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A Prophet’s Place in American History Historian Terrie Aamodt Looks at Ellen Harmon White

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Our Vision for the Next Decade It’s the cry of the ages, a centuriesold longing to balance the intensity of building a life with the sweet celebration of savoring it. ¶ Consequently, the Maker of all Creation deliberately provisioned a timeless tool to help us sharpen the best of who we are and who we are meant to be: the Sabbath. ¶ The seventh-day Sabbath, with its call to weekly rest and the rhythms of grace, is rooted in the creation story. Then, throughout Old Testament times, the year of Jubilee was celebrated as a year of rest and release. In Luke we read that Jesus powerfully joins Sabbath and Jubilee in a synagogue reading, announcing the arrival of “the year of the Lord’s favor” with good news offered to the poor, liberty to the oppressed, and sight to the blind. Through these pages of scripture we discover that a Sabbatarian lifestyle, with its roots in Old Testament Jubilee, offers a timeless and irresistible invitation to much more than a Sabbath afternoon nap. Work hard, labor efficiently, save wisely and build your future. And then rest, and celebrate, pausing with your community to relish the divine time deliberately set aside for the joyful indulgence of God’s blessings. But, in resting, also share…using your time of refreshment to provision the poor, to offer peace to those who struggle, and to restore the health and well-being of those who are broken. It is in this context that we present to you Walla Walla University’s vision: A Decade of Sabbath Jubilee. During the next 10 years, in service to our mission and core themes, we will enact bold strategies that advance God’s invitation to thrive in the pursuit of balanced, satisfying and service-oriented lives. On page 15 you’ll find a brief introduction and five commitments for the coming years. These commitments were formed as a result of much prayer, careful study, and significant discussion with the university’s faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. You won’t


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be surprised to learn that our faculty and staff have already begun the careful work of enhancing already strong academic and service opportunities, exploring opportunities for more efficiency, and planning for much-needed campus improvements. And it’s none too soon. This quarter our campuses bustle with nearly 1,900 talented students eager to learn and even more eager to serve. Of course, that’s nothing new—WWU has always been known for curious and capable students. But today our graduates are especially valued to help make sense of a world where the intensity of earning, achieving and succeeding so often dulls the God-provisioned joy of living a healthy, balanced, service-filled life. Work, work, work, work, work, work. Rest…sweet, generous rest. That’s a message for the ages, a gift for all time. And together, we can ensure that our students are fully prepared to recognize and celebrate its rewards, and, in turn, richly bless others in Christ’s name for generations to come. Cordially, John McVay President

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Stories From El Salvador

Professor Explores the Exile Experience



URING THE 12-YEAR civil war in El Salvador, more than 75,000 people were killed by guerrilla forces and the United States-backed Salvadoran government. Unarmed civilians were targeted as suspected rebel sympathizers, and villages were terrorized with bombings and massacres. Those who could fled the country, settling in neighboring countries, the U.S., and Europe. Alma Alfaro, professor of languages and culture at Walla Walla University, grew up in San Salvador, the capital city, when the fighting was still mostly in the east, west, and northern parts of the country. She came to the U.S. in 1987, two years before the war would reach the capital. “Because I didn’t experience it personally, I have read literature and nonfiction to familiarize myself with this part of the Salvadoran history,” says Alfaro. “I know people whose lives were affected greatly though.” While on sabbatical in El Salvador in June, Alfaro was invited to speak at La Casa del Escritor, or The Writer’s House, a historical site operated by the National Directorate for Areas of Cultural Development. In July, Alfaro spoke about exile and the Salvadoran diaspora as discussed in three novels by Salvadoran authors. David Hernandez’s “Berlin: Años Guanacos” chronicles the physical and personal journey of an intellectual who leaves El Salvador for Germany. “Odisea del Norte” by Mario Bencastro tells the story of a working class Salvadoran who flees the country for the U.S. when he is accused of being a guerilla. In Horacio Castellanos Moya’s novel, “La Diáspora,” the characters—from upper class and working class backgrounds—escape the civil war by going to Mexico. Alfaro presented on the different perspectives represented in the novels, noting how everyone was significantly affected by the civil war as evidenced by the mass exile but also the difference in outcome and life after exile for the spectrum of social classes. “As usual, the war affected the less fortunate ones, the marginalized people, and those not well off.”

Professor Alma Alfaro immigrated to the United States in 1987 from El Salvador.

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Planning for Student Success University Welcomes New Administrator


Gym Gets New Floor, Bleachers Improved Venue for Events and for Athletes

MORE THAN 40 years after its construction, the gymnasium in the Winter Educational Complex has received a long-overdue remodel. The renovation includes a new wood floor, bleachers, sound booth, and scoreboard for the third court. In addition, there are reconfigured baskets, remodeled lower wall/storage space, and upgraded audiovisual and lighting control capabilities.


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Though the new floor will not be as multi-purpose as the previous floor, it is an improvement for most of the activities it’s used for. “The new floor is safer and has better performance for general recreation and athletic events,” The new wood floor replaces the original multi-purpose flooring.

not only interested in students’ success, but he also wants to provide campus staff members with opportunities for professional growth and development. Richardson is an avid reader who enjoys books on leadership and spirituality. With hobbies of cycling and hiking, Richardson is looking forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest. Richardson’s wife, Melanie, works as a speech pathologist in Pasco, Wash. Their sons, Brandon and Jaylin, attend Walla Walla Valley Academy in College Place.

says Rodd Strobel, instructor and facility manager for the Health and Physical Education Department. The remodel will also increase storage space. “The lower portion of the support columns for the building will be covered, eliminat-

ing all the corners along the walls and adding much needed storage,” says Strobel. To keep the floor in good condition, it will be refinished annually. Every seven to nine years, it will be sanded down, repainted, and finished. The expected life span of the floor is approximately 30 years. “Typically, gym floors are replaced because of some sort of catastrophic event before they actually wear out,” says Strobel. In addition to meeting current safety codes, the new bleachers will operate more efficiently, look better, and take up less space when not in use. With more space and better capability to control audiovisual and lighting, the new sound booth will benefit many campus groups who use the gym for various events.


T’S MY DESIRE to make a difference in the lives of people,” says David Richardson, Jr., the new vice president for student life. Richardson comes to Walla Walla University after five years working in student life services at Concorde Career Colleges. Born and raised on the campus of Oakwood College in Huntsville, Ala., Richardson was inspired by his parents, both educators. He is looking forward to working on an Adventist campus, a change he feels was providential. “The door was open,” Richardson says. “When I visited here, it was electric. I saw the passion in the students’ lives. I felt like this was going to be a great fit, and I wanted to be a part of the vision.” Richardson wants to help create an environment where students can be successful, where they feel socially connected and spiritually strong, and where they can achieve academically. “The model that I have is a progressive model,” he says. “I want to make sure I’m providing the right programs and services and an environment that can help take students and staff to a higher level.” Hope, he believes, is an integral part of a successful environment. “We still need hope on an Adventist campus, and I’m going to be presenting that to everyone,” he says. Transitioning from a commuter campus to a residential campus is also exciting, he says. Though his philosophy and the organization of student life will be the same, he will be able to create more opportunities for students. This year, Richardson is working on building relationships with students, faculty, and staff. Passionate about leadership, Richardson is

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Walla Walla University welcomes nine faculty. Front row, from left: Conna Bond, assistant professor of business; Karen Clausen-Brown, assistant professor of English; Emilie Butler, Portland campus professor of nursing; Denise Dunzweiler, professor of education. Back row from left: Kirt Onthank, assistant professor of biology; Gerry Larson, athletic director; Joel Libby, professor of art; John Foster, assistant professor of mathematics; Brent Berglin, professor of theology.

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Even more students will be able to spend summer quarter studying at the Rosario Marine Laboratory. Maranatha Volunteers International will build two residence cabins on the site next year. This year, the volunteers are completing maintenance projects at the campus. The two-level cabins will each house four students. Funds for the project were given by Walla Walla University alumni. The Class of 1962 contributed as a 50th reunion gift. Graduates Carmen and Richard Graham also granted a major gift. The Rosario campus is located near Anacortes, Wash.

Seiple Awarded Honorary Degree

The former United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Robert A. Seiple, was presented the doctor of letters degree, honoris causa at the 2013 Walla Walla University commencement ceremony. An advocate of international religious freedom, Seiple shared stories of missionaries exhiting courage and faith in the face of grave circumstances.

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The new edition of Walla Walla University’s literary journal has been recently released. The “Gadfly” features creative works by students, staff, and alumni, including “Suspension” (below), a collage/mixed media work by graduates Rachel Smith and Stephanie Smith. The publication is a double edition and is dedicated to Gary Wiss, retired professor of English. The journal has been published annually by the English Department since 1937. In this edition, other contributors include alumni Lori Henriques, Julie Nordgren, Katie Hickerson, Andrea Stout, and others. To purchase a $15 copy, call (509) 527-2862 or visit

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This book is the most compelling reading on modern parenting and childhood to come along in years. Lareau’s research chronicles the ‘common sense’ notions of parenting, childhood, education, and family that we are all so familiar with. Yet, her findings are anything but expected. Lareau tells the stories of the families in her study with respect and candor. Despite a solid grounding in sociological theory, the work is very accessible and clearly written, leaving the reader with a new understanding of how the role of social class cannot be dismissed in contemporary American society. My students regularly report it is a favorite text they look forward to discussing with their families. —Emily Tillotson, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Sociology

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This book tells the story of the 1936 University of Washington nine-man rowing crew. The crew, mostly from working class families, won the National Championships, the Olympic Trials, and eventually the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics, just edging out the Italians and the Germans. This Olympic story—often overshadowed by the success of Jesse Owens—is a fascinating look at the obstacles faced and overcome by the crewmates. It is a rare example of selfless teamwork that makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts. —Rodd Strobel, Health and Physical Education Facility Manager

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Julian Melgosa Spiritual Practices Do Benefit Your Physical and Mental Health

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HEN I ATTENDED the 2000 Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, I was pleasantly surprised to hear reports about recent research on the positive effects of religiosity and spirituality on mental health and well-being. It was shocking because since the time I studied for my psychology degree in the 1970s, the only mention of God, religion, spirituality, or prayer in an academic context would be classified as superstitious, primitive, or at least non-scientific. My astonishment was even greater because this happened at meetings of the ABCT, an organization that prides itself in the use of scientific methods, evidence-based principles, objective assessments, and other ‘hard-nosed’ approaches to solve the problems of human suffering. Since those days, I have been attentive to developments in the religion/spirituality and health interphase. Indeed, this area of research has experienced gigantic growth. To mention an example, Harold Koenig, a professor of psychiatry at Duke University, and possibly the researcher who has done more to advance this area, authored two editions of the “Handbook of Religion and Health” (Oxford University Press), containing reviews of about 1,000 recent quantitative studies in the area of religiosity/spirituality and health.

It is comforting to know that research is showing the benign effects of prayer, churchgoing, forgiveness, and so on. In this context, I find a wider confirmation of the promise of Proverbs 3:5–8: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Reflecting on this Bible promise and the growing body of literature, I wrote a book for the broad Christian audience—“The Benefits of Belief.”

Our connection to God may prevent and soothe the pain and suffering we encounter in this imperfect world.

I reviewed the professional literature over the last five years and found a large number of articles published in peer-reviewed journals supporting the connection between religious behaviors and health, both mental and physical. I chose the most relevant ones (about 20 per chapter) in order to support the areas benefitted by faith and religion. Some of the findings: Scripture-reading tends to work as a powerful tool to cope with stress and struggle, and to feel less pain in the midst of illness; it also helps to improve relationships and to protect against the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs. Forgiveness is a healing agent that nourishes interpersonal interactions, improves the quality of sleep, enhances a sense of well-being and satisfaction, makes


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the cardiac function stronger, helps people gain physical strength, and soothes pain. Being genuinely committed to one’s principles and religious beliefs helps avoid risky behaviors, and promotes greater longevity. Service to others reduces the chances of depression and increases health and longevity. Regular church attendance appears to be a fountain of health: less incidence of heart disease, hypertension, cerebrovascular disease, dementia, immune dysfunction, endocrine dysfunction, cancer, and mortality as well as low occurrence of mood disorders, higher personal satisfaction, less fear of disease and ailments, and better overall relationships. Gratitude to God observed in religious persons is associated with overall health and well-being and a more frequent practice of healthy behaviors such as weight control, exercise, and diet. A good relationship with God protects from negativistic, catastrophic thoughts (precursors of depression) and improves the quality of interpersonal interactions. Lastly, religiosity serves as a successful coping resource in times of severe difficulty. It is true that in spite of these findings, pain and suffering are part of life and that faithful people still get seriously ill and sometimes die young. But I am thankful that secular research is showing that, in general terms, our connection with God may prevent and soothe the pain and suffering we encounter in this imperfect world. Julian Melgosa has written 10 books on topics ranging from stress management to coping with old age. “Benefits of Belief” was published this year by Pacific Press Publishing Association and is available at Melgosa, a native of Spain, began teaching at WWU’s School of Education and Psychology in 2006. He has taught in the Philippines, England, and Spain.

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WHAT A WOMAN. The undisputed facts of Ellen Harmon White’s life make a remarkable story. Grant Wacker, a professor of Christian history at Duke University, observes, “however one judges the role of supernatural inspiration, White ranks as one of the most gifted and influential religious leaders in American history.” Wacker’s thoughts about the Adventist prophet preface a new book about Ellen White’s place in American history. “Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet” will be published in 2014 by Oxford University Press, the oldest university press in the world. The book took shape at an academic conference that brought together a diverse group of historians solely for the purpose of studying Ellen White’s significance in American history. One of its three co-editors is Terrie Dopp Aamodt, a longtime Walla Walla University


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professor of history and English. She is also the author of another book about Ellen White, which will soon be published as part of an Adventist biography series. It will have the distinction of being the first Ellen White biography written by a woman. I recently had the pleasure of reviewing the manuscript of “Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet,” and then interviewing Terrie about the research she and other historians have conducted about Ellen White. As Terrie and I talked about the conference, the researchers, and the book content, she said that for those familiar with Ellen White scholarship, much of the volume contains familiar research, but it also includes some new content and context. However, the many voices and perspectives together make it a powerful collected work.





Scholars have identified Ellen White with Anne Hutchinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mary Baker Eddy, and Aimee Simple McPherson as one of the most prominent women in American religious history—yet White is one of the least studied and understood.

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TERRIE AAMODT I need to talk first about how I became particularly interested in encouraging more historical scholarship on Ellen White. American history textbooks that I use and conferences that I attend discuss the Great Awakening and, to some extent, Mormonism and even Millerism, but the role of Ellen White and Adventism in the diverse story of American religion is generally absent, even though Adventists now outnumber Mormons. In recent years a handful of specialized works and some brief encyclopedic references have emerged, but they have not yet been integrated into the larger story of the history of American religion. I have not been the only Seventh-day Adventist historian talking and thinking about these issues. This book grew from conversations at Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians (ASDAH) meetings, where participants have noted that very little scholarly work on Adventism in general and Ellen White in particular has been readily accessible to the general academic community. Thus, a project developed to put together a composite biography of Ellen White, drawing in historians who have carried out research on some facet of her life and career, and seeking feedback from other scholars, both within and outside Adventism, who have studied the historical context of American religion. Our initial informal conversations developed into an academic conference that launched the book manuscript. Our ASDAH conversations led Gary Land (Andrews University), Julius Nam (Loma Linda University), and me, in consultation with other historians, to organize


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With so many themes that could be included, how did you decide what topics to address in one volume, or even in one conference? No single volume on Ellen White can be comprehensive, but we wanted to introduce significant themes that researchers are currently working on. In 2007, we began to review existing historical scholarship, choose themes of significant interest, and seek out authors with backgrounds on those themes. Almost all of them had begun their work because of their own Adventist context. We then sought advice from a wide range of scholars on chapter drafts presented at the 2009 conference. Each chapter had two respondents: one Adventist scholar familiar with Ellen White and her Adventist context, and one scholar from outside the denomination who was an expert in the thematic context of that chapter. All the participants—over 60 authors and respondents—read the chapter drafts and suggested how we could meet our goals of clarity and objectivity. As the project moved from conference papers to a finished book, some chapter assignments shifted because of other author responsibilities and overlapping content. But we are very pleased with the wide breadth of the chapters included in this volume. My editorial colleague Gary Land commented: “Collaborative research, writing, and editing shaped the book. This project’s scholarly exchange between Ellen White specialists and students of her broader contexts would take decades to achieve in occasional meetings at professional conferences.” We could talk for days about content of “American Prophet,” but let’s start our brief overview with a question about how Ellen White responded to the world around her, especially as that world changed a lot from 1827 when she was born until she died in 1915. What stood out for you in the chapter on culture by Benjamin McArthur and the chapter on society by Douglas Morgan? I think these chapters might be read differently by Adventists and non-Adventists, simply because of the differences in readers’ contexts. The culture chapter describes the conservative Methodist practices that influenced White and her lack of interest in upward mobility and cultural accommodation seen within other denominational groups. But for any of us who

TOP James and Ellen White ca. 1865 with sons William Clarence (Willie), born 1854, and James Edson (Edson), born 1849. BOTTOM Ellen White addresses the 1901 General Conference Session in Battle Creek, Mich.


Let’s start with the background of the subject, key people, and conference in Portland, Maine, in 2009 that resulted in this book. What is the origin of the volume that you’ve worked hard with many superb scholars, in fact a total of 20 chapter authors, to produce?

a conference in Portland, Maine, where Ellen White grew up. We enlisted the historian of American science and religion Ronald L. Numbers (University of Wisconsin) as a co-organizer and co-editor. The conference was designed to, as far as we could, “examine the full range and scope of Ellen White’s place in American history.” And her place in American history isn’t trivial. Scholars have identified Ellen White with Anne Hutchinson [a religious dissident in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1630s], Harriet Beecher Stowe [author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and a prominent anti-slavery activist], Mary Baker Eddy [the founder of Christian Science] and Aimee Simple McPherson [founder of the Four Square Church], as one of the most prominent women in American religious history– yet White is one of the least studied and understood. We wanted chapters that would examine the breadth of Ellen White’s 70-year public career while avoiding extremes of iconoclasm or hagiography.

exerts a transforming influence in society.” Thus, she was able to blend her desire to help individuals prepare for Christ’s return while also strongly opposing some societal issues such as slavery and alcohol. As the founding “mother” of a church, Ellen White inevitably had a major influence on its theology, but the three chapters that talk about her significant contributions here also say that the systematic discussion or descriptions of theology weren’t her focus. What did you particularly find interesting in the three chapters talking about theology? As Fritz Guy points out in his chapter on Ellen White’s theology, she did not attempt to function as a systematic theologian, yet she had a profound impact on the development of Adventist theology, including her central emphasis on Jesus Christ. In his chapter on eschatology, Jonathan Butler discusses how White’s and other founders’ roots in Millerism affected the development of Adventist doctrines related to Christ’s Second Advent. During his discussion of Ellen White’s practical theology, Bert Haloviak shows how Adventism’s founders drew on their own religious heritage— Christian Connexion ( James White and Joseph Bates) and Methodist (Ellen Harmon White), as they debated and discussed the shape of their own emerging group.

grew up in an Adventism with many specific cultural strictures, it provides a useful and thought-provoking context for what we were raised to do and not to do. The chapter on society describes how White advised church members about which societal issues to actively be a part of, and perhaps by their lack of mention, which to avoid. Morgan writes that Adventist believers did “not invest hope in any human government or political program, however idealistic, but only in the coming reign of Christ. Yet White also recognized a historical pattern in which the prophetic minority

The chapter about Ellen White as an author deals with a subject that has been controversial for a long time—in fact, as I learned from this chapter, even during her lifetime. How did Arthur Patrick address it? In his chapter, Patrick, who recently succumbed to cancer, carefully and sensitively reviews the historical details of Ellen White’s writing process, her use of sources, and the roles of the various editors she worked with during her long career as an author. He notes that the general outline of the issues, by now well known and widely documented in books, journals, and online publications, is complex and will continue to be the focus of spirited discussion. As a scholar of history, he seeks to lay out the issues, not to tell the reader what to think. One chapter that was particularly intriguing was the overview of the “Testimonies for the Church”—not a set of books as easily read as the Conflict of the Ages Series– how did the chapter author approach the “Testimonies”? Graeme Sharrock is doing fascinating contextual

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS TO PUBLISH “ELLEN HARMON WHITE: AMERICAN PROPHET” CO-EDITORS Terrie Dopp Aamodt, professor of history and English, Walla `Walla University Gary Land, emeritus professor of history, Andrews University Ronald L. Numbers, Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison CHAPTER AUTHORS Grant Wacker Professor of Christian history, Duke University Foreword Jonathan Butler Independent scholar, Ph.D. in church history, University of Chicago “A Portrait” and “Second Coming” Ann Taves Professor of religious studies, University of California, Santa Barbara “Visions” Graeme Sharrock Doctoral candidate, University of Chicago “Testimonies” Ronald Graybill Independent scholar, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University “Prophet”

ELLEN WHITE A Religious Leader Makes History

Arthur Patrick Senior research fellow, Avondale College (deceased) “Author”

From a humble childhood and with limited formal education, Ellen White, after a lifetime of work, established a global denomination exceeding 100,000 people, thoughtfully organized, with myriad institutions involved in multiple forms of

Terrie Aamodt Professor of history and English, Walla Walla University “Speaker”

outreach around the world. She was involved in cutting-edge technology during her entire life, leveraging printing presses and railroads to make it possible to stay in touch with the ever-growing number of Adventist believers.

Her book “Steps to Christ,” initially published by a non-Seventh-day Adventist press, has been translated into 165 languages with an estimated 100 million copies sold or distributed. Despite a frail constitution and significant health

issues during most of her life, she developed a very resonant and powerful speaking voice and spoke up to 150 times per year, decade after decade, to groups of often hundreds and sometimes thousands, without benefit of amplification.

She also became, as a woman in the male-leadershipdominated 19th century, a powerful and influential consultant with extensive impact on the growth of industries and institutions across the United States and around the world.

She maintained extensive and detailed correspondence with hundreds of individuals– often providing unusually insightful guidance to them and their church communities volumes).

Floyd Greenleaf (co-author) Emeritus professor of history, Southern Adventist University “Builder”

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In your opinion, what is important for Adventists about this composite biography? One thing that has been very striking to me as I worked on this project is how many Seventh-day Adventist institutions Ellen White shaped and how the very way the church functions today is still based on priorities she set. For example, Adventist education at all levels–primary, secondary, and tertiary–owes its existence to the writing, speaking, general priorities, forethought, activism, and visions of White. The same is true of Adventist healthcare institutions, worldwide church organization, and international publishing systems. She was tremendously influential over the 70 years of her public ministry but has been equally important over the century since she died. While this may seem obvious, it is something Adventism needs to note and remember. To really appreciate her legacy, I have found it helpful to understand her life and times much more thoroughly. Also, while Adventists who read this book will understandably measure it with their own previous experience and knowledge of Ellen White, they need to keep in mind the primary audience for this book, which includes academic historians and students who have no previous knowledge of White. How will this target audience respond to the story of her life? When we met in Portland, Maine, At various times in her life, Ellen White I wondered about that question as we was credentialed as brought together a group of people who a Seventh-day deeply understood White and a group Adventist minister of people for whom her name had no by both local confercontext and no particular significance. I ences and the General Conference. wondered what they would think of her,

what they would take away from this first encounter. I did not know what to expect. As the conference ended, I was impressed with the level of interest and seriousness these scholars applied to learning what in many cases was entirely new information. Their level of engagement with her, respect for her story, and enthusiasm for supporting further research, made the effort—and bouts of trepidation— worthwhile. As I’ve described here, I did not know what to expect from scholars who have not encountered Ellen White before. I also wondered how Adventists would receive the results of our work. Anyone looking for a book that exactly matches their own perspective will be disappointed, because this composite biography includes many perspectives. A majority of the chapter authors are Adventist historians who teach at Adventist schools or have recently retired from a career in Adventist higher education. A smaller number of authors are former Adventists, and an even smaller number are those who have never had any connection to Adventist tradition. Knowing full well the risks inherent in putting together so many perspectives, we proceeded with the task, because we wanted to do something different, something other than Adventists talking—sometimes not very civilly—only to one another. My hope is that our work will be received as respectfully by Adventists of all persuasions as it was by the conference participants who had never heard of her before. As you’ve been working with these scholars, you have also been working on a biography of White. Tell me how your biography project compares with the Oxford book. The biography I am writing is different in purpose. It is the first Ellen White biography written by a woman. George Knight’s Adventist Pioneers biography series (of which my volume is a part) is intended primarily for a college-educated, Seventh-day Adventist audience (the Oxford book is designed to be accessible to this group, but it is directed primarily to an academic audience of no particular religious orientation). Another contrast is that the Oxford book is written by multiple authors who follow specific themes; the biography will have just one voice. It is also designed to provide a narrative overview of her entire life–though built on a foundation of careful research, it isn’t written as an academic book. One of my challenges is to make the book as inclusive as possible, though I realize scholars have spent their entire careers studying her life, and a thorough examination of her requires multiple volumes. I hope the Oxford book piques the interest of readers in Ellen White, and they will read my biography as well as other volumes currently in the works. I am certain that over the next few decades many more academic researchers will produce works on someone as noteworthy as Ellen Harmon White. I am glad that Seventh-day Adventist scholars and researchers have been involved in this early contribution to what we expect will become an ongoing discussion among academic historians. The fact that Oxford University Press has chosen to publish and distribute “Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet” is an honor. Julie Lenée Scott holds a master’s in journalism from University of Oregon, an MBA from University of Rochester, and a PhD from University of Washington. She runs a leadership development consultancy in the Northwest.


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Fritz Guy Research Professor of Philosophical Theology, La Sierra University “Theology” Bert Haloviak Former director of the office of archives and statistics, the Adventist World Headquarters (now retired) “Practical Theology” Ronald L. Numbers (co-author) Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison “Science and Medicine” Rennie B. Schoepflin (co-author) Associate dean and professor of history, College of Natural and Social Sciences, California State University, Los Angeles “Science and Medicine” Douglas Morgan Professor of history and political studies, Washington Adventist University “Society” Benjamin McArthur Professor of history, Southern Adventist University “Culture” Eric Anderson President, Southwestern Adventist University “Race” Laura Vance Director of gender and women’s studies program, Warren Wilson College “Gender” T. Joe Willey Independent scholar, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley “Death and Burial” Paul McGraw (co-author) Professor of history, Pacific Union College “Legacy” Gilbert Valentine (co-author) Professor, chair of educational leadership. La Sierra University “Legacy” Gary Land Emeritus professor of history, Andrews University “Biographies”


research on the “Testimonies.” Here we include some of his work that is being developed for his doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago. He is painstakingly going through specific testimony messages that can be traced back to the original recipients and communities. Then he provides context for the advice White has penned. One thing that really strikes me as I read his work is how intuitive and gifted White was as she worked to influence people and bring about harmony among disparate factions. It leaves a very different, and more nuanced, impression than her sometimes-very-directive messages to anonymous recipients that we see in print.

Jerry Moon (co-author) Professor, chair of church history, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University “Builder”

OUR 2013–2023 VISION

A DECADE OF SABBATH JUBILEE Walla Walla University, in service of its mission and core themes, will pursue a Decade of Sabbath Jubilee— celebrating and sharpening the best of who we are and what God has called us to be: a university offering unparalleled higher education in the context of wholistic, Christian community.



The seventh-day Sabbath, with its call to weekly rest and the rhythms of grace, is rooted in the creation story (Gen 2:1-3; Exod 20:8-11). In Old Testament times, the year of Jubilee was celebrated as a year of rest and release (Lev 25:1-17).i Jesus powerfully joins Sabbath and Jubilee in a synagogue reading, announcing the arrival of “‘the year of the Lord’s favor’” with good news offered to the poor, liberty to captives and the oppressed, and sight to the blind (Luke 4:16-21). Together, trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and students will tune our ears to hear this announcement of Sabbath Jubilee by Jesus, exploring and actualizing its meanings for Walla Walla University. Sabbath Jubilee will inform everything we do as we seek the margin, balance and rest it harbors.

Our attention to this theme will be evidenced in five bold commitments:



Walla Walla University will pursue, and celebrate, a biblical vision of economic Sabbath Jubilee—a fresh, resource reality marked by the absence of financial debt, the presence of fiscal margin, and the generous investment of funds toward academic innovation and campus life excellence. This economic jubilee will consist of three major objectives: PRIORITY ONE

Annual Budget Margin of 10%. Walla Walla University will adopt a keystone habit of achieving an annual budget margin of 10% by the 2022–2023 fiscal year.iii This margin will be used to foster institutional sustainability and academic innovation.


Comprehensive Campaign. Walla Walla University will introduce a comprehensive campaign for the purpose of growing our endowment, renewing our physical campuses, and investing in academic innovation. This fundraising goal shall be realized by the completion of the 2019–2020 school year.


Enrollment Management. Walla Walla University will determine an appropriate student population size and strategy. This proactive enrollment management will assist institutional economic predictability and year-to-year stability.




PRIORITY ONE Balance and Wellness. We will ensure that the values of balance and wellness mark our academic life. PRIORITY TWO Student Success. We will design and implement a more structured student success strategy that will feature an invigorated academic advising process and a personal success plan for each undergraduate student.


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PRIORITY THREE Faculty Excellence. We will develop clear markers of excellence for faculty in teaching, advising, professionalism, and scholarship within a framework of heightened accountability and increased remuneration.

PRIORITY FOUR Innovative Curricula. We will emphasize critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication as essential skills by integrating them across the curriculum and student life. Early in this decade, we will redesign all curricula to ensure: 1) Scope of requirements encourages student success; 2) Delivery meets sustainability goals; 3) Each curriculum is innovative and forward-looking.


Walla Walla University will pursue, and celebrate, a biblical vision of academic Sabbath Jubilee. Our motivation for all intellectual inquiry is original and unsurpassed in importance: The Creator made the whole of creation very good. Upon completion of His creation, God invited human beings to join Him in an enduring admiration and celebration of His creative excellence: Sabbath Jubilee. In the next decade, in service of this commitment, we shall pursue the following four objectives. This means we will sharpen our identity as a university offering unparalleled higher education in the context of wholistic, Christian community.




Walla Walla University will pursue, and celebrate a biblical vision of humanitarian Sabbath Jubilee. This means all members of our academic community—the board of trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and students will participate in service to our world. Walla Walla University will work to intentionally prepare our students for a lifetime of dedicated service to God, the church, and the world. In the next decade, in service of this commitment, we shall pursue the following three objectives: PRIORITY ONE Department of Community Service and Mission. Walla Walla University will develop a department of community service and mission for the purposes of defining university-wide expectations for service and developing service opportunities and service learning in both local and global evangelistic and humanitarian work.

PRIORITY TWO Signature Service Project. Walla Walla University will develop an institutional-level, long-term service relationship—whereby Walla Walla University serves its community with a signature project/relationship. WWU will become “known” for this endeavor.

PRIORITY THREE Low-debt and No-debt Trajectories. Walla Walla University will develop and implement low-debt and no-debt trajectories to help students more easily live as postgraduates in productive service to God, church, and the world.




Walla Walla University will pursue, and celebrate, a biblical vision of faithfocused Sabbath Jubilee, in the tradition of Seventh-day Adventist Christianity. To this end, we commit ourselves to the following three objectives:





Walla Walla University will pursue, and celebrate, a biblical vision of aesthetic Sabbath Jubilee. We will, over the next decade, commit ourselves to these three objectives, three expressions of beauty: PRIORITY ONE Campus Beautification. Walla Walla University will beautify its physical campuses with the elimination of all deferred maintenance and the renovation and renewal of existing buildings.

PRIORITY TWO Professionalism. Walla Walla University will develop a new professionalism program for all students, including academic and non-academic experiences, wherein men and women are taught to live, act, and work—to express themselves, as leaders—with beauty, excellence, and grace.

PRIORITY THREE Sharing the Arts. Walla Walla University will infuse beauty into the Walla Walla Valley—deploying faculty, staff, and students in an effort to bring the arts to underserved communities, with particular attention to children who enjoy little or no access to music and visual art.

Center for Sabbath Celebration. Walla Walla University will form a Center for Sabbath Celebration. This new entity will promote—within Adventism and beyond—the way a Sabbathkeeping and a Sabbath lifestyle can bring glory to God, and health and beauty to human community.


Partnering with Churches and Schools. Walla Walla University will strengthen its service to the Seventhday Adventist Church through the formation of fresh partnerships with local congregations and elementary and secondary schools of the North Pacific Union Conference. We will form teams of skilled students who will provide support to these church and school communities.


Religious Instruction. Walla Walla University will consider carefully all major religious instruction on our campuses—theology courses, convocations, Sabbath Schools, church services, and other gatherings—to ensure each student has opportunity to consider Christian faith and practice in a thorough and systematic way and to reflect on philosophical, doctrinal, and behavioral questions relevant to the contemporary world.


In the Year of Jubilee, captives were set free, land was returned to the original owners, and debts were forgiven. It was Sabbath extended: “The 50th year in a series of seven Sabbatical Years. The Year of Jubilee (from Heb. yobel, ‘ram’s horn’) is the last layer in the extension of the sabbath principle that begins with the day of rest every seventh day, extended in the Sabbatical Year fallow every seventh year, to the Jubilee.” Robin J. DeWitt Knauth, “Jubilee, Year of” in Eerdman’s Dictionary of the Bible (2000), p. 743.


Sabbath Jubilee calls us to economic Jubilee, to live with fiscal margin and the absence of debt. (Leviticus 25:1-17) iii The concept of a “keystone habit” comes from the book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (Random House, 2012). iv Sabbath Jubilee invites us to think on the excellence of God’s creation. (Genesis 1:31-2:3)


Sabbath Jubilee invites us to serve our fellow human beings. (Deuteronomy 15:1-11; Luke 4:18-19) Sabbath Jubilee gathers us to celebrate the beauty of God and to express ourselves with grace and beauty. (Psalm 27:4; Mark 14:6) vii Sabbath Jubilee grounds us in faithful worship of God, and faithful following of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Exodus 20:8-11; Mark 2:27-28) vi

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Why Our Alumni Matter… Walla Walla University’s alumni make a difference every day. They are entrepreneurs, inventors, teachers, and lawyers. They are nurses, CEOs, and scientists. They are parents, engineers, legislators, and some of the best volunteers in the world. They have not just the smarts to succeed, but the heart to know what that really means.





Cedric Thiel





hank you for your generosity in supporting Walla Walla University, its students, and its dedication to creating well-rounded individuals. Specifically, I would like to thank you for supporting my educational journey. I am a junior biology major and I’m in the honors program. Joining the honors program was one of the best choices I made when coming to WWU. It serves to remind me of my interest in and the importance of the humanities—how much writing, literature, and art bring to the human experience. The rigor of the classes is also welcome; the college writing sequence gave me more confidence in my writing abilities. The program serves as a balance to my otherwise science-focused curriculum. The scientific side of my education began in high school, when I worked part-time as a student research intern at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in my hometown of Pasco, Wash. I worked in a proteomics lab that did sample preparation for the mass spectrometry group. This experience was the single greatest influence leading me to become a biology major, and it also gave me the experience I needed to obtain a summer internship after my freshman year in Munich, Germany. There I worked at the Comprehensive Pneumology Center in a lab that focused on lung fibrosis; my own project focused on how microRNA could affect the expression of a protein linked to the fibrosis process in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The humanities side of my education led me to work at The Collegian, where I was a copy editor my sophomore year and head copy editor my junior year. These roles helped me become involved in student leadership and to gain more experience in leading a team in a work setting. This fall, I will spend a semester at Keble College of Oxford University studying the history of England and medieval Europe as well as medieval literature. Following my term abroad, I will return to finish my bachelor’s degree. My long-term plan is to become a physician with strong research involvement.

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Rodney Heisler Engineering Scholarship and Grant Known as a visionary leader, Rodney Heisler’s legacy is in the continuing strength of the Edward F. Cross School. Heisler, a 1965 Walla Walla University engineering graduate, began his teaching career in 1970. Excelling as a teacher, Heisler also had the ability to discern students’ critical needs and find a way to help with them. Heisler served as dean of the school from 1987 to 1997. One of his most significant accomplishments was a $3.75 million building expansion project. Heisler also served as WWU’s vice president for academic administration from 1983 to 1986. A man of many talents, Heisler was also a professional fisherman, spending nearly 30 summers in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The scholarship fund was initiated by current engineering faculty to honor the gifts that Heisler exhibited over the nearly 40 years he served at WWU. The Rodney Heisler Engineering Scholarship and Grant provides scholarships for engineering students with GPAs over 3.0 or grants to students with financial need.


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New Scholarships It is our pleasure to announce these new endowed scholarships. For more information on the stories and donors who made them possible, visit:

Robert A. Henderson Memorial Scholarship

As a longtime professor and chair of the Department of History, Robert A. Henderson taught thousands of students to think coherently and write well-supported essays. Henderson, a 1962 Walla Walla University graduate, began teaching at WWU in 1967 and retired in 2003. He chaired the department from 1968 to 1979 and again from 2000 to 2003. “Bob Henderson was department chair when I was hired in 2001 and I could not have asked for a more kind, supportive, and dedicated mentor. It was obvious that students respected and loved him,” says Greg Dodds, current chair of the Department of History and Philosophy. Henderson also contributed to campus life, including at one point serving simultaneously on 17 committees. Henderson was a master storyteller and a craftsman who could finish a home interior to perfection or meticulously restore a Piper Cub. The Robert A. Henderson Memorial History Endowment provides scholarships for history majors demonstrating academic merit and financial need.

Rudolf and Anna Klimes LearnWell Physical Education Scholarship Rudolf Klimes’ favorite greeting, “Blessings on us,” reflects the Klimes’ gratefulness for the opportunities that the couple has had. Rudolf and Anna, both teachers, met while attending Walla Walla University and were married in 1954. Both dedicated to education, they would later earn multiple post-graduate degrees. Rudy and Anna served as missionaries in the Far East for 26 years. After their service, they taught at the Andrews University School of Graduate Studies. In 1986 they returned to Korea and established the Sahmyook University School of Lifelong Learning. In recent years, now living in the United States, they have periodically taught in Ukraine. Rudy is the founder and president of LearnWell Resources, specializing in health and drug prevention and development assistance for Ukraine. The Rudolf and Anna Klimes LearnWell Physical Education Endowment provides scholarships for students majoring in health sciences who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.

Brianna Eckler

education and work for Christ. I can’t thank you enough!

I want to thank you so much! I’m very blessed to be at this school. I love the atmosphere here, and I’m glad I followed God to this place. College is hard but very rewarding. Your donation has made it possible for me to grow closer to Christ and further my

Mari Chappell



Thank you so much for the scholarship, which will help me to continue attending this amazing school and to have the chance to reach the goal I have

Thais Thrasher-Sadoyama Scholarship Thais Thrasher Sadoyama made sharing her knowledge the focus of her life. After graduating from Walla Walla University in 1952, her goal to enter the Loma Linda Medical School was delayed a year because the annual enrollment limit of five female students was met. After completing her medical studies, ThrasherSadoyama taught pathology at LLU for more than 30 years. She earned the respect of her students not only for excellent teaching, but also for taking a personal interest in them. She and her husband, James Sadoyama, often hosted social events at their home, making many lasting friendships. Toward the end of her career, Thrasher-Sadoyama became board-certified in psychiatry and joined the staff of the Veteran’s Medical Center in Loma Linda. She was appointed chief of the outpatient psychiatry clinic and held the post until her retirement. In 2001, the couple retired in Walla Walla. The Thais Thrasher Sadoyma Scholarship provides assistance to students with financial need.

had my entire life. I just can’t thank you enough for helping me reach and fulfill my dreams. Next year is going to be one of the hardest years I’ve ever had since I will be taking several “weed out” courses. Your help gives me the opportunity to focus on studying more than focusing on getting a job and working. I really appreciate your help.


Chelsea Aguilera

thanks to you. May God bless you and repay you for your kindness.


Thank you so much for the scholarship. Without you, possibilities like Walla Walla wouldn’t be possible. I really appreciate your investment in my future. I am a psychology and marketing student and plan to become a marriage and family therapist. The money you are giving me helps me complete these goals. Thank you so much!


Thank you so much for your kind generosity in offering a scholarship opportunity to students like me. I was surprised to hear that I had received a scholarship, and I know that it is a blessing from God. With two kids in college, my family can use all the help we can, and this is a tremendous help. Thank you again for helping me pursue my college dreams.

Caleb Pop


I want to express my appreciation for your contribution. Because of you, my education is a little bit more affordable. I am grateful for people who make it possible for people like me to go to a good school.

Claribel Gonzalez


I just wanted to thank you for believing in me. This scholarship is more than I could have hoped for. Please know it will be a great help toward my education. Thank you for this wonderful blessing.

Madeline Boyson HISTORY

Thank you so much for your generous donation toward my upcoming school year. Your support means so much! The kind of community I get here at Walla Walla University is exceptional and it means a lot to me that your generosity ensures the continuation of that community. Thank you!

Rachael Coon ENGLISH

Thank you so much for blessing me with a scholarship. Education is an

Laura Hayt

As its class gift, the Class of 2013 contributed more than $11,000 to equip the library’s new collaboration study room.

incredible treasure in my eyes, and you have helped me achieve more of that treasure. I have recently returned from volunteering in Belize for the school year and this is a lesson I have learned. Education is only great when you use it to serve others. This is what I will use my education for, to give to my community, society, church, and world. I deeply appreciate your gift to help me pursue my goal.

Amanda Carrithers


Ally Noble NURSING

Thank you for your generous donation to this scholarship that will contribute to my continuing education to become a nurse. I am so grateful for your willingness to serve others as I strive to provide service in my near future. I hope to become the best nurse possible by the end of my education, and you have now become a contributor and I appreciate it very much.


Samantha Recalde

I am so thankful to have received a scholarship. Attending Walla Walla University has been the best decision of my life, and your contribution has helped make it possible. I am so blessed to be in such a beautiful place with good, loving people that motivate me to be all that I can. I’m excited to continue my education here!

Thank you so much for your generous donation! As you may know, college is becoming more and more expensive and at times it seems impossible to meet the financial demands it places on us. That is why your donation is an answer to my prayers. It is a small reminder that when we trust in God, all things are possible. My heartfelt


Your act of kindness was by no means simple, it was extraordinary! Thanks to your gift, I can start dreaming about next year and the classes I’ll take, and the road I can continue. I know God led me here to Walla Walla, and through your generosity I have seen God’s provision for the road ahead. I have been accepted into the nursing program, and will be starting clinicals next fall. Thank you for helping me get there.

Anisha Sukrutham HEALTH SCIENCE

Thank you so very much for your generous donation! I greatly appreciate what you do for Walla Walla University and its students. Scholarships like these have helped make it possible for me to be in Adventist education all my life. If it weren’t for caring people like you, I wouldn’t be able to achieve my goals. Because of the kindness I have been shown, I would like to someday give back to Walla Walla University just as you have.

INDEPENDENT COLLEGES OF WASHINGTON (ICW) The following corporations, foundations, and individuals support higher education by contributing to ICW (a consortium of private colleges). The money from these donors directly benefits Walla Walla University. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air

Clark Nuber P.S.

The Anderson Foundation

Cowles Company

Ben Bridge Family Donor Advised Fund/Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

Ellen J. Wallach


The Boeing Company Brooks Manufacturing Company CIC and the UPS Educational Endowment Fund

Enterprises International Inc.

Herbert Bridge and Edie Hilliard Howard S. Wright Constructors

Parker Smith & Feek, Inc. PEMCO Foundation and Washington State Employees Credit Union

The Titus Will Families Foundation Van Ness Feldman Washington State Auto Dealers Association

Miller Nash LLP

Red Lions Hotels Corporation

Foss Maritime Company


The Seattle Foundation

Rabel Family Advised Fund/ The Seattle Foundation

Groniger & Co., Inc.

O.D. Fisher Charitable Fund/ The Seattle Foundation

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

William Kilworth Foundation

Skanska USA Building Inc.

The Wollenberg Foundation

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.

Gull Industries, Inc.

Lease Crutcher Lewis


Wright Runstad & Company

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Alumni giving is considered a vote of confidence in Walla Walla University. Alumni support helps maintain the high level of quality education at WWU and also enhances the university’s reputation in many arenas, including nationally recognized rankings of colleges and universities such as U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges reports. Thank you to the class agents and their fellow graduates who support WWU during the last fiscal year (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013).




Highest Total Giving

Highest Class Participation

Highest Participation of a Class Graduated in the Last 10 Years

Most Improved Participation

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Class of 1948

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Graduates Giving

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John Sproed




Shirley Thomas




Lowell Bock


Verona Schnibbe


Bill Loveless




Edna Maye Loveless




Pat Jones




Ken Spady




Dale Beaulieu




Olen Nations




Ed Scheresky




Eddie Norton




Bob Brody




Stewart Shankel




Gerry Miller










Paul and Lois Turpel




Carlton Cross


Tom and Brooke Stafford




Gary Fresk


Victor Fitch




Don Hall

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Lou Blanchfield

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Bruce and Mary Lou Ham




Fred Biesenthal




Sheila Palmer




Rick Mace




Linda Carpenter




Diana Pierce




Ralph Perrin




Beverly Foster




Warren Kay




Jeff Kinne




Lisa Bissell Paulson




Helen Teske




Gabe Acosta




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Dean Tupper




Jerry Bauman




Kevin Krueger




Keith Perrin




Linda Abdel-Malek




Mike Devitt




Cecily Geschke




Stacy Peterson




Kellie Bond




Peter Fackenthall




Jim Kneller




Tom Hamel




Ken Aso and Team




Jorge Barcelo




Les Zollbrecht




Greg McCulloch




Jeff Colburn




Mike Vercio




Chris Santana




Jessica Stone




Steve Sanders




Michelle Santana Beckner




Melinda Hebbel




Aaron Linfoot




Christina Stentzel




David Bowen




Greg Hannah-Jones




Frances Leaf




Amy Alderman



BENEFACTORS SOCIETY Members of the Benefactors Society have included Walla Walla University in their estate plan. If you have included WWU in your estate plan, or would like to, please call (800) 377-2586 or visit Alice Ames Kirk and Melody Ayers Don and Alyce Bais Beverly Beem Jack and Evelyn Bergman Darold and Barbara Bigger Maxine E. Blome Robert and Georgene Bond Marjorie Bregar Burton and Carol Briggs Merrilyn Brown Grace Cafferky D. Ordell and Margaret* Calkins Merle Calkins Lois Carscallen Challis Casebolt Sue Cason Douglas and Carmen Clark Margaret Cook Carlton Cross Sandra Dahl Donald and Orletta Dealy Elaine DeVries Joyce Dutro Jon and Kathryn Dybdahl Paul and Kristyn Dybdahl Wilder Eby* James and Vicky Edwards James Eiseman D. Joyce Engel Dorsett Feyen Allan and Donna Fisher Darius and Amanda Fleck James and Christine Forsyth Brant Foster Kenneth and Bernice Fox Marcene Garriott Henry Gerber Keith and Elizabeth Gibbons Theo and Marianne Goltz Vera Dean Gregg* Don Hall Jim and Ruth Hall Beatrice Ham Lewis and Ruth Hart Stanley and Mary Hixson Eugenia Hixson Lorena Hoffman Archie Howatson Wynelle Huff Eunice Johnson Ed and Marilyn Karlow Robert and Peggy Kaye Mary Kincaid Clarence & Helen Klopfenstein Mel and Joyce Lang William and Winona* Lee

Nancy Ann Linder Walter and Luella Litchfield Sandra Love Dan and Betsy Matthews Opal Mills William & Marjorie Moreno Alice Nash Olen and Mary Nations Ted and Nancy Nedderman Jim and Nancy Nestler Joan Ogden Calvin and Alyse Olson Monta Osborne Effie Pampaian Jim and Della Park Beulah Payne Tom and Barbara Pelett Lawrence Perrigoue and Ruth Anne May James and Jennifer Pinder Lloyd and Fern Piper Hoe T. and Mary Poh Edna Powers Robert and Barbara Richards Lois Norton Ritchie-Ritter John and Katherine Robertson Nancy Romine Alberta Roth Glenna Ryder James Sadoyama Doyle and Lorelei Saxby Janelle and Robert Schmidt Marcella Schwisow Jaclin Smith Louis Smith Sam and Carol Smith Ralph and Franice Stirling Eldon and Barbara Stratton Everett and Shirley Tetz Griffith and Shirley Thomas Alden and Wanda Thompson Gordon Travis Phil and Reid Wasser Ray and Pat Watson Ray and Rosemary Watts Dorothy Weisz Melvin and Betty West Deloris White Virginia H. Wilson Tim and Cheri Windemuth Gerald and Vicki Winkle Wade and Rosalee Wolfe Yew-Chong and Lily Wong *Now Deceased

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Walla Walla University students, faculty, and staff would like to thank the donors of the following endowments for their support. Your investment today goes a long way in securing WWU’s tomorrow.



Administration Building Maintenance ASWWU Student Aid Endowment James and Ruth Bebee Computer Science Scholarship

Edward F. and Clara M. Degering Memorial Educational Scholarship

Wilford and Emma Goffar Scholarship

Claude and Annie Deming Memorial Fund

Albert E. and Reta J. Graham Memorial Scholarship

Class of 2009 Student Missionary Scholarship

Loren Dickinson Communications Scholarship

John J. Hafner Music Scholarship

Class of 2011 Shari Booth Memorial Scholarship

Dietrich/Wilkinson Aviation Scholarship

Class of 2012 Scholarship

Lovyl and Mary Hagle Memorial Worthy Student Scholarship

Frances Dixon Special Education

Richard and Dena Hammill Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Ralph A. Drake Scholarship

Thomas Hampson Humanities Merit Scholarship

Merle Clairon Calkins Computer Science Faculty Development

Class of 1989 Edwin Zaugg Memorial Scholarship

Lewis Canaday Memorial Technology Scholarship

Class of 1997 Scholarship

Dr. James R. Chambers Memorial Scholarship

Class of 1996 Scholarship Class of 2003 Scholarship

James and Ruth Bebee Nursing Scholarship

Janice P. Chance Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Beverly Math Faculty Improvement

Dr. Muriel Chapman Nursing Scholarship

Shannon Marie Bigger Memorial Christian Service Volunteer Scholarship

Advancement of Chemical Research at Walla Walla University

Verlin L. and Thelma (Kumalae) Cochran Memorial Scholarship

Lester and Geraldine Border Christian Service Scholarship

Percy W. Christian Excellence in History Scholarship

Communication Development Course

Lars and Anna Dybdahl Scholarship

A.J. and Gladys E. Christiansen Memorial Scholarship

Computer Science Magazine

Josephine Cunnington Edwards Memorial Scholarship

George W. Bowers Excellence in Chemistry Scholarship

Class of 1954 Scholarship

L.P. “Jim” Corbett History Scholarship

Boyson Family Communication Scholarship

Class of 1957 Scholarship

Alice I. Bowden Memorial Theology Scholarship

John F. Bregar Memorial Scholarship Junior Senior Business Scholarship School of Business Clair and Myrtle Calkins Library Book Fund D. Ordell and Margaret A. Calkins Business/Education Faculty Development



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Class of 1955 Scholarship Class of 1959 Student Missions Scholarship Class of 1960 Student Missions Scholarship Class of 1961 Student Missions Scholarship Class of 1965 Scholarship Class of 1971 Scholarship Class of 1978 Scholarship Class of 1983 Scholarship

L.P. “Jim” Corbett English Scholarship

L.P. “Jim” and Jane B. Corbett Student Aid Scholarship Lee Crain Memorial Music Scholarship Edward F. Cross Engineering Scholarship Nancy Cross Memorial English Faculty Development Fund Vera Davis-Michel Memorial English Scholarship

Graduate Dean’s Award

Clyde and Mary Harris Challenge Grant Pauline Hart Memorial Social Work Scholarship

H. Russell and Genevieve Emmerson Memorial Scholarship

Richard and Georgiana Hayden Christian Service Scholarship

Engineering Chair Endowment

Rodney Heisler Engineering Scholarship/Grant

Mary Garner Esary Memorial Scholarship

Robert A. Henderson Memorial History Scholarship

Faculty/Staff Scholarship Dena W. and R.B. Farnsworth Nursing Scholarship

Wilma E. Hepker Scholarship

Ray and Alice Fowler Scholarship

Paul and Frances Heubach Memorial Theology Scholarship

Norma S. Gardner Memorial English Scholarship

Jess Holm Memorial Scholarship

Class of 1984 Scholarship


Eleanor B. Schofield Memorial Teachers Scholarship

E.E. and Jane BreeseTrefz Christian Service Scholarship

Seibly Family Endowed Scholarship

Clarence O. Trubey Memorial Music Scholarship

Piper-Johanson Scholarship

Cecil W. Shankel Memorial Chemistry Scholarship

Undergraduate Advanced Study

Helen L. Popoway Endowment

Shattuck/Zitterbart Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Robert L. Reynolds Excellence in History Scholarship

Donald and Virginia Sherwood Memorial Scholarship

Marilyn K. (Dammrose) Van Stee Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Eldena McDow Scholarship

Robert M. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship

Carolyn Stevens Shultz Scholarship

Eva Stratton Vliet and Jess Vliet Scholarship

Messenger/Loewen Scholarship

Donald W. Rigby Biology Award

Dan Shultz Music Scholarship

Stanley E. Walker Music Scholarship

Jack Evan Miles Memorial Scholarship

Donald W. Rigby Biology Faculty Research

Solomon Scholarship

Francys C. Welch Scholarship Melvin K. West Music Scholarship

Dr. Gordon Johnson Physics Scholarship

MariAnne Jensen Moore Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Donnie Rigby Drama Award

Gene and Betty Soper Music Scholarship Robert L. Spies Memorial Scholarship

Lois Whitchurch Nursing Scholarship

Murray L. and Ilene Johnstone Scholarship

Dan and Mary Morrison Necker Scholarship

Glenn Spring Music Scholarship

Monte Wilkins Memorial Scholarship

Carl and Lucile Jones Nursing Scholarship

Joseph & Beth Murray Memorial Scholarship for Resident Assistants

Joseph L. Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship

John and Inez Willey Family Memorial Scholarship

Janis Suelzle Memorial Fund

WWU Student Aid

Thomas C. Rowsell Memorial Scholarship

T5 Foundation Business Excellence Fund

Randy Yaw Pi Contest Scholarship

Thais Thrasher Sadoyama Scholarship

Theology Library Book Fund

Nursing Scholarship

Young Memorial Lecture in Biology

Daniel A. Ochs Memorial Theology Scholarship

Gayle L. Saxby Memorial Scholarship

Dr. and Mrs. Howard Osborne Scholarship

Lilah Schlotthauer Memorial Mathematics Scholarship

Roy and Lois (Dorland) Martin English Scholarship

Blythe Owen Music Scholarship

Sukhdev Mathaudhu Engineering Scholarship

Doreen Paulson-Evans Memorial Scholarship

Mathematics Alumni Scholarship

Yvonne Pickett Memorial Scholarship

Mathematics Scholarship

Vera Johnson Hubbs Memorial Business Scholarship

Warren Matheson Memorial Christian Service Scholarship

Dr. and Mrs. Harold Huber Scholarship

Matiko Theology Award

Juanita Wagner Holm Memorial Nursing Scholarship Helen and Archie Howatson Nursing Scholarship Oland F. Hubbs Memorial Theology Scholarship

Wynelle J. Huff Nursing Scholarship Jess M. Hutson, M.D., Memorial Scholarship IBCC Jensen Memorial Math Scholarship

Peggy Henderson Kaye Nursing Scholarship Helen Wineberg Kendall Women in Business Scholarship KGTS Betty Klein Engineering Scholarship A.H. and Mary Koorenny Memorial Scholarship

Harden M. McConnell and Alvin L. Kwiram Award

Music Scholarship Llewellyn and Vivian Nixon Scholarship

Rigby Hall Maintenance Lilah S. Risinger Mathematics Scholarship John D. Rogers, M.D., Memorial Scholarship Rosario Marine Station Maintenance

George and Lola Thompson Memorial Scholarship Harry and Ella Thornton Memorial Scholarship

Verde Fund for Graduate Marine Research

Norma R. Youngberg Scholarship

Robert H. and Thorna Koorenny Scholarship Kretschmar Hall Maintenance Luella Latham Kretschmar Memorial Scholarship Laura G. Larson Memorial Nursing Scholarship Rudolf and Anna Klimes Learn Well Physical Education Scholarship H. Lloyd Leno Memorial Music Scholarship Lewiston/Clarkston Scholarship Harold Lickey Music Scholarship Jennie M. Livingston Memorial Library Fund Dr. C. Stanley Lloyd Jr. Scholarship


Kelly Logan Social Work Scholarship Romulo and Mercedes Lozano Scholarship Mary E. Marker Memorial Theology Scholarship

With the support of the Class of 1962 , alumni Carmen and Richard Graham , and Maranatha Volunteers International, Rosario Marine Laboratory will have two more cabins.

WWU Volunteers

Thank you to alumni and friends who give their time to Walla Walla University. We appreciate the support of those volunteers listed here and the many others who support WWU. Sonja Gourley Charleene Grellmann Maxine Hargreaves Kathy Hazen Frances Henderson Roman and Linda Hintz Ilo Hutton Bernie and Carolyn Janke Gordon and Pat Johnson Echo Johnston Ruth Joice Jim and Trudy Klein Richard and Twyla Kruger Karen Lammers Barbara Lee Charles and Erma Lee Donna Lowrie Tom and Carol Maher Walt and Bonnie Meske Bill and Virginia Napier Tom Osborne Shirley Panasuk Lois Pegel Milford and Carol Perrin Carmella Phillips Cassie Ragenovich Sandy Reeves Pat Reynolds Sally Reynolds Steve Rose LaVerne Rudolf David and Maylene Russell Teri Sannar Aileen Saunders

The university seal on the Centennial Green stage is a 50th anniversary reunion gift from the Class of 1958.

Lorelei Saxby Rita Schroeder Delores Stowell Vi Swanson Wilbur and Lola Sylvester Dave Thomas Loralee Thomas



Clarence Anderson

Terri Dickinson Neil



George Fearing

Jodi Wagner



Art King

Bunny Baker Jeremy Beam Alan Coffey Carlton Cross Heather Jarnes Felix Tan


Twyla Leiske Bechtel TREASURER

Bill Thompson Tom Thompson Gina Tsujimura Janis Tsujimura Dale and Evelyn Visger Barbara Vories Vicki Wahlin

Verlie Ward Rosemary Watts Tim and Cheri Windemuth Helen Thompson Zolber


Max C. Torkelsen VICE CHAIR

Bruce D. Thorn SECRETARY


Harold Altamirano Dennis Barts DeLona Bell Andrew O. Carrington Kenneth Crawford Paul Hoover John Freedman Don Hall

Alan S. Hurlbert Monty E. Knittel Merlin Knowles Rhona Kwiram Gordon Lacey Cameron Libby John Loor Jr. Peter J. McPherson Gregory E. Paskell David Prest Jr. Barbara J. Prowant Al Reimche Mark Remboldt Kevin Rogers Sandy Schnell Linda Sloop Rodney Wehtje

Dan Reich


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Larry Aamodt Terrie Aamodt Nieta Adams Clarence and Judy Anderson Janet Anderson Bev Archer Don and Lois Barrett Cleona Bazzy Deirdre Benwell Jack and Evelyn Bergman Marjorie Bregar Jim Cain Lois Canaday Mary Casey Rick and Elizabeth Claridge Bernard and Margaret Cook Ann Cornell Carl and Carol Cosaert Loretta Cotter Dottie Curameng Carolyn Denney Marvin Denney Loren Dickinson John Dowie Marion Dressler Jon and Kathy Dybdahl Paul and Kristyn Dybdahl Bonnie Eichner Tom and Linda Emmerson Jim and Christie Forsyth Carolyn Gaskell Paul and June Giarde Allegra Gienger Larry and Jacque Goodhew






’m writing to thank you and express my immense gratitude for the scholarship you gave me. I’m a returning college student at 31. I worked for the Vancouver School District for seven years. When I lost my job due to budget cuts, I was given the nudge I needed to choose a career in healthcare and pursue my dream of helping others. There are many difficulties when someone decides to return to school to follow his or her passion, and financing my education has been a major obstacle for me. At a recent program announcing scholarship awards, I was shocked to hear that I had been chosen to receive a scholarship. I was so overwhelmed I nearly broke down in tears. The amount of the scholarship covered almost exactly what I have been attempting to pay for out-of-pocket. This uncertainty about money had been creating a major stressor, on top of the already stressful and rigorous schedule of nursing school. Praise God! This stress will no longer be on my mind! I want you to know that I’m truly grateful for your generosity. One day, when I’m settled into my career in nursing, it is my dream to provide much-needed scholarships to students, just as you have done for me. I have always felt that God has been nudging me and opening certain doors for me in nursing, and this opportunity really proves what I have been feeling for so long. God is good and God provides. Thank you for your dedication to furthering education.

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currently retired from 26 years of teaching in Seventh-day Adventist elementary schools. She participates in volunteer work and enjoys mission trips. Some of Carol’s hobbies are quilting, bird watching, and tending to her yard and garden. Carol has two children, Kristy Bartlett and Robert Hargreaves ’90.


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Cheri Lou (Christensen) Armstrong ’73 lives with her husband, John, in Athena, Ore. Cheri Lou works at Walla Walla University as an adjunct professor. She teaches an advanced practice course for social work graduate students, and she also has her own private counseling practice in Walla Walla. Cheri Lou and John also operate a salmon fishing business in Bristol Bay, where she conducts seasonal tours of Alaska’s oldest continu-

ously-operating salmon cannery, Peter Pan Seafoods. John keeps busy with his duties as commodore of the Walla Walla Yacht Club and managing the autumn sales of their Alaskan Wild blast-frozen salmon fillets. Cheri Lou and John have four children, Amy VanderZanden, Kristen Osorio att., Lige Armstrong, and John Cacka. Cheri’s favorite memories of WWU are the lasting connections she established and the cherished memories that she made during her time on campus. “I had many committed professors who modeled the love of God for me at a time when I really needed it,” she says. Constance E. Casebolt ’78 majored in foods and nutrition in the Home Economics Department. Despite that being her first love, she decided to become a family physician. She practiced standard medicine before deciding to change her focus to functional


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medicine, which emphasizes reversing chronic illness and gives her the opportunity to apply her knowledge of nutrition. She is currently in the process of becoming certified in this field. Constance started conducting cooking classes while she was in college and continues that pursuit now. Rylla (Hicks) Riverman ’78 and her husband, Brian, live in Portland, Ore. Rylla is the president of her own consulting practice for healthcare information technology called Gorylla Inc. She also enjoys working for her church, volunteering for groups, and serving as a trustee for the church’s trust fund. Her hobbies include knitting, sewing, walking, and helping her husband with his woodworking hobbies. “We are very proud of our nieces, nephews, and ‘honorary grandchildren,’” Rylla says. Her favorite memories of WWU are during her senior year under the instruction of Fred Troutman. She also recalls many fun memories of her time spent in Conard Hall.


David Djernes ’83 and his wife, Becky, live in Chattanooga, Tenn. David is the director of guidance services at Collegedale Academy in Collegedale, Tenn. Becky is the interior design coordinator for Southern Adventist University and works as a realtor on the side. For the past several years, David and Becky have been involved in the motorcycling community through their local CMA (Christian Motorcyclist Association) chapter. David is the vice president and Becky is the treasurer. David and Becky enjoy motorcycles, camping, biking, photography, and having the Smokey Mountains in their backyard. David and Becky have

three children: Karisten, who is a physician at Erlanger Hospital; Jessica, who has a master’s in business administration and works in the corporate office of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); and Darrin, who is the general manager for Newstalgia Wheel. Barbara (Stickle) Hall ’88 lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband, Eric. They both love to enjoy the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. Barbara and Eric have seven children: Caitlyn, Christopher, Conner, Cecelia, Caroline, Chandra, and Channin. Currently, Barbara spends many of her days volunteering at her children’s schools. Barbara’s favorite memories of WWU are the times she spent in engineering classes; enjoying the organ after church; afternoon bike rides to the Whitman Mission; being introduced to pierogies with onions, mushrooms, and sour cream in the Canadian Club; and enjoying hot cocoa with friends in the dorm. Elizabeth Ann (Matthews) Simcock ’88 and her husband, Manford att., live in College Place. Elizabeth is co-owner of Windermere Real Estate in Walla Walla with her son, Douglas ’88. Elizabeth and Manford also have another son named Richard ’93. “Family is very important [to us],” she says, “and it is a delight to be a part of our four grandchildren’s lives.” Elizabeth’s favorite memories of WWU are when she came back to college to finish her degree. She graduated the same year as Douglas, and she really enjoyed the vibrant energy and open friendliness of her classmates.


Carol (Rutan) Hargreaves ’93 lives in College Place. She is

Douglas Duffield ’94 and his wife, Melanie, are new residents to central California. In July, Douglas became president and CEO of San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield. Douglas has worked as an administrator in several Adventist healthcare facilities including Florida Hospital Zephyrhills in North Tampa, Fla.; Sonora Regional Medical Center in Sonora, Calif., and Maluti Adventist Hosptial in Lesotho, Africa.


Alodia (Fleck) Helbley ’03 and her husband, Kevin, live in Spokane, Wash. Alodia works for the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists as a full-time administrative assistant in Human Resources. Alodia’s hobbies include walking, baking and cooking, reading, yoga, traveling, camping, and relaxing with family and friends. She also volunteers for their church and participates in a few local service days. Alodia and Kevin have a baby named Norah. Alodia “thoroughly enjoys being her mama” and says that she and Kevin are “totally smitten with her.” Alodia’s favorite WWU memories are the fun times spent with friends, especially when they were trying to find orange bikes, riding the Walla Walla Valley bus line with as many transfers as they could get, eating in the SAC (Student Association Center), making the rounds multiple times on bread night, and alerting each other on doughnut day. Christopher Santana ’03 and his wife, Mackenzie (Fridlund) ’03, live in Firestone, Colo. Christopher currently works as a patient relations manager at Avista Adventist Hospital.

In Memory Coffin – H. Beth Armstrong Coffin ’44 was born Dec. 9, 1922, in Tokyo, Japan, and died Jan. 28, 2013, in Gresham, Ore. Surviving: daughter Kathy Marshall of Salem, Ore., and son David of Moreno Valley, Calif. Dunker – Marlin Duane ’55 was born April 20, 1927, in Stapleton, Neb., and died Nov. 18, 2012, in Weiser, Idaho. Surviving: wife Susan of Weiser; sons Steven of Weiser, Ted ’96 of Leominster, Mass.; and daughter Janean Lewis of Weiser.


Fisher – Lois Wilson Kabanuk ’39 was born Feb. 14, 1918, in Crosby, N.D., and died April 10, 2013, in Spokane, Wash. Surviving:

sons Dean att. of Queen Creek, Ariz.; and Lowell of Spokane; and daughter Eunice Stern ’77 of Hailey, Idaho.

Ford – Venessa (Standish) ’43 was born Oct. 22, 1920, in Loma Linda, Calif., and died April 19, 2013, in Loma Linda. Surviving: husband Robert Elden att. of Loma Linda; sons Robert and Dan of Seattle, Wash.; daughters Kathleen att. of Bend, Ore., and Patricia. Hehn – Albert ’48 was born in July 1921, in Jordan, Mont., and died Aug. 27, 2013, in Lincoln, Neb. Surviving: wife Violet; sons Randy of Boulder, Colo.; Bruce of Dalton,

Ga.; and Daryl of Lincoln; and daughter Lisa Truax of Lincoln. Huffman – Laura “Tweedie” (McGee) ’48 was born July 18, 1926, in Longview, Wash., and died March 24, 2013, in Vancouver, Wash. Surviving: son Gerald McGee and daughter Carolyn Haakinson, both of Longview. Nelson – Carol Rose (Wyman) ’54 was born Sept. 20, 1927, in Maymyo, Burma, and died June 23, 2013, in Federal Way, Wash. Surviving: sons Stanley ’92 of Caldwell, Idaho; and John of Tacoma, Wash.; and brother C. Lloyd Wyman ’50 of Paradise, Calif.

Roosma – Minne ’49 was born Nov. 19, 1919, in Hot Springs, Mont., and died Jan. 24, 2013, in Hot Springs. Surviving: wife Chloe ’47 of Hot Springs; sons Samuel ’80 of Hot Springs; Dirk ’75 of Hot Springs; Louis ’74 of Walla Walla; and Thomas ’78 of East Sound, Wash.; and sister Nona Ludeman of Berrien Springs, Minn. Stevenson – Doyle Ivan ’73 was born Nov. 29, 1948, in California, and died Feb. 2, 2012, in Salem, Ore. Surviving: wife Erma (Hebert) ’71 of Portland, Ore.; son Andrew of Japan; daughters Sheila and Michelle of Portland; brother Dwayne Stevenson ’74 of Salem; and sisters Shirley Kimble att. of Portland; and Sandra Bobbitt att. of Seattle, Wash. Wallace – Joyce C. (Eberhardt) att. was born Dec. 10, 1933, in Los Angeles, Calif., and died on April 20, 2013. Surviving: husband Allan of California; daughter Diana; and sister Jeanine Carter.

Harlan Bates

Vernon Nye

Harlan Bates was a longtime beloved school principal who was also known as an exceptional music educator. In 1964, Harlan began teaching music at Milton-Stateline Elementary School in Milton-Freewater, Ore., and the same year he enrolled at Walla Walla University as a music student. Seven years later, he was asked to serve as principal in addition to continuing to teach music and lead all music groups. He would fill that dual role until his retirement in 1992. As a young adult, Harlan served for two years in the Medical Corps, during which time he played first chair horn in the 323rd Army Band in San Antonio, Texas. He would continue to play in music groups wherever he lived. Following his military service, he played in the Salt Lake Community Symphony Orchestra. When the family moved to Hawaii he played for the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. He would also teach the band programs at three Adventist schools in Hawaii. Harlan was a member of the Walla Walla Symphony for 20 years, eventually serving as principal chair of the horn section. He was also a member of the symphony’s woodwind quintet and chamber orchestra. Harlan married Coral Gordan Provonsha in 1981. Coral had four children from her first marriage. For many years, the couple was active in music activities at their church in addition to performing at other events. Harlan was born Aug. 7, 1927, in Provo, Utah, and passed away July 29, 2013, in Walla Walla. He is survived by his wife, Coral, of Walla Walla; brother Leon; sons Randy Bates ’83 and Ryan Bates; daughters Diane Hendry and Dion Bates; and four step-children, Steve Provonsha, Terry Provonsha, Pam Hopkins ’82 and Renee Haynes ’84.

As both an artist and a teacher, Vernon Nye was an admired man. He taught at Walla Walla University from 1979 to 1983, instructing his students with humor, kindness, and encouraging high standards. Vernon spent most of his teaching career at Pacific Union College, where he served as chairman of the department of visual arts from 1955 to 1976. He concluded his formal teaching career at WWU but continued to teach workshops for some time as well as continuing his artistic pursuits. Vernon was raised in New York State and attended the Mechanics Institute, the Rochester Art Institute, and the Corcoran Art School. He also studied with artists Eliot O’Hara, Roy Mason, Ted Kautzky, and Harry Anderson, who Nye worked with as an illustrator for Review and Herald Publishing Association in Washington, D.C. Generations of Adventists saw Nye’s work on book covers, posters, and in church publications. As a freelance artist, he illustrated posters for the U.S. Treasury Department and the Department of Defense, and was also a staff illustrator for the Department of Defense. Primarily known as a watercolorist, Vernon’s landscapes of coastlines, farmland, woods, and other West Coast scenes have been shown in exhibitions for the Society of Western Artists, the American Watercolor Society exhibitions, and in galleries in Northern and Southern California. As a tribute, Vernon’s works will be shown in WWU’s Clyde and Mary Harris Gallery during Homecoming Weekend, April 24-27, 2014. Vernon was born Dec. 16, 1915, in Batavia, N.Y., and passed away July 24, 2013, in Fresno, Calif. He is survived by son Gilbert of Fresno; daughter Paulette Diehl of Pendleton, Ore.; and sister Vivian Redmon of Inverness, Fla.

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Matthew Enders Transportation Engineer

Everyone is a driver. So everyone feels like an expert about roads. And everyone has questions about decisions being made on roads. Most of the time, in a non-work environment, when I am introduced as someone who works for the Washington State Department of Transportation, people immediately have a question about some road-related project or issue. It’s an interest area for everyone. Working with cities and counties statewide, I oversee the technical assistance and training that we provide in traffic engineering and safety. It is a very people-oriented job. I spend significant amounts of time working with city and county engineers, law enforcement personnel, and individual citizens. The greatest challenge in my work is identifying the best methods to reduce fatal


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1999 graduate

and serious injury collisions in the state, and helping local agencies implement the best improvements to help achieve that goal. Roundabouts are the safest type of intersection control. Unlike a traffic signal or a stop sign—which drivers can choose to run through if they choose—drivers must circle around a roundabout. There is no way to “run through” it. A roundabout eliminates angle “T-bone” crashes, which tend to be the most severe. All crash severities are also reduced due to the low speeds required to go through a roundabout. Most crashes are just fender-benders. In addition to being very safe, roundabouts can also be very efficient since most times drivers do not have to stop. And because most drivers don’t have to stop, roundabouts also reduce vehicle emissions, so they cause less pollution.

People like roundabouts because they are safe and quick to get through. And since you can landscape the central island, they can look nice compared to open pavement at a traffic signal. Some people dislike roundabouts because they are different. Drivers confuse them with giant traffic circles from the eastern U.S. Drivers can almost drive on auto-pilot going through traffic signals. With a roundabout, drivers have to pay attention the entire time. My favorite project is the Corridor Safety Program. We use low-cost solutions to improve safety on higher risk roads. We bring together engineering solutions, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and education programs to reduce fatalities and serious injuries. You can help by always paying attention to the task of driving.

photograph by BRANDON HILL

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UniversityFund Preparing tomorrow’s leaders

3 Reasons

students are calling you

(and why you should answer!)

Our year-end phonathon is underway! Every fall, our students call to ask for your support.* It’s not about how much you give but that you give. Your gift provides direct support, increases WWU’s ability to receive grants from corporations and foundations, and boosts our ranking in the U.S. News & World Report.


stuDent scholarships

Did you know more than 80 percent of WWU students received financial aid last year? Giving to the WWU Fund provides scholarships that can make a significant difference and help to reduce student loans.


Faculty Development

Providing for faculty professional development helps WWU recruit and retain the best professors. This assures a quality education for students and boosts the university’s national ranking as well.


learning enhancements

The WWU Fund helps create a better learning environment. Upgrading computer labs and increasing team study areas allow students to collaborate on projects and enhances the learning experience. Professors can use online resources, video and more to enhance lectures. Your support of the WWU Fund makes this possible.

Thanks for your support!


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See you there! Upcoming events to note on your calendar

November 19

Paralympics gold medalist and WWU 2000 graduate David Wagner tells his story at 11 a.m. in the University Church. A spinal cord injury in college only temporarily sidelined the athlete. Today, he’s training to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, his fourth Paralympic competition.

December 13

The Department of Music presents


The Christmas concert repertoire features selections exploring the mysteries of Divine love, Mary’s experience, and Christ’s condescension. Concerts are at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the University Church.

January 20, 2014

Bill Knott, editor of the Adventist Review, points to King’s “I Have a Dream” speech as a clarion call that galvanized a nation—and a church—to move toward racial reconciliation. The

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration begins at 11 a.m. in the University Church.

January 25

Bringing together vocalists and instrumentalists from Northwest academies, the

Choir/Orchestra Festival Concert

begins at 4 p.m. in the University Church. The performance showcases the talents of students participating in a clinic sponsored by the Department of Music.

February 6-8

Basketball fans, time for

Friendship Tournament,

an annual competition between more than 20 academy teams. (See the new wood gym floor!) View the schedule and sign up for Twitter updates at

March 1-8

Students direct and act in short drama productions for

wwudrama’s The Festival of One Acts. The curtains rise at 8 p.m. on the nights of March 1, 2, 6, and 8.

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The alumni magazine of Walla Walla University