HANGOUTS -- Off-campus: In true college-area fashion, coffee shops abound. The over-21 crowd gets their kicks at places like the Eagles Pub and Willow Springs karaoke. Showie's is another traditional favorite.
On-campus: Pence Union Building is rumored to offer the best smoothies around at the smoothie bar. Students also often stop by the cyber cafe or commuter lounge. The rooftop patio on Tawanka and the Kafka Cafe in Brewster Hall are hotspots as well.
EVENTS -- The annual Neighbor Days festival will be held on Sept. 24 from 10 am to 2 pm. And Eagles fans won't want to miss the Governor's Cup on Oct. 16, when Eastern takes on Montana in football. Morgan Spurlock, creator of the controversial documentary film, Supersize Me will be speaking at Eastern on Nov. 12 at 7 pm as part of the University's Dialogues Speaker Series.
WHAT'S MORE IN 2004? -- A new living-room style lounge furnished with comfy couches and holographic fireplaces is set to open on the second floor of the PUB in December.
North Idaho College
Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Student Body: Approx. 4,500
School Starts: Aug. 30
Tuition: $1,832 (in-state); $6,252 (out-of-state)
Phone: (208) 769-3300
HANGOUTS -- Off-campus: Also known as "the College on the Lake," NIC offers its students access to the Spokane River, Lake Coeur d'Alene and the CdA City Beach. Minutes away, in downtown Coeur d'Alene, students frequent Java and Tito Macaroni's.
On-campus: The Edminster Student Union Building boasts a rec room complete with ping pong, pool and video games. It also offers a variety of eateries like the Cooked Goose Grill and Pizzeria, Boswell Bistro, Granite Bay Bakery, Cardinal Catering, Filler Up and Educated Cup. Another popular attraction is the nine-hole disc golf course on campus.
EVENTS -- NIC's fall calendar has yet to be confirmed, but once it's updated, you can visit www.nic.edu/news to find out information on events like theater performances, the Yap-Keehn-Um Powwow and the United Way Chili Cook-Off.
WHAT'S MORE IN 2004? -- NIC is in the process of constructing a much-needed new Health and Sciences building, which will increase the college's classroom capacity by 25 percent. NIC also recently announced that it will soon be opening a Silver Valley Center in the current Kellogg City Hall to give Shoshone County residents the opportunity to take advantage of NIC's services and programs.
Location: north Spokane
Student Body: approx. 2,400
School Starts: Sept. 8
Phone: (509) 777-1000
HANGOUTS -- Off-campus: What college experience would be complete without pulling an all-nighter while clutching a triple-shot caramel latte from Starbucks? Certainly not Whitworth's. For their sugar fix, students go to the legendary Coldstone Creamery. Other frequented establishments include Bruchi's, Dalcado's Baja Grill, and Encore Espresso and Bakery. The over-21ers can usually be found at Sizzie's for karaoke on Wednesday nights.
On-campus: The Hixson Union Building (HUB), with its lounge, cafe and dining hall, is a popular spot for Whitworthians needing a break. Or they always can relaxing on one of the many lawns around the campus loop during the sunnier months.
EVENTS -- Whitworth's Homecoming Celebration is the weekend of Oct. 1-3. In addition to the football game against Eastern Oregon in the Pine Bowl on Oct. 2 at 2 pm, other events include a lecture and book-signing by David Domke and highlights of the Whitworth Art Collection at Koehler Gallery. Check out www.whitworth.edu/homecoming for more info. And famous jazz pianist Eric Reed will perform at the school's jazz ensemble concert on Nov. 6. A Man for All Seasons will be performed at Cowles Auditorium Oct. 15-16 and 22-23. All shows begin at 8 pm; tickets $5.
WHAT'S MORE IN 2004? -- Weyerhaeuser Hall, Whitworth's new $1.7 million academic building, is scheduled to be open for the first day of class. The building houses classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices and the School of Global Commerce and Management, among other departments. The grand opening celebration will be held Oct. 2 at 10:30 am in Weyerhaeuser Hall. Admission is free. Call (509) 777-4250 for info.
Private, Roman Catholic
Location: downtown Spokane
Student Body: approx. 5,900
School Starts: Sept. 2
Phone: (509) 323-6572
HANGOUTS -- Off-campus: There are a plethora of choices for the college diner located within walking distance of campus. These include Starbucks, Ultimate Bagel, Arny's Diner, David's Pizza, Sonic Burrito, Pete's Pizza, Stacy's Subs (formerly Bruchi's) Wendy's and more. The Safeway on Mission and Hamilton provides students with all their grocery needs, and the Bulldog and Jack and Dan's Tavern remain the bars of choice for the over-21 set.
On-campus: The Crosby Student Center, equipped with coffee shop, a candy store and the mailroom, is a frequent stop for students between classes. For more hearty dining, students head to the buffet-style Marketplace cafeteria, Spike's for burgers, the Sub Connection or the new Italian joint, Pandini's.
EVENTS -- New Student Orientation begins Aug. 27 and runs until Sept. 4. Fall Family Weekend on Oct. 22-24 gives students' families a chance to see them in their own environment. The "From the Garden to the Table" art exhibit featuring
flower, fruit, vegetable and landscape garden imagery, opened in the Jundt Art Museum on Aug. 16 and will be available for viewing until Oct. 30.
WHAT'S MORE IN 2004? -- The new Italian restaurant, Pandini's, is slated to open on Oct. 1, and construction will continue on new residence halls, the McArthey Athletic Center and the Administration Building. Gonzaga will also have two new academic buildings this fall, the broadcast/journalism studies building and the new St. Gregory Choral Hall. The first Zags basketball game in the new arena is Nov. 19 against Portland State.
Location: Riverpoint in downtown Spokane
Student Body: approx. 750
Class Started: Aug. 23 (students can enroll until the tenth day of classes)
HANGOUTS -- Off-campus: Being so close to downtown Spokane, the choices are endless. Students can shop at River Park Square, peruse the good reading offered at Auntie's, hang out in Riverfront Park or eat at a variety of restaurants and cafes including the Onion and Chili's. And 24-Hour Fitness has a special deal for WSU Spokane students, making it a popular spot for those wanting a workout between classes.
On-campus: Lounges complete with vending machines and televisions provide students with some much-needed break time throughout their hectic days.
EVENTS -- A back-to-school barbecue is scheduled for Friday at noon.
WHAT'S MORE IN 2004? -- WSU Spokane will be offering two new degrees this year: a bachelor of arts degree in professional development and a bachelor of science degree in exercise physiology and metabolism. For more information, check out www.profdev.spokane.wsu.edu and www.exercisemetabolism.spokane.wsu.edu. The construction of the Academic Center in the center of campus is creating quite a buzz as well. The building will house the library, student services, classrooms and computer labs.
Location: Fairchild AFB
Classes Start: Oct. 11 for Fall
Tuition: $840 per term
Phone: (509) 244-2020
Description: The Park University campus, located at Fairchild Air Force Base, is part of the School for Extended Learning, a national outreach arm of Park University in Parkville, Mo. The school offers Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science, management, accounting, psychology, computer information systems, human resources and marketing. Courses are offered as traditional, evening classes and through distance- learning courses on the Internet.
University of Phoenix
Location: near North Side, Spokane
Classes begin constantly
Tuition: $310 per credit hour (undergrad)
Phone: (877) 903-8367
Description: The University of Phoenix in Spokane is one of 150 campuses of the nation's largest private accredited university. They offer bachelor of science degrees in business/management and information technology and a master's degree in business administration. The university is tailored to fit into the schedules of working adults, offering once-a-week classes and courses via the Internet.
Location: Fairchild AFB
Classes Start: Oct. 18 for Fall
Tuition: $256 per credit hour
Phone: (509) 244-2079
Description: Webster University of Spokane is one of more than 100 extended campuses of Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. The Spokane campus offers master's degrees in business administration, management, human resources development and computer resources information and management. Students can graduate in 15 months by taking two classes a week, or in just over two years by going once a week. All classes are held in the evening. Webster was recently ranked as one of the top 25 MBA schools in the West by U.S. News and World Report.
Spokane Community College
Location: east Spokane
Student Body: approx. 6,200
School Starts: Sept. 20
Tuition: $768 per quarter
Phone: (509) 533-7000
HANGOUTS -- Off-campus: Zip's is always a favorite when the craving for some hearty beef hits. Knight's Diner in the old-fashioned train car is a great place for breakfast or lunch. Centennial Trail and downtown Spokane are easy to get to when students feel like taking a walk to escape the stress of their studies.
On-campus: The Lair-Student Center has a full-service deli and cafeteria, game rooms, bowling alley and bookstore for students to enjoy. Or they can hit the Walter S. Johnson Sports Center for a workout.
EVENTS -- The Culinary Culture kickoff, which runs from Sept. 27-30, will feature events like a Food Bowl, Lunch and a Movie and a Food Fight panel discussion. It all leads up to a presentation of the award-winning documentary Supersize Me on Nov. 18 at 9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 6 pm.
WHAT'S MORE IN 2004? -- SCC's first campus-wide interdisciplinary humanities program, Culinary Culture, will be a series of lectures, luncheons and special events dedicated to food. Renovation of the Administration/Student Services Building is expected to be complete by mid-December and there will also be some remodeling of the Orlando Building.
Spokane Falls Community College
Location: west Spokane
Student Body: approx. 4,400
School Starts: Sept. 20
Tuition: $768 per quarter
Phone: (509) 533-3500
HANGOUTS -- Off-campus: Though the immediate area doesn't offer much for students, after a short trip across the river to Northwest Boulevard they'll find plenty of food spots and shops.
On-campus: The Student Union Building provides a full-service deli, cafeteria, rec center and bowling alley for when students are in need of a little food and entertainment. For a workout, they can stop by the gymnasium and fitness center. The surrounding area offers a weight room, soccer, baseball and softball fields and an outdoor track.
EVENTS -- The Hoops for Hearts 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be taking place Nov. 18-19 in the gymnasium and fitness center.
WHAT'S MORE IN 2004? -- Through its graphic design program, SFCC will be offering a certificate in print production design beginning this fall. It will be three-quarter program that prepares students to work in the printing industry.
HANGOUTS -- Off-campus: Students at UI have plenty of choices when it comes to cultural cuisine. For the all-American burger joint, there's the Perch; for Mexican, Patty's Kitchen; and for Italian, Gambino's. The Garden, John's Alley and C.J.'s are the 21-and-over crowd hotspots, and those looking to get their boogey on should check out the Beach.
On-campus: For lounging and snacking, students hit the Commons. Joe's Cafe in the Student Union Building (SUB) provides them with the caffeine jolt they need to get through the day. And when the fancy for exotic culture strikes them, Vandals head to the Borah Theater to take in a foreign film.
EVENTS -- Vandal Pride Days will be Sept. 1-4, capping off with a football game vs. Boise State. For more information on Vandal Pride Days events, check out www.vandalpridedays.com
WHAT'S MORE IN 2004? -- Over summer, three new facilities were finished, completing UI's Living and Learning Community with student residences, classrooms and space for resident life programs and events. Renovations to the Teaching and Learning Center will put the finishing touches on the school's academic mall and are set to be complete by next spring. And North Idaho residents can take advantage of the satellite operations of U of I in both Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls.
HANGOUTS -- Off-campus: Students head to Denny's to fulfill those late-night cravings for chili cheese fries and chocolate shakes. For the caffeine addict, there's the Daily Grind. Pete's Bar and Grill and Rico's Tavern are other favorites.
On-campus: The Student Recreation Center is constantly buzzing with students trying to get in a little exercise between classes. And the CUB is the host of several dining spots, giving students a multitude of choices
EVENTS -- The GLBTA Welcome Barbecue will be held on Aug. 28 at 1 pm in Reaney Park. A faculty recital is scheduled for Aug. 31 at 8 pm in Bryan Hall. On Sept. 18, Cougar football takes on Idaho at home at 7:30 pm. And Drew Carey's Improv All-Stars will be performing at the Beasley Coliseum on Oct. 30 at 8:30 pm; tickets are on sale now at $31 for students.
WHAT'S MORE IN 2004? -- The dough keeps rollin' in for WSU. Last fiscal year they were awarded a total of $184.2 million in research grants, breaking the record by 16 percent. This year, along with researchers from Portland State University, they were awarded a $1 million nanotechnology grant from the National Science Foundation. The Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board has also awarded the school $1.9 million in funding for their high-demand programs.