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WSU Veterinary Medicine Dean Candidates to Interview

PULLMAN, Wash.–Ralph C. Richardson, head of veterinary clinical services at Purdue University, will be the first candidate to interview for the position of dean of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Richardson is scheduled to visit the WSU campus June 29-30 to meet with administrators, faculty, staff and students. He will present an open seminar Tuesday, June 30, at 10:15 a.m. in Murrow Communications Center, Room 53. The presentation will be televised to branch campus locations. Other candidates scheduled for interviews are Prem S. Paul, associate dean for research and graduate studies at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and Shirley Johnson, … » More …

Summer Palace Production Opens June 26

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s Summer Palace 1998 opens its season Friday, June 26, with the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “The Sorcerer.” The plot is as light and airy as all of the Gilbert and Sullivan offerings, said director Paul Wadleigh. Alexis, a young aristocrat played by Andrew Mielke, is in love and engaged to be married to the beautiful Aline, played by Tammi Huber. So in love that he believes everyone should share his blissful state. Alexis employs a sorcerer from London, John Wellington Wells, played by Eric Starker, to brew up a love potion that is secretly served to the entire village at a … » More …

WSU Names Wayne State Professor Dean of Liberal Arts

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University has selected English professor and former administrator Barbara Couture of Wayne State University in Michigan to become dean of the College of Liberal Arts, effective July 1. Couture was associate dean of the Division of Metropolitan Programs and Summer Session at Wayne State from 1993-97, and served as associate dean for curriculum of the College of Liberal Arts in 1990-91. Making the announcement, WSU Provost Gretchen Bataille said, “Dr. Couture has administrative experience in the College of Liberal Arts and The College of Lifelong Learning. Her knowledge of both on-campus and off-campus instruction will serve WSU well in fulfilling its land-grant … » More …

Educators Address Ethical Dilemmas at Cleveland Conference

PULLMAN, Wash. — When students are upset and need a hug or pat on the back, should educators override their concerns about potential sexual harassment charges and offer that physical reassurance? When education administrators are asked to provide a job reference, how complete should that reference be? Should an incompetent teacher who is a year or two from retirement be allowed to continue to teach? Educational leaders from across Washington will meet at Washington State University June 24-25 to discuss those kinds of ethical dilemmas at the 76th annual A. A. Cleveland Conference, announced Dennis Ray, conference chair. The conference is sponsored by the WSU … » More …

First Superintendents Complete Model Program

PULLMAN, Wash. — Jim Coolican, state deputy superintendent of public instruction, describes the new certification program for school superintendents offered by the Washington State University College of Education as “a national model that teaches not only how to survive as a superintendent today, but also how to excel as a superintendent.” On June 23, the first group of students to complete the program, the 1996 to 1998 cohort, and the students in the continuing second group, the 1997 to 1999 cohort, will meet at Pullman. “This is the only field-based superintendent certification program in Washington,” Coolican said. “This is an excellent program that prepares future … » More …

WSU Appoints Judy Nichols Mitchell Dean of Education

PULLMAN, Wash.–Judy Nichols Mitchell, interim executive director of the Center for Excellence in Education at Northern Arizona University, has been appointed dean of Washington State University’s College of Education. Mitchell has been a member of the University of Arizona education faculty since 1976 and is on leave from UA in Tucson to head the education center at Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Making the announcement today, WSU Provost Gretchen M. Bataille said, “Dr. Mitchell brings to the position leadership experiences at a Research I university, as well as from a leading teaching education program. She will be a strong advocate for the college and an important … » More …

Walla Walla Teacher Wins WSU Alumni Award

PULLMAN, Wash. — Gayle See, physical education instructor and intramural coordinator with the Walla Walla public schools, was awarded the 1998 Outstanding Practitioner Award from the Washington State University College of Education Alumni Association, announced association president Steve Rasmussen. See received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from WSU in 1974 and taught at Spokane and for the Touchet School District before moving to Walla Walla schools in 1980. She has taught at Walla Walla Community College, the Walla Walla Catholic Schools, and in the Walla Walla public schools. “Gayle See has given more than 20 years to education in Washington and fills an important … » More …

Sheep Scrapie Test Awarded USDA’s National Honor Award

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Pullman-based team of USDA scientists and Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine researchers who discovered a breakthrough test for a mad cow-like disease in sheep has been awarded the USDA’s Honor Award for personal and professional excellence. Agricultural Research Service microbiologist Katherine O’Rourke leads the team. ARS veterinary medical officer Don Knowles and WSU faculty members Tim Baszler and Steven Parish round out the group that announced in April the first pre-clinical test for scrapie. Scrapie is a fatal spongiform-type brain disease that occurs in sheep and is similar to so-called mad cow disease. The team determined the inner eyelids … » More …

WSU Research Vice Provost Candidate Visits

PULLMAN, Wash.–George A. Hedge, a candidate for the position of vice provost for research at Washington State University, will visit campus June 17-19. Hedge will meet with administrators, faculty and staff; tour research facilities; and deliver an open seminar presentation on “Your Vision for the Research Mission at WSU,” Friday, June 19, at 2:15 p.m. in Murrow Communications Center, Room 53. The associate dean for research and graduate studies at the West Virginia School of Medicine, Hedge also is a professor of physiology and acting chair of the physiology department. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology education in 1961 and master’s degree in pharmacology, … » More …

Medical Scholars Program Brings High School Students to WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. — A summer program to inform high school students about medical careers is underway at Washington State University. The Medical Scholars Program is designed to encourage students from rural areas and from minority groups to pursue health careers and to meet the need for health care professionals in rural areas. Now in its ninth year, the program has been very successful, said Mike Laskowski, director of the Basic Medical Science Program (WWAMI). The joint program of WSU and the University of Idaho reported last year that nearly 95 percent of the program’s former 190 participants continued to have an interest in health careers … » More …