Notices and Announcements

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TIAA consultant Joah will be on the Pullman campus on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 25, 26, and 27.

For WSURP and VIP participants, Joah can assist you with the following: developing long-term retirement savings strategies; reviewing/adjusting retirement allocations; or learning about TIAA retirement income options and flexibility.

All WSU employees can participate in the VIP (Voluntary Investment Plan). If you are interested in learning more about this program or saving more for retirement, Joah can provide information about the VIP. Appointment times are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To schedule a meeting please call 1-800-732-8353, or schedule online.

Following the university holiday schedule, technical support provided by Crimson Service Desk and classroom support provided by Pullman Integrated Academic Technologies will be unavailable on Juneteenth, Wednesday, June 19.

Technical support and Pullman classroom support services will resume at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 20.

Please contact our teams with any support questions before this scheduled closure:

Requests for assistance submitted via email on June 19 will be addressed as soon as Crimson Service Desk and Pullman Integrated Academic Technologies reopen. We thank you for your patience and look forward to assisting you after this upcoming holiday.

For any questions regarding this closure, please email crimsonservicedesk@wsu.edu.

The third in a series of opportunities to discuss strategies to use the 2024–25 Common Reading book, How the Other Half Eats, will be held on Thursday, June 20, from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

Those interested in considering use of the book for a course or program are invited to come talk about their ideas with colleagues and are welcome to drop into just one session, or several, as meets their interests. The full series of discussion opportunities, is available in the Common Reading calendar of events.

The Common Reading website also includes links to a number of resources — a Teaching Guide, library guides, discussion questions, and a 2023 report on college student food insecurity in our state.

Thanks to generous funding from the Office of the Provost, all incoming first-year students on the Pullman, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Global campuses will be receiving paperback copies of the book. Information on faculty and student copies is also available on the Common Reading website.

Beginning June 24 and extending through July 9, Spokane Street will be closed from NE Washington Street to SE Columbia Street to thru traffic. Detour will be marked, please observe all traffic signage and personnel.

To mobilize a system-wide initiative titled ‘WSU SMART Innovation’ (Sustainable Model to Accelerate Research Translation and drive inclusive Innovation), an interdisciplinary team, co-facilitated by the Office of Commercialization and the College of Arts and Sciences, is putting together a proposal submission for the NSF Accelerating Research Translation (ART) grant. Through this submission we will be requesting a total of $6 million over the 4-year grant period to implement the core mission of the NSF ART program, which is intended for Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) to increase their ability to conduct and accelerate research translation activities with a clear focus on the resultant societal impact and economic benefits to their surrounding communities and regions. Once awarded, IHEs will be required to identify and fund at least two active Seed Translational Research Projects (STRPs) selected from across the full spectrum of research disciplines supported within the lead institution.

We are inviting WSU faculty to submit proposals for STRPs, eligible for funding under this ART program. Prospective projects should focus on translating fundamental research into tangible benefits or impact within a short period (< 2 years).

Additional information is available online.

Surplus Stores will be closed for surplus pick-ups and drop-offs Monday–Friday, June 24–28.

We will be using this time to prepare for our live auction on Thursday, June 27, and our pre-price sale on Friday, June 28.

We will resume our pick-up and drop-off service on Monday, July 1.

Please pass this along to any other staff in your areas that may be submitting Surplus Disposal Requests and expecting us to pick up or wanting to drop surplus off.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Do you have a colleague or know a current WSU faculty or staff member who provides exceptional service, exceeds expectations and represents WSU well to internal and external constituencies? Nominate them for a Crimson Spirit Award!

Period two nominations are being accepted now through July 12. The nomination form and more information about the award are available online.

Does your department hire students?

Join us at the Student Employment Fair during the Week of Welcome to meet face-to-face with potential employees and increase your department visibility! The fair is free for all WSU internal departments/employers.

Tuesday, Aug. 13
1–3 p.m.
Glenn Terrell Mall
Pullman, WA

Register on Handshake or email studentjobs@wsu.edu.

From Sunday, June 16, to Thursday, June 20, Information Technology Services (ITS) will implement a quarterly network infrastructure upgrade process to address security and bug fixes.

During the maintenance windows for this quarter’s updates, internet and VoIP phone connectivity across the WSU system may be impacted.

While internet outages during the impacted maintenance windows are not expected to exceed 15–30 minutes, the entire maintenance windows will remain reserved for this work.

For a detailed schedule of network service interruptions, along with impacted buildings and campuses, please visit the ITS website.

Please reach out to Crimson Service Desk via email at crimsonservicedesk@wsu.edu, phone at 509‑335‑4357, or online at crimsonservicedesk.wsu.edu for additional information or technical support.

From Saturday, June 15, to Sunday, June 16, Information Technology Services’ Network Engineering team will replace the Pullman DataCenter infrastructure. Please see the expected maintenance schedule and service impact:

June 15 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Information Technology Building (ITB) and Sloan DataCenters will migrate to the new infrastructure.
  • Impact: Services that rely on the DataCenter infrastructure may experience several small outages.

June 16 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • ITB 1010 will migrate to the new infrastructure.
  • Impact: Services that rely on the infrastructure located in ITB 1010 will experience several small outages as cables are moved. Departments that have servers in ITB 1010 will be impacted.

Please visit the Pullman DataCenter project page for more information on impacted services, impacted departments, FAQs, and a detailed maintenance schedule.

The Collaboration for InterProfessional Health Education Research & Scholarship (CIPHERS) initiative at the College of Medicine is thrilled to announce the third offering of its Education Scholars Program (ESP), a longitudinal faculty development program oriented to WSU health professions faculty and those with affiliate appointments who want to deepen their understanding of learning theory as it informs practice and apply these concepts to developing skills in education scholarship.

Co-facilitators: Dr. Dawn DeWitt, Professor & Senior Associate Dean, CIPHERS Director, WSU College of Medicine and Dr. Julie Larsen, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology, WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

The ESP is open to all WSU health professions faculty from all campus locations or healthcare professionals with a WSU faculty appointment. Individuals with teaching responsibilities who anticipate career paths dedicated to teaching, leadership, and scholarship in health professions education are encouraged to apply, in addition to  faculty who teach in clinical settings and/or residency-affiliated faculty.

To learn more: Detailed information about ESP 2024–25 program content, eligibility criteria, logistics, and application instructions is available online.

Apply now! Applications are due Monday, July 1.

Questions? Please send an email to: medicine.ciphers@wsu.edu.

Grow and develop your skills with these upcoming online learning opportunities in Percipio:

  • Coaching the Van Driver
    June 20, 1:30 p.m.
    This training program, tailored for WSU cargo or passenger van drivers, covers essential topics such as vehicle inspections, safe driving techniques, varied driving environments, and specific considerations. Additionally, it provides guidance on collision reporting procedures. Learn more and register in Percipio.
  • Whistleblower Act
    July 9, 10:15 a.m.
    Enacted by WA State Legislature, the Whistleblower Act intends to provide an avenue for state employees to report improper governmental actions while maintaining the confidentiality of the reporting individual. All WSU employees at all levels of the organization are encouraged to participate in this course. Learn more and register in Percipio.
  • Legacy Financial Warehouse (OBIEE Training)
    July 9, 10 a.m.
    Participants learn how to view and export existing reports, create new analyses, and incorporate filters and functions effectively within the 12c environment. Log in to Percipio to view required pre-requisites and register.
  • Emotional Intelligence
    July 10, 10 a.m.
    This topic explores our abilities to recognize, understand, and manage our emotions. Areas of application include team development, effective communication, and motivation. Log in to Percipio to view required pre-requisites and register.

This course for supervisors and administrators focuses on the newly formed bargaining unit for academic student employees (ASEs), providing insight into the provisions and requirements of the contract as it relates to this newly organized bargaining unit.

Register in Percipio for upcoming sessions June 10 or 25.

Locker-style beef (whole or half carcass) is available from Cougar Quality Meats. Beef will be from Angus-type cattle with premium levels of marbling to maximize eating satisfaction. Carcasses will be aged a minimum of 14 days to optimize tenderness. Contact WSU meat scientist, Dr. Blake Foraker (blake.foraker@wsu.edu), for more information.

The following BPPM policies are revised:

  • 60.13 Consensual Romantic or Sexual Relationships Between Faculty, Staff, and/or Students (moved from Executive Policy Manual EP28)
  • 60.14 Nepotism

For a summary of the changes, see BPPM Revision #629.

Starting mid-June 2024, Microsoft Teams meeting recordings will save to the meeting organizer’s OneDrive account by default. This will change Microsoft’s current practice of saving Teams meeting recordings to the OneDrive account of the user who initiates the recording.

This change will only affect the storage location of meeting recordings. Meeting co-organizers and presenters assigned by the meeting organizer will continue to have the ability to start or stop a meeting recording.

If the meeting organizer’s OneDrive account does not have sufficient storage, or a recording fails to upload to OneDrive successfully, the recording will remain accessible from the meeting chat, or by opening the meeting in the Teams calendar and selecting the Recap tab.

This will allow meeting organizers to better manage access permissions and recording file management, and ensure recordings are governed similarly to other meeting components such as the calendar invite, transcript, and more.

This change is not expected to have significant impact on WSU Teams users and will be implemented automatically, with no end-user or administrative action required.

Information Technology Services (ITS) recommends updating any relevant support documentation regarding Microsoft Teams recording with this upcoming process change as needed.

Please contact Crimson Service Desk via email at crimsonservicedesk@wsu.edu or phone at 509-335-4357 for any questions or concerns.

To better accommodate potential presenters who may need time to prepare their submissions, the deadline for presenter proposals has been extended to June 15.

Entertaining the idea of presenting, but unsure of a topic or have never presented before? Remember, the Elevating Cougs Organizing Committee is here to support you every step of the way, from brainstorming ideas to refining your delivery. Visit the Elevating Cougs web page for a list of sample topics to get you started, read about the benefits of being a presenter, and submit your proposal!

Submit your Letter of Intent (LOI) for the Commercialization Gap Fund (CGF) Awards — due July 19, at 5 p.m.

The Office of Commercialization at WSU is now accepting submissions for the 2025 Commercialization Gap Fund (CGF) awards. This program awards up to $50,000 to WSU researchers from across the entire university system who demonstrate how their work will have a significant economic impact on society.

To be considered for this award, interested researchers need to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) no later than Friday, July 19, at 5 p.m.

Visit our Commercialization Gap Fund page for more details.

This course delves into the fundamentals of academic advising, equipping participants with essential tools and knowledge to guide students effectively. It offers hands-on experiences and detailed insights into the tools and resources accessible to advisors at WSU. Log in to Percipio to learn more and Register for the upcoming June 13 session. Visit the Advising Learning Program Channel in Percipio for additional courses and resources.

The book A Purple Architecture: Design in the Age of the Physical-Virtual Continuum has recently been announced as this year’s winner in the art category by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

The book is edited by WSU faculty Vahid Vahdat and published by Carnegie Mellon University’s ETC Press. Dr. Vahdat and his two co-editors, James F. Kerestes and Ebrahim Poustinchi, argue that rapid technological developments in areas such as artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and robotic additive manufacturing, especially as pioneered by large tech companies, have failed to offer a cohesive aspirational agenda to reduce human suffering and oppression. A Purple Architecture addresses the need for such an agenda by provoking an interdisciplinary discussion among some of the most innovative leaders of the design fields.

The book is open access and can be freely downloaded at the publisher’s web page.