2015 Press Releases

5/29/2015 - Heritage University Announces Spring 2015 Dean's List
The following are students who eared a place on the Heritage University Dean's List for the spring 2015 semester.

5/28/2015 - Heritage University Hires New Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment
Heritage University President Dr. John Bassett announced Dr. Celestino Limas will join Heritage University as Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment.

5/27/2015 - Future Heritage University Students to Be Honored at Banquet Event
Eleven high school students who will receive scholarships to attend Heritage University in the fall of 2015, will be among the 600 academically successful Hispanic middle and high school students recognized at the Yakima Hispanic Academic Achievers Program (HAAP) annual Banquet and Recognition event Friday, May 29, 2015.

5/4/2015 - Heritage University Finishes in Top Ten at National Enactus Competition
Heritage University students made a strong showing at the Enactus National Expo 2015 in St. Louis, MO on April 16.

4/30/2015 - Heritage University Announces 2015 Graduates
The following are students from the Yakima Valley who are graduating from Heritage University.

4/30/2015 - Heritage University Welcomes Evergreen State College President as Commencement Speaker
Heritage University will host Dr. Thomas L. Purce as commencement speaker during its 33rd Commencement exercise Saturday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the Yakima Valley Sundome.

4/29/2015 - Heritage University Faculty Member Appointed to Groundwater Advisory Committee
Jessica Black, Assistant Professor for Environmental Science & Studies at Heritage University, has been appointed to serve on the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area Advisory Committee (GWAC). 

4/21/2015 - Heritage University partners with Wenatchee Valley College to offer four-year degrees
Heritage University has announced a partnership to offer four-year degrees in business administration, criminal justice and early childhood studies at Wenatchee Valley College's Wenatchee campus.

4/9/2015 - Heritage University Announces Winners of HU Soar Scholarships
Heritage University announced the ten winners of the HU Soar Scholarship. The winners are some of the brightest students in the Yakima Valley, and will receive a full-tuition scholarship for the achievement of an undergraduate degree at Heritage University.

4/8/2015 - Heritage University Lowers Graduate School Tuition to Boost Teacher and Principal Numbers
As the state of Washington faces a looming shortage of school teachers, principals and administrators, Heritage University is responding by taking several institution-wide steps to increase enrollment in postgraduate degree programs in teacher education and principal certification.

3/31/2015 - Dr. Yoland Watson Spiva to Speak at Heritage University Event
Dr. Yolanda L. Watson Spiva, the president and chief executive officer of the College Success Foundation (CSF), will deliver the keynote address during Heritage University’s annual Spring Convocation on April 9.

3/27/2015 - Heritage University Student Wins Award at National Science Conference
Heritage University (HU) nursing student Glenda Torres was a big winner at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2015 Student Poster Competition held on February 15, 2015 in San Jose, CA.

3/23/2015 - Easter Egg Hunt at Heritage University
Heritage University’s Omega Delta Phi fraternity is sponsoring a family fun day and Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Heritage Toppenish campus.

3/18/2015 - Heritage University Hosts Career Fair
An upcoming event at Heritage University will connect Yakima Valley job seekers and employers.

3/13/2015 - Heritage University to Begin Offering Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
Recognizing the growing demand for high quality health care and the evolving needs of its community, Heritage University will offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) program beginning in the fall of 2015.

3/4/2015 - Washington State Supreme Court to Hear Cases at Heritage University
On March 17, 2015, court will be in session at Heritage University as the Washington State Supreme Court travels to Toppenish to hear three cases.

2/25/2015 - Head of Bezos Family Foundation to Speak at Heritage University Fundraiser
Jackie Bezos, the President and co-founder of the Bezos Family Foundation, will serve as the keynote speaker at Heritage University’s celebration of “International Women’s Day” on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

2/23/2015 - Eleven Yakima Students Earn Full 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.

2/17/2015 - Heritage University Joins Prestigious Consortium of Leading Research Universities
Heritage University is now a member of the Leadership Alliance, an elite group of 42 leading research and liberal arts colleges in the country.

2/13/2015 - Heritage University to Host 2015 College Planning Day in Central Washington
Heritage University will be the place for high school juniors and undecided seniors in central Washington to explore college options, as Heritage hosts the 2015 College Planning Day on March 26, 2015

1/26/2015 - Heritage University Forms Alliance to Help American Indian Students Succeed in STEM
Heritage University is a partner recipient of a 4-year, $2.4 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Alliances for Graduate Education and Professoriate Transformation (AGEP-T) grant (HRD-1432932) to increase the number of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) doctoral students who complete STEM graduate programs.

1/16/2015 - Heritage University Student's Work Brings Windfall to Lower Valley Charity
It will be a great New Year for one Lower Valley non-profit, thanks to the efforts of one Heritage University student. Alma Sanchez, a senior majoring in social work, authored a grant which resulted in Friends of Granger receiving a $15,000 grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation. 

1/15/2015 - Heritage University Announces Fall 2014 Dean's List
The following are students who earned a place on the Heritage University Dean's List for the fall 2014 semester.

 News Announcements

5/2//2015 - Heritage names new vp of student affairs
Heritage University announced Thursday it has hired Dr. Celestino Limas as its new vice president for student affairs and enrollment.

5/23/15 - New pharmacy program on PNWU campus allows Heritage grad to train close to home
When Washington State University announced last year it was opening a four-year pharmacy graduate degree program in Yakima, recent Heritage University graduate Courtney Deats was thrilled.

5/5/2015 - Heritage Univ.'s Enactus team ranks high in national contest
Heritage University’s Enactus team placed eighth out of 181 teams in the Enactus National Expo last month, the university announced Monday.

4/28/2015 - Heritage University partners with Wenatchee Valley College to offer four-year degrees
Heritage University and Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) announcing a partnership to offer four-year degrees in business administration, criminal justice and early childhood studies at WVC’s Wenatchee campus.

4/10/2015 - Heritage Soar scholarship winners announced
Heritage University today announced the ten winners of the HU Soar Scholarship.

4/10/2015 - Heritage University professors are catalysts for change in Suriname
What started for Sarah Augustine and Dan Peplow as a global health research trip to the small South American country of Suriname in 2004 has turned into a sustained cause to protect an indigenous population threatened by rogue gold miners and government corruption.

4/9/2015 - Big Bend CC job fair scheduled for April 16

The 22nd annual Big Bend Community College Job and Career Fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 in the college's ATEC building.


4/8/2015 - Pasco School District Interviews Deputy/Successor Superintendent Candidates
The Pasco School district Board of Directors begins the interview process for a Deputy/Successor Superintendent this week.

3/31/2015 - Science Star at Heritage
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3/31/2015 - Heritage Students Research Could Identify A Host For Potato Disease
"We know that the pathogen liberibacter causes zebra chip disease in potatoes. I looked at sweet potato, we know that sweet potato is a host for the insect that carries liberibacter but it is not a known host for liberibacter itself," says Heritage University student Glenda Torres.

3/31/2015 - Need for more nurses growing around Valley, across nation
With improved access to health care, the increasing number of aging baby boomers and retirements in the medical community, industry experts are projecting a nursing shortage that could see the United States needing anywhere from 200,000 to 1 million nurses by 2020.

3/30/2015 - Slice of Yakima: Heritage University student's research may help end potato disease
Research by a Heritage University student just might help potato growers outwit the dreaded zebra chip disease, which causes unsightly black lines on potato chips, rendering them unsalable.

3/24/2015 - Looking for Work
Many schools like Heritage University make it common practice to host career fairs.

3/20/2015 - Career fair set for March 24 at Heritage University
A March 24 job fair at Toppenish’s Heritage University aims to connect area job seekers and employers.  -- This article is no longer available.  Please see the Tri-Cities Campus website for futher information.

3/18/2015 - State Supreme Court hears farm case at Heritage University
Plaintiffs’ attorney Marc Cote presents the case against Sakuma before the Washington State Supreme Court at Heritage University.

3/18/2015 - State justices open process to the public
It’s easy to perceive the state’s judicial system as an impenetrable monolith — as cold and hard as the marble and concrete that enclose the Temple of Justice, the state Supreme Court’s home in Olympia.

3/18/2015 - State Supreme Court weighs paid breaks for piece-rate workers
Though they casually ate lunch with students and entertained questions from the public, the nine black-robed justices of the Washington Supreme Court did nothing Tuesday to tip their hand about how they might rule in a contentious labor case that could drastically change the way Central Washington’s fruit growers pay employees.

3/18/2015 - Supreme Court Visits Heritage University
All nine members of the state's highest court hear from three separate cases today before a crow of Heritage students and staff.

3/17/2015 - Washington Supreme Court hears case for farmers' rights
The state Supreme Court heard brief arguments in person today in a case that could affect many workers in Washington.

3/17/2015 - Justices show personal sides at Heritage forum
Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst was afraid she was going to die, and for good reason:  She had recently been diagnosed with late-stage cancer.

3/16/2015 - State Supreme Court Justices visit Heritage University
Justices from the Washington State Supreme Court paid a visit to Heritage University Monday.  The justices held an open forum where they explained the court system and answered questions from the audience.

3/16/2015 - Washington Supreme Court to hear cases at Heritage University
On March 17, 2015, court will be in session at Heritage University as the Washington State Supreme Court travels to Toppenish to hear three cases.

3/14/2015 - Heritage to launch nursing degree program
Heritage University will offer a bachelor of science degree in nursing program beginning in the fall of 2015.

3/13/2015 - State Supreme Court to visit Yakima Valley
It’s not every day the state’s highest court visits the Yakima Valley, but the Supreme Court will be here next week.

3/5/2015 - Flag football league inspiring strong efforts in the classroom
Trouble on the playground has led to an organized fourth grade football league in Mabton.

2/25/2014 - Local students awarded Act Six Scholarships
Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative officials announced that 11 emerging community leaders from across the Yakima Valley have won full-tuition scholarships to Heritage University.

2/24/2015 - Heritage to host college reps on March 26
Heritage University will be the place for high school juniors and undecided seniors in Central Washington to explore college options, as Heritage hosts the 2015 College Planning Day on Thursday, March 26.

2/19/2015 - Mother of Amazon founder to address Women's Day event at Heritage
Philanthropist Jackie Bezos, the mother of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, will be the guest speaker at Heritage University’s International Women’s Day celebration next month.

2/19/2015 - Heritage Joins Select University Alliance
Heritage is one of about three dozen schools now recognized as part of the Leadership Alliance group

2/18/2014 - Heritage newest member of select university alliance
Heritage University has joined an alliance of research and liberal arts colleges, which will allow its students to potentially study via other alliance schools.

2/8/2014 - Court case could drastically change the way growers pay piece-rate workers
Felipe Lopez wipes a bead of perspiration from his temple as he prunes gnarled Bing cherry trees in the foggy morning chill.

2/7/2014 - Good attendance pays at Granger Middle School
Nearly 70 students at Granger Middle School didn’t miss a single day of classes during the second quarter of the school year.

2/7/2014 - YVCC Hosts Science Olympiad For Middle School Students
Middle school students from all over the Yakima Valley gathered at Yakima Valley Community College this afternoon for a science Olympiad, where they were able to test their knowledge on everything science.

1/15/2015 - Jóvenes indocumentados solicitan becas universitarias


 Estudiantes indocumentados que buscan seguir estudios superiores acudieron a una sesión informativa sobre la solicitud de ayuda financiera que ofrece el gobierno de Washington. La beca es conocida como Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WAFSA).  Read English translation. 

1/22/2015 - Heritage University Enactus Assists Women's Group
Students from the Heritage University ENACTUS chapter who are dedicated to enabling progress through entrepreneurial action are back in Orange Walk to assist the women’s group, “Creando un Futuro Mejor”, in Guinea Grass Village.

1/5/2015 - Sunnyside native sees success with flash fiction
the brief style of flash fiction isn't known as a great form of creative writing, says a local writer.