Washington State Magazine

Winter 2012

Winter 2012

In This Issue...


Feasting on the Salish Sea :: About 650 years ago, inhabitants of a large plank house on Galiano Island abandoned it for unknown reasons. But not before they feasted on 10,000 sea urchins. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Slideshow: Archaeology on Galiano Island }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Seascapes from Salish Sea, Study 2 by David Ellingsen }

A Summer of Science :: Over nine short weeks this summer, undergraduate Laurel Graves helped develop one of the first research projects to measure how much carbon wheat consumes and releases. “The entire world, all 7 billion people,” she says, “and we’re the only ones doing this thing. It’s kind of a crazy thought.” by Eric Sorensen

The Law and the Land :: 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. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Brian Gunn and the land of the Colville Tribes }


The Ethics of Climate Change :: A political scientist, a geologist, a philosopher, and a sociologist contemplate the ethical implications of an imminent problem. by Andrew Light, Kent Keller, Bill Kabasenche, and Eugene A. Rosa


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Magazine: “Unleashed” A magazine used for education on sexual assault prevention }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Twin Vista Ranch }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Heart at KWSU in 1976 }


:: First Words: Maps, memory, and imagination

:: Posts

:: Short Subject: Spirits on the rise

:: In season: Onions

:: Sports: That voice

:: Last Words: The 1710 Senex map of North America

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Map: Craft distilleries in Washington }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Bob Robertson, Voice of the Cougars }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story and Recipes: How to choose the right onion, and some onion lore }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Slideshow: Bowling at WSU }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Salmon and other water videos from Chris Dunagan }

New media

:: Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, the Demands of Transcendence edited by Gregory S. Parks and Stefan M. Bradley (’98 MA History)

:: Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands: 60 Paddle Trips Including the Gulf Islands by Rob Casey ’91

:: No Room of Her Own: Women’s Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death, and Resistance by Desiree Hellegers

:: Boocoo Dinky Dow: My Short, Crazy Vietnam War by Grady C. Myers and Julie Titone

Cover photo: Laurel Graves measures light in a wheat canopy in one of dozens of projects involving undergraduate researchers. By Zach Mazur

WSU Alumni Association News
Major General Paul J. Fletcher (Ret.) ’72. <em>Courtesy US Air Force</em>

Major General Paul J. Fletcher (Ret.) ’72. Courtesy US Air Force

Awards and Volunteer Recognition

© Washington State University

The Alumni Achievement Award was created by the WSU Alumni Association in 1970 to honor those who have made significant contributions to their professions, their communities, the world, and WSU. Of the nearly quarter of million people who have attended WSC/WSU since 1890, fewer than 600 have received this prestigious award. We salute the following Cougars who were recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award over the past year and thank them for the prestige they bring to their alma mater:

Retired Major General Paul J. Fletcher ’72

Chad Little ’85, former NASCAR driver

Rueben Mayes ’92 & ’00, retired NFL player

James B. Niblock ’42, composer/conductor

WSUAA Alumni Ambassador Award

The Alumni Ambassador Award was established in 1999 to honor former WSUAA presidents, Board of Directors’ members, local chapter leaders, and Alliance representatives for their outstanding volunteer service. We extend our thanks to this year’s winners for their contributions to WSU and the WSUAA.

Sarah Brown ’97, Alumni Ambassador—Award of Appreciation, Camas, Wash.

Wade Dissmore ’97, Alumni Ambassador—Award of Appreciation, Spokane, Wash.

Jen Evison ’04, Alumni Ambassador—Award of Appreciation, Seattle, Wash.

Lance Kaneshiro ’89, Alumni Ambassador—Award of Appreciation, Honolulu, Hawaii

Rhonda Kromm ’86 & ’05, Award of Appreciation, Pullman, Wash.

Charleen Neal ’03, Alumni Ambassador—Award of Appreciation, Pomeroy, Wash.

Dan Olsen, ’92, Alumni Ambassador—Award of Appreciation, Montesano, Wash.

Danna Watson ’07, Alumni Ambassador—Award of Appreciation, Missoula, Mont.

Robert Williams ’79, Alumni Ambassador—Distinguished Service Award, Seattle, Wash.

WSUAA Adopted Cougar Award

Any person who exhibits genuine loyalty and affection for Washington State University and fully knows and understands that special allegiance known as “Cougar Spirit” may be sponsored by any alum for adoption by the WSU Alumni Association. More than 648 honorees have received the Adopted Cougar Award since 2004. If you know of a good candidate to join the Cougar Family call 1-800-ALUM-WSU or visit www.alumni.wsu.edu/awards.

For more information about WSUAA and alumni chapters visit www.alumni.wsu.edu or call 1-800-258-6978.

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

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