Issue 10

UW Bothell Spotlight Newsletter

Stories in this Edition

Rachel Phillips Graduate Student Profile by Nate Stout
Conservation Research Beyond the University


UW Bothell Earth Day Goats and Lithium Ion Pickups by Andrew Nguyen
UW Bothell Celebrates Earth Day


Rome Studying Abroad by Marlene Manzo
Reflections After a Long Journey


Clinton Global Initiative University Supporting International Development by Andrew Nguyen
UW Bothell Student Invited to Clinton Global Initiative University


Universal Leadership Conference Universal Leadership Conference
Developing Future Leaders


Graduate Student Profile

Conservation Research Beyond the University
By Nate Stout

Rachel Phillips Rachel Phillips is getting ready to promote University of Washington Bothell’s eighth annual 5k run. “I have a lot of balls in the air right now,” she laughs. “It’s both really exciting and stressful being a part of so many events right now.”

Phillips plays a major role in organizing and promoting the 5k, and, as a second year Policy Studies graduate student, is spending every spare moment preparing for the MAPS 2013 Capstone Conference on May 3rd, where she will present the research she’s accumulated over the last two years.

“I’ve been focused on Wildlife Management Policy, and the issues revolving around grey wolf recovery management in particular,” Phillips explains. As the grey wolf population increases and starts to meet its recovery goals, it will lose some of its protections and likely be reclassified as game. “We are attempting to take the best science available on grey wolf biology and pack behavior, and incorporate that into the values and interests of the public in order to develop policy that meets the needs of the Grey Wolf and the public.”

Looking beyond her presentation and the conclusion of her studies at UW Bothell Phillips hopes to spend more time reading and writing nature literature and continuing her conservationist efforts in a new way.

“I’m looking forward to slowing down a little, but I have some ideas for staying sharp and building on the research I’ve done so far. I’m looking into internships with Conservation Northwest and other similar organizations as a way of keeping up with the conversation and finding new opportunities to network and contribute to conservation work.”

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Goats and Lithium Ion Pickups

UW Bothell Celebrates Earth Day
By Andrew Nguyen

Earth Day Pictures

What does one 1996 Chevy pickup truck running on lithium ion battery power, three goats, and a paddock of electric bicycles all have in common? They could all be found at the 2013 Earth Day Celebration hosted by the UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College Sustainability Organization.

The student-led Sustainability Organization promotes sustainable practices and environmental education. Dozens of environmental organizations and businesses were represented on this sunny afternoon.

Aaron Huston, President of the Sustainability Organization says the event magnified the relationship between the campus and community. “I hear time and time again that UW Bothell is a commuter campus, says Huston. “However, seeing how Earth Day unfolded to be a successful event and that many students, staff, faculty, and Bothell locals participated in activities, it just proves to show that UW Bothell has a large community that is very supportive of the campus and its efforts in sustainability.”

Goats at the UW Bothell Earth Day Adrienne Anderson, Owner and Wrangler of Amazin’ Grazers, brought 3 blackberry and ivy clearing goats for students to enjoy.

Larry Ryan, a retired Hewlett Packard engineer, showcased his year-long project of converting a vehicle to electric using off-the-shelf parts. He told students to always think about how “energy is converted in everything they do.”

Earth Day at UW Bothell It was a busy day for students, who:

-Planted a new flower “W” by reusing plastic water bottles,

-Decorated pots and planted them with vegetables and herbs,

-Took a hard hat tour of the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory,

-Networked and learned with Waste Management, Friends of North Creek Forest, Cascadia Environmental Center, and

-Test drove electric bicycles from Ohm and car gazed with Tesla and Toyota


Earth Day at UW Bothell

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Studying Abroad

Reflections After a Long Journey
By Marlene Manzo


My 10 days in Rome were so eventful I feel as though I’d been gone a month, or possibly even two. As I dig through and pick out my most beloved memories, I cannot help but feel nostalgic. I can still picture myself standing outside my apartment in Il Campo de’ Fiori (field of flowers) where I can see the cobble stone roads, the busy restaurants that cover the small square, and the familiar faces I grew attached to. I miss my little Italian neighborhood.

The purpose of the program was to engage students in the cultural, architectural, political and religious aspects of ancient Rome. We spent three hours every morning exploring fascinating ancient ruins, monuments, museums and basilicas. And that was our morning “class”. Then we’d have an afternoon class where we’d reflect on what we observed either from the landmarks themselves, or from our interactions with the Italian culture. We covered so much ground in 10 days. You could drop me off right now nearly anywhere in Rome and I can guarantee you that I’d find my way back to Il Campo de’ Fiori. Rome taught me to be comfortable with being lost, misunderstood, and physically exhausted. Plus, being lost isn’t so bad when you’re in a beautiful city with great friends.

On my final days in Rome, I began to enjoy speaking in butchered Italian and engaging in dialogue with strangers. When I was dropped off the first day, you couldn’t even get me to say hello to people because I was so nervous I would pronounce something incorrectly. However, as I adapted to my environment, I grew comfortable trying to speak Italian. In those ten days I learned the power of language.

I recommend at least one study abroad experience for all undergraduate students. There are programs for everyone, and finances shouldn’t be a set back! My program was heavily subsidized by the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity through UW Seattle, UW Bothell, and Financial Aid. Every program is different, but there are scholarships available if you go out and seek them!

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Supporting International Development

UW Bothell Student Invited to Clinton Global Initiative University
By Andrew Nguyen

On April 5, Aspasea McKenna traveled to Washington University in St. Louis for the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) was founded in 2005 by Former President Bill Clinton to convene heads of state, nonprofit leaders, and philanthropist to implement solutions to the world’s challenges.

CGI U is similarly modeled and focuses on the potential of student leaders to making a real difference. Students from 75 different countries and all 50 states gathered seeking solutions in areas such as poverty alleviation, public health, human rights, and education.

McKenna serves as Director of Project Development for Inspire a Child, a nonprofit organization started by a UC Santa Barbara student. Soccer is a development tool for promoting education. Inspire a Child builds soccer fields and classrooms to encourage an excitement for learning.

The Inspire a Child team received an invitation to CGI U after submitting their Commitment to Action, a work plan for achievable results in the area of access to education.

Last summer McKenna took time out of her travel abroad experience in Japan to travel to Arupokhari in central Nepal. There, she and her Inspire a Child colleagues planned the expansion of the Sarswati Peace School and the construction of a soccer field.

"CGI U 2013 was life-changing. Student leaders inspired me to take further action and showed me that ideas without deliberate action are merely thoughts. Hearing their past failures showed me that the ability to overcome obstacles is just as important as success itself,” says McKenna.

Stephen Colbert and Former President Bill Clinton hosted the closing plenary session. Conference attendees shared their Commitment to Action, received feedback from professionals and CGIU staff, and partnered with like-minded organizations.

McKenna said, “To be in the same room as the former president and Chelsea Clinton and to have the opportunity to watch Stephen Colbert’s exclusive interview with the former president was a tremendously exciting experience!”

McKenna is a senior undergraduate in the UW Bothell School of Business.

UW Bothell students at CGIU

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Universal Leadership Conference

Developing Future Leaders

ULC The Universal Leadership Conference (ULC) is a student-run annual conference focused on developing our nation’s future leaders. This conference is taking place in Mobius Hall on Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The mission of the ULC is to empower students and support global diversity efforts. The line-up of keynote speakers includes Howard Behar, former CEO of Starbucks International, and author of “It’s Not About the Coffee.” Participants can choose from a variety of workshops ranging from racial and ethnic awareness to personal leadership development.

All students are encouraged to attend, and participate and this new and exciting opportunity. Registration for UW Bothell students is free, and space is limited.

Click here if you are interested in registering. To learn more, visit.

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