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Students at Washington State University celebrate the school's 125th birthday with cake

Students at Washington State University celebrate the school's 125th birthday with cake

 

Washington State University celebrated its 125th birthday a day early on Friday so students could enjoy cake between classes on Glenn Terrell Mall.

 

With the help of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, WSU's birthday was celebrated by the distribution of free slices of cake made by staff at the Compton Union Building

 

Twenty sheets of cake decorated with crimson and gray flowers, frosting, and sprinkles were up for grabs to the Cougs who passing by on the Glenn Terrell Mall. Cake flavors included white, carrot, chocolate lentil and lemon garbanzo bean.

 

WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

 

In a resounding bipartisan vote on Wednesday, the Washington State Senate gave final approval to a bill paving the way for a new medical school in Spokane to be operated by Washington State University.

 

The Senate approved House Bill 1559 by a vote of 47-0. Gov. Jay Inslee has five days to act or it becomes law without his signature.

 

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, sponsor of an identical bill that passed the Senate earlier this month said the measure heralds a new era of economic development for Spokane and will go a long way toward relieving a statewide shortage of physicians.

 

Study finds WSU has $3.4B economic impact in state

A new study says Washington State University generated more than $3.4 billion in economic impact within the state last year.

The study by WSU's Office of Economic Development was released Wednesday as the school launched a yearlong celebration of its 125th birthday.

The study says WSU delivered $18.87 in economic impact for every state dollar invested in the school.

WSU reported nearly $2 billion in research grant expenditures between fiscal 2008 and 2013, with more than $341 million in research grant expenditures in 2014 alone.

WSU has a presence in each of Washington's 39 counties through WSU Extension. It also has campuses in Pullman, Tri Cities, Vancouver, Spokane and a growing presence in Everett.

Palouse Habitat for Humanity receives $70,000 from Thrivent Financial

Palouse Habitat for Humanity receives $70,000 from Thrivent Financial

 

Palouse Habitat for Humanity has been awarded $70,000 from Thrivent Financial under the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program, an ongoing multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial. This program helps create safe, decent, affordable housing across the globe.

 

These funds will cover half the cost of construction of the Palouse Habitat for Humanity home to be built in Moscow this year.

 

Washington State University president puts moratorium on new construction

Washington State University president puts moratorium on new construction

 

Washington State University is halting plans for any new construction projects. University President Elson Floyd issued a moratorium on February 10th suspending the introduction of any new capital projects that involve taking on additional debt. That moratorium was revealed to University leaders  through an internal memo.

 

Over the past few years following the depths of the great recession, WSU has initiated and completed several major building projects. Construction on unfinished projects will continue. However, according to the moratorium, new projects involving debt will not be pursued until at least July of next year. In the meantime administrators will examine WSU's financing capacity.

 

However, exceptions to the moratorium will likely be made. In fact, three projects were approved by the regents the day after the moratorium was issued; a new multicultural center, a new campus police station, as well as a digital classroom project have all been approved for construction.

 

WSP Detectives seek information on Sunday crash north of Latah

WSP Detectives seek information on Sunday crash north of Latah

 

Washington State Patrol (WSP) Detectives are asking for the public’s help as they investigate a collision that occurred March 15th and sent two people to the hospital.

 

The crash happened in the early morning hours on State Route 27 at Waverly Rd, four miles north of Latah, in Spokane County. At 4:35 a.m., WSP troopers responded to the crash scene after a witness found the red 2002 Ford Explorer. The vehicle was abandoned and severely damaged.  Detectives believe the crash happened sometime before 3:00 a.m.

 

Troopers later determined that two males had been transported from the scene prior to their arrival. The occupants eventually ended up at the Whitman County Hospital in Colfax. Both occupants were later transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center for further treatment. 

 

National Lentil Festival brings home awards from Northwest Festivals & Events Convention & Expo

National Lentil Festival brings home awards from Northwest Festivals & Events Convention & Expo

The Washington Festivals and Events Association announced the winners of the Annual Summit Awards at the Northwest Festivals & Events Convention & Expo in Olympia, WA March 15th -17th, 2015. The 2014 National Lentil Festival brought home awards in five categories.

 

The National Lentil Festival received the Gold Award for Best Commemorative Poster, Gold Award for the Best New Green Program, Silver Award for Best Social Media Campaign, Silver Award for Best Other Merchandise and Silver Award for Best Promotional Brochure, all in the budget category over $75,000.