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Fall 2012

In This Issue...


The China Connection :: China buys $11 billion of Washington exports and sells the state $31 billion of imports, in the last few years overtaking Japan as Washington’s second largest export destination. With WSU’s efforts to overcome linguistic, informational, and trade barriers, who knows where that economic relationship might lead? by Larry Clark ’94

Engineers in the Making :: At a time when Washington is a net importer of engineers, a more appreciative vocabulary could tempt a new generation of students into studying engineering. by Hannelore Sudermann

Race, Class, and William Julius Wilson’s World of Opportunity :: Half a century ago, WSU was a national leader in producing black doctors of sociology. Among them, William Julius Wilson ’66 PhD—recipient of 45 honorary degress and the National Medal of Science, and author of landmark works that redefined poverty and race. “Going to WSU,” he says, “was the greatest decision I ever made in my life.” by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: A “Monumental” Impact African American sociologists at WSU }

Life Histories: The Butterflies of Cascadia :: In documenting the life histories of Cascadia’s butterflies, every one of the 158 species represented a separate research project. The result has been a wealth of biological and ecological knowledge that simply did not exist before David Nunnallee and WSU entomologist David James began their monumental task. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: Elusive butterfly of Cascadia }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Vineland }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Stories: Excerpts from WSU oral histories }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Report: The dangers of a big Cascadia earthquake }


:: In Season: Summer Blues

:: Last Words: Mural, mural, on the wall

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Poem: Hanford Reservations by Graham Hutchins}

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Press conferences with WSU football coach Mike Leach }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Visual Fireworks—The making of Pat Siler’s downtown Pullman mural }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Photo: The Palouse Country Club, 1975 Architects from the class of ’76 }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Highlights of Marcus Capers’ WSU basketball career }

New Media

:: Of Little Comfort: War Widows, Fallen Soldiers, and the Remaking of the Nation after the Great War by Erika Kuhlman ’95 PhD

:: Finding the River by Jeff Crane ’04 PhD, ’98

:: Dove Creek by Paula Marie Coomer

:: The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States by Mark Fiege ’85 MA

:: New & Noteworthy: Images That Injure edited by Susan Dente Ross and Paul Martin Lester; Seaside Stories by S.R. Martin, Jr. ’74; Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies by David G. James and David Nunnallee

Cover: Collage of Anise Swallowtail butterflies, photos courtesy Roger Jones.

Sample pages from WSC <em>Powwow</em> alumni newsletter, May 1945. <em>From the WSU MASC online archive.</em>


Sample pages from WSC Powwow alumni newsletter, May 1945. From the WSU MASC online archive.

Chinooks and Powwows at your fingertips

by | © Washington State University

If you’re searching for a photo of a long-lost college friend or you want to dig into the rich history of Washington State, visit the WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collection’s website to browse WSU’s yearbook The Chinook up to 1986 and most issues of The Powwow, the alumni magazine from 1910 to 1969.

All texts are searchable and can be printed, shared online, or downloaded to your own computer. You can also browse the books online and let serendipity guide you to unexpected corners of the University’s history.

“You can find not only pictures of family or friends, but what they did and what they were like at college,” says University Archivist Mark O’English, who managed the digitization project. He says the ability to search the books quickly has already made his work as a reference librarian much easier, enabling him to more quickly answer several historical questions.

“The first day we put it live, someone came in and wanted to know how long we’ve had fencing at WSU,” he says. “We searched and found the first mention of fencing as a sport in 1906, so we could work back from there. Without that tool, how do you even start to answer that question?”

The Powwow can lead to fascinating bits of WSU and alumni history. A glance through a 1962 Powwow reveals that James Cairns ’59 and Billie (Larson) Cairns ’57 were among the first Peace Corps volunteers in India and met Jacqueline Kennedy there.

O’English says the Chinooks alone have almost 38,000 pages available. Many of the WSU football programs are also on the website, and O’English hopes to digitize departmental histories, HillTopics (WSU’s alumni magazine from 1970 to 2000), and The Daily Evergreen in the future.

Student Publications still sells volumes of The Chinook from 1986 to the present, if you are looking for those books.

You can browse the The Chinook and The Powwow at Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

Categories: WSU history, Campus life | Tags: Archives, Powwow alumni magazine, Chinook

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