2014 Press Releases

10/1/2014 - Plenty of fun activities in store for families at Heritage University this weekend
After a year of construction, Heritage University continues the unveiling of its transformed campus with “Family Fun Day,” a festival featuring arts and crafts, hands-on science activities, and the outdoor showing of “Frozen” this Saturday, October 4.

9/18/2014 - Heritage University to be featured in nationally aired NPR documentary
Heritage University is one of three U.S. colleges selected to be profiled in a National Public Radio documentary titled “The New Face of College.”

9/10/2014 - MC Magic Headlining All-Day Hip-Hop Festival at Heritage University
Heritage University will be center stage on September 13 for a music festival for area high school and college students.

9/9/2014 - Dean of WSU College of Nursing to Speak at Heritage University
Patricia Butterfield, PhD, RN, FAAN Dean and Professor at WSU College of Nursing, will deliver the keynote address during Heritage University's annual Fall Convocation on September 18.

9/9/2014 - Fiction Writer to Lecture at Heritage University
Local author and Heritage University alumna Susan La Riviere will be speaking at the University on Thursday, September 11, at 11:00 a.m. in the Dining Commons Conference Center.

9/2/2014 - Heritage University Celebrates with a Live Cooking Show and Local Cultural Performances
A cooking show and cultural performances by Native American and Mexican American artists are on tap for a community appreciation event on the Heritage University grounds on Saturday, September 6.

8/29/2014 - Heritage University celebrates expansion with month-long celebration
After a year of construction, Heritage University is unveiling its transformed campus in a big way.  Over the next seven weeks the University is hosting HeritageFest, a series of celebrations and cultural events for the entire family.

8/28/2014 - Heritage University Celebrates Expanded Campus with Dedication of New Buildings
Heritage University celebrates the addition of three new facilities on its Toppenish campus with a “Dedication of Buildings” ceremony on Friday, September 5, 2014.

8/25/2014 - Nobel Prize Winner among record number of new faculty at Heritage University
A Nobel Prize winner is among 19 new full-time faculty additions this fall at Heritage University, a new record for the higher learning institution.

8/5/2014 - Expert on Servant Leadership to Give Lecture at Heritage University
An internationally recognized speaker on the philosophy and practice of servant leadership will give a lecture to students, faculty, community members and invited guests at Heritage University on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

7/24/2014 - Valley students embark on two week environment science course
Nineteen college and high school students are embarking on a 1,500 mile journey through tribal lands in Washington and Oregon this summer.

7/1/2014 - Heritage University and Partners win $50,000 State Grant
Heritage University’s Center for a New Washington (CNW) and its partners have been awarded a $50,000 community health planning GRANT FROM the Washington State Health Care Authority to help Yakima County residents achieve better health, better care, and lower costs.

7/1/2014 - Heritage University Board of Directors Extends Presidents Contract Five Years
Heritage University’s Board of Directors today announced a five year extension of President John Bassett’s contract, securing his leadership of the university through 2020.

6/27/2014 - Heritage University to Host Viticulture Education Workshops
Heritage University will host a July 8 workshop which will inform Spanish-speaking farmworkers in the Yakima Valley, about viruses and other associated diseases that threaten wine grapes.

6/25/2014 - Summer Camp Shows Middle School Students the Importance of Fish Habitat Restoration
About 60 Yakima Valley middle school students will visit the Yakama Nation Prosser Hatchery this Thursday, June 26 to learn how tribal efforts to restore fish populations in the Yakama River are creating environmental and economic benefits for the community.

6/17/2014 - Heritage University Announces Spring 2014 Dean's List
The following are students in your region who earned a place on the Heritage University Dean's List for spring 2014 semester.

5/19/2014 - Administrators Take on New Challenges to Strengthen Heritage University
Heritage University President John Bassett announced Wednesday several changes in the University administration to make Heritage strong.

5/16/2014 - Heritage University President Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee
Heritage University President Dr. John Bassett testified before a senate committee in our Nation’s capital this week, to strengthen support for minority serving institutions, including Heritage.

5/12/2014 - Heritage University Event to Show Middle School Girls the Benefits of Careers in Science
More than 200 middle school girls will gather at Heritage University Saturday, May 17 for a day filled with science and fun.

5/7/2014 - Heritage University's Bilingual/ESL Dept. Selected to Train 100 Educators in Western WA
Heritage University’s English Language Learner Academy & Institute (ELLA/ELLI) professional development model, which was recently named a finalist in the inaugural “Road Map Project Awards” for its work to eliminate learning gaps for students in south King County and south Seattle, has been chosen to prepare 100 educators in western Washington to serve English Language Learners (ELLs).

5/5/2014 - Heritage University Welcomes Mimi Gardner Gates as Commencement Speaker
Toppenish, WA — Heritage University will host Mimi Gardner Gates as commencement speaker during its 32nd commencement exercise Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the Yakima Valley Sundome.

4/22/2014 - Heritage University Professor Implores Org. of American States to save Indigenous People
Heritage University assistant sociology Professor Sarah Augustine recently presented to the Organization of American States (OAS) her case for regulating illegal mining in the country of Suriname, an industry she has documented proof of causation in the decimation of the indigenous Wayana peoples through pollution and disruption of livelihood.

4/16/2014 - Dr. Caryl McFarlane to Speak at Heritage University Event
Dr. Caryl McFalane, senior program officer for the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship and Mellon Programs at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in Princeton, NJ, will deliver the keynote address during Heritage University's Spring Convocation on April 17.

4/10/2014 - Heritage University Announces Winners of HU Soar Scholarships
Today Heritage University announced the seven winners of the HU Soar Scholarships.

4/3/2014 - Heritage Univesrity Finished in Top Four at National Enactus Competition
Heritage University students finished in 3rd place in a competition against 225 colleges and universities from across the country in the national Enactus USA Expo being held in Cincinnati, Ohio.

4/1/2014 - Heritage University Hosts Performance of Shakespeare's Othello

Heritage University will present Shakespeare's "Othello," as performed by the Seattle Shakespeare Company Tusday, April 15,2014 at 5:30 p.m.

3/31/2014 - Heritage University Announces President's Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Students
Today Heritage University announced the opening of the application period for the “President’s Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Students.”

3/26/2014 - New Medical Program Strengthens Commitment to Improving Rural Health Care
Heritage University’s efforts to improve health care in the Yakima Valley took a big step today, as Heritage President Dr. John Bassett announced that the new Physician Assistant Educational program at Heritage received provisional accreditation from the physician assistant (PA) profession’s national accrediting body, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

3/25/2014 - Heritage University Hosts Expeditionary Artists Workshop
Maria Coryell-Martin, an artist who travels on scientific expeditions to capture scenes from polar and glaciated regions of the world, will present her work during lectures and drawing workshops at Heritage University March 26-27, 2014.

3/18/2014 - HU105 Holding Two Informational Meetings on Innovative Teacher Preparation Program
People who are interested in becoming teachers are invited to learn more about the most innovative teacher preparation program in the country, which is now expanding into the Tri-Cities.

3/11/2014 - Press conference, Informational Forum on REAL Hope Act at Heritage University
On February 26, 2014, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law SB 6523 the Real Hope Act, previously known as the Washington DREAM Act (under House Bill 1817).

3/3/2014 - Heritage University Presents Yakama Authors Festival
Yakama Nation authors will share their writings and experiences during the "Yakama Authors Festival" at Heritage University (HU) on Tuesday, March 11.

2/28/2014 - Heritage University's ELL Endorsement Program is Finalist for Award
Heritage University's English Language Learner Academy & Institute (ELLA/ELLI) professional development model was named a finalist in the inaugural Road Map Project Awards for its work to increase equity and eliminate opportunity gaps for students in South King County and South Seattle.

2/25/2014 - Unique Team-Based Teacher Training Program Expanding to the Tri-Cities
One of the most innovative teacher preparation programs in the entire country is expanding into the Tri-Cities area.

2/18/2014 - Deadline to Apply for New Scholarships at Heritage University is Fast Approaching
There's now less than two weeks left for the valley's brightest students to apply for one of seven new scholarships at Heritage University.

2/13/2014-Heritage University Alumnus Recognized as One of Nation's Top Educators by NEA Foundation
A Heritage Univeristy alumnus and teacher from the Tri-Cities, WA was recognized by the National Educational Association (NEA) Foundation as one of the nation's top educators during its annual gala in our nation's capital over the weekend.

2/4/2014 - Nine Yakima Valley Students Earn Full Act Six Leadership Scholarships
The Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative has announced that nine emerging community leaders across the Yakia Valley have won full-tuition four-year scholarships to Heritage University.

1/16/2014 - Heritage University Staff, Students and Guests to Pay Tribute to Civil Rights Hero
Heritage University faculty, staff and students are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at a celebration on Thursday, January 23 on the Toppenish campus.

1/16/2014 - Heritage University Announces Fall 2013 Dean's List
The following are students in your region who earned a place on the Heritage University Dean's List for the fall 2013 semester.

1/8/2014 - Free Event at Heritage University Helps Students Get Money for College
A free event at Heritage University can help students learn how to get thousands of dollars to pay for college.

  
 News Announcements

9/24/2014 - Heritage University gets national attention for non-traditional student body
Heritage University is in the national radio spotlight.  It's being featured in a National Public Radio documentary.

9/21/2014 - NPR program to feature Heritage University
Coming to a radio near you: Heritage University and its success with underrepresented college students.

9/6/2014 - Heritage University dedicates three new buildings
Two summers ago, the Heritage University community was distraught after Petrie Hall, the oldest building on campus, burned to the ground, destroying a piece of the young school’s history and setting off uncertainty over the future.

9/5/2014 - Heritage University celebrates new buildings
It was a celebration of new beginnings Friday at Heritage University.

8/30/2014 - Right place, perfect time for Heritage University president
After serving as president of private Clark University in Massachusetts for 10 years, John Bassett was intent on retiring.

8/20/2014 - Taste of Home bringing its down-to-earth techniques and cooking style to Yakima Valley
Early in her career as a chef for Taste of Home's Cooking School, Karen Davis noticed the audience was having a, well, strange reaction to the backing going on behind her.

8/7/2014 - Heritage University Physician Assistant Program to Hold First White Coat Ceremony
Heritage University's new Physician Assistant Educational Program will hold its first ever "White Coat Ceremony" on Saturday, August 9.

7/31/2014 - Heritage students speak at governor's meeting on financial literacy
While several college students use summer vacation to get away from any school-related topics, that isn’t the case with some Heritage University students.

7/28/2014 - Local Students Head Out on Tribal Trip
19 Students from Toppenish are beginning a 15-hundred mile trip that will take them through tribal lands in Washington and Oregon.

7/25/2014 - School projects around the Valley are progressing
Drive down Nob Hill Boulevard, Tieton Drive or U.S. Highway 97 and the work is visible. 

7/23/2014 - Heritage University's new buildings almost finished
Brand new buildings are now in place after Heritage University caught fire a couple years ago. They'll be ready for use this fall.

7/9/2014 - Full-day preschool classes to be added in Yakima County
Full-day preschool classes will continue to expand for Yakima County families and their children this fall.

7/2/2014 - Heritage University extends President's contract through 2020
Heritage University has extended President John Bassett’s contract by five years, which means he will remain at the helm through 2020.

6/27/2014 - Yakima County health partnership receives $50,000 grant
A grant for $50,000 won't solve the myriad health problems that plague Yakima County, but it's a good place to start, say community health leaders who will be working together under the grant to prioritize certain health needs here.

6/10/2014 - Wapato senior's drive to succeed and compassion start at home
When Jessica Alvarez comes home from school, her mom is usually putting dinner on the table and her father is on his way home from working in the fields.

6/7/2014 - Granger senior faced devastating loss by working harder
It hasn't been an easy year for Maria Rivera.

6/5/2014 - Three Bickleton seniors in class all their own
Every graduate stands out in a class of only three.  So it goes for Kayli Berk, Sydnie Whitmore and Annie Lindsley, Bickleton School's entire Class of 2014.

6/5/2014 - Zillah senior online, on track toward nursing career
Marissah Ross never really cared about high school.

6/3/2014 - Faculty Tips for First-Gen Students
When a U.S. Senate committee south to highlight successful practices in educating minority and other underserved students at a hearing last month, it turned to officials at an urban two-year institution (Long Beach City College); a historically black university (Fayetteville State University); and Heritage University, a private institution that is located on tribal land in Washington State and where about three-quarters of students are the first in their families to attend college.

6/3/2014 - Trip to Mexico convinces Davis senior to shed 'troublemaker' past
Franklin Middle School was close to giving up on Stephanie Guerrero.

5/26/2014 - In Basket: May 26, 2014
Education:  Heritage University has hired and promoted several administrators.

5/19/2014 - Hiring outlook improves for 2014 college graduates
Good news for the 2014 class of college graduates:  Employers expect to hire more of them than last year.

5/18/2014 - Expanding Your Horizons opens girl's minds and eyes
Several hands went up when U.S. Department of Agriculture entomologist Lisa Neven asked the group of eight middle school girls whether they think insects are gross.

5/16/2014 - Study Hall Blog: Heritage president testifies before U.S. Senate committee
It's not often a key official in Yakima Valley higher education gets a chance to speak to congressional leaders in our nation's capital, but that was the case this week.

5/15/2014 - Heritage honors past as it steps into future
Heritage University is evolving from its roots as a small college that served nontraditional students at a former elementary school.

5/11/2014 - Mimi Grates encourages Heritage graduates to persevere
Mimi Gates, stepmother of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, encouraged 272 graduating students at Heritage University’s commencement ceremony Saturday to persevere and not let discouragement keep them from their dreams.

5/8/2014 - Heritage University receives grant to train ELL teachers
Heritage University’s English Language Learner Academy & Institute (ELLA/ELLI) professional development model, which was recently named a finalist in the inaugural “Road Map Project Awards” for its work to eliminate learning gaps for students in south King County and south Seattle, has been chosen to prepare 100 educators in western Washington to serve English Language Learners (ELLs).

4/30/2014 - Heritage University rebuilding its identity
A brick wall on the north side of the under-construction -- and still unnamed -- building at Heritage University is a vivid reminder of the devastating fire almost two years ago that destroyed the former Petrie Hall and rocked the small private school.

4/28/2014 - President Emerita Shares Videos on Teaching First-Generation Students
When Kathleen A. Ross stepped down from her 28-year presidency at Heritage University in 2010, she knew she wanted to focus on improving the graduation rates for first-generation students.

4/22/2014 - The need for more medical providers: The ABCs of PAs and NPs
Physician assistants and nurse practitioners can see patients, prescribe medication and treat the majority of complaints or illnesses that people go to their doctor for.

4/21/2014 - Heritage University students learning, growing through Enactus
Shortly after becoming adviser to Heritage University's branch of international nonprofit Enactus in 2001, Len Black and his students competed in a regional meet where they demonstrated entrepreneurial projects designed to groom them as future business leaders.

4/15/2014 - Heritage Enactus earns national honors
Students from Heritage University proved their mettle against 225 other college and university teams, earning third-place honors in a national competition two weeks ago in Cincinnati, Ohio.

4/4/2014 - Spring break camp draws in Outlook students
School’s not in session, but students in Outlook have been able to spend several days this week at Outlook Elementary having fun while learning along the way.

4/3/2014 - Heritage University gets 3rd place in national competition
Heritage University students finished in 3rd place in a competition against 225 colleges and universities from across the country in the national Enactus USA Expo being held in Cincinnati, Ohio.

3/31/2014 - Heritage University to offer $20K graduate scholarship
Today Heritage University announced the opening of the application period for the “President’s Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Students.” Scholarship recipients can receive up to $20,000 toward the pursuit of a graduate degree.

3/26/2014 - Heritage University physician assistant program receives accreditation
Heritage University’s efforts to improve health care in the Yakima Valley took a big step today, as Heritage President Dr. John Bassett announced that the new Physician Assistant Educational program at Heritage received provisional accreditation from the physician assistant (PA) profession’s national accrediting body, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

3/19/2014 - Heritage University Holding Meetings on Innovative Teacher Preparation Program
People who are interested in becoming teachers are invited to learn more about the most innovative teacher preparation program in the country, which is now expanding into the Tri-Cities

3/13/2014 - Real Hope Act Gives Some Yakima Valley High Schoolers a Chance
Hundreds of local high schoolers met at Heritage University in Toppenish Thursday to learn about the Real Hope Act and what it can do for them.

3/14/2014 - Local educators say Real Hope Act has potential to change lives
When state Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, remained on the fence about a measure granting undocumented students eligibility for state need grants at the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Ricardo Sanchez of the Latino/a Educational Achievement Project decided some personal stories could help win her over.

3/13/2014 - Informational Forum on Real Hope Act comes to Toppenish
An informational forum in Toppenish Thursday afternoon will explain a new law aimed to help undocumented students apply for financial aid.

3/2/2014 - Richland elementary schools to get new student teachers from Heritage University
Heritage University’s HU 105 program, a teacher-training program, is expanding to the Tri-Cities.

2/27/2014 - Heritage expands teacher training to the Tri-Cities
Heritage University's HU105 program, a teacher-training program, is expanding to the Tri-Cities.

2/26/2014 - Successful Yakima Valley Teaching Programs Expand Across the Region
Watch this video about the HU 105 program expanding (KNDO-KNDU TV)

2/24/2014 - Program helps entrepreneurs realize agricultural dreams
Yakima resident Alfredo Ortiz and his brother, Ricardo, do not work in cattle ranches -- but their future plans indicate a desire to do so.

2/18/2014 - Bill offers 'Real Hope' for students in state illegally
Not quite a year ago, news out of the Legislature in Olympia broke 18-year-old Kimberly Aleman's heart.

1/23/2014 - Heritage Recognizes MLK Jr. Day
Heritage University hosts a Martin Luther King Jr. Event this morning for its students.

1/14/2014 - Free event aims to help students get money for college
A free event at Heritage University can help students learn how to get thousands of dollars to pay for college.

12/14/2013 - Heritage University students help hungry familites
Heritage University students spent today packing food boxes for the less fortunate.

12/04/2013 - Heritage offers new, full-tuition scholarships
Heritage University has announced seven new, full-tuition scholarships for both high school students and current Heritage students as part of a broader push to promote the school.