News Announcements

7/12/16 Once again, Heritage University team among best in the nation, Yakima Herald Republic
A final four finish in any national collegiate competition is always worth celebrating; for once-unsung Heritage University, it is becoming routine.

7/10/2016 Preserving Yakama tribal language from extinction a priority for local educators YHR
When she teaches Sahaptin, HollyAnna CougarTracks DeCoteau Littlebull often holds a stuffed animal to illustrate her lessons.

7/7/2016 Some homeless students get help in changes to financial aid applications, YHR
Some homeless students applying for college financial aid will now have fewer obstacles in their path toward a higher education.

6/23/2016 Heritage University's "Breakthrough Strategies" Video Series, Academic Impressions
Heritage's "Breakthrough Strategies" videos each highlight a single pedagogical strategy designed to address the needs of first-generation and at-risk students in an interview format.

6/19/16 Heritage University's Enactus team continues success, Yakima Herald Republic
Heritage University is proving itself a worthy adversary of larger, and in some cases high-profile, academic institutions. Call it a modern-day version of David vs. Goliath.

6/17/16 Guaglianone tapped to lead Mt. Adams schools, Yakima Herald Republic
In a unanimous vote Friday, the Mt. Adams school board selected Heritage University vice president Curt Guaglianone as the district’s newest superintendent.

6/17/16 Mt. Adams names superintendent finalists, Yakima Herald Republic
A vice president of Heritage University, the middle and high school principal in White Swan and an Idaho school administrator are the finalists for Mt. Adams School District superintendent, officials announced Thursday.

6/6/16 Bounty of the Valley dinner raises $674,350 for Heritage University scholarships, YHR
Heritage University’s main annual fundraising event for scholarships set a record this weekend. Saturday’s Bounty of the Valley scholarship dinner raised $674,350, the university announced Monday.

6/6/16 Racers beat the clock, heat at Gap2Gap, Yakima Herald Republic
Dozens of teams and individuals took to the trails, streets and water throughout Yakima, Terrace Heights and Selah on Sunday for the 32nd running of the Gap2Gap relay race benefiting the Yakima Greenway Foundation. Corporate Team: 1, Heritage University 2:30:45.6 (Blake Slonecker, Alexander Alexiades, Matt Owen)...

6/3/16 Community artists Yesenia and James Hunter leaving Yakima, Yakima Herald Republic
If all goes as planned, Yesenia and James Hunter will return to Yakima from Los Angeles in a few years so Yesenia can document migrant workers’ connections to their cultural history and heritage.

6/1/16 2016 Graduation: Young mom finds path to success at Yakama Nation Tribal School, YHR
Before she started attending the Yakama Nation Tribal School, Brettagne Aleck couldn’t fathom going to college. Next week, the 18-year-old graduates with a full four-year scholarship to Heritage University.

5/19/16 Seattle high schoolers help build gardens in Lower Valley, KIMA-TV
Ten Lower Valley residents now have new gardens thanks to teen volunteers.

5/18/16 A mobile grocery for food deserts and other ideas from student leaders, St. Louis Bus. Jrnl
Heritage University, led by team president Zia Lohrasbi and faculty advisor Leonard Black, presented Camp S.E.E.D, Slice Em’ Up and The Panama Project.

5/14/16 A new world: Nurses search for ways to maintain high-quality care, Yakima Herald Republic
As Americans as a whole become sicker and older, the burden on health care providers becomes increasingly heavy.

5/8/16 Nation’s first Latino poet laureate bringing inclusive style to Yakima, YHR
Juan Felipe Herrera’s Facebook page is public, and it is wonderful.

5/8/16 Photos: Heritage University Class of 2016 Graduation, Yakima Herald Republic
Heritage University class of 2016 graduation commenced at the SunDome in Yakima, Wash. Saturday, May 7, 2016.

5/7/16 Heritage University: Record number of graduates at commencement, KIMA-TV
Heritage University had a lot to celebrate Saturday morning with its 34th commencement at the Yakima Sundome.

5/3/16 Heritage Students Secure Internships, Sunnyside Daily Sun News
Seven Heritage University students will spend part of their summer participating in 10-week internships at universities.

5/3/16 Dunbar to offer keynote address, Sunnyside Daily News
Heritage University will host former NASA astronaut and Outlook native Bonnie Dunbar as commencement speaker this Saturday.

5/2/16 Former astronaut Bonnie Dunbar will speak at Heritage commencement Saturday, YHR
Former NASA astronaut and Sunnyside native Bonnie Dunbar will be the commencement speaker at the Heritage University graduation ceremony on Saturday.

4/28/16 Low tactics for higher education help from Right C3?, Yakima Herald Republic
The seminar invitation that Alejandro Campos and his family received in early March promised to help clear the path to a college education.

4/11/16 In Basket (Heritage University New Hires), Yakima Herald Republic
Heritage University has hired several new staff members.

4/6/16 Social Scene: Heritage University's Career Expo, Yakima Herald Republic
Heritage University held their Career Expo on March 31st, 2016

3/31/16 Career Expo Happening Today at Heritage University, KNDO-TV
Happening today, Thursday, March 31st, Heritage University is hosting its very own Career Expo.

3/28/16 Heritage University to host career expo March 31, Tri-City Herald
An upcoming career expo at Heritage University will connect Yakima Valley job seekers and employers.

3/26/16 Photos: Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Easter Egg Hunt, Yakima Herald Republic
Scenes from the Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Easter Egg Hunt at Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash., Saturday, March 26, 2016..

3/24/16 10 Days Out (Easter Egg Hunt at Heritage University), Yakima Herald Republic
There will be an Easter egg hunt from noon to 3 p.m. at Heritage University, 3240 Fort Road in Toppenish.

3/23/16 Senator Murray to Discuss College Affordability, Student Debt at CBC, KNDU-TV
Senator Patty Murray is making her way to the Tri-Cities today, to talk about college affordability and the burden of student debt.

3/23/16 Sen. Patty Murray addresses college affordability at CBC, KEPR-TV
More than 41 million Americans are dealing with student debt in our country, according to reports.

3/23/16 Sen. Murray talks college affordability at CBC, announces legislation, Tri-City Herald
A single Toppenish mother of three said she tapped into 18 years worth of retirement savings to pursue a degree.

3/17/16 Heritage University, institución en constante desarrollo, El Sol de Yakima
Las oficinas portátiles están desapareciendo del campus de Heritage University, lo que significa que continúa la evolución y crecimiento de un plantel privado que inició con sólo 75 estudiantes hace tres décadas.

3/13/16 How Granger mastered the ABCs of school attendance, Yakima Herald Republic
You’re unlikely to find the third-graders in America Velasco’s class skipping school.

3/10/16 Social Scene: International Women's Day at Heritage University, Yakima Herald Republic
Scenes from the International Women's Day celebration at Smith Family Hall on the Heritage University campus, Saturday, March 5th, 2016.

3/9/16 Heritage hosts Easter egg hunt, Daily Sun News
An Easter egg hunt is one of several family-friendly events planned for the “Easter Eggstravaganza,” beginning at noon, March 26 on the Heritage University campus, 3240 Fort Road.

2/29/16 'Native American Student Day' gives high schoolers glimpse into college life, KIMA-TV
Some lower valley high schoolers know more about what college life is like after a special event in Toppenish.

2/29/16 Native American high school students at Heritage University, KAPP-TV
Heritage University hosts Native American students Monday as part of "Native American Student Day."

2/22/16 Heritage University breaks ground for new construction, Daily Sun News
With the turn of a spade Friday, Heritage University administrators began the construction of two new buildings on its Fort Road campus in Toppenish.

2/20/16 Evolution of Toppenish's Heritage University continues, Yakima Herald Republic
Portable offices are disappearing from the campus of Heritage University, signifying the continuing evolution and growth of a private school that opened with just 75 students three decades ago.

2/19/16 Heritage University breaking ground for new construction, KNDO-TV
Heritage University had a groundbreaking ceremony for two new buildings on its main campus in Toppenish February, 19.

2/19/16 Heritage University expanding campus for more classrooms, office space, KIMA-TV
Heritage University is welcoming more classroom space and overall expansion to their campus.

2/19/16 Heritage University breaks ground on two new buildings
Heritage University breaks ground Friday afternoon for two new buildings.

2/17/16 Social Scene: Opening for the "Not Vanishing" exhibit at Heritage University, YHR
Scenes from the reception for the "Not Vanishing: Ever-present Indigenous Art from 1870-2015" exhibit at Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash. February 11, 2016.

2/16/16 Heritage University breaking ground on two new buildings Friday
Heritage University will break ground Friday for two new buildings on its Toppenish campus.

2/11/16 Heritage University brings healthy changes to their cafeteria, KNDO-TV
The Eagle's Cafe on the Heritage University campus has joined other local colleges and school districts in implementing more health-conscious menu options.

2/10/16 University plans groundbreaking, Daily Sun News
Heritage University today announced a groundbreaking ceremony for two new buildings on its main campus.

2/7/16 Campus cuisine: Heritage, CWU take steps to expand food options for students, YHR
Tim Newbury recalls how, until recently, Heritage University’s cafeteria offered a limited menu of fried foods and a couple of vending machines.

2/6/16 Colleges looking to help accelerate catch-up process to get students on track, YHR
Remedial courses are no more at Heritage University, thanks to a faster and less expensive alternative.

2/5/16 Heritage University President awarded for outstanding school service, KIMA-TV
Heritage University's president is the latest recipient of a very prestigious higher education award.

2/4/16 Toppenish’s Heritage University presenting exhibit of Native American artwork, YHR
When Greg Pierce saw the special exhibition at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner last fall, he thought it would be ideal for Heritage University in Toppenish.

2/4/16 Obama Steps Up Pressure on College Accreditors, Wall Street Journal (premium article)
The Obama administration is stepping up pressure on the gatekeepers of billions of dollars in federal aid to crack down on colleges and universities where students fare poorly....

2/4/16 University earns honors, Daily Sun News
Heritage University’s president is the newest recipient of the Henry Paley Memorial Award, given to leaders in higher education.

2/1/14 University chiefs share 3 takeaways on evolving role of accreditation,
Among the many diverse and complex challenges faced by those in what is essentially a college or university's chief executive officer position is accreditation.

1/23/16 Heritage University celebrating success of 'Eagle's Cafe', KIMA-TV
A year after moving into its brand-new location on the Toppenish campus, Heritage University's "Eagle's Cafe" is making waves for a health-conscious and affordable dining options in the lower valley.

1/19/16 Heritage hosts insurance event, Daily Sun News
Heritage University’s Student Life organization is hosting an event to help anyone in the community enroll in state health insurance plans.

1/13/16 Heritage University honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., KAPP-TV
Heritage University honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during an event this morning.

1/13/16 Heritage University honors Martin Luther King Jr., KIMA-TV
Heritage University honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an event Wednesday.

1/13/16 HU Language Center Works to Keep Sahaptin Alive, KNDO-TV
Spoken by members of the Yakama Nation Indian Tribe, Sahaptin or "Ischiskiin" is a dying language.

1/6/16 Financial aid workshops coming to Yakima County schools - KIMA-TV
Students in Yakima County have several chances coming up to learn how they can get financial aid to pay for college.

 2016 Press Releases

6/6/2016 - Annual Heritage University event raises record amount for student scholarships
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 $674,350.00.

5/27/2016 - Heritage University to Unveil Sculpture for Barnhill Fireside Room
On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Heritage University will unveil a new sculpture at its main campus in Toppenish.

5/25/2016 - Heritage University Announces Spring 2016 Dean's List
The following are students in your region who earned a place on the Heritage University Dean's List for the spring 2016 semester.

5/19/2016 - Heritage University Enactus Team Finishes in Top Four at National Enactus Competition
Heritage University students finished 4th in the nation in a competition against 250 colleges and universities from across the country in the national Enactus USA Exposition held in St. Louis, Missouri.

5/13/2016 - Heritage University Graduates First Physician Assistant Class
In its commitment to solving rural health care challenges in the Yakima Valley, Heritage University graduated the first class of 31 Physician Assistant (PA) Educational Program students on May 7, 2016.

5/2/2016 - Heritage University Welcomes Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar as Commencement Speaker
Heritage University will host former NASA astronaut and Sunnyside, Wash. native Bonnie Dunbar as commencement speaker during its 34th Commencement exercise Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. at the Yakima Valley Sundome. Undergraduate and graduate students from the Yakima Valley and from regional sites in the Tri-Cities, Moses Lake and Wenatchee will participate in the ceremony.

4/29/2016 - Heritage University to Host Student Graduate Research Symposium
More than 30 Heritage University students will present master’s level research projects in different sciences as part of a Graduate Research Symposium, which will be held May 4, 2016 at the Heritage University campus in Toppenish.

4/27/2016 - Native American Graduates Honored in Ceremony at Heritage University
On Friday, April 22, 2016, Heritage University held an honoring ceremony for its Native American students who are earning their bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Heritage this year.

4/21/2016- HU Students Secure Prestigious Summer Internships at Top U.S. Universities
Seven Heritage University students will spend part of their summer participating in prestigious ten-week internships at some of the top universities in the country.

3/18/2016 - Heritage University Announces Winners of Soar Scholarships
Heritage University announced the six winners of the SOAR Scholarship.

3/14/2016 - Heritage University Hosts Career Expo 2016
An upcoming event at Heritage University will connect Yakima Valley job seekers and employers. 

3/8/2016 - Free Easter Egg Hunt at Heritage University Saturday, March 26
An Easter egg Hunt with more than 15,000 Easter eggs is just one of many family friendly events to be featured at the family fun day “Easter Eggstravaganza” on Saturday, March 26 on the Heritage campus in Toppenish.

2/26/2016 - Dean of WSU Nursing Program to Speak at Heritage University International Women's Day
Dr. Patricia Butterfield, professor and dean emerita at the Washington State University College of Nursing, will serve as the keynote speaker at “Women 2 Women,” Heritage University’s celebration of International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 5, 2016. 

2/26/2016 - Heritage University Hosts Event for Students to Explore Academic Programs
Heritage University is hosting a “Majors Fair,” an event on March 2, 2016 where current and prospective college students can explore the various undergraduate and graduate programs offered at Heritage.

2/24/2016 - Heritage University to Host Native American Student Day
Native American students in grades 9 through 12 from Toppenish, Wapato and White Swan High Schools will visit Heritage University as part of "Native American Student Day."

2/23/2016 - 11 Yakima Valley Students Earn Act Six Leadership Scholarships to Heritage University
The Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative has announced that eleven emerging community leaders across the Yakima Valley have won full-tuition scholarships to Heritage University.

2/10/2015 - Heritage University Breaking Ground for New Construction
Heritage University is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for two new buildings on its main campus in Toppenish. The ceremony will take place on February 19 at 1:00 PM.

2/5/2016 - Heritage University to Host Monotype Workshop
Heritage University will host two sessions of a monotype printmaking workshop on February 12, 2016.

2/2/2016 - Heritage University President Honored with Paley Award for Excellence in Higher Education
John E. Bassett, Ph.D., president of Heritage University in Toppenish, WA, is the recipient of the 30th Annual Henry Paley Memorial Award presented during the 2016 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

2/1/2016 - Heritage University to Present Exhibit of Contemporary Native American Artwork
Heritage University will present a selection of artwork from the Not Vanishing: Contemporary Expressions in Indigenous Art 1977-2015 exhibition.

1/27/2016 - HU Launches Campaign Featuring the Work of Renowned Native American Photographer
Heritage University launched a new recruitment campaign featuring the work of renowned Native American artist Ryan Red Corn of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma.

1/22/2016 - Heritage University Café Seeing Success a Year After Revamp
Heritage University’s cafeteria has become a serious contender for health-conscious and affordable dining in the Yakima Valley, one year after moving into its brand-new location on the Toppenish campus.

1/15/2016 - Heritage University Announces Fall 2015 Dean's List
The following are students who earned a place on the Heritage University Dean’s List for the fall 2015 semester.

1/13/2016 - Early Childhood Studies Degree Offered Statewide Through Innovative Hybrid Delivery

Out of the few universities that offer Early Childhood Studies (ECS) bachelor's degree programs in the state of Washington, only Heritage University provides students with a "blended" or "hybrid" learning program that combines the latest in high-tech web-based course delivery with high-touche, team-based collaborative learning in the classroom.

1/12/2016 - Heritage University to Host Community Health Care Enrollment Event
Heritage University’s Student Life organization is hosting an event to help anyone in the community enroll in state health insurance plans. The event will take place Thursday, January 21, 2016.

1/11/2016 - University of Washington Dignitary to Speak at Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event
Dr. Edward Taylor of the University of Washington will deliver the keynote speech at Heritage University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Heritage's main campus in Toppenish, Wash.