Employee award nominations due Dec. 19
 
Nominations for the 2007-2008 President’s Employee Excellence Awards are due to the attention of BJ Carlson, 448 French Administration Building, Pullman, WA 99164-1041 by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Five awards are given annually, determined by committee. Nominations should focus on outstanding contributions by the employee regarding productivity of the unit, innovative problem solving, positive working relations and community service. For more information or to submit your nomination, visit www.wsu.edu/president/excellence-awards.  Direct questions to committee chair Joan King at joank@wsu.edu or 335-9681.
 
Members sought for AP council
Applications will be accepted through Dec. 17 for Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) members.The council recently expanded from 12 to 16 members and will hold a special election to increase membership. The new positions will start Jan. 1.Application forms are ONLINE @ www.apac.wsu.edu.The council serves in an advisory capacity to the administration on issues that may affect administrative professional employees.
 
WSU helps found ecology network
WSU has been approved as a founding member of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).NEON isa continental-scale research platform sponsored by the National Science Foundation for discovering and understanding the impacts of climate change, land-use change and invasive species and is meant to transform ecological research in the United States.Membership was supported by the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO), various colleges and the Office of Research.
 
International curriculum proposals due Feb. 1
Proposals are being accepted through Feb. 1 from tenure-track faculty for internationalizing curriculum. Awardees will be notified by Feb. 28.The $1,000 awards from International Programs are for developing or enhancing courses with global content. Half of the award will be paid upon acceptance and half upon scheduling of the course. Applications and guidelines can be downloaded at www.ip.wsu.edu/mini-grants.html. Contact Aundrea Morrison at drea07@wsu.edu, 335-2541 of Bryan 206 with questions.
 
Jan. 31 deadline for proof of citizenship
Faculty and staff who travel should know that as of Jan. 31 proof of citizenship and identity will be required at all ports of entry into the United States, when entering via water or land. Proof of citizenship includes a birth certificate or naturalization certificate. Proof of identity includes a driver’s license. Children ages 18 and under need only present proof of citizenship. A passport is sufficient for both requirements. Turnaround time for getting a passport is four to six weeks. For passport information visit www.travel.state.gov or call1-877-487-2778.
 
Newsman Hewitt to accept Murrow award
Don Hewitt, creator and former executive producer of the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes,” will accept the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Communication at WSU at 7:30 p.m. April 3 in Beasley coliseum. The award is named for WSU’s most illustrious graduate, journalist Edward R. Murrow. Details about the 2008 Murrow Symposium will be available soon visit www.wsuevents.wsu.edu/murrow. Hewitt was the first director of “See It Now,” the landmark documentary news program that was coproduced by Fred W. Friendly and host Murrow. For a full article on Hewitt visit  www.wsutoday.wsu.edu and search “Hewitt.”