• WSU Extension’s Full Immersion Spanish Institute has received a Recognition of Excellence Award for Innovations in Outreach and Engagement from the University Continuing Education Association. The program, developed by Randy de Mars, coordinator of the WSU North Central Washington Learning Center in Wenatchee, is a comprehensive language and culture program designed to increase understanding and communication skills of non-Spanish speakers with the state’s growing Hispanic/Latino population.

The award certificate names de Mars; Terrie Jones, coordinator of the WSU Learning Center-Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties in Longview; Debra Lancaster, coordinator of the WSU Learning Center-Skagit, Island and San Juan counties in Mount Vernon; Janet McCann, coordinator of the WSU Learning Center-South Central Washington in Yakima; and Cynthia Selde, coordinator of the WSU Learning Center-Southeast Washington in Walla Walla.

Robert Bauman, assistant professor of history at WSU Tri-Cities, was chosen by the Washington State Historical Society to receive the Charles Gates Award for the best article to appear in the Pacific Northwest Quarterly in 2005. The article, “Jim Crow in the Tri-Cities, 1943-1950,” appeared in the Summer 2005 issue.

• University Relations received three awards in the annual communications competition sponsored by the District VIII Council for Advancement and Support of Education:

* A silver award for public relations project, “Fall 2005 Innovators Lecture” series, to Tammey Boston, John Sutherland, Phyllis Shier, Doug Garcia, Christi Weber, Beth Castleberry, Dan Nordquist, Mary Gresch, Marcia Garrett, Carol Kowalski, Devon Anderson, Valerie Boydo, Sonia Hussa and Valoree Gregory.

* A bronze award for visual design, illustration and photography, “Fall 2005 Innovators Lecture” invitation, to graphic designer Doug Garcia and freelance illustrator R.J. Shay.

* A bronze award for visual design, illustration and photography, Washington State Magazine photo for “Where Water Meets Desert,” freelance photographer Bill Wagner.

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