Washington State University

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Native American Programs News

Welcome to the newsletter of Washington State University’s Native American Programs.  This monthly publication features people and events of interest to WSU’s Native community, alumni, and supporters.

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Summer 2016

Over one hundred self-identified Native American students received their bachelor's degree this year from Washington State University, nine received master's degrees, and three earned PhD's. Here are profiles of a few of our talented students. Congratulations, graduates! 

Zachary Bailey Grad Working with Endangered Animals in Germany
Zachary Bailey, 25, (Klamath) graduated this May with a degree in Zoology.  He is currently in Gelnhausen, Germany, working with endangered species at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in their conservation genetic department.
Jorden Dakin-White Coeur d'Alene Coug Heads Across the Big Pond
Jorden Dakin-White, 28, graduated from WSU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in American Indian Studies. The newlywed will be moving to England with her husband and 10-year-old son.
Sequoia Dance

Miss Shoshone-Bannock Earns New Title: WSU Graduate!
Sequoia Dance, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall, Idaho, is graduating this summer with a degree in Human Development and a certificate in Adolescence.

Amandaree Fox WSU Grad On to the Democratic National Convention
Amandaree Fox, 23 year-old from Spokane, will see history being made while she puts her new degree in Marketing to work this summer as an intern with the Department of Public Engagement for the Democratic National Convention.
Steven Hobbs

Aleut Student Lands Job at Amazon.com
Steven Hobbs, Aleut from Kingston, Washington, just completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting and accepted a job at Amazon.com as a financial analyst.

renee holt Perseverance Key to Completing PhD
Dine/Nimiipuu student renee holt will be defending her dissertation this summer and then be officially done with her doctorate in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education.
Jess Lawrence Hard Working Grad Reels In Job at Fly-Fishing Lodge
Twenty-five years after her mother graduated from WSU, Jess Lawrence followed in her footsteps as she walked away with a degree in Hospitality/Business Management, specializing in hotels and restaurants. 
Greg Urqhuart Veteran Uses Graduate Studies to Assist Native Vets
Army veteran Greg Urquhart, descendent of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, is using his education to help other Native vets. He received his master’s in Community Counseling in May and is continuing his WSU studies as a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology.
Shay Workman

Cowlitz Member One of First Tribal Nation Buildling Leadership Program Graduates
Cowlitz tribal member Shay Workman, 23, from Longview, Wash., transferred to WSU in fall of 2013, and on May 7 she walked away with her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

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