Washington State Magazine

Summer 2002


Summer 2002

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In This Issue...

Features

The pull of rowing :: Because rowing is more timing and rhythm than just strength, top athletes sometimes become frustrated. They must learn to be patient and accountable to their teammates. by Pat Caraher

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Photographs of WSU crew by Robert Hubner }

Is nothing sacred? :: Never heard of C4 photosynthesis? Now you have. It's rare, it's cool, it could help feed the world. And WSU plant scientists just rewrote the textbook on it. by Mary Aegerter

Pants that fit...In search of a cure for misfits :: "The more I sewed," says Carol Salusso, "the more I got frustrated with the fact that the patterns didn't fit me." So she began designing her own. by Andrea Vogt

A Titan's Tale :: Bill Nollan didn't like not understanding. So he drove his athletes and his students ever harder. As if their lives depended on it. by Bill Morelock

Field Notes

Ukraine: Witnesses to an Uncertain Revolution :: How do you offer a reasonable criticism of America's consumer culture to an audience waiting desperately for basic goods that we take for granted? by Paul Hirt

Ukraine: Mining Every Opportunity for Hope :: There are many toasts, to friendship and Ukraine and its women, who maintain what is left of its social fabric. story & photos by Tim Steury

Panoramas

Departments

Tracking the Cougars

Cover: Washington State University varsity crew members Dorothea Hunter, Emily Raines, and Jaime Orth bend their backs to the oars on the Snake River. Read the story here. Photograph by Robert Hubner.

Tracking
On his way to the national convention of the American Association of School Administrators in February, R. Stephen Rasmussen passes a banner made by Franklin Pierce School District students. Duncan Livingston, The News Tribune, 2002. Reprinted with permission from The News Tribune, Tacoma, Washington.

On his way to the national convention of the American Association of School Administrators in February, R. Stephen Rasmussen passes a banner made by Franklin Pierce School District students. Duncan Livingston, The News Tribune, 2002. Reprinted with permission from The News Tribune, Tacoma, Washington.

School superintendent recognized on state, national levels

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R. Stephen Rasmussen capped two-plus decades as a school administrator by being named Washington Superintendent of the Year for 2001 and one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year.

Rasmussen, 51, has been superintendent of the 7,900-student Franklin Pierce School District since 1992. The district south of Tacoma serves a growing community with increasing ethnic and linguistic diversity.

When he was hired, the district faced a $600,000 deficit. In 1998, the district became the first in the state to pass a four-year school levy. The same year, voters approved a $25.6 million bond for construction.

The superintendent gladly shares his recognition. “It is about our staff and community commitment to education and is an acknowledgement of all our efforts,” he says.

The Burlington native, who grew up on a dairy farm, holds three degrees from Washington State University—a B.S. in agriculture, 1973, an M.S. in vocational-technical education, 1979, and an Ed.D., 1988. He chairs the College of Education’s professional education advisory board.

Categories: Alumni | Tags: Education

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