Welcome to Polish Studies Endowment Committee at University of Washington
Bridging Cultures through Education about Poland by sharing Polish intellectual, scientific, and artistic accomplishments.
The vision of the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee is to create a leading West Coast Polish Studies Center at the University of Washington. In pursuit of this goal, we have established an Endowment Fund, we sponsor a Distinguished Polish Speakers Series, provide student scholarships, attract visiting scholars to the UW, and build partnerships with community organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
A Celebration of Witold Lutoslawski's Centenary
February 27 2014, 7:00 pm
Brechemin Auditorium at the School of Music on the UW Campus
co-sponsored by UW School of Music
UWPSEC presents an evening celebrating the life and music of the great Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. The event will begin with an introduction by Prof. Huck Hodge from the UW School of Music, followed by a short documentary about Lutoslawski's life and times by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Steven Stucky. Following the film, Partita for Violin and Piano will be performed by the School of Music students, Allion Abraham Salvador and Josh Archibald-Seiffer. Finally, Dr. Ivona Kaminska and Dr. Christopher Bowlby, will perform a perennial favorite - Witold Lutoslawski’s Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos.
Free reception follows the event.
November 6, 2013, 7:30 pm Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall
Polish Heritage, Aviation Career: Building Blocks for Life
Nicole Piasecki is vice president and general manager of the Propulsion Systems Division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA). Named to the position in March 2013, she is responsible for engine and propulsion systems strategy, procurement, contracting, engineering, and manufacturing integration for all commercial airplane programs, in addition to support for more than 12,000 in-service airplanes. Previously, Piasecki served as vice president of Business Development and Strategic Integration for BCA where she was responsible for the strategic planning and analysis critical to enhancing the long-term competitiveness of the business and driving growth. From November 2006 to January 2010, she was president of Boeing Japan, where she was responsible for developing and strengthening the company’s presence, managing business partnerships and pursuing new growth and productivity initiatives in Japan. She has also held leadership roles in Sales, Engineering, Sales Operations and Business Strategy. Before joining Boeing, Piasecki’s experience included working for Piasecki Aircraft Corporation; Cresap - a Towers Perrin Company; Weyerhaeuser Japan, Ltd.; and United Technologies, Sikorsky Aircraft Division. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University and a master’s degree in business administration from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2012, Piasecki has served on Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Seattle Branch board of directors and since 2010 on the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee where she chairs the subcommittee on safety. Piasecki is married and has three sons. She enjoys flying and has a single-engine pilot’s license.