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Student Body President Karl Nacalaban reflects on past year

Karl Nacalaban

Karl Nacalaban

Karl Nacalaban, a third-year pharmacy student from Seattle, is wrapping up his year at the helm of the Associated Students of Washington State University Spokane (ASWSUS).

As his term winds down, Nacalaban is preparing for his fourth year of studies and reflecting on the past year. Under his leadership, ASWSUS explored ways to develop some sort of child care program, secured space in an existing building while working with the university to create a possible fitness center, made connections with students at the Yakima extension programs in Nursing and Pharmacy, helped develop a Diversity Center on campus, and more.

We sat down with Karl to talk about the past year and what’s next for him.

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Cougs give back through Community Engagement

Cougs at Salvation Army

Cougs at Salvation Army

‘Tis the season of giving, and WSU Spokane’s Community Engagement program does just that – and much more.

Community Engagement runs the Cougs in the Community events and programs on campus and throughout Spokane. Recently, it hosted Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and set up a display on campus highlighting hunger and homeless stats related to Spokane, the state and the nation.

It was a powerful message that opened a lot of eyes. Community Engagement also recruited students to help make blankets and care kits for local charities that serve less fortunate community members.

We sat down with Veronica Puente, the Community Engagement Coordinator, to talk about the programs she helps run and what students learn.

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Student leaders focused on interprofessional activities

WSU Spokane student government

WSU Spokane student government

(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Lorraine Nelson

This year’s student government president is all about bringing together students from the different health sciences disciplines.

Doing so allows them to get to know each other and ultimately understand each other’s roles better when they all get out of school and start taking care of patients.

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Q&A with new Diversity Center Coordinator, Dion Crommarty

Dion Crommarty

Dion CrommartyAt the request of the student body, WSU Spokane has created a new Student Diversity Center.

Dion Crommarty (pictured) was recently hired as the Diversity Center Coordinator. Crommarty has experience in higher education at Bloomsburg University, Penn State University, the University of Alaska-Anchorage and the University of Montana.

We sat down with Crommarty to learn about his path to WSU Spokane and his vision for the Diversity Center.

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Spotlight Student: Allison Perrine

Allison Perrine

Allison Perrine

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and were recognized during commencement for their dedication, commitment, sacrifice and/or ability to overcome great odds to succeed as a student. They are selected by a committee ahead of commencement. WSU Spokane will feature a Spotlight Student each day through May 13.

In October of 2011, Allison Perrine lost her mother to breast cancer. Since then, the nursing graduate has dedicated her life to helping those impacted by the disease.

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Spotlight Student: Angel Li

Angel Li

Angel Li

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and were recognized during commencement for their dedication, commitment, sacrifice and/or ability to overcome great odds to succeed as a student. They are selected by a committee ahead of commencement. WSU Spokane will feature a Spotlight Student each day through May 13.

Angel Li wasted no time becoming involved with her university.

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Spotlight Student: Shannon Gaston

Shannon Gaston

Shannon Gaston

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and were recognized during commencement for their dedication, commitment, sacrifice and/or ability to overcome great odds to succeed as a student. They are selected by a committee ahead of commencement. WSU Spokane will feature a Spotlight Student each day through May 13.

In November of 2015, a devastating wind storm blew out power to most of Spokane.

Shannon Gaston played an important role in helping students who were impacted.

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Spotlight Student: Stephen James

Steve James

Steve JamesEditor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and were recognized during commencement for their dedication, commitment, sacrifice and/or ability to overcome great odds to succeed as a student. They are selected by a committee ahead of commencement. WSU Spokane will feature a Spotlight Student each day through May 13.

The criminal justice work at WSU Spokane has gained a lot of media attention in the past 18 months. Among the researchers in the middle of that attention in Stephen James.

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Spotlight Student: Monique De Nysschen

Monique De Nysschen

Monique De Nysschen

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and were recognized during commencement for their dedication, commitment, sacrifice and/or ability to overcome great odds to succeed as a student. They are selected by a committee ahead of commencement. WSU Spokane will feature a Spotlight Student each day through May 13.

Earning a doctoral degree in nursing is hard enough. Doing so while overcoming a language barrier, health issues and two car accidents makes the journey even more difficult.

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