The Sheehan World
Vol. 5, No. 4 August/September 1999 © Media Synergy, Inc.
Alma Sheehan,
Dies at 77


Lisa Mahan
Gets kidney!
Kathy Sheehan
Gets M.A.!
Seymour, Harvey
& Trisha and Danny
Are 1999 visitors

To The Editor



1999-1995 stories

Publisher's Profile


News From
The Old Sod

WWU student stories are terrific!

Bellingham, WA -- Several students at Western Washington University produced publishable work in Kathy Sheehan's classes during spring and summer quarters this year.

Students in a newswriting class this summer wrote profiles of newsworthy people involved in hiking, writing and computer science. Their stories will be available shortly.

In addition, four students from a news reporting class during spring quarter turned in well-researched and well-written enterprise stories for their final assignment.

The enterprise stories, which included news about weapons in the Bellingham School District, and a nicely packaged report on the needless worry about flooding from Mount Baker's record snowpack, were so professionally written that The Sheehan World is proud to include them in this edition.

The journalism department at WWU requires journalism majors and journalism minors to produce at least one enterprise story in the five-credit reporting class to allow students to develop their own story ideas and to practice their reporting skills off campus.


Newswriting students in the lower level class produce a feature story, usually a profile, as part of the newswriting class.

"These students did really fine jobs," said lame and lame-duck journalism professor Kathy Sheehan (who recently injured her knee in a windsurfing mishap).

Sheehan apologized for not publishing the stories earlier, especially the spring quarter ones. Sheehan has been inundated with work, thesis and family obligations since May. Her mother, Alma Sheehan, died on June 11, and her thesis for the University of Washington was successfully defended in July.

She expects to have more free time some day ... sigh ... to devote to The Sheehan World.

The list of stories (this time, unedited by me) follows:

  • Sara Ballenger reports on the Home Port Learning Center which helps juveniles on probation get back on track.
  • Kasey Halmagyi writes that there's no need to worry about all that snow on Mount Baker flooding Whatcom County.
  • Maggie Huffer reports on kids and weapons in the Bellingham schools.
  • Tim Reid took a look at reaction to a recent court ruling upholding Native Americans' rights to harvest shellfish in Washington state.
  • Andrew Carson profiles Bellingham computer entrepreneur Wayne Berry.
  • Cory Chagami profiles Christopher Pauley, a Bellingham sculptor.
  • Erik Hemans profiles WWU instructor and world climber Tim Allen.
  • Vanessa Lyons takes you inside the Bellingham Festival of Music with a profile of festival president Andrew Moquin.
  • Susan Smith tells us why Cary Baker swore she would never sail again, ... but now finds herself as the race committee chair at the Bellingham Yacht Club. (Unfortunately, Susan did not submit her story on disk, so you won't read it here!)
  • Nicole Yormark profiles Rosina Lippi Green, a former WWU professor whose latest novel won the Pen/Hemingway award this year.

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