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WSU News March 7, 2017

March 8 – Introduction to Performance Management (Videoconferenced)

Performance review is a key component of employee development. However, the benefits of the performance review are generally realized only after first acquiring a working knowledge of Position Descriptions and Performance Expectations. Properly written and updated, these documents provide the foundation for effective performance management.

This course provides a basic introduction to the criteria of well-written position descriptions and performance expectations, as well as the successful application of the performance review. It is intended for employees aspiring to leadership positions at WSU.

This session will take place on March 8 from 1:30-3:30 pm. 

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

March Student Leader of the Month Announced

Last year, the Leadership Center at Washington State University began an initiative to more deeply appreciate and honor our student leaders through individual recognition. The inaugural Student Leader of the Month award aims to distinguish student leaders that impact the WSU community through leadership, as well as encourage others to learn and engage with student leadership offerings at WSU. In order to be considered for the Student Leader of the Month Award, a nomination must be submitted by a student, staff, or faculty member of Washington State University. After reviewing nominations, Leadership Center staff have selected Mr. Clayton Simundson to receive the honor of Student Leader of the Month at Washington State University for the month of March, 2017.

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DRS Plans 1, 2, 3 and DCP Overviews

On March 3, 2017 Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) will provide presentations on the various DRS Retirement plans, including PERS, TRS, LEOFF, and the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  If you would like an overview of your plan, and to ensure you know the various features it provides, you are encouraged to attend.    

8:30am to 10:00am        Plans 1, 2 and 3, with an overview of the DCP – Lighty 405

11:30am to 12:30pm       Plans 2 and 3 with an overview of the DCP Program – Lighty 405

10:30am to 11:00am       Deferred Compensation Program – Lighty 405

1:30pm to 2:30pm            Deferred Compensation Program – … » More …

March 8 Videoconference: Working with WSU Campuses

This workshop represents an opportunity to engage in a conversation about the challenges and opportunities posed by WSU’s multi-campus system. E. S. Floyd College of Medicine Vice Dean for Research John Roll and WSU Vancouver Vice Chancellor Renny Christopher lead the discussion with their perspectives on some key areas.

The session will occur Wednesday, March 8 from 7:30-9 a.m. Please register in advance if you wish to participate. To do so, click here.

Looking for a new, healthy lunch option?

Looking for a quick, healthy bite to eat while you’re on campus? The Market on Cougar Way offers a pay-by-the-ounce salad bar. Build your own custom salad from a wide selection of organic produce. Need to grab and go? The Market offers a variety of healthy and handmade wraps, salads and sandwiches to satisfy your cravings. For more information about The Market visit

Spring Global Learning Fair

Open to all students, and free to attend, the Office of International Programs annual Spring Global Learning Fair will take place, Wednesday, March 8, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the CUE Atrium.

The event will provide information for students to globalize their education through Education Abroad, the Global Leadership Certificate, the Global Case Competition and other exciting ways to go global!

There will be over 15 representatives from education abroad providers and WSU programs with opportunities to study, intern, and volunteer around the world. Students can learn about financing education abroad through scholarships, partnership discounts, and financial aid, while entering to win 50 … » More …

Farewell Reception for Sarah Earhart, March 9th

Sarah Earhart, long time Facilities Services employee, and HR Manager for this department, will be moving on to the University of Idaho to continue her career in Facilities Human Resources.  Please join us on Thursday, March 9th, 2:00-4:00pm, McCluskey Services Building on Grimes Way, in the main reception area, for refreshments and conversation with Sarah.  This will be our opportunity to celebrate her 29 years of service to WSU, and wish her well in her new endeavor.

If you cannot join us on Thursday, please feel free to stop by her desk or send her an email.  Her last day at WSU will be Friday, March … » More …

New Information Technology Services Website Rolls Out Today

Central Pullman Information Technology Services is excited to announce the new organizational website ITS.WSU.EDU!  Visit our new site today, and see how ITS is working for you.

Please check any pages that are saved as your favorites, or any links within your work or organizational websites, and be sure to update to our new site’s pages.

If you have any technical questions or comments regarding this new site, please contact Jacqueline Southwick, ITS Communication Coordinator, at

Information Technology Services

Free piano lessons to volunteer students ages 7-9

The Piano Pedagogy Lab School  at WSU is offering free introductory piano lessons to a limited number of participating children as part of the student teacher training for the MUS 498 course. Volunteer students should be between the ages of 7-9 and have had no previous piano lessons. All necessary materials will be provided, and each student will receive three weekly 30-minute private lessons. Students should have daily access to a piano or keyboard to participate. Contact Michelle Mielke at 335-2338 or for more information.

Final VCEA Dean Candidate Visit – March 16

We are pleased to announce the final Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA) Dean finalist will visit Washington State University on Monday, March 6. The WSU community is encouraged to attend the finalist’s open presentation which will outline their vision for the College. Dedicated time will also be reserved for question-and-answer.

Finalist #3
Monday, March 6 from 9:10 – 10:30 AM

Pullman: Compton Union Building (CUB), Auditorium Room 177
Bremerton: Humanities and Student Services (HSS), Room 306
Everett: Gray Wolf Hall (GWH), Room 157
Seattle: Conference Room 2
Spokane: Nursing Building (SNRS), Room 119
Tri-Cities: West Building, Room 260» More …

Cancellation: Pre-Retirement Seminar March 6th

Human Resource Services will be cancelling the Pre-Retirement seminar scheduled for March 6, 2017.  The Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) will be holding a Pre-Retirement Session from 8:30 – 10:00 in Lighty 405 on March 3, 2017, which for PERS/TRS/LEOFF plan participants will cover most of the same information normally provided in the HRS presentations.  For more details on the DRS presentations please visit our website.

The HRS Pre-Retirement seminars are held on a monthly basis, with the next session scheduled for April 5, 2017.  Additional dates/times will be available here.

As always, please feel free to contact HRS at, or … » More …

Meat Sale at WSU Meats Lab

Cougar Quality Meats at the WSU Meats Lab is selling pork breakfast sausage for $3.50/lb, pork Bratwursts for $4.99/lb, cougar smoky sausages for $7/package, all beef pepperoni sticks for $12/package or 2 for $20, and extra bacon (frozen) from last semesters sale for $6/lb. We also have high quality variety beef including liver, heart, and tongue while supplies lasts. Liver and heart are $2/lb and tongue is $4.50/lb. Stop by the Meats Lab any Thursday from 2:30 to 5:30pm or contact the Meats Lab at to reserve your product. We are also happy to announce that we will have a card reader this sale … » More …

Ham Sale!

The WSU Meats Lab is selling cured/smoked hams just in time for Easter! The hams will be ready at least one week before Easter. » More …

December 2017