Asa Washines' work ethic is perhaps best described as, "There is no 'I' in team."
Washines (Native American & Indigenous Studies and Political Science, '10) was recently elected to the Tribal Council of the Yakama Nation, an appointment that requires a nomination of his peers. "Within the tribe there's a unique election process," explains Washines. "It's not your typical candidates-type voting, it's more old school. The elders and people of the community make a nomination of individuals who they think are ready for the council."
For 40 years, KDUR radio has been helping students have fun sharing their voices over the air, while also training them as broadcasting professionals. And Eric Whitney is a testament to how far that sense of fun and the KDUR experience can take you.
When Marissa Molina and her parents first moved from Chihuahua, Mexico, to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, the only English she knew was “I don't speak English.” Today, her English is excellent, and in May she will become the first in her family to earn a college degree. She will also be immediately applying her education with Teach For America, a nonprofit that places high-achieving college graduates into low-income communities to teach in challenging environments.
You never know when, or where, you'll find your life path.
“My first experience with stand-up comedy was at an open mic night on campus,” says comedian Adrianne Chalepah (English, '09). “A friend encouraged me, and I got hooked. The students laughed and were so supportive. So I give that night credit for giving me the courage to pursue it as a career.”
"Martha Stewart throws a really great party," says 2005 Art graduate Chris Lyon. And he would know.
Lyon was honored in October by Martha Stewart at the "2012 Martha Stewart Presents American Made Awards," at which Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living magazine feted the 10 finalists in their search for “rising stars in a new generation of small-business owners."
"Always believe in yourself, and do things that make you happy and sane."
That, in a nutshell, is Joslynn Lee. And it's that spirit -- and the story of how far Lee has been able to go with that attitude -- that is showcased in the cover story in the Summer issue of Winds of Change, the journal of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.