Washington State Magazine

Winter 2010 cover

Winter 2010

In This Issue...


Civility in Politics and Campaigns :: Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed '63, '68 is recognized by his smile and civility as well as his nonpartisan statesmanship. Fortunately, he is not entirely alone. by Larry Clark

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed's Office Photographs by Robert Hubner }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Opinions: Sam Reed and Sam Hunt in the 1966 Daily Evergreen }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Washington's First Women in Government An exhibit from the Washington State Heritage Center in the Secretary of State's office }

First We Eat :: She studies appetite. He studies satiation. Together, Sue and Bob Ritter have plumbed the mysteries of what happens when we eat. by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: WSU appetite specialists Bob and Sue Ritter at the Black Cypress restaurant Photographs by Zach Mazur '06 }

Where Land and Water Meet :: For Todd Mitchell '97, the purchase of Kiket Island near Deception Pass meant the return of a cultural resource to his people. For the other myriad residents of the Puget Sound area, it is another decisive step toward restoring a priceless resource. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Kiket Island Photographs by Ingrid Barrentine }


Understanding the "Civility Crisis" :: There is a reason why rude and loutish political talk shows dominate the airwaves—they attract huge audience ratings and advertising dollars. But is rude behavior good for democracy? by Cornell Clayton


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: WSU arboretum and wildlife conservation center groundbreaking ceremony }


:: FIRST WORDS: Common cause


:: SHORT SUBJECT: A new land

:: SPORTS: Living for a cure

:: IN SEASON: Chickpeas

:: LAST WORDS: Betty and Peggy Lee in 1936

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Chickpea research at WSU }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Recipes: Chickpea recipes from Chef Mike Hayton '91 at Pullman's Paradise Creek Brewery, editor Tim Steury, and assistant editor Larry Clark }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Mount St. Helens: A new land Photographs by Bill Wagner }


Cover illustration: State Rep. Sam Hunt '67, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed '63, '68, and State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette '68 by Joe Ciardiello

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: About the cover: Civility in Politics by Joe Ciardiello }

WSU Alumni Association News

Honoring alumni and volunteers

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This year, the WSU Alumni Association had tremendous support from its volunteers, especially those serving as president, members of the board of directors, chapter leaders, and Alliance representatives. In keeping with a tradition established in 1999, the WSUAA at its spring 2010 board meeting recognized eight outstanding alumni with Alumni Ambassador Awards. 

As WSUAA president this past year, Gina Meyers ’85 led the effort to approve new association bylaws. But her work as president is just one piece of the time and attention she’s offered WSU over the years. The Bellevue resident has also found time in her busy schedule as a director of finance to serve on the WSUAA Board of Directors and to be King County Chapter president. Her efforts for WSU reach beyond the association; she also serves on the College of Business National Advisory Board, the WSU Foundation Board of Governors, and the Celebration of Washington Wine event planning committee.

Though he lives 800 miles from Pullman near Walnut Creek, California, Wayne Steffen ’76 has found all kinds of ways to stay connected to WSU. During his three years as the Northern California Chapter President, he tripled the number of alumni events held around the Bay Area. He planned pre-game rallies for most Cougars sports team events, the Nor-Cal alumni golf tournament, wine tastings, and CAST student recruitment luncheons. A few of his more memorable activities included welcome receptions for incoming freshmen, and annual outings to performances of Wicked in San Francisco.

For the past two years Eva Navarijo ’04 has served as La Alianza Chapter President and helped recruit alumni of color who could mentor and engage with students—with the overriding goal of improving retention rates and ensuring a positive WSU education experience. Prior to her work with La Alianza, Eva served on the WSUAA Board of Directors for three years.

The other ambassadors included:

Benine McDonnell ’74 who served three years as the South Central Washington Chapter president. 

Joe Pitzer ’90 who has had various one-year appointments as interim Palouse Chapter president.

Leslie Archer ’98 who served three years as King County Chapter president and as a Board of Directors member.

Matt Eastman ’03 who served three years as North Central Washington Chapter president.

Janeen Heath ’07 who served three years as Washington, D.C., Chapter president.

In 1970, the WSUAA created the Alumni Achievement Award for those who have made significant contributions to their professions, their communities, the world, and WSU. Fewer than 500 alumni have received this honor. This year, the Alumni Association recognized the following people for the prestige they bring to their alma mater:

Rhoda L. Altom, ’80, Construction Management

Steve W. Epperson, ’76 & ’77, Business Administration and Physical Education

H. Eugene Forrester, ’51, Agriculture and Education

Robert D. Fukai, ’72, Accounting and Business Administration

Thomas Graedel, ’60, Chemical Engineering

Keith Lincoln, ’61, Physical Education

Larry Nielson, ’76, Psychology

Robert J. Palmquist, ’80 & ’82, Criminal Justice

John N. Terrey, ’65, Education

Edwin M. Tingstad, ’88, History

Leslie V. Rowe, ’70, Foreign Languages and Literature

Steven L. VanAusdle, ’66 & ’68, Agriculture

Joe P. Zeeben, ’58 & ’60, Mechanical Engineering

For a complete list of honorees and for more information about all WSUAA awards visit www.alumni.wsu.edu/awards or call1-800-258-6978.

Categories: Alumni | Tags: Alumni Achievement Award, Alumni Association

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