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April 28 Open House Marks End of an Era at WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Child Development Center, a fixture in White Hall for 70 years, will close and move to a new location at the end of spring semester.

It’s rich history and contributions will be celebrated at an open house scheduled from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on April 28. The center serves as an observation laboratory for undergraduate and graduate students studying child behavior, helping them prepare for careers in teaching, social work and a variety of other fields.

Washington State University President Sam Smith and Mike Tate, director of WSU Cooperative Extension, will participate in ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. in room 111.

Sherrill Richarz, professor emeritus in human development, and Marge Muir, a pre-schooler in the program in 1937 and an activist for families and children will be recognized. Historic photos will be on display.

The center, as well as all other units in White Hall, are being relocated so that the 72-year-old building can be converted into a new home for the Honors College as well as a dormitory. The center will be housed in the recreation center at the Nez Perce Village Apartment complex until permanent quarters are ready in the university’s new Children’s Center in 2001.

The event is open to the public.

For more information, contact Brenda Boyd, Director of the Child Development Center at 509-335-9642.

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