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  • Giving in style | UW Foundation
    and gold to 1981 when they got their first husky puppy Coquette Don James the football coach at the time spotted the dog and asked if they would bring her back for picture day The rest was history Coquette posed with the team in nearly every photo shoot for 10 years After only a few picture days Ben and Nancy began to develop a relationship with the team Before every game the players would line up as Ben passed out his homemade beef jerky as a token of good luck In 1999 the couple began mentoring athletes They have had five mentees so far including Roy Lewis 08 who played for the Seahawks and the Steelers Nancy is a true Husky legend I love talking football with her says Roy who was team captain of the Seahawks and the number six cornerback in the NFL before he was injured last August You can tell she s a Husky through and through Make a gift Help Ben and Nancy support Huskies by contributing to the Freedman Remak Family Scholarship Fund in History the Nancy and Ben Remak Double Dawg Fellowship or the Remak Family Endowment for Husky Volleyball Last year Roy spent Father s Day with Ben because both Nancy and their daughter were out of town I know there are a lot of great Husky fans but I don t see many taking young Huskies into their homes feeding them and making sure they have somebody to talk to Roy says It s one thing to be a fan it s one thing to be an alum and it s another thing to be a true Husky brother or sister The Remaks are the epitome of Huskies Four of their five mentees have been from California so they haven t always had family present at home games This gives them someone to make them feel special Nancy says Leading up to each player s graduation Nancy and Ben spend time putting together a scrapbook with football photos and a highlight reel While the Remaks have a passion for Husky sports and have given in support of the Husky Stadium renovation they also care deeply about how students are doing off the field That s why they have created and support a number of scholarships In the Department of History the couple created the Remak Family Fund for Excellence in History and the Freedman Remak Family Scholarship to support History majors who face the high costs of out of state tuition Jackson Hathorn 11 received the Freedman Remak scholarship his junior year and has since spent two Thanksgivings with the Remaks They re such warm and nice people says Jackson They are probably the most gung ho Husky fans I ve ever met It s kind of infectious I certainly found myself enjoying my time at the UW in a different way The Nancy and Ben Remak Double Dawg Endowed Fellowship attracts an outstanding admitted MPA candidate with a UW undergraduate

    Original URL path: https://www.washington.edu/giving/giving-in-style/ (2014-06-24)
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  • Connecting with Kinect | UW Foundation
    The five year old Martinez Foundation supports teaching fellows at six universities in Washington state including the University of Washington and UW Bothell In 2012 Holli received the UW Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award and earlier this year the UW College of Education awarded Edgar and Holli its Distinguished Service Award the college s highest honor He and his students will use Microsoft s Xbox Kinect a gaming system that uses your body s movements instead of a console to control the action on the screen for some math lessons such as graphing lines His mentor UW Bothell Education Professor Robin Angotti developed the application Robin is a former high school teacher who s researching ways to use technology to engage students Josh is the first to admit that technology is only a tool albeit one that s interested him since he was seven and dissected his dad s old computer But when it comes to being a new teacher it s important to have lots of tools at your disposal One of the most helpful ones to Josh has been access to mentoring and training through the Martinez Foundation which in 2012 awarded him a fellowship Founded in 2008 by baseball legend Edgar Martinez and his wife Holli Martinez 08 12 the Martinez Foundation provides fellowships to students at a number of Washington state universities to support teachers of color in underserved public schools Not only does being a Martinez Fellow help me make personal connections with other educators but it also gives me a large network of people who are willing to support what I do in the classroom says Josh who has wanted to be a math teacher since ninth grade when he was inspired by his algebra teacher Make a gift Support more students like Josh and

    Original URL path: https://www.washington.edu/giving/connecting-with-kinect/ (2014-06-24)
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  • The Lost Branch | Columns Magazine, March 2014 | The University of Washington Alumni Magazine
    the Sephardic American world When I arrived people started bringing me Ladino books and letters that they couldn t read themselves he says Then they started bringing me more things a stack of documents here a pile of books there Inspired by the community s interest Naar made an explicit call for Ladino documents The response was overwhelming Seattle Sephardic Treasures has now collected more Ladino books than are housed in the Library of Congress or Harvard University Eventually Naar hopes to upload audio recordings some of which are more than 70 years old to provide students scholars and community members with an online resource for learning Ladino The project has three target audiences university students scholars and the community One of the really exciting things about the Sephardic Studies Program is that at the university level it can bring together many different programs and disciplines says Naar Al Maimon a member of the UW s Sephardic Studies Committee and a former professor at the Foster School of Business says it was thrilling to meet someone so young who is concerned about preserving the culture He calls Naar his kindred spirit Before Devin came to town the Sephardic studies dimension of the program was ad hoc says Maimon who has contributed several heirlooms to the project When he arrived that fundamentally changed In Seattle we have a living breathing expression of Sephardic tradition We re custodians of a treasure This isn t just for us it s for the whole fabric of the Jewish community Maimon believes that today s Seattle Sephardic community is unprecedented There are few Sephardic communities that are as active from a social cultural and religious point of view he says The challenge he adds is to reassimilate the traditions so families can pass them on to future generations Saving a language is saving a culture says Wendy Marcus 76 music director at Seattle s Temple Beth Am a large reform temple in North Seattle At the rate we re losing languages today it s nothing short of a mission on Devin s part and I applaud that mission With the support and funding of the community Naar has been able to do much more than collect dusty books He has brought Sephardic musicians photographers and guest speakers to the UW s new Stroum Center for Jewish Studies which under the leadership of Professor Noam Pianko is home to the Sephardic Studies Program Naar has also organized a symposium with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D C More than 1 600 students faculty and community members have attended these events since last year Joel Benoliel and his wife Maureen 74 are part of the Sephardic Studies Program Founders Circle a group of families that has committed to supporting the Stroum Center and helped provide the seed money for the program along with Lela and Harley Franco 74 With funds being cut from everywhere in the University we need to make sure we can

    Original URL path: https://www.washington.edu/alumni/columns-magazine/march-2014/features/ladino/ (2014-06-24)
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  • Healing through art | UW Foundation
    artist who supports her MAP Scholarship After graduating from the UW Alfredo also volunteered at Seattle Children s teaching ceramics to the kids Make a gift Support more students like Bethany and contribute to the Multicultural Alumni Partnership MAP Scholarship Fund Alfredo s MAP scholarship is given each year to a student like Bethany who comes from a diverse socioeconomic background and uses art as a means for social change It s a great satisfaction for me to be able to help students especially when I was one of those who needed help Alfredo said I ve learned it s very profitable to be kind eventually if you want to succeed you have to remember how you were helped and pass it along to others The scholarship will also help Bethany continue to volunteer Her past volunteer work includes building a health clinic abroad in Honduras and working with preschool children through UW s Jumpstart program Bethany s drive to volunteer and help others comes from personal experiences growing up in poverty She grew up in a large family without financial support from her parents In order to fund her education she s relied on grants loans and scholarships Thanks to the Arreguin scholarship she ll have less debt post graduation This scholarship has really buffered the amount of money I would have had to take out in loans she said It is really a huge help for me and it feels great to be rewarded for doing something I love Bethany De Turk a senior is the 2012 Alfredo Arreguin Multicultural Alumni Partnership MAP Scholarship recipient She is pursuing an art major and global health minor to combine her passions for creative expressions and helping others Drawn to creativity Paying it forward Alfredo Arreguin who supports Bethany s scholarship

    Original URL path: https://www.washington.edu/giving/2013/05/06/healing-through-art/ (2014-06-24)
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  • Reaching his goal – at 19,341 feet | UW Foundation
    for visiting families easing the burden for those already facing stressful situations Sharing Husky pride Tracy made sure the local porters got into the Husky spirit too He handed each one a UW cap and the crew fashioned them all along the craggy route On top of a continent A photobombing Coug wanted to show his Palouse pride at Tracy s summit celebration After eight days Tracy and his Husky clad crew triumphed at the top all 19 341 feet W Tracy Codd 83 87 knows a thing or two about overcoming colossal challenges A lawyer by trade Tracy tests his physical and mental limits by climbing mountains But when he went to Mt Kilimanjaro he added a new personal challenge to the trek he wanted to raise money for the UW Autism Center in part to honor his son and nephew who have both been diagnosed with autism Climbing a mountain is something you can accomplish in a short time with determination whereas living with autism is a tremendous lifelong struggle says Tracy In January Tracy took on the highest mountain in Africa In true UW spirit Tracy s group of three hikers and their team of porters donned UW caps trekking through extreme heat and cold When they reached the summit they hoisted a UW flag in triumph Husky pride was high in the sky Make a gift Support families like Tracy s and make a gift to the UW Autism Center It was the trip of a lifetime Tracy says I m just happy it was for such a good cause Tracy s effort raised 50 000 for the Autism Center a UW program that helps families who have a child diagnosed with the disorder The center provides clinical care and training for families to better manage

    Original URL path: https://www.washington.edu/giving/2013/06/26/reaching-his-goal-at-19341-feet/ (2014-06-24)
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  • Kindness of strangers | UW Foundation
    Scholar who is double majoring in mechanical engineering and mathematics We were all in the same calculus course but I was happy to help out my classmates because I believe mastery of the subject comes from teaching That approach in learning quadratic equations is the same David applies toward life paying it forward makes you richer By that standard David is one wealthy 19 year old As a Cleveland High School student he struggled to find information online about paying for college So he created FeedMyCollegeFund com a website devoted to filtering through financial resources As a new UW student he started making resource presentations with Scholarship Junkies a program that hosts scholarship workshops with the UW Dream Project Make a gift Support more students like David and contribute to the Students First Scholarship Fund a general fund for undergraduates The notion of giving is different for everyone David says But for me I give time I tutor I help students get access to scholarships And I think it all stems from the compassion others have shown me With the kindness of friends David overcame major obstacles as a teenager His formative years with his three older sisters were destitute despite the constant efforts of his mother to pay the bills Eventually he became homeless paid for food with pennies found on street corners and surfed the couches of friends when the family was evicted Again His Cleveland High mentor Adam Burden recognized his talents and unofficially adopted David encouraging an entrepreneurial compassionate spirit It was clear David would succeed if he had stability says Adam He just needed an opportunity That opportunity led David to the UW where he has thrived as a student researcher and speaker In April David gave a lecture about overcoming adversity and living life

    Original URL path: https://www.washington.edu/giving/2013/05/06/kindness-of-strangers/ (2014-06-24)
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  • A prescription for healthy aging | UW Foundation
    an aging population means a looming shortage of healthcare workers including pharmacists for grandparents all over the United States With her fellowship from the Plein Endowment for Geriatric Pharmacy Research Laura is working to curtail that predicament Cheering her on is her fellowship s founder and UW pharmacy pioneer Joy Plein 51 56 Make a gift Support more students like Laura and contribute to the Plein Endowment for Geriatric Pharmacy Research Joy developed a dose of momentum to study medication therapy for seniors back in the 70s a time when little was known about the specialty She was a pharmacy professor at the UW with her late husband Elmer and together the couple created the first nursing home pharmacy course which led to more classes and eventually a certificate in geriatric pharmacy Now the information and technology have greatly advanced says Joy And when my husband and I were deciding how we wanted to support the UW we chose to fund things that kept the momentum going The Pleins created three endowment funds to carry on the couple s pioneering legacy in education research and practice UW pharmacy pioneer Joy Plein 51 56 As a Plein Fellow Laura is conducting research with UW Pharmacy Cares a community outreach program that helps seniors learn about adverse drug interactions Laura has been sending surveys to residents at University House Wallingford to better understand their perceptions of UW Pharmacy Cares The University House is one of several Era Living facilities that partner with the UW and Laura s small project could prompt an expansion of services there Beyond her research Laura also serves as UW student chapter president of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists which coordinates education and outreach events like wellness fairs As it happens Joy is one of the chapter

    Original URL path: https://www.washington.edu/giving/2013/05/06/a-prescription-for-healthy-aging/ (2014-06-24)
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  • Building a smarter power grid | UW Foundation
    heart of Daniel s work as the inaugural Donald W and Ruth Mary Close Endowed Professorship in Electrical Engineering created by a generous gift from two UW alumni The smart grid will use computer algorithms to direct a subtle ebb and flow of electricity over the existing power grid of electrical transmission lines and generating stations Think of it as the Internet brought to our electric system Make a gift Support smart research like Daniel s by contributing to the Donald W and Ruth Mary Close Endowed Professorship in Electrical Engineering Fund It s a lot cheaper to do things with smarts with computing technology than with traditional power technologies that involve a lot of steel copper and concrete Daniel says Faculty postdoctoral and graduate students at REAL are looking for solutions that will meet increased demand while incorporating sources of energy like solar and wind which are as unpredictable as the weather The lab s research innovation has attracted funding from the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation The lab s growing prominence and increased federal funding was sparked by a local gift The endowment was established by two true purple Huskies Donald and Ruth Mary Close Their professorship supports REAL and helped the UW recruit Daniel from the University of Manchester UK where he was professor of electrical energy systems and head of the Electrical Energy and Power Systems research group for 16 years Don Close received his B S in Electrical Engineering from the UW in 1937 and went on to found his own electric contracting business with special expertise in unusual or technically complex projects Ruth Mary Close received her degree in accounting in 1938 After Don passed away in 2006 Ruth Mary fulfilled his commitment to establish an endowed professorship They hoped to

    Original URL path: https://www.washington.edu/giving/2013/02/25/building-a-smarter-power-grid/ (2014-06-24)
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