Washington State Magazine

Spring 2002


Spring 2002

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Features

Nurses to the homeless :: Gypsy's camp is evidence of the harsh living conditions faced by a growing number of homeless in Spokane. It also doubles as a classroom, and a lesson in reality, for student nurses. By Andrea Vogt.

A campus full of wonders :: All over campus, curiosities emerged from closets to form one of the most popular and unusual shows ever to fill the art museum. By Tim Steury.

What don't we know? :: James Krueger wants to know why the average person will spend 219,000 hours asleep. By James Krueger and Tim Steury.

Memories are made of this :: Neuroscientists Jay Wright and Joe Harding can approximate Alzheimer's symptoms in a rat by injecting a certain protein into its hippocampus. What's more, they can reverse those symptoms. By Tim Steury.

Catherine Mathews Friel is thankful for...Life in a small college town :: Catherine Friel has lived in Pullman nearly 100 years, and she has some stories to tell. By Pat Caraher.

Opening Day...a great way to reunite Cougars :: Cougars batten their hatches and hoist their mainsails. By Pat Caraher.

Fiction

The Peking Cowboy :: He wanted to tell the story in the third person, but it came out in the first; he wanted to tell it in the past, but it came out happening in the now; even if he wanted to, he could not change a word of it, its sequence and language clarifying its own shape and direction in his voice. A short story by Alex Kuo.

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Cover: Student Jennifer Schwarzer and Intercollegiate College of Nursing instructor Carol Allen. Read the story here. Photograph by Ira Gardner.

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U.S. Congressman and WSU alumnus George R. Nethercutt. Robert Hubner

U.S. Congressman and WSU alumnus George R. Nethercutt. Robert Hubner

New graduates entering a different world

© Washington State University

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 the military.

This was the message U.S. Congressman and WSU alumnus George R. Nethercutt, Jr. delivered as commencement speaker December 15 at the University’s first fall graduation exercise.

“Your generation is now called on to face a fearsome worldwide threat of terrorism similar to that serious threat which faced your grandparents, as they were stunned by Pearl Harbor and World War II.”

Nethercutt (’67 English), a Spokane native, told the new graduates that the greatest mistake today’s terrorists could make would be “to underestimate your love of country, your commitment to peace and freedom.”

“Commit to being strong leaders wherever you find yourself,” he encouraged them.

Nearly 400 graduating students from the summer and fall semesters took part in the ceremony. Twenty-seven of the graduates were doctoral candidates, and 41 were master’s degree candidates. About 1,500 students earned degrees in December. The initial fall commencement attracted some 2,000 people. It complements WSU’s annual spring graduation in May.

Categories: Campus life, Alumni | Tags: Commencement, Politicians

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