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Walter Gmelch Appointed Interim Education Dean
July 30, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Walter Gmelch, a Washington State University education faculty member since 1980, has been appointed interim dean of the College of Education by Provost Gretchen M. Bataille. Gmelch’s appointment, effective Aug. 15, runs through June 30, 1998. He succeeds Bernard Oliver who leaves WSU to become education dean at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Gmelch has been associate dean of education since 1995, and interim chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies since 1996. He also has chaired the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology and the Department of Educational Administration and Supervision. A noted scholar and author in the subject of … » More …

New WSU Daily Parking Rates Effective Monday
July 29, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–New daily parking permit and parking meter rates at Washington State University will take effect Monday, Aug. 4. The new schedule is part of a two-stage increase approved by the WSU Board of Regents last year. Annual staff and faculty permits are unchanged. Daily fees for Orange parking areas will increase from $2.25 a day to $3. Green, Gray, and Visitor permits advance from $1.50 to $2 a day. Commercial permits will increase from $3.50 to $5. Meter rates will go from 40 cents to 50 cents for 30 minutes. Meters that now show a 40-minute maximum will be changed to 45 minutes. Annual … » More …

Spoonemore to Lead National Association
July 28, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Joe Spoonemore, director of special projects for facilities management at Washington State University, is the new president-elect of the international Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers. He was installed at the organization’s annual educational conference earlier this month in Orlando, Fla., and will become president of the association next year. One of his first official duties will be to address the group’s Australasian Region conference in Sydney, Australia, in September. The association, formerly the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA), has 4,800 members and representatives of 23 nations. Its purpose is “to support educational excellence through quality programming, leadership and professional facilities management.” Spoonemore … » More …

WSU, GST Telecom Create Long-Distance Program
July 25, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. – In the first agreement of its kind nationwide because of its low rates and benefit to students, GST Telecom of Vancouver, Wash., is partnering up with Washington State University Aug. 4 to provide long-distance calling services to support scholarships. Ten cents of every dollar will fund student scholarships. The long-distance rate is 10.9 cents per minute for calls anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. WSU anticipates raising $500,000 to $1 million each year from the rebate. Travel calling cards, pre-paid calling cards and an option for WSU students in which their student identification card serves … » More …

WSU’s Haarsager Joins National Public Broadcast Board
July 22, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. — Dennis L. Haarsager, associate vice president and general manager of Educational Telecommunications and Technology at Washington State University, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Public Broadcasting Service. Haarsager is one of four new professional members and four lay members elected for three-year terms beginning in October. The board is the governing body of PBS, a non-profit corporation headquartered in Alexandria, Va., funded primarily by dues and program fees paid by member stations. He is also a member of the boards and past president of both the Washington Public Broadcasting Association and West Coast Public Radio, and is a … » More …

WSU Psychologist Brigham Receives Two Awards
July 22, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. — A course on AIDS education and sexual decision-making developed by WSU psychology professor Thomas A. Brigham has received funding from the Association of American College and Universities’ Partnerships for Health and Higher Education initiative. The focus of the course is on preventing unwanted pregnancies, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The course is conducted by specially trained students who give presentations and lead discussions and exercises. The course has been taught for two years and was approved as a regular offering by the WSU faculty and regents this spring. According to Brigham, lecturing is not the most effective way to affect decision-making, … » More …

New Book Tells Story of 19th-Century Adventurer
July 17, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–In 1848, Ranald MacDonald convinced the captain of the whaling ship Plymouth to cast him adrift in a rowboat off northern Hokkaido, Japan. Inspired by stories he had heard in his youth about Japanese sailors shipwrecked on the Pacific Northwest coast, MacDonald harbored an insatiable curiosity about Japan, which was then closed to outsiders. The story of this nearly forgotten pioneer in U.S.-Japanese relations is recounted in “Ranald MacDonald: Pacific Rim Adventurer,” a new Washington State University Press book by Bellingham author JoAnn Roe. MacDonald escaped execution, but was held captive for nearly a year, teaching English to Japanese translators. His students later played … » More …

Plants Can Adjust to Cold Temperatures
July 15, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–If you think your outdoor plants are just sitting around waiting to freeze in the fall while you’re rooting around in you cedar chest for another sweater, think again. Plants also respond to colder temperatures in ways that will help them survive the coming winter. John Browse’s laboratory at WSU’s Institute of Biological Chemistry has been investigating how plants survive and grow in cold or freezing temperatures. Browse and co-workers study Arabidopsis thaliana, a small weed that’s been the favorite laboratory tool of plant geneticists for many years. Browse’s lab started with the knowledge that if you grow an Arabidopsis at 72 degrees Fahrenheit, … » More …

WSU Appoints Permanent Career Services Director
July 15, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s Career Services and Student Advising and Learning Center have been formally joined under the leadership of Alton Jamison. Vice Provost for Student Affairs K. J. “Gus” Kravas has appointed Jamison permanent director of Career Services. Jamison, who has been director of the Student Advising and Learning Center since 1994, became interim director of Career Services a year ago, following the resignation of John E. Adams. “Stronger working relationships between the two units and with the rest of the academic community have been forged under Al Jamison’s leadership,” Kravas said. “The result has been a much more effective service for all students.” … » More …

CougNet Connects Alumni, Friends
July 15, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. – Student web designer Travis Baldree hits the enter key on the computer, and a cougar crouches and snarls at him. It’s not a warning to keep away; he did, after all, create it. It’s the opening icon that welcomes visitors to the new Cougar Information Network, or CougNet for short. And for Washington State University alumni and friends who join the network, the sight and sound of this virtual Butch feels like coming home. CougNet, which makes its public debut today, provides a continually updated, interactive World Wide Web site with a wide variety of WSU information and networking opportunities, plus a … » More …