History of the WSU Vancouver Campus

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25 years of WSU Vancouver.

2014

Happy 25th anniversary, WSU Vancouver!

2013

As a result of a student-led effort, WSU Vancouver became a tobacco-free campus.

2012

Emile "Mel" Netzhammer joined WSU Vancouver as its second Chancellor.

2011

Founding Chancellor H.A. Hal Dengerink retired. He was given the title Chancellor Emeritus and the Administration building was renamed the Dengerink Administration building in his honor.

2010

WSU Vancouver was the first urban site in Southwest Washington to earn Salmon-Safe certification, a designation that means the university is proactively and significantly improving the environmental health of its 351-acre property.

2009

The Undergraduate Building was completed. It was the first WSU facility to be awarded LEED Gold Certification.

2008

The Tod and Maxine McClaskey Foundation gave $1.5 million to expand the Child Development Program.

2007

The Firstenburg Student Commons was dedicated to the student body.

2006

WSU Vancouver welcomed its first freshman class.

2005

Ed and Mary Firstenburg became WSU Vancouver’s first Laureate donors. The Firstenburg Student Commons was named for them in recognition of their generosity.

2004

The School of Engineering and Computer Science became WSU Vancouver's first independently accredited school.

2003

“Pillars of Fulfillment,” a sculpture by Women Who Weld celebrating the life of Lori Irving, beloved assistant professor of psychology, was dedicated.

2000

The Firstenburg Family Fountain was completed. It’s the only fountain in the WSU system.

1997

The first commencement at the Salmon Creek site was held outdoors on campus.

1996

The new WSU Vancouver campus was dedicated on June 28, 1996.

1994

WSU Vancouver broke ground on the Salmon Creek site.

1993

WSU Vancouver was one of the first institutions in the country to use Interactive Electronic Classrooms (classes simulcast via video).

1991

The Salmon Creek site was purchased as the permanent home for WSU Vancouver.

1990

At the first WSU Vancouver commencement, 38 graduates received degrees.

1989

On May 10, 1989, the Washington State Legislature formally established WSU Vancouver as one of four campuses that make up the WSU system.