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Washington State Magazine :: Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Matters of taste

In This Issue...


How Washington Tastes—The Apple meets Cougar Gold :: One need not be an expert taster to appreciate the chemistry between the apple and Cougar Gold. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Guide: Heirloom apples in Washington }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Infographic: The Cheddar cheese lexicon }

Passing the Smell Test :: Throughout the living world, the nose leads the way, pioneering a course through the environment with the ability to spot virtually invisible perils and prizes. by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Simple scents in retail }

Patrick Rothfuss ’02—World builder :: Life’s a fantasy for best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss. He invites us into his worlds, one real and one of his own invention. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Tribble Trouble :: WSU professor emeritus Paul Brians and a look at the Icons of Science Fiction at Seattle’s Experience Music Project}

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Literary Taste :: Experts' takes on the seminal works in literary genres}

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: The art of Nate Taylor ’02 }


Taste, an Accounting in Three Scenes :: I’d be lying if I claimed not to prefer the golf swings of Bobby Jones or Sam Snead to that of Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey. So I guess I’m a snob. by Bill Morelock ’77


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Replays, multiple views, and info in iStadium A look at the 3D-4U Solutions technology }


:: First Words: Tastes like Beethoven

:: Posts

:: In Season: The essential egg

:: Sports: Down Under to Pullman

:: Sports Extra: One happy ending

:: Last Words: Fruitful history

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Training for Good Eggs The Shoups and the Puyallup poultry course }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Labels and branding from No-Li Brewhouse }

New media

:: Treasure, Treason and the Tower: El Dorado and the Murder of Sir Walter Raleigh by Paul Sellin ’52

:: Montana Before History: 11,000 Years of Hunter-Gatherers in the Rockies and Plains by Douglas H. MacDonald ’94

:: Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family by Kelly Ward and Lisa Wolf-Wendel

:: That One Spooky Night by Dan Bar-El, illustrated by David Huyck

On the cover: “Snow White” by Jung Von Matt for Ed. Wüsthof Dreizackwerk KG.

Matthew Heatherly ’12 worked on his degree while serving overseas. Photo Brian Maki


Matthew Heatherly ’12 worked on his degree while serving overseas. Brian Maki

Matthew Heatherly ’12—Serving and learning

by | © Washington State University

When he graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma in 1990, Matthew Heatherly decided to delay his college education in order to enlist and serve his country. He spent twenty years in the U.S. Army and in 2010 retired as a first sergeant. 

But an end to active duty didn’t mean an end to his Army life. He has since become an operations manager at the Western Regional Medical Command on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The Madigan Healthcare System based there serves 130,000 active duty service members. Heatherly’s job is to help plan medical care for active-duty troops in the western United States, as well as Iraq and Afghanistan. 

“My passion in life is soldiers,” Heatherly says. “They are America’s children who give of themselves to protect the ones we love.”

Heatherly himself has given much. He was a medic on two tours in Iraq. He has also donated platelets, and volunteered at the Washington Soldiers Home and Colony in Orting. For his many efforts, the Puyallup resident received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. The award was established in 1993 to recognize members of the armed forces and the reserves for outstanding volunteer community service.

He also organizes and participates in runs to raise money for charities like the local pediatric unit and a battered women’s shelter. He took part in Race for a Soldier, a half-marathon in Gig Harbor to support soldiers with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Several years ago, while still on active duty, Heatherly started thinking seriously about retirement. He realized a college degree would help him advance as an Army civilian employee. He had been urging other soldiers to get a degree, yet lacked one himself, even though he had taken a few college courses over the years.

Deciding to finish what he had started, he sought out a degree program that would allow him to work his classes into his military schedule, including his time stationed abroad. He wanted to be an example for his two sons, to be able to look them in the eyes and say, “If I can get my degree in Iraq, you can get yours.”

As he researched options for online education, he had one crucial criterion: “I wanted a degree that state employers would recognize as solid,” he says. In 2004, he enrolled in the online degree program at Washington State University. Because he wanted an interdisciplinary degree that could lead to work in a variety of fields, he decided to major in social sciences.

When Heatherly was deployed to Iraq, he took his online courses with him. He studied in combat zones, and sometimes was interrupted by artillery fire. He also found comfort in the world of academics. “Studying kept my mind off being across the world from my family,” he says of his wife, Holly, and sons, Nathaniel, now 18, and Aaron, now 16. He completed his degree last December. 

Having reached that milestone, Heatherly is already looking ahead with plans to earn a master’s in criminal justice, again through WSU’s online program. 

“A degree means that you get to choose your life,” Heatherly says, “instead of having your life dictated to you.”

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

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