Homecoming Weekend 2022 Schedule

Registration and name badge and honor ribbon pick-up

Thursday, April 21 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Administration Building, outside front entrance
5:30 - 6 p.m. WEC Alumni Gymnasium;
Friday, April 22 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Administration Building, outside front entrance
Sabbath, April 23 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. University Church, outside front entrance


Havstad Alumni Center visiting hours

Thursday, April 21 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, April 22 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.


WWU Historical Exhibit (Heritage Room | Havstad Alumni Center)

Thursday, April 21 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, April 22 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Art Gallery

Thursday, April 21 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, April 22 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sabbath, April 23 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

April 21


Homecoming Banquet – TICKETED EVENT - $25
Winter Educational Complex, Alumni Gymnasium | 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy an evening with special presentations, a campus update by WWU President, John McVay, Alumni of the Year 2022 recognition, delicious food, and wonderful music. DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 P.M.

April 22


Heubach Morning Worship
Heubach Chapel | 7:30 - 7:50 a.m.
It’s been 24 years since the seed of Morning Worship was planted by two ASWWU/C Spiritual Vice Presidents! Join in this worship experience.

50-Year Reunion Breakfast – TICKETED EVENT - $15
Kellogg Hall, Alaska Room | 8:30 a.m.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and a WWU update with your fellow '72 class members.

Student Development Center
Village Hall Lower Level | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Visit the Student Development Center to discover how you can support current students in their career path development.

Engineering Deans Panel
Bowers Hall, room 201 | 10–10:50 a.m.
Visit with the current and former deans of the Edward F. Cross School of Engineering as they share their most treasured memories from leading the department. Dean attending include: Brian Roth ’01 (2018-present), Doug Logan ’74 (2015-2018 and 2008-2014), Melodie Selby Williams ’86 (2014-2015), Larry Aamodt ’77 (2004-2008), Bob Wood ’60 (1997-2004), and Charles Bell (1974- 1984).

Awards Celebration
University Church, Sanctuary | 11:00 a.m.
Enjoy this special program highlighting the best of WWU student and faculty academic achievements as well as scholarships awarded for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Alumni Luncheon & Business Meeting – TICKETED EVENT - $15
Kellogg Hall, Alaska Room | 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious meal, learn about alumni programs, and hear a report of the alumni activities this past year. You may attend this event without purchasing lunch.  LIMITED TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT.

Eugene Winter Golf Classic  – TICKETED EVENT - $70-$200 
REGISTER AT www.wallawalla.edu/golf 
Veterans Memorial Golf Course, 201 E Rees Ave | Event start 1:00 p.m. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m.
Enjoy an afternoon of golf while catching up with friends in the beautiful scenery of the Walla Walla Valley. Entry fee options include green fee, golf cart rental, Wolves hat, and raffle tickets. Proceeds benefit Walla Walla University Athletics.  ENTRY DEADLINE:  February 28 for Alpha entry and April 15 for Cub and Wolf entries, or until full.

Seminar: "Seeking the Sabbath: Milton's Search—and Mine—for the meaning of the Fourth Commandment"
Peterson Memorial Library, Reference Room | Karen Clausen-Brown '07 and English faculty | 2:00 p.m.

WWU English Professor Karen Clausen-Brown examines the poet John Milton’s fascination with the Sabbath. She shows how she’s used the library’s digital resources to discover what Milton’s seventeenth-century contemporaries were saying about the Sabbath and to uncover the poet’s own surprising ideas about the day. 

Seminar: "Metaverse - top 5 reasons to be afraid"
Chan Shun Pavilion, Room 154 | 2:00 p.m. | Alwin Vyhmeister '87, engineering

We bought ourselves some time in the 90s when virtual reality hype peaked, then died.  We've passed the trough of disillusionment. The second coming of the metaverse is at hand! Are you ready? As Uncle Ben famously said, "With great power comes great responsibility". What could go wrong?

Alwin Vyhmeister has lived in Seattle for the last three decades - working as a developer and program manager on computer software products and services. His latest project helps companies use computer vision to understand what's happening in their physical spaces. He enjoys traveling, cycling and exploring the NW with his wife Cheryl Wells, who he met at Walla Walla.

Family Swim
Winter Educational Complex, Pool | 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Specifically planned for families and children – free swim at the WEC Pool. Life guard on duty; parent must accompany children.

Climbing Wall
Winter Educational Complex, Gymnatics Gym | 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
The new 25 ft. climbing wall at Walla Walla University is now open! It offers top-rope sport routes and a bouldering area with routes ranging in difficulty from 5.4—5.11. Ropes, harnesses, and shoes are available. Climbing wall staff are available to provide assistance. All abilities are welcome! 

Seminar:Opportunities for Engineers in the Aerospace Industry
Chan Shun Pavilion, Room 154 | 3:00 p.m. | Nadine Lashier '97, engineering

Are you interested in space travel? Do you wish you could be part of an international partnership to reach for the stars? Are you looking for ways to apply your knowledge and expertise to help humans travel in space? Learn about opportunities for engineers in the aerospace industry from a twenty-year NASA veteran and Walla Walla graduate.

Nadine Lashier has worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Flight Operations for over 20 years. During that time, Nadine trained numerous International Space Station (ISS) and Space Shuttle crew members.  She began her career as an instructor for the ISS Guidance, Navigation and Control System and then became a Station Training Lead/Chief Training Officer.  In that time.  She led the ISS training team for two Space Shuttle missions to ISS and ran countless training simulations for flight controllers. Nadine has extensive experience in simulator development and has traveled to the astronaut training and mission control centers in Russia, Japan, Germany, France, and Canada as part of her integration work with the ISS partners around the world. She later served as an Operator in Mission Control, specializing as a liaison officer between the ISS flight control team and commercial cargo vehicle owners and supporting development of the new commercial crew vehicles. Currently, Nadine is the NASA Group Lead for the Environmental Systems Training Group.  This group is responsible for training astronauts and flight controllers about how to operate the various Environmental Control and Life Support Systems and how to respond to emergencies onboard the ISS and Exploration vehicles.

Nadine has a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Walla Walla University and a Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Seminar: "Fostering Resilience: A practical guide to developing an attitude of gratitude when the world feels like it is falling apart around you.”
Administration Building, Room 1116 | 3:00 p.m | Michaelynn Paul '87 and nursing faculty

WWU Nursing Professor Michaelynn Paul shares her personal and practical ways to enjoy life with less stress during these chaotic times by developing an attitude of gratitude.

Michaelynn Paul lives with her husband and grown twins in the Portland area and teaches for WWU School of Nursing on the Portland Campus.  She graduated with her master's degree from OHSU in 2004 and her Doctorate from Walden University in 2017.  Michaelynn is a 5 plus year survivor of breast cancer and is mom to a 2-time survivor of leukemia.  Fostering resilience through an attitude of gratitude that begins on our knees is personal for Michaelynn.


28th Annual Randy Yaw Pi Contest
Kretschmar Hall, Physics Lecture Hall, Room 107 | 3:14 p.m.
Enjoy a slice of pie and watch students recite digits of Pi. The record for this contest is 1,773 digits! First place winner receives a $314.15 scholarship.

Historical Campus Tour
Administration Building, begin at ADM 117 end at WWU Church | 4:30 p.m.
Join Terrie Aamodt, professor emeritus of history, on a walking historical tour of campus. The tour will begin in ADM 117 with a brief slide show, we'll then walk to Village Hall, Conard Courtyard, Library, Rigby, and will end this part of the tour at WWU Church. You'll then have two options, both simultaneously and done twice, a short trip to the bell tower in the Administration Building and/or a trip to the rooftop of Kretschmar (weather permitting).

Committee of 500 Appreciation Dinner
Kellogg Hall, Alaska Room| 5:30 p.m.
Executive officers of the Committee of 500 invite members and prospective members to the annual business meeting and dinner. Meal compliments of Alumni and Advancement Services.

PRISM Vespers
University Church, Sanctuary | 8:00 p.m.
Welcome the Sabbath with a program of sacred music, designed as a PRISM concert by the Walla Walla University Department of Music. Doors close promptly at 8 p.m. No late entry.

April 23


Bird Walk
Rigby Hall Parking Lot | 6:30 a.m.
Early risers are invited to join Joe Galusha ’68 and professor emeritus of biology, Jim Nestler '84 and biology faculty, David Cowles ’78 and biology faculty, and David Lindsey, chair of biological sciences, for a nature walk. This iconic and cherished event was introduced in 1976.

First Serve | 9:30 a.m.
University Church | Jan Zaugg White '77, pastor for nurture and discipleship at Simi Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church in Southern California | "Wonderful"

For the First Serve sermon, White will explore the significance of the name of God as "Wonderful" (Isaiah 9:6) and its relevance for our lives today. White is in team ministry with her husband, K. Philip White '81 in Simi Valley CA. They have two adult children: Elizabeth White Carlson '07 and son-in-law Robert Carlson '07 and Anthony White '13 and daughter-in-law Carrie Cloke White '13 and three grandchildren.

Sabbath Schools
Various Locations | Various Times (see WWU Church Bulletin at www.wwuchurch.org)

50-Year Reunion Sabbath School
Heubach Chapel | 10:30 a.m.
Members of the Class of '72 present a special reunion Sabbath School for classmates and friends.


65-Year Reunion Sabbath School
Winter Educational Complex (WEC) 209 | 10:30 a.m.
Members of the Class of '57 present a special reunion Sabbath School for classmates and friends.


Sabbath Seminar: --The first Seventh-day Adventist (and you've never heard of him)--
Canaday Technology Center (CTC) 105 | 10:30 a.m.
Join Greg Dodds '97 and chair of history and philosophy for the remarkable story of a man whose writings on science, prophecy, history, and the Bible laid the foundation for the later Advent movement.


Why The Christian Higher Education Matters Most
Bowers Hall (BWH) 201 | 10:30 a.m.
Join Alex Bryan, chief mission officer for Adventist Health and WWU adjunct faculty, for this timely conversation on Christian higher education.

Second Service | 11:40 a.m.
University Church | Mark Carr '87, regional director of ethics for Providence Health and Services in Anchorage, Alaska | "Sitting Among the Teachers"

For Second Serve, Mark Carr will take us for a brief walk down memory lane while exploring the role of University life and thought for a faith community such as ours. Carr is the Alaska Region Director of Ethics for the Providence St. Joseph Healthcare system. After graduating in the WWC class of 87, he went to Andrews University Seminary and then returned to Alaska as a pastor and youth director. Later, he earned a PhD in Religious Ethics at the University of Virginia. He was a professor at Loma Linda University and Kettering College for almost 20 years prior to returning once again to his beloved Alaska. He and his wife, Colette Gauthier Carr, plan to retire to her home village in Excideuil, Dordogne, France.

Sabbath Lunch - TICKETED EVENT $15
Winter Education Complex, Alumni Gymnasium | 1:00 p.m.
Come fellowship with friends and classmates, and enjoy a catered Sabbath lunch. DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 p.m.

Honor Class Reunions and Photos | 2:00 - 6:00 p.m..
Various locations, see schedule below. (TIMES AND LOCATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Reconnect with your classmates from 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2012.

Vanguards (graduates from 1961 and before)
Photo: WEC Gym | 2:20 p.m.
Reunion: WEC, Room 226 | 2:45 p.m. | Victor Fitch '57, class host

Class of 1962
Photo: WEC Gym | 2:00 p.m.
Reunion: WEC, Room 225 | 2:30 p.m. | Jim Grindley, class host

Class of 1967
Photo: WEC Gym | 3:20 p.m.
Reunion: WEC, Room 217 | 3:45 p.m. | Judy Thomsen, class host

Class of 1972
Photo: WEC Gym | 2:50 p.m.
Reunion: WEC, Room 209 | 3:30 p.m. | Bob Davison, class host

Class of 1977
Photo: WEC Gym | 3:40 p.m.
Reunion: WEC, Room 139 | 4:00 p.m. | Ralph Perrin, class host

Class of 1982
Reunion: CTC, Room 128 | 2:00 p.m. | Randy Sloop, class host
Photo: WEC Gym | 4:20 p.m.

Class of 1987
Reunion: Bowers Hall, Room 201 | 3:15 p.m. | Mark Carr, class host
Photo: WEC Gym | 5:50 p.m.

Class of 1992
Reunion: BWH, Room 204 | 3:00 p.m. | Paul and Kristyn Dybdahl, class host
Photo: WEC Gym | 5:30 p.m.

Class of 1997
Reunion: BWH, Room 203 | 2:45 p.m. | Jerry Woods, class host
Photo: WEC Gym | 5:10 p.m.

Class of 2002
Reunion: CTC, Room 305 | 2:30 p.m. | Heidee Hanson and TBA, class host
Photo: WEC Gym | 4:50 p.m.

Class of 2012
Reunion: BWH, Room 202 | 2:15 p.m. | Jon Nickell, class host
Photo: WEC Gym | 4:00 p.m.

Alleluias and Meditations
University Church Sanctuary | 4:00 p.m.

Department Suppers
6–7 p.m. Various locations Visit with your favorite teachers and fellow alumni. Suppers begin at 6 p.m.

Art, Communications and Languages, English, History and Philosophy
Fine Arts Center | Breads and salads

Biology and Chemistry
Rigby Hall, Courtyard | Breads and salads

School of Business
Bowers Hall, Lobby | Light Supper Reception

School of Education and Psychology
Smith Hall, Lobby and Room 202 | Soups and Sandwiches

Edward F. Cross School of Engineering
Walla Walla Valley Academy, Multipurpose Room | Bread and salad potluck

Health and Physical Education
Winter Education Complex, Room 142 | Salad supper

Math, Computer Science, and Physics
University Church, Youth Room | Sandwiches and salads

The Department of Music invites alumni and friends to the 4:00 p.m. Alleluias and Meditations concert and the 7:00 p.m. Piano Vespers, both events take place in the University Church Sanctuary.

School of Nursing
Fellowship Hall, University Church | Light supper

Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology
Winter Educational Complex, Room 215 | Supper

Canaday Technology Center, Room 129 | Breads and salads

School of Theology
Kellogg Hall, Student Association Center | Hors d’oeuvres

Piano Vespers
Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center, Auditorium | 7:00 p.m.
A concert of solo piano music performed by students of Professor Jinhyang Park, assistant professor of music.

75th Anniversary of the Edward F. Cross School of Engineering: Open House and Lab Tours
Chan Shun Pavillion | 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy this chance to visit with professors and fellow alumni. Be sure to stop by your favorite study places and lab spaces.

Old Fashion Ice Cream Social
ASWWU Tent | 8:00 p.m.
Visit with friends and enjoy an ice cream cone.

Climbing Wall
Winter Educational Complex, Gymnatics Gym | 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
The new 25 ft. climbing wall at Walla Walla University is now open! It offers top-rope sport routes and a bouldering area with routes ranging in difficulty from 5.4—5.11. Ropes, harnesses, and shoes are available. Climbing wall staff are available to provide assistance. All abilities are welcome!

April 24


Richard J. Kegley Memorial Fun Run/Walk – TICKETED EVENT – $15 REGISTER AT www.wallawalla.edu/homecoming 
Winter Education Complex, North Entrance | 7:30 a.m.

Join us for a healthy 5k run/walk, named for ultramarathon runner Richard J. Kegley ’47. Registration opens 6:45 a.m. Current WWU students receive free entrance. Net proceeds go to the worthy student fund. *Ticketed event

    22nd Annual Car Show – TICKETED EVENT - $5 to enter vehicle
    Havstad Alumni Center Parking Lot | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Free admission to attend and vote for your favorite car from over 100 entries. Enjoy lunch on the lawn, proceeds go to WWU Auto Club. All are welcome!

    To register your vehicle, visit wallawalla.edu/car-show or call Alumni and Advancement Services at 1-(800) 377-2586. Goodie bag to first 100 vehicle entries. All car entries must be in the lot by 9:00 a.m.


    Complimentary WiFi
    Complimentary wireless Internet is available. Search for the "WWU-Guest" network within 20 feet of any WWU building.

    Homecoming 2023
    Mark your calendars for Homecoming Weekend 2023, April 27-30

    Thank You
    A special thank you to current WWU students. From graphic design to assisting with the Fun Run/Walk, weekend staffing, providing trophies for the Car Show, musical talent, and hours of detailed preparation, their contributions have added a special touch to this homecoming weekend.

    University Bookstore
    The University Bookstore is offering a 25 percent discount on one WWU-branded item during weekend hours.

    Clyde and Mary Harris Art Gallery | Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center
    Works by alumni on display.

    • Thursday 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    • Friday 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • Sabbath 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
    • Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Havstad Alumni Center Visiting Hours

    Thursday, April 21                              8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Friday, April 22                                    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Sunday, April 24                                  8 a.m. – 1 p.m.


    David Vixie ’77 and ’83

    David Vixie is the principal and 7th and 8th grade teacher at Paradise Adventist Elementary in Paradise, California. Vixie has dedicated 42 years to SDA teaching, spanning grades three through nine, and a summer college course as well. Vixie has taught at Roseburg Junior Academy, Kauai Adventist School, Napa Junior Academy, and Paradise Adventist Academy. His commitment to teaching an experiencerich, integrated curriculum means his classroom is often filled with historic props, and his students learn through simulations covering everything from WWI to immigration through Ellis Island and the life of Christ. Vixie has been taking students on wagon trips over historic emigrant trails since 1996. These trips have been featured in several films. Vixie has received numerous awards for his innovative teaching methods including the 2005 Disney Teacher of the Year Award. After losing his house and innumerable teaching materials in the 2018 Campfire that ravaged Paradise, Vixie had to adapt to temporary classrooms and then to online learning due to the pandemic. Vixie is quick to credit God for his innovation. “My strength comes from God and strength is for service, not status.”


    Wendy Hernandez ’87

    Wendy Hernandez is the owner and attorney of Hernandez Immigration Law in Walla Walla, which is her third career. Hernandez earned an associate degree in nursing at Pacific Union College and followed her husband, Sergio, as he taught around the country. Thirteen years and two children later, when they landed in Walla Walla, Hernandez finally earned her bachelor’s degree in social work. She worked as a nurse and then director at the Student Health Center on campus, which became the start of her second career. Her work with students, especially those struggling with alcohol or drug use, was deeply rewarding. In 1993 she earned her master’s in counseling from WWU and became the director of the Counseling Center soon after. Her path changed course in 2000 when she decided to attend law school at Gonzaga University and “experienced what I can only explain as divine intervention.” Now an immigration attorney, Hernandez draws on her upbringing in Alaska and wisdom from her WWU professors as she works with people from around the world. “I have not been anxious to retire, although the thought of time for travel is enticing.”


    Aman J. Grant ’97

    Aman Grant is a naval chaplain and the spiritual resiliency consultant to the commanding officer of Navy Region Southwest. Since graduating from Walla Walla University with a major in theology, Grant continued his education by completing his master’s in divinity. Grant served as a school chaplain in Australia before interviewing to join the Navy Chaplain Corps. Even before his flight home from the Pentagon interview ended, Grant was offered the job. He was sworn in to active duty on his 40th birthday by Darold Bigger, dean of the School of Social Work and Sociology and retired navy admiral. In his ministry in the Navy, Grant continues to apply the hard-earned lessons of healing and leadership he has gathered. Since being introduced to the Internal Family Systems modality of counselling, Grant has been passionate about applying its power to problems faced by those in the Navy. Grant continues to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to navigate a complicated and subjective world. He is especially committed to raising his young son, Jo Jo, in a spiritually and emotionally healthy home alongside his wife, Mary Grace.


    Mellissa “Frances” (Leaf) Sydney ’12

    Mellissa (Leaf) Sydney is the chief resident of her emergency medicine residency cohort in Detroit, Michigan. Being a first-generation college student, Sydney faced unique challenges while earning her bachelor’s in biology from WWU. “I’ve done my best to turn these challenges into an opportunity for others,” says Sydney. She enjoys mentoring underrepresented minority students through their education and has served on several mission trips. Returning to Bolivia on one such trip to provide medical care and connect with family from the area had a particularly profound impact on her. Sydney has continued her studies at Heritage University and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. She graduated with her doctorate in osteopathic medicine in 2019. She continues to be inspired by the deep connections she is able to form with her patients from all walks of life. In 2016 she married Ron who pastors two churches in Detroit. She continues to enjoy involvement in the church, especially through music. In her time outside of residency work, Sydney enjoys traveling, rock climbing, and spending time outdoors.

    Engineering Deans


    Brian Roth '01 (2018 - Present)

    Dr. Brian Roth graduated from Walla Walla College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. His interest in airplanes propelled him through two graduate degrees in aeronautical engineering, including a master’s degree from Purdue University and a PhD from Stanford University. Along the way, he worked for The Boeing Company and conducted research for NASA. In 2008, Dr. Roth returned to teach at Walla Walla University. During the next decade, Dr. Roth engaged deeply with his students through project-based learning. As faculty co-sponsor of WWU’s student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, he guided student leaders in a series of international development projects. Together with community partners, they constructed classroom buildings in Honduras, built water systems in rural Peru, electrified communities in the Andes Mountains, and supported a variety of infrastructure projects at Riverside Adventist Academy in northeast India. Closer to home, Dr. Roth established the Flight Laboratory where he and his students design and build unmanned aerial systems for industry sponsors. Many of his students have used their projects as a springboard to launch successful careers in the aerospace industry. Over the past four years, Dr. Roth has served as Dean. During those years, the School of Engineering has weathered the COVID storm, emerging with a major grant to build new bioengineering laboratories and introducing a graduate program. Brian is married to Trasa (Schwartz) Roth ’03. They are raising their daughter in the wheat fields of Walla Walla, where they designed and built a farmhouse.


    Doug Logan '74 (2008-2014 and 2015-2018)

    Upon graduating from WWC in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, Doug Logan went on to get a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems at Stanford. He then worked 28 years in the electric power industry, including utility employment in California, consulting in Colorado, and software development in Oklahoma, from where he was lured back to his alma mater in 2008 to serve as Dean of Engineering. Nominally retired since 2018, Doug keeps plenty busy with IEEE committee work, consulting, and serving as a Director of Columbia Rural Electric Association. He and his wife Suzan have three children—Ted, Bethany, and Willy—who all chose WWC or WWU before Doug even considered working here, and two grandchildren.


    Melodie Selby Williams '86 (2014 - 2015)

    Professor of Civil Engineering, EdD Student, University of North Dakota, City of College Place Council Member

    Professor Williams was born Melodie Phillips in Iowa. She graduated from Platte Valley Academy which now exists only in memories. She graduated from Walla Walla University with a BSE, Concentration in Civil Engineering in 1986. That same year, she became Melodie Selby when she married her former husband.

    She worked for a variety of civil and environmental consulting firms in California and Washington and earned her Professional Engineer’s license in both states. She earned her MSCE degree with a Concentration in Environmental Engineering from Washington State University in 1994. Her graduate school experience was unusual because she attended WSU’s branch campus night school while working in Richland, Washington.

    After her time in the consulting world, Professor Williams moved to the Washington State Department of Ecology. Over the next 17 years, she became a technical expert in the Nuclear Waste Program. Then she transferred to the Water Quality Program as a section manager. She became a policy and technical expert, representing Ecology in state, national, and international forums. She also worked as legislative liaison and Deputy Program Manager.

    In 2009, God called Professor Williams to teach at Walla Walla University as well as serving as the director of the former Natural Resources Conservation Program. She is currently working on a doctorate at a fourth university. She swears it is not her fault. Programs close when she comes near them simply by coincidence. She is currently working on a Doctorate in Education at the University of North Dakota and plans to graduate in the spring of 2023

    She has two adult children. One is working for the Arizona governor's Budget Office. The other is attending the University of Idaho and representing them on their logging team.

    Melodie recently changed her name to the chosen name Melodie Anne Reed Williams. Each of the names has significance, but Reed comes from Jeremiah 3:2, “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice” (NIV). This characteristic of Christ is Melodie’s purpose. She attempts to approach her life and her teaching this way. She enjoys seeing young people gain confidence and become strong problem solvers.


    Larry Aamodt '77 (2004 - 2008)

    Larry Aamodt graduated from Walla Walla College with a degree in Engineering. He earned a Masters in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Washington State University. Before beginning work at Walla Walla College he worked for Loma Linda University Medical Center in Clinical Engineering. He holds professional engineering registration in California and Washington state. Since 1990 he has had a joint appointment to Engineering and Computer Science teaching computer science and engineering.  From 2004 to 2008 he was Dean of Engineering. His wife Terrie has taught English and History at Walla Walla University since 1979. He has two children, both graduates of WWU. Larry enjoys nordic skiing, hiking, climbing, running, cycling, and travel.

    Robert Wood '60 (1997 - 2004)

    Robert Wood grew up in the state of Maine and came to Walla Walla College as a transfer student in 1957. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with a Civil Engineering concentration. It was here at WWC that he met Betty McGinnis ’59 and they were married in the afternoon of his graduation day. For the next five years he was employed by the State of Oregon as a Public Health Engineer where his work involved making inspections of municipal water systems and air quality problems in western Oregon. In 1965, at the request of Loma Linda University, Dr. Wood, began graduate study to prepare to fill a position on the School of Health faculty.  At the University of Texas Dr. Wood earned the MS in Environmental Health Engineering and then a PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana.  For six years he taught environmental courses in the MPH program at the School of Health. In 1976 Dr Wood returned to his alma mater to teach in the School of Engineering. Through the years he taught courses in  the civil engineering  part of the curriculum. Dr. Wood retired in 2004. He has enjoyed working with the students and seeing them develop their skills and do exciting things while students and after they graduate.

    Rod Heisler '65 (1987 - 1997)

    Deceased 2012

    John Bregar (1985 - 1987)

    Deceased 1990

    Charles Bell (1974 - 1984)

    Charles Bell was born and raised in Mississippi in the southern Baptist tradition. He met his wife Peggy Reynolds during a visit to California and joined the Seventh-day Adventist church prior to their wedding in 1954.

    Dr. Bell received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, where his area of research was microwave parametric amplifiers. Upon completion, he joined WWC for a two-year stint as Assistant Professor of physics. He then moved with his family to California where he worked on radar and satellite communication systems at Hughes Aircraft Company.

    In 1972, Dr. Bell returned to the campus as Associate Professor of physics, and two years later was appointed Dean of the School of Engineering.

    In that position he had the privilege of helping inaugurate the new Engineering Affiliation program established by the SDA Board of Higher Education. He also served as a visitor for the Northwestern Association of Schools and Colleges. In 1984 he accepted a position as Academic Vice President for Pacific Union College, where he worked until retirement.

    He and Peggy enjoyed many years of performing music together—he on oboe and English horn, and she on flute. Both also held first chair positions in the Walla Walla Symphony. All three of their sons are graduates of Walla Walla University. Peggy passed away in 2005.

    Charles later married Edna Bevins. They currently reside in Angwin, California, where he still enjoys his ham radio and music hobbies and doting over their combined 9 children, 12 grandchildren, and soon-to-be 10 great grandchildren.


    Edward F. Cross '60 (1947 - 1974)

    Deceased 2002