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Teachers support colleagues in New Orleans
March 16, 2007

Hurricane Katrina may be just a grim memory to those of us not in its path. But remnants of the devastation linger in the coastal Southeast. In one of many efforts to help, teachers throughout Washington have teamed up to offer supplies, support and encouragement to teachers from the St. Bernard Parish School District in New Orleans.Debra Pastore, director of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in the College of Education, worked with Gail Gleason, a WSU Ph.D. student, and Dee Baumgartner, a teacher in the Pullman School District, to create the Teacher-to-Teacher Project.The project is a way for teachers in Washington to … » More …

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 …

Website calculates retirement benefits
December 2, 2005

Website calculates retirement benefitsEmployees participating in PERS 1, 2 or 3 have just been sent their 2004-2005 annual statements. With this information, they can create their own retirement benefit estimates. Based on the actual data in their account, including service credit, they can determine the earliest date they would be eligible to retire.To do this, visit the state Department of Retirement Systems website at, click on “Online Access to Your Defined Benefit Account,” then go to the Benefit Estimator. Since this is a secure online service, you will need to register.This site also lets you review your service credit, beneficiary designation or account … » More …

NPR’s ombudsman to discuss journalism coverage surrounding Katrina
October 5, 2005

Washington State University’s Northwest Public Radio will welcome National Public Radio Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin to campus Nov. 3 when he will discuss the journalism coverage surrounding Hurricane Katrina.”American Journalism Pre- and Post-Katrina” will be the topic of Dvorkin’s presentation, set for 7:30 p.m. in the Murrow Addition Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. He is also scheduled to visit WSU and University of Idaho classrooms earlier in the day.As ombudsman, Dvorkin is the public’s representative to National Public Radio, serving as an independent source of information, explanation, amplification and analysis for the public regarding NPR’s programming. His duties include receiving, investigating, … » 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 …

WSU Tri-Cities nursing students back from Katrina relief effort
September 15, 2005

Nine WSU Tri-Cities nursing students-all working toward their bachelor degree in nursing-have returned from a week of volunteer service to Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Louisiana.The students, who spent the week dispensing medications, medical care and supplies to victims and working 12-hour shifts to relieve weary medical teams, arrived home the night of Sept. 11 and were back in the classroom and clinical sessions the following morning.On-campus and community-wide fundraising efforts have been made to defray the students’ travel costs; however, the students spent thousands of their own dollars in supplies for evacuees.To lighten the load of these expenses, the Student Nurse’s Relief Fund has been … » 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 …

WSU admits four students displaced by Katrina
September 8, 2005

Washington State University has completed admission of four students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The university is in the process of working with at least seven other students from the affected areas who have made inquiries about admission to WSU.The four students, who have begun classes on the Pullman campus, are from Tulane University and Xavier University of Louisiana.Officials have also assessed the university’s capacity and determined that WSU could educate and house an additional 100 students, said President V. Lane Rawlins. Rawlins said academic, housing and financial aid personnel from WSU will work with any affected student on an individual basis to meet … » 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 …