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WSU Hosts WTC Tour Nov. 10
November 5, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington Technology Center is hosting a tour of Washington State University research laboratories for business executives and others involved in economic development on Tuesday, Nov. 10. WTC is the state agency responsible for facilitating and funding industry-university interaction. Its objective is commercialization of products or concepts in advanced materials and manufacturing, biotechnology and biomedical instrumentation, microelectronics and computer systems/human interface technology. Tours of facilities at the Institute of Biological Chemistry, College of Veterinary Medicine, and bioanalysis and biotechnology laboratories are scheduled beginning at 10 a.m. Meetings with scientists are planned in the afternoon for the 14 business representatives and visitors, including … » More …

WSU Alum Takes Helm of Washington Tech Center
November 5, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University engineering alumnus R. Lee Cheatham was appointed this fall as director of the Washington Technology Center, a collaborative state, industry and research university enterprise meant to move promising technologies into the private sector. Cheatham, as head of the WTC, is headquartered on the UW campus, although he proudly sports a Cougar watch as a daily reminder of his roots, he says. He earned his master’s in electrical engineering/computer science from WSU in 1981, before going on to earn a doctoral degree in electrical engineering in 1984 from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania. From 1985-95, he was an adjunct professor in … » More …

WSU Beams Alcohol/Violence Conference Nationwide
November 5, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — More than 100 colleges and universities in 35 states have registered to receive the Washington State University teleconference on the links between campus violence and alcohol abuse set for Friday, Nov. 13. The program will feature several national authorities discussing the profiles of campuses that make them likely for violent incidents and strategies for reducing alcohol abuse and preventing violent outbreaks. Video transmission of the presentations will originate from WSU and the University of Wisconsin beginning at 10 a.m. Panelists will take questions from audiences at the receiving sites by phone and fax. The program will be telecast from Room T101 of … » More …

High School Groups to Participate in WSU Jazz Festival
November 4, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Nine bands and six jazz choirs from Washington and Idaho high schools will participate in Washington State University’s 1998 Jazz Festival Nov. 14. High school participants will perform in 20-minute judged segments beginning at 8:40 a.m. The high school jazz choirs can be heard starting at 12:40 p.m. The programs, open to the public without charge, are set for WSU’s Bryan Hall Auditorium.The Pullman High School jazz band opens the festival in the morning, followed by bands from Clarkston High School, Lewiston (Idaho) High School, Oaksdale High School, St. John/Endicott High School, Lakeside High School, Ephrata High School, Port Townsend High School … » More …

Statement by WSU President Sam Smith on Passage of Initiative-200
November 4, 1998

Washington State University has made substantial gains in increasing the diversity of our academic community over the past decade. The passage of I-200 in no way deters WSU’s commitment to people of color and women, and will not lessen WSU’s goal to have a student body and workforce reflective of the diversity of Washington’s population. Diversity makes our university stronger. To ensure a diverse community, WSU will expand its outreach efforts to all the people of our state to attract students and employees of all backgrounds to our university’s four campuses. WSU’s land-grant mission commits us to fulfill the mandate of a century ago to … » More …

‘Everyman’ to Open on WSU Campus
November 2, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University Theatre will bring the English morality play “Everyman” to the stage for a six-night run during November and December. The play that fascinated and attracted audiences ever since it appeared in the early 1500s will be on the R.R. Jones Theatre stage in WSU’s Daggy Hall Nov. 12-14 and Dec. 3-5, with curtain each day at 8 p.m. It will feature a cast of 16, in addition to eight singers and a brass quartet with music composed especially for the production. The play, directed by Professor Emeritus Paul Wadleigh, has a simple story line. God commands Death to summon … » More …

WSU Parents Program Awards $30,250 to Student Groups and Organizations
November 2, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Parents Program awarded a total of $30,250 to 18 student organizations and programs during the annual Dad’s Weekend Breakfast, Oct. 31. The awards included $4,300 each to the Dad’s Weekend Committee and the Mom’s Weekend Committee; $4,000 each to the Crimson Company show choir and Intramural Sports; $3,550 to Alive at WSU, the new student orientation program; $2,500 to the Women’s Transit Program; $1,500 to the Student Alumni Connection; $900 to YMCA Big Buddy Program; $750 to the Environmental Task Force; $700 to the WSU Sailing Club; and $600 to Camaradas, an organization of Chicano/Latino graduate and professional … » More …

Cole Named 1998 WSU Dad of the Year
November 2, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — John D. Cole, a painting contractor in Auburn, was named 1998 Washington State University Dad of the Year. He was honored at the annual Dad’s Weekend Breakfast, Saturday, Oct. 31. Cole was nominated by his daughter, Shea M. Cole, a WSU freshman who lives in Regents residence hall. In her letter of nomination, she wrote that she had been Cole’s stepdaughter since she was two years old. But she always felt something was missing. “I wanted to be his real daughter, not his stepdaughter,” she said. Last August, at age 18 and 15 years after she first met her stepfather, her dream … » More …

WSU Police Begin Opinion Survey
October 30, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Survey cards are being mailed to individuals who have had recent contact with the Washington State University Police Department asking them to rank the performance of officers. Public Safety Director and Police Chief William Mercier says about 200 selected individuals who have had contact with campus police in a variety of circumstances will receive the cards. Mercier said the survey is part of the department’s continuing efforts to improve the quality of service to the community. “It’s simply a way of giving us a better understanding of what we are doing well and what we could be doing better.” The card asks … » More …

Fridley Earns Teaching Achievement Award
October 30, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Kenneth Fridley, a member of Washington State University’s civil and environmental engineering faculty since 1994, has been named the Marian E. Smith Faculty Achievement Award winner for 1997-98. The associate professor has shown extraordinary commitment to students, adventuresome teaching methodology, mastery of the latest knowledge in the field of structures through prolific research and publications and community service — all in the 1997-98 year in particular, his nominators said. As adviser of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Fridley helps students take their concrete canoe and steel bridge building to competitions. He also joined engineering seniors with community … » More …