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Work to Start on 2nd Research Park Building

PULLMAN, Wash.–Construction will start in the next two or three weeks on the second building for Washington State University’s Research and Technology Park, opening up both incubator and regular lease spaces. The new 25,000 square foot building will be built by Cargile Construction Group of Spokane on the site directly east of the first building, which was completed in 1986. The research park, which has 105 acres of university land for development north of Terre View Drive, is managed for the university by the Washington State University Research Foundation. The foundation received approval this week for a $1 million loan from US Bank for the … » More …

WSU Robotics Team Shows Seattle School Kids Engineering is Fun

PULLMAN, Wash.–Ten Washington State University engineering students plan a sweep through Seattle May 10-16 to show school kids the fun side of engineering. They will showcase several of their creations, which have included a scuttle-bot robot Callivan, a six-legged competitor Titus Andronicus, a mini-micro-Baja remote-controlled dune buggy, a remote-controlled airplane, and various small hero robots, spinning gyroscopes and other scaled prototypes for submersible and biped robots. In response to their road show offer to Seattle School District Science Coordinator Joan Abdellah, they have been deluged with inquiries. The techno-troupe begins its program with a skit, demonstrates their wares and answers kids’ questions about the world … » More …

Classes Donate to WSU Entrance and Arch Replica

PULLMAN, Wash.–A piece of history will be restored on the Washington State University campus, thanks in part to gifts from the Class of ’97 and the Golden Grad Class of ’47. Members of this year’s graduating class have pledged $22,000, and the class of 1947, which conducted its golden anniversary reunion on campus recently, has donated $25,000 to build a replica of the university’s historic entry archway and to help fund other entrance enhancements. The smaller arch replica will be the centerpiece of a proposed plaza and colonnade on the pedestrian walk constructed in 1996 west of the main entrance at Stadium Way and the … » More …

Portable Yellow Pages Idea Pays Off for WSU Seniors

PULLMAN, Wash. — Vision and hard work paid off — literally — for three Washington State University graduating marketing students who created a way to take the Yellow Pages on the road. On April 28, the Yellow Pages Publishers Association (YPPA) awarded seniors Mike Bomgardner, Kara Howard and Kristine Kober $1,000 checks each for winning first place in a marketing idea competition that drew more than 90 other project teams. The association also awarded another $3,000 to the College of Business and Economics’ marketing department that will be used for research by the trio’s professor, Steven Silverman. The WSU proposal calls for capitalizing on new … » More …

WSU Professors Join Hotel Research Alliance Team

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University professors Denney Rutherford and Chris Paxson have been invited to join a research alliance initiated by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association. Both are faculty in the College of Business and Economics’ Hotel and Restaurant Administration Program. The association — whose members are major American hotel companies — is funding research in human resources management, technology development and legal issues. The specific studies to be undertaken were developed by representatives from the participating schools during March meetings in Washington, D.C. Rutherford and Paxson will participate in research projects with teams of representatives from 11 other … » More …

Commencement News Tips

SURVEY SHOWS GRADUATE RECRUITMENT UP 26 PERCENT Recruiting on college campuses was strong this spring with companies particularly seeking computer-literate graduates, according to an April survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Manufacturers account for almost 60 percent of the jobs offered to students. Service industry employers offered almost 35 percent of their jobs to graduates in technical fields. Compared to last year, starting salaries are up almost 8 percent because of growing demand for hiring in entry-level positions. Graduates in business disciplines are receiving increases in salary, with accounting graduates starting at an average salary of $30,511, a 3.9 percent increase from … » More …

WSU Veterinary College to Graduate 63 New DVMs

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine confers 63 new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in Compton Union Building on the Pullman campus. “Graduation day is always a source of great pride for the faculty and staff of the WSU veterinary college,” said Dean Borje Gustafsson. “New graduates, our newest colleagues, are filled with the excitement and enthusiasm of new knowledge and a bright future. At the same time, they feel a great sense of relief that this part of their training is over, and that they can move on to accomplish their personal and professional goals.” Of … » More …

WSU MSS Director Accepts Position at Florida State

PULLMAN, Wash.–Lee Jones, director of the Washington State University Office of Multicultural Student Services, has accepted an administrative/academic position at Florida State University, effective in August. Jones said he will resign from WSU on Aug. 16 to become FSU College of Education associate dean of instruction and an associate professor of education at the university, located in Tallahassee, Fla. “I accept Lee’s resignation with regret,” said Ernestine Madison, WSU vice provost for Human Relations and Resources. “He has done an excellent job of restructuring and leading the MSS program. He has my personal thanks and the gratitude of WSU. It is my understanding that the … » More …

Julie Lutz Named Boeing Distinguished Professor

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University professor of astronomy and mathematics and director of the Program in Astronomy Julie H. Lutz was named Boeing Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Science Education at the annual College of Sciences Recognition Reception. The announcement was made by Lloyd Osborn, manager of engineering initiatives at the Boeing Company and member of the College of Sciences Board of Visitors. The professorship was created specifically to enhance science interest and knowledge among K-12 students, as well as non-science majors at WSU, and to support the pipeline of students interested in majors in science and mathematics. The professorship is funded by a … » More …

FASR Announces Scholarships

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s Faculty Association for Scholarship and Research has presented its 21st annual Undergraduate Research Awards. First-place award winners are Amanda Loftis of West Richland and Jennifer Parish of Benton City. Loftis’ work describing how specialized immune system cells function in cattle was guided by veterinary sciences faculty member William Davis. Parish, working in the laboratory of chemistry professor James Schenk, determined how the distribution of a brain chemical is altered by psychotropic drugs. Second-place award winners were Amy Bowles of Lake Stevens, for her paper “Overpopulation and Population Policies of Three Developing Countries,” which was nominated by her instructor in political science, … » More …