WSU News


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

Lewiston Clarkston van pool / 1 free ride option

Hours during the academic term are 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-Thu. Van departs every Friday at 4 p.m. Summer hours are  7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. M-F

Leave Clarkston at 6:10 a.m. from the Bi-Mart parking lot in front of St. Vincent De Paul; (return drops off at this location).  Riders disembark at the Vet Med parking lot across from French Ad.  Not sure if van pool fits you? Take a free trip and see first.

Contacts: Jean Whittaker at 335-1126 or or Mike Petrusky at 335-2841 or Robert Wright at 335-2024

Inaugural Cougar Sports Kickoff

The Cougar Athletic Fund invites you to:

WHERE: Rogers Field
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 20 (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
WHAT: Cougar Sports Kickoff, BBQ Dinner Catered by South Fork, Music, Football Player Autographs, Beer/Wine Garden,
Games, Posters, Coaches, Student-Athletes, Bounce Houses, Give-A-Way’s and more!
– Adults: $15 4
– WSU Students/Children under 12: $10
– Children under age 2: Free
(Ticket includes entrance to event, BBQ dinner and soft drinks.)
Join the Cougar Athletic Fund and Washington State Athletics as we host the Inaugural Cougar Sports Kickoff. This family-fun BBQ includes a football team autograph session, music, games hosted by student-athletes, bouncy houses, and a wine/beer garden for adults. Welcome new color analyst Matt Chazanow as he co-emcees the evening with Cougar Legend Jason Gesser. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Jen Greeny (Volleyball), Mike Leach (Football) and other head coaches as they prepare their programs for the upcoming season.
Additional details and registration information are available at
For more information, contact Bridget Slaybaugh at or the Cougar Athletic Fund 509-335-0220.

Nominate Outstanding Professionals for NAPSA Region V Awards!

Each year NASPA Region V recognizes outstanding members by honoring individual professionals with regional awards. Regional award recipients will be forwarded for consideration for NASPA central awards, as applicable. Each nomination should include a letter of nomination, the requisite number of support letters, and the nominee’s resume and contact information. The nominations process is online at: The deadline to submit nominations is August 20, 2015. Recipients will be notified in early fall and the presentation of the awards will take place at the Region V Western Regional Conference, November 8-10 in Oakland, CA.


Awards include: 

President’s Award

Undergraduate Student Rising Star Award

Graduate Student Rising Star Award

Outstanding New Professional Award

Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award

NUFP Champion

Innovative Program Award

Knowledge Community Award for Collaboration & Visibility

Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean

Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA

Distinguished Service to the Profession Award


For more information, please contact Wendy Endress, Region V Awards Coordinator at

August 5 – Bullying and Violence in the Workplace (Videoconference)

What is bullying in the workplace?  What constitutes violence on the job?  This training session will provide WSU employees with information related to these and other workplace environment issues.  It will describe the University policies and employee resources related to workplace violence, workplace bullying, and domestic violence.

This session occurs on August 5, 2015 from 1:30PM-3:00PM. It is important to register in advance. To do so, click HERE!

Why I Chose WSU…

Human Resource Services is excited to introduce our employee testimonial program featuring stories from alumni and current employees on why they chose Washington State University. Our first feature is on Karina Barajas, Principal Assistant, Office of the Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer with WSU Tri-Cities, learn about her journey with WSU here: