Washington State Magazine

Summer 2011 - Field and Stream

Summer 2011

Field and Stream

In This Issue...


The Storyteller—Patrick McManus ’56, ’59 MA :: Patrick McManus’s comic formula depends on his creation of a world of oddly named characters with generous and adventurous souls. And a markedly different perspective. “As far back as I can remember,” he writes, “I have seen funny. What may horrify normal people may strike me as hilarious.” by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: The Lady Who Kept Things by Patrick McManus, 1957 }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: About the editorial illustration: The Storyteller—A triple portrait by Derek Mueller with Daniel Vasconcellos (Mouse over the illustration to reveal more about McManus and the artists) }

What’s the Catch? :: The rainbow trout has evolved over millions of years to survive in varied but particular circumstances in the wild. The hatchery rainbow flourishes in its relatively new, artificial surroundings, but its acquired skill set compromises its evolution. The rainbow has so straddled the worlds of nature and nurture, says biologist Gary Thorgaard, that it has become “a world fish.” by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Map: Trout fishing in Washington :: 2011 rainbow trout stocks in Washington lakes by the Department of Fish and Wildlife }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Rainbow trout :: Illustrations by Joseph Tomelleri }

The Things We Do for Our Dogs—and what they do for us :: In 1974 between 15 and 18 million dogs and cats were killed in animal control centers. To address what he perceived as “wide-spread irresponsible animal ownership,” Leo Bustad ’49 DVM created the People-Pet Partnership and promoted research into the human-animal bond. Although it is impossible to assess the total impact of his work, the number of animals killed today is down to four million. And the pet-people bond manifests itself in ways beyond his comprehension. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Cougs and their dogs WSU alums, faculty, staff, and family with their dogs...send in your own}


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Vintage clothes :: Apparel from WSU's collection }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Interview with Al Jazeera English correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin :: With Lawrence Pintak on Northwest Public Television's The Murrow Interview }


:: FIRST WORDS: Somewhere in France

:: SHORT SUBJECT: Business is blooming

:: SPORTS: From Burma to the Blazers


:: IN SEASON: Carrots

:: LAST WORDS, ER...LAUGH: The Perfect Hunt

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Build a bouquet of local flowers }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: Food and drink pairings with fudge :: by Kristine Vannoy ’87 }

New media

:: Fishes of the Columbia Basin: A guide to their natural history and identification by Dennis Dauble ’78

:: A Home for Every Child by Patricia Susan Hart ’91 MA, ’97 PhD

:: Murder at Foxbluff Lake by Jesse E. Freels ’99

:: Hard Water by Massy Ferguson

WSU Alumni Association News
<em>Courtesy David Cox</em>


Courtesy David Cox

<em>Courtesy David Cox</em>


Courtesy David Cox

Don’t be a stranger—use Coug connections to break into a new community

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In 2006, when David Cox ’05 moved 1,200 miles from Pullman to Phoenix, he didn’t have many ties to the community. Hungry for new friends, he emailed the Washington State University Alumni Association and learned that Lisa Steele-Haberly ’99 in Tucson could help him track down local alumni. It turned out that she was head of the area’s chapter of the alumni association. Cox immediately offered to help organize outings. “We just started coordinating,” he says. “She would plan alumni events in Tucson, and I would organize things in Phoenix.” He helped pull together networking events, game viewing parties, and Northwest wine tastings at local wine shops.

“It made my experience in Arizona, my transition there, a bit easier,” says Cox. He found a ready-made base of friends who could show him around and help him meet even more people. That they were Cougs and shared the WSU experience made it so much easier to get to know them. “They just understand you, if that makes sense,” he says. “It helped me meet a lot more people, and even grow professionally.”

He had to give up his Arizona network last year when he moved east for a job as market manager for the Colonial Life Arena at the University of South Carolina. Again, he found himself a stranger in a strange land. He missed his friends from Arizona. Right away, he started looking for other Cougs. “There’s not as many in the Carolinas,” he says. The Alumni Association surveyed 171 alums who lived in the area. More than 130 responded, and 17 said they were interested in forming a club. “Now it’s on me to follow up and start getting things off the ground,” says Cox. He has plans to organize a young alumni networking event, and then start planning some viewing parties around the football season.

Once he has a few events underway, Cox and his fellow Cougars can apply for official recognition as an alumni club, which will be voted on during the fall meeting of the WSUAA back in Pullman.

There are more than 60 chapters, clubs, and groups world-wide, says Mariah Maki, WSUAA’s associate director of Alumni Engagement. While most are located throughout the Northwest, it’s the ones farther afield—in places like New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and even Europe and Asia—that serve a special purpose of helping those far-flung Cougars find new friends and stay in touch with their alma mater.

For more information about WSUAA and alumni chapters visit www.alumni.wsu.edu or call 1-800-258-6978.

Categories: Alumni | Tags: Alumni Association, Arizona

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