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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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Stan Albrecht is first USU president named to USU Athletics Hall of Fame. |

Categories: 1960s | 1970s | athletics | Award or honor | sports

Stan Albrecht is Utah State University’s fifteenth president, and has been chosen alongside a group of phenomenal athletes to be inducted into the USU Athletics Hall of Fame. There are a total of 87 individuals and three teams that have been inducted into the USU Athletics Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1993.

“We are extremely proud of the wonderful collective achievements of this year’s class,” said USU Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes. “This group joins 81 other outstanding individuals, along with three teams, to further ensure the proud tradition of Aggie Athletics.”

Albrecht graduated in 1968 from Washington State University with a MA in sociology, and in 1970 received his PhD in sociology.

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Rich Tomsinski Accepts Governor’s Fellowship |

Categories: 1970s | Award or honor

Rich Tomsinski has accepted a fellowship position with Results Washington, part of the Washington state governor’s office.  Rich will serve a one year term deepening his understanding of Lean principles and tools while applying his project management skills and experience to help manage Results Washington lean projects supporting the goal to have more efficient, effective and accountable government.

Much of Rich’s career has been about evaluating and improving organizational performance.  He won his first productivity improvement award one year after graduation from WSU.  He worked for several years as a management and financial auditor for both Westinghouse and WA Department of Transportation.  He established the accounting system and administrative processes for a new Union Carbide electronics materials manufacturing plant.  Under his direction, the WA Employment Security Department’s Technical Support Center won an ESD award for customer service.  Rich was the IT division’s representative to the ESD Communications Advisory Committee that won a governor’s award and a US Department of Labor $25,000 award to ESD.  He was also appointed by the governor to the state’s Productivity Improvement Board in 2009.  Rich most recently contributed greatly to the management of a six year multimillion dollar tax collection application development project as the Deputy Project Director.  Rich has a Master’s in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Washington State University, 1978.

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Karen Childress-Evans has retired from her position at San Diego Unified School District. |

Categories: 1970s | College of Education | Professional or career event

Karen Childress-Evans has recently retired from her position as Director of Visual and Performing Arts for San Diego Unified School District. She is now an arts education consultant in San Diego, California. She received her Ed. D. from WSU in 1971.

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John E. “Jack” Pelo was appointed vice chair of Federal Reserve Bank. |

Categories: 1970s | Award or honor | College of Business | Professional or career event

Courtesy of Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.


Mr. Pelo, president and CEO of Swire Coca-Cola USA, has been appointed vice chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Fransisco’s Economic Advisory Council (EAC). Mr. Pelo began his position of president and CEO of Swire Coca-Cola USA in 1996; prior to this he worked as a Walla Walla, Washington based division manager.  He received his BA in business administration from WSU in 1978.


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Dan Castles continues as CEO of Telestream. |

Categories: 1970s | College of Business | Professional or career event

Telestream is a company that provides live and on-demand digital video tools and workflow solutions. Dan Castles founded the company 17 years ago which has recently been acquired by Genstar. Castles will continue as CEO of Telestream under the new ownership. Dan Castles graduated with a degree in finance in 1978 from Washington State University.


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My Story authors from the 1970s

Last name First name Year graduated Major
staff My Story 2012
Tomsinski S. Richard 1978 Businesss Administration - Accounting
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)