Washington State Magazine

Summer 2008

Summer 2008


In This Issue...


Dialogue with the Past :: Coastal exploration has discovered traditional native technology for leaching tannins from acorns—identical to techniques discovered in northern Japan. Huge villages once lay near where the Deschutes and the John Day rivers enter the Columbia. And then they disappeared. A new era of Northwest archaeology is revealing that we have only started understanding the mysteries of our Pacific Northwest past. by Tim Steury { WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: Ozette Art and the Makah Canoe }

Masters of Disguise :: When a family depends on a few head of cattle for food, for cash income, and for status, the loss of a single animal can be devastating. Researchers at WSU are on the hunt for vaccines against two of the most damaging—and elusive—pathogens that afflict livestock around the world. by Cherie Winner

The Age of Identity :: Little did literary sleuth Debbie Lee realize that by following in the footsteps of her subjects—a Javanese princess, a sailor, and a witch—she would slip out of her own identity and into theirs. by Hannelore Sudermann { WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Life and adventures of Princess Caraboo }


How to Survive the Coming Depression :: by Bill Morelock




:: SPORTS: Signing Day Central

:: IN SEASON: Dahlias

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Doggie donors }


Cover photo: Fritz Meisel, age 3½, tries on a superhero identity. He is a fifth-generation resident of the Palouse and has many ties to Washington State University through his parents Jeanne Fulfs '94, MFA '03, and Nickolus Meisel, MFA '02, an assistant sculpture professor in the fine arts department.


WSU Alumni Association's Achievement award winners

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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 greater communities. Here is a list of the WSU Alumni Achievement Award Winners from the past two years.


Richard B. Ellingson '75, president of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association and advisory board member of the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management, has enriched the lives of numerous WSU students.

Shaikh M. Ghazanfar '62, '64, '69, professor emeritus at the University of Idaho, an expert on Islamic studies and culture, and a major advocate for higher education, is actively involved in engaging students.

Dale F. Stedman '49, Washington State transportation commissioner, has been dedicated to shaping the transportation industry in the state of Washington.

Richard Small '69, owner and founder of Woodward Canyon Winery in Walla Walla, has greatly impacted the Washington wine industry and is an inspiration to future Washington State winemakers and students alike.

Richard Oltman '52 is founder of Olympia's "Oysterfest," an event that draws thousands annually and promotes the Washington State seafood industry.

Mike Utley, a former NFL athlete and founder of The Mike Utley Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding cures for spinal cord injuries (SPI), has been an advocate for many suffering from paralysis.

Bernard Lagat '01, a two-time world-champion runner who earned the title of "the fastest man on earth," has brought distinction to the WSU athletic department and the University as a whole.


Jeff Gordon '71, owner of Gordon Brother's Winery in Pasco and the first president of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, is recognized for his leadership and service to his profession, community, and alma mater.

Gladys Jennings '48, the first woman of color to receive a master's degree from WSU, has been steadfastly dedicated to the University's efforts to provide educational opportunities to students of color.

Jon Whitmore '67, '68, president of Texas Tech University, is recognized for his leadership and advocacy of higher education.

Scott E. Carson '72, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and executive vice president of the Boeing Company, has actively supported educational opportunities in the WSU community.

Stephen D. Bernard '76 is dedicated to the continuity of Holocaust education through the instruction and enrichment of students in the Central Valley School District and beyond.

Stanley R. Boyd '78, former vice president of sales and marketing for The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, has been a leader in the hospitality industry.

Kiutus Tecumseh '72 has shown steadfast commitment to the Native American community in New Mexico.

Roger J. Duprel '61 has been an advocate for student-athletes and continuously supportive for alumni.

David E. Miller '68 and Robert E. Hull '68, Seattle-based architects and co-founders of Miller|Hull Partnership, are leaders in Northwest architecture and beyond.

The Honorable Sid Morrison '54 has a long and distinguished history of service to WSU and Washington, having served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1980 to 1992 and as a Washington State legislator, senator, and secretary of transportation.

Categories: Alumni, Awards and honors | Tags: Alumni Achievement Award

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