Issue 2010-07 (July 16, 2010)



WSU Researchers Find Way to Make Cancer Cells More Mortal

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News Service

Weihang Chai (center) in her laboratory with research assistant Shilpa Sampathi.

Washington State University researchers have discovered a way to help cancer cells age and die, creating a promising avenue for slowing and even stopping the growth of tumors.

"Hopefully, we can make cancer cells die like normal cells," says Weihang Chai, an assistant professor in the WSU School of Molecular Biosciences and WWAMI medical education program in Spokane. "Basically, you make the cancer cell go from immortal to mortal."

Normal cells lose a little bit of their DNA every time they reproduce as the molecule's strands lose part of their protective tips, called telomeres. Eventually, the telomeres become too short, signaling to the cell to stop replicating and growing.

But cancer cells have a mechanism to keep their DNA strands from shortening, giving them a near eternal life. This is because the enzyme telomerase extends one strand of the cancer cell’s DNA while other proteins help extend the second strand.

Chai and her colleagues, writing in the current issue of The EMBO Journal, say they have found a regulatory protein that controls the production of that second strand. They have also found a protein required to synthesize it.

If that second strand of DNA cannot be lengthened, says Chai, it behaves like a normal cell and dies a normal death. She says her team will now focus on developing a strategy to block the regulatory protein's function.

Chai's work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and Washington State.

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New College of Education Dean Selected

By Julie Titone, College of Education

Washington State University has named Anthony G. (A.G.) Rud Jr. as dean of its College of Education. Rud is head of Purdue University's Department of Educational Studies. He will move from Indiana to start work in mid-August, said WSU provost and executive vice president Warwick Bayly, who announced the appointment today.

"A.G. has a very strong background in education and administration," Bayly said. "He will bring excellent leadership and stability to the college."

Rud will succeed interim dean Phyllis Erdman, who took the helm in July 2009 after the deaths of dean Judy Mitchell and interim dean Len Foster.

"Dr. Erdman has done an outstanding job of guiding the College of Education over the last 12 months.  Everyone at WSU is in her debt," Bayly said. "I have no doubt that she will continue to be a great asset to the college and to Dr. Rud in his role as dean."

Rud, one of three finalists for the position, visited the Pullman campus in April. He returned in June, when he also met with College of Education faculty in Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver.

"I'm especially excited by the dynamic, statewide WSU system," Rud said. "The education programs on all four campuses have their own distinct strengths, and I very much look forward to working with them all."

Rud's collaborative style and experience developing partnerships will serve the college well, Erdman said. She noted that he is a well-established scholar known for his expertise in the philosophical dimensions of education.
Rud has led Purdue’s Department of Educational Studies, part of its College of Education, since July 2008. He started at Purdue in 1994 as associate dean, and served in that role until 2001. He taught courses in the history and philosophy of education, higher education, and educational leadership, and advised master's and doctoral students in the cultural foundations of education, preschool to grade 12 educational leadership, and higher education, as well as curriculum studies.

Before joining the Purdue faculty, he helped establish The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, where he was a senior fellow. He received an AB degree in religion from Dartmouth College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Northwestern University.

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Health Outreach Program Reaches Ten-Year Milestone, Seeks Funding

By Judith Van Dongen

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Project H.O.P.E. (Health Occupations Preparation Experience), an annual summer internship program for high school students coordinated by Washington's two Area Health Education Centers in partnership with the Washington State Office of Community and Rural Health and the Higher Education Coordinating Board of Eastern Washington. Unfortunately, this is also the year the program saw its funding cut amid statewide budget upheaval, leaving the program's future uncertain.

Project H.O.P.E. student Nam Phuong Hoang
takes a closer look at medical equipment at
Holy Family Hospital, back in 2006.
(Photo by Jeff T. Green)

Initiated in 2001, Project H.O.P.E. was developed to encourage ethnically diverse students living in rural, underserved areas of the state to explore health careers. For the students, the program offers an opportunity to ask questions, observe procedures, and learn about the opportunities available in the health sciences and professions. For health care facilities, participation in the program is one way to attract potential future health professionals from within the local community.

"We've had several students that were actually hired within their host facilities afterwards," said Bonnie Wagner, who coordinates the program for the Area Health Education Center of Eastern Washington (AHEC). She said that many students have enrolled in health sciences programs following their Project H.O.P.E. experience. One student turned out to be such a good match with her host facility that they decided to pay for her nursing education, in addition to hiring her.

During their six-week internship, students spend 20 hours a week rotating through several clinical and diagnostic settings in hospitals, community health centers, clinics, and dental practices in their local communities. More than 200 eastern Washington students have participated in the program since its inception. This year, 25 high school juniors and seniors from  across eastern Washington started their rotations in late June, spread out across communities such as Brewster, Davenport, Kennewick, Moses Lake, Othello, and Republic. They were selected from an applicant pool of 165 students as part of a highly competitive process.

Project H.O.P.E. interns earn a stipend equivalent to minimum wage, for which the funding has come from the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board. This funding has now been cut, and AHEC staff are actively pursuing funding opportunities to keep the program running, which according to Wagner costs about $55,000 a year.

"If the program were forced to close, we'd lose a lot of momentum around trying to feed the shortage of health care workers in rural areas," she said. "It would be very sad."

Those interested in discussing funding opportunities for Project H.O.P.E. should contact Brady Crook, director of campus and regional development, at 509-358-7586 or

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Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Program Makes Changes, Builds Momentum

By Judith Van Dongen

From conducting health assessments at the Healthy Fair to cooking nutritious meals for clinical study participants, its small group of undergraduate students has repeatedly put WSU Spokane's Program in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology in the spotlight during the past year. And a few recent changes ensure that you'll be hearing more about the program in months to come.

This fall marks the return of students to the newly revamped Master of Science in Exercise Science program.  Six students will start in the program, which was closed for admissions for more than a year in 2007-2008 as program revisions were being made. Those revisions include the integration of nutrition courses into the program, and the addition of several new courses in exercise physiology. Overall, the program is now more integrated with other campus offerings, with electives that enable exercise science students to work together with students from nursing, pharmacy, and other health disciplines.

Starting this fall, admissions will also be reopened to the Master of Science in Human Nutrition degree program, with course work to be offered at the Riverpoint Campus. The program was previously being taught in Pullman. Kay Meier, director and professor in the Program in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, says she is actively pursuing dietetics accreditation for the human nutrition program, and once that has been secured will likely request a name change to reflect its new status.

Undergraduate students are also seeing some changes. This spring, the Faculty Senate approved a change to the undergraduate degree name. While the current group of students will still graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Metabolism, the next generation of students will take home a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. The new name better reflects the nutrition and dietetics component of the program and aligns with the name of the academic unit, which was changed from Program in Health Sciences to Program in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology in March 2009.

Undergraduate students can also take advantage of new research opportunities, thanks to a new ten-week summer undergraduate research fellowship program in nutrition and exercise physiology. Funded by the College of Pharmacy, the program currently has three fellows, who are working in the labs of Kay Meier and assistant professor Sue Marsh. They are making active contributions to the lab research, participating in weekly lab meetings to discuss their research. At the conclusion of their research experience, they will present their findings on a poster at the College of Pharmacy research day.

All these changes are building momentum for the consolidation of dietetics programs in Spokane. When that’s complete, the Riverpoint Campus will be the only campus within the WSU system where students can study dietetics. 

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Summer Camp for Girls Delves into Health Sciences

By Becki Meehan; video courtesy of Public Broadcasting Service

Many young women aspire to be doctors, nurses, pharmacists or a variety of other health care professionals, but not all of them get the practice as middle schoolers. Add the bonus of resolving a medical dilemma by the end of the week, and you have the perfect launchpad for the health care team of tomorrow.

Last month, twenty young women from grades six, seven and eight in the Spokane area participated in the Washington State University Spokane CityLab Young Women’s Summer Science Camp. As part of interactive labs during the weeklong camp, they discovered how the body talks through heart rate and blood pressure, analyzed the molecules of life, and practiced the art of reading fingerprints and dental records. They also toured labs and medical centers and talked to current healthcare professionals to round out the camp experience and get the tools they needed to solve the medical mystery.

"This camp gives these young women a glimpse of the math and science tools they’ll need throughout the rest of their education to get them on the right path to become successful health care providers," said Sylvia Oliver, director of CityLab.  

Getting students to see how exciting math and science can be and how each is applied in a health career is a goal of CityLab, and it’s just one of the ways in which they enhance the K-12 educational experience.

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Autism Expert Joins Speech and Hearing Sciences Faculty

By Judith Van Dongen

Washington State University's Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences has hired Teresa Cardon—a speech-language pathologist with almost 20 years experience working with children with autism—as an assistant professor. Cardon will be based at WSU Spokane, and her appointment is effective August 16.  

Before coming to Spokane, Cardon was at Arizona State University, where she served as a faculty research associate in the Infant Child Research Programs while earning a PhD in Speech and Hearing Science with an emphasis on autism. Prior to that, she was a clinical practitioner, serving—among others—as director of speech-language pathology at the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

"We are delighted that Dr. Cardon has decided to join our faculty," said Gail Chermak, chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. "She brings expertise in one of the highest demand areas of clinical practice and one of the highest priority areas of funded scientific inquiry."

In her new role at WSU, Cardon will teach graduate and undergraduate courses while continuing to build her research program on children with autism. As part of her dissertation research, Cardon has looked at different ways to teach children with autism how to imitate behavior, an important developmental skill in young children that is often lacking in children with autism. She is also looking to define behavioral profiles for children with autism and identify the most effective communication therapy for each profile.

"I look forward to collaborating with Spokane's clinical community and others within WSU to find better ways to support kids with autism," Cardon said. "Teaching a child with autism to initiate communication with another human being—whether it's verbal, through sign-language, or using pictures—is one of the biggest gifts you can give to that child's family."

Cardon is the author of three books published by the Autism Asperger Publishing Company: Top Ten Tips: A Survival Guide for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum, which was selected by the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) as a general parenting resources winner for 2010; Initiations and Interactions: Early Intervention Techniques for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders; and Let’s Talk Emotions: Helping Children with Social Cognitive Deficits, Including AS, HFA, and NVLD, Learn to Understand and Express Empathy and Emotions.

Among other professional activities, she has served as a steering committee member for the Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs (NATTAP) since 2006.

A California native, Cardon holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Communicative Disorders, both from Cal State University Fullerton, in addition to a PhD in Speech and Hearing Science from Arizona State University.

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SLIDESHOW: Native American High School Students Explore Health Careers

By Judith Van Dongen; photos by Cori Vaughn

Click on the ► button above to see the slideshow. For full-page view, click on the button showing four small arrows at the far right of the control panel.

Late last month, the Riverpoint Campus hosted a group of 22 high school students from 17 Native American tribes as part of their quest to explore health careers. The students took part in the Na-ha-shnee Native American Health Sciences Institute, a weeklong experience designed to encourage Native American youth to explore and pursue a career in the health sciences.

Although WSU Pullman hosted the program for the first time this year, the students still spent a full day in Spokane on June 30. They spent their morning in the nursing practice lab, where Native American nursing students demonstrated basic nursing skills such as newborn care, wound care, vital signs, and medication administration. In the afternoon, Citylab's Sylvia Oliver took them through a DNA experiment.

"There is a shortage of Native American health care providers in the northwest," said Robbie Paul, director of Native American Recruitment and Retention for WSU Health Sciences. "Fortunately, many of these students want to find a career in the health care professions so they can help other people. The concept of giving back to your community is a fundamental ideology of Native American culture."

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Grant and Contract Awards - April 1 through June 30, 2010

Faculty Member


Research Title/
Funding Source

Research Summary

Libby Blossom

Interdisciplinary Design Institute

WSU BetterBricks Daylight Lab and Integrated Design Center

Northwest Energy Efficience Alliance/US Department of Energy

This contract provides continued funding for the Integrated Design Lab Inland Northwest, which is located at the Riverpoint Campus and operated by the WSU Interdisciplinary Design Institute. The Integrated Design Lab Inland Northwest offers comprehensive integrated energy design expertise to building designers (architects, engineers, and related specialists), building owners, and building managers based in the lab's service area. This expertise includes climate analysis, envelope design, daylighting design, efficient electric lighting, efficient HVAC systems and equipment, system integration, and energy performance modeling.

Kerry Brooks

Interdisciplinary Design Institute

Spokane Regional Job Access and Reverse Commute Program

Spokane Transit Authorit/US Department of Transportation

This is continued funding for a project under the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) grant program, which assists localities in developing new or expanded transportation services that connect welfare recipients and other low-income persons to jobs and employment-related services. Spokane's JARC program uses geographic information systems (GIS) for two components of the projects. The first is the LIFTS project, which allows public use of layered data to see relationships between necessary services, such as Spokane Transit fixed bus routes, job training sites, affordable housing, child care, and employment sites. The second is the mapping of pedestrian facilities with attention to people with mobility impairments.

Kerry Brooks

Interdisciplinary Design Institute

WA-Trans GIS Transportation Framework Data Integration Research

Washington Department of Transportation/US Department of Housing and Urban Development

This contract funds the Interdisciplinary Design Institute's contribution to the Washington State Transportation Framework (WA-Trans) project. The WA-Trans project is an effort to build a statewide transportation database that can be used in geographic information systems (GIS) for a variety of purposes, including emergency management, homeland security, transportation functions, and environmental analysis and management. The role of the GIS and Simulation Laboratory at the Interdisciplinary Design Institute is to integrate spatial roads data into the WA-Trans framework and develop improved methods for doing this.

Weihang Chai

WWAMI Spokane/School of Molecular Biosciences

Institutional Research Grant

American Cancer Society

This funding was provided through a block grant awarded to Nancy Magnuson. It funds research conducted by Dr. Chai and her staff to understand the mechanism that regulates telomeres—regions of repetitive DNA at the ends of chromosomes—and their contribution to the growth of cancer cells.


Cindy Corbett/
Alice Dupler/
Virginia Guido/
Bidisha Mandal/
Steve Setter/
Doug Weeks

College of Nursing/
School of Economic Sciences/
College of Pharmacy

Transitional Care Medication Safety and Medical Liability: Closing the Chasm

US Department of Health & Human Services/National Institutes of Health (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

This grant provides funding for an interdisciplinary team of researchers to examine the issue of medication discrepancies, adverse events, and medical liability during patient transitions from hospital care to community care. The researchers' goal is to identify effective risk management strategies that assure the accurate transfer of medication information, improve patient safety, and minimize medical liability during such transitions. 

Phyllis Eide/
Gail Ann Oneal

College of Nursing

Rural Low Income Families and their Use of Environmental Health Information

Sigma Theta Tau International – Delta Chi Chapter

This grant funds a qualitative study that will explore how rural low-income families with children use environmental health information. Using the outcome of this study, the researchers will generate a theory on how new health information may be translated into health behaviors.

Mel Haberman

College of Nursing

ISM Staff Assignment Agreement

Institute for Systems Medicine

This funding pays for Mel Haberman to be the part-time acting director of the Institute for Systems Medicine Tissue Biorepository for a period of two months.

Anne Hirsch

College of Nursing

Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships FY11

US Department of Health & Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration

This is renewal grant funding that allows the College of Nursing to continue to provide advanced education nursing traineeships to eligible students in the graduate nursing program. The grants may be used to pay for tuition, books, and program fees during the traineeship period.

Casey Jackson


Motivational Interviewing for the Peninsula Regional Support Network

Peninsula Regional Support Network

This contract provides WIMHRT faculty with funding to provide one two-day training and four one-day trainings on motivational interviewing for the Peninsula Regional Support Network, a community mental health consortium that covers Kitsap, Clallam, and Jefferson Counties in the state of Washington. Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based practice used to effectively engage “resistant” clients and increase clinician strategic focus and outcomes for clients, while decreasing missed appointments and clinician frustration and burnout.

Robbie Paul/
Janet Katz

College of Nursing

WSU Subcontract for NARCH Faculty and Student Training Proposal

Northwest Indian College/US Department of Health & Human Services

This is a subcontract of a proposal to develop a training program to build a networked American Indian/Alaska Natives health workforce and capacity for university/tribal community-based participatory research. This will be done by bridging training and mentoring at the Northwest Indian College—based in Bellingham, WA—with American Indian-directed health career programs located at two Washington State research-intensive universities. The Native American Health Sciences recruitment program at WSU Spokane is one of these programs.

Chris Riebe/
Susan McFadden

College of Nursing

BRING a FRIEND for Breast Health Program in Rural Washington. Education, Awareness, and Breast Exams from the WSU College of Nursing

Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

This grant funding enables College of Nursing faculty to mentor nursing students who will be implementing the BRING a FRIEND for Breast Health program in Ferry County, Washington.
Women in Ferry County have reduced access to breast health services due to distance, lack of transportation, and harsh weather. The BRING a FRIEND program will increase access to breast health awareness, education and breast services for these women through collaboration, community organizing, coalition building and social marketing. It will offer culturally sensitive breast health care for Ferry County women between the ages of 40 and 65 through education, breast exams, and transportation to Spokane for mammograms.

Jon Schad/
Dennis Rovetto

Facilities Operations

Curb, Curb Stops, Sprinkler Heads

Washington State Military Department/
Department of Homeland Security

This is supplemental funding to pay for the repair of damage to curbs, curb stops and sprinkler heads resulting from multiple plowings of snow from campus streets, sidewalks, and parking lots during the 2008-09 record snow season. Damage from the plowings dislodged or destroyed a total of 136 lineal feet of concrete curb, 21 concrete curb stops, and 60 sprinkler heads.

Bob Short


State Medicaid/
JCAHO Accreditation

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services/US Department of Health & Human Services

This contract provides renewal funding for WIMHRT to provide evidence-based practice training, research support, technical assistance, and consultation to the state of Washington.

Bob Short


ORYX – Patient Care

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

This contract funds a project in which WIMHRT provides services and staff to Eastern State Hospital’s Habilitation Mental Health Unit. These services include tracking analyzing patient behaviors; identifying appropriate behavioral supports for individual patients and groups of patients; provide individual and group therapy focusing on skill development and behavior; and providing education and training for staff development regarding habilitation mental health principles and interventions.

Denise Smart

College of Nursing

Protecting Nurses as a Valuable Resource

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

The project funded by this grant deals with the underreporting of on-the-job injuries in nurses, which can severely impact quality of life and potentially shorten a nurse’s career. The researchers will develop a multimodal educational approach to keep nurses injury free in the work place and improve safe patient handling. As part of this approach, the investigator will develop an online continuing education course for registered nurses in Washington state; develop a Palm card to guide nurses in their assessment of their work environment and safe patient handling practices; develop, produce, and distribute an ergonomic awareness video for inclusion in nursing education curriculum programs throughout the state; and develop a position paper on safe patient handling for registered nurses in Washington.

Roxanne Vandermause/
Merry Armstrong/
Kris Miller

College of Nursing

A Multi-Method Pilot Study Exploring Relational Health of Adolescent Women in In-Patient Chemical Dependency Treatment

WSU Office of Research

This is supplemental funding for a study that will determine the essential nature of relational experiences in girls undergoing substance abuse treatment. The goal is to improve interventions and age and gender-responsive treatment strategies for adolescent substance users.

Hans Van Dongen/
Greg Belenky

Sleep and Performance Research Center

Regional Airline Association Fatigue and Performance Study

Regional Airline Association

This grant funds mathematical modeling work to predict the magnitude of the potential performance impact on pilots of multi-segment duty days versus single-segment duty days of equal duration. This will be done using a state-of-the-art fatigue and performance prediction model combined with available laboratory data on the effects of workload on fatigue and performance.

Bryan Vila

Criminal Justice

WSP Agreement No. C100427GSC Interagency Agreement

Washington State Patrol

This contract provides funding to analyze data from 1,100 questionnaires administered by the Washington State Patrol to police officers using driving simulators. The questionnaire dealt with the issue of simulator-related sickness. 


Colletta Young/
Judy Zeiger

Student Affairs

Upward Bound: Ferry and Stevens Counties

US Department of Education/Office of Postsecondary Education
(Upward Bound)

This is a continuation of funding for the Upward Bound program, which is designed to “generate the 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.”  Upward Bound provides program participants with fundamental support in their preparation for college entrance. This WSU Upward Bound project focuses on four small high schools in Ferry & Stevens Counties. 

Jonathan Wisor

WWAMI Spokane

Suppression of Cerebral Microglial Activation Attenuates Methamphetamine-Induced Hypersomnolence

WSU Office of Research, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program

This is supplemental funding for a study that seeks to determine to what degree the activation of microglia—a type of cells that act as the active immune defense in the central nervous system—contributes to the hypersomnolence, or excessive sleepiness, experienced during methamphetamine withdrawal. Hypersomnolence occurring as a consequence of methamphetamine withdrawal may result in dose escalation and increase the likelihood of relapse among methamphetamine abusers. 

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In the News

  • In two separate articles, the Spokesman-Review has highlighted the economic benefits a four-year medical school at the Riverpoint Campus would bring to Spokane and eastern Washington. Read the articles: June 11 article and June 21 article. (Note: a subscription may be required to access these articles)
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  • Professor of pharmacotherapy Larry Cohen will be installed as the American College of Clinical Pharmacy's (ACCP) president-elect at their 2010 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, in October. He will assume the presidency the following year.
  • Susan Marsh, assistant professor in the program in nutrition and exercise physiology, has been selected as associate editor for the journal Life Sciences, an international journal publishing articles that emphasize the molecular, cellular, and functional basis of therapy. She was also appointed to the American Physiological Society's Opportunities in Physiology Committee for a three-year term starting in January 2011.
  • Lorna Schumann, an associate professor of nursing and the lead faculty member in the family nurse practioner program, was selected by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners to receive the Washington State Nurse Practitioner Advocate Award for 2010.

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

  • Browne's Addition Summer Concert Series, Thursdays through August 26
    Come spend your warm summer nights at the Browne's Addition Summer Concert Series in Spokane's Coeur d'Alene Park, where magic is created through the convergence of community and art. Join family and friends and hear some of the area's best and most diverse musicians every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, go to the Browne's Addition Summer Concert Series Web site or contact Sarah Calvin by e-mail or at 509-218-9398.

Personnel and Staffing Changes  


  • Mays Vue, Geriatric Resident, Pharmacotherapy, effective July 1, 2010.
  • Lindy Wood, Geriatric Resident, Pharmacotherapy. effective June 1, 2010.


  • Jeff Clark, Geriatric Resident, Pharmacotherapy, effective May 31, 2010.

Recruitment & Searches:

  • Assistant/Associate Professor Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology (position may be in Spokane or Pullman); screening of applicants begins immediately, with an August 15, 2010 deadline.
  • Research Study Manager with the National Children's Study for the College of Nursing; position closed July 11, 2010, may be reposted, check for updates.
  • Coordinator (Community Liaison) with the National Children's Study for the College of Nursing; position closed July 11, 2010, applications are under review.
  • Coordinator (Hispanic Outreach Liaison) with the National Children's Study for the College of Nursing; position closed July 11, 2010, applications are under review.
  • Office Assistant 2, 50%, 12 months, ASWSUS under Student Affairs; closed June 23, 2010, interviews pending.

Special Announcement:

The campus community is invited to a celebration in honor of Jeannie Smith, who is retiring from the Riverpoint Campus Library crew. Please join us for a reception on Wednesday, July 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Academic Center, at the first-floor atrium, and plan to share any "Jeannie stories" you might have in your collection. This event follows the Commute Trip Reduction BBQ. Program begins at 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. If you care to contribute toward a modest retirement gift, please get in touch with one of the library crew.



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Way to Go!

"Way to Go" to two dedicated Commute Trip Reduction members, Vickie Parker Clark and Gordon Gates, for traveling green! Vickie, who works for the Eastern District of WSU Extension, has been a committed vanpooler for two years. She shares the 40-mile ride to work with a great group of people, arriving on campus at 7:30 a.m., energized and ready for the day. The next time you are on I-90 during your commute and the green and white vanpool van goes by, be sure to look for Vickie. She’s the relaxed one who’s looking out the passenger window with a smile on her face as she just rides along! Gordon, who works for the WSU College of Education, has been a committed walker for two years. He walks the 2.5 miles from the South Hill most days, thus saving on a parking pass, wear and tear on his vehicle, and a gym membership! He says that during the snowy weather it is quicker to walk to campus than to use another mode of transportation. While walking to campus recently, Gordon heard an interesting fact: that most Americans only walk 1.5 miles in a week. As you can see he is way ahead of that statistic!
(from the Riverpoint Campus Commute Trip Reduction Committee)

The Student Affairs staff would like to thank Cat Carrel and Cori Vaughn for all their hard work to get our summer Web site (/students/summer_session/) up and running so quickly. We really appreciate it!
(from Jane Kinkel, Student Affairs) 

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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