2013-14 Outstanding Graduates

Western Washington University honored its Outstanding Graduates for the 2013-2014 academic year at spring Commencement Saturday, June 14.

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

This year’s Outstanding Graduates, grouped by city, include:


Madeline Slettedahl, Outstanding Graduate for the Music Department, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music with a major in Performance. At Western, Slettedahl won the department-wide concerto competition with the Gershwin Concerto in F during her freshman year. She was the pianist for Western’s Concert Choir and Orchestra and performed in master classes for Alessio Bax, the Anderson & Roe piano duo, Charlie Albright and Benedetto Lupo. In November 2013, she was the Alternate Winner in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artists Collegiate Piano Competition for the state of Washington. Her scholarships include the William Sanford Piano, Ford Hill Piano, Arthur Hicks Piano, and Don C. and Ada G. Walter. She also won the Presser Award as the outstanding junior in the Music Department and performed twice in Western’s Firehouse Piano Series. After graduation, Slettedahl plans to attend the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University for graduate work in piano performance.  

Ryan Logan Evans, Outstanding Graduate for the Liberal Studies Department, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities – History of Culture. At Western, Evans participated in three plays, three staged readings, the Western Step Team, the Western Equestrian Team and Viking Radio Theatre. He did his senior thesis on notions of utopia drawing on Indian and Chinese traditions brought together in the creation of the cartoon “My Little Pony.” Evans plans on reading, writing, and selling articles and opinion pieces. He also plans to travel around the world and document his adventures. A graduate of Auburn Mountainview High School, Evans is the son of Eph Evans and Linda Evans.


Bainbridge Island

Caitlin Boone, the Outstanding Graduate of the Engineering Technology Department, received a Bachelor of Science degree, Cum Laude, in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. At Western, she was manufacturing director for Western’s Formula SAE Racing Team, helping the team come in 17th out of more than 100 entrants in the annual competition. She was also an officer in Western’s student chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and took second place in the society’s Aerodef Manufacturing Challenge. She also completed an internship in production control at B/E Aerospace. She received a fellowship to attend Ohio State University in the fall to begin work on her master’s degree, and possibly doctorate, in Mechanical Engineering. She hopes to become involved in research that uses three-dimensional printing for cultivating human tissues for arteries and organs. A graduate of Bainbridge High School, Boone is the daughter of Erin and David Boone. 



Tyko Shoji, the Outstanding Graduate of the Physics and Astronomy Department, received a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Physics and Mathematics and a minor in Materials Science. At Western, he conducted research with Associate Professor Janelle Leger on organic optoelectronic devices. He presented his research at the American Physical Society March Meeting and at the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting and co-authored a research proposal with Leger that received a grant from NASA to conduct research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. He published the results of his work as first-author in a peer-reviewed journal. In addition to his research work, Shoji worked as a teaching assistant in Western’s Physics Lab and was president of Western’s Buddhism for World Peace Club. Students and faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy selected him for the Outstanding Student Service Award. He also received the Eric Ryan Anderson Memorial Scholarship and a Mathematics Memorial Scholarship and was an All Nations Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholar. This summer, he is completing a research project with Leger and practicing the quad toms to play in a marching band in the Seattle Seafair Torchlight Parade. He’ll enter the physics doctoral program this fall at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The son of David Shoji and Cynthia Backhaus, Tyko Shoji was homeschooled throughout high school and completed an associate’s degree in Physics at Bellevue College. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, with a concentration in Environmental Studies, at Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California.



Carter Anderson, Outstanding Graduate for the Sociology Department, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. At Western, Anderson worked as a research assistant on a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development grant examining the long-term life consequences of military service, where she was able to work on several papers that are in the process of getting published. Anderson’s research shows that military service leads to a lasting increase in the amount of alcohol used by men who join the military. She also contributed to a chapter in the book “The Social History of the American Family.” Anderson was the treasurer of the Demography Club, where she helped plan and attend trips to sociology conferences where she presented her papers. Anderson plans to attend the University of Washington in the fall where she will pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology. She received full funding for a minimum of four years of study, research and a teaching internship. A graduate of Sehome High School, Anderson is the daughter of Drew and Karen Anderson.


Lisa Brisbois, the Outstanding Graduate in the Linguistics Department, will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in August with a major in Linguistics and minors in Spanish and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). At Western, Brisbois conducted research on language revitalization among three Salishan tribes of Eastern Washington and presented her work at the Linguistics Colloquium. She was also named to the President’s List honor roll, served as a volunteer ESL teacher in Mexico and was a conversation partner for students in Western’s Intensive English Program. Brisbois hopes to work or volunteer as an ESL teaching assistant in Whatcom County and eventually teach English overseas or go to graduate school. A graduate of Seattle Central and Whatcom community colleges, Brisbois is the daughter of Barbara Martin and Bill Brush and the mother of Jesse Brisbois.


Andrea d’Aquino, Outstanding Graduate for the Chemistry Department and Presidential Scholar for the College of Sciences and Technology, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. At Western, d’Aquino received a number of scholarships and awards for her achievements inside and outside of the classroom, including the Kaiser-Borsari Scholarship for Women in Materials Science, the Gates Millennium Scholarship, the WWU Presidential Scholarship, the Barbara French Duzan Scholarship, the Thomas & Marina Horn Scholarship and the All Nations Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholarship. d’Aquino was also the Western College of Sciences and Technology Presidential Scholar and the Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholar. She was the chapter president for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and coordinated several events to encourage underrepresented groups to consider STEM fields. Her research at Western consisted of investigating a new method to remove sulfur and nitrogen from crude oil, which is now being investigated by Shell Oil Co.  Outside of the classroom, d’Aquino studied abroad in Vietnam and volunteered with Compass 2 Campus and the Food Sense Nutrition Education program. d’Aquino received the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and will attend Northwestern University to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Eventually, she would like to teach at a university and direct her own research group. A graduate of Squalicum High School, d’Aquino is the daughter of Katherine and Joao d’Aquino. She is also the twin sister of Anne d’Aquino, a 2014 WWU Biochemistry graduate who will also attend Northwestern with the help of her own NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


Jacob Kysar, Outstanding Graduate in the Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation, graduated Magna Cum Laude in the spring with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. At Western, Kysar volunteered for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for Western’s Men’s Basketball Team. He is a recipient of the Chappelle Arnett Scholarship and a member of Phi Kappa Phi. While excelling in his classes, Kysar also earned a Personal Training Certification through the American Council on Exercise, as well as two specialty certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine: Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist. After graduation, Kysar plans to work in the Bellingham area, continue to work with Western Athletics, and prepare for graduate school. A graduate of Squalicum High School and Whatcom Community College, Kysar is the husband of Danielle Kysar. 


Elizabeth Vignali, Outstanding Graduate from the English Department, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing. Graduating in March Magna Cum Laude, her 4.0 GPA is only a small reflection of her excellence in the department. At Western, Vignali was awarded the R.D. Brown Scholarship, the Chuckanut Writer’s Conference Scholarship and the Centrum Scholarship for poetry. Her work has been published in multiple literary journals including Clover, A Literary Rag; Literary Mama and The Commonline Journal. Her poetry collection, “Object Permanence,” is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Vignali was a Sue Boynton Contest winner in 2012, a finalist for the Southwest Review’s Morton Marr Poetry Prize in 2013 and was awarded first prize in Avon’s Romance Writing Competition in May 2014. She plans to continue to balance work as a licensed optician, writer and mother to her two daughters, Naomia and Giorgi. While poetry remains her first love, she is working with an editor at HarperCollins to publish her historical novel, based on a fictional version of Bellingham in 1885. A graduate of Sehome High School and Whatcom Community College, Vignali is the daughter of Steve Williamson and the late Diana Williamson.



William Enriquez, Outstanding Graduate for the Secondary Education Department, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Spanish and a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). During his time in the program, Enriquez has sought opportunities to experience, experiment with and refine his teaching practice in ways that are empowering and liberating. At Western, he received the Associated Students Academic Scholar Award, the Herbert L. Baird Scholarship, the Avis Joanne Stewart Scholarship and the John & Marilyn Warner Woodring Promise Scholarship. He also served as a Spanish instructor in Western’s Employee Language Program and was Western’s mentoring coordinator for the Collaborative Schools for Innovation and Success grant. Enriquez has applied to graduate school at UCLA and plans to work as a substitute teacher in Los Angeles schools. A graduate of Skagit Valley College, Enriquez is the son of Raul Enriquez and Paula Chavez.



Courtney Hook, Outstanding Graduate for the Communication Studies Department, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Communication Studies and minors in Criminology and Sociology of Law. For her senior thesis project, she collected survey data from nearly 1,200 college students about their perceptions and feelings about identification with their chosen major. Hook presented her work at the Northwest Communication Association Conference and Scholar’s Week. She also served as a teaching assistant in several classes and as a peer adviser in the Communication Studies Department. She volunteered for Young Life for more than eight years and interned with Prudential Reality and the Whatcom County Public Defender’s Office. Hook intends to take a year off to travel before moving back to Southern California where she grew up. She wants to continue her education and earn a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Communication so she can become a professor. A graduate of Meadowdale High School, Hook is the daughter of Bob Hook and Tina Beene.


Tobias Osterhaug, Outstanding Graduate for the University Honors Program, graduated in June Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double-major in Chinese Language and History and a minor in International Studies. Osterhaug compiled an excellent record in a very demanding area, East Asian Studies, and spent considerable time in China for language study. He also served as a student member of the Honors Program's governing board and was very active on the Honors Student Board. Osterhaug talked with prospective students about the Honors Program and was instrumental in extending the range of student-centered activities for Honors students, including educational forums and social events. He also worked at the Writing Center for two years, first as a writing assistant and then as a coordinator. After graduation, Osterhaug plans to spend a year in Bellingham volunteering for the Bellingham Food Bank and working to save money for graduate school. He hopes to pursue a master’s degree in International Studies with a focus on China and become a Foreign Services Officer for the state department. A graduate of Edmonds-Woodway High School, he is the son of Einar and Birgit Osterhaug.



Kelci Clare, the Outstanding Graduate of the Elementary Education Department, received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in December 2013 with a major in General Science – Middle Level. At Western, Clare served as a lead peer adviser in the Academic Advising Center and was a research assistant in Physics Education, studying reflective thinking and metacognition in learners. She volunteered with the Woodring Peer Mentors, working to recruit and retain underrepresented students to the college, and served as a student member of the advisory board for a multimillion-dollar NSF grant at Western on improving science teacher education. She also spoke on behalf of Western to the Higher Education Coordinating Board when the board was approving Western’s application for a new middle-level science endorsement. She completed her Elementary Education internship at Washington Elementary School in Mount Vernon, where she designed units to help fourth-graders understand mathematical concepts. Now a middle school science teacher in Buckley, Clare is a graduate of Enumclaw High School and the daughter of Mike and Marci Clare.



Ben Dale, Outstanding graduate for the Accounting Department, graduated in March Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double-major in Accounting and Spanish and a minor in Business Administration. At Western, Dale was president of Beta Alpha Psi honor society and the Accounting Society. He also volunteered weekly at the accounting tutoring center. He led a group to first place at Beta Alpha Psi’s Northwest Regional Best Practice Competition in the leadership category, and was one of ten groups nationally to be awarded a grant for a student leadership development program at Western. After hosting two student workshops on campus, the group will travel to Atlanta in August for the national competition – and the chance to receive more funding to expand the program. Dale was also one of 72 students selected nationwide to participate in Beta Alpha Psi’s Project Run With It, a case competition in Los Angeles. Dale plans to obtain his CPA license and work for Moss Adams LLP in Everett. A graduate of Everett High School, Dale is the son of Cynthia and Brian Dale.


Thomas Hall Jr., Outstanding Graduate from the Philosophy Department, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. Graduating in March Magna Cum Laude, Hall had a 4.0 GPA in his major while serving actively within the department. While at Western, he served as a teaching assistant, editorial assistant, study group leader, Philosophy Club president, assistant organizer of the Bellingham Summer Philosophy Conference and an assistant for the Bellingham Lectures in Philosophy and Religion. He also presented papers at the Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, the Pacific University Northwest Professional Philosophy Conference and the Northwest Student Philosophy Conference. His paper, “In Defense of the Compossibility of Presentism and Time Travel,” was published in the professional journal Logos and Episteme and in Logos: the Cornell University Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy. He received the President’s Scholarship, the Downing-Montague Scholarship for Philosophy, Healthcare and Technology, the Paul J. and Rebecca Ann Olscamp Philosophy Scholarship and the Departmental Tuition Waiver Scholarship. Hall is headed to a Ph.D. program the University of Southern California, where he plans to study issues in fundamental metaphysics and meta-ethics. A graduate of Jackson High School, Hall is the husband of Brittany Hall and the son of Tom Hall.



Kristine Farwell, Outstanding Graduate for the Economics Department, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double-major in Economics and Political Science. She’s known as an outstanding student with creativity, initiative and a strong commitment to public service. At Western, Farwell was a participant in the University Honors program and won the Undergraduate Library Research Award for her paper, “The Impact of the 2008-2009 Global Financial Crisis on Microfinance Sustainability,” which she is revising for publication She also won the Hoover Prize in the Political Science Department for her paper, “Exploring Microfinance in the Middle East and North Africa.” She is also revising her honors senior project paper, “The Gender Wage Gap and Child Poverty: A Statistical Analysis” to submit for publication. Farwell was the budget authority for the Student Economics Association, volunteered at the Womencare Shelter, and spent a summer studying and volunteering in northern India, where she completed a research project on local governance. Farwell plans to travel for a year and then continue on to graduate school. A graduate of Kentlake High School, Farwell is the daughter of Brenda and Russ Farwell.


Joshua Lozensky, the Outstanding Graduate of the Management Department, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in March with a major in International Business and a minor in Japanese. At Western, Lozensky presented in a seminar on futurism for the Anthropology Department during Scholars Week. He also spent a summer at an intensive Japanese language course in Tokyo, then bicycled 400 miles to Akita International University to study international business. Lozensky also completed an internship as a project manager for The Boeing Co. and worked as a district manager for College Works Painting. In July, he will begin a job as a recruiter for Amazon.com. A graduate of Kentridge High School in Kent, Lozensky is the son of Valerie Lozensky.



Sarah Carlson, the Outstanding Graduate in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, received a Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Audiology. At Western, Carlson was a serious, dedicated student who excelled in all her courses in the major. She particularly stood out on a service-learning and language immersion trip to Guatemala, where Carlson along with classmates and faculty worked in a clinic for malnourished infants, assisted in an elementary school, helped build houses and completed an independent research project. She plans to remain at Western to enroll in the graduate Speech Pathology program. A graduate of Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Carlson is the daughter of Bob and Jane Carlson.



Malorie Kerouac, Outstanding Graduate for the Finance and Marketing Department, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double-major in Accounting and Finance. She not only maintained the highest GPA of all Finance and Marketing students at Western, but did so while a double major. Kerouac completed an internship with Ernst & Young in Seattle. She has accepted a full-time position in Ernst & Young’s Assurance Practice. A graduate of Issaquah High School, Kerouac is the daughter of Kris Siebert and Paul Kerouac.



Patricia Swanson, Outstanding Graduate for the Art department, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in March with majors in Photography and English Literature. As president of Western’s chapter of the Society for Photographic Education, Swanson was instrumental in raising funds and organizing student trips to New York City and Baltimore. She is also adept in a variety of media, creating layered and complex work that extends into an exploration of traditional and new photographic techniques. She has completed two bodies of work and exhibited them both on campus. She plans to remain in Bellingham to work and save money for graduate school while applying to artist residences around the globe, seeking new opportunities to be challenged and to create new work. Eventually, Swanson plans to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree and teach photography. A graduate of Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood and Spokane Falls Community College, Swanson is the daughter of David (a 1968 graduate of Western) and Jacqueline Swanson.


Maple Falls

Lesya Lyashenko, Outstanding Graduate for the Decision Sciences Department, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. Graduating Magna Cum Laude in December 2013, Lyashenko earned a 3.96 GPA and was honored on the Dean’s List six times while at Western. She completed her internship at Alpha Technologies Inc. and was offered a permanent position at the end of her internship. She continues to work at Alpha Technologies in Bellingham and would like to eventually pursue a master’s degree. A graduate of Mount Baker High School and Whatcom Community College, she is the daughter of Svetlana and Vitaliy Lyashenko.



Elie Hartman, Outstanding Graduate for the Anthropology Department, graduated Magna Cum Laude in March with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology/Social Studies and minors in English and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). A participant in Western’s Honors Program, Hartman earned teaching certificates in three subjects, social studies, English language arts and TESOL, and served as a student teacher at Eckstein Middle School in Seattle while teaching an after-school class for English language learners. She also volunteered for three years with at-risk youth at Northwest Youth Services. At Western, she co-founded the Homeless Youth Outreach Club, served as a Compass 2 Campus mentor and was an officer in three education clubs. She also played the clarinet in the wind symphony and was a leader in the Viking Band. Hartman was awarded the Anthropology Department Partial Tuition Waiver, Gary Brown Scholarship for future teachers, President’s Award and a Diversity Award from Western’s Center for Education, Equity and Diversity for her paper on at-risk youth. She serves as a substitute teacher in the Meridian, Ferndale, Mount Vernon and Bellingham school districts and plans to continue substitute teaching until she is hired full-time. A graduate of Capital High School, Hartman is the wife of 2013 Presidential Scholar Jon Bash and the daughter of Ann and Tim Hartman.



Marya Kampmann, Outstanding Graduate for Community Health, will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health in August. Kampmann is known throughout the department for her academic work, service to the community, compassionate nature and humility. At Western, Kampmann has served as a sexual health educator for three years, meeting with students and providing sexual health information and risk reduction strategies. She also volunteered with Friendly Visitors, a program that matches volunteers with isolated seniors in the community for weekly visits and friendship. Kampmann received the Evelyn Ames Community Health Scholarship for 2014. She is an intern at the Arthritis Foundation this summer. In the near future she would like to work with pregnant women, new mothers and infants and is considering graduate school. “My goal is to always keep learning,” she said. A graduate of Monroe High School, Kampmann is the daughter of Jim Kampmann and Ann Kampmann.



Aaron-Jeramee Alonso, Outstanding Graduate for the Theatre Arts, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts. At Western, Alonso is known as a hard-working student, calm under pressure, who possesses an unflagging optimism and a gentle and kind spirit. Alonso has stage-managed several shows in the Theatre and Dance Department, along with serving as the production stage manager for Western’s Student Theatre Productions. His awards include the Kennedy Center National Stage Management Award and the 5th Avenue Theatre Outstanding Stage Crew and Special Achievement award. Alonso also worked at Village Theatre in Everett and the Mount Baker Theatre. He will participate in the Summer Stage Management Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut, then move on to stage-managing Mount Baker Theatre’s Mainstage Production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” A graduate of Kamiak High School, Alonso is the son of Jose-Antonio Alonso and Maria-Luisa Alonso.



Megan Fowler, Outstanding Graduate for the Political Science Department, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, with a double-major in Political Science and Psychology. At Western, Fowler served as a research assistant in Developmental Psychology and Cultural Psychology. She was a part of the Honors Thesis Program and edited and assembled a manuscript for publication in the Political Science Department. Fowler was also a scholarship athlete on Western’s Softball team. She received the Bill McDonald Scholarship and Department Tuition Waiver, was on the Honor Roll and President’s List. Fowler intends to take a year to gain more experience working for nonprofit organizations and save for graduate school. Her goal is to use her education to continue to help teach and mentor younger generations. Fowler attended Richland High School and earned her GED degree. She is the daughter of Janell Fowler.



Sydney Anderson, the Outstanding Graduate of the History Department, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree Magna Cum Laude in March with a major in History and a minor in Political Science. At Western, Anderson received a two-year Presidential Scholarship, made the honor roll many times and became known as a remarkable scholar-athlete. Her senior thesis was a research paper examining the fluidity of gender and identity in the French Resistance. Anderson was also a top swimmer in Western’s Swim Club, winning five medals at the 2013 U.S. Masters Nationals and breaking the Pacific Northwest Association of Masters Swimmers 1500 SCM Freestyle record for 18- to 24-year-old women. Today, she works for Seattle Parks and Recreation as a lifeguard, swim teacher and coach, and exercise instructor. She also speaks in high schools about anorexia, her experience with the disease and how to prevent it. Anderson credits History Professor Amanda Eurich with giving her a better understanding of the media’s role in society, and helping her understand “how others can fall into the same trap” regarding anorexia. A graduate of Ingraham High School in Seattle, Anderson is the daughter of Kerri and David Anderson.


Katherine “Kyeti” Morgan, Outstanding Graduate for the Geology Department, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree, a major in Geology and a minor in Spanish. At Western, she received the James L. Talbot Scholarship, the Geology Department Tuition Waiver and the President’s Scholarship. Morgan was also a volunteer with the Washington Reading Corps at Sunnyland Elementary School in Bellingham, and worked as a field assistant on a geologic fault study in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, greatly contributing to the success of the project. Morgan plans to pursue graduate studies in Geology. She is the daughter of Mark and Penny Morgan.


Mindon Win, the Outstanding Graduate of the Journalism Department, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Visual Journalism and minors in Communication and History. Win served as editor in chief of Klipsun, Western’s student-produced magazine, and as features editor on the Western Front student newspaper. Win also won two first-place awards and one third-place award from the Washington Press Association. He represented the Journalism Department at Western Preview events, promoting university programs to prospective students. He served on the Student Publications Council and the Back2Bellingham Committee, was a volunteer organizer on Western’s Outdoor Orientation Trips, and interned in Western’s Office of University Communications and Marketing. The son of Tha Win and Lee-Norah Sanzo, Mindon Win is a graduate of Seattle Lutheran High School.


Jason Timothy Winston, the Outstanding Graduate in Special Education, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree with a major in Special Education. Winston was a volunteer and employee for the Compass 2 Campus mentoring program for three years. He also presented his work at Western’s Scholar’s week for three years; his work in curriculum-based evaluation in mathematics was accepted for a poster presentation at the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children. Winston will be a resource teacher at Emerson Elementary School in Seattle this fall. The husband of Lizzie Winston and the son of Tim and Carol Winston, Jason Winston is a graduate of Chief Sealth High School and Seattle Central Community College.



Jared Ibarra del Bosque, Outstanding Graduate for the Human Services and Rehabilitation Department, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services.  Throughout his course of study, he has sought opportunities to encourage, mentor, educate and support students of underrepresented groups to attend and stay in college. He served as an ALTO mentor at Shuksan Middle School in Bellingham, volunteered at Western’s Migrant Youth Leadership Conference, served as a senior assistant in Western’s LeaderCorps peer educators, and interned in the Continuing and College Education program where he worked on recruitment efforts. He also did an independent study for the Human Service program seeking to both recruit and retain underrepresented students to the program. After graduation, he hopes to become an admissions counselor to continue his work recruiting and assisting underrepresented minority students pursue higher education. A graduate of Shelton High School, Ibarra is the son of Martha and Jose Luis Ibarra.



Andrew Wray, the Outstanding Graduate in Mathematics, received a Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, with a double-major in Mathematics and Physics. At Western he completed 10 graduate-level math courses and participated in theoretical physics research during two summers. This fall, he will attend the University of Oregon to pursue a doctorate in Mathematics and hopes to become a university professor and researcher. A graduate of Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, he is the son of Scott Wray and Colleen Wray.


South Bend

Andrea Marie Schiller, Outstanding Graduate for Behavioral Neuroscience, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Behavioral Neuroscience and a minor in Chemistry. At Western, Schiller was outreach coordinator for the NeRDS (Neuroscience Research-Driven Students) Club, organizing trips to elementary schools to teach neuroscience. She was president of the Pre-Dental Club and volunteered with the Whatcom County Oral Health Coalition and for events such as Sealant Day and Project Homeless Connect. Schiller is also a member of a research lab that uses gene knockout techniques to study cognitive deficits associated with schizophrenia, presenting her research at two international Society for Neuroscience conferences. She has been accepted to the Doctor of Dental Surgery program at the University of Washington and will begin in the fall. A graduate of South Bend High School, Schiller is the daughter of Geoff Schiller and Emily Popovich.



Kassie McKnight, Outstanding Graduate in the Physical Education, Health and Recreation Department, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Recreation and a minor in English Literature. McKnight channeled her love for travel and tourism into the study of ecotourism.  Graduating Cum Laude from Western in December 2013, McKnight served as the Recreation Club president, advocating for the importance of recreation through major-related and campus-wide events.  During her internship, she helped develop an educational campaign on the use of disposable water bottles when traveling, later conducting research on the subject in Peru. She also received the Recreation Legacy Scholarship and was a Dean’s List Scholar. McKnight plans to continue to learn about travel and tourism by experiencing it for herself and is planning a trip to South America this summer. She hopes to eventually seek a higher degree in responsible tourism management and policy-making. McKnight is the daughter of Wayne and Jana McKnight and a graduate of West Valley High School.



Anelese Webster, Outstanding Graduate in the Design Department, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a major in Design and minors in Communication and Art History. At Western, worked on student magazines such as Klipsun and Jeopardy. She appeared on the President’s list and was named an Outstanding Student by the Office of Admissions. Her design work was honored by the Art Directors Club, which named her a Portfolio Night All-Star, and by the Journal of Art and Design’s Creative Quarterly. She recently moved to Brooklyn, New York, to work with Huge, a digital design firm; more of her work can be seen at her online portfolio: www.anelesewebster.com. The daughter of Susan and Wade Webster, Anelese Webster is a graduate of Woodinville High School.




Miranda Lahman, Outstanding Graduate for the Biology Department, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Lahman is an outspoken leader who motivated her peers in the lab, classroom and in athletics. At Western, she competed on the Track and Cross Country teams and was honored as a Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Star every year of her college career. In the lab, she was a key contributor to research on natural resistance to aspergillus, a plant pathogen that can cause serious illness in humans and animals. She also served as a peer health educator with Western’s Prevention and Wellness Services and with Alcohol and Drug Consultation and Assessment Services. Lahman was also a College of Science and Technology Scholar and received the Declan Barron Memorial Scholarship. She plans to work in the biotech industry for a few years before going back to school to earn a Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine. A graduate of Niwot High School, Lahman is the daughter of Bruce and Beth Lahman.


Grand Junction

Sarah McCarthy, Outstanding Graduate for the Department of Environmental Sciences, graduated in December with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. At Western, McCarthy worked as the Environmental Center Coordinator, organizing events, leading campaigns and hosting speakers. After graduation, she worked at Tetra Tech as a salmon habitat analyst collecting data on stream channel topography, riparian ecosystems and salmon populations. At the end of that seasonal position, McCarthy spent four months traveling in India and Nepal. A graduate of Grand Junction High School, McCarthy is the daughter of Sharon Weidner and Jim McCarthy.




Juliette Machado, the Outstanding Graduate in Dance from the Department of Theatre and Dance, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, in Dance and a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in Communication. At Western, she received the President’s Scholarship, the Earl Settlemyer Scholarship and an Undergraduate Research Grant to complete her BFA capstone project. Her research paper on intercultural communication was nominated for Scholar’s Week. The producer of several dance films, Machado was also an intern for the Center for New Media and received awards from Western’s 48-Hour Film Festival and B-HAMFF Outdoor Films. She is now a program coordinator for BAAY: Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth and performs with Bellingham Repertory Dance.She is a graduate of St. Andrew’s Priory School in Honolulu and is the daughter of Dale and Vicki Machado.




Natalie Boles, Outstanding Graduate for the Environmental Studies Department, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, with a major in Geography and a minor in Disaster Risk Reduction. At Western, Boles worked with Associate Professor Scott Miles, studying the post-disaster social impacts of the East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and worked as a teacher’s assistant for a Natural Hazard Planning class. Boles received the Thomas Henry Huxley Award and gave the student commencement speech for fall quarter 2013. Her scholarships include the Patrick Monahan Scholarship, the Women of Western Scholarship, the Nontraditional Student Scholarship, the Bob and Eleanor Grant Trust Scholarship and the IEME Emergency Planning Scholarship. She is finalizing details on a summer project in which she would lead a small team of undergraduate students writing about the potential damages from a 9.2 earthquake and tsunami in the Cascadia Subduction Zone region. The report would be used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for training and planning projects. Boles hopes to attend graduate school after gaining more experience in her field. A graduate of Cincinnati State Community College, Boles is the daughter of Bill and Mary Boles.

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