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1970-1979 :: The South grandstands of wooden football stadium at Rogers Field were burned by an arsonist and Butch VI, the last living Cougar mascot, retired. Henry Rono set four world track records in distance running events and football player Jack Thompson’s jersey number 14 was retired in recognition of his passing record. Enrollment at WSU reached a high of 18,160 and the 50,000th student graduated.

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Susan Rahr joins President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing |

Categories: 1970s | College of Arts and Sciences | Featured | Professional or career event

President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order on Dec. 18, 2015 to create the Task Force on 21st Century Policing and announce its members. The Task Force, which includes Susan Rahr ’79, is part of the Administration’s efforts to strengthen community policing and strengthen trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. The Task Force is chaired by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who also serves as President of the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, and Laurie Robinson, professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University and former Assistant Attorney General for DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs.

The Task Force includes law enforcement representatives, community leaders, academics, and youth leaders. Ron Davis, Director of DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office will serve as the Executive Director of the Task Force under the direction of the co-chairs. The Task Force will examine, among other issues, how to strengthen public trust and foster strong relationships between local law enforcement and the communities that they protect, while also promoting effective crime reduction. The Executive Order directs the Task Force to prepare a report and recommendations to be presented to the President. An initial report will be due to the President in March.

The taskforce will engage with Federal, State, tribal, local officials, technical advisors, young leaders, and nongovernmental organizations through meetings and 21st century technology to provide a transparent process to engage with the public. The Task Force will convene listening sessions where they will hear testimony, including proposed recommendations for consideration, from invited witnesses and also receive comments and questions from the public. The first session will be held in Washington D.C. in mid-January. Subsequent listening sessions and additional outreach details, including the online public comment process, is forthcoming.

Susan Rahr is Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, a position she has held since 2012. From 2005 to 2012, she served as the first female Sheriff in King County, Washington. Ms. Rahr spent over thirty years as a law enforcement officer, beginning as a patrol officer and undercover narcotics officer. While serving with the King County Sheriff’s Office, she held various positions including serving as the commander of the Internal Investigations and Gang Units, commander of the Special Investigations Section, and Police Chief of Shoreline, Washington. Ms. Rahr received a B.A. from Washington State University.

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Darigold President & CEO, Jim Wegner Announces Retirement |

Categories: 1970s | College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences | Featured | Professional or career event

Jim Wegner. Courtesy Darigold

Jim Wegner. Courtesy Darigold

The farmer-owned cooperative, Northwest Dairy Association (NDA) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Darigold Inc., has announced the retirement of its president and CEO, Jim Wegner ’76. Wegner plans on retiring on January 1, 2016. Until that date, Wegner will act as executive vice president of special projects, assisting the interim president and CEO, William Krippaehne.

Wegner’s duties will focus on a smooth transition of leadership both within NDA/Darigold and the numerous dairy industry leadership roles in which Wegner has been active.

Wegner joined Darigold late in 2003 as senior vice president of operations and accepted the position of president and CEO in 2011. During his tenure at Darigold, Wegner has been instrumental in establishing many initiatives to improve plant operations, implement changes to meet the growing requirements of both domestic and global customers, and as a leader to address dairy industry issues.

Wegner’s career within the food and agricultural industry began as a student at Washington State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in food science. After graduating, he worked within Safeway’s dairy operations for 27 years. As the president and CEO of NDA/Darigold, Wegner has led the organization through periods of unprecedented pricing volatility at a time when the company has been working to expand both domestic and global sales.

During the immediate transition, Wegner will continue to represent NDA/Darigold interests and provide guidance at the industry-wide level in his roles within the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and the variety of other leadership roles he has played over the years.

As interim president and CEO, Krippaehne brings a long history of leadership experience. As an outside director to Darigold and an advisor to the NDA board of directors for the past six years, Krippaehne has learned a great deal about the company, the cooperative and the industry.

Prior to his joining NDA/Darigold, Krippaehne was the chief operating officer and eventually the president and CEO of the former Fisher Companies Inc., where he worked for a total of 25 years. Krippaehne has earned an M.B.A in finance and marketing management from Oregon State University. He lives in Seattle with his wife Michelle.


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In memoriam: Bob Blane |

Categories: 1970s | Death/In Memoriam | Featured

Robert “Bob” Blane

March 30, 1951 – September 1, 2014

Bob Blane '74

Bob Blane ’74

Robert “Bob” Blane ’74 was called home to be with the Lord on September 1, 2014, with his family at his bedside.  He was born in Wenatchee March 30, 1951, to James and Jean Blane.  Bob was raised in the valley and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1969. Some of his fondest memories were road trips with the Wenatchee Youth Circus, Three years he served as ring master. Bob forged many friendships that have lasted a lifetime. During his high school years he also enjoyed his time in Demolay, which eventually led him to the love of his life Terri. Bob graduated from the WSU College of Pharmacy in 1974. During his time at WSU he was a member of the marching band, where his love of Cougar football was forever cemented. Two years after he graduated, Bob and Terri were married in Wenatchee on July 24th 1976 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The Lord then blessed Bob with three amazing children.

Bob was dedicated to his community. He volunteered with the Apple Blossom parades for 36 years. He was a 40 year member of William H. Jett Lodge #285, where he passionately served his fraternal brothers. In addition, Bob was a faithful member of Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church where he sang in the choir, and served as an elder. Our loving husband, father, son, and friend will be missed by all. GO COUGS!

Bob was preceded in death by his father James B. Blane.  He is survived by his mother Jean Blane, wife Terri Blane, children Janelle (Grant) Eastland, Tiffany (Heath) Leroue, and Jared “Subway” Blane.

A celebration of his life will be held at Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 3:00pm. Arrangements are by Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church Music Ministry.

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Alumna chosen for the Oregon Arts Commission |

Categories: 1970s | College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences | Professional or career event

Anne Taylor (’75 Int. Des.) has been chosen to be a part of the Oregon Arts Commission. She has filled the last position on the board.

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Alumnus Awarded Patent for Work with Cable Injection |

Categories: 1970s | Award or honor | Engineering and Architecture | Professional or career event

Norm Keitges (’78 Mech. Eng.) won a patent for his cable-injection process. This patent was given by Novinium, a cable rejuvenation technology solutions provider stationed in Auburn, WA.

Keitges’ patent at work. Courtesy of B2B Marketing Solutions LLC.

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My Story authors from the 1970s

Last name First name Year graduated Major
staff My Story 2012
Greenlee Michael 1976 Veterinary Medicine
Alumni Education 2011
Larsen Thomas 1979 Social Studies/Education
Gustafson Sid 1979 Veterinary Medicine
Lincoln James 1979 Veterinary Science
Leedy Pat 1975 Education
Warren Neil 1976 Marketing
Wildesen Leslie 1973 Anthropology
Johnson Bruce 1974 Communications (Broadcast Journalism)