Issue 2009-05 (May 20, 2009)



From the Chancellor: Campus Budget Update

  Chancellor Brian Pitcher

WSU Spokane, like all of Washington State University, is still working to understand the effects of our budget reduction and the effects of decisions made by the colleges and our many partners in state and federal agencies.

Without minimizing the difficulties we face, I want to strike a note of confidence. We have essentially been preparing for this over the past four years by rationalizing more efficient staffing and budgets even while campus activities and the number of faculty, staff and students increased.

This has left us able to handle much of our cut through elimination of already-vacant positions; reduction in travel, professional development and other goods and services; reduction of some time-slip and temporary positions; and transition of some positions from state funding to other sources. We continue to tighten, though not starve, our programs and systems.

We have good news to balance the difficult choices we are making:

  • We are fortunate that in the capital budget, the state continues to invest in higher education facilities. Here in Spokane, we will see $4.34M for pre-design and design of the Biomedical/Health Sciences Building. This building was identified as the highest priority for WSU and EWU in Spokane. It will enable program consolidation of health professions moving from Pullman, and expansion of programs already here.
  • Our strong research programs continue to attract federal and competitive funding. This helps buffer some of the losses in state funding, but is dependent on continued federal investment in these areas.
  • New programs such as WWAMI have broadened our funding base and helped our position.
  • Eastern Washington University stepped forward to help fund campus services from which they benefit. In the past these have been funded 100% through WSU resources.

Of course all of us understand that the state and national picture continues to change. We will assess and adjust to the impact of college and external agency decisions on programs and people in Spokane.

Despite the cuts, we believe we are well positioned to fulfill WSU Spokane’s role in supporting the education and research needs of the region. We are increasingly competitive for state, federal and private investments. The community’s strong support for our future as a health center, the potential and partnerships we have here, and the high quality of our faculty, staff and students are key assets.

The university is committed to maintaining and enhancing Spokane graduate and professional programs in the health sciences, design, and educational leadership.

Our role and mission are still our true bottom line: WSU Spokane will continue to lead development of a health center at Riverpoint, growing our research, teaching and outreach to improve health and health care.

Thank you for all your good efforts on behalf of Washington State University and the Spokane campus.

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Sleep Researchers Receive Air Force Grant to Model Cognitive Fatigue

By Judith Van Dongen

Researchers from the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University Spokane have been awarded a grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to develop a computational model predicting the precise effects of fatigue on cognitive performance tasks.

The $784,023 grant provides three years of funding for the project. Principal investigator Hans Van Dongen and co-principal investigator Gregory Belenky will collaborate with the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a model that will facilitate operational planning and targeting of fatigue countermeasures to minimize human error and maximize success during Air Force missions and other 24/7 operations.

“We know that fatigue causes cognitive deficits, but we don’t know what exactly goes wrong during a given performance task, and how that happens,” said Belenky.

Although models for predicting the effects of fatigue have been developed previously, they do not differentiate between the separate components of cognition and therefore do not reveal much about the expected performance on a specific task. To develop their new model, Van Dongen and Belenky will connect the Air Force Research Laboratory’s computational models of cognitive function to the researchers’ own state-of-the-art mathematical models of the biological factors that drive fatigue.

“With a model to predict how fatigue affects specific cognitive functions, we can calculate in advance the precise odds of human error due to fatigue and suggest countermeasures or schedule changes to improve performance and safety,” said Van Dongen.

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Landscape Architecture Students Explore Energy Alternatives

By Becki Meehan

What if the majority of travel between Spokane and Pullman/Moscow was by train? What if finding parking was no longer an issue because people didn’t drive?

While many people are still pondering those thoughts and a few have explored some of the current opportunities, a handful of students from the Interdisciplinary Design Institute have moved beyond the “what if” and designed solutions for “how” we could make these very things happen, and more. In a studio project entitled “Powering the Palouse: connecting people, products and ideas,” students gathered information for providing new opportunities within and around Spokane and put some power behind a plan of action.

These plans included the exploration of reintroduction of passenger rail between Spokane and the Pullman/Moscow area and new station designs for Pullman and Spokane and Spokane’s University District, including the use of the existing multimodal station. The students looked at the use of alternative energy sources for the Palouse that could power the train and smart cars, as well as heat homes and businesses. They also explored the impacts of residential and industrial growth in the towns of Rosalia, Garfield, and Oaksdale, and how these communities could be a bioregion for contributing to overall nutrition of the region.

In response to shifting global trends, students’ designs were built around alternative forms of energy, water conservation, and active living/active community principles. The main issues addressed by the students were providing greater connectivity among the Palouse communities, generating new industries, and finding solutions for residential housing and new and existing businesses. Simply stated: design possibilities for moving people, products, and ideas.

“The students have realized that the future will present them with very different challenges and opportunities than those that exist today,” said Bob Scarfo, associate professor at the WSU Spokane Interdisciplinary Design Institute. “They really took on the projects as their own, interviewing community members and elected officials. Now they are prepared to revitalize the future.”

The following is a sample of some of the design concepts that are currently being presented to local officials as real possibilities for the future. The students have also teamed up with engineering students from Gonzaga and business students from Eastern Washington University to bring the design concepts to life with supplies and dollar figures. The plan is in motion… how can you help “Power the Palouse?”

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Powering the Palouse takes advantage of the latest alternative energy technologies along the way and throughout each of the communities.


The rail line encompasses the southern portion of the Riverpoint campus, then weaves its way through the Palouse touching a number of small towns along the way to Pullman/Moscow. The intent of the hubs at each site is to accommodate multiple forms of transportation including heavy rail, light rail, and bus. The design for each station includes safe pedestrian and biking corridors and various amenities to connect people and their surroundings. In addition, farmers markets will draw people into the cores of each community to buy local foods.
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Campus Development Update: Funding Approved for Design of New
Riverpoint Building

By Larry Ganders, WSU Legislative Relations

The state capital budget approved in the 2009 legislative session included funding that may help accelerate the next building on the Riverpoint Campus.

WSU’s original request was for $250,000 for pre-design. Spokane legislators led by Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown and Senator Chris Marr, and supported by Inland Northwest business leaders, convinced the Legislature to accelerate the project by two years. The final capital budget provides $4.34 million for design as well as pre-design.

The building will include space to consolidate WSU health sciences programs and to expand biomedical research, including an animal research facility. The Biomedical and Health Sciences facility will also strengthen interdependent program and research connections between WSU Pullman and WSU Spokane (such as the WWAMI medical education program); Eastern Washington University health professions; and initiatives associated with new federal funding, the Life Sciences Discovery Fund, and private partnerships. Total project cost is estimated at $45 million for 86,000 square feet.

WSU Capital Planning and Development has not yet finalized a schedule for selection of architectural and engineering services. They anticipate releasing a request for quotation (RFQ) in June 2009. When the RFQ is released, they will advertise in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, Portland Daily Journal of Commerce, and Spokesman-Review.


Estimated gross square feet:  86,000
Pre-design/design funding: $4.34 million
Estimated total project cost:  $45 million



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SLIDESHOW: Nursing Building Dedication

By Barb Chamberlain; Slideshow by Judith Van Dongen

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On May 7, two new additions to the Riverpoint Campus were dedicated. A sculpture named "alive lively living for Ramona Hodges," by native Spokane artist Jim Hodges was dedicated as the newest installation  in the State Art Collection. The sculpture is located adjacent to the building that was dedicated immediately afterwards, the new Nursing Building.

The Nursing Building dedication featured remarks by senate majority leader Lisa Brown; Rich Hadley, president and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated; WSU president Elson S. Floyd; WSU College of Nursing dean Patricia Butterfield; and Brian Pitcher, chancellor of WSU Spokane and vice provost for WSU Health Sciences systemwide. WSU Board of Regents chair Francois Forgette presented a proclamation on behalf of the Regents to students Zach Smith and Brooke Tyrell, who accepted on behalf of past, present, and future nursing students.

The state legislature, led by Senator Brown, funded $34.6 million in state-bonded dollars to design, construct, and furnish the Nursing Building. U.S. Senator Patty Murray led efforts at the national level to procure nearly $2.5 million in federal dollars over the past two fiscal years to help fund key technology, simulators and other infrastructure for the building.

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Farewell to Health Policy and Administration Chair Winsor Schmidt

By Judith Van Dongen

After more than 10 years of dedicated service to WSU, Winsor Schmidt, chair and professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration, is moving on to pursue other opportunities at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.


As of June 1, Schmidt will be an endowed chair/distinguished scholar in urban health policy there, with appointments as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and joint appointments as professor of family and geriatric medicine in the School of Medicine, and as professor of health management and systems sciences in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

Under Schmidt’s leadership, the Master of Health Policy and Administration degree program has made giant strides toward becoming one of the top programs in the country. In 2000, only two years after Schmidt joined the health policy and administration (HPA) program as director, the program was accredited by the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration (now known as Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, or CAHME). CAHME accreditation is widely considered as the standard of excellence in health care management education. T

he HPA program has received national recognition for its high standards of quality. In 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked the program 40th overall and 22nd among public university healthcare management programs. It is the most recent CAHME-accredited program among the 22 public university programs, and the second-most recent CAHME-accredited program among the top 40 university programs.

“I am proud that the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the Department of Health Policy and Administration have added substantial value to the WSU Master of Health Policy and Administration degree,” said Schmidt.

We thank Winsor for his leadership and dedication to the HPA program, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

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WSU Nursing Student Produces Award-Winning Health Education Video

By Barb Chamberlain

A recent nursing graduate at Washington State University has won first place in a video contest held by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to promote the importance of colorectal-cancer screening. Zach Smith, president of the student nursing association, will receive $2,500. His video “Your Choice” will be featured in a public service announcement on Seattle’s KING-TV and will be incorporated into Fred Hutchinson’s "Get Screened" campaign to raise awareness about colon cancer.



The split-screen video depicts two scenarios; in one, a man gets a reminder letter to get a colonoscopy, undergoes the test and is informed that during the procedure the doctor had removed a potentially deadly polyp from his colon. In the other scenario, the same man throws the letter in the trash and, instead of scheduling a colonoscopy, takes a nap on the couch, oblivious to the time bomb ticking inside his body.

An amateur videographer who graduated earlier this month, Smith said he wants to work in pediatric oncology and that his interest in cancer prevention influenced his decision to enter the contest.

“Making videos has been a long-time hobby of mine, and my nursing degree has been four years in progress. To finally graduate from nursing school and wed my two interests together was a great feeling. The real joy I got from all of this was that it aired as a commercial, and to know that my video could help get people screened is all I could ever ask for,” said Smith.

He worked on the video with two University of Washington pre-medical students, Mitch Onslow and Bora Chang, and cast his uncle, the mayor of Ridgefield, Wash., in the featured role.

This is not Smith’s only award-winning work – in fact, he appears to be on a winning streak. Earlier this year he won a Comedy Central video contest that sent him and a friend on an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City, where they met Comedy Central celebrities on Election Night. As a finalist in a Fuji Film Contest, he won a camera. He and a group of friends won the WAZZU Independent Film Festival in April 2009, and with a friend he took second place in a cell phone video contest, receiving $2,000 and a trip to Memphis.

Smith said, “I owe a ton of my success to the faculty who have supported me and the students who have voted for me all along. Even the audio/visual lab here has loaned out some of their equipment and let me edit on their computers. The support I have had here has been truly remarkable, and for that I am forever grateful.”

The award-winning video and other winning entries can be viewed online at

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SLIDESHOWS: Commencement 2009

By Becki Meehan; Slideshows by Judith Van Dongen

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Washington State University Spokane commemorated the success of its 19th class of graduates in a formal celebration, presided by Chancellor Brian Pitcher. Years of challenging study and discipline for 480 graduates were honored with baccalaureate, master's and doctorate degrees in 19 different degree categories.

Commencement speaker Anthony Bonanzino, principal member of Century Archives Northwest and retired CEO of Hollister-Stier Laboratories, paid tribute to the graduates’ accomplishments during his address. He reflected on “the path forward” and challenged the graduates to “do what is right, be kind, treat people as you expect to be treated, never tolerate mediocrity, be respectful, and—with an attitude of care and love and humility—serve others.”

Student speaker Melinda York echoed Bonanzino’s message when she challenged her peers to be “world-class” ancestors. She hopes that the class of 2009 will be the generation whose efforts will suppress global warming, restore the Constitution of the United States, make the U.S. energy independent, wipe out malaria and AIDS, halt genocide, and end extreme poverty and violence.

In celebration of the accomplishments that brought them here and the challenges for their future, this commencement launched the class of 2009 into the world. We look forward to the significant contributions this class will make as they advance their careers.

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WSU Spokane Faculty Excellence Honor Awarded to Kennedy

By Becki Meehan

Jae Kennedy, associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration, was recognized by his peers with the 2009 WSU Spokane Faculty Excellence Award. The honor was bestowed upon him at the spring commencement ceremony in Spokane in recognition of his excellence in teaching, research, and community service.



Kennedy is a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Distinguished Research Fellow and has been involved in aging and disability research since 1989. He is recognized as a leading researcher in the area of access to health and long-term services for Americans with disabilities. Just recently, he received a three-year, $600K grant to assess the impact of Medicare-D on SSDI Beneficiaries.

"Kennedy’s research is often cited by scholars, professionals, and policymakers in need of reliable data," said one of his nominators. "It is indeed his commitment to carefully and accurately ‘getting the numbers,’ but also translating them into policy and relevant recommendations and intervention programs, that help make his work unique in this field."

Kennedy has a dedication to and gift for teaching, and has been recognized by his colleagues for his high-quality teaching and scholarship. His students have consistently recognized him with outstanding evaluations, and he has been nominated numerous times for the Associated Students of WSU Spokane Students Choice Award for Faculty Excellence.

In addition to his first-rate work in research and teaching, Kennedy provides editorial service for three of the top journals in health management and policy and serves as a consultant to local and national service providers and advocacy groups.

“Jae Kennedy is truly a world-class faculty member and an excellent representative of the many outstanding faculty at WSU Spokane,” said Chancellor Brian Pitcher. 

Kennedy received an engraved pewter medallion and a check for $1,000 sponsored by Spokane Teachers Credit Union.

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Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association and Sirti Partner to Grow Life Sciences Companies in Eastern Washington

By Tim Yeadon, WBBA & Linda Hemingway, Sirti

The Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA) and Sirti announced earlier this month a collaborative partnership to focus their joint organizational strengths to stimulate the growth of the life science industry in Eastern Washington. The WBBA is the Pacific Northwest’s leading life sciences association comprised of more than 450 life sciences companies, universities, academic institutions, and others working together to facilitate the translation of innovation to commercialization to provide better health to people everywhere. Sirti is a Washington State economic development organization focused on acceleration the development and growth of technology and life sciences companies in the Inland Northwest.

In May, the WBBA will be opening an Eastern Washington office in the Sirti Building located in Spokane’s University District and designated Innovation Partnership Zone, to provide a central location to facilitate the translation of innovative technology into new life science products and start-ups, support member organizations, and produce WBBA’s popular business development events....

WBBA has solid partners in Eastern Washington. Washington State University is a worldwide leader in the research of plant biology, sleep, global animal health, veterinary science and biofuel research. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is developing new technologies to increase energy capacity, while decreasing our dependence on foreign oil. Additionally, Sirti’s roster of clients located throughout Eastern Washington as well as in their facilities in Spokane’s University District includes eleven biotechnology and biomedical companies developing a broad range of innovative life sciences solutions....

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® Visits Riverpoint Dental Hygiene Clinic

By Judith Van Dongen

SimMan® poses with his health care team in the dental hygiene clinic. From left to right: dental hygiene student Maria Mecham, SimMan®, dental hygiene student Lindsay Lundquist, assistant professor of dental hygiene Lisa Bilich, dental hygiene student Lora Smith, and clinical assistant professor Brenda Bray. Not pictured, but present at the event: clinical assistant professor of pharmacy Megan Willson, student pharmacist Heather Homchick, and lecturer in dental hygiene Janet Nord.


Although the College of Pharmacy's SimMan® continues to experience health problems, he appears to be getting the treatment he needs—he has had student pharmacists administer medication to him, been revived by nurses, and just recently had his teeth cleaned.

Last month, faculty and students from the College of Pharmacy partnered with their peers from Eastern Washington University's dental hygiene program to bring human patient simulation to the dental hygiene clinic at Riverpoint. SimMan® spent the day in the clinic, providing opportunities for dental hygiene students to practice dental emergency procedures. While he was getting his teeth cleaned, he experienced chest pain and received treatment from dental hygiene clinic students and faculty.

Use of human simulation technology is novel in dental hygiene curricula and is one more example of the team care approach that has been adopted by health sciences disciplines on the Riverpoint Campus.

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New Bike Benefits Riverpoint Campus

By Becki Meehan; Photo by Judith Van Dongen

Spokane mayor Mary Verner kicked off Earth Day with a series of bike presentations to area Commute Trip Reduction committees. The Riverpoint Campus, represented by director of facilities operations Jon Schad (left) and parking operations supervisor Teresa Kruger (center), was one of the fortunate organizations to receive a new Giant Sedona ST bicycle, along with a safety helmet, bike lock, and bicycle tire pump.

Should you have a meeting downtown, then don’t worry about finding a place to park or getting change for the meters—this new worksite bicycle system is available for you to check out. (As an added bonus, you'll be commuting Coug-style, on a bike in the WSU colors, crimson and gray).

Contact Teresa Kruger in Parking Operations for more information and to help you with your next commute downtown.

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Cougar Contest: Bike to Work Week Team Results

By Barb Chamberlain

Nearly 1,500 people registered for this year’s Bike to Work Week held May 10-16. Higher ed circles saw particularly hot contests, with three teams apiece at SFCC and SCC, two at WSU Spokane, and teams at Whitworth, Gonzaga, and Eastern.

Results of the in-house contest:

Coug Chain Commuters: Kathy Girnus, Sicco Rood, Bob Pringle, Kristie Wardrop, Lora Wu, Lisa Breitenfeldt, Andrew King, Angela Bowen, and Suzie Kardong-Edgren racked up 189 miles biked to and from work, zero miles biking for other transportation purposes—an average of 21 miles per person.

WSU Cougar Commuters: Katerine Roberge, Janet Frost, Chris Riebe, Susan McFadden, Julie Postma, Gordon Gates, Bethany Coupens, and Barb Chamberlain biked 144 miles to and from work, and 25.5 miles for other transportation purposes, for a total of 169.5 miles—an average of 21.1875 miles per person.

Each team recruited 4 people who were not already bike commuters. Campus statisticians will have to decide which deserves bragging rights—higher total mileage as a team, or higher mileage per person—or perhaps, as with many important questions, further research is required.

Other higher ed results will be posted on the Web at

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  • Work from the WSU Spokane Communications Office has been honored with two merit awards at the Spokane Regional MarCom Association’s 2009 Spark Awards: one for the WSU Spokane Campus Bulletin (this publication), in the Electronic and Interactive Communications/E-zines, E-newsletters, E-etc. category, and another for "Driving Eyeballs to YouTube," in the Electronic and Interactive Communications/Other Applications category. "Driving Eyeballs to YouTube" was a campaign to drive faculty, staff, community partners and others to a YouTube-hosted video that was submitted to the Google Foundation’s Project 10 to the 100th, a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. The video promotes an idea central to WSU Health Sciences: how a team approach to health care has the potential to improve care and save lives. The campaign—which included direct e-mail appeals, indirect e-mail appeals through the use of electronic signatures, and featured Web links—was designed and implemented by Barb Chamberlain, director of communications and public affairs at WSU Spokane.

    WSU Spokane is still driving eyeballs to YouTube. Click here to watch the video, and sign up for a reminder to vote when the top 100 ideas are announced, at an unknown future date.
  • Chancellor's Awards for Excellence were given to the following 2009 Spokane graduates: Tammy Campbell (Doctor of Education), Josh Donaldson (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture), Joshua Engle (Master of Health Policy and Administration), Beth Henry (Doctor of Pharmacy), Katie Herzog (Master of Education), Jill Sampson (BA in Interior Design), Amy Semritc (Master of Health Policy and Administration), Zach Smith (BS in Nursing), Lindy Wood (Doctor of Pharmacy), Melinda York (PhD in Criminal Justice).
  • Linda Garrelts MacLean, chair of the Department of Pharmacotherapy, is the 2009-2010 chair elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's (AACP) Self-Care Therapeutics/Nonprescription Medicine Special Interest Group. She will be installed in this position at the 2009 AACP Annual Meeting, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, in July.
  • WSU interior design students took the top three spots in the Retail Design Institute's 2009 Student Design Competition. Chung Yung (Simon) Ho, Gwen McConn, and Natasha Palewicz took first, second, and third place, respectively. In addition, one of only two honorable mentions was given to interior design student Meagan Phillips. The students competed with 68 other entries in a competition that involved designing a 40,000 square-foot high-end grocery store.
  • For a third time, the WSU College of Education has been invited to be part of an initiative to improve education graduate programs nationwide. In a year-long project sponsored by the University Council for Education Administration (UCEA) and the Wallace Foundation, the college will collaborate with seven other colleges to identify the best ways to prepare the principals, superintendents and other educational leaders of tomorrow. WSU faculty involved in the project are Judy Mitchell, dean of the college, Joan Kingrey, coordinator of educational leadership, and Gene Sharratt, director of the Superintendent Certificate Program.
  • Joan Kingrey, campus academic director of education programs, has been honored with the WSU College of Education's Collaboration and Networking Award for the Spokane campus.
  • Interior design student Cassidy Lange placed second in the International Interior Design Association's (IIDA) Sustainable Design Competition with her grocery design proposal.
  • Barb Richardson, a PhD in Nursing student, has been named to the Board of Governors of the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN), an organization that brings nurses together to advance nursing science, education, and practice in the western part of the U.S.

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

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Community Connections

  • May 27, Achieving Health Care for All
    Health care is such a huge issue right now, and we are here to get the debate activated in the Spokane area. We all know that change will happen, but who will ultimately benefit? Right now Congress is entertaining only a select few of the old guard at the "reform" table. Movements are building across the country demanding real reform, and the objectives of this forum—Educate. Advocate. Take Action!—are meant to be part of that momentum. Please plan to come and be a part of the change. For more information, contact Rebecca Lamb at 509-624-5908 or go to
  • July 13-17, WSU Spokane CityLab Young Women’s Summer Science Camp
    You’ve watched the show—now learn the science behind it! All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls are invited to register now. Camp will be from July 13 - 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and will take place on the Riverpoint Campus. Tuition is $150.00 and includes a t-shirt, day trip to EWU, and an afternoon of climbing at Wild Walls. Scholarships are available based on need. For more information and to register, please go to the CityLab Web site or contact Sylvia Oliver at 509-358-7635 or
  • July 13-18, Volunteer for Roll’n on the River, 29th National Veterans Wheelchair Games
    Spokane is hosting this multi-event sports and rehabilitation program for military service veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations, or certain neurological problems. The various games will be taking place all around Spokane. Volunteers are needed for 2 or 4-hour blocks starting on Sunday, July 12, 2009. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Spokane VAMC, Carla Lippert at 509-434-7508 or or visit You can view the time blocks, events, and sign up as a volunteer at the website. Admission to the various competitive events are free and open to the public.
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Personnel and Staffing Changes

  • Comings:
    • Rebecca Gray, Office Assistant 3, College of Nursing, effective 04/20/2009
    • Levente Kapás, Associate Professor, WWAMI, effective 05/15/2009
  • Goings:
    • Fevzi Akinci, Associate Professor, Health Policy Administration (HPA), effective 05/15/09
    • Lenore Schmidt, Clinical Associate Professor, Education, effective 05/15/09
    • Winsor Schmidt, Chair and Professor, Health Policy Administration (HPA), effective 05/31/09
    • Eric Miller, Scientific Assistant, Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL), effective 05/31/09
    • Teresa Sims, Fiscal Technician 3, College of Nursing, effective 06/09/09
  • Recruitment & Searches:
    • Academic Coordinator, Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, review of applications began 02/02/09.
    • MESA High School Coordinator (Student Services Specialist), Spokane MESA Program, position closed 05/11/09.
    • Research Technologist 3, WWAMI, three positions (1-neurobiology of sleep, 2-telomere and telomerase biology, and 3-male reproductive biology). Positions close May 27, 2009. Must apply separately for each position.

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Way to Go!

  • Special thanks to Brady Ratsch and his creative problem-solving skills that allowed us to run the “Playing for Change” video WITH SOUND on the LCD screen in the Academic Center Lobby on April 17 as part of the Diversity Week Celebration.
    (from Student Affairs and the Diversity Committee)
  • I’d like to thank Jon Schad and Vivian Knapp and all of the FacOps crew for all the work they did to make our campus look great for the Commencement week activities. There were many events going on and everything went so smoothly! They are great to work with. Thanks also to all those who volunteered to assist with Commencement breakfast and Commencement itself. It was the smoothest ever, thanks to lots of volunteers!
    (from Joan Menzies, Student Affairs)
  • Two major events, the Nursing Building dedication and the 2009 Commencement ceremony, could not have gone as smoothly and made the great impression they did without the incredible hard work, organization, and management skills of Becki Meehan. She had two major events taking place within a 24-hour time span, each with its own complications, many moving parts, committee processes, and more, and handled everything with grace. She makes us look good at every event and we’re lucky to have her.
    (from Barb Chamberlain, Communications)
  • To the FacOps crews, IT crew, volunteers, speakers, planning committees, and everyone who worked their magic to make things happen… There is a great deal of effort behind the scenes that make each event a wonderful showcase and accomplishment. Thank you to ALL who helped make the art dedication, Nursing Building dedication and Commencement celebrations a success. It takes a lot of team work to have successful events, and all of your hard work and effort is noticed and very appreciated. What a great team we have on the Riverpoint Campus. Thank you!
    (from Becki Meehan, Communications)

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 Judith Van Dongen and watch for your thanks to be published in an upcoming issue of the Campus Bulletin!

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A Warm Welcome to...

  • ...Gaylynn James, the new administrative assistant for education programs at WSU Spokane. Gaylynn previously worked for the city of Spokane Valley, where she was among the first employees. She is a Leadership Spokane alumna and is proud to be a Coug—she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Professional Studies from WSU Spokane in 2008.
  • ...Hyunwook Kwak, a postdoctoral fellow with the Applied Sciences Laboratory. Kwak earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota.
  • ...Yuanbing Mao, a new senior research associate with the Applied Sciences Laboratory who is conducting research on developing novel functional (nano) materials. He has a PhD from the State University of New York/Stony Brook and was previously a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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