WSU Tri-Cities grad Trudy Freese joins The Bookie as branch store manager
By Amanda Barry
Washington State University Tri-Cities
RICHLAND, Wash. — Trudy Freese joined The Bookie at Washington State University Tri-Cities in August 2010 as the branch store manager.
Freese, who practically bubbles over with energy, says she is excited to be able to personally give back to the campus that she had appreciated so much as a student. She graduated from WSU Tri-Cities in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, spent a year traveling, and then returned to southeast Washington to start her career.
“I am looking forward to not only being the manager of the bookstore, but also being able to work with students and create a place where they have the opportunity to connect with each other,” Freese said. “It didn’t make sense to go anywhere else. I love this campus.”
While a student at WSU Tri-Cities, Freese was extremely involved in campus activities and Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities. She tutored in the Writing Center, was secretary of the Multicultural Club, and held the position of ASWSUTC Publicity Chair during her senior year. As Publicity Chair, Trudy produced a bimonthly newsletter, photographed campus events, and reported on ASWSUTC activities.
After graduation, Freese worked with the American Scholar Theological Society as a public relations advisor. Freese worked with clients on marketing and communications, plus managed website content and design. In addition, she brings an extensive knowledge of restaurant management and retail operations to The Bookie. She previously earned her Associates of Arts degree at Edison State College in Fort Myers, Florida.
Trudy believes that her bachelor’s degree gives her a better understanding of textbooks and their role in the learning process. The Bookie at all the WSU campuses is operated by Barnes & Noble College Booksellers for the Students Book Corp.
Freese says she is thrilled to rejoin the campus community at a time when student involvement and enrollments are experiencing record growth. Freese plans to add a suggestion box and work closely with faculty and students to improve the bookstore’s operations and offerings.
As The Bookie grows, Freese plans to supply more WSU logo gear and offer cutting-edge services like textbook rentals — while continuing to stock students’ favorite snacks and supplies and the ever-popular Cougar Cheese.
Freese is joined in the Bookie by bookkeeper Tiffany Marcum. Marcum worked at the Bookie from 2008 to 2009, and is returning after a year in Walla Walla. Students also might be helped by part-time workers Lauren Jones, a junior in Nursing, and Amber Contreras, a sophomore.
The Bookie is in the East Building, between the Auditorium and the administration hallway. Fall and spring semester hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.