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Author: Eric Apalategui

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Mike Seely ’84, ’09—A passion for peppermint
Winter 2014
Mike Seely and his family don't just grow peppermint. They make fine candy, including peppermint patties, available nationwide.
Categories: Business, Agriculture, Alumni
Tags: Candy, Peppermint

Robert Franklin ’75, ’76, ’79—A new leash on life
Spring 2014
Veterinarian Robert Franklin, who led the Oregon state veterinary board, has advocated for animal welfare for three decades.
Categories: Alumni, Veterinary medicine
Tags: Animal health, Animal welfare

Dan ’44 and Val ’46 Ogden—Staying activist in older age
Summer 2013
Val and Dan Ogden don't let their age stand in the way of being community and political activists in the Vancouver area.
Categories: Alumni, Public affairs
Tags: Activists, Politicians, Democratic Party, Volunteer

From Burma to the Blazers
Summer 2011
Richard Cho ’89 was born in Burma (Myanmar), an impoverished Asian country on the United Nations’ list of least-developed nations. When he was just three, his family moved to the United States, saving and economizing for a better life...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Basketball, NBA

Florence Wager '54—Vancouver park activist without par
Winter 2009
Florence Wager bought a set of golf clubs when she wrapped up her career in arts and education.“I had this preconceived notion about retirement,” says Wager, 81, who earned a bachelor’s degrees at WSU in speech in 1950 and education in 1954 a...
Categories: Alumni, Social work
Tags: Parks, Trails, Vancouver, Volunteer

Harley Cowan—Chicken sedan
Summer 2009
There’s an old knee-slapper that goes something like this: Why does a chicken coop have two doors? Because if it had four doors (drumroll, please) it would be a sedan! “It’s a really lousy joke,” says architect Harley Cowan ‘96, who c...
Categories: Alumni, Architecture and design
Tags: Chickens, Urban farming

Come MapWith.Us
Spring 2009
Orest Pilskalns had electronic mapping on his mind long before coming to Washington State University, but it wasn’t until he was teaching a senior-level software engineering class the spring of 2006 that he knew he could realize his vision. The a...
Categories: Computer sciences
Tags: Technology, Maps

Measuring a career in elephant years
Winter 2008
Rose-Tu warily eyes the stranger shuffling toward her. He is moving slowly and grasping the arm of a human she sees almost daily. As Matthew Maberry (D.V.M. '47) plants his cane inside the Oregon Zoo's elephant compound, he lifts his eyes and retu...
Categories: Veterinary medicine
Tags: Elephant, Zoology

Joey Nelson - What he saw
Winter 2008
In the rough-hewn world at Columbia Vista Corp.'s lumber mill near Vancouver, the sight of Joseph "Joey" Nelson '00 pushing spectacles into place might invoke visions of Clark Kent there among the conveyor belts and screeching saws. But if the wo...
Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Lumber mills, Teaching

Review :: ROD: A True Story
Fall 2008
Rod Retherford '84 triumphed as an undersized athlete, but his plucky comeback tale has always been told in spaces that were too small to fully contain it. There were plenty of headlines in 1980 after a bullet ripped through the football player's sho...
Categories: Athletics
Tags: Football

Kathleen Sayce: Keeping a heritage alive
Spring 2008
Wielding loppers, Kathleen Sayce cuts through brambles smothering a parcel in the heart of historic and otherwise tidy Oysterville on southwest Washington’s Willapa Bay. Between a leaning red alder and a mangled Sitka spruce, Sayce (’78 M.S. ...
Categories: Alumni, Biological sciences
Tags: Native plants

Marilyn Conaway: Charting new waters
Fall 2007
Ten years ago, as Marilyn Eylar Conaway ('56 Hist.) rowed an inflatable boat on an Alaskan lake, she pictured herself as a girl working the oars of her father's handmade boat.The thought recalled the simple joys of an idyllic childhood in Grand Co...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Rowing

Rob Barnard: An uplifting endeavor
Summer 2007
When Rob Barnard '84 was earning degrees in architecture and construction management, his professors scheduled project deadlines and tests on the same day."What that was teaching you was time management, how to work with a small amount of sleep an...
Categories: Alumni, Architecture and design
Tags: Portland

Jill Harding: A love of nature
Summer 2007
When Jill Harding was growing up in Maple Valley, Washington, there was a patch of woods on her street where she nurtured a love of nature. Then the trees vanished, victims of urban development elbowing out from Seattle and Tacoma."Those woods won...
Categories: Alumni, Natural sciences
Tags: Lewis and Clark, National parks

John Gross: Walking in both worlds
Winter 2006
During his nearly two decades as a forester, there were days when John Gross would gladly have traded jobs with his wife, a teacher.Yet, after he realized his dream and started teaching in 1997, he would occasionally find himself glancing out the ...
Categories: Alumni, Education
Tags: Forestry

Uncommon access: Gaylord Mink shifts his focus from viruses to wild horses
Summer 2006
Gaylord Mink, hunched over and quiet as a mule deer, picks his way through rugged rangeland near the center of the Yakama Indian Reservation.Mink stops, straightens, and scans toward Dry Creek Elbow in the distance. Much closer, five wild horses l...
Categories: Biological sciences, Environmental studies, Agriculture
Tags: Animal health, Animal behavior, Horses, Plant behavior

Journalism's grandest prize
Summer 2006
On the morning of Tuesday, May 20, 1980, journalists arrived at The Daily News, turned on their computers, and were greeted with the daily message from managing editor Bob Gaston ('67 Journ.). That day's message was far from typical.This was two da...
Categories: Awards and honors, Alumni, Communication
Tags: Pulitzer Prize, Mount St. Helens, Journalism

Kelly Smith
Spring 2006
You don't want to be around him when he loses...Kelly Smith harbors such desire to win, that the coach gets testy for days before an ordinary baseball game. From the first pitch to the last, he's usually demonstrative, typically pessimistic, and o...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Coach, Baseball

I never said thank you.
Fall 2005
May 2005Inside the First Samoan Congregational Church in Oceanside, California, the Rev. Junior Tupuola is addressing his congregation, when he notices a figure in white moving across the back of the sanctuary. To Tupuola, it resembles an angel.As...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Guns, Football

Legends of the Palouse
Fall 2005
"I don't know too many Cougar alums who aren't crazy about the football team," says Jeff McQuarrie ('98 Comm.). Olympia, who set out to make a film that answers the question: "What is this love affair we have with our school?"Legends of the Palouse t...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Film, Documentary, Football

Web Extra :: An affair of the heart
Fall 2005
Jeff McQuarrie was living an American dream—pulling down a cool six figures while his wealthy customers pulled in salmon at an exclusive Alaskan fishing resort.Yet it wasn't his dream. So, early last year, he tossed a 14-year tenure as president...
Categories: WSU history, Media, Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Documentary, Film

Ruth Bennett: A former 'Youth for Nixon' puts a crimp in Christine Gregoire's majority
Summer 2005
The way Ruth Bennett figures it, if the Libertarian Party candidate hadn't been on Washington's ballot for governor, Christine Gregoire (D) would have waltzed to an uncontroversial victory.As it turned out, Gregoire's winning margin of 129 votes m...
Categories: Alumni, Public affairs
Tags: Libertarians, Politicians

Leading the Rebirth of the Blast Zone
Summer 2005
On an unusually balmy January day, a lush Douglas fir forest in the Green River Valley is dappled with sunlight. Dick Ford ('70 Forest Mgt.) may not have arranged the blue skies, but the longtime Weyerhaeuser forester did engineer this verdant reb...
Categories: Earth sciences
Tags: Mount St. Helens, Forestry

Where Water Meets Desert
Spring 2005
Among locals, you occasionally hear the word "wasteland" used to describe sagebrush-studded lands that biologists prefer to call native shrub steppe. It's impossible to take such a harsh view when Robert Kent is your guide to the Columbia Basin Wildlife Areas.
Categories: Environmental studies
Tags: Water, Columbia Basin, Wildlife

Getting a Feel for Archaeology, Uncovering Washington's History
Spring 2005
Within musket range of the rebuilt Fort Vancouver, Patrice Hruska wields a common garden trowel to unearth an uncommon piece of Pacific Northwest history.The chunk of brick that the Washington State University Vancouver anthropology student has fo...
Categories: Archaeology
Tags: No Tags

No longer a pipe dream
Winter 2004
Dave Van Curen graduated from Kelso High School and followed his father to Longview Fibre Co. in 1965."In Kelso, during that time, everybody's father worked in a mill," says Van Curen, who spent most of his years at the paper plant as a pipe fitte...
Categories: Education
Tags: Employment

Unwelcome Hitchhikers
Winter 2004
More than 30 feet above the ground, Brent Olson steers a mechanical lift across the outstretched limbs of a bigleaf maple tree. He aims his binoculars toward the trunks of two towering cottonwoods beyond, scanning for the enemy."They could be anyw...
Categories: Environmental studies
Tags: Wood, Entomology

Lonely, Beautiful, and Threatened—Willapa Bay
Spring 2004
Willapa Bay is the largest estuary between San Francisco and Puget Sound. It boasts one of the least-spoiled environments and the healthiest salmon runs south of Canada. It produces one in every four oysters farmed in the United States and is a favorite stop for tens of thousands of migratory birds. And it's in trouble.
Categories: Environmental studies
Tags: Oysters, Water, Birds

Low prices bog down cranberry growers
Winter 2003
In the not-so-old days, circa the mid-1990s, a small farmer along Washington's southern coastline could rake enough cranberries—and money—from just 10 acres of bogs to send the kids to college and maybe have enough cash left to spend Christmas...
Categories: Food, Agriculture
Tags: Cranberries, Recipe

From dirt to dinner table
Fall 2003
Chuck Eggert '71 likes to do the right thing. He also likes good food. He has combined those likes into a natural foods empire.
Categories: Business, Food
Tags: Organic foods