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Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 15:39:56 -0700
From: kate duttro 
Subject: workshop on resumes - Wednesday, 17th

Resumes requirements have changed in the past few years.

Will yours come out of a database during a keyword search?

Do you have an "email" formatted resume?

Come to ask questions -- see examples and Websites full of current
information on how to succeed in the resume process.

If you're interested, come to Smith Co-Lab (415) , 2:30-3:30 pm.
Or, email me if you'd rather just have the URLs!

Kate Duttro
Career Resources Coordinator, Dept. of Geography

Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 10:47:30 -0700 Northwest Forum Speaker series presents "Globalization, Information Technology, and the Peace Corps in the 21st Century" Mark L. Schneider, Peace Corp Director Thursday, May 25, 2000 7:30 PM Kane Hall, Room 120 Free and open to the public Mark L. Schneider is the 15th director of the Peace Corps, and throughout his career has demonstrated his deep commitment to public service and to the work of volunteers overseas. From 1966 to 1968, Schneider served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador. Prior to his appointment to director, he served for six years as assistant administrator of the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean at USAID. He has also led U.S. delegations to international donor meetings in El Salvador and Guatemala and headed U.S. relief efforts after Hurricane Mitch. Schneider has also received the Human Rights award from the Chile and the Congressional Fellowship aof the American Political Science Association. Sponsored by the Northwest Forum at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, the World Affairs Council and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. -- __________________________________________ Northwest Forum Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs University of Washington Box 353055 Seattle, WA 98105 206.221.3839 e-mail: web-site:

Date: Tue, 2 May 2000 13:02:38 -0500 To: Urban Technology & Telecommunications Subject: Christian Science Monitor - "Washington state leading the way in e-government" Washington state leading the way in e-government By CHAR SIMONS, The Christian Science Monitor OLYMPIA, Wash. (May 2, 2000 12:11 a.m. EDT - All Michael Fairley wanted was a show-promoter's license for his Seattle antique business. But to get one from the state, he spent five full hours on the phone one day. Had the form been available online, which it will be soon, his need could have been met with the click of a mouse. Fairley may not think so, but here in the land of Microsoft, e-government is taking hold faster than a speeding e-mail - a pace far speedier than bureaucracies usually move. "If they can do it in Redmond (where Microsoft has its headquarters), we can do it in Olympia," says Steve Kolodney, who heads the department charged with taking the state of Washington from the triplicate age to the electronic age. While Washington has accumulated a trophy-case worth of awards for its efforts (including best state government Web site), concerns are surfacing about how far and how fast to go in pushing electronic access to government. Some residents and consumer advocates worry that the less-educated and the poor, who often don't have access to personal computers, will experience falling levels of service - and greater levels of frustration. The result is a backlash to what some see as an over-reliance on technology. Even Gov. Gary Locke, who backs the government's transition to online services, this spring ordered all state agencies to have real people answering their phones. The governor acted after state lawmakers failed to pass an "answer the phone" bill - widely considered the most popular piece of legislation of the session. While Washington has gone the furthest, Maine recently started monitoring its agencies to determine the effectiveness of telephone communication, and North Carolina passed a law last year requiring state agencies to reduce the number of menus on their phone systems. Oklahoma and Kentucky have also considered answer-the-phone bills. "Ideally, government is supposed to exist to help us all," says Doug Schuler, a faculty member at the Evergreen State College and former chairman of the National Board of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. "If it converts all its energy into serving people electronically, it's doing more catering to people who have multiple phone lines, fast access, and computers at home. So far, computers by and large have only exacerbated differences between rich and poor. If we just push technology, we're just increasing the already gigantic divide." Indeed, Erica Quimby of Olympia is no fan of technology-laden government. She just wanted someone, anyone, from the Department of Social and Health Services to answer her phone call. After repeated attempts, Quimby says she finally got to speak - four days later - with a real person about why food stamps for her family had not arrived. Less than two miles from the monstrous DSHS Capitol 5000 building, where welfare recipients line up, is the sleek chrome-and-glass reception office at the Department of Information Services. In the communication director's office, a white board posts the latest innovations - online hunting and fishing licenses, and a new security system. For the past two years, Washington's government has been named the national leader in dot-com services. Other top-ranking dot-com states include Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Alabama and Montana. "Most states are making progress," says Tom Lenard of the Washington, D.C.-based Progress and Freedom Foundation, which promotes the development of information technology. All states, for example, now provide online postings for state jobs, although some are more complete than others. And 40 states, he says, no longer send checks through the mail, but transfer benefits, such as welfare, into peoples' accounts electronically. The top tier of tech-savvy states also offer electronic tax filing, unclaimed property lists and various licenses. In a harbinger of services to come, Washington is working on offering secured electronic signatures, electronic check and credit-card payment options and online renewal of drivers' licenses and vehicle tabs. "Citizens expect (these services), and we're going to deliver," says Kolodney, who oversees a $110 million annual budget. Public willingness to do business with government over the Internet varies. Dot-com government is favored most by the computer generation and least by the elderly and poor, who tend to have less access to and familiarity with computers. Surveys in Arizona, New Hampshire and Iowa show support for online vehicle registration, updating addresses, and access to birth certificates. A majority, however, opposes voting online, although Lenard and others expect that resistance to fade over time. Still, government may not be able to deliver on its electronic promises. Despite the $20 billion expected to be spent on e-government worldwide during the next five years, more than half of the initiatives are expected to fail because the systems don't meet consumer expectations. Hurdles include recruiting young talent, planning what the new systems should accomplish and setting measurable goals during the transition. Then again, there's that fundamental resistance to change that bureaucracies are famous for. Washington's Kolodney has created an "academy," where workers from a variety of agencies "learn from each other ... away from daily pressures," he says. "Wouldn't it be nice to figure out how to do permits once, and then replicate them six times, so that, for example, ecology and parks permits have the same look?" Meanwhile, a Washington State University study is trying to untangle DSHS's 19,000 phone numbers so that customers like Quimby will no longer have to spend days trying to get a real person on the phone. Every three months for a year, university researchers are calling 400 DSHS numbers at random to see if they can get through to a person, if the voice-mail message has been updated for the week, and if, over time, service improves. __________________________________________________

Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 13:42:47 -0700 (PDT) From: EU Center UW Subject: "The Coming Information Society in Europe": Jan Servaes lecture on May 1 The School of Communications and the European Union Center present: Professor Jan Servaes, Dean, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences and Professor and Chair, Department of Communication at the Catholic University of Brussels will present: "The Coming Information Society in Europe" Monday, May 1, 2000 3:30 - 5:00 pm 126 Communications Professor Servaes, head of the European Consortium of Communication Research, is one of the world's leading authorities on international communication, communication and development, media policy, political communication, and the social impact of information technologies.

Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 07:40:40 -0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) From: Richard Roth Subject: Re: Conversation about the Future (fwd) Web Site for this CONVERSATION ABOUT THE FUTURE -------------------------------------------------------------------- Your Voice is Needed! Join President McCormick in shaping the future of your education! Come participate in the Forum for students within the Social Science Division of the College of Arts & Sciences: Conversation about the Future What should UW look like in the future: * With regards to Tuition? * What about Diversity? * How should UW fit in with the Community? We will address other future oriented issues you raise! Date: Thursday, May 4, 2000 Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Place: 211 Savery Refreshments will be served!! This conversation is a critical component of the University of Washington's larger plan to assess student perspectives on where UW should be headed. Your student voice is central to this University-wide Conversation. Please join other students - including student Regent Chris Knaus - and President Richard L. McCormick in helping to shape our collective future. Students from American Ethnic Studies, American Indian Studies, anthropology, Communications, Economics, Geography, History, International Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Society & Justice, Sociology, Women Studies are encouraged to attend!! For more information, please contact Chris Knaus at

Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 08:28:15 -0700 From: Richard Roth Subject: Senior Essay Prize (fwd) The Geography Department offers a $150 prize to an outstanding senior essay or project submitted by a Geography major. Due date: Thursday, May 25. Please submit through your faculty adviser. Any senior Geography major is eligible to submit an entry; concurrent registration in Geog 494, Senior Essay, is NOT required. The department strongly encourages entries, both because the effort will help you produce professional-looking work and will also help you integrate your coursework in an independent project. Submissions from all five concentrations within the major are encouraged. Your entry may be an extended essay, a research paper, a literature review or some sort of project). All entries should have at least an introduction and a conclusion, offer a thesis (hypothesis) and present data in support of their argument. You can submit a revised version of a paper already submitted for a course; combine papers or projects you've already worked on in Geography classes, or devise an entirely new project. You are strongly encouraged to consult with appropriate faculty members about both the nature and content of your project. All entries must be submitted by May 26. Criteria 1. general quality of writing: readability, proper grammar, spelling and punctuation, clarity of expression 2. use of appropriate theory and methodology 3. clarity and organization of argument 4. use of appropriate supporting data 5. display of data: tables, graphs, charts, maps, etc. 6. ability to deal with a significant problem in Geography-- reference to ideas or texts discussed in prior Geography classes is encouraged. 7. professional appearance of project You are especially encouraged to prepare a document that could be a "calling card" when you go job-hunting. That means paying attention to appearance as well as substance; displaying data as clearly as possible; providing an abstract or summary of your argument; organizing your essay in an easy-to-follow format (for example: introduction of the problem, background, data selection, methods of data analysis, conclusion, or something similar), and providing sources and texts as much as possible. If you have any questions, contact Rick or Linda in Geography advising. ================================= Richard Roth Assistant to the Chair Department of Geography

One of the topics currently in the news which some of you may be following:

Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 12:29:08 -0700 From: Dick Nelson To: UW Transportation E-Mail List Subject: Re: Sound Transit deadline looming for UW Dear Editor, You state that the U of W's position is "jeopardizing $500 million in federal funding." This is simply not true. The federal pipeline opens when a full funding agreement is signed, and that requires resolution of significant issues effecting project costs. So delay does not terminate all opportunity to tap federal "new starts" money. What it may mean is less money for Link as more regions join the LRT bandwagon and demand their slice of the pie. But, of course, the size of the pie depends on what Congress appropriates. Dick Nelson -----Original Message----- From: Kevan Shafizadeh [] To: UW Transportation E-Mail List [] Date: Wednesday, April 05, 2000 11:28 AM Subject: Sound Transit deadline looming for UW >[Editorial Note: It does not appear that UW is going to agree to terms >before the deadline, jeopardizing $500 mil in fed funding...] > >Sound Transit deadline looming >Light Rail: UW and Sound Transit negotiations must be finished by today > >The deadline for negotiations between Sound Transit and the UW must be met >Wednesday if the light rail system is to receive up to $500 million in >funding from the Federal Transit Administration. > >The UW Board of Regents has been meeting with the Board of Directors for >Sound Transit to find solutions to their objections to building an >underground station on UW property. > >Sound Transit's plan for the light rail system ends its first phase of >construction in the University District. The line's terminating station >would be located just east of 15th Avenue by the Burke Museum and have >access points by the 45th and 43rd Street entrances to campus. > >"To meet [the deadline], we need to basically resolve all outstanding >issues," said Denny Fleenor, spokesman for Sound Transit. > >The negotiations with the UW are the only outstanding issues left for >Sound Transit to resolve. > >The UW's major concern with a terminating station on UW property is the >traffic problems a major light-rail hub would have on the U-District. Just >like Park and Ride areas, the district could expect to be used as a >parking lot for light rail's commuters, the UW administration has said. > >To remedy the problem, the UW is pushing for the first phase of >construction to extend to Northgate, three miles past the U-District. >Extending the line will require $415 million. > >Other issues surrounding the light rail have been resolved, according to >Norm Arkans, associate vice president of University relations. Some of >these issues include the vibrations caused by construction and underground >traffic and how they may affect items in the Burke Museum and research in >the Physics and Oceanography buildings. > >The deadline to show the Federal Transit Administration that all issues >have been wrapped up was originally April 1, but because both the UW and >Sound Transit said progress was being made, the deadline was extended to >Wednesday. >-- >Source: >-- > You are subscribed to the UW TRANS-LIST. >To subscribe or unsubscribe, send e-mail to the UW ListProcessor >[] with the following message in the body: > [un]subscribe trans-list [your first name] [your last name]

Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2000 17:00:18 -0700 From: kate duttro [] To: Geography Advising News [] Subject: Jobs & Internships Career Fair info - free! Graduation and summer job season is only about 2 months away.... Before you wander in to the campus Career Fair (April 19 and 20), take a few minutes to check these sites - spending a few minutes now to get a little information may be worth hours of your time later. for Information on Summer Job/Internship Career Fair and Liberal Arts, Science and Business Fair: Especially important!! How to Prepare for a Career Fair: Workshops and panels related to Career Fair: Remember that I'll be doing several workshops too - for information, see the Geog Dept Career Resources webpage on workshops: Cheers to a good spring for all, Kate Duttro Career Resources Coordinator, Dept. of Geography University of Washington 206/685-9693

Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2000 08:14:21 -0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) From: Richard Roth Reply-To: To: Geography Advising News Subject: Undergrad Research Symposium $$$$
Prize Announcement and A Call For Participants: __________________________________ Second Annual Geography Undergraduate Research Symposium Friday, June 2, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. More Information! ________________________________________
At this year's Spring Undergraduate Geography Symposium, the department will be offering prizes for the best contributions. We are eager to encourage as many different kinds of presentation as possible ranging from group powerpoint demonstrations to web-sites to research papers presented along with visual overheads describing methods and findings. We are therefore going to be offering both a group prize and an individual prize. These will be awarded on the following criteria. Best individual presentation - $100 prize. Criteria include: originality, breadth, and depth of topic; demonstration of independent research skills; use of appropriate research methods such as data definition, collection, and analysis/interpretation; explanation of the initial problem and how the presenter set out to solve it; ability to make a case using well-qualified and compelling evidence and persuasive examples; integration of graphic elements into presentation; clarity and forcefulness of oral presentation. Best group presentation - $50 prize each member. Criteria include: framing of the initial problem and explanation of how the group set out to solve it; use of appropriate research methods such as data definition, collection, and analysis/interpretation; ability to make a case using well-qualified and compelling evidence; presentation of clear and persuasive examples; integration of graphic elements into presentation; complementarity of individual contributions to overall group effect; clarity and forcefulness of oral presentation. ________________________________________________ If you or your group would like to participate, please contact a Geography faculty member immediately, or contact Rick Roth or Linda Wasson in Geography Advising =========================================================================== =========================================================================== Richard Roth Assistant to the Chair voice: 206.543.3246 Department of Geography fax: 206.543.3313 University of Washington Smith Hall, Room 415-B Box 353550 Seattle, WA 98195

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