2006 Distinguished Alumni Honorees

Patricia Bosmans
City Attorney, Sumner, WA

After completing 11th grade, Patricia Bosmans, attorney for the City of Sumner, was discouraged and bored. During the summer, she attended a psychology class at what was then Fort Steilacoom Community College. Her experience at FSCC helped guide her into her future.

"I met Jim Mullen, F. Heath Cobb and June Stehn, three wonderful people who got me excited about learning and gave me some much needed direction in my life," Bosmans says. "I have been a practicing attorney for over 25 years now and don't know if that would have been possible if these three people (and others) had not taken me under their wings and guided me through those very important years after high school."

The small classes and attention from faculty that she received prepared her to pursue considerably more higher education. Bosmans earned a bachelor's degree in political science and history from University of Washington and a juris doctor degree from the University of Puget Sound.

Ryan Hauge
Engineer, TORAY Composites

Award-winning composites engineer, Ryan Hauge chose to attend Pierce because of the small class sizes. Pierce prepared him well for his transfer to Western Washington University where he earned a bachelor's in composites engineering in 2000.

Hauge has worked at Integrated Technologies, Inc. (Intec), TREK Bicycle Company, and currently works for TORAY Composites. In all of his work his strong academic background, problem-solving skills, and analytic thinking are used to create, design and test materials for his projects.

While working for TREK, Hauge designed and built several composite mountain bike and road bike parts, including a new carbon fiber swing arm and the "drop" handle bar for the Madon. The Madon is the make of bike that Lance Armstrong rode during his 5th and 6th wins of the Tour De France. Hauge also won the Best Parts and Design for the 2004 Mountain Bike of the Year for the Gary Fisher, Cake.

"He has worked so hard and created so much in five years," says Sarah Hauge, Ryan's wife, "I can only imagine what he will do in the next five."

Brigadier General Oscar B. Hilman
Deputy Commanding General, I Corps, Fort Lewis

Brigadier General Hilman is the deputy commanding general, I Corps and Fort Lewis. He is the second highest ranking Filipino in the United States Army. Described as friendly and outgoing, Hilman truly cares about people and always takes time to stop and check on the soldiers. One day a private, new to Fort Lewis, asked Hilman for directions. Many people would just point the soldier in the right direction and keep going. Instead, Hilman said, "Why don't you just get in and I will take you there."

After Pierce, Hillman transferred to Central Washington University. He is also a graduate of Philippine College of Criminology and earned a master's of science degree in strategic science from the U.S. Army War College.

Hillman was recently the brigade commander and completed a tour in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He has earned many awards and decorations including: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.

Karl Ickes
Archaeologist, Tacoma, WA

Archaeologist Karl Ickes has worked on over 21 different archaeology excavations in England and the United States, and worked with distinguished archaeologists in the U.S., Europe and Egypt. He has contributed in many ways to discoveries in this field. Ickes was also part of two documentaries: for a French documentary he translated hieroglyphs in an Egyptian's noble's tomb, and also participated in a BBC Roman Britain documentary.

After attending Pierce College, Ickes went on to earn a bachelor's and a master's degree and is currently completing his doctoral dissertation. Ickes still takes time out of his busy schedule to share his skills and knowledge with others as a guest speaker in classrooms, science fairs, and at Karshnew Museum community events.

"He shares amazing artifacts with curious students, allowing them to handle these direct links with history and to ask questions," says Bonnie Beaudoin. "He takes what he has received through education and willingly gives it to others. He encourages them to follow their dreams by sharing his own story."

Wayne R. Mangan
Sales Manager, BMC West Building Materials

Pierce holds a special place in Wayne Mangan's heart – he met his wife Kathleen while a student here. They have been married for 25 years. While Mangan says his wife is the best gift he received from Pierce, he also received a great education. "I found the instructors to be absolutely excellent here and they really cared about my future, my success and my career," says Mangan.

His education at Pierce prepared him for his career – he has worked at BMC West Building Materials for 28 years. Mangan is also active in his community. "Since the day his own kids started school, Wayne has had a positive impact on kids," says Bill Orrange.

An active parent volunteer, he has coached grade school, junior high and high school basketball teams. In all endeavors, Wayne leads by example. Recently he organized a bone marrow drive for a young girl while challenged by his own battle with leukemia. "Wayne's personality attracts others. He is warm and welcoming, always has a smile and a hug ready," says Orrange.