Washington State Magazine

Summer 2006

Summer 2006

In This Issue...


The making of mountaineers :: Danielle Fisher gave herself five years to become the youngest person to climb the highest mountain on every continent. The Washington State University student did it in two, joining the ranks in 2005 of an elite fellowship of climbers who got their start on Washington's peaks. by Hannelore Sudermann

Eating well to save the Sound :: The Puget Sound region's 3.8 million population is expected to increase to 5.2 million within the next 15 years. If Puget Sound is to survive that growth, we must change our lives. That, and eat more shellfish. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Light on the Water Photographer Kevin Nibur '05 trains his camera on the many moods of Hood Canal. }

No shrinking violet :: Researchers at WSU are finding that plants are surprisingly assertive. Based on their findings, a case could be made that the average potted plant is at least as active as the average human couch potato—and a lot smarter about what it consumes. by Cherie Winner


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video & Story: A New Kind of Chop Suey: China's Contemporary Urban Architecture Story and photos by David Wang, WSU Associate Professor of Architecture }



{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Tracing the History of American Popular Culture by Hope Tinney }

Cover: Hood Canal, near Union. Read the story. Photograph by Kevin Nibur.


Iraq fallen remembered: Jaimie Campbell, James Shull, Damien Ficek

by | © Washington State University

In late January students, friends, and faculty gathered on the Pullman campus for a memorial service and candlelight vigil for First Lieutenant Jaime (Krausse) Campbell, who died when the BlackHawk helicopter she was flying went down in northern Iraq January 7. The 25-year-old graduated from WSU in 2002 with a degree in apparel, merchandising, and textiles.

Campbell grew up in Ephrata and had been the Washington State Rodeo Queen. At WSU, she was a member of the Army ROTC program, where she developed an interest in flying. After finishing her degree, she chose to pursue a career in aviation with the National Guard. She and her husband, Army Captain Sam Campbell, had been stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Campbell is the third Cougar to have died in Iraq since the start of the war.

The first fatality came in November 2003, when Captain James Shull of the Army's 4th Batallion, 1st Field Artillery Division was killed in Baghdad in an accidental shooting. Shull graduated from WSU in 1995 with a major in criminal justice. He was 32 and married, with three young children.

Sergeant Damien Ficek, a student serving with the Army National Guard 1st Batallion, was killed on patrol in Baghdad December 2004 when his patrol was attacked. He left behind a wife.

The names of all three soldiers will be cast in bronze and will join the names of more than 300 other casualties of war memorialized at the WSU Veterans Memorial near Murrow Hall.

In the three years since the start of the war in Iraq, more than 100 students and many more alumni have served and worked in the Middle East. About 30 WSU students were stationed there this spring.

Categories: Alumni | Tags: In memoriam, Iraq, Veterans

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