Washington State Magazine

Spring 2004

Spring 2004

In This Issue...


Mount St. Helens: The perfect laboratory :: It is impossible to accept the immensity of Mount St. Helens and the effect of its catastrophic 1980 eruption unless you are able to stand beneath the enormous crater on the pumice plain and listen to John Bishop talk about lupines.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Mount St. Helens :: Photographs of John Bishop's research and the volcano. By Robert Hubner}

Lonely, Beautiful, and Threatened—Willapa Bay :: Willapa Bay is the largest estuary between San Francisco and Puget Sound. It boasts one of the least-spoiled environments and the healthiest salmon runs south of Canada. It produces one in every four oysters farmed in the United States and is a favorite stop for tens of thousands of migratory birds. And it's in trouble.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Willapa Bay :: Photographs by Bill Wagner}

Extreme Diversity—in Soap Lake :: Soap Lake is surrounded by dark shores, sheer rock walls, a primeval landscape. Its waters have long been thought by some to cure certain maladies. It is also home to strange, hardy organisms that live nowhere else.

Keith Lincoln, Barn Builder :: Over 25 years at Washington State University, alumni director Keith Lincoln built many things, including friendships and a place where alums can go to sit in the shade.



:: SEASONS/SPORTS: Golfer Kim Welch

:: SEASONS/SPORTS: Basketball's Marcus Moore


Cover: Ecologist John Bishop has followed the reestablishment of life on Mount St. Helens's pumice plain. Read the story here. Photograph by Robert Hubner.

Regents Scholars Reception


Robert Hubner

'The most precious thing I got out of college... was a life of the mind,' President Rawlins told the scholars.


'The most precious thing I got out of college... was a life of the mind,' President Rawlins told the scholars.Robert Hubner

Regents Scholars Reception: Young Scholars, Good Cheer

by | © Washington State University

Seth Lake of Olympia mimicked the fetal position he reverted to the day his roommate's family met him for the first time, shivering under a hat, coat, and blanket on the couch, sicker than a dog.

A hungry John Leraas, also of Olympia, overspent his dining plan the first half of the semester. Limited to eating on $6 a day, he bought a rice cooker and skillet to supplement his meals. Mariah Maki of Washington State University Admissions, seated next to Leraas, passed him her plate of hors d'oeuvres.

Amy Gordon of tiny Lacrosse radiated the bigheartedness and positive spirits of someone raised in a close-knit community. She rushed her roommate to the emergency room one night and stayed with her until 4 a.m.-in a small town, you take care of your own.

Lake, Leraas, Gordon, and other WSU freshmen made a motley and engaging crew November 3 during a Regents Scholars reception in their honor. Even conveying their worst experiences to Maki and molecular biosciences professor Ralph Yount, they dished out generous helpings of humor and good cheer.

The Regents Scholars Program is the only scholarship program of its kind in Washington, where students from communities across the state are nominated by their high school principals and guaranteed a minimum scholarship amount just through that nomination. WSU president V. Lane Rawlins established the program to both recognize Washington's top high school students and recruit them to the University. To date, 400 WSU students are Regents Scholars.

For the 2004 cohort, more than 250 high school administrators nominated students whose combined grade-point average is 3.94. Nominees include student body presidents and senators, National Honor Society members, musicians, varsity athletes, and community volunteers. Scholarships from $6,000 over two years to $45,000 over four are awarded.

The reception drew roughly 200 Regents Scholars and WSU administrators and faculty who discussed the students' experiences and academics, celebrating the talents, vitality, and potential of young people embarking on a lifetime of learning.

"The most precious thing I got out of college . . . was a life of the mind," Rawlins told the scholars. "I was blessed and lucky to get that kind of an education. You're with people who are not just thinking about the textbook they're reading, but about tomorrow."

Categories: WSU students | Tags: Regents, Awards

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