Issue 27

27th Edition: June 14th, 2013


Congratulations On A Great Year!

Congratulations First Year and Pre-Major Students on completing a successful year at the University of Washington Bothell! Some well earned rest and relaxation is in order and we hope you will be able to take advantage of our beautiful northwest weather.

Our office is open throughout the summer so you can meet with your academic advisors and continue to map your path to a degree and your future success. By taking advantage of our resources over the summer you will not only be well prepared for Autumn quarter but you may receive some additional quality time with the staff.

Check out these wonderful stories from our graduating seniors:

Check out our Students in Action page:

Please consider sending us your items to include in next years page.


  • Summer quarter begins June 24th
  • Register for your Autumn classes before June 24th: As new students are admitted for their first year at UW Bothell, classes will begin to fill quickly. Grab the ones that interest you before they are full!
  • Tuition for Summer quarter is due July 12th

Feel free to contact us at any time and together we will make next year even better!
Hours: Monday - Friday : 8am - 5:00pm
Phone: 425-352-3427

Student Success Services :

Discovery Core III : Ruth Gregory and Students

students sit around tables and work on laptops together

Below, Ruth Gregory describes her experience teaching the Discovery Core III course and shares some of her students work.

This spring I taught a Discover Core III course focused on the Digital Humanities called Reality Bytes: Introduction to Digital Humanities. I figured that the two would work well together since DCIII courses are all about students reflecting on their first year and there is a strong sense of reflection embedded in the practice of Digital Humanities.

I just finished updating the class website and wanted to share it with everyone. The reason is that (aside from their work being generally awesome) they "remixed" work from their first year in their Scratch project assignment. This means that you can see new interpretations of work some of the students did in your classes now in short games and animation form! (Scratch is a free software intended to get children interested in computer programming and it also works great with college students who are technophobic. One of the goals of the class was to get students who might not otherwise think about becoming CSS, Interactive Media, and/or Media and Communications majors more comfortable with using technology and to realize that they have programming/media production talent.)

You can access the whole site here:

The Scratch Remixes are here:

Some of the class favorites included:

Danny N. – A remix of his video project from Art & Performance: Video, Place, & Technology with Randy Courtmach & Carrie Bodle:

Stephanie G. – A commercial for the product “Battle Balloons” that her group created in the Interactive Media & Entrepreneurship class with Laura Schildkraut & Wanda

Anthony G. – A remix of his Star Wars Paper from Research Writing with Justine Barda:

Nicole L. – A game based off an assigned reading about DJing in the 1980s from Universal Magnetic: Globalization & the Aesthetics of Hip Hop with Georgia Roberts & Michael Berry:

Feel free to leave comments on the site as well!

Source: Ruth Gregory -

Donations for Cambodia Children's Education

Student coordinator, Tahira Naqvi (UWB Asia Study Tour 2013), and her group is working on raising money to donate to charities in Thailand and Cambodia. One of the charities is ABC’s and Rice, a school in Cambodia: Professor James Reinnoldt has worked with these charities in the past with MBA students.

Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in the world where education comes at a cost and is often unattainable to the impoverished in the region. The opportunity to help children as young as 4 years old to have a set of books and supplies would cost as low as $5.00. We believe every child has the right to education. Please donate your used books and/or cash to contribute to this cause.

Please bring your donations to the CUSP office in UW1 - 080 before August 1st.

It is amazing how much a little can do to make such a big difference. Be a part of the difference!

Source: Tahira Naqvi -

BCUSP 188 A : A Gateway to Chinese Studies

images of soupsB CUSP 188 Section A, a gateway to Chinese studies, wrapped up the spring quarter with a cultural feast. Four students, Nimco Khalif, Khalida Sharif, Ifrah Mohammed, and Kim Yuhui, videotaped their trip to Teavana at the Alderwood Mall and contrasted Chinese Oolong and Somalian Tea in their presentation. Their exuberance for something exotic seemed contagious.

Other students became connoisseurs on Milk Tea (Zhihao Li, Hongyi Ding, Jiali Zhong, Huyi Qing, Yohei Kato), Rice Dumplings (Ben Li, Xiangyu Qi, Tianjia Wnag, Pengfei Zhu), Rice Culture (Mason Liao, Andrew Chuang, Kim Zhou, Lacy Liu), Chinese New Year (Xuran Zhang, Weiyi Liu, Yeming Zhou, Sheng Meng, Tai Yong Moon), Mochi (Mengkhy Lay, Renqing Li, Nur Abd Rahim), Chinese Sports and Recreations (Jiya Sharma, Henry Deng, Wang Frank, Jake Lee), Tangyuan, dumplings made from glutinous rice flour, symbolic of family reunion, (Sol Youn, Mayra Lomeli, Hong Li, Helena Widjaja), Chinese Calligraphy (Linwei Yang, Xiaojun Chen, Junmin Li, Victor Jeng, Hao Sun, Peiru Shao), and Silkworms (William Dimmick, Blaine Chapman, Lance Fernandez, Rachel Gunselman, Serena Carrasquillo, Timothy Tzeo).

Rachel Gunselman showed the whole class some silkworms she has been raising by feeding them mulberry leaves. On class website, Steven Birnbaum talked about the famous Ping-Pong Diplomacy. Since the Korean War (1950 -1953), the Sino-American relationship had been constrained due to ideological differences.

In 1971, Premier Zhou Enlai invited the U.S. Table Tennis Team from Nagoya, Japan, at the end of the 31st World Table Tennis Championships. Thus the “little ball” initiated the spinning of the “big ball”. Steven concluded that historically, “Ping-Pong Diplomacy [乒乓外交 Pīngpāng wàijiāo] was one of the most successful examples of the indirect method” that paved the way for the normalization of the Sino-American relationship. In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed the Shanghai Communiqué at Jinjiang Hotel.

Source: Dr. Weizhi Gao -