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The hottest place in Washington state was …

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

agweathernet-logo-250PROSSER, Wash. – As Washington state emerges from its most blistering summer on record, the state’s hottest place was, ironically, an area known for giant irrigation sprinklers and well-tended orchards and vineyards. With the mercury hovering above 100 degrees for 22 days, including a scorching 113 in June, the Tri-Cities area earned the gold star. » More …

Summer 2014 hottest on record in central Washington

By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

AgWeatherNet-logo-120PROSSER, Wash. – It’s official. This summer’s heat set a record. And it followed the warmest spring in 20 years, which made the 2014 growing season an unusually prolonged period of anomalous warmth. » More …

NWPR’s fundraiser proves record breaking

After months of planning for a one-day Northwest Public Radio fund drive, Mary Hawkins awoke with serious doubts about pulling it off. Campus phone lines had been down the day before and an icy blizzard had blown through eastern Washington during the night.

 

With drifting snow and closed highways, Hawkins, liaison between Educational Public Media and the School of Communication, was worried volunteers might not make it to WSU to help answer phones. But they did. And the results were a record 2,456 callers and $266,720 pledged.

“This was our first one-day fundraising … » More …

Record growth with half the staff

The WSU Alumni Association has been the fastest growing alumni association in the Pac-10 athletic conference during the past year, said Jud Preece, association marketing director. The WSUAA growth rate also exceeds the rates of WSU’s 22 peer institutions — defined as U.S. public land-grant universities with veterinary schools but not medical schools.At a time when many of the nation’s largest universities are reporting a decline in membership, the WSUAA is bucking the trend. The WSUAA:• Grew by 4,500 members last year, the largest single year increase in the history of WSU.• Saw 12 percent annual membership growth vs. 2 percent average annual membership growth … » More …

Immigration flood and boomers fuel record enrollment

College and university enrollment will likely increase for years to come. According to new statistics, a record 49.6 million students filled U.S. schools in 2003, breaking a mark set by their baby-boomer parents and grandparents and giving educators a new generation of challenges.The growth is largely due to all the children who were born in the late 1940s to early 1960s and have since become parents themselves, the Census Bureau said yesterday. Rising immigration played a part, too, in pushing enrollment past the 1970 record of 48.7 million. Immigration has helped fuel the national boom. Twenty-two percent of students had at least one foreign-born parent, … » More …

1,700 harmonica players break world record

Andy Mackie of Brinnon, Wash., leads more than 1,700 participants in setting a new Guinness record for world’s largest harmonica band at the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle on Sunday, May 29. Mackie works with WSU Jefferson County Extension and 4-H programs teaching not only how to play musical instruments but how to build them. The previous record for largest harmonica band was 851 participants, set by a Polish group. Mackie and his supporters sold harmonicas and provided instruction before the record-setting attempt. The crowd played “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” for 13 minutes 22 seconds, topping the Polish group’s record of 11 minutes of continuous … » More …

Clean audits for six years likely a record

For the sixth year in a row, state auditors found no material violations at Washington State University. That appears to be a record for state higher education. “To my knowledge, there has been no other higher education institution that has had no audit finding for four or more years,” said Barry Johnston, director of WSU’s Office of Business Services/Controller. A “finding” is when there has been a material violation of law, rule or regulation, and a loss of public funds, he said. The annual audits are conducted by the State Auditor’s Office personnel to determine if institutions complied with state laws and regulations and with … » More …