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WSU Vancouver to graduate 1,014 students at 2018 Commencement - 04/23/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver will graduate 1,014 students at its 2018 Commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. May 5 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash. The ceremony will also be live streamed. Go to vancouver.wsu.edu/commencement to connect. Chancellor Mel Netzhammer will preside, and Jose Scott, president of the student body, will deliver the commencement address.

BACKGROUND ON THE GRADUATES       

The 2018 graduates include 24 doctoral candidates in the areas of anthropology, business administration, education, environmental and natural resource science, history, neuroscience, nursing, nursing practice and psychology.

The 125 master’s candidates will receive degrees in biology, business administration, computer science, criminal justice and criminology, education, environmental science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, nursing, psychology, public affairs and teaching.

The 865 bachelor’s candidates will receive degrees in anthropology, biology, business administration, computer science, digital technology and culture, earth and environmental science, education, electrical engineering, English, fine arts, history, hospitality business management, human development, humanities, mathematics, mechanical engineering, neuroscience, nursing, psychology, public affairs, social sciences, sociology and strategic communication.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER

Jose Scott is president of the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver and vice president of diversity for the Washington Student Association. He began his educational journey in Vancouver Public Schools at age 5 when his family moved to the Pacific Northwest from Oklahoma. He will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in public affairs, with a concentrationin public policy and politics, minors in Spanish and global studies, and a certificate in global leadership. Scott has been active in such campus organizations as the Student Diversity Center and Black People United—a student organization he founded in 2015. Starting this fall, he will pursue a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Southern California.

COMMENCEMENT DETAILS

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater is located at 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, Wash. Parking and gates open at 11 a.m. The seating area opens at 11:30 a.m. Concessions will be available. Commencement is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Sunlight Supply Amphitheater is a covered outdoor venue. Umbrellas and strollers are not allowed in the seating area. Golf cart and wheelchair service will be provided to guests who need assistance. Accommodations will be available for deaf and hearing-impaired guests, including closed captioning, sign-language interpreters in a designated area and amplification devices available at the information booth.

For more information about WSU Vancouver’s 2018 Commencement ceremony, visit vancouver.wsu.edu/commencement.

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. 

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WSU Vancouver to present four top awards at 2018 commencement (Photo) - 04/19/18

VANCOUVER, WASH. — Washington State University Vancouver will present its 2018 awards for research, student achievement, service to WSU Vancouver, and teaching at this year’s commencement ceremony on May 5. Chancellor Mel Netzhammer will present medallions to the following:

Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence—Cheryl Schultz, associate professor of biological sciences

Chancellor’s Award for Student Achievement—Navaraj “Raj” Lamichhane, graduating senior in business administration with a Professional Sales Certificate

Chancellor’s Award for Service to WSU Vancouver—Steve Horenstein, founder and managing member, Horenstein Law Group, and chair of the campus Advisory Council

Students’ Award for Teaching Excellence—Dale Fortin, research assistant professor, integrative physiology and neuroscience

CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE

Each year, WSU Vancouver gives its highest research honor to recognize a faculty member’s exemplary research quality and quantity as well as positive influence on the broader community.

This year’s awardee is Cheryl Schultz, associate professor of biological sciences, whose environmental research is helping to protect at-risk species through improved conservation practices. Schultz, head of WSU Vancouver’s Conservation Biology research group, focuses on butterflies as a model system for endangered species. She explores the ecology of at-risk populations and how to translate scientific knowledge into on-the-ground practices that protect the environment while enabling those who live in a place to use its resources.

In 2017, Schultz and her frequent collaborator, Elizabeth Crone of Tufts University, published a study that documented the rapid decline of western monarchs and made worldwide headlines. Her main focus, however, is not so much to assess risks but to be part of the solution, and her studies have generated much hopeful news.

Several nature reserves adopting study recommendations have made great strides in restoring land for butterfly habitat, reducing weeds and enhancing nectar resources. Schultz and Crone are currently studying the viability of various species on Department of Defense lands. The research will lead to activities designed expressly to improve land stewardship.

“I want to leave people with a sense of the possible,” Schultz said. “It’s not going to happen overnight, but we can do this.”

Schultz joined WSU Vancouver in spring 2003. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies at Bowdoin College in Maine, and her Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Washington.

CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

The student achievement award annually recognizes one student’s love of learning, persistence to overcome barriers in pursuit of academic goals, leadership potential and involvement in campus life.

When Raj Lamichhane started college as a transfer student at WSU Vancouver in January 2016, he lost no time making his mark on campus. To pay for college, he pursued scholarships, grants and campus work opportunities. He was secretary of the student senate in 2016/17 and is currently a Student Ambassador and Student Affairs intern. He served as president of the International Students Association, volunteered with the Student Diversity Center, and helped bring Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights, to the campus.

Orphaned at a young age, Lamichhane grew up at Bright Horizon Children’s Home School and completed high school and two years of college in Nepal. Beverly Questad, an English teacher from Vancouver who was volunteering in Nepal, helped him come to the United States to continue his education.

Lamichhane has distinguished himself not only with service and hard work but with his ability to articulate his goals and enlist people to help in the cause. A natural leader, he is unafraid to be proud of his accomplishments and humble enough to recognize the role of “luck and miracles” in his success.

Lamichhane hopes to use his new degree in business administration to work in the renewable energy field and ultimately to improve the quality of life in his home country, Nepal.

CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR SERVICE TO WSU VANCOUVER

Given periodically, the award for service recognizes selfless dedication and commitment to the WSU Vancouver community.

Decades ago, Vancouver native and attorney Steve Horenstein recognized the need for access to higher education in Southwest Washington and helped bring it to fruition through WSU Vancouver. Since then, he has remained a powerful advocate for the university, serving as a member of the WSU Vancouver Advisory Council since 1995 and chair since 2004. He has donated and raised money for scholarships and helped strengthen ties between the university and the community.

The list of his contributions goes on: enlisting community support for expansion of educational offerings, including transition to a full-service, four-year university and graduate school; garnering support for new construction; supporting collaboration between local schools, the high-tech industry and WSU Vancouver; and, of course, being an enthusiastic attendee at campus events. Beyond the campus, he helped start several civic and business institutions, including the Columbia River Economic Development Council, and has served on several nonprofit boards.

Horenstein, founder and managing member of Horenstein Law Group in Vancouver, lends his expertise as a speaker to help students and the community understand the intricacies of business, real estate, land use and government relations. He holds a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland.

STUDENTS’ AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE

Students honor a faculty member each year with the teaching excellence award. The award recognizes exceptional dedication to students and infectious enthusiasm for the subject matter.

Dale Fortin’s students say he makes learning fun. That’s high praise for such a complex subject—neuroscience—but Fortin hopes his students will become as passionate as he is about it.

In Fortin’s classes, passion goes hand in hand with a spirit of inquiry. He focuses on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. He encourages questions, discussions and interaction. His students say he inspires them to work hard and learn more than they ever expected. He also participates in neuroscience outreach enabling WSU Vancouver students to share science with the community.

Fortin helps budding scientists gain the confidence to pursue challenging research. He speaks frankly of errors he has made in his own experiments, to show that sometimes assumptions are wrong and, while disappointing, can lead to new opportunities. He wants students to understand what went wrong, set aside their frustrations and move forward.

In addition to teaching at WSU Vancouver, Fortin is a senior research associate at the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University. His students have opportunities to visit the labs of practicing scientists to get a taste of what a research career is like.

Fortin earned a bachelor’s degree at Plymouth (N.H.) State College, a master’s degree at Springfield College in Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

COMMENCEMENT DETAILS

Commencement will be held at 1 p.m. May 5 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater located at 17200 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, WA 98642. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

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 to host cultural arts and music festival - 04/18/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Students from Washington State University Vancouver will host “Coug-A-Palooza,” a cultural arts and music festival from 2 to 10 p.m. April 28. The festival will be held at 3Peaks Public House and Taproom at 24415 NE 10th Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642. The event is open to the public.

Purchase tickets at the Office of Student Involvement, Firstenburg Student Commons on the WSU Vancouver campus, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98686. Price of admission is $5 for students and $10 for non-students. Tickets will be available at the door for an increased price of $5.

Coug-A-Palooza will feature entertainment by Bollywood, Hula and Folklorico dancers, performances from Young Lit Hippy, Ekoh and DJ Matt Lindsey. Activities will include “Wine and Canvas,” lantern making and henna tattoos. No outside food or drinks are allowed, but a cash bar and food will be available on site. Guests are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs. ADA-accessible parking is available.

For more information, call Megan Thomas 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. 

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Clean Providence Academy or make floral arrangements with Cougs in the Community - 04/16/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Join Washington State University Vancouver alumni, students, staff and friends at two Cougs in the Community events on April 28 and May 1.

Providence Academy Cleanup – 9 a.m. to noon April 28

Volunteers will help clean the historic attic of The House of Providence (The Academy) in downtown Vancouver, at 400 East Evergreen Blvd., #105. Bring your spades, shovels, rakes, brooms and gloves to help clean, plant flowers and rake bark. The Blind Onion will provide pizza for volunteers. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt while supplies last.

For more information or to RSVP, visit https://events.vancouver.wsu.edu/cougs-community-providence-academy-cleanup.

May Day Flowers – noon to 5 p.m. May 1

Volunteers will help make floral arrangements and deliver them to Golden Grads—those who graduated from WSU 50 years ago or more. The event will begin in Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt while supplies last.

For more information or to RSVP, https://events.vancouver.wsu.edu/cougs-community-may-day-flowers-0.

Contact Jessica Wells with questions about either event at .wells@wsu.edu">jessica.r.wells@wsu.edu or 360-546-9600.

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 or in the Blue Daily Pay Lot for $3; $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. 

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WSU Vancouver to host third and final Master Plan Community Open House - 04/11/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The public is invited to the last scheduled Community Open House to learn about WSU Vancouver’s Master Plan. The event will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 23 in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $3; $1.50 after 5 p.m.

The open house will include a review of community comments given at the second open house, revised design principles and guidelines, preferred concept and recommendations, a draft phasing plan and next steps.

Anyone interested in commenting who cannot attend the open house may visit https://events.vancouver.wsu.edu/master-plan-public-comment-form to review the plan and leave feedback. The deadline to comment is May 9.

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.

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. 

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The public is invited to a community conversation about the opioid crisis - 04/10/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Initiative for Public Deliberation at Washington State University Vancouver in partnership with Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance invites the public to participate in a discussion about the opioid crisis. Small group conversations about opioid abuse in Southwest Washington will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 24 at the Battle Ground Community Center. The forum is free and open to the public. Register by visiting the following link: bit.ly/IPDforum.

About the Initiative for Public Deliberation 

The Initiative for Public Deliberation is a collaborative effort of WSU Vancouver and the Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. It was established in spring 2015 "to strengthen democratic government by replacing rigid partisanship with listening and conversation." An impartial resource for the Southwest Washington community to assist in community problem-solving, IPD analyzes issues, designs public participation events, hosts forums that students facilitate, and prepares reports on key issues while working with a wide variety of institutions, including local and state government, school districts and community organizations.

About Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance

Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance is working with the community to end substance abuse and promote positive healthy decisions by building resiliency, strengthening relationships and providing education for families and community members. Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance has been implementing a Drug Free Communities Grant awarded by the Office of Drug Control Policy and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) since 2014.

The Prevent Together Coalition meets monthly on the Second Tuesday of the month from 3:30 – 5:30 PM in the Fire District #3 Conference Room located at 505 SW 1st ST, Battle Ground, WA 98604. Community members are invited to join us.

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. 

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WSU Vancouver's Carson College of Business hosts women's workshop on workplace ethics - 04/10/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver’s Carson College of Business will host a hands-on workshop about social and ethical workplace challenges. The workshop is for professional women, entry level to senior leadership, and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 27 at The Artillery Barracks, 600 E. Hatheway in downtown Vancouver.

Strengthening Women’s Voices in the Workplace is a workshop designed to give women an empowering framework to navigate workplace dilemmas and learn techniques tailored to their own personal strengths and values. The workshop is an extension of the larger Giving Voice to Values curriculum, which is an innovative approach to values-driven leadership development in business education. Professors Jane Cote and Claire Latham are nationally recognized experts in the Giving Voice to Values curriculum, and have tailored this event specifically to women to help them develop a strategy to effectively voice their concerns in the workplace. 

Cost is $75 per person. Seating is limited. Register online at https://formtool.wsu.edu/vancouver/Signup/index.castle?formid=20.

Proceeds from this event will support the Business Growth Mentor & Analysis Program, which helps local small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed while providing educational opportunities for Carson College of Business students.

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. 

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WSU Vancouver's Business Growth MAP Alliance hosts forum on cyber security for business - 04/04/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Learn how to protect your company in the digital age at Washington State University Vancouver’s upcoming Business Growth MAP Alliance forum. It will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. April 18 at the Columbia Bank Community Room, 101 E. Sixth St., Vancouver.

Josh McKinney, CIO and Head of Security at Edge Networks, will discuss cyber security basics and simple things business owners can do to mitigate danger. McKinney, known for explaining complex technical concepts in a way that is easily understood, will break it down at the next forum. McKinney has been a leader in and around technology for nearly 20 years, working for top companies such as Nike, Lockheed Martin, UPS and the US Federal Government.  

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. 

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WSU Vancouver announces 2018 Distinguished Woman awards (Photo) - 04/02/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Four Southwest Washington women were honored with Distinguished Woman of the Year awards for making a difference in the lives of others at Washington State University Vancouver’s 10th-annual Women of Distinction celebration. Held March 29, the event wrapped up Women’s History Month at the university.

2018 awardees include:

WSU VANCOUVER STUDENTS

Maggie Handran is a student ambassador, Psychology Club president and Cougar Pride co-president.  She also works with the writing assessment office. Interested in art, soccer and dancing, she plans to become an art therapist for a children’s hospital.

Since 2015, Diana Larson has been developing a music and performance group at Clark County Juvenile Court called The Esther Street Project. A senior majoring in human development, she teaches music, songwriting and performance to young people in detention and on probation.

WSU VANCOUVER FACULTY OR STAFF

Sujatha Shynne is an IT specialist for WSU Vancouver and a student studying for her master’s degree in business administration. She played a big role in bringing the first Diwali celebration to WSU Vancouver. Sujatha volunteers with the Downtown Camas Association on First Fridays.

An honorable mention in this category was given to Allison Ramsing. As a WSU Vancouver Academic Coordinator, Ramsing presents workshops for students on success skills such as time management, goal setting, CliftonStrengths assessment and study strategies.

COMMUNITY MEMBER

With a master’s degree in public affairs from WSU Vancouver, Audrey Miller works as the Southwest Washington regional field organizer for Planned Parenthood Votes, mobilizing volunteers for equal access to reproductive health care. She is a founding member of the Fourth Plain Forward Business District Association.

An honorable mention in this category was given to Peggy McNabb. An Evergreen High School teacher, McNabb began the GRADS program in 1988 to support pregnant and parenting students. She works to keep teenaged parents in school, prevent future pregnancies and provide students with resources.

A special Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Michelle McIlvoy, who started the Women of Distinction program at WSU Vancouver 10 years ago when she served as student involvement manager.

The awards have been given in concordance with Women’s History Month since 2009 to recognize women in Southwest Washington for inspiring, mentoring and empowering others. Nominations are accepted for women in three categories: WSU Vancouver student, WSU Vancouver faculty or staff, and community member. Winners are selected by a committee that includes faculty, staff, students and community members.

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. 

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