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69th Edition: November 17th,  2014

DESC Homeless Shelter Service Activity             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

Useful Workshops!                                                 Chek This Awesome Art Course

Join Us for Hand-On Experience                           Circle K International

Special Guest Speaker                                           SAL's Special Guest Speaker

Center for Digital Storytelling

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. 


DESC Homeless Shelter Service Activity

 Group photoIn just 3 hours, students re-painted two entire floors of the historic "Union Hotel," which serves as a permanent home to 52 formerly homeless people who have suffered from serious mental and addictive illnesses. In a debriefing with the student volunteers, Volunteer and In Kind Gifts Manager Donald Rupp said "it's all about dignity."

Last Wednesday students from Jennifer Atkinson and Julie Shayne's course on "Place and Displacement in the Americas" partnered with Downtown Emergency Services Center to improve a homeless shelter in Pioneer Square. What you have done today is improve the homes of people in the most vulnerable circumstances. When they walk back into these rooms, their home will not only look brighter and cleaner, but they will be reminded that people in the community care about their lives and have come here to help. There are days when those simple gestures can make all the difference.



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:

Special Guest Lecture

Helio Photo "Hélio Oiticica: Brazil 1958-1970"

Born in 1937 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica spent some years abroad in political exile during the military dictatorship, before his premature death in Brazil in 1980. Today, Oiticica can be easily regarded as one of the most influential Brazilian artists of the 20th century on an international scale. In this talk we will follow the artistic development of Oiticica in the context of Brazilian post-war avant-gardes of the late 1950s, drawing our particular interest to the artistic strategies stemming out of the Tropicália Movement, mixing object art, installation, photography, film and audio elements, against the backdrop of the general Brazilian social-political context.

Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz (São Paulo) works as a writer, art critic, translator, independent researcher and editor, specializing in aesthetic theory, Latin American Studies, colonial economy and Brazilian 20th century art. Hinderer Cruz is the author of the book "Hélio Oiticica and Neville D'almeida's Block-Experiments in Cosmococa  -- Program in Process" (Afterall Books London / MIT Press, Cambridge,  MA, 2013), in co-authorship with Sabeth Buchmann. Recent projects include the edition and translation of Hélio Oiticica's writings published as the exhibition catalogue "Hélio Oiticica. Das große  Labyrinth / The Great Labyrinth", co-edited with Susanne Gaensheimer,  Peter Gorschlüter and Cesar Oiticica Filho (Hatje Cantz / MMK Museum of  Modern Art Frankfurt 2013); and the essay collection "Art and the Critique of Ideology After 1989", co-edited with Eva Birkenstock, Jens Kastner and Ruth Sonderegger (Walther Koenig Books / Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2014). From 2008-2011, together with Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann, he was curator and editor of the publication and exhibition project "The Potosí Principle / Principio Potosí", presented at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Madrid, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, and  Museo Nacional de Arte and MUSEF in La Paz, Bolivia. He regularly publishes essays and critiques in international magazines such as Afterall (London), Texte zur Kunst (Berlin), Springerin (Vienna) and Revista Tatuí (Recife). Recent speaking invitations: Columbia University, Guggenheim Museum New York, Oslo National Academy of the Arts and an upcoming talk at Princeton University. Since 2014, together with Suely Rolnik, Amilcar Packer and Pedro Cesarino, he is program coordinator of P.A.C.A. (Program for Autonomous Cultural Action São Paulo).

Where: University of Washington Bothell, Room: UW2-005

When: Wednesday, November 19th @ 3:30pm-5:30pm

For more information regarding the talk please email or call 206.455.1895

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

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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:

Center for Digital Storytelling

Center for Digital Storytelling PhotoPurpose, Passion, and Presence Storywork as an Interdisciplinary Profession.

Everyone is talking about story and storytelling, but what does it mean?


Joe Lambert: founder and director of the Berkely-based Center for Digital Storytelling suggests that Storyworkl the assorted skills for helping people to listen, share, script and produce powerful personal stories, is a new form of interdisciplinary professional practice. Lambert will speak about his 30 years as a storyworker, and the lessons drawn from the methods of his center. He will also review thoery and perspective of his groundbreaking approach to a writing curriculum captured in his newest book, Seven Stages of Story and the Human Experience.

When Thursday, November 20th @ 6:00pm

Where UW1- 031 

Art with Heart at Kenmore Jr. High

Gallery photoMonday from 2:15-5:00pm
Contact Karina Sather if interested
Contact Eileen Jowell for volunteer application:



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

Nursing and Health Studies Nov 18th


Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Nov 25thEngineering a Better Health Care System



Useful Workshops!

Writing Hand Photo

Get valuable experience through these upcoming workshops that will enhance your collage success. All workshops will be offered Fridays, from 11:00am-1:00pm

@ UW2-205 





Friday, November 14th, discover the many ways you can become involed in undergraduate research. It is a mentor-guided learning that leads to new scholarly insights or new works resulting in independent confident professionals.

Friday, November 21st, Develop a positive attitude towards different learning experiences.


For more information please visit @

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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