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Alumni Spotlight February: Sweetheart Special with the Luckensmeyer, Lodge, and Seman couples

This month's alumni spotlight is a sweetheart special in honor of Valentine's Day! Check out the video to hear the stories of three couples that met at Wenatchee Valley College! This video includes spotlights on alumni Matt and Stacy Luckensmeyer, Ron and Jeanne Lodge, and Mark and Heather Seman.


Alumni Spotlight January: Major Lance Brender

WVC Alumnus Lance Brender graduated from WVC as a Running Start student in 2001. He then transferred to Pacific Lutheran University, where he joined the R.O.T.C program. Brender is now a military adviser for the U.S. Army. He spends the majority of his time living in Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia. In this alumni spotlight, Brender discusses life in Saudi Arabia, being a father, and his time at Wenatchee Valley College. The WVC Alumni Association would like to thank Brender and all other alumni and donors who have served our country. Click the picture to watch the video



Alumni Spotlight November: Distinguished Alumni Jerry Kenoyer with wife Lucy

Jerry Kenoyer, of Cashmere, recently received the 2014 Wenatchee Valley College Distinguished Alumni of the Year award. Kenoyer is a life-long resident of Cashmere and highly respected member of the fruit industry. Click the picture to watch the video of Jerry and his wife Lucy to learn more!

Alumni Spotlight October: Wells House Girls
Judy Johnson, Lucy Kenoyer and Shirley Lindell attended Wenatchee Valley College in the early 1950s. During this time, Wells House was an all-girls dormitory and housed registration, Helen Van Tassell's office, and a cafeteria. Watch the October Spotlight video to learn more about what life was like in the 50s at the Wells House and the steps these three women have taken to preserve the home.



Alumni Spotlight September: Luke Marney
Luke Marney is a graduate of the Medical Lab Technician program at WVC. Learn about how the program helped him become an Investigator Scientist at the University of Cambridge in London. Click on the picture to watch!




Alumni Spotlight August: with Coach Sandy Cooprider

Sandy Cooprider has been a huge part of the success at Wenatchee Valley College. He has been a student. coach, and professor at the college. Click on the picture to watch the video!

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Alumni Spotlight with Dick Ward

Dick Ward is from the class of 1948 and a World War II Veteran. Click on the picture below to watch him tell his story.

Dick Ward  


Alumni Spotlight with Bridget and Dakota Shae

Watch this great interview with two former students whose experiences at WVC helped them start their own yoga studio

www.ilayoga.com or www.facebook.com/iLayoga

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The Wenatchee Wild hockey team mascot, Walt, spends time at Wenatchee Valley College and in the community. Thanks to all of the departments' "actors" and 16:9 Productions for making the video possible.
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Alumni Networking Social Feb. 4, 2014

What another great event at Icicle Brewery! The event included new and returning alumni, and again there were decades present. Thanks to everyone who came, and I look forward to seeing you at the next one!

Icicle Brewery Social


Alumni Spotlight with Shiloh Schauer, Class of 2001

Shiloh is the executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. Also, she was the 2013 co-recipient of the Woman of the Year award presented by the local Business and Professional Women's group.

Shiloh Schauer Snapshot


Alumni Spotlight with Melissa Ortega, Class of '86

Melissa was a member of Wenatchee Valley College's softball team that was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame, and she is also the owner of Castle & Bay. www.castleandbay.com

 Melissa Ortega


Alumni Spotlight with Ted Zacher, Class of '42

$432,723.89 in a single donation just received by WVC Foundation!

 Ted Zacher

Click picture to see WVC Alumni Spotlight of Ted Zacher

Local orchardist and Wenatchee Valley College alumnus Ted Zacher has generously donated mor

e than $400,000 to the WVC Foundation.

Zacher transferred 54,090.86 shares in stock to the WVC Foundation, which equaled a gift totaling $432,723.89.

"This is an opportunity for you to use that money to help other students that really want to get an education," Zacher told Stacey Lockhart, WVC Foundation executive director. "This is an opportunity for those students who live here to go to school."

The gift has been designated as unrestricted funds, which means that the Foundation can apply the funds toward the areas of greatest need. "A gift like this, that allows the Foundation to use it where we can do the most good and have the most impact on the students, is truly transformational," Lockhart said. "Things like this don't happen every day."

Zacher's parents, who emigrated from Romania, met in 1915 and owned land near George. In 1926, they purchased an orchard near Dryden, where Zacher grew up and attended school. After he graduated from Dryden High School in 1940, he attended Wenatchee Junior College, which was then housed in a wing of Wenatchee High School. He played on a six-person basketball team and was transported to games by WJC president W.B. Smith. He graduated in 1942 and transferred with junior standing to the University of Washington.

"I was glad I had the opportunity to go to Wenatchee Junior College, with small classes, and then go to the University of Washington. It's really great to be in a smaller school," Zacher said.

In a little more than a year, he graduated from the UW with a bachelor's degree in economics and business. In 1943, he attended Harvard through a military program. Zacher served as a supply and disbursement officer in the Navy, serving on two destroyers, the U.S.S. George K. MacKenzie and the U.S.S. Glennon.

When he returned home, he worked in his father's orchard for a year, and then went on to sell B.F. Goodrich products through the Wells & Wade Hardware Store in Wenatchee. In 1957, he began working for Wenoka Growers, where he quickly advanced to manager, comptroller, and then president. Zacher helped open apple and cherry markets in Japan for international business. He worked a total of 36 years at Wenoka.


Alumni Spotlight-Alisa Strutzel

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Each month we will be spotlighting a WVC Alum. November is our first one and spotlights Alisa Strutzel, owner of Tastebuds Coffee and Wine. If you would like to be in our spotlight contact Kacie Thrift at kthrift@wvc.edu or 509-682-6413. December's Spotlight will be Melissa Ortega

For more spotlights click here

Stay in touch


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We would love to know more about our alumni - who you are, when you attended WVC, and what you have been doing since leaving WVC. E-mail us at info@wvc.edu or complete our online alumni form.

When you complete and submit your updated information, we will send you a WVC Alumni License Plate Frame and window decal. Show your WVC pride and get yours today!

WVC Alumni Loyalty Program

As Wenatchee Valley College approaches its 75th anniversary, the WVC Alumni Association / WVC Foundation is kicking off its first Annual Fund campaign to connect with and engage alumni while encouraging their charitable support of scholarships and projects at WVC. There is no cost to you to participate, just your willingness to help us thank WVC alumni for their support of Wenatchee Valley College. To find out more about this program, visit the WVC Alumni Loyalty Program Web page.


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Produced by Robin Cressy, cressyvideo.com

Click on the image above for a link to a video produced by WVC Ski Program Alumnus Robin Cressy. The video was created when Cressy attended WVC.















WVC Alumni Relations Committee

Knights Helping Knights

The goal of the WVC Alumni Relations Committee is to connect with WVC alumni, and to plan fun events and activities for alumni.

Alumni are one of our strongest advocates in the community and at the state level. By sharing their experiences at WVC with other potential students, they are also one of our best recruiters. Alumni support through annual giving can, over time, be one of our biggest sources of funding for the future.

If you are an alum, and you are interested in helping us build the future of WVC--a strong, vibrant alumni association--please contact Stacey Lockhart, WVC Foundation Executive Director, at 509.682.6413.


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