Founded 25 years ago at Washington State University, Na-ha-shnee has given Native American high school students hands-on experience of the health care professions.
Many graduates of the Na-ha-shnee summer camp have gone on to successful health care careers, including Sarah Burke, Cheryl Ellenwood, Shian Kelly, Rhonda Martinez-McFarland, Shoshannah Palmenteer, and Hailey Wilson.
Sarah Burke: You are capable
Sarah Burke graduated with her bachelor’s in nursing from Washington State University in 2018—just in time to be greeted by a coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s been crazy!” says Burke of her nursing job at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland. “I … » More …
Butch T. Cougar is a WSU celebrity, in the spotlight at games, rallies, parades, and other events both on campus and off, including appearances at elementary schools and the wedding receptions of die-hard alumni.
Here is that legendary icon throughout all his (or her) costumed years at WSU…
Read more about Butch in “Cougar Confidential” and “Behind the Mask: Profiles of Cougs who were Butch T. Cougar.”
Meet some of the people behind the mask of WSU’s iconic mascot.
Dean N. Grevé
Dean N. Grevé (’81 Comm.) is credited with creating the character’s signature swagger. As the first student dedicated to playing the role, he’s referred to as the Butch godfather—or “furfather”—and beginning of the lineage. “I was the first full-time Butch,” he says. “I always will be. I’m very proud of that.”
Dean N. Grevé
Grevé portrayed Butch from 1979 to 1981, his junior and … » More …