WSU News


July 29 Financial Data Warehouse Training

A few more seats are still available in this week’s Financial Data Warehouse training session.  It takes place on Wed, July 29 from 9:00am-12:00pm.  This hands-on computer lab incorporates a variety of exercises using the BusinessObjects tools. Using actual WSU financial data, you will practice running pre-built reports and queries, building simple ad-hoc queries and reports, importing and exporting data, and formatting basic reports.

Note: Prior to attending, you should have been granted access to the Financial Data Warehouse by having the access form approved by the Data Guardian(s). Please see Access Procedures for more information.

Click here to register.

The PreGame

Join the WSUAA & WSU Athletics on the road for Cougar away football games!  There will be a PreGame at Rutgers, Cal, Arizona and UCLA.  See all the details (including travel package information for Rutgers) at  WSUAA & CAF members get in for $5!

August – Electronic Forms System Training

This training provides an overview regarding how the electronic forms system functions and specific instruction on completion of the electronic forms that participants expect to use. Current forms in the system include the Request for Shipment of Merchandise, the Sponsored Projects Activity Request (SPAR), and the Travel Expense Voucher.

Upcoming session:

August 4, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

August 18, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

To register click HERE!

Employees not based in Pullman who are interested in this training should contact the Office of Procedures, Records and Forms at or 509-335-2005.

August 4 – Time Report Training (Videoconferenced)

Do you have administrative responsibility for reviewing and/or signing time reports for employees?   Are you an employee who is uncertain how to properly complete a time report?   This session will originate from Pullman and will be available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing on August 4, 2015 from 9AM-11AM.  This course provides information on leave accruals, accurate time reporting, how to document overtime and much, much more.  Participate in this session to learn how to accurately maintain time reports and understand how critical accurate time reporting is.

It is important to register in advance. To do so, click here!

August 4 – New Employee Orientation (videoconferenced)

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!

**NEO sessions are available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing

Student Financial Services- Office Closed Today

The Pullman Campus Student Financial Services office, including the Communications Center which answers customer calls and processes customer emails, will be closed Today Tuesday, July 28th from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for an all staff training meeting. Faxes sent to Student Financial Services and customer emails sent to during our one day closure will be accepted but will not be processed until the next business day.

The SFS office will resume normal business hours of 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.Tomorrow, July 29th. Please note that regional campus Student Financial Services offices (Vancouver, Tri-Cities, and Spokane) will be open. This one day closure only impacts the Pullman Campus office.   We apologize for any inconvenience the closure may cause our WSU community partners and customers, and thank you for supporting our office.

Thank you!

Student Financial Services

Road Closure Valley Road

Facility Services will have Valley Road Closed between Merman Drive to Stadium Way July 28th and 29th to repair the water main.  We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused.  If you have any questions please call Eric Slocum with Heavy Equipment 335-9088 or the City of Pullman Dan Crimmins 338-3216.

Department of Retirement Systems Rate Change and Retirement Outlook Newsletter

As of July 1, 2015, the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) changed the employee contribution rate for PERS 2 participants. The new rate is 6.12%, up from 4.92%. This new contribution rate was reflected on the July 24th paycheck.  The other DRS plans (LEOFF and TRS) did not have changes to their rates.

Additionally, for all DRS participants, the Summer 2015 edition of the Retirement Outlook Newsletter is now available. The Retirement Outlook Newsletter provides valuable information on Department of Retirement Systems programs, benefits and services.

The Feast

There are only a few tables left for the September 4th Feast, featuring Barnard Griffin!  After that, there are only two remaining with seats open so don’t wait!  Sign up and read more about this delicious four-course dinner series (by WSU’s Executive Chef Callison) at