Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Students get big helping of Coug spirit

Global Campus student Rebecca Holdquist and son TylerRebecca Hultquist counts on the help of her son Tyler.

People leaving the Bookie stopped and sniffed. Children let go of their balloons. Vegetarians reconsidered.

The scent of grilled ribs was wafting from a Global Campus tailgate party on the lawn atop the library at WSU Pullman.

“This is amazing,” said student Jasmine Goodwin as she sampled the food at last Saturday’s Homecoming event. “We’re really impressed.” After lunch, she and her friends were planning to join swarms of other avid Cougs at the Bookie: “I want socks,” she said. “Coug socks.”

The party was organized by the Global Campus student government, ASWSU Global, and drew more than 100 guests. Along with barbecued ribs, the event featured shrimp skewers, pulled pork sandwiches, and giveaways that ranged from football tickets to an iPad Mini.

More... Jasmine and two friends came from the West Side for the event. Jasmine has a 2013 bachelor’s in communications from WSU Pullman and is now earning her online professional writing certificate—“I have all A’s so far”—as a stepping stone to getting an online master’s in strategic communication from WSU. She is a publicist for Three Girls Media in Seattle, and the reigning Miss Seafair.

So why did she drive all the way to Pullman? Are there no ribs in Seattle?

“Because …” she said. “Because … Go Cougs!”

Maria Romero drove two and a half hours from Sunnyside, Wash., along with her daughter, Sonya, and son, Angel.

“I like attending these events,” said Maria, who is earning her bachelor’s degree in human development. “They’re really good, family oriented and a great opportunity to meet school staff and other students.”

She’s planning to graduate in 2016, and will definitely return for commencement. “I’m looking forward to it,” she said.

Rebecca Hultquist came from Spokane with her husband and two sons. She started at WSU Pullman in the late ’90s, left, got married, and had kids. Then she realized she needed a human development degree to do what she loved: Teach children.

“Kids have always been my passion,” she said. Her own kids have been equally passionate about supporting her decision to go back to school.

“They said, ‘We’ll do whatever we need to do to help you finish your degree.’ And whenever I need to go study, they let me be.”

Her son Taylor nodded in agreement, and chimed in: “It’s kind of disappointing because now she can’t come out and play basketball,” he said.

“There are things I have to sacrifice,” Hultquist said.

The next in-person ASWSU Global events are December commencement parties in both Pullman and Seattle. The Global Connections program offers regular online extracurricular activities, which can be found on its CougSync page.

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