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WSU News March 9, 2017

March 16 – I-9 Services Training (Videoconferencing)

Are you responsible for processing form I-9’s in your department? Successful completion of this training is required in order to gain access to WSU’s Electronic I-9 System. It describes how to use the web-based system adopted by WSU, solve I-9 problems and provide electronic Employment Eligibility Verifications.

This training takes place on March 16, 10:30 – noon. 

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

March 16 – Introduction to WSU Accounting Systems (Videoconferenced)

This course, one of many WSU Fiscal Management Training Resources, provides a high level overview of the purpose and inter-relationship of such WSU mainframe accounting systems as DEPPS, BALANCES, FACTS, SCBAIMS, PROPERTY, PAPR, BRS, BPS. Also included is how to read a budget statement and how information in accounting systems feed into the budget statement.

This course, takes place March 16th from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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

Shop Services

Motor Pool has a full-service shop for University department-owned vehicles. We can provide lube jobs, new tires, front-end alignments, battery services and replacements, transmission services, windshield replacement and rock chip repairs, plus major and minor automotive and truck repairs.   » More …

WSU Calling Card Service Discontinuing June 1, 2017

Information Technology Services would like to notify all of our customers:  As of June 1, 2017, WSU calling card services will be discontinued.

Sprint, our current provider, is no longer offering calling card services to their customers.  The impact to the WSU community is extremely limited, however we still want to allow units time to evaluate and resolve any service needs you may have.  Prepaid phone cards are a permissible option for any departments currently utilizing the calling card services.

Please contact the ITS help team at CougTech, 509-335-4357 or by email at with any questions.

Jacqueline Southwick, ITS Communications

Shared Leave

Jody Opheim, School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, 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 139.  WSU 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 earned leave to any approved individual can be directed to Sally Wickizer ( at Human Resource Services.

#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 …

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. 

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

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.

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 …

Nevada St/Washington St. Intersection Closure, 3/10 – 3/12

Due to the extension of the new water line along Nevada Street,  the final connection for the line is in the intersection of Washington and Nevada Streets, forcing a closure of that intersection.  The closure is scheduled to  begin on Friday, March 10th,  at 7 AM and continue through Sunday, March 12th, to 5 PM.

Washington Building staff and students will need to access their parking lot from the West side.  Physicians parking lots on the East side will still be accessible.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work towards opening up the new Mall/Nevada Street connection to College Avenue.

Questions or concerns, please contact … » More …

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

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 …

December 2017