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2013 Alumni Awards

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Lifetime Achievement Award

David W. Cole, retired Microsoft executive

David Cole (’84, Applied Mathematics; ’86, M.S., Mathematics) spent just one weekend relaxing after graduating from Western before diving headfirst into a career at Microsoft.

He wasted no time making things happen as a pivotal member, and eventual leader, of the company’s monumental growth over two decades – to include the development of Windows, Internet Explorer and As one of the first 1,000 employees, Cole found himself changing hats as quickly as technology changed, going from technical developer to sales and marketing to vice president.

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Larry 'Go Vikings!' Taylor Alumni Service Award

Joyce Taylor, award-winning journalist

Joyce Taylor (’84, Broadcast Communication) is best known for her work as an Emmy award-winning journalist and as the anchor of “KING-5 Morning News.” During her 25-year career, Taylor has covered the stories of heroes, presidents, policy makers, entertainers, athletes, activists and hundreds of people who make up our communities and affect our daily lives.

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Young Alumna of the Year

Jane Carten, president, Saturna Capital

Jane Carten (’01, Fairhaven Interdisciplinary Concentration; ’06, M.B.A) was already an Internet start-up entrepreneur when she was a student at Fairhaven, where she developed a concentration in Internet Entrepreneurship.

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College of Business and Economics Distinguished Alumnus

Murray L. Dow, II, founder and owner, Dow Hotel Co.

Murray L. Dow (’70, Economics) got his start in the hospitality industry at Western, working in food services while taking in the breathtaking views from the Viking Commons. Now the owner of the Dow Hotel Co., which manages six major hotel properties throughout the country, Dow says Western is where he learned a collaborative approach to problem solving.

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College of Sciences and Technology Distinguished Alumnus

Robert H. Brim, CEO, Dealer Information Systems Corp

More than 30 years ago, Robert Brim (’70, Physics/Mathematics) was controller of his family’s business, Brim Tractor Co., writing software to automate his company’s operations.

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Woodring College of Education Distinguished Alumna

Laurel W. Browning, superintendent, Burlington-Edison School District

Laurel W. Browning (’86, Child Development; ’93, M.Ed., Elementary School Administration) has served as superintendent of the Burlington-Edison School District since 2008. She has also held the positions of assistant superintendent and executive director of Teaching and Learning. In each of these roles, she has championed a focus on high quality teaching and learning for all students.

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Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Distinguished Alumnus

Royal A. Hanson, CEO, Hanson Research Corp

Roy Hanson (’75, Interdisciplinary Concentration) came to Western sight unseen, with a sense of adventure that has continued to fuel his success as chairman and CEO of Hanson Research Corp. – a world leader in dissolution test technology for the pharmaceutical industry.

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences Distinguished Alumnus

J. David Leander, pharmaceutical scientist

David Leander (’67, M.A., Psychology) was planning to become a school counselor before he began graduate school, but an intense year of “having a lot of fun being a scientist” at Western changed his plans for good.

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College of Fine and Performing Arts Distinguished Alumnus

Maitland Peters, renowned voice instructor

One of New York City’s most prominent voice teachers, Maitland Peters (’74, Music, Sociology, Anthropology; ’76, M.A., Music) is director of one of the largest and most prestigious faculties of voice in the world. Peters is currently in his 22nd year as chairman of the Voice Department at Manhattan School of Music and is a recent recipient of the school’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Huxley College of the Environment Distinguished Alumnus

Mark Reis, managing director, Sea-Tac Airport

Mark Reis (’75, Environmental Education) is the managing director of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the 15th busiest passenger airport in the nation, providing service to more than 33 million passengers in 2012. A good-sized city could be filled with the number of passengers who come through Sea-Tac on an average day

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Campus School Recognition Award

Pamela L. Spratlen, U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic

Pamela Spratlen attended Campus School as a girl while her father, Thaddeus Spratlen, was a member of Western’s Marketing faculty from 1961 to 1969.

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Campus Volunteer Recognition Award

Harold Hansberry, Math Department volunteer

Harold Hansberry (’59, Special Education, History/Social Studies; ’77, M.Ed., Curriculum), a retired teacher in the Mount Baker School District, remains devoted to math education.

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Community Volunteer Recognition Award

Wes Herman, founder and owner of Woods Coffee

Wes Herman donates coffee, proceeds and time to Western. One dollar from each sale of Viking Blend coffee goes to WWU scholarships.

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Legacy Family of the Year

The Martinas

Everett-area teachers Joanne (’55 and ’73) and Bruce (’55) Martina were the first of 13 family members to attend or graduate from Western.

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