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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 …

Revenge in the Workplace Can Be Good
May 2, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Is revenge simply emotional and volatile, always an irrational response in civilized society? Not necessarily, declares Tom Tripp, WSU Vancouver business professor. He argues that revenge has its place in the work environment if it effects positive change either for the avenger or for the organization. “Conventional wisdom views revenge only in behavioral terms,” says Tripp. “But it can be cognitive and intrapersonal, constructive and prosocial, have its own rationality, and be rooted in seeking justice. It can be an effective tool to deter power abuse by authority figures, promote cooperation between conflicting parties, and initiate corporate policy change. In other words, revenge in … » More …

Book Traces Klondike Gold Rush Trail
May 2, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–In the brutally cold winter of 1897-98, drawn by the glitter of chance and fortune, tens of thousands of gold seekers stampeded north to the gold fields of the Yukon. Their grueling trek from Skagway, Alaska, over the Chilkoot Pass to Lake Bennett has been captured in words and photographs in a new Washington State University Press book, “Trail to the Klondike,” by the late Seattle television personality Don McCune. Seven decades after the Alaska gold rush, McCune retraced the route to the Yukon with his KOMO-TV Exploration Northwest crew. Along the trail they found abundant evidence of the Klondikers’ struggle, “left behind for … » More …

New Chair to Assume WSU’s Civil Engineering Department
May 2, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Michael Katona, chief scientist at the Air Force’s environmental quality laboratory in Florida and former professor of civil engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named Chair of WSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to begin in August. He succeeds Rafik Itani, who has held the position for eight years and now resumes teaching and research in the department. Katona, 56, has held positions in academe, industry and federal government over the past 27 years. He has won awards for advancing civil engineering science in the structural, geotechnical, environmental and transportation fields. He earned a doctoral degree in structural mechanics and … » More …

Detlor-Langan to Head Nursing Education Center
May 1, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Dorothy M. Detlor-Langan, dean of the School of Nursing at Pacific Lutheran University and a former faculty member of the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education headquartered in Spokane, has been named dean of the ICNE effective Aug. 1. Detlor-Langan’s appointment was announced today by Geoffrey Gamble, interim provost at Washington State University. WSU is responsible for administration of the cooperative nursing program conducted with partners Eastern Washington University and Whitworth College. She succeeds Thelma Cleveland, who retires after serving as ICNE dean since 1982. A member of the ICNE faculty from 1974 to 1989, Detlor-Langan began her professional career in 1960 after receiving a … » More …

Nancy Bell Selected to Attend Bryn Mawr Summer Institute
April 30, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Nancy Bell, chair of the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate at Washington State University, has been selected as WSU’s nominee for the 1997 Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr (Pa.) College. A member of the WSU faculty since 1993, Bell was elected chair in 1996. Her work on insurance for small businesses, employee benefits, health insurance and pensions has been published in books, numerous legislative reports and journals including the “Journal of Risk and Insurance,” “American Journal of Small Business,” “Benefits Quarterly,” “Best’s Review Life and Health Edition,” “Journal of Insurance Issues” and “Journal of Insurance Regulation.” The … » More …