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Journal We s t e r n O r e g o n U n i v e r s i t y

JUNE 8, 2011


VOL. 11, ISSUE 32

Congratulations Class of 2011!

Senior Awards

Graduations Across the Globe



Western Graduates

Favorite Memories



Generations of Graduations

This Year in Sports










June 8, 2011

Marcella Flores: ‘Someone that embodies the best in all of us’ Flores receives 2010-2011 Julia McCulloch Award for excellence in leadership and academics Barbara Ketchum | Freelancer

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Each year the Julia McCulloch Smith Award is given to a graduating female student who has been deemed as outstanding by a committee of both staff and faculty. This year the award has been given to senior Marcella Flores for her academic excellence and her work as part of various groups, clubs and organizations during her time at Western. “She is a role model,” said Werner University Center Director Jon Tucker. “[She is] someone that embodies the best in all of us.” Despite such high praise, Flores said she was “really surprised to have received the award.” Flores came to Western from Edmonds, Wash., a mid-sized town just north of Seattle. There, Flores attended Edmonds Woodway High School and moved to Monmouth right after graduation to begin her time as


university student. Western was appealing to Flores for a variety of reasons, such as being close to home yet still somewhat distant and especially for the university’s ASL/English interpreting program, though she did not enroll with the intention of becoming an interpreter. Now, Flores is graduating with a major in ASL/English interpreting and a minor in ASL studies. Being a very involved and active student since her freshman year, many of the activities and groups she was a part of during her time at Western were centered around leadership, ASL and helping others. Flores was a member of the PLUS Team for three years, and was coordinator of it her final year. To add to her list of accomplishments, she was also an office assistant for Service Learning and Career Development

(SLCD) and the coordinator for the Alternative Break program for the 20102011 academic year. “I have worked with Marcella for several years and she is an amazing woman,” said Tucker, “She is giving, generous, an amazing leader, a gifted scholar and has made a huge impact here at WOU.” Flores is a welltraveled student who has ventured to China for a leadership program and has also been a part of and even led various volunteer programs that served in California and Washington. This summer, she will be traveling all the way to Africa to be a part of a volunteer project in Tanzania. “She just simply is an outstanding person that will be missed greatly from our campus,” said Jennifer Hansen, SLCD administrative program specialist. “But, I personally look forward to hearing

about the amazing things she will do with her future.” When Flores returns from Tanzania, she will attend graduate school at Oregon State University to work on her Master’s of Science in education and to be a part of the college of student services and administration. At Oregon State, she will be looking forward to taking part in more activities and programs that are similar to what she had done during her time with the PLUS Team. Flores is pleased with her time spent at Western and said she will look back on it fondly. She is very happy to have known and worked with the people she has met. “This has been a very humbling experience,” said Flores. “Marcella is a respected part of this community,” said Hansen.“I know Western will be proud to include her as an alumna.”

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Graduating with a master’s in teaching and now awarded for academic excellence, Trigg’s philosophy is ‘live where you want to live and then find the job’ Jake Logan | News Editor

Emily Trigg is the year’s Outstanding Graduate Student. Trigg is graduating from Western with her Master of Arts in teaching (MAT). She also has her Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Western. Trigg hopes to one day teach high school math. However, she is not too concerned with finding a job right out of school. Trigg is content with her current job of playing the piano for Christ’s Church Methodist and Presbyterian United, in Monmouth, Ore. Trigg lives by a philosophy of “live where you want to live and then find the job” and she is willing to do less than glamorous gigs. As both an undergraduate and graduate student, Trigg has had some memorable times at Western. Trigg believes that the university has done a great job of hosting events for its students to attend and enjoy. The “Get Leied Lu’au” and the dances stand out in particular for her, but the memories made with her friends are the times

that stand out the most. During her junior year, Trigg and a friend decided to take a break from their studies, and dance and frolic during

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a rainy thunder storm. What made this rain romp even more memorable was the fact that both girls were in their swimsuits. She recalls that a student at a later event was telling people of the storm dance. She laughed when she realized that the crazy girls in the story were her friend and her. As an eager student, she has truly loved and enjoyed her learning experiences at Western, with pleasant memories of her classes for her MAT and her math pedagogy.

With her music minor, she loved learning and working with music professors Kevin Helppie and Diane Baxter. “I cannot think of any class that I did not learn something from,” said Trigg of all her classes as both an undergraduate and graduate student. Mona K. Hinds, an educational adviser for the Upward Bound program, had nothing but glowing remarks of Trigg. Hinds thinks her to be down to earth, intelligent, and most of all has a great sense of humor. A Ford Scholar, Trigg has been tutoring with the Upward Bound program since she was an undergraduate. Hinds said that Trigg is “good at almost every subject.” However Hinds also wanted Trigg’s humility and her down to earth thoughts to be highlighted and known about her. Trigg’s nomination and her receiving of the award came in large part in a combined effort with all the departments that Trigg has worked with and impressed in her time at the university.


June 8, 2011

Justin Karr: ‘A sponge for new knowledge’

Karr recognized with Delmer Dewey Award for 2010-2011 outstanding male student at Western Monica Millner | Freelancer

Justin Karr, a senior graduating in the upcoming commencement, is the type of curious mind that Western strives to teach. He questions and experiences as many things as he can and is always learning from his peers. Karr looked up to other successful peers of his in the psychology department and was inspired by them to achieve the things that he has during his studies at Western, including receiving the Delmer Dewey Award for outstanding senior male student for 2011. Karr went to high school in Tigard, Ore., and when he graduated in 2007 he decided to go to college to be a student athlete and run in cross country and track. He wanted to compete at a Division II

level and “contribute to a team in a meaningful way.” He had followed his brother, Nik, a long distance runner at Western, who graduated in 2009. When Karr came to Western, he had no solid academic plans for what he wanted to achieve and had not chosen a major. He had no idea what a focus was or what he was interested in studying. He had a few psychology credits from high school, so he decided to give it a try and found it to be an interesting program. More than that, he found his niche and his passion. On Saturday, June 11, Karr will be graduating with a double major in psychology and social science with a minor in biology. He has been accepted into a doctorate

makes him curious about connections between ideas,” Karr said. “He is a sponge for new knowledge.” In reference to Winningham, Karr said, “He more or less defined what I was interested in and helped me develop as a young scholar.” While writing his thesis on college students and how diet affects cognitive function, Karr came across another topic that interested him concerning omega three fatty acids. According to Winningham, Karr is “now one of the nation’s leading experts on [this topic].” Karr also explained that Joel Alexander, another psychology professor, “gave [him] the opportunity to see inside the harder part of psychology,” by allowing Karr to gain experience in practical application of neuro-cognitive research by using Western’s electroencephalogram

(EEG), a test that measures and records electrical activity in the brain through electrodes attached to the scalp. Karr attended a summer program of undergraduate research at University of California Los Angeles during the summer of 2010 which he described as being “a transformative experience and one of the greatest things [he] had ever been a part of.” That summer he worked in the clinical psychology lab studying alcohol use disorders and learned a lot about his field, as well as defined his career path. Karr also attended an internship at Oregon State Hospital, which is the largest forensic psychiatric hospital in the state of Oregon, and found himself exposed to different clinical diagnoses and problems of mental health. Karr realized that while mental health is a branch that is

far less understood, it is no less important. Karr cannot predict where he will be six years down the road, but he hopes to some day focus his attention on the problem of Alzheimer’s disease because it is highly ignored and often misunderstood. Wherever Karr goes, his professors here at Western have faith that he will rise to the top. “Justin is very bright, but it is his unwavering perseverance and work ethic that absolutely guarantee his success,” Winningham stated. “I have no doubt that he will succeed in whatever he does.” Karr plans to take what he has learned while at Western and move forth with an open mind seeking greater knowledge, with the senior stating, “My experiences at Western Oregon have all contributed to having a successful and positive college experience.”


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program at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, to study clinical neuro-psychology, Karr’s preferred specialization. The program is a competitive five year course that offers Karr a chance to gain his master’s degree en route. “I am glad to have the opportunity to have had an education that’s led me to a graduate program that will eventually give me the opportunity to do good in the world,” Karr said. Karr was primarily a student athlete and found that being involved in cross country and track for all four years of college to be “one of the most defining experiences of [his] college career.” He competed as a long distance runner in track, as well as cross country, and ran in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races. In June 2010, Karr went to China with Western’s International Ambassador Mentor program along with 17 other students and five staff advisers. The 18 day trip included visiting the cities Shanghai, Nanning, Beijing and Guilin. The students experienced the sights and the cities, but, sadly, missed out on much of the culture as there was a swine flu outbreak that kept them contained to their hotel. Rob Winningham, professor and chair of the psychology division, was Karr’s honors thesis adviser and had nothing but good things to say about him. “I would describe Justin as a curious student. He has a great base of knowledge which


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2010-2011 Western Graduates Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language/English Interpreting Kaila McKenzy Marie Allen Elyse MarJean Bankson Erin Nichole Barrett Jennifer Lynn Conner-Eilertson Jenna Irene Curtis Marcella Russelle Flores Andrea Margaret Franks Lacy Ann Hood Charisse Leann Josi Sarah Rochelle Middleton Trenton Arthella Nettles Kimberly Page Janelle Joy Reeves Jamie Lee Smith Kara Lynn Swenson Rachel Ellen Walker Kaycee Rae Watson

Bachelor of Science in American Sign Language/English Interpreting Kristal R. Temple Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language Studies Sammy Newton Aggro Kalaya Chaysn Cook Tanya Marie Hawes Sarah J. Klaja Jennifer Ann Miller Rich Lyle Rumsey Michael J. Schweiger Keary Alana Smith Whitney Irene Stine Kimbria Joy Ulshafer Bachelor of Arts in Community Health Education Lauren Rose Holmson Andrew Philip Johnson Natoshia Juena McGuire Jordan Elizabeth Stewart Danielle Denay Wells Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education Melissa Kathryn Brown Jorden Nichole Burrows Shannon Renee Carey Kelsey Rae Conrad Tierra-Lyn Leilani Cuba Emily Doane Dalke Brennan Charles Donnelly Patricia Marie Garcia Marc Andrew Gillette Labecca Josephine Hampton Rachel E. Hampton Sarah Jane Johnson Jessica Faye King Sasha K. Koki Melissa Renee Kramer Brittany Ann Mason Amanda Terese Palin Alyssa Marie Smith Nadia Alexsandra Titarenko Leticia Vazquez Clarissa Ann Vidal Cori Nichole Young Alexandra Nicole Younger Bachelor of Arts in Education Caelen Tucker Bensen Jessica Amber Blazer Katie Lynn Clark Mary Christina Cordle Tracie Christine Dukart Marianne Lee Hatch Shannon Marie Helmricks Sarah Lynn Hughes Andrea Michelle Kester Kenneth Leo Koberstein Megan Renee Menzia Nancy Elizabeth Muñoz Krislyn Kay Nance Jacynda Elise Nerz Desirae Nicole Padilla Amanda Marie Rivera Amanda Nicole Rodriguez Brian Clayton Schaffeld Courtney Brook Shoemaker Katie Jean Smart Angélica Maria Strickland Robert Eugene Wegner Bachelor of Science in Education Magda Lorena Abarca Christine Marie Aldrich Tiffany Christine Aylward April D. Bailey Amy Elizabeth Barreau Emily Richardson Beiser Tyler Ryan Bergeland

Victoria Milana Bernasek Stacy Lynn Burger Jared Scott Callis Danielle Marlene Cereda Sarah Tillene Coburn Sarah Joy Cole Misty Marie Connor Kari Lynn Cook Darwin Lee Crabtree Jr. Chelsea Agnes Crouch Amber Nicole Ellerbruch Jessica Anne Ely Ari-Anna Rose Emerson Natalya Feoktistov Brendon John Fisher Gabriela C. Flores Stephanie Marie Forbes-Anderson Julie Renee Frost Shelby Regan Gill Amber Lynn Gschwend Rebecca E. Gundersen Danielle Nicole Hagan Angela Renee Hayden Amanda Nettie Hendrickson Misty Lynn Hill Lydia Lynette Hodge Deanne Rebecca Huebner Zachary Jerry James Emily Ann Johnson Ann Kathryn Kennedy Jason Michael Kline Patrick Alan Landis April May Loschiavo Kelsey Marie Martin Tiffany Marie McAdaragh Mallory Nicole Migliaccio Erika Lynn Miller Kayla Lynn Mooney Mitch William Morris Laura Penny Neilson Allison Maria Neussl Ashley Elizabeth Patterson Lisa Mary Pearson Amanda Leigh Perrigo Susana Ramirez Ashley Mae Rau Lauren Crystal Reed Ryan Lloyd Renner Kurt Grover San Agustin Emily Elizabeth Schaffer Caleb Jerome Singleton Jessica Christine Steele Jamie Allyson Strain Sarah Ann Szabo Kristin Anne Thomas Callice Elizabeth Timm Charissa Alyison Wheeler Megan Ann Wiltermood Jessica Anne Wood Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science Hector Gonzalez Barbara Laurel McGehee Lacey Elizabeth Ann Meusec Charles Clifford Newton V Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Jasmine Renee Angelus Jerry Joseph Bailey Tiffany Nichole Baker Jordan Alan Beers Nicholas Lee Brizendine Leon Owen Buel Sasha Mae Byrd Aron Michael Cavette Brandon Kenichi Claggett Trevor Scott Coursey Tyler James Dube Kevin Scott Epperheimer Nick Dean Fleck Tiffany Ann Gentzkow Luke Matthew Gilbert Alex Matthew Grandjean Bryan Jaymes Huber Casey Edward Humphrey Drew Thomas Humphrey Brandon J. Jones John Ryan Jones Alex William Kanable Brenna Marie Lander McKaela Rae Laverty Andrew Paul Loscutoff Ryan Thomas Mann Jeffrey Joseph Mascolo Nathan Lee Millar Carlee Michelle Morgan Alan Martin Noble Wilfred Ernesto Poton Joseph David Pratt Jon Eric Renander Austin Walker Roberts Anthony Jarrel Robinson

Jacob Daniel Rose Naomi Erin Shimabuku Chad Gregory Smith Garrett Jay Stanley John Joseph Taylor Jerad Michael Thompson Katie Rose Torland Steven Edward Vedder Timothy Ryan Weber Jordan Andrew Werner Alex Oran Whitaker Storm Kachine Wolf Bachelor of Arts in Dance Barbara Laurel McGehee Bachelor of Science in Dance Jessie C. Hargrove Maya Sunanda Rourke Sierra Terese Spring Bachelor of Arts in Art Nicole Renee Cruz Joshua Roberto Gil Stephanie Lynn Hanson Bachelor of Science in Art Kelsie L. Blachly Britni Ann Davis Qian Hu William Donald Madden Kelly M. Parsons April S. Propes Alla Razloga Katharine O’Neil Sattem Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Rebecca Ann Cook Takae Saito Bachelor of Arts in Music Jeremy Daniel Winkler Bachelor of Music Mikayla Brianne Allen Stuart David Cregger Bethany Ann Glasscock Amanda Lee Herrmann Lauren Michelle Potter Rebecca Desse Scott Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts Robert Michael Nove Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts Sarah Anne Bockelman Romeo Castellanos Jessica Lynn Sisk Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts Samuel F. Benedict Sierra JeVon Durfee Colton Michael Ruscheinsky Bachelor of Arts in Business Ali Nicole Clayton Xiao Li Brandon Wilkus McConnell Karly Diahn Schmaltz David Michael Stinson Bachelor of Science in Business Natalie Louise Aichlmayr Abdulmonem Hijji Al Mutawah Mohammed Sami Al Shawi Mohammed Hassan Alkhars Meghan Irene Allies Fatimah Habib Almatar Mohammad Abdullah Almohaizey Moath Alsedrani Ali Ahmed Altoriry Goblan Saad Alyami Daniel Joseph Andrew Chester Allen Anonson Francisco Aranda III Rebecca Rene Avedovech Erica Michelle Barklow Brett Michael Bones Garrett Edwin Breda Laurisa Crystal Brooks Shaina Riane Brown Kyle James Bruce Thomas Samuel Burton Zachary Alexander Caffall Danielle Heather Cameron TeTe Chen Xiao Cheng Staci Ann Cotton Michael Robert Cusick Maggi Lee Daugherty Mark Scott Demcak

Abdulmataleb Abdullah Dharfan Zhi Di Ronald Everett Dodge Brandon Michael Durgan Melissa Marie Fessler Kaara Da Layn Fischer Stephanie Lynnette Fitch Tiana Marie Fough Ying Fu Robert Carl Glover Cherae Lorenda Gorman Lauren Ashley Gray Bryan Christopher Hall Katelyn A. Hambelton Adam Jacob Hartfeil Elisabeth Michelle Hermanson Xiaoxia Huang Yifeng Huang Matthew A. Hudspeth Xiaoxiang Ji Xiangyi Kong Benjamin David Kroes Yang Li Jing Lin Xing Liu Brenna Michelle Low Ana Karen Manzur Roldan Yanjun Mao Mariah Martínez Andrew Steven Moran Cole Frank Morgan Alexander James Moulton Heather Renee Neese Tuyen Kim Nguyen Morgan Lynne Nicks Jing Ning, Shenyang Kuma Gildas Nonguierma Joseph Leo O’Connell Jr. Krystal Orozco Tricille Magdalene Fafagaalemalo Otineru Krysta Rae Pennington Jill Nicole Petersen Brendan Barry Pitts Christine Elizabeth Powers Yan Qu Heidi Ann Ross Jennah Marie Ross Douglas Anthony Schlechter Michael Neal Schmidt Matthew Roland Schott Rebecca Nicole Sellers Cassandra Lyn Severson Yin Sheng Dustin Andrew Simonis Samantha Jane Slezak Nicholas Rian Smith Stockton Robert Spooner Aaron Michael Spoonheim Cristin Elyse Stevens Tyler Jon Stoltz Paola M. Sumoza Mohammed Saud Suwailem Mitchell Blake Swanson Michael Edward Tatone Brian William Terry Cesar Torres Donald Joseph Utley Braden Jan Vaage Sabrina B. Vester Theodore William Waldron Jr. Shawna Catherine Wales Kevin Patrick Walters Lindsey Brook Weeden Dylan Lee Wells Justin James Wright Katelin Jean Wright Lu Xing Mengnan Yang Xintong Yuan Sara Jean Zahler Jake Ian Zeutenhorst Zhenlu Zhan Jiayuan Zhang Ran Zhang Bachelor of Arts in Economics Mustafa Ahmed Al-Bkit Bachelor of Science in Economics Mubark Ahmed Al Buainain Mahmoud Hassan Aldossary Thamer Khalifa Alesmaeel Muhanad Abdullah Alhindi Salim Abdullah Alkhaldi Rugayah Mohammed Almaghslah Mahdi A. Alwayil Goblan Saad Alyami Zachary Arthur Brandsen Abdulmataleb Abdullah Dharfan Nicholas John Gordon Donovan Ross Gregg Matthew P. Olson Krysta Rae Pennington

James Christopher Reed Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Abdulmonem Hijji Al Mutawah Mohand Solaiman Alsolai Eryn D. Blehm Ali M. Buhlaiqa Evan Robert Fosmark Jesse C. Greene Mohammed Imwees Jordan Thomas Kersten William Donald Madden Matthew P. Olson Robert Anthony Olson Christina Diane Robb Anthony Collin Rossi Sean Allen Thornton Joshua Daniel Threet Michael Charles Toll Louann Christina Van Beek Justin Dean Wutzke Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Mathematics Richard William Kavanagh Jered Lewis Thommen Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Ahmed Fathi Adawi Ali Mohammed Al Bahrani Abdulaziz Ali Al Bahrani Mouhammad Abdullah Al Hajji Abdulaziz Ibrahim Alabdulkarim Jenan Abdulwahab Alabdulsalam Qassim Mohammed Albahrani Bandr Abdullah Alghanem Haidar S. Alhejji Kazem A. Alkhars Mansor Alohali Adeeb Hashim Al Shakhs Ziad Al-Sulaiman Bethany Anne Anderson Mary Carol Ballard Brandon Richard Bauer Ryan Benjamin Bernier Zachary Charles Cain Robert Carl Glover Christine Ann Gussman Nathaniel David Higginbotham Lance Robert Jewett Jie Ma Kai Qi Nurnigar S Andrew Michael Colin Vosper Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies Anna Elizabeth Allen Hayle Erin Brault Miranda Leslie Hunt Kari Anne Johnson Shay LaRae Keeler Kenneth Edward Ridings Raeann Kae Salchenberg Jerod Francis Young Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies Christine Suzanne Ballantyne Alicia Jean Bennett Timothy Matthew Childs Amber Nichole Cooksley Rita Irene Curr Salvador Diaz Kirsten Arleen Dixon Dallas Clifford Eddington Jeanette Ann Freeman Kevin Christopher Gamble Julia Lynn Homeres Caleb Boris Ivanitsky Samuel Lawrence Kirby Lindsey Myers Newman Mandi Rochelle Oldham Joseph Richard Paxton Antonio Robert Rubio Michelle Ann Thorson Beatrice Rose Trussell Gerritt K. Vincent Michael Rhodes Wallace Rebekah Irene Wentz Bachelor of Arts in English Kayla Nicole Allen Katelin Rose Arnold Rebekah Joann Beyer Nicole Loretta Brookshire Dennis Andrew Butler Mackenzie Irene Cowan Jannel Debra Dougall Jeffrey Duane Fehl JoHannah Jill Flesch Danielle Nicole Gleason

Genevieve Marie Gray Mark Allen Greenwood Crystal Lynn Hanson Shannon M. Harrison Megan Sue Kaiser Joel Jacob Kobzeff Stephanie Marie Larson Paul Isaac Liedkie Christopher John Marsaglia Griffin Scott Martell Blakelee Jean McCulley Mariah Erin O’Seanecy Christen Ariel Pagett Onest Robert Nicholas Carroll Rowe Helene Merrill Rund Justin Michael Rush Joel Jamison Siemienczuk Jessica Marie Macaulay Smith Christina Rose Tilicki Daniela Christina Villastrigo Amanda Marsay Whitehead Stephani Lynn Young Bachelor of Arts in German Studies Donovan Ross Gregg Christopher Sven Mangan Jessica Marie Macaulay Smith Bachelor of Arts in The Humanities Wayne Alan Lamb Nicholas Carroll Rowe Kala Cheree Shafer Natalie Jarita Sullivan Bachelor of Science in The Humanities Cassandra Elizabeth Baum Megan Anne Cavanaugh Jennifer Darlene Garcia Kathleen Alicia Hensley Philip Andrew Lerud Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Rigoberto Escutia Jennifer Lynn Gates Yasmín Ibarra Nicholas Blaine Leonard Lionor Najera Zachary Thomas Nowak Rosibel Maricela Pérez Aparicio Trent Holms Petersen Ana Patricia Ramirez-Falcon Shauna Lee Scholten Paola M. Sumoza Natanya Lee Swanson Sione Loketi Taufoou Jr. Calista Utter Abraham Phillip Webb Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication Aaron Cervantez Tinisha Dee’leen Cross Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy Thomas Wilson Dooley Sarah Jean Meyer Kevin Patrick Walters Bachelor of Science in Philosophy Kyle K. Digmann Lucas Alan Ewing Trent Nicholas Niarkos Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Sarah Dawn Barnard Rachel Nicole Bonney Katharine Marie Choate Megan E. Davis Angela L. Devenberg Kristina Rochelle Ely Molly Kathleen Maleta Lyndsey Ann McKillip Todd Michael Seidel Megan Marie Thomas Beth Ann Vidaña Brandon Foster Woodard Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Brittany Lynn Anders Heather Michelle Baker Kristin Marie Barnard Hogan Griffith Barnes Krystal Lea Barrera Stephanie Ann Benefiel Kyle David Buse Chandra Elise Chapman Natalia Anatoli Chinah Yu Cheng Chou


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Jacqueline Amber Collins Sarah Marie Davis Kylie S. Dolence Colby Whitney Drake Alexa Jean Dronkowski Aaron Michael Dull Drew Malcolm Ellis Janell Marie Fehlen Tristan Colin Ferrill Jill Liana Freeman Kristina Jo Granno Jonathan M. Gudge Joseph Kreighton Hemmert Lisa Clair Hendrick Shandy Hummel Danielle Renee Johnson Kevin Francis Johnson Adam Lee Kalhar Blake Eugene Keitzman Amber Irene Ketchum Amanda Ann Kroon Garrett Walter Lage Kendra Michele Lancaster Jillian Marie Lomax Brian Edward Lorenz Michelle Katherine Lyons Shaun Yuta Matsuo Katelyn Joelle Matthai Sara Grace Meyer Zachary Ryan Miller Sarah Elizabeth Mortenson Megan Carol Muschetto Cardarrel Rico Myles Ashley Shimise Perryman, Andrew Mark Peterson Kerry Clifford Petkovits Kimber Dawn Quiring Adelita Monica Ruiz MaLeah Lyn Schmidt Elizabeth Ellice Short Heidi May Stapley George K. Tadros Jessica Maria Thompson Shanshan Wang Sadie Renee Wedel Huxiaojing Zheng Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Logan Luis Blouin Maria Maaike Hommes Stefanie Zavala Bachelor of Arts in Biology Leanna Rose Inman Max Ethan Rothenberger Bachelor of Science in Biology Noor Ali Al Bather Taylor Patrick Albertson Melina Antoinette Armitage Jody R. Becker Gretchen Angela Boyer Sarah Kim Brattain Kathy Jo Cates Kailey Lynn Clarno Sarah Marie Daigle Grace Kathleen Ferry Patrick James Grennan Jamie Elizabeth Hagestedt Amber Mae Hague Stephanie Annis Harrison Rachel Alison Hermanson Sara Christina Hidalgo Justin Blake Hoagland Autumn Nicole Hughes Megan Marie Ingalls Jamie Lee Jones Tifany Elane Kahut James Robert Kramer Christopher Jonathan Levanger Joe Dwayne Lewis Mary Lee Matocha Brandon E. McNellis Nancy Ann Odenthal Tyler Keith Orr Derek Lee Palmer Michael Paul Petrovich Jenna Marie Schneider William Edmund Spencer Shelly Adelaide Wimmer April Elaine Winfield Andrea Noel Younger Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Samantha Jean Buckmier Tyrone Sebastian Morato Christopher Michael Rule Kevin John Swearingen Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Matthew James Schmidgall Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Dania Anita Morales Andrea Irene Olson Timothy K. Sasaki

Qing Wang Bachelor of Science in Earth Science Jody R. Becker Kevin Joseph Friscia Alyssa Rose Pratt Brandon Scott Snook William Henry Vreeland Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Jordan Michelle Burgess Jennifer Anne Cabral Karly Katarina Carlson Kelsey Anne Carrier Jessica Ann Denio Fatima Garibay Samantha Christine Goodwin Jodi Lynne Halladey Yasmín Ibarra Sarah Ann Martin Judie Ornelas Kenna Rose Papen Sylvia Del Carmen Ramirez Carissa Marie Reed Diana Patricia Rojas Kinessa Hope Tibbatts Crystal Torres-Ramirez Lorelei Elizabeth Walthall Shelby Jean Weisbrodt Emily Alexandra Whiteman Kathryn Dale Windish Bachelor of Science in Psychology Sarah Christine Acarregui Michael Alan Amsden Chelsey Starr Asbury Stephanie Lynne Bispo James Arthur Bradley Riley Jacob Buck Crystal Lynn Naomi Campbell Katelyn Beth Cavalli Beth Ann Clark Cassandra Jane Marie Dinius Kevin J. Dixon Thomas Wilson Dooley Jessica Roseanne Dunayevich Brittany Rayann Dunlap Matthew Ladd Foertsch Katherine E. Formen-Sittner Jennifer Mistie Foster Sarah Rebecca Gaboury Stephanie Michelle Gerhardt Jennifer B. Gilbert Miguel Reyes Gonzalez Irina Mikhailovna Granov Kyleigh Marie Gray Jennifer Diane Harris Alison Hemry Kristin Ann Humphrey Russell Taylor Jones Austin Elaine Karp-Evans Justin Elliott Karr Rachelle Lynn Kliewer Adam Daniel Lamb Brooke Lauryn Lawson Olivia Kay Maruame Kristine Loron Meany Sean Alexander Mickelson Pierce Annon Moon Aaron M. Nevel-Burris Joanna Lorene Nirschl Sierra Dawn Nordahl Ali Nicole Prince Kaitlyn Victoria Reid Amanda RaeLynn Rhoton Judy Lynn Rose Thomas James Saucedo Keri Schneider Rakeshwar Sharma Jonathan A. Sherren Anne Elizabeth Spalding Vanessa Trupiano Kento Tsukahara Sarah Sumire Turgeon Lisa Marie Van Eaton Nathen Tyler Van Slochteren Lauren M. Walker Tracy Faith Warnock Asya Lynn Webb Kayla Dawn Willhite Nicole Renee Williams Lindsay Nakeli Young Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology Lauren Carol Bowden Bachelor of Science in Anthropology Samantha J. Dunkel Susan Jane Hicks Bachelor of Science in Corrections Brittany Rayann Dunlap Tawny Loretta Knight Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Brent Arnold Frederick Anderson

Monica Lynn Blasch Derek O’Dean Docken Susan Carmen Escobedo Ryan Wesley Fauver Eric Osvaldo Gonzalez Nicole Joy Miller Esteban Perez Ken H. Rodli III Randalee Paige Winter Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Irene Olivia Baker Matthew Jesse A. Bayan Samantha Joy Benfit Teresa Dawn Bradley Quoc Dinh Bui Brent Wandle Bushong Michelle Rose Cooper Brandy Renee Crouch Antonio A. de Rueda Krystal Faith Duff Cynthia Annette Fetterman Sandra Marie Franks Ashley Michele Fullerton Sara Rae Gibson Brandon Richard Gould Alaster Lloyd Graham Ashly Ann Grams Benjamin Frank Hatch Andrea Jean Hildebrand Cady Mae Hunt Gregory Robert Kaeser Sarah Elizabeth King Nicole Marie Kordenat Elsie Lynn Korte Jessica Joann Krieger Lorelle Kelani La Vine Cassandra Marie Nitti David Daniel Peterson Jacob Carl Pugh Nathan William Rankin Jalayne Anne Schmid Marc Brian Schuermeyer Brian Richard Shleifer Meggan Rebecka Simpson Skylar Dean Simpson Brent Michael Thompson Tabetha Lynn Thompson Pricilla Solis Villa Bachelor of Science in Fire Services Administration Joseph Paul De Luca Bachelor of Science in Geography Robert Jason Boyer Joseph Henry Doyle Joseph Jay Graves Jade Marcianna McCredy Leonard Rye Phillips Sarah Marcela VanOvereem Bachelor of Arts in History Mallory Ann Antis Ryan Kenneth Brown Stephen Loren Calkin Helen Elizabeth Chaffee Sarah Beth Hardy Jordan Lee Kasler Jonathan Lee Moch Jennifer Meagan Newby Kira Larissa Noble Melanie Anne Pinard Robert Buckley Richards Kristopher John-Ansel Schendel Clara Marie Scillian Kennedy Emma Louise Thomas Bachelor of Science in History Brandon Michael Button Samuel Kenneth Dollarhide Jeffrey David Larson Samantha Kay Nordstrom Jaxon Foster Saunders Andrew Scott White Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Henry Gaffke Russell Taylor Jones Bryan Scott Thompson Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Andrea Caballero Kenneth Eli Hughes Bachelor of Science in Political Science Samantha Karen Blair John Leonard Dalton Jacqueline Rachelle Fitzner Derek Lee Brandon Olson Jacqueline Marie Wolf Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Administration James George Antibus

Paul James Griffith Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Administration Amanda Lara Dean Zachary Luke DePaoli Francine Amber Evjen Lindsey Ann Gibson Patrick Owen Hare Jason Lawrence Moseby Logan James Filmore Umbarger Andre Charles Robert Unicume Dana Taylor Whitford Trevor Thomas Wolcott Bachelor of Arts in The Social Sciences Hutton Katelin Brault Rebecca Lee Carroll Michelle Kathleen Dalke Marc Michael DesJardin Blake Reed Ellis Aurea Paola Escobedo Joseph Peter Farrior Maricarmen Gomez Reyes Emily Grace Knotts Kelli Rianne Losli Alejandra Karina Manzo Darnley T. Weekes Bachelor of Science in The Social Sciences Joseph D.C. Boyd Zachary Arthur Brandsen Fallon Hannah DeHart Morgana Luz Erazo Darnell L. Hall April Reneé Hawk Justin Elliott Karr Jeff Mark Long Elaina Martushev Jessica Elise McBride Kaitlin Elizabeth Mead Daniel Edward Peck Austin Marshall Preller Cory Rosengreen Christopher Albert Irving Scott Robert Anthony Sicora-Fordney Bryan Neal Theis Karissa Lynn Weeden Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Marco Antonio Aguirre Amber Jewel Amouak Courtney Renee Carlson Mark Christopher Gonzales Leah Janson Parezo Cristal Sandoval Sarah Ann Snyder Brad Allen Thompson Bachelor of Science in Sociology Larisa Marie Lundgren Erika Michell Miller Master of Arts in Teaching Patricia Acosta Megan Marie Amerson Stephanie Mercedes Anderson Michelle Kristine Anderson Christopher Michael Banker Megan Shurell Benson John Bissey Ted Laurence Bolstad Alyssa Marie Bond Brenda N. Bradley John Christian Bringhurst Kerstin Paige Brosterhous Steve Cave Daniel Joseph Corliss Dustin W. Counts Lisa Le-Ann Craycraft Jessica Nichole Cross Peter Robert D’Aboy Kent E. Enfield Jill Fahnestock Amber MacRae Ferris Kaitlin Ryan Fitzgerald Kathrin M. Fraser Chelsea Anna Gagner Nicholas Theodore Gard Jayce Hadley Giddens Corey Lee Goll Vanessa Marie Hancock Jennifer Ann Herbage Lauren Michelle Hernandez Kelly D. Hughes Patrick T. Irvin Chad Anthony Johnson Kayla Marie Johnson Sadie Kate Johnston Karley Geneva Jones Timothy R. Kahl Timothy Andrew Kosiewicz Derek R. Lane Nicole Brittney Lassetter Joanne Randle Leavitt Caitlin Maureen Leslie Jessica D. Lowry Jacob John Malczyk

Ashley Ann McNair Gary Michael Miller Jillian M. Miller Zachary John Mintzer Tyler Lee Mitchell Kelly Moffatt Richard Anthony Moro Jeffrey C. Mosser Wade Gordon Murray Eric Noack Felix Oliveros Crystal Lynn Olson Kevin J. Olson Joshua Lee Perrigo Molly Elizabeth Rankin Jordan Matthew Ruppert Sonya Grace Saad Cynthia Mae Scheele Christa R.K. Schmeder Ashley India Amber Sheller Chad Allen Stelling Emily Trigg Hannah L. Vowell Laura Kay Waight Josie A. Walch Tara Rae Warner Matt Jon West William Evan Wiley Austin Lee Wilson Joshua Nelsen Woods Alicia Adriana Yoder Mary Elizabeth Yoder Master of Music Contemporary Music Kevin Rodney Elmore Lukas A. Hein Dylan P. Meyers Andreya Marie Nicholson Shaoming Sun Wagner Soares Trindade Sara Renee Truelove Cassio Fernando Barbosa Vianna Haiyang Wang Dustin Jay Willetts Master of Science in Education Rachel Adkins Maureen Adele Anderson Adele JoLynn Anderson-Kostic Charyse Marie Appledorn Hill Katja Ha Asbill Aileen Marie Babcock Dennis Roger Bain Christine Kearns Bell Kristine Ann Bergquist Mitchell Black Taylor Brian Blair Kelly Ann Boe Christopher D. Boock Amy Justine Burger Alyssa Burrus Shirley Y. Calkin Laura Jane Carpenter Stephanie L. Caster Cortney E. Clendening Casey Amber Coleman Tamara Elizabeth Condit Franklin Pierce Coulter Joshua James Davidson Danielle Nicole Derrick Julia W. DeWitt Benjamin M. Dieringer Jonan Phillip Donaldson Corey Marius Douma Shayla Edwardson Kathleen Lynne Elliott Rebekah Engle Cindy Etherton Elayne V. Evans Melynda Dawn Falzone Jodie Faulk Mollie Fisher Kelsey Forster-Pairan Kelsey Ilene Freese Chelsea Jean Fuller Erik D. Gaard Diane Glass Tiffany Elyse Gray Alison Green Christie L. Green Nathan Green Mark Duane Grimmer Stephanie Lynn Gutierrez Karli Ann Haines Melissa Lynn Heideman Cherish Uilani-Kaaa Henrickson Elizabeth Ann Hilger Jamie Monique Hill Kellie Renee Humbert Aaron Michael Johnson Ricky Jones Tori Sachie Kagawa Ashley Michelle Keller Christie Ann Kelly Bethany Kinney Gabriel Townsend Kitterman Jennifer Misty Kreta Timothy P. Kreta Gia Ann Lane

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Graduation through the generations A look at how commencement at Western has transformed over the decades Joanna Walker | Freelancer

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Similar to today, Western’s class of 1899 had a higher ratio of women than men by approximately 4:1. It is that time of year again. Both high schools and colleges alike send hundreds and hundreds of students onto their next journey in life. At Western, there will soon be a sea of red that will fill the New PE building and then flood onto the football field into chairs where graduatesto-be will seat themselves for a short time before walking across the stage in front of family, friends and faculty to finally receive their degree. Though their actual, formal degree is not in hand, it is the symbolism that shows others each person’s accomplishment and success. The earliest mention of commencement found, according to Alumni Relations Director Adrienne Hare, was in the 1870s when the school was called Monmouth Christian College. Though not too much is known about the earlier days of commencement ceremonies over time — whether changes in tradition have changed drastically or minimally — there are many things that are put into planning a graduation ceremony. The graduation committee plans the graduation down to the tiniest detail. With this being her first year as the alumni director, Hare remarked during the first meeting for graduation just how many little details

there were and the many, many hours of work throughout the year that are invested into putting on an event the size and caliber as the day of commencement. “Dianna in the President’s office and the rest of the commencement committee do such a wonderful job at making sure our graduates have an incredible experience at commencement,” Hare noted. The graduation committee is a campus-wide group with representatives from faculty, the registrar office, physical plant, pubic safety, office of disability services, music department, student affairs and student leadership, computing services, alumni, public relations and the President’s office. Furthermore, each group has a different responsibility regarding the commencement ceremony. When the committee begins to meet regularly, it is time to track the progress and make sure everything is covered and running on schedule. Hare also stated that the planning of graduation begins as soon as the previous one ends. “It’s a year-round, ongoing thing,” she said. In 1985, back when Western was called Western Oregon State College (WOSC), alumnus William “Bill” Burt received his master’s in Deaf education. However, he did not walk during commencement.

Ironically, though, Burt’s wife, Johnnie, also attended Western back when the university had just changed its name from Oregon College of Education (OCE) to WOSC. She graduated with an interpreting certificate in 1981, and had actually worked first parttime and then full-time as an interpreter while attending school. “I did not complete my interdisciplinary degree until 1989 when [my husband and I] moved back from Illinois,” Mrs. Burt commented. Burt also did not attend commencement reasoning that, “as a nontraditional student married with kids, working full-time and teaching ASL classes at WOSC, finishing the nine credits to complete my B.S., I felt disconnected from college life.” Nevertheless, she remarked that she felt a great sense of accomplishment when it was over. Many people believe graduation to be one of the most memorable milestones in one’s life. Alumna Carrie Leffler graduated from Western in June 1999, just two years after the school changed its name for the sixth time. Leffler noted the most memorable part of graduation was the pomp and circumstance. Leffler reminisced by recalling wearing red pumps, which gave her some intense

blisters. “I enjoyed walking across the stage and being able to look into the crowd and find my family. They took a great picture of me shaking hands as I received my degree,” Leffler added. Leffler described her ceremony as one with sunshine and remembers how awesome it was to see the faculty and staff walking in procession. “It was amazing to see all of them together,” she said. “I appreciated that they took the time to come and participate. I figured it was mandatory, but I appreciated their presence.” Hare commented that to her, the most exciting part about commencement is “the culmination of years of hard work and studying being rewarded with getting to cross that stage in front of your family, your peers, and our professors, and grabbing hold of that degree.” “I think too many people assume today that for kids, a college degree is a given, but coming up with finances, and putting in the time to get that degree is still just as difficult if not more difficult now than it was ‘back in the day,’” Hare stated. “I love watching that moment where they walk across that stage and our students turn into alumni. I hope that they are just as proud of themselves and their alma mater as I am.”

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Graduations across the globe Book Review As Western’s 2010-2011 commencement grows closer, the history of graduation and its function around the world is unveiled Caitlin Finnell | Freelancer

The end of the school year is near and with it comes graduation for seniors. This special graduation issue takes a look into traditions of graduation in the United States and the history behind it, along with how other countries celebrate graduation. In the United States, graduation is also called commencement and usually takes place outside in a sport stadium or parade ground, but can also be in an amphitheater or other indoor setting. After the commencement ceremony at many large universities that have students graduating with many different degrees, it is common for diploma ceremonies to occur. Diploma ceremonies are spread throughout the grounds and the heads of the departments hand out diplomas to the students graduating with that particular degree. Other universities might have several commencement ceremonies throughout the course of several days. Although ceremonies may differ from school to school, they must follow the common core traditions of commencement of the

United States. To make sure that each school follows the rules, the American Council of Education (ACE) has established the Academic Ceremony Guide which states the common core, but also the proper attire that should be worn under the Academic Costume Code. Gowns for students receiving their bachelor’s degree have pointed sleeves, while the robes of students receiving their master’s degree have oblong sleeves and can be worn either open or closed. The gown for the doctoral degree has bell shaped sleeves and can be worn open or closed as well. Unlike the gowns for bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees which have no trimming, the doctoral degree robe is trimmed in velvet and colored to the discipline of that certain degree. Within the guide, a chart is provided stating what colors are associated with what discipline. Have you ever wondered where our country’s graduation traditions and dress came from? Although the graduation ceremony had been present for centuries, it was not until 1909 when an anthropologist by the

name of Arnold van Gennep described the graduation ceremony as a “right of passage,” which it is commonly known as today. This ceremony has three different aspects to it: the separation from society, a transformation and then a return to society in a new status. The original black cap and gown date back to the 12th century where they were worn on a daily basis when education and religion were still closely linked. The hoods, or caps, were worn to keep the head warm. Although this tradition of wearing a cap and gown daily did not last, during the Civil War, students began to wear the cap and gown at graduation to symbolize achievement. The tossing of the cap originated with the graduating cadets of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1912 when they spontaneously decided to toss their midshipman’s caps in the air after the ceremony. However, not all countries have the same graduation traditions, Japan holds graduation in March when the school year is over and also during the changing of the seasons which is reflected in the colors of the

décor. The décor consists of red and white banners draped throughout the auditorium, or place of assembly, and a bonsai tree is placed next to the podium. Three flags hang over the stage consisting of the Japanese flag, the flag of the city to which the school is located and the flag of the school. In the United Kingdom, the ceremony begins with a procession of academics. Music is present during the procession, along with the carrying of the ceremonial mace. At Oxford, the students wear their academic dress and after receiving their degree, change into the dress of the degree that they just received. Regardless of country or degree earned, the traditions surrounding graduation are an important part of this day. Understanding why certain music is played, gowns are worn, the order of the ceremony and so much more help one better appreciate this rite of passage. Passing from this stage to the next, Western graduates will experience this celebration on Saturday, June 11 at 11 a.m. in McArthur field.

Favorite photo highlights of the year Rugby photo wins sports category in American Photo on Campus Some of the favorite photos from the year include the Chinese New Year (Bottom, Left), the production of Cirque Mechanics (Bottom, Middle) and International Night (Bottom, Right). Women’s rugby (Left) was entered in the 2011 Go Pro Contest in the April Edition of American Photo on Campus by the “Journal” Photo Editor, Emily Laughlin. It was chosen as a category winner and was printed with an article that mentioned the women’s rugby team, the “Journal” and Western Oregon University.

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‘A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose’ by Eckhart Tolle Christina Tilicki | Culture and Campus Life Editor

Life is about the ending of certain chapters and the starting of new ones. Changes are one of the few things that are certain in life and as many young adults across the country graduate, they are left wondering what lies in store for them. As one door closes, another opens, but many are left anxious and unsure about what it is they are meant to do in life. Build a successful career? Raise a family? Travel and savor the small moments? This universal question, what is your life’s purpose, is one that author Eckhart Tolle decided to take on in his book, “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.” Originally published in 2005, the book was reissued in 2008 as a selection for Oprah’s Book Club. As a result, the title gained much popularity across the country, spreading the message of how to determine your life’s path with millions of readers. Not adhering to or associating himself with any one particular religion, Tolle draws universal messages and truths from a variety of religions from across the world including Christianity, Islam and Hindu. Tolle understands that these messages are ultimately the same. Even more important than the universal messages these religions advocate, is the transformation of consciousness; an inner transformation that sits at the core of Tolle’s teachings. In order to achieve this change, one must work on their ego-based state of consciousness; a transcendence that is necessary for not only personal happiness, but for

ending ongoing conflict across the earth. In addition to achieving this spiritual transformation, Tolle presents 10 steps that aid in creating a more peaceful life. A few of these steps include the idea to not seek happiness as it is elusive and will not be found if sought. Be aware of the thoughts that go through your head; stay with the facts rather than running with ideas and fabricating untruths. Stay in the present moment in order to avoid unnecessary anxiety, stress and negativity. Another step is realizing the goodness that is already inside of you and allow that goodness to come forward. Born in Germany and educated in the United Kingdom, Tolle underwent a spiritual transformation at the age of 29, after which he dedicated the next few years to understanding, learning and deepening his new found transformation. After teaching and counseling a number of spiritual groups in London, Tolle published his first book, “The Power of Now,” in 1999. A much sought-after public speaker and spiritual teacher today, Tolle travels the world spreading his message of internal balance, connectedness with self and fulfilling your purpose. A great gift for graduates, “A New Earth” not only teaches how to find inner peace and purpose at an individual level, but how to change the world around you. Perfect for graduates, middle-aged mothers or recent retirees, “A New Earth” is an eye-opening book that teaches how to find the peace and inner strength we all possess and how to put our strengths to good use.

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So long, and thanks for all the fish Big changes, short time It has been 11 months and 25 days since I officially donned the title of Editor-in-Chief of the “Western Oregon Journal” for the 2010-2011 academic year. That is 359 days of challenges and frustrations, laughter and tears, success and failure and – as is inevitable in the newspaper industry – many restless, half-delirious nights spent squinting at a computer screen checking over the minutest of details of text and design. With pens of every color in hand, highlighters on deck and Associated Press style books seemingly sprouting from every table, chair and floorboard in the office, the staff and I have endeavored to bring our readers objective news from a variety of venues, to facilitate the dialogue on hot button issues and to foster a greater sense of community on campus by way of our position as a student-run, studentfunded organization. Among the more minuscule changes we have implemented, we have given what I believe to be a proper title to our newly christened “opinion”

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section, transitioned into the technological era with the development of an accessible, user friendly website, furthered our research of design, typography and writing styles and challenged some of the long-standing traditions held within the student media office that have for too long gone unquestioned. Each of these, I believe, has not only been of benefit to our staff regarding our daily operations, but has furthered the reputation of the “Journal” as a valuable, reputable resource for news and advertising. In the past term alone, we have witnessed a record number of advertisers contacting us to have their ads placed in our paper, and for the first time in my three years at the “Journal,” we have been garnering “Letters to the Editor” in which students, staff and faculty are addressing campus-wide issues from a

variety of perspectives. What this says to me is that our production is being recognized as an outlet which the campus and the greater community feel they can utilize. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest honors anyone on staff can hope to achieve. Even taking into account the number of Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association awards the “Journal” is fortunate enough to win each year – a noteworthy achievement considering the high turn over rate of staff each year – at the end of the day we operate for one reason and one reason only: to serve the students, staff, faculty and extended campus community of Western to the best of our ability. So, while being recognized by a distinguished newspaper association for the hard work we do is greatly appreciated, my true happiness come from those moments when someone calls out from across the street as I deliver papers, anxious and excited for

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There are many things on which to reflect from my last four years at Western, ranging from academic experiences to extracurricular activities to just plain hanging out. But upon graduating, I’m going to focus on one aspect of my collegiate years that will have long-term effects not only for me, but for droves of future students at numerous schools. As a senior in high school, I had a decision to make regarding where I would go to college. My choice was heavily dependent on athletics as I planned on running cross country and track at the collegiate level. There were many factors to consider: Did I get along with the coach? How nice is the campus? Were the facilities up to par? Were there opportunities for improvement? Was there ample scholarship money available? Perhaps one of the most crucial factors, however, was finding the appropriate competitive level. On one end of the spectrum, the level of competition may have been too overwhelming if I were to attend a huge school with a plethora of runners faster than I was. On the other hand, I didn’t want to go somewhere that was not competitive enough. A collegiate career is four years long, so maintaining a high level of motivation would be difficult in that situation. The main purpose of this column is not to highlight my personal decision-making process, but rather to accent that

last point: the competitive level at Western and in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). I can’t legitimately expand on the state of Western and the GNAC in other sports, but I can say with absolute conviction that the competitive level in the cross country and track realms is nowhere near where it was four years ago. One of the things that will always stick with me from my four years here is the incredible improvement I’ve seen in such a short timespan. To illustrate, I’ll compare my freshman year to this year. Entering the GNAC Outdoor Championships my freshman year, I finished the 5-kilometer race in 15:13 and placed third. This year, there were nine runners who ran faster than that. My freshman year, the fastest 10-kilometer mark in the GNAC was John Riak’s 31:12. This year, there were four runners faster than that, including three under 30 minutes. My freshman year, the entire conference had six runners under four minutes in the 1500. This year, our team had eight. That’s right: in that event, Western’s team is better now than the entire conference was just three years ago. I could go on. The point is that the ascension of our conference has escalated it to sit among the nation’s elite. Keep in mind that the GNAC is only a decade old, and already it is one of the strongest conferences in the country in cross country and track. And I can almost guarantee that, if you ask athletes from other sports about a meteoric rise in the


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his or her own copy; the moments when I overhear someone tell his or her friend to wait a minute before heading into class because he or she needs to grab the latest edition of the paper from the news rack; the moments when an unsuspecting student glances at the front page or within the paper and suddenly spots his or her own image staring back from a campus event he or she attended or performance he or she participated in. These moments make those late nights ruthlessly editing pages worth it; these moments make those challenges pertaining to content and design worth it; these moments remind me of what joy can come from dedicating one’s self to a trade where criticism overwhelms praise, where fantastic headlines are made or destroyed with the press of a key and where the ideal of perfectionism becomes laughable. When I first took on this position, idealism was exuding from my pores. I felt with enough dedication prior to the start of the year, everything during the year would go off without a hitch. Needless to say, problems of plagiarism, staff changes and weeks of heated debate over

controversial issues later, things have gone less than according to plan. The version of myself from the beginning of the year would no doubt see this as a failure, clinging to the aspects of running this paper that have gone array in sacrifice of what has been achieved. I won’t lie and go so far as to say that I leave this office without regrets; given another go of it, there are certainly things I would change in hopes of creating an even stronger publication. However, I have learned a very important lesson, and that is the need to take things one step at a time, to allow for mistakes and to wear those mistakes without shame. When you are involved in something like the “Journal,” wherein your production is made available for the scrutiny of the collective campus each week, you learn early on to recognize the errors you make in text, design and even judgment, and to learn from them and hopefully move on with a wiser mindset and keener pair of eyes. This is a hard lesson for anyone to learn, I believe, as it is natural for humans to desire to hide from our mistakes, to make excuses for what went wrong and to blame others for problems that

we certainly are not free of responsibility for. I appreciate this element of working at a newspaper – that it forces you to confront your mistakes and your character in a way you can’t escape – and I hope that I am a stronger person for having come to the realization of this lesson, which is one that I am hardly done struggling with. To my staff: Thank you for all of the hard work you put in this year and, for the ways in which you have sacrificed your own time, sleep and sanity in order to make a better paper. You have my gratitude for sticking by my side as we navigated our way through this year as a fairly young staff. You banded together in times of challenge and celebrated alongside one another in moments of success and laughter, as our quote board undoubtedly attests. Despite any differences we may have encountered, each of you has taught me valuable lessons about creativity, leadership and friendship. To the readers of the “Journal”: Whether you be a casual observer or one who eagerly awaits each new edition of our publication, thank you. It is for your benefit, knowledge and engagement that we at the “Journal” do what we do.


competitive level of the GNAC in their respective sports, the answer would be about the same. It has been a blessing to be a part of this transformation. There does not seem to be an indication of a slowdown or a plateau anytime soon, either. And I hope it does continue to

improve because we can all look back on our collegiate careers as cornerstones to elongated success at the national level. We can all look back and feel that our races, marks, times and finishes meant something and that they hold a greater value than those races, marks, times and finishes do on paper. Personally, I can look back and say, “I had a

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successful collegiate career because I broke this record or ran this time.” Cool, sure. And there is some value in that. But to be able to say “I helped transform a school’s athletics program and I played an integral role in this conference’s evolution into a national power” is something truly special. And that’s what I will remember most about my student-athlete experience.


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“I remember when . . . . ” Senior athletes look back on their time at Western


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After running our last regional meet in snowy Bellingham, Wash., the boys and girls cross country teams were standing together waiting to hear if we made it to nationals. The moment the announcement was made that both the boys and girls teams of Western Oregon University had advanced to run in the national meet, the whole team ran . . . into a huge group and soaked in the awesome news. The past three years of hard [training every day] definitely paid off the best way that it ever could.

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Being a part of the football program here is what I will remember the most. Sports gives you opportunities to build character, hard work, leadership and social tools that other experiences don’t give people. I developed that through the years playing football here at Western. I had the experience of a lifetime and loved every second of it.



I’ll never forget winning the sixth GNAC track and field men’s team championship (four indoors and two outdoors) in my career. The final victory came my senior year at our home track and the moment that sticks in my head was the victory lap we took. We sang, we chanted and, of course, we waved the American flag. Unforgettable.

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This Year in Sports Jeffrey Larson | Sports Editor & Paige O’Rourke | Editor-in-Chief



Western’s football program had an impressive year, finishing the season at 7-4 overall, 5-3 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). The Wolves won five of their last seven games with the only two losses (19-0, 2116) coming against Central Washington, who defeated Western at the annual Battle in Seattle. Redshirt senior Caleb Singleton and redshirt junior Photo by | Emily Laughlin Jason Slowey were named NCAA Division II AllThe offensive line faces off Americans. Singleton, defensive back, made the second team with his impressive 89 tackles, six against in CWU in Qwest Field. interceptions, and three blocked kicks this season. Slowey received honorable mention honors as an offensive lineman. He helped the Wolves average 353.8 yards of total offense and 131.5 rushing yards per game. Singleton and fellow-redshirt senior Demario Ballard were named first team all-region.

Western’s volleyball team completed the 2010 season strong by winning six of their last eight games. The Wolves finished with a 14-9 overall record, 12-6 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). Sophomore Danielle Reese and freshman Krissi Kemper earned 2010 GNAC second team honors and senior Stephanie Beeler received honorable Photo by | Emily Laughlin mention honors. Reese led the Wolves with 2.82 kills per set, good for ninth place in the GNAC. Western’s volleyball team had an She also ranked fourth with 0.4 service aces impressive 12-6 GNAC record. a game and 10th in digs with 3.09 per game. Kemper led the Wolves and placed ninth in the GNAC, with a .260 hitting percentage. Beeler averaged 0.32 service aces, good for 12th in the conference, and averaged .82 blocks and .219 hitting percentage, both earning her 13th in the conference.



Starting off at No. 20 according to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the men’s cross country team rose four placements to end at No. 16 prior to their nationals performance. Mirroring the lady Wolves, the men placed third at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) competition, with this marking their third Photo courtesy | Amanda Wright year at this placement in the meet. At the The men’s cross country team NCAA West Regional meet, the Wolves placed No. 20 at Nationals. earned fourth place with a score of 125 points. This placement earned the men’s team a seat at nationals, where it came in No. 20. The men missed qualifying for nationals by merely one spot each of the last three years, finally prevailing in 2010.

Moving up the ranks from No. 10 to No. 6 among the West Region poll, the women’s team defied the odds and made its way to No. 3 at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) competition. In addition to this, the lady Wolves placed fifth with 211 points in the NCAA West Regional competition, thereby ensuring their ticket to the national Photo courtesy | Amanda Wright championships, where they placed No. 21. Head coach Mike Johnson stated that 2010 The women’s cross country marked “a great season” for the women, team placed No. 21 at Nationals. going on to say, “[The women’s team] started out and was hardly even ranked in the region and in the end both teams accomplished things that had not been done here before.” It was the first time since the program’s NAIA days that the team qualified for a nationals meet in cross country.



During the 2011 indoor track and field season, the Wolves broke a myriad of top 10 school records, snagged several Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) qualifications and earned a handful of NCAA provisional qualifying marks. All of these achievements set the athletes up to perform well during the GNAC indoor competition, with the men’s team coming from behind on Photo courtesy | Lori Kasler the second day of the meet to win its fourth The men’s track and field team straight conference title. The Wolves looked to celebrating winning the GNAC. compete with the same level of success during the outdoor season, clinching first place during the GNAC competition and going on to send six athletes to Nationals, with sophomore Will Crook earning All-American honors among the men’s team for his performance.


Western’s softball team finished the 2011 season with a 13-32 overall record and a 10-23 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) record. The lady Wolves earned four spots on the all-GNAC team. Senior Jessica Hallmark earned First Team honors for the fourth consecutive season. She is one of four players in GNAC history to achieve this honor four Photo by | Emily Laughlin times. Sophomore Andrea Bailey earned Jessica Wood led the Wolves Second Team honors and freshmen Alex and made a GNAC batting record. Hillmick and Ashley Worthey earned spots on the Honorable Mention team. Hallmark led Western with a .339 batting average, 15 home runs, and 31 RBIs. She earned the GNAC career home run record by recording 45 career home runs, beating the previous record of 37.

The Wolves took fourth place at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) indoor competition, coming in with 85 points. For the third consecutive year, senior Annan Applebee represented the lady Wolves at Nationals, coming in at No. 13 in the 800-meter run. As a result of their success during prior competitions, Applebee, juniors Janelle Everetts and Ashley Potter Photo courtesy | Amanda Wright and sophomore Amanda Schumaker were Annan Applebee and Janelle recognized as members of the all-region Everetts at the GNAC meet. team by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Three of these individuals — Applebee, Potter, and Schumaker — went on to compete at Nationals, with Schumaker earning All-American status.


Despite a rough 2010 season, the women’s soccer team look for a fresh start in 2011. In January, Athletic Director Daniel Hare announced that Steve Ancheta, former Central Catholic High School boys’ soccer head coach, would take over as Western’s head coach. The Wolves finished the 2010 season with a 3-15 overall record and a 2-12 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Photo by | Scott Takase (GNAC) record. In spite of the struggles, Young was one of nine Wolves nine of the lady Wolves represented Western on the GNAC academic team. academically by making the GNAC soccer academic team. Mary Bothman, Cori Young, Naomi Shimabuku, Ciara Peterson, Kelsie Blachly, Chelsy Okuma, Rachelle Kliewer, Monique Thees and Kymberly Witmer had GPA’s above 3.20 to earn spots on the academic team.



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My favorite memory is knowing how much hard work goes into being a collegiate athlete that most people have no idea about. Early mornings in the weight room, late nights in the film room and everything we as student-athletes do in between. I am proud to know that during my time at Western, I gave everything I had to becoming the best student and the best athlete that I could possibly be.

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My favorite memory has got to be playing Catch Phrase on the softball bus. My teammates and I have developed such close friendships and made so many inside jokes that it made it quite interesting and entertaining to play! It also provided many needed study breaks and stress relief after long bus rides and long weekends.




This photo was taken immediately after we heard that we had placed sixth in our region and were going to the national championships. We struggled against not-so-ideal conditions and we prevailed. I will never forget this moment.

Pictured (left to right): Jenny Leaf, Megan Everetts, Janelle Everetts, KayAnna Cecchi, Amanda Wright, Erika Snawder, Annan Applebee and Tricia Morrison.



Western’s baseball team wrapped up another successful year as it finished No. 2 in the West Region and earned its 10th straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) title. The Wolves lost the regional opener, 10-4, to Cal Poly Pomona and ended the season with a 6-3 loss to UC San Diego. Five Western student-athletes were selected by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association (NCBWA) to the all-region team. Grady Wood made the first team, Daniel Dillard and Michael Chiarelli made the second team and Austin “Bo” Folkinga and Kirk Lind received honorable mention for the West Region team. Wood not only led the team, but he also led the GNAC with eight wins, 77 strikeouts, 100.2 innings pitched and three shutouts. Dillard led the GNAC with 10 home runs, 55 RBIs and a .554 slugging percentage. In his first season,with the Wolves, Chiarelli placed 13th in the GNAC with a .305 batting average, tied for third in home runs with three and tied for second in doubles with 14. Lind finished the season with a 7-1 pitching record and led the GNAC with a 1.35 Photos by | Emily Laughlin Photo by | Emily Laughlin earned run average. Folkinga had the second best batting average in the GNAC (.375). He placed Daniel Dillard made the all- seventh in the GNAC with 51 hits and sixth in the GNAC with 12 doubles. The team finished 37-15 Grady Wood led the Wolves with an impressive 8-4 pitching record. overall and 27-5 in the conference. region second team.

BASKETBALL - M The men’s basketball team finished sixth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) and made it to the inaugural GNAC Tournament. Western finished the regular season with a 13-15 overall record and an 8-10 conference record. They faced No. 3 Seattle Pacific in the first round of the playoffs and lost to the Falcons, 69-65. Junior Blair Photo by | Melissa Swagerty Wheadon was voted second team all-GNAC Blair Wheadon led the Wolves for the second season in a row. He led the team with 18.4 points per game and he led the league with 18.4 points per game. with 2.1 steals per game. He earned his careerhigh 34 points this season against Alaska Anchorage. At the end of the season, the Wolves did not re-sign head coach Craig Stanger. In April, the Wolves signed former-Sacramento State assistant coach Brady Bergeson to be the new head coach for men’s basketball.

BASKETBALL - W The Wolves women’s basketball team finished the 2010-2011 season in sixth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), placing it in the GNAC inaugural tournament. The Wolves faced No. 3 Seattle Pacific and lost, 81-45. They finished the season with an 11-16 overall record and an impressive 9-9 conference record. Senior Sara Photo by | Melissa Swagerty Zahler received all-GNAC second team honors Sara Zahler earned all-GNAC and junior Rylee Peterson received honorable mention as well as GNAC Newcomer of the second team honors. Year honors. At the end of the season, Zahler and Peterson received the team’s Outstanding Players honors and Peterson also received Rookie of the Year honors. Sophomore Lorrie Clifford earned the Coaches Award, and the Most Improved award was given to senior Danielle Bellando.

Western Oregon Journal (2010-2011) Issue 32  

The thirty-two issue of the 2010-2011 school year (year that I was the Sports Editor) for the Western Oregon Journal.

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