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WSU Vancouver's Business Growth MAP Alliance hosts forum on engaging consumers from their perspective - 09/04/19

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Learn to engage buyers from the customer perspective at Washington State University Vancouver’s next Business Growth MAP Alliance forum. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Columbia Bank Community Room, 101 E. Sixth St., Vancouver.

The forum will share the stages of the consumer-decision process and show how to drive customers to become brand advocates. This is the second of three forums on effective marketing.

This month’s speaker, Kevin Joyce, vice president of strategy services at The Pedowitz Group, has 35 years of experience in high tech, holding positions that include engineering, marketing and sales. His combination of skills helps companies to bridge the gap between sales and marketing.

The forum is open to all. Register online at business.vancouver.wsu.edu/bgmap and click the link “Upcoming events.” Cost is $10 per person in advance or $15 per person at the door. There is no cost for students with a valid WSU student ID.

The Business Growth MAP Alliance brings together small businesses and entrepreneurs to learn from each other, industry experts and WSU Vancouver faculty.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Pavithra Narayanan
Pavithra Narayanan
WSU Vancouver to screen documentary on Chicago's Black Arts Movement (Photo) - 08/28/19

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver will screen the documentary film “BAM! Chicago’s Black Arts Movement” at 3:45 p.m. Sept. 10 in Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. The screening is free and open to the public.

Drawing on extensive interviews, the film looks back on the history of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s and reflects on the artists and institutions that have extended its impact since then. “Black Chicago is the epicenter of our diaspora because the roots are deep and they stay,” said one interviewee, Carol Adams, former CEO of the DuSable Museum.

A Q&A with the film’s directors, Thabiti Lewis and Pavithra Narayanan, will follow the screening. Lewis is serving as the interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. Narayanan is serving as interim co-academic director for the College of Arts and Sciences.

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-TRAN bus service. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $4 per day.

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Attached Media Files: Pavithra Narayanan , Thabiti Lewis
WSU Vancouver offers public workshop on how to pay for college - 08/26/19

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver will host the of A – Z of Paying for College Workshop at a variety of local venues this fall. The workshop is a public service for all prospective and current college students, regardless of the college you choose to attend. It is free and open to the public.

Prospective students and parents will learn how to make college affordable with grants, loans, savings, scholarships and work. Find out which money is free, which needs to be paid back, and learn about important forms and deadlines. Presenters will provide strategies and answer commonly asked questions about applying for financial aid and scholarships, including the kinds of scholarships available.

The workshops will be held as follows:

 

6 – 7 p.m. Sept. 10

WSU Vancouver

Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110

 

6 – 7 p.m. Sept. 17

Heritage High School

7825 NE 130th Avenue

Vancouver, WA 98682

 

1 – 2 p.m. Sept. 28

Fort Vancouver Library, Columbia Room

901 C Street

Vancouver, WA 98660

 

6 – 7 p.m. Oct. 1

Camas High School Library

26900 SE 15th Street

Camas, WA 98607

 

6 – 7 p.m. Oct. 10

Ridgefield High School

2630 S Hillhurst Road

Ridgefield, WA 98642

 

6 – 7 p.m. Oct. 15

Columbia River High School

800 NW 99th Street

Vancouver, WA 98665

 

6 – 7 p.m. Oct. 17

WSU Vancouver

Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110

 

6 – 7 p.m. Nov. 6

WSU Vancouver

Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110

 

6 – 7 p.m. Dec. 10

WSU Vancouver

Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110

 

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-TRAN bus service. Free event parking will be available in Orange 2 lot for all workshops held on the WSU Vancouver campus.

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Nikkita Oliver
Nikkita Oliver
New WSU Vancouver series features hip-hop artists and social activists (Photo) - 08/23/19

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver will launch a Cultural Arts and Equity Hip-Hop Series Sept. 4 with an appearance by Nikkita Oliver, a social activist renowned for her 2017 mayoral run in Seattle, where she came in third in a field of 21 candidates. Introduced this year, the series is designed to broaden the community’s understanding of how cultural arts through hip-hop can cultivate an inclusive campus community that centers the success of historically underserved students.

The eight-part series continues through the academic year, featuring workshops, talks and performances with local and global activists, scholars and artists. Events are free and open to the public.

Nikkita Oliver

4 – 6 p.m. Sept. 4

Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110

Oliver,?an attorney,?teacher,?poet and?social activist, grew up in a biracial household in Indianapolis. Seeing her father go in and out of jail for failure to pay child support helped motivate her to build awareness of the injustice in the legal system. Oliver moved to Seattle in 2004 to attend Seattle Pacific University, where she created a week called Catalyst dedicated to a racial justice campaign. She participated in Black Lives Matter and went on to earn a law degree from the University of Washington.

The series will go on to feature:

Olmeca, bilingual hip-hop artist, producer, activist and scholar

4 – 6 p.m. Sept. 25

 

Turiya Autry, artist, author and educator

4 – 6 p.m. Oct. 9

 

Michael Tun`cap, founder of the Pacific Islander Student Commission at the University of Washington and co-founder of the Pacific Islander Studies Institute of Washington

4 – 6 p.m. Nov. 14


Aisha Fukushima, singer, speaker, educator and rap activist and founder of RAPtivism

4 – 6 p.m. Jan. 22

 

Jasiri X, the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an honorary doctorate

4 – 6 p.m. Feb. 20

 

DJ Kuttin Kandi, Pinay (Filipina) poet, feminist and activist

4 – 6 p.m. March 25

 

Las Cafetereas, whose band members are former students of the Eastside Café, a community space in Los Angeles, influenced by music from Veracruz, Mexico

4 – 6 p.m. April 24

 

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $4 per day, $2 after 5 p.m.

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Attached Media Files: Nikkita Oliver
Shameem Rakha, assistant professor of education at WSU Vancouver
Shameem Rakha, assistant professor of education at WSU Vancouver
K-12 teachers invited to check out Native American books at WSU Vancouver Library (Photo) - 08/23/19

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Books by Native American authors intended for use by teachers in K-12 classrooms are now available at the WSU Vancouver Library.

The books in the Native American Teaching Library were acquired through a grant to help implement the State of Washington’s Time Immemorial curriculum on Native American history and culture. The books in the Vancouver library were selected to reflect the experiences of young Native American people both past and present.

Shameem Rakha, assistant professor of education at WSU Vancouver, coordinated the selection and purchase of the books. She worked with Roben White of the Native American Elders Council and Karen Diller, library director, to choose a range of books appropriate for primary, middle and high school students. They settled on 17 titles, purchasing multiple copies of each for potential use as class sets. Powell’s Books in Portland, which supplied much of the library, helped locate obscure books and books from small publishers, and provided a discount that enabled Rakha to purchase additional titles.

One example of a book in the Native American Teaching Library is “I Am Not a Number,” a picture book about the boarding school system in the United States and Canada in the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. Rakha considers it relevant to a wide range of experiences in human history. “It’s the story of children taken away from their homes, culture and ways of being, and the horrors this created for them and their parents,” she said.

“Black Elk’s Vision” tells the life story of an Oglala-Lakota medicine man, who lived through the battles of Wounded Knee and Little Big Horn. “House of Purple Cedar” is about a Choctaw girl’s growing up in Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma.

“It is our goal to support the important work of teaching our children that American Indian people have had a significant impact on American history, and that despite an ongoing genocide, they are still managing to do amazing things today.”

There is no charge for teachers to check out books from the Native American Teaching Library (library cards are free for residents of Southwest Washington). Over the coming year, students in Rakha’s social studies methods classes will add summaries and questions to the books to enhance their utility as teaching materials.

If you have questions, contact Rakha at akha@wsu.edu">shameem.rakha@wsu.edu.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Xuechen Zhang, assistant professor of computer science in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University Vancouver
Xuechen Zhang, assistant professor of computer science in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University Vancouver
WSU Vancouver professor wins inaugural Electricity Industry Technology and Practices Innovation Challenge Award from U.S. Department of Energy (Photo) - 08/22/19

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Xuechen Zhang, assistant professor of computer science in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University Vancouver, was named a Tier 2 Gold winner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s first Electricity Industry Technology and Practices Innovation Challenge.

The challenge was designed to tap into American ingenuity for ideas about how to make the nation’s electric grid stronger and more resilient. Through the challenge, DOE sought ideas from industry, academia and other innovators for concepts that include technologies or solutions that address existing or emerging vulnerabilities and threats to the electric sector or mitigate interdependencies between the electricity sector and other sectors.

The DOE awarded more than $300,000 to seven winning submissions in two tiers. Zhang and his research team were awarded $25,000 for “QoS-Aware Data-Driven Analytics for Next Generation Synchrophasor Workflows.”

“I am very proud of Xuechen for winning this award. It shows the significance and relevance of his research as recognized by the DOE in a nationwide challenge with only seven winners,” said Hakan Gurocak, professor and director for the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Proposed technologies and solutions were reviewed on criterion including technical merit and viability, potential to mature and implement, innovation and transformation, and potential magnitude of impact.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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WSU Vancouver goes back to school - 08/19/19

It has become a tradition! WSU Vancouver is welcoming students back to campus for the 2019/20 academic year by waving the Cougar flag on the first day of classes. 

Volunteer staff, faculty, alumni and friends will wave the flag until 5:30 p.m. today at three locations:

  • 134th Street and 29th Avenue
  • Main entrance
  • Top of the hill on campus

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It's a great photo opportunity!