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Cruising Coug Veterans |

Categories: 1960s

Bud Guy, MA 73, and Tom Brattebo, BA 69, met at a veterans’ gathering aboard the Regal Princess in the eastern Mediterranean last May. They enjoyed sharing war stories, WSU stories and visited the site of the first Olympics in Greece.


Justin Rammer is the General Manager at Sullivans. |

Categories: College of Business | Professional or career event

Justin Rammer came to Washington State University in hopes of pursuing an architecture degree before he discovered his true passion in the hospitality industry. Rammer worked at Banyans, a restaurant on the Pullman golf course, during his time at WSU. Working at Banyans aided Rammer in discovering what he truly wanted to do with the rest of his life. Through supporting himself by working 40-50 hours a week, attending school full time, and working his way up to a manager position at Banyans, Rammer graduated with a Hospitality Business Management degree.

Straight out of graduation, Rammer held a position as the Food and Beverage manager for the Seattle Yacht club, and after two years in this role and mastering classic elements of hospitality, Rammer took the position of Assistant General Manager at Sullivan’s in Seattle, and is now the General Manager.

“My education and network I developed at WSU gave me the confidence to leave Pullman knowing I could take on anyone with experience or coming from a different university. I am thrilled to run a Coug business in the middle of Husky territory and thrive off the opportunity to work with other WSU graduates with the instant bond of spending time out in Pullman. I am looking forward to a career that provides me the chance to give back to future Cougs.” says Rammer.

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In memoriam: Roger C. Wiley |

Categories: Death/In Memoriam | sports

Dr. Roger C. Wiley, former professor and chair of the Department of Men’s Physical Education and Recreation at Washington State University died Saturday, February 14, 2015 at home, surrounded by family. The first thing anyone ever said to Roger, from his earliest years, was, “You sure are tall!”  And, even as a boy, he towered over his peers. Roger was born on February 4, 1924 to Lloyd and Alberta Wiley, hardworking folks in Bremerton, Washington. By the time he was in high school, Roger was 6’8” and head and shoulders taller than classmates and eventually caught the eye of the high school basketball coach who talked him into coming out for the Bremerton High team, which Roger helped lead to Bremerton’s first-ever Washington State Boys Basketball championship, in 1941. After high school graduation, Roger became one of the first Washington state athlete to receive an athletic scholarship to an out-of-state school, when he went to the University of Oregon to play basketball. His college career and education was interrupted by his desire to serve in World War II. Because he was so tall, he was too tall for the Army so his family petitioned the War Department to make an exception so he could serve. His mother made all of his uniforms. And, after a stint at Fort Lewis, Roger served in the China-Burma-India theatre, helping build roads.

After the war, Roger returned to the University of Oregon, played two more years of basketball, where he met his first wife, a tall, beautiful woman named Barbara Borrevik.  Roger graduated with a Physical Education degree in 1949. After their wedding, they moved to Bend, OR where he taught Physical Education, and coached basketball and baseball. Three of their four children, Roger Jr., Brad, and Gloria, were born during this time. Later, Roger returned to the Eugene/ Springfield area so he could get his Masters and PhD at Oregon, while also teaching and coaching, and supervising the public swimming pool in Springfield. Their 4th child, Steve, was born during this time.

After receiving his PhD in Physical Education in 1963, Roger and his family moved to Pullman, WA where he became the Department Chair of Men’s Physical Education and Recreation. For almost two decades, Roger remained in that position. He also evaluated Pac-8 Conference referees, worked to accredit other programs around the country, was very involved the Pullman Parks & Recreation program, especially in developing Little League. “Roger Wiley Field” is named in his honor. He was also active in the national organization for Physical Education educators, AAHPERD (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance), and was National President from 1975-76.  In 1982-83 he was a visiting professor at West Point Military Academy for the academic year.

After returning to WSU from West Point, Roger became very interested in computers and helped set up the first computer lab in the Department of Leisure Studies. He enjoyed mentoring graduate students and became the overseer at WSU’s Camp Larsen, a camp facility on Lake Coeur d’Alene, which served disabled children and adults. Roger was also an active Presbyterian, first in Pullman and later in retirement in Sequim, WA.

Roger and his wife, Barbara, were known and loved as wonderful hosts in Pullman. Roger loved having people around, loved serving and caring for others. When he and Barbara retired to Sequim, they continued to host many friends who made the trek to see them. There was always popcorn and nuts, or crackers and Cougar Gold cheese ready for anyone who came through their door.

After Barb’s death, Roger found a new love in his second wife, Thyrza. They were married on February 14, 1993 and had many happy years together, traveling across the country and the world, visiting family and going on elder hostels. Thyrza was a loving and faithful companion for Roger. In fact, he died on their 22nd wedding anniversary.

Roger’s greatest joy, besides his “Bride” were his nine grandchildren. Each of them was his favorite. From the time they were small, Grampie’s large hands knew how to hold them, his large expressive mouth was ready with a grin when he saw them, and his lap always had room for them. The older they got, the more proud he became of their accomplishments, the more he just plain liked them.

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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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Max Baker’s play will be presented in NYC. |

Categories: 1990s | Award or honor | College of Arts and Sciences

Max Baker (’92 MA) wrote the play”Live from the Surface of the Moon,” which will be presented at The Wild Project in New York City by Stable Cable Lab Co. April 2-11, 2015.

In the play, on the night Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the surface of the moon, Carol’s water broke. On New Year’s Eve 1969, she found her babysitter passed out. But these problems are only a facade in an era of social conflict and shifting gender roles that crept into the homes of America during the last year of the 1960s.

Max Baker (playwright/director) grew up in London. He worked for a number of years as a director on the London Fringe circuit before moving to Durant, Oklahoma. He received an MA in playwriting from Washington State University and has worked as an actor in Portland, OR, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. His acting credits include Broadway (Jerusalem, Cyrano DeBergerac), and Off Broadway with The New Group, Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club and MCC. Film credits include: Newlyweds, Revolutionary Road, Constantine, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Life or Something Like It, The Island, Nice Guy Johnny.  TV includes: “Law & Order”, “Law & Order SVU”, “NYPD Blue”, “Chicago Fire”, “Medium”, “Felicity”, “Fringe”, “The Leftovers”. As a playwright, he has been commissioned twice by The Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival, and his post-apocalyptic dystopian existential musical The Eeelwax Jesus 3-D Pop Music Show was produced at Contemporary American Theatre Festival in 2010. Other full-length plays include Hal & Bee, Pie Day, The Birds of Leighton Road and Sparrow’s Lodge, all of which have had NY readings. In addition, Max has written several short films: Cat Food, The Flower Shop, Kitty and Best Wishes From Millwood.

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