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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 …

WSU Vancouver hosts Poverty Banquet event
July 1, 2009

VANCOUVER – Washington State University Vancouver is hosting a banquet to raise awareness about local and global poverty issues 7 – 8 p.m. Friday, July 10 in the Firstenburg Student Commons. This event is free and open to the public.

Upon arrival, guests (or groups of guests) will be randomly assigned to dine in one of three groups representing world income classes:
– Upper 15% – Three-course dinner
  (representing the 15% of the world’s population with a per capita yearly income of $9,076 or more)

– Middle 25% – Pizza
  (representing the 25% of the world’s population with a … » More …

Vancouver offers new online deaf education program
June 30, 2009

VANCOUVER – WSU Vancouver will offer a fall-start option for its new Online Deaf Education Endorsement in addition to the summer-start program now in session. The program is designed for teachers and education students who want to expand their career opportunities with the ability to teach children with hearing loss. Deaf education is a growing field and teachers are currently needed.

WSU Vancouver’s endorsement program is the only one in the region that offers teachers and education students the opportunity to prepare to teach in auditory/oral, English-based sign or American Sign Language classrooms.

The … » More …

Todd Norcott photography on display at WSU Vancouver
June 24, 2009

VANCOUVER – An exhibit of Todd Norcott’s photography is
currently on display through the end of July in the Washington State University Vancouver library.

Norcott is a Vancouver native and has as body of work that focuses on images of the Pacific Northwest. He has established himself as an important part of the Vancouver art scene. His photos are part of the Southwest Washington Medical Center collection and local community members such as the Mayor Royce Pollard and Vancouver city council member Tim Leavitt have also purchased his prints.

The WSU Vancouver exhibit displays more than … » More …

Digital tech students launch boys, girls club websites
June 22, 2009




VANCOUVER – WSU Vancouver students from the Digital Technology and Culture (DTC) Program have launched a website for the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Washington on June 16. The website was produced during the Senior Seminar in spring 2009. The website was designed to provide the public with general information about the organization and to develop interest and support from the community. 


Students involved in the production of the website include Ben Hook, project manager;  Andrew Espana, lead designer; Christie Hougham and Melissa Vik, content strategists; and Jeremy Harget, programmer. Kyle Ralston produced the … » More …

WSU Vancouver: Community forum on economic crisis impacts
June 22, 2009

VANCOUVER – Leaders from throughout Southwest Washington will participate in a forum focused on the health impacts of the economic crisis on low-income people and people of color. Initiated and sponsored by Washington State University Vancouver’s Center for Social and Environmental Justice (CSEJ), the forum will be held Saturday, June 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Vancouver Community Library located at 1007 E. Mill Plain Boulevard. This event is free and open to the public.

The forum aims to spur further research into the impacts of the crisis by educating the community about policy initiatives and organize strategies for addressing the crisis.

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