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Gold mettle man

Sean Halsted skiing at the PyeongChange Winter Games.Poles planted and ready, Sean Halsted (’92 psychology) waits at the starting gate for the 15-kilometer cross-country skiing race. It’s March 2018 at the PyeongChang Winter Games and he’s wearing the signature red cap and striped jersey of the U.S. Paralympic team.

Behind sunglasses, Halsted glances at the grandstand filled with thousands of cheering fans, colorful flags, and jangling cowbells. Cameras point in every direction and he catches a glimpse of himself on the jumbotron. Though the Air Force veteran has competed all over the world, the enormity of the event is » More …

Hungry for health

Grocery bags.Sociologists and nutrition experts agree: food insecurity is a public health issue. Thinking of food banks and other programs as charity not only stigmatizes recipients but obfuscates the fact that we all pay, in the long run, for one another’s ill health. Whether it’s through increased healthcare costs or loss of economic productivity, not having enough to eat—or not enough nutrition-dense foods—is a cost we all share.

Read more in an excerpt from Washington State Magazine. » More …

On the straight, tall, and narrow

Travis Keatley.The straight, long rows of tall and thin loblolly pine grow very fast in the South’s flat lands, especially compared to the slow-growing Douglas fir on steep Pacific Northwest slopes. It’s just one of many differences that Travis Keatley (’99 Forest Mgmt.) has witnessed as he manages more than seven million acres of timber across 11 states for Weyerhaeuser.

As vice president of southern timberlands for the timber, land, and forest products company, Keatley works out of » More …

Nella Ludlow comes home

Nella LudlowNella Ludlow, director of the WSU data analytics degree program, knew who she really was from an early age. “As I got older, I thought, I just can’t do this anymore,” she says. So she came out as a transgender woman.

After earning a degree in math and physical sciences at Washington State University, the 1982 graduate joined the Air Force. There she trained as a fighter pilot, worked in military intelligence, and earned a doctorate in artificial intelligence from the University of » More …

Fine arts alumna designs, shares iconic drawing

coloring book pageColoring isn’t just for kids any more: many mental health professionals say it’s a good way for adults to destress.

Thanks to Seattle artist and 2005 fine arts grad Tarah Luke, WSU is now part of the landscape. Luke found her niche in the adult coloring book industry and drew an abstract version of the iconic Bryan Hall clock tower for her fellow Cougars and Cougs at heart everywhere.

Luke was profiled in the Washington State Magazine Summer 2016 issue: read the full story below and download the coloring page! » More …

Helping students discover their potential

Anne Taylor.Washington State University Tri-Cities alumna Anne Taylor found her calling in higher education after experiencing what is possible through her own education at WSU.

The 2017 graduate earned her bachelor’s degree in social sciences and looking back on her educational experience at WSU Tri-Cities, it was the family atmosphere, the care that she personally experienced as a student and the great friendships that she built as a result of her time at WSU that made her realize that she would like to give back in the same way. » More …

Public affairs graduate receives Notable Alumni Award

Notable Alumni 2018 - Sponsored by Opsahl Dawson Certified Public AccountantsAshlyn Salzman has packed a lot of experiences and accomplishments into her 25 years.

She has mentored young people (particularly young women), volunteered at the Cougar Food Pantry, with Cougs in the Community and advocated for WSU students at the Washington State Legislature. Salzman serves on a Young Alumni committee for WSU Vancouver and is on the board of the Clark College Alumni Association. She is a member of Leadership Clark County and an events volunteer for nonprofit fundraisers » More …

English, history alumni making a difference in K-12 education

CAS alumnus with young studentsDamien Pattenaude went back to his old school in Renton when there was a need. Now he wants to see even more kids return to Renton classrooms as teachers, just as he did.

It has become an even more urgent concern for Pattenaude (English ’99, education ’05 MA, ’16 EdD) now that he is superintendent of the growing Renton School District. Like other school administrators across Washington and the country, he faces a teacher shortage, especially in special education, math, and » More …

Mullendore receives ASPIRE award

Daniel Mullendore and Susan Stoddard Daniel Mullendore, staff scientist with the WSU Franceschi Microscopy and Imaging Center and a graduate of the School of Biological Sciences PhD program, recently received a TRIO Achiever Award from the Association of Special Programs in Region Eight (ASPIRE).

Federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, TRIO programs provide services and resources to promote access to higher education. The annual ASPIRE awards recognize former TRIO participants who have become leaders in their professions. » More …

WSM review: new vocal jazz CD

Album cover of Eyes Wide Open.Jamie Shew’s Eyes Wide Open holds something for every vocal jazz enthusiast. With two stellar compositions and eleven superb arrangements of her own, the listener has many delights from which to choose. Although Jamie (’98 music) has had all the skills, passion, intellect, and talent to make this album a reality for many years (hence the wealth of tracks), it was only after her husband lost his fight with cancer that she came to see herself as more of a professional performer—and one who could explore human emotions in the uplifting context of joy and healing. » More …

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