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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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Joan Consani as new Director of Finance for Blue Mountain Community Foundation. |

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

Joan Consani (’77 Comm.) joins the Blue Mountain Community Foundation on April 7th from the Walla Walla County’s Department of Human Services where she was an accountant. Over the years, she has gathered an extensive background in nonprofit finance, while earning her BS in Accounting from Central Washington University and then earning her BA in Communications from Washington State University. Before Walla Walla, Joan was a senior accountant at Olympic Community Actions Programs in Port Townsend.

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John Mraz Accepted Honor at the Annual American Federation Awards & Gala |

Categories: 1970s | Award or honor | College of Arts and Sciences

John Mraz (’70), BA Fine Arts

For only the sixth time in its history and the first since 2009, the American Advertising Federation–Spokane (AAF) presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to a member of its community. John Mraz accepted the honor at the annual ADDY Awards & Gala at the Davenport Hotel on March 8, 2014.

The award for lifetime achievement is conferred only when an individual is determined to have made significant contributions to the industry, to their community, and to the local chapter of the AAF.

Among the many AAF-related honors and awards John received over the years were local, regional, and national ADDYs; best of show, best of division, and designer’s chair; and the 2000 Advertising Professional of the Year. His work has also been published in a number of books and magazines.

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Bob Walter (’72 Forest Mgt.) elected to Eatonville Town Council |

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

Bob Walter (’72 Forest Mgt.) was elected to Eatonville Town Council in November. He and wife Dixie have published Eatonvillenews.net, a local news website, as a community service for 11 years.

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Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announces Gary Spanner as a recipient at 2013 Annual Membership Dinner Awards |

Categories: 1970s | Award or honor | Engineering and Architecture | Featured

Gary Spanner '76

Gary Spanner ’76

The recipients of the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (TCHCC) Annual Membership Dinner Awards were announced on Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco, including Gary Spanner ’76. This event celebrates the Hispanic Chamber’s progress, recognizes the 2013 volunteer board member participation, and honors chamber members for their efforts to make a positive change in their community.

The 2013 Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber Annual Membership Dinner Award winners are:

Presidential Award:
Councilman Saul Martinez, City of Pasco

Amigo Award:
Gary Spanner, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Volunteer of the Year:
Jorge Del Toro

Board Member of the Year:
Guadalupe Mota, WSU Tri-Cities GEAR UP Early Outreach

Small Chamber Member of the Year:
All Star Motors

Large Chamber Member of the Year:
WSU Tri-Cities

This event recognizes TCHCC members who have shown a dedicated investment in the Chamber and/or community, as well as extraordinary participation in Chamber programs. The Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce congratulates the winners for their positive contribution to the economic growth and well-being of our region.

For more information about the TCHCC Annual Membership Dinner Awards contact the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 509-542-0933, or visit the TCHCC website at www.tricitieshcc.org.

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In memoriam: Raymond Joseph Haeg |

Categories: 1970s | College of Education | Death/In Memoriam

Raymond Joseph Haeg ’70, 79, of Conkling Park, Idaho, died November 29 in Spokane following a three year battle with cancer. Ray was born in 1934 in Plummer, Idaho, to Katherine Marie (Stare) and Raymond William Haeg. He attended grade and middle school at St. Joseph Catholic School in Tekoa, Washington, began high school in Tekoa and graduated from Plummer High School in 1952. He married Peggy Joyce Simons in 1953 and worked on his family’s farm at Plummer until 1957. He took a break from farming in 1957 to attend Gonzaga University, from which he graduated in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He continued part-time farm work in Plummer while teaching at various schools in Omak, Pasco and Burbank in the Tri-Cities area of Central Washington. He earned a master’s degree in education from Washington State University in 1970 and served as a counselor at Kennewick High School from 1970 until retiring in 1991. Raymond and Peggy Haeg had nine children at the time of her death in 1987. He was active in numerous organizations during his years in Central Washington, including volunteering in the local Boy Scout organization. He also was active in the Kennewick Kiwanis and served as a Key Club Advisor at Kennewick High School. He was an advisor to foreign exchange students over the years. Ray married Sarah Nancy Whitney, a fellow faculty member at Kennewick High School, in 1988. The Haegs moved to Conkling Park near Worley in 1991 and continued their teaching/counseling careers at St. Maries High School from 1991 to 1996. They were both active in St. Michael Catholic Church in Worley. Ray’s hobbies included woodworking, gardening, hunting and farming. His life was marked by his devotion to Christ and his involvement in the Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Sarah Nancy; brothers Clarence, of Worley, Idaho, and Eugene, of St. Maries, Idaho; sister Anna Marie Willard of Plummer Idaho; children Anita (Smith), James, John, Michael, Cheryl (Darby), Debra (Wagar), Carrie (Gratton), Margaret (Steen) and Kevin: stepchildren Clint Whitney, Laura Popp, Andrea Pike, Erika Monan and Rhonda Leatherwood; 24 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and first wife, Peggy, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis, and a grandson, John Schock. There will be a Vigil Service at 7:30pm at St. Aloysius in Spokane, WA., on December 4, 2013. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 330 E. Boone, Spokane, WA., on December 5, 2013 at 10am followed by the committal at Holy Cross Cemetery. Ray made it known that instead of flowers he would prefer that you make a donation to your favorite charity.

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My Story authors from the 1970s

Last name First name Year graduated Major
staff My Story 2012
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)