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Spokane celebrates local African American graduates April 25 at Gonzaga

Spokane celebrates local African American graduates April 25 at Gonzaga

 

Gonzaga University will host the 19th Annual African American Spokane Community Graduation Celebration at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 25 in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room. This event marks the 11th year that Gonzaga has sponsored and hosted the celebration.

 

The event began as a grassroots initiative created by key African American community leaders in efforts to recognize academic achievement of youth. This year’s graduation is dedicated to the late Master Sgt. Wilbert “Tre” Norton III, a recruiter for the local Army National Guard who was a champion for diversity and multicultural students. Norton served as the master of ceremonies for the 2012 graduation celebration.

 

Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh will give the institutional welcome followed by an address from Andre Dove, a veteran, pastor, author and coordinator of the Workfirst Program at Spokane Falls Community College.

 

Blood Center Foundation launches scholarship and grants for local community colleges

Blood Center Foundation launches scholarship and grants for local community colleges

 

The Board of Directors of the Blood Center Foundation of the Inland Northwest has launched two scholarships and awarded two grants totaling $41,590 for second quarter, 2015. According to the Blood Center, this money is meant to continue its commitment to funding education, technology and research advances in the field of blood banking and transfusion medicine.

 

Scholarships for community college students studying phlebotomy at the Community Colleges of Spokane, North Idaho College and Lewis & Clark State College will be offered beginning in the fall. Each institution will receive $3,000 per year for scholarship awards to offset registration and program fees.

 

Local colleges to compete through community service during Spokane Gives Week

Local colleges to compete through community service during Spokane Gives Week

 

Local students are taking part in the Spokane Gives University Challenge later this month. The students from Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Spokane Community College, and Whitworth University will complete service projects from April 25th through May 3rd during Spokane Gives Week in a friendly competition.

 

The 2nd annual Spokane Gives Week, part of the Compassionate Spokane Initiative, is a community-wide initiative designed to encourage year-round volunteerism. The City will once again engage nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals in Spokane in an effort to make Spokane the most compassionate city in the nation. The week shines a spotlight on service in the Spokane community during national service month.

 

Gonzaga University lecture to bust myths surrounding Native American people and culture

Gonzaga University lecture to bust myths surrounding Native American people and culture

 

A lecture exploring the myths surrounding Native American people and culture will take place at Gonzaga University.

 

The lecture is a part of Gonzaga's 2015 History Department Art and Craft of History Lecture, and will be given by Laurie Arnold, Gonzaga's Director of Native American Studies. The event will take place on April 8th at 5:30 p.m. in Wolff Auditorium.

 

Arnold's discussion, entitled "Mythbusting! Native American History and Contemporary Issues," will present an opportunity for the community to gather and discuss why myths about the Native American culture are not only untrue, but are harmful to Native peoples and the broader American public.

 

Arnold used the common myth of "Indians have special rights" as an example of some of the topics open for discussion during the lecture.

 

"These myths perpetuate misunderstandings in the same way that people who 'play' Indian, by wearing dime-store feathered headdresses or by falsely claiming Native American heritage, perpetuate objectification and appropriation of Native cultures," she said.

 

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.