Issue 9

UW Bothell Spotlight Newsletter

Stories in This Edition

Perez Creating Possibility by Andrew Nguyen
Freshman Makes College Education Possible for Undocumented Students

 

David Lile Defining Leadership by Marlene Manzo
Serving Students One Day at a Time

 

Earth Day Earth Day Celebration is Monday April 22 by Marlene Manzo
Sustainability Organization Organizes the 2013 Earth Day Celebration

 

Leissle The Taste of Great Education by Nate Stout
UW Bothell Chocolate Festival Serves up Treats and Learning

 

Creating Possibility

Freshman Makes College Education Possible for Undocumented Students

By Andrew Nguyen

Alejandra Perez has receive is a Mary Gates scholarship for her work, "Beyond Dreaming: Scholarship List for Undocumented Students in Washington State." She won the award during her first quarter at UW Bothell.

"Undocumented students are very limited in eligibility for any kind of financial aid. Competing for limited scholarships to continuously fund each quarter is a constant fight. There is less incentive for high achievement in high school if students believe they can't go to college," Perez explains.

Perez shows other undocumented students like herself they too can make higher education a reality.

Alejandra Perez "We can break this cycle so the undocumented can pursue their dreams," says Perez.

When Perez was twelve, counselors said she would not attend college because of her immigration status. In high school Perez attended a Latino youth summit, learning about State House Bill 1079, which allows undocumented students to pay resident status tuition.

Perez immediately sought mentorship from Yuriana Garcia, UW student and program coordinator for Cleveland High School, and became a competitive college candidate. After taking a campus tour, Perez began the job of funding her first year at UW Bothell.

She joins Garcia each week at Cleveland High School to hold workshops on scholarship searching, networking, and personal statement writing with the Latino Students United Club.

Perez served as assistant director of the Beyond HB 1079 conference, held on March 24 with over 350 attendees.

"Beyond HB 1079 is the only conference of its kind to provide all the information, knowledge and adequate resources for undocumented students and their supporters," explains Perez.

Perez coordinated panels and distributed her scholarship list during the resource fair. During last year's conference, Perez was the only panelist still in high school.

"The conference shows students, parents, and educators in Washington State that it is possible to go to college as an undocumented student," Perez says, "I want undocumented students to believe, 'if she can do it, so can I.'"

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Defining Leadership

Serving Students One Day at a Time

By Marlene Manzo

David Lile David Lile is the epitome of a leader. He is sophomore senator of ASUWB, founder of the Sophomore Council, founding member of Husky Pantry, and a role model to students on campus.

During summer 2011, Tyrell Edwards and Mina Hooshangi influenced Lile to pursue leadership roles on campus. At the time, Hooshangi served as an orientation leader and matched Lile's aspirations with opportunities at UW Bothell. Hooshangi connected Lile to Edwards, the director of student advocacy for ASUWB.

After being student body president at Coupeville High School in Whidbey Island, Lile was enthusiastic about being a leader at UW Bothell. However, in 2011-2012 there weren't available seats for freshmen on the ASUWB. Edwards suggested Lile become part of freshmen council, the governing body representing freshmen. Since then Lile has continued to dedicate his time and passion to serving UW Bothell students.

"I wanted to be a positive influence, a role model, someone people can relate to," says Lile.

Lile uses his involvement with Husky Pantry as an example of leadership. Growing up, Lile and his family struggled to afford food, let alone a warm meal. He used his past experiences to support his UW Bothell community. Along with other UW Bothell students, Lile and the Husky Pantry team found a way to feed students in need.

That is what a leader does according to Lile, "Everybody can be a leader. A leader is not just defined by being put in a position. It's defined by taking your own experiences and transcending that into something greater."

When asked if he'd run for student government again, Lile exclaims, "Yes! Heck, yes!"

To learn more about ASUWB, or to get involved click here.

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Earth Day Celebration is Monday April 22

Sustainability Organization Organizes the 2013 Earth Day Celebration

By Marlene Manzo

Earth Day Aaron Huston has devoted the majority of his senior year to planning the 2013 Earth Day at UW Bothell. Huston is double-majoring in environmental studies and global studies at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. As president of the Sustainability Organization and the Sustainability Research and Earth Day Fellow for the Office of Community Based Learning and Research (CBLR), Huston is planning what is hoped to be the largest Earth Day celebration in UW Bothell history.

Earth Day will be celebrated Monday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Yes, the goats will be returning to campus, but there will also be many other exciting events, including an opportunity to help plant native vegetation in the wetlands followed and a hard hat tour at the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory.

For this year's recycling project, Huston and his team of sustainability stewards will lead volunteers in the creation of a temporary UW Bothell "W" using recycled bottles and purple and gold flowers. This one-hour project will begin at 11:30 a.m. A complimentary Taco Time lunch will be served to all Earth Day participants. The day will also consist of presentations on sustainability, e-waste recycling, two film screenings, the beloved goats, and an awesome recycling relay.

To learn more about the Earth Day celebration, contact Aaron Huston, or visit the CBLR blog.

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The Taste of Great Education

UW Bothell Chocolate Festival Serves up Treats and Learning

By Nate Stout

Kristy Leissle

"The students have become the educators," said IAS lecturer Kristy Leissle. The second annual UW Bothell Chocolate Festival featured tables and displays marking the end of a quarter for Leissle's students in her Discovery Core class "Chocolate: A Global Inquiry." The relaxed, warm atmosphere was uncharacteristic of most final presentations, but that might have something to do with the topic.

"We've covered the history, manufacture, nutrition, advertising, representation in media and literature, economics, and politics of the cacao bean," Leissle explains. "These students have really gotten a deep understanding of chocolate as a commodity, but also its meaning across cultures."

Grouped roughly into different geographical regions, the tables were covered with information and samples of dark, milk, white and flavored chocolate from all around the world. From the Aztec spicy chocolate, where it served as a food of sustenance; to the Hawaiian milk chocolate, a crowd favorite in the tradition of sweet chocolates.

Students and chocolate "I expected it to be like a cooking class," laughs Victoria Frawhert, presenting the intriguing white chocolate called Zephyr, reflecting on her experience during the course. "But it's a very interdisciplinary course that showed us everything from the biology to economics of chocolate. I've come to see it as a very diverse food source, and the course has helped raise my awareness of the origins and processes of other foods."

"I also only used to like white chocolate, but now I eat dark chocolate... almost every day."

Bill Fredericks Joining in the festivities was Professor Leissle's friend and chocolatier Bill Fredericks, known as "The Chocolate Man." While he stated his primary motivation for joining in was "fun", Fredericks also noted the importance of courses in this model. "A lot of people in this country have a lot of questions about food. It's great to have opportunities like this to really explore what's going on, and to gain the skills and perspective that can help people find answers to their questions."

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