Washington State Magazine

Summer 2007

Summer 2007

In This Issue...


It felt like coming home :: With Lane Rawlins, Washington State University has "become what a lot of people envisioned it could be." Even though he has plenty of ideas of what to do next, it is time to hand over the presidency. by Hannelore Sudermann

The presidents :: The fledgling Washington State Agricultural College hired and fired two presidents in two years. But then Enoch Bryan arrived, with his vision of a college of science and technology "shot through and through with the spirit of the liberal arts." Since Bryan, the succeeding presidents of Washington State University have established something of a rhythmic cycle of stirring things up and reconciliation, with lots of good drama and ideas mixed in. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Our Story: WSU presidents I have known (or known of) :: The secretary of Glenn Terrell and Clement French gives the lowdown on her former bosses and their predecessors. by Gen De Vleming }

Counting cougs :: Between 1995, the year before Washington banned the hunting of cougars with hounds, and 2000, the number of human-cougar encounters nearly quadrupled. Although encounters have returned to pre-ban levels in some areas, the public perception is that cougars are making a comeback—and must be stopped. But Hillary Cooley and Rob Wielgus insist that much of what we think we know about cougars is wrong. And their argument rests with the young males. by Cherie Winner

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Counting Cougs :: Stalking the wild—and elusive—cougar with graduate student Hilary Cooley in northeastern Washington. A photo gallery by Robert Hubner. }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Project CAT :: In September 2006, photographer Robert Hubner joined graduate students Hilary Cooley and Ben Maletzke on a trip to capture and collar a cougar kitten, with the help of students from the Cle Elum-Roslyn schools' Project CAT. }

Biology by the numbers:: In normal times, Europe's brown bears live in a state of happy equilibrium. But under certain circumstances, things can go seriously awry, leading the males to commit what researcher Robert Wielgus calls sexually selected infanticide. Wielgus's most powerful tool against this eventuality is math. by Cherie Winner

Hops & beer :: Raising the raw ingredients for beer can be just as complex and interesting as growing grapes for wine, says Jason Perrault '97, '01. Like grapes, hops have different varieties and characteristics. Perrault, fourth-generation heir to a hops-farming legacy, runs a hops breeding program for Yakima Valley growers, helping to ensure that Washington continues to provide three-quarters of the hops grown in this country. by Hannelore Sudermann


:: World Class. Face to Face. It's not a slogan, it's a plan. President Rawlins shares some parting thoughts on the eve of his retirement.

:: Questioning the questions

:: Happy—and healthy—ever after


:: FOOD AND FORAGE: It's rhubarb pie time!

:: SPORTS: Baseball's my game

:: SPORTS: Hoop dreams


Cover: V. Lane Rawlins steps down as WSU's ninth president, having given the University a stronger sense of itself and its role in the state. Read the story. Illustration by Steve O'Brien.

Dana Patterson ('06 Ph.D.) finds her new job as director of the Coretta Scott King Center at Antioch College 'a perfect fit for me in light of what I want to do.'

Dana Patterson ('06 Ph.D.) finds her new job as director of the Coretta Scott King Center at Antioch College 'a perfect fit for me in light of what I want to do.' Photo courtesy Dana Patterson

Dana Patterson: The path ahead

by | © Washington State University

Yellow Springs, Ohio, is a small college community with a rich history of social justice. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad and, much later, home to Antioch College, where civil rights activist Coretta Scott King went to school.

Dana Patterson, who completed her doctorate in higher education administration at Washington State University last spring, was seeking a career that would lead her into social justice and human rights activism, when she applied to be first director of the new Coretta Scott King Center at Antioch. Looking at the job description, she realized, "It's a perfect fit for me in light of what I want to do and what I have done."

In the early 1990s, Patterson worked as a parenting specialist at a substance abuse treatment facility for women in Lexington, Kentucky. Later, she was director of the Multicultural Resource Center at Emporia State University in Kansas, a good preparation for her time directing the Talmadge Anderson Heritage House at WSU. She has been a foster parent and has furthered her education, all the while working on issues of equality, diversity, and intellectual freedom.

As a graduate student, she drew from all those things to determine the focus of her studies.

Tying together issues of family, gender, and race that for many black women in higher education have been obstacles, she had her topic: "Divorcing the doctor: Black women and their intimate relationships during the doctoral process." The work allowed her to look at her own experience and those of seven other African-American women in higher ed. She explored how they saw themselves, how they related with their families and communities, how they maintained relationships within the academy, and how they nurtured their own intellectual development. She wove her own life, her interests, and her work into her studies. "I give this advice to people all the time: Every paper, every project, every opportunity that comes your way, use it to build on your dissertation."

When Patterson finished her degree, she and her family moved to Chicago, where she settled in to spend time with her daughters and look for work. In late September, the phone rang. Antioch, five hours away in Ohio, was ready.

While the job is a good fit, it's not necessarily a comfortable one, admits Patterson. There is a lot of challenging work to be done. As director she will guide students and the Yellow Springs community to seek out injustice and to push for social change. One of her first efforts this past winter was to speak with the local human relations commission about the shrinking availability of affordable housing which was affecting people of diverse backgrounds. That sort of thing is just the beginning of what the center can do locally and nationwide, says Patterson.

For Patterson, Coretta Scott King is a source of inspiration, a guidepost. "I'm from where she's from," says Patterson, who spent her childhood in King's home state of Alabama. "I have four children, she had four children. And now here I am getting to carry on the legacy she left in this space."

Categories: Public affairs, Alumni | Tags: Social justice, Civil rights

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