UW Foundation Chair Jodi Green visited the UW Tacoma campus, and came away inspired by UW Tacoma's role in the community. She writes about her experience in the December 2015 issue of Columns, the UW alumni magazine.
Green says that UW Tacoma is "a giant purple rocket ship — a means of entry to a new world for thousands of hopeful students each year."
"UW Tacoma creates and nurtures safe havens for the inferno of curiosity and drive that are present in every human soul. By providing access to excellent education, [UW Tacoma brings] an ever increasing return on investment to the South Sound community," Green writes.
"Visit UW Tacoma. Sit quietly on a bench, as I have, and study the students' faces. They are full of dreams and hope. The reflections of stars shine in their eyes."
Green's complete piece is presented below. You can read the entire December issue of Columns here.
Liftoff in Tacoma
As a boy in Hungary, Dr. Charles Simonyi, honorary chair for the UW Department of Astronomy's 50th anniversary celebration, gazed upward at the night sky in wonder and hope. He was captivated by the idea of traveling to space. Incredibly, his dream came true—as an adult, Charles blasted off twice aboard Soyuz spacecraft on missions to the International Space Station.
UW Tacoma is a giant purple rocket ship—a means of entry to a new world for thousands of hopeful students each year.
Of the 4,501 students served at UW Tacoma in the 2014-2015 school year, a staggering 68 percent were the first in their familiy to attend college. Seventy percent received financial aid. And, for the 17 percent with U.S. military connections, UW Tacoma is the vehicle for transformation as they transition to civilian life.
An urban-serving university, UW Tacoma conducts cutting-edge "use-inspired" research that is directly beneficial to the community—and the region. And the gorgeous 20-building, 46-acre campus has revitalized a critical swath of downtown Tacoma. A new world indeed.
Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." The University of Washington's outstanding teachers, facilities and financial aid equip our highly diverse student body with the skills they need to reach their own unique scholarly stars.
UW Tacoma creates and nurtures safe havens for the inferno of curiosity and drive that are present in every human soul. By providing access to excellent education, we bring an ever-increasing return on investment to the South Sound community.
Visit UW Tacoma. Sit quietly on a bench, as I have, and study the students' faces. They are full of dreams and hope. The reflections of stars shine in their eyes.
Thank you for your generosity as donors. You make these students' dreams a reality.
—Jodi Green, Chair, UW Foundation
The UW Foundation advances the mission of the UW by securing private support for faculty, students and programs. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-685-1980.
John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or email@example.com