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Meet Casey Colvin, Spanish & Portuguese Studies’ new Administrative Coordinator!

No stranger to UW, Colvin has held several temp jobs for different UW Departments over the past seven months. Prior to that he worked for nearly six years, mostly in the Finance Department, at University Book Store.

Colvin, who graduated from Whitman College in 2005 with degrees in English and History, brings valuable web development experience to his position with SPS (see his website:

Colvin’s responsibilities for SPS include scheduling meetings, classes, and appointments for the Chair and the Division. Colvin’s web experience will be advantageous as he maintains the division’s webpage, Facebook and Twitter accounts.  In addition to running the main office, Colvin will take minutes at faculty meetings, help to proofread and post the division newsletter, process gifts, prepare gift reports and correspondence with donors for the chair and prepare other reports and provide support as needed.

On settling in to his new position, Colvin said he is very happy. “I've enjoyed getting to know the people that come into the office and working with people to fulfill their various requests,” said Colvin who encourages staff, faculty and students to stop by and meet him.

As for his immediate future goals, Colvin is exactly where he wants to me. “It was my goal for most of 2014 to land a permanent job at UW and I finally accomplished that by coming on board at SPS,” said Colvin. “I find that the academic environment suits me very well, and I hope to stick around for some time.”

He will, if Leigh Beckley, Administrator, has her way! “I am very happy to have Casey join us in SPS,” said Beckley. “I knew right away that he was a smart, skilled candidate that would bring important talents and innovative ideas to the main office.”

When not at work, Colvin enjoys camping, board and card games, and watching sports, in particular, football, baseball and soccer.” He also loves to travel and has been to Europe three times. “Coincidentally,” he added, “on my next trip abroad, I plan to visit Spain.”  As for languages spoken, Colvin said, “Ironically, I don’t actually speak Spanish or Portuguese.” And then he added, “But that may change soon!”

Welcome Casey Colvin!

Irene Panke Hopkins

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