Technical support staff are invited to attend the first WSU information technology forum March 13-15 on the Pullman campus. Free to WSU employees, the forum will provide professional development and networking opportunities. Attendees must register in advance via the website at http://infotech.wsu.edu/vpis no later than March 4.

Ed Lazowska, the Bill and Melinda Gates chair in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington and co-chair of the national President’s Information Technology Advisory Council, will highlight the Sunday evening keynote session.

The forum will feature concurrent sessions and round table discussions on a variety of topics, including technology directions, network and security, and best practices. Presenters from across the WSU system will share their expertise.

Two half-day workshops will focus on: network security, presented by Tom Ambrosi, WSU network security coordinator; and myWSU architecture, feature, and integration strategies, presented by members of the portal project.

A variety of topics will be highlighted at upcoming conferences slated at locations throughout the university. Following is a brief description of each:

• “EJ-ACT!: Environmental Justice-Action, Communities and Topics,” will be held all day Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Center for Social and Environmental Justice, WSU Vancouver. This conference will address urban environmental justice, farm worker and immigrant issues and issues that affect indigenous communities.

Speakers will include Ramon Ramirez, of Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United, and Robin Morris Collin, professor of law at Willamette University.

Registration is $10, due Monday, Feb. 21. For more information, contact Ben Duncan at 546-9490 or see http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/programs/csejustice.

• “Creating a Culture of Change: Extension, Entrepreneurship and Engagement,” all day Tuesday-Thursday, March 1-3, WSU Pullman. This annual All-Extension Conference provides an opportunity to learn new ways of engaging community members and partners, as well as exploring the meaning and value of extension work in the context of the larger university.

Presentations by the key speakers will be open free to the entire university community. Cam Marston will address how different generations can get along in the workplace at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the CUB ballroom. Dan Cotton and Carla Craycraft will discuss an initiative to create a Web-based national extension information and learning center at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the CUB ballroom.

Registration costs vary. For more information and to register, see http://www.emmps.wsu.edu/globalization/index.html.

• “Quality & Sustainability,” annual WSU Extension’s Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center conference, all day Wednesday, March 23, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, downtown Spokane. The conference brings together healthcare colleagues to share, plan and maximize the opportunities offered under Critical Access Hospital status.

Speakers will include Alma Hardy, health insurance specialist, providing a Medicare/Medicaid update; and Bill Sexton, insurance, and Robyn Cooke, American Hospital Association, speaking on quality in rural hospitals.

Registration costs $30. See http://www.ahec.spokane.wsu.edu for more information or contact the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center WSU Extension at 358-7640 or 800-279-0705 or e-mail conference@wsu.edu.

• “Ever Changing Rural Health,” all day Thursday and Friday, March 24-25, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, downtown Spokane. The region’s largest rural health conference highlights new programs and ways of doing business, collaborative relationships and the processes of creating change in communities.

Speakers will include Hilda Heady, president of National Rural Health Association, addressing policy and rural health advocacy, and John Active, radio news reporter in Bethel, Alaska, presenting native perspectives.

Registration costs $115-$235. See http://www.ahec.spokane.wsu.edu for more information or contact the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center WSU Extension at 358-7640 or 800-279-0705 or e-mail conference@wsu.edu.