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WSU Liberal Arts Honors Alumnus, Faculty and Students
May 9, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. — The College of Liberal Arts at Washington State University will present its annual achievement awards for faculty, alumni and students at the college commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10. The Distinguished Achievement Award for Alumni will be presented to William Marler, managing partner in the law firm of Kargianis Watkins Marler of Seattle. Marler graduated from WSU in 1982 with degrees in political science, English and economics. He earned his law degree from the University of Puget Sound Law School and is one of the leading liability trial lawyers in the Northwest. Two Honors Program graduates, Miguel Angel Landa and Noah Coy … » More …

WSU Regents Approve Degree Programs and Facilities
May 9, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s Board of Regents today approved new undergraduate degree programs, upgraded its main computer system and authorized expansion of student recreation facilities. Meeting in conjunction with WSU’s 101st Commencement week activities, the board approved bachelor’s degree programs in earth science, neuroscience and sports management on the Pullman campus. They also approved extending bachelor’s degree programs in human development, biology, environmental science and English to the growing WSU Vancouver campus, and extended the master’s in nursing degree program to Vancouver and Yakima. Regents approved the replacement the university’s central IBM 3090 mainframe computer with a $2.1 million Enterprise server from IBM. The purchase … » More …

Classes Donate to WSU Entrance and Arch Replica
May 8, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–A piece of history will be restored on the Washington State University campus, thanks in part to gifts from the Class of ’97 and the Golden Grad Class of ’47. Members of this year’s graduating class have pledged $22,000, and the class of 1947, which conducted its golden anniversary reunion on campus recently, has donated $25,000 to build a replica of the university’s historic entry archway and to help fund other entrance enhancements. The smaller arch replica will be the centerpiece of a proposed plaza and colonnade on the pedestrian walk constructed in 1996 west of the main entrance at Stadium Way and the … » More …

Portable Yellow Pages Idea Pays Off for WSU Seniors
May 7, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. — Vision and hard work paid off — literally — for three Washington State University graduating marketing students who created a way to take the Yellow Pages on the road. On April 28, the Yellow Pages Publishers Association (YPPA) awarded seniors Mike Bomgardner, Kara Howard and Kristine Kober $1,000 checks each for winning first place in a marketing idea competition that drew more than 90 other project teams. The association also awarded another $3,000 to the College of Business and Economics’ marketing department that will be used for research by the trio’s professor, Steven Silverman. The WSU proposal calls for capitalizing on new … » More …

WSU Professors Join Hotel Research Alliance Team
May 6, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University professors Denney Rutherford and Chris Paxson have been invited to join a research alliance initiated by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Motel Association. Both are faculty in the College of Business and Economics’ Hotel and Restaurant Administration Program. The association — whose members are major American hotel companies — is funding research in human resources management, technology development and legal issues. The specific studies to be undertaken were developed by representatives from the participating schools during March meetings in Washington, D.C. Rutherford and Paxson will participate in research projects with teams of representatives from 11 other … » More …

WSU MSS Director Accepts Position at Florida State
May 6, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Lee Jones, director of the Washington State University Office of Multicultural Student Services, has accepted an administrative/academic position at Florida State University, effective in August. Jones said he will resign from WSU on Aug. 16 to become FSU College of Education associate dean of instruction and an associate professor of education at the university, located in Tallahassee, Fla. “I accept Lee’s resignation with regret,” said Ernestine Madison, WSU vice provost for Human Relations and Resources. “He has done an excellent job of restructuring and leading the MSS program. He has my personal thanks and the gratitude of WSU. It is my understanding that the … » More …

WSU Veterinary College to Graduate 63 New DVMs
May 6, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine confers 63 new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in Compton Union Building on the Pullman campus. “Graduation day is always a source of great pride for the faculty and staff of the WSU veterinary college,” said Dean Borje Gustafsson. “New graduates, our newest colleagues, are filled with the excitement and enthusiasm of new knowledge and a bright future. At the same time, they feel a great sense of relief that this part of their training is over, and that they can move on to accomplish their personal and professional goals.” Of … » More …

Commencement News Tips
May 6, 1997

SURVEY SHOWS GRADUATE RECRUITMENT UP 26 PERCENT Recruiting on college campuses was strong this spring with companies particularly seeking computer-literate graduates, according to an April survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Manufacturers account for almost 60 percent of the jobs offered to students. Service industry employers offered almost 35 percent of their jobs to graduates in technical fields. Compared to last year, starting salaries are up almost 8 percent because of growing demand for hiring in entry-level positions. Graduates in business disciplines are receiving increases in salary, with accounting graduates starting at an average salary of $30,511, a 3.9 percent increase from … » More …

FASR Announces Scholarships
May 5, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s Faculty Association for Scholarship and Research has presented its 21st annual Undergraduate Research Awards. First-place award winners are Amanda Loftis of West Richland and Jennifer Parish of Benton City. Loftis’ work describing how specialized immune system cells function in cattle was guided by veterinary sciences faculty member William Davis. Parish, working in the laboratory of chemistry professor James Schenk, determined how the distribution of a brain chemical is altered by psychotropic drugs. Second-place award winners were Amy Bowles of Lake Stevens, for her paper “Overpopulation and Population Policies of Three Developing Countries,” which was nominated by her instructor in political science, … » More …

Julie Lutz Named Boeing Distinguished Professor
May 5, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University professor of astronomy and mathematics and director of the Program in Astronomy Julie H. Lutz was named Boeing Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Science Education at the annual College of Sciences Recognition Reception. The announcement was made by Lloyd Osborn, manager of engineering initiatives at the Boeing Company and member of the College of Sciences Board of Visitors. The professorship was created specifically to enhance science interest and knowledge among K-12 students, as well as non-science majors at WSU, and to support the pipeline of students interested in majors in science and mathematics. The professorship is funded by a … » More …