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WSU Vancouver presents Heather Raffo’s ‘9 Parts of Desire’
January 23, 2009

VANCOUVER – WSU Vancouver hosts playwright Heather Raffo’s, “9 Parts of Desire” one night only, at 6 p.m. Jan. 28, in the Administration building, room 110. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the Public, seating is limited.

“9 Parts of Desire,” starring Luisa Sermol and directed by Louanne Moldovan, is a portrait of the extraordinary (and ordinary) lives of a whole cross-section of Iraqi women: a sexy painter, a radical communist, doctors, exiles, wives and lovers. This work delves into the many conflicting aspects of what it means to be a woman … » More …

A dream fulfilled
November 12, 2008

When Trandon Harvey caught a short pass from Alex Brink and raced down the left sidelines for the winning touchdown in the 2005 Apple Cup, Darrin Friberg, as many Cougar fans like him, stood and cheered wildly.


However, unlike many Cougars, Friberg wasn’t celebrating his team’s victory in Seattle, the state of Washington, or even in this country.


He was in Iraq, serving as a member of the Army Reserves.


“I was able to catch the highlight of the winning touchdown,” he said. “I saw it at the chow hall. There weren’t too … » More …

Seminar on women’s session in Jordan
September 10, 2008

From left to right: Karen Killenger, Rita Abi Ghanem, Cathy Perillo, Lynne Carpenter-Boggs.


A seminar about the women’s session portion of the Iraqi Agricultural Extension Revitalization Project was put on by faculty from the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and the Department of Food Science on Monday.


Rita Abi Ghanem, a research assistant with the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences; Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, a coordinator for the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources; Karen Killenger, a consumer food safety specialist; and Cathy Perillo, a clinical assistant professor, … » More …

Understanding Pacific conflict helps historian work for peace
December 1, 2006

Dec. 7, 1941, is the day President Roosevelt said would live in infamy. Sept. 11, 2001, is another day burned into the American consciousness. But what about Aug. 6, 1945, or March 19, 2003?Noriko Kawamura, a WSU professor of history, argues that true patriotism requires Americans to understand why Aug. 6 is a day of infamy to the people of Japan (atomic bombing of Hiroshima), just as March 19 may well be a day of infamy to those in Iraq (U.S. attack).“True nationalism has to have an element of transnationalism,” she said. “Concern about your own nation must take into consideration the perspective of other … » More …

WSU graduate dies in Iraq helicopter crash
January 11, 2006

Army National Guard 1st Lt. Jaime (Krausse) Campbell, a 2002 graduate of Washington State University, was among 12 killed in a helicopter crash in northern Iraq on Saturday, Jan. 7.The 25-year-old Alaska Army National Guard first lieutenant from Ephrata was one of two pilots flying the UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter when it crashed. The Black Hawk, according to the U.S. Department of Defense, was providing support for the 101st Airborne Division.A state rodeo queen in 1998 and Ephrata High School class president, Campbell earned a degree in Apparel, Merchandising and Textiles in December 2002. She joined the Washington Army National Guard while at WSU to help pay … » More …

Memorial service set for Sgt. Damien Ficek
January 7, 2005

A candlelight vigil to honor the life and military service of former student Sgt. Damien T. Ficek and the other men and women who have given their lives in service to their country will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19. Members of the community are invited to gather at 4:15 p.m. in front of the Compton Union Building where candles will be lit for a walk to the WSU Veteran’s Memorial at 4:30 p.m. There, the Colors will be retired at sunset and “Taps” will be played. Ficek’s widow, Kyla, will speak at the service, as will Bill Drake, director of WSU Athletic Training Services, and … » More …

WSU loses first student in Iraq
January 3, 2005

Washington State University lost its first student in the War in Iraq on Dec. 30, 2004, in Baghdad when Sgt. Damien Thai Ficek and his patrol were attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. Ficek, a Pullman resident, was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, Spokane, Wash., a part of the 81st Brigade Combat Team.Ficek, 26, was a student at WSU until fall semester 2003, when his National Guard unit was activated, leading him to withdraw from classes. Ficek transferred to WSU from Pierce Community College in Tacoma in the fall semester … » More …

Dodging kidney stones and bullets in Iraq
December 17, 2004

An ailment that afflicts U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq has prompted the U.S. government to call upon a Washington State University researcher for her assistance.Linda Massey, professor of human nutrition at WSU Spokane, is a world expert on diet’s influence on kidney stones. Kidney stones are uncommon in people under the age of 30; however, soldiers in Iraq, most of whom are in their 20s, have an increased risk of developing kidney stones due to their unique lifestyle.Since 1991, Massey has studied the effects of variables such as milk, meat, soy protein, caffeine, salt and vitamin C on the formation of kidney stones. She was … » More …

Filmmaker to present documentary Nov. 7
October 27, 2004

Washington State University’s Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum will present Mike Shiley, producer and director of Shidog Films, as he hosts a Nov. 7 showing of his documentary “Inside Iraq: The Untold Stories.”The 80-minute film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum. Tickets are $5 each and are available through all TicketsWest outlets, by phone at (800) 325-SEAT or online at film highlights the challenges, opportunities and the inside lives of the Iraqi people and the U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq.Shiley traveled Iraq from the Kurdish-controlled region in the North, through the infamous Sunni Triangle in central Iraq and to the Shiite-controlled … » More …

Nurses face to face with war trauma
April 11, 2003

Many people know or have known the perils of war. Some of our faculty, and current and former students have either served in previous wartime units or are currently deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.Wartime nursing is similar in many ways to our modern day trauma and emergency room situations. Military nurses work and live among us every day, during peacetime and wartime. Their experiences continue to benefit our society for years to come. The Iraqi conflict, as with previous wars, will result in injuries to the body and mind. Skilled medical care is essential, and the quality of that care can shape the … » More …