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May 6: Vancouver graduates record number of students
April 27, 2017

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver will graduate a record 1,014 students at its 2017 Commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash.

Vancouver professor receives $1.1 million in grants to study how the brain understands what it hears
October 17, 2013


By Brenda Alling, WSU Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Christine Portfors, associate professor of biology and neuroscience and head of the Hearing and Communication Laboratory at Washington State University Vancouver, has received two federal grants totaling more than $1.1 million over three years. The grants will be used to study how neurons in the brains of mice detect, discriminate and categorize the different types of sounds mice use to communicate.

Accounting program endorsed by nat’l accounting association
September 13, 2013

Institute of Management Accountants logo


VANCOUVER, Wash. – The accounting program at Washington State University Vancouver has been endorsed by the Institute of Management Accountants.

The IMA recently launched a new initiative to endorse universities that offer undergraduate programs that enable students to pursue and earn the Certified Management Accountant credential. The first two universities to win the endorsement are Washington State University Vancouver and Pennsylvania State University.

IMA is an association committed to helping accountants and financial professionals expand their professional skills, better manage their organizations and enhance their … » More …

WSU Vancouver names vice chancellor for academic affairs
July 16, 2013


VANCOUVER, Wash. – Renny Christopher has accepted the position of vice chancellor for academic affairs at Washington State University Vancouver. She will take her post on Aug. 5.

Christopher most recently served as associate provost at California State University, Channel Islands.

The vice chancellor for academic affairs is WSU Vancouver’s chief academic officer.

Christopher will be responsible for academic development, coordination of academic programs, advancing campus diversity efforts, and development of infrastructure to support the growth of quality research and teaching.

“Renny’s experience as a part of a branch campus system will serve us well, she is … » More …

A fresh look at graffiti from all over the world
September 8, 2010




VANCOUVER – Graffiti, normally a transitory art form, is the subject of a more permanent body of work created especially for exhibit at WSU Vancouver by local artist Leah Jackson.


Jackson took photographs of graffiti while traveling in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, France and the U.S. Some of the graffiti has since been painted over. She has displayed those photos on distressed surfaces such as rusted steel and weathered wood.


Jackson’s artwork is on display in the WSU Vancouver Library through Nov. 21.


Jackson is best known in Vancouver as an arts advocate and … » More …

‘Heartsong of Charging Elk’ inspires lectures and concert
March 8, 2010

VANCOUVER – Historical fiction, Native American history, the culture of the Oglala Lakota Sioux and contemporary music will converge at a signature event hosted by WSU Vancouver March 22-26. James Welch’s award-winning novel, “The Heartsong of Charging Elk,” is the foundation for the four-lecture and concert event.

The lectures will be held at 7 p.m. March 22-25 on campus in the Administration building. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26, at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.


Operating in conjunction with the WSU Vancouver program, the Pullman campus … » More …

Oyster drill research receives grant
July 17, 2009

Oyster drill invades shell and kills oyster


VANCOUVER – WSU Vancouver biochemistry and biophysics professor Steve Sylvester has received a $36,500 grant from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for his work on, “Identification of Chemoattractants and Pheromones of Oyster Drills.”

Oyster drills are invasive snails that are killing oysters at an increasing rate with no effective control measure. Sylvester’s research is looking for ways to alter the drill’s reproductive cycle and reduce their numbers. The project will take place from Feb. 16 to June 30, 2010.

Since their introduction in the late 1920s, Japanese and … » More …

Nominations open for Community Awards
July 16, 2009

VANCOUVER – One way WSU Vancouver is celebrating its 20th anniversary is by establishing two Community Awards of Distinction that will be given annually.


The awards will be presented to community members or organizations in two categories: Community Partnership and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Any member of the community may submit a nomination. Nominations are currently being accepted. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. August 5. The awards will be made for the first time at Washington State University Vancouver’s 20th anniversary gala on September 19.


The award for Community Partnership will be given to an individual or organization whose leadership … » More …

Saturday Academy manufacturing camp at WSU Vancouver
July 14, 2009

VANCOUVER – WSU Vancouver will host the Saturday Academy manufacturing summer camp workshop. The week-long manufacturing camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 27-31.

Students entering grades eight through 12 will explore manufacturing and mechanical engineering. At the camp, “Mechanical Engineering: Metal Fabrication,” students will design, fabricate, and test a Stirling engine while learning metal fabrication techniques working with WSU Vancouver instructor Dave Kim.

Students will explore the world of manufacturing and mechanical engineering, working with state-of-the-art research labs and professional manufacturers in the community.

Funding came from a $5,000 grant from Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs … » More …