PULLMAN — Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson and Washington State University’s Dean of Students, Luci Loera, will be among a group of volunteers personally greeting students on Thursday, Aug. 31, and reminding them to be good neighbors.
Johnson and Loera are teaming-up to distribute magnets to students that provide advice for how to be good neighbors. Along with volunteers from the Division of Student Affairs, Equity and Diversity, the Associated Students of Washington State University, and other groups, they will take shifts covering various locations including the Greek community, the Bookie, and apartment complexes on Stadium Way, Valley Road and Merman Drive.
“The magnet reminds students that they are not guests in our community,” said Loera. “They are the community and have direct impact on making WSU and Pullman the best community it can be.”
ASWSU President Kasey Webster sees this as an opportunity to strengthen the community. “Rarely have students living on college hill or in off-campus housing received this kind of support in the past, and it is time to recognize them as the heart of the WSU community.”
Playing off the phrase made famous by WSU football broadcaster Bob Robertson “Always be a good sport, be a good sport all ways”, the magnet is titled “Always be a good neighbor, be a good neighbor all ways.” It gives students 10 specific examples of how to be good neighbors-including taking pride in their living facility, to supporting local charities and businesses.
“To further encourage students to get to know their neighbors, we will also be handing out coupons for a free cup of coffee at the Daily Grind,” said Loera. Volunteers will distribute the magnets and coffee coupons between 7 to 9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday only.