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Otter Spotter

On Sunday September 11, 2016 Environmental Manager Chris Andersen was out at the Auburn Environmental Park in the Mill Creek area when he spotted a rare visitor. While checking on a beaver dam in the area, he heard rustling across the creek from where he stood. He got his camera out and started to record, when an otter showed itself and began to lope across the grass, take a quick glance in Chris’s direction, and plop into the water shortly after. It swam upstream for a bit, popped it’s head up to check on Chris once more, and continued on it’s way.

While it’s known that river otters call this area their home, it is rare to see one in the wild in action. It’s quite lucky to catch one on camera, so we would like to share this experience with you! Check out this short clip captured by Chris!

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Learn about the burke-gilman trail history

On Sunday, Sept. 12, 1971, hundreds of people began marching toward Matthews Beach Park along the shores of Lake Washington north of Sand Point. Families, couples, adults and senior citizens converged on the park in two streams – one from the south, one from the north. They marched there that sunny late-summer afternoon along old railroad tracks, on a route that dated to the 1880s.

The “hike-in” and rally was organized by Merrill Hille to draw attention and create support for turning the old railroad tracks to a bike and pedestrian trail.

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UW Project Boosts Health through Community Gardens in Navajo Nation

Aims to Reduce Health Disparities in Two New Mexico Communities

A University of Washington School of Public Health collaboration in two Navajo Nation communities is inspiring families to grow and eat more fruit and vegetables – setting them on a path to better health.

The Yeego (Let’s go) Gardening! project features a series of collaborative studies. One of the recently completed studies developed community garden plots and workshops that teach basic cultivation techniques. The aim of that study was to boost health and wellness in two New Mexico communities – Crownpoint and Shiprock – with high rates of diabetes and low access to healthy foods.

“We’ve been able to show in the study that the gardens and gardening workshops help increase gardening among adults in the communities,” says India Ornelas, assistant professor of health services at the UW and an assistant member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Women in Leadership


MGMT 490A – Spring 2017 – M | W 1:30-3:20

Women in Leadership

We will use the lives and experiences of local guest speakers to find personal answers to the same questions, enhance skills and create a personal vision.

We will:

• Interact with at least seven local women in leadership positions.*

• Apply a leadership framework that has helped women around the world succeed

• Build your appetite and comfort with the risk-taking that will help you excel

• Create a personal vision board to picture your ideal career and life

• Examine different ideas of work-life balance

• Practice your authentic leadership style to hone your most powerful voice and presence

• Translate your strengths, values, dreams and goals into a life and career worthy of you


Flyer for 2017 Women in Leadership class (2).docx

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2017 Citizen University Conference: Reckoning and Repair in America

Hello changemakers, activists, and community catalysts!

We want you to attend the 2017 Citizen University taking place in Seattle on March 24th and 25th!

Citizen University is an annual national conference; it is a creative and vibrant gathering on the art of powerful citizenship. Hundreds of change makers, activists and catalysts from across the United States show up to learn about power, build their networks and recharge their sense of purpose. The theme for this year’s conference is Reckoning and Repair in America. As the event website states: “We face deep divisions across the country. Now more than ever, we the people have to step up: to reckon with injustice across ideological divides and to repair our frayed social fabric.”

Citizen University invites everyone–regardless of national origin or documentation status–to practice the art of citizenship and civic participation. For more information about Citizen University and to see the agenda and list of the amazing speakers and presenters, please visit their website.

Citizen University 2017 is taking place on Friday, March 24th from 5:30-9:30PM AND Saturday, March 25th from 8AM-5:30PM at Seattle Center. The University of Washington* is covering the cost for 30 UW students to attend this dynamic conference.

What is required of the UW students selected to attend Citizen University 2017?

  • Attend a pre-conference orientation on Thursday, March 9th from 5:30-7pm in Mary Gates Hall, Room 171. Complete pre-conference reflection assignments.
  • Attend and participate in the entire conference on Friday, March 24th from 5:30-9:30pm AND Saturday, March 25th from 8am-6pm at Seattle Center.
  • Participate in a post-conference conversation on Tuesday, March 28th from 5:30-7PM in Mary Gates Hall, Room 171, and complete post-conference reflection assignments.

If you are interested in one of the sponsored registrations for Citizen University, complete this questionnaire. Please recognize that if you are selected to attend the conference, your registration costs will be covered by the University of Washington. These sponsored conference registrations are limited; we ask that only those fully committed to attending complete the interest form. Deadline for consideration is Monday, 2/27 at 11:59pm. (We will confirm your spot by Friday, March 3rd.)

If you have any questions about the commitment required for the conference, please feel free to contact Nani Vishwanath at or Kathryn Pursch Cornforth at

*Sponsored student registrations for Citizen University were made possible by the Husky Leadership Initiative and the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center.

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“There is nothing wrong in change, if it is in the right direction.

To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often.”

Winston S. Churchill, 23 June 1925, House of Commons

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Let’s Talk: Drop-In Consultation with a Counselor




What is Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk is a program that connects UW students with support from experienced counselors from the Counseling Center and Hall Health Center, without an appointment. Counselors hold drop-in hours at two sites on campus.

Talking with a counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources.
Let’s Talk drop-in visits are:

  • Free
  • Confidential
  • No appointment necessary

Winter Quarter 2017 Let’s Talk schedule

Tuesdays, 2-4PM
Ethnic Cultural Center
Iris Song, PsyD

Wednesdays, 2-4PM
Q Center
Kate Fredenberg, LICSW

How does Let’s Talk work?

Appointments are first-come, first-served. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.

Let’s Talk is different from ongoing counseling. Let’s Talk is not formal counseling: it is a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor.

Topics can include relationships, financial and academic stress, oppression, intersecting identities, body image, family problems and other concerns.

Is Let’s Talk the right choice for me?

There is no wrong reason to seek counseling through Let’s Talk, the Counseling Center, or Hall Health Center. However, Let’s Talk is an especially good fit for students who:

1. Are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor

2. Are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor

3. Have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through

4. Have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do

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Study Abroad with American Indian Studies: Tribal Canoe Journey Field Study

Tribal Canoe Journeys


Summer 2017 B-term

Dates of Instruction: 7/20/17 – 8/19/17

Application Deadline: 2/15/17

Standing Together: Tribal Canoe Journey Field Study at Cape Mudge and Campbell River, British Columbia is a response to the official invitation from the We Wai Kai and We Wai Kum Nations of British Columbia, presented at the Paddle to Nisqually this year at the culmination of the annual Tribal Canoe Journey on August 6, 2016, we quote the invitation here, so that the intention of our host will be clear:

The coastal waters of British Columbia have sustained our peoples since time immemorial, providing access to precious resources and connecting our communities to one another. This common thread weaves our histories, stories, art and families togeth er and helps ensure our cultural traditions thrive with each new generation.

The canoes will arrive into Cape Mudge on Saturday, August 5th and into Campbell River on August 7th. On both occasions, public community feasts will be held. It is anticipated that between seventy-five and one-hundred canoes will participate and an additional 5,000 guests will line the shores to witness history in the making.

Join the tribe on the beach as the canoes are called in and formally welcomed to the territory. What a tremendous opportunity this represents in the building and nourishing of intercultural and cross cultural relationships. Your participation serves to strengthen the nation and their peoples, and demonstrates the unified commitment to working together for the common good.

This program is open to all students, of all levels, faculty, and staff, from all campuses at the University of Washington, and other universities. Participation of the community is also encouraged, and non-matriculating students will be accepted.

Learn more about the program at UW Study Abroad and at The Daily.

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An Afternoon with Beijing’s Funniest American Comedian


Laughter brings together communities. That’s what Jesse Appell intends to do at his next live comedy talk show at the UW. Come out on January 31st at 4:00 p.m. in the Communications Building, Room 120 for an hour of hilarious comedy.

Hosted by the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, Asian Languages and Literature Department, and The Whole U, Appell, a Fulbright Scholar alumnus, has been featured on CBS, TEDx, PBS, NPR, and PRI will perform his bilingual comedy aiming to overcome cultural gaps with a focus on storytelling.

Come share some laughs with “Beijing’s Funniest American Comedian” in his comedic show, The Life of a Chinese Comedian!


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WiSE Conference 2017 – Registration and Campus Dept. Invitation



Registration is still open for the 26th Annual Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) conference.

No Ceiling. No Limit”.

Saturday, February 18th


HUB – Seattle Campus

Workshops and presentations will be offered all day that speak to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) educational and career opportunities as well as professional and personal development. Women scholars of science and engineering at all levels are encouraged to attend. There are great opportunities to network and explore opportunities.

· Attendees Engage and Explore the Opportunities and Pathways in STEM
· Connect and network with our academic and industry sponsors and recruiters during the Career Resource Fair 

This conference is focused toward the woman scholar who is interested in and/or pursuing engineering and science from high school through graduate level and beyond.

Here is a list of ways the campus community and departments are invited to be involved in the conference:

  1. Share with your department students and encourage them to attend the conference.
  1. Sponsor registration for students in your department to attend – Student Registration: $25 per student
  1. Provide general conference sponsorship at $100 minimum:
    • This includes participation in the conference Career Resource fair (CRF) by having a 6X6 (and two chairs) department information table. CRF Time: 12:00 – 1:30. Lunch will be included for up to two volunteers
      1. If additional student or staff volunteers would like to volunteer at your table the cost is $20 and you may register them as a student.

For your convenience, department and student sponsorship registration can be completed On-Line at:

· UW departments registration Access code: DAWGS2017 (not case sensitive).

· Please note the on-line registration will close Saturday, January 28th, 2017. There will be no on-site registration.

To learn more about this event or UW WiSE please visit their website:



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STEM Focused Volunteer Opportunity for UW Students

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Winter 2017 Leadership Firesides

Registration is open now for Winter 2017 Leadership Firesides! The Husky Leadership Initiative hopes that you can join them for these inspiring events.

Husky Leadership Initiative Leadership Firesides offer ongoing opportunities for students to engage in meaningful dialogue with a diverse range of civic, corporate and campus
leaders in an informal setting. These leaders share their personal journeys and perspectives on leadership and become momentary mentors for students attending the event. The Firesides are a way for students to learn more about and reflect on leadership and build their leadership competence and confidence. The 2017 Firesides theme is “Be the Change”, and speakers will share stories of how they themselves have been a part of change.

Starbucks Siren logo Starbucks is dedicated to the development of student leaders and proud to be a presenting sponsor of the Leadership Firesides.


All events take place in the HUB Fireplace Lounge (1st Floor) Light refreshments provided

January 12

Margaret Hoelzer
Olympic Swimmer

January 19

Linda Callecod
Seraphim Consulting

January 26

Jamie Stroble(Co-sponsored with Program on the Environment & UW Sustainability)

Seattle Planning Commission

February 2

Amanda Twiss & Ken Myer

(Co-sponsored with CoMotion)

Entrepreneurs in Residence Panel

February 9

Richard Conlin
Richard Conlin & Associates

February 16

John Richards

February 23

Stanley Herring
UW Medicine, Seattle Seahawks & Mariners

March 2

Mike Fong
Mayor’s Office


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Sign Up to Study Abroad!

Thinking about studying abroad this summer or next year? Now is the time to apply! Here is a list of programs with deadlines coming soon. Visit their website and check out the information below to learn how you can make your Husky Experience global with UW Study Abroad.


University Exchanges – January 17

Summer Programs – February 15

Early Fall Exploration Seminars – March 1

Autumn Quarter Programs – March 1


Are you trying to decide if studying abroad is a good choice for you? Come and talk to one of the study abroad peer ambassadors. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience and can help you figure out if studying abroad is right for you and which program may best suit your interests.

Drop-in advising: 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday in 459 Schmitz Hall.


Looking to fund your study abroad program? Visit the Global Opportunities website to learn more about study abroad scholarships or meet with the Global Opportunities
adviser to get advice on funding your program. Deadlines are coming up for summer, early fall and autumn programs.

Free Passports

UW Study Abroad and CIEE are excited to offer free passports to the first 150 students who sign up. The event takes place January 12, 9am – 4pm at the ECC (Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center). There will be a study abroad fair afterwards from 4pm – 7pm. Secure your slot today!

Only students who have never before had a passport are eligible. You must prepare in advance by bringing certain documents, including your birth certificate.

Social Media

Find out about upcoming info sessions, events and deadlines. Get inspired by other UW Study Abroad students. Follow UW Study Abroad on Instagram and Facebook!


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Quote for Winter Quarter:

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”

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Join the Dream Project! (EDUC 260 & EDUC 369)

The Dream Project provides an opportunity for UW students to support low-income and first-generation high school students in South King County on applying to college and other post-secondary planning.

  • Mentor high school seniors on applying to colleges, filing the FAFSA/WASFA to access financial aid, applying to scholarships, and more.
  • Register for EDUC 260 and EDUC 369 on your UW registration. These classes cover important content related to social justice, college access, and mentorship, and will help prepare you to work with students effectively.
  •  Lecture (EDUC 260) is on Mondays from 3:30-4:20 or 5:30-6:20. Counts for I&S credit.
  • High School visits (EDUC 369) take place throughout the week at various times. There is also a quiz section on Mondays 4:30-5:20pm.
  •  Transportation to our 13 partner schools (AAA, Auburn, Chief Sealth, Cleveland, Federal Way, Foster, Global, Ida B Wells School for Social Justice, Ingraham, Kent-Meridian, Rainier Beach, Renton, and TEC) is provided and travel time is included in EDUC 369 class time.
  • Meet awesome undergrads, gain leadership opportunities, and make new friends
  • Average commitment of ~4-6 hours per week.

Questions? Please email

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Scholarship Junkies: Free Student Help with the Scholarship Process

Need help writing your essay for a dream scholarship?
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  1. Plan: Research your scholarship and plan your application essay.
  2. Draft: Start putting your thoughts into words – this is only a draft.
  3. Submit: Submit your drafts to be reviewed for free. They also review personal statements.
  4. Revise: Free one-on-one feedback, editing, and revision to strengthen your story.
  5. Apply: Be confident in your refined essay and submit the scholarship or application.
  6. Start Over: Think your essay needs a bit more work? Submit again and they’ll take another look.

Scholarship Junkies is a free insider’s guide to the student scholarship process. They cover how to find scholarships, how to choose which scholarships to apply for, how to compile competitive applications, and much more.

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Mollie Beattie: A forester by training, Ms. Beattie was the first woman to head the Fish and Wildlife Service

Mollie Beattie, 49; Headed Wildlife Service


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Mollie H. Beattie, who resigned as director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service on June 6 because of failing health, died on Thursday at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townsend, Vt. She was 49 and lived in Grafton and Alexandria, Va.

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Alternative Spring Break in Science Mentorship! Deadline is Friday

Want to do something meaningful over Spring Break this year?
Inspire leadership, learning and interest in science among Native youth of the Yakama Nation, and gain experience facilitating science projects!

Apply to Science Alternative Spring Break program in the Yakama Nation!
Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. We are building a team with diverse skills and attributes.

· Earn 2-4 EDUC 401 credits while attending training during Winter quarter

· Spend Spring Break in the Yakama Nation in Wapato, WA.

· Application deadline: Friday, December 2nd.

· Want more info? Visit our website.

Apply Now to Participate!

Questions? Email us at

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Winter Quarter Opportunities with the Husky Leadership Initiative


As we near the end of fall quarter, it’s time to make some plans for the winter quarter!

The Husky Leadership Initiative wanted to let you know about two leadership development opportunities happening this winter quarter: the Emerging Leaders Retreat and our Leadership Firesides course (GEN ST 391 I). Please see below for details, and contact us at uwhli with any questions.

Emerging Leaders Retreat


Are you hoping to explore your leadership potential? Are you looking to make more connections and create impact during the rest of your time at the UW? Consider this unique opportunity.
This off-campus weekend retreat is designed to help students:

  • Build connections and relationships with other students
  • Explore ways in which to define and practice leadership
  • Develop strategies for transforming communities at the UW
  • Challenge themselves through experiential (indoor and outdoor) exercises in teamwork and collaboration

The 2017 Emerging Leaders Retreat will take place February 3-5. Participants are expected to be present for the entirety of the retreat. The retreat will be free for all partcipants, including lodging, transportation and meals. The group will depart from campus by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, 2/3 and will return to campus by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, 2/5.

Please consider applying for this experience! More information on the retreat can be found on the Husky Leadership Initiative website.

Applications are due by November 30 at 11:59 p.m.
Apply now!

General Studies 391I: Leadership Firesides


Schedule: Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Credits: 1 credit graded CR/NC

SLN: 15087

Husky Leadership Initiative Leadership Firesides offer ongoing opportunities for students to engage in meaningful dialogue with a diverse range of civic, corporate and campus leaders in an informal setting. These leaders share their personal journeys, perspectives on leadership and lessons they have learned about working with and influencing others towards positive change. This course will offer students an opportunity to take a deep dive into the Firesides series and apply these lessons to their own lives. Registered students will attend the weekly Leadership Firesides, participate in an introductory session (Week 1) and a closing session (Week 10) and submit weekly written reflections.

For more information, visit:

Questions? Contact uwhli


Undergraduate Academic Affairs/University of Washington

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Time to Plant!

Fall Planting

Help install 10,000 Carbon Sequestration Devices!

What’s a carbon sequestration device? Here’s a hint: it is often green, has deep roots in Seattle, and needs sunshine.

PLANTS! Douglas Firs, salals, and ferns are all carbon sequestration devices – and they do a pretty great job capturing and storing carbon from the air.

Do you remember how the carbon cycle works? It starts off with carbon and oxygen bound together in the air as carbon dioxide. Plants use that carbon dioxide, along with sunshine,
to make energy and grow. The plants store the carbon, and release the oxygen back into the air.

Come out to a volunteer event and help get these carbon sequestration devices in the ground!

November 5th – Westcrest Park in Seattle
November 5th – Farrel-McWhirter Park in Redmond
November 12th – Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland
November 12th – Clarke Beach on Mercer Island
November 19th – Lakeview Park in Seattle
November 19th – Panther Lake in Federal Way

See the whole list of planting and other volunteer events on our Volunteer Calendar.

Are you trying to remember the rest of the carbon cycle? Here’s a helpful hint. Earth is pretty amazing!


Celebrating our Supporters

We’re throwing you a party!

Please join EarthCorps at our Celebrating our Supporters Open House so we can properly thank you for your commitment to making the Puget Sound healthier. Enjoy pre-holiday treats and drinks and celebrate another successful year with EarthCorps supporters, donors, and volunteers.

Location: EarthCorps’ Office in Magnuson Park
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

RSVP online so we know you are coming!

Westcrest Park

The Final Planting Event: December 10, 2016

We’re on track to plant 10,000 carbon sequestration devices this fall! Since we are feeling confident that we will hit the goal, we’re planning a celebration on December 10th at Genesee Park during the volunteer event!

This will be the last big volunteer event for our 2016 Volunteer Specialists. Come say thank you to Morgan, Alejandro, Olivia, Steve and Nick for all their service this year.

Help plant the final plants. Sign up on our Volunteer Calendar.

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