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WSU News March 8, 2017

Email Server Maintenance Reminder

Information Technology Services will perform email server maintenance to this Saturday, March 11, between the hours of 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. This maintenance was previously scheduled between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm, but has been rescheduled based on department feedback.
Incoming mail will remain accessible during the upgrade, however there may be a short period during which outgoing mail functionality will be unavailable.
Please plan accordingly and avoid any potential communication delays.
Please direct any questions to CougTech at 509-335-4357, or by email at

ITS Communications contact: Jacqueline Southwick,

Personnel Managers Conference March 22

This year’s Personnel Managers Conference features the topic of Risk Management in the 21st Century.  Occurring on Wednesday, March 22 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), it is designed especially for WSU Personnel Managers and Administrators.  The conference is hosted by Human Resource Services and will include presentations by the Office of the Attorney General, Information Security Services and the Office of Internal Audit. Emphasis will be given to your department’s role in Network Security, Confidential Data and Public Records.

Click here to learn more about the conference and to register.

WSU to Host Hands-On Relay School

WSU Conference Management is welcoming the Hands-On Relay School to campus once again this year during Spring Break. The events will be held in Todd Hall and the Engineering complex. The conference participants will be parking near Smith CUE on Monday and Tuesday morning and near EE/ME and Sloan on Monday and Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday and Thursday. We will be back up near the Smith Center for Undergraduate Educations (CUE) Friday morning. Questions, please contact Tamara Kirk at

#CougsGive 2017 Scholarship Contest

Student Financial Services (SFS) is excited to announce that to help support #CougsGive 2017 and WSU’s 127th Birthday, SFS will be having scholarship contest via the Student Financial Services Facebook page. Four (4) scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $500 each to contest winners. Starting March 13th students will submit 500 word (maximum) essay in response to the questions below, and a photo of themselves.

How has attending WSU changed your life?
What are your long term goals?
How would a scholarship contribute to your success at Washington State University?

Entries will be accepted until March 20, 2017 at … » More …

Shared Leave

Linda L Johnson, Small Business Development Center, has been approved for shared leave.

Those interested in donating leave can contact Human Resource Services, (509) 335-4521, or send in a shared-leave donation form to zip 1014, French Ad 139.  WSU Business Policies & Procedures Manual Section 60.58 has information about Shared Leave and forms that can be copied for use.

Questions about the procedures to donate leave to any approved individual can be directed to Sally Wickizer ( or Candy Hachmann ( at Human Resource Services.

Student Success Seed Grant Program proposals welcomed

The Office of the Provost and the Division of Student Affairs are pleased to welcome proposals for the 2017 Student Success Seed Grant Program.

The Program is designed to support the development, replication, and dissemination of innovative solutions that address widespread challenges in postsecondary education for students who are at risk for not completing an undergraduate degree. A specific focus of the program is to improve student persistence and completion outcomes at Washington State University. Successful proposals for Student Success Seed Grants will demonstrate a clear plan for securing subsequent major external funding to continue, expand, and advance interventions.

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Meat Sale- new products!

This Thursday, March 9 from 2:30-5:30pm, Cougar Quality Meats at the WSU Meats Lab is selling:

Cougar Smokie Sausages: $7/package

Pork breakfast sausage: $3.50/lb

Pork Bratwursts: $4.99/lb

All beef pepperoni sticks: $12/package or 2 for $20.

WSU Premium Angus Ground Beef: $4.75/lb

WSU Premium Wagyu Ground Beef: $6/lb

Variety Meats: Liver and heart- $2/lb, Tongue- $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 ahead of time. Cash, check, and card accepted. 

APAC Monthly Meeting

The Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) is pleased to host Lynn Valenter, Vice Chancellor from WSU Vancouver on the topic of “Effective Meetings”. Please join us for our March 9th meeting, 9:00-10:30am in Lighty 405.

Additional meeting locations are as follows:

WSU Spokane(SAC 415) WSU Tri-Cities(TWST 209) WSU Vancouver(MMC 101Q) Puyallup REC (Puyallup)(Chicona Room) University Centers -North Puget Sound WSU (Everett)(GWH 157)

The meeting can be viewed live by going to the WSU Experience website and selecting the APAC meeting . You are welcome to also call in 509-335-9445 ID 07388.

Note: the Meetings are recorded and can be viewed at a later … » More …

AVP for Business & Financial Services Staff Training

AVP for Business & Financial Services, Business Service & Controllers Office Training.

The following offices will be closed from 9:45 – 12:00 on Thursday March 9, 2017 for all staff training. Controller’s Office including Accounts Payable, General Accounting, P-Card & Fuel Card,  Travel Services, Financial Reporting, Sponsored Programs, Student Accounts. Purchasing Services, including University Stores, Central Receiving, Contracts Office, and Treasury Services.  The Payroll Department and University Receivables will be operating on limited staff during that time

2017 Women’s Recognition Luncheon

Washington State University’s 2017 Woman of the Year and Women of Distinction Awards will be presented at the Women’s Recognition Luncheon in Pullman, Washington, March 8, 2017, 11:30 a.m. in the CUB Ballroom.

Each year, Washington State University honors women whose lives, work and mentorship promote equality and wellbeing for their communities. This year’s theme isHonoring Women’s Resilience.”  The awards are given by the WSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women. This year eight women will be recognized for their resiliency, achievements and contributions to the academic and local community, and to our society.

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Rowers ready to work March 11-12

After a long and cold winter, there’s bound to be a lot of projects around the house needing attention. Can’t get motivated to do them yourself?  Rent-a-rower instead! The men’s crew team is devoting several weekends this spring to helping people like you get the work done. We are taking reservations for March 11-12. Visit and click on the rent-a-rower link in the menu. It’s just $15/hour per rower.  All money raised will go to supporting the WSU Crew Team.

Spring Break Adventures with the ORC

This spring break WSU’s Outdoor Recreation Center will be leading a pair of week-long excursions. These adventures will take place in California’s Yosemite Valley and Arizona’s Glen Canyon. Participants will get to kayak through the scenic Glen Canyon, one of the country’s premier flat water kayaking locations. On the Yosemite trip, hikers will be able to witness and explore the beautiful valley that is the crown jewel of Yosemite National Park. If these trips sound like an amazing adventure to you make sure you sign up early! This year’s excursions are filled but the ORC holds many trips like this throughout the year. For more … » More …

Summer Session Info Fair March 8

Summer Session registration is now open, and students can come learn about summer campus resources available to them at the Info Fair! 11:30 am-1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 8 in the CUB Jr. Ballroom. Free t-shirts, pizza, henna tattoos, caricature drawings and more! Do Summer Session YOUR WAYPullman & Global Campus. Visit 

WSU Transportation Services, gravel lot maintenance

WSU Transportation Services would like to inform you that we will be doing our annual gravel lot maintenance the week of spring break (3/13 – 3/17/2017) in the locations listed below. Please plan ahead as your parking zone may be affected by the lot maintenance. If you would like help finding alternate locations to park, please contact our office at 509-335-PARK (7275) or email


Monday, 3/13/2017

Monday, 3/13/2017

Yellow 3 lot on Spokane St. and College Ave.

Crimson 3 lot on Opal St.

Red 2 lot behind the IPF

McCluskey paint shop lot


Tuesday, 3/14/2017

Yellow 3 lot on west … » More …

Institute of Biological Chemistry Seminar

Dr. Michael Udvardi, Senior Vice President & Division Director, Plant Biology Division, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, will be presenting the seminar entitled, “Deconstructing symbiosis: Loss-of-function mutations reveal key genes for symbiotic nitrogen fixation in Medicago truncatula”, Thursday, March 9, in Clark Hall 149 at 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

Contact Teresa Beckvold at 509-335-8382 or

Robert A. Cheatham Lecture – Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

“Engineer Your Future Through Leadership”
Karen Colonias, President and CEO, Simpson Strong-Tie
March 9 @ 3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Karen joined Simpson Strong-Tie in 1984 as an engineer in the Research and Development. In 1994, she became Manager of R&D and was promoted to Vice President of Engineering in 1997. In 2006, Karen continued as VP and took on the role of Branch Manager for the Simpson Strong-Tie Stockton, California manufacturing facility where she successfully ran one of their largest profit centers.  She then transitioned into the role of CFO, Treasurer, and Board Secretary in 2009 then began her … » More …

Concrete Wall Testing – Wednesday, March 8th

A structural wall testing consultant will be on site next Wednesday, March 8th, testing the structural integrity of an existing concrete retaining wall located between Wilson Road and the Food Service Building (Housing & Dining Services). The Windsor Probe will be conducted between 9:00am and 10:00am.  This probe puts out a loud audible report very similar to gun fire, and possibly louder. The process should be short and somewhat intermittent.  We apologize for any disturbance this may cause.

Neuroscience Seminar: Big Data Analytics in Brain Science

The Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience invites you to a seminar Friday, March 10th 12:10 pm in the Veterinary Biomedical Research (VBR) building, room 305 presented by Dr. Shuiwang Ji of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Washington State University.

AMS Dial-Up: 5771645

WSU Spokane: SPBS 204

WSU Vancouver: VECS 209

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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December 2017