Enrollment and Facilities
When classes began in September 2009, the campus welcomed 2,374 full time equivalent (FTE) students, or a headcount of 2,801. By comparison, when classes began in Fall 2008, UW Bothell had an FTE of 1,899 and a headcount of 2,288. Says Chancellor Kenyon S. Chan, "These numbers are a great reflection of our institution and its benefits to our region. Students know that when they attend UW Bothell they will not only receive the knowledge, skills and professional preparation needed to be successful in the market, but they will do so on a campus that encourages and supports student-faculty interaction, collaboration and research."
The first UW Bothell Student Housing Community of 42 students opened in Fall 2009 with students residing in the nearby Campus View apartment complex. Among the residents are three community advisors and seven international students. Substantial expansion of the housing community is anticipated for 2010-11 and subsequent years.
Also in Fall 2009, UW Bothell opened its Eastside Leadership Center in Bellevue. The Center currently houses the new Leadership MBA Program and will offer a BA in Business Administration in Fall 2010.
In the works - $5M for the design of a third campus building to house the institution’s growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) offerings.
The Master of Business Administration Program has been nationally ranked by Business Week as #3 in the Pacific Northwest and #51 in the nation. Says Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Professor and Director of the Business Program, "This ranking is a validation of our efforts to bring excellent programs to the region."
Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, Associate Professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Program, recently served as the American Cultural Envoy to Karachi, Pakistan on a trip sponsored by the U.S. State Department with the U.S. Consulate-Karachi, in partnership with Faisal Malik, Artistic Director of Thespianz Theater.
In this role, she spent 11 days in Karachi promoting the importance of the arts for diverse communities and as a tool for addressing important social issues. Her central project in partnership with Faisal Malik included the writing and staging of 'Water Calligraphy,' a play (with singing, acting and dancing) on water issues. Says Kochhar-Lindgren, "It was a real pleasure and honor to be chosen as the first American Cultural Envoy in 30 years to Karachi, Pakistan. I was touched by the many people I met and found Karachi to be a dynamic city. It was a pleasure to work with the local Pakistani performers and artists and to see the performing arts come to life in 'Water Calligraphy.'"
Warren Buck, Professor and Chancellor Emeritus, participated in the Around the Americas sailing expedition in Winter 2010, traveling between North and South America to "build awareness throughout the Americas of increasing threats to our fragile ocean environment and to mobilize North and South Americas to take action to improve the health of our oceans."
UW Bothell hosted Her Excellency Meera Shankar, the Indian Ambassador to the United States, for a dinner in her honor in Fall 2009. Over 150 Eastside business leaders and dignitaries, including members of the Indian Association of Western Washington, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington State Department of Commerce, Snohomish County EDC and the Trade Development Alliance were in attendance at the event (co-sponsored by the City of Bellevue) to welcome the Ambassador and to celebrate the eve of Diwali.
Her Excellency spoke to the sold-out crowd on the importance of higher education in an increasingly globalized world.
Mary Abrums, Assistant Professor in the Nursing Program, released her new book Moving the Rock: Poverty and Faith in a Black Storefront Church in November 2009. The book "portrays several generations of African American women whose families migrated from the South to the Pacific Northwest in the 1940s and 1950s." Says Abrums, "their stories help us explore how to make a difference in the world to create social justice."
Julie Shayne, Lecturer in the Center for University Studies & Programs and the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Program, released They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism, in December 2009. In it, Dr. Shayne provides a readable account, from the perspective of Chilean women in Vancouver, British Columbia, of how organized Chileans worked to oust the dictatorship of General Pinochet.