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Gregory Geist appointed director of water environment services. |

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

Courtesy The Clackamas Review

Gregory Geist has been serving Clackamas county since December, and has now been appointed director of the county’s water environment services.

“Greg brings extensive experience and leadership to this important position. He was clearly at the top of a strong and competitive field of candidates. I have every confidence he will do an incredible job leading WES,” said County Administrator Donald Krupp.

Geist graduated from WSU with a BS in Physical Science in 1994 and an MS in Environmental Science in 1996.

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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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Amy Freeman honored CCML Way Paver Award. |

Categories: 1980s | Award or honor | Engineering and Architecture

Courtesy Penn State

Assistant dean of engineering diversity at Penn State, Amy Freeman, has been honored with the 2015 Council of College Multicultural Leadership (CCML) Way Paver Award. She is among nine others honored at the fourth annual Way Paver Award luncheon.

The award honors those “who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to diversity and the creation of an inclusive community, positively enhanced student life and the climate throughout the University and local community, and who have motivated others through their leadership and impeccable character.”

Freeman holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Washington State University.

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Spokane hires Mitch Reister as county engineer. |

Categories: 1990s | 2000s | Engineering and Architecture

Washington’s largest county road system is in Spokane county, and WSU grad Mitch Reister is now the new engineer. Reister will oversee more than 2,500 miles of road in his new position.


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Eric Mathison named citizen of the year by Burien City Council. |

Categories: 1960s | Award or honor | Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Courtesy Highline Times

Former Highline Times Editor, Eric Mathison was chosen by Burien City Council for citizen of the year. He was recognized for his work on the newspaper and his volunteer activities following his retirement. Mathison will serve as grand marshal at Burien’s Independence Day parade.

After thirteen years at the newpaper, Mathison retired and began volunteering with the B-Town Dog Group, Highline Historical Society, and Highline Citizens for Schools. Mathison’s roots run deep through the community as his father donated their five acre property to the city of Burien to be used as a park.

Mathison wrote, “Thanks to the nominating person (Chestine Edgar), thanks to the City Council, thanks to my fellow volunteers and especially the leaders who work so hard, thanks to Margery Ellsworth (my wife) for being who she is, thanks to my mom who taught me the value of volunteering and thanks to my dad for teaching me to strive for quiet competence while going about my life. My mom was named 1969 Woman of the Year by the Burien Chamber of Commerce. I think she would be proud tonight.”

He graduated from WSU with bachelor degrees in Communications and Political Science in 1969.

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