June 24, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Larison, 509/372-7319, jlarison@beta.tricity.wsu.edu

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Washington State University at Tri-Cities will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a party for the community 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 10. This free, public event will be on campus at 2710 University Drive in north Richland.
        The event celebrates the hundreds who have become Cougars -- right here in the Mid-Columbia -- not just in the past 10 years, but during the last four decades.
        The day's activities will highlight faculty expertise in computer software, bird banding, water testing, children's books and ecology. Other activities include a robotic arm competition, digital pictures of the kids with Butch the Cougar, volleyball, basketball, face painting, games and campus tours.
        "Robbin and the Bluez Hoodz," an Eastern Washington blues band, will play throughout the day and food will be available at a low cost.
        Also planned is a Linux InstallFest, sponsored by the Tri-Cities Linux User Group. Anyone interested in having Linux installed on their PC should bring their computer with them. For more information about the InstallFest, contact Bob Lewis at 509/372-7178, bobl@tricity.wsu.edu.
        WSU's presence in the Mid-Columbia goes back to 1913, when it established the first county extension agency in Benton County. Since that time, WSU has been a source for higher education in the Tri-Cities, offering programs with the General Electric School of Engineering starting in 1946, and later through the Joint Center for Graduate Study and the Tri-Cities University Center. The WSU branch campus was established by the Legislature in 1989.
        Ten years ago, WSU Tri-Cities had one building, a handful of resident faculty and a dozen staff. Today, it has grown to three facilities, 55 resident faculty, hundreds of adjuncts and about 120 staff members. The selection and number of programs have also increased from mostly engineering and science to business and the liberal arts, which are today's most popular degrees.
        For more information about WSU Tri-Cities 10-year anniversary party, please contact Kelly Dietrich at 509/372-7308.


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