WSU Spokane Campus Bulletin
Issue 2007-10 (November 14, 2007)



WSU Spokane Receives Funding for Pilot Design of Early Learning
Rating System

By Judith Van Dongen

Choosing a child care provider is a major decision a parent makes for his or her child in the earliest years, when high quality care makes a huge difference in a child's readiness to learn, social abilities, and other life skills. This important choice is the subject of a grant received by Washington State University Spokane from the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL).

DEL recently selected Spokane as one of five communities in the state to design pilot rating systems for early learning programs, providing the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at WSU Spokane with $100,000 in grant funding to lead the project. WSU will work with childcare providers and community partners to both improve child care quality and measure levels of quality to help with parents' choice.

The project is a step toward the design and implementation of a statewide voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) that would provide educators and programs with an opportunity to improve the quality of care they provide to children, while giving parents easy access to information on child care, preschool, and school-age programs. The Legislature earmarked $4.75 million in the 2007-2009 state operating budget for DEL to oversee the design and implementation of these pilot QRIS programs.

Running through June 2008, the Spokane QRIS project will draw together the knowledge and resources of a large number of Spokane area organizations to determine standards for the quality of care in early learning programs. The Inland Northwest Alliance for Early Learning—a coalition of local educational and human service organizations that includes AHEC—will oversee the planning process, which involves gathering input from student-parents enrolled at Community Colleges of Spokane, Eastern Washington University, and Washington State University Spokane, as well as from licensed care providers in the Spokane area.

Contingent on continuing funding from the state, AHEC will partner with Community Minded Enterprises/Family Care Resources to implement the system starting in July 2008. Looking ahead to the implementation phase, the Spokane QRIS project is also involving Community Colleges of Spokane, Eastern Washington University, and Washington State University Spokane as partners that can help improve care.

“Higher education has significant resources available that can effectively increase the capacity of child care providers to improve their quality through education, focused mentoring, and support services,” said Chris Blodgett, director of the Area Health Education Center and principal investigator on the project.

Emphasizing the mutual benefits of the relationship, he said that higher education institutions would benefit through increased opportunities for student training and faculty and student research involving young children.

AHEC's leadership role in the Spokane QRIS project builds on its experience conducting research related to early childhood learning through the Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU), which became part of AHEC earlier this year. In fact, much of AHEC's proposal to DEL is based on outcomes from two earlier projects that examined child care needs in Spokane's student population. In another project that is currently underway, the Tiered Reimbursement Pilot Project, AHEC is collaborating with Community Minded Enterprises/Family Care Resources to look at the effectiveness of financial incentives to improve quality of care.

“Research has shown that the return on investment from dollars spent on early learning is extraordinarily high,“ said AHEC research associate Myah Houghten. “Through the QRIS project, we're able to support students by giving them access to quality care so they can finish their education, thereby contributing to the development of a productive workforce and a healthy economy.”


Avista and WSU-ASL Establish Sustainable Energy Initiative

Courtesy of WSU News Service

Avista and the Washington State University Applied Sciences Lab (ASL) will partner to establish the ASL Sustainable Energy Initiative. One million dollars of grant funds will be available to help researchers improve the efficient delivery of energy and foster a sustainable energy future.

Avista and ASL have each pledged $500,000 in initial funding for the initiative to launch a research grant program named the Avista Grants for Energy Sustainability at WSU-ASL.

“The scientists at ASL can be instrumental in developing practical ways to make a real difference for our energy future,” said Roger Woodworth, Avista vice president for sustainable energy solutions. “By leveraging our resources, we can speed-up new solutions to real challenges that help us improve our service to customers.”

Yogendra Gupta, Director of the WSU Institute for Shock Physics and founder of ASL, said: “We are pleased to partner with Avista to find effective energy solutions beneficial to everyone in our region. These funds will be used for sustainable energy research projects undertaken by ASL researchers. Avista's support and involvement will ensure that our energy research efforts address near and long-term needs.”



Upward Bound: Creating Success in Eastern Washington

By Holly George

You remember the process involved in starting college: taking entrance exams, filling out endless applications, leaving home, finding a place to live—or simply finding your classrooms. Imagine negotiating that maze without someone to guide you. That is just the obstacle the Upward Bound program strives to overcome.

Created by Congress in 1964 as an opening act in President Johnson's war against poverty, Upward Bound provides the support critical to helping students find their way to college and postsecondary opportunities. Specifically, this federal program addresses the needs of high school students who come from low-income homes or from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.

Upward Bound now falls under the umbrella of programs known as TRiO and aimed at getting first-generation students into and through college. WSU hosts the full range of TRiO programs and has recently received major grants that renew Upward Bound programs in the Omak-Okanagan, Yakima, and Ferry-Stevens areas and initiates a new program in the Tri-Cities.

The Upward Bound program associated with WSU Spokane focuses on a target area within Ferry and Stevens counties (including Mary Walker, Columbia, Wellpinit, and Inchelium high schools) that the Associated Press described in 2001 as the Northwest's Appalachia. By federal definition, the population of these mountainous counties is too small to even count as “rural.” Instead, the Census Bureau classifies this area, with its isolated hamlets and meager infrastructure, as “frontier.”

Compounding the situation is a culture of poverty, unemployment, and limited education. Thirty-three percent of the region's target population meets federal poverty guidelines, and many students live in conditions that frustrate academic success. In such situations, the road to post-secondary education can be daunting indeed. But Upward Bound director Colletta Young is working to change all of that with another five years of funding for the Ferry-Stevens region. How? By teaching students to meet educational goals and introducing them to college life. For instance, when Upward Bound students satisfy a specific monthly task—such as filling out three college applications or writing a career exploration essay—they're rewarded with a $20 stipend.

The centerpiece of the program occurs each July when Upward Bound students from around eastern Washington take up residence at WSU in Pullman. Here they enroll in courses, stay at the dorms, make new friends, and— crucially―discover that higher education could really be in their future.

The experience of Samantha Conner, a high school senior from tiny Valley, Washington, illustrates the value of Upward Bound. During her eighth grade year, Conner listened as Upward Bound representatives explained their program. She thought it sounded “pretty cool” and began the process that took her from a 2.3 GPA to one that is consistently high. Now, this confident and articulate young woman is preparing to attend Eastern Washington University, to become a drama teacher. Or consider Ryan Carter of Springdale, who enrolled in Upward Bound during its first year in the area. Coming from a family where no one had attended college, Carter is now making good use of a renewable $14,000 scholarship as he studies business at WSU Pullman.

Both students gratefully credit Upward Bound for their successes and, to this writer, it seems that Upward Bound—with its emphasis on teaching disadvantaged, first-generation college students how to succeed—embodies the very essence of that old American dream of equal opportunity for everyone.


Riverpoint Math and Science Partnership to Build Capacity for College Readiness Standards in Mathematics

By Becki Meehan

Earlier this year Spokane's largest public educational institutions joined forces in the form of a Riverpoint Math and Science Partnership, co-chaired by Washington State University faculty, to work toward improved student learning in math and science. With this mission in mind and a $226,000 grant from the Washington State Higher Education Improving Teacher Quality Program, the partners are developing Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) of 11th and 12th grade mathematics teachers and math faculty from community colleges and universities.

The PLCs will further the understanding of college readiness standards in mathematics through collaboration, training and professional development. They will identify the fundamental mathematical ideas that underlie the college readiness standards, design and implement relevant professional development for teachers, develop a shared understanding of the standards, and investigate teaching practices to improve student success in meeting these standards.

“As the first funded project of the Riverpoint Partnership for Math and Science, this grant provides a wonderful opportunity for high school teachers and community college and university faculty to work together to improve math education for our students,” said Joan Kingrey, co-chair of the Riverpoint Partnership.

The goal of this project is to increase the number of students who successfully complete 11th and 12th grade mathematics courses, and increase the enrollment of underrepresented students in these courses so that more students will be successful in meeting challenging state standards in math.


College of Nursing Takes Home Award Celebrating Technology and Innovation Accomplishments

By Michelle Galey

The WSU College of Nursing has received the 2007 Catalyst Award for Organization of the Year, one of four awards given by Greater Spokane Incorporated to celebrate regional accomplishments in technology and innovation. The awards were announced November 6 at a ceremony held at the South Campus Facility Court on the Riverpoint Campus.

The college was selected by an independent team of volunteer judges based on its “demonstrated commitment and dedication to the significant growth and development of innovation and technology in the greater Inland Northwest,” as evidenced by its use of distance education to address the current nursing shortage.

Due to rapid changes in technology, our country's education system is challenged with providing increased educational opportunities without increased budgets. The College of Nursing has answered this challenge through the development of a wide range of distance education modules that allow students at six sites—Spokane, Yakima, Vancouver, Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, and Medford, Ore.—to obtain a nursing degree. Classes can be viewed through videoconferencing, podcasting, and videostreaming, and many classes and entire programs are offered online.

These distance education programs fill a need in both students and health care organizations. They provide students who are place bound with educational opportunities they might not have had otherwise; give adults a second chance at a college education; reach those who are disadvantaged due to time limitations or disability; help those with language barriers; and update the knowledge base of workers at their place of employment.

The WSU College of Nursing is responsible for 40 percent of the total data traffic on WSU's video and distance education system, making the college more active in distance education delivery than any other college at WSU and much more than most colleges of nursing in the country.

The college of nursing plans to continue improving its distance education model and expanding its distance-learning opportunities across the state, offering more ways for students to enroll in nursing programs and providing distant students with the best learning experience possible.


Applied Sciences Lab Continues to Expand

By Krista Loney

The Applied Sciences Lab (ASL) at Washington State University Spokane is steadily expanding—three new scientists have joined the lab in the past few months.

Atakan Peker, Ph.D., joined the Applied Sciences Laboratory in August as senior scientist and director of advanced materials. His research focus is the development of novel alloys and composites for practical applications. The scope of his material research includes the study of mechanical and dynamic properties, chemical/corrosion properties, and net-shape forming of advanced materials. His work at ASL will be focused on the development, processing, and characterization of novel alloys and composites for client-specific applications.

Peker has received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. During his Ph.D. thesis, he worked on the development of bulk amorphous alloys and discovered Zr-Ti base Vitreloy series alloys, which are considered the most processable bulk amorphous alloys to date and are currently commercially produced for casings of consumer electronics. Bulk amorphous alloys, also known as bulk metallic glasses, are a new class of engineering alloys that have a broad scope of applications from industrial coatings to fine jewelry.

Prior to joining ASL, Peker served as the vice president of technology at Liquidmetal Technologies. He has 14 years of research and materials processing experience with over 30 patents issued or pending.

Choong-Shik Yoo, Ph.D., who is professor in the Department of Chemistry and associate director of the Institute for Shock Physics at WSU, joined ASL this June.

Yoo has extensive research experience in high-pressure materials research and is an expert on high-pressure and temperature technologies (diamond-anvil cell, shock-wave, laser-heating, cryogenic), various laser spectroscopic methods (linear, non-linear, time-resolved), synchrotron x-ray diffraction and spectroscopy, fast optics and electronics, and various in-situ materials characterization methods. Among his research activities at ASL will be a High Pressure Synthesis Laboratory that will contribute significantly to the creation of advanced materials.

Before coming to WSU, Yoo served as the group leader in the High Pressure Physics Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California in Los Angeles and more than 21 years of research experience.

Paul Park, Ph.D., joined the Applied Sciences Laboratory in August as a senior scientist specializing in nanotechnology. He is pursuing his interest in the design, synthesis, and engineering of nano-structured materials for applications in advanced energy and multifunctional coating systems.

Park previously served as a senior scientist in the Sensor Research Group at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he worked with biosensors and smart materials created for UV weathering tests. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and brings extensive research experience to ASL.


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Helping Teachers Improve Science Education

By Judith Van Dongen

Reitha Weeks (center) talks to science teachers Lorna Vu and Nathan Paul as they go through the hands-on exercise of making lotion.
(Photo by Judith Van Dongen)

How can you tell if a shampoo or lotion really does what it says it does? What does “Not Tested on Animals” really mean? These were just a few of the issues addressed at an October 26 teacher workshop offered by the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) and held at WSU Spokane CityLab.

Attended by 22 science teachers from the Inland Northwest, the “Consumer Awareness: Personal Care Products Safety and Labeling” workshop provided teachers with an understanding of the science behind the ingredients and the regulations behind the labels and safety testing. The workshop had teachers examining personal care products' labels and claims, comparing the regulations for manufacturing and marketing cosmetics and drugs, considering ethical dilemmas around cosmetic marketing and testing, and participating in a lotion-making activity.

Importantly, the workshop also armed teachers with the lesson plans and resources to incorporate the subject matter into their curriculum, giving their students an opportunity to explore aspects of biology, chemistry, toxicology, math, experimental design, and ethics.

“We need to develop interesting science curriculum so we can get our kids excited about science, even if they're not planning to be scientists,” said NWABR resident scientist Reitha Weeks, PhD, who taught the workshop.

Although Weeks has been teaching consumer awareness teacher workshops in western Washington for the last two years, this was the first one to be offered in Eastern Washington. She hopes to continue partnering with CityLab—which provided the facilities support—to organize similar workshops in the Spokane area in the future.


Paving the Way for a Green Commute

By Becki Meehan

Thanks to a $13,500 Washington State Department of Transportation grant, the Riverpoint Campus Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) committee—with the help of the Facilities Operations crew—will be adding a few more conveniences for those who use an alternative means of transportation to commute to work.

Bob Scharff from Facilities Operations puts the final touches on a new cement pad (left) to be used for more external bike storage just outside the Academic Center on the Riverpoint Campus (right)
(Photos by Becki Meehan)

In addition to increasing the capacity of external bike storage, use of the grant will provide for the future purchase and mounting of indoor bike racks, adding to the convenience of your bike commute. In the future, the CTR committee will also be providing bike lock rentals to keep bikes safe on campus, and bikes and helmets will be available to check out for those who need to travel downtown for meetings during the day.

To keep these great amenities growing on our campus, the CTR committee needs your help. We encourage you to participate in the CTR program and if you already do, we encourage you to keep filling out your online calendar. For more information, please contact Teresa Kruger at the Riverpoint Parking Operations at 368-6999.

If you're interested in helping to promote biking as a way to commute to work, contact Barb Chamberlain, director of communications and public affairs. She will coordinate citywide promotion of Bike To Work activities in May 2008 as a volunteer on behalf of the Spokane Bicycle Advisory Board. Volunteers are being sought for a committee. For more information, see www.bike2work-


Combined Fund Drive Event Feeds the Hungry

By Judith Van Dongen

Winning soup maker Joel Lohr shows off the contents of the Mystery Basket (top). Twenty-three baskets representing various themes were auctioned off at the event.
(Photos by Becki Meehan and Patti Petersen)

Twenty-three crock pots of soup, delicious breads and desserts, and fanatic bidding on the 23 creative baskets put together by departments and offices across campus—those were the ingredients of a successful Combined Fund Drive event that raised $2,046 to support worthy causes chosen by the winning bidders.

If you missed it and have been hearing your colleagues rave about Joel Lohr's prize-winning Pumpkin & Sausage Soup, Joel kindly provided the recipe so you can have your very own "Feed the Hungry" Soup Kitchen at home. Enjoy!

Pumpkin & Sausage Soup

  • 1/2 pound andouille sausage or other Cajun sausage, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, or 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 pounds pumpkin puree - NOT pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 7 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/8 cup half-n-half

In a large pot, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter and sauté the diced sausage for about 5 minutes. Add onion and cook until the onion is translucent. Add thyme and pumpkin and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add syrup, broth, and brown sugar and stir well to combine. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes. Puree soup in blender - do in batches of about 1 cup at a time. Be careful so it doesn't splatter! (Soup can be frozen at this point.) Return to pan and stir in cream and remaining 2 tablespoons butter, warm and serve.


Grant and Contract Awards Summary
July 1, 2007, through September 30, 2007

Faculty Member


Research Title/
Funding Source

Research Summary

Bassem Bejjani

Office of Research

Mapping and Cloning Genes for Keratoconus

National Institutes of Health – National Eye Institute

This is new funding to map and clone the putative keratoconus gene(s) as a first step toward improved understanding of the molecular pathophysiology of this disorder, of which the cause is as of yet unknown. Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory thinning and consequent bulging of the cornea that results in distortion, altered refractive powers of the eye, and an associated reduction in visual acuity. Although keratoconus is a relatively uncommon condition, it is the single most common cause of corneal transplantation in North America and thus carries substantial morbidity and expense. 

Greg Belenky and Hans Van Dongen

Sleep and Performance Research Center

Literature Review and Mathematical Modeling of Divided Versus Consolidated Sleep with Particular Reference to Sleeper Berth Use

American Transportation Research Institute, Inc.

This project involves the review of literature on the recuperative value of divided versus consolidated sleep and the application of the FAST mathematical model to model the effects of divided versus consolidated sleep. This work will be in particular reference to sleeper berth use in long-haul, unscheduled, irregular route truck drivers.

Chris Blodgett

Area Health Education Center/CAFRU

Spokane County Community Network Development

Spokane County Community Network

Awarded by competitive bid, this contract is for the WSU Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) to assume the management and development of the Spokane County Community Network. Community networks are community-managed programs funded by the Washington State Family Policy Council to address local program development and capacity building related to children that are at risk of a variety of preventable social and health problems such as child abuse and neglect, teen pregnancy, mental health disorders, and substance abuse. CAFRU will conduct this work under the programmatic oversight of a community board.

Chris Blodgett

Area Health Education Center/CAFRU

North Beach Student Improvement Science Program Evaluation

North Beach School District

This contract is for the WSU Child and Family Research Unit to evaluate the North Beach School District's Increasing Student Performance Through Improved Science Instruction program. Multiple goals set for the program include increasing teachers' science content knowledge and reducing the number of under-prepared science teachers; increasing the use of research-based instructional strategies in the classroom; increasing students' positive attitudes towards science; and improving student performance on the WASL. These goals will be addressed by the program partners during a 40-hour summer institute and two 2-day follow-up sessions. CAFRU will evaluate the program through STAR observation protocols that are completed by program participants before the start of and upon completion of the program. In addition, they will analyze de-identified group WASL scores for the five partner school districts to determine if change has occurred. They will also recommend an instrument to measure the attitude of students towards science, which is to be administered at the beginning and end of the academic year, and evaluate the resulting information.

Patricia Butterfield

College of Nursing

Reducing Environmental Risk to Rural Low Income Families

National Institutes of Health

This involves the transfer of funds for a study that addresses two gaps in nursing science by yielding evidence addressing  measures of rural children's environmental health risks and the effectiveness of a tailored environmental risk reduction (ERR) intervention delivered by public health nurses. Subjects include rural low-income children and adults, as there is compelling evidence that exposures to children in the rural West differ from those in other parts of the country. This study aims to describe environmental health risks and perceptions of risk that impact the health of rural low-income children; test the effectiveness of an ERR intervention on ERR knowledge, ERR self-efficacy, stage of action, and biomarker (i.e., cotinine, lead) and household contaminant levels (i.e., radon, carbon monoxide, water contaminants); test whether the effect of the ERR intervention persists over time, and explore associations among key measures of risk, risk perception, family characteristics, and ERR.

Joan Kingrey


Washington State Higher Education Improving Teacher Quality Program

Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board

The project will bring together 11th and 12th grade mathematics teachers, community college math faculty, and university math and math education faculty in professional learning communities that will address issues related to college readiness. The ultimate goal is to improve student success in meeting state and college math readiness standards within the nine high schools that are part of the Riverpoint Partnership for Math and Science.


James Kennedy

Health Policy and Administration

Assessing the Impact of Medicare-D on SSDI Beneficiaries

U.S. Dept of Education

This project will examine the impact of the new prescription drug benefit—Medicare Part D—on younger adults with disabilities who become eligible for Medicare through participation in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Despite their economic and political importance, these beneficiaries with disabilities are routinely overlooked in published Medicare research and policy analysis. Through dissemination of research findings, this project will enhance awareness of the unique Medicare Part D concerns of younger beneficiaries with disabilities in the research and policy community, consistent with the ultimate goals of improving access to affordable health services for people with disabilities.

Joan Menzies

Student Affairs

WSU Upward Bound Project: Ferry & Stevens Counties

U.S. Department of Education

Upward Bound is designed to “generate skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among young people from low-income families and families where neither parent has acquired a bachelor's degree.” It provides them with fundamental support in their preparation for college entrance. This WSU Upward Bound project focuses on four small high schools in a historically underserved area that is very rural and isolated.


  • A team of four WSU pharmacy students from the class of 2009—Jacqueline Eide, Iris Kim, David White, and Drew Yancey—placed second in the 2007 NCPA annual student business plan competition, held on October 14 in Anaheim, California. Their second place win earned them $2,000 for their student chapter and $2,000 for a College fund for promoting independent pharmacy. Last June, Linda Garrelts MacLean, who served as advisor, helped the team get selected from a field of 32 competitors as one of three finalists—first place went to the University at Buffalo, and the University of Washington came in third.
  • Linda Garrelts MacLean, chair of the Department of Pharmacotherapy, has been named “Faculty Liaison of the Year” by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), who recognized her for her “dedication to her students and to independent pharmacy.” MacLean was presented with a trophy and $1,000 on October 14, at NCPA's 109th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Anaheim, California.
  • Steve Hirsch, clinical assistant professor in the College of Education, will serve on Washington's RTI-2 (Re-Tooling Instruction through Response to Intervention) Leadership Team. The team will work on instructional modules for statewide professional development.
  • Joshua Neumiller, a geriatrics resident with the College of Pharmacy, has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (FASCP). As an active member of ASCP, he earned points for practice, professional experience, and community involvement in 12 categories.
  • Brian Pitcher, chancellor, was recently appointed to the executive committee of the Board for Greater Spokane Incorporated.
  • Signature Genomic Laboratoriesa company founded by WSU Spokane research faculty members Lisa Shaffer and Bassem Bejjani—was honored with Greater Spokane Incorporated's 2007 Catalyst Award for Company of the Year. Specializing in microarray technology, Signature Genomic Laboratories has circumvented cytogenetic testing problems with diagnostic innovations that utilize their proprietary SignatureChip® technology: The SignatureChip®, Signature MarkerChip™, and Signature PrenatalChipTM.
  • Stephen Setter, associate professor of pharmacotherapy, was named Speaker of the Year at the annual Spokane Pharmacy Association awards banquet on November 6, 2007.
  • WSU's program in criminal justice has been ranked among the nation's best in a study published in the November 2007 issue of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. The study assessed criminal justice/criminology programs based on an index of faculty publication productivity (taking into account the total number of publications and weighting according to journal prestige) and ranked WSU's program fourth with regard to per-faculty average publication output. Despite the small number of faculty (7) contributing to WSU's overall productivity index in this study, the overall publication output for WSU was higher than several substantially larger criminal justice/criminology programs found within AAU institutions—including the University of Nebraska (20 faculty), Indiana University (16 faculty), and Rutgers University (15 faculty).

If you or one of your colleagues or students has received a special honor or award, or reached another professional milestone, please e-mail the information to Judith Van Dongen at

Community Connections

  • KPBX Free Kids' Concerts presents Public Radio Music Revueon Saturday, November 17, 2007, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane. This free concert features an eclectic mix of musicians and musical genres. KPBX Inland Folk host and musician Dan Maher, SPR's Brian Flick, and fellow jazz musicians Rick Westrick, Brent Edstrom, and Steve Maurer mix it up with a variety of selections from the cool and funky to a touch of Latin and avant-garde jazz. Rachel Dorfman, Nick Carper, and Stephen Swanson from the Spokane Symphony will perform classical violin and viola selections from the Baroque, which made a comeback in the 1960s.


Personnel and Staffing Changes


  • Lora Wu, Project Associate, Sleep & Performance Research Center, effective 11/01/07
  • Lynn Maxwell, Research Study Coordinator 2, Pharmacotherapy, effective 11//1/07
  • Kimberly Noe, Program Assistant, WWAMI, effective 11/13/07
  • Donna Hutchinson, Program Assistant, Student Affairs Upward Bound, effective 10/17/07
  • Ken Roberts, Director, WWAMI, effective 02/01/08


  • Dawn Wright, Administrative Assistant 3, Education, effective 11/02/07
  • Jennifer Hogan, Laboratory Manager, Office of Research, effective 10/31/07
  • Michael Wilhelm, Information Systems Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Design Institute GIS Laboratory, effective 12/03/07


  • Senior Assistant/Associate Professor of Sociology, Program in Leadership and Professional Studies, review of applications began 10/26/07, information at 
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, four positions, WWAMI, review of applications began 10/01/07
  • Research Associate, Health Policy & Administration, review of applications began 10/26/07, information at
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Program in Health Sciences/Exercise Physiology & Metabolism, review of applications began 11/1/07, information at

Way to Go!

  • Way to go, Glynis Hull, for stepping up to the plate and providing so much support for the submission of our Washington Technology Center grant proposal. Without your help we wouldn't have made the deadline. (Hans Van Dongen, Sleep and Performance Research Center)

Here's where you make someone's day a little brighter by extending your thanks for a job well done. Send your “Way to Go!” comments to Cinda Romans, and watch for your thanks to be published in an upcoming issue of the Campus Bulletin!

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