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Murrow Symposium Features Seattle Publisher and Prize-Winning Journalists April 23

PULLMAN, Wash. — The 24th annual Edward R. Murrow Symposium at Washington State University, titled “The Murrow Tradition at the Seattle Times,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m., April 23 at the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum on the WSU campus. Admission to the symposium is free. The symposium will feature a panel of four prize-winning reporters from the Seattle Times, moderated by Frank Blethen, Times publisher and CEO. The panel will include investigative reporters Deborah Nelson and Duff Wilson; Byron Acohido, a business reporter; and David Boardman, assistant managing editor. Boardman edited the Times’ expose on abuses in the federal tribal-housing program, which won the … » More …

Never Believe Those Who Say ‘You Can’t,’ Says Eclectic Architect

PULLMAN, Wash. – He was part of a Chinese junk team that was shipwrecked in Western Samoa, where he lived, restored the boat and sailed it for three years. He designed and helped build the Biosphere 2, a closed ecosystem in Oracle, Ariz. He was part of the Theater of Possibilities in which scientists, artists and adventurers built 13 theaters and then performed in them. Phil Hawes, a renowned international architect of the “organic school,” has helped design and build geodesic glass structures, adobe complexes, steel and stone houses, hotels, yurts and even envisioned how to turn used space shuttles into apartments. He has designed … » More …

Access to Two WSU Research Labs Restricted

PULLMAN, Wash. — Access to two research laboratories in Washington State University’s Eastlick Hall has been restricted, pending an investigation to follow up on a low level of contamination found on radiation monitoring badges used in the laboratories. The company that services the badges for WSU recently submitted a report of unusual badge readings. The university’s Radiation Safety Office conducted an investigation that showed a slight amount of radioactive contamination on those badges, but no evidence of personnel contamination or harmful exposure to individuals. Len Porter, WSU director of radiation safety, indicated Thursday morning that there is no risk to the public or to employees … » More …

WSU Press Spring Cleaning Sale Set for April 17

PULLMAN, Wash. — In preparation for their annual Spring Cleaning Sale, the Washington State University Press staff is clearing the Press warehouse of damaged and overstock books. Hundreds of books about Northwest and western history, people and politics, as well as art, poetry and ethnic studies, will be available at the sale, set for 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, April 17. Slightly damaged books, including the 1994 bestseller “Fields of Toil: A Migrant Family’s Journey,” Bill Hall’s comic “Frank Church, D.C., & Me,” and Ladd Hamilton’s “This Bloody Deed,” to name only a few, will be on sale for savings of up to 70 percent off … » More …

Asian American Theatre Company Due at WSU April 17

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Los Angeles-based, non-profit Asian American theater company “hereandnow” will perform at Washington State University April 17 in the Compton Union Building Auditorium. The 7 p.m. program, open to the public without charge, is part of Asian Pacific American Awareness activities on the campus throughout the month. The company began as a group of seven artists who were frustrated by the lack of roles available for young Asian American artists. The troupe is composed of Laotian, Thai, Filipino, Chinese, Hawaiian, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese young people, most of them full-time students and only one theatre major. The group travels across the country … » More …

WSU Appoints Barry Johnston to Benefits Post

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s offices of Benefit Services and Payroll Services have been consolidated, and Barry Johnston appointed director, effective April 1. Johnston, who has served as payroll director since 1979, assumes the administrative responsibilities of Benning Jenness, director of Benefit Services, who recently retired from the university after 25 years. The reorganization and appointment was announced by Ernest Renfro, interim vice president for Business Affairs. “These offices have worked in close cooperation for many years, and we believe that efficiencies can be achieved and service to employees strengthened by the merger of the staffs,” Renfro said. Johnston is a 1972 graduate of … » More …

WSU Sets Public Meeting on Incinerator Project April 13

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University will host a public information meeting to present current plans for construction of a new medical and pathological waste incinerator Monday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cougar Depot conference room in downtown Pullman. WSU representatives and its consultants will present an overview of the history of the project to replace the 20-year-old existing incinerator and discuss how the new facility is designed to safeguard the environment, according to Dwight Hagihara, director, WSU Environmental Health and Safety. They also will take questions from the public. Plans call for the incinerator, estimated to cost $5 million, to be in … » More …

WSU Opera Workshop Set for April 18-19

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Opera Workshop Program will perform Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah” as part of the Mom’s Weekend festivities April 18 at 8 p.m. and April 19 at 3 p.m. in Bryan Hall Auditorium. The production, directed by WSU faculty member Julie Anne Wieck, is based on the story of a young girl who is falsely accused of immoral behavior by the people in her rural Southern community — a reflection of the composer’s reaction to the McCarthy era. Susannah, played by Jennifer Bryant, and her brother Sam, portrayed by Andrew Mielke, are under the constant scrutiny of the townspeople. The elders of … » More …

Trio Receives WSU Faculty Awards May 9

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Grammy Award-winning group All-4-One will perform at Washington State University’s Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. All-4-One was introduced in early 1994 with its update of the Tymes’ 1963 doo-wop classic, “So Much In Love.” In the United States, the track climbed to Record Industry Association of America gold sales and top-five pop status. Next came the ballad “I Swear,” which claimed the No. 1 pop spot for 11 straight weeks on the American chart en route to RIAA platinum sales. Not only was “I Swear” 1994’s biggest-selling U.S. single, but it also became the third most successful … » More …

WSU Communications School Now State-of-the-Art

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University School of Communication recently received an $85,000 donation of newsroom automation equipment from Tektronix, a leading technology company. The equipment, called NewStar, creates workstation environments that streamline news production and allows for better control of news gathering, editing, reporting, production and management. NewStar lets producers automate and coordinate newsroom production tasks from a single workstation. “For years, just like all broadcasting schools, we’ve had a major struggle to keep up with new technology and have relied on donations from news stations, which is usually old equipment,” said Glenn A. Johnson, associate professor of communication. With the NewStar system … » More …