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Steve Maxwell Appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Office of Kitsap Bank |

Categories: 2000s | College of Business | Professional or career event

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Steve Maxwell. Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal

Steve Maxwell (’00 MBA) has joined Kitsap Bank as the executive management team’s Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. He has had 23 years experience in commercial banking, including being a top regional executive with Key Bank.

“Steve is a natural leader with excellent communication skills and a drive to succeed,” Kitsap Bank CEO Steven L. Politakis said.  “His knowledge of our local market, coupled with his experience, business acumen and leadership will enable us to drive quality loan production to the highest level. We are very pleased to welcome an individual of his caliber to Kitsap Bank’s leadership team.”

As a 1990 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Maxwell is on the advisory board for their School of Business as well as on the advisory board for University of Washington, Tacoma. Currently, he serves as a member of the Pierce County Economic Development Board.

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John L. Martins Wins Grand Prize for Screenplay. |

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

John L. Martins III (’82 Gen. Studies) won the Grand Prize for his screenplay, Aktion T-4, at the third annual Act One Screenwriting Competition in Hollywood. The script details the exploits of two religious laymen who struggled against the Nazi forced-enthusiasm program, known as “Aktion T-4”. The prize included a $5,000 reward.

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Darin Rasmussen as the New Director of Public Safety/University Chief of Police at Western Washington University |

Categories: 1980s | Award or honor | Professional or career event

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Western Washington University has hired Darin Rasmussen (’86) as its new Director of Public Safety/University Chief of Police. His appointment is effective today, April 9.

Richard Van Den Hul, vice president for Business and Financial Affairs at Western, said he was pleased to hire someone with Rasmussen’s experience and qualifications.

“I’m excited to announce Darin’s appointment as Director of Public Safety/University Chief of Police. Darin is an excellent law enforcement professional and strong leader for all of Public Safety.  Importantly, he also understands the vital role Public Safety plays in serving students and the university community,” Van Den Hul said.

Rasmussen, who was hired following a national search, has been interim chief since last September and also served as assistant chief. He succeeds Randy Stegmeier, who left Western to take the position of manager of security for the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority in Seattle.

“Joining Western’s leadership team is a great opportunity to serve such a vibrant campus.  I am honored to continue serving in this role with the highly professional officers and staff of the Department of Public Safety to provide a safe, secure and accessible environment for the entire Western community. Western and the Bellingham community are a great fit for me and my family,” Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command in 2007. He served with the Marysville Police Department for over 22 years, including as lieutenant, detective sergeant and accreditation manager.

At the Marysville Police Department, Rasmussen’s accomplishments included reorganizing the Marysville Volunteer Program to focus on crime prevention; collaborating with the Marysville Community Coalition, Marysville School District and city offices to present a series of community forums focused on safety and emergency preparedness; and developing and implementing a Burglary Strike Team. He also served as an adjunct faculty member for Everett Community College from 2001 through 2008, teaching subjects such as Professional Development, Police Patrol Operations and Criminal Investigations. He has received numerous awards and recognitions.

The Director of Public Safety/University Chief of Police reports to the vice president for Business and Financial Affairs and manages the department’s operations, including University Police, Parking Services, the Lockshop and Sustainable Transportation.


Press Release from Western Washington University 

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Publication of Charles B. Kastner’s Book |

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


Charles B. Kastner’s (’81 MA History) new book, The 1929 Bunion Diary: Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace Across America has just been published from Syracuse University Press.

For more information: CharlesKastner.com

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Mark McMaster has Joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton firm in Seattle. |

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Mark McMaster (’85 Mech. Eng.) has joined Kilpatrick Towsend & Stockton firm in Seattle as an associate with the Patent Team in the internationally recognized Intellectual Property Department. From 2007 to 2012, McMaster previously worked at Kilpatrick Townsend.

Before joining the private practice, McMaster was a principal structural lead engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplanes where he provided overall technical guidance for analysis groups and coordinated FAA certification efforts. Now, at the practice McMaster focuses on intellectual property counseling and patent prosecution and covers a range of technologies from medical, mechanical and electrical devices.

Prior to earning his B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University, Mark McMaster received his J.D. from Seattle University of Law and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

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