IAS News

Michele Orr advances gender equity in the outdoors

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IAS Alum Michele Orr (’94) is REI’s general merchandizing manager for apparel, and one of her most exciting projects is championing their Force of Nature campaign, a public effort to advance gender equity in the outdoors. Orr and her team are working within the co-op and with brand partners to level the playing field by offering more sizing options for more women. As a co-op, REI is in the unique position of harnessing member feedback to influence brands and expedite change. For example, in 2018, REI doubled its sales of apparel in extended sizes, and in 2019, increased clothing choices for core activities like hiking, swimming, running and yoga by ...

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Librarian Kaijsa Calkins values her interdisciplinary education

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Alum Kaijsa Calkins is Assistant Dean of Education & Research Services at University of Wyoming Libraries where she leads the division that includes special collections, digital collections, digital scholarship and scholarly communication, and library instruction and liaison programs. It’s the career she envisioned while a UW Bothell undergraduate planning to attend library school. 

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Cary Westerbeck invests his talents in Bothell’s revitalization

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Cary Westerbeck remembers when Bothell was a smaller town and the North Creek Wetlands were a working cattle ranch.  A lifelong resident, Westerbeck takes pride in his north Lake Washington roots and the bustling region it’s become. Today, he is the principal of westerbeck|architecture, based in downtown Bothell and specializing in modern works of architecture including remodels, custom homes, multi-family, and mixed-use commercial projects. An early IAS alum ...

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Laura Halpin credits interdisciplinary education for her success as international policy consultant

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IAS Early Grad Laura Halpin (’93) enrolled at UW Bothell with set her sights on an international career.  Today she draws heavily from her Liberal Studies foundation to address complex social policy issues as a development consultant and lecturer to European institutions. “No matter which courses I took,” she recalls, “we were always discussing across disciplines ways in which to achieve social justice and effect ethical change. I’ve built it in to everything I do to this day.” 

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Neil Low named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

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The UW Bothell Alumni Council has selected IAS alum Neil Low (’03) as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in acknowledgement of his lifetime achievements. Low is a 50-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department and author of seven detective novels. Due out this summer, his eighth book, “Crazy Love,” is a fictionalized version of the death of Kurt Cobain. 

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