NW Cougar Quarterly

June 2018 Issue

Table of contents

Alumni profile

Andi Greear, '96 Liberal Arts

Monitoring and Compliance Officer, Educational Opportunities for Children and Families

What was your journey to becoming a Cougar?

Throughout my childhood, I created stories about strong-willed, independent young women having adventures. My favorite book series was “Anne of Green Gables.” Reading and writing helped me tackle some learning challenges I had early on, and then I took a lot of literature classes in high school and college. When I transferred from Clark College to WSU Vancouver, it was a natural decision to be a humanities major with an emphasis in English and a minor in history.

What are you doing now?

I am the monitoring and compliance officer for Educational Opportunities for Children and Families, a grantee for the Head Start and ECEAP programs and the largest provider of early childhood education services in Southwest Washington. I oversee and manage the outcome information used to demonstrate progress for children and families in attaining school readiness. One of my aspirations in life was to write a children’s book, hopefully using some of the inspirations from my childhood. Instead of writing a fictional children’s book, I helped my very large family get a book written about our childhood memories for our grandparents as they near their 90th birthdays.

Where is the strangest place you met another Coug?

Cougs are everywhere these days so it’s hard to remember being somewhere and not running into some alumni.

What was something you enjoyed about WSU Vancouver?

I was in the first class to graduate from the current campus. The best part of the campus for me was the library, with its high ceilings and the beautiful view of the three mountains. It was a calming and peaceful place to be.

How has WSU Vancouver changed since you were a student?

It has expanded so much! It’s exciting to see the growth in Vancouver.

How do you support WSU Vancouver as an alumna?

I tell anyone who is talking about going to college or going back for more education that I’m a Coug and that WSU Vancouver was a great experience.

What is your advice for current students or future Cougs?

You never know where your path will take you. Use your past challenges and successes to create your own story, path and vision for your future.

Cougar Business Alliance Spotlight

Eric C. Lucescu, '13 Business

Eric Lucescu (pictured with wife Maggie, son Lucas, 7 months, and daughter Harper, 2) joined Edward Jones in January 2014 in the Hazel Dell office. The company moved to a new office in Felida in July 2016.

Edward Jones is a national firm with many independent offices, including Lucescu’s. “It allows me to build the business the way I want,” he said. “We strive to help the families in our community and across the country to achieve their long-term goals. Edward Jones helps us do that but also gives me the autonomy of an independent business owner.”

The company’s mission is to help serious, long-term investors achieve their financial goals by understanding their needs and implementing tailored solutions. “We want to be able to make an impact on the individuals’ and families’ lives that we serve,” Lucescu said. “Our goal is to be able to leave people better than we found them.”

He is also involved in the Felida community through different organizations, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Three Creeks.

Lucescu said he often invites Cougs to the office for meetings, where they can see his degree on the wall and start a conversation about it. Of course, he also serves clients who are UW Huskies, “and I joke with them saying that unfortunately I can't help them out,” he said.

He has a sister, Anika, who also went to WSU Vancouver until she married and moved to Portland.

Lucescu was born in Portland and moved to the Brush Prairie/Hockinson area as a kid. He and his wife and two children now reside in Salmon Creek’s Mt. Vista area.

As a business owner, he said, “I love the fact that WSU Vancouver is in the area. I think it brings a good pride to the community and allows for kids to attend a great school with great opportunities without having to travel too far away.”

Among his favorite work experiences is being able to develop a relationship with a family for years, “planning for their future retirement date, and being able to confidently take them into retirement,” he said. “The feeling of gratitude from the clients as well as the emotions that a family can have in those moments are unforgettable.”

Upcoming events

Cougs in the Community

Thank you to all of our volunteers this year. With your help, we planted trees and flowers, sorted food, cleaned up a playground and delivered flowers to golden grads. Most importantly, we made a difference in our community.

Save the date for upcoming Cougs in the Community projects:

  • 9 a.m. – noon Oct. 13, Daybreak Youth Services
  • 5:30 – 8 p.m. Nov. 5, Clark County Food Bank

Cougar Crawl

Get ready to take over downtown Vancouver during the annual Southwest Washington Cougar Crawl on Saturday, Aug. 4. The pub crawl will kick off at 2 p.m. at Pacific House, 819 Main St. Then Cougs can head to six other breweries in downtown Vancouver. The event will wrap up at Heathen Brewing Feral Public House, 1109 Washington St., where some great WSU prizes will be raffled off. The event is free but preregistration is required.

Other upcoming WSUAA events:

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