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After a 14-year absence, Arena Football returns to the Rose City and ’00 Jared Rose returns to the Northwest as the newly named president of the franchise. From 1997 to 1999 Portland had the Forest Dragons before the team relocated to Oklahoma City.
As franchise president for the new team, named the Portland Thunder, Rose is responsible for building the team’s brand and developing ticket and sponsorship sales and marketing plans. “Everything you can imagine from the ground up needs to be done prior to mid-March 2014,” said Rose. The Thunder will play at the Moda Center (aka the Rose Garden).
Previously, Rose served as the director of corporate marketing at the Palace Sports and Entertainment, home of the NBA Detroit Pistons.
Rose got his feet wet in sports as a student at Eastern, working in the EWU Athletics equipment room with bosses Kerry Pease and Ginny Knox, who both had a big impact on his career path.
After earning his degree in business administration and marketing, Rose began his career as media relations and promotions director for the Spokane Indians baseball club. In 2005, he became vice president of marketing for the newly formed Spokane Shock Arena Football team. “I hope we develop a fun rivalry with the Spokane Shock, since they’ll be our closest regional competition and have been one of the leagues’ model franchises,” said Rose.
There’s always a chance that some former Eagles could land on Rose’s Portland team. “I’ve had at least one Eagle on every pro team I’ve worked for – Spokane Indians, Alexis Alexander; Spokane Shock, Raul Vijil and Erik Meyer among others; Detroit Pistons, Rodney Stuckey. So you know I’ll be chirping in Coach Sauk’s ear to make sure the streak continues.”
Imagine looking up at a 42-story building and seeing a giant projection of your artwork. That was the reality for Bridget Freeman Wamsley when an image of her piece, It’s What’s Inside That Counts: The Tuna Can, appeared on the Linc LIC Building in Long Island City, N.Y., in October. It appeared as part of Creatives Rising, see.me Exhibition, in collaboration with Rockrose Development Corp., in New York.
Although she wasn’t present for the exhibition, an image of her tuna can also made it to Paris in November as part of the FIAC! The 40th annual International Contemporary Art Fair. Top international galleries from all over the world present work by up-and-coming artists at this prestigious event.
In 2012, Wamsley earned both her BFA in studio art and BA in art history from Eastern. She graduated summa cum laude at age 47, and was awarded the Frances B. Huston Award for Outstanding Leadership, Academics and Community Service that year.
Wamsley’s works of art may be considered by some as avant-garde. Her culminating project for her studio art degree was a retirement party for her ovaries, which was held at the Fox Theater in Spokane.
“Coming from a family with 15 kids, it was always hard to get noticed,” said Wamsley. “I wasn’t one of the ‘bad’ ones and I guess I chose to single myself out through creative endeavors. That’s why I enjoy theater, music and art. Even through the most difficult times while raising my girls, we always found a creative outlet. My favorite times were the Spokane Children’s Theater shows that all three of my girls and I were in.”
Wamsley said that earning her degrees made her feel validated and like a peer in the world of art. She always knew that she had the talent and the energy, but EWU helped her focus on the professional side of being an artist.
“The works are better because of better techniques taught in the EWU Art Department, and there’s no way I would have achieved as much success as I have without the rigorous professional practices required for the degrees,” said Wamsley. “I know that I’m on the launching pad and EWU put me there.”
Wamsley is in the process of applying to graduate school and is considering Yale, UNLV and LSU. “I’ll work my tail off for my MFA,” said Wamsley. “I will also look for ways to teach art.” In the meantime she’ll continue her work restoring the horses at Spokane’s Looff Carousel.
She is also preparing a solo exhibition, Good People, scheduled to run from Jan. 23-Feb. 8, in the lower gallery at Interplayers Theater in Spokane. The show will feature The ‘Are You My Mother?’ Reading Room, signed prints of the world-renowned It’s What’s Inside That Counts: The Tuna Can and two new pieces.
To see more of Wamsley’s work visit her website, www.bridgetfreemanwamsley.com.
During a recent group travel tour to France, several couples from across the United States began discussing the names of athletic team mascots. After some exchange of examples, a woman from California said, “I went to college where the mascot was a Savage.” A man in the group from Virginia sat bolt upright and said, “So did I.” That’s how EWU grads ’59 Stan Johnson and ’62 Janet (Morrow) Thompson met.
They realized they needed a photo for Eastern magazine with a recent issue in hand, but neither had a copy. So they decided that a good substitute would be to relive the old Eastern tradition during excursions to Spokane – meeting under “the clock” in the old Crescent department store. So they made a sign and stood under the ancient clock in Rouen, France.
The “E” is for Evanson. Joel Evanson (’09 BA accounting, ’02 MS biology, ’00 BEd biology, ’96 BS biology) and wife Kelly Evanson (’99 BA music education) have opened a new distillery in Spokane called Evanson Handcrafted Distilling LLC in Spokane. They offer 80-proof vodka and soon will offer 100-proof vodka and an 80-proof white dog whiskey. Joel, a former high school and college science teacher, has brewed beer, pop, ciders and ales for many years and has been developing the distilling business for two years.
’13 Lee G. Nilsson, MA history, is one of 10 members of the inaugural class of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program with the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The nine-month program began in September 2013. The NDSR program offers recent master’s program graduates in specialized fields the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience in digital preservation.
Nilsson and the other residents were selected by an expert committee of Library of Congress and Institute of Museum and Library Services staff, with commentary from each host institution.
“We are so proud of Lee, who is planting the EWU flag at the Library of Congress,” said Larry Cebula, associate professor of history at Eastern. “This is an extremely competitive fellowship, and Lee beat out students from Ivy League institutions.”
Nilsson, from Eastpointe, Mich., is working in the Library of Congress’ Office of Strategic Initiatives. “I’m working with the staff on a project to extend the life of digital objects,” said Nilsson. “The best part has been D.C. itself. I love this city – so much to do and much of it is free. It’s a history lover’s dream. It’s also pretty fun being allowed to walk into the Capitol Building. That is something to write home to mom about.”
West Side Tawankans Meet
The fall luncheon for the Westside Tawanka Alumnae was held in Issaquah, Wash., on Oct. 23. The event was hosted by ’55 Sandra Allen Lyon and facilitated by ’57 Pat Chandler. The group held its first meeting in May 2011. The Tawankans residing throughout the Puget Sound Region meet twice a year to socialize, receive updates on Eastern and contribute to the two Tawanka scholarships awarded annually. Interested former Tawanka members are encouraged to contact Pat Chandler at 425.582.9068.
Pictured front row: ’59 Marguerite Borgert, ’55 Sandra Lyon, ‘57 Pat Chandler and ’59 Aubrey Eliott
Back row: ’57 Phyllis Elslip, ’49 Jean McClure, ’60 Merrie J. Matheson, ’54 Vi Medak, ’49 Jean Biermann and ’45 Ardell Morgan
’13 Hannah M. Frank, BAB marketing, has been hired by Unleashed Online Media as their new campaign strategist.
’13 Joey Sexton, BS computer science, has joined Etailz, a Spokane e-commerce company formerly known as Green Cupboards, as a Web application developer.
’12 Jeremy Blasdel, BS technology, has joined Keller Williams Realty Spokane. Previously he worked as a project manager for a local construction company.
’12, ’98, ’96 Melissa Elfering, MBA, MS physical education, BEd physical education, has been hired as the sports and fitness director for The Spokane Club. Previously she served as the fitness director for EWU’s University Recreation Center.
’12 John M. Mujica, BFA visual communication design, has been hired by Klündt|Hosmer, in Spokane. His industry emphasis on typography and photography will be utilized in the development of brand identity work, print and online visual communications for the firm’s corporate clients.
’12 Kelsee D. Tower, BA recreation management, has joined the Lincoln Center in Spokane as an event coordinator specializing in weddings. She has previously served as a wedding coordinator at The Davenport Hotel.
’11 Sophie Benson, BAF visual communication design, has been hired by Rainmaker Creative as a visual communications designer. Previous positions include graphics editor at the Easterner, EWU’s student newspaper; creative arts director for Pinnacle Church and, most recently, traffic manager and graphic designer for Bozzi Media.
’11 Jason Pearce, BA accounting, has joined Etailz, a Spokane e-commerce company, formerly known as Green Cupboards, as a financial analyst.
’10 Adam C. Jones, BA finance, BA accounting, was awarded the 2013-14 Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants Rising Star award as chair of the WSCPA Spokane New Professionals Committee. He received the award for his enthusiasm, leadership of the committee and commitment to the committee’s success. He is a staff accountant at Dingus, Zarecor and Associates in Spokane Valley.
’09 Yana V. (Kononchuk) Clovis, BA psychology, married Keenan Clovis on July 24, 2010. She has been working as a school psychologist for the Central Valley School District in Spokane Valley since September 2012.
’08 Jarret Clarke, BA communication studies, and ’06 Sherry C. Clarke, BA graphic communications, welcomed their first child, Corinn Lottie Clarke on June 20, 2013. They live in Lake Tapps, Wash.
’08 Andrew J. Northrop, BAB management, and ’08 Kayla Carter Northrop, BAB marketing, welcomed their daughter, Emerson June, born Sept. 12, 2013.
’07 Jason Clerget, BA marketing, is utilizing his skills in art, creativity and business for the Pita Pit USA branding division. This is in addition to running Dollar Per Month, a nonprofit organization he cofounded, working as a marketing specialist at Keller Williams, as principal at Propaganda Creative and is the owner of The Basement, a nightclub in Cheney.
’07 Pamela Russell-Elliott, BA interdisciplinary studies, has been hired by the Community Colleges of Spokane as the operations manager for the Center for Workforce and Continuing Education. She has more than 10 years of project management experience and previously served as a program coordinator at Eastern Washington University.
’06, ‘04 Jeff James, MBA, BA economics, has been hired by Mercer health & Benefits as an account manager. Previously, he worked for six years as an underwriter for Guardian Life.
’06 Bart Mihailovich, BA journalism, was named as one of Inland Business Catalyst magazine’s “20 Under 40” for his work as the Spokane Riverkeeper for the Center for Justice.
’06 Raenell M. Rafferty, BS applied developmental psychology, passed the National Counselor Exam (NCE) in April 2013, and became a Nationally Certified Counselor in June 2013. She lives in Maryland.
’06 Denielle Waltermire-Stuhlmiller, BA social work, has been named as one of Inland Business Catalyst magazine’s “20 Under 40” for her work as owner of Simply Northwest, a premiere full-service gift boutique.
’06 Susan Welberry, BA interdisciplinary studies, has been hired by Spokane Teacher’s Credit Union as director of operational services. Previously, she worked as business supervisor at WorkSource Spokane and as community development manager at Global Credit Union.
’05 Stacie Prasser, BS applied developmental psychology, has joined Keller Williams Realty Spokane. Previously, she was with Traveler’s Insurance.
’05 Selina Shehan, BA graphic communications, has been promoted to senior graphic designer for SwitchUp Web & Marketing in Spokane.
’05, ’03 Ryan Stemkoski, MBA, BA economics, was named one of Inland Business Catalyst magazine’s “20 Under 40” for his work as the interactive director/principal at Zipline Interactive, a boutique interactive advertising agency.
’03 Michelle Carbon, BA professional accounting, has been hired by Embassy Management LLC as cost accounting manager and finance counsel. She has five years of experience working with publicly traded companies and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
’03 Kara (Hendrick) Lamb, BA criminal justice, and husband Bill, welcomed a daughter, Cassidy Ann LaVonne on March 4, 2013. She joins big brother Nolan, age 2.
’01 Holly Lytle, BA urban and regional planning, was recognized for her work as the founder and executive director of The ISAAC Foundation by being named one of Inland Business Catalyst magazine’s “20 Under 40.” The ISAAC Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial grants for therapy for children affected by autism, was established by Holly and her husband Reed following the death of their son Isaac, who passed away in 2007 due to a heart defect unrelated to autism. But because they knew firsthand the struggles that parents of children with autism face, they channeled their grief in to a lasting memorial to honor their son.
’00, ’92 Arlene Fisher, MPA, BA general studies, has received the 2013 Professional Finance Officer award from the Washington Finance Officers Association. The award recognized professional service achievements and ongoing education and training. She is the city administrator for the city of Cheney.
’98 Leslie Czernik, BA English, has been selected as president of the board of directors for the Spokane Regional MarCom Association. She is a marketing communications specialist at Hotspot in Spokane.
’98, ‘97 Karmen Blake, MEd computer science, BEd computer science, has been hired be Magner Sandborn as a senior solutions architect. He has more than 15 years of experience in developing Web and mobile applications and was previously with Apple.
’98 Tim Papineau, MPT, has joined Pinnacle Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Post Falls, Idaho. He has 14 years of experience as a physical therapist and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
’97 Dia Maurer, MBA, has been appointed as executive director of Partnering for Progress. She has worked with several nonprofit organizations in Spokane.
’96 Nick Murto, BA graphic communications, was awarded the Spokane Downtown Rotary Club 21 Innovative Community Service through Business Award.
’96 Jeanette Radmer, BA recreation management, has earned national recognition for her work as part of the business development team for Numerica Credit Union, featured in Credit Union magazine’s ‘Rock Stars’ edition.
’92, ‘83 Neva Crogan, MA nursing, BA community health, has received the 2013 International Award for Nursing Excellence. The award was given in the field of research utilization for a menu system she co-developed to improve the health and quality for patients at skilled-nursing facilities. She is a member of the nursing faculty at Gonzaga University.
’90 Tamsen L. Leachman, BA general studies, a partner in the Portland, Ore., law office Fisher & Phillips LLP, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the employment law and labor law categories. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2008.
’87 Alan E. Lesher, BA accounting, chief financial officer of YMCA of the Inland Northwest, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of 501(c) Agencies Trust, a nationwide organization which serves more than 1,600 nonprofit entities.
’86 Greg Deckard, BA management, the president, chairman and CEO of State Bank Northwest, has been elected to the Independent Community Bankers of America’s Federal Delegate Board. State Bank Northwest is headquartered in Spokane Valley.
’85, ’80 Jack Smith, MEd school administration, BEd English, has been named Chief Academic Officer for the Maryland State Department of Education. He comes to MSDE from Calvert County, Md., where he spent the past seven years as Superintendent of Schools. He is the current Maryland Superintendent of the Year. He and his wife of 33 years, ’91 Gayle M. Smith, met in Dressler Hall in 1978.
’81 Joe Terhaar, MA counseling psychology, has accepted a national internet radio talk show on addiction with Voice America, a talk radio network. The show, Overcoming Addiction: Hope with Prevention, Intervention and Treatment, launched Oct. 2, 2013, on the Health and Wellness channel. He is the administrator of Harmony Grove Counseling, Inc., a state-certified outpatient addiction counseling center and also maintains a private practice, Intervention Specialists, LLC, in Spokane.
’80 Kathy Amistoso, BA home economics education, has joined RE/MAX of Spokane as a broker. Previously, she was a judicial assistant in the Spokane County District Court.
’76 Andrew W. Slipper, BA radio/TV, has been promoted to vice president, affinity relationship manager for HomeStreet Bank. He has been with HomeStreet for two years and previously worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 31 years, most recently as a regional director.
’72 Gary Lindeblad, BA accounting, was inducted into the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame in October. He is the golf pro and general manager of Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane.
’71 Dale W. Cloninger, BA business education, has been hired as a financial advisor for Wheatland Bank’s Wealth Management Division. Cloninger has more than 14 years of experience in the financial services industry and holds professional registrations in several states.
’68 Larry Miller, BA biology, and his wife Joyce celebrated 54 years of marriage in September 2013. They have six children, nine grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Sons Michael D. Miller, Douglas C. Miller and daughter-in-law Dionne Bell all graduated from EWU, as did Larry’s late mother Marguerite G. Kahl Miller (Cheney Normal School) in 1931. Grandson Jake Miller is the punter on Eastern’s football team.