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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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Bud Withers retires from The Seattle Times |

Categories: 1970s | athletics | Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Courtesy The Seattle Times

Bud Withers (’70 Comm.) retired from The Seattle Times after 45 years as a sportswriter.

“Two words: Good gig. No, make that great gig. Where else do you get a front-row seat to describe triumph, heartbreak, euphoria, tragedy, all of it wound around the confounding notion that these are games, and they’re very important to a lot of people? Where else do they send you to three Summer Olympics, to 20 Final Fours, to 73 separate weekends of the NCAA basketball tournament? The whole thing was a collage of the sublime and the stupid, the magnificent and the quirky,” describes Withers.

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Brad Fisher awarded Volunteer of the Year |

Categories: 1970s | Award or honor

Courtesy The Children’s Reading Foundation

RBC Wealth Management U.S. recently recognized Brad Fisher, director of the firm’s Tri-Cities branch, as the recipient of its Dick McFarland Volunteer of the Year Award.  Each year, RBC Foundation-USA recognizes one employee with the Dick McFarland Volunteer of the Year Award for outstanding volunteer commitment and community service.

“Brad has not only made individual contributions to his community, but also has motivated others in his branch to take service to another level,” said Richard Sorenson, Portland complex director. “He is dedicated to helping the firm continue to grow as a trusted partner of the Tri-Cities communities.”

Last year, Fisher volunteered with six different nonprofit and civic organizations – the Advisory Council of Washington State University Tri-Cities; the board of directors of the Tri-City Development Council; Tri-Cities Evolution, a local governance task force; SIFMA Foundation, where he was an InvestWrite essay competition judge; United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties, where he was branch coordinator; and the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia.

The issue of children’s literacy is important to Fisher. He has volunteered with the Children’s Reading Foundation for more than seven years, and in the past has served on the organization’s board. As a part of receiving the Volunteer of the Year award, RBC Wealth Management will make a $1,000 contribution to the Children’s Reading Foundation in honor of Fisher.

In the past, Fisher also served two terms on the Kennewick, Wash., City Council, including one term as mayor. In 2012, he received the RBC Wealth Management PCG Directors Award for Community Service.

In addition to all his volunteering, Fisher also takes advantage of RBC’s annual gift matching opportunities for nonprofits. He credits RBC Wealth Management’s corporate culture for fostering an environment of volunteerism and stewardship.

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BLM appoints Dr. Julie Weikel to Veterinary Medicine. |

Categories: 1970s | Faculty | Professional or career event

The Bureau of Land Management announced today that the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture have made selections for three open positions on its nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, one of which is WSU alum and faculty, Dr. Julie Weikel. She has been appointed to the category of veterinary medicine, and will serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board.

Weikel received her Master of Veterinary Science and DVM from WSU in 1972. She has practiced as a large animal veterinarian for 42 years, and is a WSU Professor in the College of Veterinary medicine.

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Judith Bense serving extended term as President of UWF. |

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

University of West Florida Board of Trustees voted to keep Dr. Judith Bense as the President of the University of West Florida until Dec. 31, 2016. In 2008 Bense became the fifth president of UWF.

“Since taking office, she has focused on growth, visibility, enhancing the student “collegiate” experience and partnerships with the goal of making UWF a first choice university. Bense has built a solid network of community partners, identified regional workforce needs, increased student residents and athletics and strengthened academic programs so that students are prepared for future leadership.”

Bense also founded the UWF anthropology/archaeology program in 1980, has written five books and 17 chapters within other books/professional journals, and founded the statewide Florida Public Archaeology Network.

Bense received her doctoral degree from WSU.

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Jeffrey Boone Miller ’73, Professor of Neurology and Physiology at Boston University School of Medicine |

Categories: 1970s | Other event | Professional or career event

Jeffrey Boone Miller (Biochemistry, ’73) is currently Professor of Neurology and Physiology at the Boston University School of Medicine where he leads the Neuromuscular Biology & Disease Group (sites.bu.edu/jeffreyboonemiller).  His research is focused on understanding disease mechanisms in several muscular dystrophies.  In addition to his work at BU, Jeff teaches a small number of undergraduates at Harvard University through his appointment with Harvard’s Board of Tutors in Biochemical Sciences.  Jeff and his wife Kathleen Buckley have three children – twin daughters who are juniors in college and a son who graduated from college in 2014 and is now working in Singapore.  In his spare time, Jeff skis on the icy New England slopes during the winter and is a semi-serious birder whenever he can get in the field.  He recently joined the staff of Bird Observer, the New England birding journal, as an associate editor.  He’s yearning for spring after Boston’s historic winter of 2015 which has been distinguished by 8 feet of snow of in 40 days and the second coldest February in 145 years of record keeping.

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My Story authors from the 1970s

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