WSU News


Stadium Way at SR 270 Sidewalk Closure and detour

Portions of sidewalk on either side of Stadium Way are being replaced as part of the Gateway Project to improve ADA approaches.  During this time, portions of the sidewalk will be closed and pedestrians will be detoured around the site.  Heavy equipment will be in use so please follow signage and construction personnel directions.  This work is slated to take place June 29 – July 3.  This notice is in addition to the WSU event notification that went out on Friday, June 26.  Thank you for your patience as this work is completed.

Go Cougs!

Blaine McMahan


Early Career Workshop

There’s still time to register online for the Early Career Workshop at the early-registration rate of $25. After July 6th the rate increases to $40 and can be paid at the door, or by contacting us.

The focus of the workshop is to provide graduate students and post-doctoral researchers with insight into the current job market, life beyond graduate school/postdoc, and networking opportunities with potential employers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Shell, & academics.

To find out more information about the workshop topics, a list of guest speakers, and to register online please visit our website.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Shared leave

Nancy Kumpula-McWhirter, Veterinary Microbiology & Pathology, has been approved for shared leave.

Those interested in donating leave can contact Human Resource Services, 335-4521, or send in a shared-leave donation form to zip 1014, French 139.  WSU Policies & Procedures Manual Section 60.58 has information about Shared Leave and forms that can be copied for use.

Questions about the procedures to donate earned leave to any approved individual can be directed to Sally Wickizer ( at Human Resource Services.



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.Continue reading


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Definition of “Domestic” Mail
Domestic mail is mail transmitted within, among, and between the United States of America and its territories and possessions, Army Post Offices (APOs), Fleet Post Offices (FPOs), Diplomatic Post Offices (DPO), and the United Nations, NY. For this standard, the term “territories and possessions” comprises the following:Continue reading


July – Human Resource Services Newsletter – HR Source

Human Resource Services (HRS) is pleased to announce the publication of HR Source, an online newsletter that will be published electronically each month. HR Source will include information on upcoming training and events, benefit updates and other HR information that will be useful for all employees.

The newsletter will be published through WSU Announcements the fourth Friday of each month and will be available on the HRS website at:


Microsoft Office 365 project Phase One implementation June 30- July 6

The Microsoft Office 365 project is a strategic realignment of single sign on (SSO), email, and new service offerings for WSU faculty, staff, and students.

The Office 365 project will be implemented in two phases and consists of multiple service enhancements for faculty, staff, and students on all WSU campuses. When fully implemented this will include:

Phase One (June 30-July 6)

  • Single Sign On (SSO) for Office 365 services, such as student email
  • Microsoft Office for current students

Phase Two (gradual implementation begins August 2015 with completion targeted for early September)

  • OneDrive for Business for current faculty, staff, and students
  • Microsoft Office for current faculty and staff

Information Technology Services (ITS) will begin the implementation of Phase One on June 30 with completion targeted for July 6. Phase One will have the following impacts:

  • Beginning June 30, ITS will be unable to create any new Office 365 email accounts until July 6.
  • From 11 p.m. on July 4 to 8 a.m. on July 6 students and alumni may not be able to log into their student email accounts while ITS enables Office 365 features and makes required email changes.
  • On July 6th, the student and alumni login to Office 365 will change from to (WSU Network ID). (Note: For most Office 365 users, the existing NID is already in the format of firstname.lastname. These users will be less impacted by this change.)
  • The login will be the same user ID and password they use for zzusis and Blackboard.
  • Users who have two mailboxes (one at Office 365 and one at Central Exchange) please go here for more information.
  • Currently enrolled students will be able to download Microsoft Office for free after completion of Phase One by logging into their email at:

Some of the benefits provided by the Office 365 project include:

  • Provides students with just one account and password to remember and improves the on-boarding process (uses the same login for zzusis).
  • Microsoft Office will be provided at no cost to current students as well as faculty and staff and at no additional cost to WSU.
  • Improves calendaring and scheduling options between Office 365 student users and on premise faculty and staff Central Exchange users.
  • OneDrive for Business provides a new university-sanctioned centralized storage service.

Additional project detail and FAQs can be found at:

Get an intro to Blackboard next week

As WSU prepares to replace Angel with Blackboard Learn, faculty are encouraged to start setting up their new Blackboard course spaces for fall semester. To assist, WSU’s eLearning Services is offering two workshops next week. Faculty can attend in person at WSU Pullman or in videoconference rooms at the other campuses.

  • Basics at 10:30 a.m. June 29 (Terrell 24 and videoconference)
  • Rubrics and Assignments at 9 a.m. July 1 (Terrell 24 and videoconference)

To sign up for these or future Blackboard workshops, visit the Global Campus eLearning site. If none of these viewing options suits your needs, please contact Nick Webster for alternatives.

Personal help is also always available. 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,