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White House recognizes University of Idaho as national leader in community service

White House recognizes University of Idaho as national leader in community service

University of Idaho’s outreach and engagement efforts were recognized this week by the White House.  The UI was listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the eighth consecutive year. UI has been on the list since it began in 2006.

A total of 766 higher education institutions were named to the 2014 honor roll, which recognized recipients for one or more of four areas of service: general community service, interfaith community service, economic community service and education community service. UI earned this distinction in the education category.   

“UI creates incredible opportunities to serve in our local community, regionally, nationally and internationally,” said Bruce Pitman, UI dean of students and vice provost of student affairs. “For our students, these are important learning and service experiences that can change lives.”  

Palouse Care Network and Intersect Community Church to provide single moms with a night out

The first annual Mom’s Night Out will be hosted by Intersect Community Church and Bonkerz Indoor Playcenter. Single mothers from Palouse Care Network will be pampered with chair massages, manicures and pedicures. Moms who enjoy little time to themselves will be treated to a night of personal care and hor d’oeuvres while their children play in the Indoor Playcenter and eat their fill of pizza donated by Pizza Perfection

The Women’s Outreach Group from Intersect Community Church will extend their reaches to help single moms carry their heavy loads, many being working moms with little time to themselves.

“Gifting something to these moms, who seldom receive gifts for themselves at Christmas, was an opportunity we had to pursue,” said Denise Chaffins, Intersect’s Women’s Outreach Coordinator. “The little we can give them is disproportionate to what they give their children, but hopefully they will know that God and their community value them.”

A Holiday Happening fund raising event for St. Boniface Catholic School

A Holiday Happening fund raising event for St. Boniface Catholic School

St. Boniface Catholic School in Colton, WA will host "A Holiday Happening" fund raising event on Saturday, December 6th, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The event will include 24 different vendors offering a variety of different products. Event organizer, Andi Keller, said the event will be a good way to both help the school make extra money, as well has give people a chance to get their Christmas shopping done in one place.

Some of the event's vendors will include, Scentsy, Lila's Jewelery Made with Love, Mary Kay, Photos by Marlin, and Jamberry.

The vendor's booth fees will go directly to the school, and the vendors will also have the opportunity to donate any profit they make. The event will also have lunch available for purchase, a bake sale, and gift wrapping. The proceeds for these areas will go directly to the school. This event is one of three major fundraisers the private school puts on annually to help raise money to ensure it stays open. 

The event will be held at the school at 306 Steptoe Street in Colton, WA. Any questions can be directed to Andi Keller at 509-330-A 1094 or by email at andikeller11@gmail.com.

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

Cougar and Huskies fans have yet another reason to get competitive this week. This year, the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) and the Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) have teamed up host an Apple Cup Blood Drive to see which fan base can donate the most blood for Washington.


Along with providing one group of fans additional bragging rights, donors will have a chance to win one of two $500 Visa Gift cards. INBC's Marketing Communication Officer, Elizabeth Giles, said as of Friday, Husky fans led by 100 donations, but the Cougs still have plenty of opportunities to catch up this week.


Gonzaga accounting students need votes to make national finals

Gonzaga accounting students have made the PWC National Accounting Case Competition Semi-Finals, but they need the public's help to move on to the national finals.

Gonzaga's team was selected as one of five schools given the chance to move on to the competition's national finals via a social media competition. The other teams competing in this competition are Villanova University, University of Texas, University of Connecticut, and University of Arizona.

Each of the teams had two days to post a video to the PWC Facebook page. At the end of the week, the video with the most votes will move on to the national finals competition in New York City.

Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

The winter holidays are already making their way into River Park Square. Earlier today, construction of the giant Christmas tree that graces the mall's main entrance was completed by Spokane Firefighters IAFF Local 29.

This is the union's 2nd year setting up the tree. According to River Park Square's Marketing Director, Elizabeth Mills, the tree was set up in a record time of 1.5 days.

The Christmas tree you see today has been the main part of River Park Square's holiday decorations since about 2002. The tree itself stands 50 feet tall; the 4 foot star atop the tree makes the whole thing tower 54 feet above the main floor.

10,000 LED lights sparkle on the tree's 689 branches. The silver and red ornaments that give the tree its holiday cheer are numerous. In fact, there are roughly 2,400 of them.

Kids invited to free biology open house Saturday at WSU

Kids invited to free biology open house Saturday at WSU

A free, kid-friendly, biology open house with tours, experiments, activities and science crafts will be 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in Abelson Hall at Washington State University.

Tours will cover WSU’s botanical greenhouse, on the Abelson roof, and the Conner Museum, home to all kinds of taxidermic animals. Activities will include identifying live bugs and plants and using a microscope.

The event is hosted by the Biology Graduate Student Association at WSU.