UW Tacoma E-news
Winter 2012

Twa-le Abrahamson

Knowledge is power

The last uranium mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation shut down in 1981, when Twa-le Abrahamson (IAS ‘02) was little more than a year old.

Yet, the mining operation, which ripped radioactive rocks from the earth to power nuclear plants, has clawed at Abrahamson her entire adult life.

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'Patch'-work builds community connection

Marques HunterMarques Hunter (IAS ’04) says editing the online news site, Lakewood.patch.com, is like hosting a cocktail party. The host wants guests to get up and dance, not just sit there and read.

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5 Qs for Whitney Rhodes

"All over the place at once."Whitney Rhodes

It’s hard to find a more accurate description of UW Tacoma alumna Whitney Rhodes (IAS, Global Honors '07). Currently working as a legislative assistant with the Pierce County Council, Whitney remains very active in local politics and serves on the GTCF Fund for Women and Girls Grant Distribution Committee. She is the former editor of Exit133.com and was once an owning partner of Seasonal View LLC, a local business solutions company.

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Nominate an alum for the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award

Award graphicDo you know of a UW Tacoma alum who deserves some applause, or who's doing something special for others? Let us know by nominating him or her for the Distinguished Alumni Award—which honors successful alumni who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to their communities, profession or other areas of society.

Send your nominations by April 20 to shine a spotlight on a terrific UW Tacoma grad. 


Gardens Rooms version of trail

Rail trail needs your feedback

Three ideas of how to develop the segment of the Prairie Line Trail that runs through campus were presented recently for public review. Let us know what you think of them.

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Community steps up to help students with tuition

Around 130 UW Tacoma supporters attended a fundraising breakfast on Feb. 1 on the university campus to help cover the difference between what students can pay and what it costs to attend the university this year.

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Get a 50% match on your scholarship donation

Kaelyn SaylesThroughout February, Husky students (including Kaelyn Sayles, '12, pictured at right) and fellow alumni will be calling you to ask for your pledge of financial support.

In an effort to offset last year’s unprecedented 20% hike in tuition costs, we are reaching out to you and other alumni of UW Tacoma to raise support for the Step Up Scholarship Initiative. When you make a gift to any qualified Step Up Scholarship fund by April 13, your gift can be matched at 50%!

Please take just a few minutes to chat with them and remember that every gift makes a difference. Thanks for answering the call!


Joy Building photo

Joy Building as green as can be

The Joy Building is the first in Tacoma and first in the University of Washington to achieve a LEED Platinum rating as a “new construction / major remodel.” It is the second state-funded building to receive this recognition.

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Melanie HopeClass Notes

Melanie (Stratton) Hope (pictured) has published a new self-help book. John Walsh and Ryan Long are both taking their talents to new countries. Malinda Bassett has been named Head Start Director of the Year in Alaska. Elena Hartwell has become a playwright and you can see her work in Seattle this month. Dian Hathaway is working at the American Lake VA helping people fight addiction.. All that and more in our all-new Class Notes.

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Upcoming events

Tacoma Wedding Walk
February 26
12 - 5 p.m.

Featuring William W. Philip Hall at UW Tacoma.

> More info

South Sound Technology Conference
March 9
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
William Philip Hall

> Info and register

Alumni Happy Hour
April 19
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Ram
3001 Ruston Way, Tacoma

Join fellow alumni and friends for Husky Happy Hour at The Ram on the waterfront. Mingle with old and new friends and enjoy free appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages, with a no-host bar.

> Register today, these fill up fast!

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