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.

judy dann


Matt Hagen

What I've Learned Since College: an interview with Judy Dann

by | © Washington State University

Judy Dann graduated from Washington State University in 1985 with a degree in engineering and soon found a job with the City of Tacoma. Her life changed dramatically one day when she was hit by a car while crossing a street in Seattle. The accident damaged her brain stem, affecting her eyesight, speech, and mobility. She now uses a walker and a wheelchair and lives independently in a small community south of Tacoma. The following is excerpted from an interview with Washington State Magazine's Hannelore Sudermann, April 8, 2005, in DuPont.

Life can change at any time.

I got a job at the City of Tacoma just after college. I was doing civil engineering in sewer utilities. I was there four months, and then one day I woke up in the hospital. I remember I went to work and it was sunshiny out, and then I woke up in the hospital and there was snow on the ground. I said, "Oh, what is going on?" They said I was in a coma six weeks. I was in the hospital for six months. There I learned to talk again. I learned to read again. Pretty much everything had to be relearned.

Even if you need help, don't ask for everything.

Going home from the hospital was kind of scary. If you needed anything . . . the nurse would always bring it to you. If you needed help, there was always someone to help you. At home, no one is at your beck and call. It's not their job to help you. And you are annoying if you ask for everything.

Declare your independence.

I lived at home for about 10 years. It's nothing I would want to do again. My parents are wonderful people, but an hour a week is all I need. And that's all they need to see me. I like being on my own. They said, "Do you want to come back?" I said, "Give me a cup of coffee, and I'll think about it."

Find a nice place to live.

I used to volunteer at Fort Lewis. Du Pont is right across the street. The secretary for the colonel said, "Hey, you know what, you should look at the apartments in Du Pont." It was just a little bitty place at that time. I was surprised there were apartments. I came out here, and it was springtime, and those are rhodies up there, and everything was in bloom. They have flowering cherry trees. It was so pretty. I said, "Yes, I'm going to live here." That was 10 years ago. It was so close to Fort Lewis, I didn't have time to take a sip of coffee before I got to work. I don't volunteer any more, because dialysis really wipes you out, and I have to go three days a week. Still, I'm glad I live here.

Coffee makes everything better.

I have a protein drink that I have to drink because of dialysis. I drink it with coffee.

I can't drive anymore. I have a scooter. That's how I get to Starbucks. We have two coffee places in town. No grocery store, but two coffee places. I go to both. That's pretty much all you can do in Du Pont.

Cats are good company.

The guy who lived next door said, "I have to go overseas, and they won't let me take the cat." He was going over for the war. He got the cat about a month's worth of food and a litter box and brought him here. His name is Yoda. He used to ride around on my shoulder, but now he's too big. I did a neighbor a favor. It kind of works both ways. He's a great cat. He's warm in the wintertime. He wasn't allowed to sleep with me in my room until he was at least a year old. He was too active. I had touch lamps, and I would wake up at three in the morning, and my lights would be on.

Have different facets to your life.

I go to the coffee place. I sew. I read. And I garden a lot. I have plants just outside my door. I used to grow tomatoes, but I can't eat them, because I'm on dialysis. So I do cucumbers and carrots. Carrots are so good when they're home grown. They have lots of flavor. And cucumbers just grow good, so you look like you have a green thumb.

Find fellowship.

I'm not a Presbyterian, but I go to their bible study. They're awfully nice people. They need a little bit of help, though. We read the same passage in the Bible, and the pastor interprets it so differently than I would. So I have to tell everybody what I'm thinking. I make sure every one has thought of every point. It's fun. We laugh a lot. Everyone has really their own theology. They can accept mine or they can accept his. Or they can have their own. I'm Catholic originally. I go to Lutheran church, but it's a Presbyterian bible study. It's kind of a combination of all of those. I seek fellowship in pretty much anyone.

Always do your dishes.

Last year I was nominated for a free housecleaning. I thought they were coming to clean my cupboards. I thought I was just going with my sister to breakfast. I thought it was strange when my mother said, "Don't you think you should do your dishes?" I said, "Why? They're coming to clean my house." My mom insisted on doing the dishes. I'm glad she did. I wish she had made the bed, too. Instead of cleaning my place, Home Town Housekeeping and some local volunteers did a total makeover of my apartment. It really helped. My furniture was functional, but nothing matched. It was really ugly. Now it looks good. Everything matches now-it's so amazing. My favorite new piece is the bookshelf where I keep my stereo and my books right by my chair. At night, I sit in my chair, and I'm exhausted. I won't get up even to answer the phone. It's nice to have everything in reach.

People can surprise you.

Before my injury, I wasn't real impressed with disabled people, so I didn't assume anyone else would be. They sure fooled me. People are OK. [After the home makeover, which was covered by the local newspaper and a TV station,] I feel I'm more appreciated now. Before, I felt I was tolerated. Now people are nice to me. When I'm out eating, people actually recognize me. Somebody wanted my autograph. I just laughed. I knew people in Du Pont were wonderful, but this was overwhelming.

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