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Lindsay Kalin ’10 Partook in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions Global Field Course in Namibia. |

Categories: 2010s | Featured

In summer 2014, Lindsay Kalin ’10 studied cheetah physiology and ecosystem management with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia. Lindsay, a part time educator at the Virginia Zoo in Midlothian, Va., took the graduate course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program.

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Ryan Belnap ’01 Co-Directed And Filmed The Documentary, Taking Earth’s Temperature: Delving Into Climate’s Past. |

Categories: 2000s | Featured


Documentary film by Washington State University alumnus:

Ryan Belnap, MFA 2001


For more information about the film-making:

  • Dan Boone, 928-523-7266


Web: http://www.takingearthstemperature.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IDEALabProductions

We can’t know where we’re going until we know where we’ve been. That’s the central message of a compelling new film that shows how scientists are learning to decipher records of climates past—and shed light on the planet’s climate future.

WSU alumnus Ryan Belnap, MFA 2001, co-directed and filmed the documentary movie, Taking Earth’s Temperature: Delving into Climate’s Past, which will broadcast on KWSU on Friday Oct 31 at 10:00 pm. This film is a gripping hour-long account of scientific discovery about climate change. And it shows viewers how dozens of scientists from around the world have recently collaborated to paint a new and detailed picture of the last two millennia of the Earth’s temperature history.

Produced by filmmakers at Northern Arizona University’s IDEA Lab, Taking Earth’s Temperature is a refreshing and authoritative look at the issue of climate change. Through striking footage from both the field and laboratories in the United States and Europe, numerous interviews, and intriguing graphics, the documentary shows that our planet’s climate is a dynamic system in which change is a constant.

But deciphering hidden natural archives such as lake sediments, corals, and tree rings has done more than show researchers how climate patterns varied in the past. By comparing records from different parts of the world, scientists have been able to come to a much more intricate understanding of why those patterns change. Short-term cycles such as El Nino play a role, as do large volcanic eruptions; so do long-term changes in the tilt of the Earth’s axis and the output of the sun. And the impacts of people, too, cannot be discounted.

Coming at a time when the topics of climate change and energy policy are seldom far from the headlines, Taking Earth’s Temperature shows the value and relevance of research into past climates. Researchers use their increasingly precise understanding of the past as a test for computer models aimed at explaining how the Earth’s climate system and its energy balance work. If those models can accurately explain past changes, then they may also provide today’s best possible look at what will happen in the future.

Join the adventurous scientists of Taking Earth’s Temperature as they journey to Alaska and beyond to find out whether the Earth has a fever—and what it means to all of us.

For more information, visit www.takingearthstemperature.org. or

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Ron Claudon Was Nominated for President of Valley Buick GMC & RV for 2015 TIME Dealer of The Year Award. |

Categories: 1980s | Award or honor




Ron Claudon Wins National Recognition for Community Service and Industry Accomplishments at NADA Convention


(New York, NY, October 23, 2014) – The nomination of Ron Claudon, president of Valley Buick GMC & RV in Auburn, Washington, for the 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced today by TIME.

Claudon is one of a select group of 55 dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 98th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in San Francisco, California, on January 23, 2015. The announcement of this year’s nominees was made by Jed Hartman, group publisher, worldwide, TIME, and Tim Russi, president of Auto Finance for Ally Financial.

 “The dealers nominated for this award are dedicated business owners, auto lovers and, most importantly, champions for their local communities, with a willingness to give back on a grand scale,” said Russi. “Ally is proud to honor and support these dealers as they work today and tomorrow to build better places to live, work and do business.”

 In its fourth year as exclusive sponsor, Ally will recognize dealer nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000 to each nominee’s 501(c)3 charity of choice. Nominees will also be recognized on AllyDealerHeroes.com, which highlights the philanthropic contributions and achievements of TIME Dealer of the Year nominees.

The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors. Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. Claudon, 54, was chosen to represent the Washington State Auto Dealers Association in the national competition – one of only 55 auto dealers from 17,000 nationwide – nominated for the 46th annual award. The award is sponsored by TIME in association with Ally Financial, and in cooperation with NADA. A panel of faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan will select one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one national Dealer of the Year.



 “I was in the archives recently looking for something when I found an old employee list,” said nominee Claudon. “I was reminded of all the young people we have employed over the years who are now teachers or business owners in our community – and also good customers.”

Claudon’s dealership was founded in 1964 by his father, along with two partners, and is a mainstay in the town where he grew up. A 1978 graduate of Auburn High School, where he played varsity football, Claudon earned a B.A. in business from Washington State University in 1982 and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. “I started working for my father in 1974 washing floors and then I sold cars while in college,” he said. He worked in banking and construction before returning to the dealership in 1983, rising from office manager to sales manager to general manager and to dealer in 1993. One of his father’s original partners still owns a stake in the business, and Claudon’s wife and son work with him.

“My folks have passed away now but they were longtime supporters of our community and passed on their love of Auburn to myself and our children,” Claudon said. He is most proud of receiving a service award from the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce in 1991 because it also honored his wife and his parents, recognizing their collective contributions to his hometown.

One of his favorite activities is working with Communities in Schools of Auburn, a dropout prevention program. Claudon donates time each week to read to a third- or fourth-grade student who is struggling academically. “Of all the donations of money, time and vehicle use, donating this time reading with a student has been the most rewarding,” he said. “Most of the students that I have worked with are missing a male role model. I am able to see them grow throughout the year, improving their reading skills while building a relationship with me personally.”

Claudon recalls a student he met more than 20 years ago while teaching an economics course one hour a week at an area junior high school. The young man named Brian asked him for a job washing cars and they forged a friendship. “Brian went on to mentor all three of my children as a teacher at Auburn High School,” he said. “My oldest daughter credits him with inspiring her to become a teacher. And Brian and his wife just recently bought another car from us for their growing family.”

A member of the Kiwanis Club of Auburn since 1986, Claudon has also held board positions on the Auburn Valley YMCA, Communities in Schools of Auburn and the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving on advisory committees for the local school district and community college. He donates annually to St. James Cathedral, Auburn Food Bank, Auburn Youth Resources and Skills Inc., to name a few.

“Relationships with employees and customers over the years have been by far the most meaningful achievement of my career,” Claudon said. “I take pride in the 90-plus people that we employ and watching them grow and learn. Some leave to find other pursuits, others stay for a career. Hopefully, all are part of our Valley family.”

Claudon was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Vicki G. Fabre, executive vice president of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association. He and his wife, Lorianne, have three children.


 TIME is a global multimedia brand that reaches more than 60 million people and includes the domestic and international magazine editions, Time.com, tablet versions, mobile, social and TIME for Kids. Time.com’s network of sites draws more than 35 million unique visitors per month (August 2014 comScore). 


About Ally Financial Inc.

Ally Financial Inc. is a leading automotive financial services company powered by a top direct banking franchise. Ally’s automotive services business offers a full suite of financing products and services, including new and used vehicle inventory and consumer financing, leasing, inventory insurance, commercial loans and vehicle remarketing services. Ally Bank, the company’s direct banking subsidiary and member FDIC, offers an array of deposit products, including certificates of deposit, savings accounts, money market accounts, IRA deposit products and interest checking. Ally’s Corporate Finance unit provides financing to middle-market companies across a broad range of industries.

 With approximately $149.9 billion in assets as of June 30, 2014, Ally operates as a financial holding company. For more information, visit the Ally media site at http://media.ally.com or follow Ally on Twitter: @Ally.



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Doug Burnett Serves Second Term as President of ILRA |

Categories: 1980s | Featured

The resident manager of The Coeur D’Alene Resort Doug Burnett ’81, was appointed to serve as the president of the Idaho Lodging and Restaurant Association. This is Burnett’s second term serving as president and he has been with Hagadone Hospitality Co. and The Coeur d’Alene Resort for 20 years. Burnett is Region 1 representative to the Idaho Travel Council as well.

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Courtney Hathaway Featured in Icon Magazine as Emerging Interior Designer |

Categories: 2010s | Featured

Courtney Hathaway ’11 was featured in Icon Magazine as an emerging interior designer. Hathaway worked for a large Seattle firm where she specialized in integrated architecture, interior design, and landscape design services. She moved to NYC to pursue her dream after attending GO PRO/NYC and training in the ASID educational program.


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