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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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Nik Koprivica (’10 Business) becomes an assistant coach for Truman State University |

Categories: 2010s | College of Business | Professional or career event

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – - Truman State University men’s basketball head coach Matt Woodley has announced that Nik Koprivica will be joining the Bulldog coaching staff as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

“I am thrilled that Nik is joining our coaching staff,” Woodley said. “Nik played for me at Washington State University, and as a former player, I consider Nik family. He has a great understanding of the game of basketball, and his personality will allow him to develop great relationships with our players.”

Koprivica (Ko-pra-VEET-za) joins the Truman staff having most recently served with the basketball club “AS Basket” in Belgrade, Serbia, since 2011. While there, he was an assistant coach with the seniors team and helped organize multiple facets of the club operations including scheduling, development, marketing, and camps.

He has significant playing experience, having competed for club teams in both Serbia and Greece, while also playing for Coach Woodley at WSU in Pullman, Wash., from 2006-2010. Koprivica served as the captain of the Serbian U-16 and U-20 national teams and has been part of European U-14 (2002) and U-20 (2008) championship and World University gold medal (2010) teams.

“I’m very excited about my new role at Truman, especially for the opportunity to work with Coach Woodley who was once my coach,” Koprivica said. “He was a key figure in the development of my basketball career, and I feel very blessed to be joining the Bulldog family!”

The Truman men’s basketball program is coming off a 20-7 season that resulted in a Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament berth. The 2013-14 squad became just the sixth team in program history to have reached the 20-win mark and the first since 2005-06. In addition, the 13 conference wins last season set a new program record. Truman graduated two seniors and will return three starters and 14 squad members for the 2014-15 campaign.


Originally published by the Truman Bulldogs.

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Matthew A. Marner, Criminal Justice, Sociology ’98 – Opening of The Law Office of Matthew A. Marner, PLLC |

Categories: 1990s | Professional or career event

On July 2, 2014, Matthew A. Marner (Criminal Justice, Sociology ’98) opened The Law Office of Matthew A. Marner, PLLC in Chandler, Arizona, just outside of Phoenix.  Matthew practices D.U.I. and criminal defense in the Superior Court of Maricopa County as well as Phoenix area municipal and justice courts.  Matthew is a member of the bar for: the State of Arizona, the State of California, the Federal District Court for Arizona, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University in 2001, and his Juris Doctorate at the University of Arizona in 2008.  But he still loves W.S.U. above all others.


Rosemary Baker-Monaghan (’78 Forest Management) has been elected as Chair for the Clatsop Community College Board |

Categories: 1970s | Other event

Rosemary Baker-Monaghan. Courtesy of Clatsop Community College.

Board members elected Rosemary Baker-Monaghan, who represents Zone 3, as Chair. Baker-Monaghan was appointed to the Clatsop Community College Board in October 2000 and is currently serving her third elected four-year term. She is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Forest Management and a Masters of Adult and Continuing Education. Baker-Monaghan is the Executive Director of the Liberty Theater, a board member of CEDR and the Lewis and Clark National Park Association, and chair of the Lower Columbia Tourism Committee. She served in public office from 1991 – 2003 with the City of Seaside, including positions on the Planning Commission and City Council, and as Mayor.   Originally published on the Clatsop Community College’s website.

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Rebecca Shepard (’03 Comm.) becomes a Trade Marketing Manager for Perrigo Animal Health |

Categories: 2000s | Edward R. Murrow College of Communication | Professional or career event

Rebecca Shepard. Coutesy of Perrigo.

Allegan, MI—Perrigo Company plc, a leading pharmaceutical supplier, has hired Rebecca Shepard as a Trade Marketing Manager for Perrigo Animal Health in Omaha, NE.  In this role, Rebecca will be accountable for achieving sales and margin growth objectives through the development and execution of strategic new product, promotion, and price management initiatives. Rebecca will lead the branding efforts with retail customers to achieve long-term market share targets and consumer acceptance of Perrigo’s branded and store brand products.

Rebecca brings to Perrigo 10 years of marketing manager and brand manager experience, working with some of the top-selling names in the video game and entertainment industries.

Rebecca earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University. She is from Los Angeles, CA and currently resides in Lincoln, NE.

Perrigo is hiring hard working, qualified people with leadership qualities to keep pace with the company’s success and growth. For more information on locations and current career opportunities, visit www.perrigocareers.com.

From its beginnings as a packager of generic home remedies in 1887, Perrigo Company plc, headquartered in Ireland, has grown to become a leading global healthcare supplier. Perrigo develops, manufactures and distributes over-the-counter (OTC) and generic prescription (Rx) pharmaceuticals, nutritional products and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), and receives royalties from Multiple Sclerosis drug Tysabri®. The Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of OTC healthcare products for the store brand market and an industry leader in pharmaceutical technologies. Perrigo’s mission is to offer uncompromised “Quality Affordable Healthcare Products®,” and it does so across a wide variety of product categories primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Israel and Australia, as well as more than 40 other key markets worldwide, including Canada, China and Latin America. Visit Perrigo on the Internet (http://www.perrigo.com).




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