"We are UWTacoma" storytelling

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January 1, 2020

‘We are UWTacoma’ story project: A (Semi) Final Word

Rachel Howe interned with the ‘We are UWTacoma” story project for six months — brainstorming outreach ideas, interviewing students, staff, and faculty; writing up stories; and helping implement a final art project–one that I hope to have installed in the TLC before too much longer–that includes quotes from all of the stories you’ve read (or…


December 23, 2019

Tim Bostelle: “Private School Education, Public School Cost”

Last spring, we had the opportunity to speak with Tim Bostelle, the head of IT for the UW Tacoma Library since 2001. Bostelle was a student here in the early ‘90s when he studied Liberal Studies (now Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), worked as a student employee in both the computer lab and the Library, and…


December 13, 2019

Rachel Howe: Finding the Unexpected

One of the most memorable experiences I’ve had while at UW Tacoma happened about an hour before I graduated. I was standing in line with my best friend, nervous and excited to be shutting the door on my time as an undergrad while simultaneously opening the door to an unknown future. As we waited together…


December 9, 2019

An interview with Nicole Blair: UW Tacoma – “My Home away from Home”

One of the words that is used time and time again to describe UW Tacoma is home; you walk onto this campus and you feel welcomed, included, and comfortable. This sentiment is expressed by students, faculty, and staff alike, and Dr. Nicole Blair is no exception. We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Blair,…


December 2, 2019

Adriana Zan: Get involved!

Some of our UWTacoma stories came to us through interviews, but others cam by way of writing prompts on our Google site. Below is one such prompted answer, from Adrianna Zan. Prompt 4 – If you could tell one story about your time here at UWT, what would it be? UW Tacoma was not my…


November 22, 2019

UWTacoma Stories: Who helped you succeed?

In addition to students, staff and faculty sitting for interviews, we also had several who responded to one of several story prompts on our website. Below is one such story, posted in June by UW Tacoma student, Stacey Fernandez. Prompt 1 – If you could attribute your success to one teacher or person at UWT,…


November 10, 2019

Finding Hope at UWTacoma

We recently had the opportunity to interview Ella Lucente, a senior studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. When she’s not in classes, Ella is the Editor-in-Chief of the The Ledger, Editor-in-Chief of UW Odyssey the Online Platform, President of the ACLU UWT Chapter, and interns with the Crystal…


November 1, 2019

UW Tacoma: The Transformation of a Campus

Evelyn Shankus (Evy) currently teaches 300 and 400-level Business Management courses as a Senior Lecturer in the Milgard School of Business. But she also takes students on Global Study Abroad trips, oversees the business interns, and works with the Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee. She was initially hired in March 1995 to teach 300 and…


October 22, 2019

UW Tacoma: A ‘Dynamic’ Place to Connect

This summer, we had the opportunity to interview Zvon Casanova, a 2016 UW Tacoma Alumni who currently works as the Program Assistant for the Department of Student Engagement in the University Y Student Center. When we asked him to describe UW Tacoma using one word, he said, “I would say dynamic. That’s the very first…


August 28, 2019

What does community mean to me?

Some of the stories that we’ve collected as part of this project have come to us through interviews and others have come by way of responses to writing prompts. Below is a creative piece, a poem written by Dani Combs, a 2019 UW Tacoma graduate, that expresses the power of the community built by students…



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