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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.

WSU Alumni Association News
Lisa Steele Haberly ’99


Lisa Steele Haberly ’99

The Future’s So Bright: New WSUAA President Lisa Steele Haberly ’99

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New WSUAA president Lisa Steele Haberly ’99 has a sunny outlook, and it’s no wonder. She makes her home in Tucson, Arizona, where the sun shines nearly year-round. It’s a long way—both geographically and environmentally—from the cool, damp climate of her native Federal Way or the icy winters of Pullman, her college home. But the distance hasn’t dimmed her enthusiasm for her alma mater. “I’m more excited and passionate about WSU than I was when I was in school,” she says.

As an undergraduate communication student, she wasn’t involved with the Alumni Association. It wasn’t until she relocated to Arizona in 1999 that the homesick young graduate recognized the power of strong alumni bonds. At local WSU alumni events, she discovered a home away from home in the company of her fellow desert-dwelling Cougars. 

Soon she was lending a hand. By 2006 she’d taken a leadership role in the Arizona and Southern Nevada Chapter. During her four-year stint as chapter president she worked tirelessly to engage more Cougars, increasing the number of events five-fold, recruiting six additional chapter representatives to help grow membership, and founding the popular Cougars at Spring Training Event in Peoria, Arizona.

“My favorite part of leading my local chapter was hands-on community involvement,” she says. As president of the WSUAA, she’ll serve a much larger community, a factor that boosts the challenges along with the rewards. “Volunteering for my local chapter helped me meet my neighbors, essentially,” she says. “I learned so much about my community and it was satisfying to help build and strengthen the Cougar family. Now, I’m looking forward to helping connect more Cougars nationwide.” 

When she’s not working as a technical support engineer for Raytheon Missile Systems, Steele Haberly still soaks up the Tucson sunshine at local WSU events with husband Jeff Haberly ’99 and their children Mason and Isla. Her presidential duties mean she’ll spend more time in Pullman and Seattle this year engaging alumni in support of the University’s goals. “Outreach is key to the success of any organization, especially a university,” she says. “I’m looking forward to helping keep alumni connected and helping out-of-state alumni feel like part of the team.”

To join and learn more about WSUAA, visit alumni.wsu.edu.

Categories: Alumni | Tags: Leadership, Arizona, Alumni Association

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