I’d like to briefly introduce myself, my name is Conor McLean and I am your 2011-2012 Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) President. I want to welcome you into this historic year as the University of Washington celebrates its 150th birthday. This is a tremendous achievement not only for the university itself, but for the students, faculty, and staff that have shaped this university into the top-ranked institution it is today.
During the upcoming weeks, this campus will open its doors so you can experience it like never before. As you read this email, events are both being planned and are occurring across campus to engage students and provide opportunities for you to get involved and find a community among your fellow Huskies. Here are some out of the hundreds of events and services that you can take advantage of before classes begin Wednesday!
1. DAWG DAZE
This is one week and a half packed full of hundreds of free events. You can find a complete list of them here.
During Dawg Daze 2011 (Friday, September 23 through Saturday, October 1, 2011) the entire campus comes together to provide new opportunities for interaction, community-building, and fun. Dawg Daze offers you and your incoming class a series of events and experiences to help you prepare to succeed and thrive in your first year and beyond.
There’s something for everyone at Dawg Daze! We offer academic workshops, big-name concerts, movies, a community gathering on “The Ave,” free food, plays, workshops about campus life, and more!
2. Universal Student U-PASS
Every student’s Husky Card also serves as a universal Metro Transit pass. As part of a $76 per quarter fee every student pays with tuition, you receive the following benefits.
o Unlimited rides on King County Metro, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, or Everett Transit bus services and on Sound Transit’s buses, Link light rail and Sounder commuter trains.
o Discounted carpool parking
o Vanpool fare credits
o Low membership rate for Zipcar (now available for students 18-21)
o Discounts and special offers at more than 40 local merchants (Check them out here.)
o Discounts on helmets, lights, pedometers and more at Hall Health (Wellness Resource Center)
However, to finalize the activation of your U-PASS for use on transit, you must tap your card on an ORCA card reader on a bus or in a transit station before November 18 for fall quarter 2011. Tapping your card on the ORCA reader updates your chip and finalizes activation of your U-PASS for transit. UW Commuter Services will be at Dawg Daze to help facilitate card activation and answer any questions. You may also consult the program’s frequently asked questions webpage.
Our mission: The Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) is the democratic voice of students that engages the campus community through programming, services and advocacy. ASUW strives to enrich student life and develop future leaders.
Here are just some of the amazing opportunities and services we offer:
ASUW Arts & Entertainment-
ASUW A&E has planned an exciting series of Dawg Daze events starting with the Quad Flicks movie, which will show at dusk in “the Quad” tonight! Go to arts.asuw.org to vote for the movie!
Tomorrow, Australian comedy group “Axis of Awesome” will be performing at Meany Hall. The show starts at 7 PM and always fills up, so arriving ahead of time is recommended. Dawg Daze pass holders receive priority.
Finally, A&E warmly invites you to the 22nd Annual Fall Fling concert, which will be on Monday, September 26th at 3 p.m. in Red Square! The line-up is local and star-studded, featuring: Macklemore x Ryan Lewis, Champagne Champagne, Fences, and Pickwick. The biggest celebration of the new school year is free and the best way to kick off the first week of school!
ASUW Office of Government Relations-
Interested in advocating for student interests at the local and state level?
The ASUW Office of Government Relations (OGR) is actively looking for people interested in representing and advocating for students in a variety of ways. We register students to vote, lobby legislators on behalf of student interests and engage students with a spirit of advocacy. If you are interested, email Legislative Programming Coordinator Maxine Sugarman.
Check out the DAWG DAZE event Use Your Student Voice! – 9/26 and 9/27 from 2-3pm in Savery 131
Learn how you can create political change by becoming an awesome advocate for issues that matter to you. Start by getting involved right here on campus by meeting other enthusiastic students who work to improve student representation every day. Whether it’s in the residence halls, the state legislature, in the classrooms, or even in Red Square, there are many ways for you to help out and meet new people. Free food and great conversation included. Sponsored by the ASUW Office of Governmental Relations, UW Young Democrats, UW College Republicans, Our American Generation, and the Washington Student Association – UW Chapter. For more information visit our Facebook page.
ASUW is hiring!
The ASUW is looking for two Webmasters and a Senate Clerk! These are paid, part-time positions ranging from 15-18 hours a week that work around your class schedule. If interested, visit jobs.asuw.org for the application and job description. If you have any questions, contact the ASUW Personnel Director Dabney Donigan at email@example.com.
Are you interested in developing as a leader on the UW campus, getting involved in ASUW, and becoming part of a close-knit community of individuals? If so, UW Leaders might be the perfect fit for you! If you are interested in learning more about UW Leaders, feel free to check out our website or our blog. Applications for UW Leaders will open Monday, October 3rd, and will close Friday, October 28th, and will be available through our website. This program is open to all freshmen, sophomores, and transfer juniors.
Ambassadors is a fall quarter program designed to introduce and involve new students with the ASUW. This program is geared towards freshmen and transfer students but applications are open to all and available online at “http://tiny.cc/ambassadors2011” Applications due by October 4th.
ASUW Rainy Dawg Radio–
Did you know the UW has its very own student-run radio station?
Visit the website to listen and/or become a volunteer. Starting the first week of school, Rainy Dawg will be broadcasting a full schedule of hip hop, indie/variety, electronic, loud rock, and specialty shows (punk, funk, you name it), all from the basement of Condon Hall.
Anyone interested in becoming a DJ for fall quarter should click on the get involved tab on the website, fill-out an application, and email it to the Assistant Manager. There are a number of other positions available – blog content developers, photographers, podcasters, and more – so don’t be discouraged if having a show doesn’t sound like your thing because there are plenty of other ways to be a part of the Rainy Dawg family! Please apply by October 3rd if you’d like your show to be considered for fall quarter.
ASUW Student Senate
Represent your fellow UW students and come join ASUW Student Senate, the official voice of the UW student community. This forum provides the opportunity for student leaders to discuss and vote on issues that are relevant to the student body. Senate meetings are held every Tuesday, starting on October 11, at 5 PM in Gowen 301. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail the Senate Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Membership Coordinator at email@example.com.
I hope you take advantage of the above opportunities and that those experiences help you find your passion here at the UW. Once again, welcome to the start of what proves to be a great year, and I wish you the best of luck in making the UW your home.