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WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

WA Senate approves WSU med-school bill

 

In a resounding bipartisan vote on Wednesday, the Washington State Senate gave final approval to a bill paving the way for a new medical school in Spokane to be operated by Washington State University.

 

The Senate approved House Bill 1559 by a vote of 47-0. Gov. Jay Inslee has five days to act or it becomes law without his signature.

 

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, sponsor of an identical bill that passed the Senate earlier this month said the measure heralds a new era of economic development for Spokane and will go a long way toward relieving a statewide shortage of physicians.

 

Foley Library Slam Dunk exhibit shares Gonzaga Basketball history and highlights

Foley Library Slam Dunk exhibit shares Gonzaga Basketball history and highlights

 

In celebration of this year's NCAA basketball tournament, Gonzaga University's Foley Center will present an exhibit on Gonzaga Basketball's biggest highlights throughout the years.

 

The exhibit, entitled "Slam Dunk: GU Basketball Highlights," will be on display for the entirety of the NCAA tournament, and is free and open to the public Monday-Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

 

WSU College of Pharmacy accreditation renewed through 2023

WSU College of Pharmacy accreditation renewed through 2023

 

Washington State University's doctor of pharmacy program has earned reaccreditation through June 2023.

 

“The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education also has endorsed the College of Pharmacy’s plans to extend the doctor of pharmacy program to Yakima, Wash., beginning in August,” said Gary M. Pollack, dean of the college.

 

According to the University, this accreditation covers both Spokane and Yakima, but WSU will provide updates to the ACPE after student pharmacists in Yakima complete their first year and the program continues to grow.

 

March math and science contests will engage local young scholars

March math and science contests will engage local young scholars

About 200 area students will participate in three science and engineering competitions in March through the Spokane MESA (mathematics engineering science achievement) project.

In the competition, teams will put their prosthetic arm designs to the test. The prosthetic arm contests require teams to research, design, and build and test low-cost devices. For the competition, each team must submit a technical paper, oral presentation and academic display, as well as complete proscribed tasks with the arm they created.

Middle school teams will compete from 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, at Gonzaga University's Cataldo Hall. Ninth-graders will so the same at 9:00 a.m.- 1:45 p.m. at Eastern Washington University. Tenth graders will compete in the annual MESA Science Competition from 8:00 a.m.- 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 at EWU.

Warehouse to be demolished Monday to make way for teaching clinic

Warehouse to be demolished Monday to make way for teaching clinic

 

Crews will demolish a large portion of the former Peirone warehouse on the southeast edge of the Washington State University Spokane campus beginning 7:00 a.m. Monday, March 2nd. The structure will be leveled to make way for the new University district Health Clinic (UDHC), a project of the Spokane Teaching Health Consortium.

 

The location of the demolition is east of the WSU Bookie store at 410 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. Once the Peirone building is down, crew members will cut up the metal and other portions of the structure to prepare for hauling it away.

 

The warehouse is the largest of the two buildings at the site. Together they make up 36,000 square feet. The smaller building will remain standing for now and be demolished at a later date.

 

Peace Corps Associate Director to visit Gonzaga to recognize school's top ranking

Peace Corps Associate Director to visit Gonzaga to recognize school's top ranking

 

The Peace Corps' Associate Director, Helen Lowman, will visit Gonzaga University on March 2nd to celebrate the school's No. 1 ranking among top volunteer-producing universities in 2015. Gonzaga claimed the top spot within Peace Corps' small school classification, with 20 alumni currently volunteering worldwide. The university has held the top spot since 2013.

 

Lowman will attend a special Peace Corps Week campus event on Monday, March 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in room 110 of Jundt Auditorium. She will discuss the strong partnership with the school and its success in producing volunteers for overseas service. The event will be free and open to the public.

 

Gonzaga has been ranked in the top five among small schools for the past four years. Alumni from more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide have served in the Peace Corps since the agency was founded in 1961, including 330 alumni from Gonzaga.

 

SCC offers new expanded evening program beginning spring quarter

SCC offers new expanded evening program beginning spring quarter

 

Spokane Community College announced an expansion to its evening class schedule to offer more ways for working professionals to advance their career or finish their degree. These classes will be offered between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., so those with full-time jobs can earn credits that transfer to a four-year program or technical certificate at SCC.

 

“We know people are working during the day need to have a chance to get ahead with their education and training in the evening,” said SCC president Scott Morgan. “Our evening program provides the pathway to an AA degree and certificates in high wage fields like welding and machining.”