Issue 2012-04 (April 18, 2012)


In case you missed our Mar. 26 Special Bulletin Issue:


State Funding Approved: Biomedical and Health Sciences Building Stays on Track

By Barb Chamberlain; photo by Doug Nadvornick

With full funding approved by the state legislature, construction of a health sciences building at Washington State University Spokane is scheduled to be finished in fall 2013, according to campus leaders.

"The capital budget approved by the legislature will allow us to move forward to finish construction of the Biomedical and Health Sciences Building in Spokane, our top priority in our capital budget," said WSU president Elson S. Floyd.

After approving funding for half the construction in 2011, the Washington Legislature passed a capital budget Wednesday that approves the university's $37 million request to complete the building. Funding includes a combination of state bonds and WSU capital financing.

Extraordinary community support from Spokane business and government leaders was cited by Floyd and WSU Spokane chancellor Brian Pitcher as a key factor in receiving funding.

"The combined advocacy of business and local government, led by Greater Spokane Incorporated, together with very strong bipartisan legislative support, established the Biomedical and Health Sciences facility as a critical statewide investment," Pitcher said. "WSU is grateful for the united vision and enthusiasm for the growth of health sciences education and research."

The building will be shared by the WSU College of Pharmacy and the Spokane cohort of the medical education partnership between WSU and the University of Washington. Pharmacy is co-located on the WSU Pullman and Spokane campuses, but will consolidate in Spokane.

"Completion of this new building is absolutely essential for the continued growth of health sciences research and education in Spokane," said Gary Pollack, dean of the WSU College of Pharmacy and vice provost for WSU Health Sciences. "The building will enable our professional pharmacy program to consolidate in Spokane and will house the expanding medical education program, with a direct impact on the provision of health care in eastern Washington.

"This facility also will allow us to recruit world-class pharmaceutical and biomedical scientists to WSU and will support rapid and significant expansion of research and graduate education in Spokane," he said. "We are enormously grateful to the legislature for investing in this effort and to the Spokane community for having the vision to advocate so successfully for our university."

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The Spokane Half Dozen: Six Medical Students To Stay and Work Here After Graduation

By Doug Nadvornick

Fourth-year Spokane medical student Liz Stuhlmiller admits there were times when she wondered why she was studying to be a doctor.

"I remember day one, sitting in class downstairs in this building (the Academic Center on Spokane's Riverpoint Campus) and just going, 'what am I doing?'" said Stuhlmiller with a laugh.

Her flashback came two hours after one of the most important experiences of her medical school career. She had just learned that after she graduates in May, she'll spend her first three years as a doctor in Spokane's Family Medicine Residency Program at Sacred Heart Medical Center. After her residency, she'll be eligible to apply for her state medical license.

Stuhlmiller grew up on a farm near Reardan, about 20 miles west of Spokane, so getting the opportunity to stay close to home excites her.

"This is where I wanted to go. It's a great program," said Stuhlmiller. "I'm expecting to work at least 80 hours a week for that first year. It's the first time you're actually a doctor and you have patients. It's a big responsibility and I don't want to take that lightly."

Stuhlmiller is one of four members of Spokane's first group of 20 first-year University of Washington medical students to be assigned to Spokane residencies. The other three—Jon Anderson, Lacie Bland, and Rachel Safran—will all practice internal medicine. Two other students who started medical school in Pullman and are finishing in Spokane (Stephanie Gering and Jordan Storhaug) will also do residencies in Spokane. Both will practice family medicine.

Dr. George Novan says he feels like a proud father. Novan is the associate director of the WWAMI (Wyoming Washington Alaska Montana Idaho) medical education program in Spokane and a faculty member in Spokane's Internal Medicine Residency Program.

"We did very, very well. The number of students who got their top-choice programs was incredible," said Novan. "We realize there are lots of good residency programs in this country, but our hope was we would get as many of them to stay here and train in Spokane as we could."

Many students head to big-name sites

Nine of Spokane's graduating students will leave town to start their medical careers. Joe Rudolf will make the longest journey. He's going to Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital to practice pathology.

"I have a great interest in the basis of disease and really digging down deep at that cellular level and really understanding disease," said Rudolf. "So pathology was a great way for me to help patients, even though it's helping them in a different way than other doctors do."

One other graduate will also head east. Hannah Qualls will study otolaryngology—ear, nose and throat—in Minneapolis. But most of the other residents will stay on the West Coast.  

Novan said some of those leaving Spokane wanted to stay, but there were no residency programs here in their specialties.

Some, like Ben Arthurs, who will study internal medicine at Stanford, said they'll consider coming back after finishing their residency programs because they like studying and living here.

Here are the residency placements of those who found out in Spokane:

Anderson, Jon
Spokane, WA
Internal Medicine
Arthurs, Ben
Stanford, CA
Internal Medicine
Bland, Lacie
Spokane, WA
Internal Medicine
Gay, Nate
Portland, OR
Internal Medicine
Gering, Stephanie
Spokane, WA
Family Medicine
Gough, Aimee
Santa Barbara, CA
General Surgery
Hernandez, Catherine     
Seattle, WA
Surgery Preliminary
Jimenez, Lissette
Seattle, WA
Keller, Jon
Seattle, WA
Internal Medicine
Mackay, Katie
Phoenix, AZ
Qualls, Hannah
Minneapolis, MN             
Rudolf, Joseph
Boston, MA
Safran, Rachel
Spokane, WA
Internal Medicine
Storhaug, Jordan
Spokane, WA
Family Medicine
Stuhlmiller, Liz
Spokane, WA
Family Medicine

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Why We Sleep: NIH-Funded Study Explores Tie between Sleep and Brain Metabolism

By Judith Van Dongen

Washington State University sleep scientist Jonathan Wisor has received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to delve deeper into the links between sleep and brain metabolism.

The four-year project will examine why the brain's use of glucose drops sharply during sleep. Glucose is used as an energy source by the body. The brain uses it to fuel its electrical activity, a metabolically demanding process that accounts for as much as 25 percent of the body's glucose use, even though the brain only represents about 5 percent of body mass.

Preliminary data collected by Wisor show that it's the slow-wave phase of sleep—also known as deep sleep—that is responsible for the brain's decrease in glucose metabolism.

"During slow-wave sleep, all of the neurons go through transient periods where they are completely inactive - they're not discharging electrical activity," says Wisor, an assistant professor with the WWAMI medical education program in Spokane who also has research ties with the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center and the Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology (VCAPP) in the College of Veterinary Medicine. "We're trying to determine what it is about sleep that reduces the demand for glucose relative to the waking brain."

Using an animal model, Wisor's study will be the first to apply a novel, high-temporal resolution technique to measure changes in glucose metabolism over a very short time span (as short as seconds) while simultaneously measuring the brain's electrical activity through electroencephalography (EEG). The two variables will be measured continuously during normal waking and sleeping activity, as well as during sleep deprivation.

The hypothesis for the study is that glucose utilization and slow-wave sleep are in a mutual regulatory relationship. Wisor describes it as a "clean-up" process whereby the brain uses slow-wave sleep to reduce glucose utilization to reset its metabolic balance. He uses as a metaphor the operation of a coal-fired electricity plant, which requires regular shutdowns of the furnace to clear out soot and ash to return it to optimal working condition.

If Wisor's hypothesis holds true, it would offer a functional explanation for why we sleep.

"We know that sleep is a restorative process," he says. "This set of biochemical changes may be the restorative basis for sleep in its simplest, most fundamental form."

The study also could lead to insights into medical conditions in which brain metabolism is compromised.

"If we can understand the brain's use of glucose in the context of the normal, healthy sleeping brain, there are potential applications for situations in which the brain becomes extremely metabolically vulnerable, such as during stroke, diabetes and complications of childbirth," Wisor says.


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SLIDESHOW: Students Contribute to Medical Mission in Guatemala

By Judith Van Dongen; photos by Amy Meredith and Kristin Milton

Clinical associate professor of speech and hearing sciences Amy Meredith didn't spend her Spring Break grading papers. Instead, she took four of her students to Guatemala for a service-learning experience they won't soon forget.

The team—consisting of WSU speech and hearing sciences student Hoang Tran and his EWU communication disorders peers Kristin Milton , Lilli Reip, and Alison Tribe—joined a large group of WSU students as part of a mission organized by Hearts in Motion. The organization provides dental care and medical treatment for children, families, and communities in Guatemala. The March mission Meredith and her students participated in focused specifically on cleft lip and palate surgeries, as well as speech, language, hearing, and dental services.

It was the second such trip for Meredith, who herself is a mother to two children with cleft palate. When she signed up for her first mission last year, she was surprised to learn that the organization had not yet hosted any speech and hearing sciences/communication disorders students on any of its trips. Her idea to start bringing students with her on the mission received a warm welcome.

The students applied their skills in a variety of settings, including at a hospital, special education center, school for the deaf & hearing impaired, rehabilitation clinic, and nutrition center. They did everything from entertaining kids while they waited for their surgeries to conducting hearing screenings. Each student had a chance to observe a cleft palate surgery. They also gave advice to parents and teachers on language, articulation, alternative ways of communication, and feeding and swallowing.

"We know we can't do one-on-one speech therapy while we're there," said Meredith, pointing out that it would likely take repeated weekly sessions to get results. "So we do what we can do to make a difference in a short amount of time."

Promoting literacy was also among the goals. The students read Spanish-language books to the children and handed out donated books for them to take home. Meredith also provided special education teachers with a Guatemalan Sign Language book she and her students modified last spring to include pictures and English translation, in addition to the signs and Spanish words.  

Another mission led by Meredith's communication disorders colleague Robbie Jackson will leave for Guatemala on May 4. Donations of Spanish language children's books, appropriate for toddlers through teens, as well as CDs with Spanish language children's music are welcome. If you have a donation or would like further information, please contact Amy Meredith at or 509-368-6709. Meredith is also looking for people willing to make culturally appropriate, educational quilts to use as wall hangings for Guatemalan classrooms. 

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WWAMI Medical Education Program Celebrates 40 Years of Service

By Doug Nadvornick

A University of Washington medical student could spend his or her entire four-year stint studying and practicing medicine without once leaving the Seattle metropolitan area. But then there are students like Aimee Gough, whose experience illustrates what the UW's 40-year-old WWAMI (Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho) medical education program is all about.

Gough—a native of Emigrant, Montana—started her University of Washington medical school career at WWAMI affiliate Montana State University in Bozeman. After a year there, she studied for a year in Seattle and then spent her third year doing 'the WWAMI Safari.'

"I spent six weeks in Anchorage, six weeks in Fairbanks, and six weeks in Wenatchee," said Gough (pronounced Goff). "Then I was fortunate enough to spend six weeks in Spokane studying family medicine."

She enjoyed her time in Spokane so much that she decided to stay for her final year of clinical rotations. After she graduates with her MD in May, she'll start a general surgery residency at a hospital in Santa Barbara, California, with an eye toward returning to Montana or another rural area in the West.

Gough's eclectic experience is a reason why WWAMI has become one of the nation's premier doctor training programs.

The program was created in 1971 to provide publicly-funded medical education to students who live in mostly rural states that can't afford their own medical schools. WSU became the first Washington affiliate in 1972.

"The goal was to create an effective, high-quality, low-cost medical education, and we've done that," says UW School of Medicine Dean Paul Ramsey. "No other programs in our country train a medical workforce for so many states."

For the last 20 years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the UW School of Medicine and the WWAMI program tops in the nation for rural health training.

WWAMI Throws a Party

The Davenport Hotel hosted a reception marking the 40th anniversary
of WWAMI medical education in eastern and central Washington.
(Photo by Doug Nadvornick)

Ramsey was one of the hosts at a recent reception at Spokane's Davenport Hotel, celebrating WWAMI's 40 years of serving eastern and central Washington. U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray and Congressman Jim McDermott sent congratulatory video messages. Current medical students mixed with WWAMI graduates. One of those graduates, Matt Hollon, was honored with a teacher-of-the-year award, voted on by the students in his internal medicine clerkship.

Ramsey also announced news that would become public the next day: Beginning in fall 2013, second-year medical education would start in Spokane, meaning, for the first time since WWAMI's inception, that students won't have to go to Seattle to continue their studies.

It's the latest milestone in Spokane's history with WWAMI, which dates back to 1974 with the city's first clinical class for third-year students (in pediatrics). Now, third- and fourth-year students can take all of their required clinical rotations in Spokane. In addition, WWAMI graduates are among those working in the city's family and internal medicine residency programs. (Six of this year's graduates were matched to Spokane residencies—see the related story above)

With the addition of second-year medical education, WWAMI's roots in Spokane grow a little deeper. If the legislature agrees to continue the program after the initial two-year start-up phase, WWAMI administrators say much larger numbers of medical students will study in Spokane. Many of them will eventually work in eastern and central Washington hospitals and clinics, alleviating the region's shortage of doctors.

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Area Middle Schoolers Tackle Windmill Challenge in Science Competition

By Becki Meehan

Every year, the Spokane MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Center holds a competition for area middle school students. This year's event had students perfecting windmill designs and testing their abilities to convert energy into both mechanical and kinetic power.

Approximately, 170 eighth grade MESA students from six Spokane public schools participated in the challenge. Salk Middle School took the top three places with their first place team advancing to the Washington MESA Day event in Redmond in May.

  • 1st place: Salk team 2:  Kleopatra D., Jessica L., and Carly S.
  • 2nd place: Salk team 5: Christina N., Jasmin L., and Cory B.
  • 3rd place: Salk team 4: Jared B., Caralee H., Aalyah L., and Kassidy M.
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Apr. 20, Interdisciplinary Design Institute Tribute

You are invited to attend "Reminisce & Anticipate," a celebration of the people and accomplishments of the Interdisciplinary Design Institute. The event will be held Friday, April 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Phase One Classroom Building Gallery, with a brief program starting at 4:30 p.m.

Join us the Interdisciplinary Design Institute as they look back at their past accomplishments here in Spokane and look forward to their future achievements in Pullman starting this fall. 

Refreshments and entertainment are being provided by the Des-ign Association and WSU Spokane.

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Grant and Contract Award Summary - January 1 through March 31, 2012

In the first quarter of 2012, researchers at WSU Spokane won close to $2.1 million in grants and contracts. Below is an overview of the projects funded. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Faculty Member(s)


Research Title/
Funding Source

Research Summary

Todd Beyreuther

Interdisciplinary Design Institute

Integrated Design Lab

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

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.

Ruth Bindler

College of Nursing

Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

This award provides funding for PhD in Nursing student Samantha Girard to be part of the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program, which supports educational development of new nursing faculty and stimulates models for joint faculty appointments between schools of nursing and clinical affiliates. The program also prepares doctoral candidates to help students address the needs of future patients - from dealing with co-morbidities and chronic illnesses to providing culturally competent care.

Celestina Barbosa-Leiker/
Ron Jemelka

College of Nursing

Prison Pilot Evaluations Project

WA State Department of Corrections

This contract provides funding for the Prison Pilot Evaluation Project. The project involves designing and evaluating a pilot for the prison evidence-based risk and need intervention program in order to strengthen re-entry plans and reduce recidivism. Faculty will develop measures and outcomes to determine the effectiveness of the program based on control group comparisons in short-term, mid-term, and long-term impacts.

Cynthia Corbett/
Stephen Setter/
Kenn Daratha

College of Nursing/
College of Pharmacy

Medication Intervention in Transitional Care to Optimize CKD Outcomes & Costs

Providence Medical Research Center

This subcontract to an NIH grant funds WSU's contribution to a study focused on implementing and evaluating a transitional care medication intervention in the high-risk population of hospitalized patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The goal of the intervention is to reduce acute care utilization, optimize clinical outcomes, and lower costs. As part of the study, faculty will adapt their nursing- and pharmacy-based intervention program to CKD patients; design and build electronic data collection tools; and extract health care outcome data from participants' medical records. 

Levente Kapas/ Barb Sorg-Ingermann

WWAMI/College of Veterinary Medicine

ADARP equipment grant

WSU Office of Research

This equipment award provides funds for four self-administration chambers that will be housed in the Kapas lab at WSU Spokane. The chambers will support research conducted for the alcohol and drug abuse research program, including a future study on the effects of cocaine withdrawal on sleep-regulatory mechanisms.

Robert Short/
Ron Jemelka/ Sterling McPherson

WA Institute for Mental Health Research & Training/ College of Nursing

Forensic Mental Health Peer Support Evaluation

Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation

This funding is for a subcontract for WSU to provide a comprehensive evaluation of Forensic Mental Health Peer Support, a new two-year project implemented by Valley Cities Counseling & Consultation and funded by a grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation in December 2011.

Roxanne Vandermause/
Ira Gordon-Kantrowitz

College of Nursing

Parental Distress after Preterm Birth

Sigma Theta Tau International

This grant funds a study that will examine the distressing experience of preterm birth from the parents' perspectives. The researchers will take an in-depth look at how parents fashion their accounts of premature birth and postpartum distress, using discourse analysis of semi-structured interviews and photo-elicitation assignments to analyze the parents' experiences in the context of the couple's relationship. The study population will include parents of premature infants born at less than 32 weeks who continue to experience distress when the child is at least 6 months old. Study findings may help nurses ameliorate the negative effects of preterm birth to improve parenting and the emotional health of the parents and premature children.

Bryan Vila

Sleep & Performance Research Center

Impact of Work-Related Fatigue on Deadly Force Judgment and Decision Making Performance and Driving Performance Among Day vs. Night Sleeper

U.S. Department of Defense/Office of Naval Research

This is continued funding for a comparative laboratory study on the role of fatigue and distraction in police officer performance in officers working day shifts versus night shifts. Using 80 volunteers drawn from local law enforcement, the study will examine driving, deadly force judgment, and decision-making performance at the end and at the beginning of the officers' work week. The data collected through this study will facilitate the development of more efficient and effective fatigue management technologies, training, and operational procedures. Due to the similarities in day-to-day responsibilities, outcomes of the study will be relevant to military ground troops as well as law enforcement officers. Read more...

Bryan Vila/
Lois James

Sleep & Performance Research Center

Empowering the Strategic Corporal: Training the young warfighters to be socially adept with strangers in any culture

U.S. Department of Defense/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

This grant funds WSU's leadership of a project with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and Advanced Interactive Systems to develop a high-tech social interaction training module for young warfighters sent on foreign missions. The research team will create the training curriculum; develop metrics to measure trainer and trainee performance; provide training to experienced military and police trainers; and oversee the formation of a mobile training team that will pilot test the curriculum out in the field. Skills testing will be done through interactive, simulated encounter scenarios that will be run in the use-of-force simulation suites inside the simulation laboratory led by Vila as part of the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center.

Hans Van Dongen/
Peter McCauley

Sleep & Performance Research Center

Individualized fatigue-based scheduling and countermeasure system - subproject 3

U.S. Department of Defense - Office of Naval Research/Pulsar Informatics

This grant provides funding for a project to develop an individualized fatigue-based scheduling and countermeasure system that incorporates new advances in the field of sleep research and fatigue risk management. The system is based on a state-of-the-art biomathematical model that predicts the effects of different sleep schedules on individual performance, combined with a computational layer that aids in the selection of fatigue countermeasure strategies. Subproject 3 will achieve expanded technical functionality that will enhance usability of the system in operational environments.

Hans Van Dongen

Sleep & Performance Research Center

Homeostatic and Circadian Modulation of Cognition: Integrating Mathematical and Computational Modeling Approaches

U.S. Department of Defense - Airforce Office of Scientific Research

This is a continuation of funding for a three-year project in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop a mathematical/computational model that will allow detailed predictions of the effects of fatigue on specific cognitive performance tasks. The model will help facilitate operational planning and targeting of fatigue countermeasures to minimize human error and maximize success on Air Force missions and other 24/7 operations.

Megan Willson College of Pharmacy Improving Medication Adherence through Collaboration between Colleges of Pharmacy and Community Pharmacies

Community Pharmacy Foundation
This grant provides funding to create a reproducible model that pairs student pharmacists with community pharmacist mentors to improve patients' medication adherence through personalized telephone calls.
Jonathan Wisor

WWAMI/Sleep & Performance Research Center

Regulatory Relationship of glucose metabolism and cerebral slow wave activity

National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

This grant funds a four-year project to explore the relationship between slow-wave sleep (also known as deep sleep) and glucose metabolism in the brain. The brain's use of glucose drops sharply during sleep, and preliminary data have shown that it is deep sleep that is responsible for this decrease. Using an animal model, the researcher will measure snapshot changes in glucose metabolism as well as electrical activity in the brain during wake and sleep to test the hypothesis that glucose utilization and slow-wave sleep are in a mutual regulatory relationship. The research could shed light on why we sleep and offer insight into medical conditions in which brain metabolism is compromised, such as stroke, diabetes, and complications of childbirth.

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In the News

  • Speech and hearing sciences alumna Emily Perry was recently featured in the Yakima Herald. The article discussed the research Perry conducted for her master's thesis: a study that tested a novel way of doing facial rehabilitation in which Perry herself was the single subject. Read the article here.
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  • Sleep and Performance Research Center director Greg Belenky recently testified before the Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Belenky's testimony addressed the new rule on fatigue in commercial aviation that was issued by the Federal Aviation Administration on Dec. 21, 2011.
  • Associate professor of speech and hearing sciences Ella Inglebret received WSU's 2012 Faculty Diversity Award at last month's showcase celebration of excellence on March 30. Inglebret was chosen for her demonstrated commitment to diversity over a span of 20 years. She is best known for her long-standing commitment to the success of American Indian and Alaska Native students through her teaching, research, and service.
  • Professor of criminal justice Bryan Vila has been honored with the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Career Achievement in Scholarship Award for 2012. The award recognizes faculty members who have a national or international reputation for their contributions in research and/or artistic creativity, and who have influenced the research and/or creative activities of students. Vila received the award for his research on the impact of fatigue and stress on police performance, his publication record, and his successful grantsmanship. He will receive the award during a special ceremony on Apr. 26.
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Community Connections

  • Friday, April 27 - Sunset School Health Center Opening Celebration
    Join other stakeholders in improving the health and academic success of youth in Spokane at the opening celebration of Spokane County's first school-based health center. The celebration will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Sunset Elementary School, 12824 W 12th Ave, Airway Heights. Supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Sunset School Health Center is the first of an anticipated network of school-based health centers in Spokane County. For more information, go to the Sunset Opening Celebration Web page.
  • Sunday, May 6 - HOPE School Bloomsday Parking Fundraiser
    The non-profit HOPE School will be holding a parking fundraiser during Bloomsday on Sunday, May 6. While parking at the Riverpoint campus lots is very convenient for those with permits, please consider the possibility of supporting HOPE School by parking at the RiverBank parking lot at 202 E. Spokane Falls Blvd, just across the street from campus. Or refer friends and/or family members to our lot. Volunteer parents, staff, and the board will staff the lot starting at 7 a.m. Parking cost is $10 per car. All proceeds go directly to support HOPE School, the Riverpoint Campus-based preschool program for children with hearing loss, which focuses on maximizing their listening and spoken language skills. For more information on the fundraiser, contact Kim Schafer at or 509-863-7097. Learn more about HOPE School on their Web site.

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Personnel and Staffing Changes    


  • Laurie Lynn Howard, Curriculum Advisor, WWAMI, effective March 26, 2012
  • Amy Kozlowski, Program Assistant, Parking and Transportation Services, effective April 2, 2012
  • Tim Taylor, Research Supervisor, SBDC, effective April 2, 2012
  • Tammy Everts, Business Advisor, SBCD, effective April 2, 2012


  • Tracy Morgan, Research Supervisor, SBDC, effective March 27, 2012
  • Roy Harrington, Extension Coordinator Senior, AHEC, retirement, effective April 24, 2012
  • Janetta McCoy, Associate Professor, IDI, retirement, effective May 15, 2012

Recruitments & Searches:

  • Associate Dean for Academic Programs, College of Nursing, open until filled, interviews in progress
  • Assistant or Associate Professor, College of Nursing, open until filled, offers pending
  • Clinical Assistant/Clinical Associate/Clinical Professor, WWAMI, open until filled, apply at
  • Custodial 1, Facilities Operations, position closed April 12, 2012, screening applications.Research Coordinator 1, College of Pharmacy, open until filled, apply at
  • Secretary Supervisor, College of Pharmacy, position closes April 22, 2012, apply at
  • Student Services Specialist (MESA Middle School Coordinator) 10-months (September-June), 50%, MESA, position closed March 27, 2012, screening applications

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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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