WSU Vancouver marks 25th anniversary with Community Celebration on the Quad Sept. 6

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 4:06pm -- brenda_alling

Community Celebration on the QuadVANCOUVER, Wash. – As part of its yearlong 25th anniversary celebration, Washington State University Vancouver will host a major festival, the 25th Anniversary Community Celebration on the Quad, from 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6. Free and open to the public, the event includes food, music, art and historical exhibits, kids’ activities and much more.

Open house 3 – 5 p.m.

Things to Do
• Check in at the Welcome booth and get a reusable grocery bag.
• Get a Butch T. Cougar balloon animal.
• Help artist Erin Dengerink complete a sidewalk-chalk mural.
• Take an environmental history tour of campus
• Taste WSU’s famous Cougar Gold cheese at Legacy Square.
• Sign up for the Alumni Association, and learn about Cougs in the Community projects.
• Say “cheese” in the photo booth.
• Explore WSU Vancouver’s history at the interactive timeline in the Firstenburg Student Commons.
• Let one of WSU Vancouver’s student ambassadors take you on a guided tour of campus.
• Meet Stella the service dog, who listens to little Cougars read to in the Child Development Program.
• Enjoy a festive 25th anniversary cupcake.
• Show your Cougar spirit—buy a T-shirt at The Bookie.

Things to See and Hear
• Enjoy KOUG radio’s music and DJs.
• Visit the Multimedia Classroom Building for a fine arts exhibit and hands-on art activities.
• Tour the creative media and digital culture MOVE lab and view the new multimedia “Curlew.”
• Admire the exhibit of WSU Vancouver historical artifacts in the library.
• See the “Community Art Show” of faculty, staff and student art in the Dengerink Administration Building.
• Take a peek at WSU Vancouver’s new Student Diversity Center.
• Help “Steampunk Alphabet” author Nat Iwata create a new character at 3:30 p.m. in the library.
• Listen to Thousand Waves perform live music at 4 p.m. in the library.

Things to Learn
• Learn the A-Z of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 3:30 p.m., Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110.
• Talk to admissions counselors and financial-aid experts to get all your questions answered.
• Explore the Science and Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering Building labs.
• Take part in educational activities in science, neuroscience and math.
• Learn how to advance your nursing career through WSU Vancouver’s College of Nursing.
• Meet leaders from student government, and student clubs and organizations.
• Pick up the latest edition of the VanCougar student newspaper and the “Salmon Creek Journal.”
• Learn about the Hospitality Business Management Program and our student-led business consulting service.
• Play with tools and toys designed to teach and entertain with faculty from the College of Education.
• See a list of Cougar-owned businesses in our region from restaurants to landscape companies to clothing boutiques.

Live music 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Live music in the amphitheater starts begins with Lincoln’s Beard, an alternative/folk/rock band from Vancouver, Wash. Sean Flinn & The Royal We, a popular Portland-area band, will perform at 7 p.m. Food will be available for purchase, and picnics are welcome. No alcohol or firearms, please.

Parking on campus will be free. To accommodate the festival, the #19 C-Tran bus will serve WSU Vancouver every half hour during the celebration. The first bus will leave the 99th Street Transit Center at 1:40 p.m., arriving at WSU Vancouver at 1:50 p.m.; and the last bus will leave WSU Vancouver at 9 p.m.

Community Celebration on the Quad is WSU Vancouver’s thank-you to the community for its support throughout the university’s 25-year history. For more information about anniversary events, visit


WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-Tran bus service.

WSU Vancouver is celebrating 25 years of creating access to higher education in Southwest Washington. For 25 years, students have chosen WSU Vancouver for its scenic campus, small classes, close personal attention, topnotch faculty, accessible location and reasonable costs. At WSU Vancouver, students gain much more than a degree—they gain a brighter future.

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Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360-546-9601,

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