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WSU Vancouver recognizes award recipients
May 7, 2009

VANCOUVER – The WSU Vancouver 2009 commencement ceremony will include recognition of two faculty members and one undergraduate student. Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 16.


The Students’ Award for Teaching Excellence goes to Dawn Banker, clinical associate professor and academic coordinator for science programs. Building and maintaining relationships is at the heart of Banker’s work. She meets many of her students as goal-oriented juniors and seniors in high school and mentors them until they leave WSU Vancouver for graduate school or health-related careers. As part of her mentor role, Banker serves as a member of a committee that provides workshops for students … » More …

Awards and honors
February 9, 2009

• WSU Spokane’s graduate program in interior design ranked ninth in the nation in a recent list released by DesignIntelligence, a bimonthly journal for architecture and design professionals. Rankings are based on surveys of professional design firms.


“The ranking suggests our graduate students are doing extremely well in entry level positions,” said John Turpin, associate professor and department chair. “We have had the program for seven years and enough students have gone through to where people are starting to take notice,” he said.

• For the third time in the last 10 years, a student in WSU’s Distance Degree Programs has been named the … » More …

Spring seminars address overeating, ocean dead zones, corporate social responsibility
January 14, 2009


VANCOUVER – WSU Vancouver presents the Spring 2009 Chancellor’s Seminar Series, campus lunchtime presentations, 12 to 1:30 p.m., Fridays, Feb. 13, March 13 and April 10, in the Firstenburg Student Commons.

Ticket price for each seminar is $25 per person, including lunch and parking, or $60 for all three seminars with registration by Feb. 6. For more information on each seminar, and to register, see, or call 360-694-2588.

Feb. 13, “Gut Feelings: How The Gut Tries To Tell The Brain To Stop,” by Bob Ritter of WSU Pullman.

 The National Center for … » More …

Faculty examine economic downturn
November 3, 2008

VANCOUVER – A lot of people are at fault for the world financial crisis, said several WSU Vancouver experts at a recent campus forum. And recovery will require good decision-making by a lot of people, including everyone at the local level.


Among those to blame are large East Coast investment banks that took big risks, insurers that said they would protect those banks, and credit rating agencies that underestimated the danger, said Joe Cote, professor of finance. Also at fault were people who took out home loans they couldn’t afford and the mortgage brokers who encouraged them, he said.


Politicians and federal regulators … » More …