Washington State University Vancouver set to fete 25th


first_imgClick to enlarge. o What: Washington State University Vancouver’s 25th anniversary celebration. Butch T. Cougar balloon animals, Cougar Gold cheese tasting, help artist Erin Dengerink complete a sidewalk chalk mural, guided campus tours, live music, art show, hands-on activities.o Where: The Quad at WSU Vancouver, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.o When: 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday.o Cost: Admission and parking are free.o Information at the school’s website.Washington State University Vancouver celebrates its 25th anniversary Saturday with tours, music, art and more. The campus has come a long way from its humble beginnings in Bauer Hall at Clark College, where the library was a converted space with industrial metal shelving holding a row or two of required textbooks.1989: Founded as one of the four campuses in the WSU system.1990: Opens in Bauer Hall in Clark College for upperclassmen and graduate students.1996: The 351-acre Salmon Creek campus opens.2006: The first freshmen are admitted.Twenty-five years ago, Renee Hoeksel started the nursing program at WSU Vancouver with 12 nursing students and a satchel of supplies she schlepped across the Clark College campus from a closet in Bauer Hall to her lab classroom. As the branch campus grew, Hoeksel filled two large satchels with blood pressure cuffs, percussion hammers, tongue depressors, disposable gloves and gowns. Even though nursing students were required to bring their own stethoscope to class “someone always forgot theirs, so I always brought some,” said Hoeksel, now 67.o Students: 3,062 in 2013-2014.o Faculty: More than 150 full-time, Ph.D. faculty.o 13 buildings, 14 computer labs, 200-seat lecture hall.By the time the nursing program outgrew two satchels, Clark College had remodeled and offered a shelf for nursing supplies in the classroom building. No more schlepping. But it wasn’t the end of adventures for the pioneering faculty at the new branch campus.last_img

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