Thursday, May 13, 2010

WSU holds Yakama Nation event

WSU Online's Rich D. Miller speaks with a prospective student at Eagle Seelatsee Auditorium.

      A series of WSU admissions presentations drew a full house to the Yakama Nation’s Eagle Seelatsee Auditorium recently.
      “The turnout and quality of discussion was great,” said Jordan Hightower, a graduate assistant in the Office of Enrollment Management, who spoke about general admissions procedures. “I was very impressed with the whole event.”
      Other presenters were Veronica Mendez-Liaina, an academic adviser with the College of Business; Kathleen Parker with the USDA; Dr. Robbie Paul, director of Native American Health Sciences at the WSU College of Nursing; an alumni panel; and Rich D. Miller, program representative with WSU Online. The event was organized by Raynel Begay of the College of Nursing.
      “The turnout was wonderful,” Miller said. “We had 30 or 40 people in the presentation on online degrees.”
      The top question he gets, Miller said, is “how long will it take to complete my degree.” The answer is, “as long as you need.” More...
      “That’s one advantage of our flexibility,” he said. “It takes a lot of pressure off when they understand they don’t have to go to school full time, that they can have a life and meet their family obligations.”
      Miller said he’s been trying to reach out more to the Yakama Nation, especially with the loss of the area learning center. “But we don’t have events like this very often,” he said. “For students interested in online degrees, probably the best alternative is to attend a Webinar.” A schedule is at
      WSU Native American Outreach Coordinator Ralph Young noted that the April 30 event drew a wide range of people, from tribal members to local high school seniors and junior college students.
      “Events such as this show the Native communities that we are interested in helping them promote higher education not only to their youth but to the community as a whole,” he said.

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