May 28, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Barbara Chamberlain, 509/358-7527,
        SPOKANE, Wash. -- Stephen Setter, assistant professor of pharmacy, has been awarded the 1999 Faculty Excellence Award by WSU Spokane's faculty in recognition of his teaching, research and community service.
        In making the nomination, Dennis Clifton, interim dean of the College of Pharmacy, said, "Steve is an excellent educator both in the classroom and clinical setting. His student evaluations are outstanding and he is very involved in community activities."
        The focus of Setter's research revolves around the treatment and prevention of disease states often encountered in older patients. Setter is the lead investigator in a Spokane community project aimed at reducing gastrointestinal bleeding and ulcers in the elderly that result from use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as ibuprofen. He frequently lectures to the public regarding proper medication use and volunteers with a number of community organizations, from Healthy Seniors 2000 to the Health Improvement Partnership.
        In 1998, he was awarded the American Pharmaceutical Association/3M Partners for a Healthy Community Scholarship. During the same year, Setter was invited to a National Pharmacy Educators meeting to discuss his practice and teaching site at Elder Services and the Visiting Nurses Association, which emphasizes geriatric care.
        Setter received his doctor of pharmacy degree with honors from WSU Spokane in 1996, a bachelor of pharmacy degree from WSU in 1995, a doctor of veterinary medicine degree with honors from Michigan State University in 1986, and a bachelor of science degree with honors in crop and soil sciences from Michigan State University in 1981.
        He was named teacher of the year by the WSU College of Pharmacy in 1997, and received the WSU president's award in recognition of excellence, leadership and service to WSU and the community in 1996. He has also received a variety of other academic and clinical awards.
        The award was presented at the WSU Spokane commencement ceremonies May 7. Setter received an engraved pewter medallion and a check for $1,000. The annual award is sponsored by Sterling Savings of Spokane.


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