June 14, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Cassie McVeety, 360/546-9600, mcveety@vancouver.wsu.edu
        VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University at Vancouver will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its founding with a community open house and the first-ever alumni reunion for graduates of the campus. The events on Saturday, June 19, will kick off a yearlong celebration of the university's teaching, research and service mission to the community of southwest Washington.
        The Washington State Legislature created the three branch campuses of Washington State University in Spokane, the Tri-Cities and Vancouver on July 1, 1989. WSU Vancouver moved to its permanent, 351-acre campus in 1996 and has experienced rapid growth since. The campus expects a fall head count enrollment of over 1,650 students, making it one of the Portland area's fastest growing educational institutions.
        The anniversary celebration begins with the Cougar Saturday 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. (check-in at 8 a.m.). Activities continue from 2-6 p.m. as part of Cougar Saturday, a day of free public activities including academic class samplers; musical entertainment; food and beverages; a WSU Master Gardener clinic; campus tours; and a college fair featuring information on scholarships, financial aid and advice from admissions counselors.
        A drawing for a free partial tuition waver for the 1999-2000 academic year will highlight the day.
        The first-ever all-class alumni reunion will be held on campus from 5-7 p.m. The event includes a picnic-style dinner and no-host bar catered by City Grill. Nearly 2,400 graduates of WSU Vancouver have been invited to attend along with current and former faculty and staff.
        Capping off the evening is a concert featuring acclaimed jazz artist Tom Grant in the campus' outdoor amphitheater. The concert is free and open to the public as part of The Columbian's Backyard Concert Series.
        For more information about WSU Vancouver's 10-year anniversary, call WSU Vancouver at 509/546-9600.


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