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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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Mark Mansfield leading University District’s transformation

Mark Mansfield

Mark Mansfield

Photo credit: Dean Davis

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

By Kevin Dudley

What’s next for Spokane’s University District? Will it be the hub of innovation, collaboration and higher education for the region?

Mark Mansfield envisions it will.

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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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Pharmacy students continue tradition of national leadership

Pharmacy students

Pharmacy students

WSU student pharmacists at the Midyear American Society of Health‑System Pharmacists convention in Anaheim, CA.

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

By Lori Maricle

Leadership opportunities are built into the doctor of pharmacy program at WSU Spokane, some on campus in one of many pharmacy organizations, and others in the national arena where faculty have roles and contacts.

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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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Former Indian Health Service director brings lifelong mission to Spokane

Yvette Roubideaux

Yvette Roubideaux

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

By Terren Roloff

As an American Indian teenager in Rapid City, South Dakota, Yvette Roubideaux (pictured above, second from left) experienced long waits when she went to the doctor at the local Indian Health Service clinic.

She heard from relatives who were frustrated at not knowing which physician they would see, and who were not happy with their care. 

It got her to thinking that maybe she could be one of the solutions to the problems in Indian health.

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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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Welcome Nursing Dean Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel

Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel

Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel

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

By Alli Benjamin

The new dean of the College of Nursing arrived in April with more than 25 years of experience in academic nursing.

Dean Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel, Ph.D., R.N., is the college’s seventh dean and succeeds Patricia Butterfield, Ph.D., who returned to the faculty and her research.

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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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Great expectations

Highway Sign

Highway Sign

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

By Doug Nadvornick

When Elson Floyd envisioned a Washington State University medical school, he had big dreams.

He spoke about training more doctors in Washington to alleviate the state’s physician shortage and about using WSU’s stature as the state’s land-grant university to extend the new school’s influence into every county.

Nearly a year after his passing as the new school that now bears Floyd’s name is in the process of being created, the expectations are high. Prospective students are contacting the school to find out when they can apply. Several of Washington’s health care providers have signed agreements to teach WSU medical students in clinical rotations. And Founding Dean John Tomkowiak, M.D., is leading the effort to give the state’s newest publicly-funded medical school its own unique identity.

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