Planning is under way for Washington State University’s second annual Academic Showcase and Recognition Banquet to be held April 1, 2005. President V. Lane Rawlins has appointed professor Frances K. McSweeney to chair the steering committee, which includes faculty and staff David Bahr, Tom Brigham, Donna Clark, Karen Fischer, Mary Gresch, Dave Hoyt, Mary Sanchez Lanier, Judy Mitchell, John Nilson, Tena Old, Jerman Rose, John Sutherland, Dave Turnbull and Jim Zuba.

Building upon last year’s successful events, the day will begin with a juried poster session for students and faculty to highlight recently published and ongoing scholarly and creative activity.

“The purpose of Showcase is literally to showcase the strength of our faculty and students by illustrating the interesting work that they’re doing,” said McSweeney. “We want Showcase to become the annual meeting for the university community, a time to come together and learn about each other and our shared enterprise.”

Abstracts may be submitted by faculty, staff or students. The online site (http://www.showcase.wsu.edu) to submit abstracts through will open Jan. 10 and will close Feb. 25. Submitters will be notified of acceptance on March 7. Complete guidelines for abstract submission will be available Jan. 10. Sanchez Lanier is chairing the subcommittee that is planning this event. Serving with her are Brigham, Rose and Nilson.

The Academic Showcase will be followed by a university luncheon, featuring the Distinguished Faculty Address.

The day’s events will culminate with “Celebrating Excellence — An evening honoring our faculty and staff.” Recipients of the university’s top faculty and staff awards — the Eminent Faculty Award, the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards, the Marian E. Smith Faculty Achievement Award, the President’s Employee Excellence Awards and the presenter of the Distinguished Faculty Address — as well as newly tenured and promoted faculty, will be honored during this evening banquet.

More information about the events will be forthcoming and will be updated after Jan. 10 at http://www.wsu.showcase.edu. The online site to make luncheon and banquet reservations will open Feb. 18.