Washington State Magazine

Fall 2005

Fall 2005

In This Issue...


Where Have You Gone, Edward R. Murrow? :: Edward R. Murrow '30 broadcasted reports from a London rooftop during the Blitz. He confronted Joseph McCarthy on national television. And he admitted "an abiding fear regarding what...[radio and TV] are doing to our society, and our heritage."

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Interview: The Battle Against Ignorance : An Interview with Bob Edwards }

Diabetes: It's Still Up to You :: Although Mary Ellen Harvey '58 knew about her type 2 diabetes for nearly 20 years, she wasn't managing it very well on her own. That changed when she joined thousands of other diabetics across the country in a diabetes management trial.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Recipe: Tortilla soup for diabetics }

How Coug Are You? :: 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?

WSM Special Report :: Drinking on Campus

How WSU is helping to change the culture of alcohol

More Thinking, Less Drinking :: "Everybody knows this place as a party school," says a student about WSU. But what everyone knows is starting to change. by Hope Tinney

Our Drink :: 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. by Hope Tinney

Two chapters from Our Drink: Detoxing the Perfect Family, by Chris Volkmann '70 and Toren Volkmann. (PDF: Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or another PDF reader.)


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Bringing couture to campus: A gallery from the 22nd Annual Mom's Weekend Fashion Show }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: If clothes could talk...but they do! What WSU students are wearing on campus. }


:: FOOD AND FORAGE: The spice of life

:: PERSPECTIVE: Thinking about Washington State

:: A SENSE OF PLACE: Bounty on the bluff

:: SEASONS|SPORTS: I never said thank you.

:: SEASONS|SPORTS: Legends of the Palouse

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story and video: An affair of the heart :: In his documentary film, Legends of the Palouse, Jeff McQuarrie '98 seeks to answer the question, "What is this love affair we have with our school?" Includes an exclusive video excerpt of Junior Tupuola and Rod Retherford from the film. }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Elegy: May 18, 1980 :: In memory of a friend and the geologic event that marked her passing. by Bill Morelock '77 }

Cover: Edward R. Murrow '30. Photography from Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

simple form


Robert Hubner

Simple Forms

by | © Washington State University

Paul Hirzel received the prestigious American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Housing Committee Award for a custom single-family home, designating Hirzel's project one of the top designs in the country.

Hirzel, associate professor in the School of Architecture and Construction Management at Washington State University, received the award for the design of The Canyon House, which overlooks the Clearwater River upstream from Lewiston, Idaho.

The AIA's Housing Awards Program is meant to recognize the best in housing design and to promote the importance of good housing. The jury recognized eight projects nationwide in four categories: community design, single-family housing, multifamily housing, and innovation in housing design.

Hirzel designed the house for Kenneth Campbell, a professor of physiology and bioengineering at WSU. As Campbell struggled to build on the steep site, his daughter Ellen, who took Hirzel's site design class in the late 1990s, suggested he contact Hirzel.  Hirzel in turn suggested that Campbell construct two buildings on the property instead of one-a bunkhouse in a steep ravine and a studio house that looks down from a finger ridge. An important third part of the design was a nearby knoll, a favorite viewing spot that remains undeveloped.

"We like the simple forms carved out for different uses," the jury said in its comments. "It has a real presence that is integrated, but not overpowering."

Hirzel also received an award from the American Institute of Architects, Seattle, for the same project. The other award winners for 2004 were designers of the Seattle Central Library, which is being called one of the most significant buildings of the 21st century, and the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, home of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Seattle Opera.

Categories: Architecture and design | Tags: Awards

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