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Adjunct profs hope to form union

Adjunct instructors at Spokane's Gonzaga University are trying to form the college's first faculty union.

Such instructors work on temporary contracts and earn much less than tenured professors.

The Spokesman-Review reported Thursday that the Gonzaga adjuncts have no job security, no health benefits and little voice regarding the direction of their workplace. Adjunct and other temporary faculty make up 57 percent of Gonzaga's teaching staff.

Signatures are currently being gathered to form a union.

Gonzaga administrators have been meeting with union organizers, but the university has not taken an official stance on the effort.

Spokane Arena fills with music at the annual Band and Strings Spectacular

Spokane Arena fills with music at the annual Band and Strings Spectacular

The annual Band and Strings Spectacular was Tuesday night at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. More than 2,600 students played their instruments in front of thousands of proud parents.

Most teachers and parents would agree just getting to this point was nothing short of a miracle.

"It's a lot of work getting it all put together and there are so many people that work together and pull it off," said band teacher Karen Budge.

The musicians were made up of 5th and 6th graders from Spokane Schools. For many of them the concert was an hour to prove to themselves what they're capable of, and to make their parents proud.

"It's fun because you get to do all these songs and it's really pretty amazing," said Chloe from Brown Elementary.

"Her playing tonight is a fantastic opportunity for her to grow as a person and grow as a musician," said Chloe's mom Tammi.

KXLY'S Kris Crocker emceed of the event.

Teams needed to run the TC50

Teams needed to run the TC50

It's time for runners to sign up for the 4th annual TC50 Relay Race! The name “TC50” stands for Teen Closet and... 50 miles! The race consists of a 50 mile course, consisting of 10 legs (they are not equal in length).  Spokane area high schools are used as start/finish, water stops and transitions. The focus is on the high schools, because that is the age group most served by Teen Closet.

The race is Saturday, June 14th.  Teams of up to 10 can compete.  All ages and athletic abilities are welcome. The cost is $300 per team up to 10 runners, $200 for high school teams. There is an increase in registration fee if your team signs up after May 31st.

WSU Extension celebrates 100th year

A group of college students pitched in last week to help get a community garden growing for the season in southwest Spokane.

The 18,000-square-foot plot uses the latest techniques in vegetable and berry farming to provide produce to low-income residents in the city.

Their partner is Washington State University Extension, which this week is celebrating its 100th year of providing research and assistance to Spokane and other counties in the state.

Dr. Redinger's SPS Progress Report for May

In her May Progress Report, Spokane Schools Superintendent Dr. Shelley Redinger explains what ThoughtStream is and how the district is using it to communicate with parents and the greater Spokane community.

Learn about Spokane Schools Options at community meetings

Learn about Spokane Schools Options at community meetings

From Spokane Public Schools:

The Spokane Public Schools Department of Innovation will be hosting three community outreach meetings to share the changes taking place within the district.

Information will provided about current and proposed Option schools, the charter authorization process and Pride Prep, the first charter school. There will also be plenty of time to ask questions about the SPS Portfolio of School Options.

EWU celebrates Eagle Week in Cheney, Spokane

EWU celebrates Eagle Week in Cheney, Spokane

This week is Eastern Washington University's Eagle Week in Spokane and Cheney and there are plenty of activities to celebrate, all leading up to the annual Red and White game on Saturday, April 26 at Roos Field.

Head Coach Beau Baldwin says his student athletes are spending the week out in the community talking to high school students and getting fans pumped.

He says the big game Saturday is a chance for the community to see what they have been working for. A chance to finally get out of the weight room and, for the younger Eags, a chance at a big break.

"They're getting some of their first opportunities, especially if they came in as a Freshman last fall. A lot of those times you were red shirting on the scout team, and now you're getting your first opportunity to really compete within our defense. It's always fun to see those guys emerging too during spring practice," said Coach Baldwin.

For all the details on Eagle Week, check out the News Links page of the website.