developmental Series Workshop     Open Learning Lab UW2-140

Distinguished Teaching Award Nominations       Sign Up for CSS 290

Research and Progress 2014 Fall Schedule           Study Abroad In Rome

Upcoming Scholarships                                          Coutch Marti Fitness Sessions

Chek This Awesome Art Course                           First Year JAPANESE!

Join Us for Hand-On Experience                           Circle K International

Special Guest Speaker                                           SAL's Special Guest Speaker

Center for Digital Storytelling                              Open Arts: Autumn Quarter

Volunteer for Universal Leadership Conference    Volunteer for CEB

Transitioning from Military to University life

Celebrating World Languages and Culture:


In the aJustin Nygard Photoutumn quarter of 2010, Justin enrolled in Chinese 101 with no idea what he had stepped into: he just embarked on an odyssey to study one of the most difficult languages in the world. During his first class, one sophisticated character caught his fancy. This character (one of the most intricate in Chinese) refers to Biáng Biáng Miàn, a famous noodle dish in China. The question on the slide was: Can you handle this? Three years flew by, and Justin met the challenge. In 2013, Justin was accepted by the prestigious Nanjing University. During his year-long stay, he got a chance to taste the noodle in its most authentic place. However, unable to adapt to a new environment, living away from home could have become an exile where, as Dante lamented, “You will learn how salty the bread tastes in others’ houses, and how hard is the going up and down of others’ stairs.”

Picture this: Chinese is a tonal language. In addition to word order and context, a slight tone change could change the meaning! A much bigger challenge lies in recognizing characters. His exacting Chinese teacher in Nanjing did not make it any easier. The most excruciating was daily 听写【tīngxiě “dictation” or “listen and write”, all in characters, on the spot! Being left-handed, it is even more difficult to write Chinese characters. Justin survived all this. Moreover, he thrived in Nanjing, quickly becoming a local and national celebrity. Newspapers and TV stations covered his feature story extensively. In Nanjing and elsewhere, Justin popularized Zumba, a dance fitness program. His dance class grew like mushrooms after a timely rain. During an interview, Justin had to speak Chinese on Chinese national TV! [Courtesy photo from Justin Nygard: 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Zumba Flashmobs]

In his preseJustin NyGardntation, Justin encouraged his fellow students to study abroad. Study abroad definitely changed Justin’s life. Now his world has become much bigger with more opportunities opened up, including prospects for further education and career options in China. What is more important, opening to a different language and culture has broadened his intellectual horizon. An anecdote is revealing: when Justin was itchy to visit the Great Wall, his teacher in China snapped sharply: How many people died during the construction?! He had never thought about that. While other tourists were posing to have a perfect picture taken, Justin was deep in thought.

After listening to Justin’s adventures in China, Chinese 101 students rolled up their sleeves. During the forthcoming International Education Week (November 17th to November 21st), Chinese 101 will present their work @UW1 202 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm to celebrate world languages and cultures. Other events include: November 20th, Spanish 101 Presentations @UW2 205, 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Considering how short a time it is they have been learning Chinese or Spanish and how hard it is to master a second language after puberty, their courage is admirable. 

On second language acquisition, there is an influential theory called the “critical period hypothesis” which claims that once one has passed puberty, a critical window for optimum language acquisition, the rest is an up-hill climb. Justin’s success indicates that one can overcome obstacles with perserance and persistence, and his return to UWB, with such success in China, is something to celebrate. 


Military Life to Univeristy Life





You are invited to join us this Winter for a two-credit course that will be team taught by Dave Hudson- Vet Corps Navigator.

Transition of Veterans (BCUSP 100B or C-SLN: 10828 or 10829)

Winter Quarter – Fridays


This course is designed to facilitate veterans and their family members in navigating the academic, financial, social, physiological, and psychological challenges they may encounter in making a positive transition from military life to civilian college life. Source:

Upcoming Scholarships

Merit PhotoUW Bothell General Scholarship

Scholarships of varying amount to be awarded over winter and spring quarters; application now opens until December 1, 2014. Must be currently enrolled fall quarter 2014.

Scholarship America Dream Award

-Award amounts range between $5,000 and $15,000, depending on need, and increase by $1,000 each year to encourage students to finish their degree. -3.0+ GPA, and must demonstrate financial need. In addition, community leadership and volunteerism, and overcoming barriers to school success will also be considered. Deadline: December 15, 2014

For more information please contact:

Couch Marti Fitness Sessions

Join Coach Marti Young at specifiv locations and learn Functional Fitness as well as how to fit a few dance moves into the mix. Please choose one class and location. Wear comfortable clothing and walking/running shoes. ALL fitness levels welcome!



UW Tower cafeteria -12-01-2014 from 12:00 p.m to 12:45 p.m

UW Tower Gym -12-03-2014 from 12:00 p.m to 12:45 p.m

South Lake Union Rm C 123 A&B- 12-04-2014 from 12:00 p.m to 12:45 p.m

IMA -12-05-2014 from 12:00 p.m to 12:45 p.m

UW Tacoma, Milgard Assembly Room, William W. Philip Hall-12-08-2014 from 12:00 p.m to 12:45 p.m

UW Bothell North Creek Event Center -12-09-2014  from 12:00 p.m to 12:45 p.m

For more information please visit:

Join Us For Hand-On Experience

Course Flyer PhotoB CUSP 199 Field Based Learning

This course facilitates pre-professional work/field experience for UW Bothell Pre-majors students who seek the opportunity to explore career interests through the integration of academic and real world learning.  Practical experience gained in professional work environments, on-line class assignments and reflections, as well as the support of a cohort of fellow interns will provide students the opportunity to think critically and reflect on their goals at an important juncture in their academic path. The class will meet face-to-face 3 times during the quarter. Students may identify an internship opportunity on their own or our Student Success Center can support you.

Study Abroad In ROME

          When in Rome: Interdisciplinary Studio Art and Culture

Flyer PhotoProgram dates: June 24-July 21, 2015, Summer A term

Estimated Program Fees: $4,998

Directors: Barbara Noah, Affiliate Professor, IAS Studio Art

Elizabeth Darrow, Visiting Lecturer, IAS

Overview:  A 12- credit Interdisciplinary Studio Art and Italian culture program, including seeing art and cultural sites in Rome, making art with several medium options, and doing an independent study. Open to all majors, for all levels of art experience (including intro level), with no prior language requirement.

There will be an info session December 4, 5-6:30pm in UW1-103.

Apply by January 30, 2015, and learn more from the program website:

First Year JAPANESE!

Panda photo  WINTER 2015


MW- 3:30-5:30pm

The elementary speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in modern Japanese. This course is designed to provide a solid foundation in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. This course will also expolore certain aspects of the Janpanese culture.



This course allows students who successfully complete it to

  a) Describe physical appearance

  b) Talk about personal prefrences

  c) Give persmission and express prohibition

  d)  Offers to help others. 



World Language Cafe!

Take a break this afternoon to stretch your brain at the World Languages Café!

Join us on Wednesdays in the Language Learning Center at Cascadia (CC3-125) to practice your language skills with speakers of Spanish, French, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, German, Vietnamese, Swahili, English, or any other language you wish to add. There are games and organized activities that can engage those who are just getting started. We welcome speakers of all abilities!  Alternating times are available for your convenience, so stop by at noon or at 2:00 pm as your schedule allows. Stay for the whole hour or drop by for a few minutes. Details can be found on the UWB Global Initiatives website

For Martin Luther King Day

MLK Flyer PhotoACT students are partnering with Cascadia Community College and UW Bothell Office of Student Engagement and Activities to plan this year’s MLK Day of Service on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Students, staff and faculty get together on this day to participate in service projects and collaborate with community organizations. If you are interested in getting involved in leadership opportunities to be a student committee member or student service site leader, please contact ACT student leads for the upcoming informational meeting.

Email ACT Student Leads, Marielle ( or Linh( for more information.

SAL's Literary Arts Series:

Sheri Fink PhotoSheri Fink: American journalist who writes about health, medicine and science. A former humanitarian aid worker, Fink is known for her reporting and other work dealing with public health issues in crisis situations.  Fink was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for her 2009 article The Deadly Choices at Memorial, an investigative piece that chronicles the urgent life-and-death decisions made by one hospital’s exhausted doctors when they were cut off by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. She expanded on the article for her book Five Days at Memorial, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, and the Ridenhour Book Prize. She is currently a reporter for The New York Times.

Where: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

When: Town Hall Seattle, 7:30 pm.

Students in Class Photo

Sign Up for CSS 290: Teaching Computing to Middle School Students

A new class at the University of Washington Bothell trains undergraduate computer science majors to teach coding concepts to middle school students using the game-programming language Scratch. Class will be held on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30pm and partnering with Olympic Hills Elementary in Lake City this Winter Quarter.


Professional Development Series Workshop

Opportunity to furthering your professional and personal leadership skills

Get your apps in, attend the sessions, and the Universal Leadership Conference to earn you certificate in leadership and professionalism. Our first session was a huge learning success, so don’t miss out!

Applications are due by 8:00am, Monday the 27th

For more information and to sign up, please visit


The Open Learning Lab UW2-140

Tutoring Photo








Features: Apple IMaces, Window Computers, Hi-Res Scanners, Husky Print Capability, One-on-One Digital Media Production Tutoring, Canvas, Pantopto and E-portfolio support

+ Come get help from learning tech tutors:

+ The Open Learning Lab tutoring calendar can be found online at:

Open Arts: Autumn Quarter

Flyer Photo Please join us in celebrating the following end-of-the-quarter final artisitic showcase and presentations.

BISIA 283 B Mask Improvisations

Gallery Display of Student- created Masks

Tuesday, November 25th @ 9:30-10:30am


BIS 495 Worlds of Work

Fall Internship Exhibit

Wednesday, December 3rd @ 3:30pm

UW1-2nd Vista

BISMCS 343 Social Development ProductionStudent Photo

       Showing Student produced films

Thursday, December 4th @ 2:00pm


BARTS 161 Introduction to Dance

Performances of Works In progress

Thursday, December 4th @ 6:30


BCStudent speaking photoORE 104/107 D Words, Voice, Movement

Showcase of Original Performances

Tuesday, December 9th @ 11:00am


BARTS 151 B Acting

Final Scenes and MonologuesGallery Photo

Tuesday, December 9th @ 4:00pm


BISIA 283 Digital Movements

Showing of Video Dance Stories

Tuesday, December 9th @ 4:00pm


HELLO fellow Huskies!

CK logo Are you interested in getting more involved with the campus and community? Perhaps networking within both realms? Well Circle K International, CKI, is a worldwide organization with many opportunities. It's simply a club that you can join thus becoming a part of the network which allows you access to scholarships and awards while gaining leadership!

Contact: to join!

Research and Progress 2014 Fall Schedule

Engineering a Better Health Care System



Volunteer for Campus Event Board

Students PhotoVolunteer opportunities available through Friday, November 28th

Are you into photography or graphic design? We have two volunteer positions open for Campus Events Board. If you are looking to expand your portfolio or learn more about capturing an event, this position would be beneficial for you! Requirements are basic operation of a DSLR camera and understanding of how to use various social media platforms. Skills using Photoshop/Illustrator is preferred.

Contact Stacey Yuen at with details about your interests and experiences.   

Universal Leadership Conference Volunteers Needed!

Deadline is Monday, December 1st

CEB Group Photo

Become a Volunteer! The Universal Leadership Conference (ULC) is a student-run conference that provides leadership experience and training for college students. The goal of the Universal Leadership Conference is to help students understand and better themselves, their peers, and their community. We foster this environment by supporting inclusion, ally hood, and team building.

Volunteering for the Universal Leadership Conference is a wonderful learning experience for students. Through the course of the weekend, you will be a guide to our guests, help host a room for workshops, and even lead one of the civic fellowship experiences. Numerous Positions are open for different committee chairs and volunteers. Time commitment for ULC volunteers would be from the end of fall quarter until spring quarter. 
For more information, contact Dhwani Vekaria at

Check This Awesome Art Course Out

BIS 440: Arts of Social Transformation is a public art course designed to familiarize students with the impact this art form can have on individuals, local communities and society at large.

Twelve UW Bothell students and twelve Monroe prisoners will be selected to participate in this collaborative art course to be held at the Monroe Correctional Complex during Spring quarter 2015, on Fridays, from 2-4pm.

Limited space available.  Interested students must apply by Nov. 1st, 2014 to allow time for background checks and training through the Department of Corrections.

Please contact: Gary Carpenter (Lecturer)

Distinguished Teaching Award Nomination

Deadline for nominations is ---5:00 PM Friday, December 12th

Each year the University of Washington Bothell recognizes a deserving instructor whose teaching represents the best qualities of UW Bothell faculty. The DTA is a once-in-a-lifetime award, presented each spring quarter. To nominate an instructor who inspires excellence and supports active, continuous learning, submit your one page nomination at:




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