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Your Story, Our Story My speech professor, Donnie Rigby, used to say, “I know a little about many, many things,” referring, of course, to the subjects of countless “how-to” and persuasion speeches she heard over the years. Sometimes I feel that way. Thanks to the scores of articles I’ve produced as a Walla Walla University writer and editor, I know a little about many, many things. In preparing this issue, I learned about how music can make life better for patients with dementia. I learned about a place in France where the sick and dying have been lovingly cared for since the 15th century. I had a WWU history lesson about how student leaders from long ago helped resurrect WWU. These stories will stay with me. When we let our alumni do the storytelling, it’s especially memorable. In this issue, five alumni give a snapshot of their day jobs, work that we found intriguing.

I hope you will too. With more than 32,000 alumni, there are so many more stories that we could share. I have a long list of alumni who have great stories, a list that grows longer as I encounter more and more names through online resources, especially social media. I hope to continue to share them with you in future Westwind issues as well as on the university’s social media sites. On page 22, you’ll see an overview of the university’s presence on social media, where you can connect to other alumni, and to WWU. If you haven’t taken a look, we’d love for you to join us there. It’s our honor to tell your stories. After all, alumni embody the values of a WWU education. Your story is our story. Who knows? You may even be on my list. Rosa Jimenez Westwind Editor

Send any content and photos to westwind@ or by mail to Westwind, University Relations, Walla Walla University, 204 S. College Ave., College Place, WA 99324.


Terri Neil, a 1982 Walla Walla University graduate, is the university’s alumni and parent relations director. She has worked as a business education teacher.


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Advancement Editor Dorita Tessier is the director of development. A 1980 Walla Walla University graduate, she worked in healthcare and education before coming to WWU in 2002. 

Holley Bryant

Lisa Krueger

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When history major Jaclyn Shankel graduates in 2016, she will be a third-generation graduate of Walla Walla University. She is from Calimesa, Calif.

From Caldwell, Idaho, Rachel Wood is a marketing major, who will complete her business studies at Walla Walla University in the spring of 2015.

Taylor Sarrafian is a graduating senior from Riverside, Calif. He maintains an eclectic set of interests outside his computer science and mathematics studies.

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

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Holley Bryant, a 2003 Walla Walla University graduate, is the director for marketing and university relations. She and her husband, Matt, have the two cutest kids in the world, Jackson and Reagan.

A freelance writer and editor, Lisa Krueger recently relocated to Silver Springs, Md., from Walla Walla. She is a 1994 Walla Walla University graduate.

Chris Drake is the university’s director for media design, working primarily with photography and graphic design. He is a 2001 Walla Walla University graduate.



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Jason Satterlund’s filmmaking career fits his creative style. Photograph by Chris Drake

Westwind Spring 2014, Volume 33, Number 1 / Westwind is published three times a year for alumni and friends of Walla Walla University, a Seventh-day Adventist institution. It is produced by Marketing and Enrollment Services/ University Relations. This issue was printed in March 2014. Third-class postage is paid at College Place, Wash. © 2014 by Walla Walla University. Westwind/University Relations 204 S. College Ave. College Place, WA 99324 Telephone (509) 527-2363 Toll-free (800) 541-8900 E-mail Online

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The latest from across campus

Out of the Ordinary Our unique occupations

All For One

ASWWU marks 100th anniversary

Connecting People and Places Join us on social media

Alumni Currents

Upcoming Events, 25 AlumNotes, 28 In Memory, 29 Alumna of Note, 30 Back to You


Everyone Is Needed

Join the Choir

One recent morning I was reflecting on Psalm 148 and the unique and varied community we know as Walla Walla University. In the Psalm, the psalmist assembles a choir to praise the Lord. ¶ The first stanza begins far above the earth and descends as it recruits for the chorus: angels, sun, moon, stars, and the rain clouds. ¶ The second stanza (vv. 7-14) ascends, beginning with the monsters of the deep as it gathers candidates for the ensemble: fire, hail, snow, mist, strong wind, mountains, fruit trees, cedars, and animals—beasts, livestock, “creeping things,” and birds. By the end of the psalm, the psalmist has recruited a diverse— and cacophonous!—choir to praise the Lord. As I was marveling at this chorus of praise assembled by the psalmist, the distant, growling noise of another great creature penetrated my consciousness—a garbage truck, making its way through the morning fog. After a mad dash to put out the trash, I added this growling beast to the liturgical choir. At that early morning hour, I imagined Walla Walla University itself a wondrous, varied choir, the purpose of which is to praise God. If we were to take the role of the psalmist and assemble a choir, we would surely gather all our students, from those on our home campus to the far reaches of our satellite campuses in Portland, Anacortes, Billings, and Missoula. And reaching farther still, we would add the adventurous students at scores of global sites where they serve as student missionaries or study on our Adventist Colleges Abroad campuses. We would add faculty and staff, listening for the tuneful contribution of every voice joining in from classrooms and offices. And we would need a few sound effects to accompany our growing chorus. So we would welcome the sounds from our laboratories —the hissing of test tubes, the roar of generators, the low hum of computers. We would not wish to miss the obvious. We must include our university choirs, orchestra, band, and ensembles, including the String Quartet, Brass Ensemble, Steel Band, Woodwind Ensemble, Big Band, and Harp Ensemble. And why not include in our choir


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the not-so-obvious? Every car, truck, bus, and our fleet of airplanes. And even WWU’s very own garbage truck. Outside our campus boundaries, there is another special group of people who are vital to the mission of our university. I extend an invitation for you to join our unique choir. All alumni voices are needed: soft and bold, daring and cautious, frail and strong. Together, we would make a joyful sound, praising God as the diverse and cacophonous, yet harmonious, choir of Psalm 148. We praise God because WWU is a place where young people grow in excellence in thought, generosity in service, beauty in expression, and faith in God. We praise His name because miracles happen every day on our campus. I invite you to join the chorus of praise as we move forward in faith, knowing God is watching over His university. Cordially, John McVay President

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Water Works

Engineers to Build New Water System


FOR MANY PEOPLE, basic living needs can easily be taken for granted. However, a continent away, in the Peruvian town of Pucutuni, safe water and housing have been in jeopardy for some years. Community leaders are now working with the university’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders to help resolve this issue. In September 2013, Brian Roth, WWU School of Engineering professor, and Jim Wodrich, a civil engineer from Bend, Ore., accompanied engineering students Braden Anderson and Bryce Hill on a trip to Peru to review potential high-impact projects in the P eruvian Andes. After visiting many communities, the team settled on a project to design and install a new water system for the town. Located at 14,000 feet in the Andes Mountains, Pucutuni is situated on unstable ground and is prone to landslides. Moving the residents to new houses at a safer location is necessary, but cannot happen until a new water system is installed. In March, engineering volunteers will travel to Peru to gather engineering data and build relations with the municipality and community leaders. In September of this year, a team of eight students and professionals will build and test the new water system, including protection of a spring water source, piping of the water to the community, and a storage tank and tap-stands. The $48,000 project cost is funded entirely by private donors and through several Engineers Without Borders fundraisers each year. The project, conducted in partnership with Adventist Development and Relief Agency, is the second major project completed by WWU’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Two school structures and related infrastructure improvements were completed in Honduras communities in 2010 and 2012.

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Pastor Returns to University Church Bryan Focuses on Pastoral Ministry

known for his Jesus-focused sermons and his ability to connect with people, both from the pulpit and in oneto-one interactions. His involvement in campus life includes teaching theology and business classes. “I am both humbled and energized by the sacred work which takes place on our campus,” Bryan says. “I believe Adventist Christianity in the Pacific Northwest enjoys a biblical blend of deep faithfulness and bold innovation—and Walla Walla University plays an important roll in growing both. I look forward to partnering with teachers and students—and with church members and church leaders across our region.” Bryan, his wife Nicole, and their two children will return to Walla Walla in June.

Grassroots in Ghana Social Work Students Complete Field Experience in Africa A YEAR AGO, Stefanie Pritchett stepped into a different world. The social work student traveled to a Ghana orphanage called Save Them Young, home to more than 70 children, ranging in ages from infancy to 18 years. Putting her social work training into practice, Pritchett used skills in advocacy, social policy, and ethical reasoning. She worked with students—assessing, evaluating and then making recommendations for interventions. And, she pitched in where needed—taking students on field trips, reorganizing the library, and teaching group lessons. Pritchett, and Trina


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Zwibel, another Walla Walla University social work student, are Walla Walla University’s first social work students to complete field instruction in another country. Known for its emphasis

on clinical experience, the School of Sociology and Social Work is working to expand options for students interested in global service. Social work professors Wayne Pollard and Susan Smith worked closely with


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Beyond leading University Church ministry programs, Pastor Alex Bryan has taught theology and business classes at Walla Walla University.

a WWU alumna and former professor to secure internships in Ghana. Beth Dorsey Okantey lives in Ghana with her husband, Carlos. Pritchett’s internship experience drew her into the children’s lives in unexpected ways. She says she fell in love with the children. She speaks fondly of Ama, a 13-year-old who wants to be a doctor. Having escaped a sexually abusive home life, Ama was a good student who took pride in herself and her work. Pritchett and her husband will be sponsoring Ama’s secondary education. “It was helpful to see at a macro level what was happening in the country, but it really came down to what is happening at a micro level. Working at the grass roots is the best way I can make a difference,” says Pritchett.



LEX BRYAN IS returning to the pulpit of the University Church as senior pastor. “I’m happy he decided to come back,” says Brooklyn Larson, junior humanities major. “Pastor Alex connects well with students and is involved in so many ways in our campus life.” Bryan served as senior pastor of the University Church from 2009 to June of 2013, when he relocated to Kettering, Ohio, to serve as president of Kettering College. His return to pastoral work was driven by what he says was “an ever-growing and ever-clearer prompting from God that I should return to pastoral and pulpit ministry—and particularly in the context of Christian higher education, where young men and women are shaping convictions about God and his purposes in the world.” Among University Church members, Bryan is

Oxford Press to Release Book in May The World of Ellen White


BOOK WITH a historical perspective of Seventh-day Adventist prophet Ellen White will be released in May by Oxford University Press. The book is the first comprehensive scholarly treatment of White’s life, career, and cultural context. “Scholars have identified Ellen White as one of the most prominent women in American religious history,” says co-editor Terrie Aamodt, “yet she is one of the least studied and understood.” Aamodt is a professor of English and history at Walla Walla University. The book is comprised of 18 chapters written by different authors, each focusing

on one aspect of Ellen White’s life, including her role as a prophet, author, speaker, and topics such as race, society, gender, and science and medicine. The 336-page book also includes 31 photographs and illustrations. Aamodt’s role as an editor for the book was also shared by two other historians. Gary Land is emeritus professor of history at Andrews University. Ronald L. Numbers is Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science and Medicine at University of Wisconsin-Madison. The book had its origins at meetings of the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians. Informal conversations among historians led to an academic conference that launched the book manuscript. The book is currently available for preorder online at Copies will be available April 25, 2014, at a Alumni Homecoming Weekend seminar by co-editor Terrie Aamodt. The seminar is titled “Ellen White and the Public.”

The Power of the iPod Music Rekindles Memories

HAVE YOU EVER heard a song that transports you to another time and place? Research suggests that personal memories are often embedded in songs that people once sang. The Social Work Club is using music to help retrieve memories—if only for a short time—in patients with dementia. Working with Walla Walla Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, club members are implementing a music therapy program modeled after a nonprofit program called Music and Memory. Using donated iPods, club members are providing personalized playlists for each patient’s memory needs. Senior Audrianna Wahlen, president of the Social Work Club, is leading the initiative. “We really connected with the project of Music and Memory, which uses music to help those with dementia regain memories. Many of the patients will regain lucidity and memories for hours after musical therapy.” Wahlen says the club welcomes donations of iPods, CDs, and iTunes gift cards for the yearlong project. Items can be sent to School of Social Work and Sociology, Attn: iPod Program, Walla Walla University, 204 S. College Avenue, College Place, WA 99324.

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books sites Reading and browsing recommendations from our experts

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking By Susan Cain Crow Publishers, 2012

Students Head to Great Outdoors

If you’re a Northwest native, chances are good that you’re an outdoors enthusiast. For students who are, and even those who aren’t, the new ASWWU Outdoors program is geared to build enthusiasm and participation in outdoor activities. This year, Nathan Curry, club manager and senior mechanical engineering major, has organized backpacking, rafting, and skiing trips. Club members are also encouraged to organize trips on their own. Students without gear can rent equipment at Mountain Rents, the student body organization’s outdoor equipment shop.

New Members Join Board

Walla Walla University is pleased to welcome three elected board members. Larry Dodds, from Walla Walla, is the recently retired senior vice president for Adventist Health in Roseville, Calif. Currently, he is serving as board chair of Gospel Outreach. Kathy Hamby, from Vancouver, Wash., is president of Northwest Transportation Services, Inc. She is head elder of the Meadowglade Seventh-day Adventist Church. Edwin Vargas is a pastor in the Oregon Conference and specializes in ministering to second generation, Hispanic church members.

Rosario Celebrates 60th Year

On Aug. 9, 1953, Walla Walla University became the new owner of a waterfront cabin resort near


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Anacortes, Wash. Today, Rosario Marine Laboratory is a premier site for the university’s field biology and marine studies program. An anniversary celebration for all alumni takes place during Alumni Sabbath–Rosario, Aug. 2324. For more information, see

Mathematics Professors Create Homework Help A dedicated server in the Mathematics Department is connecting 14 Adventist academies to WeBWorK, a web-based open source mathematics homework system used by hundreds of colleges and universities around the world, including Walla Walla University. The program is free, but as a service, mathematics professors set up the service and provide the program to academies, which often do not have resources to set up the system.

Dean of Students Appointed

Hilary Catlett is Walla Walla University’s first dean of students. Catlett, a 1997 and 1998 graduate, is a licensed clinical social worker and was formerly a contract professor with the School of Social Work and Sociology. She will work with the vice president for student administration in student conduct, student leadership initiatives, and also serve as adviser to the Associated Students of Walla Walla University.

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Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions By Dan Ariely Harper Collins, 2008

Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and a popular TED talks presenter, is the New York Times best-selling author of two of my favorite books: “Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions” and “The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home.” His well-researched books and presentations are great for developing humility with regard to rationality and perceptions. In “The Upside of Irrationality,” he focuses on why we behave the way we do, as well as on misguided assumptions about decision-making and the market. —Conna Bond, Assistant Professor of Business

Maybe you really love animals. Maybe you want to save the environment. Or maybe you just don’t like that weird phlegm that milk leaves in the back of your throat. Whatever the case, is a perfect website for those considering a vegan lifestyle. features vegan friendly travel locations, interesting news articles, and my favorite, awesome vegan recipes. Vegan thin mint cookies? Yes, please. —Holley Bryant, Director of Marketing and University Relations



Author Susan Cain asserts that introverts are undervalued in our society. This begins early when students who speak up are evaluated more positively. Cain explores research on creativity and personality, and also discusses the biological aspects of temperament and the role of free will. Cain’s book would benefit both introverts and extroverts. It could be particularly helpful to teachers—or anyone in a position to evaluate someone—by understanding how to prepare appropriate assessments for both introverts and extroverts, such as allowing introverts time for reflection. The greatest benefit from reading this book is a reminder to foster love and understanding as we come to view everyone as valuable. —Debbie Muthersbaugh, Professor of Education

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Pam Cress Places of Hope, Peace, and Beauty In Times of Personal Crisis


Dean and Professor, Social Work and Sociology

T HAS ALWAYS been interesting to me that those who serve people on the fringes of our society do not consider seriously the physical surroundings in which they serve. In fact, some social service agencies and shelters often communicate more chaos than peace, grace, or hope—important prerequisites to human change.

During a recent sabbatical, I chose to delve into the topic of environmental psychology and physical space. In addition to reviewing current literature in this field, the highlight of my experience was a trip to Beaune, France, a place where one man’s vision of providing a beautiful and peaceful place for the poor, sick, and dying has endured 500 years. The trip was a delightful opportunity to learn more about Nicolas Rolin, a 15th century kindred spirit, whose idea of physical space ministering to body and soul (which endures even today) keenly resonated with this 21st century professor. The Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel Dieu (God’s Hotel) was founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor to Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy, and his wife, Guigone de Salins, to take care of the sick and dying poor in the region. The Chancellor was a man who had accumulated great riches at the expense of others. Yet it was said that he feared greatly divine judgment upon his death and when asked by his second wife, Guigone, to do something grand to assure his salvation, he acted quickly to build a hospital for the poor.


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Intimate environments can be created for those with literally nothing in this world.

painter Rogier Van Der Weyden was opened for viewing by the patients. The other buildings in the hospices housed the nuns who cared for the sick, the kitchens, a pharmacy, a livery, and a beautiful room for those who were actively dying. The handsome and peaceful surroundings provided for the sick and dying at the end of the 100 Years War illustrates well my belief that intimate environments can be created for those with literally nothing in this world, a place for people to find life-changing moments even in the midst of their personal pain, loss, and chaos. Since my trip, I have given several presentations which included a virtual tour of the Hospices and discussion of how social justice today can and should incorporate Rolin’s vision about including beauty in places that daily serve the unlovely and the unloved. Discussion from participants moves from the extraordinary vision and practices of Rolin to thoughtful designs of today’s hospitals, schools, and social services that foster hope in the helping and healing process.

The hospice had extravagant amenities (oil painting, tapestries, coverings and carved furniture) and medical practices (sterilization, clean water, and waste removal) that appear incongruent with the Middle Ages. The 15th century Gothic style hospital, also known as the “Palace of the Poor,” spared no expense in design or interior furnishings, and was often described by Rolin’s contemporaries as both a charitable impulse and grand vision.

Future plans for information gathered from my sabbatical include presenting at a national conference on death education that, in addition to the historical information on the hospice, will also look more in depth at how current space may influence practice with those who are dying.

The hospice grounds are approximately 150 acres and include four buildings that are linked to form a large, open courtyard in the middle, including a well that came from a pure spring. People called the waters “healing” as a result of no contamination, which was very unusual for the times. The Grand Hall or the House of the Poor where the sick were cared for is approximately 540 feet long and 150 feet wide with the ceiling measuring 172 feet high. It looks and feels like a grand cathedral except for the two rows of curtained beds along each wall and the central area dedicated to benches and tables for the meals. At the end of the hall is a chapel and, once a week, the “Polyptych of the Last Judgment” by the Flemish

Pam Cress has served as the dean of the Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology since 2006. She holds a doctoral degree in leadership and a master’s degree in social work. In 2010, she was Walla Walla University’s Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, and presented perspectives from her research and professional speciality in death and dying. She is a certified thanatologist.

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With diplomas in hand, we venture outside the shelter of Kretschmar and Bowers and Rigby into the great wide world. Sometimes we know what we want to do. But many times we don’t. And—as multitudes of graduates can attest—even the best-laid plans don’t become realities. One career morphs into another, as we seek the profession that will truly fulfill us. What results isn’t always the typical 9-to-5 at all, but an amalgam of blood, sweat, tears, passion, and a dash of quirk. In the case of David Wagner, that means hitting backhands in Beijing. For Amy Dietrich, it’s tilling the rich Walla Walla soil with her husband and kids. And for David Kilmer, it’s navigating the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene on a sophisticated 60-foot daysailer. Here, they and fellow alumni talk about their unique occupations.




FARMER | WALLA WALLA, WASH. When Amy Dietrich, a registered nurse, and her husband, Jeff, bought 24-acre Frog Hollow Farm they saw it as a learning opportunity for their children; to show them a way of life “that is slowly becoming a lost art.” Soon, however, their endeavors unexpectedly ripened into an enterprise, selling natural produce to local restaurants. ON HOW HER FAMILY FARM GREW INTO A BUSINESS “One year I ordered a lot of

exotic seeds and planted more than what I could preserve or what my friends or coworkers could use. There were these really neat French eggplants, like a lime green. And I said, ‘I can’t let these go to waste. They’re too unique and too beautiful.’ So I picked a bunch and put them in a pretty basket and headed down to the restaurant WhitehouseCrawford and thought maybe they’ll be interested in buying them. So I walked in and asked to speak to the chef, and he looked at what I had and said, ‘I’ll take it. What else do you have?’ Once one chef sees an excellent, unique product, he refers to the next chef, who refers to the next chef.” ON BEING TRUE COLLABORATORS WITH HER BUYERS “I know what I think looks cool and

what I would grow, but the way to secure a customer is to ask them what they want you to grow because then there’s a commitment to purchase from you. Now I’m planting my seeds; they’re planning their summer menu, so they want to know that if they’re going to add this unique herb that someone is growing it.”


ON HOW FROG HOLLOW FARM SETS ITSELF APART “What really makes our farm kind of

different is the number of heirloom varieties that we do—we do about 50 types of heirloom tomatoes. There are so many cool varieties out there. I have to hold myself back when it comes to seed-ordering time because they’re just cool, and they all have a story to them. Like, who propagated them and where they came from. It’s hard to narrow them down. We try to do the unique things. I don’t grow a lot of white potatoes, but I grow red-fleshed and blue-fleshed and purple-fleshed. We try to do things you can’t already get in high quantity, which has kind of given us a different flair.”




Slices and serves are more than just fun and games for wheelchair tennis player David Wagner. Currently ranked No. 1 in both quad singles and quad doubles, Wagner has won gold in the past three Paralympics and is currently training full time for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ON WHEN HE KNEW HE COULD MAKE A LIVING PLAYING TENNIS “I knew when I landed my first major spon-

sor Nike. I kind of pushed and pushed and pushed and pushed. When I first started, they were like, ‘Not at this time but keep us posted.’ So every so often throughout

the year, I would send them articles and press releases and results and whatnot so they would always remembered who I was and that I was out there. And then finally, after Athens in ’04, they said, ‘Let’s do this.’” ON FACING OFF AGAINST HIS LONG-TIME DOUBLES PARTNER, NICK TAYLOR, IN SINGLES MATCHES

“We’ve probably played each other 80-plus times over the years. In Beijing, we had to play each other in the morning in singles for the bronze-medal match and then, win or lose, we had to turn around later that same day and play together for the gold medal in doubles. That’s kind of challenging. You’ve got to put aside your being upset, whether you won or lost that medal. You leave your emotions out of it and show up to do your job at doubles time.” ON HOW THE SPORT OF WHEELCHAIR TENNIS HAS EVOLVED “In the past, when the game was young,

people would play in their everyday chairs or a modified everyday chair. Now we have a sportsspecific chair thanks to Sunrise Medical. It allows us to play at a higher level.” ON THE BEST COACHING ADVICE HE EVER RECEIVED

“Always believe in myself and give my best in everything I do—no matter what it is.”

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After working as an engineer for 15 years at Microsoft, Del Engen quit to make his life-long passion for music his full-time career. He packed his bags and moved from Seattle to Hollywood, where he’s been working as a music composer for film and television. ON THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A COMPOSER “You’re the Greek chorus. You’re giving an emotional through-line to the story that’s hopefully there, but if it’s not, the music can go a long way toward turning up and down certain emotional knobs.”  ATT. 1983–88 | ENGINEERING



ON HIS FAVORITE PIECE OF MUSIC HE’S COMPOSED “Do you have a favorite child? [Laughs] I suppose my big show piece is an orchestral piece that I modeled after the theme from Sunset Boulevard by Franz Waxman. It’s called Ball of Wax. It’s kind of composed in an oldHollywood style.” ON HOW HE APPROACHES FILM “If I watch a DVD, I’ll watch the extras and the director’s commentary. You have to figure out how it’s all put together: where they chose to use music, and where they didn’t, and where it enters, and does the music tell you something about the scene that’s about to happen, or what were the choices made by the composer. So I watch it from a composition standpoint, but you also need to know how things are set up, and how things are framed, and what the point of view is, and understand the story arc, and especially understand the emotions.” 


ON HIS OLD-SCHOOL STYLE “I’ve discovered most of the people [in L.A.] will bring up their orchestral samples and play things right into the recording software. I actually do work from staff paper. I start out sketching, either by pencil and paper or with an electronic version of that. But I have to see what the music looks like in traditional notation in order for me to take off from there.”

Growing up the son of missionaries, David Kilmer experienced parts of the world many only admire in the pages of National Geographic—and he knew he wanted to see more. Kilmer set sail at the age of 22 and hasn’t looked back since. He currently works summers as a private captain for the 60-foot yacht, Sizzler, based on Lake Coeur d’Alene, and spends winter “seabatticals” on his own boat, Liberte, with his wife Rebecca and their Jack Russell terrier, Sammy.



ON THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CAPTAIN “The job in general is complete responsibility for the guests and the boat. People skills, leadership, and creative problem-solving are key to the role. When I worked previously as a charter captain, this meant being a navigator, medic, chef, mechanic, teacher, tour guide, and psychologist...often all on the same day.” ON WHAT MAKES THE SIZZLER SPECIAL “It’s one-of-a-kind, custom built for day-sailing on Lake Coeur d’Alene. [It’s made] out of an interesting juxtaposition of materials—wood and carbon fiber—and is a floating work of art with no expense spared. We launched her in 2007— she’s gorgeous and sails like a dream.” ON THE PERILS OF LIFE AT SEA “There are times when you feel very small compared to weather, distances, and the assorted physical hazards of the job. As a Caribbean captain, there were multiple factors to consider; the possibility of going overboard, especially while solo sailing through open water, is probably the biggest single danger.” ON THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE NAME LIBERTE “Sailing offers a degree of freedom seldom found elsewhere. The risk/reward ratio is high, and this can lead to some remarkable experiences—whether a night sail across the lake or anchoring in a remote tropical cove.”


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JASON SATTERLUND FILMMAKER | PORTLAND, ORE. “Really, what makes my heart beat in the morning, is telling stories,” says filmmaker Jason Satterlund. His most ambitious story to date: The Record Keeper, an 11-episode Web series—which he directed and co-wrote. Commissioned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the drama chronicles the epic battle between good and evil. Though the project has yet to be released, it’s already scored a Geekie Award for Best One-Shot. ON GETTING HIS FEET WET IN NASHVILLE (NOT HOLLYWOOD) “Nashville is a really

good town for industry because it’s planted right in the center of everything. You’re a 12-hour drive from Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, or Washington, D.C. Conventions would go through there all the time. You’ve got the music industry, which leads to a lot of different things—everything from music videos to promotional videos, to live events and concerts. I got to work with the Newsboys and Rebecca St. James and Steven Curtis Chapman, Sandi Patty, and Michael W. Smith. Nashville is also the capital, so there’s a lot of political work.” ON MANAGING THE BUSINESS SIDE OF A CREATIVE PURSUIT “That was probably

one of the most difficult things to learn. A lot of creatives don’t ever understand that, and because of that, don’t work much. That covers a lot of stuff: from paying bills to paying taxes to how to make a proposal, to how to talk to a client. I can come up with a commercial idea, and it can be the funniest, most creative thing in the world, but if the client doesn’t get it, it’s pointless.”



“Star Trek Into Darkness. It was such a brilliantly written film. I really like films that hit every level, especially in a sci-fi/ fantasy genre. You’re laughing, you’re crying, you’re on the edge of your seat, you’re biting your nails, and then you’re laughing again. Your imagination goes wild with all the Klingons and cool space travel. It’s got everything.”

photograph by CHRIS DRAKE

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Like all things WWU— including this portico baluster preserved from the original 1896 structure—ASWWU originated within the confines of the school’s Administration Building. In 1967, ASWWU offices moved to its current home on the lower level of Kellogg Hall.



by JACLYN SHANKEL • photographs by CHRIS DRAKE



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Giving spiritual matters top priority is a longtime ASWWU practice. Currently, the fivestudent Spiritual Team is tasked with organizing worship programs and other spirituallyfocused events. One highlight is the annual Week of Worship featuring student speakers.


A 50s-era pennant showcases WWU’s colors of green and orange, one of the university’s most steadfast school traditions. The colors reflect the vibrant shades of the leaves and berries found on mountain ash trees, which were prominent on early campus grounds.


What’s there to do? Thanks to ASWWU, plenty—and in fact, more than ever before. Although banquets, marches, and computer dating may be a thing of the past, creative ASWWU student leaders still plan innovative social events. Toga senate, anyone?


Once prohibitively complicated, expensive and available only to a few, the now ubiquitous camera fuels the 21st century media explosion. ASWWU collects thousands of photos each year for its print publications, as well as social media. They also produce video shorts.


Involvement in campus events from College Bowl to this annual contest celebrating the now lost art of shorthand is part of what has made the WWU experience vibrant for the past 100 years.


For many students, their first hands-on experience of representative government began with ASWWU’s Student Senate. Each year, students are elected to represent their peers on student body policies, projects and other matters.

One hundred years ago this spring, a group of students banded together to aid Walla Walla University in its time of need. In May

of 1914, these young students formed the Collegiate Association to raise $10,000. Financial problems were threatening to turn their beloved college into an academy. However, as Terrie Aamodt, professor of history at WWU, writes, “both students and faculty responded to this challenge with a sense of loyalty and pride in their college that they scarcely knew they possessed.” Few knew how far this loyalty would develop over the next hundred years. Today, the ideals that this group embodied have evolved into a thriving organization that carries out tasks that are vital to the university and to student life. After its initial start in raising money for the school, the Collegiate Association organized as a discussion group and debating society. However, it wasn’t long before the group added more responsibilities. Students began publishing a booklet called the Western Collegian. This booklet later became what is now known now as Mountain Ash, the annual yearbook. And just one year after that, the student organization began publishing the Collegian, a campus newspaper. Although the Collegian began as a monthly paper, it didn’t take long before it was being printed weekly. Also, as times changed, its style and purpose changed as well. Marilee Hayes Thomas, editor of the Collegian in 1952–53, described her year as a “simpler” time. Not to say that her job was an easy one; it was quite the opposite in fact. But the Collegian did seem to avoid more of the controversial topics than it tackles today; instead it focused on delivering entertainment. The Collegiate Association’s responsibilities, which by 1922 became known as the Associated Students of Walla Walla College, didn’t stop with publications. Thanks to ASWWU president Alden Thompson, students began involvement in administrative policy in 1964-65. Students had been exasperated with a sponsor who they believed wasn’t listening to their concerns. In response, Thompson helped spearhead an administrative policy conference, where students could ask questions directly of administrators. Although Thompson’s successor chose not to continue this administrative involvement, the idea resurfaced in 1972–73. ASWWU president Doug Logan, with the encouragement of WWU president Bob Reynolds, reinstituted this practice by creating a student involvement committee and appointing an ombudsman.


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The windows to WWU’s past are often best revealed in the pages of student publications. In 1916, student leaders began producing a booklet called Western Collegian, the forerunner of today’s Collegian newspaper and Mountain Ash yearbook.

Join our Celebration! Former ASWWU officers, reconnect with your fellow student leaders at an ASWWU Officers Dinner on Friday, April 25, 4:30 p.m. RSVP by April 18 by calling (800) 377-2586.

These changes were worthy endeavors that shaped campus growth; however, working for ASWWU isn’t always such a solemn job. Campus life wouldn’t be the same without these hard workers. Because of them, guest artists hold campus concerts, and students race hospital beds down College Avenue and perform on the Kretschmar Hall lawn. Jokes are placed in the Collegian alongside political columns, and students study and visit with friends at the Atlas. In 1972, Doug Logan and his co-workers restarted the week of freshman orientation, and created a pamphlet titled “Everything You Wanted to Know About WWC But Were Afraid to Ask.” In 1992–93, ASWWU spiritual vice presidents Brian Klokeid and Eric Brown brought Steven Curtis Chapman to town for a widely popular concert Whether it is fundraising, attending administrative committees, or planning the next Spring Jam, ASWWU officers now fill many shoes. While each of these roles contributes to student life and gives students a voice in school policy, a question that comes to mind is:


Since its founding in 1914, ASWWU has been committed to helping communities in need. For several years, it has adopted a service project. (See sidebar at right.) This year, ASWWU is raising funds to build an orphanage in Checacupe, Peru.

What is the legacy that ASWWU leaves not just on campus, but in the lives of the people who gave so much of their effort?” What is the legacy that ASWWU leaves not just on campus, but in the lives of the people who gave so much of their time and effort? At first, Doug Logan thought he knew what he needed to for the job. However, it was college president Bob Reynolds that accurately predicted the future by telling Logan, “You’re going to learn a lot.” And learn he did: from dealing with frustrations and people “not buying your idea,” to working with a team and budgeting. Logan recalls the biology lodge building project as a particulary memorable experience. Many people contributed countless hours into fundraising, drawing the plans, and preparing the construction site. But the costs turned out higher than the funds that were raised. Though Logan and his team did not want to give up the project, the lodge was never built. However, Logan and the rest of ASWWU did not let that disappointment define their term, as was evidenced by their success in restarting freshman orientation and increasing student involvement in administration.

Marilee Hayes Thomas is a beautiful example of how working as an ASWWU officer can not only provide character lessons, but also help to hone career skills. “My biggest goal was to be a journalist,” says Thomas. As editor, she was given numerous opportunities to practice this skill, including the summer where she single-handedly wrote and edited all of the articles for two issues of the paper. Thomas learned to “use her time wisely,” and was reminded of how much she enjoyed writing. Graduating with a degree in English, she went on to write articles for Loma Linda University, teach high school English, and be a proofreader for a church conference office. Kerby Oberg, 1981–82 student body president, learned skills he turns to today in his work as a physician and professor. He learned that leaders rarely get to pick the team they lead, and “to be thankful for your strengths and work with your deficiencies.” “Good leadership is more about supporting than controlling,” Oberg says. “My time with ASWWC provided me with skills to better fulfill my roles as a university faculty member involved in various levels of administration, as a principal investigator leading a research team, and as an educator guiding medical students.” Holding an office jointly, Brian Klokeid and Eric Brown learned about interpersonal relationships, and knowing the strengths of each person. Although they had worked together in various other settings, Klokeid and Brown state that “it was soon clear that the year was going to teach us plenty.” As always, there were the usual, and unusual, hurdles to overcome. They had to learn the difficulties of public relations, how to manage a budget, and, “notably, we were made keenly aware of the fire marshal’s opinion regarding just how many people are allowed to pack into the gym to attend a concert.” Peeking in at the past of ASWWU raises questions about its future. The future is not easy to predict but, in 1977, ASWWU President Eric Olson had a list of his predictions for ASWWU’s future published in the Mountain Ash. Although he was mistaken about some of his predictions, such as the future structure of ASWWU and the creation of a standing committee to plan student involvement, some of his thoughts have become a reality. Student involvement in administrative policy development is stronger than ever before. ASWWU also operates independent services such as The Atlas, the bike shop, and the outdoor gear shop. During Olson’s time as president, students were divided about whether ASWWU should continue its growing involvement in administrative policy or move toward its historical purpose as spiritual leadership. At the time, Olson believed that these differences would either solidify and weaken the structure of ASWWU, or the two sides “would recognize their differences and work on their common goals.” It was the latter that came to be true. Student body leaders help involve students in policy-making, and at the same time lead students in spiritual development by holding Week of Worship and other worship events. No one has yet made a prediction about what path ASWWU will take in the years ahead. However, it’s safe to say that the Associated Students of Walla Walla University will continue to shape the lives of both the student body and its leaders, and that it will continue to aid the university in times of need.

ASWWU at Work

Throughout the years, students have rallied for campus and community causes. These are just a few of their major projects. SERVICE Every year, students raise money for a major service project. This year’s goal is to raise $100,000 to build an orphanage in Peru. In past years, students have raised $80,000 for wells in Mozambique, $32,000 to combat sex trafficking, and $65,000 to improve literacy.


In 2011, after 10 years of planning, the Associated Students of Walla Walla University opened a student house. The house, located on the corner of Whitman and College avenues, is an inviting and comfortable place for students to socialize and study, with beverages and snacks available.


In 1964, students donated $40,000 toward the construction of Tausick Memorial Pool, located inside the Winter Educational Complex.


In 1937–38, ASWWU held a campaign to raise money to construct the university’s first auditiorium/gymnasium. Students raised $3,000, and in a second campaign raised another $1,900.

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Connecting People and Places Wherever you live, Walla Walla University’s people and places are at your fingertips via social media. Join us and be a part of the community. BY ROSA JIMENEZ


Remember your first Facebook post? If you took your first steps on Facebook (or other social media) more than five years ago, would you have anticipated the presence it has today? At the time, you may have been surprised to see how Facebook’s algorithms delivered the names and faces of college friends to your computer screen, bringing them just a click away. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg grew his big idea within the walls and networks of college campuses, where lifelong ties are created and nurtured. Whether or not Facebook remains social media’s biggest presence, what won’t change is the landscape of how connections are made. Connecting with people and places is easier than ever before. If you are on social media, you’ve probably reconnected with college friends you hadn’t seen since long ago. But if it’s been awhile since you connected with Walla Walla University, join the WWU alumni community through these social media sites.


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Where to find us FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM Want to know what alumni are doing? Visit the alumni Facebook page for people updates, as well as alumni event information.

FLICKR More than 5,000 alumni and friends are connected to the university’s main Facebook page, which features a little of everything.


CREDIT TK In blog style, the words and images on WWU’s Tumblr site captures the experience of life on campus and in the Walla Walla Valley. Also, see the best of student art and photography. A hub for photographs, the Instagram site features images we post and of other Instagram feeds we are following. Since 2011, we’ve uploaded a steady stream of photographs for viewing and sharing. Most photographs are of university events.

LINKED IN More than 1,500 alumni have posted workrelated profiles on this site. Search for “Walla Walla University Alumni.”

Find links to these sites and YouTube and iTunesU at Also, many university departments have Facebook pages, including the Career Center, Campus Ministries, and more.

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Tour Highlights British Reformation History


OME TO KNOW history as never before. Walla Walla University alumni and their family and friends are invited to join the British Reformation Tour. The tour group will travel where the first English-speaking Christians shaped religion and faith as we know it today. The itinerary includes visits to historical sites in Oxford, Edinburgh, Cambridge, and London. Participants will learn about each site’s place in history from tour leaders John McVay and Gregory Dodds, experts in Reformation history. McVay is president of Walla Walla University and holds a doctoral degree from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom. A specialist in the New Testament, he has had a long in-

terest in English Reformation history and has recently been researching and writing on the theology and influence of William Tyndale. Dodds is the chair of the university’s History Department where he teaches courses on European history and the history of Christianity. His specialty is the English Reformation, a topic on which he has published a book and numerous articles. The tour also includes overnight stays at four prestigious universities: Queen’s College (Oxford University); Sidney Sussex College (Cambridge University); University of Edinburgh; and Northumberland House (London School of Economics). The tour takes place Sept. 2 to Sept. 16, 2014. The $2,950 tour price includes lodg-

Alumni Homecoming Weekend

April 24-27, 2014 You are invited to attend a special weekend enjoying Walla Walla University’s rich heritage.

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS  Homecoming Banquet  100 Year Student Association Reunion

ing, daily breakfasts and some group dinners, travel within Britain, visits to historical sites, and travel insurance. Airfare is paid by each participant. A $300 deposit guarantees space on the tour, with full tour price due on July 15. The tour has limited occupancy so early registration is recommended. For more information, visit or call Terri Dickinson Neil, alumni and parent relations director, at (509) 527-2644.


WWU Milestones

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and Ecuador. She has also helped with children’s meetings. Some of Barbara’s favorite WWU memories include the many teachers she had. She says that Mrs. Zolber was one of her favorites. She also remembers enjoying her job at the College Dairy for four years and meeting the customers. She recalls, “One dark winter evening, the volunteer fire men drove up in their truck for a photo op.”


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Marilyn Sue (Johnson, Rieseberg) Morgan ’54 and her husband, Fred, live in Kettle Falls, Wash. Marilyn’s favorite WWU memories are graduation and her engagement to Henry Rieseberg ’54. After Marilyn and Henry married in the fall of 1954, Henry earned his master’s degree from the Adventist seminary. Then they both served as teachers at Indiana Academy, Nigerian Training College, Konola Academy in Liberia, and in Bekwai, Ghana. During this time, Marilyn and Henry had four children, Ted, Ellen, Loren, and Mike, now deceased. Stewart Shankel ’54 and his wife, Elaine, live in Redlands, Calif. Stewart practiced internal medicine and then nephrology, retiring from his career to teach at Loma Linda University. He spent 17 years at LLU and was chairman of the department of medicine from 1986 to 1990. He also spent six years teaching at the medical school in Reno, Nev. He spent about 11 years in private practice, and for the last 16 years, he has been teaching at the University of California in Riverside. Stewart and Elaine spent a year in Vietnam and were evacuated in April of 1975 from the Sargon Adventist Hospital, where Stewart worked as chief of staff. Stewart and Elaine have four children: Stewart Shankel III ’81, Jeffery ’84, Theodore ’84, and Martha ’93. Stewart’s favorite WWU memories are of Saturday night programs, seeing how often “we could see our girlfriends while on social holidays,” the teachers who really cared about their students, and Weeks of Prayer. Violet Wentland ’54 lives in Woodinville, Wash. In April 2012, she published a book titled “On the Edge of the Battlefield,” which

chronicles her experience in Beirut, Lebanon, during the Lebanese Civil War. Her story tells how God protected her and her colleagues during their time overseas. Jerry Dawes ’59 and his wife, Marie (Hiner) att. live in Wenatchee, Wash. They have two children, Geri and Roger. Jerry earned his degree in business administration and accounting, and after graduation, he worked in construction. Five years later, he went into the nursing home business. In 1986, he worked in commercial construc-

classes, morning runs to Martin Field, and Saturday night travel films with narration. Beverly (Paladeni) Riter ’64 and her husband, Ron ’65, live in Everett, Wash. She is a retired nurse. After working several years in public health, she volunteered

for disaster relief work, which took her to many states and other countries. She enjoys spending time in her ancestral village in Tuscany and other international travel. tion in Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, California, and Washington. He retired in 1999. Jerry’s favorite memories of WWU are when Dr. Westermeyer was in charge of the chapel program and graduation.


Douglas Cooper ’64 and his wife, Pam, live in Angwin, Calif. Douglas works as owner and president of the Alpha Corporation. He has written nine books and published eight of them through the Pacific Press. Some titles include “Living God’s Love,” “Living God’s Joy,” “Living in Our Finest Hour,” and “Gentle Dove.” He has a doctoral degree in family psychology. Douglas and Pam have four children, Scott, Shana, Vanessa, and Dan. Douglas’ favorite memories from WWU include Paul Heubach’s sermons and

C. Arnold Reschler ’64 and his wife, Sheryl, live in Capistrano, Calif. Arnold is a retired physician. For 10 years, he worked as a practicing physician, three years as a medical director of an Adventist clinic in Guam, two years as an assistant professor of pediatrics, and 20 years in healthcare administration. Arnold’s favorite memories of WWU are Evensong, and Christmas caroling by the women of Conard Hall for the men of Sittner Hall. He is also thankful for his relationship with C. W. Shankel, ASWWC adviser. Barbara (Thomsen) Specht ’64 lives in Portland, Ore. She is a retired music director for Beaver Creek United Church of Christ. She enjoys sewing, painting, and she is a Clackamas County master gardener. She has worked as an organ, piano, and choir director, and a teacher. She is a home economist with Florida Power and Light. Barbara has taken three mission trips to Ethiopia, Tanzania,

Muriel (Wilbur) Zaugg ’64 lives in McMinnville, Ore. with her husband, Keith ’62. Muriel worked as a public health nurse for 25 years. She also served as organist, pianist, and church clerk for her local Adventist church. Muriel and Keith like to hike and enjoy the outdoors. They have two daughters, Raylene Young att. and Deanna Fowler att. Muriel and Keith also enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. Dena (Sherrard) Guthrie ’69 lives in Altamonte Springs, Fla., with her husband, George. During the 1970s, Dena worked as a WWU nursing instructor. She completed her master’s degree in nursing at Loma Linda University in 1976. From 1974 to 1981, Dena taught nursing at LLU. She also developed the CHIP program in Adventist churches in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Scotland. One of Dena’s favorite WWU memories

are of Dr. Helen Evans’ dorm worship talks, Dr. Dickinson’s speech classes, a date at the College Dairy, the lilacs in her window on the Portland Campus, and the rolling hills at sunset.


Douglas Logan ’74 and his wife, Suzan, live in Walla Walla. Douglas works as dean of School of Engineering at WWU. He has a master’s degree and doctoral degree in engineering (studying economic systems) from Stanford University. Douglas worked in the electric

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AlumNotes continued power industry in California, Colorado, and Oklahoma. He has been working at WWU for the past five years. Douglas and Suzan have three children, Ted ‘02, Bethany (Logan) Ropa ’06, and Willy ’09. Douglas’ favorite WWU memories are the three seasons of autumn, winter, and spring. Linda (Wolcott) Torretta ’74 and her husband, Raymond, live in College Place. Linda works as a special education paraprofessional for the Milton-Freewater School District. She volunteers in Cradle Roll II Sabbath School at the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church. Raymond works for CliffSTAR, a local juice bottling company. They

live on a five-acre parcel on the edge of College Place, and they spend many Sabbath afternoons having family potlucks by Garrison Creek. Her favorite memories

Larry Unterseher ’74 and his wife, Rhonda, live in Reno, Nev. Larry works as the president for the Nevada/Utah Conference. Larry and Rhonda have two children, Kimberly (Unterseher) Espinoza ’04 and Michael Unterseher ’06. Their favorite memories of WWU are the friends they met during their college years. from WWU are classes with Loren Dickenson at 7:30 a.m. She always looked forward to his classes because he had a lot to say that was both humorous and educational. “I remember having lots of friends.

Shanoah Maine

After Shanoah Maine graduated from Walla Walla University in 2012 with degrees in history and psychology, quickly finding employment in her field of study was an exciting opportunity. She had just moved to Eugene, Ore., and she accepted a job doing research. Unfortunately funding was cut at the Eugene location and with it Maine’s position. However, the next step in her career path brought a whole new meaning to the phrase “job security.” Maine still lives in Oregon but now works for Symantec—a Fortune 500 computer software company, most famous for its security solutions such as Norton AntiVirus—as the senior data validations specialist in Renewals Planning, Analytics, and Data Operations. She credits her training as a psychology major at WWU for her ability to transition to a job in the computer industry. “When most people think of psychology, they think of the flashier experiments or the human element,” Maine explains, “but it is data that drives and describes psychology.” “Without data, billions of dollars of yearly business would not happen. The psychology department at WWU taught me the importance of this data. I learned how to connect seemingly disparate pieces of information and how to organize, analyze, and utilize large data sets.” Maine referred to Symantec’s progressive and encouraging work environment, including its relationships with and the Human Rights Campaign and says, “I love Symantec; I am really proud of where I work, which is not always something that a person can honestly claim.”


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It was great to go to a school with friends of the same faith,” she recalls. During her time at WWU, she remembers her “fabulous professors as well as great friends. I remember feeling loved and accepted by everyone.”

Joyce (Anderson) Wilkens ’78 and her husband, Keith ’78, live in the Pacific Northwest. Joyce is an artist, photographer, and writer. Joyce also works as an art docent and actor for the Spokane Museum of Arts and Culture. Joyce’s first book, “Teacup Art… and Reflections,” was published in 2011. Her second book, “Walking Sticks…Wanderings and Wonderings,” showcases God’s creation and presents unique artistry and inspirational thoughts. Several WWU alumni have contributed to the stories in this book, including Emily Wilkens ’10 and current WWU professor Bruce Toews. Douglas Hansen ’79 and his wife, Malea, live in Cambridge, Idaho. He is self-employed as a farmer and general contractor. They own a contracting business that specializes in building hiking and mountain bike trails. He says that, to date, their work has taken them to 17 states. They have two children, Jeffrey and Kristin (Hansen) Mellish ’05. Suzanne (Oliver) Wallace ’79 and her husband, Clifford, live in Battle Ground, Wash. After graduation, Suzanne worked as a registered nurse until medical retirement in 2005, due to complications of muscular dystrophy. She worked at Portland Adventist Medical Center in the intensive care unit for most of her career. Cliff cares for her as she is on a home respirator. He is a retired respiratory therapist. They have three children, Kendra Winter att., Gerald ’09 (who married Allyson Cronk ’10), and Crystal Wallace ’13. Suzanne’s favorite memory of WWU is of the first two years when she worked for custodial. She says she and her co-workers were a very tight-knit group who did many activities together and made lifelong friends.


Kenneth Rose ’84 and his wife, Lana, live in Enterprise, Ore. Kenneth works as a general surgeon at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. Kenneth and Lana have lived in “God’s Country” in Wallowa County, Ore., for the last five years. Kenneth and Lana enjoy hiking and backpacking in the “Little Swiss Alps of America,” also known as the Wallowa Mountains. They have three daughters: Kalyse curr. att., Kristi, and Kari. Kenneth’s favorite memory of WWU is the great music and the University Church organ. Ron Hockley ’89 and his wife, Suzanne, live in Portland, Ore. Ron works as the executive director of The NEO Fund, a nonprofit devoted to serving the poorest of the poor through sustainable community development, micro-

lending and child-aid programs. The NEO Fund serves thousands of people in Nicaragua and Haiti, with plans to expand to other countries. Ron and Suzanne have two sons, Tanner and Alex. They are avid hikers, backpackers, trail runners, and lovers of all things outdoors. Thomas James ’84 and his wife, Wanda, live in Rochester, Wash. Thomas is a retired pastor of the Washington Conference. They have three children: Brenda Ramsey att., Kristi Karkov ’99, and Eric James ’98. Thomas enjoys traveling, sports, golf, and working with pastors in the Washington Conference. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, who recently retired. Thomas’ favorite WWU memory is of graduation. This achievement took him “three decades and three attempts, and a major change from PE to theology.” Shauna (Walker) Rodriguez ’89 and her husband, Ariel, live in Placerville, Calif. After graduation, Shauna taught nursing in Pakistan, then traveled with Loma Linda University to work with

Brian Unterseher Before he went flying with a friend in a Cessna 172, Brian Unterseher planned on earning a degree, one on the solid ground and in the regular classrooms of Walla Walla University. After that exciting experience though, he had a slight change of trajectory. Unterseher, who grew up in College Place, decided to earn his pilot’s license and change his major to aviation management, graduating in 2012. He credits the WWU aviation program for his quick transition to and preparation for a full-time job working for ExpressJet, operating under United Express. “Being an aviation major was like being part of a family,” Unterseher shared. “It’s a small group of people who are passionate about flying airplanes.

the heart team in North Korea. She worked until her sons Adam, Caleb, and Brandon were born, and then stayed home to raise her boys. She homeschools them now and leads out in the Builders Class in Adventurer Club at her local church. Shauna’s favorite WWU memories are all the great friendships she made. She enjoyed Frisbee football, afterglow, singing, picnics in the park, and nursing. Bonnie (Van Fossen) Parle ’84 and her husband, Henry att., live in Lynden, Wash. Bonnie works as a caregiver for Catholic Community Services. She worked for visiting nurse home care from 2007 to 2013, and then moved on to work in the same position at CCS. Bonnie and Henry got married in 2012. She enjoys needlepoint and embroidery, as well as volunteering at her church. She hosts home Bible studies and donates her time to homeless ministry. They have one daughter, Barbara Parle. Bonnie’s favorite memories of WWU are Sabbath rest and Evensong with Dr. Dickinson. Fonda (Lively) Cox ’89 and her husband, Kevin, live in Brush Prairie, Wash. She works as director of development and marketing for education for the Oregon Conference. Fonda and Kevin have two sons, Hayden and Anderson. Fonda enjoys photography, gardening, and her family. Gerald Maher ’89 lives in Walla

Everybody wanted to help each other progress in their careers.”   “I learned a lot going through the program as a student, but it was the first month of flight instructing that taught me so much. You have to fully understand a concept to teach it. That experience as a flight instructor was extremely valuable.”  Even after graduating he is still studying: Airline training sometimes requires eight hours of classes during the day followed by four hours of study in the evening. Unterseher credits WWU Aviation Department faculty Shawn Dietrich, a 2001 graduate, and Loury Duffy, a 2003 graduate, for helping prepare him for the many challenges he has faced in the airline industry.

Walla and is a retired Washington state Department of Child and Family Services social worker. He earned his master’s degree in social work. Gerald has four children: Heidi Hull, Jessie Laoa, Gerald T. Maher, and Kelly Maher. He says that his “four wonderful children” are the highlights of his life.


Brian Gill ’94 and his wife, Heather, live in Scottsdale, Ariz. Brian works as chief administrative officer at ConnectionsAZ. Brian’s favorite WWU memory is the friendships he developed through the mutual struggle to complete assignments on time, attending class after pulling an all-night study session, and debating which subject was the driest and most challenging to focus on outside of class. Teresa (Spencer) Green ’94 lives in Pasco, Wash., with her husband, Patrick, and their 7-year-old daughter, Felicia. After teaching for 16 years, Teresa now works as the director for Small World Learning Center for the Upper Columbia Conference. Teresa’s favorite memory of WWU is Afterglow on Friday nights. David Weaver ’94 and his wife, Wendy, live in Everett, Wash. David

works for the Internal Revenue Service as a supervisor internal revenue agent. As a manager, he supervises a group of revenue agents in Southern California remotely from Seattle. David and Wendy enjoy exercise and weight lifting. They enjoy their gym time at a local fitness club. They both play on the IRS softball team and tournament during the summer months for the Everett, Washington Post of Duty. David and Wendy have three sons: Andrew, Levi, and Jonathan. Lenden Webb ’97 lives in San Diego, Calif., with his two children, Mitchell and Alexis. He currently works as a managing partner for Webb & Bordson, APC. Some of his favorite memories of his time at WWU are in the sense of community that he felt while in the men’s dorm, attending OPS events, the brotherhood of resident assistants working, praying, and laughing together.


Deb Holland ’02 published her first book titled “Make Your Destiny Your Reality” in September 2013. With stories, Scripture, and practical lessons for leaders, the book equips readers with a blueprint of action steps to build their dreams utilizing spiritual principles of success. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to a variety of nonprofit organizations. Cheryl (Kinne) Bench ’04 and her 19-year-old son, David, live in Carpinteria, Calif. Cheryl works as a medical hospice social worker. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Ron Cardwell ’04 and his wife, Tanya, live in Denver, Colo. Ron works as a pilot for Mountain Aviation Inc. His favorite WWU memory is flying around the country during his senior year. Erin (Kelly) Corbett ’04 and her husband, Eric, live in Bonner, Mont. Erin is a clinical coordinator at Community Medical Services. Her favorite memory of WWU is graduation. Bryan Fletcher ’04 and his wife, Rori (Herscher) ’03, live in Wenatchee, Wash. They have two children, 6-year-old Eryn and 3-yearold Ethan. Bryan is a pediatric dentist for Wenatchee Pediatric Dentistry. Bryan enjoys mountain biking, road biking, and snow skiing. Kalin (Mittleider) Ivany ’04 and her husband, Chris ’05, live in Centennial, Colo. Kalin works for the Department of Homeland Security. Kalin enjoys hiking and gardening. They have one child, Anders, who was born in 2011, with another baby due in February 2014. Laurie Krause ’04 lives in Loma Linda, Calif. She works for Loma Linda University Medical Center as a registered nurse. Her favorite memory of WWU is the time she spent working in the Teaching Learning Center. Tara Olson ’04 lives in Williston, N.D. She currently works as a social worker at Mercy Medical Center. She has worked in child protection, foster care, hospice, oncology, and general hospital areas. Tara has a daughter named Kendra.

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In Memory Grable – Peggy-Joyce att. was born Aug. 22, 1935, in Minneapolis, Minn., and died Nov. 9, 2013, in College Place. Peggy-Joyce was an English instructor at Walla Walla University from 1967 to 1990. Surviving: husband Albert of College

Place; sons Mark of Medical Lake, Calif.; Paul of Santa Ana, Calif.; and daughter Maribeth att. of Bellingham, Wash. Hensel – David ’56 was born Jan. 4, 1934, in Heron Lake, Minn., and died Aug. 6, 2013. Surviving: wife Caroline (Tupper) att. of Inchelium, Wash.; son Kenneth att.; daughter Linda Schumacher; brother Richard att.; and sister Esther Hamel att. Jeffries – Donald Dean ’60 was born Oct. 31, 1932, in Galena, Kansas, and died June 25, 2013, in Bakersfield, Calif. Surviving: wife Virginia of Bakersfield; son Todd of Bakersfield; daughter Angela of Bakersfield; and brother Ronald of Arroyo Grande.

Edna Jensen Craik

As a mother, Edna Craik could not have been more devoted and supportive to her six children. However, the bounds of Edna’s devotion and generosity extended to many other people and organizations, including Walla Walla University. She and her husband, Everett, supported many international students at WWU. Their College Place residence was also a home away from home for many of her children’s friends while they attended WWU. She also welcomed into their home 24 grandchildren, many who lived with her during their college years. Edna’s hospitality not only provided a roof over heads, but she was also known as an outstanding cook. Many Sabbaths, her home was often filled with dinner guests. Wherever she lived, Edna was active in her church, serving as pianist, treasurer, deaconess, and Sabbath School teacher. Edna also managed the books of Everett Craik Lumber Company, the family business. Edna’s industriousness at work and home was nurtured as a child growing up in a hard-working farm family near Woodland, Wash. Edna and her husband married when she was 18. Before settling in College Place the couple had lived in towns in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Wyoming. Edna was born Dec. 24, 1920, and died Oct. 10, 2013, in Walla Walla. She is survived by her sons, Larry att. and James ’73; and her daughters Patricia Fackenthall ’63, Suzanne Kack att.,and Elizabeth Hardy ’75. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett, in 1998, and her daughter, Margaret att.


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Jepson – Irene Whitcomb att. was born May 3, 1922, in White River Junction, Vt., and died Sept. 9, 2013, in Walla Walla. Surviving: husband Clayton ’49 of Walla Walla; sons D. Trent of Colton, Calif.; Gary ’76 of Pekin, Ill.; daughter Gail Szana att. of Broomfield, Colo.; and brother F. Leigh Whitcom of Cleburne, Texas. Peterson – Thelma ’51 was born June 12, 1920, in Washington, Iowa, and died June 18, 2013, in Englewood, Colo. Surviving: nieces Sue and Pat of Arizona. Rosin – Gustav att. was born Feb. 3, 1918, in Pettibone, N.D., and died Sept. 15, 2013, in College Place. Surviving: wife Evelyn of College Place; sons Randal att. of Van-

Simorangkir – Amos ’63 was born Aug. 8, 1929, in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, and died June 27, 2013, in Redlands, Calif. Surviving: wife Anneke (Pasuhuk-Tobing) ’63 of Redlands; sons Reimer and Elmore of Indonesia; and daughters Yvonne, Yolanda, and Juanita of Indonesia. Trujillo – Solomon ’59 was born Jan. 23, 1931, in Brighton, Colo., and died Aug. 23, 2013, in Sun City, Ariz. Surviving: wife Carol (Nash) ’62 of Sun City; son Ral of Sacramento, Calif.; daughters Jotina of Phoenix, Ariz.; Linda Bettencort att.; brother Richard of Sun City; Ernie of Dallas, Texas; and sister Elizabeth Cooper of Sacramento. Wendt – Dale R., ’63 and ’72, was born Aug. 5, 1940, in Holton, Kansas, and died Aug. 2, 2013, in Spokane, Wash. Surviving: wife Norma (Bolton) ’72 of Deer Park, Wash.; son Rodney of Seattle, Wash.; and sister Marilyn Beck att. of Spokane.

Kenneth Gruesbeck

A teacher, a craftsman, a musician, a gentleman. Kenneth Gruesbeck exemplified all these characteristics. For 22 years, Kenneth taught printing, silk screening, book binding, and other classes in Walla Walla University’s Technology Department. Kenneth was also a musician. He often sang for campus church services, a talent he had fostered since childhood, when his mother taught him and his three brothers to sing and to play the piano and organ. Kenneth spent his early years on a Michigan farm where he honed his mechanical skills. He was introduced to the printing trade while working at the press at Washington Missionary College. Although he received a degree in theology and pastored for a short time, he quickly found his way back to the printing trade, working again at the WMC press and presses at Southwestern Adventist University and Forest Lake Academy. While working at Forest Lake, Kenneth was the church choir director. He met his wife, Eleanor, when she joined the choir specifically to meet him. Their marriage led them to Walla Walla in 1964 where Kenneth worked at Color Press for six years until he began teaching at WWU. He retired in 1992. Kenneth was born Nov. 25, 1927, in Boyne City, Mich., and died Nov. 12, 2013, Troutdale, Ore. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; his sons Kevin Fowler, Bob Boehm, and Ken; his daughter Kathy Miller; and his brother Ron.


Clayville – Douglas ’79 was born Dec. 13, 1954, and died Sept. 10, 2013, in Dallas, Ore. Surviving: wife Susan (Huyck) att. of Dallas; sons Caleb of Pendleton, Ore.; and John and Joseph of Dallas; daughters Chrislyn Lutz of Angwin, Calif.; Camilyn and Cherilyn of Lincoln, Neb.; and Selena of Dallas; father Robert of Cove, Ore.; mother Peggy of Cove; brothers Dennis of La Grande, Ore.; Don of Moses Lake, Wash; and sister Diane Wells.

couver, Wash.; and Terri Johnson att. of Battleground, Wash.; sisters Carolyn Lealos of Vancouver; and Lydia Mack Lealos of Harker Heights, Texas.


Alumni Currents Staying in touch with our family of graduates

Donna Coffeen Head Teacher, Walla Walla Juvenile Justice Center School

Our students attend 220 days a year, 40 days more than a standard school year. Seventy-five percent of them are either special education or behind grade level, and many have faced challenges like mental health diagnoses, chemical addictions, past trauma, homelessness, and abuse. They often say “teach us how to live better” and we do that by showing them how to apologize and ask for help, how to fill out a rental application, and other practical skills. Their behavior can be serious felonies or an accumulation of lower level crimes. My job is to manage the physical classroom and environment. I plan the curriculum, assess basic skills, make referrals to service providers, do evaluations, and

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1978 graduate

address IEP (Individual Education Programs in Special Education). I manage my class much differently now than I did at first. Since I started in 1998, I’m seeing more mental health problems in the students. When they’re in my presence, I want to offer skills as well as promoting the idea that they are smart, valuable, and not bad people because of what they have done. There is a sign prominently displayed in the classroom: “No matter what you have done in the past, you have a spotless future.” I absolutely believe in change, more than I did in the beginning. The most important thing anyone can know about corrections

education is that there is a strong, direct, reduction in recidivism with each level of education that students attain. By educating these students, we are giving them options they never had, helping them realize that they have skills to integrate into society. Without student education, the population would be much, much more difficult to manage. The more competent a person feels, the less likely they are to make decisions out of desperation. I am adamant that rehabilitation does make a difference and education is crucial to rehabilitation. These students will for the most part will be coming back to the community. Every human being, no matter what they have done, should have the opportunity to grow.

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Back to You A view from the field


Tiny Fish in a Big Pond By Greg Hannah-Jones


WENT TO A small academy where I basically had grown up with everyone in the school, and often considered them family. All was sweet and dandy; however, I knew that I couldn’t continue to live within the safety net of always being around friends and family. For me, being complacent is never a good thing. My friends and I did everything together, and I was always the “risk–taker” of the group. I was getting comfortable with how easy life was for me, so during my first year in high school, I decided that come graduation, I’m gone. When it came time for our graduating class of 35 to pursue college—and no one was heading to Walla Walla University—I knew it was time to dive into uncharted territory. With a one-way ticket from Miami to WWU, failure was not an option. Once I started college, I gravitated to everything I could get my hands on. I worked as a mailman, janitor, recruiter, Collegian editor, resident assistant, head resident assistant, and residence hall dean. Having the opportunity to be challenged every day and to help provide mentorship and guidance to the students was one of the greatest blessings God could have given me. The motivating force of God and WWU allowed me to experience things that I never thought possible and create unforgettable memories. My No. 1 prayer has always been for God to use me for His work and that’s what it felt like. My entire college journey was a blessing, and I even managed to graduate first in my class, the greatest moment of my life. To cap the experience, four days after I graduated, Microsoft hired me. I had it all! Or so I thought. Ego was slowly rearing its ugly head. At that point, I was full of


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confidence and often felt invincible, not realizing that it would only be a matter of time before life gave me some perspective. At Microsoft, being in an environment where everyone is just as smart as or many times smarter than you are was hard to swallow at first. I had to relearn and humble myself to the core, and reflecting often on my journey thus far helped me remember what is most important in life and work. I am now in my third position with Microsoft and being a part of a team where everyone wants the best for you consistently motivates and drives me. The supportive environment is a dream come true. Integrity is a big deal for me and my primary reason for choosing Microsoft as an employer was because I wanted to change the world through service and by helping others achieve their greatest potential on a global level. And that is our mission. Through life’s lessons I’ve learned that anything you want, you can have. I don’t believe in luck. You have to know what you want, work hard, and always strive to be more while trusting in something that is bigger than us, which is what I call God. That’s my take on success. Life, with all of its curve balls, has a funny way of reminding one of what truly matters. My first year out of college was the most difficult of my life because I thought I had everything figured out. It’s different. I know that now. It isn’t about a position you hold or a place you work for, or even a dollar amount that you make. Life is about finding one’s purpose on earth and being used for something much bigger than all of us. Greg Hannah-Jones is a business administrator in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group. He is a 2011 speech communication graduate and lives in Bellevue, Wash.

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See you there! Upcoming events to note on your calendar

May 20

New York-based documentary photographer Alison Wright has spent a career capturing the universal human spirit through her photographs and writing. Named a 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year, Wright travels to all regions of the globe, photographing endangered cultures and people. This 2010 image captures a tribe member in Papua New Guinea. Wright’s presentation begins at 11 a.m. in the University Church.

April 6–8

WWU hosts high school seniors for

April U-Days.

Prospective students are invited to campus tours, classroom visits, financial counseling, special events, and more. See wallawalla. edu/udays.

April 24–27

A College Bowl reunion, an ASWWU 100th celebration, an academic symposium, and more at Alumni

Homecoming Weekend.

Also, seminars by Jim Nestler, Jim Kincaid, Merlene Olmstead, and Terrie Dopp Aamodt. See homecoming.

May 10, 11, 15, 17, 18 The curtain rises for

“The Sting,” the spring drama production based on the 1973 caper film set in 1936, and adapted from the film by David Rogers. Purchase tickets at drama.

June 13–15

Celebrate with members of the Class of 2014 during

Commencement Weekend activities.

Sunday’s commencement ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. See the full weekend schedule at graduation.

August 22–23

Happy Birthday, Rosario! It’s the 60th anniversary of when WWU established the marine laboratory. Help us celebrate during our annual

Rosario Weekend.

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Westwind, Spring 2014  

The alumni magazine of Walla Walla University

Westwind, Spring 2014  

The alumni magazine of Walla Walla University