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The History of the WSU Spokane Campus

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane

The WSU Spokane health sciences campus sits along the Spokane River on the east end of downtown Spokane. Photo courtesy of Isaacson Aerial Photography.

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. This is the final story from the magazine. Enjoy!)

By Terren Roloff

From as far back as Spokane’s early years, the 50 acres a few blocks east of downtown were anything but pretty.

By the 1960s, when community leaders realized that area and the rail yards downtown had become a blight on the community, those 50 acres were plagued by waste and neglect.

Fortunately, it wasn’t too long after that realization that things changed for the better.

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Research Impact is Growing

WSU Spokane Research

WSU Spokane Research

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. We will share a story each day from the latest issue on the blog. Enjoy!)

By Terren Roloff

Most people think of research as improving lives. Spokane leaders know it is also changing our economy.

Consider WSU Spokane: Research dollars on campus have nearly doubled in the last few years.

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Nursing Students Gain Experience Treating Mental Illness and the Homeless

WSU Nursing Students

WSU Nursing Students

L-R: Danica Parkin, WSU College of Nursing Instructor, and nursing students Amanda-Myers-Nijmeh, Crystal Johnson and Sonia Kaur participated in the Homeless Connect event at the Salvation Army.

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. We will share a story each day from the latest issue on the blog. Enjoy!)

By Alli Benjamin and Kevin Dudley

The National Alliance on Mental Health estimates nearly 19 percent of adults experience mental illness in a given year. Between 26 and 46 percent of homeless adults live with mental illness.

Treating those individuals requires a certain kind of care.

The WSU College of Nursing includes several fields in nursing, from Bachelor of Science nurses who provide basic health care to nurse practitioners who have a master’s or doctorate. Both levels and in between are working with the homeless.

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Committee Set to Find WSU Medical School Founding Dean

WSU medical school

WSU leaders provided an update on where the university is at in its pursuit of a medical school in Spokane today, releasing the names of those on the Founding Dean Search Committee.

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College of Nursing Part of White House Discussion on Climate Change and Public Health

Patricia Butterfield WSU Spokane

Patricia Butterfield WSU Spokane

On her first day as the retired Dean of the WSU College of Nursing, Patricia Butterfield received an invitation from the White House to participate in a roundtable discussion on climate change and public health.

Under Butterfield’s leadership, the College of Nursing has had a focus on environmental health.

“As a public health nurse, I am pleased to see that the discussion around climate change has been connected to public health, and that our government recognizes the importance of this,” she said in a WSU news release. “If we aren’t taking care of the environment, we are not taking care of ourselves.”

The roundtable discussion took place last week in Washington D.C.

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Washington Legislature Celebrates State’s Branch Campuses

Lisa with Jay Inslee

Lisa with Jay Inslee

Governor Jay Inslee and Washington lawmakers recognized the branch campuses of Washington State University and the University of Washington this week with a proclamation celebrating the two schools.

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WSU Spokane Nursing Student to Bike Across America

Allison Perrine is a nursing student at the WSU College of Nursing here in Spokane. On May 31, she plans to begin a journey to raise awareness and funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund.

Perrine will bike across America in honor of her mother, who passed away from breast cancer in 2011. The WSU College of Nursing wrote about Perrine recently, and KXLY featured her story last night (video is above).

Kudos to Perrine for honoring her mother and all who have been touched by cancer in one way or another.

You can donate to Perrine’s cause here.

High School Students Explore the Health Sciences

GSI Health Care Week WSU Spokane

GSI Health Care Week WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane is a sponsor and host for Health Care Week, which is part of the Business After School program put on by Greater Spokane Incorporated.

More than 70 area high school students from multiple school districts visited our campus today to learn about the health sciences programs we offer.

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