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WSU Yucatan Trip 1998, May 16-29
March 4, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — When a group of travelers ventured south of the border last summer they explored 400 miles of the Yucatan Peninsula through Washington State University’s Conferences & Institutes Yucatan Study Tour program. This summer, about 20 WSU honors students will join the Mexico-bound travelers and receive college credit at the same time. The first ever combined group of WSU honors students and non-credit study travelers will journey together to the Yucatan May 16-29. The honors students will receive credit for up to two required honors seminars. “It’s such a refreshing idea,” said Gail Rowland, WSU Conferences and Institutes conference manager and director of … » More …

March 6-8 WSU BOLD/AAW Conferences Receive Support
March 4, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Support from four companies and a member of the Washington State University Board of Regents is assisting the 1998 Black-Male Orientation to Leadership Development and the African American Women’s conferences at WSU. Using the theme “Empowering Ourselves to Build Our Community,” the BOLD and AAW conferences for African American college and high school students will be held at WSU March 6-8. BOLD is in its sixth year, and AAW in its fifth. According to Bennie Harris, BOLD executive director, State Farm Insurance is the major gift sponsor. The firm’s funding supports keynote speakers Jewel Diamond Taylor, a Los Angeles motivational speaker and … » More …

Shew Plans March 10 Recital
March 3, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University senior Roger C. Shew of Pullman will present a double bass, music education recital March 10 at Simpson United Methodist Church. Assisting with the 8 p.m. program will be Amy Bland, piano; Chris Earley, percussion; and Steve Erwin, baritone/saxophone. Shew will perform works by Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Rabbath, Coltrane and Monk. The recital is open to the public without charge. Shew is the son of Richard and Kay Shew of Pullman.sh213-98

WSU Women’s Forum to Discuss Leadership
March 3, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Regent Carmen Otero and Donna Shavlik, former director, American Council on Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education, will discuss women and leadership at Washington State University’s 1998 Women and Leadership Forum, “Leadership in Our Lives,” March 26. The forum, sponsored by the offices of the President and the Provost, will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Compton Union Building. A 4:30 p.m. reception will finish the daylong event. The Women and Leadership Forum provides an opportunity for women at WSU to discuss different leadership styles and paradigms, address ways to enhance leadership skills and identify leadership opportunities. Session topics include “Champions … » More …

New Book Chronicles Environmental Conflict
March 3, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — One of the last large blocks of wild country left in the Lower 48, the Clearwater Country in north-central Idaho is home to cougars, bears, and lynxes; lodgepole forests; cedar groves; and ponderosa pine. In Wild to the Last: Environmental Conflict in the Clearwater Country (WSU Press, 1998), Charles Pezeshki chronicles this magnificent landscape and the people who are working to preserve it. Wild to the Last begins with a tour of the Clearwater Country, featuring vivid descriptions of the geography and wildlife of various pockets of Idaho wilderness. Pezeshki takes the reader on a kayak run down Lolo Creek, surveying the … » More …

WSU Regents Elect New Officers Friday, March 6
March 3, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University regents will elect officers for 1998-99 at their meeting Friday, March 6. The board convenes at 1:30 p.m. in the Lewis Alumni Centre, following morning committee meetings. Among action items to be considered is approval to implement a contractor/construction manager process for two major facilities on the Pullman campus. A public hearing is scheduled Thursday, March 5, to receive comments regarding the university’s intention to use the contractor/construction manager method for the planned Student Recreation Center and the Teaching and Learning Center. A departure from the traditional approach of contractors bidding on a project only after final designs are … » More …

Faculty Concert Set for March 8
March 2, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — An afternoon of chamber music is set for Sunday, March 8, in a Washington State University Faculty Chamber Music Concert. Opening the 3 p.m. program planned for Bryan Hall Auditorium is the Solstice Wind Quintet performing Paul Taffanel’s “Quintette.” Members of the quintet are Ann Yasinitsky, flute; James Schoepflin, clarinet; Gary Plowman, oboe; Barbara Novak, bassoon; and Roger Logan, horn. Also on the program will be Beethoven’s Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3 performed by Meredith Arksey, violin; Christopher von Baeyer, violoncello; and Gerald Berthiaume, piano. The second half of the program opens with Arne Running’s “Chorale, Aria and … » More …

Nakai Quartet Performs at Beasley
March 2, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. – The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, noted for its traditional Native American sounds, Latin rhythms, ethnic jazz and an urban attitude, will perform at Washington State University’s Beasley Coliseum at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 4. Flutist Nakai, keyboard and saxophone player Amo Chip, percussionist Will Clipman and vocalist Mary Redhouse combine their talents in a new musical setting that has found widespread popularity. Nakai, a leading figure in the current renewal of interest in indigenous music and spirituality, is a musician whose primary instrument is the wood flute. Chip, a master of many musical styles, has performed with African, world-beat, reggae and jazz … » More …

Zen and the Brain Lecture Series Slated
March 2, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — A neurologist and Zen practitioner will deliver a series of lectures at Washington State University beginning March 9, titled Zen and the Brain. James Austin, M. D., will base his series of six talks on themes in his new book of the same title, which was published in February by the MIT Press. Austin is professor emeritus of neurology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and now lives in Moscow, Idaho. He is a member of a local Zen group, the Mindfulness Community (Sangha) of the Palouse. In his most recent book, Austin explores human spiritual growth in terms of … » More …

WSU Cancer Researcher Wins 10-Year Grant
March 2, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Marc W. Fariss, associate professor of Pharmacy at Washington State University, has been awarded a Gasper and Irene Lazzara Professorship, a 10-year grant of $500,000 from the Gasper and Irene Lazzara Charitable Foundation, for his research on the use of vitamin E derivatives in cancer prevention and treatment. The important role of vitamin E in protecting our cells from the toxic effects of oxygen free radicals is now well recognized, Fariss said. “Unfortunately our cells often have difficulty maintaining adequate vitamin E levels. This inadequacy appears to be due to several factors, including the fact that our cells are incapable of producing … » More …