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Council on Chicana/o and Latina/o Affairs Created at WSU
November 18, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–A Council on Chicana/o and Latina/o Affairs at Washington State University has been created by the WSU administration in response to what members of the university’s Chicana/o and Latina/o community say are serious problems. WSU President Samuel Smith, Provost Gretchen Bataille and Ernestine Madison, Human Relations and Resources vice provost, were briefed on the problems by Chicana/o and Latina/o faculty and staff in a Nov. 6 meeting. The issues relate to an increasing “Hispanic” population in the state not reflected in numbers of university administrators, faculty and staff members, and students at WSU. Attending were members of the WSU Chicana/o and Latina/o Faculty, Staff, … » More …

Propose higher education endowment
November 13, 1997

All of Washington’s public colleges and universities have proposed that the state establish a $500 million public-private partnership to enhance the quality of higher education in Washington. The proposed Endowment for Higher Education would match $250 million in private donations with an equal amount in state funds to create permanent endowments in perpetuity at each institution, from which only earnings would be spent. The funds would be used to improve the quality of higher education programs in Washington by supporting undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, distinguished professorships, library resources, equipment, faculty teaching awards, innovative approaches to faculty development, and initiatives for curriculum development and service delivery. … » More …

Stowe Receives WSU Alumni Achievement Award
November 12, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Duane Stowe, a man whose name is synonymous with community service in Burlington, has received the Washington State University Alumni Achievement Award. The presentation was made Nov. 11 at a Cougar rally at Max Dale’s Restaurant in Mount Vernon. He was cited for “superb volunteer leadership and participation in his profession and community, and for extraordinary loyalty and service to his alma mater through his Cougar spirit and pride in the Crimson and the Gray.” Stowe is one of the anchors of the business community in Burlington, where he and his family have operated Stowe’s Inc., an apparel store, for several generations. He and … » More …

Morgan Named WSU Dad of the Year
November 10, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Gary D. Morgan, principal of Cedar River Elementary School in Maple Valley, was named Washington State University Dad of the Year Saturday at the annual WSU Dad’s Day Breakfast in the Compton Union Building. He was nominated by his daughter Maile, a junior majoring in elementary education. Other finalists for the award were Ron Carter, Portland, Ore.; W. Frank Hendrix III, Selah; Roger Duprel, Bellevue; and James W. “Buck” Frymier Jr., Gig Harbor. Morgan earned a bachelor’s degree in social science in 1960 at WSU, where he also completed his teaching credentials in 1961. In nominating her dad for the WSU award, Maile wrote, … » More …

WSU Parents Program Awards $35,000
November 10, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–At the annual Dad’s Weekend breakfast Nov. 8 on campus, the Parents Program at Washington State University awarded $35,000 to student organizations and programs that benefit students. The following designations were made for the 1997-98 academic year: Dad’s Weekend Committee, $4,300; Mom’s Weekend Committee, $4,300; Alive! at WSU, the new student orientation program, $3,500; Intramural Sports, $3,500; and Crimson Company show choir, $2,700. The Cougar Marching Band and Women’s Transit Program both received $2,500, and Men’s Crew received $1,300. Receiving $1,000 each were the Madrigal Singers/Trumpet Ensemble and the Palouse Regional Crisis Line. Others receiving funds included YMCA at WSU, $900; Black Women’s Caucus, … » More …

Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Visits WSU
November 7, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.- Vernon Baker, the only living black World War II veteran to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, will visit Washington State University Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. He will speak in the CUB Cascade Room 127. President Clinton awarded Baker the military’s highest decoration on Jan. 13. Baker’s actions in World War II earned him the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army’s second highest award. Due to racial attitudes at the time, he was not considered for the medal. More than 50 years later, after an audit of his military record, the Pentagon recognized Baker’s service and awarded him the recognition. ASWSU … » More …

News Conference
November 7, 1997

WHAT: Washington State University will lead a consortium of universities and private sector researchers in a project to develop a substitute material to replace damaged and decaying wood piers at the U.S. Navy installations. The multidisciplinary project is of national scale and worldwide importance, with large commercial potential. WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. WHERE: WSU Wood Materials Engineering Laboratory, Research and Technology Park, NE 1445 Terra View Drive. WHO: Principal researchers and representatives of the consortium members.CONTACT: Nancy Hilliard, College of Engineering and Architecture, 509/335-5095, or Al Ruddy, News and Information Services, 509/335-3581.ar238-97

Poetry Corner at WSU Library Honors Ruth Slonim
November 7, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–A new poetry corner at Washington State University will be named in honor of emeritus English professor Ruth Slonim. The public is invited to a dedication of the corner on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. in the Holland/New Library Atrium. For many years WSU’s unofficial “Poet Laureate,” Slonim joined the WSU faculty in 1947 after teaching at several other institutions. She earned her undergraduate degree from Duluth State College and her advanced degrees from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. During her 36-year tenure at WSU, she taught modern poetry and English literature and coordinated a poetry reading series which featured major poets and … » More …

WRC Faculty Colloquium Series Continues
November 4, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.- Richelle Allen-King will discuss “A Woman’s Place is Out Standing in Her Field: A Hydrogeologic Perspective,” as the Washington State University Women’s Resource Center Faculty Colloquium continues next week. Her talk is scheduled for 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Compton Union Building Cascade Room. Allen-King is an assistant professor of geology, specializing in organic ground water contamination. She is the current president of the Palouse Chapter of the Association for Women in Science. The presentation will provide personal examples of how one woman approaches the academic career track in a discipline that is male-dominated. She will discuss examples from her experience … » More …

WSU to Sign Agreement with Tribal Representatives
November 4, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–An agreement designed to improve the quality of educational services and opportunities for Native Americans at Washington State University is set to be signed in ceremonies Saturday, Nov. 8. The Memorandum of Understanding provides for the creation of an advisory board to President Samuel Smith, who will sign the document along with representatives of several Northwest Native American tribes, the Native American Alliance at WSU and Ku-au-Mah Alumni Society. WSU Provost Gretchen Bataille also will take part in the event. The signing ceremonies are scheduled for 1 p.m. in Room 405 of the Lighty Student Services Building. The tribal leaders also will be introduced … » More …