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CWU CONNECTIONS Vol. 6 No. 1 • winter 2013

Central Washington University Connections is a free publication sent semiannually. Issue number: Vol. 6, No. 1. This issue dated: February 2013. Address: Central Washington University, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7505. BOARD OF TRUSTEES Sid W. Morrison, Chair Keith Thompson, Vice Chair Ron Erickson Dan Dixon Chris Liu Kate Reardon Annette Sandberg Lindsey Sires



EXECUTIVE OFFICERS James L. Gaudino, President Marilyn Levine, Vice President for Academic and Student Life George Clark, Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs Sherer M. Holter, Chief of Staff Editorial Board Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Content Development Writer, Department of Public Affairs Grace Greenwich, Executive Officer, Alumni Relations Robert Lowery, Director of Content Development, Department of Public Affairs Teri Olin, Director for New Media and Design, Department of Public Affairs Linda Schactler, Executive Director, Department of Public Affairs Scott Wade, Executive Director for University Advancement and CWU Foundation Contributing writers/editors Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Andre Dickerson, Robert Lowery, James L. Gaudino, Linda Schactler, Grace Greenwich Graphic Design Bret Bleggi, Department of Public Affairs Photography Rich Villacres, Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, (and Department of Public Affairs stock), Allen Larsen, Nick Zentner, Melissa Pandika, Lisa Ely, and Kim Hitchcock. Contact information General Information 509-963-1221 Department of Public Affairs 509-963-1493 University Advancement 509-963-2160 or 1-800-752-4378 Alumni Office 509-963-2752 or 1-877-U-GO-CATS (1-877-846-2287) CWU Foundation 509-963-2760 or 1-800-752-4378 Views expressed in CWU Connections do not necessarily reflect official policy of Central Washington University. UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION Please send your current contact information to University Advancement, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7507, e-mail, or call 509-963-2752 or 1-877-846-2287. Central Washington University is an AA/EEO/Title IX Institution. CWU’s policies and practices affirm and actively promote the rights of all individuals to equal opportunity in education and employment without regard to their race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Central Washington University complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and executive orders. Direct related inquiries to Equal Opportunity, Bouillon Hall, room 205, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7425; Telephone 509-963-2205; or e-mail Persons of disability may request this material in alternative format or make arrangements for reasonable accommodations by calling CWU Department of Public Affairs at 509-963-1221 or by leaving a message on TDD 509-963-2143. Cover photo by Rich Villacres. Copyright © 2013 Central Washington University, all rights reserved.



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4 A  nne Egger: Down to Earth with a Passion for Teaching 8 Double Major Wins Prestigious Boren Scholarship for Russian Study 9 CWU Leads Groundbreaking Green Energy Project 10 CWU College Assistance Migrant Program Earns Top Marks Nationally 11 Bergman Lights the Way for London Olympics

12 C  hanging Attitudes and Beliefs Worldwide 16 Student Statisticians Link Freezers to Hunger Risk 17 CWU Rugby Thrives in National Spotlight 18 CWU Jazz Musicians Light Up National Stage 19 Wildcat Battallion Among the World’s Best

20  Wildcats Reach Scientific Heights at Lawrence Livermore National Lab 24 Andre Dickerson—In His Own Words 25 “Norrish Reaction” Not Just for Scientists Anymore 26 Honorary Degree Recognizes Lifelong Passion for Teaching 28 Class Notes 32 In Memoriam

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We are the one place where students come first, where they can be individuals, and where professors know them by name. We are the remarkable place that turns typical, hard-working students into global leaders.


President’s message Math Professor Janet Shiver shared a wonderful e-mail with me recently. It was a thank you from a student who recently graduated. My favorite part of the note? The student wrote, “Thank you for knowing my name.” If you want to know what sets the CWU experience apart from other schools, that’s it in a sentence. This is who we are. This is what we do—better than anyone else. We are not a Gothic compound with 800-seat lecture halls. Our classes are intentionally small and not one is designed to “weed out” students. At Central you don’t have to be a grad student before your professor knows your name. Exciting research in your field is part of earning a bachelor’s degree. Active learning outside the classroom makes learning exciting and relevant. Individual attention from faculty passionate about teaching and student-success mentors create real-world experiences that prepare students for life as well as work. You needn’t look further than our graduates to know this formula works. They’re leaders and innovators in every industry in every part of the world. James L. Gaudino

Now this remarkable formula, so distinctive and precious, is under fire. The erosion of historical state support has placed tremendous pressure on Central to turn away from what makes us special and toward easy solutions that simply aren’t up to the values CWU students, families, faculty, and alumni have built over 122 years. In the face of this pressure, we have instead reframed assumptions about the way we work and we have recalibrated our goals. We have come out of the state’s financial crisis stronger and more nimble by taking initiative and showing the courage to step off well-worn paths. We’ve questioned conventional wisdom about how we’ve always done things rather than making broad cuts that hurt students and water down the Central experience. Now we’re celebrating the thrill and knowing the significance of holding our future in our hands for the first time in more than a century. It’s a signature moment in the life of CWU—one that will require support from a network of hearts and souls, alumni and friends, who are ready to ignite a new future for Central Washington University. Help Central protect our distinctive core while embracing new opportunities. We are the one place where students come first, where they can be individuals, and where professors know them by name. We are the remarkable place that turns typical, hard-working students into global leaders. We are a seedbed for innovation of thought and practice in the sciences, the arts, the humanities, business, and the professions. This is who we are. This is what we do. We are Central. Sincerely,

James L. Gaudino President, Central Washington University

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Anne Egger

Down to Earth with a Passion for Teaching

The entire planet is a classroom and laboratory for Anne Egger. The geological sciences and science education professor's intense curiosity about geological processes and dedication to teaching has earned the prestigious Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction, established to encourage innovation and excellence in education. Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has the largest paid circulation of any peerreviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of one million.

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gger’s prize-winning essay, “Engaging Students in Earthquakes via Real-Time Data and Decisions,” describes a learning module about earthquakes that she developed for college students in an introductory class called “Dynamic Earth.” The module, “Seismicity and Relative Risk,” engages students in inquiry through exploring real-time earthquake data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website. Students learn about earthquakes of course, but Egger’s real-time approach makes the information relevant to students’ lives.

Egger always has been interested in helping her students see the connections between what they learned in the classroom and real-life situations. She has published several online science modules and, since 2001, has been a senior editor of Visionlearning, a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Education.

“The question was, where would students want to live after researching and assessing earthquake hazard in multiple locations,” said Egger, adding that the real maps also add an element of spontaneity to class.

Egger completed her master’s at Stanford University, and started a doctoral program, but missed teaching. She took a break for two years to teach at a community college in New Mexico, then returned to Stanford as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in Earth Sciences, eventually completing her PhD in geological and environmental sciences.

Using the USGS website, students study the frequency of earthquakes in several areas, as well as the types of earthquakes and their magnitude. They also researched levels of earthquake preparedness—whether buildings, highways and other structures are ready to withstand sizable shocks. Egger perfected the module over several years, crafting a program that is easy to modify and use, allowing educators to tailor the course to a specific situation or place. And it’s economical—the USGS site is a “high-quality, free resource,” she pointed out. “I’m thrilled to have been selected for the prize,” said Egger, “and I hope that this module will help other scientists and educators see that there are many ways to engage students in scientific inquiry, even at the introductory level and even in Earth science.”

Discovering a Desire to Teach A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Egger attended the highly selective Philips Exeter Academy (a private secondary school) in New Hampshire. She then pursued her bachelor’s degree in geology and geophysics at Yale University. Egger took a three-year break between undergraduate and graduate study, and worked as a river guide on the San Juan River in southeastern Utah. It was as a river guide that she discovered her love of teaching. “I really loved the teaching that could happen in that setting,” she said. “I could offer some knowledge and guidance, and people didn’t even know they were being taught.”


“It’s always been important to me to think about why people should care about a particular topic, why it’s important to them,” Egger said.

“I loved the variety. I got to dabble in a huge array of research areas and teaching experiences,” she said. “I also worked with a lot of different people, which I enjoyed.” In 2010, she received the Stanford School of Earth Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award.

Research Inspires Teaching Now in her third year at CWU, Egger is a co-principal investigator on a $10 million, 12-institution NSF grant, “InTeGrate: Interdisciplinary Teaching of Geoscience for a Sustainable Future.” “InTeGrate is a community effort to improve geoscience literacy and build a workforce that can make use of geoscience to solve societal issues,” noted Egger. “The fiveyear grant will engage faculty across the country in diverse institutions in developing teaching materials and model programs that address the role of the geosciences in the grand challenges we face today.” CWU’s solid geoscience program and teacher preparation program made Central a vital component of the grant proposal, according to Egger. “CWU has a very strong and growing science education program, and this grant will help us build the Earth science component of that program in collaboration with many other experts,” said Egger. “NSF wanted to see a diverse array of institutions and CWU’s emphasis on undergraduate education helped secure the grant.”

The CWU Department of Geological Sciences is one of the top 100 departments nationwide for research grant funding in Earth Sciences from the National Science Foundation. The department also houses the Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array, or PANGA, a network of GPS receivers throughout the Northwest that monitors natural hazards, such as earthquakes. In 2012, CWU launched a broader, university-wide initiative, the Cascadia Hazards Institute, that focuses on improving understanding and awareness of the hazards inherent in living within a seismically active environment.

Anne Egger teaching CWU Geology students in the Owens Valley of California. In this hands-on, intimate field course, students learn how to collect geology data and create geologic maps Photo courtesy of Nick Zentner

Anne Egger talking to high school students at an open house at the airport in Surprise Valley, California during a recent field expedition

Right to left: Bryon Free (CWU graduate student), Rex Flake (PANGA field engineer, CWU), and Andy Ritchie (USGS) collect TLS data on the Elwha River, Olympic Peninsula, summer 2012

Photo courtesy of Melissa Pandika

Photo courtesy of Lisa Ely

Read Science magazine’s article about Anne Egger’s groundbreaking research at

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Double Major Wins Prestigious Boren Scholarship for Russian Study Senior Sheena Wildes earned a $20,000 Boren Scholarship to study the Russian language in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is pursuing a double major in Russian and history and is a student in the Douglas Honors College. In addition to the Boren Scholarship, Wildes won a $3,000 scholarship from the Department of History, a $1,000 Alumni Scholarship, and a $5,000 Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. Together, the scholarships fund a year of study abroad in St. Petersburg. “I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to go to Russia,” said Wildes. “My goals are to increase my Russian language fluency, gain a better understanding of Russian culture, and prepare for my graduate school and career plans. I also hope to see the Mariinsky Ballet perform!” Wildes was the co-founder and first president of the CWU Russian club, and she helped draft the club’s constitution. Wildes worked for two years as the resident assistant for the Douglas Honors Living/Learning Community and recently worked as the community programmer for the Education Living/Learning Community. Wildes’s undergraduate research focuses on comparing cultural representations of motherhood in Eastern and Western European folklore. This has required her to become familiar with the intersecting fields of language, literature, folklore studies, and history, under the mentorship of CWU professors Dinara Georgeoliani, foreign language, and Roxanne Easley, history. After returning from Russia, Wildes plans to attend graduate school and afterward hopes to work for the US State Department in a field related to international women’s concerns. Sheena Wildes


“Хорошее Везение,” [good luck] Sheena!

CWU Leads Groundbreaking Green Energy Project Professor Charles Pringle

When people think about hydropower, they think of Grand Coulee Dam, or Hoover Dam. Seattle-based Hydrovolts has teamed up with CWU and the Central Washington Resource Energy Collaborative on an ingenious project to boost the nation’s renewable energy resources. The company’s new, patented hydrokinetic turbine technology taps an overlooked source of renewable energy—currents in the more than 1,400 miles of irrigation canals and channels in central Washington. The project has the potential to generate local, reliable, and economical clean power throughout the world. “There are huge regions of the world that are irrigated, where they’ve built these highways of water,” said Burt Hamner, founder and CEO of Hydrovolts. “We’ve found a way to make a little power off it without any environmental impact.” Hydrovolts has contracted with CWU to design a new generator to produce electricity from its turbines. The stackable generator allows the power output of the turbine to increase if the volume of water current is increased. The initial $50,000 contract is supporting research by CWU Professor Charles Pringle and two students. Holly Johnson, dean of Graduate Studies and Research, said, “This contract forms the basis of a long-term partnership between Hydrovolts and CWU—a partnership that could lead to the development of a Center for Hydrokinetic Research in Ellensburg.” Hamner added, “We’re delighted to have CWU inventing clean tech for us. We’re also fortunate that the state’s Innovate Washington will help us manage the intellectual property that is invented.” Hydrovolts turbines can be installed in irrigation canals and run on the steady, uninterrupted flow of irrigation water. The devices are neutrally buoyant; they can generate power floating on the water’s surface or sitting on the bottom of an irrigation canal without impeding the flow or affecting water quality. Depending on the rate of water flow, each device can produce up to 12 kilowatts of energy—enough to light nearby homes. And turbines can be installed in a series down the length of a canal to generate more power. The US Bureau of Reclamation has initiated a pilot test program of the Hydrovolts turbines in the Roza Canal, which runs from Yakima to Benton City. If successful, the bureau may begin installing turbines along its 47,000 miles of canals, which could produce megawatts of hydropower without construction of dams and with no environmental impact.

Each turbine converts water power in irrigation canels into as much as 12 kilowatts of energy.

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College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Earns Top Marks Nationally

A $425,000 federal grant is helping students from migrant-workers’ families succeed at CWU and continues to build what has been recognized as one of the top CAMP programs in the nation. CWU’s program boasts an astounding retention rate of more than 90 percent. Mateo Arteaga, director of CWU’s Educational Outreach Services, said the key is demystifying higher education for migrant families. “We meet them at the door. We visit with students and parents at high schools and help them navigate the application and financial aid paper trail,” said Arteaga. “We welcome students with summer orientation and support them with tutoring and mentoring over the freshman year. We’re there for them—whatever they need.” CAMP not only provides academic support during students’ first year of college, but also offers peer-to-peer mentoring, which has proven successful in overcoming common transitional barriers CAMP students encounter. Arteaga said the program has served more than 600 migrant students at Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) and CWU. “We have seen extraordinary achievement from our CAMP students,” said Arteaga. “It has a very positive ripple effect in their families and communities; it’s inspiring.” Arteaga said CWU is uniquely positioned to reach out to families of migrant workers due to the university’s central location, which also has the state’s highest concentration of migrant and seasonal farmworkers. CAMP serves approximately 60 farmworker-students per year. In 2011, 61 out of 62 successfully completed the first year of college. All 62 of those students continued to be enrolled in college.

Watch a video about CWU’s remarkable CAMP program

Each year, CAMP provides outreach to 1,000 potential participants and recruits 60 eligible students who are most in need of academic, instructional, and support services. Since 2001, CAMP has helped more than 150 students earn degrees. The $424,986 award from the US Department of Education funds the second year of the $2.1 million, five-year program. CAMP has received two previous multimillion dollar grants, which have funded the program for the past 10 years.

Each year CAMP helps 60 students succeed at CWU.


Professor Ethan Bergman

Bergman Lights the Way for London Olympics Professor Ethan Bergman helped light the path to the 2012 Olympics. Bergman, associate dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, was one of 22 inspirational Americans chosen by the CocaCola Company to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay as part of the 2012 London Olympics.



Saeed Mohamed

Senior, Law & Justice and Political Science McNair Scholar

A dedicated runner, Bergman prepared for the torch run by following his normal training schedule. “It was only a sixth of a mile,” he admitted with a chuckle. “I try to run three times a week, but at 60 years old I just try to keep myself moving.” Bergman’s run carried him through the neighborhood of Basingstoke, England, on July 11. A professor in the department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Science, Bergman is also the president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.


“I would like to thank the alumni donors for giving Central students the opportunity to reach our potential for success. Your gifts enrich our education with engaging professors, handson learning, and extra-curricular programs. Knowing this community supports one another gives me pride in being a Wildcat.” Invest in students’ lives by supporting one of CWU’s two annual fund priorities this year, the Pillars Fund and the Students First Fund. CWU is an AA/EEO/Title IX Institution. For accommodation:



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My friends think my schedule is ridiculous, that I’m crazy, says Kim Hitchcock.

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My schedule can be exhausting, but I’m just not


is a full-time student, full-time mother, fulltime public health volunteer—and a three-time cancer survivor. Melody Madlem, director of the CWU public health education program calls Kim “one of the most—if not the most—inspirational students I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She has made a huge difference in the lives she has touched while here at CWU.” Changing attitudes and beliefs are hallmarks of Kim's work at Central, where she’s taken the university’s commitment to hands-on education to a new level. During the summer of 2011, Hitchcock, 43, spent 10 weeks serving as a public health educator in Atorkor, a fishing village in southern Ghana. She traveled with 100 pounds of supplies, including medical provisions, funded by a number of CWU and community agencies. The package also included 4,000 brochures she had designed and written, along with posters on basic disease prevention, specifically cholera and malaria. “Malaria had been on the rise in the village for the last five years, because mosquitos are becoming resistant (to insecticides),” Kim said. “In addition, there had been an ongoing cholera outbreak. It hit the region two weeks after I got there and people started dying.” Since cholera can spread through unclean food and water, she also shared a sanitation and basic health curriculum, which she designed herself. While in Ghana, she also taught safe-sex practices using FLASH, a comprehensive program used in American middle schools.

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Kim’s trip and her work were arranged through Village Volunteers Partners organization and CWU’s Study Abroad and Exchange Programs. Her trip was supported by the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Hitchcock prepared for her trip with the help of Sefakor Adzanku, a CWU graduate student in experimental psychology. He taught Hitchcock nuances of Ghanaian culture and showed how to secure safe drinking water, a scarce commodity. He offered lessons in basic Ewe and translated her brochures into the Ewe language, which is spoken in just a small part of Ghana. “The Ghanaian government has been making efforts to educate people on some public health issues,” Adzanku said. “The problem is that, a lot of times, the resources allocated for such programs do not get to the grass-root communities where it is most needed. Kim’s work went a long way to improve the public health in the community.” While in Ghana, Hitchcock became known simply as Mama Kim, including by a young man named Godwin Kofi Bani. His mother pays for his schooling in Ghana by selling porridge in the morning. Bani, 17, has a dream to earn an accounting degree and pursue a career as a bank auditor. That was not likely going to happen until Hitchcock stepped in. For the last six months, she has worked to create a site to raise money to bring Bani to Ellensburg for a high school year abroad. “This is a pay-it-forward campaign for me,” Hitchcock noted.

willing to give up any of the things I’m passionate about. Bani said, “If I am awarded the chance to go to Ellensburg High School and live with Mama Kim, I will be the first boy from Atorkor to have the opportunity to attend high school in the USA.” Hitchcock said, “I loved all the kids I worked with, but Godwin went above and beyond; he was never asked, he just took the initiative and dove right in. “He became my ambassador, if you will, to areas where I may never have gained access without his help. I currently sponsor him so he can start senior high [in Ghana], but I want to bring Godwin to Ellensburg to have an opportunity and experience that will boost his chances and choices in his educational goals.” When she returned to the US from Ghana, Hitchcock quickly resumed her work on domestic health issues, including volunteering at the Kittitas County Public Health Department, where she has worked since 2009. There she works as a community outreach worker for the HIV/AIDS program, the Never Share Syringe Exchange, and with the breast and cervical cancer programs. As a cancer survivor, Hitchcock has personal experience with the ravages of the disease and the toll that treatment can take. Throughout all of her cancer treatment, Hitchcock remained enrolled in courses and committed to her CWU studies. She even insisted on finishing the quarter before her melanoma surgery.

“I told my doctors that if I wasn’t going to die before June, I was going to take my finals,” she said. This resolve—or as she concedes, stubbornness—is what drives Hitchcock to juggle her extensive volunteer work with her classes and four sons: Dee, 22, Jordan, 18, Josh 16, and Jaxon, 7. Though spare moments for her are scarce, Hitchcock notes this is the only life she could want or imagine. “My schedule can be exhausting, but I’m just not willing to give up any of the things I’m passionate about,” she said, adding that support and assistance from faculty makes all the difference. “I’m not afraid to ask for help when I need it, and I’ve always found that help in my professors.” Hitchcock will graduate this spring, and plans to continue her career in public health and go on to nursing school, possibly relocating permanently, she says, back to Ghana, Vietnam, or another third-world location needing her help in changing health care attitudes and beliefs, and bringing about that change she wants to see in the world.

Find out more about Hitchcock’s trip to Ghana at

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Student Statisticians Link Freezers to Hunger Risk When the Kittitas County Food Access Coalition needed help interpreting results of a survey, a group of CWU math students volunteered to help—and produced surprising results. Math Professor Dominic Klyve said the coalition instituted a countywide survey to understand residents’ “access to healthy food” and their “understanding of nutrition.” When the coalition’s survey analyst left, they turned to Klyve’s students in beginning statistics. “The challenge was a perfect match for a National Science Foundation grant for Community-BasedInquiry and Critical Thinking,” said Klyve. “Students needed to be involved in a project of real significance to our community.” Students made analyzing the data the focus of their project. They presented their findings to the agency in person and in written reports, which were sent to the county for publication. One of the major findings linked the incidence of hunger to access to a freezer. The statistics students found that 12 percent of people who missed one or more meals per week lacked access to a freezer. By contrast, 98 percent of people who never missed a meal had a freezer. No other home appliance correlated so strongly to hunger. “Statistically, that’s highly significant,” said Klyve. For the community, the benefit of the survey was assembling hard data about the assets, resources, and needs of the county related to hunger, food security/ insecurity, and the local food system. The findings are raising awareness about community food issues among policymakers and the community as a whole, while increasing participation in, and informing the direction of, community food efforts.

Professor Dominic Klyve

The survey gave Math 311 students a chance to test their classroom skills in a real-world situation and to find out just how powerful their new knowledge can be, for themselves and for the community.

CWU Men’s Rugby Thrives in National Spotlight

They are All Americans. The national media know them. Their coach will train the next team of Olympians. They are feared throughout the West. They are CWU Rugby. Last fall, the Wildcats outscored their opponents by a margin of 165-0 and 22117 respectively over two tournaments hosted at Oregon State University and Washington State University, winning both Cup Finals. Coach Tony Pacheco expects his team to improve. The Wildcats have their sights set on returning to the USA Rugby National Sevens tournament that will be held at Texas A&M for the second consecutive year. And it looks like all of the right ingredients are in place to get them there. In June, Pacheco was selected to coach the Collegiate All-American Sevens. He led the squad to a National Championship in August at the USA Rugby Men’s National All Star Sevens Championships held at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Chula Vista, California. “It’s a tremendous honor and a great opportunity for me personally,” said Pacheco, who will earn his master’s degree in athletic administration from CWU this year. “We had a successful assembly at the OTC this summer. The athletes we had in camp have a great opportunity to play for Team USA.”

Patrick Blair (left) and Coach Tony Pacheco

In addition to great coaching, the team has some of the nation’s top players, according to Bob Ford, director of CWU Rugby and former USA Rugby National Team Manger. “Tony’s doing all the right things both on and off the field,” said Ford, adding that Pacheco has brought tremendous energy and excitement to the program. “He knows that in order to compete on the national stage we’ll need the right athletes. He’s put together an outstanding group of players over the last two years that will make an impact.”

Tanner Barnes with the ball versus Japan in the Junior World Trophy Final

Pacheco’s talented squad includes sophomore Max Narewski (Exton, Pennsylvania), who transferred to CWU from Ohio’s Bowling Green State University. Fellow Wildcat Patrick Blair was selected as an All-American last year and played a key role in the All-American team’s success last summer. Wildcat teammates sophomores Aladdin Schirmer (North Bend) and Tanner Barnes (Fresno, California) spent part of last summer helping the USA Junior All-American national team win the Junior World Rugby Trophy in Salt Lake City.

CWU 7’s squad following 46-14 victory over WWU in the 2012 NCRC final

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CWU Jazz Musicians Light Up National Stage

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CWU was the only university on the West Coast to earn invitations to perform at the national Jazz Educators Network (JEN) conference in Atlanta in January. Jazz Combo 1 and Vocal Jazz 1 were selected from hundreds of schools that submitted recordings in a blind audition process. Previously, both groups blew away music audiences in national venues. Vocal Jazz 1 performed in Chicago in 2011 before an audience of 2,000 at the national American Choral Directors Association convention. Director Vijay Singh said, from start to finish, it was an exhilarating experience for students, half of whom had performed at Benaroya Hall in Seattle the night before the trip. Singh’s group sang seven pieces. By the third, Singh said he “could hear people in the audience calling others on their cell phones between tunes saying, ‘You have got to hear this group from Washington, they are unreal!’” The third and sixth tunes were a cappella arrangements in which the rhythm section put down their instruments and sang with the choir. With a laugh, Singh recalled, “Folks in the audience were in disbelief—‘their players sing too?’” Jazz Combo 1 earned a coveted spot at this year’s JEN conference, the second consecutive JEN invitation for an instrumental jazz group. Jazz Band 1 performed to rave reviews at the conference in Louisville last year. To earn prestigious invitations annually sets the program apart as one of the very best in the nation, according to Chris Bruya, director of Jazz Studies. “To get one of these invitations periodically is gratifying; to get two in one year is tremendous. But two groups from the same school is a rare thing,” said Bruya. “These invitations are evidence that CWU’s jazz studies program is among the finest and most comprehensive in the nation. The breadth of showcasing the top jazz band, vocal jazz ensemble, and combo within consecutive years at national conferences is extremely rare.”

Wildcat Battalion Among World’s Best

The Wildcat Battalion’s mission is to recruit, teach, coach, mentor, and commission outstanding scholars, athletes, and leaders who possess character and conviction to proudly serve our nation. The CWU Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program is known as the Wildcat Battalion, in recognition of the university’s mascot. Established in 1981, it became its own independent program six years later. Through CWU’s Military Science program, freshman- through senior-year ROTC cadets learn from a curriculum involving classes in ethics, land navigation, leadership, management, military conditioning, “officership,” problem solving, small group tactics, and teamwork. Since its inception, the program has consistently produced outstanding “scholarathlete-leaders.” Through the end of the last academic year, the Wildcat Battalion had commissioned a total of 338 second lieutenants. Based on performance, this past year’s class may have included some of the top cadets ever. The Wildcat Battalion was among 55 of the best military units from around the world that arrived in West Point, New York last April. Comprised of some of the most physically fit and well-trained soldiers in the world—including international squads from Australia, Canada, China, Chile, England, and Spain—they came to the US Military Academy to compete in the 46th annual Sandhurst Competition. The single-day competition involves 10 events that include boat movement, an obstacle course, rappelling down a drop of up to 75 feet, combat casualty first aid and evacuation, marksmanship, weapons assembly and grenade throwing, land navigation, rope-bridge building, an encounter with an mock improvised-explosive device involving radio assembly and communication, and the Department of Military Instruction (DMI) challenge. Team captain Sean Flanagan, a 2012 CWU graduate from Cle Elum, said the DMI event was designed to make participants think on their feet, as competitors had to move a 15,000-pound piece of field artillery. “We had to figure out how to move it through a course, set it at an exact angle, move it back, and reset it,” said Flanagan, who added that the team managed to stay loose in spite of the pressure of the competition. “Two cadets crawled out to the end of the Howitzer to act as counter weights and the rest us lifted on the wheel base and rolled it.” While not among the most heralded teams when the competition began, CWU beat all other ROTC units, including cadets from the Citadel, and squads from the Air Force, Coast Guard, and Naval academies. The Wildcat Battalion finished 13th overall in the competition—one of the highest finishes ever for an ROTC unit. Major Jay Cook, who served as the unit’s training officer, said a key to CWU’s success was that the cadets gelled as a team quickly and completely. “The best equipment, the most talented individuals, and the most elite institutional reputation can’t make up for the lack of camaraderie and hard work,” said Cook. “Some schools cultivate individuals; CWU creates amazing teams—and that gives us a remarkable edge when we go into competition.” (Top two photos) The Ranger Challege competition was held at Joint Base Lewis McChord where the CWU team placed first. The win advanced them to the International Sandhurst Competition at West Point (bottom two photos).

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Nathan Minor and Professor Michael Jackson



wildcats reach Scientific Heights CWU’s Department of Physics is producing heavyweights in the rarefied atmosphere of physics research. Four alumni are scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, the world’s most advanced scientific research facility. “This is the science equivalent of having four starting players on the National Football League’s Super Bowl championship team,” said Michael Jackson, professor and chair of the physics department. Alumni include Wren Carr (1997 BS-Physics), Emily Leffert Carr (1998 BS-Physics), David Cross (2007 BS-Applied Computer Science; Mathematics and Astronomy), and Tom Zobrist (1994 BS-Physics). They’re all scientists at LLNL, a premier research and development institution for science and technology. The advanced research at LLNL informs national security policy and addresses a wide range of scientific issues of national importance. Carr is the principle investigator on a research project titled, “Understanding the Stochastic Nature of Laser-Induced Damage.” The project has a staff of seven scientists and technicians, and a budget of about $2 million per year. Carr is also principle investigator of the Optical Science Laser. But one of his favorite assignments? Mentoring CWU physics major Nathan Minor, who worked at LLNL last summer and is still an employee on indeterminate status. That means he has the option of returning any time during holiday breaks or next summer.

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have had students work in my group who come from a number of top institutions such as, Colorado Springs, UC Berkley, and MIT, just to name a few, and Nathan is easily the equal of any of them,” said Carr. “I would love to have him back next year.” Nathan’s job was to analyze micrographs, basically a photograph taken through a microscope. He was looking at laser-induced optical damage sites on fused silica lenses. In the large scope of things, he contributed to a project that is part of the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) campaign to induce nuclear fusion using high-energy, high-powered lasers. “Nathan Minor is a junior at CWU,” continued Jackson, who said Nathan is the son of Bryan Minor and his wife Christine Haavisto Minor, both CWU physics graduates. “Because we’re a small institution, we can give students the personal attention and academic nurturing that just doesn’t happen at the larger universities,” said Jackson, adding that most undergraduates in his program are exposed to research activities that are simply unavailable to even graduate students elsewhere. For example, Jackson has a group of undergraduates working on a National Science Foundation grant that uses lasers to “fingerprint” molecules in outer space. Undergraduate students in his lab don’t just study laser emissions, they’ve actually built the lasers out of spare parts lying about the lab. “Mind you these are pretty good spare parts,” said Jackson, whose lab in CWU’s Lind Hall is overflowing with equipment for students to work with. From freshmen to master’s candidates, Jackson’s students get the kind of hands-on experience and access to professorial mentoring that many doctoral students would envy. They are listed as authors on research publications, they give presentations at national and international conferences, and they collaborate with scientists at other research institutions. Graduates’ hands-on experience and exposure to research give them tremendous advantages when seeking employment or applying for graduate programs. Nathan said that everything he learned as a CWU physics student—data analysis, scientific inquiry, basic knowledge of physics, and strong problem-solving skills—more than prepared him for the rigors of working at LLNL.

Professor Michael Jackson

“Working at LLNL opened my eyes to all the possibilities that exist for a student like me,” Nathan continued, a stellar student and cross country runner for CWU. “This summer at LLNL changed my life for the better and I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything.” Jackson said alumni mentorships open marvelous opportunities for students and the professional connection to alumni shows students that Central graduates are capable of anything.


“You can quote me saying how wonderful the CWU [physics] department is and how I would happily apply for a position if only they would complete Science Phase II. Although the way I say it is a bit tongue in cheek, it is the absolute truth.” —Wren Carr, CWU alumnus and physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Science Phase II CWU’s high-powered physics students perform advanced research in Lind Hall, one of the oldest, most technologically primitive buildings on campus. CWU is hoping to change that in the 2013 session of the state legislature during which the university will seek $60 million for a new facility for physics and geological sciences, Science Phase II. Lind Hall was built in 1948 during the Truman Administration. Though a beautiful art deco building, it lacks basic laboratory infrastructure, such as deionized water, high-pressure air, and modern climate control. It was built generations before the advent of low-vibration foundations that are required to support state-of-the-art instrumentation and laboratories. The elevator doesn’t even go to the third floor. The building also isn’t big enough. Since 2007, physics majors have quadrupled from 17 to more than 70. Until now, physics has been able to grow enrollment, in spite of the budget reductions, through innovation in teaching. Science Phase II is the university’s highest-priority for the state construction budget this year, but it will have to compete for limited funding with six other projects identified as priorities by other universities.

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Andre Dickerson— In His Own Words My road to Central was not the traditional one. I was born and raised in south-central Los Angeles to a single mother living in poverty. By the age of 14, I had lost close friends to gang violence, witnessed domestic violence, and seen my father incarcerated. I dropped out of high school and found myself becoming influenced by the negative lifestyles of those around me. I was definitely headed down the wrong path. Then I received a phone call from my stepmother that changed my life. She invited me live with her in Tacoma. That night, I boarded a Greyhound bus with only the clothes on my back and a notebook full of rap lyrics, looking to begin my journey toward a better future. I had been out of high school for two years, so I had to re-enroll and complete twice the coursework to catch up. Despite earning a 3.9 grade-point average in 20 classes my senior year, I still graduated with a below-average overall GPA, and CWU initially denied me admission. But assistant admissions director Matt Cziske agreed to meet with me. I told him the impact that attending college would have on my life and at the end of our conversation, I was thrilled when he offered me admission for fall 2007. Central has set me on a very different path than I started on in south-central Los Angeles. I’ve been a McNair scholar and research fellow, and public servant. I founded Extraordinary Men Pursuing Intellectual Readiness through Education (EMPIRE), a student group to create a culture of success and leadership for men of color. At our spring awards ceremony we connected students to remarkable alumni by honoring graduates Ron Sims, Bill North, and Zabrina Jenkins with awards for leadership excellence. They told us how CWU had changed their lives and I truly know what they mean. I will be forever grateful to the faculty and staff like Keith Champagne [associate dean for Student Success] and Bobby Cummings [English professor, director of Central Washington Writing Project and Africana and Black Studies]. I can still hear them say, “Work hard, because your GPA will be your GPS.” Through their words of encouragement and support, I found confidence and the drive to strive for excellence. Andre is serving as an admissions recruiter for CWU as he applies to medical schools with aspirations of becoming a neurosurgeon.


“Norrish Reaction” Not Just for Scientists Anymore

In organic chemistry, a Norrish reaction describes a particular photochemical reaction. It was named for British chemist Ronald George Wreyford Norrish. In rock ‘n’ roll, Norrish Reaction is a new, high-energy band that has just released its first CD. It’s named for CWU Professor Winston Norrish. Norrish is in his sixth year as a member of the CWU geological sciences faculty, where he teaches the only petroleum geology class in the Pacific Northwest. Despite having full-time teaching and administrative responsibilities, last summer Norrish and fellow professor, and drummer, Bob Lupton found time to write, rehearse, and record a CD, Norrish Reaction. Norrish and Lupton first played together in a local cover band, Rusted Souls. “Winston is an unbelievable songwriter, unbelievable guitar player,” said Lupton, chair of the Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM). “I can’t say enough about how fortunate I am to work with such a great artist.” Norrish started to document song concepts years ago with the aid of a small, digital recorder. Many of those ideas were included on the CD, fully developed in Norrish’s home studio, sometimes at 2:00 a.m.. Norrish said he started with the music; lyrics came next. “Writing the lyrics was tough. That’s something I’ve always avoided in the past,” Norrish said with a laugh. “I didn’t set out to write any of these songs and have them sound like they ended up sounding. Every one of these songs surprised me when it was finished.” The original idea was to record the CD using both Norrish’s and Lupton’s home studios. However, Lenny Price, world-class saxophonist and former CWU music department special assistant in jazz, encouraged Norrish and Lupton to record in a professional studio in Seattle. “When I heard how epic the song ‘Walked Away’ could be, I knew this project would benefit from having that level of quality, expertise, and technology,” said Price of the Seattle facilities.

Norrish Reaction at London Bridge Studio Seattle. Left to right: Caspar van Haalen, Bob Lupton, and Winston Norrish with producer and engineer Geoff Ott. Find out more about the making of Norrish Reaction at com/watch?v=5ufrTodh9wg

Norrish Reaction is now available at Amazon, iTunes, Rhapsody, ReverbNation, and other websites.

London Bridge Studio co-owner Geoff Ott produced and engineered the CD. “He talked us into recording the drums there and we just never looked back,” said Norrish. “London Bridge has a long history of recording some great bands like Pearl Jam. They’ve got great people there, and it’s noted for a big drum sound.” An obviously pleased Lupton added, “Big—big and bad drums.” Ott said, “I was immediately blown away by [Winton’s] vocal and melodies, and he’s a great guitar player—he’s a shredder—he has lots of skills on the guitar. He and Bob had tons of ideas and it was a great collaboration getting Winston’s vision across.” Lupton’s daughter, Alexandra, 14, also played drums, percussion, and keyboards for the CD, as did CWU alumnus Caspar van Haalen on bass. As to whether there will be a second CD, Norrish said, “I’m working on it. I had way too much fun on the first one and I think Bob would say the same. There’s no turning back now.”

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Honorary Degree Recognizes Lifelong Passion for Teaching

In 1939, Gertrude (Mather) Johnson earned a three-year teaching certificate from the Central Washington College of Education—and taught throughout her life. Last July, the CWU Board of Trustees recognized her lifelong commitment to teaching by awarding her an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Mrs. Johnson passed away in October. Johnson, a Tshimpsian Native, grew up in Ketchikan, Alaska, in the depths of the Great Depression. She attended a school established and operated by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). “When I got out [of high school], the BIA called for Natives to earn teaching credentials, because they were building a lot of schools in Alaska,” Johnson said. She arrived at Central Washington College of Education in 1936 and moved into Kamola Hall. She immediately connected with the housemother, the widow of an Episcopalian priest, since her father, Paul Mather, was priest of the Native congregation of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Ketchikan. Johnson said she relished Ellensburg’s small-town atmosphere, and the mild weather—mild compared to what she was used to in Alaska. One of her favorite teachers was the legendary CWU Music Professor Wayne Hertz. In 1939, Johnson earned her three-year teaching certificate, the standard teaching degree of that era. Her seven classmates also graduated and returned to Alaska to teach in BIA schools, which enrolled Native students only. Later, students were allowed to go to territorial (city) schools, where Johnson’s teaching career continued. “Natives had a difficult time adjusting to the new environment and different teaching methods,” she pointed out. “Their work would not be finished and turned


in, and some of the teachers talked ‘rough’ to them. The Native children saw that I was there and I made sure that they felt welcomed.” Johnson is credited with helping turn around the dropout and failure rates of Native students in and around Ketchikan. She visited homes of children not faring well in school, helping students and their parents to make changes, such as eating a daily breakfast and reading to their children at night. “She was able to do this because the people knew her,” said her son, Seattle attorney Clifton Johnson. “When some of the mothers opened their doors they recognized the teacher they’d had in school. She was respected and kind, so they were able to take her advice without insult. Simple things like that made a big difference for many years.” In the classroom, Johnson led classes in business, elementary education, and music—something she also taught her three children at home. She also worked with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and churches to help Native children become more comfortable with integration and school success. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Ketchikan Indian Community, helping to make education and health care a priority. She brought in volunteer teachers to help students in English, math, and science, to combat the alarming school dropout rate of Native children. During her career, she witnessed some of the greatest moments in world history, including Pearl Harbor, the Atomic Age, and manned space flight, not to mention Alaskan statehood. During World War II, Johnson assisted the relocation of Aleutian Indians and, later, she helped end discriminatory practices against Alaska Natives. Even though she “retired” at 65, Johnson harbored a desire to complete her baccalaureate degree in education. She took a break from the classroom and returned to Ellensburg in 1962 to try to finish the coursework needed for a diploma. But family and life made that impossible. Citing her lifelong devotion to teaching and her efforts on behalf of the Tshimpsian people, the CWU trustees happily granted Johnson the long-wished for degree last summer. Until her death, she taught the Tshimpsian language in her home in Ketchikan. “She worked with other professionals who followed a very learned approach to keeping the language alive,” said Pat Johnson, her daughter-in-law. “Gertie had authentic and refined speech patterns. She knew how to provide nuance and alternate vocabulary, and she understood the cultural thought that lends to the structure of the language. She was a rare asset to the program.”

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Alumni calendar 2013 February

27 Performing Arts and Speaker Series: Jon Kedrowski: Climb Your Own Everest, REI Seattle, North Room, Seattle 28 Black History Month Celebrates: Reception and WANTED by Shontina Gates, Theater Off Jackson, Seattle


13 Alumni Association Emeriti Advisory Group Meeting

and Reception, Wild Ginger, Bellevue 26 Monthly Social: Earl’s Restaurant, Bellevue


25 Regional Alumni Social: Tacoma, Pacific Grill


30 SOURCE/Wildcat Challenge Kick-Off Celebration, Experience Music Project, Seattle


5 Alumni Celebration of the 2013 Graduates 7 50 Year Reunion Medal Celebration and Luncheon 8 Commencement Exercises in Ellensburg 9 Commencement Exercises in Kent 20 Men and Women of the ’50s and ’60s Picnic, Auburn Game Farm Park 20 Monthly Social and Challenge Celebration, Space Needle, Seattle


20 Alumni Regional Wine Tour, Washington State’s

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Alumni Association Board Members Executive Committee Todd Mason

Dear Alumni Colleagues, I am honored to serve as president of Central Washington University’s Alumni Association. The association represents the interests and needs of graduates, while helping alumni to support the advancement of CWU in a variety of ways—as advisors, advocates, mentors, and financial contributors. As president, I am committed to maintaining the partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations and to developing new and innovative services that will meet the needs of our expanding alumni family. Our alumni community is a dynamic group of individuals from diverse backgrounds. The association encourages your involvement, your financial support, and your commitment to ensure that our university continues to thrive. The members of the alumni board are your representatives and serve as your voice. Your involvement in the association—in any capacity— connects you to Central and, over time, will benefit you and help you achieve your life goals. We were thrilled last spring to welcome Grace Greenwich as our executive officer of Alumni Relations. I’m pleased to have the opportunity in this magazine to highlight alumni recognized in October for their leadership, service, and distinguished careers. They are great examples of what Wildcats can do. They’re making an impact nationally and globally, and, through their contributions, they’re bringing great pride to Central. I hope you will join us in serving as ambassadors for the university and the values Central embraces. For more information about getting involved, please contact the alumni office at or 509-963-2752. I look forward to greeting you at one of the many programs and events coordinated by the Office of Alumni Relations. Sincerely,

Todd Mason, President Central Washington University Alumni Association


Todd Mason ‘94 & ‘96, President Ryan Golze ‘95, President Elect Bob Moco ‘73, ‘76 & ‘80, Immediate Past President Stacia Bilsland ‘66, Treasurer Tony Aronica ‘09, Secretary

Board of Directors Lindsay Andreotti ‘88 & ‘96 Shane Backlund ‘95 & ‘00 Dennis Banker ‘71 Bill Bonaudi ‘64 Colleen Boyd ‘74 David Coffman ‘68 Bill Conquergood ‘91, Chair, Nominating Committee Samantha Cotton ‘10 Lorrie Cross ‘70 Mark Johnson ‘87 David LaRiviere ‘83 Mike Luckenbaugh ‘93, Chair, Scholarship Committee Jack McKay, ‘61 & ‘66 Douglas Nickson ‘72 Sarah Olsen ‘87 Miranda Porterfield Cheney ‘98 Erik Tingelstad ‘93 Elisabeth Wahlers Sorensen ‘94, Chair, Engagement Committee Bill Wallace ‘72

About the Alumni Association

Get Involved

Central Washington University alumni are represented by the CWU Alumni Association, a board of 25 individuals elected to three-year terms. They represent the diverse interests and needs of the graduates and other attendees of the university. Working with the Office of Alumni Relations, the association works to promote a close relationship between alumni and the university, encouraging engagement and financial support for the advancement of the university.

There are many ways to stay connected with your Wildcat family. Career networking, alumni events, corporate discounts, and the satisfaction of volunteering are some of the many benefits of your engagement with your alma mater. To learn more, please contact the alumni office at 509-963-2752 and/or via e-mail at

Four active standing committees of the association include the following:


The Executive Committee includes the Alumni Association president, vice president/president-elect, the vice president/immediate past president, secretary, and treasurer. The executive officer of Alumni Relations is an ex-officio member. The committee meets quarterly to review and approve contracts, guide financial priorities of the board, and conduct other administrative affairs.


The Engagement Committee recommends programs and methods to increase the engagement of alumni with CWU, including mentoring students and programming exciting career and professional development opportunities. The committee also identifies and reinforces the traditions that make CWU distinctive.


The Nominating Committee recruits new officers and directors when vacancies occur or terms expire. In making its recommendations, the committee seeks candidates from a broad cross-section of class years, viewpoints, and geographic areas. The committee consists of up to eight current or former Alumni Association directors. No more than half of them will have served on the committee the previous year. The president of the Alumni Association chairs the Nominating Committee.


The Scholarship Committee is responsible for establishing criteria for association scholarships, requesting funds for the scholarship program, and expanding the program as needed. The committee also helps select scholarship recipients. All alumni are invited to get involved and/or forward ideas to a standing committee. If you are interested in becoming a board member or know someone who would be an asset to the association, please tell us about that person by filling out a nomination form. Nominations are taken year-round, though they are not reviewed until October for appointments in June. For more information about the association, please visit our website at www.

Become a Regional Alumni Program Representative Our regional programs have become one of our most popular alumni programs, as we engage alumni in meaningful ways and in locations where alumni work and live. We are eager to expand our reach. If you would like to be become a regional alumni representative, please contact the alumni office.

Campus-based Programs Connect with fellow Wildcats and campus partners to mentor and support the CWU community. To learn more about becoming an admissions ambassador, serving on the student welcoming committee, mentoring a student, speaking on career panels and/or providing informational interviews, please contact the alumni office.

The Recent Alumni Program The Recent Alumni Program was established to keep alumni connected and engaged in the first 10 years after graduation. The program, along with the Alumni Association, sponsors programs and events, and promotes interaction with other alumni and the wider community.

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2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Howard Bafford

William Seraile

During Homecoming Weekend, CWU honored five outstanding alumni who have devoted themselves to their professions, their communities, and their alma mater. We’re proud and grateful for the contributions and commitment from all alumni, and appreciate the opportunity to publicly honor those whose achievements and dedication deserve special recognition.

Alumnus of the Year Award Howard Bafford ‘74

College of Business Howard Bafford grew up in Vancouver, Washington and worked hard to help keep the family farm running. After a high school career playing football, wrestling, and serving as student body president, Bafford attended CWU. He graduated in 1974 with a degree in business administration, which has taken him on a fascinating career journey. He began his career as a cost accountant with Lamb Weston in 1974, moving up to director of manufacturing with Nestle in 1986, and then to senior vice president and general manager of the potato unit for Simplot. Bafford joined Ochoa Foods as an owner in 2003. In just five years he increased sales from $25 million to $136 million and turned a $4.5-million deficit to a profit of more than $5 million. Bafford is grateful for his academic experience at Central and is now deeply devoted to supporting the next generation of leaders educated at CWU.

Distinguished Alumni Awards William Seraile ‘63

College of Arts and Humanities William Seraile is an accomplished professor and author. He earned his bachelor of arts in education from CWU. He holds an MA in the Teaching of History from Teacher’s College, Columbia University., and a PhD in American history from the City University of New York. Seraile has published four books and won several awards for his work and teaching, such as the Association for the Study of AfroAmerican Life and History Award for “Unsung Historian,” and Lehman College’s Teacher of the Year Award. After 36 years of teaching, Seraile retired in 2007.


Kathy Elser

Mary Alice Heuschel

Kathy Elser ‘89

College of Business Kathy Elser is senior vice president and chief financial officer for the Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU). Elser, who earned her CWU bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1989, has led BECU to unprecedented growth during the worse economic downturn since the Great Depression. BECU had an 80-percent increase in net income, a 7.8-percent increase in deposits, and 7-percent increase in loan originations last year. Elser was named “CFO of the Year” by the Puget Sound Business Journal in 2012. Elser is very active in the community, serving on the boards of Prime Alliance Solutions, Inc. and the CWU College of Business Advisory Board. She also has volunteered with the Seattle Chapter of the Washington State Society of CPAs and King County Chapter of Credit Unions.

Mary Alice Heuschel ‘97

College of Education and Professional Studies Governor Jay Inslee agrees with CWU: Mary Alice Heuschel is a remarkable woman. In November, the governor named Heuschel chief of staff—one month after CWU honored her as a distinguished alumna for 2012. Heuschel earned her principal’s certificate and program administrator’s certificate from CWU in 1994. As superintendent of the Renton School District, she garnered wide recognition for bringing to the district a quality-improvement system similar to Lean, a private-sector method for continuous improvement. She was Washington State Superintendent of the Year and a finalist for National Superintendent of the Year, and she served as deputy superintendent for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Penny Hitchcock ‘75

College of the Sciences Penny Hitchcock graduated from Central in 1975 with a degree in biology from the College of the Sciences. Hitchcock has served as the chief of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Program at the National Institutes of Health, and was a senior associate at the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Currently, Hitchcock is the chief scientist for BioWatch, a federal program set up to detect biological terrorist attacks in the United States. Hitchcock was unable to attend the celebration. Lindsay Andreotti, a member of the Alumni Association board and a graduate of the College of Sciences, accepted the award on her behalf.

Nominate a Peer Nominations for next year’s awards celebration can be submitted by alumni, former students, friends, faculty, and staff. Final selection is made by a committee that includes representatives from CWU’s administration and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. There are no restrictions on the number of nominations that can be submitted by an individual. Please visit for more information.

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Homecoming Weekend 2012 CWU welcomed alumni back to campus for a dynamic weekend of events recognizing the outstanding achievements of our alumni and connecting with alumni. Alumni discussed the history of CWU with student and alumni curators of an exhibit telling the story of campus life during WWII. We cheered as the Wildcats defeated Simon Fraser 51 to 10 in football. A stroll across campus on that warm, autumn weekend revealed beautiful new residence halls, new sculpture, and the state-of-the-art Hogue Hall. At the heart of Homecoming Weekend is the alumni community, the moments of laughter shared as we reflect on life as students. If you are eager to join us in planning a special weekend for next year’s homecoming celebrations, please contact the alumni office at 509-963-2752 and/or e-mail us at

End-of-theSummer Social Our first gathering, the CWU Alumni Association End-of-Summer Social, took place August 30 in the dining room at World Trade Center Seattle. We met CWU’s new Office of Alumni Relations Executive Officer Grace Greenwich. We also met Kathryn Martell, the new dean of the College of Business.


Check out more photos from Homecoming 2012 on the CWU alumni website at and find out how you can connect with the

Wildcat Nation!

In 2012, Emily Markgraf Leslie established a charitable gift annuity that supports a CWU scholarship for future educators.

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Career Networking Social Seasoned career professionals joined alumni from the last 15 years to share their working experiences and tips for success. This event was an interactive career networking opportunity set at the beautiful and trendy PNK Lounge in Seattle on November 15.

Legacy of Giving

Your annuity gift to CWU can help students and provide you income for the rest of your life. Contact the CWU Foundation today to learn more about charitable gift annuities and other beneficial estate planning options. Contact Catherine Scarlett at 509-963-3083,

CWU is an AA/EEO/Title IX Institution. For accommodation:

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In June, William “Bill” BONAUDI (’64) retired from Big Bend Community College, where he had served as president since 1995. Bonaudi, who recently became a CWU Alumni Association board member, worked for 47 years as a community college instructor and administrator. He and his wife, Karen, live in Moses Lake.


After 40 years of coaching football, Keith GILBERTSON (’71) recently retired. He coached at Idaho State University, Utah State University, the University of Washington, and with the Seattle Seahawks, and Cleveland Browns. Gilbertson and his wife, Barbara, live in Woodinville. CWU Athletic Hall of Fame member Rob HIPPI (’72) was recently hired as the Wildcat baseball team’s pitching coach. A former New York Yankee, Hippi coached the Lower Columbia College baseball team for 22 seasons (1977-1983 and 1997-2011). He led the Red Devils to 13 championshipgame appearances, claiming Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges titles

in 1981, 1997, 2005, and 2010. Since 2006, Hippi has also served as pitching coach for the Wenatchee AppleSox.

recently retired from her position of associate superintendent. She also serves on the Clark College Board of Trustees.

Council by Governor Chris Gregoire. Holman retired from a career in law enforcement after 31 years with the Port of Seattle.

James “Jim” Thompson (’72) recently retired after a 30-year teaching career, during which he was nominated for “Teacher of the Year” three times, taught college-level courses, and mentored student teachers. Thompson had a 10year professional acting career before earning a master’s degree in education and becoming a teacher.


Vicki (PEARSON) PUCKETT (’83, MEd 1988) served as principal for 14 years at Woodinville High School before joining Mercer Island High School as its principal earlier this year. She has been an educator for 28 years, receiving the 2011 Northshore School District’s Educator of the Year award and the 2005 Distinguished Principal of the Year award from the King County school districts.

Deadly Lode, a book by Randy RENEAU (’73), was published last October. His next work, Diamond Fields, will be available this spring. Reneau is a professional geologist who has managed gold, silver, and copper exploration projects. He cofounded Strategic American Oil (now Duma Energy) Corporation in 2006. Reneau and his wife, Lynne, live in Austin, Texas. Jada RUPLEY (’73) has been named the first director of Oregon’s Early Learning System. Rupley spent 33 years with Educational Service District 112 in Vancouver, Wash., where she

Gary NICHOLSON (’81) is executive vice president of the International Energy Credit Association. He recently retired from Chevron Corporation after a distinguished 35-year career. Nicholson and his wife, Lysa, live in Walnut Creek, Calif. Their daughter, Brianna, attends California State University, Monterey Bay and their daughter, Kira, attends Pepperdine University. Nicholson is the son of CWU Athletic Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach Dean Nicholson. Lisa (CONGLETON) COLVIN (’83) is vice president of Business Development for Fierce, Inc., a leadership development and training organization. Colvin has more than 20 years training and development experience. Previously, she served as director of Employee Development at Emeritus Senior Living. John HOLMAN (’83) was appointed to the Washington State Forensic Investigations

Darrell HAMLIN (’85) recently published the non-fiction book North Star Platoon. Hamlin has 24 years of experience working with court-connected students on parole and probation. Hal HART (’85) was recently hired as the community development director for the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska. Most recently, Hart was director of planning and development services for the City of Woodinville. Kelly LAIDLER (’85) is the West and Midwest sales director for MedTech Media.

Adam BIGHILL, ’11

Photo courtesy of B.C. Lions.

For professional athletes, jersey numbers are usually not just a pair of random digits. Rather the number is carefully selected and oftentimes has special meaning for the athlete.


During Adam Bighill’s time at Central, 44 was a sacred number. It was passed down by teammates to each year’s new leader of the defense. So when that number opened up on the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions, Bighill was happy to make the switch.

he bought the fan a new jersey and signed it. And he told the Vancouver Sun that the offer stands for any fans who currently have Bighill’s No. 50. “I’ve said they can give me the 50, and I’ll buy them the 44,” Bighill said. “If I was a fan, I’d be upset if I just bought someone’s jersey and they flipped numbers. So if they want to wear my number, I’ll give them the right one.” That, ladies and gentlemen, is an extremely classy move.

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The linebacker recently noticed a fan wearing his old No. 50 jersey, and he felt bad that the man’s jersey was outdated. So

Calvin “Cal” KETCHUM (’87) has been named superintendent of the West Valley School District in Kalispell, Montana. In addition to his degree from CWU, Ketchum received a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho (UI) and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Eastern Washington University. He is currently completing another master’s degree at UI. Michelle McCARTNEY (’88) has been awarded the Washington State Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year award. McCartney, who teaches at Selah High School, earned a master’s degree in education from Heritage University in Toppenish.


Katherine (CAMERON) DROVDAHL (’91) earned her Master of Herbology from the School of Natural Healing. She is also a Certified Reflexologist, a Certified Equine Iridology Technician, and has international certifications in Aromatherapy and Human and Equine Iridology. In 2012, Drovdahl released her first book, The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal: Choosing Abundant Wellness for Your Creatures. Yvonne (DAMERON) PRATER’s (’95) book, Snoqualmie Pass: from Indian Trail to Interstate, has been republished. The book was originally published in 1980, the same year her book Gorp, Glop & Glew Stew was published. More recently, Prater wrote the sequel to that book called Beyond Gorp. Sean SMITH (’96) has released his first novel, Unleashing Colter’s Hell. The book has received rave reviews. Smith is an award-winning conservationist, whose work has been seen on CNN, heard on National Public Radio, and read in the New York Times and National Geographic magazine. Jessica TAYLOR (’96 & ’05) has taken vows with the Sisters of Providence. She taught American Sign Language at La Salle High

School in Yakima and worked as a special education teacher in Burien, volunteered at a woman’s center in Spokane, and spent a year in the Philippines in ministry.

Casey (BINGHAM) HARKLEROAD (’04) teaches kindergarten at Sherwood Forest Elementary School in Stanwood. She has been with the school since 2004.

Robert “Bob” SCHWIEGER (’97) and his wife, Anne, launched the international freight forwarding firm AES Logistics in 2000. Since its inception, the company has achieved record sales growth each year and has been inducted into the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Hall of Fame for being among the Top 100 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies. Schwieger also participates in marathon and Ironman races to raise money to support various charities in the Puget Sound area.

Chris THOMAS (’07) was recently hired as band director at Bainbridge High School. Thomas earned a master’s degree from the University of Montana.

Raina SPENCE (’99) is the director of Industry Outreach for the Washington State Potato Commission. Recently she worked for the United States Agency for International Development as a foreign service officer. She earned a master of science in plant pathology from Washington State University.


Jeff CHARBONNEAU (’00) earned the Washington State Teacher of the Year Award. Charbonneau is a science teacher at Zillah High School. He is also the assistant drama director, and science club and yearbook advisor. Kristina “Krissy” BIRGE (’02) teaches third grade at Elliott Elementary School in Irving, Texas. Dan EHRETH (’03) has volunteered for a high-impact assignment with the Geographic Information Systems Administrator of the City of Des Moines. He has donated 242 hours of his time to help conduct an audit and inventory of streetlights. Jason NOWAKOWSKI (’03) is a principal and consulting actuary with the Seattle office of Milliman, an international, independent actuarial and consulting firm. He joined the firm in 2003.

John WILSON (’08) recently graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. He is a dentist for the Columbia Basin Health Association in Connell.


Jon CLIFT (’10, M.S. ’12) was named the top assistant men’s basketball coach for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Clift was an assistant coach for CWU from 2008-10. Lydia MALTOS (’10) teaches English as a Second Language at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Seattle. Katherine WOOD (’10) and Daniel Di Re (’09), announced their engagement to be married July 26. Wood is employed as a case manager by the YWCA of Seattle. Di Re is an assistant supervisor at Chieftain Construction. Kris CURTIS (’11) is a music teacher at All Saints Catholic School in Spokane.

Kelli TAYLOR (’12) had the honor of playing taps at the Arlington National Cemetery with other members of Bugles Across America. The organization has more than 7,500 members across the country. Taylor has been playing trumpet since fifth grade and began playing the bugle at ceremonies when she was 14. She was recently hired as a band director at Cascade Middle School in Auburn.

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Emily MAULDEN (’11) was hired by the Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra as a beginning strings instructor. She has been a violin coach with the symphony for more than a year.

Do you have a new job? A recent promotion? A new address? A new spouse or bundle of joy?

Adrienne BARR (’12) recently started the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Duke University.

Send an e-mail with any updates for Class Notes to alumni@cwu. edu. Feel free to include a large format jpeg photo (no web photos), and please understand we may need to edit your submission in order to include all the great news about our alumni.

In June, Mike KARRAKER (’12) won first place in a national SkillsUSA power equipment technology competition in Kansas City, Missouri. SkillsUSA is a national organization for students focusing on technical instruction in areas such as manufacturing, construction, information technology, and human resources.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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in memoriam


Central Washington University mourns the recent passing of the following alumni, faculty, and staff.

In 1956, Forbes and his wife, Rachel, were married. For four decades, Forbes was a longshoreman and member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4. He also served on the Board of Directors for Educational Service District 112 for 22 years.



Gertrude (MATHER) JOHNSON died October 9 at her home in Ketchikan, Alaska. Read more about Johnson’s life on page 26.


Howard COOKE Jr. died September 14. In 1941, Cooke joined the US Navy and served aboard the USS Argonne as a Seaman 2nd Class, which was moored at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on December 7, 1941. Cooke also spent four months at the Advanced Naval Communication Unit at Guadacanal and two and a half years in the South Pacific. Following his military service, Cooke spent 31 years in education including work as a teacher and principal in Washington and California. He was a life member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 379, where he also served on the funeral team of American Legion Post 36 of the Disabled American Veterans, and the National Rifle Association.


Irene (PETERSON) HAYDEN died August 10. Hayden earned a master in education at the University of Portland. She stayed home to raise her children, but continued to substitute teach and serve as a reading program volunteer. Hayden was an active member of the Beta Sigma Phi International women’s social, cultural, and service organization; Retired Public Employees Council of Washington; Vancouver USA Volkssporters club; Vancouver Swim Club; and Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She is survived by her husband, Bernard.


James “Jim” FORBES died July 6. Forbes served in the US Army during the Korean War.


Willard “Bill” SPENCER died September 2. After earning his degree in economics, Spencer served in the US Army. In 1962, Spencer and his wife, Sandy, were married. He had a successful career in the timber industry in Washington and Alaska, retiring in 1997 as a chief accountant. Lydia (RODRIGUEZ) STEPHENS died July 21. Stephens taught for 18 years. Later, she developed and taught a reading and language curriculum for the Kennewick School District. Her husband, Ted, passed away in 1990.


Paula (JACKSON) SWIFT died September 3. As wife of eightterm US Representative Al Swift, she worked on many projects. She was also the founding board chair of the House of Representatives Child Care Center. Swift and her husband were married for 56 years.


Robert “Bob” STEADMAN (’56, M.Ed. ’58), passed away August 19. Steadman and his wife, Bonnie, were married in 1950. Bonnie passed away in 2004. Steadman was a veteran of the Korean War and two-time recipient of the US Marine Corps Purple Heart. He taught special education for 30 years in the Bellevue School District. Robert ARMSTRONG died August 13. Armstrong served in the Army Air Corps and the US Air Force. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1953. Armstrong was a financial manager in the medical industry. He was a leader in the medical and business community and was active in Rotary.


Hadley ROGERS died June 15. After college, Rogers served in

the US Army. He worked for his family business, Ken’s Café, in North Bend. He later expanded the business to Ken’s Truck Town in 1974. The business was sold in 2003. Rogers and his wife, Peggy, were married in 1962.


Frank GREGERICH died June 6. Gregerich served in the US Army for four years. He and his wife, Lillian (Belzer) ’59, were married in 1959. He taught math for the Moses Lake and Kittitas School Districts before joining the Ellensburg School District. Gregerich was very active within the Ellensburg community. His 3 Bar G Ranch received Cattleman of the Year and Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year awards. Gregerich was preceded in death by Lillian.


Reed COOPER died July 23. For 31 years, Cooper was a teacher and coach for Curtis Junior High School in University Place. He is survived by his wife Patricia.


Valerie (Whitcomb) VALAAS died August 27. Valaas and her husband, Bob, were married in 1943. He preceded her in death in 2005. The couple raised their family on an orchard in the Wenatchee area. In 1962, Valaas began a long career in education, where she taught French, English, and Latin. She was a Girl Scout troop leader, member of the Zetetic Book Club, and Blockbuster Quilt Guild for many years.


Peter CARLSON died September 3. Carlson retired from the State of Alaska in 1997 and worked for two years as Director of Administration for the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was passionate about aviation and gave back to the state’s aviation community by serving for more than 12 years on the Juneau International Airport Board of Directors.


Gerald PERSONS died August 20. Parsons worked for the City of Spokane as an assistant to the City Manager for 33 years. He served on the

City Council and was a volunteer Fire Commissioner. His wife, Jan, passed away in 2007.


Michael KING died August 3. King served in the US Coast Guard from 1962-1964 followed by two years in the reserves. He joined the Ellensburg Telephone Company in 1966 and retired in 2002 from FairPoint Communications. King and his wife, Ann (CUSATO) ’62, were married for 51 years.


Curtis “Curt” COOPER died June 16. Cooper served in the US Army Reserve. He had a long career in oil industry sales. He enjoyed volunteering and giving back to the community. Cooper and his wife, Janice, were married in 1968.


Darlene FELDER died August 29. Felder devoted her life to teaching. She taught special education at Chase Lake Elementary School in Edmonds for 30 years. She served with the Camp Fire USA Central Puget Sound Council for many years. Felder was an active amateur radio operator.


Fred RANDLE died July 28. Randle worked for Goodwill Industries for many years, where he provided training and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities. Randle and his wife, Linda, were married in 1978. He was a well-known local musician playing with Big Daddy and the Nightcrawlers. Randle also enjoyed coaching little league baseball and basketball.


Thomas “Tom” TOVAR died June 19. Tovar and his wife, Yolanda (Villarreal) ’76, were married in 1974. Tovar enlisted in the US Marine Corps for two years and spent time in California and Okinawa, Japan. He received an honorable discharge at the rank of corporal. Tovar also worked as a federal probation/parole officer, retiring in 2007. Richard MILLER died June 9. Miller served in the Vietnam with the US Navy. He enjoyed boat

building and gardening. Miller and his wife, Jean, were married for 44 years.


John MEINEMA died June 20. Meinema worked at Buffelen Woodworking in Tacoma while completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history. After college, John tutored many people in history. He enjoyed educating himself on many topics.


Pastor Robert “Bobb” ABSTEN died August 4. Absten received his pastoral ordination from Clover Creek Bible Fellowship. He was a certified mental health counselor for Washington State. For the past eight years, he served as the high school principal at Life Christian Academy in Tacoma. James KOSY died June 3. Kosy worked for the US Forest Service. He started as a smoke jumper and later served in financial and accounting management positions in Washington, Montana, and Oregon.


Robert RAMEY died September 9. Ramey served as a project manager for Boeing for 28 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and digging clams.


Jeff HAMMACK died September 13. Hammack was employed with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for more than 30 years. His primary responsibility was as a radiation protection technologist. He played basketball and softball on the company team. He also played softball in the Kennewick city league. Hammack and his wife, Betty Ann, were married for five years.


Billy “Don” UNDERWOOD died June 30. Underwood worked for Sarg Hubbard’s Store in Yakima for 20 years before receiving his accounting degree from CWU. He later worked as an accountant for Yakima Valley Community College. Underwood and his wife, Jeanne, were married in 1969.


Mike WATSON died August 17. Watson was employed by SimplexGrinnell. He was actively involved in youth sports. Watson and his wife, Kellie ’89, have two daughters.


Audrey (BEACH) WEDIN (MEd ’93) died June 25. Wedin and her husband, Richard ’85, were married in 1972. Wedin taught at Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) for 18 years. She received the Robert M. Leadon award for excellence in teaching from the YVCC Foundation in 2009. Wedin was an active parishioner of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. She also enjoyed serving the youth and community through 4-H.


Nancy (SULLIVAN) GRIFFITH died September 20. Griffith spent many years working with preschool children. Her career also consisted of managing collection activities for various companies. Griffith enjoyed volunteering and raising money for cancer research and other causes. Lora WILSON died June 26. Wilson graduated from the University of Washington before earning her master’s degree at CWU. She was employed with the Mukilteo School District for many years. Wilson was active in the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and Daughters of the Nile. She is survived by her husband, Bob.


Matthew “Matt” JENKINS died July 27. In 2007, Jenkins earned his bachelor’s degree with honors in geology (combined with environmental studies) from Whitman College. He earned his master’s degree in geological sciences at CWU. Earlier this year, Jenkins was selected to be an intern instructor at the Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyoming. He is survived by his parents, Timothy and Charlotte Jenkins, and his brother, Nathan.

Faculty and Staff Emeritus Professor Robert GAINES died July 8. Gaines was a chemistry professor for CWU from 1961 until his retirement in 1995. He graduated from Montana State College, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and PhD. He was preceded in death by his wife, Scottie. Media engineer Kevin WHITAKER died July 14. In 1970, Whitaker joined the US Navy and was stationed aboard the USS Turner Joy. He later received a media engineering degree from the Oregon Institute of Technology. Whitaker began working as a media engineer for CWU in 1995. Whitaker and his wife, Mylene, were married for 24 years. Elbert “Jim” BILYEU died July 17. Bilyeu served his country during the Korean War. In 1988, he was honored by the Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers for 22 years of service. He served as chair for the CWU Department of Foreign Languages from 1970-78. Bilyeau and his wife, Geri, were married for 60 years. Emeritus Professor Calvin WILLBERG died July 21. Willberg met his wife, Carolyn, at Ohio State University. The couple moved to Seattle where Willberg completed a PhD in geography from the University of Washington. The family moved to Ellensburg in 1969. Willberg taught at Central Washington State College in the geography and computer science departments until his retirement. Psychology Professor James “Jim/Jimmy” LEVELL, died August 10. Levell served in the US Navy during World War II as a radioman and remained in the naval reserves, retiring as a lieutenant commander. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth College, a master’s degree from Portland State University, and a doctorate from the University of Oregon. Levell also served as director of the CWU master’s degree program in counseling. Emeritus Professor Milo SMITH died August 24. In 1943, Smith joined the US Marine Corps, serving in the Pacific Theater and during the Korean War. Smith graduated from Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Idaho College of Education, where he met his wife, Helen. He received a master’s degree from Stanford University and a PhD from the University of Oregon. He taught at Dallas (Oregon) High School prior to coming to CWU, where he served in the Theatre Arts Department for 34 years, including as its founder and chair. He also directed 50 plays and produced Broadway musicals and dinner theatre. In addition, Smith initiated CWU’s first children’s theatre tour. The Milo Smith Tower Theatre was named in his honor in 2003. Herbert A. Bird, professor emeritus of Music, passed away on October 9, five weeks shy of his 100th birthday. A specialist in strings and music theory, his musical training began at age five on the piano, and then on violin at age seven. A graduate of the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory, Bird was recruited by Music Department Chair Wayne Hertz to join the faculty at the Central Washington College of Education in 1947. He imparted musical wisdom and launched many students’ music careers until his retirement in 1978. Martin Kaatz, professor emeritus and former 15-year chair of the Department of Geography and Land Studies, passed away on November 24. Following service in the US Army Signal Corps in World War II, he earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at the University of Michigan, moving to Ellensburg in 1952, where his teaching career spanned four decades. His measured insight helped shape land-use planning in Ellensburg, Kittitas County, the Yakima River Basin, and the region for more than 50 years. He is survived by Carla, his wife of 65 years.

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