The Alumni Achievement Award was created by the WSU Alumni Association in 1970 to honor those who have made significant contributions to their professions, their communities, the world, and WSU. Of the nearly quarter of million people who have attended WSC/WSU since 1890, fewer than 600 have received this prestigious award. We salute the following Cougars who were recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award over the past year and thank them for the prestige they bring to their alma mater:

Retired Major General Paul J. Fletcher ’72

Maj Gen Paul Fletcher
Major General Paul J. Fletcher (Ret.) ’72. Courtesy US Air Force

Chad Little ’85, former NASCAR driver

Rueben Mayes ’92 & ’00, retired NFL player

James B. Niblock ’42, composer/conductor

WSUAA Alumni Ambassador Award

The Alumni Ambassador Award was established in 1999 to honor former WSUAA presidents, Board of Directors’ members, local chapter leaders, and Alliance representatives for their outstanding volunteer service. We extend our thanks to this year’s winners for their contributions to WSU and the WSUAA.

Sarah Brown ’97, Alumni Ambassador—Award of Appreciation, Camas, Wash.

Wade Dissmore ’97, Alumni Ambassador—Award of Appreciation, Spokane, Wash.

Jen Evison ’04, Alumni Ambassador—Award of Appreciation, Seattle, Wash.

Lance Kaneshiro ’89, Alumni Ambassador—Award of Appreciation, Honolulu, Hawaii

Rhonda Kromm ’86 & ’05, Award of Appreciation, Pullman, Wash.

Charleen Neal ’03, Alumni Ambassador—Award of Appreciation, Pomeroy, Wash.

Dan Olsen, ’92, Alumni Ambassador—Award of Appreciation, Montesano, Wash.

Danna Watson ’07, Alumni Ambassador—Award of Appreciation, Missoula, Mont.

Robert Williams ’79, Alumni Ambassador—Distinguished Service Award, Seattle, Wash.

WSUAA Adopted Cougar Award

Any person who exhibits genuine loyalty and affection for Washington State University and fully knows and understands that special allegiance known as “Cougar Spirit” may be sponsored by any alum for adoption by the WSU Alumni Association. More than 648 honorees have received the Adopted Cougar Award since 2004. If you know of a good candidate to join the Cougar Family call 1-800-ALUM-WSU or visit

For more information about WSUAA and alumni chapters visit or call 1-800-258-6978.