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Educated Latinas/Chicanas Leading America Conference
September 22, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.– Registration has been extended to Sept. 25 for the first of what is planned as an annual Educated Latinas/Chicanas Leading America (ELLA) Conference at Washington State University. The event, the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, will be held Oct. 3-5 in WSU’s Compton Union Building, said conference spokesperson Mareth Flores, a WSU student. Conference host will be the Mujeres Unidas chapter of WSU. ELLA was established four years ago when several WSU Mujeres Unidas members attended a leadership conference in Washington D.C. “These women had a vision of creating an organization that would address the needs of Latinas/Chicanas and provide … » More …

WSU Settles Lawsuits with Three Employees
September 19, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University has reached settlement agreements with three education professors on their pending discrimination lawsuits, officials announced Friday [Sept. 19]. “WSU has recognized that there were serious concerns within the College of Education, and we’ve addressed some of those issues,” Geoffrey Gamble, vice provost for academic affairs, said. “As a result, we have been able to resolve these lawsuits and allow the parties involved to move forward.” The lawsuits were filed in Whitman County Superior Court in January of this year by Sue Durrant, Marilyn Mowatt and Joanne Washburn, all education professors. All three charged they experienced gender discrimination in salaries, work load … » More …

Tip Sheet for September 20-27
September 19, 1997

WHO OWNS THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL RECORD OF THE PAST? The discovery of the so-called Kennewick Man skeleton along the Columbia River in the Tri-Cities has led to an unprecedented debate on access to ancient human remains. As part of a Faculty Research Symposium on Ethics in the Disciplines, Dr. William Lipe, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, will speak on “Who Owns the Archaeological Record of the Past? Ethical Issues for Archaeologists” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Compton Union Building, Rooms 108-109 [west end, main floor]. Sponsors are the Center for Teaching and Learning and the College of Liberal Arts.STUDENTS … » More …

Record Enrollment Set for WSU
September 18, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University has established a record enrollment this fall with 20,537 students registered for classes at its four campuses. System-wide the increase is 1.8 percent above last year’s total of 20,169 students enrolled at the end of 10th day of classes. The 10th day enrollment figures are used by the state for annual comparisons. As anticipated, the enrollment patterns show the greatest increases in areas of rapid population growth and in programs delivered via educational technologies, WSU officials say. At the same time, the quality of the incoming freshman class at Pullman continues to increase. The enrollment advances are led by a 22 … » More …

WSU to Open McCroskey Community Police Center
September 10, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.—The formal opening of the Community Police Center in McCroskey Hall on the Washington State University campus is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. A ribbon-cutting ceremony in McCroskey Room 30G is set for 3:45 p.m. Participants will include Sallie Giffen, vice president for business affairs; William Mercier, director of public safety and campus police chief; and Neil Walker, student body president. The center is the first of other campus offices planned to bring police services closer to students. It is funded by a 3-year, $75,000 grant from the U.S. Justice Department. It will be staffed by police officers afternoons and early evenings … » More …

$7.35 Million Received for WSU Animal Disease Biotech Facility
September 10, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has received a final federal appropriation of $7.35 million to complete construction of the Animal Disease Biotechnology Facility (ADBF) on the Pullman campus. “We are very happy to receive the final portion of this valuable federal commitment,” said WSU President Samuel Smith. “Strong bipartisan support of this project for nearly a decade of planning and construction is a testament to the reputation of excellence WSU’s veterinary college faculty and USDA animal disease research partners command in national and international circles.” Planning for the $22.7 million, 42,000 square-foot building attached to the east end of Bustad Hall began … » More …

WSU Regents Approve Supplemental Budget Requests
September 5, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s Board of Regents today approved supplemental budget requests that will include $16 million for endowed professorships, student fellowships and for enhancements to the university’s distance education delivery system. The regents endorsed the concept of a state Higher Education Endowment initiative to use excess state revenues to match private contributions for the professorships and fellowships. Through previous matching programs, the Legislature has appropriated more than $4.5 million to WSU for professorships and fellowships. During the recent fund-raising campaign, WSU has received an additional $16.7 million in donations and pledges that are eligible for state matching funds. The university also will ask for … » More …

WSU Highest in Nation in Alumni Giving to Public Universities
September 5, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University has the highest alumni giving rate of all public universities in the country, according to the annual U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges 1998” edition. Some 35 percent of alumni who received an undergraduate degree from WSU gave to the University during the 1995 and 1996 academic years, the time period upon which the rankings were based. The report, which ranks the nation’s 400 top universities in a variety of categories, called this measure “a proxy of alumni satisfaction.” “This verifies what we have always known — that Cougars are exceedingly proud of their high-quality education at WSU, … » More …

WSU Regents to Consider Supplemental Budget Requests
September 3, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s Board of Regents will consider a series of supplemental budget requests to the state Office of Financial Management when it meets Friday, Sept. 5, at 9 a.m. in the Lewis Alumni Centre. Regents will be asked to endorse a Higher Education Endowment initiative to use excess state revenues to match private contributions for endowed distinguished professorships, graduate and undergraduate fellowships and other enhancements. Through previous matching programs, the legislature has appropriated more than $4.5 million for professorships and student fellowships at WSU. The WSU Foundation through its recently completed fund-raising campaign has received an additional $16.77 million in donations and pledges … » More …

Contractors-Turned-Academics Produce Jobsite Text
September 2, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–With the eye of commercial building contractors, Washington State University Professor Bill Mincks and his colleague Professor Hal Johnston from California Polytechnic State University have written the definitive handbook of job-site management. “Construction Jobsite Management,” recently published by Delmar Publishers, will not only be used in college classrooms, but by industry practitioners wanting to put together the most efficient building team and services. From sample forms and schedules to understanding relationships and procedures, the text is ready for application. The book reflects the careers of its two authors, both of whom graduated in the early ’70s from WSU and took up contracting in the … » More …