Red Brick Roads 

Thank you for the wonderful article on the Red Brick Roads in the latest issue of Washington State Magazine. I want to thank Bailey Badger [WSM’s summer intern and 2014 alum], of course, too. Please do pass along my gratitude for an article well composed, well researched, and well written.

I really appreciate the time and effort you took just to identify this as a possible article of interest to your readership, and of course your general interest in the goings on over here in the School of Design and Construction.

J. Philip Gruen
WSU associate professor and interim director, School of Design and Construction


Talking Trash 

Amongst the nice articles in the latest WSM, I thought it ironic that an article on trash/landfills and an article on Riverpoint Campus were included. Back in the ’80s, living in Spokane, I joined a couple of friends “bottle digging” in exploratory pits in what is now the Riverpoint area. Layers of trash were in places on the property, going back to at least WWI, and my friends were digging for rare bottles. There were thousands of bottles of various types buried there, as glass was the main packing method for liquids then, and of course doesn’t biodegrade. Many of those bottles and other species of trash still are buried at the site.

Steve Fabian ’81


Over Extension

In the Fall 2014 Washington State Magazine, “Washington State University Extension early timeline,” I found it interesting to read that the Washington state legislature passed an act creating experimental stations in 1881. As youngsters, our Washington state history classes taught that statehood was gained in 1889. How was that 1881 state legislative act possible, please?

Rosemary Richert
former student

Editor’s note/correction: Both Larry Clark ’94 and I took that mandatory Washington state history class some years ago, but neither of us caught the error in our timeline. The correct date for the state legislature passing the act is 1891. Thank you, careful reader. HS



Congratulations! Perhaps best issue yet. Many articles of high interest. Thanks!

Go Cougs!

Dale R .Petersen ’59



In the review of Island Queens and Mission Wives: How Gender and Empire Remade Hawai‘i’s Pacific World (Fall 2014), the era for missionary contact was identified as “late eighteenth century.” It should be “early nineteenth century.”


What’s New?

Voiland College entrance
Honoring the friendship and support of two alumni and their families, WSU has renamed two colleges. Retired energy executive Gene Voiland ’69 and his wife Linda were recognized in September with the naming of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. Likewise, in October, the business college became the Carson College of Business to reflect the contributions of Scott Carson ’72, retired Boeing CEO and current WSU Regent, and his wife Linda. (Staff photo)