WSU News


Friday 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

Fruit DNA, climate change, smart environments, and biofuels are just a few of the topics to be discussed at the 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium Friday, July 31 in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE).

The event will feature poster presentations by nearly 80 students from universities across America, Brazil, and Puerto Rico. The students spent 10 weeks working on faculty-mentored research projects in many disciplines.

The Symposium schedule:

9:30 a.m., CUE 203:  A keynote address by Associate Dean of the WSU Graduate School and Associate Professor of Plant Pathology Lori Carris

10 a.m.-1 p.m., CUE Atrium:  The poster session, which is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The students’ summer research experience was supported by funding from from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S.D.A., and faculty grants.

For a listing of the projects, visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website.

Aug 6: Special training session with the WA State Executive Ethics Board

Representatives of the Washington State Executive Ethics Board will visit Pullman on Thursday, August 6 to present their program “Ethics in Public Service.” The training will use actual case scenarios and reality-based scenarios to explore the Ethics in Public Service Act (RCW 42.52) and Use of Resources (WAC 292-110010). Ethical concepts will be explained and practical tools provided so state employees will know how to handle ethical issues when they arise in the workplace.

Two sessions are available that day: a morning session from 10-11:30 a.m., and an afternoon session from 1:30-3 p.m. Both sessions originate in Pullman (FSHN T-101) and will be available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing Services.

This training is typically available to WSU only once every two years. It is a unique opportunity to learn from those most directly involved with the State Ethics Law.

Register here!

August 6 – New Employee Orientation (Pullman)

New to WSU? New Employee Orientation (NEO) helps new employees learn about the University while providing them with the resources to become a successful employee. NEO is broken into two sessions.

  • Part 1: New Employee Orientation is recommended for all employees; this portion occurs from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. New Employee Orientation provides medical, dental, life and disability insurance information, as well as information on payroll, employment basics, resources and leave processes.
  •  Part 2: New Employee Retirement Orientation: is highly encouraged for all retirement plan eligible employees (choose the session below) that corresponds with your employment type.
  • Faculty and Administrative Professional retirement information 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    Civil Service and hourly retirement information 3-4 p.m.
  • We encourage all new employees to attend within their first 30 days of employment

To enroll click HERE!

Closed Week at the SRC

The Student Recreation Center will be closed for semi-annual deep cleaning beginning Sunday, Aug. 2, through Saturday, Aug. 8. During this week-long closure, we will be refinishing all of the SRC courts, cleaning all surfaces and equipment, and installing new fitness machines. Fitness classes that are regularly scheduled to take place at the SRC will be moved to the Yoga Lodge, Smith Gym, or PEB during the SRC closed week. For more information, please visit or call 335-UREC (8732).


New Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Dr. Sasi K. Pillay has accepted Washington State University’s offer to become the new Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.  He will be joining WSU from the University of Wisconsin System where he serves as the Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer. WSU will be working closely with Dr. Pillay over the next few months to ensure a successful transition.

Updates to

You may have recently noticed changes to

In the last month, we have had over 45K visits to, prompting us to examine the layout of our site.

Human Resource Services’ goal is to provide potential applicants with easy navigation to information on employment at Washington State University.

Below you will find information on the modifications that have been made to

  • WSUjobs now features a 60 second recruitment video titled “Picture Yourself a Part of WSU” that highlights WSU’s statewide presence.
  • Quick links to Veteran, Equity & Diversity, and Alumni resources have been added.
  • In addition to the video and quick link resources we have added a link to “Why I Chose WSU” an employee testimonial program featuring stories from alumni and current employees on why they chose Washington State University.

Please note that HRS is currently working on transitioning our main HRS site to WordPress. Therefore additional updates to WSUjobs can be anticipated over the next few months.

Two Blackboard workshops this week

WSU’s eLearning Services is offering two workshops this week on Blackboard Learn, which is replacing Angel as the University’s learning management system. Faculty can attend in person at WSU Pullman, or in videoconference rooms at the other campuses.

  • Communities at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 30 (Terrell 24, or contact Nick Webster for video conference options)
  • Features and Functions at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 31 (Terrell 24, or contact Nick Webster for video conference options)

No registration is required. You can also visit the drop-in lab in Van Doren Room 3, or have someone come to your office by emailing For more resources, including the Live Chat feature, please see the LMS Transition website,


Going to Rutgers?

The WSUAA is working with Sports & Entertainment Travel, who has a block of hotel rooms reserved in Times Square at a great rate – but there are only four left so reserve your room today!  They are also providing a round-trip bus from New York to Rutgers University on game day.  If you are interested in the travel package, visit  To sign up for The PreGame, visit



IMPORTANT — BPPM Revision 452

This BPPM revision includes the following changes:

    Emergency Planning and Preparedness 50.39

    Relocation Expense Overview 70.60

    Commute Trip Reduction 80.86

    Requesting a Telephone Directory 85.43

For a summary of the changes and link to the new sections, see the BPPM Revision 452 memorandum at:

Contact:  Office of Procedures, Records, and Forms; telephone 335-2005