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Milestones for Jones |

Categories: Birth or Adoption | Other event | Professional or career event

Holly (Wysaske) Jones (’02, English), together with her husband William, welcomed a daughter to the family. Irene Jean Jones was born April 16, 2015, and joins brothers, Victor and Ricker as future Cougs, following in the footsteps of grandparents Ron (’74, ’90, Business) and Karen (’74, ’90, Education) Wysaske, aunt Kelly (Wysaske) Ritter (’00, Music), and uncle Kevin Wysaske (’10, DTAC).

Additionally, in August of 2016, Jones published her first young adult novel, I Want Everybody To Like Me — a “rad” coming of age piece of fiction set in the 1990s and inspired by Jones’ upbringing in the small town of Washougal, Washington. Currently available on amazon.com and through other select booksellers: https://www.amazon.com/I-Want-Everybody-Like-Me/dp/1537139606.


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Virginia and Verne Campbell keeping busy in retirement |

Categories: 1960s | College of Arts and Sciences | Featured | Other event

Virginia (Franklin) Campbell (’61 Music) has been elected national President of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc.  Comprised of professional writers, artists and musicians (composers/arrangers), this is the oldest women’s arts organization in the United States, founded in 1897.  The headquarters is in the Pen Arts Building, a 129-year old Victorian mansion once occupied by Robert Todd Lincoln, President Lincoln’s oldest son, in Washington, DC, just six blocks from the White House.  Her term of office will be 2016-2018.  Virginia previously held significant positions in the Music Teachers National Association, to include a four year term as Chair of the Independent Music Teachers Forum during her 50 year career as an independent piano teacher.  She recently co-authored a book with Pen Women colleagues outlining the processes and lesson plans for teaching poetry to second graders in a series of six classes.  Additionally, she initiated and has led an annual fund drive to purchase and present an individual book to every student in an economically challenged elementary school during the December holiday season.  In March 2016 she and her husband both received Community Service Awards from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for their volunteerism efforts in Colorado Springs.  Virginia received the WSU Alumni Achievement Award in 1988 for distinguished contributions in her career field.

Verne D. Campbell (’61 Music) recently published his book, ENCORE HORNS—Giving Wind Instruments a New Life for Young Musicians, which chronicles his efforts to acquire, refurbish and donate used flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, etc. to middle schools for the use of beginning band students.  In the past four years he has donated 220 horns to 20 schools in 11 school districts in three states.  Verne is a retired Colonel in the United States Army, having been commissioned in 1961 through the Army ROTC program at WSU.  His years of service included assignments in troop, staff and instructor positions, a tour of duty in Vietnam, appointment as Commander and Conductor of the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, Chief of the Army Bands Office at Department of the Army, and Deputy Commander of The U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), Washington, DC.  His final major assignment was as Command Adjutant General of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, the logistical arm of the U.S. Army.  He was presented with the WSU Alumni Achievement Award in 1989.

When not in Washington, DC, the Campbells reside in Colorado.

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Sam Hunt waves the flag on the Great Wall of China |

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Sam Hunt ’67 waves the Cougar flag at the Great Wall of China last October. Sam is a state representative from Olympia.

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Stacy Pritt Makes Moves in the Veterinary Field |

Categories: 1990s | Award or honor | Other event | Professional or career event

Stacy Pritt ’97 was awarded the Ron Orta Memorial Award from the Laboratory Animal Management Association for the best presentation at their annual meeting located in New Orleans in April of this year. Pritt’s presentation was on “Men and Women in Management and Leadership: Differences and Similarities.” Following that she was awarded the Founders’ Award from the Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange.

At the American Veterinary Medical Association in July, she will announce her candidacy for the AVMA Vice-Presidency. Pritt is currently the President-Elect of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative and will take over as President in January 2016.

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Justin Potts dives in to Japanese culture. |

Categories: 2000s | Featured | Other event

Courtesy Japan Times

Justin Potts, (’04 Psych) is greatly fascinated with Japan’s natural beaut, agriculture, and cuisine. Through his love for the nation’s agriculture, he has found a job at Umari Inc., which operates a Tokyo based restaurant that offers Japanese food cooked with select produce from farmers all over Japan.

This May, Potts will lead a new project involving Japanese and Italian companies and participate in Milano Expo 2015 in Italy to tout Japan’s cuisine. The project is named “Peace Kitchen,” and will allow participants to learn about Japan’s home-style cooking.

“It’s not about sake. It’s more about the concept around fermentation, how we coexist with things and a philosophy related to that, how that ties to building communities, working with one another,” says Potts. “It’s about who you share it with, the time you spend with people around that food — something you can’t buy in Tokyo at any price.”

Potts has now learned Japanese fluently and completely immersed himself in the culture.

“[Not knowing the language is] fine if you’re traveling, it’s fine if you’re studying abroad for a few months and you don’t have a lot of responsibility,” he said. “But when it comes to living and thriving, being able to order a beer or rent a video is one thing, but on a personal level, aside from Japanese or non-Japanese, you want to make connections and communicate.”

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My Story authors from the Other event

Last name First name Year graduated Major
Jones Holly 2002 English
staff My Story 2012
Miller Jeffrey Boone 1973 Biochemistry
Balderston Keith 1994 Sport Management
Alumni Engineering and Architecture
Gustafson Sid 1979 Veterinary Medicine
Swanson Melanie 2005 Social Science