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12/5/17 The internet destroyed their monopoly on textbooks... Yakima Herald Republic
The college bookstore has been as much a part of academic life as lecture halls and all-night study sessions.

11/22/17 Worried tensions could boil over at holiday gatherings? We have a guide for that, YHR
November and December tend to be a whirlwind of family gatherings, holiday parties and company dinners.

11/19/17 Heritage University awarded $6.3 million to fund student scholarships
Millions of dollars is being given to a local university for student scholarships.

11/17/17 Heritage University receives $6.3 million donation for student scholarships, YHR
Scores of future Heritage University students will have most of their costs covered thanks to a $6.3 million donation announced Friday.

10/18/17 Heritage University awarded nearly $4M to help educationally underrepresented... KNDO-TV
Heritage University has been awarded two more United States Department of Education grants worth $3.9 million to improve the academic achievements by people from historically underrepresented populations in the Yakima Valley.

10/18/17 Heritage University will distribute nearly $4 million into two school programs, KAPP-TV
Heritage University just received nearly 4 million dollars from the United States Department of Education.

10/18/17 Heritage receives nearly 4 million in grants for students, KIMA-TV
Heritage University received two grants that total to nearly $4 million.

10/18/17 Heritage University nearly $4 million in grants, Yakima Herald Republic
Heritage University announced Wednesday that it’s been awarded nearly $4 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

10/14/17 Alumni come together to celebrate 35 years of Heritage University, KAPP-TV

Alumni came together for a day of fun activities at Heritage University.

10/11/17 Chamber honoree prefers spotlight on organizations that help Yakima Valley residents, YHR
The face of the black boy who was Rick Pinnell’s opponent during a boxing match at the YMCA of Yakima still is vivid more than six decades later.

10/6/17 DACA fund established, Daily Sun News
A fundraiser has been established to help Heritage University DACA students afford the necessary registration costs ahead of an Oct. 5 deadline.

10/4/17 Heritage University receives 1.14 million for students, KIMA-TV
Last fall Former CEO and Co-founder of Costco Jim Sinegal visited Heritage University and was so impressed that he and his family decided to fund the university 1.14 million dollars. The grant will fund a full tuition scholarship for five students each year for the next four years.

10/4/17 Costco co-founder establishes scholarship for 20 Heritage students, Yakima Herald Republic
A $1.14 million donation will provide full tuition and books for 20 Heritage University students over the next four years.

10/2/17 Far Apart, Same Struggles: NW Tribes Meet Panamanian Indigenous Leader, NWPR
An indigenous leader from Panama recently closed a six-week Northwest tour after meeting with local Native leaders. The group met on the topics of Native sovereignty and natural resource management and rights.

9/25/17 The next steps to take after the DACA program was cancelled, KIMA-TV
People impacted by the cancellation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals are still fighting against the decision made.

9/25/17 In Basket, Sept. 25, 2017, Yakima Herald Repubic
Heritage University has hired several new employees. Daniel Liestman is the new library director. Liestman previously worked as a library faculty member at several universities, including the University of Alabama, Rutgers University and Seattle Pacific University.

9/20/17 Heritage University helps DACA students with their new campaign..., KAPP-TV
Heritage University is currently raising money to help students that need to renew their DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) work permit before the October 5th deadline.

9/16/17 Yakima Valley 'Dreamers' feeling deadline pinch, Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima resident Griselda Rosales is scrambling to come up with the nearly $500 an attorney says she needs to renew her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status by early October.

9/7/17 Thousands potentially eligible for DACA in Yakima County, Yakima Herald Republic
It’s unclear how many Yakima Valley residents will be affected by President Donald Trump’s decision to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — known as DACA — because the only statistics being kept are on state and national levels.

8/28/17 All Nations Student Powwow at Heritage University, Yakima Herald Republic
The Heritage University All Nations Student Powwow photographed August 26, 2017 at Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash. (GORDON KING/Gordon King Photography)

8/26/17 Heritage University kicks off new semester with annual Powwow YakTriNews.com
Heritage University welcomed the community to its 2nd Annual All Nations Student Pow wow on Saturday to celebrate the beginning of a new school semester.

8/26/17 Heritage University kicks off new semester with annual Powwow, KAPP-TV

Heritage University welcomed the community to its 2nd Annual All Nations Student Pow wow on Saturday to celebrate the beginning of a new school semester.

8/28/17 2nd annual Heritage Univ. Powwow event celebrates Native American culture, KIMA-TV
Heritage University hosted their second annual All Nations Student Powwow Saturday.

8/21/17 Heritage University hosted eclipse viewing party for community, KIMA-TV
With all the excitement over the eclipse Heritage University in Toppenish planned a viewing party of their own.

8/21/17 Heritage University hosts eclipse viewing party, KAPP-TV
Community members joined faculty, staff and students at Heritage University in Toppenish to witness history unfold.

8/21/17 People in WA and OR describe their experience watching the solar eclipse, KNDO
The Great American Eclipse: today, millions of people banded together to view the total eclipse across the United States. Reporter Crystal Garcia headed down to John Day, Oregon to take part in the path of totality along with the crowds of people from all over the Pacific Northwest

8/21/17 Photos: Solar eclipse watch party at Heritage University, Yakima Herald Republic
More than 300 people gathered at Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash. to witness the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017.

8/20/17 In Basket: Heritage University hires several new employees, Yakima Herald Republic
Heritage University has several new staff members: Danielle Clark is a general ledger accountant in Heritage University’s business department. Anne-Marie Witcher is alumni relations coordinator for the advancement department. Gustavo Juarez is curriculum developer and Spanish retention and placement specialist for the university’s high school equivalency program.

8/18/17 Heritage University will host a viewing party for their students..., KAPP-TV
The solar eclipse is only 3 days away and people are starting to look for places where they can see the eclipse.

8/8/17 Yakima city council members are defending undocumented immigrants, KIMA-TV
The Yakima City Council is trying to defend undocumented immigrants who could be deported and taken away from their families.

7/18/17 Summer camp hopes to keep local elementary students from drug use and violence, KIMA-TV
Many people in the Yakima area feel that a way to end the recent shootings and violence is to get more involved with kids and their after-school activities.

7/15/17 School news: Heritage receives $1,500 from Yakima Federal, Yakima Herald Republic,
Yakima Federal 2017 Scholarship Winners. Each senior receives $1,500. Yakima Federal is also again contributing $1,500 to six local colleges: Washington State University-Tri Cities, Heritage University, Central Washington University, Perry Technical Institute, Columbia Basin Community College and Yakima Valley College.

7/9/17 The changing face of accreditation in higher education by John Bassett- University World News
Now is the best time for higher education and its accreditors to invite a dialogue with United States Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about accreditation and quality oversight of higher education.

7/5/17 Calendar: Books - Sherman Alexie Author and Book Signing Event
CANCELLED -- 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at Heritage University: Sherman Alexie, author of “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” free but VIP tickets available at Inklings.

6/9/17 Appointments, Resignations, Deaths, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Andrew Sund, president of St. Augustine College, in Chicago, will join Heritage University, in Washington, on July 1 to serve as its president.

6/7/17 Wapato's homeless shelter turned to Heritage University to install solar heating system, KIMA
WAPATO, Wash.- The Noah’s Ark shelter partnered with Heritage University to help install a solar water heater on the building.

6/5/17 Heritage University event raises record $843K for scholarship funding, KIMA-TV
Heritage University is celebrating a successful fundraiser where a record $843,500 was raised for scholarships.

6/5/17 Social Scene: Bounty of the Valley Scholarship Dinner at Heritage University
Scenes from the Bounty of the Valley Scholarship Dinner at Heritage University, June 3, 2017

5/31/17 Heritage University Dean's List released, Sunnyside Daily Sun News
TOPPENISH — Heritage University students earning a place on the Spring 2017 Dean’s List includes those who maintained a 3.5 grade point average or better.

5/30/17 New Heritage president is educated in its mission, Yakima Herald Republic
From its inception 35 years ago, Heritage was the little college that could. Led by founding president Kathleen Ross, the college — now a university — brought four-year education to a former elementary school building in the hop fields just west of Toppenish.

5/27/17 New Heritage University president eager to be part of smaller community, YHR
Last week Heritage University announced it was hiring Andrew C. Sund to become only the third president to lead the institution since its founding 35 years ago.

5/25/17 Heritage University names new president, KAPP-TV
Heritage University announced today that Andrew C. Sund, Ph.D., has been appointed to the position of President at Heritage University.

5/25/17 Heritage University announces new president, Yakima Herald Republic
Following a months-long search, Heritage University has announced a new president.

5/25/17 Heritage University announces new president, KIMA-TV
Heritage University has named a new president after long-time president Dr. John Bassett has announced his retirement.

5/18/17 Heritage University hosts private Seattle school students for community projects, KIMA-TV
Several students from a private school in Seattle now have an idea of how people work and live in the lower valley.

5/17/17 Annual tour of artists' homes and studios is Saturday, Yakima Herald Republic
Five artists and one prolific art collector will open their homes and studios during the Larson Gallery Guild’s 18th annual tour Saturday.

5/17/17 Heritage and Superfresh set for Gap2Gap rematch, Yakima Herald Republic
For seven years, the Yakima Greenway Gap2Gap Race’s corporate division belonged to Domex Superfresh Growers...

5/8/17 Heritage University graduation, Yakima Herald Republic
Scenes from Heritage University graduation at the SunDome in Yakima, Wash., Saturday, May 6, 2017.

5/3/17 Watch: Lindsay Medrano on accelerated teaching certification program, Yakima Herald Republic
Lindsay Medrano is a student at Heritage University and a full-time teacher at Artz-Fox Elementary School in Mabton.

5/3/17 Washington state learning new ways to attract teachers, Yakima Herald Republic
Lindsay Medrano was working with students in her resource room at Artz Fox Elementary School in Mabton last week, helping them learn math through a real-world exercise.

4/9/17 Easter Egg Hunt brings in thousands to Heritage University
Easter is a week away but that didn't stop Heritage University from helping the Easter bunny out with the hiding his eggs.

4/9/17 Heritage University to host free higher education forums for the public, KIMA-TV
Heritage University will host the first of three higher education forums on Monday, April 10, which are free and open to the public.

4/6/17 Heritage University holds Spring Convocation to honor students' achievements, KIMA-TV
Several students at Heritage University are being recognized for their academic accomplishments throughout their time on campus.

4/5/17 10 Days Out: Easter Eggstravaganza, Yakima Herald Republic
An Easter Eggstrava-ganza will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Heritage University, 3240 Fort Road in Toppenish. It will feature more than 30,000 Easter eggs, games, music and more. Call 509-307-1511 or visit www.heritage.edu/Community/Events/Easter-Egg-Hunt for details.

3/30/17 State Senate OKs budget with $26M for Yakima water projects, Yakima Herald Republic
The state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a capital budget that includes more than $26 million for water management projects in the Yakima basin.

3/29/17 Free Easter Egg Hunt at Heritage University, KIT
Easter’s coming and the chickens are nervous. Especially when an order for 30-thousand eggs comes in!  Heritage university is dropping that many eggs as part of “Easter Eggstravaganza” on April 9, 2017.

3/28/17 Heritage University to host career fair, Daily Sun News
Yakima Valley job seekers will be able to connect with employers during the Heritage University Career Fair this Thursday.

3/15/17 Heritage University Receives Johnson Scholarship Foundation Grant.., KNDO-TV
Heritage University has been awarded a grant by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation (JSF) that will ultimately create a $1.5 million endowment to support scholarships for Indigenous students studying business or entrepreneurship.

3/10/17 5 Yakima Valley students win Act Six scholarship; full-tuition to Heritage University, KIMA
Five high school seniors from around the valley are headed to college thanks to a local leadership program.

3/9/17 Ten Days Out: International Women's Day
International Women’s Day will be celebrated from 9 a.m. to noon at Heritage University, 3240 Fort Road in Toppenish. Tickets cost $50. The event will feature keynote speaker, author and veteran Shannon Huffman Polson. Get details at www.heritage.edu/2017Women2Women.

3/8/17 Like beer? Like science? This night's for you, Yakima Herald Republic
An associate professor at Heritage University who shared the 2005 Nobel Prize for his work at Chernobyl will speak at Beer & Science Night on March 21.

3/6/17 Heritage hosts new conference, Daily Sun News
Teachers and educators from all disciplines will attend the 2017 Inaugural Enhance Conference at Heritage University on April 29.

3/2/17 Author is Heritage Speaker, Daily Sun News
Author Shannon Huffman Polson will serve as the keynote speaker at “Women 2 Women,” Heritage University’s celebration of International Women’s Day March 11.

2/10/17 Heritage University, WSU agree to streamline doctorate education for pharmacy students, KIMA
Health science students at Heritage University can now further their education through a new partnership with Washington State University.

2/3/17 Universities collaborate for medical education, Yakima Herald Republic Editorial Board
The residents of Central and Eastern Washington are scattered across an expansive region, and institutions of higher education and medicine traditionally have been challenged in serving the area’s residents, especially in the rural Yakima Valley.

2/1/17 WSU-Spokane agreement with private university creates pipeline... Spokesman-Review
The Yakima Valley has a shortage of health care workers, particularly family doctors.

1/28/17 Heritage University implements tuition cut for 2017-18 school year, KIMA-TV
If you're struggling with the cost of higher education, Heritage University has implemented a tuition cut.

1/27/17 Heritage University announces tuition reduction, KNDO-TV
The Heritage University Board of Directors have announced a 6.3 percent in undergraduate tuition beginning with the 2017-18 academic year.

1/27/17 Heritage University announces tuition reduction for next school year, Yakima Herald Republic
Heritage University’s tuition will cost slightly less in the 2017-18 academic year, according to university officials.

1/25/17 Heritage secures guaranteed spots at WSU for aspiring pharmacists, Yakima Herald Republic
Starting this fall, Heritage University students wanting to pursue a career as pharmacists will have guaranteed places in graduate school.

1/24/17 Heritage University, WSU increase access to health education, KNDO-TV
The Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Heritage University have signed two agreements to streamline the path for Heritage students to become pharmacists, starting with the class entering in the fall.

1/16/17 Elite adventurer to speak to Cascadians, Yakima Herald Republic
A world-class mountain biker will share his experiences and advice in a presentation titled “Bicycle Backpacking” at the Cascadians monthly meeting next Wednesday, Jan. 25.

  
 2017 Press Releases

12/8 /2017 - Eighth Annual Pantry of Hope to Brighten Holidays for Local Families
Heritage University students will be helping more Yakima Valley families have a happier holiday season this year through their Pantry of Hope campaign, now in its eighth year.

11/17/2017- Moccasin Lake Foundation Donates $6.3 Million to Heritage University
Today the Moccasin Lake Foundation of Seattle awarded Heritage University $6.3 million, the largest single gift in the 35-year-old university’s history.

10/27/2017 - Heritage University Celebrates Native American Heritage Month
Heritage University will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a series of events across the month of November that celebrate Native American accomplishments and talents.

10/18/2017 - HU Awarded Nearly $4 Million to Help More Educationally Underrepresented People
Heritage University has been awarded two more United States Department of Education grants worth $3.9 million to improve the academic achievements by people from historically underrepresented populations in the Yakima Valley.

10/4/2017 - Costco Co-Founder’s Family Foundation Establishes Scholarship Program at HU
Today, the Sinegal Family Foundation awarded Heritage University $1.14 million which will be used to fund five full tuition, stackable scholarships each year for the next four years.

9/28/2017 - HU Offers Full-Tuition Scholarships to Valley’s Brightest Students for 5th Straight Year
Heritage University is offering full-tuition scholarships to the valley’s best and brightest students for a fifth consecutive year.

8/29/2017 - Heritage University Dean Awarded Fellowship with National Higher Education Group
Merrilou Harrison, the Dean of the College of Education at Heritage University, has been awarded an Impact Academy fellowship, joining a cohort of fellows selected for their commitment to improving educator preparation.

8/2/2017 - Heritage University students bringing successful powwow back to campus
Heritage University’s two Native American student clubs are bringing the successful All Nations Student Powwow back to campus for a second year.

7/26/2017 - Heritage University Physician Assistant Program Holds White Coat Ceremony
Thirty-two students of Heritage University’s Physician Assistant Educational Program Class of 2019 will be cloaked with the most important symbol of their chosen profession, the white coat.

6/29/2017 - Heritage University Professor Co-Authors Book on Improving Workplace Communication
Dr. Matt Kincaid, an associate professor of business at Heritage University, shares the benefits of fostering candid communication in Permission to Speak Freely: How the Best Leaders Cultivate a Culture of Candor.

6/5/2017 - Annual event raises record amount for student scholarships for the second year in a row
The Bounty of the Valley Scholarship Dinner, the premier annual event in the Yakima Valley dedicated to raising scholarship funds for Heritage University students, raised a record $843,500 this past weekend.

5/30/2017 - Yakama Nation Elder Russell Jim to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Heritage University
Heritage University will confer an honorary doctorate degree upon Yakama Nation tribal elder, Mr. Russell Jim – Kiaux (his given name in Ichishkin, the native language of the Yakama) in recognition of his many contributions to the central Washington community as a leader, activist and steward of Native lands.

5/25/2017 - Heritage University announces new president
Heritage University announced today that Andrew C. Sund, Ph.D., has been appointed to the position of President at Heritage University. Dr Sund is currently the president of St. Augustine College in Chicago, Illinois.

5/23/2017 - Heritage University Announces Spring 2017 Dean's List
The following are students who earned a place on the Heritage University Dean's List for the spring 2017 semester.

5/19/2017 - Project NANO Showcase to highlight student scientific investigations at CBC
Teams of Tri-Cities area middle school students will show off their scientific investigations during an event called Project NANO Showcase on Wednesday, May 24 at the Bechtel National Planetarium on the Columbia Basin College (CBC) campus in Pasco, Wash.

5/12/2017 - HU hosts NW School 10th graders' second community service visit to the Yakima Valley
Heritage University will once again host 90 tenth graders from the Northwest School in Seattle during the students’ community service visit to the Yakima Valley, May 17-19, 2017

5/4/2017 - HU Forum to Explore Educational Needs Sought By Employers in Future Employees
The third forum in the series, "Higher Educational in the 21st Century: Crucial Questions for America and the Northwest" will explore the educational experience employers will be looking for in future employees.

4/28/2017 - Nobel Peace Prize Winner to Speak at Heritage University's 35th Annual Commencement
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Heritage University associate professor Michael Durst will serve as keynote speaker during its 35th Commencement exercise Saturday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

4/13/2017 - Former Massachusetts Secretary of Education to Speak at Heritage University
Dr. Paul Reville, the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and a former secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will be the keynote speaker for a forum titled "Higher Education and K-12: Helping Each Other to Improve?" at Heritage University on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

4/3/2017 - Leading Historically Black Colleges Authority to Speak at Heritage University
Dr. Marybeth Gasman, one of the country’s leading authorities on historically black colleges, will be the keynote speaker at a higher education forum at Heritage University titled “A More Diverse America: Challenges for Higher Education.

3/28/2017 - HU to Honor Students' Accomplishments and Outstanding Faculty During Spring Convocation
Heritage University will recognize the accomplishments of students during the annual Spring Convocation on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at its main campus in Toppenish.

3/28/2017 - Free Easter Egg Hunt at Heritage University
An Easter egg hunt with more than 30,000 Easter eggs is just one of the many family friendly events to be featured at the family fun day "Easter Eggstravaganza" on April 9, 2017 on the Heritage University campus in Toppenish.

3/24/2017 - Heritage University Career Fair to Introduce Job Seekers to Area Employers
Yakima Valley job seekers will be able to connect with employers during the Heritage University Career Fair 2017 on March 30, 2017.

3/15/2017 - Heritage University Receives Johnson Scholarship Foundation Grant to Build $1.5 Million
Heritage University has been awarded a grant by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation (JSF) that will ultimately create a $1.5 million endowment to support scholarships for Indigenous students studying business or entrepreneurship.

3/15/2017 - New Act Six Scholarship Winners to Make First Public Appearance as HU Cadre Tonight
The media and public are invited to attend a community celebration tonight to recognize the five winners of the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative.

3/13/2017 - Seattle Shakespeare Company to Perform The Taming of the Shrew at Heritage University
The Seattle Shakespeare Company will perform a rendition of The Taming of the Shrew at Heritage University on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

3/13/2017 - Education Expert to Speak at Heritage University
Dr. Frances Contreras, associate professor in education studies at the University of California San Diego and advocate for Latinos in higher education, will present a talk at Heritage University titled Improving College Completion and Career Success in 21st Century America.

3/8/2017 - Heritage University to Host Forums Examining Crucial Issues Facing Higher Education
Four of the most authoritative authors on post-secondary education will be featured speakers at “Higher Education in the 21st Century: Crucial Questions for America and the Northwest,” a series of forums at Heritage University which will address issues facing higher education.

2/22/2017 - Author to Speak at Heritage University's International Women's Day Event
Author Shannon Huffman Polson will serve as the keynote speaker at "Women2Women," Heritage University's celebration of International Women's Day on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

2/21/2017 - Science Olympiad Event at YVC to Test Young Minds' Collaborative, Competitive Skills
Middle school students from throughout central Washington will again show off their scientific skills during the fifth annual South Central Washington Science Olympiad (SCWSO) on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Yakima Valley College (YVC).

2/17/2017 - Heritage University Hosts 2017 Inaugural Enhance Conference
Teachers and educators from all disciplines are invited to attend the 2017 Inaugural Enhance Conference at Heritage University on April 29, 2017.

1/27/2016 - Heritage University Announces 6.3% Reduction in Tuition
The Heritage University Board of Directors have announced a 6.3 percent reduction in undergraduate tuition beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year.

1/24/2017 - Heritage University, WSU Increase Access to Health Care
The Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Heritage University has signed two agreements to streamline the path for Heritage students to become pharmacists, starting with the class entering in the fall.

1/20/2017 - Heritage University Announces Fall 2016 Dean’s List
The following are students who earned a place on the Heritage University Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester.

1/13/2017 - Heritage University Announces First Three Recipients of Full Tuition Soar Scholarships
Heritage University announced the first three of six eventual winners of the HU Soar Scholarship.