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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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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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Spotlight Student: Shelby Swanson

Shelby Swanson

Shelby Swanson

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and are 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.

One way to find success in college is to simply be involved. That’s what Shelby Swanson did during her undergraduate years.

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Spotlight Student: Jacob Zwierstra

Jacob Zwierstra

Jacob Zwierstra

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and are 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.

To say Jacob Zwierstra’s military experience is well-rounded would be an understatement.

The Health Policy and Administration (HPA) graduate has served in the Air Force, the Coast Guard, the Alaska Air National Guard and will soon join the Navy.

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Spotlight Student: Nicole Roddy

Nicole Roddy

Nicole Roddy

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and are 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.

What did you do after graduating from college? For Nicole Roddy, her post-graduation plans include becoming a commissioned Naval Officer in the United States Navy.

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Spotlight Student: Erica Agrella

Erica Agrella

Erica Agrella

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and are 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.

Erica Agrella is graduating from the WSU College of Nursing and a nursing career is a natural fit, given her knack for helping others.

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Spotlight Student: Talia Avalos

Talia Avalos

Talia Avalos

Editor’s Note: Spotlight Students are nominated by staff and faculty at WSU Spokane and are 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 each Spotlight Student each day through May 13.

Talia Avalos is a first-generation college student and didn’t let the opportunity go to waste.

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Elson S. Floyd honored with Citizen Hall of Fame award

Elson Floyd

Elson Floyd

The City of Spokane and the Spokane Public Library Foundation today honored former WSU president Elson S. Floyd with first ever Spokane Citizen Impact Award. Going forward, the award will be named the Elson S. Floyd Impact Award and will be given each year to individuals who have made significant contributions to the region that may fall outside the scope of the Hall of Fame.

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Simulations prepare nursing students for real life scenarios

Nursing Simulation

Nursing Simulation

Sitting behind a tinted window in the control room, a trained instructor observes WSU College of Nursing students treating a patient.

But this patient isn’t a living, breathing human being. It’s a mannequin, and it gives nursing students an as-close-to-real experience as you can get in an academic setting.

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