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Psychology inspires grad student
April 2, 2009

Graduate student Nichole Olson, right, proudly shows the V-DAY hand sign.

PULLMAN – Fascinated by human behavior, graduate student Nichole Olson started reading about psychology in high school.

“I naturally fall into the listening role in many of my interpersonal relationships,” Olson said, adding that this made it easier for her to work at a sexual assault center as a volunteer and intern while she was an undergraduate at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota.

As graduate coordinator of the student organization V-DAY WSU, she helped the group sell out two nights of performances earlier this year and raise $10,101 – the most yet in … » More …

Improving Native American achievement
February 9, 2009

A listening session provides feedback about Indian

education. (Photo courtesy of Julie Titone)

Building relationships between Indian tribes and school districts is one of five key steps needed to improve Native American student success, according to WSU researchers.


Their report, “From Where the Sun Rises: Addressing the Educational Achievement Gap of Native American Students in Washington State,” was commissioned by the state Legislature. In addition to analyzing test results, it draws on the lessons of successful education programs.


It also incorporates perspectives gathered at 10 formal “listening sessions” and another dozen opportunities for … » More …