Today, Senate Bill 5487 – commonly known as the medical school bill – is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee, the committee that tackles budget issues related to legislative bills. The medical school bill in the House – House Bill 1559 – has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee. A hearing for that bill is yet to be determined.
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers visited our campus today for a handful of meetings.
First, she met with the leaders of our area universities to discuss higher education issues at the federal level, pictured above with Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh, Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan, Whitworth Chief of Staff Rhosetta Rhodes and WSU President Elson Floyd. Not pictured: Community Colleges of Spokane Chancellor Christine Johnson, who was also at the meeting.
She then made an appearance at a free tax filing seminar held on our campus through the IRS and the Computer and Communications Industry Association.
She wrapped up her visit by joining Chancellor Lisa Brown and saw the demolition work happening in the Pierone warehouse, which is where the University District Health Clinic will sit next spring.
It’s Valentine’s Day, and although we tell you we love you everyday, this day is special. There isn’t a piece of paper big enough to list the ways we love you, which is OK since we’re using the Internet right now.
What are the odds that among the handful of communications professionals working on this campus there would be two serving as president of their professional association? Allison Benjamin and Kevin Dudley are doing just that.
Jodie is a Spokane Valley resident and a victim of a break-in (which is why we’re going without her last name in this space). When testifying on Senate Bill 5503, which would increase sanctions for habitual property offenders, she did so not in Olympia but from our campus via a video feed.
The Senate Remote Testimony Pilot Project is looking at whether remote testimony works and is an efficient way to work through the democratic process. Our campus is one site that the State is using to try out remote testimony.
Representative Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) is the sponsor of House Bill 1559, which would allow WSU to operate a medical school in Spokane. His office produced this video where he talks about his support of a WSU medical school: