WWU Demonstrates 'Generosity in Service'

The university's mission statement comes alive

By: Becky St. Clair

WWU Students smile as they work to clean the museum's grounds during a WWU Service Day.

Part of WWU’s mission statement says that it strives for “generosity in service.” The students, staff, and faculty of WWU work hard on meeting that mission every year. One place in particular WWU has been quite successful is with its neighbor across town: Fort Walla Walla Museum. There are many connections WWU has made with the museum, and all have demonstrated sincere generosity in service.

“Fort Walla Walla Museum is developing ever more partnerships with Walla Walla College,” says Paul Franzmann, communications manager for the museum. “I couldn’t be happier!”

In July, WWU history professor Terry Gottschall participated in the fort’s Living History program by giving a talk on the development of baseball in the Walla Walla area and expounding on the rules for an 1890s-style ball game. Following his lecture, he acted as umpire for a game that members of the community were invited to participate in, following the 1890s rules.

Senior new media imaging major Devon Varesko, in conjunction with WWU’s technology department chair, Linda Nelson, recently helped the museum revamp their website. (Take a look at www.fortwallawalla.org!)

Every fall, droves of students head to Fort Walla Walla on Service Day to give them a hand with their end-of-year clean-up. This year several students were involved in heritage quilt rolling: emptying large aluminum cylinders of quilts, unrolling the quilts, and re-rolling them the opposite direction to keep them from getting damaged.

Other positive connections include professor of history and English Terrie Aamodt helping the museum develop its baseball exhibit, and the museum’s willingness to share its fiberglass animals for the annual WWU faculty-staff Christmas party last year. Fort Walla Walla has also had interns from WWU in recent years including Mark Entze, who met and later married fellow intern Amanda van Lanen on the museum’s grounds.

“WWU is our nearest neighbor in the realm of higher education, and we are pleased at how things are developing between our two institutions,” says Paul Franzmann. “Both places are growing and looking to the future, and the museum sees many positive interactions stemming from our shared work and mutual interests.”

Fort Walla Walla Museum is a not-for-profit organization and therefore qualifies for Washington State’s WorkStudy program. In the program, students secure a job at the museum, and money is given toward the students’ tuition for as long as they remain an employee of the museum. Positions available for WorkStudy at the museum include duties in financial development, collections, and buildings and grounds. The museum also welcomes volunteers at any time.

For information about intern, WorkStudy, or volunteer positions currently available, contact Fort Walla Walla Museum at 509-525-7703.

Fort Walla Walla Museum offers its sincere thanks to all students, staff, and faculty of WWU who have played a part in portraying true “generosity in service” to the museum, and looks forward to future interactions with the university.

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