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Unite UW Spring Application open! Help us find students in need of friends and community!

Behind each cherry blossom is a journey, and behind each face is a story. Oftentimes we focus on sharing our achievements and success, but rarely do we ever talk about the steps and obstacles we took to get here. Here at Unite UW, we focus on building a family through story-telling. Every story holds a merit, no matter how big or small. Together, we would cry and smile through this 7-week cultural exchange experience. So what is your story?

Apply today at: by 9am on 3/25 (Monday)

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Things to do on Break, BE The Match!

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Free Combo Meal At CaliBurger Today Only

Caliburger on the Ave just north of 45th is giving our Free Combo meals (burger, fries, and drink) to anyone who signs up for their new rewards program in person Today ONLY!

CaliBurger Seattle U District

Address: 4510, 4509 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Closes 10PM

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How China’s WeChat became a grim heart of illegal animal trading

Sales of illegal animal products shifted away from shopfronts in Laos and are surging on the Chinese social media platform WeChat

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The Art of the Elevator Pitch


The Art of the Elevator Pitch

· Carmine Gallo

October 03, 2018

Long before your favorite movie made it to a theater near you, it was presented in a pitch meeting. Hollywood screenwriters typically get three to five minutes to propose an idea, but it takes only around 45 seconds for producers to know if they want to invest. Specifically, producers are listening for a logline: one or two sentences that explain what the movie is about. If there is no logline, more often than not, there is no sale.

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Nature Collections App

A team of researchers at the University of Washington has developed a mobile app, called NatureCollections, that seeks to harness the power of emerging technologies to engage elementary school children in an exploration of the natural world.

Our Project

We know that our time spent outside in nature influences the way we feel about, and the way we behave towards, nature. But kids are spending less and less time outside. As children’s screen time has increased, the time they spend outdoors in nature has decreased. In light of this growing disconnect between technology and outdoor experiences, a mobile app may seem an unlikely candidate for getting kids outside and changing their relationships with nature. That is, however, exactly what we aim to do!

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GOLD-network Opportunities for students

An opportunity for undergraduate students to join us in a short intensive academy that we conduct every year at Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. WE do cover all costs for the students.

Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network (RMSSN) academy

For more information, contact Gillian at gillian.bowser

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Nominate UW’s sustainability superstars for the Husky Green Awards!

UW Sustainability needs your help to identify sustainability superstars at the University of Washington. The annual Husky Green Awards recognize individuals and teams from all UW campuses who show environmental dedication and leadership. Anyone at UW can submit a nomination. Award winners are identified through nominations from the UW community, so this is your chance to give students, faculty and staff recognition for their sustainability efforts.

Submit your nominations at by the March 1 deadline. Winners will be announced at the UW Earth Day celebrations in April.

Our announcement is here:

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Nominate UW’s sustainability superstars for the Husky Green Awards!

UW Sustainability needs your help to identify sustainability superstars at the University of Washington. The annual Husky Green Awards recognize individuals and teams from all UW campuses who show environmental dedication and leadership. Anyone at UW can submit a nomination. Award winners are identified through nominations from the UW community, so this is your chance to give students, faculty and staff recognition for their sustainability efforts.

Submit your nominations at by the March 1 deadline. Winners will be announced at the UW Earth Day celebrations in April.

Attached are images that can be used online or in social media, as well as a PDF of our poster that can be printed and posted on campus. Our announcement is here:


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Lidar: A Lost World Emerges

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CSF Winter Newsletter

Campus Sustainability Fund: Winter Quarter Edition


New Funding Cycle
The CSF awards over $300,000 in grants to an average of 25 student-led sustainability projects a year at UW!Upcoming Deadlines:

Funding Cycle 3 (FC3) Spring Letter of Intent:
February 1 – March 1

FC3 Full Proposal (for approved Letters of Intent):
April 15

Mini-Grants <$1,000:
Year Round (Rolling Basis)

Have you seen the CSF’s new and improved Funding Cycle (FC) Model yet? The CSF now has 3 funding cycles per year, each lining up with the academic quarter — making it easier for students to receive funding and carry out projects during the academic year. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for key dates above.

In addition, if you need help in the application process, email the CSF Project Development Specialist, Sidney Orr at csfproj. For more information on the updated funding cycle and additional deadlines, visit our website here.

Winter CSF & EIC Brainstorming Mixer
Friday, February 1st. 3:30-5p
ECC Unity RoomOn Friday, February 1st from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in the ECC Unity Room, join the CSF team, Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC) and a number of sustainability project leads featuring presentations of their final products and outcomes. There will be an opportunity to get involved in a brainstorming activity and gain knowledge on how you can have an impact by applying for a CSF grant / submitting to the EIC. This is a great opportunity for you to learn from project experts and get help with your own potential projects in mind, or just have a fun time socializing with others who are interested in sustainability! RSVP here for important event updates!
Speaker Event: The Power of The Diaspora
Thursday, January 17th. 5:30-7p
ECC Black Room
Join the speaker event: The Power of the Diaspora hosted by the UW Africa Now group on Thursday, January 17th in the ECC Black Room from 5:30 to 7p. Bénédicte Bicaba, a UW Medical graduate, will be discussing her experience as President of the youth education non-profit Botiminto and her journey to becoming an influential leader in her Burkinbé (Burkina Faso) community. RSVP here!

This is a lead up event for the Africa Now Conference taking place on April 20th, 2019. The 2017-2018 Africa Now Conference was funded by the CSF.

BSU Legacy Soiree
Saturday, February 2nd. 6-9p
Join the Black Student Union Legacy Soiree annual celebration on Saturday, February 2nd from 6-9p to celebrate excellence within black communities at the UW and the greater Seattle area. The celebration, partly funded by the CSF, will feature live music, performances, honoraria, keynote speakers, catered dinner, and more. The Black Student Union of UW Seattle will also recognize ten minority students from high schools all around the greater Seattle area and encourage their attendance to the UW. Your attendance at this event will also provide an opportunity for input on scholarship opportunities for underrepresented students!
Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC)

February 25-27
Husky Union Building
University of Washington

This year, the University of Washington will be hosting the annual Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference. The three day event will take place from February 25th to the 27th in the Husky Union Building.

The regional conference focuses on advancing equity, diversity and inclusion while addressing local challenges for the Pacific Northwest. Students, Faculty, and Staff from Washington and Oregon state institutions of higher education will come together to engage in workshops, network, attend learning sessions, and be a part of a collaborative & action-oriented program.

Limited number of complimentary student applications are available. Apply for a free registration here by January 18th.


Meal Matchup
Meal Matchup is a project fighting food waste on campus and providing resources to the community. This student-led team facilitates donation of food from UW dining halls to local nonprofits. To date they have been successful at producing an interactive website, tracking the amount of food ending up in compost, and delivering food to communities in need with the help of UW Carlson Service Learning volunteers. Check out their awesome new video to learn more about their motivations in solving the problems of food waste. Visit their website to get involved!
EcoReps Solar Table

The CSF-funded Ecoreps Solar Table has arrived on campus. You can now find the solar charging tables at the HUB south outdoor patio. The table has the ability to charge 71-150 devices a day and store four days’ worth of charge. With the installation of this type of solar power, this project is helping to connect students directly with sustainable and mindful energy consumption across campus.

We welcome you to use the solar table to your own advantage in the near future and make sure to catch the CSF team hosting open office hours here during spring and summer quarter!

Earth Games 60 Second Sustainability

The CSF-funded Earth Games “60 Second Sustainability” project is live!! “Got a minute to save the planet? This fun, frantic mini-game collection highlights the great work of student organizations at University of Washington that work on initiatives related to sustainability. Play 21 different minigames — each taking only seconds.”

Download now for iOS and Android!

Get a chance to work on the CSF-funded blumedw.
Electric Bicycle Mail Delivery
The CSF- Funded Electric Mail Bike program continues to improve campus sustainability with its fleet of 5 electric bicycles. Not only did the program recently win the 2018 Husky Green Award, they also continue to hit a number of others milestones. Here are some ways the project has been successful thus far:

  • 3 large diesel trucks have been taken off the road since 2018 fiscal year, which saves the University about $30,000 / year.
  • Bikes have traveled over 12,445 miles as of December 2018.
  • Saving .02 metric ton (44 lb) of CO2 per week (entire fleet).
  • 60 average miles per week travelled per bike.
  • Currently bikes delivering to UW’s Campus, U-District, Stadium Area, U-Village, Sandpoint way, Eastlake, Bellevue and hoping to start delivering to South Lake Union.
  • Mail deliveries to 455 Departments across UW.
Approved Projects from First Funding Cycle of 2018/2019 school year

Check out some of the new and active projects!

UW Solar Life Sciences Building Rooftop Array
Award: $50,000 ($200,000 total)UW-Solar is collaborating with Perkins+Will and UW-Biology to install a 100 kW solar array on the roof of the Life Sciences Building. The solar array will generate approximately 105,000 kWh of energy per year. This will reduce the carbon footprint of the building by nearly 80 metric tons of CO2e per year. Additional funding was made available through CSF’s partnership with the Student Technology Fee (STF).
Precious Plastics
Award: $20,796Precious Plastics aims to build a small, safe DIY plastics recycling workshop in the Maple Hall Area 01 Maker Space. The workspace will consist of four machines that shred, melt, compress, and mold used plastic, so it can be transformed into 3D printing filament for creating usable products. Additional funding was made available through CSF’s partnership with the Student Technology Fee (STF).
The Black Student Union Legacy Soiree
Award: $1,000The Black Student Union Legacy Soiree is an annual celebration and banquet that centers excellence within the Black communities at the University of Washington and in the greater Seattle area. The Black Student Union is also putting in essential effort in continuing to fundraise for their endowment fund, providing as a scholarship for underrepresented students.
Diversity In Psychology (DIP)
Award: $1,000Diversity in Psychology is an RSO that was created in response to the alarming lack of diversity and representation in the field of Psychology. DIP extended their goals and ideas to high school students in King County by hosting a conference on November 10th held at the UW’s Ethnic Cultural Center that focused on familiarizing students with life at the University of Washington and highlighting the importance of representation in the field of psychology.
Paid Earth Day Coordinator Position Available!
Interested in getting involved in Earth Day 2019? There is an opening for a paid position as Earth Day coordinator. Help plan this event and coordinate student volunteers by working 5-10 hours a week starting between now and the end of April. Visit the website to learn more about the opportunity. This is also available as a Work Study position.

If you are also interested in volunteering for the Earth Day Planning committee, email Toren Elste, UW Sustainability Program Specialist, at tee10

The Diversity Leadership Conference is a half-day conference designed for UW students to develop their leadership skills through a series of workshops and sessions with leaders from the UW and community at large. The conference is co-hosted by the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, the Career & Internships Center, and Housing and Food Services and is open to all undergraduate students. Save the date for the 2019 Diversity Leadership Conference and make sure to check back next week here when registration opens! The CSF will be hosting a workshop on ways to get involved with sustainability on campus!

When: Friday, February 22, 2019

Time/Location: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. // Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (Opening Keynote in Alder Auditorium)

The UW Farm is Hiring — Student Positions Available
The UW Farm is hiring! There are a variety of student positions! Apply today! More info at the link here.

2019 UW Student Farm Staff Position: OPEN

2019 UW Student Farm Staff Work Study Position: OPEN

2019 UW Student Farm Staff Lead Position: OPEN

E-mail farm manager Perry Acworth with inquires: theuwfarm

For the second year the CSF has received block funding from the Student Technology Fee! This allows for the CSF to provide an additional $200,000 per year to innovative technological projects that also have a sustainability focus and provides students with greater accessibility to this resource! Thank you to the STF for helping advance sustainability at UW!
Committee Meetings
Our public committee meetings this quarter are Fridays from 11-12 pm. For specific locations, check out our calendar. Visit our website for weekly agendas and meeting minutes.Metrics Fun Fact
The CSF has had over 110 students on its Committee & staff, and volunteer ambassador program since 2010! Look out this spring for Committee openings.
Copyright © 2018 – 2019 UW Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF), All rights reserved.

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ENTRE Digest 1-8-19

Advisers ENTRE Digest | January 8, 2019


APPLY:Prototype Funding!

Whether you are working in a technical, medical, consumer, environmental, digital, or another space, awards are available between $500 and $3,000! Some restrictions apply.

Fill out the application now and if you have questions, please contact the Buerk Center for more details.

The final deadline to apply for funding is Friday, January 11th.

ATTEND: Business Case in 60 Seconds: A Pitch Competition

Thursday, January 17 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Anthony’s Forum

Come watch your peers pitch their early-stage ideas in 60 seconds or less. If you have an idea to pitch, plan to submit your idea for preapproval in early 2019. Good ideas will win cash prizes, and every idea gets a quick piece of feedback from the panel of judges. Refreshments will be provided and after the pitches there will time for networking among audience and participants. RSVP to attend or to pitch:

MEET UP: Networking & Team Formation Night (after the Science Technology Showcase)

Thursday, January 24 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM | Anthony’s Forum

The Science and Technology Showcase is a closed door event, but all poster presenters will be around after the Showcase to talk to the public about their work. This is a great opportunity to find teammates or to seek to join a team as you see excellent examples of current projects and research on display.

ATTEND: Resource Nights (aka ENTRE 440/540)

Thursdays, 6-7:50pm| Shansby Auditorium (PCAR 192)

Open to All UW Students as a drop-in audit

Students who are curious about the various aspects of creating a startup venture can learn directly from local experts during this weekly course! Regular guest speakers from industries ranging from software, healthcare, finance, food and fashion will join us to share their entrepreneurial experiences.

Resource Nights lectures are open to the community, and UW students may register to take the class (2 credits). Lectures will also be posted on our website if you can’t join in-person!

ATTEND: Consumer Product Workshop

March 2, 9am-12pm | Anthony’s Executive Forum (Dempsey 302)

All Students

Students who are considering applying to the Dempsey Startup Competition with a consumer product or retail, software or app, or a non-profit idea can get valuable feedback on their first drafts from mentors at this pre-screening workshop!

ATTEND: Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Information Session

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 4 – 5 p.m. | Dempsey Hall 233
Join us to learn about the 12-month Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Program at the UW Foster School of Business. During the session, we will give you an overview of the program, discuss the admissions process, and answer any questions that you have.

Register Here

APPLY: Competition Entry Deadlines!

College students from across the PNW are invited to apply for student innovation and new venture competitions hosted by UW Foster School of Business’ Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Feb 11 | TLButler
Feb 19 | brohal
Apr 8 | sstuder

APPLY: Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Application Review

January 13, 2019 | Midnight

Looking for a master’s program that combines intensive entrepreneurship education with the time to work on accelerating your own idea? Apply to the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship! Admissions is underway and the 2nd round deadline is January 13. All applications received by this date will receive an admission notification by Feb 28. This is also the final deadline for all international applicants.

Learn More

ATTEND: A Taste of UW Entrepreneurship (Hosted by Master of Science in Entrepreneurship)

Thursday February 7 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

PACCAR Hall 2nd Floor, Jiambalvo Hearth
Want to get a feel for the Seattle entrepreneurship community? Come mix and mingle with current Master of Science in Entrepreneurship students at the Foster School of Business, then join a student host and head to the classroom! Observe a popular course which brings in experts from the local entrepreneurial community to teach various aspects of creating a startup venture.

The topic in class will be “Your play – picking your bet/market entry strategy to win”. Guest speakers include: Tom Gonser – Founder, Docusign, and Xiaoyu Wang – CEO, Castbox.

Register Here

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Stream films from the UW Library

Things you can do over break….

Environmental Studies in Video

· Streaming video collection covering all aspects of environmental studies, particularly ethics, policy, economics, law, sociology, planning, and environmental science.

Stream films and TV shows from media collection
Choose from world cinema, old TV shows, award-winning documentaries and more, available in the UW Libraries’ Streaming Media Collections A-Z research guide.

Or Opera

Met Opera on Demand

· Stream­ing video of more than 500 Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera performances.

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June 2019: Paid Opportunity for Student Artists/ Deadline for submission Jan 6

Open Call for Artists: 2019 Arts in Nature Festival (Stipends Available!)

The Arts in Nature Festival is a one-of-a-kind annual event that celebrates art, nature and neighborhood in the lush and expansive landscape of Camp Long, Seattle’s only campground. At the Arts in Nature Festival you’ll find four intimate performance stages, mixed media art installations in 8 rustic cabins, interactive hands-on art and nature activities, and winding hiking trails through the great outdoors.

Hosted each year by Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA), we are currently seeking artists, musicians, and creators of all kinds to contribute! Past artists have included Nikkita Oliver, Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia Renee, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Clinton Fearon, Corrie Befort, Markeith Wiley and so many more.

Perform at the Festival:

DNDA is now seeking artists to participate in the 2019 festival. Musicians, performers, theatre and dance troupes, and more, are wanted for performances in the Lodge, at the Pond, and in the Meadow. Performances must be acoustic and unplugged, though you may bring your own small battery-powered amp. Artist fees are up to $100 per performer per 45-60 minute performance with a general cap of $250 per group. Special proposals for larger scale groups and performances may be considered. Interactive creative or educational workshops are welcome!

Mixed Media Installation Artists Wanted:

Sound and multimedia artists can apply to create weekend-long installations that take place in one of eight rustic cabins throughout Camp Long. Installations must be open and staffed from 11am-7pm on Saturday, 6/29 and 11am-6pm on Sunday, 6/30. Installation set-up hours will take place Friday, 6/28 from 11am-8pm and Saturday, 6/29 from 8-10am. Artists will be paid $300 for the weekend. Artists are welcome to spend the night in their cabin Friday and Saturday night.

How to Apply:

Visit sara.

Thank you so much for your support!

Sara Parolin

Communications & Development Associate

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association – (206) 935-2999

4408 Delridge Way SW,

Seattle, WA 98106

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Henry Art Gallery: Acoustic Ocean and Sin Sol, Forest Memory

I have not been to the Henry for a while, but here are my 2 recommendations:

Ursula Biemann (Switzerland, born 1955). Acoustic Ocean (video still). 2018. 4K video installation with 5.1 surround sound; Duration: 19 minutes.

micha cárdenas (U.S., born 1977) & Abraham Avnisan (U.S., born 1983). Sin Sol, Forest Memory 1. 2018. Digital image of LIDAR scan. Image courtesy of the artists.

Between Bodies

Upper Level Galleries

October 27, 2018 — April 28, 2019

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The Clam Garden Network

Here is the great thing about learning, you think you know stuff, then someone says “clam garden” and you have no idea what they are talking about, so then you have to learn more.

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Adviser’s Digest

Advisers ENTRE Digest | November 1st, 2018

Advisers, please share the following with your students. Our activities are open to students of all disciplines. Thank you!

ATTEND: Team Formation Night #2: Build a Sustainable Future

Thursday, November 1 | 5:30-8 pm | Gould Hall Court | RSVP

At this installment, you’ll hear about the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship competitions, meet students who have ideas or could be on your team, and learn from angel investor Eric Carlson about how environmental innovations help to build a more sustainable future.

ATTEND: Build Your Own Business (BYOB)

Thursday, November 1 | 6 – 7:30 pm | Deloitte Commons, Paccar Hall
Students pitch an early idea, collaborate with one another, receive feedback and mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs Jana and Andy Kleitsch, and work through the steps to successfully launch their startup OR move forward with a new idea

ATTEND: Open House – Master of Science in Information Systems

Monday, November, 5th | 6 – 7 pm | UW Medical Center, South Lake Union | RSVP
Join us for an Open House to learn about the 12-month Master of Science in Information Systems Program at the UW Foster School of Business. During this session, we will give you an overview of the program, discuss the admissions process, and answer any questions that you have.

ATTEND: Team Formation Night: Health Care and Life Sciences Innovation

Tuesday, November 13th | 5:30 – 8 pm | BIOE N130

Calling all biology, health science, bioengineers, public health, and other students interested in bringing an idea through a Buerk Center competition. Members from one of our past teams, Nanodropper, will talk about their amazing experience in the competition and beyond as their idea caught national attention.

APPLY: Student Executive Leadership Committee:

Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

Contact Terri Butler by November 15th, TLButler, if you are interested in joining the student leadership team for the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge:

The Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge Student Executive Leadership Committee plays a key role in the development of innovative health-related solutions by inspiring students to form teams to bring new, game-changing ideas forward through the Challenge. Working with the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship staff, committee members connect with students across campus to promote the Challenge. The committee will also interact with local business professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors who will serve as mentors and judges to the student teams.

Work Shop Series:

Customer Discovery and Market Validation Shakeout

Thursday, November 8th | 12:30 – 2 pm | HUB 145

Have an idea but aren’t sure of how it would hold up in the real world? Do you even have a market? Considering customer needs up front can save a lot of time downstream when costs start to add up. Join our experts in a shakeout studio designed to help you learn how to reach out to your customer base early for feedback, even before you have a prototype, scope out the competition, and pilot your idea.

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Wildlands Studies an ESRM student shares their experience

Wildlands Studies Trek to Manaslu Base Camp

We woke up to the crisp, dry mountain air that filled the Manaslu Valley. I unzipped our tent and the light fabric crackled like a bag of chips, as the frost that adhered to the material cracked. It was early, the sun was stuck deep behind a 8,000m peak, inching it’s tendrils of warm light towards the valley floor; it would take hours before this light warmed the frozen ground I stood on. The porters and cook staff that travelled with our group had been up long before me, preparing our meals for the day and warming up water for black tea. Today, a group of 14 American college students were going to hike up to the Manaslu Base camp in Nepal.

Our hike started off rather easy, it wound its way around a lake that was a deep milky blue, formed by the influx of element rich water running off of the mass of glaciers above us. This ease would quickly change, mountains in the Himalaya do not meander tenderly into the sky, instead they joust their peak upward, piercing the troposphere, creating a rigid, steep slope on the way. Luckily, our professor stopped us every few minutes to observe the flora and fauna changes as we continued climbing skyward.

About 2 hours into our hike we reached the snow line. At this point we were standing 13,000 feet (4,000m) above sea level, and we still had an additional 3,000 feet to climb to reach basecamp. Many of our group members hailed from coastal lowlands, such as students from UC Santa Barbara, or UC Los Angeles, were elevation gain is an anomaly. There were two of us from UW and even though we frequented the Cascades many times before this trip, hiking to 16,000 feet was uncharted territory for us as well.

Our progression as a group slowed, as we continued to bootpack up the snowed in path, we had to watch our footing so that we would not slide and crash into the person behind us, or tumble downslope. Our breathe became labored as the molecules of oxygen less frequently entered our lungs. We paused as a group and turned around to see a line of yaks, heading gingerly up the trail toward us. Yak are related to cattle, they are also massive creatures able to exert serious amounts of energy, except they exist only in high elevation environments that persist of snowy, cool temperatures. We slumped off trail and let the furry beasts pass. At this point we still had 2 more hours until we were to reach our destination. Some students began to question if they should continue or return back down to camp and enjoy a nice cup of hot black tea. This put our guides and professor in a predicament, they were unsure if they should split the group of students and allow some to continue or to all stick together due to liability and the limited number of experienced guides. A few of us were notably bummed but we decided that sticking together as a group would be best for all. It was one of those moments where your heart sinks at the effort you have already exerted to reach the point you are at, but it also lifts at the prospect of the struggle being over.

Just as we were lifting our packs onto our sweat laden backs, a chipper Scandinavian man came booming down the trail. His energy and excitement reverberated off of the space around him, and rejuvenated our saddened state. He could not believe we were ready to turn around after all the progress we had made to get to this point! He was right, we had not only managed to climb up to this elevation today, but we had spent the last 3 weeks trekking up the Manaslu Valley. He was so positive that we could make it the last 3,000 feet, that we all looked around at each other and at our guide and decided we were ready for the challenge.

Our pace seemed to quicken, and our stops became less frequent for 2,000 feet of climbing. Our Nepali guide warned us that we had 1,000 feet left to climb and it was going to feel like we had boulders attached to our hiking boots, it was imperative that we acclimated slowly at this point. I tucked my chin down into my coat and watched the feet of the Nepali guide in front of me. He would take 100 steps exactly and then pause to allow us to catch our breath….not that it was ever quite possible. Gradually, we snaked up the mountain, flowing along the endless switchbacks, step by step, breath by labored breath. A yellow object appeared ahead of us, it stuck out against the opaic backdrop of glacial fields, and snow wrapped peaks. Initially confused, we all came to realize that the yellow object was a cook tent similar to the one we frequented daily at our own camp. The yellow cook tent was stationed at our destination, Manaslu Base camp, located 16,000 feet up the 8th highest peak in the world.

We pushed onward for the last 100 yards and reached basecamp as a group. Each individual was brimming, and overjoyed to have reached a location on earth that few people are privileged enough to experience. I looked around at our group of students, teachers, guides, each individual carried the same emotion of gratitude and excitement. It was overwhelming to endure such a feat with my peers, to struggle, persist, and reach our destination.

Our professor gave a quick lecture about the glaciology in this region, and our Nepali guide spoke about the economic and cultural importance of expeditions for villages located at the remote bases of these colossal landforms throughout the Himalayan range. These lessons particularly resonated with us, since we were learning about our surroundings as we actively engaged in them, it was the most unique lecture I will ever experience.

Wildlands Studies is an environmentally focused study abroad program that emphasizes integrated learning experiences in the field. Their programs are located throughout the world but all carry the same goal, to enhance students knowledge on the environment and sustainability, while also assimilating fusions of local culture and experiences. My study abroad experience was everything but ordinary, it provided the opportunity for me to learn about different ecosystems throughout Nepal, the various flora and fauna that inhabit these environments, while immersing myself in the communities that depend on them. I grew academically and intrapersonally, a way that was not well defined on the course syllabus.My desire to learn did not cease when our Wildlands professor finished the prescribed daily curriculum , it carried on for the entire 6 week course.

To learn more about Wildlands Studies visit their website at


Come attend an information session on October 23rd at 4 p.m. in Anderson 22 to hear about upcoming programs, speak with a representative, or ask any additional questions!

Written by: Mikaela Balkind

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Help amplify students’ voices!


I’m writing with a request that will help amplify students’ voices about the importance of affordable, accessible higher education opportunities. UW Impact is part of the College Promise Coalition, which brings together leaders and advocates from education, business, labor, and community-based organizations to open up diverse pathways for Washington students to pursue the unique job opportunities in our state. The coalition advocates for opportunity and access to education and training after high school for all Washington students.

CPC has launched a survey to ask students to share their stories. Students’ experiences with financial aid, enrollment, and completion will help the coalition advocate for increased opportunities for Washington students to pursue the education they need after high school to succeed in the career of their choice.

CPC will randomly select one survey participant to receive a $50 Visa gift card. The deadline is Oct. 15. Will you take the survey and share it with your networks so we can hear from a diverse array of students?

The survey is available here:

For questions or comments, you can contact Ingrid with CPC at ingrid.


Christine Newman, MPA

Assistant Director

UW Impact

(206) 853-3455

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UW Global Campus Photo Contest

UW students, faculty and alumni are invited to enter the Global Campus Photo Contest! Share your photos from study abroad, research, vacation or daily life abroad by October 25. Top entries will be displayed at the UW Study Abroad Fair in November. Learn more at

More details:

  • Enter by Thursday, October 25, 2018.
  • UW students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to enter.
  • Photos can be from international study or research, vacation, or daily life abroad.
  • Show us some action shots – you and fellow Huskies getting involved and having fun!
  • Throwbacks are welcome.
  • Top entries will be displayed at the UW Study Abroad Fair, where winners will be selected by public voting.

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