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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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Brian Pitcher Led Campus Expansion

Brian Pitcher WSU Spokane

Brian Pitcher WSU Spokane

Brian Pitcher and his wife Cindy pose with Butch T. Cougar

(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 Lorraine Nelson

Brian Pitcher, Ph.D., is retiring June 1 from Washington State University after more than ten years in senior administration. Pitcher was provost at the University of Idaho when he was appointed WSU Spokane chancellor in January 2005.

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WSU Spokane Magazine: Cougs Celebrate Medical School Approval

WSU Medical School Bill Signing

WSU Medical School Bill Signing

(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 Doug Nadvornick

Bill signing ceremonies conducted by governors are often joyous occasions that formalize legislative achievements. But rarely do they lead to spontaneous pep rallies, as happened on April 1.

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Governor Jay Inslee Celebrates WSU Medical School in Spokane

Jay Inslee with WSU Students

Jay Inslee with WSU Students

Governor Jay Inslee visited campus yesterday for an afternoon celebration of the start of WSU’s new medical school to be located in Spokane.

“We are all Cougs today,” he said shortly after taking the stage in front of a crowd of about 200.

Inslee signed legislation this week allowing WSU to operate a medical school. As the legislature continues its budget negotiations, we should soon learn the amount of funding WSU will receive. Both budget proposals have included money for WSU’s new medical school.

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers Visits WSU Spokane Campus

Cathy McMorris Rodgers WSU Spokane

Cathy McMorris Rodgers WSU Spokane

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.

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WSU Medical School Gaining Big Support in Olympia

Washington State Capitol

Washington State Capitol

Washington State University’s pursuit of a medical school took a big step forward today when two bills – one in the Senate and one in the House – were introduced today and would allow WSU to operate a public medical school. A law that dates back to 1917 currently mandates that only the University of Washington can operate a public medical school in Washington.

Senator Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane) introduced the bill in the Senate, while Representative Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) introduced the bill in the House.

WSU President Elson Floyd weighed in today in his President’s Perspectives column.

KXLY has a cool photo of the two dropping their bills in the Hopper, along with a story on the two bills. The Spokesman-Review has coverage as well.

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This and That From Here and There

WSU Spokane Campus

WSU Spokane Campus

With Thanksgiving upon us, students are looking forward to a week off. But the beat goes on at WSU Spokane!

News doesn’t take a week off, and neither do we. Here’s a roundup of some things happening on campus recently:

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