Issue 2012-10 (October 17, 2012)

IN THIS ISSUE


Student Outreach Project Teaches High School Students about Health Careers

By Judith Van Dongen; video by Matthew Blythe and Barb Richardson

Armed with stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, and an odd variety of other supplies that included watermelons, a group of 11 Riverpoint Campus students headed up to the Spokane Indian Reservation earlier this month. Their destination: Wellpinit High School. Their goal: to teach the school's 90 students about the various health professions.

The group had infused their program with lots of hands-on activities. They taught students to take blood pressures and listen to heart and lung sounds with a stethoscope; they had them do anatomical drawings on swim caps and t-shirts; they even brought a pig's heart for the students to dissect as they learned about the heart. They also demonstrated the importance of wearing a bike helmet by dropping two watermelons—one "wearing" a helmet and one without—and comparing the result.

Most importantly, though, they shared with the students why they had chosen to pursue their particular discipline and what they had done to prepare themselves for college.

"The student presenters were wonderful, and everyone was pleasantly surprised at how receptive the high school students were to all of it," said Jenna McCoy, interim manager for WSU Upward Bound, who served as the liaison between Wellpinit High School and WSU. "They all donned the gloves and touched the hearts and the brains and really participated in each station that was set up for them."

A win-win collaboration

The idea for the event had come up in the spring at a meeting that brought together representatives from various outreach units at WSU. Among those units were the Riverpoint Interpoint Interprofessional Education and Outreach (RIPER) group and WSU Upward Bound.

RIPER gives students from the various health professions the opportunity to work together and learn with, from, and about each other. The Upward Bound program helps high school students from low-income families and underrepresented areas to prepare for college. The program targets four specific schools in Ferry and Stevens Counties, including Wellpinit High School.

RIPER director Barb Richardson and McCoy started planning for a fall event. Richardson found two nursing students—Becky Shorr and Alex Arnold—who led the project as part of their community health nursing clinical rotation. The other students participating were Kelli Geiger and Kramer Wahlberg, medical education; Sarah Miles and Tammy Dotson; University of Washington MEDEX physician assistant training program; Tony Hoang and Susan Yoon, pharmacy; and Esmerelda Arellano, Emily MacDonald, and Daniel Morales, speech and hearing sciences.

"I really liked working with the medical, pharmacy, and speech and hearing sciences students," said Shorr. "They just had a lot of ideas that I would not have thought of to do for this project."

The student group met several times to brainstorm and plan activities, identify supplies needed, and coordinate who would do what. They broke the high school group out into three classrooms, each of them with a separate theme. Heart health, brain, and first aid were the focus of the breakout sessions, and each offered several different activities for the high school students to participate in. They also came up with giveaways for the students, including first aid kits the group had put together and a special treat in the form of little chocolate brains

"I think our students got the most out of it in the planning," said Richardson. "They talked about where their roles overlapped and who could do what."

From McCoy's perspective, the event was successful as well.

"There was some interest sparked in a few of the students about continuing their education beyond high school and looking at the health sciences as a possibility," she said.

Richardson and McCoy are planning a similar event for next spring at Mary Walker High School in Springdale.

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Nursing Hosts National Simulation Technology Conference

By Alli Benjamin, College of Nursing

Mobile health care apps; life-like, interactive patient manikins; software algorithms that measure patient's physical, mental, and social well-being. These are examples of tools and approaches nurse educators will cover at the 7th Annual National League (NLN) for Nursing Technology Conference which will be hosted by the WSU College of Nursing at the Spokane campus from October 19 to 21.

Two nursing students listen to heart and lung sounds on a patient manikin

Recent nursing graduates Sarah Haden (left) and Sarah
Bible listen to heart and lung sounds on a human patient
simulation manikin (Photo by Bob Hubner)

The conference features nationally and internationally recognized speakers who will enhance nurse educators' understanding of technology available to them in today's health care and higher education environments. Simulation, e-learning, telehealth, and the integration of informatics into curricula will be addressed.

"Our goal is to become a national destination for clinical simulation," said college dean Patricia Butterfield. "Being selected to host this conference acknowledges the progress we’ve made incorporating the latest technology and simulation pedagogy into nursing students' and scholars' education. We’re building a strong foundation as a leader in simulation, which we believe helps to better prepare nursing students for the challenging situations they will face in practice."

Patient simulation is the cornerstone of the pre-licensure bachelor of science in nursing program. The college's clinical practice and simulation lab provides a safe, active learning environment for students to deal with simulated scenarios they might face in practice. This could include heart attacks, labor and delivery, or end-of-life patient care.  Students also have opportunities to practice team-based scenarios with counterparts in pharmacy, medicine, dental, and other allied programs located at WSU Spokane.

The college has been building its technology and simulation repertoire over the past five to ten years. Faculty have developed extensive expertise in using this newer technology and staging practice scenarios. Doctoral nursing student Janet Willhaus spent a year in New York as the nursing scholar in residence for the NLN to advance the use of simulation in nursing education, including efforts to increase faculty development in simulation program offerings. 

College researchers are taking part in a national study that will identify the ideal mix of simulation and clinical training needed to best prepare future nurses. The college is one of 10 universities nationwide to participate in the landmark study funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). The study, which launched in September 2011, monitors the clinical performance of incoming WSU nursing students from their first day of nursing school through graduation, and into their first year of practice.

"The NCSBN recognized that we had the support of leadership, the technology (manikins), new facilities, and a large student body to recruit from," said Kevin Stevens, director of the clinical simulation lab. "We're excited to be one of the first universities that will help shape what the future of nursing education might look like, based on the findings."

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SLIDESHOW: Health Fair Provides Screenings, Lifestyle Information

By Judith Van Dongen; photos by Cori Medeiros & Brady Crook


As fall gets off to a good start, now is a great time to think about how all those months we will be spending indoors will affect our diet, fitness level, and our overall health. Last week's Riverpoint Health Fair provided the perfect opportunity to do just that.

The event, which has been held on campus for the past eight years, offered the campus community and the public an opportunity to get free health screenings, as well as information on fitness options and healthy eating offered by a wide variety of vendors. Screenings were administered by students from several of the health disciplines represented at Riverpoint. They included cholesterol tests and physical fitness assessments conducted by nutrition and exercise physiology students; hearing screenings offered by speech and hearing sciences students; and blood sugar tests done by nursing students. Pharmacy students were also giving 200 free flu shots sponsored by the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.

Of course, an event that is—at least in part—about healthy eating is not complete without…healthy food. Students from the Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Club were offering samples of two different tasty treats they had prepared: tofu pumpkin cheesecake and mango avocado salsa. If you missed out on the samples, or if they tasted so good that you're up for more, you can download the recipe from the link below.

If you are interested in free, personalized counseling on diet and exercise provided by nutrition and exercise physiology students, see the article below on the NEP Health and Exercise Clinic.

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Changes to Wireless Access Increase Security, Reliability

By Doug Nadvornick

WSU Spokane's ITS department is gently pushing students, faculty, and staff to transition to the new Riverpoint WiFi wireless network.

Laptop showing the log in screen

The new network is replacing the existing Riverpoint and Basic-RP networks. Riverpoint WiFi requires users to log in with their username and password the first time they access the new system. Afterward, no log in is needed as the users will automatically be validated through a security certificate that is installed on their device the first time they access the new network.

For now, all of the networks are working. The IT office is urging campus users—especially students—to  sign into and use the new system, said Saleh Elgiadi, executive director of IT Services.

To nudge them, technicians will soon make it impossible for users of the older networks to access popular sites, such as Facebook and YouTube. Once they sign up for the new network, they'll regain full access to those sites.

Elgiadi's office will shut down the two existing services, as well as the Open-RP network—which is available to everyone on campus without signing in—on November 1. He says Open-RP will be replaced with a secure guest network, designed for visitors who have business on campus. The visitors' campus 'sponsors' will be able to request user names and passwords so that guests can access the Riverpoint Guest network.

New networks more secure

Elgiadi says his office has worked since April to create and configure the new networks.

He says the project was driven in part by increased demand for wireless services and the need to make the wireless network safer and more secure for campus users.

Some people who do not have legitimate business on campus have abused the current Open-RP system and visited questionable sites or used services that consumed huge amounts of bandwith, he says.

"This is a resource that's been open to everyone who shows up on campus," said Elgiadi. "We just want to make sure that it's available only to users who have legitimate business on campus."

He hopes users will find the system more functional and easier to use.

In addition to making it more secure, Elgiadi says his technicians are working to make the wireless system more available and reliable.

He says they’re finding the areas on campus where the wireless signal is weakest and expanding bandwidth coverage in places such as classrooms and gathering spaces. He believes the new networks will provide a more uniform signal across campus.

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Students Offer Free Health and Exercise Clinic

By Lorraine Nelson, College of Pharmacy

Green apple with tape measure wrapped around it and hand weights in the background

Students completing their degree in nutrition and exercise physiology (NEP) are seeking people interested in improving their health by receiving free counseling on diet and exercise.

"We want people who are motivated to learn about their health and who want to receive education and coaching from skilled students under the supervision of NEP instructors, said Anne Patron, a graduate student in the Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Program at WSU Spokane. "We have a group of motivated seniors who would like to help you achieve goals and have fun."

The students are offering services beginning on Oct. 22. Participants can receive one-on-one counseling or attend a group exercise class held on campus. A group lifestyle program also is available for $50 and participants are asked to commit to that for 12 weeks.

More information is available at www.pharmacy.wsu.edu/currentstudents/nepclinic.html. Those interested in participating should contact Emily Cox at nep.clinic@wsu.edu or 509-368-6710.

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Who Went Where: Campus Moves Accommodate Growth

By Judith Van Dongen

It's hard to miss the signs of growth on the Riverpoint Campus. We see it in the new Biomedical and Health Sciences Building, which is well on its way to being enclosed by winter, but will take another year to complete. It's also in the recent and upcoming hiring of faculty and administrators who will contribute to the growth of health sciences education and research on campus.

It's these hires and the fact that the new building isn't yet complete that triggered a series of recent campus moves. The tightly coordinated moves were aimed at accommodating the growth in the medical education program, College of Pharmacy, and health sciences leadership over the next year.

HPA faculty member Sean Murphy carries a box to his new office

HPA faculty member Sean Murphy
carries a box to his new office
(Photo by Cori Medeiros)

A total of 37 people packed up their offices and moved elsewhere on campus. It started with faculty in the Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Program, who moved from the third floor of the Health Sciences Building to the second floor of the Phase One Classroom Building.

They were followed by the Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA), who moved from the fourth floor of the Academic Center to the first-floor office suite in the Phase One Classroom Building.

Both spaces in Phase One were previously occupied by the design disciplines, which were consolidated at WSU Pullman earlier this summer. Eastern Washington University was also allocated additional offices on the second floor of the building to accommodate expected growth.

Communications and development staff for the campus and the College of Pharmacy moved down one floor, from the fifth to the fourth floor of the Academic Center, into the space vacated by HPA just the day before.

The vacated offices on the fifth floor of the Academic Center are now home to several faculty members in the College of Pharmacy and the recently expanded health sciences leadership. Space freed up on the third floor of the Health Sciences Building has been allocated to the WWAMI medical education program, which is expanding its faculty as it prepares to start teaching second-year medical students in fall 2013.

The moves were completed in just over a week, thanks to the hard work of facilities and IT staff. Several nights in a row, custodial staff moved dozens of boxes from their old to their new homes and delivered empty ones to those still in the process of packing. IT staff made sure that the transition of phones and computers into new spaces went without a hitch.

More office moves are expected to take place after the new building has been completed.

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Grant and Contract Award Summary - July 1 through September 30, 2012

PI / Co-PIs

Department(s)

Research Title / Funding Source

Research Summary

Nicole Armitage/
Billie Severtsen/
Denise Smart/
Roxanne Vandermause

College of Nursing

Experience of postpartum active duty women in training for the fitness assessment

Tri-Service Nursing Research Program, US Department of Defense

This grant funds a study that addresses the issue of maintaining fitness and readiness for active duty women who have gone through childbirth. The purpose of the study is to interpret the experience of postpartum active duty women through a study of their experiences training for their first postpartum fitness assessment.

Celestina Barbosa-Leiker

College of Nursing

Contingency management and entertainment education

WSU Spokane Office of Research

This is a seed grant awarded for a study that will test whether smoking abstinence among postpartum women in rural communities can be significantly increased through a combination of contingency management, a reward-based substance abuse treatment, and entertainment education, a media strategy that uses entertainment to encourage the modeling of healthy behaviors. The study will be conducted in collaboration with faculty from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, the College of Nursing, and the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Gregory Belenky

Sleep and Performance Research Center

Task order #1 for project Guam Island Hopper alertness study

 

United Airlines

This project is the first task based on a new master agreement between WSU and United Airlines. As part of this project, Belenky will study fatigue in pilots that fly the Guam Island Hopper Route.

David Brody

Criminal Justice

Judicial Performance Evaluation at the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals

 

Washington Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals

This contract provides funding for WSU to conduct a judicial performance evaluation of the judges of the Washington Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIAA). The study will use surveys to obtain information from all parties who appeared at hearings and mediation conferences held before BIAA administrative law judges in cases concluded during calendar year 2011.

Karen Caines

College of Nursing

Increasing vaccine science knowledge to decrease vaccine safety concerns

 

WSU Spokane Office of Research

Funded by a seed grant, this study will test an intervention to increase vaccine science knowledge and improve immunization-related communication skills in bachelor-prepared nurses. It will help address vaccine safety concerns and update best practices for immunization and may ultimately lead to an increase in the number of nurses who can help inform parents’ immunization decisions.

Weihang Chai

WWAMI

Function of CST in telomere maintenance and cancer cell growth

 

Concern Foundation

Telomeres are the ends of chromosomes that protect genome stability by preventing chromosomes from being damaged. Normal cells have limited lifespan due to progressive shortening of telomere DNA during each cell division. Tumor cells achieve their unlimited growth capability by maintaining the stability of their telomeres. Therefore, one way of stopping the growth of tumor cells is to disrupt the maintenance of their telomeres. This study aims to determine the role of the Ctc1/Stn1/Ten1 (CST) protein complex in telomere maintenance, and to determine whether suppression of CST can be used as an approach for inducing cancer cell death.

Christopher Davis

WWAMI

Novel rodent attention task assessing sleep loss-induced performance decay

 

WSU Spokane Office of Research

This seed grant funds a project to test a novel sustained attention task to show the consequences of poor sleep in rodents.  The new task will model the psychomotor vigilance task, the most widely accepted method for demonstrating the effects of sleep loss in humans. Ultimately this task will set the stage for determining the molecular correlates of sleep loss-induced performance deficits.

Susan Fleming

College of Nursing

First time mothers’ experience of self-preparing for hospital birthing via the internet and or TV shows: a Heideggerian phenomenological study

 

WSU Spokane Office of Research

Seed grant – This study proposes to describe and investigate the meaning of pregnant women’s self-preparations (electronic media) for birthing in hospitals and how their preparation transfers to the actual birth. The findings of this study will facilitate the understanding of birthing preparation and experiences of first-time mothers and will be used to design and scientifically test interventions to improve perinatal outcomes and reduce health care costs.

K. Michael Gibson

College of Pharmacy

Non-physiological amino acid therapy for PKU

 

National PKU Alliance

Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a rare, inherited metabolic disorder that is characterized by the inability of the body to utilize the essential amino acid, phenylalanine (Phe). This study will focus on a new approach to PKU therapy that examines the ability of non-physiological amino acids to lower brain Phe levels and thereby restore brain amino acid equilibrium. This could potentially lead to a novel therapy for PKU.

John Hinson/
Paul Whitney/
Hans Van Dongen

Dept. of Psychology/
Sleep and Performance Research Center

Information throughput in risky decision making underlying self-regulation  

 

National Institutes of Health (R21)

This is continued funding for a study on the interaction of deliberative (cold) and automatic (hot) cognition on decision making, a crucial, yet poorly understood process. The study will explore when the cold cognitive information essential for good decision making is absent, and when it is improperly weighted in the decision making process because of challenges to cold or hot cognitive pathways. The study should help the researchers understand why suboptimal decision making occurs in a particular situation and what can be done to improve this. The study will also explore the impact of total sleep deprivation on these decision-making processes, providing an opportunity to address broad health and safety issues relevant to sleep loss in everyday life.

James Krueger/
Christopher Davis/
Ping Taishi

WWAMI

Molecular mechanisms of sleep responses to viral infections

National Institutes of Health

This is renewal funding for a project that looks at the effects of influenza on sleep. Influenza has been shown to cause an increase in the duration of non-rapid eye movement sleep (NREMS). The molecular and brain anatomical pathways for this response remain under investigation. This study looks at the potential involvement of the olfactory bulb, the part of the brain that transmits smell information from the nose to the brain.

Heidi Medford/
Susan Marsh

Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

Exercise attenuates the pathological cardiac response caused by consumption of a Western diet

American Physiological Society

This grant funds a study that will investigate whether exercise can reverse the adverse effects on the heart caused by consumption of the "Western diet"—a diet high in saturated fat and sugar.

John Roll/
Celestina Barbosa-Leiker/
Patricia Butterfield/
Phillip Butterfield/
Joann Dotson/
Dennis Dyck/
Donelle Howell/
Janet Katz/
Sterling McPherson/
Roberta Paul

College of Nursing

Behavioral Health Collaborative for Rural American Indian Communities

National Institutes of Health

This grant funds a center for excellence—in collaboration with the University of Washington—to establish a behavioral health collaborative in rural American Indian communities. The center aims to contribute to improved mental health and reduced substance abuse in rural American Indian communities through the development and dissemination of prevention and intervention strategies.

Robert Short

WIMHRT

Spokane Consumer Leadership Project for Education, Advocacy, and Leadership

Spokane County

This is continued funding for a project on which WIMHRT is the fiscal agent. WIMHRT will provide technical assistance and will collaborate and assist to provide trainings, peer specialist support, educational meetings, and newsletters for the Greater Spokane Regional Organizing Initiatives. These initiatives were started by the Mental Health Transformation State Incentive program, an infrastructure program that helped to build a solid foundation of delivering and sustaining effective mental health and related services throughout the state.

Eva Szentirmai

WWAMI

The Role of Sensory Afferents in Brown Fat-Induced Sleep

WSU Spokane Office of Research

This seed grant provides funding for a project aimed at developing and testing a model that describes the role of activated brown adipose tissue—a type of fat that is especially abundant in newborns and hibernating animals—in the regulation of sleep and metabolism. Szentirmai will deactivate sensory neurons associated with brown adipose tissue to test the hypothesis that heat produced by this tissue provides sleep-promoting signals to the brain. The goal is to identify a distinct organ and a specific mechanism that link metabolism and sleep and that could be further explored through translational medicine.

Jacqueline van Wormer/
Zachary Hamilton/
Donelle Howell/
Sean Murphy

Criminal Justice

Snohomish County Therapeutic Courts Evaluation

Snohomish County

This project involves a collaboration between the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and the WSU Program for Excellence in the Addictions. The researchers will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the adult felony and family dependency drug courts in Snohomish County.

Judy Zeiger

Student Affairs

Spokane MESA

University of Washington

This contract provides renewal funding for the Spokane Math Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program, which provides African American, Latino/a, Native American, and female students with an awareness of the many career opportunities in the fields of mathematics, engineering, and science.

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Milestones

  • WSU Spokane MESA teachers Cathy Beadle and Pam Kidder of Glover Middle School were the recipients of the 2012 Mona Bailey Teacher Leadership Award. Sponsored by Washington MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement), the award recognizes teacher leadership in mathematics, engineering or science and a dedication to K-12 students who are underrepresented in those areas, including African American, Native American, Latino, and female students. Beadle and Kidder were nominated for the award by Spokane MESA manager Joanna Moznette.

  • John Roll, associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Nursing and associate vice provost for graduate education and scholarship at WSU Health Sciences, is the 2012 recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Contribution to Applied Behavioral Research Award. Roll—who is also the director of the WSU Program of Excellence in the Addictions—was recognized for his work to develop and disseminate evidence-based treatments for addiction. Earlier this year, he was also named a fellow of both the American Psychological Society (APS) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) in recognition for his outstanding contributions to psychology and behavior analysis.  
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Community Connections

  • Oct. 26, Health & Wellness Fair
    If you missed the Riverpoint Health Fair, here's another chance to get free health screenings and flu shots! The Health & Wellness fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Spokane Calvary, 511 W Hastings Rd, Spokane. Free health services offered include flu vaccinations (for 500 people), mammograms, vision testing, dental screenings, and blood pressure checks. You'll also be able to gain health resources from local organizations; attend workshops with DSHS, Medicare, and Medicaid representatives; receive application assistance for state benefit programs; and visit the DSHS Benefits Mobile. A Youth Fair at 5 p.m. will provide free dinner, a concert, games and activities, and a health care workshop. For more information, visit healthyteensproject.org or call 509-444-3066.
  • Nov. 17, KPBX Kids' Concert: Music from the Revolutionary War
    Hear the music that gave heart to our ancestors in battle, in the cities and countryside, and in their homes, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W Sprague Ave, Spokane. The free program will include fife and drums, fiddles, singing, period readings, and more. For more information, see the Spokane Public Radio Events Web site.
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Personnel and Staffing Changes

Comings:

  • Heidi Drew, Office Assistant 3, College of Nursing, effective October 1, 2012
      

Goings:

  • Angela Haberman, Extension Coordinator,  WSU Extension, effective September 30, 2012
  • Karin Gilchrist, Extension Coordinator, WSU Extension, effective September 30, 2012
  • Camille Sullivan, Extension Coordinator Senior, WSU Extension, effective September 30, 2012
  • Michael Eisensmith, Media Technician Lead, IT Technical Support Services, effective November 16, 2012


Transitions:

  • Jeanette Barnes, Social and Health Program Consultant 1, transferred from WIMHRT to Murrow College of Communication, effective October 1, 2012
      

Promotions:

  • Renae Richter, from Academic Coordinator to Academic Coordinator Senior, College of Nursing, effective October 1, 2012
      

Recruitments & Searches:

  • Research Project Engineer, Shock Physics, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Director of Finance and Administrative Services (Director of Administrative Services), College of Nursing, closed October 14, 2012


WSU Service Milestones:

Recognizing and supporting the contributions of employees is critical to fulfilling the university mission. As part of its length of service program, staff are eligible for length of service awards at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 years of service. Faculty recognition begins at 25 years of service. Below is a list of Spokane-based employees who reached length of service milestones from January 2012 through now.

30 Years
  • Lorna Schumann, College of Nursing
25 Years
  • Mary Stucky, College of Nursing
20 Years
  • Gretchen Eaker, Budget & Finance
15 Years
  • Mary Gonzalez, College of Nursing
  • Ken Holdren, Facilities
  • Daren Noe, IT
10 Years
  • Brian DeLong, Facilities
  • Mark French, Facilities
  • Jeff Thysell, College of Nursing
  • Andre Wamsley, Facilities
5 Years
  • Jenna McCoy, Upward Bound
  • Cori Medeiros, Communications
  • Michelle Schmidt, WWAMI


Obituary
Portrait photo of Debra Franck

Debra Jo Franck, 48, of Selah, died Tuesday, October 9 at the Cottage in the Meadow hospice facility in Yakima. Mrs. Franck was born in Spokane and also lived in California before moving to Yakima in 1968. She worked at Yakima Neighborhood Health as a public health nurse for a few years before teaching at the WSU College of Nursing for eight years. During that time, she also worked at Yakima Worker Care, from which she retired this year due to illness. Survivors include her husband, Joseph Franck of Selah; three children, Michael Franck of Richland and Jeremy Franck and Nicholas Franck, both of Selah; her parents, Franklin and Lila Rose Sr. of Selah; and two brothers, Franklin Rose Jr. of Yakima and Jonathan Rose of Moxee. A funeral service was held on October 15 at the Terrace Heights/Moxee Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Yakima.

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Way to Go!

"Way to go to Liz West for all of her efforts to resolve the recent financial aid issues in the new zzusis system. During a stressful time of uncertainty and concerns over financial aid, she has been a tireless advocate for our WSU Spokane students. Many students have stopped by to thank her for the personal attention and caring."
(from Judy Zeiger, 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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