Some good news

Some good news

There is always good news to share — even during the current coronavirus pandemic and while the UW Bothell campus is on restricted operations.

We invite you to enjoy the reflections and comments below that have been shared by members of our UW Bothell community.

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Students engage in inauguration

To connect with and support students, the staff in Student Engagement & Activities recently created a series of events for students around the presidential inauguration. Some of the events focused on joy and community while others focused on context and understanding or on reflection and processing. One event included a live viewing of the inauguration ceremony, featuring commentary and considerable reflection on the part of students. Other events included a virtual space for open and safe dialogue about the 2020 elections and a virtual gathering to relax, talk and complete coloring books the staff mailed to students.

Sam Al-Khoury, director of Student Engagement & Activities



Sweet Swap satisfies craving for connection

In December, professional staff from UW Bothell and Cascadia College who work in the ARC celebrated our 4th Annual Sweet Swap … virtually! Pre-pandemic, this was a potluck where we would bring our favorite treats to share and take tasty leftovers home. Not willing to let COVID-19 stop our tradition, the four organizers — Jo Blue (UWB/CC HaWRC), Jasmine Chatten (ARC), Shandy Stomieroski (CC Student Life) and me — facilitated a virtual version for folks to drop in as their schedule allowed. We were also invited to exchange recipes through our Sweet Swap 2020 Trello board. Out of about 25 staffers in the building during normal operations, we were pleased that we had 20 join us.

It was a fun time to see everyone together again in a common location, and hear plans for the holidays and share many laughs with one another.

Carla Christensen, assistant director, Student Engagement & Activities

AER team focuses on staying engaged

The Employee Engagement Task Force of the Division of Advancement & External Relations had a busy autumn quarter, hosting virtual birthday celebrations and holiday gatherings to ensure team members stay connected socially during remote operations.

The EETF has also planned monthly in-person activities, to give everyone the opportunity to participate in a way and during a time that work for them. The first was on New Year’s Eve. Laura Mansfield, director of digital communications, Maria Lamarca Anderson, director of communications, and Elisabeth Schnebele, student writer, distributed meals, snacks, cold-weather accessories and handwarmers to the unsheltered on Seattle Center grounds and the nearby Belltown neighborhood. The hearty beef and lamb ragù over pasta was provided by Sugar Hill Seattle, one of several restaurants that are providing free meals during the pandemic. The remainder of the items were donated, demonstrating the spirit that #weareallinthistogether. To date, nearly 4,500 meals have been distributed in just those two areas since mid-March.


With plenty of space, delivering was physically distanced. Laura, Maria and Elisabeth quickly posed for this photo, which was taken within a matter of seconds.




Photos by Bobby Macavelli and Maria Lamarca Anderson.

SEA student staff ready to roll


Photo:  Student staff showcasing what allyship looks like to them during Social Justice 102 training.

Student Engagement & Activities wrapped up its student staff fall quarter training in September. Student staff successfully completed more than 40 hours of joint staff training, including 15+ hours in self-led learning on Canvas. Professional staff utilized platforms like Canvas and Instagram Reels to teach student staff the tools they need to be successful in their role. Student staff learned basic programming skills, assessment, how to write learning outcomes, risk management, social justice, marketing tactics, how Services & Activities Fees works as a funding source, and their student organization’s role on campus and within SEA.

Virtual success - Bothell Block Party & BrewFest

I’m happy to report that, thanks to support from our sponsors including a generous match provided by AT&T, the virtual Bothell Block Party and BrewFest on August 22 raised more than $17,000 for the UW Bothell Black Opportunity Fund. Thank you to the more than 300 participants for contributing the same feeling of community we have enjoyed during this event the past five years. We received only positive, supportive and encouraging feedback throughout the day.

Thanks, too, to Office of Alumni Engagement. This was a big event to pull off online, and they found creative ways to make it feel intimate for participants and a benefit for sponsors. According to Tiffany Kirk, director of alumni engagement who managed the event, “It’s truly fulfilling to know this project created a moment of togetherness and had a positive economic impact on local businesses, artists and, of course, our UW Bothell community.”

Sean Marsh, acting vice chancellor of Advancement & External Relations

Huskies helping Huskies

UW Bothell alumni, faculty, staff and donors stepped up to help students financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In just over one month’s time, the Huskies Helping Huskies Challenge raised more than $53,000 to support more than 200 students in continuing their studies.

Tiffany Kirk, director of alumni engagement

UW Bothell partners are committed to student success

UW Bothell partners are committed to student success

Avanade, the Seattle consulting company that focuses on services through the Microsoft platform, is holding its annual partnership conference for scholars and mentees virtually. Chancellor Wolf Yeigh is the keynote speaker. As a result of the partnership, Avanade recently hired a mentee from the School of Business and an intern from the School of STEM. The conference will take place July 13-17 and will include guest speakers, panel discussions and networking. The main event is a student Hackathon where various teams will compete.

Symetra, lead sponsor of the I Heart UW Bothell Scholarship Luncheon, is donating about $10,000 worth of MacBook Pro laptops (each with the Apple Care protection plan) to UW Bothell IT for students needing this equipment.

John Naumann, director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

In-person and on time for Commencement

StolesStudent Engagement & Activities coordinated pickup or mailing of stoles and cords to graduating seniors in time for the virtual Commencement ceremony. The SEA staff was grateful for the opportunity to congratulate some students in person.

Carla Christensen, assistant director, Student Engagement & Activities




SEA end-of-year community gathering

Moving online has its challenges, especially when trying to connect in a meaningful way. But that didn’t stop Student Engagement & Activities professional and student staff from gathering together one last time. Led by student staff volunteers, SEA was able to create a meaningful virtual celebration with more than 80% attendance. The event consisted of a slideshow showcasing the amazing work of the students throughout the year, team awards, breakout rooms to connect with peers, and ended with a chance for the students to share memories of the year (in which everyone shared) and gift-giving. Though we missed giving year-end hugs, it proved a worthwhile celebration.

Billy Hager-DeMyer, program manager, Student Engagement & Activities

Grateful for collaborators

Jasmine Chatten, assistant director of the ARC, Ryan VanderVegt, ARC liaison, and I want to thank our partners across campus who have been our collaborators in creating (and re-creating and revising!) a re-entry plan for the Activities & Recreation Center. Some of them include:

Martin Arroyo, director, Transportation Services

  •     Darren Branum, emergency manager
  •     Kelley Dunn, campus events coordinator
  •     Nicole Sanderson, director, Facility Services & Program Operations
  •     Dan Sullivan, project specialist, Facility Services & Program Operations staff in Student Affairs
  •     Erin Blakeney, Cascadia College dean of Student Success Services
  •     Paula Molina, Cascadia College event manager
  •     Becky Riopel, Cascadia College Student Life

As we continue through this planning, I am sure the list will grow. We appreciate our collaborators, their time and their work!

Gina Christian, administrative manager, Student Affairs

SEA rockin’ the quarter

The Club Council hosted its annual Club Recognition Awards event … with a twist. Because we are all working and studying remotely, we made our event an Instagram Story. We received 44 nominations and presented 17 awards.

The Story began on May 28 at 4 p.m. Every few minutes, we shared the award title, recipient and statement of support. Additionally, we emailed each recipient an animated certificate. The awards Story can be viewed as a highlight.

In other good news, throughout spring quarter Student Engagement & Activities, the Health and Wellness Resource Center and Recreation & Wellness hosted the #StayWellChallenge. The activity involved teams of participants logging how many minutes they stayed well and what they’re doing to take care of themselves throughout the pandemic.

Forty-three participants formed 11 teams. In total 143,446 minutes — 2,390 hours — of wellness!

Carla Christensen, assistant director, Student Engagement & Activities

ULI helps navigate the UW Bothell experience

Faculty, advisers and students continue working together to create guidance tools and resources to help students navigate their experience at UW Bothell. The goal is to help students learn how to navigate and track their own progress toward graduation, empowering them to have ownership of their academic path and future, and get the most out of their undergraduate experience

Students like Jit Roopra have found the tools helpful. He said, “I was shy, and it was a big deal moving to a new city for college. I didn’t understand where anything was or how it worked. Even though there are on campus resource centers, there is no way I would have initially thought to go to one.”

We are currently in the process of creating “co-curricular degree maps” for each major, which indicate milestones and recommendations for campus involvement, clubs and organizations, and career preparation. These will help students engage in the UW Bothell community and make the most out of each quarter.

Kathy Mitchell, assistant director, Undergraduate Learning Initiatives

Community Reads activist panel

On May 28, the Library’s Community Reads team hosted a panel on student activism. Eight students shared their activist work on campus including their motivations and inspirations, their goals and strategies, and the things that keep them moving forward in their work. This was a culminating event focused on activism, after the two previous quarters’ Community Reads events focused on structural racism, narrative, and mass incarceration.

A recording of the event is available through June 30 on the Library’s Canvas site, in the Student Activism Event Module. The module also contains more information about the students and the work they are engaged in, as well as a space to reflect on your reaction to the event. Note that you will need a UW NetID to access the course and to view the recording.

The 2019-2020 Community Reads Team: Tami Garrard, access services manager; Sarah Leadley, Library director; Hannah Mendro, materials processing technician; and Cora Thomas, circulation lead

Building community with prospective students

On May 8, prospective Computer Engineering students joined current students, faculty and staff for a Computer Engineering community Zoom session designed to build community and provide an opportunity for students to learn from one another and faculty. Participants engaged in several panel discussions as well as a group chat. The event was a great success: There were more than 60 attendees, well above the two dozen organizers envisioned.

The first panel was led by some of the Computer Engineering Academic Oversight Committee members which consisted of EE and CSSE faculty who teach core CE courses. They talked about courses related to computer engineering and shared information about current research they are working on. The second panel consisted of four current CE students who shared their experience working on their final year capstone projects. The students showed pictures and websites of their current projects and talked about how they have had to adapt their projects with courses being taught online. The final panel involved three alumni who talked about their experience since graduating from the program. They shared tips for job searching, gave insight to the work of computer engineers and talked about CE courses that have been most applicable to their work.

Given that this event could not be in person, it was enlightening to see the collaboration and support given to prospective students by current students in the program who helped answer questions and shared resources with those interested in learning more about computer engineering.

This event was made possible by the deeply appreciated support and contributions from all presenters, including the Computer Engineering Academic Oversight Committee (Laura Avila, Sunwoong Kim, Sara McDermott, Kaibao Nie, Yang Peng and Dong Si).

Sara McDermott, IMD and engineering adviser, School of STEM

Virtual Springfest

The Student Engagement & Activities Campus Events Board held its first-ever virtual SpringFest on May 19 and 20, bringing together 100+ students and campus community members. Day one featured activities sponsored by various UW Bothell student clubs and organizations, including Mini Minecraft Games, Jackbox & Zen and yoga. Day two brought more excitement in the form of playlist bingo, escape room, “Cooking with the CEB” and a special surprise performance by local artist Parisalexa.

Despite these challenging times, the CEB delivered a memorable and meaningful experience for our students.

Pauline Tolentino, program manager, Student Engagement & Activities

Virtual Husky 5K

This year’s UW Bothell Husky 5k — the first race in the event’s 15 years to go virtual — raised more than $14,000 to support the UW Bothell COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund. More than 830 people from across 24 states registered — exceeding all hopes and expectations — and hundreds shared their experience on social media. The excitement and pride in the posts created a true sense of community and togetherness during what is an increasingly isolating time for many. Go to the Virtual Husky 5k website to see how the race was run, and scroll the tagboard to see posts from the hundreds of supporters who came together for a common goal: to ensure UW Bothell students have the resources they need to stay enrolled during this unprecedented time.

UW Bothell Alumni Council

Students count

The UW Bothell student census ambassadors reached more than 6,200 people through their work with community partner 21 Progress. These included the general UW Bothell student community, first-generation college students, undocumented students, the unsheltered, more than 10 student clubs on- and off-campus, and digital networks.

“My favorite moments are in seeing this group come together to support and rally each other on, and the individual growth that you’ve demonstrated within this project.”

Marissa Vichayapai, director of programs, 21 Progress

Gill represents state nurses

Justin Gill, a lecturer in the School of Nursing & Health Studies and chair of the Legislative/Health Policy Council for the Washington State Nurses Association, was asked to represent the WSNA during Governor Inslee's press conference via Zoom on May 6.

In his segment he was very clear that he is a UW Bothell faculty member, discussed his health care experience with COVID-19 as a nurse practitioner at Providence Urgent Care, and thanked the governor for his work on flattening the curve.

Watch the segment at TVW beginning at the 7:23 mark.

It is wonderful to see that the governor held this important conversation about COVID-19 with front line nurses during Nurses Month.

Shari Dworkin, dean and professor, School of Nursing & Health Studies

UW Bothell graduates persevere

If you haven’t already been inspired by the perseverance and passion displayed by the Class of 2020 thus far, this is sure to do it. Take a look at just some of the post-grad plans that have been submitted by graduating students.

"I'm going back into the workforce with a renewed sense of mission and purpose in a new career.

1) Doing a summer internship at a CPA firm. 2) Going to the Foster School at UW Seattle to work on my master's in Professional Accounting. 3) Preparing for CPA exam."

"I plan on applying to pharmacy school (hopefully getting accepted into UW Seattle). I will also be looking for employment in the health care field."

"I plan to enroll in grad school for the fall. I haven't decided which one of the colleges I will pursue at this time, but I do desire to continue my academic journey. Regardless as to where my educational journey takes me, I will always hold my UW Bothell family close within my heart! It was an amazing positive experience in which I was blessed to interact with truly extraordinary staff, professors and colleagues on a beautiful campus."

"I want to take a gap year to save money for law school, and take the time to experience the world. Since becoming a lawyer requires real world experience, I want to take this time to find an internship abroad that will help me strengthen and develop my skills as a future defense attorney. Afterward, I hope to be able to take my LSAT, and hopefully get accepted into Brigham Young University's law school or the University of Utah's law school."

Watch this space for more inspiring contributions by our graduating students.

Francine Jordan, program coordinator, Advancement & External Relations

COVID-19 materials in Español

Recognizing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Latinx community in Washington state, MA in Policy Studies candidate Tania Santiago mobilized friends and knowledge learned in her policy studies practicum to develop COVID-19 Social Media Resources in Spanish.

Tania credits the techniques learned from Professor Charlie Collins in the Practicum in Policy Studies class in winter quarter. She writes that, “Thanks to our community partnership last quarter I knew right away that in order to reach more Latinx community members we needed to be bilingual, use Instagram to reach youth, and that eventually we need to turn to WhatsApp or some sort of texting service so we can reach older generations.”

Read more

Media literacy training via Zoom

On April 17, Student Engagement & Activities professional staff facilitated media literacy training for student staff. Topics included deciphering real vs. fake news; understanding how power and privilege play a role in bias, and engaging in critical dialogues. During the five-hour session, they incorporated different ways to view and engage with the content to prevent Zoom fatigue.

Some quotes from our students;

  • I really appreciated the energizers to keep myself moving or standing up every once in a while so I wasn't sitting down and staring at the screen the whole time!
  • The most impactful was learning about media literacy and how it impacts our biases.
  • Being able to have a better understanding when a writer is saying their opinion vs facts.
  • I found the discussions about the activities with the whole group most impactful, because we heard a lot of new ways to detect the fake news through our coworkers.
  • Reading the articles in a group and finding the spin and what the main point of them was really impactful. It helps a lot to have a verbal conversation with other people to also hear what their perspectives are.
  • I think with the given circumstances, the pro staff did a great job of learning how to navigate through Zoom and how to plan the schedule to help us be well during a five-hour training. I appreciated that a lot and I loved how we used different apps throughout the training. That was fun.

Brenda Đào, program manager for Student Engagement & Activities

A virtual hub for student activities

Our student staff has been working hard to create a webpage that is the "hub" of virtual activities that students can engage in from home. We will be continuously updating it with more events and opportunities as details become available. Contact Carla Christensen in Student Engagement & Activities to list additional events.

An incredible show of support from the Alumni Council

UW Bothell Alumni Council raises $2,000 to support the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund. We're very proud to share that UW Bothell Alumni Council members each supported the UW Bothell COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund, to the tune of a collective $2,000! This inspiring group of alumni was determined to take immediate action to support the many students currently facing financial hardship. Needless to say, we're #uwbproud. Click here to donate to the emergency fund, which is currently receiving an unprecedented spike in applications.

Thank you from ASUWB

The Associated Students at UWB put together a short video to welcome students back for spring quarter and to thank all those who continue to teach and work to keep UW Bothell running.

Donating PPE to UW Medicine

Thanks to the ASUWB, our colleagues at UW Medicine have more PPE to safely do their work. Christy Cherrier, School of STEM lab manager, coordinated the effort to donate unopened boxes of nitrile gloves in the school’s teaching labs that were purchased with student course fees.

Chocolate expert immerses herself in research

From Kristy Leissle, affiliate faculty, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, on the March 30, 2020, article about her research with cocoa growers:

“I cannot thank you enough for this article - it is just beautiful. I was very moved to read the final version just now and see my work represented in such a thoughtful, elegant way — thank you from my heart. We are under lockdown now in Ghana, the borders are closed, and there is no way in or out of the country (or even my apartment!) for the foreseeable future. It's been extremely difficult, as I am sure you are also experiencing, to sit down and focus on my work when everything around us has been turned inside out and upside down. But reading your article has given me some fresh motivation and heart. I will re-read it any time I need a reminder of what I have accomplished and what I set out to do while here in Ghana. Thank you so much.”

Working remotely together

From Miguel Macias, director, Student Diversity Center, on working remotely together:

“The Student Diversity Center staff feels closer than ever, even with physical distancing in place. We have always been close as a team; this current situation has allowed us to be creative in the ways we can still engage and connect. We have found plenty of time to connect with one another to coordinate student care, along with finding time to laugh and enjoy each other’s company. In particular, we have been using the mobile app Houseparty to play online games with one another. Despite the terrible circumstances we are under, we have found joy and laughter during this difficult time. I am grateful for an extraordinary team.”

Virtual Husky 5k to benefit the Student Emergency Fund

From Tiffany Kirk, interim director, Alumni Engagement, on alumni generosity:

“I just thought I’d share what I’m continuing to find exceptionally encouraging and heartwarming right now. The registrations for the now virtual Husky 5K are rolling in! So many of them include an additional donation to support the UW Bothell COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund, and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude.”

Student engagement in a virtual world

From Billy Hager-Demyer, program manager, Student Engagement & Activities, on student government leadership:

“Spring quarter is normally when student government elections take place, and ASUWB leadership was very worried about student engagement in this virtual world we are all navigating. The team had to adjust the way they approached elections this year with everything moving to a virtual campaign process, while still making it a meaningful experience for all involved. We are happy to say that they have had increased engagement from last year and are excited to roll out new, virtual initiatives they have created for the voting and campaigning process in the weeks to come.”

Meaningful remote hiring

From Sam Al-Khoury, director, Student Engagement & Activities, on virtual hiring:

“We were able to successfully run two days of concurrent ‘on-campus’ Zoom interviews for the ARC director position. Co-chair Becky Riopel at Cascadia and I had some thoughtful consideration about how to make both the candidate and interviewer experience meaningful and productive. We created a means to have two candidates each do 5.5 hour interviews in the same day. Glad to share what worked for us if anyone is curious.”