Spotlight Newsletter

Issue 5

Stories in this Edition

Far Travels, Art and Technology by Andrew Nguyen
Simone De Rochefort Wanders Europe; Fuses Interdisciplinary Arts and Science with Web Technology


Husky Pantry by Marlene Manzo
Students Serving the UW Bothell Community


Advocacy in Storytelling by Nate Stout
International Student to Attend UN Practicum


Far Travels, Art and Technology

Simone De Rochefort Wanders Europe; Fuses Interdisciplinary Arts and Science with Web Technology

By Andrew Nguyen

The summer after her sophomore year, Simone De Rochefort bought tickets for a concert in France. In a serendipitous moment, De Rochefort cancelled the return flight  home, extending her summer break indefinitely.

She visited Toulouse, one of the most dynamic cities in world, mixing modern industries with historic Gothic and Romanesque architecture. She wandered Europe learning to travel cheap. Then she did an early start fall exploration seminar in England.

"Visiting places where you don't speak the language can create a sense of not belonging. I like that feeling. I don't like staying in one place, so hopefully my work after college complements this," she says.

Simone De Rochefort

After an almost endless summer break it was finally time to stop living out of a suitcase. De Rochefort came back to UW Bothell to begin her junior year.

Soon after returning, she started her job at the Center for Serious Play (CSP) and now serves as content editor. Here she helps define the CSP's identity and messaging in both written and visual mediums.

Majoring in culture, literature, and the arts, she uses her interdisciplinary perspective as a foundation for her creative work.

"Interdisciplinary studies make me more conscious as a person," De Rochefort says. "Having different perspectives on social issues makes it possible to think outside the box when it comes to technology. We have to differentiate what we want from technology and what society needs from technology," she says.

She can also talk about mixing 18th century Rococo art into web or game design. She uses color palettes to convey messages and themes to users. It is intuitive and subliminal, speaking to diversity in goals and unity in mission.

The CSP serves as a bridge where students gain industry relevant experience in interactive media design. The website is a place for them to publish their work and develop design skills. The new website will be live by the end of winter quarter.

Where will de Rochefort be after UW Bothell?

"I want to be in Korea... but with so much stuff going I'll have to wait and see."

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Husky Pantry

Students Serving the UW Bothell Community

By Marlene Manzo

Tyrell Edwards is passionate about serving underrepresented groups. The second-year student in the master of arts in cultural studies (MACS) program makes time to serve as director of student advocacy for the Associated Students of the University of Washington Bothell (ASUWB). This position allows Edwards to focus on serving students at UW Bothell, especially students in need.

Ty Edwards

In fall of 2011, Edwards and a group of students worked together to establish Husky Packs, an organization that provides UW Bothell students with care packages containing essential items for everyday living. Contents include non-perishable foods like granola bars, jerky, dried fruit and nuts. It also contains clothing items such as scarves, gloves, and socks, as well as miscellaneous items such as first aid items, and a variety of toiletries. Husky Packs are made possible because of generous donations from the Bothell community, and partners like the Northshore YMCA.

In winter of 2011, Edwards and Husky Pack students realized a greater need. They began hearing stories of UW Bothell students struggling to purchase groceries. Edwards says the Husky Pack group jumped into action by gathering food for UW Bothell students and the Husky Pantry was born. "I had a team of students who were really inspired to help out to put this together. We did outreach to the community. We went to a lot of houses and sent out a lot of request forms to different neighborhoods. We had a very positive response."

Now, the Husky Pantry provides students with food as well as resources directing them to local food banks, soup kitchens, and showering facilities. The resources range throughout the Greater Seattle Area. Husky Pantry is a confidential service. A Community Assistant (CA) at the Husky Village Community Center would be more than happy to assist any UW Bothell student seeking access to the pantry. Edwards continues to do extraordinary work through ASUWB devoting his time to serving students and creating opportunities for student development.

Edwards says none of this would be possible without the collaboration with Northshore YMCA, Student Life, ASUWB, Career Center, Residential Life, Residential Housing Association (RHA), and the hardworking students at UW Bothell.

For more information, or to donate to Husky Packs, contact

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Advocacy in Storytelling

International Student to Attend UN Practicum

By Nate Stout

Last September, Jun Chen moved from Wuhan, China to enroll in the master of arts in cultural studies program. Despite the challenges international students face, Chen's warm composure and eloquence in conversation is refreshing.

"Communication is difficult, but not in the ways you would expect. The non-verbal cues, and assumptions about intelligence and capability are quite different in China."

Jun Chen

Having earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from Wuhan University, Chen traces her connection to cultural studies through her exposure to the atrocities in Rwanda; a moment when she recognized media's power to connect people in need with people who can help.

"I began to see journalism as a way to humanize distant stories. I chose to pursue cultural studies in order to learn to connect and work within communities."

Currently volunteering with Catholic Community Services tutoring children, Chen's work between local and global communities recently won her the Natalie Lang Scholarship. This funding source provides tuition assistance to UW Bothell students who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the local and/or global community, with an F-1 visa or who have become permanent residents of the U.S. within the past five years.

Chen found out she was awarded the scholarship on Christmas Eve. "It was a great surprise!" she laughs. "The timing was too perfect; I think they must have planned for that."

The scholarship will fund her tuition as a delegate of the 2013 United Nations Practicum in Advocacy. The weeklong practicum will take place in New York City this March, and will focus on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. Chen will participate in and contribute to the documentation of official and informal meetings. The program provides opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and exploring career opportunities in international relations and advocacy work.

Seizing this opportunity to observe the mechanisms of global collaboration and advocacy, Chen hopes to acquire some insight into connecting communities to resources and funding on local and international scales. "In some ways it's an experiment. While I'm exploring the tools of journalism as a means of advocacy, I have a wide range of interests and I'm finding ways to combine them into something personally satisfying and socially productive."

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