Archive for the ‘UBB News & Events’ Category
Friday, April 26th, 2013
Five proud families will visit Washington State Reformatory on the evening of April 30th to watch their sons, fathers, and brothers receive Associate’s Degrees from Ohio University.
For a Washington State prisoner to earn an Associate’s degree is no easy achievement. State legislators decided years ago that no DOC funds can be spent on higher education for prisoners, even though college is the most effective means of preventing them from committing new crimes and returning to prison upon release.
UBB offers college courses though Ohio University and Edmonds Community College. Volunteer instructors from Seattle-area colleges and universities teach the courses based on curricula designed by these institutions. The men earn credit by passing tests written by these colleges or through portfolio assessments.
UBB did manage to pay the tuition for most of the men’s courses, according to UBB director Carol Estes, although the organization has not had the funding for the last two years to pay the tuition for all students. “We are very unhappy about this situation,” says Estes, “and we are working hard to change it.”
We are very proud of these graduates and thankful to all the donors who made their success possible!
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
Please join us on Saturday, May 4th for an evening with author Aaron Dixon, co-founder and captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. Aaron will discuss his new book, My People are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain.
The event will be held at the Life Enrichment Bookstore (5023 Rainier Avenue South, 98118). The discussion will start at 6:30pm. Suggested donation is $10 and all proceeds benefit UBB. We hope to see you there!
Monday, February 25th, 2013
UBB Meet and Greet Winter
Come enjoy an evening of
cocktails and light fare
Please purchase tickets, or make donations, online here.
$10 buys a bracelet guaranteeing happy hour prices all night, and ALL
proceeds go to
support UBB’s educational mission at Washington State Reformatory.
For current UBB volunteers, this will be a party to kick off the new year and raise funds for a cause near and dear to our hearts.
For those of you just discovering UBB, this will be an educational party, an opportunity for you to meet UBB staff, teachers, tutors, and board members and learn more about what we do and why we do it.
So come have a good time for a good cause! Bring friends, significant others, nice people you meet on the way, etc.
Sunday, September 9th, 2012
Our UBB Fundraiser event on Oct 6th was a wonderful event. Once again we had amazing support from our community with a great location, scrumptious food, great music and company and numerous items of art and various items for auction.
We successfully raised over $4000!
A special thanks to the following –
Ohana project church – donation of the space and all the food!!!!
Network Christian Ministries – donation of all the sound equipment!
Mary Gross – Rounding up all the wonderful music!
Baked goods – Thanks so much to all the talented people that provided delicious items to sell!
Set up crew and cleanup crew: The Amazing Caldellis Family
Sherri Caldellis – Organizing the entire event and supporting UBB endlessly!
The Students of UBB – Working tirelessly to educate themselves and their peers. They are the inspiration that makes all the hard work worth it!
Monday, January 30th, 2012
Professor Dylan Rodriguez is guest lecturing at University of Washington-Seattle and the Washington State Reformatory as part of Transformative Education Behind Bars. Professor Rodriguez is a founding member of Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex and the author of Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime (2006). He is professor and chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California-Riverside.
On Tuesday, January 31, Professor Rodriguez is speaking at the University of Washington (4pm, Communications Building, Room 120) about his political and intellectual work addressing the social logics of racial genocide as they operate through the changing systems of racist state violence, global white supremacy, and other forms of institutionalized dehumanization.
On Wednesday, February 1, Professor Rodriguez is visiting the Washington State Reformatory and giving a lecture to UBB students as part of UBB’s Arts and Lecture Series.
Monday, January 30th, 2012
University of Washington professor, Gillian Harkins, and graduate student, Anne Dwyer, were featured in the November 2011 issue of Perspectives, a quarterly newsletter from the College of Arts and Sciences at UW. The article, From Melville to Monroe, highlights Gillian and Anne’s teaching experiences with UBB. Read the full article here.
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
We had a great turnout at our November enrollment, with around 120 students signing up for classes in our College and Certificate pathways. We are proud to offer our largest course schedule to date, with a total of 18 courses for our January semester! We are also happy to announce that we will be partnering with Edmonds Community College for two of our college courses, English 101 and History 116. Classes begin January 9, 2012. Please click here to view the full January schedule.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
On October 12, 2011, UBB faculty, supporters, and guests gathered to honor over 100 students for their academic achievement during the 2010 year. The ceremony was held in the visiting room at the Washington State Reformatory, with over 75 family members and guests in attendance. Guests included Rep. Mary Helen Roberts; Terra Rose, aide to Rep. Larry Seaquist, head of the House Higher Education Committee; Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington; and also from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dan Newell, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education and School Improvement.
Certificates were awarded to students who completed college or certificate courses during the 2010 academic year. During 2010, 117 men from the Washington State Reformatory and 13 women from the Washington Corrections Center for Women earned 647 hours of college credit and 636 hours of certificate credit.
Speakers included Scott Frakes, Superintendent of Monroe Correctional Complex; Felix D’Allesandro, UBB student; Dolphy Jordan, former UBB student who was recently released; and Sherri Caldellis, mother of UBB student, Noel Caldellis. The full program and list of honorees can be viewed here.
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
We are having a great Fall semester! In October, we are awarding over 1,200 hours of college and certificate credits, and in November, we are participating in a national prison conference held at the University of Washington campus. The conference begins with a site visit to our program at the Washington State Reformatory, where guests will meet our students and participate in a panel discussion led by our Student Advisory Committee.
Read more in our Fall newsletter!
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
Guests enjoyed a star-spangled night of music and fun and sampled prison cuisine from our new cookbook, Convict Cookery!
The event was Saturday, November 5, 2011. All proceeds from the evening will go toward this semester’s tuition and fees. Thank you to all the donors and guests for supporting the students or UBB!