Special Student Honors at 2014 Commencement

June 15, 2014
CONTACT: Lisa Hall, 425-352-5461, lhall7@uw.edu

Students receive honors at UW Bothell 2014 Commencement

Bothell, Wash. – The University of Washington Bothell honored two outstanding students at its 23rd commencement ceremony on Sunday June 15 at the Alaska Airlines Arena.

Kevin Call is the recipient of the 2014 The President’s Medal, which recognizes the graduating senior with the most distinguished academic record and demonstrated achievements and success.

Call received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Software Engineering with a GPA of 3.99. He arrived at UW Bothell as a first year student intending to major in biology, but his love for game development was quickly reignited.

At UW Bothell, Call worked as a tutor in the Quantitative Skills Center and also in the Computing and Software Systems (CSS) division. He described his tutoring work as a “symbiotic relationship” that is fulfilling and helps both tutor and pupil gain mastery of the subject.

Call’s internship through the CSS program turned into a full time job this past winter. He is a member of the development team of Camaflaj, where he works on graphics programming, game play programming and tools for designers.

Katherine Seidemann is the recipient of the 2014 Chancellor’s Medal, which is presented to a member of the graduating class for his or her extraordinary commitment to learning while at the University of Washington Bothell.

Seidemann received her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Creative Writing and Poetics and a GPA of 3.95. This is her second UW Bothell degree – she also holds a B.A. from the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Seidemann has been identified by the MFA core faculty as one of the most talented and accomplished students who will be graduating this year. She has met the challenge of the MFA program to engage in crossmedia work and has proven capable of seamlessly moving across artistic media in a way that makes her a source of inspiration for others. One of her most accomplished recent projects is one in which she combines photographic self-portraiture along with writing.

As a student, Seidemann has been involved with the literary journal Clamor as both an undergraduate and graduate student. She was one of two recipients of an honorary scholarship offered to incoming MFA students. Seidemann has served as a Peer Writing Consultant at UW Bothell and also as an Activity Design/Facilitator at the Henry Art Gallery. She has also worked as a Layout Intern for an internationally renowned literary journal, Golden Handcuffs Review.

Seidemann’s accomplishments are remarkable in light of the adversity she has experienced. At the age of 16, she was living on her own in a small apartment on Capitol Hill. As a young adult, she sustained a traumatic brain injury that she struggled to recover from. In subsequent years, she survived an abusive relationship and drug addictions. She was 40 when she transferred to UW Bothell.

Looking forward, Seidemann hopes to create a writing workshop for domestic violence survivors and is considering pursuit of a Ph.D.

About UW Bothell: With more than 36 undergraduate and graduate degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, UW Bothell emphasizes close student-faculty interaction and critical thinking. UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond. For more information, visit www.uwb.edu.

Kevin Call
Kevin Call
President's Medal

Katherine Seidemann
Katherine Seidemann
Chancellor’s Medal
Graduate Student