Thinking about the end gave her a good start
Melna Skillingstead (’77, Recreation), enjoyed the article about Mike Town (‘84 and ‘85) in the Fall 2010 Window. Both her daughters loved Town’s AP Environmental Science class at Redmond High School and are now students at Western. It turns out Skillingstead and Town both were inspired by the same Western professor, John Miles. “A class assignment he gave directed the course of my professional career,” she writes. “It was to write my own obituary: what I wanted to be remembered for, which was to leave a lasting legacy in a community.” Skillingstead went on to develop community arts programs for the city of Redmond from 1981 to 2006. “For this achievement I received many awards,” she says, “including the 2000 Recreation Alumni of the Year award and several awards from the Washington Recreation and Parks Association.” Skillingstead, whose husband, Joel, is a 1990 graduate of Huxley College of the Environment, also reports that their daughter Kelly has gotten involved in the Compass 2 Campus mentoring program. “I am proud that we are a WWU family making a difference in the world,” she writes.
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