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WSU Engineering Students’ Creations Take to Lake, Sky, Hills

PULLMAN, Wash.–When spring bursts forth on the Palouse, Washington State University engineering students’ fancies turn to … invention and competition. There’s hardly a free lab in the College of Engineering and Architecture that isn’t teeming with fabrications, designs and late-night pizza — if not for senior projects, then for engineered creations scheduled for competitive circuits. New to WSU’s repertoire this year are:* the Carbon Goose — an electric-powered aircraft that competes April 26-27 in Baltimore Md., with other American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts student entries nationwide;* a mini-Baja dune buggy that returned from ASME battle April 10 in Phoenix, Ariz., after having eaten a … » More …

WSU Veterinary College Granted Full Accreditation

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has been granted full accreditation for seven years. The seven-year period is the maximum duration of accreditation that can be granted by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education. “Not only did we receive full, unrestricted accreditation, but our programs in all essential areas were uniformly regarded as meeting or exceeding essential requirements,” said Dean Borje Gustafsson. “The college was especially commended for its quality facilities, equipment, innovative curriculum, improvement of clinical resources, research and postgraduate education, library and learning resources, and faculty, staff, and student development.” The outstanding support of the veterinary community, alumni and … » More …

WSU to Honor Mother of Eight on Mom’s Weekend

PULLMAN, Wash–A gentle, soft-spoken woman with eight children has been selected as 1997 Mom of the Year at Washington State University. Ethiopia Beru of Seattle will be honored at the annual Mom’s Weekend brunch, Saturday, April 12, in the Compton Union Building ballroom. Senait Habte, a WSU senior in biology, nominated her mother for the award. Two older brothers are WSU graduates. Yonas Habte received a degree in mechanical engineering in 1992 and Esayas Habte graduated in electrical engineering in 1993. Two other sisters are currently enrolled at WSU, Asmeret, a junior, and Rahwa, a freshman. Another sister, Liya, is pursing a nursing degree at … » More …

Marshall Mitchell Recipient of Mike Utley Award

PULLMAN, Wash.–Marshall Mitchell, director of the Washington State University Disability Resource Center, is the recipient of the first Mike Utley Determination Award, presented recently by the Mike Utley Foundation. The award recognizes the capabilities and contributions of people with disabilities. Mitchell, winner of the male category, was one of nine finalists that included his wife, Kathy Mitchell, adjunct faculty with speech and hearing sciences. He came to WSU after 10 years at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas, where he designed and directed a program for accommodating students with disabilities. Mike Utley, a 1989 WSU graduate and former Detroit Lions offensive tackle, was paralyzed while playing … » More …

Wilmer Davis Dining Earns Governor’s Recognition

PULLMAN, Wash.–Wilmer Davis Dining Hall at Washington State University has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment. The citation was accepted by Lawren Harper, WSU food service associate manager, at the committee’s 8th annual awards program held April 1. Nominated by Palouse Industries, the dining hall was recognized for its efforts to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Awards were presented on behalf of the governor by Richard Thompson, director of the Office of Financial Management. Named among the top award winners was the Property and Transport Services of the University of Washington which received the … » More …

New Reference Book Focuses on Northwest Women

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University Press has released “Northwest Women: An Annotated Bibliography of Sources on the History of Oregon and Washington Women, 1787-1970,” the first such bibliography on the history of Pacific Northwest women. Topping any list of notable Northwest women one is certain to find familiar names like Sacajawea, Narcissa Whitman, and Bertha Knight Landes. In addition to these, there are countless other women, both recognized and anonymous, who played important roles in the history and development of the region. Karen J. Blair, professor of history at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, has spent the past eight years collecting and annotating more than 700 … » More …

Carnegie Mellon Awards Science Prize to WSU’s John Hirth

PULLMAN, Wash. — John Price Hirth, Battelle Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University, will receive the Carnegie Mellon University Dickson Prize for Science for his outstanding contributions in the field of materials science. He is being presented the award at his invited lecture about “Defects in Crystals” on April 10.His lifetime achievements include research at the atomic level of metals, ceramics, alloys and other such modern building blocks of today’s semiconductor, aerospace and structural materials industries, as well as a distinguished teaching career.Hirth’s research provides fundamental understanding of structural defects as materials transform from one state to another (solid to … » More …

WSU Program Ranks 4th In National Broadcasters Poll

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s popular broadcasting program continues to gain respect among television news directors. The recent survey placed WSU fourth among the nation’s top broadcast schools. The poll, sponsored by the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation, was conducted by Vernon Stone of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, who has collected similar data over three decades. News directors were asked to name the college program they considered tops in preparing students for careers in television news. Missouri and WSU are the only two schools named among the top ten in similar surveys conducted in 1976 and 1984. WSU moved up a notch from fifth … » More …

Lecturer Named for Gordon Enberg Series

PULLMAN, Wash–Efrain Villanueva Arcos, chancellor of Mexico’s University of Quintana Roo, will discuss “Quintana Roo, the Mexican Caribbean” as the Washington State University Gordon/Enberg lecturer this spring on the WSU campus. The April 14 talk is set for 12:15 p.m. in Room 212 of the Compton Union Building. It is open to the public without charge. Arcos was formerly executive assistant to the minister of tourism at the Mexican Secretariate of Tourism and director and secretary of education and culture in the state of Quintana Roo. He also has held appointments in the budget and planning areas of local government related to rural and indigenous … » More …

WSU Announces Faculty Excellence Award Winners

PULLMAN, Wash.–Three Washington State University faculty members will be honored for excellence in instruction, public service, and research, scholarship and arts during spring commencement activities. The Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards have been awarded to Joe Ayres, professor of communication, for instruction; Arthur L. Antonelli, an extension entomologist at WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center, for public service; and Michael J. Smerdon, professor of biochemistry/biophysics, for research, scholarship and arts. Ayres, a faculty member since 1970, has a record of dedication and creative excellence as director of the university’s basic public speaking course and as a teacher and mentor of future teacher-scholars in the field. His … » More …