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Washington State University recognized as a Voter Friendly Campus
Washington State University has been named a Voter Friendly Campus for its success with voter education and registration.
The designation was announced by the nonpartisan Campus Vote Project and NASPA, a national association for student affairs professionals in higher education.
The Voter Friendly Campus designation is a system‑wide honor for WSU, the only four‑year institution in Washington to be named for the 2019–2020 election cycle.
“Receiving this designation recognizes our efforts to shift the campus culture at all of our locations to one of more student participation in our democracy,” said Ben Calabretta, associate director of the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE). “We are setting a new standard where we expect our students to know about the election issues, to register to vote, and then actually vote.”
The mission of the Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process. Barriers can include voter ID laws, lack of information, transportation to the polls, and confusing residency requirements.
“I think it’s important to remove barriers that students face because those barriers are silencing the future,” said Savanna Navarro Kresse, vice president of the Associated Students of Washington State University Tri‑Cities. “Many people assume students do not care to be a part of the political process, but the reality is we care a lot. When voting is accessible, students show up to vote.”
Kresse is a member of the WSU Cougs Vote Coalition which consists of faculty, staff, students and community members who are interested in increasing student democratic engagement.
The coalition met throughout the summer and fall of 2018 and created strategies to establish a student-driven awareness and democratic engagement campaign, educate students about the importance of midterm elections in addressing local and statewide issues, increase voting rates of WSU students above the 2014 midterm levels, and improve voting rates among multicultural and other underrepresented students.
Calabretta said the coalition’s efforts were very successful. Although CCE is still waiting to receive official numbers from the Secretary of State, he estimates over 3,000 students registered to vote through Cougs Vote related activities. Local precinct data indicate a higher voter turnout, too, with an increase of 2,000 voters in the Pullman precincts where WSU’s main campus is located.
With the midterm election over, there is a lull in the election cycle before things begin to heat up for the 2020 race. In the weeks ahead, Calabretta said it will be important for the coalition to continue its efforts, and being named a Voter Friendly Campus is a good motivator to keep the momentum going.
“We want to keep voting in our students’ minds so they know it’s still important and it’s something that they will participate in for the rest of their lives.”
A total of 123 institutions received the Voter Friendly Campus designation nationwide. They represent a wide range of two‑year, four‑year, public, private, rural, and urban campuses. WSU joins Centralia College, a two‑year public institution, as the only two institutions selected in Washington.
Did you know that University means “Unity in Diversity?” We all understand that diversity is vital to learning because it opens up our minds to new ideas and cultures and ways of understanding. Here at Washington State University, we embrace diversity–not just the cultural richness that comes from our international community, but the way that we learn and come to understand our complex world. Graduate students from all regions of the globe have come here to learn and grow and return home to make their own communities better places. If you seek to do good in the world, our learning community will engage, challenge, and equip you for lifelong success. Come to WSU and find true unity in diversity.
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Kaitlin Witherell, a doctoral student in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at WSU, was destined to become a scientist. When she was young, she frequently went to work with her mother, who is also a scientist. As Kaitlin grew older, so did her interest in microbiology. In high school she conducted an extensive project on the micro-organisms that live off the oxidation of the Titanic.
“I’d been sitting in the lab for 12 hours one day, and realized that I wasn’t sick of studying it yet,” says Kaitlin. “That was when I realized how much I liked it!”
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George Washington (1732-99) was commander in chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War (1775-83) and served two terms as the first U.S. president, from 1789 to 1797. The son of a prosperous planter, Washington was raised in colonial Virginia. As a young man, he worked as a surveyor then fought in the French and Indian War (1754-63). During the American Revolution, he led the colonial forces to victory over the British and became a national hero. In 1787, he was elected president of the convention that wrote the U.S. Constitution. Two years later, Washington became America’s first president. Realizing that the way he handled the job would impact how future presidents approached the position, he handed down a legacy of strength, integrity and national purpose. Less than three years after leaving office, he died at his Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon, at age 67.
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George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, at his family’s plantation on Pope’s Creek in Westmoreland County, in the British colony of Virginia, to Augustine Washington (1694-1743) and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington (1708-89). George, the eldest of Augustine and Mary Washington’s six children, spent much of his childhood at Ferry Farm, a plantation near Fredericksburg, Virginia. After Washington’s father died when he was 11, it’s likely he helped his mother manage the plantation.
Did you know? At the time of his death in 1799, George Washington owned some 300 slaves. However, before his passing, he had become opposed to slavery, and in his will he ordered that his slaves to be freed after his wife’s death.
Few details about Washington’s early education are known, although children of prosperous families like his typically were taught at home by private tutors or attended private schools. It’s believed he finished his formal schooling at around age 15.
As a teenager, Washington, who had shown an aptitude for mathematics, became a successful surveyor. His surveying expeditions into the Virginia wilderness earned him enough money to begin acquiring land of his own.
In 1751, Washington made his only trip outside of America, when he travelled to Barbados with his older half-brother Lawrence (1718-52), who was suffering from tuberculosis and hoped the warm climate would help him recuperate. Shortly after their arrival, George contracted smallpox. He survived, although the illness left him with permanent facial scars. In 1752, Lawrence, who had been educated in England and served as Washington’s mentor, died. Washington eventually inherited Lawrence’s estate, Mount Vernon, on the Potomac River near Alexandria, Virginia.
An Officer and Gentleman Farmer
In December 1752, Washington, who had no previous military experience, was made a commander of the Virginia militia. He saw action in the French and Indian War and was eventually put in charge of all of Virginia’s militia forces. By 1759, Washington had resigned his commission, returned to Mount Vernon and was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses, where he served until 1774. In January 1759, he married Martha Dandridge Custis (1731-1802), a wealthy widow with two children. Washington became a devoted stepfather to the children; he and Martha never had any offspring of their own.
In the ensuing years, Washington expanded Mount Vernon from 2,000 acres into an 8,000-acre property with five farms. He grew a variety of crops, including wheat and corn, bred mules and maintained fruit orchards and a successful fishery. He was deeply interested in farming and continually experimented with new crops and methods of land conservation.
The American Revolution
By the late 1760s, Washington had experienced firsthand the effects of rising taxes imposed on American colonists by the British, and came to believe that it was in the best interests of the colonists to declare independence from England. Washington served as a delegate to the First Continental Congress in 1774 in Philadelphia. By the time the Second Continental Congress convened a year later, the American Revolution had begun in earnest, and Washington was named commander in chief of the Continental Army.
Washington proved to be a better general than military strategist. His strength lay not in his genius on the battlefield but in his ability to keep the struggling colonial army together. His troops were poorly trained and lacked food, ammunition and other supplies (soldiers sometimes even went without shoes in winter). However, Washington was able to give them the direction and motivation to keep going.
Over the course of the grueling eight-year war, the colonial forces won few battles but consistently held their own against the British. In October 1781, with the aid of the French (who allied themselves with the colonists over their rivals the British), the Continental forces were able to capture British troops under General Charles Cornwallis (1738-1805) in Yorktown, Virginia. This action effectively ended the Revolutionary War and Washington was declared a national hero.
America’s First President
In 1783, with a peace treaty signed between Great Britain and the U.S., Washington, believing he had done his duty, gave up his command of the army and returned to Mount Vernon, intent on resuming his life as a gentleman farmer and family man. However, in 1787, he was asked to attend the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and head the committee to draft the new constitution. His impressive leadership there convinced the delegates that he was by far the most qualified man to become the nation’s first president.
At first Washington balked. He wanted to, at last, return to a quiet life at home and leave governing the new nation to others. But public opinion was so strong that eventually he gave in. The first presidential election was held on January 7, 1789, and Washington won handily. John Adams (1735-1826), who received the second-largest number of votes, became the nation’s first vice president. The 57-year-old Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789, in New York City. Because Washington, D.C., America’s future capital city wasn’t yet built, he lived in New York and Philadelphia.
The United States was a small nation when Washington took office, consisting of 11 states and approximately 4 million people, and there was no precedent for how the new president should conduct domestic or foreign business. Mindful that his actions would likely determine how future presidents were expected to govern, Washington worked hard to set an example of fairness, prudence and integrity. In foreign matters, he supported cordial relations with other countries but also favored a position of neutrality in foreign conflicts. Domestically, he nominated the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Jay (1745-1829), signed a bill establishing the first national bank and set up his own presidential cabinet.
His two most prominent cabinet appointees were Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), two men who disagreed strongly on the role of the federal government. Hamilton favored a strong central government, while Jefferson favored stronger states’ rights. Washington believed that divergent views were critical for the health of the new government, but he was distressed at what he saw as an emerging partisanship.
Washington Retires to Mount Vernon
In 1796, after two terms as president and declining to serve a third term, Washington finally retired. In his farewell address, he urged the new nation to maintain the highest standards domestically and to keep involvement with foreign powers to a minimum. The address is still read each February in the U.S. Senate to commemorate Washington’s birthday.
Washington returned to Mount Vernon and devoted his attentions to making the plantation as productive as it had been before he became president. More than four decades of public service had aged him, but he was still a commanding figure. In December 1799, he caught a cold after inspecting his properties in the rain. The cold developed into a throat infection and Washington died on the night of December 14 at the age of 67. He was entombed at Mount Vernon, which in 1960 was designated a national historic landmark.
Washington left one of the most enduring legacies of any American in history. Known as the “Father of His Country,” his face appears on the U.S. dollar bill and quarter, and hundreds of U.S. schools and towns, as well as the nation’s capital city, are named for him.
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George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He became the first president of the United States.
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Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis on January 6, 1759. Although the couple had no children, Washington adopted Martha’s son and daughter from her previous marriage.
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Martha Washington would later become the first First Lady of the United States.
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40 Patriots and 275 British soldiers died in the Battle of Princeton. Washington proved victorious and the British abandoned New Jersey.
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British General Cornwallis formally surrenders to George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, bringing the American Revolution to a close.
In 1789, in part because of the leadership skills he displayed during the war, the Continental Congress elected Washington as the first American president.
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Washington retired after two terms as president. He believed it was his patriotic duty to uphold the Constitution and pass on his role as the nation’s top public servant to someone else.
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George Washington retired to his home on Mount Vernon.
On December 14, 1799, Washington died of a severe respiratory ailment. His last words were “tis well.”
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Washington’s success as a General and President led to his face being carved on Mount Rushmore
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In 1884 the Washington Monument was completed on the National Mall
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Students can submit either the ACT or SAT scores to George Washington University. A score within the range of 1810 – 2090 on the SAT exam, or 27 – 31 on the ACT exam is among the 25th – 75th percentile range among admitted students. We were able to estimate the George Washington University (GWU) average GPA (3.55 – 3.78) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. George Washington University admits around 30 percent of those that apply per year. Of those that are accepted, roughly 33 percent of students enrolled. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected George Washington University (GWU) acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 34%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at gwu.edu.
Overall George Washington University (GWU) Acceptance Rate – Fall 2012
The overall acceptance rate for George Washington University was reported as 33.1% in Fall 2012 with over 21,800 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.
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GWU ACT Scores: 27 – 31
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After return to D-I athletics, Seattle U’s journey back to prominence is still only ‘two-thirds’ done
No one said the journey, one that had never been tried before, would be easy.
It was a dark day for many local sports fans in 1980, when Seattle U — with a storied basketball history that included playing in the 1958 national title game — made a conscious financial and philosophical decision to downplay sports, leaving NCAA Division I to compete at the much-lower NAIA level.
More than 10 years ago, Seattle U began the process of reversing that decision, becoming the first school to return to Division I.
While there is agreement among coaches and administrators that the athletic program is not yet where they envision, they are resolute in making Seattle U athletics a success, from building an on-campus arena, to winning more conference titles, to finally getting back into the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
No regrets. No second-guessing.
“I would say we are fulfilling the objectives of going to Division I,” said Father Stephen Sundborg, in his 22nd year as Seattle U president. “It has been the best source for making Seattle University known. I would say that Division I has transformed this university as much as anything else has, in terms of the improvement of the university over the last two decades.”
There have been some significant successes, most notably in soccer and last year in women’s basketball, but some trying times in the sport with the biggest impact: men’s basketball. But the consequences of returning to Division I can’t be summed up by money or wins and losses. There is a new spirit visible on campus.
“Ten years ago, you would walk around this campus, and you would see more sweatshirts from other universities than you would see for Seattle University,” Sundborg said. “Now, you walk around here, and it’s Seattle U, and it’s Redhawks. It’s our colors and people are proud to wear it, and that changes the dynamic of the university too, with the student spirit and the student experience.”
Still, the second foray in Division I is considered a work in progress.
“My view is we are about two-thirds of the way of where we want to go, in being in Division I,” Sundborg said. “It’s just a matter of us developing and recruiting … to get us where we need to go. We are on our way, we are fulfilling what we want to achieve, but we’ve still got a distance to go.”
“It was not the right thing”
Many were caught off guard in 1980 when the school president, Father William Sullivan, set up a task force to study the future of Seattle U athletics, which was running at an increasing deficit each year. On April 7, Sullivan made the decision to leave Division I, to de-emphasize sports and dramatically reduce funding.
He then delivered this warning:
“I am convinced that in the next five years, that we will see a massive movement of intercollegiate sport out of the big time. Every school in the West Coast Athletic Conference is losing a significant amount of money.”
Sullivan miscalculated, as the big-time exodus never occurred. But Division I was over at Seattle U, a school that had played for the 1958 men’s NCAA tournament title game and had gone to 11 NCAA tournaments.
Among the casualties of the decision was Eddie O’Brien, who with his twin brother, Johnny, helped bring Seattle U to prominence in the early 1950s and had been the school’s athletic director for 22 years when Sullivan made his decision.
“It was not the right thing to do,” Johnny O’Brien said recently about the move out of Division I, noting that some big-time donors stopped giving. “Ed and I kind of abandoned (the athletic program).”
A new vision
In May 2007, Seattle U applied for a return to Division I athletics, even though its former conference in Division I, the West Coast Conference, was unwilling to take the Redhawks back.
“It’s a huge task to go back to Division I and it’s very difficult, but we had wonderful people to work with — the coaches and staff were just superb — and we were all really devoted to making Seattle University athletics something special,” said Bill Hogan, who was Seattle U’s athletic director at the time.
The school president was all in.
“My conviction was that we needed athletics to be at the same level and quality as the rest of the university, and therefore we needed to be at the highest level,” Sundborg said.
By 2009-10, Seattle U was again playing a full Division I schedule, much to the pleasure of many Seattle U greats, who came back into the fold.
“Bill Hogan and (then) basketball coach Joe Callero talked Ed and I into coming back,” said Johnny O’Brien, who sits on the front row at most home basketball games and hosts the annual O’Brien Open golf tournament that is a fundraiser for athletics.
Seattle U found a home in the far-flung Western Athletic Conference starting in 2012-13, providing a pathway into NCAA tournaments. In its first four years in the WAC, Seattle U won 31 individual or team championships, but none in men’s basketball, which last played in the NCAA tournament 50 years ago.
The Seattle U women’s basketball team broke through in 2018, winning the WAC tournament title and earning the program’s first NCAA tournament berth, bringing the school great exposure.
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But for Seattle U to achieve its mission with athletics, the men’s basketball team needs to return to power.
“It’s paramount,” said Shaney Fink, who became Seattle U’s athletic director in 2016. “The success of the men’s basketball team is the quickest route to the exposure that you are looking for through Division I athletics. Men’s basketball everywhere feels that pressure.”
Men’s basketball can’t support a program like a Division I football team can, but Sundborg wants his men’s team to “carry more of its weight.” He believes that coach Jim Hayford, who is 38-28 in two seasons as the coach, is the right man for the job.
“I accepted the job knowing the school had high ambitions and a rich history,” Hayford said.
There was once a time when Seattle U was nationally known for its men’s basketball program.
“When you say Jesuit university in the United States, you put two things together, cities and basketball,” Sundborg said. “Georgetown, Boston College, Xavier, St. Joe’s, Creighton, Marquette and so forth. It’s all big cities and basketball. Seattle U has the opportunity to be that.”
A new home?
The Seattle University men’s basketball team was playing many of its games at KeyArena before renovation on that facility began last year. That meant the Redhawks played all but one of their games this season at the 1,000-seat Redhawk Center.
Although there is a deal in place for Seattle U to play some games at KeyArena when it reopens in 2021, an on-campus arena has been on the wish list for years. That wish took a step toward reality this fall.
In Sundborg’s “Winter Update,” he wrote “The Board of Trustees in November approved moving forward on a comprehensive feasibility study for an event center on campus that could be the new home for our basketball and volleyball teams.”
“You want to bring out the best in your student athletes and the best in your coaches and in order to leverage what you are doing, you need the infrastructure to be a part of that,” Fink said. “It’s been great to have that (the Redhawk Center) on campus and I think that has created some energy, but it’s not a long-term solution to have a facility that size. We are in need of a long-term solution.”
Hayford said a new facility, paired with some big games at the new KeyArena, would have a great impact on his team and the athletic department in general.
“The big opportunity to fuel the whole department revenue-wise is a basketball team that sells tickets,” he said. “The opportunity to lift the whole university by having success with men’s basketball is something I really embrace. And that excites me.”
More than hoops
There are about 4,350 undergraduate students at Seattle U and about 350 of them are playing Division I sports, with another 50 or so directly connected to athletics (dance team members, managers, etc.)
Perhaps the most successful program has been men’s soccer, led by coach Peter Fewing. He led Seattle U to the 1997 NAIA national title and the 2004 NCAA Division II title. That success has continued at the highest level, leading the Redhawks to three WAC titles.
The Redhawks have won at least one game in three NCAA tournaments since 2013 and reached the Sweet 16 in 2015.
“I think it’s going well, we just have to keep growing,” Fewing said. “I think Seattle is very capable of supporting two very good Division I programs.”
Seattle U, as a private school, does not have to reveal its athletic budget, but the school helps subsidize the athletic programs, even with private donations continuing to rise. Playing in the WAC, with teams in Chicago, Kansas City, Orem, Utah, and Brownsville, Texas among other locations makes travel expensive.
Seattle U administrators go to great pains not to say anything negative about the WAC, but getting back to the WCC, which is much less far-flung, would cut travel expenses. And seven of the WCC schools are Catholic Church affiliates, and four, like Seattle U, are Jesuit institutions.
“The WCC is certainly part of our history and there is a lot of similarities in the peer group that we are looking at,” Fink said. “Every athletic director has to keep their eye on the landscape and know what’s moving and so that is definitely a conference that we keep our eye on.”
In the meantime, Fink said her budget is big enough for the program to be successful. Sundborg believes money going into athletics is well-spent.
“There is a benefit to the university in the way it has transformed our student body, just by the student athletes,” he said.
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