05/02/2016 Five University of Washington Bothell students are being recognized in the inaugural class of the Husky 100. It's a big win for the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with all five majoring in society, ethics and human behavior (SEB), notes Natalia Dyba, a member of the Husky 100 tri-campus planning committee. They relate their studies to what’s going on outside the classroom, says Dyba, who is director of global initiatives. “It’s a testament to the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences emphasis on connected learning,” she says. The Husky 100 from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses were selected for demonstrating, passion, leadership and commitment. The UW Bothell students and their majors: Kelsey Bolinger -- society, ethics and human behavior, media and communication studies, Jessica Cole -- society, ethics and human behavior, Ruth Medina Godina -- global studies, society, ethics and human behavior, Alejandra Perez Guzman -- society, ethics and human behavior, American and ethnic studies, Michaella Rosner -- society, ethics and human behavior. Four of the five named Julie Shayne, senior lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, as an influential instructor. Shayne is the faculty coordinator for gender, women and sexuality studies. Anyone could nominate a junior, senior or graduate student for the honor or they could apply on their own. Students had to submit applications and were evaluated on how well they demonstrated a discovery mindset, capacity for leadership and a commitment to an inclusive community. Cole (the mother of three) and Medina Godina (the mother of two) together started the Parent Union to advocate for onsite child care at the University of Washington Bothell and make higher education more accessible to non-traditional students. “We do what we do because we want everyone to have access to a premier education, and we want them to be able to experience how life changing education is,” Cole wrote. “What both Jessica and I did through the construction of the Parent Union was bring positive change for parenting students at UW Bothell,” Medina Godina wrote. As part of the Husky 100, the students will receive opportunities through the next academic year to expand networks with other students, alumni, faculty, staff and business leaders. They’ll have their own LinkedIn group and they’ll receive customized counseling from the UW Career Center, plus invitations to events hosted by the UW president and provost. Applications for the Husky 100 required essays describing what the students learned through transformative experiences such as an internship, field work, tutoring or studying abroad, volunteering or taking on family responsibilities. The applications were intentionally intense so that the process would help prepare the students for a job search, scholarship application or grad school. Each year the University celebrates accomplished alumni, noted Gerald Baldasty, interim provost and executive vice president. “Let’s not wait to celebrate our current students who have this same potential – students who inspire us and their peers, students who serve as examples of what others can aspire to be,” he wrote. “We hope that the Husky 100 will encourage new students in the years ahead to take full advantage of their time at the UW.” Read more about how to nominate or apply for the next Husky 100.