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Posts for Summer 2015
Summer 2015

Alumni write in letters remembering the post-World War II era of WSU and praising basketball Coach Ernie Kent.


Categories: Alumni, WSU history
Tags: Letters, World War II, Veterans


Letters to the future
Summer 2015

The world's first time capsule that can be updated was designed in 1989, and now WSU alumni continue the tradition as Keepers of the Capsule.


Categories: Washington state history, Alumni
Tags: Time capsule


Howard Copp ’57—From houseboy to husband
Summer 2015

Howard Copp was a houseboy at Alpha Gamma Delta at WSU, until his future wife Martha pulled him away.


Categories: WSU students, Alumni
Tags: Marriage, Sorority


Elaine Thomas ’76—Showing some metal
Summer 2015

Elaine Thomas broke ground as a top metallurgist, a traditionally male field, researching and making high-quality metal castings.


Categories: Alumni, Materials engineering
Tags: Metallurgy, Women


The Clark Family—Pets, vets, and architects
Summer 2015

Jeff Clark and Michael Clark, along with their wives Sharon and Judi, combined an architecture firm and veterinary clinic in their Kirkland building.


Categories: Alumni, Veterinary medicine, Architecture and design
Tags: Architects, Buildings


Guillermo “Billy” Pimentel ’99—On the biodefense
Summer 2015

Commander Billy Pimentel '99 PhD, a leader in biodefense for the U.S. Navy, brought in the Navy's mobile labs to help test for Ebola in Liberia.


Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: U.S. Navy, Biodefense, Mycology, Microbiology, Ebola


Cougar pride on the road and into scholarships
Summer 2015

Philip Behrend and Kayla Leinweber are two students helped by scholarships funded from the crimson WSU license plates.


Categories: Alumni, WSU students
Tags: Scholarships, License plates


Liz Siler ’78—Hungry to help
Spring 2015

Liz Siler and her family advocate and work for food banks in Pullman to help feed the hungry.


Categories: Alumni, Social work
Tags: Food banks, Hunger, Philanthropy


Terry Ishihara ’49—“You can’t be happy and bitter”
Spring 2015

Terry Ishihara went from a teen in a WWII internment camp to a mechanical engineering degree at Washington State College and a successful career.


Categories: Alumni, Engineering
Tags: Japanese-Americans, Internment camps, World War II, Mechanical engineering


Eric Marks ’86—Marshalling the deputies
Spring 2015

Former U.S. Chief Deputy Marshal Eric Marks hunted down fugitives, protected judges and witnesses, and guided the Eastern Washington division of the U.S. Marshals Service.


Categories: Alumni, Law
Tags: U.S. Marshals Service, Criminal justice, Fugitives


Schweitzer receives alumni award
Spring 2015

Edmund O. Schweitzer III ’77 PhD received the university's highest alumni honor, the Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award, in November 2014.


Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award, Engineers


Alumni Achievement Awards
Spring 2015

Gaymond ’63 and Cindy Schultz, along with WSU scientist Lynne Carpenter-Boggs ’97, received Alumni Achievement Awards last year for their accomplishments.


Categories: Alumni, Engineering
Tags: Alumni Achievement Award, Scientists


Posts for Spring 2015
Spring 2015

Letters from readers address the mapmaker mystery, a memory of a favorite professor, and praise for an article on brick roads.


Categories: Geography, Alumni
Tags: Roads, Maps, In memoriam


Posts for Winter 2014
Winter 2014

Letters from WSU alumni and faculty reflect on past stories. What's New introduces two new WSU college names: Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture and Carson College of Business.


Categories: Alumni, Washington State Magazine
Tags: Letters, Correction, Buildings


Finding the artist: An absurd, incredible journey
Winter 2014

We trace the history of Harold Balazs ’51, one of the most prolific public artists in the Northwest. Settling in Washington, he has made our corner of the universe a nicer place to be.


Categories: Alumni, Fine Arts
Tags: Artists, Public art


Joanne Hanley ’80—Preserving public treasures
Winter 2014

Joanne Hanley never expected her WSU degree in environmental science to lead her a 9/11 memorial and Gettysburg.


Categories: Alumni, History
Tags: National parks, Gettysburg


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


Ted Tremper ’04—The art of improv
Winter 2014

Ted Tremper started with comedy improv at WSU and a decade later he's an actor, web television filmmaker, and veteran of The Second City.


Categories: Alumni, Performing arts
Tags: Comedians, Comedy, Acting


Celebrating a half century, and more
Winter 2014

Golden and diamond grads from 1954 and 1964 return to campus in September 2014.


Categories: Alumni
Tags: Reunions


Posts for Fall 2014
Fall 2014

Letters from WSU alumni cover Ferdinand's murals and past articles. The new Residence Inn hotel is highlighted in What's New?


Categories: Alumni, Washington State Magazine
Tags: Ferdinand's, Hotels


Chip Hanauer ’76—The boat guy
Fall 2014

Chip Hanauer '76 went from champion hydroplane racer to The Boat Guy, losing his voice and finding himself along the way.


Categories: Athletics, Recreation, Alumni
Tags: Boating, Racing, Hydroplane boats


Jaclyn Phillips ’10—Tripping the towers
Fall 2014

Engineer Jaclyn Phillips ’10 volunteers to build a bridge in Nicaragua.


Categories: Alumni, Engineering
Tags: Bridges, Nicaragua, Philanthropy


Mark Paxton ’76—Shaping smiles
Fall 2014

Oral surgeon Mark Paxton ’76 has traveled to Guatemala for 23 years to perform cleft lip and palate surgeries, and leading groups of volunteers from WSU to provide medical services.


Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: Cleft lip and palate, Oral surgery, Volunteer, Guatemala


Pam Nolan-Beasley ’88—Physics for five-year-olds
Fall 2014

Pam Nolan-Beasley ’88, a kindergarten teacher at Waitsburg Elementary School, says kids at that age are sponges for science education.


Categories: Alumni, Education
Tags: Kindergarten, Science education


Cougar I
Fall 2014

A promising pairing of alumni and wine lands this October with Cougar I, a rich red blend.


Categories: Alumni, Culinary Arts
Tags: Wine, Alumni Association


Posts for Summer 2014
Summer 2014

Letters, Tweets, and “What’s New” photo for the Summer 2014 issue.


Categories: WSU Spokane, Washington State Magazine, Alumni
Tags: Letters, Buildings


Tom Norwalk ’75—Visit Seattle
Summer 2014

Tom Norwalk, president and CEO of Visit Seattle, talks about tourism in Seattle and the state of Washington.


Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Tourism, Seattle


Tim Hills ’93—Hotels and history
Summer 2014

Historian Tim Hills has captured the colorful history of the many McMenamins hotels and restaurants.


Categories: History, Alumni
Tags: McMenamins, Hotels


Cori Dantini ’93—Art and whimsy
Summer 2014

Cori Dantini ’93 has captivated fans all over the world with her whimsical art.


Categories: Alumni, Fine Arts
Tags: Artists


Allison Helfen ’89—A crush on local wine
Summer 2014

The Wine Alley in Renton was a dream come real for Allison Helfen and her husband Scott.


Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Wine


Pavlo Rudenko ’09—As fast as he can go
Spring 2014

Pavlo Rudenko is producing a bio-based lubricant with nano-scale particles that can reduce friction on metal surfaces.


Categories: Alumni, Engineering
Tags: Inventors, Lubricants, Nanotechnology


Nancy Gillett ’78—The business of science
Spring 2014

Pathologist and business executive Nancy Gillett took some major leaps in her life, and went from a practicing veterinarian to chief science officer and senior executive vice president at Charles River Laboratories.


Categories: Alumni, Business, Veterinary medicine
Tags: Women in business, Pathology, Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award


Two alumni recognized for their contributions to food and agriculture
Spring 2014

Masami Takeuchi and Gail L. Cramer were honored for their work in food security, agricultural policy, and research in agribusiness.


Categories: Agriculture, Alumni
Tags: Food security, Agribusiness, Agricultural policy


Posts for Spring 2014
Spring 2014

Letters from WSU alumni about former President Glenn Terrell, Gabriel Fielding, apples, and more. The new WSU Visitor Center is highlighted.


Categories: WSU history, Alumni
Tags: Gabriel Fielding, Glenn Terrell, WSU presidents, Visitor center


On the Road
Spring 2014

Washington’s Poet Laureate brings poetry to, and discovers it in, each of the state’s 39 counties.


Categories: Poetry, Alumni
Tags: Poets, Writing


An inquiring mind
Spring 2014

Ken Alexander ’82 is chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital.


Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: Pediatrics, Doctors


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


Posts for Winter 2013
Winter 2013

Letters from WSU alumni, photos of what's new on campus, and Tweets from WSU Discovery.


Categories: Alumni, Washington State Magazine
Tags: Letters, Buildings


Cougar encampments
Winter 2013

Over the past 20 years a community of devoted campers has developed in the parking lots around the WSU Pullman campus.


Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Tailgating, Transportation


Second Acts
Winter 2013

Retired librarian Bunny Levine moved to LA to follow her dream of being in the movies. She and others have found that redefining retirement can lead to greater health and happiness.


Categories: Alumni, Business, Performing arts
Tags: Retirement, Second careers


Dan Rottler ’92—Atop towers of power
Winter 2013

Plant manager Dan Rottler wrangles windmills more than 200 feet high with 20-ton boxes of gears in his work for Puget Sound Energy.


Categories: Alumni, Engineering
Tags: Wind, Windmills, Mechanical engineering


Helen Szablya ’76—Living in interesting times
Winter 2013

Helen Szablya remembers the bombs in Budapest in World War II, and her escape from Hungary after the Communist takeover. She became an advocate for the country when she came to the United States.


Categories: Alumni, History
Tags: Hungary, World War II


David Cox ’71—Generations Rx
Winter 2013

The Cox family of South Bend, Washington, have run their pharmacy for three generations.


Categories: Alumni, Pharmacy
Tags: Pharmacists


Catching up with WSUAA President Ken Locati ’85
Winter 2013

Ken Locati ’85 rediscovered his Cougar side in San Diego. He subsequently became the WSUAA president.


Categories: Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association, Leadership


Posts for Fall 2013
Fall 2013

Letters from WSU alumni on the giant "Go Cougs" sign on SR 26, "Gun Show Nation" article, and the profile of Dan and Val Ogden. It also features a new WSU Vancouver building.


Categories: Alumni, Washington State Magazine
Tags: Letters, Cougar pride, Buildings


Constant Coffee
Fall 2013

If there’s a liquid for which Olympia is more known than rain, it’s coffee. Larry Challain '73 and his coffee roasting company Batdorf & Bronson has been a constant presence in the city since the 1980s.


Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Coffee, Olympia


Dynamic duo
Fall 2013

Friends and colleagues Eric Brandon '12 and Nick Linton '13 bring together engineering and design to their desire to make sustainable communities.


Categories: Architecture and design, Engineering, Alumni
Tags: Design, Sustainability


Apple-a-Day
Fall 2013

Danielle ’12 and Megan ’13 LaRiviere started a business delivering apples to businesses in Yakima and Bellevue as a healthy snack food option.


Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Apples


A Cougar trade show
Fall 2013

The CougsFirst! trade show brought together WSU alumni, Coug celebrities, and 40 Coug-owned businesses.


Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Exhibit, Trade


Kathleen McChesney ’71—Agent of change
Fall 2013

Kathleen McChesney '71 rose up from the King County Sheriff's department investigating Ted Bundy to the third highest position in the FBI.


Categories: Alumni, Social sciences
Tags: Criminal justice, Police, FBI


Jennifer Merschdorf ’96—A young survivor
Fall 2013

Jennifer Merschdorf '96, a young cancer survivor, helps fellow survivors as CEO of the nonprofit Young Survival Coalition.


Categories: Alumni, Social work
Tags: Cancer, Philanthropy


Ten years of teamwork
Fall 2013

In September 2003, Tim Pavish ’80 left Seattle and a 20-year career in advertising to return to Pullman and become the executive director of the WSU Alumni Association.


Categories: Alumni, WSU history
Tags: Alumni Association, Leadership


Marcia Steele Hoover ’90—Running with a mission
Summer 2013

Marcia Steele Hoover '90 promotes creativity and health as global director of the Nike Communications Center of Excellence at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.


Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Nike, Organizational communication


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


Cougars pounce on new plates
Summer 2013

Since the release of the crimson-colored plates with the WSU Cougar logo in January 2012, more than 7,000 alumni and friends have purchased them. More than half are first time WSU plate holders, 4,200 and counting.


Categories: Alumni
Tags: License plates, Alumni Association


Posts for Summer 2013
Summer 2013

Letters from alumni about Florence Wager and Washington apples, along with video and What's New? at WSU.


Categories: Alumni, Agriculture
Tags: Letters, Video, Apples, Gardens


Eric Zakarison ’81 and Sheryl Hagen-Zakarison ’83, ’91—Thinking small
Summer 2013

Eric Zakarison ’81 and Sheryl Hagen-Zakarison ’83, ’91 decided to use their small family farm near Pullman to raise more than wheat, adding animals and other crops to the mix.


Categories: Agriculture, Alumni
Tags: Small farms, Sustainability, Ranching


Posts for Spring 2013
Spring 2013

Letters, photographs, and vignettes from WSU alumni, plus a video on coping with pet loss and selections from the Twitter feed.


Categories: WSU history, Alumni
Tags: Basketball, Video, Letters


Patrick Rothfuss ’02—World Builder
Spring 2013

Life’s a fantasy for best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss. He invites us into his worlds, one real and one of his own invention.


Categories: Literature, Alumni, Fiction
Tags: Fantasy, Authors, Philanthropy


Asif Chaudhry ’88—The ambassador
Spring 2013

Former U.S. Ambassador to Moldova Asif Chaudhry ’88 has had quite a journey to serving the country in the Foreign Service.


Categories: Alumni, Public affairs
Tags: Diplomats, Foreign Service, State Department, Moldova


George R. “Bob” Pettit ’52—A profile in persistence
Spring 2013

George R. “Bob” Pettit ’52, a Regents Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient and prominent cancer researcher and chemist, has faced an uphill climb in his quest for cancer-fighting compounds.


Categories: Chemistry, Alumni
Tags: Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award, Cancer, Research


John Bryant ’88—Here for the beer
Spring 2013

John Bryant ’88 brought his beer business savvy to Spokane’s No-Li Brewhouse, bringing awards and attention across the United States and overseas to the microbrewery.


Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Marketing, Beer, Breweries


Matthew Heatherly ’12—Serving and learning
Spring 2013

After high school Matthew Heatherly decided to delay his college education in order to enlist and serve his country in the Army. Now he has earned his online degree with WSU in 2012, with much of the work done while he was in active service.


Categories: Global Campus, Alumni
Tags: Online education, Veterans, Joint Base Lewis-McChord


Steadfast Cougar Spirit
Spring 2013

Hundreds of WSU graduates from 1953 and 1963 will gather for their Golden and Diamond reunions in April.


Categories: Alumni
Tags: Reunions


Maps, memory, and imagination
Winter 2012
The aspirations, dreams, and metaphors invested in maps are displayed in two recent books by WSU alumni, as well as several articles in this issue.
Categories: Alumni, Literature, Geography
Tags: Maps, Books


The Law and the Land
Winter 2012

Indian law attorney and Colville tribal member Brian Gunn ’95 took on the challenge of his grandfather and brought home a gratifying settlement for years of federal mismanagement of Indian trust lands.


Categories: Law, Washington state history, Alumni
Tags: Indian Law, Colville Tribes, Native American leaders, Native Americans


Bob Hanson ’82—When bowling was big
Winter 2012

Bob Hanson '82 led the WSU bowling team to the national championships. Now he owns Tower Lanes in Tacoma and bowls in professional tournaments.


Categories: WSU history, Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Bowling


What I’ve Learned Since College—An interview with Ruth Bindler ’01
Winter 2012

Ruth Bindler '01, spent her life working on children's health as well as heading up the graduate programs at the WSU College of Nursing.


Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: Nursing, Obesity, Public health


Chris Dunagan ’74, ’75—Bearing witness to the sights and smells of our soggy backyard
Winter 2012

Chris Dunagan, environmental reporter for the Kitsap Sun for 26 years, covers the water and land of hundreds of miles of Puget Sound shoreline, from the bustling docks of Bremerton to the backwaters of Hood Canal.


Categories: Alumni, Communication
Tags: Journalism, Environmental journalism, Reporters


Awards and Volunteer Recognition
Winter 2012

The 2011-12 recipients of the WSU Alumni Achievement Award include a retired major general, former NASCAR driver, retired NFL player, and a composer/conductor. Volunteers are also recognized for the past year.


Categories: Alumni
Tags: Awards, Alumni Achievement Award, Volunteer


Gene Callan ’76—A dream for today and tomorrow
Fall 2012

The Maryhill Museum of Art received a major renovation that will showcase more of its amazing collection, thanks to Portland architect Gene Callan ’76.


Categories: Architecture and design, Alumni
Tags: Museums, Columbia Gorge, Art museums


Patrick Siler ’61—On the wall
Fall 2012

Former WSU art professor Patrick Siler '61 has painted a fantastical mural that covers a wall in downtown Pullman. It's his way of creating visual fireworks in the town he taught in for 32 years.


Categories: Fine Arts, Alumni
Tags: Artists, Pullman life, Public art, Mural


Yessenia Picha ’12—Of alpacas and affection
Fall 2012

Alpacas were a familiar sight for Yessenia Picha ’12, but she sees them in a new light as she returns to her home in Cuzco after training at WSU as one of the first, if not the first woman veterinarian in Peru to earn a veterinary master’s degree in the United States.


Categories: Veterinary medicine, Alumni
Tags: Alpacas, Peru


Marcus Capers ’12—What it means to be a Coug
Fall 2012

Marcus Capers exemplifies the Cougar spirit as an iron man of WSU basketball. The 2012 graduate broke the record for most basketball games played by a WSU player, and Capers did it with heart and energy.


Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Basketball


The Future’s So Bright: New WSUAA President Lisa Steele Haberly ’99
Fall 2012

New WSUAA president Lisa Steele Haberly ’99 reaches out from sunny Tucson, Arizona, to lead Cougar alumni.


Categories: Alumni
Tags: Leadership, Arizona, Alumni Association


Mural, mural, on the wall
Fall 2012

Artist and WSU fine arts faculty member for 32 years, Patrick Siler’s outdoor wall mural “Pine Street Plaza Mural” holds a prominent position in downtown Pullman. 


Categories: Fine Arts, Alumni
Tags: Pullman life, Public art, Mural


Posts for Fall 2012
Fall 2012

Letters, web updates, and scenes from the WSU campus.


Categories: Alumni, WSU history, Washington State Magazine
Tags: Buildings, WSU library


Race, Class, and William Julius Wilson’ s World of Opportunity
Fall 2012

Half a century ago, WSU was a national leader in producing black doctors of sociology. Among them, William Julius Wilson ’66 PhD—recipient of 45 honorary degress and the National Medal of Science, and author of landmark works that redefined poverty and race. “Going to WSU,” he says, “was the greatest decision I ever made in my life.”


Categories: Sociology, Alumni
Tags: Social justice, Sociologists, African Americans


Posts for Summer 2012
Summer 2012
Special bondThose of us who attended Washington State University (or College) have a special bond. This is our experience and memories of our time there.Sometimes those thoughts are made even more poignant by an article such as “Categories: Alumni, WSU history
Tags: Research, Buildings, Martin Stadium


Doing good through blending
Summer 2012
About three years ago, Monte Regier returned to Seattle from a year working on the hospital ship Anastasis off the coast of Liberia. Suffering from culture shock, remembering friends who go to bed hungry every night, he sat with his friend Martin...
Categories: Alumni, Social work
Tags: Wine, Philanthropy, Charity, Food


The Murrow boys
Summer 2012
In 1913 Ethel and Roscoe Murrow moved their family from their small farm in North Carolina to the Puget Sound community of Blanchard hoping to find a better living for themselves and their three sons. The worldwide fame of their youngest, Ed...
Categories: Alumni, Washington state history
Tags: Edward R. Murrow, Skagit Valley, Family


John E. Olerud ’65—Science is a lot like baseball
Summer 2012
Whether he’s studying how wounds heal or he’s tagging a runner out at home plate, John E. Olerud ’65 knows two techniques to succeed: work hard and stick with it.Olerud credits those lessons to the man who recruited him to Washington Stat...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics, Health sciences
Tags: Baseball, Dermatology, Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award, Doctors


Dan Newhouse ’77—Farm to director’s office
Summer 2012
In 2009, Dan Newhouse ’77 was walking through the wings of the state House of Representatives when the governor’s chief of staff approached him with a surprising offer.Newhouse was a four-term Republican representative from Sunnyside and fl...
Categories: Agriculture, Alumni, Public affairs
Tags: Politicians, Hops, State government


10,000 More Members!
Summer 2012
That’s right, there are now 10,000 more members in the WSUAA since 2004, when we started the push to build membership, alumni engagement, and fiscal stability. That’s enough to pack the stands in Beasley Coliseum.We’re celebrating an asto...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association, Scholarships


Coyote
Summer 2012
—Pronunciation: \ kī–ō’–tē, chiefly Western kī’–ōt \After years away, I met you again on the tongue of an old friend from home. Kī’–ōt.Trotting through sagebrush. Wild by any name. I’d moved to a green isle city that pron...
Categories: Alumni, Poetry
Tags: Hanford, Eastern Washington, Identity


Indaba Coffee
Spring 2012
Spokane’s Indaba Coffee is not your typical café. With a Zulu name that loosely means a gathering of tribal leaders to discuss important matters, the spot just north of the Spokane River is a re...
Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Coffee, Restaurants, Spokane, Social justice


Doug Forseth ’71—Snow business
Spring 2012
Doug Forseth ’71 believes in “management by skiing around.”He is kidding, kind of, playing on the concept of the popular business book Management by Walking Around. But the senior vice president of operations for the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Reso...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Hotel management, Skiing, Resorts, Canada


Anna Ballard Wilson ’04—CSI: Cheney
Spring 2012
When Anna Wilson’s cell phone rings, there’s usually a dead body involved.No matter if she’s in the shower or at the movies, she’s out the door in a matter of minutes, headed for the Washington State Patrol forensics lab at the edge o...
Categories: Biological sciences, Alumni
Tags: Forensics, Washington State Patrol, Criminal justice


Orrin Pilkey ’57—A climate change provocateur
Spring 2012
In August 1969, Hurricane Camille slammed into Mississippi with winds of nearly 200 miles an hour. The storm blew many things far and wide, including the career track of coastal geologist Orrin Pilkey ’57. Up to that point, Pilkey had...
Categories: Earth sciences, Alumni
Tags: Climate change, Geology, Ocean, Beach


Renewing your plates
Spring 2012
Get Your “Crimson to Go” New Cougar Plates Hit the RoadFor several years the Washington State University Alumni Association has had designs on a new WSU license plate. This January, plans to replace th...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: License plates, Cougar gear


Letters in the Winter 2011 issue
Winter 2011
Which way was that again? Your article “When wildfire comes to town” locates the Dishman Hills west of Spokane. The Dishman Hills actually are located near the west city limits of the City of Spokane Valley and are southeast of the ...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Letters, Cougar logo


A Coug’s Numbers, A Hollywood Story
Winter 2011
By traditional baseball standards, Scott Hatteberg’s big league days were numbered.He had been a Cougar standout, team captain, Most Valuable Player, and catcher for future All-Star Aaron Sele, with whom he went to the Red Sox in 1991. But ...
Categories: Alumni, Mathematics, Athletics
Tags: Statistics, Sabermetrics, Moneyball, Baseball


John Olerud x’88: Faith, Hope, and Horses
Winter 2011
 John Olerud was not enamored with New York City during his playing days with the Toronto Blue Jays. “Every time we went there and played I was so intimidated by the city.” he recalls. “I just thought, man, it was just a matter of tim...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Disabilities, Major League Baseball, Baseball


Jim Dunlap ’70—Tugs, tides, and time
Winter 2011
Jim Dunlap ’70 says he learned the family business “from the mud up.” Today one of several Dunlaps in the water transportation business runs a tugboat and freight company with ports in Everett and LaConner. But his first job workin...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Tugboats, Towing, Puget Sound


LaToya Harris ’03—Standing out
Winter 2011
When coach LaToya Harris stands with her team on the volleyball court at Lewis-Clark State College, here’s the remarkable thing: She doesn’t stand out. Sure, she is the only one wearing black crop pants instead of blue shorts and a w...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Volleyball, Coach, Lewis-Clark State College


Chance McKinney ’94, ’96—Country music working man
Winter 2011
It’s vacation season, mid-August. A light breeze off Lake Chelan wafts over Manson, where Chance McKinney and his band Crosswire prepare to open for country music star Dierks Bentley at the Mill Bay Casino.For McKinney ’94, ’96—an...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni, Music
Tags: Concerts, Student athletes, Country Music Television, Country music


Awards and Recognition
Winter 2011
Each year, the WSU Alumni Association acknowledges alumni and volunteers who have made significant contributions to their professions, their communities, the world, and the University. The WSUAA Alumni Achievement Award was created in 197...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association, Awards


WSM Reader Survey Results: So what do you think?
Winter 2011
Most of you really like us. Some of you don’t. A very few of you (2 percent) ignore us, but hardly anyone outright hates us. That’s the gist of the reader survey many of you recently participated in. Either way, we’re listening. And...
Categories: Alumni, Washington State Magazine
Tags: Surveys, Readers


Seeing the trees
Fall 2011
At the south end of Whidbey Island, off a tree-lined road, Linda Kast ’75 pulls her station wagon up to a gate and jumps out. She opens her hatchback and extracts a thick folder containing maps, a history, and an inventory of her smal...
Categories: Alumni, WSU Extension, Forestry
Tags: Forest management


Letters in the Fall 2011 issue
Fall 2011
Moral capitalI, too, enjoyed Jennifer Sherman’s interesting and authoritative piece on Golden Valley in the spring edition. I winced a bit, however, at the “in large part due to the 1992 spotted owl ruling” but, because her story se...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Letters


Darnell Sue ’02—A girl and her power
Fall 2011
This thing called Girl Power is at work well before the scheduled hour of 6 p.m. A peek into Bellevue’s Pure Barre gym one evening in May offers a view of more than a half dozen women in dresses and high heels setting up tables, filli...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Networking, Women


A Leonard legacy
Fall 2011
Elmer O. Leonard started as a student at Washington State College in 1915. When the call came in 1918, he headed to Europe and the Great War as a soldier. Like a number of other young men, he was killed in combat and never returned to P...
Categories: Alumni, WSU history
Tags: Family, Veterans, Firefighters


Randall Johnson’s Cougar logo Turns 75—What this place needs
Fall 2011
When Randall Johnson was a student at Washington State College, he would occasionally stop and visit Butch. This was the 1930s, when Butch was a real cougar and lived in a cage near Martin Stadium.“He could care less,” wrote Johnson ’...
Categories: Alumni, WSU history
Tags: Butch Cougar, Cougar logo


Rhonda Kromm ’86, ’05
Fall 2011
Rhonda Kromm wouldn’t let car problems keep her from going to college. Since her old vehicle wouldn’t make the drive from Moses Lake, she hitchhiked to Spokane and hiked up the hill to Spokane Community College to enroll. Then she hik...
Categories: Alumni, Education
Tags: Alumni Association, Teaching


The Storyteller—Patrick McManus ’56, ’59 MA
Summer 2011

Patrick McManus’s comic formula depends on his creation of a world of oddly named characters with generous and adventurous souls. And a markedly different perspective. “As far back as I can remember,” he writes, “I have seen funny. What may horrify normal people may strike me as hilarious.”


Categories: Alumni, Literature
Tags: Humor, Authors, Outdoors, Fishing, Hunting


The Things We Do for Our Dogs—and what they do for us
Summer 2011

In 1974 between 15 and 18 million dogs and cats were killed in animal control centers. To address what he perceived as “wide-spread irresponsible animal ownership,” Leo Bustad ’49 DVM created the People-Pet Partnership and promoted research into the human-animal bond. Although it is impossible to assess the total impact of his work, the number of animals killed today is down to four million. And the pet-people bond manifests itself in ways beyond his comprehension.


Categories: Veterinary medicine, Alumni
Tags: Dogs, Pets, Animal-human interaction, Animal behavior


A plan for Washington
Summer 2011
In 1972, as Scott Carson was preparing to graduate from Washington State University, a counselor told him he was still six credits shy of his degree. The Vietnam veteran was astonished. “He said I had to complete these physical educat...
Categories: Alumni, Education
Tags: Campaign for Washington State University, Philanthropy, Gifts, Volunteer


Somewhere in France
Summer 2011
The latest posting on our Coordinates website is from Margrit von Braun ’89 PhD, who writes from Nigeria. Margrit and her husband, Ian von Lindern, founded TerraGraphics, an environmental engin...
Categories: Alumni, Area studies, WSU history
Tags: Travel, Maps, WSU presidents


Letters in the Summer 2011 issue
Summer 2011
Moral capitalKudos to Jennifer Sherman for her good article summarizing her research and book about real-life experiences in Golden Valley. It describes the price of economic disaster in a rural atmosphere in a revealing and provocative w...
Categories: Alumni, Washington State Magazine, History
Tags: Buildings, Artists


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


The Perfect Hunt
Summer 2011
Nearing total exhaustion from my janitorial labors, I plopped my 19-year-old bones down in the cushy leather office chair of Dr. Seymour Slick, Dean of Science. Had I been of a thoughtful nature, I might at that moment have reflected th...
Categories: Humor, Alumni
Tags: Hunting, Outdoors, Short stories


Arun Raha ’91—The good, the bad, and the budget
Summer 2011
When Arun Raha ’91 started work as the state of Washington’s chief economist three years ago, his new staffers welcomed him with a gift: an official Magic 8 Ball.“I said ‘OK, great! Now I have a forecasting tool,’” he recalls.If onl...
Categories: Alumni, Economics, Public affairs
Tags: Economist, State government, Budget


Bill ’69 and Felicia ’73 Gaskins—All in stride
Summer 2011
Bill Gaskins says he knows exactly when Felicia Cornwall fell in love with him. On a snowy day in 1963, the two were walking arm-in-arm along WSU’s Hello Walk. Felicia, a sophomore from Tacoma, was taking mincing steps through the ...
Categories: Cultural studies, Alumni, Pharmacy
Tags: WSU staff, Diversity, African Americans


Kristine (McClary) Vannoy ’87—The facts of fudge
Summer 2011
“I’m easy to spot. I’m six-foot-two,” says Kristine (McClary) Vannoy, as we plan our meeting at an upscale grocery in Seattle. But when she appears, it’s not her height that’s eye-catching, or even her long red hair. It’s th...
Categories: Culinary Arts, Business, Alumni
Tags: Food, Fudge, Entrepreneurs


Don’t be a stranger—use Coug connections to break into a new community
Summer 2011
In 2006, when David Cox ’05 moved 1,200 miles from Pullman to Phoenix, he didn’t have many ties to the community. Hungry for new friends, he emailed the Washington State University Alumni Association and learned that Lisa Steele-Haber...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association, Arizona


Nicole Braux Taflinger ’66, ’68—Season of Suffering
Spring 2011
Nicole Braux (now Taflinger) was 13 years old when Germany invaded France in 1940. Years later, having survived the occupation with her mother, married an American airman, and moved to Pullman, she has written a lovely and moving memoir.First w...
Categories: Memoirs, Alumni
Tags: World War II, France


Kim Fay ’88—Communion: A Culinary Journey through Vietnam
Spring 2011
Any prospective reader of Kim Fay’s book about Vietnamese food should be forewarned. Her descriptions are awfully good. In the city of Hue, following her first exposure to com hen, or clam rice, which was served to her Vietnamese-hot, well be...
Categories: Food, Alumni
Tags: Vietnam, Cooking, Travel


George Nethercutt Jr. ’67—Knowing our nation
Spring 2011
George Nethercutt Jr. ’67 may not be in Congress anymore, but he still yearns to shorten the distance between Washington, D.C., and his home state of Washington.The effort has kept the Spokane native busy since he left the House of Repres...
Categories: Education, Public affairs, Alumni
Tags: Politicians, Civic education


True to his school long after graduating
Spring 2011
Robert Williams ’79, a banking executive, is the current president of the WSU Alumni Association. He started volunteering with the University in the 1980s by joining the advisory board for the College of Busi...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Volunteer, Alumni Association


Outside In—Architecture of the Pacific Northwest
Spring 2011
Architecture in the Pacific Northwest has always had to contend with the environment. The results are enchanting.
Categories: Architecture and design, Alumni
Tags: Northwest architecture, Seattle, Buildings


Gary Brinson ’68—Investing in the world
Spring 2011
As businesses became more international and markets around the world grew increasingly interconnected over the last three decades, a forward-thinking investor could succeed with a global portfolio. Gary Brinson was one of the earliest of those ...
Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award, Investments, Finance


Letters in the Spring 2011 issue
Spring 2011
Civility Professor Cornell Clayton’s article in the winter issue, “Understanding the Civility Crisis” is thought-provoking. However, he betrays the liberal bias common to the majority of today’s college...
Categories: Washington State Magazine, Alumni
Tags: Letters


Nature Boy reads on
Spring 2011
We received a wonderful letter recently from Clarence Schuchman ’38 about tuition costs and music. Referring to published commen...
Categories: WSU history, Alumni
Tags: Music, Tuition


Canjo
Spring 2011
You’ve enjoyed the cheese, but what do you do with a Cougar Gold can? John Elwood ’01 builds fine stringed instruments—dulcimers, mandolins, banjos, harpsichords— so using the iconic tin Categories: Music, Alumni
Tags: WSU Creamery, Musical instruments, Banjo, Cheese


Civility in Politics and Campaigns
Winter 2010
Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed '63, '68 is recognized by his smile and civility as well as his nonpartisan statesmanship. Fortunately, he is not entirely alone.
Categories: Political science, Communication, Alumni
Tags: Civility, Political advertising, Politicians, State government, Legislature


Letters for Winter 2010
Winter 2010
Walla Walla SweetsI really enjoyed your article on Walla Walla Sweet Onions in the Fall 2010 Washington State Magazine. It brought back a lot of memories of working at the Walla Walla Produce Company, a wholesale fruit and produce company that my...
Categories: Alumni, Food
Tags: Letters, Onions, Cougar Smokies sausage


Betty and Peggy Lee in 1936
Winter 2010
One day in 1936 Betty Lee and her twin sister Peggy, about four years old, posed for their mother in the Washington State College shirts given to them by Carl Morrow, then Dean of Men at WSU.Their parents, Don and Julia Lee, moved to Pullman in...
Categories: Alumni, WSU history
Tags: 1936, College Hill, WSU staff


Mieko Nakabayashi ’92—Making policy public
Winter 2010
Growing up in late 1960s Japan, Mieko Nakabayashi had an unlikely goal. The eldest daughter of a farmer-turned-land-developer, she dreamed of living overseas.“I was so curious about the world,” she recalls.Four decades later, that Saitama Pre...
Categories: Public affairs, Alumni
Tags: Parliament, Politicians, Japan


Joe Fugere ’84—Feeding his interests
Winter 2010
Joe Fugere opened Tutta Bella pizzeria in Columbia City in 2004. A veteran of several Northwest-based companies, including Starbucks and Taco Time, he decided it was time to go into business for himself and produce true traditional Naples-st...
Categories: Food, Culinary Arts, Alumni
Tags: Pizza, Restaurants


Mary Kaufman-Cranney ’78—Call of the wild
Winter 2010
Last summer Mary Kaufman-Cranney culled a batch of black dresses from her closet and replaced them with hiking boots and trail shoes. Having left her job with the Seattle Opera, where she was director of development, she has less use for the ...
Categories: Environmental studies, Public affairs, Alumni
Tags: Conservation, Fundraising, The Nature Conservancy


Honoring alumni and volunteers
Winter 2010
This year, the WSU Alumni Association had tremendous support from its volunteers, especially those serving as president, members of the board of directors, chapter leaders, and Alliance representatives. In keeping with a tradition established i...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Alumni Achievement Award, Alumni Association


Round-Up and recovery
Fall 2010
Locals often see Mike and Jill Thorne on the two-lane highway between their ranch outside Pendleton and the Oregon city’s rodeo grounds. As the 100thanniversary of the Pendleton Round-Up comes in Septe...
Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Rodeos, Pendleton


Hans Breivik ’88—About a bridge
Fall 2010
Tacoma certainly has had its share of broken bridges. But lately Hans Breivik ’88 has been coordinating the repair of one of them.The double-bascule bridge across the Hylebos Waterway at the Port of Tacoma was built in 1938 and has been frozen ...
Categories: Engineering, Alumni
Tags: Civil engineering, Bridges


Kevin Tomlinson ’75—Back to the garden
Fall 2010
On a roadtrip with a friend in 1988, Kevin Tomlinson stumbled onto what would be the seed of a great story. At the time, he just knew he had to collect it and save it.“We were out to see the American West,” says the filmmaker, who graduat...
Categories: Visual arts, Alumni
Tags: Film, Back to the Land movement, Movies, Documentary


Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck ’33—Recognition at last
Fall 2010
In March of this year, a special Congressional action signed by President Obama awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots, the “WASPS” ...
Categories: Military sciences, History, Alumni
Tags: Pilots, World War II, Women's Airforce Service Pilots


Edward Claplanhoo ’56—Bah-duk-too-ah: August 8, 1928–March 14, 2010
Fall 2010
Ed Claplanhoo ’56 was chairman of the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay when a winter storm in 1970 eroded the bank above the beach at Cape Alava on the Olympic Peninsula coast, revealing the village of Ozette. The village, ancestral home to many
Categories:
Alumni, Cultural studies
Tags: In memoriam, Native American leaders, Makah, Ozette


Dan Nelson '89—25,000 miles of trails
Summer 2010
Dan Nelson knows his way around Washington’s woods. As the author of a dozen books on hikes, snowshoe trips, and trails throughout the Cascades, Eastern Washington, and the Olympic Peninsula, he’s logged thousands of miles for research.“I...
Categories: Alumni, Recreation
Tags: Hiking, Trails, Writers


Annie Thiessen '99—The pacemaker
Summer 2010
“I wasn’t always fast,” says Annie Thiessen, a Tacoma veterinarian who in the past 10 years has won well over 30 marathons. “I just don’t know what happened.” But she does know when it happened. It was 2005 and she was competing i...
Categories: Athletics, Recreation, Alumni
Tags: Marathons, Running


Derren Patterson '07—Dangerous beauty
Summer 2010
Derren Patterson went out to see the world and landed in Bolivia leading bicycle tours down the world’s most dangerous road.Patterson is one for adventure. After graduating from WSU with a history degree, he decided to travel, paying for it f...
Categories: Alumni, Recreation
Tags: Mountain biking, Bolivia


Time Out in the World
Summer 2010
Today's graduates aren't just dropping into the rat race. They're going to Africa, South America, Seattle and Spokane. They're out to see the world and make a difference.
Categories: Social work, Alumni
Tags: Charity, International development, Housing, Volunteer


Cougs behind the camera
Summer 2010
Alan Baker was looking for a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Pullman.Of course Baker (’94 PhD) knew there were no actual Wright-designed houses in the town, but he needed to find a Modernist, spacious home overlooking the Palouse for an ideal movi...
Categories: Alumni, Communication
Tags: Broadcasting, Movies, Film


Letters for Summer 2010
Summer 2010
North CascadesLoved the article in Washington State this issue, on Cascade Pass archaeology, with Bob Mierendorf. The big mystery at the end, comparing the photos from 1910 and today and showing MORE trees NOW than back then, implying that noth...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Letters


Back from the ranch
Summer 2010
Sometime before May 1, Bill Moos ‘73 will become athletic director at WSU. So much needs to be done, but with Moos, it all seems possible.This is because he’s done it before. Moos helped turn Oregon into a Pac-10 and national power before l...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Athletic director, WSU staff


Desperately Seeking Sherman
Spring 2010
Although his work is increasingly ubiquitous, the writer Sherman Alexie ’94 is a little harder to pin down. Our correspondent is undaunted.
Categories: Literature, Alumni
Tags: Native Americans, Authors, Writers


The Summer issue
Spring 2010
Some of you will not see the Summer issue of Washington State Magazine. Or so you say. I hope I can change your minds. I’m referring, of course, to our experimental online-only issue made possible by recent budget cuts. When I first announced...
Categories: Websites, Alumni
Tags: WSU staff


Letters for Spring 2010
Spring 2010
Track to the futureWhat a joy to hear about the possible return of the Palouse Goose! (Winter 09/10) I have many great memories of traveling between Spokane and Pullman in the early 60’s on the single-car “train” that carried us to and fr...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Letters, Afghanistan, Trains


Cougar pride
Spring 2010
Though they attended Washington State nearly a half century apart, Gary Schneidmiller and Herbert Meeker share an unbreakable bond to a storied tradition. For the past three decades, Washington State’s mascot, Butch, has been an anonymous stu...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Football, Butch Cougar, Statues


What I’ve Learned Since College: Joni Earl ’75—CEO of Sound Transit
Spring 2010
When Joni Earl ’75 joined Sound Transit in 2000, she was unaware of the crisis facing the agency, which provides public transportation for Snohomish, King, and Pierce counties. As the new Chief Operating Officer, she was asked to review the s...
Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Sound Transit, Transportation, Trains


Cougar Links—Palouse Ridge homecoming
Spring 2010
A little more than a year after the grand opening of the Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, the 315-acre course has garnered national attention as one of the best new courses in the country. It has al...
Categories: Business, Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Palouse Ridge, Golf


Dwight Damon ’62—Straight smiles
Spring 2010
Orthodontist and inventor Dwight Damon ’62 loves to see the beautiful smiles and straight teeth of his patients. Even better, he knows they’ll look and feel better thanks to his innovative approach to orthodontic care. Damon recently receiv...
Categories: Health sciences, Awards and honors, Alumni
Tags: Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award, Orthodontics


Brian Carter ’06—On the same garden path
Spring 2010
Brian Carter ’06 is a natural resource specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but he often uses a shorter description.“I’m a curator,” he says, while offering up the Latin name for a tree at Seattle’s Ballard Locks. “I m...
Categories: Alumni, Global Campus, Agriculture
Tags: Gardening, Parks


A century of friendships
Winter 2009
The 1909/1910 Chinook yearbook devoted a full page to “The Installation of the Kappa Sigma.” In the text W.M. Coulter, a founding member of the first national fraternity at Washington State College, notes that the event “marks a new epoch i...
Categories: Campus life, WSU students, Alumni
Tags: Greek system, Fraternity, Sorority


Letters in the Winter 2009 issue
Winter 2009
We want our print editionI doubt that I pull up the Summer 2010 version of Washington State Magazine, though I may. I generally read the magazine over lunch, when I'm taking a break from a day in front of the computer — I don't ...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Letters


Doubling back
Winter 2009
Drew Bledsoe may be best remembered by Washington State fans for what he accomplished on a snowy day in November 1992.And while visions of Bledsoe, receiver Phillip Bobo, and a snow bank are foremost in their memories, these days, Bledsoe wants Coug...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Wine, Football


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


Nöel Riley Fitch '65, '69—At Julia's table
Winter 2009
As a graduate student at Washington State University in the late 1960s, Noël Riley Fitch found her calling in an issue of Ladies’ Home Journal. A two-page story about Sylvia Beach and her little bookshop called Shakespeare and Company in Paris i...
Categories: Alumni, English
Tags: Writers, Julia Child, Cooking, Biographers


Yolandé McVey '07—Taking life back
Winter 2009
The heroine of Love’s Secrets puts on perfume, goes to a barbecue, and meets Rod: caramel skin, wavy hair, muscles, and commitment issues. The author of Love’s Secrets can never do two of those three things. Exposure to perfume or barbecue smo...
Categories: Alumni, Literature
Tags: Distance education, Novelists, Writers


Letters in the Fall 2009 issue
Fall 2009
Living largeI very much enjoyed the article “Living Large” in your Summer 2009 edition. I am always impressed by the dedication of the large animal veterinarians. My hope is that WSU continues to turn out excellent large animal vets and continues...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Letters


What I've Learned Since College: An interview with Maurice (Sandy) Pearson
Fall 2009
Maurice Pearson was born in Chicago in 1904. When he was just a year old, his family moved west and settled in Ferndale on 40 acres near the Lummi Indian reservation. Everyone called him Sandy because of his red hair.After high school, Pearson wor...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Dance


Kary Lamb Lee—Telling stories
Fall 2009
Husky purple isn’t normally in Kary Lamb Lee’s palette. The Pullman-based illustrator was born in Pullman, and her family’s ties to Washington State University go back 80 years.Still, she was happy to pull out the purple to create the souve...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Artists


S.R. Martin Jr.—A life in the West
Fall 2009
“Rudy” Martin started out with a plan to collect the history of his family from its Texas roots to his home in Washington. It was at first a project for himself and his children. But the American studies scholar yearned for context, color, and...
Categories: History, Alumni
Tags: African Americans, American West


A Seat at the Table: Senator Patty Murray '72
Summer 2009
When Patty Murray '72, after a year as a state legislator, set her sights on the U.S. Senate, she got little encouragement. “You haven't paid your dues,” they said. “You don't have enough money. You don't know the right people.” None of that made any difference to Murray.
Categories: Public affairs, Alumni
Tags: Politicians


Letters in the Summer 2009 issue
Summer 2009
Celebrated lentils We at the Pullman Chamber of Commerce were so delighted to see your article in the most recent issue, titled “Local, Delicious, Neglected,” about our lovable legume: the lentil. We sincerely agree that lentils are local an...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Letters


Nadia Daud–No place like home
Summer 2009
Nadia Daud spends nearly 80 percent of her time living abroad, traveling to some of the most troubled regions of the world. When she’s not overseas, she has an apartment in Washington, D.C. But ask her where her home is, and she’ll tell you—...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Refugees


Jacqueline van Wormer–Advocacy for juveniles
Summer 2009
One morning this winter, the Benton County Juvenile Justice Center is quiet since most of the residents are in classrooms and only one teen waits in lock-up. A couple of the guards are having an early lunch at a table at the end of the long corrid...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Criminal justice, Juvenile justice


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


Roger McClellan - A suitable combination
Spring 2009
As a teen, Roger McClellan ’60 D.V.M. went to work at his high school farm. By helping manage a flock of sheep that were a control group in a Hanford nuclear facility study, he became part of a major research project on radioactivity in animals. ...
Categories: Alumni, Biological sciences
Tags: Biochemistry


Cougar Memory
Spring 2009
An essential part of being a Cougar (as well as being human) seems to be the need to tell one’s story of one’s youth and experiences here at Washington State University. To make it easier to do so and to share it with your fellow Cougs, we have...
Categories: WSU history, Alumni
Tags: WSU staff, Autobiography


A gift toward fuel research
Spring 2009
Oil industry executive Gene Voiland ‘69 and his wife Linda have promised $17.5 million to Washington State University’s School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, contributing to the school’s focus on energy research. An immediate $2....
Categories: Alumni, Engineering
Tags: Gifts, Biofuels


Letters in the Spring 2009 issue
Spring 2009
A time machine My hat is off to your staff for what should be an award-winning issue. It was like a time machine for me. I spent many hours in the Conner Museum as an undergrad, marveling at the enormous moose and large black wolf. My high school fr...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Letters


Jason Ambrose '99 - Counting beans in Costa Rica
Spring 2009
Jason Ambrose learned to drink coffee as a college freshman. “Then it was more about function than flavor,” he admits. These days, Ambrose starts his morning with a French press. He heats milk for his son Jackson, who is not yet two, and water ...
Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Coffee


L'Américain en Provence
Winter 2008
A story about an expatriate—and about his wine. Provence is a world away from Bellevue, where Denis Gayte '97 grew up. And French winemaking is another world away from the public relations career he abandoned. So there he was, with his French heritage and a newly minted "young French winemaker" degree—but still referred to (and always affectionately) as l'Américain.
Categories: Agriculture, Alumni
Tags: Wine, France, Provence


Letters for Winter 2008
Winter 2008
Coming homeI am one of the lucky. After years of looking out onto a sea of suburban rooftops, my husband and I have been gifted the opportunity of returning to Cougar Country with our three boys and now watch nature at work as the seasons change t...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Letters


What I've Learned Since College: An interview with Sonny Spearman
Winter 2008
Sonny Spearman '86 has traded technology for toys. As co-founder and chief marketing and operating officer of Matter Group, she leads a company focused on creating products to foster awareness of the environment.Spearman started her career in tech...
Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Games


Carol Edgemon Hipperson - Writing History
Winter 2008
When Carol Edgemon Hipperson was growing up in Coulee City, the eastern Washington community was too small for a library. However, every other Thursday during the summer, the Bookmobile from the North Central Regional Library pulled into town. "I ...
Categories: Alumni, History
Tags: Writers, World War II


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


BJ Duft - Of meals and missions
Fall 2008
At age 24, BJ Duft found himself in Bill Marriott's private jet face-to-face with the CEO of Marriott International. They were headed back to Washington D.C. from Penn State University where Duft '86 had gone to do some on-campus recruitin...
Categories: Alumni, Agriculture
Tags: Restaurants, Organic foods


Cougar Crew Days - The old crew's back in town
Fall 2008
Eight graying heads lean forward in unison and then back as 16 oars slide into the water and propel the boat forward. A racing shell of 50-somethings streaks by the Wawawai Landing as a crowd of more than three dozen Washington State University...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Rowing, Crew


Dave Edler - "A real tough kid"
Fall 2008
During his years as a Cougar baseball player, Dave Edler got chewed out many times by Bobo Brayton for his wild and headstrong ways. Once, Brayton caught his young star using marijuana. Edler told the coach that his father didn't mind. "...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Baseball, Politicians


Sam Ham - The adventures of
Summer 2008
The first time Sam Ham '74 was in the Galapagos Islands, he took a two-foot-long telephoto lens to capture nature up close. He was thrilled when, on a hike with a graduate student, he came across a stunning brown Galapagos hawk. Ham raised his cam...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Communications psychology, Human behavior


WSU Alumni Association's Achievement award winners
Summer 2008
From the CEO of Boeing to the founder of Olympia's Oysterfest, Washington State University's Alumni Association has found many worthy and interesting graduates deserving of recognition for their accomplishments and contributions to WSU and their g...
Categories: Alumni, Awards and honors
Tags: Alumni Achievement Award


An interview with Edward Heinemann - a life of horse sense
Summer 2008
Ed Heinemann was just a freshman in the spring of 1936, when the students at Washington State decided to strike. A group calling themselves the Student Liberty Association wanted more freedom from the administration's puritanical social regulatio...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Horses


What I've learned since college: An interview with Johnnetta B. Cole-anthropologist, author, activist
Spring 2008
Johnnetta B. Cole launched her career as an educator and activist at Washington State University in 1964. While in Pullman, she taught anthropology, helped found the Black Studies Program, and served as the program’s first director. In 1970 she...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: African Americans, Anthropology, Writing


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


Clarence A. (Bud) Ryan: A scientist who catalyzed excellence
Spring 2008
Clarence A. (Bud) Ryan, one of WSU’s preeminent scientists, died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in October. Ryan pioneered the study of the innate immune response of plants. Prior to his work, plants were assumed to contain protease inhibitors al...
Categories: Alumni, Botany, Biological sciences
Tags: Plant behavior


Secrets & Spies
Winter 2007

The Office of Strategic Services, our country's first centralized intelligence agency, was formed during the Second World War to train men and women in the arts of sabotage and espionage and then to send them around the world to protect our nation's interests. Among the many Washington State College students and alumni who served in that conflict, five friends and classmates trained together in the OSS, then went to North Africa, Italy, England, and China to help win the war.


Categories: Alumni, Military sciences
Tags: World War II, OSS, Spies, Espionage


What I've Learned Since College: An interview with community leader Mary Alyce Burleigh
Winter 2007
Two years ago Mary Alyce Burleigh bought herself a bright yellow scooter. The former Kirkland mayor and current city council member uses it to zip around town to meetings and local fundraisers. She finds she is as busy in her retirement as she was...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Politicians, Community activists


Kathleen Flenniken - You have to say what's true
Winter 2007
Kathleen Flenniken (née Dillon) '83 writes about her children and vacuuming, about sex and death, about fame and Edna St. Vincent Millay's husband ("Oh the beauty of his wretchedness."). Her poems are tight and clear and smart and often very funn...
Categories: Poetry, Alumni
Tags: Ecology


It Happened at the World's Fair
Fall 2007

Shortly after Jay Rockey '50 arrived in Seattle to handle the public relations for the 1962 World's Fair, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran an editorial claiming it could not see how the fair could possibly make it. "Do you really know what you're doing?" Rockey's wife asked him. Turns out he did.


Categories: Communication, Alumni
Tags: World's fair, Public relations, Seattle


The Rockey Style
Fall 2007

In spite of nearly universal name recognition and a client list that runs through the Pacific Northwest alphabet, Rockey himself rarely shows up in the press. In this age of Google, it's unnerving to go looking for someone who you know permeates a civic and business culture, and he just isn't there.


Categories: Communication, Alumni
Tags: World's fair, Public relations, Seattle


Food fights
Fall 2007

Four children died in the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak. Attorney Bill Marler's client survived, but only after spending six months in the hospital. Marler sued and won a $15.6 million settlement for Brianne Kiner. Even more significant, the work he produced for the case made him an expert not only on E. coli, but on the whole food production system.


Categories: Alumni, Public affairs, Law
Tags: Food-borne illness, Food poisoning


Home-court advantage: Shelley Patterson
Fall 2007
When Shelley Patterson graduated from Washington State University in 1984, she thought her basketball career was over. A guard for the Cougar women's basketball team, she was among the state's all-time leaders in assists and steals. But in 1984 th...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Basketball, Women athletes


Jim Torina: Playing well with others
Fall 2007
Nothing short of the opportunity to make the world a better place while making a lot of money could have lured Jim Torina '84 out of his retirement. He'd already made a fortune building high-end homes around the Puget Sound and was happily surfing...
Categories: Health sciences, Alumni
Tags: Patient safety


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


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


She's home
Summer 2007
When her husband-to-be Michael Pavel took her home to the Skokomish reservation in the summer of 1996, it was revealed that Susan Pavel (photo, center) couldn't cook."The attitude," she says, "was, well, let's teach you some useful trade. Like wea...
Categories: Alumni, Cultural studies
Tags: Native Americans, Coast Salish, Weaving


A lavender landscape
Summer 2007
The landscape west of Sequim has, no doubt, always been beautiful. There's an obvious advantage to having the foothills of the Olympics on the near horizon. But add fields of lavender, and you have jaw-drop stunning.Beauty is obviously a constant ...
Categories: Agriculture, Alumni, Business
Tags: Agritourism, Lavender


Anatomy of Murder: Robert Keppel '66 Police Science, '67 MA Police Science
Summer 2007
In 1974, during Robert Keppel's second week as a major crimes detective with the King County Sheriff's Office, he was assigned the cases of two women who had gone missing on the same day from Lake Samammish. They turned out to be two of Ted Bundy'...
Categories: Law, Alumni
Tags: Criminal justice, Police


Dana Patterson: The path ahead
Summer 2007
Yellow Springs, Ohio, is a small college community with a rich history of social justice. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad and, much later, home to Antioch College, where civil rights activist Coretta Scott King went to school.Dana Patter...
Categories: Public affairs, Alumni
Tags: Social justice, Civil rights


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


Ray Troll: A story of fish, fossils, and funky art
Spring 2007
Ray Troll '81 has a species of ratfish named after him, Hydrolagus trolli. He calls Darwin "Chuckie D" and paints pictures of him driving around in an Evolvo. This is a man who has embraced his past and paints it wildly and beautifully.
Categories: Alumni, Music, Visual arts, Fine Arts
Tags: Evolution, Artists


An interview with Horace Alexander Young, musician and teacher
Spring 2007
Horace Alexander Young '83 teaches woodwinds and jazz studies at Washington State University and tours the world as a member of Abdullah Ibrahim's jazz sextet, EKAYA. He plays woodwinds, keyboards, and percussion. He also sings and composes, and ...
Categories: Music, Alumni
Tags: Jazz


Phyllis Campbell: Being about forever
Spring 2007
Someone recently told Phyllis Campbell '73 that she had the perfect resume to run for governor.In her office high above 5th Avenue in Seattle, Campbell tells me this with a mixture of amusement and certitude. Running for political office is the la...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Social justice, Philanthropy


John Leitzinger: Racing with the wind
Spring 2007
On a small boat with six other guys, with about two weeks to travel 2,300 nautical miles, you really want to be with agreeable people.That was John Leitzinger's philosophy when he was looking for teammates to sail with him in the 2006 Vic-Maui Int...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Yacht racing, Sailing


Vicki Owens: Into Africa
Winter 2006
Twenty-one years ago Vicki Owens stepped off an airplane into the hot air of Kampala, Uganda, thinking she had come for a brief stay, just long enough to help Christian missionary pastors start a primary school."I thought I'd do my little thing fo...
Categories: Education, Alumni
Tags: Africa, Uganda


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


Barbara Novak: Business as ministry
Winter 2006
After Barbara Novak '72 received an M.A. in bassoon performance from Southern Illinois University, she became second bassoonist in the Spokane Symphony. "I really got a chance to play everything from the great second bassoon parts to the great con...
Categories: Alumni, Business, Social work
Tags: Handicrafts, Fair trade


Jeff Clark: Elegant antiques
Winter 2006
The object of Jeff Clark's desire once belonged to the Shah of Iran. The shiny black 1939 Bugatti Type 57C was originally commissioned by the French government and given to the Shah as a present on the occasion of his first marriage. Today the roa...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Charity, Antiques, Automobiles, Cars


A great sail: Scott Carson '72
Fall 2006
The meeting happened a few weeks after Scott Carson had accepted his new job.In December 2004, Carson ('72 Bus. Admin.) was put in charge of the Boeing Co.'s Commercial Airplanes Group sales team and mandated to recapture the lead in the worldwide...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Sales, Boeing


Laurie Carlson: Doing the things she likes
Fall 2006
On the 90-minute commute from Cheney to Pullman to attend graduate school, Laurie Carlson's eyes often strayed from the road to the cows grazing the rolling hills of the Palouse.Carlson, who was completing her Ph.D. in history at Washington State ...
Categories: Literature, Alumni
Tags: Cattle, Authors


The man who gave away mountains
Fall 2006

One of our first graduates spent a lifetime and fortune amassing land for the enjoyment of others.


Categories: History, Alumni
Tags: Eastern Washington, Conservation, Parks


Rare bird
Fall 2006
Audubon himself would have trouble keeping up with this dynamo. Artist, author, and photographer Paul Johnsgard '55 gives us a glimpse into his lifelong obsession with birds.
Categories: Alumni, Biological sciences
Tags: Birds, Cranes, Photographers


What I've Learned Since College: An interview with R. Dale Storr
Fall 2006
On February 2, 1991, during the first Iraq war, Capt. R. Dale Storr ('83 Mech. Engr.) was captured by Iraqi soldiers after his A-10 Thunderbolt was shot down near Kuwait. The 29-year-old Air Force pilot from Spokane was a prisoner of war for 33 da...
Categories: Military sciences, Alumni
Tags: Air Force, Iraq


Art and Enterprise: Jordan Swain '00
Fall 2006
So I'm riding around Bellevue with this very high-energy 27-year-old painter, and I'm starting to think, "Well, maybe I should take up painting." That's how infectious my companion is. She makes it sound like so much fun.Jordan Swain '00 offers me...
Categories: Fine Arts, Alumni
Tags: Painting


The making of mountaineers
Summer 2006
Danielle Fisher gave herself five years to become the youngest person to climb the highest mountain on every continent. The Washington State University student did it in two, joining the ranks in 2005 of an elite fellowship of climbers who got their start on Washington's peaks.
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Hiking, Leadership, Mountain climbing


No shrinking violet
Summer 2006
Researchers at WSU are finding that plants are surprisingly assertive. Based on their findings, a case could be made that the average potted plant is at least as active as the average human couch potato—and a lot smarter about what it consumes
Categories: Agriculture, Biological sciences, Botany, Alumni
Tags: Photosynthesis, Plant behavior, Pest management


A course of one's own, or The Coffee-Can Country Club
Summer 2006
If I've never seen a prettier golf course, I suppose it's because I built it myself, and because I was eleven.It was 1966, and in my Salem, Oregon, neighborhood, I was that most exotic of hothouse flowers: a golfer. I loved playing baseball. I lov...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: WSU golf, Golf Courses


What I've Learned Since College: An interview with Robbie Tobeck
Summer 2006
Seahawk Center Robbie Tobeck ('94 Phys. Ed.) has spent the past 13 years playing professional football. After going to both the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl last February, he took some time off to focus on his four children, McKenzie, Mason, Mia, and M...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Football


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


Busting out
Summer 2006
One rainy afternoon this spring filmmaker Francine Strickwerda entered the El Diablo coffee shop in Seattle. She ordered a cubano latte and then sat at a table overlooking Queen Anne Avenue. She looked around the busy room. The scene brought back ...
Categories: Visual arts, Alumni
Tags: Movies, Breast cancer, Documentary


Alumni Achievement 2006
Summer 2006
The Alumni Achievement Award was created in 1970 by the alumni association board of directors "to recognize and honor alumni who have given outstanding service,...and provide encouragement to alumni for perpetual service to Washington State Universit...
Categories: Alumni, Awards and honors
Tags: Alumni Achievement Award, Alumni Association


Iraq fallen remembered: Jaimie Campbell, James Shull, Damien Ficek
Summer 2006
In late January students, friends, and faculty gathered on the Pullman campus for a memorial service and candlelight vigil for First Lieutenant Jaime (Krausse) Campbell, who died when the BlackHawk helicopter she was flying went down in northern I...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: In memoriam, Iraq, Veterans


What I've Learned Since College: An interview with Rebecca Miles
Spring 2006
Last May, Rebecca Miles became the first woman and, at age 32, the youngest person to be elected chairman of the Nez Perce tribe. In her one-year post representing the 3,000 members of the tribe, Miles has traveled the country speaking on issues l...
Categories: Alumni, Cultural studies
Tags: Nez Perce, Idaho, Native Americans


Farming in the rain
Spring 2006
Farming in the Skokomish River Valley can be a challenge, what with 60 to 80 inches of rain a year. One year, Hunter Farms's pumpkin fields flooded, the pumpkins bobbing like buoys on a temporary sea. Fortunately, the river receded in time for fam...
Categories: Alumni, Agriculture
Tags: Farmers


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


Digital Daddies
Spring 2006
Aaron Johnson and Cliff Knopik, the odd couple of young parenthood, sit together in Johnson's Puyallup dining room while his newborn daughter, Brooklyn, sleeps in a bedroom nearby. His wife, Heather, makes dinner in their small apartment kitchen.A...
Categories: Communication, Alumni
Tags: WSU parents, Child development, Broadcasting


Cooking is its own reward
Spring 2006
Betsy Rogers '89 had her eureka moment while sitting in a cooking class. It was 2000, and the Seattle-based public relations specialist had recently lost her job in a downsizing. Instead of jumping back into a new job, she decided to freelance an...
Categories: Alumni, Culinary Arts, Food
Tags: Careers, Food


What I've Learned Since College: an interview with Theodore Baseler
Winter 2005
Ted Baseler is president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. The interview with Hannelore Sudermann took place in his second-floor office at the Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville in late July. Journeying from advertising and marketing into t...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Wine


Honduras: What Patients We Saw!
Winter 2005
During those long, hot, humid, and exhausting days, we saw, experienced, and accomplished things we had never before imagined possible.We were a team, 24 strong, who came together for 10 days in the early spring of 2005 to travel to Honduras. We w...
Categories: Health sciences, Alumni
Tags: Nursing, Volunteer, Honduras


Peru: In the middle of the jungle with no Walgreens
Winter 2005
In summer 2004 my husband, Stuart, and I made our first trip to Peru. We traveled with a charitable organization that hoped to build an orphanage and medical clinic there. Having completed my second semester of nursing studies at the Washington St...
Categories: Health sciences, Alumni
Tags: Volunteer, Peru, Nursing


Being Sacagawea
Winter 2005
For the past two years historian Jeanne Eder has been traveling in Sacagawea's footsteps. Donning a traditional dress as well as another woman's persona, Eder has toured the West performing her interpretation of an older and wiser Sacagawea who, y...
Categories: Alumni, History
Tags: Native Americans


The Fixer
Winter 2005
A new hotel in an old Seattle landmarkAt Fourth and Virginia in Seattle, where Belltown meets downtown a few blocks from Pike Place Market, a trendy restaurant and residential district meets up with the city's retail center. It's here that hoteli...
Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Hotel management


Carolyn Schactler: Inspired by many sources
Winter 2005
While at Washington State College, Carolyn Campbell Schactler of Yakima was a violinist and swimmer in the synchronized group, Fish Fans. She later taught both of these skills, but it was her designing and sewing that launched her career and led t...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Apparel design


Dillard finds the world in a village in Africa
Fall 2005
In June 2001, at the village of Mpeasem in Ghana, West Africa, Cynthia Dillard was enstooled as Nkosua Ohemaa Nana Mansa II. "To be enstooled," she explains, "I was bathed and dressed, then to music and dancing, joined in a procession of the local...
Categories: Education, Alumni
Tags: Diversity, Africa


Home run at the bottom of the world
Fall 2005
When I was completing my last semester at WSU 10 years ago, I never imagined I would end up in Antarctica, providing computer network support for the U.S. Antarctic Program. I work on the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer (NBP), an icebreaker that is contr...
Categories: Earth sciences, Alumni
Tags: Antarctica


Cougars abroad
Fall 2005
With more and more Europeans on the roster of NBA teams, Americans like Jan-Michael Thomas '01 have to look outside the United States if they want to continue their hoop careers.As a Cougar basketball player, Jan-Michael Thomas ('01 Bus. Mgt.) wa...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Europe, Basketball


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


Our Drink: Detoxing the Perfect Family
Fall 2005

Toren Volkmann and his mother, Chris Volkmann '70 have co-authored a book about their family's experience with Toren's alcoholism. What they learned through direct experience dovetails with what counselors and researchers are discovering at WSU and beyond.


Categories: Alumni, Social sciences
Tags: Alcohol


How Coug Are You?
Fall 2005
Would you paint your airplane crimson and gray? Or drive hundreds of miles to wave the Cougar flag at a non-Coug game? Or keep a concrete cougar in your yard? Well, how Coug are you?
Categories: Alumni, WSU students
Tags: Fashion, Cougar gear, Cougar pride


Thinking about Washington State
Fall 2005
Adapted from a talk the author delivered April 2005, upon receiving the Washington State University Eminent Faculty Award.I am honored, pleased, and humbled by the recognition that has been bestowed upon me. I'd like to take this time to share some ...
Categories: WSU faculty, Alumni
Tags: Ethics, Public relations


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


What I've Learned Since College: an interview with Judy Dann
Fall 2005
Judy Dann graduated from Washington State University in 1985 with a degree in engineering and soon found a job with the City of Tacoma. Her life changed dramatically one day when she was hit by a car while crossing a street in Seattle. The acciden...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Disabilities


Cracking the Code
Fall 2005
Nevins talks quickly and waves his hands when describing his own special tools, the challenges of making rings out of fragile marble ... "I get daily requests for plans," he says.Justin Nevins loved all the riddles in The DaVinci Code, the secret...
Categories: Puzzles, Alumni
Tags: Cryptex


Operation Chow Hound
Fall 2005
In 1945, the German occupation had Holland on its knees. The Dutch were starving, because the Germans were not supplying them with food. Adelderd Davids of Nijmegen, Holland, six years old at the time, lived in Rotterdam. "It was awful," he recall...
Categories: Military sciences, Alumni
Tags: Humanitarianism, Food


Gig Harbor: Laureen Lund markets the town she loves
Summer 2005
Laureen Lund ('82 Comm.) recently celebrated her fifth anniversary as the person who sells Gig Harbor to the world. She seems to do her job well. At least, that's why I'm sitting in her office in Gig Harbor's city building in mid-August."The best ...
Categories: Alumni, Geography
Tags: Tourism, Marketing


Jim McKean makes poetry of a powerful time
Summer 2005
In his new book, Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports, Jim McKean weaves together a series of essays about growing up in the Pacific Northwest in the late '50s and early '60s.Poetry in motion he wasn't. At least not on the basketball cour...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Basketball


This man might save your life--or teach your class
Summer 2005
Clint Cole ('87 B.S. Comp. Sci., '00 M.S. Elec. Engr.) vividly remembers the drama of trying to save lives as a paramedic in the 1980s.He and his fellow paramedics typically responded to emergency calls by driving as fast as possible to their dest...
Categories: Alumni, Health sciences, Engineering
Tags: Defibrillator


What I've Learned Since College: an interview with King County Sheriff Sue Rahr
Summer 2005
Sue Rahr graduated from Washington State University in 1979 with a degree in criminal justice. In January 2005 she was promoted from King County chief of field operations to sheriff. She is the first woman to be sheriff of King County. The followi...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Law enforcement


Portland pharmacist uses chemistry to duplicate natural human hormones
Summer 2005
Forget about over-the-counter pills and creams to reduce hot flashes, insomnia, and other symptoms of perimenopause. Don't bother with prescriptions for mass-produced synthetic hormones, either.Instead, why not use chemistry-or bio-identical hormo...
Categories: Health sciences, Alumni
Tags: Hormones, Physiology


The Hospital Doctor
Summer 2005
When the elderly couple moved into the nursing home in Tonasket, one of their main concerns was who would take care of their chickens. Gordon C. McLean ('67 Ag. Econ. '73 M.A. Speech), administrator of the North Valley Hospital and Nursing Home, ...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Health care policy


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


Alumni Achievement Awards
Summer 2005
Last winter the Alumni Association honored sports greats James Donaldson ('79 Soc.) and Craig Ehlo (x '86 Soc. Sci.) with Alumni Achievement Awards for their contributions to Washington State University and professional basketball, as well as ser...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Alumni Achievement Award


Channel Swimmer
Spring 2005
Pushing back the age barrier The young swimmers at the YMCA pool in Wilton, Connecticut, call him "Grandpa."They even ask their seasoned coach, "Are you the oldest person in the world?"No. But lean and fit George Brunstad is the oldest person ever...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Swimming, Age


Thomas hits paydirt with composting advice
Spring 2005
Tamara Thomas is not afraid to get down and dirty helping clients solve earthy problems. She owns Terre-Source, a one-woman consulting firm in Mt. Vernon that specializes in composting.Her clients include North Mason Fiber Company in Belfair, area ...
Categories: Agriculture, Alumni
Tags: Compost, Soil


Those wasted five gallons
Spring 2005
As Americans, we freely water large, green lawns and take showers daily, using on average 100 gallons of water a day. We pay a fraction of a cent per gallon for water out of the tap, while a gallon of gasoline costs $2. Yet life cannot exist witho...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Natural Resources, Water


The Best of All Worlds
Spring 2005
"Never judge a person by the way they are dressed," says Erianne Pearson. "People are people. We treat them with respect."That philosophy has kept Pearson in business since 1983, when The Best of All Worlds, her upscale gift and decorative accessor...
Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Small business


Alumni Achievement Awards
Spring 2005
Alumni Association honors Freidenrich and Gable Also receiving the Alumni Achievement Award in October were Shari Halldorson Freidenrich ('82 Bus. Adm.) and Craig Gable ('69 Gen. St.).Freidenrich, president of the WSU Alumni Association from 1999 ...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Alumni Achievement Award


Woodley collects, identifies, and preserves flies
Spring 2005
From his office in the Smithsonian Institution's Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Norm Woodley helps care for the world's largest bug collection and identifies threatening pests before they get into the country.A fly specialist and taxonomist, Wo...
Categories: Alumni, Entomology
Tags: Flies


Erik Falter strives to keep alumni connected
Spring 2005
Erik Falter was in his element at the Washington State University Alumni Achievement Award presentation event for Merle Sande last September (see WSM, winter 2004-05, p. 49). Keeping alumni connected with WSU and each other tops Falter's prioriti...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association, Alumni Achievement Award


Just Buy It! Ty Bennett capitalizes on your impulse
Spring 2005
A shopper in the ice cream aisle pulls out a tub of mint chocolate chip and hesitates as she notices ice cream scoops hanging from a display on the freezer door. Ah ha, she thinks, it would be nice to have a real scoop instead of always using a sp...
Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Impulses


Anna Grant—A life of firsts
Spring 2005
Anna Harvin Grant, the first woman to earn a doctorate in sociology from Washington State University, died November 6, 2004, of heart failure. She was 81.A nationally recognized expert in Black family life and former chair of the Department of Soc...
Categories: Alumni, Sociology
Tags: African Americans


Baseball is a Family
Spring 2005
We hear about his time with the Padres; about teammates Dave Winfield, Willie McCovey, and Tito Fuentes; how he'd faced Hank Aaron and Johnny Bench and Pete Rose and Joe Morgan; and how a tear of his rotator cuff had brought an end to his major league career.
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Baseball


Jennifer Lynn: Barreling out of the Chute
Spring 2005
A couple wanders in to Portland's White Horse Grill & Bar on a late fall evening as Jennifer Lynn's alto soars into "Blue Moon of Kentucky." The two look at the packed house, look at each other, and reel into country swing in progress just ins...
Categories: Alumni, Music
Tags: Country music


WSU honors alumni Sande, Finch, Norris, Habereder
Winter 2004
The Washington State University Alumni Association created the Alumni Achievement Award in 1969 to honor alumni who have rendered significant service and contributions to their profession, community, and/or WSU. Four individuals were recognized r...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Alumni Achievement Award


Cutting out the middle, building income
Winter 2004
Craig Meredith wants to help Ethiopian coffee farmers become competitive in a world market. He's using his knowledge as an agricultural engineering to assist growers in Yirgacheffe in Southern Ethiopia's Rift Valley,  where some 445,000 farme...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Coffee, Ethiopia, Money


Abelson shaped thinking as a scientist, editor of Science
Winter 2004
Regents' Distinguished WSU AlumnusDuring a life spanning 91 years, Tacoma native Philip Hauge Abelson left an indelible imprint on science. As a scientist and as longtime respected editor of Science magazine (1962-83), he shaped thinking in the sc...
Categories: Physics, Chemistry, Alumni
Tags: Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award


Kemble Stout left mark as WSU music educator, administrator, performer
Winter 2004
Growing up the son of a music store owner in Kirksville, Missouri, Kemble A. Stout may have been predestined to pursue a career in music. He could take any instrument home. His favorites were the bassoon and clarinet."His main interest never varie...
Categories: Alumni, WSU faculty
Tags: Music, Education, Composers


Maughan Brothers
Winter 2004
Following the death of her husband, H. Delight Maughan raised six children-while teaching full-time. Despite the challenge, she clearly did it right. All three of her scientist sons, Paul, David, and Lowell, have been honored with alumni achievement awards.
Categories: Education, Alumni
Tags: Alumni Achievement Award, Family


The Cougars take Seattle
Winter 2004
It's one of those quintessential late-summer days in Seattle. Clear in the morning, warm, gathering clouds by late afternoon, the air heavy and muggy. The tourists are tired, making their way back to the hotel for an early dinner. It is Friday, ru...
Categories: Alumni, WSU students
Tags: Seattle, Marching band, Cougar pride


Marissa Lemargie—Busy providing humanitarian assistance in Africa, South America
Winter 2004
Marissa Lemargie tends to take things in on a global scale. An interest in other cultures and societies led to an anthropology degree at Washington State University in 1999. A master's degree in international development from the London School of ...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Humanitarianism, Africa, South America


The Extreme Survival Almanac
Winter 2004
In many cases, those who survived made a commitment to just get through the night or day.This book could save your life.Your car breaks down in a remote area. You're lost in the woods, not knowing which way to turn, or whether to stay or to go. Yo...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Books, Survival


McDonald at home on the range
Fall 2004
At 77, Esther Johnson McDonald is still active in the day-to-day operation of the 9,000-acre Triangle Ranch in Philipsburg, Montana, with her husband of 51 years, John W. "Pat" McDonald. The two met at a bull sale in Missoula. Her mother operated ...
Categories: Agriculture, Alumni
Tags: Cattle, Ranching


Keating Johnson: A passion for music
Fall 2004
L. Keating Johnson's passion for music was sparked in the fifth grade, after he saw the Disney movie, Sleeping Beauty. That year he started tuba lessons. A few years later, at Denver's George Washington High School, he talked Antonia Brico into gi...
Categories: WSU faculty, Alumni
Tags: Music


Viewing life through the lens of a camera
Fall 2004
After a dozen years as a photojournalist with KIRO-TV, Brian Miller left the security of a television-station job in 1998 to start his own company, Wide Angle TV.Two factors influenced his decision-time and money. And he yearned to be independent....
Categories: Journalism, Alumni
Tags: Photography


Carlton Lewis—Still Building Bridges
Fall 2004
The early 1970s were tumultuous years on the WSU campus. As student body president, Carlton Lewis helped keep things from boiling over. Now he presides over Devcorp Consulting Corporation, a project management company with teeth.
Categories: Alumni, Sociology
Tags: Minorities, Construction, Students


Spray-cooling
Fall 2004
Military adopts ISR technology in aircraft, ground vehiclesFor reliability, advanced electronics need to be maintained at a stable temperature. This isn't always possible in extreme military conditions. Isothermal Systems Research (ISR) has found o...
Categories: Engineering, Alumni
Tags: Mechanical engineering


The Butterfly Lady
Fall 2004
Like many children, Chris Hunter Hebdon enjoyed being outdoors, searching for insects on the ground, in the water, and on plants. Beetles were her favorite.Her love of insects came from her mother, who, when she returned to school to become a biol...
Categories: Alumni, Entomology
Tags: Butterflies


WSU honors five alumni
Fall 2004
Washington State University created the Alumni Achievement Award in 1969 to honor alumni who have rendered significant service and contributions to their profession, community, and/or WSU. In recent months, five individuals have been recognized.Wi...
Categories: Awards and honors, Alumni
Tags: Alumni Achievement Award


WSU Mom of the Year listened to her heart
Fall 2004
In the early 1980s, Susan Jackson of Lakewood wasn't interested in marriage, but longed for a child. Although single-parent international adoptions were rare in those days, within four years she adopted two little girls from India. Jennifer gradua...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Adoption, Family


The art of communicating by signing
Fall 2004
Fingers flew at a rapid pace for Nancy Kikendall during the 2002-03 academic year at Gallaudet University for the deaf and hard of hearing in Washington, D.C. She was among only a few hearing students accepted into the school's graduate program. T...
Categories: Alumni, Communication
Tags: American Sign Language, Children, Education


Listening to His Heart
Summer 2004

As a student at WSU in the late '60s, Ken Alhadeff questioned authority with zeal. "I was part of a group of folks that marched down the streets of Pullman to President Terrell's house with torches, demanding that the Black Studies Program not be eliminated. It was a war between us and those insensitive, bureaucratic regents," says Alhadeff . . . who is now a regent.


Categories: Alumni, Education
Tags: Regents, Community activists


WSU Hall of Fame adds 5 who excelled
Summer 2004
Carol GordonOn February 21, the day of her induction into Washington State University's Athletic Hall of Fame, Carol Gordon offered a silent prayer. That evening she shared her petition with 180 guests at the induction banquet in the Compton Union...
Categories: Alumni, Athletics
Tags: Women athletes, Coach, Basketball, Football, Track and field, Hall of Fame


Winter was Hard: Music in response to tragedy
Summer 2004
Among the various responses reported by citizens in the days after September 11, 2001, mine initially fell in the category of walking catatonia. Numb to feeling, I experienced little or no emotional catharsis. The event was either too big, or unbe...
Categories: Alumni, Music
Tags: Broadcasting


The kid from Odessa
Summer 2004
As he looked around the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room last June, Lonny Suko had not lost sight of how he got there. At age59, he had gone east to face questions about his ability to replace U.S. District Court judge William Fremmin...
Categories: Law, Alumni
Tags: Judgment, Criminal justice


Pathfinder Award winner recognized early in career
Summer 2004
Washington State University alumnus Brad Rawlins has earned one of the nation's top scholarly awards in public relations.The assistant professor of communications at Brigham Young University received the Pathfinder Award November 20 in New York Ci...
Categories: Alumni, Communication
Tags: Awards, Public relations


Pediatrician, music educator, engineer, wood researcher honored
Summer 2004
Washington State University created the Alumni Achievement Award in 1969 to honor alumni who have provided significant service and contributions to their profession, community, and/or WSU. In recent months, four individuals have been recognized.Ri...
Categories: Alumni, Awards and honors
Tags: Wood, Pediatrics, Music, Civil engineering


Challenges remain for women, minorities in technical fields
Summer 2004
"I think . . . [managers] need to be educated. They need to see more women and minorities who are competent at their jobs to dispel any prejudices against them." -Shannon NuttThe fact that very few women were entering engineering care...
Categories: Sociology, Alumni
Tags: Women, Minorities


Among old friends in Lahore
Summer 2004
WSU has long-standing ties to PakistanM. "Ghazi" Ghazanfar (front row center, red tie) is among friends, many of them Washington State University or University of Idaho alumni. (See caption below.) In December 2003 he was invited to Pakistan to le...
Categories: Alumni, Veterinary medicine
Tags: Pakistan


Antique dealer can't ignore a bargain
Summer 2004
"I enjoy meeting people, doing things to feel the pulse of what's going on in the world." -Anita Busek '49The rumble of a passing train tells you that All Aboard Antique Co. in Puyallup is no ordinary antique shop. The store is located 12 fe...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Antiques


Toys, Games, and Unique Gifts: Entrepreneurial spirit drives Edmistons
Summer 2004
Two niche markets-toys/games and a Web site for gifts-have taken husband-and-wife entrepreneurs into new territories.Steve Edmiston is president of Seattle's Front Porch Classics. The company creates retro-feel toys and games. Melody Wickline Edmi...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Gifts, Games, Entrepreneurs


Arlington National Cemetery hallowed ground for Carson
Summer 2004
Rarely do people have their work viewed by U.S. presidents, congressmen, and millions of tourists. But that's the kind of scrutiny Kent Carson encounters. He is construction engineer at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C.The cemet...
Categories: Alumni, Engineering
Tags: Construction


Harrison National Public Radio pioneer
Summer 2004
Whether plinking on the piano or pounding out scripts for public radio on his manual typewriter, Burton D. "Burt" Harrison enjoyed life to the fullest. During 27 years on the Washington State University communications faculty, including 17 as mana...
Categories: Media, Alumni
Tags: Radio


Patterson enjoyed best of both worlds as alumni director, state legislator
Summer 2004
Eugene G. "Pat" Patterson always thought there was something special about the loyalty of Washington State University alumni. Analyzing that phenomenon, he concluded the University's location, traditions, and residential campus, which provided the...
Categories: Law, Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association, Legislation


Cougar cruise spreads good will on 1,700-mile voyage
Spring 2004
To many, Washington State University is a landlocked university. But Tom and Barbara Wilson beg to differ. The Seattle sailors covered 1,700 nautical miles last summer aboard their 53-foot boat powered by twin 700-horsepower Caterpillar engines. T...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Boating


Cougar finds a home in faternity house
Spring 2004
After roughly 45 years, S.J. "Bill" Monro's prized Cougar has a new home. The longtime San Francisco restaurateur donated the stuffed animal to the Washington State University chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity.His wife, Barbara, discovered the specim...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Fraternity, Cougar pride


Keith Lincoln, Barn Builder
Spring 2004
Over 25 years at Washington State University, alumni director Keith Lincoln built many things, including friendships and a place where alums can go to sit in the shade.
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association, Volunteer, Alumni Achievement Award


Author Sherman Alexie receives Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award
Spring 2004
Sherman Alexie likes to remind people that attending Washington State University presented him with a real challenge. As a Spokane Indian, a liberal, and a writer, he did not fit the prevalent mold of students attending WSU in the late 1980s and e...
Categories: Alumni, Literature
Tags: Awards, Native Americans


Bridges, docks, and dams
Spring 2004
Some of General Construction's best work is under waterRon Morford was only 19 when he built his first house. A quarter century later, he's still in construction-only on a much larger scale. The president and district manager of General Constructio...
Categories: Engineering, Alumni
Tags: Water, Civil engineering, Construction


Crossing the line
Spring 2004
Snoqualmie singer-songwriter Garr Lange released a new CD last fall. Crossing the Line, recorded at Rainstorm Studios, Bellevue, and released by Sentry Records, includes a 12-song mix of the blues, country, and rock.Lange ('79 English) tested his ...
Categories: Music, Alumni
Tags: Writers


Navajo reservation veterinarian aids scrapie test at WSU
Spring 2004
As a veterinarian for the Navajo Nation, Dr. Scott Bender's practice spans more than 18 million acres in the Four Corners region of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah.His enormous workload includes treating everything from sheep, horses, catt...
Categories: Veterinary medicine, Alumni
Tags: Diseases


In search of the perfect stringed instrument
Spring 2004
Bill McCaw was always interested in music. But he waited until he was about 50 before he began thinking about playing the guitar. When a search of music stores failed to turn up a guitar that could accommodate his broad fingers, he decided to make...
Categories: Music, Alumni
Tags: Instruments


Happy in Hollywood, actor Larkin Campbell loves what he's doing
Spring 2004
It's a dark drama, set in a desert. The lead character, Zack, runs into some bad guys, and he's in real trouble. The name of the movie, an independent production, is short and catchy: Nowhere.But the actor playing Zack, Larkin Campbell, hopes the ...
Categories: Alumni, Performing arts
Tags: Film, Acting


WSU alumni president has a grasp on things
Spring 2004
After graduating from Washington State University in 1989, Lorie Dankers headed for the other Washington--the one on the East Coast-with no job in sight. Her first Saturday there she attended a WSU alumni event. Mingling with other Cougars provide...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association


Scientists and researchers honored by WSU
Spring 2004
Washington State University created the Alumni Achievement Award in 1969 to honor alumni who have provided significant service and contribution to their profession, community, and/or WSU. In recent months, three individuals have been recognized.Ri...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Research, Alumni Achievement Award


Is there life after basketball?
Winter 2003
Donaldson finds it in business and communityJames Donaldson would like you to know that he's fine not playing basketball. Sure, the former Washington State center spent 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association and on the European cir...
Categories: Business, Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Public service, Basketball


Philip Phibbs's legacy
Winter 2003
"No decisions are easy, particularly when you are a university president and you are changing an institution." —Philip PhibbsMore than a decade removed from the presidency of the University of Puget Sound, Philip M. Phibbs remembers the job as t...
Categories: Education, Alumni
Tags: Leadership, Universities


Niva, Cox named WSU regents
Winter 2003
Connie Millard Niva and Angela S. Cox were named by Governor Gary Locke this summer to Washington State University's 10-member Board of Regents. Cox will serve as the student member, a position created in 1998.Niva ('62 Bact. & Public Health) ...
Categories: WSU history, Alumni
Tags: Regents


Boeing's Mike Bair & the 7E7: Dreamliner or paper airplane?
Winter 2003
Wherever Boeing ends up building it, the 7E7 will be lighter, more fuel efficient, and more comfortable. It's up to Mike Bair '78 to get this new airplane off the ground.
Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Boeing, Aviation


Tim Pavish new head of WSU Alumni Relations
Winter 2003
Tim Pavish has been named executive director of Washington State University Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association. The 1980 graduate of WSU's Edward R. Murrow School of Communication was selected from 50 applicants in a national search. He b...
Categories: WSU faculty, Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association, WSU staff


On top at last: John and Jess Roskelley scale Everest together
Winter 2003
"The goal you set for yourself is to stay the course . . . to stay focused. At any time you get tired of the glare off the snow, the dust, the miles of glacial terrain, the travel, the lack of sleep, the altitude. The altitude just takes a huge t...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Mountain climbing


Working to prevent another Chornobyl
Winter 2003
"While it is devastating to see the impact of the Chornobyl accident—both economically and socially—international nuclear safety has advanced significantly because of this incident." — Susan SennerTeams of communications professionals at the...
Categories: Communication, Alumni
Tags: Nuclear safety, Nuclear reactors


Benzel helped set state education reform in motion
Winter 2003
Brian Benzel embraces the challenge of helping every child master key educational skills. As superintendent of Spokane Area Schools, the second largest school district in Washington, he oversees a $264 million annual budget, more than 30,000 stude...
Categories: Alumni, Education
Tags: School administration


Don't be afraid to stumble
Fall 2003
In her May 10 commencement address, Kathi Goertzen ('90 Comm.) provided words of advice to new graduates of Washington State University's College of Liberal Arts."As you go out into the world and pursue your careers or the next step in your lives,...
Categories: Communication, Alumni
Tags: Commencement


Software system enables precise radiation treatment for tumors
Fall 2003
Seldom do software engineers get to see their work save lives. But new software developed by Washington State University alumnus Thanos Etmektzoglou is making a difference for cancer patients.For the past 13 years Etmektzoglou has worked at Varian ...
Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: Software


Summer busy time for Canadian canoe and kayak executive
Fall 2003
Surrounded as she is by an inventory of 600 canoes and kayaks, one would think Pamela Robertson spends her summers on the water near her Waverley, Nova Scotia home.She'd love to. But as vice president of Old Creel Canoe & Kayak Inc., she's too...
Categories: Alumni, Business
Tags: Water


WSU Alumni Association honors Seals, Sharratt
Fall 2003
Rupert Grant Seals, one of WSU's first Black Ph.D.sRupert Grant Seals was honored twice by Washington State University, where he gained distinction as the fifth African American to earn a doctorate ('60 Animal Science).He received the Alumni Achiev...
Categories: Awards and honors, Alumni
Tags: Education, African Americans, Alumni Achievement Award


Campbell heads Seattle Foundation
Fall 2003
Phyllis Takisaki Campbell ('73 Bus. Adm.) has been named president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation, the state's oldest and largest community foundation. She succeeds Anne V. Farrell, who served in that position for 19 years before announcing her...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Community activists


Petland owner started from the ground up
Fall 2003
What happens when Fluffy dies?David Bielski knows where the bodies are buried. "Samantha." "Bubbles." "Fluffy." In fact, the owner-president of Petland Cemetery, Inc. lives on the grounds of the adjoining Fern Hill Cemetery, which has been in the ...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Animal health


World War II decision influenced Brimble's career
Fall 2003
A single gunshot wound influenced Bob Brimble to change his career direction more than 50 years ago.While serving with the U.S. Army in China during World War II, he was shot in the leg. The nearest doctor was 10 days away by pack mule. But after ...
Categories: Veterinary medicine, Alumni
Tags: Education


Brayton has his day in the sun, as WSU retires his number
Fall 2003
Dan Wodrich couldn't attend Bobo Brayton's banquet. He wanted to be there when Washington State University honored its winningest coach May 24 by retiring baseball jersey  no. 14. He played second base for Brayton in 1977-80, fulfilling a dre...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Coach, Baseball


Walter Clore: a wine visionary
Fall 2003
The prose is deliberate, straightforward, and academically understated: "If hardier varieties free of diseases are used and the best cultural practices known to obtain full vine maturity are followed, it is feasible to grow European grapes in favo...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Wine


Picha, Herrick, Murdock honored by WSU Alunmi Association
Summer 2003
Washington State University created the Alumni Achievement Award in 1969 to honor alumni who have provided significant service and contributions to their profession, community, and/or WSU. In recent months, three individuals have been recognized.D...
Categories: Awards and honors, Alumni
Tags: Children, Education, Alumni Achievement Award


"Problem" is a good word
Summer 2003
There are no stars at Miller/Hull Partnership.
Categories: Architecture and design, Alumni
Tags: Buildings


Adjusting to life during college and after
Summer 2003
By the time he graduated from Washington State University, Terry Arndt ('93 Horticulture) had accumulated $20,000 in student loans, $5,000 in credit card bills, and car payments.Fortunately, he found a job right away, and a financial advisor. She ...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Books, Budget, Entrepreneurs


With Eyes Wide Open
Summer 2003
Margarita Mendoza de Sugiyama is on the lookout for crooks, "really slimy crooks."
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Social justice, Leadership


A tale of many cities
Summer 2003
As a boy Clint Borgen dreamed of having an interesting life, radically different from the humdrum sleepiness of Anacortes, Washington, his commercial-fishing-oriented hometown. He played spy games with a seemingly fearless older brother and best f...
Categories: Media, Alumni
Tags: Refugees, Europe, Books


Philip & Neva Abelson: Pioneers on the knowledge frontier
Spring 2003
Philip Abelson '33 developed the process, adopted by the Manhattan Project, for separating U-235 from U-238. He went on to make significant contributions to biochemistry, chemistry, engineering physics, and other fields. Neva Abelson '34 developed the test for the Rh factor in newborns. What was once Science Hall now carries their name.
Categories: Physics, Alumni
Tags: Nuclear physics, Pediatrics


Working toward a common goal
Spring 2003
Maybe I can't save the world. But I can try to make a difference somewhere. But how?I researched several volunteer organizations, but most of them required a three-month to two-year commitment, which was not possible for me. After weeks of extensi...
Categories: Social work, Alumni
Tags: HIV, AIDS, Red Cross, Africa


Alumni Association recognizes Woods, Prince, past presidents
Spring 2003
A professional forester and a former state senator have received the Washington State University Alumni Achievement Award.Richard I. Woods ('58 Forestry Mgmt.), a 44-year veteran of timber harvesting, marketing, and appraising, was recognized at a su...
Categories: Awards and honors, Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association, Alumni Achievement Award, Politicians


Pailca oversees accountability within Seattle Police Department
Spring 2003
A case involving Asian-American teenagers detained by a Seattle police officer for jaywalking sounds routine enough, but the July 2001 incident soon unfolded into highly publicized accusations of racial profiling. The issue landed in the lap of at...
Categories: Law, Alumni
Tags: Ethics, Police, Criminal justice


Sherman Alexie: "It's all good"
Spring 2003
It may look the same today, but as Sherman Alexie walked down the aisle of the Kenworthy Theater in Moscow, Idaho, he realized his last memory of the place was, well, a little bit hazy."I was just recalling with a friend of mine who I went to schoo...
Categories: Visual arts, Alumni
Tags: Native Americans, Film, Movies


Eldridge sees WSU as a tight-knit family
Spring 2003
Ray Eldridge doesn't usually recommend hitchhiking. However, he didn't have many options a few years ago, when his car gave out near North Bend enroute to Pullman from Seattle. Not to worry. From the back seat, he retrieved a Washington State Univ...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Education, Alumni Association


World health care: "Many countries have their priorities wrong"
Spring 2003
"Evidence shows that the family medicine model is the most cost effective and provides the best care for most people." —Dr. Robert HigginsIf you are sick enough and have enough money, you can get very good medical care in most countrie...
Categories: Awards and honors, Health sciences, Alumni
Tags: Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award, Health care policy, Pharmacy


Keeping busy in the bus business
Spring 2003
After nearly three decades as a successful high school teacher and coach, Peg Motley launched Wheatland Express Charters & Tours in 1988. The venture proved to be a whole new ballgame.The Pullman entrepreneur, mother of four, and grandmother of...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Buses, Transit


Hedlund Christmas trees selected for White House
Spring 2003
For the second time in three years, trees from the Hedlund Christmas Tree Farm in Elma, Washington, graced the White House during the holidays."I never dreamed that my passion for growing Christmas trees would get me to the White House to meet the...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Christmas trees


Whirlwind tour
Spring 2003
On an August morning, Senator Murray '72 visits Dayton to hear its concerns.
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Politicians


From Belgrade to Pullman—Living the American dream
Winter 2002
There are times when Radmila Sarac would give anything for a bite of a burek or the chance to watch Nenad Lecic perform again. Nearly six years after coming to Washington from her Republic of Serbia homeland, the 24-year-old Washington State Univ...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Serbia


Hyslop, Damon earn WSU Alumni Achievement Award
Winter 2002
Longtime Spokane residents William D. Hyslop and Dwight Damon received Washington State University's Alumni Achievement Award at a July 16 WSU wine tasting event at Wyvern Cellars in Spokane.Hyslop, an attorney with the law firm of Lukins & Ann...
Categories: Awards and honors, Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association, Alumni Achievement Award


Bridges to Prosperity
Winter 2002
When Ethiopian partisans blew up a bridge to stop the advance of Mussolini, they also split a region. Ken Frantz put it back together.
Categories: Alumni, Social work
Tags: Ethiopia, Charity


Ershlers complete Seven Summits with Everest climb
Winter 2002
Phil and Susan Ellerman Ershler can scratch one more thing off their "to do" list. On May 16 they conquered 29,035-foot Mount Everest and became the first husband-wife team to top the Seven Summits together. (See sidebar.)The Ershlers' quest to su...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Mountain climbing


Deeter recalls demise of college boxing as a sad day
Winter 2002
More than four decades have passed since intercollegiate boxing was dropped, first at Washington State University following the 1959 season, and nationally in 1961.Isaac "Ike" Deeter established the college boxing program at Washington State Colle...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Boxing


Overseeing the Davenport Hotel with an appreciation for history
Winter 2002
"It's wonderful to be a part of an environment where all you have to do is make people happy and make them comfortable." —Lynnelle Hull Caudill Being part of something as elegant and historical as the Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane...
Categories: Business, Alumni
Tags: Spokane, Hotels, Hotel management


From farm to College Hill, the migration continues
Fall 2002
When Don Appel left the family farm at Endicott in the 1930s to enroll at Washington State College, he didn’t know what he was starting. Or where it would end.Unfortunately, failing eyesight ultimately forced him to withdraw from school one seme...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: WSU parents


Each on his own merits
Fall 2002
Identical triplets Donald, Jack, and Joseph Claros appear to be mirror images—5 feet, 4 inches tall, 125 pounds, whitewall haircuts, small wire rimmed glasses. They are soft-spoken, polite, and typically respond to questions from their elders wi...
Categories: Alumni, Military sciences
Tags: ROTC


Blackwell makes his mark
Fall 2002
James Blackwell helped establish the clout of black sociologists. This spring he returned to Pullman to receive the University's highest honor.
Categories: Sociology, Awards and honors, Alumni
Tags: Awards, Alumni Achievement Award, African Americans


Palmers want to give others hope for the future
Fall 2002
Sometime in the near future Perry Palmer and his wife, Marcie, want to return to the Colville Indian Reservation. Young students there lack good role models, as well as incentives, Perry says. They need to be made aware of opportunities for advanc...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Native Americans


Gillies receives Alumni Achievement Award
Fall 2002
Cliff Gillies, longtime executive director of the Washington Intercollegiate Activities Association (WIAA, 1982-93) and former president of the National Federation of State High Schools Association (1990-91), has received the Washington State Univ...
Categories: Athletics, Awards and honors, Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association, Alumni Achievement Award


Graduate School alumni honored during centennial
Fall 2002
To mark a century of graduate education at Washington State University, nine alumni, one from each academic college, were honored with the Graduate Alumni Achievement Award at an April 16 recognition luncheon. The award was established in 2000 by ...
Categories: Alumni, Awards and honors
Tags: Graduate School


From Russia with Love: Cougar matryoshka dolls a big hit
Fall 2002
Sue Senner’s (’80 Comm.) travels occasionally take her to places like Chornobyl, Ukraine, and Moscow, Russia. She is a project manager for the International Nuclear Safety Program (INSP) at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Ric...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Russia, Cougar gear


A Titan's Tale
Summer 2002
Bill Nollan didn't like not understanding. So he drove his athletes and his students ever harder. As if their lives depended on it.
Categories: Memoirs, Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Football


Early leader of WSU’s Native American students
Summer 2002
Ki Tecumseh learned to work within the system—or stretch it"Indian people don’t consider themselves to be a minority people." - Ki TecumsehGrowing up on the Yakama Indian Reservation, Kiutus “Ki” Tecumseh, Jr. learned to put his finger up to...
Categories: WSU history, Alumni
Tags: Native Americans, Native American leaders


Kleene keeps "influenza watch" at CDC
Summer 2002
When Jennifer Kleene was awarded a national fellowship in the Emerging Infectious Disease program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last summer, it took a while for her to find out. She was in rural Armenia participating in a Unite...
Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: Influenza


Ehlo inducted into Pac-10 Hall of Honor
Summer 2002
Former Washington State University basketball coach George Raveling once described Craig Ehlo (x'86 Soc. Sci.) as “playing on the ragged edge of being out of control.” In other words, Ehlo made things happen. His full-speed-ahead approach on t...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Hall of Fame, Basketball


School superintendent recognized on state, national levels
Summer 2002
R. Stephen Rasmussen capped two-plus decades as a school administrator by being named Washington Superintendent of the Year for 2001 and one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year.Rasmussen, 51, has been superintendent of the 7,...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Education


Lt. Col. Stinemetz wanted to convey his condolences
Summer 2002
Word of CIA agent Mike Spann’s death November 29, 2001 in Afghanistan struck a chord with Washington State University graduate Lt. Col. Kurt Stinemetz (’76 Anthro.), U.S. Marine Corps. Spann was the first U.S. casualty in the war on terrorism ...
Categories: Military sciences, Alumni
Tags: In memoriam


Alumni Association honors past presidents
Summer 2002
Three former presidents of the Washington State University Alumni Association have received WSU’s Alumni Achievement Award. Jim Miller, Vancouver, and Denny Jones, Redmond, were recognized in mid-November at the association’s reception for pas...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association


Catherine Mathews Friel is thankful for...Life in a Small College Town
Spring 2002
Catherine Friel has lived in Pullman nearly 100 years, and she has some stories to tell.
Categories: Alumni, WSU history
Tags: Pullman life, WSU staff


Opening Day...a great way to reunite Cougars
Spring 2002
Cougars batten their hatches and hoist their mainsails.
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Boating, Seattle


Mendez named dad of the year
Spring 2002
Washington State University sophomore Jennifer Mendez remembers a time when her father worked 12-hour days, five days a week providing for his family. Still, he found time over the past 20 years to serve as a volunteer coach of youth sports teams ...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Dad of the Year


Treatments for congestive heart failure focus of study
Spring 2002
For this alum, age is no obstacle"I asked what would happen if I die before the research is over. They said, ‘We'll try to find out where you are and sue you.’ ”—Dr. Gordon MauriceWith some amusement, Dr. Gordon L. Maurice (’40, ...
Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: Heart disease


Shanthi delivers 350-pound calf
Spring 2002
The wait is over.Shanthi, a 25-year old Asian elephant (Washington State Magazine, Nov. 2001), delivered a 325-pound male calf November 25, 2001 at the National Zoo in Washington, DC.Janine Brown (’80 M.S., ’84 Ph.D. Animal Sci.) coordinated th...
Categories: Veterinary medicine, Alumni
Tags: Elephant


It's in the blood
Spring 2002
“There I was [in May 1980], focused on completing my last month at WSU, and Mount St. Helens erupts,” recalls Kathi Goertzen ’80. “I spent the next few weeks basically living at the KWSU studio, not only reporting the news aspects, but als...
Categories: Alumni, Communication
Tags: Television broadcasting, Journalism


Play-by-play announcer calls 500th football game
Spring 2002
Alumnus Bob Curtis (’47 Speech Comm.) broadcast his 500th consecutive University of Idaho football game as “Voice of the Vandals” last October, when the UI entertained Louisiana-Lafayette in Martin Stadium. He also has been play-by-play anno...
Categories: Athletics, Alumni
Tags: Basketball


Coe earns Gibson Award for volunteer service
Spring 2002
Longtime Seattle veterinarian Stan Coe received the 2001 Weldon B. Gibson Distinguished Volunteer Award last fall at the Washington State University Foundation Recognition Dinner Gala in Pullman.The annual award, established in 1981, recognizes sus...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Volunteer


Alumni president Ed Little: "I always wanted to work with children"
Spring 2002
It’s been almost 30 years now, but Ed Little, president of the Washington State University Alumni Association, remembers it like yesterday.A sophomore and a member of the Cougar Yell Team, he was in Eugene, Oregon, for WSU’s 1974 football game...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Alumni Association, Education


New graduates entering a different world
Spring 2002
Washington State University’s newest graduates are entering “a world vastly different and more dangerous than it was before September 11,” a world that cries out for their leadership in government, in science, in business, in education, in t...
Categories: Campus life, Alumni
Tags: Commencement, Politicians


Boosters of the Desert plan March luncheon
Winter 2001
History professor and former department chair David Stratton will be the featured speaker at the 15th annual WSU Cougar Boosters of the Desert luncheon March 2 at the Desert Island Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. His title will be...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: California


Rucks consistently responsive to WSU needs
Winter 2001
“We knew it would help students who were struggling.” —Jim Ruck Last spring alumnus Jim Ruck of Everett made Washington State University an offer it couldn’t refuse. The chemistry graduate visited his old department and asked for...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Gifts, WSU library, Philanthropy


Life’s twists and turns lead WSU alumna to success
Winter 2001
“At Washington State, I found … professors who encouraged us to formulate our own thoughts and opinions.” —Jodi Vevoda At one time or another, we’ve all formulated plans for where we want to be five, 10, 20 years do...
Categories: Communication, Alumni
Tags: Advertising


Hastad heads University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Winter 2001
In March Douglas N. Hastad was appointed ninth chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, a school of more than 9,000 students. The Moorhead, Minnesota, native earned a master’s degree in health and physical education at...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Universities


A better system of braces
Winter 2001
“Imagine if you are a patient, the significant difference that decreased pressure is going to make to your comfort level.” As a child, Dr. Dwight Damon (’62 Zoology) had more than his share of curiosity.Damon’s father, who taught math ...
Categories: Alumni, Health sciences
Tags: Orthodontics, Braces


Peter Van Sant Thrives on a "48-Hour" Day
Winter 2001
SEASONED CBS NEWSMAN Peter Van Sant hasn’t seen it all. But he hasn’t missed much either.In 16 years with CBS News, the award-winning correspondent has covered presidential campaigns, the space program, and the airline industry. He ...
Categories: Communication, Alumni
Tags: Television broadcasting


Hot shot
Winter 2001
“Nothing beats a hot shot crew. You are like the green berets, the special forces of fire. It’s a camaraderie like no other.”WHEN CHRIS BOLZ came looking for summer work nine years ago, the fire boss took one look at the athlet...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Forest fires, Firefighters


Mountain men
Winter 2001
The father-and-son team of Ken and Jeff Christianson of Burlington climbed 19,340-foot Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania last May. By coincidence rather than plan, Jeff says, “we summited on my dad’s 49th birthday— May 1...
Categories: Alumni
Tags: Mountain climbing


South African experience important to WSU alumna
Winter 2001
“It is hoped that in Africa, as in the U.S., the process will speed the move from poverty and unemployment to steady jobs.” —Liz Peterson May and early June 2001 found alumna Elizabeth C. “Liz” Peterson teaching...
Categories: Social work, Alumni
Tags: Job skills, South Africa