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BLM appoints Dr. Julie Weikel to Veterinary Medicine. |

Categories: 1970s | Faculty | Featured | 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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Kaila Wallace named Crimson Girls coach. |

Categories: 2010s | athletics | Faculty | Featured

Kaila (Evenoff) Wallace was a Crimson girl during her time at Washington State University from 2008-10. Since graduation she has been a part of multiple dance teams including that of the Spokane Shock, Denver Nuggets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Wallace has now returned to WSU to serve as the Crimson Girls Head Coach.

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Kim Zentz named director of WSU’s ETM program. |

Categories: 1980s | Engineering and Architecture | Faculty | Professional or career event

Kim Zentz graduated from WSU in 1988 with her Masters of Engineering Management. Zentz has since returned as a part of the WSU staff. Zents was formerly the chief executive officer of the Innovate Washington Foundation, and has now been named director of Washington State University’s engineering and technology management (ETM) program.

WSU’s ETM program offers master’s degrees in engineering and technology management and graduate certificates for engineering and business professionals. Established in 1982, the program lets professional engineers learn skills in managing projects, people and technology in the workplace. It was named by US News & World Report among the best online graduate engineering programs for the past two years.

“Kim has been a longtime and enthusiastic supporter of our WSU programs,’’ said Candis Claiborn, dean of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. “She has a keen understanding of this program’s importance in growing and strengthening Washington state’s technology sector. With her leadership, I look forward to watching the program continue to grow and flourish.’’


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Horace A. Young joins SFUAD as chair of the University’s contemporary music department. |

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

Courtesy of SFUAD

Horace Alexander Young, a jazz musician and former educator at Texas Southern University, has joined Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) as chair of the university’s Contemporary Music Department. Dr. Steven Paxton, who has chaired the department since 2003, will be continuing as a full-time faculty member, concentrating on choral music, composition and music theory. “We were extremely fortunate to find Horace during our search process, and we know that under his leadership our unique program will continue to grow in size, quality and breadth,” said Paxton.

“Welcoming Horace Alexander Young to lead the Contemporary Music Department is a great evolution of our program, which began almost 20 years ago,” said Debra Tervala, interim provost at SFUAD. “Horace brings his wealth of live concert, touring and educational expertise to this new role, and we are confident that these professional experiences will influence and inspire SFUAD music students.”

Young received his MA from Washington State University in 1983, and later returned to be a part of the WSU faculty.

Washington State Magazine featured Horace A. Young in Spring of 2007: http://wsm.wsu.edu/s/index.php?id=640

Listen to a sample of his music: http://wsm.wsu.edu/s/we.php?id=210

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In Memoriam – WSU Professor Ray Ladd |

Categories: 2010s | Death/In Memoriam | Engineering and Architecture | Faculty

It is with a profound sense of loss that we announce the passing of Dr. Ray Ladd, our great friend and colleague. He passed away on May 21, 2014, at his home in Kendrick, Idaho, surrounded by his loving wife, Claudia, his son and daughter and their families.

Ray was the first full-time professor in the budding WSU engineering management program when he was appointed professor and program coordinator in August 1988. He continued in his role as coordinator until his surprise retirement in May 2012.

He loved to teach, and we suspect he would have continued doing so for many years, but his battle with illness was demanding too much of his energy at that time. In his quiet, courageous manner, he carried his burden alone, reluctant to reveal how difficult the fight was becoming near the end of his career.

His love of the outdoors was close to the top of the list of things he cherished. With his generous spirit, stories were not the only things he shared; members of the program often enjoyed the salmon and halibut he brought home from his adventures.

On top of being an expert in all the aspects of engineering management, Ray had many other talents. He created beautiful furniture for his home and even manufactured numerous complex mini-catapults for his students to illustrate the principles of statistical experimental design.

He learned guitar as a young man and loved to play along with his father. Somewhere along the line he picked up the mandolin and in the last several years he worked on mastering the banjo.

As a tribute to Ray and gift to his family, the program is collecting materials for a book encompassing his many contributions and the memories we have of him. We invite Ray’s students, colleagues and friends to contribute by sending short or long memories telling how he touched your lives; a brief note of sympathy and concern would also be appropriate.


Originally published with WSU News.

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My Story authors from the Faculty

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staff My Story 2012
Alumni Education 2011