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WSU Economist to Discuss Impact of Asian Financial Crisis on Washington
December 2, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — As the Asian financial crisis continues to have an impact on Washington State’s economy, Washington State University agricultural economist A. Desmond O’Rourke has been assessing its consequences for the state’s agricultural industry. O’Rourke will appear this month as a featured guest on “Serious Money,” a weekly public affairs program on PBS hosted by Barry Mitzman, to discuss the impact of the Asian monetary crisis on the state. “The first impact has been fewer purchases and lower prices for many products sold in Asia because of the lower purchasing power of Asian customers,” O’Rourke said. “That impact has been most severe on apples, … » More …

Nominations Sought for WSU Employee Excellence Awards
December 1, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Nominations are being sought from Washington State University employees and members of the public for the 1998-99 WSU Employee Excellence Awards. Three awards are given annually in the program. They recognize outstanding contributions to the university by classified staff and administrative professional employees from all around the state, says Ken Spitzer, President’s Employee Excellence Awards Committee chair. A plaque and a $1,000 cash gift accompany each award. Nomination forms have been sent to WSU employees. Additional forms are available from the WSU Office of the Vice Provost for Human Relations and Resources, 134 French Administration Building, Pullman, Wash. 99164-1013; telephone 509/335-8888. Spitzer … » More …

‘Everyman’ Set for WSU Dec. 3-5
November 30, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash.–The Old English morality play “Everyman” returns to Washington State University for its final three-day run Dec. 3-5. The 8 p.m. curtain is set for Daggy Hall’s R.R. Jones Theatre. The University Theatre production features a cast of 16, eight singers and a brass quartet, with music composed by WSU student Rafe Wadleigh. Director is Paul Wadleigh, with lighting and setting by George Caldwell. Music director is Douglas Oullette. The play is a simple one, said the director. God commands Death to summon Everyman to his final judgment and to bring with him his record of his deeds, good and bad. Everyman begs for … » More …

Students Light Up WSU Campus
November 30, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University sororities, fraternities and residence halls have signaled in the holiday season with decorations the entire community can enjoy. More than 35 living groups participated in the first of what organizers hope will be an annual Holiday Lights contest. This year’s event was sponsored by WSU Panhellenic, Interfraternity Council, Residence Life and Papa John’s Pizza. Judges selected the winners of the decorating contest before Thanksgiving break. Top honors for the fraternities went to Alpha Gamma Rho, 730 NE Linden, and Alpha Tau Omega, 710 NE Linden. Sigma Kappa, 720 NE Campus, received top honors in the sorority division, while Scott-Coman … » More …

WSU Takes 3rd-Year Engineering to Bellevue, N. Seattle, Green River
November 30, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Registration is now underway for Puget Sound area engineers and students interested in taking junior-level introductory classes on structures and microprocessors at any one of three Puget Sound community colleges Jan. 12 through May 7. The courses are taught by Washington State University faculty via a two-way telecommunication system and the Internet. They are scheduled evenings and early mornings at Bellevue, North Seattle, and Green River community colleges. Civil Engineering professors Bill Cofer and Ken Fridley from Pullman will teach the introduction to structures classes Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:45-8:15 p.m., with classes available at North Seattle and Green River community colleges. The … » More …

WSU Press Holiday Book Fair Set for Dec. 2
November 25, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Press will host its seventh annual Holiday Book Fair on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the CUB on the WSU campus. WSU authors on hand to sign copies of their books will be Charles Pezeshki, “Wild to the Last: Environmental Conflict in the Clearwater Country”; George Frykman, “Seattle’s Historian and Promoter, Edmond Meany”; and Paul Hirt, editor of “Terra Pacifica: People and Places in the Northwest States and Western Canada.” Pezeshki is a mechanical engineering professor at WSU and director of the Clearwater Biodiversity Project in Troy, Idaho. Frykman taught history at WSU for 37 … » More …

Martin Luther King Jr. Arts and Essay Contest Open to K-12 Students
November 24, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Kindergarten through high school students in Pullman are invited to enter the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Arts and Essay Contest. Entry deadline is Jan. 12. Sponsored by the YWCA of WSU and the WSU Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars, the contest offers gift certificates from the Bookie for first ($50) and second place ($25) winners at every grade level, says Liza Rognas, YWCA executive director. “This year’s contest was designed by the scholars around themes — including truth, peace and justice — in the Rev. King’s teachings and writings,” she says. Pullman youth may enter the contest individually or as … » More …

‘Beauty in a Box’ Took Lid Off L.A. for WSU Students
November 24, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Washington State University’s architecture students have 20/20 vision. Thirteen fifth-year architecture students in Greg Kessler’s studio class recently produced a quality compilation of their ideas of “Beautiful Places” and put them inside hand-crafted hardboard boxes for sale at $18 each. Each numbered box contains 39 “plates” of such places as the Sydney Opera House, Westminster Cathedral, Stonehenge and the Vietnam Memorial. “This was an exercise to examine why we think things are beautiful,” said Janna Peters, WSU senior in the School of Architecture. “After we made the drawings, we wrote an essay about … » More …

WSU Theatre Auditions Set for Dec. 8-10
November 23, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s School of Music and Theatre Arts will hold auditions for its spring musical “Sweeney Todd,” Dec. 8-10. Auditions for principal and chorus parts are by appointment only and are planned for Dec. 8 from 7-10 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 5-7 p.m. in WSU’s R.R. Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall. Callbacks are Dec. 10 from 7-10 p.m. Audition sessions will be 10 minutes and include a prepared two to three minute song, a “cold” reading from the script and an interview.All auditions must be scheduled in advance through the theater office at 335-7447. “Sweeney Todd” will be performed April … » More …

Chan to Perform in Benefit Recital
November 23, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University pianist Susan Chan will present her fall recital program during a Dec. 1 performance. The 8 p.m. program is planned for Pullman Presbyterian Church, 1630 NE Stadium Way, Pullman. The concert is free to the public, but a donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students and youths is encouraged. Proceeds will support the church’s organ and church musician scholarship funds. Chan has received numerous awards in piano competitions and has performed on four continents, including a recent workshop and performance tour of France, England and the Netherlands. She has completed a recording of French classical women composers … » More …