May 18, 1999
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        TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Washington State University at Tri-Cities founding dean James Cochran presented six individuals with Land Grant Awards on Friday, May 14, during the WSU Tri-Cities commencement ceremony.
        The Land Grant Award, established in 1994, acknowledges individuals for their excellent leadership and outstanding service to WSU Tri-Cities. Recognition is given to an undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty member, adjunct faculty, staff and a local citizen.
        Dr. R. Eric Leber, manager of the University and Science Education Programs at Battelle, PNNL Laboratories, received the citizen award.
        Leber's involvement with WSU Tri-Cities is extensive. He serves on the WSU Tri-Cities Advisory Council; was co-organizer of the new course, "Hanford in Context"; and is co-chair of the Science and Education Center building steering committee. He is a member of the Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship Task Force, and co-organizer and co-host of the joint WSU Tri-Cities/PNNL mini-symposium on science and education for the 21st century.
        A faculty member said of him, "I think that he seriously believes that WSU Tri-Cities is a priceless resource for the local region and he very much wants to make sure it continues to grow and change to meet the needs of the community."
        The students honored were Lawrence Carter, who received the undergraduate award, and Rebecca L. Pringle, who received the graduate award.
        Carter, a student in electrical engineering, served as president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers WSU Student Chapter for the last two years. He is president pro tem and engineering senator on the student senate.
        A December 1998 graduate of the master in teaching program, Pringle is an eighth grade math and science teacher at Horse Heaven Hills Middle School. She presented her master's program research to the annual conference of the Association for Education of Teachers in Science in Austin, Texas, and has submitted the paper to a peer-reviewed journal. As a teacher, Pringle led her students to a fourth place in the recent state competition for SimCity 2000, which involved designing a virtual city.
        The faculty award went to Duaine G. Lindstrom, who is retiring in June after serving the campus for 17 years. Lindstrom joined the Tri-Cities faculty in 1982 as coordinator of the master's degree programs in both nuclear engineering and chemical engineering. His campus service includes being founder and first chair of the Resident Faculty Organization, advisor to the student chapter of Tau Beta Pi, chair of the building committee when the West building was added to campus, and associate dean since 1994.
        Emmett B. Moore, Jr., received the adjunct faculty award. Moore was a senior staff scientist at PNNL from 1978 until he retired a few years ago. In 1990, he joined WSU Tri-Cities as a part-time faculty member, and in 1991 became an adjunct professor and member of the graduate faculty. He has also served eight years as program coordinator for the general sciences program and supervised dozens of master's degree projects in environmental science.
        The two individuals who received the staff awards were Richard L. Eisenman, computer systems administrator, and John E. Steele, human resource area coordinator.
        Eisenman has served on numerous committees during his six years on campus, and is currently co-chairing a committee to assess Y2K readiness. He recently started a group for community computer system administrators and has been involved with local drama groups. Eisenman is well known on campus for round-the-clock computer help.
        The first human resource professional to be assigned to a branch campus, Steele joined WSU Tri-Cities five years ago. Under his direction, a broad range of in-service training courses have been made available for faculty and staff. Steele has served on a number of campus committees, including the multicultural advisory committee, and helped develop the campus diversity plan. He also volunteers with the local Boy Scouts and with his fraternity.


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