PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s faculty senate has
proclaimed April 17 as “Sam and Pat Smith Day of Recognition” at WSU.

In a unanimous vote during its March 30 meeting, the senate honored WSU
President Sam Smith, who retires this summer after 15 years leading the
university, and his wife, Pat.

The day of recognition will include breakfast, noontime and afternoon
activities on campus honoring the Smiths.

The proclamation says Sam Smith has worked “tirelessly to increase both the
scope and stature” of WSU’s programs since becoming its president in 1985.
“The success of those efforts is obvious in the university’s achievement of
Research I status, its high quality programs and faculty, and its increased
statewide presence.”

Pat Smith has “labored diligently to support and promote Washington State
University’s Museum of Art,” the proclamation says. She was “instrumental in
the decision to build a new museum as a focal point of activities at the
university for both visitors and members of the community.”

On April 17, there will be a staff/faculty breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. in the
Compton Union Building’s Carey Ballroom. From 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., a
student-organized recognition celebration will be held on Terrell Mall. In case
of bad weather, the event will be moved into the CUB.

Concluding the day is a 4 p.m. community/university reception and program
held in the Lighty Student Services Building’s atrium. Free parking will be
available in all lots and in the Fine Arts parking structure.

A memory book is being compiled for the Smiths. Notes, pictures or other
memorabilia can be sent to Memory Book, WSU President’s Office, 422 French
Administration Building, Pullman, WA 99164-1048.

For additional information about the recognition events, call 509/335-6824.

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