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Melissa Hosey
2007 | Nursing

Melissa Hosey was recognized in Becker's Hospital Review: 141 Women to Know in Health IT. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hosey took steps to revolutionize the health system, initiating a digital journey, achieving short-term staffing goals and laying the groundwork for a long-term staffing model moving forward. She overhauled the system's talent acquisition strategy and expanded in-house staffing technology to manage recruitment and retention.
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Julia Madsen
2022 | Education

In the summer of 2023, Julia, a transitional kindergarten teacher in Redlands, California, was invited to participate in an episode of Let’s A Make a Deal where she won $4,400. Julia is using her winnings to buy classroom supplies. 


Bengt Gustavsson
2013 | Business, pre-physical therapy

Bengt Gustavsson was appointed President of the Redlands Community Hospital Foundation, and will lead the hospital's development programs aimed at enhancing clinical services and community health programs.
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James Newell
1970 | Business

Eric Newell
2003 | Business

James and Eric Newell were recently a part of a historic return of ceremonial items to the Sinte Gleska in South Dakota. In 1879, their family had been gifted beaded moccasins, a buckskin shirt and pants, and the eagle-feather headdress of Chief Spotted Tail (Sinte Gleska). As a sign of respect, James and Eric returned the gifts to the fifth-generation descendant of Chief Spotted Tail, who in turn has gifted the items to the South Dakota History Museum. The governor of the state of South Dakota has proclaimed that week as "Sinte Gleska & Newell Friendship Week," in recognition of the long-lasting friendship between the two families. 

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Back to You

Alumni share their stories in their own words

Trusting that He will guide
November 29, 2023

Trusting that He will guide

Shane Anderson ’94, theology

Grad school for Jedis
October 02, 2023

Grad school for Jedis

by Virginia D. Avery '22, social work (M.S.W)

You won't believe it
August 08, 2023

You won't believe it

Janelle (Pierson) Heisler '12, '15, health promotion and nursing

Good writing, good science
July 12, 2023

Good writing, good science

by Susan (Sanders) Gardner '70, English

Reaching younger generations through film
January 02, 2023

Reaching younger generations through film

By Carlos Magalhaes '21, Cinema, religion, and worldview (M.A.)

Westwind magazine

Curated stories and news to inspire and reconnect WWU alumni

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In Memory
Family members of deceased alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to submit obituary information to be included in Westwind.

Westwind staff
 Kelsi Nash
Student staff writers: Emma Dodds, Hailey Werner