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WSU receives top awards at Lionel Hampton Festival
February 27, 2009

PULLMAN — Students from the WSU Jazz Studies Program received top awards at “College Day” at the 2009 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival held Thursday, Feb. 26, at the University of Idaho.


Receiving “Adjudicators’ Choice” awards—presented to the best ensembles in their divisions—were the WSU Jazz Big Band directed by Greg Yasinitsky, Regents Professor, and WSU VOJAZZ (vocal ensemble) directed by Kathleen Hollingsworth, in her first year as a School of Music faculty member. Also receiving an Adjudicators’ Choice award was WSU bassist Matt Grimes who was invited with other top soloists of the day to perform … » More …

Abstracts accepted beginning Dec 8
December 5, 2008

Abstracts for the 2009 Academic Showcase will be accepted Dec. 8-Jan. 30 ONLINE @, as WSU looks toward its annual celebration of excellence — Showcase 2009 on Friday, March 27.


The 2008 Academic Showcase featured more than 390 displays highlighting the original research of WSU faculty, staff and students.


Besides honoring the achievements of faculty and staff, Showcase 2009 also provides employees the opportunity to learn about the areas of academic expertise of their colleagues.


Events for the day will include:
9 a.m.-noon, Academic Showcase
12:15-1:45 p.m., Distinguished Faculty Address luncheon
3:30-5 p.m., Legacy of Excellence … » More …

VP nominee names accepted through April
April 25, 2008

Several candidates for vice president of University Relations have been identified, but letters of interest will continue to be accepted through April.

The search committee plans to complete candidate selection by June-August 2008. 

As part of the recruitment stage, ads have been placed in various national publications, said Howard Grimes, search committee chair and vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School.

In addition, the university has hired the Chicago firm of Campbell & Company to help identify national candidates. The firm has identified several to bring forward, Grimes said.

To nominate someone for vice president, send the nominee name and contact … » More …

Grimes advances to new vp position
January 10, 2008

PULLMAN – Howard Grimes, who has headed the Graduate School at WSU since July 2002, will add the duties of vice president of research on Feb. 1.

The change, announced by President Elson S. Floyd and Provost and Executive Vice President Robert Bates, coincides with the university’s efforts to elevate the importance of research and graduate education. Bates said the move will also allow James Petersen, who has served as vice provost for research since July 2002, to return to a faculty role in the College of Engineering and Architecture.

“By elevating the head of our research effort to the vice presidential level, WSU is … » More …

Graduate research efforts share $1.5 M
December 4, 2007



PULLMAN – The WSU Graduate School, using funds from an anonymous private donor, will provide $1.5 million over a five-year period to programs in veterinary medicine (School of Global Animal Health), molecular plant sciences and engineering science (Laboratory for Atmospheric Research).

“We are investing in proven excellence for one explicit purpose to foster a new type of graduate education model that will lead the world,” said Howard Grimes, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School.

President Elson S. Floyd said, “Taking a great program and making it truly exceptional is a challenge. By facing … » More …

Reception to honor presidential award winner
June 7, 2005

A reception to honor Charlena Grimes, academic coordinator for the College of Engineering and Architecture, who recently won the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, will be held 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education in the second floor atrium.Grimes was one of nine individual (and five institutional) recipients nationwide invited to the White House in May to receive the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The award recognizes people who have mentored underrepresented students in science, mathematics and engineering. Grimes is thought to be the first-ever Washington State University recipient.Grimes, with … » More …

Steam plant starting up
August 20, 2004

The new Grimes Way Steam Plant was used for the first time on Aug. 9 to admit steam to the Washington State University heating system. Testing of all three boilers, fueled both by natural gas and diesel, is continuing with hopes of having the plant fully functional by early September, said Mike Nearing, energy plant manager for Facilities Operations.“We’ve made progress and we’re pleased, but we still have a ways to go,” he said, adding that, because of the plant’s original, innovative design and stringent emissions requirements, the startup process has been more time-consuming than engineers first anticipated. Meanwhile, a new control system at the … » More …

Graduate School to double Ph.D. research, enrollment
May 9, 2003

Howard Grimes recently was named dean of Washington State University’s Graduate School. Having filled that role on an interim basis since July 1, 2002, he already has established some very clear insights and goals for the school. WSU Today interviewed Grimes recently to get his comments on where he hopes to guide the Graduate School in the near future, as well as some insights on the new dean himself. Q: The past nine months gave you an inside look at the dean’s job and an chance to decide if you wanted to continue. During that time, did anything surprise you about the job or the … » More …