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Student set sights on law school

Climaco Abarca.When Climaco Abarca was 15 years old, he lost the ability to walk following a diving accident. While the event changed the course of the WSU Tri-Cities junior’s life, it did not stop him from going to college and helping others in similar circumstances.

With the help of mentorship through school, Abarca discovered a career in law was feasible even from his wheelchair, and would allow him to make a positive » More …

Mullendore receives ASPIRE award

Daniel Mullendore and Susan Stoddard Daniel Mullendore, staff scientist with the WSU Franceschi Microscopy and Imaging Center and a graduate of the School of Biological Sciences PhD program, recently received a TRIO Achiever Award from the Association of Special Programs in Region Eight (ASPIRE).

Federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, TRIO programs provide services and resources to promote access to higher education. The annual ASPIRE awards recognize former TRIO participants who have become leaders in their professions. » More …

Defining his own non-traditional path

graduate with familyFamily is core to who Geoff Schramm is as a friend, a person, but especially as a father and husband.

It’s the reason why he decided to go back to school at Washington State University Tri-Cities in his late 30s – a decision that led to many people asking him, “Why?”

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Campus involvement empowers first-generation, non-traditional student to soar

WSU graduate in his cap and gown getting photo takenWSU Tri-Cities alumnus Geoff Schramm never thought he would go to college.

Coming from a family where no one before him in his family had gone to college, he said it was sort of a family tradition that he goes straight into the workforce after high school.

“That’s just what you did in my family,” he said. “I didn’t have a blueprint for college or someone that could tell me about the experience. In some odd way, I felt it wasn’t for me when I was young.” » More …