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Transformation of graphite into hexagonal diamond documented by WSU researchers

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

Stefan Turneaure
Turneaure

PULLMAN, Wash. – A new study by Washington State University researchers answers longstanding questions about the formation of a rare type of diamond during major meteorite strikes. » More …

Golden and diamond graduates reunite

 

Those who graduated from WSU 50 and 60 years ago gathered for lunch and a bit of history in Beasley coliseum Thursday, part of the annual reunion of Golden and Diamond graduates.  

 

Senor communication majors Jessica Fitts and Alex Bennett charmed the 1958 and 1948 graduates with their take on the golden times of WSU.  This year the audience consisted of 35 diamond grads and 99 golden grads. 

 

Earlier in the day the graduates boarded buses and got a … » More …

Golden, Diamond Grads tour campus, share stories

Golden and Diamond Grads are on the WSU campus this week touring facilities, dining with faculty and staff and reminiscing about the days of old at WSU.While at Ferdinand’s, Roy and Patti Pellerin, Class of 1956, said the things they missed most about WSU were the sports and the closeness of the community.  They also noted that the buildings and equipment had changed dramatically since they first attended WSU in 1952.Donna Gillis, Class of 1956, shared about her WSU experiences and those of family members who also attended WSU as she toured the Student Recreation Center in her wheelchair.  Gillis, noting the correlation between … » More …

Golden and diamond grads add sparkle to campus

Washington State University and its various colleges are preparing for one of the most anticipated events of the year, the annual Golden and Diamond Grads Reunion.Held each year in April, the reunion welcomes back to campus students who graduated 50 years ago (golden grads) and 60 years ago (diamond grads). This year’s attendees received their diplomas in 1946 and 1956.“This is one of the events that we look forward to each spring,” said Erich Lear, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Our time with these men and women is always inspirational. It is fascinating to hear about their careers, to see the way in … » More …

Student helps assure diamonds stay forever

A WSU graduate student hopes his undergraduate research project results in a few less broken hearts this Valentine’s Day.In the research project, sponsored by Pounders Jewelers and Hi-Rel Laboratories in Spokane, Colin Merriman worked with David Bahr and Grant Norton, professors in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, to better understand the problem of losing diamonds out of ring settings.Every year, millions of dollars worth of diamonds or fine gems are lost when they fall out of their gold ring settings because of corrosion at the microscopic level of the material holding them in place. The gold is particularly susceptible to corrosion when it … » More …

Golden and diamond grads plan Liberal Arts reunion Wednesday

They are known on the Washington State University campus as “diamond” and “golden” grads, having received their diplomas from WSU 60 years ago (1945) and 50 years ago (1955), respectively.This week the two groups will returned to campus to reacquaint themselves with the university and each other.The College of Liberal Arts will host its annual luncheon Wednesday, April 20, for its diamond and golden grads. “It is one of the highlights of the year,” said Kay Glaser, organizer of the event. “There is so much history in every conversation.” Before returning to campus, grads are asked to fill out a questionnaire which allows them to … » More …