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Alumni Homecoming Weekend April 25-28, 2013 WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS Honor Class Reunions

50th Anniversary of KGTS

1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 2003

Staff Reunion and Studio Tours

Homecoming Banquet Eugene Winter Alumni Golf Classic and Luncheon Campus Historical Walking Tour with Terri Aamodt

Alumni and Students Basketball Game 15th Annual Alumni Car Show

For schedule, ticket, and lodging information, visit or call (800) 377-2586


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From the President

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The latest from across campus

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Alumni give students real-world experience

A legacy of giving

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The University Church has served as the heart of the campus since 1962. Photography by Kent Henderson. Westwind Fall 2012, Volume 31, Number 3 / 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 October 2012. Third-class postage is paid at College Place, Wash. © 2012 by Walla Walla University. Westwind/University Relations 204 S. College Ave. College Place, WA 99324 Telephone: (509) 527-2397 Toll-free: (800) 541-8900 E-mail: Online:

From the President

Pressing On New Initiatives, New Leaders

In this issue of Westwind, we take the opportunity to thank you, loyal alumni and faithful friends, for the considerable support Walla Walla University has received from you over the past year. Just a few of the people who have especially helped in this endeavor are listed in the annual report included in this issue. Thank you for helping us pursue our peerless mission, to be a community of faith and discovery committed to excellence in thought, generosity in service, beauty in expression, and faith in God. We appreciate your support more than ever as a new calendar year dawns. In January 2013, we will begin a new round of visioning and strategic thinking that will yield a strategy for 2013–2023 as well as a fresh set of strategic initiatives for 2013–2016. Because the times demand it, those plans will be bold ones, and we will need your help to fulfill them. Just last year we started a new campus tradition—a beginning-of-theyear address by the president to the faculty and staff. It is quite a crowd that gathers in Village Hall. And it is a daunting responsibility to step before that group and sketch out priorities for the coming year. The context of this year’s address was a time of transition, which the institution has navigated ably with the help of talented and dedicated faculty, staff, and administrators. At the outset of this year’s address, which I gave as “president elect,” we acknowledged members of WWU’s leadership team and listened as they received warm applause from their colleagues. These included Steve Rose, vice president for financial administration and interim president; Bob Cushman, new vice president for academic administration; and George Bennett, director of campus safety and interim vice president for student life and mission. Then came the time to share some of the new administrative changes that will help us implement some of the priorities that I detailed in the Summer issue of Westwind. They include the following: • Alex Bryan, senior pastor of the Walla Walla University Church, will serve as my adviser for strategy, mission, and vision. • Darold Bigger, twice an alumnus of WWU, will now split his time between the President’s Office and the School of Theology. As my assistant, he will shoulder important elements of the work of the President’s Office. • Jodi Wagner, an alumna of WWU who has served the university effectively as vice president for marketing and enrollment services, will expand her role and also lead our advancement team. The two departments will now be joined under her as vice president for university relations and advancement.

To conclude our campus meeting, I led the group in memorizing Psalm 103:1-5. Then we shared it as an act of worship and praise to God: Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 1

Gratitude expressed. Plans shared. God praised. A rewarding way to begin the 2012–13 academic year. Cordially, John McVay President Elect

John McVay will resume his role as president January 1, 2013.


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On to the Ivy League Graduate and Milton-Freewater native studying at Harvard

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quipped with degrees in mathematics, engineering, and history from Walla Walla University, 2012 graduate Nathan Reeves is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. Reeves begins his morning with a short walk from his apartment to the law school campus. On worn brick sidewalks, he passes a Starbucks, some family-run grocery stores, and brick houses that have stood the test of time. “The campus is a great mix between historical significance and modern amenities,” says Reeves. The law school boasts the largest private law library in the U.S., as well as historical artifacts like Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’ lunch box. Just a few blocks away is Harvard Square, filled with restaurants, shops, a subway stop, and the world’s only Curious George store. After classes, Reeves allows himself a few hours of relaxation before he submits to 50 to 70 pages of “dense” reading. With his admission to Harvard, Reeves joins other WWU grads who are completing graduate degrees at notable universities, including Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon, and MIT. Reeves admits that Harvard wasn’t the most comfortable choice. It’s on the opposite side of the country from his hometown of Milton-Freewater, Ore., and it’s pretty costly. However, Reeves is confident that Harvard is the place he should be. “I chose Harvard because, simply, it’s something you don’t turn down,” he says. “It’s an incredible opportunity.” Though it’s commonly assumed that law students have a background in history or political science, Reeves has met many students with backgrounds in math or science. Reeves believes that his backgrounds in mathematics, engineering, and history have all contributed to his preparation for law school. “Math, at least at the math major level, is about proving things in a conclusive way, and that has taught me how to construct a good proof and how to find holes in bad proofs,” he explains. “History is all about context and how events fit into a larger picture, which is a great skill to have when trying to integrate what I’ve learned from one case into the larger picture of the law. And engineering is fundamentally the study of using tools and methods to solve problems, and much of what a lawyer does fits into the same principles.” For Reeves, who graduated from high school at 15 and college at 21, the possibilities seem endless. “I’ve been blessed with quite a few great opportunities in my life,” he says, “including the one that led me here.”

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New Vice President Named Enrollment and Marketing Vice President also to lead Advancement


you’ve attended one of Walla Walla University’s student recruiting events, there’s a good chance you know who Jodi Wagner is. Wagner would be the university administrator with more energy than most students half her age. In her new and expanded role, the campus administrator will become a familiar face to the university’s alumni and friends as well. Wagner is the new vice president for university relations and advancement. Wagner will now lead the combined areas of marketing, enrollment services, university relations, advancement, and alumni relations. During her time as vice president for marketing and enrollment, Wagner has overseen a student enrollment of nearly 8 percent since she arrived at WWU in 2008. She has also expanded communication and outreach programs to build the university’s regional and national visibility. Restructuring the departments will include the appointment of two new associate vice presidents. Wagner will transfer some of her work in enrollment and marketing to Trevor Congleton, the new associate vice president for marketing and enrollment services. Congleton will oversee the daily operations of these programs. Congleton has served previously

Behind the Screen

New software program powers university operation When Hilary Nieland logged onto her “myWWU” account in September, she checked her new class schedule, paid a tuition bill, reviewed her pre-requisite class list, and discovered two more items on her back-to-school “to-do” list. For the junior French and history student, a visit to Walla Walla University’s computer information system might seem routine, even mundane. However, for the people who implemented the new system Aug. 11, 2011, it represents a minor miracle. On the “go live” date, the computer system transferred successfully with little to no interruption.   One year later, data from almost all of the university’s nooks and crannies hums along on an information system powered by Oracle’s PeopleSoft software. The transition from WWU’s former BiTech software system took five years and a multi-million dollar budget.  “The greatest challenge,” says Michael Bell, one of the project managers, “was the migration of the historical data from the old system to the new system— over 20 million rows of data.”  University faculty and staff now have a centralized system, which allows them to efficiently view and access information for academic records, financial aid, human resources, alumni records, and more. Previously, information was recorded and stored in departmental software 6

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in the department as the director of recruiting and the director for guest relations. A new associate vice president for alumni/ parent relations and university advancement will also be named to focus on the university’s philanthropic programs. A search for candidates is underway. Plans are also underway for the alumni/ parent relations and university advancement team to move from Havstad Alumni Center to the fourth floor of the Administration Building as soon as appropriate office space can be prepared. “In this location, the combined team’s five divisions will be in close proximity,” says Wagner, “and we expect new energy and efficiencies from shared communications strategies and resources. Recruiting and parent relations might work together to ensure continuity of messaging to parents, for example, and university relations/marketing can support alumni communication efforts.” Before coming to WWU, Wagner was the director of client planning and strategy services for 10 years at Coffey Communications, a health care publication company in Walla Walla. Wagner majored in mass communications and completed concentrated studies in business and English, graduating in 1992. Wagner and her husband, Jeff, also a WWU graduate, have three children.

silos, requiring extensive labor to share information and run reports. Industry professionals have noted the accomplishment of the WWU implementation team, and are calling for professional advice on how WWU managed to accomplish the transition when some other universities have experienced software Mark Priddy, meltdowns and huge cost data migration overruns. specialist, was WWU launched the a key player in the transition. transition project in 2007. Dana Jensen and Richard Jensen, who led the original implementation team until 2010, were key in configuring the system and developing the data migration programs.  The Information Services Department team assumed responsibility for the project in 2010 and worked with WWU staff across campus to finalize the system and ensure it was ready for use.


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Reading and browsing recommendations from our experts Knitting By Anne Bartlett (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005)

Welcome to the Roster

Walla Walla University welcomes five new professors this year. Jody Carlisle and Steve VanOrden (business), Elisabeth Ritacca (history and philosophy), Ferdinand Regalado (theology), and Anthony Remboldt (technology) (not pictured) join our esteemed faculty. They hail from locations such as Mexico, California, and the Walla Walla Valley.

Introductions Are In Order

All the way from Hampden, Maine, Terri (Dickinson) Neil is the university’s new director of parent/alumni relations. Neil is a 1983 business education graduate of Walla Walla University and was also raised in the Walla Walla Valley. Neil brings her skills as a civic volunteer and academy business education teacher to her new job.

Announcing KGTS 91.3 Alumni Reunion

Krueger will attend and lead the fun. Former KGTS employees may find out more by joining the Facebook alumni group— “KGTS 91.3 FM Alumni.”

Rising Numbers

Lauren Gorton is a member of this year’s especially large freshman class. This fall quarter, 394 new freshman are enrolled. Total headcount enrollment is 1,940, up 109 from last school year. Lauren’s parents, WWU graduates Kim and Lloyd Gorton of Olympia, Wash., enjoyed showing their daughter around their alma mater.

Did you work for KGTS 91.3 when you were at WWU? You and your family are invited to a special 50th anniversary reunion during WWU’s Alumni Weekend, April 25-28, 2013. KGTS managers Loren Dickinson, David Bullock, and Kevin

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This book is about a life-changing friendship between two women. They meet when each steps out of a crowd to aid an indigent man who has fallen on the street. Their similarities seem to end there until the story unfolds. Redemptive, reflective, imaginative—these characteristics suggest atmospheric personalities of off-beat characters that make you stick with the story about two knitters. —Martha Mason, Professor of Art

Makeba: My Story By Miriam Makeba with James Hall (Dutton Adult, 1988)

Internationally acclaimed singer Miriam Makeba tells the story of her extraordinary life as a musician, revealing her experiences as a South African native who held onto “hope, determination, and song” throughout the long years of apartheid. Exiled from her native country in 1960 and unable to return for 30 years, Makeba became a prominent human rights spokesperson and opponent of apartheid. Her humanity, musicianship, and courage are poignantly described in this autobiographical account. —Karin Thompson, Professor of Music

Listeners to the Positive Life Radio Network share how God has blessed and changed them during specific difficult moments in life, through the radio ministry. The videos were produced by WWU communications student Michael Webberly. —Shirlee Kehney, Director of Risk and Safety Management

Corrections Summer 2012. Page 31. In Back to You column, a tweet should be 140 characters, not 140 words.

Page 32. The concert photo should have been credited to Eric Ashley.

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Sacred Space University Church Celebrates 50 Years of Worship By Camlynne Waring / photography by Kent Henderson


Oct. 20, 1962, with trumpets blaring and a choir leading the way, the entire College Church congregation marched from Columbia Auditorium to the newly built College Church, on the site of the old college barn. After 23 years without an adequate church sanctuary, the Walla Walla College campus finally had a house of worship.

Fifty years later—to the day—Walla Walla University Church members marked the occasion with another walk from Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center to the church, a special church service led by senior pastor Alex Bryan, and a new hymn written by Bryan and Kraig Scott, minister of music. For some members, the event recalled memories of their own participation in the opening church service. “The massive march to the new church, led by trumpeters and the choir, seemed like going to the Promised Land, minus, of course, the desert and the Jordan River,” says Carlton Cross, professor of engineering. “The sanctuary was huge, very wide because Elder Heubach wanted to be as close as possible to his members when he preached. The long pews glistened. And the organ was so open and spacious that one could hear the notes moving around in the ranks. The trumpets sounded, the organ spoke, and we had arrived.”

A Vision for the Future

In the college’s early years, the campus church, now known as Village Hall, served both community members and the college. In 1912, it burned down from an act of arson, and was rebuilt in 1920 to accommodate 700 people. However, by 1939, the building no longer had the capacity to serve the college’s needs, and services were moved to Columbia Auditorium, the campus gymnasium and a venue for major events. Twenty Sabbath School classes were held there each week. Cross, who attended services in Columbia Auditorium from age 3 to 18, remembers the building well. “An odd-looking, oversized Quonset hut with massive concrete abutments, Columbia Auditorium was acoustically excellent, but that was the end of its virtues as a church,” he says.


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“With folding chairs on the main floor and stadium benches in the balconies, it was not a church building. Folding chairs did not work well, especially when I was small. I remember being rescued several times when the seat would tip, and I’d slide off and get stuck in an odd position.” On March 22, 1961, church members gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new church building. The two-part service started in Columbia Auditorium, where members listened to the College Chorale sing “The Lord’s Prayer,” and heard a history of the college church by Dr. George Bowers. Though rain threatened to diminish the outdoor portion of the service, when members exited the auditorium, the sky was clear. The second half of the service was held at the site of the new church. The college concert band promoted an atmosphere of holiness with sacred instrumental music. The church architects and builder were introduced, and Elder C. A. Scriven spoke on the significance of the college church before leading the ceremonial groundbreaking. Paul Heubach, the College Church pastor from 1952 to 1963, and other planners desired a substantial church that inspired reverence. The new church building was designed to highlight the role of music in worship, as evidenced by the large Casavant pipe organ located in the front of the sanctuary.1 In her book, “Bold Venture,” Terrie Dopp Aamodt, WWU history professor, explains the significance of the church and sanctuary design. “The theme and atmosphere they created were of a Christ-centered, communioncentered sanctuary, and these aspects are illustrated in the Bible and communion table at the front, the design of vine and branches on the organ grille, and the accompanying emblems of the scriptures, torch, cross, and the law of God.” 2 1 Aamodt, Terrie Dopp. Bold Venture. College Place: Walla Walla University, 1992. 2 Ibid.

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Note on the Hymn

O God of Sphere and Space O God of Sphere and Space The University Church in 1962.

The campus church through 1939 (now Village Hall).

Graduate classes and community members donated items for the church. A generous gift from the Associated Students of Walla Walla College provided for the organ (instead of the skating rink students had originally planned for). One of the largest in the Pacific Northwest, the organ has 4,982 pipes, which make up 89 groups, or ranks. The carillon, which rings hourly and at Sabbath sundown, was donated by Clyde and Mary Harris. Alumni in Hawaii donated anthuriums, bird of paradise, and orchids that were flown in from Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, to decorate the narthex and communion table for the Oct. 20 inaugural service.

Growth Continues

After 14 years of worship in the new church, it was time for more growth. Plans were made for an addition to the original building, to provide offices, new youth facilities, classrooms, and a kitchen. In attendance at the groundbreaking was Fay Van Dyk, a church member who wrote about the experience in the college church newsletter “Shared Life News.” “It was a different kind of groundbreaking, refreshingly free of gold shovels and artificiality,” she wrote. “Instead, 11 people, using their own beat-up spades and shovels, shared in this event.”3 Van Dyk’s closing remarks capture her faith and vision for the church building and community. “I glanced at the 11 diggers. To me, it was a beautiful example of the blend of the College Church. The laity and the clergy hand in hand, the men and the women hand in hand, stepping forward together in this new adventure in faith. I have a feeling that this new church addition will have a great deal to say about the kind of a God we, the members of the Walla Walla College Church, serve.”

The Church Today

Today, the University Church thrives with six pastors pointing church members and the community to Christ. Through Adventurers, Pathfinders, and children’s ministry programs, church leaders guide youth in the way of Jesus, from birth to young adulthood. Small groups and spiritual development classes help members strengthen their relationship with Christ. The church partners with other Seventh-day Adventist churches in the Walla Walla Valley to support Sonbridge Community Center, which offers health services, baby diaper distribution, ongoing successful living seminars, English as a Second Language classes, a car care clinic for single moms, as well as a thrift store and other services. “Walla Walla University Church is deeply committed to many important things—none more significant than our ministry to college students,” says Bryan. “The word ‘university’ in our name indicates a primary calling: helping young men and women in preparation for a lifetime devoted to Jesus Christ and His Church.”


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To say Amy Alderman’s to-do list was jampacked would be an understatement. Write and produce web videos? Check! Develop branding and style guides? Check! Manage social media pages? You bet. But what made Alderman’s workload all the more impressive was that she tackled it as an intern. ¶ “It’s a great feeling of accomplishment,” the senior communications major enthused after spending 10 weeks interning at Walla Walla General Hospital. Alderman says the experience she gleaned from her time at the 72-bed acute-care center was invaluable, exposing her to the ins and outs of health care management, while putting into practice skills she first learned at Walla Walla University. “I’ve been given many projects and daily tasks that are of great interest to me and have also helped me further develop the skills I have been taught at WWU,” she says. “I have also been able to sit in on meetings that have helped me better understand how hospital administration

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runs and how the marketing department assists with these efforts.” “Amy has been enormously helpful,” says Alderman’s supervisor, Kristi Spurgeon Johnson, a 2005 communications graduate and marketing director at WWGH. “In fact, she wonders how I would ever be able to do all of my work without her. And it’s true! She is able to take on a lot of tasks independently, allowing me to forget about them and move onto other things.” Alderman represents roughly 50 percent of WWU students who participate in some sort of work-study program, whether it is a paid or unpaid internship, cooperative education, practicum, or student teaching. The placements list is an impressive one—including a broad range of companies in numerous fields, like Delta Airlines, Shakespeare Walla Walla, Adventist Health, McCool Law, Faith International Adoptions, America Reads, and the House of Representatives. And though nearly half of the student body tackling internships sounds like an impressive statistic, Career Center Director Nelle Cornelison says it’s too low. She would like to see that number be closer to 100 percent. “Students get to apply what they’ve learned in school to a real-world setting, so when they go to apply for a job, they have real experience,” she said. That experience may be the difference between candidates with similar resumes. Employers are looking for hires who have worked on professional tasks, and internships are the best way to gain that hands-on practice. Few know that better than 2008 business administration graduate Brent Davis, who completed four internships while at WWU and leveraged his connections to land a position after graduation. “I definitely feel strongly about the internship model,” Davis said. “I did four while I was there, and it got me my first job and contacts for this job. It’s so critical.” Now the director of finance at Simi Valley


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Amy Alderman, left, works at Walla Walla General Hospital for Kristi Spurgeon Johnson, marketing director and 2005 graduate.

Hospital in California, Davis hires a number of WWU student interns each year, passing on an important opportunity to the next generation of leaders. “From an employer standpoint, it’s a no-brainer,” Davis continued. “It’s free or cheap labor. These kids are smart, they’re eager, they’re good with technology, they’re comfortable communicating in various ways, they’re easy to get along with.” An internship program can also prove a fertile recruiting ground, evidenced by the hospital’s most recent intern-turned-staffer, Taryn Stanley, a 2012 graduate. “She was a summer intern with us last summer at the hospital and did a great job in all the tasks assigned, and we hired her before school was out,” Davis said. “So she was guaranteed a job before graduation—long before spring quarter—and is now working full-time in our office and integrating well.”

The internship experience is also a boon for students returning to campus, who appreciate their classes even more after a few months in a “real-world” working environment. “When students come back to school, they understand why they are being taught their subjects,” Cornelison said. “And they bring knowledge from work back to the university.” Because of his internship at Loma Linda University, senior business major Jason Birkenstock is returning to class with a skill his major wouldn’t have necessarily taught him. “My internship forced me to learn a new skill, web development, which has never in the past held any interest for me. It is difficult, but in the end it has helped me develop a newfound respect for the effort it takes to make a comprehensive website,” he said. Birkenstock worked in the student services department and the accounting offices at LLU. “In addition,” said Birkenstock, “I purposefully

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went out and made connections with individuals whom I had no connection with. I have been able to set up meetings and talk with many professionals about the direction of the healthcare field and how a new grad can excel in the current healthcare climate.” Though the unfamiliar work environment and new responsibilities were intimidating at times, Birkenstock believes the experience will benefit his professional career. Birkenstock found out about the internship opportunity when LLU visited the WWU campus. Departments bring in potential employers from time to time to meet with students. Another invaluable resource is the Career Center. The Career Center sponsors numerous information sessions and workshops, as well as a yearly career fair. In the end, Alderman’s internship confirmed her interest in communications, while Birkenstock learned new skills, and Stanley landed her

first job. Alumni like you are making a difference in students’ lives by providing an invaluable internship opportunity. For more information on internships, visit the Career Center or contact Nelle Cornelison at (509) 527-2664 or

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This report Includes Information about gifts and Other support that Walla Walla University Received from June 30, 2011, to July 1, 2012.

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Why I Give Kelly Turner

Class of 1996 Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Glendale Adventist Medical Center Glendale, Calif.

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My parents are “givers” and through modeling a lifestyle of giving back,

they instilled in me a desire to share as well. My life has truly been blessed, and I believe part of the responsibility that comes with being blessed is to re-invest those blessings for the benefit of others. It just feels right to enhance and re-invest that original gift. ¶ I give to Walla Walla University because of the rich experience I enjoyed while attending. Not only did I find myself academically prepared to begin a productive career, but also I found WWU to be an environment that helped define the way I go about thinking and making decisions. I was blessed to receive scholarships and financial assistance during my journey through WWU. That assistance was made possible because of others who gave before me. 

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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. During 2011–12, Walla Walla University received gifts totalling



thank you from our students Ian Drake Bilinowich History

I would like to personally thank you for your generous scholarship donation to Walla Walla University. The donations you make directly benefit so many students. By donating, you are directly benefiting an individual, a community, and the Christian community. By helping a student attend Walla Walla University, you are making a difference by


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helping to produce a graduate who is Christ-centered and character-driven. Thank you so much!

Yvette Asenjo Nursing

I would like to thank you for investing in students like me. I appreciate you sharing your money and energy to help me reach and accomplish my goals. There is no way that I could do it without you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! May God

Thank you so much for your generosity. I believe God has led me to Walla Walla University, thus you a part of God’s plan. I pray that God will lead you in life and bless you. Thank you for using your means to make my education possible. You are answering my prayers.

a student, I am very grateful for the opportunity you are giving me to continue my education at such a wonderful school. Thank you for making my education, and the education of my fellow students, a possibility. As someone who grew up in the church and has only attended private Adventist schools, I know the value of a Christian education. To be able to attend WWU is a great blessing, and it is something I thank God for.

Philip Duclos

Dustin Horn

bless you more than you could think or imagine.

Trent Larson Civil Engineering


Thank you for all you do in supporting Adventist education. The education we receive here is one that serves all our needs—spiritual, social, mental, physical. As

Business Administration

The experience Walla Walla University provides and the opportunity for life and professional growth is exceptional. I currently work hard

to help this school thrive in the future and it is much appreciated that you would choose to do the same. What you are investing in is valuable and your money is wisely given. We students of WWU are very blessed. Thank you.

Kristi Hernandez Forensic Psychology

I would like to personally thank you for your kind and wonderful donations! To a student like me, these donations are crucial to my attendance at Walla Walla University. I can proudly say that I am the first member in my family to attend college, and come next year I will be graduating. This would not be possible without the love and generosity of each

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New Scholarships donor. You help countless students be able to continue their educational journey, and for that I cannot thank you enough.

It is our pleasure to announce these new endowed scholarships. For more information on the stories and donors who made them possible, visit: and Ireland. Happy, outgoing, and friendly, Shari chose to be a biology major like her father and grandfather. She would be pleased to know that others can attend Walla Walla University because of the scholarship in her name, a caring gift from her classmates, and will be happy to see the eternal impact of her life in heaven one day. The Class of 2011 Shari Booth Memorial Endowed Scholarship provides scholarships to students who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.

Alix Hsu Elementary Education

There are many students who may not have been able to graduate, or who would have not been able to pursue an education or life-goals here if not for the help of these scholarships. I am grateful to kind hearts who make known their generosity through the means of giving to students. I am certain that these demonstrations of the love of Christ have directly, or indirectly influenced the globe. Every penny invested takes the gospel a little farther. Thank you to all those who do the work of God through donating for scholarships and demonstrating the true generosity of Christianity.

Laurence Edward Downing Music Education

Thank you for your generous support. Without scholarships like these, WWU would not have been a reality for me. It is your “generosity in service” that has given me the opportunity to develop my “faith in God” here at WWU while also helping me grow my artistic abilities or my “beauty in expression,” and challenging me to have “excellence in thought.” Thank you for giving me the gift of Walla Walla University.

Nichole Caldera Social work and Education

Thank you so much for this scholarship. I thank you for helping me further my education.

Class of 1961 Student Missions Endowed Scholarship The Class of 1961 wanted a project that would truly change the lives of students. Some class members knew from experience that student missions is one way that happens. The class created a scholarship to assist one student a year to defray some of the expenses of international mission service. In just two years the class endowment has reached the amount required to begin to award the scholarship in 2013.

Class of 2011 Shari Booth Memorial Endowed Scholarship Class of 2011 President Gregory Hannah Jones shares the class wanted to offer a gift that “would leave a lasting impression on [students’] lives.” They established the Class of 2011 Shari Booth Memorial Endowed Scholarship, in memory of their classmate who would have graduated in 2011. Shari Renae Booth, daughter of Lowell and Marsha Booth, had many talents including art, music, and travel to all 48 contiguous states, Canada, Mexico, England,

Class of 2012 Endowed Scholarship As the class deliberated on their senior class gift, Class of 2012 President Frances Leaf, shares “we were looking for a practical place to put our money. It seems to be harder to get financial aid as upper classmen, and we wanted to provide a solution. Although a plaque on campus would have been a nice memory years from now, we would much rather help other students graduate and change the world with the good quality education and Christlike character that we were blessed to be surrounded by at WWU. This endowed scholarship is a gift that keeps giving, and we hope to help other driven students accomplish their dream of obtaining a degree from WWU for years to come. The Class of 2012 Endowed Scholarship is awarded to juniors and seniors who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.  

Vera Davis–Michel Memorial English Scholarship From her earliest childhood, Vera Ann Davis loved to go to school. After graduating from Walla Walla College, she taught in China, Gem State, Colum-

bia, and Laurelwood academies and eventually at Walla Walla College. Vera’s interest in providing education for others never waned. We are hopeful that a scholarship rewarding the efforts of a young person who has also set high goals is an appropriate memorial to someone whose consistent and exemplary life is an inspiration to all who knew her. The Vera Davis–Michel Memorial English Scholarship is awarded to English majors who demonstrate academic merit and have an interest in teaching.

Seibly Family Endowed Scholarship Walt and Maxine met at Walla Walla College in the spring of 1935. They raised a family in the Lewiston-Clarkston valley where Walt practiced medicine until he retired in 1976. Walt never lost his love of learning and continued as medical director for four skilled nursing facilities and as surgical assistant for area surgeons until the age of 80. Education was important to them both. This endowment fulfills their wishes to continue their commitment to students seeking higher education. The Seibly Family Endowed Scholarship is awarded to students preparing for medical and healthcare related fields.

Harry and Ella Thornton Endowed Scholarship Harry and Ella met at Walla Walla College. He was a pre-med major, and she was studying nursing. After WWU, Harry worked as pathologist and Ella worked alongside as office manager for his medical practice. Ella included WWU in her estate plan to benefit students as a tribute to her husband.

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Endowments: The Future of Walla Walla University 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. during 2011 These endowments provided


$ Administration Building Maintenance ASWWU Student Aid Endowment James and Ruth Bebee Computer Science Scholarship James and Ruth Bebee Nursing Scholarship Beverly Math Faculty Improvement

Shannon Marie Bigger Memorial Christian Service Volunteer Scholarship Lester and Geraldine Border Christian Service Scholarship Alice I. Bowden Memorial Theology Scholarship George W. Bowers Excellence in Chemistry Scholarship


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Boyson Family Communication Scholarship

Dr. Muriel Chapman Nursing Scholarship

Class of 1983 Scholarship Class of 1984 Scholarship

L.P. “Jim” and Jane B. Corbett Student Aid Scholarship

Class of 1989 Edwin Zaugg Memorial Scholarship

Lee Crain Memorial Music Scholarship

Class of 1996 Scholarship

Edward F. Cross Engineering Scholarship

John F. Bregar Memorial Scholarship

Advancement of Chemical Research at Walla Walla University

Junior Senior Business Scholarship

Percy W. Christian Excellence in History Scholarship

School of Business

A.J. and Gladys E. Christiansen Memorial Scholarship

Class of 1997 Scholarship

Class of 1954 Scholarship

Class of 2009 Student Missionary Scholarship

Clair and Myrtle Calkins Library Book Fund D. Ordell and Margaret A. Calkins Business/Education and Faculty Development

Class of 1955 Scholarship

L.P. “Jim” Corbett History Scholarship

Class of 1978 Scholarship

Nancy Cross Memorial English Faculty Development Fund

Class of 2003 Scholarship

Vera Davis-Michel Memorial English Scholarship

Class of 1957 Scholarship

Merle Clairon Calkins Computer Science Faculty Development

Class of 2011 Shari Booth Memorial Scholarship

Class of 1959 Student Missions Scholarship

Class of 2012 Scholarship

Lewis Canaday Memorial Technology Scholarship

Class of 1960 Student Missions Scholarship

Verlin L. and Thelma (Kumalae) Cochran Memorial Scholarship

Dr. James R. Chambers Memorial Scholarship

Class of 1961 Student Missions Scholarship

Communication Development Course

Janice P. Chance Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Class of 1965 Scholarship

Computer Science Magazine

Class of 1971 Scholarship

L.P. “Jim” Corbett English Scholarship

Edward F. and Clara M. Degering Memorial Educational Scholarship Claude and Annie Deming Memorial Fund Loren Dickinson Communications Scholarship Dietrich/Wilkinson Aviation Scholarship

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Frances Dixon Special Education Dr. Ralph A. Drake Scholarship Lars and Anna Dybdahl Scholarship Josephine Cunnington Edwards Memorial Scholarship H. Russell and Genevieve Emmerson Memorial Scholarship Engineering Chair Endowment Mary Garner Esary Memorial Scholarship Faculty/Staff Scholarship Dena W. and R.B. Farnsworth Nursing Scholarship Ray and Alice Fowler Scholarship Norma S. Gardner Memorial English Scholarship Wilford and Emma Goffar Scholarship Graduate Dean’s Award Albert E. and Reta J. Graham Memorial Scholarship John J. Hafner Music Scholarship Lovyl and Mary Hagle Memorial Worthy Student Scholarship Richard and Dena Hammill Memorial Scholarship Thomas Hampson Humanities Merit Scholarship Clyde and Mary Harris Challenge Grant

Blythe Owen Music Scholarship

Harold Lickey Music Scholarship

Doreen Paulson-Evans Memorial Scholarship

Jennie M. Livingston Memorial Library Fund

Yvonne Pickett Memorial Scholarship

Dr. C. Stanley Lloyd Jr. Scholarship

Piper-Johanson Scholarship

Glenn Spring Music Scholarship

Helen L. Popoway Endowment

Joseph L. Stubblefield Memorial Scholarship

Robert L. Reynolds Excellence in History Scholarship

Janis Suelzle Memorial Fund

Romulo and Mercedes Lozano Scholarship

Vera Johnson Hubbs Memorial Business Scholarship

Mary E. Marker Memorial Theology Scholarship

Robert M. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship

Theology Library Book Fund

Dr. and Mrs. Harold Huber Scholarship

Roy and Lois (Dorland) Martin English Scholarship

Donald W. Rigby Biology Award

George and Lola Thompson Memorial Scholarship

Wynelle J. Huff Nursing Scholarship

Sukhdev Mathaudhu Engineering Scholarship

Donald W. Rigby Biology Faculty Research

Harry and Ella Thornton Memorial Scholarship

Jess M. Hutson, M.D., Memorial Scholarship

Mathematics Alumni Scholarship

Donnie Rigby Drama Award Rigby Hall Maintenance

E.E. and Jane BreeseTrefz Christian Service Scholarship


Mathematics Scholarship

Jensen Memorial Math Scholarship

Warren Matheson Memorial Christian Service Scholarship

Lilah S. Risinger Mathematics Scholarship

Clarence O. Trubey Memorial Music Scholarship

Dr. Gordon Johnson Physics Scholarship

John D. Rogers, M.D., Memorial Scholarship

Undergraduate Advanced Study

Matiko Theology Award

Murray L. and Ilene Johnstone Scholarship

Harden M. McConnell and Alvin L. Kwiram Award

Rosario Marine Station Maintenance

Carl and Lucile Jones Nursing Scholarship

Eldena McDow Scholarship

Thomas C. Rowsell Memorial Scholarship

Marilyn K. (Dammrose) Van Stee Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Messenger/Loewen Scholarship

Gayle L. Saxby Memorial Scholarship

Jack Evan Miles Memorial Scholarship

Lilah Schlotthauer Memorial Mathematics Scholarship

MariAnne Jensen Moore Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Eleanor B. Schofield Memorial Teachers Scholarship

Dan and Mary Morrison Necker Endowed Scholarship

Seibly Family Endowed Scholarship

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

Pauline Hart Memorial Social Work Scholarship

Robert H. and Thorna Koorenny Scholarship

Richard and Georgiana Hayden Christian Service Scholarship

Kretschmar Hall Maintenance

Robert A. Henderson Memorial History Scholarship Wilma E. Hepker Scholarship

Solomon Scholarship

Lewiston/Clarkston Scholarship

Paul and Frances Heubach Memorial Theology Scholarship

Kelly Logan Social Work Scholarship

Joseph & Beth Murray Memorial Scholarship for Resident Assistants Music Scholarship Llewellyn and Vivian Nixon Scholarship

Laura G. Larson Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Nursing Scholarship

H. Lloyd Leno Memorial Music Scholarship

Daniel A. Ochs Memorial Theology Scholarship Dr. and Mrs. Howard Osborne Scholarship

Cecil W. Shankel Memorial Chemistry Scholarship Shattuck/Zitterbart Memorial Nursing Scholarship Donald and Virginia Sherwood Memorial Scholarship

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

T5 Foundation Business Excellence Fund

Verde Fund for Graduate Marine Research Eva Stratton Vliet and Jess Vliet Scholarship Stanley E. Walker Music Scholarship Francys C. Welch Scholarship Melvin K. West Music Scholarship Lois Whitchurch Nursing Scholarship Monte Wilkins Memorial Scholarship John and Inez Willey Family Memorial Scholarship WWU Student Aid

Carolyn Stevens Shultz Scholarship

Randy Yaw Pi Contest Scholarship

Dan Shultz Music Scholarship

Young Memorial Lecture in Biology Norma R. Youngberg Scholarship

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Graduates Giving Alumni giving is considered a vote of confidence in Walla Walla University. Alumni support helps maintain the high level of quality education at WWU. It also enhances the university’s reputation in many arenas, including the nationally recognized rankings in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges. Thank you to the class agents and their fellow graduates who support the Class Agent Program.





Highest Total Giving

Highest Class Participation

Highest Participation of a Class Graduated in the Last 10 Years

Most Improved Participation

Class of 1985

Class of 1948

Class of 2006

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Class Agent

1923-1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994

Lowell Bock Verona Schnibbe Bill Loveless Edna Maye Loveless Ken Spady Olen Nations Eddie Norton Stewart Shankel Joe Riederer Tom and Brooke Stafford Victor Fitch Pat Johnston Ralph and Bobbie Jo Davis Shirley Thomas Pat Jones Dale Beaulieu Ed Scheresky Bob Brody Gerry Miller Carlton Cross Gary Fresk Don Hall Lou Blanchfield No Class Agent Bruce and Mary Lou Ham Fred Biesenthal Sheila Palmer Rick Mace Linda Carpenter Diana Pierce Ralph Perrin Bev Foster Warren Kay Jeff Kinne Lisa Bissell Paulson Helen Teske Gabe Acosta Bob McGhee Dean Tupper Jerry Bauman Kevin Krueger Keith Perrin Linda Abdel-Malek Mike Devitt Cecily Geschke Stacy Peterson Kellie Bond Peter Fackenthall

Total Giving

Percent Participation

$46,693.35 $7,915.00 $8,730.00 $6,015.00 $10,745.00 $7,035.00 $12,370.00 $7,025.00 $5,150.00 $8,105.00 $9,899.00 $9,540.78 $24,553.00 $22,137.10 $64,890.16 $16,460.00 $9,245.00 $9,507.50 $53,359.15 $64,023.00 $5,208.57 $13,797.50 $7,960.00 $11,289.41 $31,462.50 $16,430.00 $21,670.00 $17,720.00 $9,196.00 $13,145.00 $27,415.00 $14,455.00 $13,635.00 $11,549.89 $6,552.00 $40,820.00 $8,189.00 $18,627.00 $67,341.00 $10,049.80 $20,570.53 $9,604.80 $9,497.00 $3,890.91 $9,750.00 $1,870.00 $3,525.00 $30,858.00

18.9% 44.9% 32.2% 29.4% 24.5% 29.4% 19.0% 32.1% 33.3% 32.1% 34.3% 30.2% 20.8% 26.9% 30.2% 35.5% 27.8% 24.5% 31.7% 24.4% 22.8% 13.5% 20.6% 13.9% 12.2% 14.2% 9.5% 12.9% 12.2% 12.9% 10.7% 14.5% 13.8% 9.0% 11.3% 13.7% 11.9% 6.9% 16.0% 10.5% 11.5% 7.7% 7.7% 9.3% 6.9% 4.3% 6.6% 6.0%

Through the years, as we each go through the chapters of our lives, including the ups and downs, we remember the enduring values and experiences our college years gave us and want others to have the same opportunities. Gabe Acosta 1983 Class Agent


Class Agent

1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

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 Soule David Bowen Greg Hannah-Jones Frances Leaf Totals

Total Giving

Percent Participation

$1,508.00 $32,620.00 $8,186.00 $2,500.00 $1,915.00 $6,016.00 $13,377.00 $7,425.00 $865.00 $1,518.88 $47,977.62 $6,305.00 $7,043.81 $2,269.00 $4,352.00 $450.63 $175.00 $1,680.00 $1,005,660.89

3.8% 6.5% 6.6% 3.1% 4.5% 3.6% 5.8% 4.3% 3.7% 3.4% 3.3% 4.4% 3.6% 2.4% 1.8% 2.3% 1.0% 2.9% 10.7%

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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 The Anderson Foundation Banner Bank Ben Bridge Jewelers BNSF Railway Foundation The Boeing Company Herbert M. Bridge Brooks Manufacturing Company Clark Nuber, PS COSTCO Wholesale Danielson Harrigan Leyh & Tollefson LLP

Brian Dohe The O.D. Fisher Charitable Foundation Fluke Corporation Foss Maritime Company Ken and Beryl Goodchild Groninger and Company Gull Industries Colleen Kinerk and Dan Kilpatric Lease Crutcher Lewis Miller Nash LLP The Norcliffe Foundation

thank you from our students Natalie Nicole Slusarenko Mathematics/PrePhysical Therapy

Thank you so much for your generous offer. I know that college can be tight, and your donation really helps keep us motivated. Getting help with college expenses makes us feel blessed and cared for, and it makes it that


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much easier to pursue our dreams and be motivated. Thank you so much.

Shelby Kyara Long Graphic Design

Thank you for your donations to Walla Walla University. We are blessed to have people like you to help us students pay for an Adventist education.

Nordstrom Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation PACCAR Inc Parker, Smith & Feek PEMCO Foundation, Inc Rabel Family Advised Fund Red Lion Hotels Brendan Riley Sheraton Seattle Hotel Skanska USA Building The Spokesman-Review

Ryan James Kennedy Aviation Technology

I want to say a big thank you to the donors for generously donating some of their money to help us college students through this very important, but financially trying time of our lives. You are the people who will make someone’s day by selflessly giving to others and bringing a student’s educational goals just a bit closer. Thank you again for helping, and for modeling the selfless actions which Jesus wants to see in each one of us.

Dennis Thoennes Titus Will Families Foundation Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund The UPS Foundation Ellen Wallach Washington State Auto Dealers Association William Kilworth Foundation The Wollenberg Foundation Wright Runstad & Company

Kelsey Zuppan Music/Nursing

Thank you so much for your generous donation. As a student with a very limited budget, I have no way of truly knowing what it is like to make such a generous donation. However, as the recipient of such a donation I do know what it is like to receive such a generous donation toward my education that I could not afford on my own. I am truly grateful for your support of my education, which I am hoping to use in the mission field. My dream is to use the skills and knowledge I gain from my education to

return to the orphanage in Bangladesh (where I served for six months as a student missionary) to help longterm. I will strive to ensure that your generous donation will not only help with my own education, but bless many others internationally as well. Thank you so much for your support of my dreams through education.

Jared Koot Civil Engineering

Thank you for providing these scholarships! It has been hard getting grants and scholarship in these times so thank you all for helping students continue their schooling.

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Benefactors Society Emily Muthersbaugh Environmental Studies

Thank you for your generous donation. Without your contribution, hundreds of students this year would not be able to return for the next school year. I appreciate the connection you have maintained with this university and that you continue to personally invest in the future and lives of the students here. While I still hold several jobs and work hard to maintain my standing on the distinguished dean’s list, I would not be here if it weren’t for your contribution.

Julie Anne Pierson Biology

I would like to thank you for generously giving your money to help me further my education. I greatly appreciate it and I am glad to be able to continue my education at a wonderful school. You have blessed me and I cannot thank you enough.

Krista Scribner Nursing

I would like to thank all of you for your generosity. You are making an invaluable difference in students’ lives by helping us to pursue our dreams.

Camlynne Waring Communications

Thank you very much for your generosity. Because I changed my major my junior year, my studies will take longer than four years. Your scholarship is helping me pay for those extra quarters that will be invaluable to my career and education.

Janelle Pierson Pre-Physical Therapy

Thank you so much for making it possible for me to continue my education at a Seventhday Adventist institution. I love Walla Walla University and being able to learn! Thank you!

Karlee Gienger Biology

Thank you so much for your support! Each quarter has been a constant struggle for me to attend Walla Walla University. Your help is an answer to fervent prayers. Thank you for helping make my dreams become a reality!

Nathan Curry Mechanical Engineering

Thank you for your donations! I believe that getting an education is an essential step toward achieving my personal life goals, and I’m sure this is true for many people. Your donations are helping many people be able to achieve their goals.

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 Tim and Lois Blackwelder Maxine E. Blome Robert and Georgene Bond Burton and Carolyn Briggs Merrilyn Brown Grace Cafferky D. Ordell and Margaret Calkins Merle Calkins Lois Carscallen Sue Cason Douglas and Carmen Clark Margaret Cook Carlton Cross 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 Darius and Amanda Fleck Allan and Donna Fisher James and Christine Forsyth Brant Foster Marcene Garriott Henry Gerber Oscar Gerst* Keith and Elizabeth Gibbons Marianne Goltz Vera Dean Gregg

Don Hall Jim and Ruth Hall Beatrice Ham Bruce and Mary Lou Ham Elizabeth Hanafin Lewis and Ruth Hart Eugenia Hixson Stanley and Mary Hixson Lorena Hoffman Archie Howatson Wynelle Huff Eunice Johnson Ed and Marilyn Karlow Robert and Peggy Kaye Mary Kincaid* Charles Kirkpatrick* Clarence and 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 and Marjorie Moreno James* and Alice Nash Olen and Mary Nations Dan*and Mary* Necker Ted and Nancy Nedderman Jim and Nancy Nestler Joan Ogden Calvin* and Alyse Olson Howard* and Monta Osborne Effie Pampaian Jim and Della Park Beulah Payne Tom and Barbara Pelett Fyrnn Pendry* 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 Alberta Roth Glenna Ryder James Sadoyama Doyle and Lorelei Saxby Robert and Janelle Schmidt Marcella Schwisow Jaclin Smith Louis Smith Sam and Carol Smith Ralph and Franice Stirling Eldon and Barbara Stratton Everett and Shirley Tetz May Tetz Griffith and Shirley Thomas Alden and Wanda Thompson Ella Thornton* Gordon Travis Myron Tupper Phil and Reid Wasser Ray and Pat Watson Ray and Rosemary Watts Dorothy Weisz Melvin and Betty West Deloris White Sylvia Wilson 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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Why I Give Ken Aso

Class of 1997 Associate Partner, Oliver Wyman Consulting Dallas, Texas


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I think the culture of WWU is indelibly tied to faculty and staff who truly embody the servanthood model of mentorship, people who deeply care about the personal growth of the students. This view of charity I think is quite embedded in Adventist Christianity, and it is something that I look back on quite fondly in my college memories. This goes beyond monetary giving, and is tied to a mentoring philosophy where there is an investment in people. As someone who has benefitted so much from people who have given to me, I take great pride in finding little ways in work and life to do the same.�

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I desire to give back because I am a grateful recipient of so much that has been given to me.

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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. Nieta Rae Adams Clarence and Judy Anderson Janet Anderson Jeanne Bakland Don and Lois Barrett Dwight Bartlett Valerie Bass Stephen and Nicole Batten Aileen Bauer Cleona Bazzy Tony and Nicole Beard Jane Ann Bennett Deirdre Benwell Cheri Berg Jack and Evelyn Bergman Robert Bergman Garnett Bigger Rella Brandenburg Jerry and Bev Brass Marjorie Bregar

Carl Brenneise Jim Cain Lois Canaday Glenn Carter Rick and Betsy Claridge Sandy Clark Bernard and Margaret Cook Ann Cornell Loretta Cotter Sherrice Croft Dottie Curameng Aster Debeb Loren Dickinson Marion Dressler Jim and Christie Forsyth Joe and Marilyn Galusha Carolyn Gaskell Darlene Gaskill Paul and June Giarde Allegra Gienger

Dorothy Graham Tonya Graybill Jim and Ruth Hall Jill Hanson Maxine Hargreaves Kathy Hazen Frances Henderson Roman and Linda Hintz Ilo Hutton Bernie and Carolyn Janke Echo Johnston Ruth Joice Lewis and Liz Krueger Richard and Twyla Kruger Don Larson Pat and Dorothy Larson Barbara Lee Durwood and Erma Lee Donna Lowrie Kyle and Celeste Maddocks


Gordan Lacey Cameron Libby John Loor, Jr. Peter McPherson Gregory Paskell David Prest, Jr. Barbara Prowant Al Reimche Mark Remboldt Kevin Rogers Sandy Schnell Linda Sloop Rodney Wehtje

Max Torkelsen II Vice Chair

Bruce Thorn Secretary

John McVay



Harold Altamirano Dennis Barts DeLona Bell Andrew Carrington Ken Crawford Bob Folkenberg, Jr John Freedman Don Hall Tanya Huether Alan Hurlbert Monty Knittel Merlin Knowles Rhona Kwiram

Arlene Manley Susan Maxted Walt and Bonnie Meske Sharlene Miller Don and Sue Murray Bill and Virginia Napier Carrie Osberg Shirley Panasuk Lois Pegel Milford and Carol Perrin Don and Shirley Peterson Carmella Phillips Pat Reynolds Lovella Ridler Ken and Cheryl Rogers Steve Rose Laverne Rudolf David and Maylene Russell Teri Sanner Aileen Saunders

Lorelei Saxby Rita Schroeder Diana Shelton Mary Smith Jeannie Stanford Dee Stowell Vi Swanson Wilber and Lola Sylvester Dave Thomas Gina Tsujimura Janis Tsujimura Dale and Evelyn Visger Barbara Vories Vicki Wahlen Verlie Ward Rosemary Watts Tim and Cheri Windemuth Helen Zolber Dave Zundel

Alumni Association Executive Committee 2011-12 Chair

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Brad Davis

Nicole Batten


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Clarence Anderson

Dennis N. Carlson


Monty Buell Ramon Canals Trudy Klein David Lindsey Alphonso McCarthy James Oliver Darren Wilkins

Vice President

George Fearing Secretary

Loree Waite Treasurer

Matt White

Board Members

Jeremy Beam Alan Coffey Jim Hall Heather Jarnes Lorraine Jacobs Felix Tan

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Alumni Currents Staying in touch with our family of graduates



Get up-to-date with just a few of our alumni. Send AlumNote information to

1940s Lowell Bock ’46 and his wife, Merlo (Cummins) ’77, live in Loma Linda, Calif. Here, they are pictured with their grandson, Aaron Laudenslager ’09, who graduated this year with his MBA from Loma Linda University.

Esther’s son Gayle ’82, his wife, Armetta ’81, and their granddaughter, Maranda ’10, are also graduates. This year, they expect to have three more grandchildren attending WWU.

1960s David Christensen ’67 is a retired engineer and lives near Flathead Lake in Bigfork, Mont. His favorite memory of WWU was attending Friday evening vespers services.

1950s Edward Norton ’53 and his wife, Esther (Vaselenko) att., live in Damascus, Ore. They attended Walla Walla University graduation this June to celebrate with their grandson

Jonathan Gienger ’12 (pictured with his mom and grandfather). Their family is multigenerational when it comes to WWU graduates. Jonathan’s mother, Carol ’83, and father, Dean ’78, are also graduates. Edward’s and


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Thomas Crawford ’92 and his wife, Selma, live in Gresham, Ore. Thomas received his masters in social work in 1994 from Walla Walla University and began working as a medical social worker in the hospice program at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore., a position he still holds. He has two children, Morgan and Josh. One of his favorite memories of WWU was walking at dusk on the beautiful front lawn of the old administration building. who had been hurt. Don survived, but a bomb hit right near his fire truck. In this photo, Richard stands in the bomb crater made that day some 70 years ago in Dutch Harbor.

Reed Qualley ’67 and his wife, Linda (Blake) ’66, live in Vancouver, Wash. His career includes 27 years as a pastor and 13 years as a mental health specialist for PeaceHealth in Longview, Wash. Now, he has a private counseling practice in Battleground, Wash. He and Linda enjoy spending time with their children, Marcia Henry ’93 and Geoffrey att., and their grandchildren. His favorite memories of WWU include the music of The Messengers, The Chorale, and Drs. Lickey and West. He also has great memories of several teachers, such as Joe Barnes, Lucille Knapp, and Donnie Rigby.

Jane (Fessler) Watt ’72, and her husband, Michael att., live in Fresno, Calif., where she is a full-time oncology nurse at the Community Regional Medical Center. She loves cycling and is part of a team that raises money for local and national charities. Two years ago, she went on a weeklong cycling adventure called “Sierra to the Sea,” starting in Sonoma, Calif., and bicycled with another girlfriend for seven days until she had crossed the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. She and Michael have two sons, Ryan and Tyler, and a daughter Shelby (Gejeian). They also have seven grandchildren, including two sets of twins.



Richard Dennis ’72 works for the Lower Yukon School District in Emmonak, Alaska. He recently taught a class for the University of Alaska, which gave him an opportunity to visit Dutch Harbor. In 1942 during WWII, Dutch Harbor was the site of a Japanese carrier strike force. Twenty-five U.S. Army soldiers died in the early-morning attack. A firefighter and friend of his, Don Blair, was one of the first responders to help those

Roger Walter ’85 and his wife, Gail, live on eight acres near Vancouver, Wash., where he is the senior pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Community Church. He has graduated from Andrews University with his Doctor of Ministry in Preaching. His dissertation was entitled, “A Collaborative Sermon Preparation Team at the Seventhday Adventist Community Church of Vancouver, WA.” He and Gail have seven children.

Jonathan Natiuk ’99 and his wife, Julie (Logan) ’99, live in Vancouver, Wash., where he is a media producer for GP Strategies. He produces videos, and also does photography and design. He and Julie have two children, Avery and Grayson.

2000s Stanley Beebe ’02 lives in San Luis Obispo, Calif., where he is a senior mechanical engineer for Trust Automation. He enjoys fishing and holds a land speed record on his motor scooter. Gem Stone-Logan ’02 and her husband, Ted ’02, live in Longmont, Colo., where she is an IT application engineer for the High Plains Library District. Her favorite memory of WWU is meeting her husband in Operating Systems class.

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In Memory Ayers - Leonard ’54 was born Aug. 4, 1929, in Hot Springs, Ark., and died March 9, 2012, in Portland, Ore. Surviving: wife Vera att. of Vancouver, Wash.; sons Douglas ’76 of Vancouver; Marlon att. of Dayton, Ore.; and Kevin att. of Pasco, Wash.; and brother Darrell of Wildomar, Calif. Burton - Wilbur ’55 was born March 20, 1931, in Perkins, Okla., and died Dec. 5, 2011, in Manhattan, Kan. Surviving: wife Esther (Hoehn) att. of Manhattan; son Reginald of Lincoln, Neb.; daughters Mary and Jorena, both of Manhattan; and Wilma Bing of Lake Tapps, Wash.; and brother Lael att. of Shallotte, N.C. Cochrane – Wheeler “Jack” ’51 was born Nov. 6, 1925, in Billings, Mont., and died March 22, 2012, in Carson, Calif. Surviving: wife Ivy (Bailey) att. of Carson; sons Steve of Acton, Calif.

and Roger of Prescott, Ariz.; brother Clayton ’51 of Martinez, Calif.; and sister Wilma.

Farquharson – Wilber ’36 was born Oct. 7, 1915, in Battle Creek, Mich., and died June 30, 2011, in Tualatin, Ore.

Davis - Kirby ’59 was born Jan. 26, 1932, in Colville, Wash., and died April 6, 2012, in Malo, Wash. Surviving: wife Shirley (Van Derschelden) ’65 of Malo; and sister Helen Hull of Sandpoint, Idaho.

Fullerton - Lillie att. was born June 16, 1926, in Miami, Fla., and died Sept. 27, 2011, in Beaverton, Ore. Surviving: son George ’71 of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; daughters Anita Keithley ’71 of Tualatin, Ore.; and Wanita Butler ’73 of Enumclaw, Wash.; and sister Marie Litchfield of Madison, Tenn.

Dawes - Carol (Otter) att. was born May 19, 1946, and died Nov. 27, 2011. Surviving: husband Marlow ’66 in College Place; son Kevin of Spokane, Wash.; and daughter Karen Cote ’93 of Jonesborough, Tennessee. Denny - Glenn ’67 was born July 10, 1930, and died June 25, 2011. Surviving: wife Joanne of King City, Ore.; sons Bruce of Portland, Ore.; Jeff of Sacramento, Calif.; and David att. of Olympia, Wash.

Graybeal - Lois (Vernell) att. was born March 18, 1928, in Freewater, Ore., and died Feb. 2, 2012, in Casa Grande, Ariz. Surviving: husband Max att. of Casa Grande; sons Gary of Casa Grande; and Jerry of Ogden, Utah; and sister Patsy Manson of Spokane, Wash. Haugen - Einar ’42 was born Dec. 3, 1918, in Brooten, Minn., and died May 2, 2012, in Walla Walla. Surviving: wife

A Love for Life and Adventure Anyone who knew Jared Carr ’03 knew that he loved the outdoors. When he attended Walla Walla University, Jared found numerous places to hike and backpack with his dogs and friends, especially in the Blue Mountains and North Cascades. He also loved mountain biking, motorcycling, and long-distance bicycle riding. At the time of his death on May 27, Jared, a mathematics and computer science graduate, was on the last stretch of a 400-kilometer bicycle ride when he was struck by a car near Prosser, Wash. He was training to eventually do a 1200-kilometer ride. Jared was born April 4, 1981, in McMinnville, Ore. He graduated in 1999 from Upper Columbia Academy. In 2000, he moved to the Walla Walla Valley to attend WWU, where he met his wife, Kelley, also a major in mathematics. They were married on June 20, 2004, and settled in Walla Walla. Professionally, Jared was a respected employee at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. He was valued for his kindness and wit, as well as his intelligence and insight. His work in helping to operate a large supercomputer enabled the success of over 600 scientists from 23 different countries. If you knew Jared and you would like to share your thoughts or memories, you can do that at his website ( Jared is survived by his wife, Kelley (Gillette) ’04 of Walla Walla; his parents Gary and Patricia (Gladden) att. of Gaston, Ore.; and sister Sara Humbert ’00 of College Place.

Ellen (Eggert) att. of Walla Walla; son Lynn of Longmont, Colo.; and daughter Andrea Thorson of Walla Walla. Jones -- Lenoa (Kent) ’72 was born Aug. 15, 1924, in Abilene, Texas, and died Dec. 26, 2011 in Redlands, Calif. Surviving: husband Robert M. Jones of Fontana, Calif.; and son R. Kent. Ludden – Allene (Edgecombe) ’57 was born July 23, 1920, in Bridgeport, Wash., and died Sept. 20, 2012, in Athol, Idaho. Surviving: husband Hubert ’50 of Athol; son David ’66 of Athol; daughter Tia Ludden-Biegel ’72 of Tillamook, Ore.; brother Edwin ’48 of Renton, Wash.; and sister Irene Rusch att. of Merced, Calif. Noyes - Terri Lynn ’84 was born Nov. 15, 1960, in Portland, Ore., and died Jan. 19, 2012, in Forest Grove, Ore. Surviving: father Edwin ’55 and mother Emma (Vaselenko) att. of Forest Grove, Ore.; and brother Michael ’81 of Sandy, Utah. Riffel - Gordon ’51 was born June 24, 1929, in Legasppi, Philippines, and died Feb. 20, 2012 in Spokane, Wash. Surviving: son William att. of Spangle, Wash.; daughters Krista Woodruff, Debbie Shrock, and Karen Marshall, all of Spokane; and sisters Retta Snider att. of Nashville, Tenn.; and Dorothy Huff att. of Redding, Calif. Rowsell - Heath ’50 was born April 2, 1923, in Loxton, South Australia, and died June 26, 2011, in Loma Linda, Calif. Surviving: wife Reba (Bassham) att. of Loma Linda; sons Edward ’80 and Timothy ’83 of Loma Linda; daughter Heather Smith att. of Lebanon, Ore.; and sisters Elva Fietz of Tickera, South Australia; and Margaret Watts of Cooranbon, New South Wales, Australia. Schultz - Rhonda (Schwartz) ’76 was born May 20, 1955, in Walla Walla and died June 18, 2012, in Yorba Linda, Calif. Surviving: husband Neil ’76 of Yorba Linda; son Brett attending of Yorba Linda; daughter Alison of Loma Linda; sisters Coleen Roberts ’71 of Medford, N.J.; and Judy Douglas ’69 of Moreno Valley, Calif. Wall - Joshua ’52 was born Sept. 8, 1918, in Lincoln Valley, N.D., and died July 26, 2011, in Troutdale, Ore. Surviving: wife Barbara (Hough) ’52 of Troutdale; sons Jerry of Louisville, Colo.; Stephen McNally ’80 of Denver, Colo.; and Kevin McNally of Troutdale; daughters Brenda McGee of Springfield, Ore.; Janene Rosen of Englewood, Colo.; Joan Minren of Calhoun, Ga.; and Karen (Sass) att. of Genesse, Idaho; and brother Ernest ’55 of Stayton, Ore.

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Alumni Currents Staying in touch with our family of graduates

David Wagner Wheelchair Tennis Athlete (Singles and Doubles), Chula Vista, Calif.

Alumnus of note

2000 graduate

My most memorable moment in the Paralympics was when I won my gold medals. It has been awesome to win and have my closest friends and family watching. Walking into the stadium for opening ceremonies is such a rush. There are 90,000 people in the stadium all excited to watch the teams walk in. It is a real honor to represent the country as part of the opening ceremony.   After the 1995 accident that left me paralyzed, I started playing table tennis as part of my


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rehabilitation. It was fun, so I looked into other disabled sports and found wheelchair tennis. I fell in love with it. It was also a sport that I could play with anyone. For me, it was important to be able to do something with family and friends. I’m so honored to receive the 2011–12 Paralympic Team of the Year Award with my teammate Nick Taylor. We have worked so hard to be the best team we can be, and are pleased to represent the United States of America. It is great for the sport of wheelchair tennis to be recognized in this way by the United States Olympic Committee.

My favorite part of being a Paralympic athlete is the legacy we leave when we come into an event. Maybe we help break down some stereotypes of what people with disabilities are like or what they can or can’t do. And, I like the way the Paralympic movement comes in and helps make an area or country that isn’t accessible become accessible. What motivates me and inspires me to keep going in wheelchair tennis is the fact that I love the sport. My next goal is to continue to play tennis for the next four years and to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Meet David Wagner:

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Gold and Silver Medalist at the 2012 London Paralympic Games; Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalist at 2008 Bejing and 2004 Athens Paralympic Games

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(and why you should answer!) The Walla Walla University FUnd annual phonathon is underway. every fall, students call to ask for your support of the Walla Walla University FUnd. The goal this year is $300,000. no gift is too large or too small. There is no administrative overhead, so every penny goes for a good cause. Your giving is a vote of confidence. It provides direct support. also, active alumni giving increases the ability of WWU to receive grants from corporations and foundations and boosts our ranking in the U.S. News & World Report list of colleges and universities. Please join us with your support.

student scholarships

Did you know that 30 percent of tuition dollars are funded through scholarships? Giving to the WWU Fund helps provide scholarships that can make a significant difference to students. Last year, for example, a WWU senior with good grades and a strong work program still fell $7,000 short for the year. A gift from an alumnus allowed the student to graduate in June. Your donations make a very real difference.


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.

classroom enhancements

The WWU Fund helps create a better learning environment. For example, each classroom in the School of Business is now a “smart classroom.” Professors enhance lectures by including online resources, video and more. They can post lecture notes during class, making them available for immediate download. Tuition alone doesn’t cover improvements like this. Your support of the WWU Fund makes it possible.

The Walla Walla University FUnd phonathon is underway. If we haven’t contacted you yet, we will soon! Thank you for your prayers, your time and your support.



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See you there! Upcoming events to note on your calendar

February 7-9

More than 20 academy basketball teams converge on campus for the annual Friendship Tournament. Check wallawalla. edu/friendship for updates. Games take place in the Alumni Gymnasium, Walla Walla Valley Academy, and Rogers Adventist School.

December 13-23

January 19, 2013

The Department of Music performs “At the Door,”

I Cantori, tour California and Hawaii. First stop—

Evensong, a service

Experience the glory of the Christmas season.

a Christmas concert inspired by Revelation 3:10. Hear the concert at the University Church at 6 p.m. or 8 p.m.

The Department of Music’s select choir,

Hawaii, with performances from December 13 to 16 at Hawaiian Mission Academy and Hawaiian Adventist churches. Concluding the tour, the choir performs in Southern California Adventist churches and St. Cyril of Jerusalem.

Experience the beauty and grandeur of sacred word and music through presented by organist Kraig Scott, a narrator, and organ students. The sundown service begins at 4 p.m. in the University Church.

January 21

In “My March With Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Charles

Joseph speaks about his life as a 1960s-era civil rights activist and Seventh-day Adventist pastor in Mississippi. Joseph marched with protesters, took part in demonstrations, and raised money for a medical van to treat injured demonstrators. Joseph speaks for the

March 2-9

Students take the lead and direct short plays for

wwudrama’s The Festival of One Acts.

The curtain rises at 8 p.m. on the nights of March 2, 3, 7, 9, and 10.

Martin Luther King Jr. CommUnity event in the University Church at 11 a.m.

For a full calendar of events visit: Follow us on: flickr, Facebook, and tumblr

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December 7, 2012

Westwind, Fall 2012  

The alumni magazine of Walla Walla University

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