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WSU Vancouver offers virtual public workshop on how to pay for college - 01/14/21

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver will host a series of online  A – Z of Paying for College Workshops this spring. 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 their parents/guardians will learn the many ways to make college affordable using 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:

January

• 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 

February

• 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11

• 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23

March

• 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 10

• 10 a.m. Thursday, March 25

April

• 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 6

• 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 21

May

• 10 a.m. Thursday, May 6

• 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 18

No registration required. For more information and to attend a workshop, visit bit.ly/2Xjgmru. Workshops are presented on Zoom. If you don’t have Zoom, you can create a free account by visiting zoom.us.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the WSU system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. Both in person and online, 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 announces lineup for virtual 2021 Creative Writers Series - 01/14/21

VANCOUVER, Wash.— The 2021 Creative Writers Speakers Series hosted by WSU Vancouver will present virtual talks by seven award-winning writer-scholars representing poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. The events will take place Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings between Jan. 27 and April 12 and are free and open to the public.

All talks will be on the YouTube Live channel and can be accessed by visiting english.wsu.edu/visiting-writers/. No registration is needed to join the talks. The schedule follows:

6 p.m. Jan. 27

RYKA AOKI

Two-time Lambda Award finalist and winner of several poetry awards, Aoki is a composer, teacher and the author of “Seasonal Velocities” (2012), “He Mele a Hilo (A Hilo Song)” (2014), “Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul” (2015), “The Great Space Adventure” (2019) and the forthcoming novel “Light From Uncommon Stars” (2021). She was honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of transgender people.” She was also the inaugural performer for the first-ever Transgender Stage at San Francisco Pride and has performed all over the world. Aoki’s talk will be an open-forum discussion about writing across and in between genres, as well as the publication process.

7 p.m. Feb. 10

CHIGOZIE OBIOMA

Chigozie Obioma is the author of the novel “The Fishermen” (2015), which was a finalist for the Man Booker prize and a winner of four other awards, including an NAACP Image Award. The novel is being translated into 26 languages and is being adapted into a stage play. Foreign Policy magazine named Obioma one of its 100 Global Thinkers of 2015. His second novel, “An Orchestra of Minorities” (2019), was also a finalist for the Booker Prize. (He is one of only two writers to be so honored.) Obioma is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and runs various projects in Nigeria.

7 p.m. March 1

MAJOR JACKSON

Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including “The Absurd Man” (2020). His first book,Leaving Saturn” (2002), won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and others, and several awards, including a Pushcart Prize. His poems and essays appear in such publications as The New Yorker, Paris Review, Tin House and multiple volumes of “Best American Poetry.” Jackson lives in South Burlington, Vt., where he teaches at the University of Vermont. He also serves as the poetry editor of The Harvard Review.

6 p.m. March 16

CATINA BACOTE

Bacote is a nonfiction writer and assistant professor of English at St. John’s University in New York City. Her work draws on personal story and social history. She is currently investigating the consequences of economic oppression and residential segregation and writing a book chronicling the lasting impact of the illegal drug trade on her family and community. Her essays have been widely published in such journals as Ploughshares and Tri-Quarterly and included in the anthologyThis Is The Place: Women Writing About Home” (2017). Bacote has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Ragdale Foundation and many others. Her talk is titled “Against Erasure: Reclaiming Our Stories.”

7 p.m. March 23

C.S. GISCOMBE

Giscombe’s many books include the forthcoming “Similarly,” four poetry volumes and a selection of new poems. His “Ohio Railroads” (2014) is a long poem in the form of an essay, including maps, and the essays collected in “Border Towns” (2016) have to do with poetry. His poetry and prose have been reprinted in “Best American Poetry,” “Oxford Anthology of African American Poetry,” “Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry” and elsewhere, and his several awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fund for Poetry. He has taught at several universities and is currently a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

6 p.m. April 7

MAHOGANY L. BROWNE

Browne is a writer, organizer and educator. She is the interim executive director of Urban Word NYC and poetry coordinator at St. Francis College. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research and Rauschenberg. She is the author of “Chlorine Sky” (2021), “Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice” (2020), “Black Girl Magic” (2020), “Woke Baby” (2018) and “Kissing Caskets” (2017). Browne is also the founder of Woke Baby Book Fair (a nationwide diversity literature campaign); and as an Arts for Justice grantee, is completing her first book of essays on mass incarceration, investigating its impact on women and children. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

6 p.m. April 12

DEBRA MAGPIE EARLING

Earling is a novelist and short story writer and professor of English at the University of Montana, Missoula. She is a Native American and a member of the Salish and Kootenai tribes of the Flathead Reservation. She is the author of “Perma Red” (2002), a novel, and “The Lost Journals of Sacajewea” (2012), a collaboration with photographer Peter Rutledge Koch. “Perma Red” won the Western Writers Association Spur Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award and the American Book Award. Her talk is titled “Cabinets of Curiosities and the Fictional Dream.”

For more information, contact the series’ coordinator, Chelsea Ratzlaff, at chelsea.ratzlaff@wsu.edu.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the WSU 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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January Business Growth MAP Alliance online forum shares what it takes to be a great seller - 01/07/21

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver’s January Business Growth Map Alliance forum will discuss strategies to be a great seller. Joe Barhoum, founder of Conduit Construct and adjunct professor of sales at the University of Portland, will lead a dynamic conversation centered on what he calls “The Four Rules of Great Sellers.” Learn what it takes to be a great seller, including the importance of preparation, honesty, curiosity and creating obligation.

The forum will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 20 via Zoom. The forum is open to all at no cost, but advance registration is required. Register online at business.vancouver.wsu.edu/bgmap and click the link under “Upcoming events.”

Barhoum has been selling software and services for more than 15 years, while building and leading sales and marketing teams. He is the author of “The Great Seller’s Playbook,” “The Last Sales Book” and “Marketing Operation: Make the Transformation.” In his role as adjunct professor, Barhoun teaches sales courses in the Personal Selling Certificate program.

About Business Growth MAP Alliance

The Business Growth MAP Alliance brings together small businesses and entrepreneurs to learn from each other, industry experts and WSU Vancouver faculty. The Alliance is part of WSU Vancouver’s Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program, which contributes to regional economic development by helping small businesses and nonprofits grow and succeed while providing educational opportunities for Carson College of Business students.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the WSU system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. Both in person and online, 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 invites prospective students to virtual Preview Days - 01/07/21

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Prospective college students are invited to Washington State University Vancouver’s virtual Preview Days via zoom Jan. 21, 22 and 23. Learn about WSU Vancouver through a variety of presentations and live Q&A sessions with students, faculty and staff. Guests will be entered into a drawing to win WSU Vancouver giveaways.

The agenda of events is the same each day. Participate in the sessions that interest you most when it works best for you.

  • 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21
  • Noon to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22
  • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23

Each day, you can learn about academic programs, how to apply for admission, ways to pay for college, student life, internships, career opportunities and more. WSU Vancouver students, staff and faculty will be on hand to answer questions.

This event is free and open to the public. To register, visit vancouver.wsu.edu/preview.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the WSU system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. Both in person and online, 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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Re-Imagined Radio begins live radio broadcasts with "New Year" performance - 01/05/21

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Re-Imagined Radio’s will bring radio programs from the 1940s and 1950s to new life in a one-hour radio broadcast at noon Jan. 14. Featuring sound-based storytelling, the episode, titled “New Year,” will be broadcast live over three radio stations as well as online.

The stations are Vancouver’s KXRW-FM (99.9 FM) and Portland’s KXRY-FM (91.1 FM or 107.1 FM) and AM 1310 (1310 AM). The performance will also be available online via the station’s websites. The performance will also be archived at kxry.fm and reimaginedradio.net. Re-Imagined Radio will be a monthly feature for these stations this year.

“Normally, Re-Imagined Radio performances are offered as live events,” said producer John Barber, who is on the faculty of the creative media and digital culture program at Washington State University Vancouver. “COVID-19 restrictions make this impossible, so we are pivoting to our center, radio.”

“New Year” features a 1947 episode of “The Whistler,” one of the most popular American radio mystery anthologies; and a 1957 episode of “Guy Lombardo’s New Year’s Eve Party,” originally broadcast live from the Grill Room in the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Lombardo, who led the band the Royal Canadians, was known as Mr. New Year’s Eve.

“New Year” is a community partnership between Re-Imagined Radio and Regina Carol Social Media Management and Photography, Holly Slocum Graphic Design, Martin John Gallagher theatrical sound design and production, and KXRW-FM, an independent, volunteer-based radio station.

“Listening at home will not be the same as joining us for a live performance,” Barber said, “but it will be pretty amazing.”

For more information, contact Barber, arber@eaze.net">jfbarber@eaze.net.

About Re-Imagined Radio

Re-Imagined Radio was begun by Barber in 2013 as a creative research and performance project that draws on community voice actors, Foley artists, musicians, sound artists and engineers to produce its sound-based storytelling as live performances, radio broadcasts and more.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the WSU 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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