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Alumni News & Notes

Fall 2008-2009

DJ Brimer

(BAE '00) ,changed careers and was hired as a career lieutenant with McLane/Black Lake Fire Department in Olympia after six years of service as a volunteer firefighter and sixth grade teacher at Tumwater Hill Elementary. , He is now responsible for training student firefighters through the South Puget Sound Community College Fire and Emergency Services Training Program. , He is also the Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Academy Coordinator for the Thurston County Fire Rescue Training Consortium, providing lead instruction and supervising primary instructors in all aspects of firefighting during the three month program offered during the Spring and Fall. , The recruit academy is comprised of recruit firefighters from Thurston County fire districts. , He and his wife Jen are also expecting their first child, a baby girl, in April of '09. , He substitute teaches in grades 4-12 for all Tumwater School District schools in his spare time.

Russ Skolrood

(B.A.E. Art-Elem. '84) challenged incumbent Jim Eddy (B.A.E. Elem. '79), both of Hoquiam, for Grays Harbor PUD commissioner in the November 2008 election. Skolrood was elected. , Eddy had served as board president.

Shannon (Sumida) Harvey

(BAE Sped and Eled '93), principal at Cascade Elementary School in Renton, was named winner of the 2008 Milken National Educational Award. , The award, which includes a $25,000 cash prize, was as a surprise announcement during a school assembly. , Harvey has spent her entire career in the Renton School District. , She was recognized for her leadership and organizational skills as well as ability to use data to achieve long-reaching results. , Under her stewardship, Cascade has gone from 48 percent of its students meeting standard on the state reading assessment to 81 percent.

In Memoriam

Anastasia Marie Minter

(M.Ed.) passed away on September 29, 2009. She graduated from WWU to later work at Boise State University and University of Washington as an academic advisor.

Diane Jane Childers

(B.A.E.) passed away on November 10th, 2009. Diane was born on May 2nd 1945, and will be remembered for her love of Seattle Mariner baseball, skiing Crystal Mountain, and hiking Mt. Rainier.

Helen B. O'Grady

(Cert.) passed away on December 30th, 2009 at the age of 92. Helen was a founding member of the St. Mary Magdalen Parish.

Henry "Hank" Chamberlin

(B.A.E. '41) passed away on November 7th, 2009 at the age of 90. Hank was a US Army Master Sergeant under General Patton during WWII, and is a member of the WWU Basketball Hall of Fame.

John T. Fullerton

(B.A.E. Ed., Cert. '65) passed away on October 30th, 2009 at the age of 67. John taught mathematics at Newport High School for 28 years. He played as an offensive tackle for four years at WWU, and continued his love of sports by coaching football, wrestling, and track and field for over 40 years, winning a number of state championships.

Keith Leroy Lowry Sr.

(Cert. '69) passed away on September 23, 2009. He served as a pilot in the United States Air force from 1943-1965. He graduated from WWU and taught mathematics for 17 years at Cascade Middle School in Sedro Woolley, Wash.

Lawrence "Buck" Forthun

(B.A.E., Cert. '60) passed away on November 7th, 2009 at the age of 71. Buck spent most of his career at Tyee High School, where he taught mathematics and coached football, girls' basketball, and track.

Michael John Dickson

(B.A.E. Ed., Cert. '69) passed away on December 5th, 2009 at the age of 66. Mr. Dickson taught Woodshop, Art, and Technology in the Kent School District for 30 years.

Priscilla Wallace

(B.A Elementary '53) passed away October 4, 2009 at the age of 77. She taught elementary school in the Highline and Central Kitsap School Districts.

Richard B. "Dick" Clark

(Cert. '62, Prin. Cert. '73) passed away October 11, 2009 at the age of 75. He graduated from WWU in 1962, and worked in the Meridian School District as teacher and principal for 30 years.

Ruby Katherine Smarz

(Cert. '36) passed away on October 12, 2009 at the age of 97. She graduated from Bellingham Normal School, now WWU, and taught for 12 years at Boistfort and Pe Ell for 18 years.

Sidney James Hammond

(M. Ed. Education Administration) passed away on November 13th, 2009 at the age of 75. Sidney worked as an educator for over 31 years, spending a majority of his career in Bellingham schools. In 1992 he received the Award for Professional Excellence from Woodring College, honoring him for his many professional accomplishments. Some of these accomplishments include the development of a district wide environmental education program, creating innovative programs for severely handicapped children, and supporting public education on the Lummi Nation Reservation.

Velma P. Wendt

(B.A.E. Ed. '67) passed away on November 2nd, 2009 at the age of 84. Velma taught at Sunnyland Elementary in Bellingham for the last 13 years before her retirement.

Spring 2007-2008

Alison and Tim Dickinson

('08) both began the school year as new teachers through Longview School District. , The Dickensons return to their hometown to teach math at Mark Morris High School (Alison) and 2nd grade at St. Helens Elementary School (Tim).

April Jennings

(B.A. Elementary '05) is in Seoul, South Korea with the Department of Defense working with the Pacific Literacy Project. , Jennings is a facilitator who helps new teachers use the program.

Betsy (Mary Elizabeth Berry) Gottschalk

(Art/Special Ed '89) was recently honored as the Gilder-Lehrman Washington State American History Teacher of the Year. Gottschalk has taught for 19 years at Assumption Catholic School as an eighth-grade instructor of history, literature and art. Gottschalk uses primary sources, field trips and art to engage students in her classes.

Bryan O'Donnell

(Principal Cert '07) was recently appointed assistant principal at Stevens Middle School. O'Donnell previously taught grades 6-8 in remedial math, language arts and social studies. O'Donnell has been a member of the district's language arts and instructional materials committees.

Carmela Dellino

(P-12 Residency and Principal Cert. '05) was recently hired as the new principal of Roxhill Elementary in West Seattle. Dellino has over 20 years of education experience. Dellino served as assistant principal at Shorewood High School where she received the "Teacher of the Year" award from the Shoreline School District.

Chris Sanders

(M. Ed. '94) traveled to Kyrgyzstan with Habitat for Humanity. Sanders spends every summer traveling with a volunteer organization. During the school year she serves as a first-grade teacher at Washington Elementary School in Mount Vernon, Wash.

Dan Bauer

(M.Ed. '92) was recently hired as superintendent of Cheboygan Area Schools in Michigan. Bauer is a native of Alpena, Mich., and has experience as a schoolteacher and administrator and a business owner and manager.

Don Weisel

(B.A.E. '57) recently had a track named after him at South Bend High School. , On Friday, September 26, the track at South Bend High School was renamed the Don Weisel Oval in honor of the achievements and contributions that Weisel made to the school district and community. , Weisel worked at South Bend for thirty years, and retired in 1987.

Jack Lewis Bowman

(B.A.E and Cert. '54) spoke on leadership when he addressed graduates and guests at Western's Summer Commencement ceremony on August 23, 2008. Bowman was named one of Western's Alumni of the Century for his work as Johnson &, Johnson Company Group Chairman, where he directed the company's global pharmaceutical business.