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Celebrating 50 Years of Marriage the Wildcat Way

Central has a long-lasting legacy on its alumni and those who have experienced its beautiful campus. Whether it was the love of a course, the love of an activity, or the love of your life, Central has provided an environment in which students expect to find enjoyment and some love within themselves and with others.

Joe Hauser, started his Central journey in 1961, back when it was Central Washington State College. A hard-working student, Joe always sought adventure, which led him to leave Central to work at the top of the Seattle Space Needle during the Seattle World’s Fair. Following his time in Seattle, he spent the next year traveling Europe before he finally decided to return to his first love, Central, in the fall of 1963.

However, it was during his time in Seattle that he met the love of his life, Chris Sifferman.

“I met Chris in 1962 while she was also working at the Seattle World’s Fair.  She was Miss Capitol Hill and then a Seafair Princess in 1964. After my travels to Europe/Africa, I decided Chris should be a Wildcat instead of a Chieftain, so I married her and brought her to CWU.” Hauser said.

Married in August of 1965, Joe and Chris worked diligently in order to make sure they both graduated. In 1965 Chris Hauser received her degree and just three years later, Joe graduated with his Bachelor in Arts in History and Education, specializing in both economics and geography. Joe and Chris were also Head Residents of Whitney Hall from 1965-67.

“I learned once you start something it is very important to keep working at it until completion. I had such a wonderful time there with the many lifelong friends I made, and I became personal friends with some of the professors.” Joe said.

Joe played football and wrestled for Central. He and Chris were married Head Residents of Whitney Hall on campus and remember fondly the impact Central has had on their lives both as a young married couple, and now as alumni celebrating their 50th Wedding anniversary. Chris went on to start her teaching career at St. Andrews in Ellensburg and then went on to be nominated to “Who’s Who Among Teachers” on four separate occasions.

Both Joe and Chris acknowledge the impact that Central has had on their lives and in their relationship and both understand the importance of not only finding love, but getting an education; Central allowed them to do both.

“I was the first to attend Central from my family.  My older brother, Kip, and my two younger brothers, Randy and Steve, followed. Our son, Joe, followed a couple of decades later.  Chris was the first of her family to attend followed by her sister Maralee and brother Larry Sifferman. Maralee met her husband, Tim Briffett, while attending Central and they both became teachers in Yakima.” Joe said.

Joe Hauser and his wife, Chris, recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary at a party given by their 3 children at their home on a picturesque setting on the Skykomish River. 
They continued their celebration with a month long trip to Europe where they were thrilled and honored to be able to renew their vows at a private Mass at the Vatican.  They also were delighted to attend a special audience with Pope Francis.
They also toured Seville and Granada in Spain, and flew to Prague in the Czech Republic.  They took a Viking Cruise with friends down the Danube River which included stops in Germany, Austria (Vienna, Salzburg), Slovakia, and Hungary (Budapest).

Joe and Chris Hauser currently reside in GoldBar, Washington and they have three beautiful children, Joe Jr., and their twins Kevin and Kimberly, plus their five grandchildren. Together they have traveled to 34 different countries and they have stepped foot in almost all 50 states. They are currently enjoying their retirement at their cozy home on the Skyomish River. Our congratulations to the happy Central couple on 50 years of marriage.


Story by: Mia Patterson, UA Communications Graduate Assistant


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