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Brenda Madrid: Incredible cultural amenities of the Puget Sound

Having traded in the hills of the Palouse and the large Washington State University Pullman campus for the incredible cultural amenities of the Puget Sound and small urban campus of WSU Everett, Brenda Madrid is chasing her dreams. One dream: pursuing a major in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture while staying close to her roots on the west side of Washington state. Read more…

 

Spencer Fee: Industry scholarship provides undergraduate a running start toward hospitality career

Hospitality student Spencer Fee has had a running start toward his future career as an event coordinator in more ways than one. As a child growing up in Freeland, Washington, he was naturally drawn to orderliness and liked to be in charge of organizing his family’s schedules. These qualities led to leadership roles in high school and volunteer organizations. He enrolled in his school’s Running Start program to earn college credits and was working at the Inn at Langley when he realized event organizing could be an amazing job. Read more…

 

Hayley Statema: Everett native uses her WSU degree to make an impact

Graduating debt-free was a priority for Cascade High School alumna Hayley Statema. Cost-of-living in Puget Sound continues to increase and the prospect of increased debt is stressful for most students considering a four-year degree. But studies continue to demonstrate that earning a four-year degree creates better opportunities for young people to step into livable-wage jobs quickly.

“Between Washington State University’s (WSU) incredible financial support in Everett and my grandparents, I was able to work my job at Starbucks a little less my junior and senior years, and focus more on going to school and not building debt,” said Statema. Read more…

 

Crystalynn Aurora Kneen: In the heart of a hurricane

U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Crystalynn Aurora Kneen thrives in stressful situations. Last year she has managed Joint Information Centers (JIC) in the middle of humanitarian and environmental crisis events including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

“We had one of the most catastrophic hurricane seasons on record. Being in a JIC at a response can be stressful and hectic,” Kneen said. “I do a lot of critical thinking, advise the unified command on public affairs, gather incident information, inform the media and public and monitor public perception.” Read more… 

 

Mark Walsh & Nick Nelson: A new generation of Titanic exploration

When a five-person submersible descends to the floor of the North Atlantic this summer, part of a historic series of private excursions to map the famed RMS Titanic’s wreckage in 3-D imagery, it will be WSU Everett students that helped make it possible. “The whole electrical system – that was our design, we implemented it and it works,” said Mark Walsh, a 2017 WSU Everett graduate in electrical engineering from the WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. “We are on the precipice of making history and all of our systems are going down to the Titanic. It is an awesome feeling!” Read more… 

 

Peter Mago: Opportunity Takes Flight

From a young age, Peter Mugo’s mother stressed to him the value of hard work and education. Mugo would see his mother walk four hours from their small village in Kenya to the market to sell the family’s crops. As he saw her struggle, Mugo developed a career plan based on her principles. Read more… 

 

Sapphire Chan: Involvement is key to success for international student in Everett

“My classroom experience working with actual clients and industry professionals gave me hands-on knowledge and skills that better prepared me for my career,” Sapphire Chan said. The Washington State University graduate now puts that experience to work as the communications coordinator for Urban Architecture in Seattle. Read more…

 

Mariah Harvey: Local veteran starts second career

“I’m not your typical college student,” says Mariah Harvey. “I have big responsibilities and a family to care for.” Harvey, 38, is now a proud graduate of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s mechanical engineering program at Washington State University (WSU) Everett. Before earning her degree, she served for seven years in the U.S. Navy, largely working in nuclear power. Read more… 

 

Quan Vu: From Saigon to Snohomish County

At 14 years old, Quan Vu made the pitch to his parents to move from Saigon, Vietnam to America. “At first, my family didn’t really want to move. I really wanted to come to America.”His grandparents had already moved to Puget Sound, so he had a place to land to before starting high school. So he moved, before his parents or either of his siblings. Read more… 

 

Jaimie Nguyen: An engineering career taking flight at Boeing

After six months in a non-engineering role with Boeing, and thanks to an engineering degree from Washington State University, Jaimie Nguyen landed the engineering job at Boeing that she really wanted. She chose to work toward a career in engineering just a few years after her family moved to the United States from Nha Trang, Vietnam in 2009. For her, the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s program at WSU Everett was a perfect fit. Read more…

 

Kelsey Sturtevant: WSU Everett graduate now co-owner of Mukilteo’s Red Cork Bistro

Framed on the wall of her new restaurant is Kelsey Sturtevant’s first dollar earned as a part owner of Red Cork Bistro & Catering in Mukilteo, Wash. “I earned that first dollar from my former professor Mark Beattie. It says ‘Go Cougs!’ and it’s going to stay there forever!” Read more…

 

Amy Felt: From Mt. Vernon to NASA, an engineer’s story

As she gazes out her office window, Skagit County native and NASA aerospace engineer Amy Felt looks out on the legendary launch pad at NASA Kennedy Space Center where Neil Armstrong headed towards his first historic steps for mankind. “I made a point of riding in both elevators just so I could say I’ve ridden in the same elevator as Neil Armstrong,” she said. Read more…

 

Jody Hawkins: A career in communications taking flight

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One recent graduate of Washington State University’s newest campus in Everett is proving that making an impact in North Puget Sound’s aerospace industry isn’t just for engineers. Jody Hawkins, 49, is a first-generation high school and college graduate. For the mother of six, the accessibility of WSU Everett made her college education possible. Read more…

 

Mars rover team: An out-of-this world experience

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The rust-colored badlands of the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah, became a proving ground for aspiring engineers from around the world June 2-4. And at the end of three days of competition, students from Washington State University (WSU) Everett stood on the second-place podium at the University Rover Challenge. Read more…

 

Anna Carlson: A Hands-on approach to hospitality, leadership

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After mere months, WSU Everett’s first hospitality business management graduate is already making a splash with restaurant industry leader Red Robin. Anna Carlson, 23, began her career with a dream: “I’ve wanted to own my own restaurant since I came up with a concept in seventh grade,” she says. Read more…