Departmental & UW Activities

The Fun Committee

The fun committee organizes social activities for the students, faculty and staff. These include the Padelford pub, and trips (to movies, musicals, plays, sporting events, pubs, parks, etc.). They generally keep us out of trouble. (Generally.)

The fun committee consists of 4-5 people:

  • the cookie person, who ensures that cookies, coffee, tea, etc. are provided after each seminar;
  • the birthday person, who sends out birthday announcements;
  • the pub night person(s), who organize(s) social visits to local pubs; and
  • the Padelford pub person(s), who organize(s) the Padelford Pub

These positions have each a tenure of one year; elections for the following school year are usually held at the end of Spring quarter or over the summer. Watch your e-mail.

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Padelford Pub

We get a beer & wine license, good food and spend a couple of hours socializing with fellow students, faculty and staff.

Pub Night

We meet up at one of the local pubs (e.g., Big Time Brewery, The College Inn) for beers and socialization. This is usually joint with the Biostat department, so you'll meet some of the Biostat folks as well.

Sports Teams

The UW Stat deparment boasts a number of IMA championship teams. (Check out the photos section for some pictures.) All faculty and students are welcome to play on all the teams, just ask around the department for who organizes what sport—the GSR can probably point you in the right direction. We typically have teams organized for softball (spring and summer), volleyball (winter), ultimate frisbee (spring and summer), soccer (spring and summer), and innertube basketball (winter), but feel free to generate some interest and start a team in a different sport. Check out the IMA's list of co-rec sports.

There is also a tradition of a yearly table tennis tournament in the department. Watch your e-mail if you're interested.

HUB Entertainment

The HUB is a great source of cheap entertainment. There's a bowling alley in the basement, with very cheap games, as well as pool tables, table tennis, and video games. (The lanes aren't in the best shape, though.)

There is a pretty nice theatre (main level) and they show movies every Tuesday during the quarter. The deal (currently) is $2 for one movie, $3 for a double feature. Tickets must be purchased no sooner than 1 hour before the movie. Sometimes they also show free screenings of movies before they are released, but you have to get the tickets really early in the morning (8am-ish) because the passes go quickly. Just remember to take your student card with you. Tickets for the free movies can be obtained at the information desk in the HUB. Tickets for the regular movies can be obtained from the Cashier counter beside the newsstand on the main floor.

UW Sports Facilities

The IMA building contains a swimming pool (with a diving area), saunas, basketball/racketball courts, and loads of gym equipment (several weight rooms and a large cardiovascular room). It is open much of the day during the school year, and is free to students! (Be sure to brring your ID card.)

The IMA also offers several sports skills classes, such as aerobics, various martial arts, swimming, SCUBA, rock climbing, and CPR. Most involve a small fee payable at registration. These classes are a good way to learn a new sport cheaply. The more popular classes fill up quickly, so be sure to register early. See the sports skills page for more info.

The Waterfront Activities Center (WAC) sits on Lake Washington and is the center of waterfront activities. You can rent boats of many shapes and sizes (such as canoes and kayaks) for a leisurely tour around Lake Washington. You can also take sailing lessons through the WAC.


If you are interested in meeting UW students who are from outside of America, head to FIUTS (Foundation for International Understanding Through Students). They have regular free lunches, foreign film showings, trips within and outside of Seattle, opportunities to host students and you could help out with the International student orientation activities.

Other Activities

See the Seattle page for more activities.