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Is your deck designed to handle a crowd?
May 5, 2015

From the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Bender-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Outdoor decks are a great way to extend living and entertaining spaces, but they can also be the most dangerous part of a building if not properly designed, constructed and maintained.

Student group helps with hurricane relief
March 7, 2006

They could be spending a week on a sunny beach, but instead, a large group of WSU students will head to New Orleans for spring break to help out with hurricane relief efforts.Working through Campus Crusade for Christ and Habitat for Humanity, WSU’s group of about 110 students will be the largest student group nationwide participating in the effort during the week of March 10-17.”It was a community service activity that I really felt called to help out with,” said Jesse Radoslovich, an architecture student who is participating. “There is so much damage down there still. They obviously need manpower.”The students will be helping in … » More …

WSU, UW compete for Space Needle; raise relief funds
November 3, 2005

The stakes are higher at this year’s Apple Cup-605 feet above ground to be exact. Washington State University and the University of Washington are teaming up with the Space Needle and Habitat for Humanity to raise money to help rebuild homes destroyed by recent hurricanes in the Southeastern United States.Beginning at 10 a.m., Nov. 2, fans, alumni, students, faculty and staff can make a donation of any amount to Habitat for Humanity’s “Tackling Hurricane Relief” program. When they do, donors will enter a pledge to either the Cougars’ fund or the Huskies’ fund. Each morning throughout the program, the Space Needle will announce the previous … » More …

Backpacks evoke excitement among displaced students
October 14, 2005

The more than 7,000 Backpacks for Hope collected at WSU for children who were victims of two Gulf Coast hurricanes have been delivered.  On Tuesday, Oct. 11, displaced students at Mary Hull Elementary School in San Antonio received backpacks, and autographs from Steve Gleason, amidst a fanfare of song and cheer.  Gleason, a former WSU football player and member of the New Orleans Saints, led the effort through his One Sweet World Foundation.Students from the school will also have the opportunity to write journals about their storm experiences.  Gleason plans to visit the school monthly to offer continued support and a competition for the best … » More …

WSU collects more than 7,000 Backpacks for Hope
October 11, 2005

Washington State University collected more than 7,000 Backpacks for Hope as part of its continuing effort to help those impacted by two Gulf Coast hurricanes.Oct. 8, the date of the WSU home football game against Stanford, was the final day of the backpack collection effort, which started in September.The backpacks for school age children contain school supplies, stuffed animals, journals, notebooks and children’s age-appropriate books. WSU partnered with the One Sweet World Foundation of former WSU football player Steve Gleason of the New Orleans Saints and his mother, Gail Gleason, WSU education graduate student.As part of the effort, Dawn Shinew, College of Education associate professor, … » More …

Katrina stirs up flurry of class discussions
September 30, 2005

Hurricane Katrina cut a wide swath across the Gulf Coast but, if WSU is any indication, the storm is cutting an even wider swath through college classrooms across the country, where Katrina is providing “teachable moments” in discussions ranging from geology to government, from power grids to power structures. Consider nursing, educational policy, construction management or broadcasting: it’s nearly impossible to find a discipline that can’t look to Katrina for curricular connections. “Any time there is a disaster, it goes right into my class,” said Steven Stehr, chair of the political science department. Stehr, who is writing a book on disaster relief in America, said … » More …

ASWSU to hold silent auction for Katrina relief
September 27, 2005

The Associated Students of Washington State University will hold a silent auction from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 29 to benefit those displaced by Hurricane Katrina.The event will be in the Compton Union Building, rooms 214 and 216, and will be open to the public. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.The auction items consist of various gift baskets, containing such items as teas, coffees, mugs and more, donated by a number of WSU residence halls and Greek chapters.For more information, contact Kristin Simmler, event planner, at (509) 335-8190 or

WSU hopes to increase fund drive participation
September 16, 2005

Giving a little can go a long way, especially when combined with the gifts of many others.Through the Washington State Employees Combined Fund Drive (CFD), WSU faculty and staff have been giving for more than 20 years, and their generosity continues to grow. Last year, 9.8 percent of WSU employees pledged $169,894, a three percent increase in giving compared to 2004 and the largest pledge ever.Despite the openhanded efforts of many WSU employees, there is always room for growth. While WSU pledged the second highest amount of funds compared to other Washington public colleges, participation levels were among the lowest. Other universities boasted 11-20 percent … » More …

University creates Katrina relief task force
September 9, 2005

The University has launched a task force to coordinate WSU’s many efforts to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.  Melanie Brown, director of the Community Service Learning Center, and Tom Brigham, professor of psychology and Office of the President, are the co-chairs.Members of the task force will include representatives of the major student, faculty, and staff groups.  The purpose of the task force is to identify and support the various activities and to develop a small number of ongoing projects for the WSU community.  Two initial projects the task force recommends are — Backpacks for Hope.– Operation Good Samaritan at Grambling State University.  We are … » More …

Local organizations unite to aid victims of Katrina
September 8, 2005

With the recent devastation of New Orleans, WSU’s Jazz Northwest, in partnership with St. James Episcopal Church, is getting into the swing of helping hurricane victims in the “Jazz City” and outlying areas.The faculty jazz group will hold a Jazz Benefit for Hurricane Relief at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at St. James Episcopal Church in Pullman.All proceeds will go to victims of Hurricane Katrina via the Red Cross, Episcopal Relief and Development or any agency that attendees designate on their contribution envelopes.A number of opportunities to contribute time and money to relief efforts are cropping up locally and regionally. The following list details many … » More …