NW Cougar Quarterly

Spring 2019 Issue

Table of contents


Alumni spotlight

Kevin Alvarez, ’14, Social Sciences and Professional Sales Certification

I started my Cougar journey as a penguin at Clark College. After Clark, I transferred to the University of Arizona for that big-time college feel, but soon realized it was not for me. I came back home to Southwest Washington and decided to finish my degree at WSU Vancouver. It wasn’t my first choice, but I would say it ended up being my best choice.

I currently work in finance and operations at WSU Vancouver and do a few side jobs as well. Throughout the summer you might see me helping my friends sling Silagy Sauce at the local farmers’ market or brew festival. Outside of work I have been taking pilot lessons and doing indoor climbing. I hope to complete my private pilot license by the end of summer and experiment with outdoor climbing this spring. My biggest goal is just to have fun.

As a WSU Vancouver student, I enjoyed being involved and having opportunities to make a difference on campus. Being a part of the student smoking task force that led to WSU Vancouver becoming a tobacco-free campus, and then getting to meet the attorney general, was pretty memorable. I also enjoyed the Professional Sales Program. The classes were not typical. They really made me interact with my peers and improve my networking skills outside of the college setting.

As an alumnus, I support WSU Vancouver in a variety of ways. I volunteer at events that involve alumni or improve the campus, such as Cougs in the Community, and donate to WSU Vancouver’s Recreation Program. I like being an advocate for the school in general because it is an integral part of our community.

Cougs are everywhere. Once I was hiking with a fellow Coug to the summit of Mount Adams. Along the way we met a lady who joined us for a good portion of the hike. When we got to the top, I pulled out my WSU flag and the lady we had been hiking with said, “No way! I am a Coug, too!”

My favorite memories of WSU Vancouver were all the times I spent in the Recreation Center, whether waxing skis or prepping for open play sports. One memory that stands out is the annual Vancouver Bowl, a flag football game played between Clark College and WSU Vancouver. The year I played, it was one of the rainiest, wettest days of the week, and we were running around in mud. We got beat pretty bad, but the comradery and mess we created were unforgettable. We made up for the loss the next semester by winning the first ever Vancouver Cup in indoor soccer, and winning the Firstenburg recreation basketball championship.

My advice to current and future Cougs is not to be afraid to try something new. Be open to opportunities you may never have considered. Getting involved with student government, joining a club, creating a radio show, going to an event you’ve never heard of, or participating in recreation events can open a door to all sorts of opportunities and friendships that will go beyond your college career. Don’t treat school like a job. You don’t have to leave when class gets over. Stick around and do something fun.


Cougar Business Alliance Spotlight

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Regan Waugh '01, Business

How long have you owned your company?

Since 2004.

What made you want to own your own business? 

I wanted to do what I love on a daily basis, which includes cooking and entertaining.

Tell us more about your business, goals, mission and community involvement.

I specialize in off-premise catering for weddings, private events and corporations. I recently purchased, renovated and moved to a new kitchen location in Ridgefield (220 Pioneer St.), where we are gradually expanding to incorporate onsite retail sales and “pop-up” food events. We recently added a beautiful tasting room for clients, and we are getting involved in local Ridgefield events, such as First Saturday.

Do you have any Coug traditions?

We make hot Cougar Gold dip for the football games.

What is your favorite thing about being a Coug?

I love the Cougar pride I have found throughout the local business community.

How many Cougs are in your family?

Three family members, of whom I am the most recent.

How do you think WSU Vancouver serves as part of this community?

Many leaders and business owners in this community are WSU Vancouver alumni. I come across many of them while catering corporate and small business events.

What is the farthest place you’ve traveled where you randomly met a Coug?

Costa Rica.

Please share a favorite memory from your job.

Catering events for WSU Vancouver! It’s an honor to come full circle.


Remembering Janet M. Spuck

Janet M. Spuck joined the WSU Vancouver faculty in 1991. Over 27 years at the school, working as a senior instructor and later an adjunct, Janet served as a role model for hundreds of students by excelling in all aspects of her job—teaching, research and community service. Janet’s passing on July 14, 2018, after a valiant fight with cancer was a profound loss for WSU Vancouver and the community.

As a child, Janet frequently nurtured a lamb that had lost its mother or took care of kittens that needed eye drops. She always wanted to be a nurse and believed she had been given the gift of being able to relate to and comfort people. Janet graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 1957 with a B.S. in nursing. In 1965 she completed a Masters of Teaching and Supervision in Nursing program at Oregon Health and Science University, and in 1978 completed the Health Systems Management Certificate at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business.

Janet began her nursing career at Good Samaritan Hospital and the American Red Cross. She began teaching at Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing in 1966, rising to become the vice president of nursing at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in 1976. In addition to being on the faculty at WSU Vancouver, she was on the clinical staff of Assured Home Health in Longview, Wash., regularly visiting patients right up to the time of her passing.

Janet was never one to be idle. Over her life she had served as president of the Oregon Chapter—American Organization of Nurse Executives; adjunct faculty at Pacific University, Forest Grove, Ore.; director of nursing at Parkrose nursing home in Portland; and owner of LTC Nursing Service. On top of that, she completed policy review, accreditation visits and reviews, staff development, community education, committee work, research or testing services with the National League of Nursing, the Oregon State Board of Nursing, Oregon Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, Western Institutes of Nursing, Interim Health Care, Mt. Hood Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, among other recruitment and nursing-related activities.

Janet epitomized the enduring spirit of her profession, as both an educator and a practitioner—nursing and education truly pulsated through her veins. She freely gave nursing care to family, friends, neighbors and any individual in need who crossed her path. She passionately pursued life-long learning and inspired, encouraged and facilitated the academic pursuits of her students and others. Although keen that her clinical care and classroom be informed by the latest technical advancements and state-of-the art practice, Janet recognized the unique and crucial role nurses have in providing both emotional and physical comfort to their patients. She was concerned that nursing not lose the power of its human touch.

Janet raised two daughters with her late husband, C. Andrew (Andie) Spuck, and enjoyed three grandchildren. She was keenly aware of the challenges facing students who are balancing multiple priorities in pursuit of their education and careers, She was herself, a pioneer—challenging many stereotypes and barriers facing both working women and men in education, nursing and hospital administration.

To honor Janet’s memory, fulfill her commitment to the nursing community and preserve her legacy at WSU Vancouver, Janet’s friends and family have created the Janet M. Spuck Memorial Scholarship. To support this scholarship, please make an online gift, or contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 360-546-9600.


Donate items for women in need

Women’s History Month Hygiene Drive
March 1 – 28

Honor Women’s History Month by donating needed items to Clark County’s Parent Child Assistance Program. PCAP is an evidence-based program providing home and community-based case management services to pregnant and parenting mothers affected by alcohol and drug use.

Items needed:

  • Body wash
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Dry shampoo
  • Feminine products
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste

Collection bins will be located at the following businesses.

Grapes ‘n Growlers

  • 3424 SE 192nd Avenue, Suite 105, Vancouver, WA 98683
  • 10714 NW Lakeshore Avenue, Suite 105, Vancouver, WA 98685

Main Event Sports Grill

  • 800 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
  • 3200 SE 164th Avenue, Suite 204, Vancouver, WA 98683

Mill Creek Pub

  • 1710 SW 9th Avenue, Suite 101, Battle Ground, WA 98604

Studio 192

  • 2004 SE 192nd Avenue, Suite 104, Vancouver, WA 98683

Items can also be donated at the March 28 Women of Distinction event at 6 p.m. in Firstenburg Student Commons.


Cougs in the Community

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Questions? Contact Jessica Wells at jessica.r.wells@wsu.edu or 360-546-9600.


Thank you, Martel Wealth Advisors, Inc.!

The second Recent Alumni Social was a success, thanks to Martel Wealth Advisors, Inc., who sponsored the December event. It was a wonderful evening for alumni to celebrate the holidays together.

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