Shirley Pruitt, facilities coordinator, WSU Tri-Cities, received a 2019 Crimson Spirit Award.

When the air conditioning unit in the WSU Tri-Cities East Building failed, at the start of the semester, temperatures rose to the high 80s. New locations had to be found, as soon as possible, for more than 30 courses and sections while the system was repaired. Ms. Pruitt worked overtime to reassign all the courses and sections to other rooms on campus.

Ms. Pruitt’s actions allowed WSU Tri-Cities to address student and faculty concerns and improve the learning environment—central University goals in the Drive to 25—under challenging circumstances. Her “efforts were all done with a collaborative spirit and a dedication to the WSU community. It was a display of true Crimson Spirit in a time of high stress!”

Ms. Pruitt is recognized for her noteworthy extra efforts and problem-solving skills.

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