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News and Information for Faculty, Staff, and the WSU Community

Reminder: The Open Enrollment period for WSU faculty and staff is Nov. 1–30. Changes can be made by logging in to Workday.

Campus & Community

Strength in numbers

November 23, 2022
Prioritizing family, whether at home or on the field, is what drives Jake Dickert in his first full season as the WSU head football coach. Dickert and the Cougs play the Huskies in the Apple Cup this Saturday.

ROTC team advances in Ranger Challenge

November 14, 2022
The WSU U.S. Army ROTC Ranger Challenge team is advancing to the next round after taking second place in the Task Force East regional competition.

University Affairs

WSU programs hailed for top assessment efforts

November 28, 2022
Faculty and staff from nine bachelor’s-degree programs were recognized for their student assessment efforts that helped guide changes to undergraduate curriculum or instruction.

Regents advance infrastructure projects

November 18, 2022
The regents voted to move ahead with the design phase of two projects on the WSU Pullman campus — the Taylor Sports Complex and the Schweitzer Engineering Hall — during their Nov. 18 meeting.

WSU-related Podcasts

From WSU:

Food safety, WSU stories, science answers for kids, and more—listen to podcasts from Washington State University.

About WSU:

A selection of programs about Washington State, produced by alumni and friends.

WSU Podcasts

Benefits & Training

Open Enrollment set for November

October 24, 2022
All healthcare and coverage changes are made through Workday. Step‑by‑step instructions and informational videos are available on the HRS Open Enrollment website.

Awards & Achievements

Global Campus inducts first distinguished alumni

November 22, 2022
The first five inductees were Shelley Broader, Nancy Krook, Lisa King, Katey Koehn, and Gary Rubens — all leaders in business or philanthropy and supporters of the worldwide WSU Global Campus community.

Science & Technology

Kangaroo rat research earns new NSF grant

November 16, 2022
A new three-year, National Science Foundation grant will allow researchers to explore the complexities of kangaroo rats, small rodents that have impressive hopping abilities.

Students get a sense for science in farm fields

November 14, 2022
A group of Yakima Valley eighth graders got to test school-made sensors in real-world farming, thanks to a pilot field program through the WSU-led AI Institute for Transforming Workforce and Decision Support.

Researchers improve security for smart systems

November 7, 2022
WSU scientists have recently developed a way to statistically analyze complex sensor data so that the computer algorithms that make data-based decisions can be more resilient and better able to cope with small errors.

Food & Agriculture

German visiting scholar studies red wine quality

November 28, 2022
As a student in Germany, Ingrid Weilack was inspired by WSU enology professor Jim Harbertson. Now, the visiting scholar is experiencing what it’s like to work with him at the WSU Wine Science Center.

Health & Medicine

A Native voice in their care

November 3, 2022
WSU Spokane’s Center for Native American Health addresses longstanding health disparities in Native American and Alaska Native communities, where higher rates of chronic illness and shorter lifespans are the norm.

Veterinary Medicine

WSU works to repair puppy’s leg

September 16, 2022
It was a highly complicated procedure but the surgical team was able to practice and prepare using a 3D-printed model of the puppy’s legs.

Arts & Culture

Sam Roxas-Chua to read at WSU Pullman Oct. 25

October 19, 2022
Roxas-Chua, a poet and multimedia artist, will read from his work at 5 p.m. at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art as a guest of the Visiting Writers Series. The reading will also be streamed on YouTube.

Business & Economics

Politics & Society

Reports & Updates

Light posting ahead for WSU Insider

October 11, 2022
Fresh daily lineups, along with the daily push email, will return next week. The WSU Announcements section will continue to be updated daily.

Dean Borjesson’s Notes from the Palouse

September 27, 2022
Sometimes academia can be rough. We have real challenges with staffing shortages, equipment needs, and turnover without the ability to be fully nimble in our responses. But there is something. Something in our many missions that compel faculty and staff to stay and discover, educate, and reach out.

Work-life balance survey results

August 15, 2022
The response was tremendous. Thank you to the more than 2,000 faculty and staff members who provided honest feedback, including the submission of more than 1,100 thoughtful comments.

Executive Budget Council update

July 12, 2022
As a new budget model that can better align WSU’s resource allocation with its strategic priorities is finalized, a governance process to support the implementation of the new model also is being developed.