McAuliffe got the award for her role in opening UW Bothell in the early 1990s and for continued support of the institution throughout her legislative career, including her recent support for Discovery Hall, a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building.
Discovery Hall which opens in June, will accommodate 1,000 additional students and will be the first building constructed at the Bothell campus in more than 10 years.
“STEM education opportunities lead to high-demand jobs that are increasingly necessary in the 21st century and provide family wage positions that are already becoming available in Washington state,” McAuliffe said recently.
The ranking minority member on the Senate committee on early learning and K-12 education committee and a member of the higher education committee, McAuliffe long has been an advocate for STEM and hands-on learning experiences.
“Discovery Hall will provide opportunities for a whole new generation of students to work on creative and innovative projects that impact the state of Washington and beyond,” McAuliffe said.
The University presented the Legacy Award to McAuliffe and two others at a ceremony May 17. Other recipients of the 2014 award are two former state legislators, Snohomish County Deputy Executive Mark Ericks and U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer.
“It has been a privilege to watch this campus grow and thrive over the past 24 years,” McAuliffe said.
McAuliffe represents the 1st Legislative District, including most of Mountlake Terrace, all of Brier and Bothell, unincorporated areas of Snohomish County north and east of Bothell, part of Kirkland and unincorporated areas of King County between Bothell and Kirkland. Ericks formerly represented the 1st District in the State House of Representatives.
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