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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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New Vice President for Finance and Administration Named at Clover Park Technical College |

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

Larry Clark was named new vice president for finance and administration at Clover Park Technical College. Clark has worked at CPTC since 2012 and has 35 years of relevant experience from a variety of administration roles in higher education.

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Vernon Johnson Receives New Appointment at Western Washington University |

Categories: 1970s | 1980s | College of Arts and Sciences | Professional or career event

Vernon Johnson was appointed the Director of the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education at Western Washington University. Johnson has been a professor in the political science department at WWU since 2002.

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Don Whitehouse Retires After 38 Years With The WSDOT |

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

Don Whitehouse has been the administrator of the south-central region for nearly 14 years. He will retire from the Washington State Department of Transportation after 38 years. To read more go to: http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/retiring-wsdot-administrator-gets-things-moving/article_ef65feec-1c89-11e5-a48e-3b1b021ef8a5.html


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Bob Guptill Retiring as GNAC’s Information Director |

Categories: 1970s | Edward R. Murrow College of Communication | Professional or career event | sports

PORTLAND, Ore. – Blake Timm, who has served as sports information director at NCAA Division III member Pacific (Ore.) University since 1999, has been appointed the GNAC’s assistant commissioner for communications.

Timm will begin his duties July 13. He replaces Bob Guptill, who is retiring after 14 years as the conference information director and 35 years in college athletics.

“We are extremely excited to have Blake Timm join the GNAC staff,” said commissioner Dave Haglund.

“In addition to his extensive experience in collegiate athletic media relations, Blake has a strong familiarity with our conference and many of the media members in our footprint. Most important, he is a highly respected professional who has been an effective leader in his field both regionally and nationally. We couldn’t have found a better person to take over the reins from Bob Guptill, who has done a fabulous job in his time at the GNAC.”

During his career at Pacific, Timm has directed the media and external relations for Pacific’s 24-sport athletic program. Key achievements during his tenure include award-winning publications and writing; designing and executing aggressive multimedia initiatives (including multiple website redesigns as well as audio and video webcasting); overseeing successful strategies for department use of a variety of social media platforms; and securing regional and national media coverage of Boxer athletics.

Timm also spent part of his tenure as the lead media contact for Pacific University Legends, a celebrity fundraising concert, auction and golf event that has raised over $600,000 for Pacific’s athletic program.

“I am excited to begin the next chapter in my career with the GNAC staff,” Timm said. “The GNAC has developed a reputation for excellence in small college athletics in the Northwest and within NCAA Division II. I look forward to serving a first-class group of athletics communications professionals in the conference’s schools and bringing the GNAC’s message to a broader audience.”

An active member and leader in the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Timm has served on various boards and committees with the organization since 2001, including six years on CoSIDA’s Board of Directors. He also has had a significant presence as a media relations aide at major athletic events in the Pacific Northwest, including the NCAA Division I men’s basketball regionals, the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships, the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Timm graduated in 1998 from Pacific with a bachelor’s of arts degree in communications-journalism.

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Former WSU Men’s Tennis Coach to be Inducted Into the CCCAA Hall of Fame |

Categories: 1960s | 1970s | athletics | Award or honor | College of Education

The California Community College Athletic Association announced that Bruce Werner will be inducted into the California Community College Sports Hall of Fame.

The CCCAA Sports Hall of Fame is the highest honor for California Community College athletes. Werner will join 126 previous inductees in the Hall.

Bruce Werner received his Master’s degree and Doctorate from Washington State University and coached the men’s tennis team. Werner has been involved in sports continually throughout his life.

Werner has taught PE , been a men’s tennis coach, an assistant football coach, a Dean of PE/Athletics, and VP of Instruction. He was a founding member of the NorCal Football Association and served as president of the Valley and Camino Norte conferences. Werner was the first president of the NCFA, first commissioner of the (previously) Big 7, and president of of the Mid Empire Football Conference. He was president of the California Community College Athletic Directors Association, the 1999 Athletic Director of the Year, and is a member of the CCCFCA Hall of Fame and the CCCADA Hall of Fame.

He was a charter member of the CCC Tennis Coaches Association, as well as a longtime member of the CCC Football Coaches Association.


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My Story authors from the 1970s

Last name First name Year graduated Major
staff My Story 2012
Shutt Zielinski Julie 1975 Physical Education
Bogan Arthur 1972 Anthropology
Miller Jeffrey Boone 1973 Biochemistry
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)