June 11, 1999
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WSU SPOKANE CELEBRATES 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Washington State University at Spokane, established in 1989 as a WSU campus, will celebrate its first 10 years with an anniversary open house from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 19. The free public events will be held at the Riverpoint Higher Education Park, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd.
The original mission for the campus, as identified by its first advisory board, was that it should emphasize programs that tie in to the Spokane community and economy.
In its first 10 years, WSU Spokane has brought over $33 million in outside funding into the Spokane community from private sources; foundations; and federal, state and local grants. Over 900 students have graduated, many of whom remain in the Spokane area.
The campus has grown to more than 150 employees, and 26 baccalaureate and graduate degrees and certificate programs in 16 disciplines.
WSU Spokane is still growing in 1999. Ground will be broken this fall on the new Health Sciences Building, the second construction project in the development of the Riverpoint Higher Education Park.
Graduate studies, research projects and service initiatives have been conducted in subject areas such as health sciences, design disciplines, engineering and technology, and economic development. Programs such as criminal justice and the two community oriented policing and public safety institutes at WSU Spokane have made use of Spokane's "urban laboratory."
For more information, contact WSU Spokane at 509/358-7500. WSU Spokane is on the web at <www.spokane.wsu.edu>.
Note to photographers and television assignment editors -- Opportunities for visuals at the open house include:
-- Set-up 6 a.m., crew setting up tables; 8:30 a.m., setting up various activities; 9 a.m., putting balloons on every light pole on campus.
-- Butch, the Cougar mascot, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
-- Presentation of a bronze cougar statue given to the campus by the WSU Alumni Association, noon.
-- Rogers High School Step Team, 1 p.m. (several of these students take part in the Mathematics, Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program based at WSU Spokane).
-- Various hands-on activities for kids throughout the day, including a kids' free throw contest on a Hoopfest backboard (WSU Spokane and Hoopfest are both celebrating their 10-year anniversaries this year), science experiments (analyzing mush made in a blender) and construction projects.
-- Faculty, staff and student volunteers wearing special commemorative T-shirts.
-- Music and entertainment throughout the day.
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