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Ben Andrews is the new fire chief in Clallam County |

Categories: 1990s

Courtesy Sequim Gazette

It’s been 14 years since Clallam County Fire District 3 has hired a new fire chief, and Ben Andrews was just been chosen to step up from his position as Assistant Chief to fulfill the shoes of Chief Steve Vogol who is retiring after 34 years with the department.

Andrews graduated from WSU in 1993 with a degree in Public Administration.


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Margaret Grogan new dean at Chapman University. |

Categories: 1990s | Professional or career event

Courtesy Chapman University

Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies appointed Margaret Grogan as the college’s fourth dean. Grogan originally comes from Australia, and has traveled across the globe teaching at different institutions. She has taught in Australia, Tokyo, Missouri, California, and Virginia. Grogan got her BA degree at the University of Queensland and her doctorate from WSU.

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Keva Herron Guszkowski WAWG’s first policy director. |

Categories: 2000s | College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences | Professional or career event

Courtesy WAWG

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) has appointed Keva Herron Guszkowski to serve as the organization’s first policy director.

WAWG created the new position as part of the organization’s strategic plan for 2015.

“The WAWG board of directors developed this position to help our organization build, foster and maintain key relationships with the people, groups and government officials that define or influence state policy decisions affecting our industry,” said WAWG Executive Director Michelle Hennings. “Keva brings a great combination of experience and energy to this position, and we look forward to having her join our team advocating for our members and the wheat industry in Washington state.”

As WAWG’s policy director, Guszkowski will work with the organization’s leadership team, staff and members to define WAWG’s policy agenda and keep the organization up to date on state policies that affect the Washington wheat industry.

Guszkowski graduated from WSU in 2005 with a degree in agriculture economics, and in 2008 with a degree in accounting.

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Justin Potts dives in to Japanese culture. |

Categories: 2000s | Other event

Courtesy Japan Times

Justin Potts, (’04 Psych) is greatly fascinated with Japan’s natural beaut, agriculture, and cuisine. Through his love for the nation’s agriculture, he has found a job at Umari Inc., which operates a Tokyo based restaurant that offers Japanese food cooked with select produce from farmers all over Japan.

This May, Potts will lead a new project involving Japanese and Italian companies and participate in Milano Expo 2015 in Italy to tout Japan’s cuisine. The project is named “Peace Kitchen,” and will allow participants to learn about Japan’s home-style cooking.

“It’s not about sake. It’s more about the concept around fermentation, how we coexist with things and a philosophy related to that, how that ties to building communities, working with one another,” says Potts. “It’s about who you share it with, the time you spend with people around that food — something you can’t buy in Tokyo at any price.”

Potts has now learned Japanese fluently and completely immersed himself in the culture.

“[Not knowing the language is] fine if you’re traveling, it’s fine if you’re studying abroad for a few months and you don’t have a lot of responsibility,” he said. “But when it comes to living and thriving, being able to order a beer or rent a video is one thing, but on a personal level, aside from Japanese or non-Japanese, you want to make connections and communicate.”

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Brad Fisher awarded Volunteer of the Year |

Categories: 1970s | Award or honor

Courtesy The Children’s Reading Foundation

RBC Wealth Management U.S. recently recognized Brad Fisher, director of the firm’s Tri-Cities branch, as the recipient of its Dick McFarland Volunteer of the Year Award.  Each year, RBC Foundation-USA recognizes one employee with the Dick McFarland Volunteer of the Year Award for outstanding volunteer commitment and community service.

“Brad has not only made individual contributions to his community, but also has motivated others in his branch to take service to another level,” said Richard Sorenson, Portland complex director. “He is dedicated to helping the firm continue to grow as a trusted partner of the Tri-Cities communities.”

Last year, Fisher volunteered with six different nonprofit and civic organizations – the Advisory Council of Washington State University Tri-Cities; the board of directors of the Tri-City Development Council; Tri-Cities Evolution, a local governance task force; SIFMA Foundation, where he was an InvestWrite essay competition judge; United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties, where he was branch coordinator; and the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia.

The issue of children’s literacy is important to Fisher. He has volunteered with the Children’s Reading Foundation for more than seven years, and in the past has served on the organization’s board. As a part of receiving the Volunteer of the Year award, RBC Wealth Management will make a $1,000 contribution to the Children’s Reading Foundation in honor of Fisher.

In the past, Fisher also served two terms on the Kennewick, Wash., City Council, including one term as mayor. In 2012, he received the RBC Wealth Management PCG Directors Award for Community Service.

In addition to all his volunteering, Fisher also takes advantage of RBC’s annual gift matching opportunities for nonprofits. He credits RBC Wealth Management’s corporate culture for fostering an environment of volunteerism and stewardship.

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