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Fall 2008

Dave Edler – “A real tough kid”

During his years as a Cougar baseball player, Dave Edler got chewed out many times by Bobo Brayton for his wild and headstrong ways. Once, Brayton caught his young star using marijuana. Edler told the coach that his father didn’t mind.

“We’ll see,” Brayton said, and phoned Edler’s father in Yakima. That resulted in “the fastest trip a guy ever took to Pullman from Yakima,” Brayton recently recalled with a laugh.

Edler left WSU in 1978, a few credits short of graduation, when he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners. He says he learned lots of lessons from the legendary coach, among them that “the … » More …

Fall 2008

Cougar Crew Days – The old crew’s back in town

Eight graying heads lean forward in unison and then back as 16 oars slide into the water and propel the boat forward. A racing shell of 50-somethings streaks by the Wawawai Landing as a crowd of more than three dozen Washington State University’s men’s crew alumni gather around the boathouse on the shores of the Snake River.

It is Saturday, March 15, and regardless of a chill wind and choppy waters, former team members have come from as far as Brazil for the annual Cougar Crew Days, a weekend event allowing current and former oarsmen, coxswains, and coaches, along with family and friends, to gather … » More …

Fall 2008

BJ Duft – Of meals and missions

At age 24, BJ Duft found himself in Bill Marriott’s private jet face-to-face with the CEO of Marriott International. They were headed back to Washington D.C. from Penn State University where Duft ’86 had gone to do some on-campus recruiting for the company and Marriott had attended a ceremony in his honor. During the flight Marriott turned to Duft and asked if he could change anything at the international hotel company, what would it be? Duft was so nervous that he has no clue what answer he managed to stammer out. What he does remember is that Marriott took a Steno notepad from his shirt … » More …

Fall 2002

From Russia with Love: Cougar matryoshka dolls a big hit

Sue Senner’s (’80 Comm.) travels occasionally take her to places like Chornobyl, Ukraine, and Moscow, Russia. She is a project manager for the International Nuclear Safety Program (INSP) at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.

For several years, she has provided communications support to international nuclear safety groups. She also manages a safety project for the Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant in northeastern Russia, currently helping staff there coordinate an emergency preparedness exercise for later this summer.

“We want to assure that appropriate procedures are in place and staff are trained to handle an emergency situation,” she said in May. Ultimately, she said, “We’re working … » More …

Fall 2002

Graduate School alumni honored during centennial

To mark a century of graduate education at Washington State University, nine alumni, one from each academic college, were honored with the Graduate Alumni Achievement Award at an April 16 recognition luncheon. The award was established in 2000 by the WSU Graduate School. This year’s recipients were Joseph Jwu-Shan Jen, Agriculture and Home Economics; Gary Brinson, Business and Economics; Herbert M. Berg, Education; Edmund O. Schweitzer III, Engineering and Architecture; Michael Yellowbear Holloman, Liberal Arts; Gary E. Isom, Pharmacy; Gordon D. Hager, Sciences; Janice M. Linehan, Nursing; and Travis C. McGuire, Veterinary Medicine.

Joseph Jwu-Shan Jen (’64 M.S. Food Science), Washington, D.C., is undersecretary of … » More …

Fall 2002

Palmers want to give others hope for the future

Sometime in the near future Perry Palmer and his wife, Marcie, want to return to the Colville Indian Reservation. Young students there lack good role models, as well as incentives, Perry says. They need to be made aware of opportunities for advanced education and benefit from them as the Palmers have.

Perry completed a master’s degree in education at Washington State University in May. Marcie will finish her doctorate in counseling psychology next May.

Both are members of the Colville Confederated Tribes. They met on the reservation, where Marcie spent three years as a social worker for Child Protective Services, and were married there in … » More …