Issue 2014-05 (May 21, 2014)


Summer Hiatus for Campus Bulletin

The WSU Spokane Campus Bulletin will be going on a summer hiatus. The next issue will be coming to you in the fall semester. Have a great summer!

New WSU College of Medical Sciences Created

By Doug Nadvornick, College of Medical Sciences

The Washington State University Board of Regents has approved the creation of a new college that encompasses the university's medical education and research programs. The new college became official on May 15.

Image of campus with pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences building in foreground
The campus with the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences
Building, the home for the new college. Photo by Cori Medeiros.

The College of Medical Sciences merges WSU's growing clusters in sleep and cancer research with the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) medical education program that WSU shares with the University of Washington School of Medicine in Spokane and Pullman.

"It became clear after talking to community members that there was much more energy beyond just having 20 WWAMI students on campus," said Ken Roberts, acting dean of the new college. "There was also interest in having a faculty that would do biomedical research and to really build out an entire medical school-like structure here."

Also part of the new college is WSU's Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, with more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students and a robust research program on the Spokane campus.

"We are delighted to be part of this education and research enterprise focused on professions and disciplines that impact the quality of human health and well-being," said Gail Chermak, chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

The foundation for the college was laid in 2008 with the expansion of the WWAMI program to Spokane. At that time, Roberts began recruiting his first group of researchers to campus; they also teach medical students.

The College of Medical Sciences now employs more than 25 full-time faculty, a similar number of part-time faculty and several dozen clinical physician preceptors from the Spokane area who participate in teaching.

In the last year or so, Roberts has hired five new researchers, some of whom will move to Spokane this summer from places such as Duke University and the universities of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

"We are happy to have these talented scientists joining our faculty," Roberts said. "Each will enrich the academic environment in medical sciences and bring unique opportunities for students who are training in medical sciences.”

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One Woman's Quest to Reduce Health Disparities in Native Americans

By Judith Van Dongen

When Robbie Paul first joined WSU almost 20 years ago, it was the beginning of a journey that led her to a PhD, a new-found belief in herself, and a mission to inspire and empower others to pursue higher education.

Portrait image of Robbie Paul

As the director of Native American health sciences at WSU Spokane, Paul is known throughout the Northwest and beyond for her efforts to increase the number of Native Americans entering into health science careers. To her students, she is known simply as "Auntie Robbie," the woman who checks in with them, keeps them on track, and is always ready to listen and supply advice when times are tough.

Paul, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, joined the WSU College of Nursing in 1995 as the Native American recruitment and retention coordinator. One aspect of the job was to lead a new project that involved planning and organizing a two-week summer camp for Native American high school students interested in pursuing nursing careers. The camp has since been expanded to cover other health sciences disciplines and is now known as the Na-ha-shnee Native American Health Science Institute.

The idea behind Na-ha-shnee was simple: to help solve the health care provider shortage in Native American communities by sparking an interest in the health sciences in Native American high school students and helping them overcome obstacles to pursuing a college degree.

"It's hard to develop trust when your providers are only there for a couple of years," said Paul, referring to programs that require health care providers to spend a number of years practicing in an underserved area to get their loans repaid. "That's why we want to train our own folks so they can come back and stay and give back to their communities."  

Facilitating education and research

Na-ha-shnee has served more than 340 students. Paul estimates that about 70 percent of them have gone on to college. She has helped graduate 54 Native American nurses—70 percent of whom have gone back to work in tribal communities—two pharmacists, and seven master of nursing students. Paul is currently mentoring and advising five recent Na-ha-shnee graduates who are in pre-health sciences majors at WSU Pullman and several more at other institutions. Two Native American students are in the doctor of nursing practice program. Two are pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing—a big deal, says Paul, because there are currently only 18 Ph.D. educated Native American nurses in the country.

Throughout her time at WSU, Paul has become known as the go-to person for all things related to education and research involving Native Americans. She sits on the WSU Native American Advisory Council to the Provost. She also recently formed a Native American Health Sciences Advisory Board that includes tribal representatives and meets with the chancellor’s health sciences leadership team twice a year on issues related to educating health care providers for Native American communities and conducting research to address health disparities in Native American communities.  

Paul is an investigator on multiple research grants that involve Native American communities and sits on several institutional review boards. She was the driving force behind WSU’s annual health careers EXPO, which helps students of all backgrounds connect with health sciences programs. Next on her to do list is an annual conference—to be organized in partnership with the University of Washington’s Partnership for Native Health and Indigenous Wellness Research Institute—that will prepare Northwest native undergraduate students for the process of applying to graduate health sciences programs.

Her many activities have kept her so busy that she recently hired Emma Noyes to take over recruitment and planning for the 19th annual Na-ha-shnee Native American Health Science Institute, which will be held on the Spokane campus June 16 through 27.

Defying stereotypes

Paul's success goes to show that it takes persistence and confidence to reach your goals. A teacher told her she was a "dumb Indian" when she was a young child, and it stuck with her for a long time. She struggled to get a bachelor's degree, and it wasn't until she went through a divorce that Paul thought about continuing her education to provide for herself and her children. Sensing her trepidation, Paul's father took her on a long walk and told her the creation story of the Nez Perce and how they came to be "strong, brave, and intelligent."

Hearing her people referred to as intelligent was a turning point for Paul, who went on to earn a master’s degree in psychology from Eastern Washington University and a Ph.D. in leadership studies from Gonzaga University.

Every year during Na-ha-shnee, Paul shares the Nez Perce creation story and her own story with her students.

"I get a lot of students coming to me saying, 'Thank you for sharing that, because I still hear that I'm a dumb Indian,'" said Paul. "And that's sad that our children are still hearing that message."   

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Campus Building Transfers to Be Finalized

By Terren Roloff

With warm weather come three building transitions.

The last step in implementing an idea that surfaced over a year ago will be June 2, when WSU transfers the Phase One Classroom Building to Eastern Washington University for centralization of their programs. Classes and events for WSU will still be held in Phase One classrooms and conference rooms, and EWU will continue to have some classes in other buildings. As in the past, scheduling will be handled by WSU Spokane.

Chancellor Brown proposed the transfer in discussions with EWU President Rodolfo Arevalo last spring as a way for Eastern to have a clear physical identity on the campus and to give them the opportunity to renovate the building to suit their needs and priorities.

"I'm pleased that Dr. Arevalo and I were able to achieve this for the campus," Brown said.

The arrangement was finalized following recent state legislation regarding two other buildings on campus: one is the Innovate Washington Building at 665 North Riverpoint Boulevard, which opened in 1994 and was originally known as the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute (SIRTI) Building; the other is the Spokane Technology Center at 120 North Pine Street, which was built in 2005. Both buildings were connected to the state economic organization Innovate Washington, which saw its funding eliminated in 2013. In spring 2014, the Legislature transferred the Innovate Washington building to WSU and also assigned to WSU the lnnovate Washington Foundation master lease for the Spokane Technology Center building. 

Two WSU programs that are currently housed in the Phase One Building—nutrition and exercise physiology and health policy and administration—are slated to move into the Innovate Washington Building before the fall semester. The Spokane Technology Center already houses researchers for WSU's Institute for Shock Physics and the Applied Sciences Laboratory, who will remain there.

"These facilities add to the momentum of the evolution of WSU Spokane health sciences and help alleviate a space crunch created by the growth of the campus," said Brown. "We look forward to working with the community on developing a strategy for continuing the commercialization and economic development activity that has long been associated with SIRTI and Innovate Washington. It's particularly exciting to consider the possibilities of connecting the buildings to the biomedical sciences that are so compatible with the education and research occurring on our health sciences campus."

WSU is already the largest occupant in both Innovate Washington buildings and provides maintenance and operations support for one of them, as well as for the Phase One Classroom Building.

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President Names Dan Bernardo Provost, Executive VP

By Kathy Barnard, University Communications

Portrait image of Provost Bernardo

President Elson S. Floyd recently announced the appointment of Dan Bernardo as Washington State University’s new provost and executive vice president.

"Dr. Bernardo is a highly skilled administrator with the professional capacity to help take the university to the next level," Floyd said. "He is deeply committed to the institution, its land-grant mission and the entirety of its academic enterprise. I especially appreciate his ability to work with faculty, department chairs, deans, senior leadership and staff to generate positive results."

Bernardo served as interim provost and executive vice president since May 2013. He was formerly vice president for agriculture and extension and dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS).

Bernardo has led several major initiatives as interim provost, especially regarding student success and support of WSU’s research faculty. He spearheaded the institutional strategic planning process and engaged faculty, staff, students and stakeholders throughout the state.

A devoted Coug, Bernardo earned his PhD in agricultural economics from WSU in 1985. He completed his bachelor's degree at University of California, Davis.

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Drug Interaction Research a Challenge with Herbal Products

By Lorraine Nelson, College of Pharmacy

The cover story of the news magazine published in April by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists came from Mary Paine's research lab at the WSU College of Pharmacy in Spokane.

The lead author of the five-page article is Brandon Gufford, a Ph.D. student in Paine's lab.

Portrait photo of Mary Paine

"I am interested in interactions between dietary and herbal substances and conventional medications," Paine said. "How can these substances alter blood concentrations of drugs? We know grapefruit juice inhibits the metabolism of certain drugs; could any of these other substances inhibit the metabolism—or some other elimination process—of a drug and cause unwanted effects?"

Paine is senior author on the article, which discusses the challenges of studying herbal products. One of those challenges is the different growing conditions and manufacturing processes of the products, leading to large variations in biochemical makeup. Unlike most drug products, one brand is not predictive of all brands.

"The scary thing about these products is they are not regulated like drugs," Paine said. "Manufacturers don't have to prove efficacy or safety."

Clinical trial starting in June

Photo of Paine and her lab staff
The Paine research lab team—from left to right: postdoctoral student
John Barr, doctor of pharmacy honors student Hope Tran,
Assistant Research Professor Vanessa Gonzalez-Perez,
doctoral student Brandon Gufford, Associate Professor Mary Paine,
and Research Associate Garrett Ainslie. (Photo by Lorraine Nelson)

The article steers readers through the three-pronged testing approach used in Paine's lab: in vitro (petri dish or test tube), in silico (computer modeling) and in vivo (inside a living organism).

For the in vivo, Paine uses healthy human subjects. She has plans for a small clinical trial in June, her first since moving to Spokane almost a year ago from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Paine became interested in this line of research while doing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan, where she went primarily to learn a particular cell culture model in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Watkins. He was one of the pioneers in the grapefruit juice research, and when he relocated two years later to direct the clinical research center at UNC Chapel Hill, he asked Paine to move his research lab there. She did, after which she managed the lab for about five years. Fortunately for her, Watkins decided to shift his research to drug-induced liver injury, opening the door for her to further pursue the grapefruit juice research and expand to other natural products.

By then she had discovered a love of everything about clinical research, from interacting with the subjects and professional colleagues to analyzing the data collected. It reminded her of the three years she worked as a hospital pharmacist in Portland, Oregon, between graduating from pharmacy school at Oregon State University and pursuing a PhD in pharmaceutics at the University of Washington.

When Watkins shifted direction, Paine got her own grant funding and lab and became an assistant professor at UNC. She was doing that when former UNC colleague Gary Pollack recruited her to the WSU College of Pharmacy, where he serves as dean.

In addition to grapefruit juice, Paine's lab is currently studying the popular herbal product milk thistle. Three of her lab members—two PhD students and a postdoctoral fellow now on faculty in the College—moved with her from North Carolina to Spokane, and she has since attracted another postdoc to her lab, as well as a Doctor of Pharmacy honors student.

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VIDEO: Health Sciences Update with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers

The third show of our new cable TV program, Health Sciences Update, is now airing on Comcast Cable Channel 17. The show features WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown and U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA, 5th District) discussing the need for more health care providers—especially primary care doctors—in the Spokane region. Tune in at home at 8 a.m., noon, and 8 p.m. or watch it any time by using the video player above or going to the WSU Spokane YouTube channel.

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Growth in Medical Sciences Research Highlighted

By Doug Nadvornick, College of Medical Sciences

At a recent Chancellor's Research Breakfast on the WSU Spokane campus, College of Medical Sciences Acting Dean Ken Roberts used PowerPoint slides to supplement his talk. He clicked to a slide entitled "Growing Research in Medical Sciences."

Photo of Roberts presenting at the Research Breakfast

Roberts presents to community members and WSU faculty
and staff at the Chancellor's Research Breakfast
(Photo by Judith Van Dongen)

"This is a comparison of the research portfolios of WSU and the University of Washington," Roberts said. "This is a portfolio without medicine in it."

His graph showed two multi-colored bars reaching vertically. The WSU bar was about half the height of the UW bar.

"We reign in the agricultural sciences compared to the University of Washington, and they really win in the biological sciences," Roberts said as he clicked to a slide that added medicine-related research expenditures. The new gray segments pushed the UW bar to four times the height of the WSU bar.

"When you look at the contribution of the medical school, this is where the University of Washington really excels," he said. "These are funds that are competitively awarded at the federal level. One of the things that we look forward to as WSU Medical Sciences matures is to grow the gray portion of our research portfolio."

The good news is the WSU medical portfolio is in the middle of a growth phase that began in 2008, when the medical sciences program hired its first recruit, cancer researcher Weihang Chai. During the next few years, sleep researchers Jonathan Wisor, Levente Kapas, and Eva Szentirmai also came to Spokane. Regents Professor James Krueger, an internationally renowned sleep researcher, relocated his lab from WSU Pullman. Research Professors Greg Belenky and Hans Van Dongen from WSU’s Sleep and Performance Research Lab were added to the medical sciences faculty, as was Clinical Associate Professor Matt Layton with his addictions research. Several junior-level researchers, including Assistant Professors Chris Davis, Ted Chauvin, and Jeannie Padowski, joined the faculty, along with several research associates and technicians.

Speech and hearing sciences adds to research focus

The last year brought even more growth.

When the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences joined the medical sciences program, it increased the new college's faculty by nine: Professors Gail Chermak and Charles Madison; Clinical Professor Leslie Power; Associate Professors Ella Inglebret and Nancy Potter; Clinical Associate Professors Sandy Bassett and Amy Meredith; Assistant Professor Mark VanDam; and Clinical Assistant Professor Georgina Lynch.

The tenured professors are nationally known in their fields and have well-established research programs in motor speech disorders, early language and literacy in multicultural populations and central auditory processing disorder. The clinical faculty are recognized across the Northwest for their clinical expertise and practice innovations in childhood apraxia of speech, pediatric feeding and swallowing, and autism spectrum disorder. The new department also brought with it more than 100 students and bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The department hopes to fill a tenure-track position in autism spectrum disorders next academic year.

"This is actually a very important and strategic addition to our college, and I think we're going to have some nice areas of overlap in our research interests," Roberts said. 

New hires strengthen cancer, sleep research

The new College of Medical Sciences has also hired five new faculty members during the last few months. They will bolster the cancer and sleep research cores.

Assistant Professors—and molecular biology/cancer researchers—Bin Shan and Weimin Li are already on campus. Shan came from Tulane University. Li moved from the University of Wisconsin.   

Later this summer, Jingru Sun will join the faculty after completing her postdoctoral training at Duke University. Her research interests include the interaction between the nervous system and the immune system. Marcos Frank and Lucia Peixoto will move to Spokane from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Frank is a tenured professor whose research interests include the cellular and molecular basis of neural plasticity and the interaction of this process with sleep. Peixoto is a postdoctoral fellow who uses genomics and computational biology to study mechanisms of learning and memory with applications in areas such as autism.

"Look to see us growing out in these basic areas—molecular and cellular biology and neuroscience—branching out into different application areas," Roberts said. "A lot of these areas are starting to intermingle; we’re starting to get some cross fertilization."

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SLIDESHOW: 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Photos by Cori Medeiros & Judith Van Dongen

As part of WSU Spokane's 25th commencement ceremony, nearly 500 students received baccalaureate, master's, professional, and doctoral degrees in 21 programs. The graduating class included 11 doctoral candidates, 85 doctor of pharmacy graduates, 104 master’s graduates, and 291 students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree.

Play the slideshow above for a visual impression of the commencement ceremony. For full-screen viewing, press the four-arrow button on the bottom right of the slideshow player.

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NSF Fellowships Support Doctoral Pharmacy Research

By Lorraine Nelson, College of Pharmacy

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded three years of research support to two doctoral students in the College of Pharmacy at WSU Spokane. Kari Gaither and Elizabeth Duenwald will each receive $32,000 per year for three years, beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.

Portrait photo of Kari Gaither Portrait photo of Elizabeth Duenwald
Kari Gaither Elizabeth Duenwald

Gaither's research focuses on the mechanisms with which chronic diseases—including cancer—impair the functions of specific T cells that are important to inhibiting the progression of disease. Her work also examines the interactions between alcohol and cancer related to dysfunction of those T cells. She is in the research lab of Gary Meadows and Hui Zhang.

Duenwald is conducting her research in Susan Marsh's lab, where the overall focus is to better understand how the heart responds to exercise, diabetes, and diet. Duenwald's project looks at how altering gene regulation of proteins in the heart affects endurance capacity and physical activity.

"Part of being a researcher involves finding funding to perform your work," Gaither said. "I was particularly interested in the NSF fellowship because the NSF supports worthwhile research in all realms of sciences, and I wanted to show that my research has broad significance and application to other areas."

She has a bachelor's degree in biology from The Evergreen State College and began her PhD in 2012.

Duenwald said receiving an NSF fellowship opens the door for her to apply for support from the U.S. Agency for International Development so she can do research in developing countries.

"Together, NSF and USAID have a mission 'to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity,'" she said. "It would be humbling to have even a small role in their challenging goals."

She has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and exercise physiology from WSU and began her PhD in 2013.

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May 22 University District Pedestrian Bike Bridge Open House

Rendering of the future bike pedestrian bridge

Learn about recent progress made on the University District Pedestrian Bike Bridge project at an open house on Thursday, May 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 in the South Campus Facility Court at WSU Spokane, 412 E Spokane Falls Blvd. The bridge would connect the campus to the Sprague Avenue corridor, an area targeted for possible redevelopment that could include student housing. The project team will give a presentation twice during the open house, once at 4:45 p.m. and again at 5:45 p.m. For more information on the project, go to the University District Bridge Web site.

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In the News

  • Hans Van Dongen, a research professor in the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center, was quoted in a variety of media about the new drowsy driver detection technology he developed with Pia Forsman, a former postdoctoral researcher. Read a sample of the coverage here: Car and Driver - Gizmodo - IEEE Spectrum - Spokane Public Radio - Yahoo! News
  • The Pacific Northwest Inlander published an article on Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Jackie van Wormer's efforts to help reform the Spokane criminal justice system. Read it here.
  • Bryan Vila, a professor of criminal justice and a researcher associated with the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center, was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News article on the effects of a mandatory overtime requirement on police officers in the Oakland (CA) Police Department. Read it here.
  • Sleep scientist Jonathan Wisor, an associate professor in the College of Medical Sciences, was a featured panelist on a recent episode of KSPS Health Matters on the brain. Watch it here.
  • KREM News did a feature on three of Spokane MESA students from Shadle Park High School, who made it to the Washington State Mathematics Enginering Science Achievement (MESA) competition last week. The team's success at the competition has earned them a spot in the national MESA competition next month. Read/watch it here.

For more news coverage of WSU Spokane, go to the WSU Spokane news coverage page.

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  • Portrait photo of Gail Chermak in regalia
    The recipient of the 2014 WSU Spokane Faculty Excellence Award is Gail Chermak, professor and long-time chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. An audiologist by training, Chermak is an internationally recognized clinical expert on the treatment and management of central auditory processing disorder. She is a prolific author and a highly sought after speaker who has published more than 110 articles and book chapters and 6 books and has presented at more than 100 national and international invited seminars, workshops, and symposia. Chermak has also consulted with public and private agencies around the world on rehabilitation service delivery. 
  • The 2013 WSU Spokane Student Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching went to Susan Kynast-Gales, a clinical assistant professor in the nutrition and exercise physiology program. Her student nominators lauded her for passion for teaching and her genuine interest in her students' success.
  • Chancellor's Awards for Excellence were given to the following 2014 Spokane students and graduates: Taylor Boyd (B.S. in nursing), Alexa Carter (third-year doctor of pharmacy candidate), Shurrie Dugas (third-year doctor of pharmacy candidate), Jessica Eckstrom (second-year medical student), Tameka Haughton (B.S. in nursing), Scott Hippe (second-year medical student), Brenda McDonald (doctor of education), Jonathan Patberg (second-year medical student), Teresa Snook (B.S. in nursing), Adriana Uribe (B.A. in speech and hearing sciences).
  • The College of Nursing honored several of its faculty and staff as part of recent graduation festivities. The award winners are: Jodi Pyle, program assistant (Staff Excellence Award); Sarah Simmons, office assistant 3/receptionist (Staff Rookie Distinction Award); Gail Oneal, assistant professor (Excellence in Teaching Award); Denise Smart, assistant professor (Undergraduate Faculty Award); Anne Mason, clinical assistant professor - Walla Walla (Graduate Faculty Award).
  • Doctor of pharmacy students selected five faculty members to receive WSU College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year Awards for 2013-14. They are: Professor William Fassett, Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Professional Education Brian Gates, Clinical Assistant Professor Kimberly McKeirnan, Clinical Assistant Professor Connie Remsberg, and Professor and Chair of Pharmacotherapy John White.
  • The College of Pharmacy named Wayne Clemens of Spokane as its 2013 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. A 1970 graduate who is a retired compounding pharmacist, Clemens was recognized for his support of compounding training opportunities for students. 
  • Ken Roberts, acting dean of the new WSU College of Medical Sciences, has won a 2014 President's Award for Leadership in the faculty and staff category. Student awards went to outgoing ASWSU Spokane president and vice president Scott Hippe and Shurrie Dugas, as well as 2012-13 ASWSU president and WSU student regent Lindsey Schaffer. Sponsored by the WSU Cougar Leadership Program, the President's Awards for Leadership are an honor bestowed annually on students and others representing the top leaders at WSU. The awards were announced during the Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) event on the Pullman campus last month.
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Community Connections

  • June 25 - Community Farewell for EWU President Rodolfo Arevalo
    Eastern Washington University is inviting the greater Cheney and Spokane communities to celebrate the many contributions of Dr. Rodolfo Arevalo, EWU's 25th president, who will retire effective July 15, 2014, after an eight-year tenure. The community farewell for Dr. Arevalo will be 4 to 6 pm, Wednesday, June 25, in the Spokane Club Library at 1002 West Riverside. In lieu of any gifts, visitors are asked to please consider a donation to Eastern's Hispanic Legacy Scholarship Endowment Fund. For information, call 509-359-6252.
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Personnel and Staffing Changes


  • Weimin Li, Assistant Professor, College of Medical Sciences, effective May 1, 2014
  • Jonathan Brennecke, Research Technologist 1, College of Medical Sciences, effective May 16, 2014
  • Kathryn "Katie" Gilsdorf, Student Involvement Coordinators, Student Affairs, effective May 16, 2014
  • Crystal Lederhos, Research Study Supervisor, College of Nursing, effective May 16, 2014
  • Brooke Ledeboer, Development Director, College of Nursing, effective May 20, 2014
  • June Roys, Graphic Designer, College of Nursing, effective June 10, 2014


  • Brady Crook, Development Director, Development, effective April 30, 2014
  • Jenatte Clark, Instructor - Yakima, College of Nursing, effective May 15, 2014
  • Darryl Duvall, Instructor - Tri-Cities, College of Nursing, effective May 15, 2014
  • Sheala Johnson, Instructor - Yakima, College of Nursing, effective May 15, 2014
  • Sarah Kooienga, Assistant Professor - Vancouver, College of Nursing, effective May 15, 2014
  • Lindsey Moore, Instructor - Yakima, College of Nursing, effective May 15, 2014
  • Debra Schelb, Instructor - Yakima, College of Nursing, effective May 15, 2014
  • Sharon Falk, Research Study Coordinator 1, College of Nursing, effective May 30, 2014
  • Kyle Lundberg, Simulation Technician, College of Nursing, effective May 30, 2014
  • Michael Todd, Research Coordinator - Ft. Peck, MT, College of Nursing, effective May 30, 2014


  • Ginny Guido, Director of Nursing Programs-Vancouver, College of Nursing, effective May 15, 2014
  • Susan Lyons, Graphic Designer, College of Nursing, effective June 2, 2014
  • Lynette Vehrs, Professional Development Director, College of Nursing, effective July 7, 2014
  • Bill Fassett, Professor of Pharmacotherapy, College of Pharmacy, effective May 15, 2014


  • Jason Minton, from Network Engineer/Administrator to Information Systems Manager, ITS, effective March 1, 2014
  • David Noble, from Media Technician Lead to ITT2, ITS, effective March 1, 2014
  • Don Forkner, from Electrician to Maintenance Mechanic 3, FacOps, effective May 16, 2014
  • Becki Meehan, from Marketing/Promotions Coordinator to Admissions Counselor, Student Affairs, effective May 16, 2014


  • Judith Van Dongen, from Creative Services Manager, Communications Office, to Strategic Planning & Research Information Manager, Office of Research, effective June 1, 2014

Recruitments & Searches:

  • Area Finance/Administrative Officer, College of Medical Sciences, closes May 27, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Associate in Research, College of Pharmacy, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Campus Scheduling Coordinator (Program Coordinator), Student Affairs, closes June 2, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Clinical Assistant Professor (Anatomist), Medical Sciences, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Director (Professional Development Director), College of Nursing, closes June 2, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Laboratory Operations Manager, Office of Research, closes May 23, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, College of Pharmacy, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Research Operations Engineer, Shock Physics, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com


WSU Spokane recently said goodbye to Brady Crook, who has moved on to the next chapter in his development career. Brady spent much of his 22-year career at Washington State University, where he led advancement for WSU Athletics before joining WSU Spokane in 2007. During his time here, he led fundraising for the campus during WSU'S $1 billion campaign including working with the community to raise $2.3 million to establish the second year of medical education on the Spokane campus. Brady's kind and collegial disposition and his enthusiasm for all things Cougar will be missed—we wish him and his family all the best in his next venture as associate vice chancellor for development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he will have oversight of ten units and $45 million of the university's development operation.

Portrait photo of Brady Crook


Portrait photo of Bill Fassett

College of Pharmacy Professor William Fassett has retired effective May 15, 2014. Fassett has been with the College since July 1999. He served for six years as dean of pharmacy at WSU and then returned to teaching and pharmacy practice. His principal teaching focus has been in pharmacy law and ethics, including patient safety and entrepreneurship in pharmacy. A licensed pharmacist since 1969, Fassett has practiced in a variety of positions throughout his life, including during his career in academia, where he would occasionally serve as a part-time relief pharmacist or a consultant pharmacist.

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