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Brock Motum signs with the Utah Jazz |

Categories: 2010s | Professional or career event

Former Washington State University men’s basketball standout, Brock Motum, has signed with the Utah Jazz as a free agent, the organization announced Tuesday. Per team policy, financial terms were not released.

Motum (6-10, 245, Washington State) spent the 2013-14 season with Granarolo Bologna of the Italian SerieA League, averaging 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 50.6 percent from the field.  He also participated in the 2014 NBA Summer League with the Jazz in Las Vegas, where he appeared in five games and averaged 8.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest.

The 23-year-old forward played collegiately at Washington State (2009-13), where he ranks fifth on the Cougars all-time list in both career points (1,530) and field goal percentage (.567).  As a senior he led the Pac-12 in scoring average with 18.7 points per game, scoring at least 10 points in all 31 contests, and was selected All-Pac-12 Second Team.  Following his junior season, Motum was named to the 2012 All-Pac-12 First Team and earned the league’s Most Improved Player award.

A native of Melbourne, Australia, Motum competed for the Australian Institute of Sport in both 2008 and 2009, and is currently playing for the Australian National Team at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Information from WSU Athletics

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Trios marketing team, leader Elizabeth Teske (’89 Comm.) and P.S. Media and co-owner Mark Showalter (’85 Fine Arts) bring in multiple international awards |

Categories: 1980s | Award or honor | College of Arts and Sciences | Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Trios marketing team with their Telly awards. Courtesy of Trios Health.

Kennewick, Wash.- The Trios Health marketing team has recently been recognized with multiple national honoring excellence in healthcare marketing communications and video production.

The team won a gold Aster Award — exclusively honoring quality in healthcare marketing and advertising — for its direct mailHealthBridge newsletter, which launched in October 2013 in tandem with the organization’s re-branding.

Trios also received, in partnership with local creative firm P.S. Media, five Telly Awards for educational videos featuring the organization’s spokeskids — unscripted and exploring health-related topics — which are launched via social media. Silver and bronze Telly awards are symbols of creative excellence in video production across a variety of channels and purposes; they have been coveted by marketing and advertising professionals for more than 30 years since the awards program was established. The team received top silver awards in the categories of Health and Wellness and Web Series, and bronze awards in the Children’s Audience, Health & Fitness, and Viral online video categories.

The Trios marketing team led by Lisa Teske, director of marketing and business development, includes Ali Madison, marketing communications manager; Tamie Bradbury, marketing specialist; and Jennifer Bond, marketing assistant.

Trios Health is the Kennewick Public Hospital District’s system of care serving the greater Tri-Cities. The District operates two hospitals to accommodate the area’s fast-growing population: Trios Women’s and Children’s Hospital at its downtown Kennewick location and Trios Southridge Hospital, a state-of-the-art hospital, which opened July 15, 2014. Trios Medical Group, comprised of nearly 100 employed physicians and providers, serves as the core of a growing medical staff network of 270+ providers throughout the Tri-Cities and includes practices and services at nine Care Centers and four Urgent Care Centers. Trios Foundation enhances patient care through fundraising that enables new programs and services, and brings new equipment to Trios Health.


Press release from Trios Health.

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Amanda Cassens Affleck produces iPhone app “Congenital Heart Defects” |

Categories: 1990s | Featured | Professional or career event

Amanda Cassens Affleck CRNA, MAE (Psychology ’98) produced Congenital Heart Defects.  An application for the iPhone, it is intended for both health care providers, and students of health care, who care for patients with congenital heart defects, and for those who need a resource on this subject.  Amanda is a nurse anesthetist living in Spokane, WA, and practicing anesthesia for Providence Medical Group, as well as Whitman Hospital in Colfax, WA.  She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists.  She is married to Jay Affleck and enjoys traveling as much as possible.


Philip K. Piele (’57 English) is new president of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art leadership council |

Categories: 1950s | College of Arts and Sciences | Professional or career event

Philip K. Piele. Courtesy of Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Eugene resident Philip K. Piele will serve a two-year term as the new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon Leadership Council President beginning July 2014.  Piele has been an active member of the JSMA Leadership Council since 2012 and brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for arts to the position.

“I’m honored to be elected to serve as President of the Leadership Council of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art,” says Piele.  “Under the superb leadership of executive director, Jill Hartz, and the hard work and dedication of a talented staff, the JSMA has become one of the premier university art museums in The United States.”

The Leadership Council is the Museum’s primary advisory body with a goal of ensuring the artistic quality, educational integrity, excellence, sustainability, and financial strength of the JSMA.

“Philip’s knowledge of the university, the museum, and the off-campus community – its arts and business leaders – give him a great start on being a wonderful Leadership Council president,” says JSMA executive director Jill Hartz. “It’s been a pleasure seeing all he’s been able to do as co-chair of our Leadership Council Development Committee over the past year.   I am excited to work with him in his new role.”

Piele is emeritus professor of education and former head of the Department of Educational Leadership, Technology and Administration at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

A member of the University of Oregon faculty from 1968-2005, Piele taught courses on education law, economics of education, and applied statistics in the Department of Educational Leadership, Technology, and Administration.  Piele was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in 1984, a visiting professor at the University of Toronto in Canada in 1974, and a visiting lecturer at several major Australian universities in 1973.

Piele was also director of the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Clearinghouse on Educational Management for thirty-five years (1968-2003).  ERIC is the largest educational database in the world with online access to over 1.5 million abstracts of documents and journal articles.

Active in Eugene performing arts organizations since 1980, Piele was a member of the Board of the Oregon Bach Festival from 1980-83, a member of the Board of the Oregon Mozart Players from 1992-94, and  a member of the Silva Foundation Committee from 1999 to 2001. He served on the Eugene Opera Board of Directors from 2001-2012, except for a three year period from 2005-2008 when he resigned from the Board to accept the volunteer position of Executive Director.

During his academic career, Piele was an elected officer in two professional associations: President, Education Law Association (1978-79) and Secretary, American Educational Research Association (1987-89). He has been listed in “Who’s Who in America” since 1990 and is currently a member of Eugene Round Table.


About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest museum for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art based in a major university setting. The mission of the museum is to enhance the University of Oregon’s academic mission and to further the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the general public.  The JSMA features significant collections galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, Korea, America and elsewhere as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of six museums in Oregon accredited by the American Association of Museums.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.

Courtesy of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

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Aron Baynes (’09 Kinesiology) and Brock Motum (’13 Psych.) join the Airbnb Australian Boomers |

Categories: 2000s | 2010s | College of Arts and Sciences | Professional or career event

CANBERRA, Australia – Although they never played in Cougar uniforms together, former Washington State men’s basketball student-athletes, Aron Baynes and Brock Motum, will share a court this summer as the two were selected to the Airbnb Australian Boomers Team that will compete in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, Aug. 30 through Sept. 14.

A member of the NBA-Champion Spurs, Baynes competed with the Boomers (also known as Australia’s national team) at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, United Kingdom after first-earning a spot on the Boomers’ roster in 2010 for the FIBA World Championships. Motum is making his first appearance with the Boomers after being selected to the team for the World Cup in late July following training camp.

A native of Cairns, Australia, Baynes played for the Cougars for four seasons, from 2006-09, becoming the 30th Cougar to score 1,000 career points, accomplishing the feat March 7, 2009, WSU’s regular-season finale that year. He finished his career with 1,064 points, ranking 25th on the all-time career scoring list. A 6-foot-10 center, Baynes helped lead the Cougars to back-to-back NCAA Tournament Appearances in 2007 and 2008, as WSU advanced to the ‘Sweet 16’ his junior season. During his senior season, the Cougars made their third-straight postseason appearance, advancing to the first round of the 2009 National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

A native of Brisbane, Australia, Motum ranks fifth in WSU’s career record books with 1,530 points scored in four seasons. He led the Cougars and the Pac-12 in scoring two-straight seasons with 18.0 points per game in 2011-12 and 18.7 ppg in 2012-13. At the conclusion of the 2012 season, he was named the league’s most improved player while earning first team all-conference honors. He was named All-Pac-12 Second Team in 2013. He most recently played with the Utah Jazz in the 2014 NBA Summer League and has been invited to their training camp.

The Boomers will depart for Europe on Tuesday, Aug. 5, beginning their nine-game pre-FIBA Basketball World Cup tour in Lithuania, where they will face their Group D rivals along with Finland and Ukraine. This will be followed by a one-game stay in Helsinki to take on Finland in front of their home crowd, before travelling to the south of France for games against the French, Ukraine and The Philippines in Nice. Rounding out the Airbnb Boomers preparation will be two games in Strasbourg near the French-German border, with fixtures against Finland and France prior to arriving in the Canary Islands.

The Airbnb Boomers open their 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Gran Canaria against Slovenia Saturday morning, Aug. 30. Based in the Canary Island city of Gran Canaria, the Boomers will also face Angola, Korea, Lithuania and Mexico, playing five games in six days prior to the knockout phase.



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