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Distinguished Professorship at WSU Spokane
August 31, 1998

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington State University will establish a distinguished professorship at WSU Spokane — and six graduate fellowships system wide — thanks to new provisions in the state matching program signed into law during last spring’s legislative session. By providing increased funding for teaching and research in faculty positions, endowed professorships enable universities to recruit and retain outstanding teachers and scholars. The Boeing Distinguished Professorship in Health Policy at WSU Spokane will be based in the College of Pharmacy. “The professorship will contribute to the academic strength of all the health sciences programs in Spokane, which are expected to continue growing,” said Dennis Clifton, … » More …

New Chair of Comparative American Cultures Program
August 31, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — An internationally recognized scholar in the field of ethnic and cultural studies, Epifanio San Juan, Jr., has assumed the chairmanship of the Department of Comparative American Cultures at Washington State University. San Juan comes to WSU from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where he was professor of ethnic studies for the past five years. For the previous 25 years, he taught English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, with brief appointments at Brooklyn College, N.Y., the University of Trento, Italy, and the University of the Philippines as a Fulbright lecturer. San Juan earned his bachelor’s degree in English from … » More …

New Partnerships, Programs Key in WSU’s Spokane Plans
August 31, 1998

SPOKANE, Wash. — Expanding degree offerings in partnership with other colleges and universities and bringing new programs to Spokane are the guiding principles in Washington State University’s plans to increase access to higher education and support economic development in Spokane. A WSU mission statement and draft operational plan due Sept. 1 to the state Higher Education Coordinating Board were unveiled today at a briefing for more than 100 community leaders at the Riverpoint campus. Collaborative programs in health sciences and engineering, plus degrees in three WSU specialty areas of business, are among the plan’s highlights. A six-year, $100 million capital construction plan is included. The … » More …

Ceremony Marks WSU Rec Center Construction
August 28, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — A formal groundbreaking ceremony, set for 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, marks the beginning of construction of Washington State University’s $36 million Student Recreation Center project. Excavation of the site east of the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum has begun. The facility, expected to be completed in early 2001, is being funded though the sale of university bonds which will be retired by a special student fee assessment of $100 a semester. The ceremony is being conducted by student body representatives with Steve Wymer, vice president of ASWSU, serving as master of ceremonies. Members of the university’s Board of Regents, President Samuel H. … » More …

WSU Names Guzman Interim Registrar
August 27, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — David A. Guzman has been appointed interim registrar at Washington State University, effective Oct. 5. Guzman succeeds Monty Nielsen, who has accepted a similar position at the University of Wisconsin. Guzman came to WSU as director of Veterans Affairs in 1988 from New Mexico State University. He was appointed associate registrar in 1996. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as senior enlisted adviser and command sergeant major, Pacific Air Forces, Hawaii, in 1986. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in counseling and human resources from the University of Idaho. He has … » More …

WSU Plans for Spokane To Be Presented Aug. 31
August 26, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s proposals for expanding access to educational programs in Spokane will be presented at a community briefing Monday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Phase I Classroom Building on the Riverpoint campus. The mission statement and operating plans will be delivered to the state Higher Education Coordinating Board Tuesday. The final plan, including responses from the Spokane community, the HEC Board and other constituencies, is due Oct. 15. The proposals have been developed over several months of discussion and consultation with other Spokane area college and university officials, business executives and community leaders in an attempt to identify … » More …

Alcohol, Drug Abuse Awareness Week Begins at WSU Aug. 31
August 26, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program will sponsor an awareness week from Aug. 31-Sept. 4. The week features a one-hour television production of students and experts talking about the scope of alcohol and drug abuse on campus and the latest scientific information on research and prevention. The special, called “An Issue of Substance at WSU,” will be aired at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, on local cable Channel 10. Northwest Public Television is co-sponsoring the show. Part of the special is devoted to four student panelists representing fraternities, sororities, residence halls and off-campus residents: Andy Boyd, Interfraternity Council president; Sara Labberton, vice … » More …

WSU Faculty Member Conducting Analysis of School Failures in Chicana/o Students
August 25, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Research shows that failure in school is common for Chicana/o students. Marcos Pizarro, a Washington State University Comparative American Cultures faculty member, is trying to find out why and hopes to develop an intervention program that can be used in Chicana/o communities throughout the western United States. “Despite decades of investigation into their school failure, as many as half of the Chicana/o students in a given class drop out of school. With the ever-increasing number and percentage of Chicana/o youth in the schools of the western United States, addressing this failure has become a matter of urgency both for the Chicana/o population … » More …

Funding Renewed for Native American Speech and Hearing Training Program
August 25, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — A program to train Native Americans as speech-language pathologists and audiologists at Washington State University has received renewed funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Eight Native American students are currently enrolled in the program, which offers financial and educational support. An opening for one more student remains. Information is available from the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at WSU. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in educational or medical settings with individuals who have difficulty with speech, language or hearing. The training includes professional mentorships and leadership training, as well as observations, clinical experience and research in … » More …

Artwork by Kirkland Featured at WSU at African Student Center
August 24, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — An open house in Washington State University’s African American Student Center and Talmadge Anderson Heritage House will feature artwork by Hasaan Kirkland, a WSU fine arts graduate student. The open house begins 6 p.m. Sept. 14, at the student center in Room 201 of the Multicultural Center and Heritage House in Suite 57P of Cleveland Hall. Kirkland will be guest of honor during the open house. The African American Student Center site was chosen to showcase a Kirkland permanent mural, painted on one of its walls. Entitled “Mask of Education: The Game Face,” the mural depicts the strength of African Americans’ past, … » More …