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Gov. Inslee appoints Don Barbieri to WSU Board of Regents

Gov. Inslee appoints Don Barbieri to WSU Board of Regents

Don Barbieri, a lifelong community development advocate in the Pacific Northwest, is the newest member of the Washington State University Board of Regents. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointment today.

 

“Don Barbieri has spent the majority of his professional and personal career working to improve the quality of life for Washingtonians and other residents of the Pacific Northwest,” Inslee said. “He will be a great addition to the board of regents of our state’s land-grant research university.”

 

Barbieri’s five-year term begins immediately. He succeeds Regent Connie Niva of Everett, who completed her second five-year term in September.

 

“Regent Niva served Washington State University and the state of Washington with great distinction during her time on the board, and I thank her for that,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “I welcome Mr. Barbieri to the WSU family and look forward to working with him.”

 

Héctor J. Altuve Ferrer, Dean of SEL University, Named 2015 IEEE Fellow

Héctor J. Altuve Ferrer, Dean of SEL University, Named 2015 IEEE Fellow

Héctor J. Altuve Ferrer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) Distinguished Engineer and Dean of SEL University, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow for contributions to power line and transformer protection. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership, and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

According to SEL, Dr. Altuve has made significant contributions to both advancing and disseminating power system protection knowledge. He developed new algorithms for power line and transformer protection, and has greatly contributed to the industry and society by explaining modern protection technology via technical publications and courses.

WSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Steve Gleason at Apple Cup on Saturday

WSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Steve Gleason at Apple Cup on Saturday

Washington State University will induct Steve Gleason as the 178th member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame during this year's Apple Cup game. The ceremony is set to take place during an on-field ceremony between the first and second quarters of Saturday's game against Washington.

 

“I'd encourage fans to be there to make sure they don't miss anything,” said Associate Director of Athletics, Bill Stevens.

 

Stevens said each year a selection committee determines who is elected into the hall of fame.

 

WSU wide receiver Vince Mayle named 2014 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist

WSU wide receiver Vince Mayle named 2014 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist

Washington State senior wide receiver Vince Mayle has been named a 2014 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club announced Monday.

The Biletnikoff Award is presented annually to the nation's outstanding college football receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., (TQC). The award defines receiver as any player who catches a pass regardless of position. Mayle is the first Cougar to be named a finalist since Jason Hill in 2005.

University of Washington secures building lease in Spokane

University of Washington secures building lease in Spokane

The Spokane City Council on Monday night formally approved the lease of the former Spokane Visitor Information Center to the University of Washington, which will use the space for many purposes, including business outreach, alumni activities and student admissions. The site will also help support the UW's efforts to expand its existing medical school in Spokane.

The city of Spokane sought tenants for the roughly 2,550-square-foot space and the UW submitted its lease proposal on Oct. 2, 2014. The space is expected to become a hub for prospective students and their parents, alumni and other members of the community to learn more about the university. It may also provide opportunities for startup companies and other innovators in the Spokane area to interact with the UW.

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

RSVP now for state-wide teleconference on I-594

RSVP now for state-wide teleconference on I-594

Want to learn more about Initiative 594 on the November ballot this year? This is your chance to listen to, and ask questions of, state experts from the comfort of your own home.

Today, October 14, at 6 pm the Yes on 594 campaign is hosting a tele-town hall with over 100,000 Washingtonians around the state to discuss the importance of closing the background check loophole.

Initiative 594 would require everyone who purchases a gun to undergo a background check, no matter who they buy it from or where they purchase it.

Participants include former Bellingham Police Chief Don Pierce and domestic violence advocate Trese Todd who will discuss the loophole in our state and how Initiative 594 would close it.

The discussion will be moderated by Reverend Sandy Brown, president of the board of directors of the Center for Gun Responsibility and provide an important opportunity for voters to ask questions about background checks.