Vikings succeed in academics, service
From academics to athletics, the Vikings were on top of their game in 2012-13. Here is a sample of some student and alumni accomplishments to be proud of:
Kaitlyn Lowder, holding an endangered shortnose
sturgeon during her internship with the University of
Maine, is studying marine sciences with the help of
a Hollings Scholarship from NOAA. The sturgeon
was measured, tagged, and released back into the
Penobscot River in Maine.
- Nine Western students and alumni won prestigious Fulbright Scholarships in 2012-13 for international study, teaching and research. The students will travel to Brazil, Germany, Austria, Mexico and Romania. It was Westernís highest-ever number of Fulbright recipients.
- Three marine sciences students received Hollings scholarships from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The prestigious two-year awards include educational scholarships as well as stipends for research-related internships with NOAA.
- Westernís menís and womenís basketball teams, along with menís golf, reached the national NCAA II semifinals. Womenís rowing placed third at nationals.
- Western was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-sports champion for the fifthstraight year and placed 12th nationally among 312 Division II schools in the 2102-13 Learfield Sports Directorsí Cup standings.
- Senior Paul Wright of Olympia was the 2012 recipient of the American Institute of CPAs Beta Alpha Psi Medal of Inspiration Award.
- Student journalists won six Mark of Excellence awards from Region 10 of the Society of Professional Journalists, including first place in Breaking News Photography. Students also placed second in General Reporting and Feature Photography and third in Non-Fiction Magazine Articles, General News Photography and Online Feature Reporting.
- A team of students in the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management program won first place in the Milgard Invitational Case Competition on Social Responsibility in Seattle.
- Western was the medium sized university with the most alumni serving in the Peace Corps in 2012, more than schools such as Georgetown, Cornell and Notre Dame.
- Fourteen Western students won awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, including Sammy Scott of Mercer Island, who won in the category of Critics/Dramaturgy, and Dead Parrots Society, named Outstanding Improvisational Troupe.
- Western is 13th among all masters-granting institutions in the U.S. for undergraduates who go on to earn doctorates, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates.
- A group of Industrial Design and Plastics Engineering Technology students recently placed second in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Manufacturing Challenge in Long Beach, Calif.
- Students from the College of Business and Economics were national finalists in the 2013 Collegiate DECA International Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Marketing students Joe Sturgeon and Danny Sullivan of Woodinville were named national champions while other Western students placed highly in marketing and human resource management competitions.
Western was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference
all-sports champion for the fifth straight year