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Biology Researcher

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Sylvia Nosworthy p.10

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Building a Future for a Honduras Community p.12

L e tt e r f r o m t h e e d i t o r Feature: Engineers without borders

“You have to be resourceful if you want to get the job done.”

Taking root When you think about your life, what experiences are most vivid? Most treasured? Most integral? For many of us, those experiences took root at Walla Walla University. I hope through the pages of this and every Westwind, you see how students’ lives are taking shape in an atmosphere of the highest ideals. In the stories of alumni, I hope you are inspired by the lives of your peers who are making their mark in their communities and their professions. Last year, we launched a publication re-design so we could tell these stories in a way that reflects the vibrant spirit and community of faith and discovery that is WWU. Thank you to our designer, Dennis Huynh, who continues as

Westwind’s art director. I am appreciative of him and the editorial staff for their work in producing the new design and content of Westwind. You too can be a part of this endeavor. I invite you to send comments, story ideas, and also personal updates for publication in the following Westwind departments: From the Archives Who doesn’t love a vintage photo? The library’s Elwood L. Mabley Archives is a treasure trove, and you just have to see what we find. If you have a great photo, send it to us.

Alumnotes Alumnotes are written with information from forms sent to alumni the year of their honor class reunion. Of course, we welcome updates at any time from graduates or former students. In Memory It’s a privilege to pay our respects to alumni who have passed away. You can send information to alumni@wallawalla. edu. We also peruse the obituary sections of publications for alumni notices. In these cases, we contact family members to confirm information

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and request permission to print an obituary. Alumni of Note Just as the name implies, our alumni do such great things, and we are eager to share them with you. Back to You Think it’s easy to hit the mark for a readership that can range from millenials to centenarians? It’s not.

So we are letting young alumni writers have this page to conclude each Westwind. Send any content and photos to westwind@ or by mail to Westwind, University Relations, Walla Walla University, 204 S. College Ave., College Place, WA 99324. Rosa Jimenez Westwind Editor

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Assistant Editor A freelance writer and editor, Lisa Krueger has worked in healthcare and church communications since she graduated from Walla Walla University in 1994.


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Terri Neil

Alumni Editor Walla Walla University’s alumni director Terri Neil is busy learning the ropes in the first year of her new job. Read more in a profile about this 1982 business education graduate on page 27.

Chris Drake Photographer Chris Drake is the university’s director for media design and works in the Marketing and Enrollment Services Department. He is a 2001 Walla Walla University graduate.

Camlynne Waring

Writer Camlynne Waring relocated all the way from New Oxford, Pa., to become a Walla Walla University student in 2009. She is a senior communication major and graduates in 2014.

Hilary Nieland

Writer Hilary Nieland is a history and French student from Yucaipa, Calif. Her college experience has included a year at Saleve Adventist University in France. She graduates in June.

Taylor Sarrafian

Graphics From Riverside, Calif., Taylor Sarrafian is in his first year at Walla Walla University. He is a junior computer science major who is interested in just about everything.

Dennis Huynh

Art Director A 2006 graduate, Dennis Huynh is an art director at Entertainment Weekly. In college, he worked on the Collegian, edited the Mt. Ash, and received his degree in design. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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About the Cover

A light-written script illuminates a long exposure photo of the construction site. Photograph by Joshua McKinney. Westwind Spring 2013, Volume 32, Number 1 / Westwind is published three times a year for alumni and friends of Walla Walla University, a Seventh-day Adventist institution. It is produced by Marketing and Enrollment Services/ University Relations. This issue was printed in March 2013. Third-class postage is paid at College Place, Wash. © 2013 by Walla Walla University. Westwind/University Relations 204 S. College Ave. College Place, WA 99324 Telephone: (509) 527-2363 Toll-free: (800) 541-8900 E-mail: Online:


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WWU engineering students rebuild Honduras school, boost community

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Home Sweet Home Caregiving made personal

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From the President

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In His Service Think of the Possibilities In 2003, Curtis Nelson stepped into my office to talk about founding a chapter of Engineers Without Borders at Walla Walla University. Dr. Nelson, an engineering professor, is a gentle man, and I enjoyed listening to him calmly lay out the case. Early in the conversation I sensed he was there to ask for help—some dollars—to aid in this dream. It was also clear it was a little painful for him to make the request. He moved carefully, almost hesitantly. “I am wondering if it might be possible…” he began, and made his very modest request on behalf of his students—a few dollars to help a couple of them attend a Engineers Without Borders conference. I let him sweat only a little before I responded with a strong “Yes.”

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Positive Life Radio, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Read about the people who embody “generosity in service,” including professors Karen Tetz, Tammy Randolph, Marilyn Galusha, and students on mission trips. This month, two groups of students are spending their spring break out of the country. Five students are going to Peru, and will work with one of our 2012 graduates, who is currently a student missionary in the area. Another group of 25 to 30 are in Belize doing service work. In all of this, you have opportunity to recall the finest example of all and be challenged to participate in the “generosity of service” Jesus offers still. Thank you for your support of Walla Walla University as it inspires university students to commit their lives to a Christ-shaped “generosity in service.”

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Cordially, John McVay President

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I did not know the source of that money. I just knew that I, that the university, needed to make that investment. And what an investment it has been! Since that moment, those few dollars have been powerfully leveraged into an energized chapter of Engineers Without Borders, one that has changed not only the lives of a community in Honduras but also the lives of some of the smartest, ablest university students on the planet. The smile on my face at the end of that hour with Dr. Nelson endures, inspired by the twinning of one of WWU’s great assets, The Edward F. Cross School of Engineering, with one of WWU’s four core values, “generosity in service.” Now that spring has arrived in the Walla Walla Valley, the water is again flowing through the “Jesus Among Us” sculpture, which also symbolizes the core value of “generosity in service.” As we watch Jesus wash the feet of university students, we are reminded of His peerless example of generous, self-sacrificial service. And on a warm, spring day we pause and read the inscription: “The invitation is open to you, the viewer, to join this scene by sitting on the vacant space on the bench, thus becoming part of the symbol while reflecting on where Jesus would commission you to serve.” Here, in the pages of this edition of Westwind, you have opportunity to sit on that bench. Here you can read about the efforts of our now thriving chapter of Engineers Without Borders and KGTS/

alla Walla University students are joining Wilkinson Baking Company and private donors to provide as many as 30,000 Mozambicans with clean water. The project, headed by the Associated Students of Walla Walla University, follows a tradition of organizing an ambitious service project each year. ASWWU’s goal for this year is to build 10 wells in the Zambezi Province of Mozambique. Most people in the rural communities of Mozambique are surviving on an average of 8 ounces of water per day. Working in extreme climates and having so little water can cause severe cardiovascular issues. Also, a lack of access to clean water often results in exposure to malaria and other diseases and parasites.

According to the World Health Organization, access to clean water can increase a person’s life expectancy by 20 years and lower infant mortality rates by up to 50 percent. Students are raising money to The first community to help provide African communireceive a well has 3,678 ties with fresh clean water. people. If the goal of 10 wells is met, as many as 30,000 people would have access to clean water. The Mission Mozambique fundraising goal is $60,000. To drill a well and have routine maintenance performed, $6,000 is needed. Wilkinson Bread Company and anonymous donors have agreed to match what the university raises $2 to $1, therefore if the university raises $20,000 the goal of $60,000 will be met. Several fundraisers will take place throughout the rest of the school year including the International Food Festival. The festival will take place April 7 from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Winter Educational Complex. It will feature food and entertainment from throughout the world as well as several prizes. Students, faculty, and the community are all encouraged to attend. All proceeds will go to the fundraiser.

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“Teacher Tammy” makes it an adventure for bilingual students

This year, Randolph and Rosas plan to take an ambitious summer camping trip to the coast for children who attend the summer camp. The educators plan on reserving space in August at Rosario Beach, the marine laboratory for WWU, and bringing a bus full of Farm Labor Homes’ children who have had perfect attendance in the academic summer camp. The trip will have educational value, as well as providing the opportunity for the children to see a part of Washington state that they have not seen before. In addition to improving their reading skills, children also get to try their hand at engineering. Earlier, with the help of two university students, children learned to assemble and program robots with Lego Robotics concepts. Now, for a second year, a team of students ages 9 to 14 from the Farm Labor Homes are entered in the Lego Robotics competition sponsored by WWU. The students also benefit from the guidance of Sydney Foster, a WWU engineering graduate who works for the Walla Walla Corps of Engineers. Foster meets the students once a week to work on the project.

Choosing to Forgive Forgiving is not a strength of the human condition. It seems easy to hold on to a grudge and difficult to release anger. A new course at Walla Walla University uses the Bible, Christian books, and academic texts to explore the “benefits of forgiving, the hazards of not forgiving, and practical suggestions for making forgiveness work,” according to course professor Darold Bigger. “Forgiveness brightens our general attitude toward life,” says Bigger, professor of theology. “It reduces stress and gives us optimism, increases physical well-being and emotional health, strengthens our connections with other human beings, and lets us experience and share the 6

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essence of a Christian life—to love and be loved!” Bigger’s interest in the topic of forgiveness stemmed from his experience after a family tragedy. On June 16, 1996, Bigger and his wife, Barbara, learned that their 25-year-old daughter, Shannon, had been murdered in her Takoma Park, Md., apartment. Police found and arrested her murderer within 40 hours of the crime. He was sentenced to consecutive sentences of 20 years, life in prison, and life in prison without the possibility of parole. Though Bigger struggled with rage for weeks, he was able to let go of his anger once he realized that in God’s eyes, he was as guilty of sin as his daughter’s

Amoeba Research Sheds Light on Cell Formation

Professor Tammy Randoph is leading a team of elementary school students who are entering Walla Walla University’s North Pacific Regional Robotics competition on April 14, 2013. The “Awesome Onions” team is learning computer programming and model building, as well as leadership and team building.

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murderer, yet Christ had died for both of them. While he knows that the journey to forgiveness is different for everyone, Bigger says he has a passion for the issue because of how profoundly it changed him. Many students sign up for the class with the hope of learning to forgive people in their lives, as well as how to work toward reconciliation. Although most of the students have an Adventist background, the class also attracts people of other denominations and faiths. “All of us face forgiveness opportunities in our personal lives,” says Bigger. “Implementing forgiveness allows us to experience God’s forgiveness of us and that boosts our sense of worth.”

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continued, working with Elissa Aguilar’s third grade bilingual class. “During these lessons, university students would make my English Language Learners feel confident,” says Aguilar. “My students were constantly engaged and taken to higher levels of learning with the great support of WWU students. I watched struggling students write wonderful stories with assistance. I watched my students laugh with delight as they learned new facts,” says Aguilar. “Together we build confidence in at-risk students and give them hope that they too may someday attend a university such as WWU!” Randolph also uses themes for her work at the Farm Labor Homes’ Academic Summer Camp. The theme helps her and Mariela Rosas, parent educator for Children’s Home Society of Walla Walla, plan the crafts, games, food, books, songs, writing, and camp store. This coming summer, the theme will build on the “Literacy Around the World” continuing theme by focusing on the island of Borneo, where Randolph is going for sabbatical research this quarter. Randolph will bring back books, costumes, musical instruments, and other artifacts from Borneo to use at the summer camp. The summer camp is also an opportunity for her summer-school university students to learn how to instruct children in reading comprehension, vocabulary building, and fluency.

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hat do frogs, China, jungle animals, and Tiny Town have in common? They are all themes Professor Tamara Randolph has used to create fun, interactive literacy programs for bilingual elementary school students. Randolph helps plan and facilitate these programs at Davis Elementary School in the College Place School District and at the Farm Labor Homes in after-school clubs and a summer camp. Walla Walla University education students help out as well. “Choosing an invigorating theme motivates my students and me tremendously,” says Randolph, or “Teacher Tammy,” as she is known by her elementary students. In the Davis classroom, themes help to connect the worship talks, children’s books, learning activities, and the food and decorations for the final Professional Academic Reading Themed Yotting, or PARTY. The theme this winter is “Frogology”— coined from “frogs” and “technology.” Randolph and her students have created a green author’s chair complete with frogs, rods, wires, and a massive red tongue. “Past experience has taught us that students will be clamoring to read in it,” says Randolph. University students began administering literacy assessments to Davis School students in 2007. The assessments evolved into an instructional lab, and, in 2010, Randolph and her students began, and have

David Lindsey, professor of biology and department chair, works with undergraduate and graduate biology students researching Dictyostelium discoideum, or social amoebas, in order to better understand how development occurs in animals and humans. He recently returned from a three-week sabbatical at Texas A&M University, where he spent time further researching the amoebas and their development. “I am interested in how cells receive and respond to the signals they receive from other cells, their environment, and internally, particularly during development,” says Lindsey. “Our research using this simple model will help elucidate the molecular pathways used by higher organisms to accomplish the same goals.” Social amoebas are ideal models. They feed on bacteria in soil and decaying leaves in order to multiply. When these solitary cells are starved, they stop reproducing and form a collective mound. This mound cultivates into a fruiting body that comprises a mass of spore cells sustained by a column of stalk cells. “At a cellular and molecular level, this process is very similar to tissue formation in humans and uses the same types of molecules and mechanisms,” says Lindsey. This kind of research can

have valuable implications on the future. Understanding how the amoebas develop and change can help researchers understand how stem cells stop growing and transition into different types of blood cells. In addition, defects in the transition process have been implicated in a range of human disorders, including tumor formation and neurodegenerative diseases. Perhaps by understanding these processes better, preventative medicine and treatment can be more effective.

Students on the grow

Students also benefit from research by obtaining credible research experiences and then presenting their findings at conferences. Lindsey does his best to make sure students are prepared for their next phase of academic life. “We do that in part by being professionally active and providing students with research opportunities that can develop their practical and intellectual skills, and give them an awareness of and confidence for the professional world,” Lindsey says. Though he has spent years guiding students in this research, Lindsey doesn’t envision stopping anytime soon. “It really doesn’t end,” he says. “There is always the next question.”

Satellite system to track aviation flights


afety is our No. 1 priority in flight training,” says Anthony Remboldt, director of training for Walla Walla University’s aviation program. To bolster safety precautions even more, Remboldt has implemented a new system to monitor student flights by satellite. Through the newly purchased Spidertracks system, the aviation program can now track movements of the entire training fleet, which means that there is a reduced risk of students getting lost when flying university aircraft. “Students depend on a safe and comfortable atmosphere in which to learn,” Remboldt says. “The satellite tracking is one more asset to continue our strong safety record in aviation.” Remboldt recognized the need for the system during the summer when working for Northwestern Aviation, an air taxi service in northern Alaska, that specializes in off-airport operations. Because of the tracking system’s reliability and features, the company uses it for tracking all their flights, including government charters. Remboldt returned to WWU in the fall, determined to implement a tracking system for the aviation program. He wrote a proposal for capital funding, which was granted in December. The system effectively eliminates the risk of losing students and aircraft. It takes an average of 40 hours to locate downed aircraft operating on a Visual Flight Rules flight plan. After 24 hours, the chance of death from serious injury rises significantly. The Spidertracks system eliminates the 40-hour search, so students can be rescued almost immediately. “In the aviation program, we are constantly striving to provide the safest and most modern aircraft training experience possible,” says Remboldt. “This will be an invaluable item of safety if there is ever an accident or mishap.” A small device installed in the aircraft monitors flight information such as time, speed, altitude, heading, and GPS position in real time. The data is sent via satellite to the tracking system and is used to analyze student flights, practice approaches, and track flights for safety and efficiency. The system also makes it possible to give better estimates for arrival times. Before the system was in place, the dispatch office had limited communication with aircraft out of the local radius. Student pilots are now able to easily contact their instructors if they are experiencing difficulty.

Invertebrates of the Salish Sea

Learning to Read

A website sponsored by Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory gets about 15,000 views per month from all over the world. Created by Professor David Cowles, the site identifies marine species in the waters near the laboratory, at the confluence of Puget Sound, Straits of Juan de Fuca, and Rosario Strait. Find the website at

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books sites Reading and browsing recommendations from our experts

Service Projects 2010 Shelter for Freedom Combating Sex Trafficking $32,000

Frontier Photographer

Frank Matsura was a Japanese immigrant and photographer who documented the turn-of-the-century era of Washington state’s Okanogan region. Dan Lamberton, professor of English, will speak about Matsura at an April 26 lecture during Homecoming Weekend. The William Landeen Library Lecture Series highlights faculty research and honors a former WWU president.

Welcome to WWU, Professor Berglin

Brant Berglin is the newest member of the School of Theology. A 1995 Walla Walla University graduate, Berglin completed his Master of Divinity degree in 2001 at Andrews University Theological Seminary and is working on his doctoral degree in religion and New Testament biblical studies. Berglin has spent 10 years pastoring and church planting in Alaska. He and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Connor, 13, and Cami, 11.

Northwest Exploration History Rarity An 1814 book journaling some of the expeditions of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark will be 8

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displayed in the Peterson Memorial Library. The library received the book in 2012 as a gift from Tommy Joe Willey, a 1964 master’s degree graduate, and his wife Barbara. Titled “Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean…in the Years 1804, 1805, and 1806,” the book is an out-of-print first edition that still has the original map attached. It will be displayed in the spring after library renovations are completed.

In the Field

Five students are spending their spring break, March 21 to 31, in Peru to volunteer with the mission organization Touch of Love. Another group of 25 to 30 students are participating in the S.E.R.V.E. Belize trip, also during spring break. In Belize, students are improving facilities and leading worships at The King’s Children’s Home.

2011 No More Thumbprints

Improving Literacy $65,000

2012 Coloring Without Lines College Place Public Schools $10,000

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Union Pacific, Vol. 1, 1862-1893

By Maury Klein (University of Minnesota Press, 2006)

This book fascinates me partly because I love trains. So much detail is included that the reader is drawn into the story, which begins before the Civil War. The first half of the book details the building of the first transcontinental railroad, the Union Pacific Railroad, and it is truly an amazing story. Many of the main characters were corrupt, and some were outright thieves. In fact, the corruption was so rampant in this huge national undertaking that it seems impossible that it could have succeeded. —Ken Wiggins, Professor of Mathematics

American Chica

By Marie Arana (Random House, 2001)

Marie Arana’s memoir describes her life and how she grew up with a mix of her father’s Peruvian and her mother’s American culture. As a child, Arana was fascinated with her parents’ turbulent marriage and describes the “fundamental rift between North and South America.” American Chica is a beautifully written memoir describing how one woman was able to come to terms with her family’s history as well as the fundamentally different cultures of her parents pulling her in separate directions. Her story demonstrates how one’s identity changes depending on where one is at. —Alma Alfaro, Professor of Languages is a website that features short videos on topics ranging from physics to photography. It gives viewers the ability to see professionals presenting new discoveries and information in their field of expertise. The information is always fascinating, thought-provoking, and presented in a clear and concise way. For example, many videos geared toward the sciences present new developments, but because it is geared toward the general population, it is presented in a way that is accessible to everyone. —Thomas Blum, junior physics major

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The Cosmopolitan Club Though small in number, international students organized the Cosmopolitan Club. Peruvian student Federico Chuquimia (standing behind President Robert Reynolds) remembers the companionship of other students also far away from home.


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Brown Bag / Faculty in first person

Somebody DO Something! The Diaries and Letters of Martha Byington Amadon


or several years, I have been getting to know my ancestors by reading their diaries and correspondence at the Center for Adventist Research. First, John Byington, first General Conference president and my great-great-grandfather. Next, his wife, Catherine, who believed that “the Lord is greater than our fears.” Most recently, their daughter Martha, the first Adventist school teacher. This Martha followed the biblical Martha, doing something to help those around her. My first source was a Review and Herald article by Martha’s daughter Grace telling about the family’s 1851 conversion in Buck’s Bridge, New York. Several visits from the Whites had convinced John and Catherine Byington to be baptized, but only 17-yearold Martha joined them. “She declared, ‘I do not care what any of you may say; I know that she [White] is a woman of God.’” I soon found Martha’s contributions to Adventist periodicals. She particularly wanted to do something for the children. She wrote to The Youth’s Instructor in 1853: “When I read Bro. White’s request…, I at once resolved to write for our little paper.” That year, at 19, she did something else for the children—home schooling a dozen children of believers. In 1857, the Byingtons, at the urging of the Whites, moved to Michigan. When John travelled by horse and wagon to Battle Creek, Martha accompanied him, recording their journey. “Start for the West. May the Lord help.” After 12 days, they arrived at Battle Creek; Martha lived with the Whites while Elder Byington began travelling and preaching throughout Michigan. She worked at the press—folding and covering books. She also began teaching again—the White boys.

Martha’s inclination to do something got her into trouble, even though she had a desire to help others.

The 1860 diary also reveals that Martha sewed for the White family: Sister White’s bonnet, Grandpa White’s vest, pants for the boys, a vest and shirt for Brother White. Sadly, she also made shrouds for children who died. The most difficult was the death of little Teresa Loughborough. Martha now lived in Ceresco, but when Mary Loughborough did not rally, Martha returned to Battle Creek to care for the family. “I tried to encourage Mary, but she did not take hold with me. She seems lost without Teresa.” But amid the sorrow, she found joy. In 1860, diary references to “G” indicate that George Amadon, press manager at the Review, had begun courting Martha and, soon after, they were married.


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Martha’s inclination to do something got her in trouble, even though she had a desire to help others. In 1868, she apologized in the Review and Herald to those she had criticized. Mrs. White also admonished her zealous efforts in a July 7, 1869, letter, saying, “you would make a good inquisitor.” By 1871, Martha discovered a suitable outlet for her talents as the president of the Battle Creek Maternal Society. In 1881, her “Report of the Battle Creek Maternal and Dorcas Association” announces that “after expending much labor in cleaning, coloring, repairing, and remodeling, a great number of garments were fitted for use, and given to the deserving poor.” I found little correspondence for the next few years. Then after the 1903 fire which destroys the Review and Herald building, Martha wrote W. C. White letters that she asks him to share with Mrs. White. She expresses relief that George was not in the building when the fire erupted, and frustration that George has no place to work while she must take in boarders. George was invited to go to Nashville to help Edson White with the work in the South, but the separation was also frustrating to Martha and, eventually, George returned home. Martha sent her last message to the believers in 1935, two years before her death at 103. “Cherishing the Advent Hope” closes with these words: “I would be faithful in keeping the precious words of this book, that I may enter into the gates of the city, and have a right to the tree of life. In hope of the near coming of our Saviour, Yours sincerely, MARTHA D. AMADON.”

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Members of the Walla Walla University chapter of Engineers Without Borders, an international humanitarian organization, work with a small town in Honduras to build a new school. By Camlynne Waring Photographs by Joshua McKinney and Brian Roth


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In just over three weeks, eight Walla Walla University faculty and students worked with the people of Nueva Suyapa, Honduras, to construct a new five-classroom school. Two years earlier, an earthquake had damaged one of the community’s two small schools, leaving it structurally unsafe. The team, sponsored by Engineers Without Borders, worked to design and construct a new building that would last for at least 30 years. Engineers Without Borders exists to provide assistance to developing communities worldwide while training internationally responsible engineering students. The new classrooms are now a safe place for children to attend school, and provide space to double the number of students who can go there. The classrooms are also equipped with electricity so adults can attend evening classes. Despite some building obstacles and the lack of forklifts (everything was done by hand), the group was able to complete the project. “Together, we challenged ourselves with how fast a school can be built when everyone works diligently,” says Brian Roth, team coordinator and mechanical engineering professor. Most importantly, the team developed meaningful relationships with local partners and community members.

Cracks and a poor design were just a few of the problems with the old school building. Despite the danger of collapse, children still attended school there. The new building is better designed to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes.


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Everyone pitched in to lay the 4,600 concrete blocks used for the walls. Alex Clouzet, in the green shirt, is a sophomore civil engineering student who also knows how to speak Spanish. He was invaluable as one of the translators for the WWU team.

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The community thanked the team with a dinner and party the night before they left. After the mayor said words of gratitude, a marimba band and traditional dancers concluded the celebration. At right, local teacher Guilfredo Castro Rodríguez and his wife welcomed the team into their home for fresh coconut milk. The school was a 20-year dream come true for Rodríguez.

“You have to be resourceful if you want to get the job done,” says Curtis Nelson, faculty co-adviser and professor of engineering. Mixing cement on site was more economical than having it done for them. José Froilán Aguilar Garcia (above) was the security guard and secured manpower and materials to get the job done.


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Inside KGTS 91.3 Behind the scenes at Positive Life Radio

This year, Positive Life Radio, headquartered on the campus of Walla Walla University, celebrates 50 years of being on the air. Since the official opening broadcast on October 6, 1963, KGTS/Positive Life Radio has provided quality programming to listeners and professional job experience to students. With fondness and a touch of nostalgia, many WWU alumni who worked at KGTS recall their time at the station.


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by Kevin Waite

As a young professor in the Communications Department, Loren Dickinson, far left, founded the station where hundreds of students have sharpened their communication and media production skills.

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Positive Life Radio through the years 1941 Radio production classes begin.

In honor of this anniversary year, Westwind asked one of those alumni, Larry Witzel, to share his KGTS memories. Witzel worked at the station from 1986 to 1990. His job responsibilities during that time included being a board operator, announcer, production director, and program director. October 1986 Well, here I am, a freshman at Walla

1947 Low-wattage campus station begins broadcasting at 660 kilocycles under the call letters KAGI.

Walla College. New friends. New experiences. I’ve gotten a job as an announcer at KGTS. Kind of a strange experience to be in a soundproof booth with a microphone and a board and realize people you know and don’t know could be hearing you goof up.

Broadcasting club organizes. 1959-1960 Planning underway for an educational FM radio station.

November 1986 Had my first full solo shift at the

250-watt World War II surplus FM transmitter donated. 1961 Permit issued to construct and operate a 200watt station at 88.1 megacycles under the call letters KGTS. 1962 Carrier frequency for KGTS reassigned to 91.3 megacycles to solve interference problems. 1963 First KGTS demonstration program broadcast on April 24. Fully licensed on June 21. KGTS becomes first FM station in the Walla Walla area with its opening broadcast on October 6. 1975 KGTS is the first station in the area to go stereo. New 1,000-watt transmitter installed.


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As a student in the mid-1980s, Larry Witzel, left, worked at the station during a critical time of growth and expansion.

Current general manager Kevin Krueger and mid-day host Elizabeth Nelson connect with listeners on Faith-filled Fridays, a time when listeners share how God is working in their lives .

station today—Thanksgiving, of all days. I can’t believe they turned me loose on listeners so soon, but then, again, the bench wasn’t very deep since it’s a holiday weekend. I had a great experience. I started out in the booth feeling really lonely. Then I ran a spot that thanked people who were working on the holiday—nurses, police, firemen, etc. The spot had just finished playing when the phone rang. It was a listener calling to thank me for working on Thanksgiving. It made my day. I guess there really are people out there listening to the radio!

October 1987 A year in radio, and I’m promoted. Yeah! Today I’ll be running around recording people for a “man on the street” spot—my first project as the new production director at KGTS.

1980 First “I Love KGTS” week. 1983 KGTS plays an audio CD on-air for the first time from a borrowed CD player.

Later in the day… OK, so whose bright idea was it to make this spot so fastpaced? My brain is about to explode. Fifty little pieces of reel-to-reel tape adorn the production booth window. Each piece has a great sound bite, but somehow I have to splice everything together so the final 59-second spot makes sense. To make things more difficult, I’ve got bandages on two fingers, because that razor blade cuts everything in its path. Oh, boy. I’d better get this thing finished!

how God does it. He’s touching lives through us, and I’m humbled to be a part of that.

January 1988 Working in radio has its perks.

October 1988 I’ve been promoted to program

Today, I lost a screw from my eyeglasses in the carpet of my dorm room. I was trying to figure out how to find it when I thought of using the big bulk tape eraser from the station. Sure enough, the strong magnetic force grabbed the screw out of the carpet—along with a few other things. I need to vacuum more often.

February 1988 We’re going high-tech. Continuing to move from vinyl records to compact discs. We just bought two new industrial CD players. Wow, do they sound good. Wish I had one.

May 1988 Sitting in a studio week after week, with nothing to see but sound gear and acoustic tiles, it’s easy to lose sight of the people we reach. But today we were in Wenatchee for a fair and got to meet people who listen to our new translator there. One phrase is ringing in my ear: “You played that song just when I needed to hear it.” I heard that over and over, and I’m amazed at

1975 KGTS hires the first full-time nonstudent employee. 1976 The station is on air from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight every day.

Rebecca Hanan, senior international communications major, operates the controls at Positive Life Radio.

director. I’m responsible for creating the personality of KGTS—how the programming flows and what the listening experience is like. Looking forward to the challenge. Part of the job involves making programming changes to improve our ratings. Radio listening is measured in quarter-hour increments, but you get credit for the full 15 minutes as long as someone listens for at least five minutes during that period. So we decided to put the most popular songs at the top and bottom of each hour to pull people into the next block of listening time.

February 1989 If I sound out of breath on the radio these days, it’s with good reason. My class schedule and job responsibilities are on a collision course. I’m running up to the station right after my 11 o’clock class and just barely making it into the booth in time for the request hour at noon.

March 1989 We have a computer at the station—our first. It’s used to maintain a mailing list. Today, I thought it might be great if we could print mailing

labels with it, so I wrote a program in Pascal to do that. Everyone thinks it’s amazing. Now if I could just get the computer to automate our song rotations.

May 1989 We just got the latest ratings report, and we’ve become one of the top three stations in our target demographic. Hurray!

January 1990 Last Sabbath afternoon I was the Witzel: Bryan Aulick; studio photos: colby kuschatka

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technical producer for the very first edition of “Issues and Interviews,” a new program featuring Jere Patzer, president of the Upper Columbia Conference. Max Torkelson, the new conference communications director, did a terrific job with a stewardship spot. The two of them really have a vision for using this medium to unite church members through the conference, and I think this monthly show will be a great tool for that.

May 1990 We finally launched our own over-

Open House Stop by the studios for a tour Friday, April 26, 12-5 p.m.

night programming last month, and I’m so proud of our crew. I woke up at 2 a.m. and switched on the radio just in time to hear Greg praying over the air. This team is serious about ministry, every hour of every day. I’m going to miss being part of this.

September 1990

Other duties are pressing in, and I’ll be graduating next year. It’s time to retire from KGTS. What a learning experience, though. It’s given me confidence in my creative ability. I’ve gained management experience. I’ve had to juggle multiple priorities and come to accept that there are days when not everything can be done that needs to be done. And I’ve discovered that it’s possible to recover from the mistakes we all make. Life goes on. Since graduating from WWU in 1991, Larry Witzel has worked as a pastor, public relations specialist, and marketing manager for organizations such as It Is Written Television, Wellsource, and Intel. In 2005, he founded, a ministry that helps churches communicate in a visual world. He lives in Battle Ground, Wash., with his wife and two children.

Fun and flubs

Back in reel-to-reel tape player days, I’d forgotten to secure the feed reel on a 30-minute program. The reel fell off, unspooling as it went along. It hit the floor rolling, went out the door, and around the corner—all the while the program kept playing. I wasn’t alone, so one of us grabbed the feed reel and rolled the tape back on while the program played. Then we hit the stop button, reattached the feed, and hit the start button again with only five seconds of dead air. —Jim Boyd We used to go off-air during the night and come back on at 6 a.m. One time, the engineer needed to test the transmitter. No one was supposed to be listening at 2 a.m., so he decided to throw his Boston LP on the turntable. The phone started ringing with some rather disturbed and bewildered folks wondering what was happening. They had grown accustomed to leaving the radio on and using it as their morning alarm. —Dave Bell One of our underwriting announcements included the phrase, “Wedding supplies and candelabras.” The first time I read this live, I was sprint-reading ahead and came across candelabras—a word I had never seen before. My brain froze, but my mouth was moving as I uttered the words, “specializing in welding supplies and candle bras.” I think I brought up the song, cut the mic, and promptly fainted. —Mark Trenchard

1986 Transmitter moves from the Administration Building to Pikes Peak. Transmitter power increases from 1,000 to 4,600 watts. 1990s Last of classical programming and transition begins to Inspirational music format. 24-7 broadcasting begins. Identity changes to Positive Life Radio. 1997 The broadcast starts live streaming worldwide. 1998 Annual Rice for Cambodia project begins. More than $5,000 pledged. 2003 KGTS moves from Administration Building to Canaday Technology Center. 2005 Format moves from an Inspirational music format to Adult Contemporary. 2013 Positive Life Radio serves more than 120,000 listeners weekly through 17 broadcast outlets throughout the Inland Northwest.

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Accept that care adapts. If and when the time comes for your loved one to move to a care facility, it can take time to let go of the primary caregiver role, Tetz says. It may help to realize that you are still caring for your loved one—just in another way. After nine years of caring for Ernie at home, Evelyn realized his needs had begun to require more care than she could provide. So last September, 2012, she made the difficult decision to move him to a local memory care facility. On the positive side, relinquishing some of the stress of caregiving can open new doors for relationships. Now that Evelyn is no longer overwhelmed with the day-to-day care of Ernie, she has time to do special things for him, like delivering favorite soups, salads, or cozy blankets. She also enjoys spending time with him, monitoring his care to be sure he’s comfortable and content.

Home, Sweet Home

Where the heart is

Caregiving takes nursing professor on personal journey By Loree Chase-Waite

Research and Relationships

For nine years after the diagnosis, Tetz’s mother, Evelyn Kay, cared for Ernie at their farmhouse in Sweet Home, Ore. Tetz marveled at how her mother kept going the extra mile in her caregiving, even at the expense of her own ease and comfort. But how long, Tetz wondered, could a family member sustain the toll that 24/7 caregiving can take—and still maintain a loving relationship? The answer, Tetz discovered, lies in the question. The answer IS the relationship. For her doctoral research, Tetz interviewed caregivers and care receivers. She found that the most important predictor of quality caregiving was a strong relationship between the caregiver and the care receiver. She also found—both through her


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formal research and by observing her mom’s care of her dad—that the following strategies help nurture relationships that stand the test of time. Ask and listen. Tending to a loved one’s needs is a good start. But being attentive to their preferences can make them feel like you really care. What’s most important to your loved one? Would they choose to get a shower every day, or would they prefer to get out regularly and go places? It’s a good idea to ask and take time to listen, Tetz says. Realistically, caregivers don’t have the time or energy to do everything. But if they keep some of what’s important to the care receiver in the mix, things may go better, Tetz says. Retain routines. Simple things like enjoying certain foods, watching favorite TV programs, and following rituals together can be comforting. Every night, Tetz says, her mother would have bedtime prayer with her father. She would hold his hands and pray for each family member. Even though her father had lost most of his ability to communicate with words, he would murmur agreement as she mentioned each of their loved ones by name. Take time for togetherness. “Often, people get so worried about the technical care they’re giving that they forget how important it is to hold a hand or just sit with their loved one,” Tetz says. “The things that continue to keep affection alive can help keep relationships healthy.” Prioritize personal health. Tetz’ research revealed that when a caregiver was in better physical health, their care receiver rated them as giving better care. Thus, Tetz recommends that caregivers care for their own health not as if it were a luxury, but a necessity. Exercise, eat

well, rest, and see your own health care provider. These steps can improve your health and boost your stamina for caregiving. Treasure the gift of the present. As people develop dementia, they come to live more and more in the moment, Tetz says. They may not be able to remember the wonderful family meal from yesterday, but they can enjoy a good meal today. They may not know who you are, but they can still feel a gentle touch of your hand and hear a loving tone in your voice. Try to appreciate the gift of these moments. Connect however you can. Words aren’t the only way to communicate. “After supper one evening, my mom, brother, and I were clearing the table and engaging

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hen Karen Tetz, a 1977 Walla Walla University nursing graduate, focused her doctoral research on caregiving, little did she know that her academic path would soon be taking a personal turn. “In the summer of 2003, our family embarked on a journey—one that we’re still on—when my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease,” says Tetz, professor of nursing at WWU. “Suddenly all the research and theory seemed inadequate to sustain us for the difficult road ahead. It’s one thing to care for people as part of your job or to study caregiving as a matter of academic pursuit; it’s quite another when it becomes part of your own experience.” Fortunately, Tetz belongs to a team-oriented family. So when her father, Ernie Kay, was diagnosed, there was no question: Tetz, her mother, and her brother would care for him always, however they were able.

in lively conversation,” Tetz says. “My father was sitting at the table by himself. I wanted to connect with him, but he was having trouble recognizing people. The table happened to be near the piano, so I went over, pulled out the church hymnal and started playing hymns like “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” Soon my dad had turned in his chair and was singing along. At this point, he could not form a coherent sentence much of the time. But he knew the words to most of those hymns. It was a wonderful and warm time that we had together. Even though my dad probably has no memory of it now, I know that for that hour in time, he was engaged, and I believe he was enjoying himself. I will always treasure that memory.”

Last November, nearly a decade since her father’s diagnosis, Tetz and her mother embarked on a different journey together—a trip from Portland, Ore., to Walla Walla where Tetz presented her research and recommendations for WWU’s esteemed 2012 Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Near the conclusion of her talk, Tetz played a poignant video montage with photos of her parents and snippets of conversations between her and her mom reflecting on their caregiving journey. As the lights came back on, Evelyn, who had been sitting in the audience, stood and addressed the applauding crowd. “Believe me, I’m no hero,” she said. “[Moving Ernie to a care home] was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. But I came to the point where I knew I couldn’t look after him anymore. One day Karen told me, ‘Mom, I feel like I’ve lost my dad. I can’t talk to him anymore. And he can’t talk to me. I don’t want to lose my mom too.’ That did it for me. I knew I had to do something. Putting Ernie in a good care home was the right choice. He’s happy there. I’m the one who misses him. I want to bring him home. But I know it’s not the best. I just praise the Lord that I was able to do what was needed.” Now the time has come, Tetz says, to start focusing more on her mom’s future—whether she’ll continue to stay where she is, or whether she’ll move to Portland along with Ernie, who would move into another care facility. Tetz would like to see the move happen sooner than later, but she’s leaving the decision up to her mom for now. “It’s been an ongoing dialogue—a constant negotiation,” Tetz says. “I worry about her health. I’d love to have her here where she’s close. But she’s a mentally competent adult choosing to stay on 15 acres by herself in Sweet Home. That’s her choice, and it’s her right. Sometimes I’ve had to say, ‘Mom, I think this would be the best thing for you to do, but I understand that right now you’re choosing not to do it, and I respect that.’” For now, Tetz continues to care for her mom— and dad—from a distance, calling and visiting as often as she can. After all, she’s discovering firsthand what her research has shown: That when you really care about someone, home is where your heart is.

Make Your Wishes Known

Discuss the details with your family It may be difficult to think about, but what kinds of decisions would you want made on your behalf if you were too hurt or ill to express your wishes? It’s important to make your preferences known, says Karen Tetz, professor of nursing at Walla Walla University. Doing so in advance can help avoid confusion for your loved ones. Tetz suggests the following steps: Express your wishes. Ideally, before a health emergency or crisis arises, discuss what you would—and would not—like to have happen in regards to your care. “I’m grateful that well before my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he and I had a long and detailed discussion about what he would and would not want to have done to keep him alive,” Tetz says. “We went through the list. I said, ‘Do you want resuscitation?’ He said no. I said, ‘Do you want a feeding tube?’ He said no. Now it gives me a lot of comfort. We will not have a feeding tube put in. Absolutely not. Because I know he did not want it. We had that discussion, so it’s more than just a piece of paper.” Ask and discuss. If you’d like to designate a specific person to make decisions on your behalf, be sure they’re comfortable doing so. “Really, when you have a significant other who’s going to be involved in your decision making, that person needs to know and agree to it,” Tetz says. Fill out an advance directive. These legal documents

let you convey your decisions about health care ahead of time. State laws vary, so be sure that the form you fill out applies in your state. Be sure to give a signed copy to your healthcare provider and your family. You can find out more at:

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A Message from George Fearing, WWU Alumni President fulfill some of the roles that the Alumni Association plays, such as furthering contact with alumni, hosting socials, and assisting in fundraising. We ask that you contact us and let us know where other chapters may be formed. In 2013, the main floor of the Havstad Alumni Center will revert to being used by the Alumni Association. Your officers and board members are now making plans for a first-class building where alumni can visit with pride. The Committee of 500 has already donated money for an elevator that will service all three floors. On your next visit to Walla Walla, consider overnight

accommodations at one of the three beautiful guest rooms in the Alumni Center. The Alumni Board recently reduced and streamlined the rates. Rooms are now $60 per night plus tax. Call 509-5272631 to make reservations. We look forward to seeing you during Alumni Weekend, April 25-28, when, as the tradition is, we will be honoring four of our alumni. Please join me at the homecoming banquet where we will honor 1953 engineering graduate Myron Tupper, 1963 zoology/biology graduate Dennis Woodland, 1983 biology graduate Tamara Thomas, and 1993 engineering graduate Doug Thomsen.

We are Alumni Homecoming Weekend April 25-28, 2013

Walla Walla

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1940s Lenora Nelson ’42 lives in Bozeman, Mont. After graduating from Walla Walla College, she taught for four years in a one-room country school. She still gardens and does her own housework and remembers fondly the years she attended the college. chris drake


our 2012–13 Walla Walla University Alumni Board members and officers prize the education they received at Walla Walla University. That education prepared us for our careers and instilled in us eternal values. We seek to bolster school spirit among alumni and thereby increase financial and other support to our alma mater that it deserves—support that will allow others to attend the university and expand and improve our facilities. The Alumni Board voted recently to reinstate alumni chapters, starting with a Walla Walla Valley chapter. We hope that these chapters will

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Donald Dealy ’48 and his wife, Orletta (Wilson) ’68, are retired and live in College Place. They both worked in various church positions, him for 42 years and her for 35 years. Orletta was a switchboard operater at White Memorial Hospital in the mid-1950s. Since retiring in 1992, Don and Orletta volunteer with Blue Mountain TV. They have three sons, Don II, Marvin, and Tom, who all attended WWU in the early 70s. During her college years, Orletta remembers meeting her husband and “the things we were able to do together even with very strict rules, including choir, work in the cafeteria, skating every Sunday,” she writes. They also were able to eat every meal together by counting their position in line.

1950s Robert Graham ’53 lives in Klamath Falls, Ore., and is an ophthalmologist. He started his private practice in 1961. Robert graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1957 and completed his residency in 1958 at Los Angeles General Hospital. His

daughter Teresa (Panossian) ’86 continued in her father’s career path and joined him in his practice in 1995. A second daughter, Leora (Ragan) attended. Vera (Wolcott) Young ’53 lives in West Linn, Ore., helping a property manager. She and her late husband, Wiley, spent 16 years in dentistry overseas, including working in Guam, Malawi, Swaziland, and Singapore. She also worked for 14 years as the secretary to the vice president of the Oregon Conference. She remembers her role as managing editor for the Collegian her senior year at WWU. George Crumley ’58 and his wife, Ruth (Weller) att., live in Surprise, Ariz. He worked for the Seventh-day Adventist Church for more than 40 years in church finance. For the last 15 years of his service he served as the treasurer for the North American Division of the General Conference. The couple has two children, Tari Popp and George. Nellie (Soule) Davis ’58 lives in Milton-Freewater, Ore. During her career, she worked for the Idaho Conference office and at Auburn Academy, Spencerville Jr. Academy, Loma Linda University, and La Sierra University. She retired from Walla Walla University in 1991. She enjoyed being the prayer chain coordinator at the Stateline Church and also answering the 3ABN phone there. She also enjoyed sewing for Helpline and International Children’s Care. As a college student, Nellie worked in the library and as a secretary in the power plant. In her final year she was secretary to Paul Grove, and she typed the devotional book that he wrote that year. She has four children, James att., Michelle

graduation. He and his late wife, Martha, had two daughters.

Dale att., Timothy Metler, and Deborah Berglund. Warrine (McDuffie) Harden ’58 and her husband, Hal ’59, live in Wenatchee, Wash. She is a retired nurse and nursing instructor. Her memories of WWU include working for Professor Balharrie, and being baptized and married by Elder Heubach. She and Hal have four children, Stephen ’83, Sharon, Bryan att., and Philip. Albert Russell ’58 and his wife, Sally, live in Lebanon, Ore., where he continues designing and contructing custom cabinetry while being semiretired. His hobbies include nature photography and answering Bible questions for Another pursuit has been going on short-term mission trips to build schools and churches in several African countries, Brazil, Ecuador, and Borneo. He and Sally have three children, Shirley Hessong, Daniel ’85, and Fae Haffney ’87.

1960s Gerald Dunifer ’63 and his wife, Caroline, live in Drayton, Mich. He has been retired for six years after 35 years of teaching in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Wayne State University. His hobbies include sailing, flying, traveling, and visiting major astronomical observatories around the world. Janeth (Piety) Edwards ’63 and her husband, Everett, live in Fromberg, Mont. She spent her career teaching high school mathematics. She is retired from her last job of 18 years at Lodge Grass Montana High School. She and her husband have been married 44 years. She keeps busy with her gardening, photography and travel. They have two children, Kathy and Mary. Grace (Yoshida) Kato ’63 and her husband, Haruo, live in Camarillo, Calif. She is a retired nurse. She enjoys

Russell Hoffman ’59 lives in San Francisco, Calif. Now retired after 42 years of teaching music and visual arts education in California, he is an active member of the San Francisco Opera Guild and serves on the Governor’s Art Council. Over the past

walking, gardening, reading, and yoga. She is a deaconess and greeter at the Camarillo Church. As a college student, Grace remembers the “all you can eat” pancake place near the school. She also enjoyed the beautiful campus grounds and special musical programs. 20 years, he has sponsored several students who have gone on art study tours to Europe. His favorite memories of WWU are singing in the College Chorale with his brother Bill and hanging out with friends. He also recalls a ’56 Buick Roadmaster (see photo) he had around the time of his

Jim Kilmer ’63 and his wife Frances (Williams) ’62, live in Spangle, Wash. Jim served as a pastor evangelist in the Oregon Conference from 1966 to 1977. He also served as a biblical languages professor at Middle East College in Beirut, Lebanon, and a biblical languages professor and college church pastor at the University

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of Eastern Africa in Kenya, Africa. He concluded his church work as a conference director for personal ministries, community services, and church growth for the Upper Columbia Conference. Remembering his college years, he writes, “My eyes were opened to appreciate God in a way that has shaped my life forever. The worship services with Elder Heubach, classes from Dr. Litke, J. Paul Grove, Elder Alcock, Elder Balharrie, Dr. Barnes, T. K. Ludgate, and others are too good to be forgotten.” The couple has three children, David ’90, Karen Ekkens att., and John att. Donald Hall ’68 and his wife, Trish, live in Happy Valley, Ore. He is owner and founder of Wellsource, Inc., and is partially retired. He has recently written a book, his third, for Pacific Press. He wrote his first iPhone app in 2012. He works for the North American Division, conducting health training seminars and leading health programs for camp meetings. He enjoys traveling and in the last two years has traveled to many countries in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Donald has two children, David ’93 and Heather Tourville ’97. His favorite college memories are working at the College Dairy, starting a mountain climbing club (the YETIs), and his summer at Rosario. Marie (Huk) Kneller ’68 and her husband, Ralph, ’66 and ’68, live in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. She writes that she worked four years past retirement and just fully retired for the second time last November. Her plan is to visit her children and grandchildren much more. “Travel has always been a part of my life so that will not likely change.” Marie’s favorite memories include all the fun times with friends. Marie and Ralph have two children, Julie ’92 and ’96, and James ’95.

1970s Dorothy (Brooks) Davey ’73 is a public health nurse and lives in Burbank, Wash. She works for Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic. She plans to retire in March 2013 from the clinic, where she has worked for more than 20 years. Her hobbies are crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, road trips to national parks, and spending time with her grandsons. “Dorm life—what a learning experience,” she writes of her college years. She remembers Donnie Rigby’s speech class as “not


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a favorite memory, but definitely unforgettable.” And, she also enjoyed hanging out with nursing class friends. She has two children, Brooke ’99 and Sam. Joyce (Peterson) Lang ’73 and her husband, Mel, live in College Place. She is a retired teacher. Her hobbies include cooking, flower gardening, music, and reading. She also enjoys church visitation—helping people and their families. Her life-changing experience was joining the Seventhday Adventist Church and serving in the denomination. When she was in college, she especially enjoyed classes from Gerald Winslow and Cliff Sorensen. Joyce and Mel have two daughters, DeLona Bell ’79 and Tamara Stream ’85. Bev (Collins) Schultz ’73 and her husband, Wayne, live in Madras, Ore. Bev works in her husband’s dental office as a bookkeeper. She retired from her nursing career about 15 years ago but has kept in touch with the medical field by serving on the local hospital board and by taking a few mission trips. “My current passion is doing whatever God wants for me in spreading and sharing his gospel,” she writes. This includes coordinating a full church service at the local state prison, leading a womens’ study group, and assisting in her small-town church ministries. She also has three grandchildren she loves to spend time with. “I loved my nursing training from Walla Walla and the great fun socializing. It is where I got my Mrs. degree with my husband.” Ken Wade ’73 and his wife, Deborah, live in Simi Valley, Calif. He works as an executive producer at the Voice of Prophecy. His favorite memory of college is of the beautiful campus, especially during spring. Cindy (Paddock) Patten ’78 is a recently retired teacher. She and her husband, Bill ’79, live in Powell, Wyo. She taught for 30 years in Seventhday Adventist elementary schools. Bill is chief executive officer at Powell Valley Healthcare. They enjoy camping, traveling, and fixing up their place. They have two children, William ’06 and Steven ’09. Brenda (Sloan) Steinman ’77 and ’99 and her husband, Steve, a component engineer, live in Sunnyvale, Calif., where Brenda works part-time as a medical social worker for HCR Manorcare. She also works as a part-time freelance proofreader for Cengage Learning, an international company who does online academic curricu-

lum. She and Steve have two children, Aaron ’06 and Amber att. Brenda enjoys reading, trying to write a book, digital scrapbooking, and trips to visit their kids. A trip to Ireland is at the top of her bucket list. Her favorite memories of WWU are chatting with friends in the dorm, eating at the Dairy with friends, and attending social events with Sociology and Social Work Club members.

Praise God! He wasn’t finished with me yet!” Holly and Ron have four children, Mishala, Honiko, Ryissa, and Nickolas.

Keith Wilkins ’78 and his wife, Joyce (Anderson) ’78, make their home in Spokane, Wash. He is a family practice physician with Group Health. He enjoys woodworking and hiking. A memorable experience he has had is a mission trip to New Guinea. The couple has three children, Taylor ’07, Emily ’11, and Fletcher ’11.

Yvonne (Brenneise) Iwasa ’88 and her husband, Dan, live in Payette, Idaho, where she is a part-time sociology instructor at Treasure Valley Community College. She says she spent most of her time in college with her family and volunteering at her children’s schools “because I believe in supporting Adventist Christian education.” She and Dan have three children, Carey, Makoto, and Chloe.


Ann (Roach) Krackle ’88 lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband Arthur. She is a retired registered nurse. Following graduation, she continued in nursing management at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center until 1991. In 1992, she became part-time clinical nursing instructor at Mt. Hood Community College, later skills lab coordinator for the nursing program. She also worked as adjunct clinical instructor with Linfield College School of Nursing from 1998 to 2000. She retired from the MHCC nursing faculty in 2006. She is currently a volunteer at Leach Botanical Garden and Oregon Historical Society. When she was a WWU student, Ann appreciated the willingness of the WWU nursing faculty to tailor her experience and opportunities because she was already many years into her career, allowing her to gain additional insight and learning related to her nursing management role. She has four children.

Holly (Ingersoll) Abrams ’83 lives in Sequatchie, Tenn., with her husband, Ron ’82. She is a teacher and principal for the Georgia Cumberland Conference. Holly has been teaching for 30 years—18 in Tennessee and the others in Asia. Holly loves living on their 12 acres in the Tennessee hills an hour from Southern University. “Our family loves to travel and have been all over the world on mission trips, short-term and long-term,” she writes. Holly loves to scrapbook, backpack, garden, and tend to her orchids. One of her lifechanging experiences was getting hit head-on by a semi-truck three years ago. “I ‘should’ be dead or at least lost my leg and on a respirator,” she writes, “but God had others plans for me. After surgeries and therapy I am back doing what I’ve always done.

Patty Roberts ’83 lives in Fernandina Beach, Fla. She is a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controller. “I am retiring in 2013 from a fun career,” she writes. She loved the aviation department at WWU.

1990s Richard Hart ’92 and his wife, Mary (Lue) ’78, live in Salem, Ore. He retired from the Oregon Department of Transportation in 2011. Since then he has worked part-time jobs while building a consulting engineering company. His favorite college memory is of a certain former dean who would work his summers and then apply those earnings to help students meet their financial needs. Lisa Olson ’92 lives in Tacoma, Wash.,

To say Terri Neil ‘82 is coming home is more than just about a return to her alma mater. Walla Walla University’s new alumni/parent relations director is returning to her childhood home. As the daughter of Professor Emeritus Loren Dickinson and former Human Resources Director Carolyn Dickinson, College Place was home to Terri through her WWU graduation in 1982. Now back in the Walla Walla Valley, Terri and her family can visit her parents regularly at their home—still on Dewey Drive. “The transition here has provided the perfect opportunity at the perfect time for our family,” Terri says. Terri’s professional background is in business education. After WWU, she moved to southern California, where she taught business education at Loma Linda Academy and then was a contract teacher at Loma Linda University. In 1990, her family moved to the East Coast, where she taught at Pine Tree Academy in Freeport, Maine. Most recently the Neils lived in Bangor, Maine, where they were active in their local church, school, and community.

and is the Northwest representative for Cultural Academic Student Exchange. She has been working on her master’s degree in business administration through Kaplan University. “Business has been a focal point in my vast array of experiences,” she writes. She has been involved in careers, including accounting, healthcare, real estate, and administrative work of all sorts. Commercial fishing was her first employment after graduating college, a job that was her all-time favorite. Currently, she places foreign exchange students into local homes and school. She also volunteers for Our Sisters House, a nonprofit organization focusing on domestic violence and other issues. While in college she enjoyed going to local sites, including Bluewood Ski Resort, Merchants, IceBurg, Jacobi’s, Ice Chalet, and trips to the Tri-Cities for Taco Bell. Shawna (Rose) Campbell ’93 and her husband, Kirk att., make their home in Loma Linda, Calif. She writes, “I joined the ministry full-time about two years ago from working in marketing. The Lord has led me into pastoral work as a family pastor at Loma Linda University Church. Because of this, I am presently studying for my master’s degree in pastor ministry along with a counseling degree in marriage and family.” From her WWU days, she especially remembers walking to the gym from Foreman Hall “with the fall leaves crunching under your feet and the cool, crisp air stinging your nose! I also loved visiting the student art gallery and

Terri and her, husband, Jay, are settling into their new home, where she is looking forward to perennial and vegetable gardening this summer, as well as lots of outdoor activities. They have two children; Jenna is a student missionary this year in Denmark and will be returning to Andrews University this fall; Mason is a high school senior and is looking forward to beginning his college experience at WWU in September. Now in the thick of details for April’s alumni homecoming weekend, Terri invites you to come by the alumni building and say “hi.” “It’s such a blessing to be back in this valley and specifically to be associated with the university,” Terri says. “Connecting with alumni and parents makes for a wonderful opportunity to bring people together, to build community, and to remind people of the good memories they have of the ‘growing up years’ they experienced at WWU. It is a privilege to travel and meet people who love to share their rich experiences from their alma mater.”

looking at the work of all the talented students of professors MacIntosh and Emmerson.” Shawna and Kirk have two children, Teia and Tiana. Vicki (Smith) Fontoura ’93 and her husband, Daniel, live in Loma Linda, Calif., where she works as a registered nurse for Loma Linda University Medical Center. Her favorite college memories include camping, Friday night vespers, and dorm life with her roommate Susie Dietrich. Vicki and Daniel have three children, Claire, Caleb, and Carsten.

Linda (Witzel) Ruud ’93 and her husband, Sean, make their home in Ellensburg, Wash., where she is a homeschool mom. “It’s so hard to believe it’s already been 20 years since we graduated,” she writes. “So much has happened and I praise Jesus for walking with us or carrying us every step of the way. I was able to work a registered nurse in hospitals and home health for 11 years before my health took a downward turn. But by God’s grace I have been able to homeschool both of our incredible kids through

the 8th grade. Spending time with my amazing husband and kids is my favorite pastime.” Linda also enjoys walks in nature, scrapbooking family memories, and activities with church family. The couple has two children, Nicolas and Katelyn. Her favorite college memories include “classes and labs with my nursing friends.” Cynthia (Nicholson) Ulloa ’92 and her husband, Robert ’96, live in Troutdale, Ore. For the past eight years, she has worked as a clinical specialist in all of the clinics associated with Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore. Prior to that, she worked for 15 years at U.S. Bank and earned an MBA in 2001 along with her husband. They have two children, Austin and Quintin. She enjoys playing softball and remembers the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at WWU. Tammy (Healy) Quackenbush ’96 and her husband, Jeff ’96, live in Windsor, Calif. She is a writer/blogger for Koreafornian Cooking (USA), Zen-Kimchi Food Journal (South Korea) and (South Korea), developing Korean and and Korean fusion recipes. She writes articles on the Korean food scene in the San Francisco Bay area and commentary on Korean food culture. She has written news articles for Yonhap News Agency, based in South Korea, and Plate, a culinary magazine. Her recipes have been featured on Serious Eats/Slice,, Marxfoods. com, and Her favorite memory of Walla Walla is meeting her husband.

2000s Jessica (Craik) Coffee ’03 and her husband, Robb att., live in College Place, where she works as the art director for CMBell Company. Jessica and Robb have two children, Ezekiel and Lincoln. Nathan Brassard ’03 and his wife, Jessica (Yerka) ’03, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. He is employed as an engineering manager for Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. “Great school, great friends,” he writes. Natalie (Wall) Langdon ’03 and her husband, Michael, live in Portland, Ore. She is a registered nurse for Legacy Health Systems. She enjoys snow sports and knitting. “Having a child changed everything,” she writes. “My love for my husband and child has increased to such a capacity it brings tears to my eyes! Life is good.” Heather (Richardson) Mills ’02 and her husband, Seth, live in Vancouver, Wash., where she is a registered nurse at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. She enjoys traveling, participating in walk/run races, snorkeling in Hawaii, and reading a good book in a local coffee shop. Finding a few lifelong, quality friends while getting a solid education is what she appreciated most about coming to WWU. Marisa Monteblanco ’03 makes her home in Aloha, Ore. She is employed by Washington County as a senior mental health coordinator. “Since earning my master’s degree, I have had the privilege of working in child welfare with homeless youth and the SPMI population. After I earned my LCSW, I worked as a clinical supervisor with Life Works Northwest in their intensive community treatment services program. Now I am enjoying my position as a care coordinator for the county. Although my role is not as much direct clinical service as I would like, the benefits of working with a varied population is truly priceless.” She just bought her first home and is in the process of decorating and painting. She has “two amazing fourlegged children” who keep her busy in her free time. She is also taking up yoga. Lindsey (Henriksen) Rodgers ’03 and her husband, Stephen, live in Eugene, Ore. She is an assistant organist at Central Lutheran Church. They have one child, Samuel.

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Alumni Currents Staying in touch with our family of graduates

Staying in touch with our family of graduates

Brown – Richard ’54 was born Dec. 27, 1928, in Berkeley, Calif., and died Jan. 10, 2012, in Grand Terrace, Calif. Surviving: wife Dorothy (Tollensdorf) att. of Grand Terrace; son Harold ’86 of San Diego, Calif.; daughters Barbara Cloe ’80 of Vancouver, Wash., and Carolyn Marovitch of Grand Terrace; sisters Phyllis Potts att. of Inchelium, Wash., and Ramona Sturgil ’55 of Walla Walla. Bungard – Stanley C. ’47 was born March 19, 1921, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and died Nov. 15, 2012, in College Place. Surviving: daughters

Karen att. of San Diego, Calif.; Marcia Anspach att. of College Place; Janet Wallenkampf att. of Bayside, Calif.; and Susan ‘81 of College Place; and brother Raymond ’46 of Boise, Idaho. Eby – Wilder ’39 was born Aug. 4, 1914 in Oregon City, Ore., and died Nov. 30, 2012, in Pasco, Wash. Surviving: wife Dorothy Patchett ’45 of Pasco; sons William ’63 of Loma Linda, Calif., and Ben ’66 of Phelan, Calif.; daughter Carol Ann Hiort-Lorenzen ’57 of Fairfield, Calif.; and sister June Benda of Corvallis, Ore. Fehrer – Evaine att. was born Dec. 30, 1933, in Boulder, Colo., and died March 18, 2012, in Boise, Idaho. Surviving: wife Barbara ’59 of Boise; sons Kelly and Robert of Boise; daughter Karmen Kirsinas of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; and brother Lynn att. and sister Carole Scott att., both of Nampa, Idaho.

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Folkerth – Carole (Teague) ’61 was born May 22, 1938, and died Oct. 14, 2011. Surviving: sister Janet White att. of Las Vegas, Nev. Graham – A. Jean (Miller) ’72 was born May 28, 1947, in St. Helena, Calif., and died Sept. 4, 2012, in Walla Walla. Surviving: husband Tom Graham ’70 of Walla Walla; son T. Todd Graham ’02 of Vancouver, Wash.; daughter Lisa Ferguson ’01 of Marysville, Wash.; father A. C. Miller att. of Days Creek, Ore.; brother A. C. Miller Jr. ’78 of Days Creek; and sister Judy Peters of Loma Linda, Calif. Gregg – Vera Dean (Lower) ’41 was born March 31, 1918, in Long Beach, Calif., and died Oct. 22, 2012, in Loma Linda, Calif. Surviving: sons Don of Redlands, Calif.; Lonnie of Encino, Calif.; and Doug of Niles, Mich.

As John Lello, a 1991 Walla Walla University physics graduate, and his family were preparing to serve on the front lines as missionaries to the animist Ama people in Papua New Guinea for Adventist Frontier Missions, he shared his passion and devotion to his work. He said, “One thing is certain—He is calling you, calling you to give your all.” Along with his family, they left the United States in March 2012, and made their home at May River Mission, a remote location along a small tributary of the Upper Sepik River. Getting there meant traveling 90 miles over rough roads and more than 24 hours by dugout canoe. During those first few months, John and his wife, Pam, ministered to the people of that region, providing medical care, Bibles, and reading books. John traveled around the area often and, on November 26, he and several others went about six hours up the river to clear some land for a school and other buildings. That afternoon, John died in an accident while felling trees when a large branch unexpectedly broke loose and fell. He was 46. John was born in Cape Town, South Africa, July 21, 1966. In addition to his WWU degree, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a master’s degree in science education in 1997. John taught math and physics at Glendale Adventist Academy and Spring Valley Academy and was remembered by his students as a generous, patient teacher who always took time to help and mentor them. He is survived by his wife Pam; his daughters Abigail and Alissa; his parents Graham and Judith; and his sister Lois Burn ‘86.


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Kattenhorn – Lowell ’71 was born May 6, 1916, in Merrill, Ore., and died May 17, 2012, in Grants Pass, Ore. Surviving: Oma (Radford) ’50 of Grants Pass; sons Dick of Lafayette, Colo., and Jon ‘71 of Boise, Idaho; and daughter Anne Richmond att. of College Place.

Teacher, Director of Nursing Education, and/or Dean of Health Science Education, Walla Walla Community College, for 28 years. Retired in 2012.

Knauft – Emil ’39 was born April 21, 1915, in Spokane, Wash., and died March 18, 2012, in Nampa, Idaho. Surviving: wife Marguerite (Dodge) Knauft att.; sons Daniel ’67 of Fall City, Wash., and Richard of Portsmouth, Va.; daughter Joan Baker att. of Nampa; brother Henry of Spokane, Wash.; and sisters Doretta of Arcadia, Calif., and Martha of Davenport, Wash.

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1968 graduate

Matheson – Hazel (Kay) ’47 was born Nov. 27, 1920, in Clive, Alberta, Canada, and died Oct. 2, 2012, in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. Surviving: sons Murray ’74 of Loma Linda, Calif.; Lester ’75 of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Douglas ’80 of Klamath Falls, Ore.; and Gerry att. of Spokane, Wash.; daughter Margaret Ham ’77 of Las Vegas, Nev.; and brothers Tom of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada; and Ernie ’59 of Sweet Home, Ore. Sherrard – Elwood ’46 was born June 30, 1918, in Nacogdoches County, Texas, and died July 30, 2012, in Blue Ridge, Ga. He taught Bible classes at Walla Walla Valley Academy from 1946–1947 and in the Bible and History departments at Walla Walla College from 1947–1952. His wife Amy was the head dean of women at WWC during those same years. Surviving: wife Amy ’44 of Blue Ridge; daughters Dena Guthrie ’69 of Orlando, Fla., and Sherry Mills ’71 of Blue Ridge; and sister Mildred Blackwelder of Highland, Calif. Vegors – Elizabeth Anne att. was born July 25, 1925, in Omaha, Neb., and died Nov. 13, 2010, in Walla Walla. Surviving: husband Ben of Walla Walla; and son Peter of Tucson, Ariz.

Marilyn Galusha reflects on her experience as a nursing educator for one of the largest community college nursing programs in Washington state.

Waldron – Todd att. was born Feb. 24, 1977, in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, and died June 14, 2012, in Portland, Ore. Surviving: father Gary and mother Carolyn of Ridgefield, Wash.; and sister Hilary ’02 of Seattle, Wash. Woll – Kathy “BJ” (White) ’82 was born Feb. 4, 1960, in Spokane, Wash., and died Nov. 16, 2012, in Hurdsfield, N.D. Surviving: husband Robert of Hurdsfield; sons Jared of Bismarck, N.D., and Jason of Hurdsfield; father Merlin att. and mother Jo of Hurdsfield; brother Phil White of Simi Valley, Calif.; and sister Rose of Marysville, Wash.

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In Memory Baker – Helen (Trussell) att. was born Sept. 16, 1931, in Portland, Ore., and died July 16, 2012, in Walla Walla. Surviving: sons Harvey of Alabama; Steven of Roseburg, Ore.; and Kevin of Wasilla, Alaska; and daughters Janet of Florida; Cheryl of College Place; and Helen of West Richland, Wash.


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Leading faculty in the design and the creation of a learning environment that matched changes in the healthcare industry was my favorite and lifelong challenge. Seeing students achieve success and become participants in the evolving nursing profession was also very satisfying. It always amazed me how students with families and full-time jobs sacrificed so much time, energy, and money to improve their chances to serve others and to better their own lives. I wish I had understood earlier in my administrative career how to best support these students who had such significant social and financial barriers to meeting their educational goals.

Over these many years, seeing our nursing program expand into one of the largest in the state and one that prepares students to serve in small rural hospitals was a highlight of my career. Seeing nursing students partner with many community agencies in volunteer activities that focus on health promotion was very gratifying. In my first year of teaching, a nursing graduate came to see me shortly after graduation. She had successfully completed the national board exam and had been offered a full-time staff position. She came with a thank-you note and a picture of her four children. She shared that she no longer needed to be on food stamps and could

now support her children even though she was a single mother. I have never forgotten; sensing her heart-felt gratefulness that accompanied her short note. I saw this theme of thankfulness repeated many times over the years. Things I will remember most from my teaching career? I will remember fellow nursing faculty who sacrificed so much to serve our students. I will remember many nursing students who succeeded even when it looked impossible. I will cherish memories of being part of a community of caring. I will always be proud I chose a career in nursing education. That decision has strengthened my faith in God and commitment to serve others.

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Back to You A view from the field


Start a Scholarship Today Who would you like to remember?

George and Lola Thompson Memorial Scholarship Four siblings created a fund that has provided 27 scholarships since 2000.

Planning to be Happy

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By Jenae Williams

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une was coming too fast. Junior year I had looked forward to finishing, but suddenly, in the winter quarter of my senior year, I was terrified of the future. Graduation forced a goodbye to Walla Walla (I had oddly grown attached to the winsome town), and a hello to legitimate adulthood. Nothing about this thrilled me now. If I had had my way, I would’ve declined the initiation with a ladylike, “No, thank you.”


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Scott and Loren e Berger

George and Lola Thompson

Carl and Lucile Jones Memorial Scholarship

John and Pat Jones

It’s been six months since I graduated (my loan servicer sent a prompt reminder), and my year abroad has treated me well. Of course, I’ve had my share of heart-trembling moments, but I’ve also discovered a strength I never knew I had. I’ve been lost in faraway places, but I’ve discovered people on the way. They shared their stories, and those stories have redefined my ideas of a well-lived life. So much of post-graduation has been about discovery—very little of my life in these past months has been clear or straightforward. And while I don’t think I’ll ever be able to genuinely say, “That’s what makes life fun,” (this girl still likes a good plan) I am able to say that I like what I’ve gained. I haven’t lost any of my old career interests and ambitions either. They’re still there. Whenever I get back, I’ll pick them up, sort through them, and keep going. I don’t feel the need to worry excessively about the future. So for now, I’ll embrace what I’m doing today: teaching—and learning with—my students. Everyday I’m grateful I get to simply live alongside them. I treasure this bona fide piece of wisdom: “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”


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Jenae Williams is a 2012 English and business graduate from Bellingham, Wash. While working abroad, Williams is enjoying the sites of Portugal.

Carl and Karon Jones Carl and Lucile Jones

Two brothers made a gift, providing 27 scholarships since 2001. courtesy of jenae williams

But I couldn’t avoid the decisions I had to make. Options seem to be the beauty of a student majoring in business and English, but for me, they were torturous. I had plenty (too many) ideas of what I wanted after receiving my bachelor degrees; I just didn’t know how to choose. But I needed to make plans, quickly. Ambition couldn’t deal with inertia. I prayed God would show me where He wanted me, and I asked Him to partner my interests with His purpose. Though I’ll admit, those prayers should have been more diligent, especially for a person so terribly undecided. But God heard my few whispers anyway. In the spring, an opportunity opened to teach abroad for one year. Not quite the answer I was looking for. I was more interested in making some kind of five-year plan and starting my grown-up life. I worried I needed to climb the ladder of achievement right away. That was the standard thing to do after all, and I’m the girl who does what’s expected of her. But after repeated discussions with people I respected, praying (more serious this time), and introspection, I decided to deviate from the standard after all. A year off would be rejuvenating. I repeatedly reminded myself that when I came back after one year, my career path would still be there. I also reminded myself that going abroad was something I once dreamed about. I always regretted not taking a year off to be a student missionary or an Adventist Colleges Abroad student, like almost all of my friends had done. Luckily, my family was supportive (they seize the idea that you’re only young once). Other reasons, too, made me believe this teaching opportunity could really be a God-thing. So I applied, and at the end of summer I was a teacher.


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$500 secures a scholarship For more inFormation, contact Breanna Bork, Associate Director of Development By phone at (509) 527-2635 By e-mail at

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See you there! Upcoming events to note on your calendar

April 25-28

Homecoming Weekend highlights include a banquet, an open house and tour of KGTS 91.3 radio, the Eugene Winter Alumni Golf Classic and Luncheon, a historical campus walk, and the 15th Annual Alumni Car Show. Pictured here are WWU alumni Jim and Esther Bryson—and Jim’s unicycle—adding turn-of-century flair to last year’s car show. Honor Classes are 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 2003. For more, see homecoming.

A special KGTS 91.3 radio 50th Anniversary Reunion for former

radio station staff features an announcer contest, a record auction, and an opportunity to visit with friends and share memories.

May 18, 19, 23, 25, 26 wwudrama presents

Mother Courage and Her Children

by Bertolt Brect. Purchase tickets at drama.wallawalla. edu.

June 9

Missoula campus candidates for the master’s of social work degree receive their diplomas and hoods at the

Missoula Hooding Ceremony/ Graduation. The event is at 2 p.m.

June 14-16

The Class of 2013 gathers on the Centennial Green to receive their diplomas. Sunday’s

commencement service begins at 8:30

a.m. Go to wallawalla. edu/graduation for a full schedule of the weekend’s events.


Summer means camp meeting season.

Stop by our booth at each of the North Pacific Union Conference camp meetings and also in British Columbia. See dates at

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The alumni magazine of Walla Walla University