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Free Outdoor Movie Night at WSU Vancouver

Washington State University Vancouver is offering a free outdoor family movie night on Friday, Aug. 25, hosted by the Student Activities Board. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will be shown at dusk, with pre-movie activities including children’s crafts, concessions, games and prizes. The entire event will last from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to come and watch this movie, which will be close-captioned so you won’t miss any dialogue. Guests are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs so that they can be comfy while enjoying the film. The movie will be shown on the WSU Campus, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver, on the Firstenburg Student Commons.

For more information, contact Student Activities Board Chair Megan Thomas at 360-546-9522.

WSU Vancouver’s Professional Writers Series: Activist Poetry

WSU Vancouver’s annual Professional Writers Series features eight writers on six Thursday nights between Jan. 26 and April 6. The writers represent a variety of literary genres and styles, from short stories and memoirs to podcasts, biography and poetry. The presentations are free and open to the public. Each begins at 7 p.m. in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 6. For a complete schedule of speakers, click here.

March 23: Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, “Activist Poetry” Jetnil-Kijiner is a poet and performance artist whose work centers around climate activism. In 2014, Vogue magazine named her one of 13 leading women fighting global warming. Her poetry focuses on raising awareness of issues and threats—such as rising sea levels and forced migration—faced by the people of the Marshall Islands, where she was born.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th St. exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available at meters or in the Blue Daily Pay Lot for $1.50 after 5 p.m.; parking is free after 7 p.m.

WSU Vancouver’s Professional Writers Series: Biographies That Rock

WSU Vancouver’s annual Professional Writers Series features eight writers on six Thursday nights between Jan. 26 and April 6. The writers represent a variety of literary genres and styles, from short stories and memoirs to podcasts, biography and poetry. The presentations are free and open to the public. Each begins at 7 p.m. in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 6. For a complete schedule of speakers, click here.

  • March 9: Peter Ames Carlin, “Biographies That Rock” Carlin has chronicled the lives of several contemporary music icons, including Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and the Beach Boys. He is a former senior writer for People magazine and television critic for the Oregonian.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th St. exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available at meters or in the Blue Daily Pay Lot for $1.50 after 5 p.m.; parking is free after 7 p.m.

WSU Vancouver’s Professional Writers Series: The Art of the Literary Podcast

WSU Vancouver’s annual Professional Writers Series features eight writers on six Thursday nights between Jan. 26 and April 6. The writers represent a variety of literary genres and styles, from short stories and memoirs to podcasts, biography and poetry. The presentations are free and open to the public. Each begins at 7 p.m. in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 6. For a complete schedule of speakers, click here.

  • Feb. 23: David Naimon and Benjamin Parzybok in conversation, “The Art of the Literary Podcast: A Conversation” As moderator of KBOO radio’s longstanding series “Between the Covers,” Naimon has interviewed numerous luminaries of contemporary literature, including Anthony Doerr, Mary Gaitskill, Ursula K. Le Guin and Colson Whitehead. This presentation will feature audio clips from the program and a conversation between Naimon and novelist Benjamin Parzybok.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th St. exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available at meters or in the Blue Daily Pay Lot for $1.50 after 5 p.m.; parking is free after 7 p.m.

WSU Vancouver’s Professional Writers Series: Martha Grover & Michael Heald on Memoirs and Essays

WSU Vancouver’s annual Professional Writers Series features eight writers on six Thursday nights between Jan. 26 and April 6. The writers represent a variety of literary genres and styles, from short stories and memoirs to podcasts, biography and poetry. The presentations are free and open to the public. Each begins at 7 p.m. in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 6. For a complete schedule of speakers, click here.

  • Feb. 9: Martha Grover and Michael Heald, “Getting Personal: Memoirs and Essays” Grover’s books—“One More for the People” and “The End of My Career”—have been cited for their intimacy, humor and conversational style. Many of the pieces included are drawn from the print zine Somnambulist, which Grover has published for more than 12 years. Michael Heald is her publisher at Perfect Day Publishing and author of a collection of essays. He received a 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th St. exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available at meters or in the Blue Daily Pay Lot for $1.50 after 5 p.m.; parking is free after 7 p.m.

WSU Vancouver’s Professional Writers Series: Scott Nadelson, Mastering the Short Story

WSU Vancouver’s annual Professional Writers Series features eight writers on six Thursday nights between Jan. 26 and April 6. The writers represent a variety of literary genres and styles, from short stories and memoirs to podcasts, biography and poetry. The presentations are free and open to the public. Each begins at 7 p.m. in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 6. For a complete schedule of speakers, click here.

  • Jan. 26: Scott Nadelson, “Mastering the Short Story” Author of three acclaimed collections of short stories, Nadelson chairs the writing program at Willamette University and also teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop M.F.A. program at Pacific Lutheran University. He has won several prizes, including an Oregon Book Award. His first novel, “Between You and Me,” was published in 2015.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th St. exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available at meters or in the Blue Daily Pay Lot for $1.50 after 5 p.m.; parking is free after 7 p.m.

Professional Writers Series at WSUV

WSU Vancouver’s annual Professional Writers Series features eight writers on six Thursday nights between Jan. 26 and April 6. The writers represent a variety of literary genres and styles, from short stories and memoirs to podcasts, biography and poetry. The presentations are free and open to the public. Each begins at 7 p.m. in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 6. The following writers are scheduled:

  • Jan. 26: Scott Nadelson, “Mastering the Short Story” Author of three acclaimed collections of short stories, Nadelson chairs the writing program at Willamette University and also teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop M.F.A. program at Pacific Lutheran University. He has won several prizes, including an Oregon Book Award. His first novel, “Between You and Me,” was published in 2015.
  • Feb. 9: Martha Grover and Michael Heald, “Getting Personal: Memoirs and Essays” Grover’s books—“One More for the People” and “The End of My Career”—have been cited for their intimacy, humor and conversational style. Many of the pieces included are drawn from the print zine Somnambulist, which Grover has published for more than 12 years. Michael Heald is her publisher at Perfect Day Publishing and author of a collection of essays. He received a 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship.
  • Feb. 23: David Naimon and Benjamin Parzybok in conversation, “The Art of the Literary Podcast: A Conversation” As moderator of KBOO radio’s longstanding series “Between the Covers,” Naimon has interviewed numerous luminaries of contemporary literature, including Anthony Doerr, Mary Gaitskill, Ursula K. Le Guin and Colson Whitehead. This presentation will feature audio clips from the program and a conversation between Naimon and novelist Benjamin Parzybok.
  • March 9: Peter Ames Carlin, “Biographies That Rock” Carlin has chronicled the lives of several contemporary music icons, including Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and the Beach Boys. He is a former senior writer for People magazine and television critic for the Oregonian.
  • March 23: Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, “Activist Poetry” Jetnil-Kijiner is a poet and performance artist whose work centers around climate activism. In 2014, Vogue magazine named her one of 13 leading women fighting global warming. Her poetry focuses on raising awareness of issues and threats—such as rising sea levels and forced migration—faced by the people of the Marshall Islands, where she was born.
  • April 6: Margaret Malone, “One Writer’s Path” Malone’s debut, a story collection called “People Like You,” was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Hemingway Award, winner of the Balcones Fiction Prize and a Best Book selection by Powell’s, the Oregonian and the Portland Mercury. She has received an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, has been a volunteer facilitator with the nonprofit Write Around Portland, and hosts an art and literary gathering called SHARE.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th St. exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service. Parking is available at meters or in the Blue Daily Pay Lot for $1.50 after 5 p.m.; parking is free after 7 p.m.

An Evening with Hari Kondabolu

WSU Vancouver’s Marquee Diversity Series presents a night of stand-up with Brooklyn-based comic Hari Kondabolu. Called by The New York Times “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today,” Kondabolu is known for comedy on such subjects as race, identity and inequity. To learn more about Kondabolu, visit www.harikondabolu.com.

The performance will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110, on the campus of Washington State University Vancouver at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver.

The event is free and open to all. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited. For more information, contact Amanda Shannahan at amanda.shannahan@wsu.edu or 360-546-9182.

An Evening with Hari Kondabolu

WSU Vancouver’s Marquee Diversity Series presents a night of stand-up with Brooklyn-based comic Hari Kondabolu. Called by The New York Times “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today,” Kondabolu is known for comedy on such subjects as race, identity and inequity. To learn more about Kondabolu, visit www.harikondabolu.com.

The performance will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110, on the campus of Washington State University Vancouver at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver.

The event is free and open to all. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited. For more information, contact Amanda Shannahan at amanda.shannahan@wsu.edu or 360-546-9182.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration at WSU Vancouver

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is observed on Nov. 2, but it’s actually a three-day-long celebration beginning on Oct. 31 (All Hallows Eve), continuing on Nov. 1 (el Dia de los Innocentes or All Saints Day) and ending with Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 2. Day of the Dead is Mexico’s day of remembrance to honor loved ones who have passed away and to help them in the next stage of their spiritual journey. It’s traditionally associated with marigolds and calaveras—vibrantly painted sugar skulls—and visiting the graves of dead family members and friends.

The WSU Vancouver Spanish Club invites the community to celebrate Dia de los Muertos with them on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Dia de los Muertos is celebrated most notably in Mexico but also in Central and South America. The celebration includes Latin American food, traditional Spanish dancers, face painting, a hula hoop content, a photo booth, and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos of deceased loves ones, which will be placed on an altar.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th St. 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 $3 or after 5 p.m. for $1.50. For more information about this event, click here.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling at WSUV

Washington State University Vancouver is hosting a special event in honor of Women’s History Month, “Gender Equity in the Work Force: Breaking the Glass Ceiling,” with a presentation and panelists speaking on gender inequality and barriers in the workplace. The event will open with a presentation by Amy Wharton, academic director of WSU Vancouver’s College of Arts and Sciences—as well as a sociologist who has done extensive research on gender inequality. The presentation will be followed by a panel featuring Kim Howard, CFO of Norm Thompson Outfitters; Jennifer Rhoads, president of the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington; and Anne McEnery-Ogle, Vancouver City Council member.

“Breaking the Glass Ceiling” will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in Room 1 of the Undergraduate Classroom Building. The event is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience, and a reception will follow the panel discussion. For more information, email Suzanne Smith at smithsu@wsu.edu. WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver.

WSU Professional Writers Series: Jacob & Arnold Pander discuss the graphic novel

Get graphic this Thursday with a special presentation at Washington State University Vancouver, when brothers Jacob and Arnold Pander join the Professional Writer Series to talk about graphic novels. The Pander brothers—who have produced 65 works for publishers like DC Comics, Dark Horse, and Marvel—will give a presentation entitled “Edgy Media: The Graphic Novel” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.

The Panders, who are filmmakers as well as graphic artists, will discuss both the successes and challenges of their career, and talk about their most recent graphic novel, “GirlFIEND.” They helped launch the independent comics revolution while still in their teens and have been nominated for the Eisner and Manning awards for groundbreaking artwork in the comics medium. Last year, they launched their own digital comics imprint, FUSE Comics.

This is the first in a series of six talks to be held from January through April. For a complete list of speakers and topics, click here. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 6, at WSU Vancouver, located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in the Salmon Creek area. Admission is free. For more information, call 360-816-2742.

Chancellor’s Seminar Series at WSU: From Research to Products

What does Washington State University Vancouver have to do with products that you might one day use? At the next lecture in the Chancellor’s Seminar Series, you’ll find out how the research conducted inside WSU’s labs ultimately becomes a product that you can hold in your hands. “From Our Hands to Yours: How Research Results in Real Products,” will be offered to the public at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, March 6, in the Firstenburg Student Commons on the WSU Vancouver campus in Salmon Creek. The cost to attend is $25 per person, which includes lunch and parking.

Learn how WSU translates research discoveries into innovations that have a positive economic impact and hear a WSU Vancouver researcher share details of work that has resulted in two pending patents. The featured speakers will be Anson Fatland, Associate Vice President of Economic Development and External Affairs for WSU, and Hakan Gurocak, Director of the School of Engineering and Computer Science for WSU Vancouver.

To buy tickets online now, click here. For more information about the Chancellor’s Seminar Series, call 360-546-9580 or e-mail holly.clarke@vancouver.wsu.edu.

From Research to Products at WSU

What does Washington State University Vancouver have to do with products that you might one day use? At the next lecture in the Chancellor’s Seminar Series, you’ll find out how the research conducted inside WSU’s labs ultimately becomes a product that you can hold in your hands. “From Our Hands to Yours: How Research Results in Real Products,” will be offered to the public at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, March 6, in the Firstenburg Student Commons on the WSU Vancouver campus in Salmon Creek. The cost to attend is $25 per person, which includes lunch and parking.

Learn how WSU translates research discoveries into innovations that have a positive economic impact and hear a WSU Vancouver researcher share details of work that has resulted in two pending patents. The featured speakers will be Anson Fatland, Associate Vice President of Economic Development and External Affairs for WSU, and Hakan Gurocak, Director of the School of Engineering and Computer Science for WSU Vancouver.

To buy tickets online now, click here. For more information about the Chancellor’s Seminar Series, call 360-546-9580 or e-mail holly.clarke@vancouver.wsu.edu.

Celebration on the Quad: WSUV Turns 25

Washington State University Vancouver is celebrating its 25th anniversary on the North Bank. May 10, 2014, marked 25 years to the day since the Washington State Legislature established WSU Vancouver as one of four campuses making up the WSU system. WSUV is hosting a free, community-wide party from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, on its Salmon Creek campus, and everyone is welcome.

25-butch-guitarThere’ll be live music in the amphitheater with folk rock band Lincoln’s Beard at 5 p.m. followed by Sean Flinn & the Royal We at 7 p.m. Pack a picnic (non-alchoholic, please) or purchase dinner from one of Vancouver’s fave food trucks. While you’re there, you can let one of WSU Vancouver’s student ambassadors take you on a guided tour of campus, tour the creative media and digital culture MOVE lab and view the new multimedia exhibit “Curlew.” See a fine art exhibit in the Multimedia Classroom Building and participate in hands-on art activities, or see the Community Art Show in the Dengerink Administration Building Gallery featuring works by faculty, staff, and students.

But wait, there’s more! Taste WSU’s famous Cougar Gold cheese (mmmmm…cheese!), help create a sidewalk chalk mural, and get a Butch T. Cougar balloon animal to take home (adults: there’s no shame in wanting one). Get your photo snapped in the photo booth, listen to “Steampunk Alphabet” author Nat Iwata read his book and help him create a new character at 3:30 p.m. in the library, then stick around to hear Thousand Waves perform live at 4 p.m.

Finally, if you’re considering enrolling at WSU Vancouver, you can attend a financial aid and scholarships workshop at 3:30 p.m., talk to admissions counselors and financial aid experts, visit research labs and participate in hands-on activities, or find out more about WSU with the interactive timeline in the Firstenburg Student Commons. For more details, visit http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/25.

Free Performance of “Around the World in 80 Days” Radio Play

The Willamette Radio Workshop is heating up its hot air balloon and is ready to take you around the world as part of “Chronicles: Stories of the Past, Present & Future,” an exhibit by students in the creative media and digital culture program at WSU Vancouver. Students and actors will perform a live reenactment of the original radio broadcast of “Around the World in 80 Days” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver. The ensemble will use only voice actors and Foley sound effects. The performance is entirely free, children of moderate attention spans are welcome, and doors open at 6 p.m.

“Around the World in 80 Days,” based on the eponymous novel by Jules Verne, was first broadcast Oct. 23, 1938, by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater. A comedy set in 1873, the story begins with a simple wager and tells of the story of Phileas Fogg and Passepartout as they journey around the world. The broadcast was immensely popular was later adapted for the 1956 film starring David Niven.

The “Chronicles: Stories of the Past, Present & Future” exhibit explores transmedial storytelling and will celebrate its opening immediately following the reenactment. The exhibit can be viewed on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4:30 p.m. through the month of August at the Nouspace Gallery & Media Lounge, located in the North Bank Artists Gallery.

Around the World in 80 Days

AroundWorld80DaysThe Willamette Radio Workshop is heating up its hot air balloon and is ready to take you around the world as part of “Chronicles: Stories of the Past, Present & Future,” an exhibit by students in the creative media and digital culture program at WSU Vancouver. Students and actors will perform a live reenactment of the original radio broadcast of “Around the World in 80 Days” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver. The ensemble will use only voice actors and Foley sound effects. The performance is entirely free, children of moderate attention spans are welcome, and doors open at 6 p.m.

“Around the World in 80 Days,” based on the eponymous novel by Jules Verne, was first broadcast Oct. 23, 1938, by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater. A comedy set in 1873, the story begins with a simple wager and tells of the story of Phileas Fogg and Passepartout as they journey around the world. The broadcast was immensely popular was later adapted for the 1956 film starring David Niven.

The “Chronicles: Stories of the Past, Present & Future” exhibit explores transmedial storytelling and will celebrate its opening immediately following the reenactment. The exhibit can be viewed on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4:30 p.m. through the month of August at the Nouspace Gallery & Media Lounge, located in the North Bank Artists Gallery.

Lecture & Exhibit: Computational Poetry and Electronic Literature

Do modern readers delight in digital words? (…or, as Philip K. Dick famously asked, "Do androids dream of electric sheep?") If the phrase "computational poetry" intrigues you, and if electronic literature is something you want to know more about, then you ought to drive your electric car straight over to the Vancouver Community Library (901 C. St. in downtown Vancouver) on Wednesday, April 23, for a double-whammy lecture and exhibit on those very topics.

From 7 to 8 p.m. in the library's Columbia Room, Dr. Dene Grigar of Washington State University's Creative Media and Digital Culture Program will present a lecture on poetry created specifically for the computer medium and the singular aesthetics associated with this poetic form. On the same night, the library will open a new exhibit, "Electronic Literature and Its Emerging Forms," where guests can read and interact with works of electronic literature spanning the past three decades of literary history. The exhibit will be on display until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, also in the Columbia Room. For more details, call 360-906-5106 or click here.