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Staff Profile - Michelle Trudeau

Michelle Trudeau's first job at the UW was at Harborview in 1994 where she assisted the co-director of the Injury Prevention and Research Center with NIH grant preparation. Following a brief sojourn in Arizona (where bad luck intervened-a stolen car, a stolen bicycle and a computer hit by lightning!), she returned to the UW to work in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics where she coordinated the Ph.D. program, recruited students, assisted with grants, and did some graphic art work. Michelle came to CFR as Manager of Student Services in June 1999. She says, "I am very passionate about what I do here. I think I feel this way because of my lifelong journey at the UW.

This journey started when I was about three years old. My father used to bring me to class with him while he was working on his bachelor's degree in sociology and I would draw pictures and try to be good. He was a police officer with the City of Seattle at the time, so this was a rare opportunity to spend time with him. We were all proud of him going to the UW, not only because he was the only one in his family to go to college, but also because he had never graduated from high school. (He had to take special admissions tests to gain entrance to the UW.)"

From this experience, Michelle knew that she was going to college and, most likely, to the UW. She began here as a student in 1987 and was surprised at how overwhelming it was to be in large classes and to navigate the bureaucracy. She says, "I did okay but not nearly as well as I had in high school. So after breaking my ankle-which temporarily put me in a wheelchair-I decided to try Shoreline Community College for a while." Upon her return to the UW, Michelle found two majors to pursue-anthropology and sociology, taking part in the Sociology Honors Program before graduating with a double degree in 1995. She says, "Even though it took me forever, I was proud of myself for persisting. I had paid (and I'm still paying!) for all my own schooling.

How in the heck did I pay for school? I worked a lot! My first real job (besides cleaning horse stalls or babysitting) was at the Bon Marché. I moved on to working at the local feed store and then managed the local tack store. I decided at that point that retail hours-weekend work combined with starting late and ending late-were not for me. I found a job at the corporate office of Egghead Software in Issaquah, WA where I gained office and computer experience. I then moved on to Nintendo of America, working at the help desk and in the planning department. I enjoyed it a lot, but I knew I had to complete my degree-which led me back to the UW and my first job at Harborview."

Michelle says her UW journey is continuing, and not just through her career in CFR. She is also a graduate student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program and hopes to complete her Master's degree in June 2001. Besides studying higher education, Michelle enjoys backpacking, Arabian horses, and traveling. She says, "Stop by and see my pictures in Anderson 115!"

Staff News

John Calhoun was cited in a December 4, 2000 Seattle Post-Intelligencer article entitled, "Success-or failure-of salmon recovery remains a mystery" ( The article reports on an assessment of the quality of validation monitoring of approaches to saving Northwest salmon. See Events and Other News.

Val Easton was featured on the PBS program "Victory Garden" on October 1, 2000 in a segment filmed in her garden over the summer months.

Lindsey Horton is a new Research Aide in David Ford's laboratory, effective November 20, 2000.

A welcome to Jane Johnson, the College's new Grant Coordinator, effective October 16, 2000.

Sandy Larsen has been hired as the College's new Fiscal Specialist Supervisor, effective December 16, 2000.

Trevor Newton's last day with the Wind River Canopy Crane was October 10, 2000.

Danielle Orr-Bement accepted an Autumn Quarter TA position in the College of Education, as she begins her doctoral studies in higher education. A farewell sendoff was held for Danielle on Tuesday, September 26, 2000.

Christina Pfeiffer was quoted throughout an article featuring the Washington Park Arboretum in the October 2000 issue of Home Magazine.

Dave Shaw was featured in a Seattle Times article of November 13, 2000, entitled "Scientists count carbon in global-warming fight" ( Dave is shown in several photos of the Wind River Canopy Crane, which is used to research the forest's storage of carbon.

Tracy Wilson is a Library Technician in the Miller Library, effective September 25, 2000. Tracy previously worked as an hourly employee.

Rebecca Work joined the Arboretum horticultural maintenance staff as a Gardener I on October 6, 2000. Rebecca has experience in landscape gardening, nursery, and garden center work.

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