Poet Sherman Alexie, right, brought tears to the eyes of many in the campus audience Oct. 10 as he gratefully accepted the WSU Regents Distinguished Alumnus Award and credited the university with much of his success. He thanked author and mentor Alex Kuo, left, of WSU for lending him a book of Native American poetry that changed the direction of his life. (Photo by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services) (*note, this is a photo cutline only)