WSU Vancouver
Emergency Messages as of 5:45 pm, Thu. Oct. 18
No information currently posted. Operating as usual.
News Releases
War of the Worlds
War of the Worlds
Re-Imagined performance celebrates 80th anniversary of historic radio broadcast (Photo) - 10/16/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Eighty years ago, on the evening before Halloween, radio audiences across the country were shocked, thrilled or panicked by a radio drama depicting an invasion by beings from the planet Mars.

That radio drama was "The War of the Worlds," directed by and starring Orson Welles and members of the Mercury Theatre on the Air. First heard on Oct. 30, 1938, "The War of the Worlds" remains the most famous radio broadcast in history.

To celebrate its 80th anniversary, the Re-Imagined Radio project will offer a live reenactment of "The War of the Worlds" on Oct. 30 at the historic Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. It is produced and directed by John Barber, professor of Creative Media and Digital Culture at WSU Vancouver and head of the Re-Imagined Radio project.

"We plan a great celebration of alien invasion," Barber said. “Our audience will recognize familiar landmarks, buildings and place names."

The re-enactment is based on the original radio drama, except that it is set in Southwest Washington rather than the original New Jersey. The original drama was adapted from H.G. Wells's 1898 novel of the same name.

While the original broadcast was heard across the country, the only way to experience this re-imagined performance is to join the live audience. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and the performance begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 at the door, $8 online through the Kiggins website. Costumes are encouraged in honor of Halloween. Concessions, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

A special pre-show alien-themed food and wine service will be available at Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main St., Vancouver.

Re-Imagined Radio is a partnership between Barber, Kiggins Theatre and Metropolitan Performing Arts, a local school and resource for aspiring actors, dancers and singers. Each production features a live re-creation of a radio drama with voice actors and sound artists.

About the Kiggins Theatre

The theater has been a landmark in downtown Vancouver since 1936. It is owned and operated by WSU alumnus Dan Wyatt Jr. Learn more at kigginstheatre.com.

About Metropolitan Performing Arts

Metropolitan Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization providing performing theater arts education and community theater for Southwest Washington. Learn more metropolitanperformingarts.org.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

# # #

Attached Media Files: War of the Worlds
See a free screening of "Coco" at WSU Vancouver - 10/02/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Come see a free screening of “Coco” (109 minutes, rated PG) at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Firstenburg Student Commons on the Washington State University Vancouver campus. Guests are invited to gather as early as 5 p.m. for pre-show activities including pizza, children’s crafts, games and prizes. Seating is on the floor, so guests are encouraged to bring pillows and blankets.

In the animated movie “Coco,” you’ll meet young Miguel, who loves music and dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. But Miguel’s family has a mysterious ban on music that dates back generations. Longing to prove his musical talents, Miguel finds himself in the technicolor Land of the Dead. Along the way he meets charming trickster Hector, and together they set off to discover the story behind Miguel’s family history.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available for $2 after 5 p.m. in the Blue Daily Pay lot. Parking is free after 7 p.m.

The movie will be closed captioned. If you have a disability that requires special materials, services or assistance, please contact the Access Center at 360-546-9238 or van.access.center@wsu.edu as soon as possible to discuss your specific needs.

For more information, contact Student Activities Board Chair Travis Toth at 360-546-9522.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

# # #

WSU Vancouver's Business Growth MAP Alliance hosts forum on the art of delegating - 10/02/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Learn how the art of delegating can help empower employees and improve performance at Washington State University Vancouver’s next Business Growth MAP Alliance forum. The event will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Columbia Bank Community Room, 101 E. Sixth St., Vancouver.

The forum will explore how to make the shift from doing to leading. You will learn how to change your thinking in order to systematize accountability, yield predictable results and streamline your operations while resisting micromanagement. It is the fifth forum in MAP Alliance’s 10-part leadership series, which will continue throughout the 2018/19 academic year.

This month’s speaker, Al Tong, is chief technology officer for Pacific Coast Fruit Co. He is a results-driven business leader who deploys strategic/tactical analysis and planning to optimize business process and team development. He has more than 30 years of warehousing, manufacturing and logistics experience.

The forum is open to all. Register online at business.vancouver.wsu.edu/bgmap and click the link “Upcoming events.” Cost is $10 per person in advance or $15 per person at the door. There is no cost for students with a valid WSU student ID.

The Business Growth MAP Alliance brings together small businesses and entrepreneurs to learn from each other, industry experts and WSU Vancouver faculty.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

# # #

Phuong Thanh-Ngoc Tran fled Viet Nam with her seven siblings and widowed mother in 1975, arriving in Clark County in 2000.
Phuong Thanh-Ngoc Tran fled Viet Nam with her seven siblings and widowed mother in 1975, arriving in Clark County in 2000.
Clark County residents to share their stories at WSU Vancouver (Photo) - 09/27/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Audience members are invited to join local storytellers in sharing recollections of life in Clark County on Oct. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at WSU Vancouver. The final program in the series “Clark County Stories: How We Came to this Place,” will take place in Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110, with a reception to follow in Rooms 129/130. It is free and open to the public.

Storytellers drawn from more than 150 who participated in the 2018 “Clark County Stories” series will share their stories. The audience will also be invited to share their own three-minute anecdotes on the themes of “Favorite Places” and “Migration Stories” in Clark County. 

One aim of the project is to identify and record the stories of people and communities whose perspectives are currently underrepresented in the historical archives. Accordingly, the stories to be shared will reflect a variety of ethnic, cultural and religious perspectives, ranging from Chinook and Latino, to Christian, LGBTQ, and hearing impaired. ASL translation will be provided. 

The evolution of “Clark County Stories”

The 2018 “Clark County Stories: How We Came to this Place” series is the brainchild of WSU Professor Sue Peabody, who noticed that the county’s population has doubled since 1988 to nearly half a million, with more than half of county residents born in another state, and about 10 percent born in another country. 

“We all experience the region’s rapid development, the strain on public infrastructure and the increasing diversity of our communities,” Peabody said. “I realized that if we could share our personal histories—how we came here, what we see changing, the places we value—we might discover our shared humanity in our different stories.” 

Donna Sinclair, Ph.D., an independent scholar specializing in Pacific Northwest history, helped organize a series of community conversations, workshops and oral history interviews in partnership with the Clark County Historical Museum and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library. Since January, there have been four workshops and three community conversations on topics such as oral history interviews, north Clark County stories, migration stories, short-form memoir, poetry and heirloom writing workshops. 

“Through community participation, we have been able to expand the historical perspectives on recent Clark County history,” Sinclair said. “Nearly all of us are immigrants to this region, whether in our own lifetimes, or those of our parents, grandparents or earlier ancestors. Not surprisingly, most of us love the region’s natural beauty, and appreciate the educational, job, faith and volunteer opportunities that enrich our lives. We actually share quite a bit in common.”  

The Clark County Stories project is sponsored by WSU Vancouver, the Clark County Historical Museum and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, and funded by Humanities Washington, WSU’s Meyer Professorship and the Pettyjohn Fund at the WSU Department of History. 

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $1.50 after 5 p.m.

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

# # #

Kirsten Fanning
Kirsten Fanning
WSU Vancouver hires new Business Growth MAP Manager (Photo) - 09/19/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Kirsten Fanning has been hired as the Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program manager in the Carson College of Business at Washington State University Vancouver.

Created in 2011, the award-winning Business Growth MAP helps local small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed while providing educational opportunities for Carson College of Business students. As manager of the program, Fanning will oversee the pro-bono student consultancy, a monthly small business forum and an educational course for small business owners.

“Kirsten prides herself on her strategic thinking and ability to tackle any problem set before her. Her passion for community engagement will prove a valued asset in her new role,” said Jane Cote, academic director for the Carson College of Business.

Business Growth MAP Advisory Board Chair and mentor Susan Edwards said she’s excited to welcome Fanning into the role. “She’s sensitive to the students’ role because she has only been out of school a short time, as well to the businesses’ role because she has spent time in the business world as well. She’s efficient and has the ability to see things from 60,000 feet and plan accordingly.”

Fanning graduated from WSU Vancouver in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration focused in management information systems. An internship was her beginning at adidas, where she was later hired to work in financial reporting and business analytics prior to accepting the Business Growth MAP position.

About WSU Business Growth MAP

The confidential student consultancy program provides more than 500 hours of free consulting services to qualifying businesses, with more than 108,000 hours given so far. Every project completed has generated on average $55,000 in new revenue, feeding more than $12 million into the local economy since the program’s inception.

To learn more about the Business Growth MAP program, apply to be a client or apply to be a mentor, call 360-546-9533 or visit business.vancouver.wsu.edu/bgmap.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

# # #

Attached Media Files: Kirsten Fanning