Spotlight Newsletter

Issue 6

Stories in this Edition

MUSIC and the MYSTIC Music and the Mystic by Nate Stout
Lesley Ferguson Connects Her Passions to Her Education


Leaving School and Jumping out of Airplanes Leaving School and Jumping out of Airplanes by Andrew Nguyen
UW Bothell Undergraduate Serves In Republic of Korea Marine Corps, Returns to Finish Degree


Innovation Forum Innovation Forum by Marlene Manzo
Join Us as We Explore the Process of Design in the Creation of Knowledge


Music and the Mystic

Lesley Ferguson Connects Her Passions to Her Education

By Nate Stout

Lesley Ferguson Lesley Ferguson is something of a walking encyclopedia of 1960’s psychedelic culture. “I’m really fascinated in the mystic aspect of that time and place,” Ferguson says, “The music is just incredible, and I wanted to know what made it so special. I asked my mom about it all the time and she told me about some lesser known music and literature like The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.”

Despite her passion and dedication to studying that historical period, Ferguson had a difficult time connecting it with the academic world. She enjoyed most of her classes at UW Bothell, and was inspired by the enthusiasm of the faculty, but couldn’t really find a field that resonated with her on a deeper level. “I just went to college because… that’s just what you do.”

In the course of a year, all of that changed.

Now part of a core group of students working with faculty to launch UW Bothell’s upcoming radio station, KUWB, Ferguson has the opportunity to build something from nothing. “It’s been a messy challenge, but I’m excited to get on air and turn people on to some great B-sides and lesser known groups.”

In addition to her work building up the culture and identity of UW Bothell through radio, Ferguson has been surprised to find her love of the mystical world has a home in the new Consciousness Studies minor - an experience she likens to being at Hogwarts.

“I was really into Harry Potter. Most of my childhood was immersed in magic,” she laughs. “I never expected my passions would be significant in the ‘real world’, but within the first few hours of my first Consciousness Studies class I thought ‘This is where I should be. This is what I should be doing.’”

Finding an outlet for her passions has reinvigorated Ferguson, and made her feel more confident in pursuing her lifelong dream of playing guitar. “I’m just starting out so I’ve got nothing to brag about, but I love it so far.”

Keep an ear out for Lesley on KUWB, expected to launch by the end of Winter Quarter via internet streaming.

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More on KUWB

KUWB UW Bothell student produced radio programs will soon be streaming on the internet as students and faculty prepare the studio and infrastructure.

KUWB makes student voices, creativity, and music highly accessible through broadcasting. Entirely student run, KUWB offers opportunities in business underwriting, IT support, communications, and media production.

KUWB will serve as a regional hub for community organizations and will move to FM broadcasting. If you would like to get involved consider taking BISMCS 472: Community Media Practice spring 2013.

For information contact Amoshaun Toft,


Leaving School and Jumping out of Airplanes

UW Bothell Undergraduate Serves In Republic of Korea Marine Corps, Returns to Finish Degree

By Andrew Nguyen

Jeehoon Paik Cold, hungry and fatigued, Jeehoon Paik was adjusting to life in military barracks, speaking and acting only when ordered to. Paik wondered whether joining the Republic of Korea (ROK) Marine Corps was the right decision.

Just a few months before, Paik was taking classes and having a blast at UW Bothell. He organized events and was surrounded by friends every moment he was on campus. That was in 2010 and he would ship out that summer, showing the dynamic identity rooted in dual citizenship.

Living in complete discipline and order was the biggest adjustment Paik made during his 2 years of service.

He says, “All my freedom was taken away. Yet, being in this environment I was able to learn new things, such as deep patience.”

Paik remembers his first jump during airborne training, “It felt like I was born again, with so much freedom. The ocean was aqua-blue and sparkling. The air was cool. I heard nothing but the kind and slow wind.”

Two years is a long time. He was afraid of getting discharged from the military since he was so used to the environment. At the same time he was so excited he couldn’t sleep.

“I had dreams about returning,” he says.

Paik is now finishing his degree in Business Administration and finds time to help international students adjust to life in the United States. Paik is making adjustments himself and describes “too much freedom” as the ability to choose when to wake up each morning.

Paik is more reserved and spends less time on campus than he used to. Fitness and book work are his priorities.

He says, “I realized that not everyone has the privilege of parents who help pay for tuition. I took that fact for granted. Now I am much more driven and purposeful in my academics.”

Paik was stationed with the 1st Airborne Battalion, made it to Sergeant, and completed the 174th airborne training. He was assigned to combined exercises with US Marine Corps as an interpreter. He was honorably discharged in July 2012 and is an active reservist for the next six years.

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Innovation Forum

Join Us as We Explore the Process of Design in the Creation of Knowledge

By Marlene Manzo

The second annual Innovation Forum takes place from February 11 to February 14. Join us as we explore the iterative process of design in the creation of knowledge and the development of 21st century skills.

Several UW Bothell students will be presenting at the Innovation Forum. Drew Stone will present RealISE that everyone is Beyond entitled to my opinion based on his work with RealISE UWB. RealISE partners with the organization Beyond Walls that matches students with tutors and local community service opportunities. Stone will discuss the importance of students finding roots in their local community while helping to improve it at the same time.

Rena Kawasaki, Jeremy Pagely, and Breanne Anderson are among several students who will present the Bothell Youth Court through a mock trial. Bothell Youth Court provides students from the UW Bothell campus the opportunity train high school students to serve as peer litigators in teen traffic hearings. The workshop during the Innovation Forum will allow participants to take on/observe various roles in a mock youth court hearing.

Khader Welaye, Nathan Evers and Elizabeth Grant teamed up to produce the film, Virtually Physical, which documents the evolution of design from the 1930s through today.

The Forum concludes on Wednesday with a dinner along with a Keynote by Carol Strohecker.

For more information, or to view the schedule, click here

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