Notices and Announcements

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Amber Stokes, WSU Global Campus, has been approved for shared leave. Those interested in donating may do so by following these instructions:

From your Workday home page:

  1. Click on Absence applet.
  2. Click Request Absence.
  3. Click on today’s date only on the calendar (even if donating for a range of dates).
  4. Click blue Request Absence button on bottom left side.
  5. Select Absence Type, then Donate Leave, then choose type of leave you wish to donate and click next.
  6. On the next Request Absence screen, click the gray Edit Quantity per Day option.
  7. Enter the amount of hour you would like to donate in the Update All Quantities box, then in the comments leave the name of the recipient. Click done.
  8. Choose Reason for Donation, then submit.

When submitting donated leave, please only list one recipient per transaction. Thank you.

Questions about the procedures to donate shared leave to an approved individual can be directed to Human Resource Services, 509-335-4521 or hrs@wsu.edu.

WSU AAUP will meet Friday, Feb. 23, at 12:10 p.m. via Zoom.

WSU AAUP is the local chapter of AAUP, the largest and oldest faculty advocacy group in the country. For more information see wsuaaup.com.

All faculty are welcome to attend our meetings! We hope to see you there!

Do you know an AP that goes above and beyond their expected or required job performance?

The APAC Contribution Awards recognize administrative professionals who have made exceptional contributions to Washington State University and their respective areas or units system-wide. The nomination form will close on Friday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m.

Consider submitting an Administrative Professional nomination for this award and review the nomination requirements.

The Nutrition & Gut Microbiome Lab of Dr. Franck Carbonero in WSU Spokane and Pullman is recruiting volunteers to participate in our exciting research on the effects of cranberry juice on UTIs, the gut microbiome, and their metabolites.

Participant eligibility conditions:

  • Postmenopausal women
  • Drink cranberry/placebo juice
  • Provide urine and stool samples as well as vaginal swabs

Volunteers cannot participate if there is a history of:

  • UTIs in the last year, recurrent UTIs, or other vaginal health conditions in the last year
  • Celiac disease/Non-Celiac gluten intolerance
  • IBS, diverticulitis, IBD
  • Suspected or known strictures
  • Fistulas or physiological/mechanical GI obstruction, chronic diarrhea
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Stroke, certain cancers
  • Have BMI > 35
  • Habitual use of nicotine containing products of any kind in the last 6 months

Participants will be compensated with $100 in gift cards for completing two dietary periods (15 days each) with a washout period (15 days) in between.

For more information, please email NEP.GutMicrobiome@wsu.edu or call 509-358-7612.

WSU HRPP/IRB Participant Information: IRB #19957, irb@wsu.edu

Thank you!

Your budget and budget justification may not make or break a grant proposal, but a well-crafted budget can make for a smoother funding process. Amanda Yager, Assistant Director of Research Administration at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health, will teach you the basics of preparing a budget, plus common pitfalls and federal requirements. Additionally, discover how to write a compelling budget justification that supports your proposal and allows you to avoid the dreaded budget cut.

Join us on Thursday, Feb. 29, at 2 p.m.

RSVP for the Zoom link

Join us at the museum on Friday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a 1-day round bag weaving workshop with Jacy SoHappy, Traditional Arts Manager at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. Jacy will lead up to 12 participants in the creation of miniature woven baskets using hemp twine and yarn. Different techniques will be demonstrated, and patterns will be available to use. The workshop is free, with registration required. Six of the 12 spots will be reserved for WSU students. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Common Reading Program. Another workshop for 12 participants will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24.

About the instructor | Jacy SoHappy, Taamamno Ilp Ilp (Red Hummingbird), is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation and was born and raised in the Mission/Pendleton area. She descends from the Cayuse, Nez Perce, and Yakama Tribes. She grew up in the tribal longhouse, traveling Indian country on the pow wow trail and medicine dances, learning how to preserve Native cultural identity and teachings from her grandmother, Loretta “Lonnie” Alexander (Pinkham). SoHappy has followed in her grandmother’s footsteps as a gatherer, seamstress, and painter. These teachings have seeped into her artwork, expressing her dedication to preserving Native culture and identity for the future of our children. Jacy looks forward to working with all of you. One heart. One mind.

Join us at the museum on Thursday, Feb. 22, from noon–1 p.m. for a talk with Michael Holloman and Jacy SoHappy, who will speak about Indigenous weaving and beading practices as they relate to artworks and cultural materials featured in the exhibition “Here in a Homemade Forest: Common Reading Connections.” Guest curator Michael Holloman will emphasize the importance of intergenerational knowledge and the artworks as living items, not only in relation to the materials from which they are made, but also in how they are used in community. Visiting artist Jacy SoHappy will add context based on her personal experiences as a maker. SoHappy will also lead two Round Bag Weaving Workshops at the museum on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24. The talk will take place in the museum’s Pavilion Gallery and will also be livestreamed and recorded for those who cannot attend in person.

Location | The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus. For more information, please visit museum.wsu.edu/about.

Washington State University community,

After 45 years of dedication and outstanding service, it is with both joy and a hint of nostalgia that we announce the retirement of our esteemed colleague, Patty Gropp.

Please join us in celebrating this remarkable milestone at a retirement party in Patty’s honor:

Thursday, Feb. 29
3–5 p.m.

Lighty 405, WSU Pullman

Throughout Patty’s professional career at Washington State University, she has been an integral part of our community — from earning two bachelor’s degrees at WSU to serving as an associate director for procurement and contract services, Patty has left an indelible mark on our institution, creating lasting connections and fostering a spirit of excellence.

As we bid farewell to Patty, let’s come together to express our gratitude, share fond memories, and wish her well in this exciting new chapter of life. Your presence will make this event truly memorable.

Part of a new series featuring discussants from the Arts and Humanities, all are invited to join an interdisciplinary dialogue Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. Three presenters will briefly share their approach to research, scholarship, and/or creative activity on the selected topic and then will engage in informal conversation with audience members about their related work and interests.

The event will be held at WSU Pullman’s Lewis Alumni Center and refreshments will be provided. All are also welcome to join remotely via Zoom.

Please RSVP online and we will follow up with a calendar invite and Zoom information if requested.

Contact the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships with any questions.

Support the WSU system and make a difference as an administrative professional through coordinated APAC efforts.

The 2024 Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) Election Application Session opened on Monday, Feb. 12. The application form will close at 5 p.m. on March 15. Review more about eligibility and application requirements on the APAC web page.

The University Common Requirements (UCORE) Committee continues its Spring 2024 Lunch & Learn Information Literacy series. In this third session, we will host a WSU student panel on AI text generators on Feb. 28 in CUE 518 on the Pullman campus and via Zoom.

Kate Watts, Scholarly Professor in the Department of English and Director of Composition, will provide an overview of AI text generators as well as suggested pedagogical approaches for classroom inclusion. Then, four student panelists from across majors at WSU will share how they engage with AI. Finally, Writing Center Director Brooklyn Walter will share the Writing Program’s curated “Teaching with Writing in the AI Age.” We will then welcome dialogue amongst attendees.

Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees. The final Lunch & Learn will focus on Information Literacy in CAPS courses and will be held on March 20 from 12:10–1:30 p.m. in CUE 518.

If you plan to attend, please register for the first workshop by noon on Feb. 26. Please feel free to reach out to ashley.boyd@wsu.edu if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Ashley Boyd
Director, University Common Requirements (UCORE)

This webinar by Omada Health provides tips and information on how to protect your health and prevent type 2 diabetes, as well as an overview of the personalized approach available to you through the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).

Wednesday, Feb. 21
Noon–1 p.m.

To register to attend, visit the WellCoug Health and Wellness course in Percipio.

Join the WA Employee Assistance Program to explore actionable strategies for supporting and empowering black employees in the workplace and beyond. From fostering inclusive cultures to implementing mentorship programs, we delve into initiatives that break down barriers and cultivate an environment where black professionals can thrive. Join us as we discuss practical approaches to elevate diversity, equity, and inclusion, promoting long-lasting success for individuals and organizations alike.

Tuesday, Feb. 27
3–4 p.m.

To register, visit the WellCoug Health and Wellness course in Percipio.

WSU benefit-eligible faculty & staff have access to a variety of health and fitness discounts through the Employee Assistance Program and our medical insurance plans. We encourage you to explore and take advantage of these offerings.

Access to a nationwide network of gyms is available through Active&Fit Direct for all WSU PEBB-eligible employees. For $28 per month, you gain access to their network of gyms, spousal benefits, lifestyle coaching, online and video classes, and other health and fitness resources.

Employee Assistance Program: All benefit-eligible employees can access Active&Fit Direct through the EAP Work/Life Portal, even if you waive WSU medical coverage. After logging in (access code: WSU), select the Savings Center and proceed to the Perks at Work site. Other offerings you can peruse include free weekly online fitness classes, corporate pricing on fitness apps, and discounts on many other devices and services.

Medical plan benefits: If you are enrolled in a WSU PEBB medical plan, you can follow the links below to access Active&Fit Direct and other fitness benefits your insurance plan may offer.

Save the date! Registration for the Women’s Leadership Conference sponsored by UI and WSU will be open at the end of this month!

The Women’s Leadership Conference, co-organized by WSU and University of Idaho, will be held on April 2 at the Best Western in Moscow, ID. This year’s theme is:

“Together, We Rise”

Join us to celebrate our differences, build common ground and create an empowered community of professional colleagues.

If you or someone you know would like to present at the conference, please visit the Call for Speaker Proposals web page on the event website.

Biosketches and Current & Pending Support (CPS) documents are crucial elements of any NSF proposal. NSF requires senior personnel to fill out these two documents using the online SciENcv portal.

On March 6, noon–1 p.m., plan to bring your lunch and your laptop to work alongside research development specialist, Cheryl Dykstra-Aiello, from the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships as she demonstrates the steps you need to create your own NSF-compliant Biosketch and CPS documents in SciENcv.

RSVP online to attend

Thursday, Feb. 29, 7–8 p.m.
330 N. Grand Ave., Pullman Depot — in the Freight Room (next to the train cars)

Join us for a pair of illustrated presentations. The first, by Dr. Trevor Bond, will examine the life of a remarkable Washington State College faculty member and graduate of Colfax High School who taught at the institution from 1926 to 1939 and trained and inspired a generation of broadcasters including Edward R. Murrow. Dr. Phil Gruen will explore the growth of Pullman campus under the Holland administration and the embrace of the Gregorian revival style in creating a new identity for Washington’s land grant college.

The WSU Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers is excited to announce our 15th annual Kids’ Science & Engineering Day: “Journey to the Jurassic!” KSED will take place on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sloan and Dana Hall on the Pullman campus.

Students from K–5 in the region are invited to join us for a carnival-style event to learn all there is to know about science and engineering. Kids will be able to watch cool chemistry demonstrations, build structures, interact with undergraduate-led activities, and more. Highlights include engaging STEM activities by WSU clubs, captivating Planetarium shows from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and complimentary event T-shirts for those who pre-register by March 1.

If you are interested in volunteering, make sure to sign up through our Givepulse!

Secure your spot by purchasing tickets for your child or someone you know.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our event coordinator: rylee.gannon@wsu.edu.

The Sleep and Performance Research Center welcomes Dr. Jerry Yin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Genetics and Neurology, to WSU Spokane on Tuesday, Feb. 27. He will be providing his seminar at 12:10 p.m., “Circadian Rhythms and Drosophila Memory Formation,” in SCCRS 250 and via Zoom.

Jerry Yin received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Molecular Biology. After completing his post-doctoral work at MIT and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000, he returned to UW-Madison in 2004 where he is now a Professor in the Genetics and Neurology department.

The Yin Lab primarily focused on how memories are formed and persist in the brain, which circadian and sleep related processes are part of. Most of the lab work centers around the cAMP/PKA/CREB signaling pathway. In fly models of disease, sleep and cAMP signaling are prodromal endophenotypes that are causally involved in disease progression. Dr. Yin’s lab is interested in why they are dysfunctional, and how to overcome their problems.

We look forward to you joining us in person (SCCRS 250) or through Zoom!

Questions/Zoom link? Contact Michelle Sanchez at michelle.r.sanchez@wsu.edu.

Tuesday, Feb. 27
10:10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Center for Institutional Research Computing’s (CIRC) hands-on introductory workshop introduces basic High Performance Computing (HPC) concepts including job submission and file transfer. Learn to utilize the freely available computing resources on WSU’s Kamiak HPC to power your research!

This workshop will be held online, advance registration is required.

More details are available at hpc.wsu.edu/training.