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Mario Vega, Undergraduate History Major, awarded Summer Mini-Grant

Mario Vega’s project, which involves both archival work and oral history, will culminate in the creation of an online digital history exhibit detailing the life of Tom Haji, a Japanese-American who lived in Monroe, Washington during the Great Depression. Haji was interned at Tule Lake, California after Pearl Harbor.  He died in Italy in 1945 as a member of the 442nd Combat Regiment. Though relatively short, his life offers important insight into questions regarding Washington state history, rural history, U.S. military history, immigration history, and the histories of race, internment, segregation, and integration in the mid-twentieth century.

This digital exhibit will preserve the primary source record of Haji’s life, place Haji and his family within wider social, economic, and political contexts, and above all, make his story widely accessible to scholars and the general public.

Tom Haji

“Top Ten” Senior awardee, Kevin Schilling and Mentor, Dr. Jennifer Thigpen

Washington State University Alumni Association – Big Ten Seniors

From the early 1900’s to the 1980’s, Washington State University recognized the best five men and five women seniors. These students were called “The Big Five Men” and “The Big Five Women.” The Student Alumni Ambassadors and the WSU Alumni Association are continuing this tradition with the Top Ten Seniors award program. The most qualified five men and five women, each representing a specific aspect of the college experience, were chosen for 2017. The categories are:

Campus Involvement
Community Service
Visual and Performing Arts

Winners demonstrate excellence in one of these categories. A selection committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students chose the winners in each category. Nominees are undergraduates graduating from the Pullman campus during the 2017 calendar year.

History major, Kevin Schilling won in the category of “Community Service.” He also won a writing portfolio award.

Mandy Link, PhD 2015, moving to Texas

Mandy Link (PhD 2015), has accepted a tenure track position at the University of Texas at Tyler beginning Fall 2017.  Mandy studied with Ray Sun, Brigit Farley, Jason Knirck (Central Washington University) and Heather Streets-Salter (now at Northeastern University). She will teach courses on modern Europe and world history.

Dr. Link served as a Lecturer at Central Washington University in Ellensburg after receiving her PhD.  Then since Fall 2016, she has been a visiting assistant professor at Eastern Oregon University.

Assoc. Professor Raymond Sun receives ‘Honorary Cadet’ award


At a World War I Commemoration ceremony April 6, Dr. Raymond Sun received an “Honorary Cadet” plaque from WSU’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). The ceremony was to commemorate 100 years since the U. S. formally entered World War I on April 6, 1917.

Dr. Sun was the keynote speaker.  U. S. and German military antiques were on display, as were two re-enactors in their respective World War I uniforms.  Ryan Stubbins portrayed a U. S. soldier and William Safford was dressed in a World War I German Imperial Marine captain’s uniform.  For more information, see the Daily News article.


Graduating Senior, Kevin Schilling, received Top Ten Senior Award

One of our seniors, Kevin Schilling, has been awarded a Top Ten Senior award in the category of Community Service.

He is also a President’s Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) award winner.  Congratulations, Kevin!

The fifth annual 2017 LEAD ceremony is a celebration of WSU student leaders and those who have mentored and supported the efforts of these students as they work towards leadership and social change.  The program will include the inauguration of the 2017-2018 ASWSU and Graduate and Professional Students Association (GPSA) officers, a Gallery of Leadership, and an address from WSU Presisident Kirk Schulz.   The LEAD event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the CUB Senior Ballroom.  More information is available from WSU Announcements.

More about Top Ten Seniors.

Univ of Virginia Professor Emeritus to Speak April 17 at 10 a.m.

Peter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, will be visiting the Pullman campus on Monday, April 17. Onuf is a scholar of sectionalism, federalism, and Thomas Jefferson, who recently co-authored  “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs:” Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination with Annette Gordon-Reed.  Dr. Onuf will give a lecture entitled “Thomas Jefferson and the West” in the CUB auditorium 10:00-11:00 a.m.  For more information, see the program flyer.

Graduate Student David Bolingbroke, to present at EARThs conference April 1.

David BolingbrokeDavid Blingbroke is presenting a paper at the WSU EARThs conference April 1 in the Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) room 518.

Evolution of Technology, Risks, and Community Responses (Session 1: 12:00pm, )

Environmental risks and burdens are not a 21st century novelty, instead they are rooted in rich socio-economic histories and often a narrative of “progress.” This session explores the past, present, and future of energy technologies and how technological evolutions spur new community reactions.

Lauren Scott – Power Grid Paper (Title TBD)

Kelli Roemer – Influence of Community Capitals on the Outcomes of Energy and Fuel Refinery Projects

Katie Bittinger – Proud of the Cloud: Social Factors that Influence Perceptions of the Hanford Nuclear Complex

David Bolingbroke – Hanford’s Environmental Transformation and the Beginning of Radioecology

Jacki Tyler, 2015 PhD recipient, returns to E. Washington

Jacki Hedlund TylerJacki Hedlund Tyler (Ph.D. 2015) has been serving a one-year position in public and U.S. history at the University of North Alabama.

She has accepted a continuing position as Director of Social Studies Education in the Department of History at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington.

March 15-18 “Legacies of the Manhattan Project Conference” Coming Soon

The Legacies of the Manhattan Project: Reflections on 75 years of a Nuclear World Conference will be held in Richland, Washington from March 15-18.

The conference will focus on the history of the Hanford nuclear production facilities and the site’s impact on the Tri Cities area.  We expect papers on such topics as: the environmental legacies of nuclear materials production; the politics of science, national security, and the state; atomic diplomacy and the Cold War, among others.  See the website for registration, as well as the schedule.

Jillian Gardner-Andrews (, the Project Coordinator, provided an update on the event:

“We are getting closer and closer to the start of the Legacies of the Manhattan Project Conference, and we hope that all of you are as excited as we are. I wanted to take a moment to let all of you know about different events that we have recently added to the conference program.

“The first event is a historic walk on Richland’s Urban Greenbelt Trail (UGT), a 3.2 mile stroll through the city’s center.  Along the way, we’ll stop and look at photos of what the city looked like before the Manhattan Project as well as during its government-owned days. This tour is graciously being led by Richland Parks and Recreation Commission volunteer Nancy Doran. The tour is free and open to the public, will begin at 3:00 on Wednesday March 15th in the lobby of the Richland Red Lion Hotel, and is approximately two hours long. The forecast for Wednesday afternoon is 65 degrees and partly cloudy which will be a nice change from the winter we had. If you are interested in participating in this historic walk before the kick off of our Legacies Conference, please contact me via email or at (509) 372-7447.

“The second event is a tour of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) facilities in North Richland. LIGO is a large-scale physics experiment and observatory to detect cosmic gravitational waves and to develop gravitational-wave observations as an astronomical tool. Two large observatories were built in the United States with the aim of detecting gravitational waves by laser interferometry. The LIGO search conducted from September, 2015 to January, 2016 resulted in the first observation of gravitational waves. This tour which will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday March 16 is being sponsored by the Columbia Chapter of the Health Physics Society. Cost for this tour is $7 (cash or check only). If you are interested in attending this tour please RSVP to Brett Rosenberg at by close of business on Tuesday, March 14. The LIGO observatory has a limit to the number of people they can host so registration will fill up quickly. Tour attendees will need to leave the Richland Red Lion between 5:15-5:30 on Thursday as it is a bit of a drive out to the LIGO Hanford Observatory. Please let Brett know if you are able to shuttle other conference participants or if you are in need of a ride out to the observatory. The link below provides navigational tips for getting to the LIGO facilities.

“Please let me know if you have any questions about either of these events or the conference itself. Also, feel free to share this information with other individuals who may be interested.”


Annie Marggraf, Vancouver campus alumna, will be on JEOPARDY!

WSU Alumna, Annie Marggraf (BA 2016), will appear on the quiz show JEOPARDY ! Wednesday, March 8.  Cheer her on as she dazzles Alex Trebek and the competition with her wit and knowledge.

For the Eastern Washington television viewing area, Jeopardy! airs on Channel 6 (Q6) at 7:00 p.m.  For the Vancouver/Portland area, it will be on Channel 2 KATU at 7:00 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions.


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