Awards and honors

• WSU Spokane’s graduate program in interior design ranked ninth in the nation in a recent list released by DesignIntelligence, a bimonthly journal for architecture and design professionals. Rankings are based on surveys of professional design firms.
“The ranking suggests our graduate students are doing extremely well in entry level positions,” said John Turpin, associate professor and department chair. “We have had the program for seven years and enough students have gone through to where people are starting to take notice,” he said.

• For the third time in the last 10 years, a student in WSU’s Distance Degree Programs has been named the Outstanding Nontraditional Student of the Year by the national University Continuing Education Association. Selection of Debby Poris, 54, “underlines the strength of our program and its students,” said Muriel Oaks, dean of the Center for Distance and Professional Education. Judging criteria include an “unconventional educational background,” handling of multiple commitments during pursuit of a degree, and ability to inspire others.

• The WSU Children’s Center again has achieved accreditation from the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC). The center reapplies for this accreditation every three years and provides NAC extensive information about its supervision of children, staff training efforts, classroom curricula, health practices and staff/child ratios during the application process.
The center, located on Olympia Avenue, will begin expansion this spring, adding a couple rooms for infant and toddler care. The rooms will be ready for use in January 2010.

Jane Cote, academic director and associate professor of accounting at WSU Vancouver, is one of eight women of achievement selected by Clark College and the YWCA Clark County in their 25th year of giving the awards, which recognize outstanding community contributions.

• Revolutions, a magazine for Distance Degree Program alumni and friends, won two regional awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its fall 2008 edition. The magazine is produced by the Center for Distance and Professional Education. The awards are a silver prize in the external audience magazine category and a bronze for the article “Coug Country at 30,000 feet,” by Richard H. Miller, senior communications and marketing coordinator.
If you or someone you know has received an honor, please e-mail the information to Cynthia King at

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