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Beginning of the Legislative Session

Fellow Huskies,

Happy New Year and welcome back! Though the Seahawks didn’t come out with a win this weekend, I think we still have a lot to look forward to in 2013.

Today marks the beginning of Washington’s legislative session. Lawmakers will debate a number of issues that directly affect us in the higher education community. We at the ASUW are committed to ensuring that your voice and interests are represented in Olympia through our Office of Government Relations.

To learn more about how to get involved, check out the video we made below by clicking the picture below, or clicking here to view it.


Our Huskies on the Hill Lobby Day will be on Friday, February 15th. Click here to register! Also, the ASUW Board of Directors will be having a forum with the Student Senate about potential restructure of our Board. If you are interested in attending, come to Gowen 301 at 5pm on Tuesday, January 15th.

Thanks for tuning in this week and, as always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Until next time,

Evan Smith
ASUW President

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A New Year of ASUW

It’s been so exciting these past few weeks, watching all the new ASUW employees start their jobs, and beginning planning for the year with my fellow Board members. Due to of all this transitioning and new energy, it is also an excellent opportunity for me to make sure everyone is on the page, and that we start this year out stronger than ever.

This week, I worked with Desiree (Vice President), and Riley (Finance and Budget Director) to rework the Quarterly Reports that all the entity directors are responsible for completing at the end of each quarter. We all agreed that it is important that Quarterly Reports be a resource for future directors to know what was done with their entity in past years, as well as a way to get a better understanding of how our entities are doing, and how they are working to meet their goals and the overall vision of the Association. We also added an entirely new feature to these reports- a self-reported budget sheet so entities can have more ownership of their own budgets, and the Finance and Budget Committee can get a better sense of how and where budgets are being spent.

I also worked with the Tech department to update our records page ( so we can continue to be a transparent association. You can now find all Board Minutes, Reports, and Bills under the 1213 (2012-2013) folders on this page.

My final project for the week was facilitating the creation of the all-new! This project has intrigued me since I got elected, and I am looking forward to being a more transparent and accessible Board so you can understand what we are up to and be assured that we are always working for YOU, even if it is occasionally behind the scenes.

I hope this provides a better insight into who we are, what we are doing, and how we are serving you!

Looking forward to future updates,


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