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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.

 

Garfield Palouse Singers to perform at Mariners' game April 22

 

A group of Garfield and Palouse girls that came together as a choir a year ago under the direction of Rebecca Hemphill will sing the National Anthem before the Seattle Mariners’ game against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field on April 22nd.

 

The dream began in the spring of 2014, when the girls, who were then all at the Garfield-Palouse Middle School, showed up for volleyball game days dressed in school colors. Hemphill suggested that they consider presenting the National Anthem at middle school sports activities. The girls were all exceptional singers, and at one time or another had been featured soloists in concert, so confidence was not an issue.

 

The idea was met with a unified groan except by Desi Brown, who said, “Yeah, you guys, we should!” That was the only nudge they needed; when the girls heard how good their multi-part harmony sounded, they were hooked.

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.

 

Idaho Law Review annual symposium to explores surveillance technologies

Idaho Law Review annual symposium to explores surveillance technologies

 

The University of Idaho College of Law will host their 2015 Idaho Law Review Annual Symposium “Privacy in the Age of Pervasive Surveillance,” which will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd in the Legacy Pointe Room of the Idaho Water Center in Boise. This year’s keynote speaker is David Medine, chairman of the United States Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

 

According to the college, the symposium will explore the nature and reach of contemporary surveillance technologies and the challenges they pose for maintaining personal privacy and security.

 

WSU College of Pharmacy accreditation renewed through 2023

WSU College of Pharmacy accreditation renewed through 2023

 

Washington State University's doctor of pharmacy program has earned reaccreditation through June 2023.

 

“The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education also has endorsed the College of Pharmacy’s plans to extend the doctor of pharmacy program to Yakima, Wash., beginning in August,” said Gary M. Pollack, dean of the college.

 

According to the University, this accreditation covers both Spokane and Yakima, but WSU will provide updates to the ACPE after student pharmacists in Yakima complete their first year and the program continues to grow.

 

Work of UI alumna Virginia Bax Valentine recognized

Work of UI alumna Virginia Bax Valentine recognized

The University of Idaho College of Engineering in conjunction with the University of Idaho Alumni Association are pleased to announce Virginia Bax Valentine, a 1980 civil engineering graduate, as a 2015 Silver and Gold Award recipient.

 

The Silver and Gold Award recognizes living alumni who have a distinguished record of achievement and/or service in their specialized area of endeavor, thus bringing honor and recognition to the university. UI Alumni Director Steve Johnson and College of Engineering Dean Larry Stauffer will present Bax Valentine her award on March 18th in Las Vegas, Nevada.