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Alumni Stories

Thriving alumni in every field

The College of Arts & Sciences prepares students for a lifetime of discovery and leadership. Our alumni have made their mark as elected officials, artists, and scientists. They include tech entrepreneurs, global health experts, Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize recipients, performing arts innovators, and NGO founders. We celebrate their important and varied accomplishments.

Alumni Stories

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Making Music in the Military

Veterans of the US Army and US Navy found their way to the UW School of Music after serving their country as musicians.

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Immigrant Stories, Shared Through Poetry

As a UW senior, Ricardo Ruiz (2020) met Professor Frances McCue. Their connection led to his first book of poetry, published this year.

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Staging Literature, with a Tease

As co-founder of Noveltease Theatre, Stevi Costa (PhD, English) offers fresh takes on beloved books through burlesque. 

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A Window into Art

When exhibition spaces closed due to COVID, artist and alum Anna Mlasowsky found another way to share artists' work.

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Ancient Languages, New Technology

His knowledge of ancient languages led Andrew Glass (2006) to a specialized technology job at Microsoft. 

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A Perfect Pairing: Wine & Statistics

Danni Lin (2011, 2013) finds her statistics and computational finance & risk management degrees helpful as a wine entrepreneur in the US and China. 

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