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     Spring/Summer 2011 Connecting with Alumni & Friends
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Welcoming new alumni

Gates speaks on rewards of public service
Gates speaks on rewards of public service

Robert M. Gates, then secretary of defense, delivered a commencement address on May 7 that emphasized hope in times of economic hardship.

Kayla Heard: CLA's youngest star shines bright
CLA's youngest star shines bright

Sixteen-year-old Kayla Heard is no stranger to the spotlight since becoming the youngest person ever to graduate from WSU.

2011 Outstanding Seniors
2011 Outstanding Seniors

Each year, the college recognizes one student from each department who has excelled academically and in service to the University.

Alumnus spotlight

Robert Worth Berry, featured alumnus
Berry celebrated for lifetime of achievements

At his surprise birthday party in March, alumnus Robert Worth Berry got two more tributes he hadn't expected: alumni achievement awards from WSU and the College of Liberal Arts.

Reunion highlights

Diamond and Golden Grad luncheon evokes fond memories
Diamond, Golden Grad luncheon evokes fond memories

Outside it may have been a chilly day in April, but inside the CUB the genial warmth of laughter rang out during the CLA luncheon honoring members of the classes of 1961 and 1951.

Focus on faculty

Nicholas Lovrich: Saying "farewell" to a political science icon
Saying "farewell" to a political science icon

Nicholas Lovrich has received many professional honors in his career, but as he enters retirement he may be best remembered for his talents as a mentor.

Service and outreach

Student reflects on service to others
Student reflects on service to others

Belinda Crowson's parents were taken from her when she was just 14, but her desire to give has only grown. Here she recounts a life-changing trip to Guatemala over spring break.

Sparking creativity in today's youth
Sparking creativity in Washington youth

The college's Arts for Children's Enrichment program has been so successful that the National Endowment for the Arts has recommended CLA be funded to expand the project to two more counties.

Undergraduate excellence

Philosophy presents first Silverstein Award
Philosophy presents first Silverstein Award

Senior Roxanne Reese received the inaugural Harry and Lorinda Silverstein Philosophy Award for the best student philosopher at WSU.

Gini and Avon Murphy
Endowment stems from "roots of friendship"

Dr. Avon Murphy's legacy at WSU started with a single gift. "I just did it to see how it would feel, and it felt pretty good," he said.

Fran Ho
Giving back from the heart

A gift from retired art professor Fran Ho will provide WSU with visiting artists and exhibitions in perpetuity.

Marina Tolmacheva
A history of giving

Dr. Marina Tolmacheva has endowed her second student award, this time in Middle East studies.

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