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Recent works join distinguished gallery
September 8, 2008

Portraits of the three most recent past presidents have joined those of earlier WSU chief executives on display across campus.


Private funds paid for the paintings of V. Lane Rawlins and Samuel H. Smith. The portrait of Glenn Terrell was donated by Glenn and Gail Terrell.


 Portraits of other past presidents, and their locations, include: E. A. Bryan, Bryan Hall; Ernest O. Holland, Holland Library; Wilson Compton, Compton Union Building; and C. Clement French, French Administration Building. There are no portraits of George Lilley and John E. Heston, who each served brief tenures just after the university’s founding.


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Grant proposals sought for innovative ideas
February 11, 2008

The Office of Undergraduate Education is seeking grant proposals for “innovative ideas to enhance learning and teaching at WSU.”  The deadline to submit proposals is March 21.

Up to eight grants of a maximum of $5,000 each will be awarded. It is expected that recipients should be notified by April 30.

Funding comes from the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Teaching and Learning Endowment, established when WSU President Sam Smith retired in 2000.  By funding projects that can serve as models to other faculty at WSU and nationally, the endowment seeks to increase WSU’s capacity to engage in continuous improvement of its educational … » More …

Saneholtz receives AFW leadership award
December 14, 2007

PULLMAN – Marcia Saneholtz, a retired WSU senior associate athletic director, was recently honored by the WSU Association for Faculty Women with the 2007 Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award.

The award honors an AFW member whose leadership has advanced the role of women at WSU and/or who has demonstrated leadership in her profession at the local, state, regional, national and/or international level.

Saneholtz has achieved national distinction for the major impact she has made on intercollegiate athletics and on women in sports.

The WSU volleyball team’s home court is now called Marcia Saneholtz Court in honor of her many contributions to athletics and … » More …

Flexing those math muscles
February 2, 2007

Quick! Name a profession that doesn’t require quantitative literacy.Trick question. There isn’t one.Quantitative literacy – the ability to use elementary math tools to interpret and manipulate data and ideas.According to Kimberly Vincent, clinical assistant professor of mathematics, naming a profession that doesn’t require quantitative reasoning is as impossible as naming one that doesn’t require verbal reasoning. “It’s not just doing math,” Vincent said. “It’s thinking about what it means. It’s a habit of mind.”In fact, the ability to use quantitative and symbolic reasoning is one of the Six Learning Goals of the Baccalaureate that were articulated by the President’s Teaching Academy and then approved by the … » More …

Faculty earn Smith, Sahlin, Distinguished Address awards
February 3, 2005

The first five faculty recipients of awards bestowed annually in the spring by Washington State University have been selected. They will be honored publicly on April 1 at the Celebrating Excellence recognition banquet. More information on the day’s World Class Face to Face Showcase events can be found at and in a Dec. 17 WSU Today article at awards and recipients include: • Marian E. Smith Faculty Achievement Award: Phillip L. Senger, professor, Department of Animal Sciences. This award recognizes unusually significant and meritorious achievement in teaching during the academic year, including successful, innovative performance in instruction. A $5,000 award is … » More …

Four candidates selected in search for vice provost
February 21, 2003

Four candidates have been selected from a field of applicants for the vice provost of research position. Finalists include:• Neil C. Olson, associate dean for research at North Carolina State University. Olson earned his bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in physiology from Michigan State University. Olson made his first on-campus appearance Jan. 18 – 19 for interviews and visitation. He gave his seminar and open presentation last Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Murrow 53 in Pullman, with live videostreaming.• Colin Guy Scanes, interim director of the Center for Designing Food to Improve Nutrition … » More …

Scholar Rogers Smith will lecture Nov. 7
November 1, 2002

Former Yale professor Rogers M. Smith will visit Washington State University to present “Political Allegiances in the 21st Century” as part of Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholar Program on Nov. 7. The lecture, free and open to the public, will be from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in Todd Hall, Room 276.A professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Smith’s research focuses on constitutional law, American political thought, and modern legal and political theory. He caused turmoil among his peers after his essay defining what real political research should be was published in “The Chronicle of Higher Education” last spring. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree at Michigan … » More …

Smith Center dedication May 9
May 10, 2002

A public dedication of the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education at Washington State University is set for 10:30 a.m. May 9. It will be held on the Cyber Café patio, located on the center’s first floor. A reception and tours follow the ceremony.WSU President V. Lane Rawlins will preside at the event, which will include comments from Samuel H. Smith, the university’s president emeritus who led WSU from 1985 – 2000, addresses from regent president Robert D. Fukai and Douglas D. Baker, vice provost for academic affairs, and the unveiling of a dedication plaque.Smith Center opened in January. At 94,000-plus-square feet of space, … » More …