Upcoming events will take place around the state recognizing Sam Smith’s 15
years of service as Washington State University president. He retires July 1.
Both President Smith and Pat Smith will be honored. Planning is ongoing and
some events are subject to change.

President Smith has been at WSU since July 1, 1985. Under his leadership
WSU has grown in size and stature. Its teaching, research and public service
activities have received worldwide recognition. During his administration,
WSU has strengthened undergraduate and graduate education, placed an
international imprint on programs, and increased opportunities for women and
minorities.

In Washington state he is well known for establishing WSU branch campuses
in Spokane, the Tri-Cities and Vancouver to serve place-bound and job-bound
students. Learning centers and award-winning extended degree programs have
further expanded access to WSU.

More than one-third of all WSU graduates — since the university’s first
commencement in 1897 — have had their academic degrees granted by him.

WSU VANCOUVER
Jan. 26, 8:15-8:45 a.m.
Media availability with WSU President Sam Smith
Location: Student Services Building, Tower Room
Contact: Amy Hanson, 360/546-9602

Jan. 26, 9-11 a.m.
Campus celebration of Sam and Pat Smith
Location: Student Services Building, Board Room
Contact: Amy Hanson, 360/546-9602

Jan. 26, Noon
Keynote address at Vancouver Downtown Rotary
Red Lion Inn at the Quay
Contact: Amy Hanson, 360/546-9602

WSU TRI-CITIES
Jan. 27, 2-2:30 p.m.
News conference with Sam Smith and Lee Thornton, president of Columbia
Basin College
Location: CBC (Pasco), Board Room
Contact: LoAnn Ayres, 509/372-7252

Jan. 27, 3 p.m.
Open reception for faculty, staff and students
WSU Tri-Cities, East Building Commons
Contact: LoAnn Ayres, 509/372-7252

Jan 27, 5:30 p.m.
President’s Associates event honoring Sam and Pat Smith
Location: Consolidated Information Center, Room 120A/B
Contact: LoAnn Ayres, 509/372-7252

WSU SPOKANE
March 23, time to be announced
Media availability with Sam Smith
Location: to be scheduled
Contact: Barbara Chamberlain, 509/358-7527

March 23, Noon
Luncheon honoring Sam and Pat Smith
Location: Spokane Trade Center
Contact: Linda Lopez-George, 509/358-7565

PULLMAN
April 17, 7:30-9 a.m.
All-campus breakfast honoring Sam and Pat Smith
Location: Compton Union Building Ballroom
Contact: Sonia Hussa, 509/335-1990

April 17, 9:15-9:45 a.m.
Media availability with Sam Smith
Location: French Administration Building, Room 442
Contact: Hugh Imhof, 509/335-4528

April 17, 11-2 p.m.
Student celebration of President Sam Smith
Activities will include student performers/entertainers, recognition
presentations, student organization booths and a picnic lunch.
Location: Terrell Mall or Compton Union Building in case of bad weather
Contact: Sonia Hussa, 509/335-1990

April 17, 4 -6 p.m.
Campus and community reception honoring Sam and Pat Smith
Colorful banners will decorate the four floors, international hors d’oeuvres,
formal program, and music.
Location: Lighty Student Services Building, all floors
Contact: Sonia Hussa, 509/335-1990

SEATTLE
May 18, 10-10:30 a.m.
Media availability with Sam Smith
Location: to be scheduled
Contact: Debbie Moors, 509/335-9170

May 19, 6 p.m.
Formal dinner honoring Sam and Pat Smith
This by-invitation event is part of the spring WSU Foundation meeting.
Location: The Westin Seattle
Contact: Tena Old, 509/335-1467

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