WSU is streamlining its annual celebration of faculty and staff achievement in light of pending budget cuts.

“As a research university engaged in the kind of work that prepares students for future careers and spurs economic development and innovation, Washington State University has much to celebrate and be proud of,” said Warwick Bayly, provost and executive vice president. “Our current economic situation requires that we scale back from previous years, but it is important for us to continue to recognize the remarkable contributions being made by faculty and staff across the university.”

The Academic Showcase poster displays and the Celebrating Excellence recognition banquet will continue to anchor the March 27 festivities. The time of the Distinguished Faculty Address will change to 2:30-3:30 p.m. in CUB 212 and the event will not include a complimentary lunch.

Wendy Brown, professor in veterinary microbiology and pathology, will give the address. The College of Veterinary Medicine will host the event and a reception to follow.

The Retirees Reception will be incorporated into the evening event. The Emeritus Society Excellence Award winner Clive Gay will be honored at the banquet.

Savings realized with the changes will total nearly 40 percent. Employee invitations will not be printed, but will be sent via e-mail.

The banquet cost will remain $35, but a cash bar will replace complimentary drinks. Admission will remain free for each honoree and one guest.

Reservations for the Distinguished Faculty Address will be helpful, but not necessary. Guests who have made reservations for the address luncheon are asked to e-mail Tena Old at if they no longer plan to attend the address at the new time.

The public is invited to both the Distinguished Faculty Address and the morning Academic Showcase poster display of research and creative scholarship.

To make reservations and for more information, see the Showcase website ONLINE