Washington State University

February 2016

Native American Programs News

Welcome to the newsletter of Washington State University’s Native American Programs.  This monthly publication features people and events of interest to WSU’s Native community, alumni, and supporters.

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February 2016

Barbara Aston

Letter from the Director
You may have noticed that “food” is a common theme when reporting on activities for our students.  This month it is hats off (and pounds on) to our great employee cooks Kay Kay and Kalina!  I also want to recognize Sequoia Dance, Ku-Au-Mah Chair, for her Valentine Frybread Fundraiser!

Christian Scruggs

Talented Freshman Christian Scruggs Plays in WSU Marching Band
WSU freshman Chris Scruggs, 18, from Eatonville, Washington, said he’s always been musically inclined, and he had the chance to display his talents as he performed in WSU marching band fall semester.

Kalina Ebling Ebling Brings Design and Culinary Skills to Native Programs Office
Kalina Ebling began working as a graduate assistant for Native American Programs this past fall. Ebling is a graduate student in her first year of her master’s in apparel, merchandising, design, and textiles, with an emphasis in design.
Sue Gilchrist Sue Gilchrist New Principal Assistant
Sue Gilchrist, principal assistant for Native American Programs, joined the team in October of 2015.  She worked at a bank in Colfax for nearly 20 years, and worked at WSU’s College of Business before she started working for the Native Programs.
Native American Programs MOU Tribal and  Plateau Native American Scholarship Apps Due March 1
Washington State University is now accepting applications for the MOU Tribal Scholarship and Plateau Native American Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year! 
Veneice Lacy

Veneice Lacy Guides Mentors as she Pursues her Doctorate
Veneice Lacy, graduate assistant for the Native American Student Center, is from the Nez Perce Reservation in Lapwai, Idaho.  

Zoe Higheagle Strong

Zoe Higheagle Strong Joins Staff as Plateau Research Fellow
Zoe Higheagle Strong Ph.D., started at WSU in Fall 2016 as a clinical assistant professor for Educational Psychology in the College of Education/ Plateau Center research fellow.

Making moccasins

WSU Students Try Their Hand at Moccasin Making
On January 26, WSU Native students had the opportunity to make moccasins under the instruction of Jessica Allen (Nez Perce/Coeur d’Alene).  The Native American Student Center is hosting a series of workshops over the spring semester for students to bead and complete their moccasins.

Kay Kay Weso Ke-Niah-Kiw "Kay Kay" Weso Helping Students Feel at Home at WSU
Ke-Niah-Kiw Weso or “Kay Kay” has been working as the Native American Retention Specialist for the Native American Programs since August. “This is my dream job,” Weso said. “I can’t believe how lucky I am right now.”
Valentines News from the Native Center: Get Involved, It's Always Hopping!
Spring term at the Native American Student Center (NASC) has kicked off with several enjoyable events including moccasin making, First Friday Feeds, and a Community Dinner, so far... 
Veneice Lacy, Angela Picard, and Paulina Abustan Plateau Center: Graduate Students Presenting Research at Multiple Venues 
A number of Native graduate students presented research at the WSU Globalization Conference in Spokane. The Society for Indian Psychologists WSU Chapter has plans for the 2nd Indigenous Research Symposium this spring.
Kamiak Butte Hike RECRUITMENT CORNER: Fall Numbers are Up! Welcome to WSU, New Cougs! 
Our number of self-identified Native applicants to WSU continues to grow. Our numbers have almost doubled since Fall of 2012 and I couldn’t have been more excited when we broke 1000 Native applicants to WSU for Fall 2016!
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