WSU News https://news.wsu.edu   Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:30:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Naom G. Barr https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/17/naom-g-barr/ https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/17/naom-g-barr/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:03:39 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=127401 PULLMAN, Wash. – Naom G. Barr, retired from housing and food service, died April 7, 2014. She worked at WSU 1972-80.

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Naom G. Barr, retired from housing and food service, died April 7, 2014. She worked at WSU 1972-80.

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Education researcher named fellow of national consortium https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/17/education-researcher-named-fellow-of-national-consortium/ https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/17/education-researcher-named-fellow-of-national-consortium/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:03:06 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=127439 VANCOUVER, Wash. – The best part of research for faculty member Rick Sawyer is the way it positively affects others. He will promote this emphasis as a newly appointed senior improvement research fellow with the national Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).  Sawyer is an associate professor in the College of Education at Washington […]

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Sawyer-80VANCOUVER, Wash. – The best part of research for faculty member Rick Sawyer is the way it positively affects others. He will promote this emphasis as a newly appointed senior improvement research fellow with the national Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). 

Sawyer is an associate professor in the College of Education at Washington State University Vancouver. He is a leader of the WSU doctor of education in teacher leadership program. He will continue at WSU while expanding his opportunities to publish, lead, teach colleagues and serve at the national level.

“The most rewarding thing is contributing to change and improving practice and lives,” he said. “As Kurt Lewin – the father of action research – said a number of years ago, ‘Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.’ It’s the change process inherent in some forms of research that I find most meaningful.”

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Sawyer teaches at a summer institute.

Sawyer was selected as a fellow because of his expertise in research methodology, excellence in teaching and willingness to learn and teach improvement science, said Phyllis Erdman, associate dean for academic affairs in the college.

“This is such a well-deserved honor,” colleague June Canty said. “Rick has been the driving force behind the WSU doctor of education in teacher leadership program since its inception. His efforts have helped it develop into the high-quality program we see today.”

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April 22: Tree planting at WSU will end with a bang https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/17/april-22-tree-planting-at-wsu-will-end-with-a-bang/ https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/17/april-22-tree-planting-at-wsu-will-end-with-a-bang/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:31:00 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=127434 PULLMAN, Wash. – The public is invited to a planting ceremony for a small tree with a big history at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Washington State University Arboretum and Wildlife Center. The location is on Terre View Road between the Moscow-Pullman Highway and Grimes Road. The sapling originated from a butternut tree planted more […]

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1812-re-enactors-100PULLMAN, Wash. – The public is invited to a planting ceremony for a small tree with a big history at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Washington State University Arboretum and Wildlife Center. The location is on Terre View Road between the Moscow-Pullman Highway and Grimes Road.

The sapling originated from a butternut tree planted more than 165 years ago by George Washington Bush, an American pioneer who settled in the western territory that would eventually become Washington state.

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George Washington Bush butternut tree in Tumwater, Wash.

Stan Wills, a retired naval senior chief and history buff, will deliver a brief presentation about Bush. Historical re-enactors will conclude the event with a salute using replicas of 18th century muskets.

Wills is president of the state chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and genealogist for the Washington State Society of the War of 1812. He donated the butternut tree to WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) because of the historical association between the university and Bush.

“In 1890, George Washington Bush’s eldest son William Owen Bush, who served two terms in the Washington state Legislature, introduced the bill to establish what would become Washington State University,” said Wills.

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Members of the War of 1812 Society.

The tree traveled to Pullman from Tumwater, Wash., the location of the Bush Prairie Farm and the oldest butternut tree in the United States – and likely the world, according to Michael Dolan, the owner of Burnt Ridge Nursery in Onalaska, Wash. Dolan propagated the tree from one of the walnut-like fruits of the original Bush tree.

Ron Mittelhammer, interim dean of CAHNRS, will host the dedication.

“We are honored to become the custodian of this historic tree,” said Mittelhammer, “and to celebrate its history and future on Earth Day.”

For more information about the tree and George Washington Bush, as well as directions to the planting site, visit http://www.arboretum.wsu.edu.
Contacts:
Rod Sayler, WSU Arboretum & Wildlife Conservation Center, 509-335-6167, rdsayler@wsu.edu
Kate Wilhite, CAHNRS Communications, 509-335-8164, kate.wilhite@wsu.edu

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April 20-26: Student engagement, leadership honored https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/17/april-20-26-student-engagement-leadership-honored/ https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/17/april-20-26-student-engagement-leadership-honored/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:50:42 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=127427 PULLMAN, Wash. – Service by more than 8,000 students will be celebrated during Civic Engagement Week April 20-26 at Washington State University. Students will participate in service projects. Events are free; those open to the public include: Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the CUB ballroom. A […]

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Civic-engagement-week-200PULLMAN, Wash. – Service by more than 8,000 students will be celebrated during Civic Engagement Week April 20-26 at Washington State University. Students will participate in service projects. Events are free; those open to the public include:

Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the CUB ballroom. A reception and Gallery of Leadership of student projects will be followed by inauguration of new Associated Students of WSU officers. The President’s Award for Leadership will then be presented to a student, student group, faculty or staff and community organization that advance leadership and engagement at WSU. Visit http://lead.wsu.edu for more information.

Keynote address by environmentalist Emily Hunter at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the CUB auditorium.

Earth Day panel debate on water use sustainability at noon and reception with Hunter at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the CUB junior ballroom. Panelists will include Hunter, WSU faculty and students. Digital access will be provided at mms://windowsmedia.wsu.edu/event (live stream) and http://chatanywhere.wsu.edu (chat feature) starting at 11:50 a.m. Learn more and sign up for this event at http://cce.wsu.edu.

Earth Day fair 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, on Glenn Terrell mall.

Information/education table 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21-25 in the CUB.

Events are hosted by the WSU Center for Civic Engagement and Student Involvement. For more information, visit http://cce.wsu.edu.

 

Contacts:
Erin McIlraith, WSU Center for Civic Engagement, 509-335-0578, emcilraith@wsu.edu

Molly Gagnon, WSU Student Involvement, 509-335-2493, molly.gagnon@wsu.edu

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WSU in the Media – April 17, 2014 https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/17/wsu-in-the-media-april-17-2014/ https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/17/wsu-in-the-media-april-17-2014/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:28:03 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=127424 Spokesman-Review – In a laboratory at Washington State University, Grant Norton and a team of researchers are working on a surprisingly difficult task: building a better battery for smartphones. Reuters – SEATTLE – On Wednesday, April 23rd, Senator Patty Murray will join key representatives of the Washington life sciences community at the release event for a […]

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Spokesman-Review – In a laboratory at Washington State University, Grant Norton and a team of researchers are working on a surprisingly difficult task: building a better battery for smartphones.

Reuters – SEATTLE – On Wednesday, April 23rd, Senator Patty Murray will join key representatives of the Washington life sciences community at the release event for a study jointly authored by Washington State University and University of Washington.

Yakima Herald-Republic – Earlier this month, Washington State University President Elson Floyd announced plans to explore a medical school on WSU’s Spokane campus, which would be the state’s second publicly funded medical school.

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April 23: Social media’s impact on political change https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/17/april-23-social-medias-impact-on-political-change/ https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/17/april-23-social-medias-impact-on-political-change/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:56:24 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=127407 PULLMAN, Wash. – The power of social media to influence political change – particularly in the Arab world – will be discussed by political science and communication experts 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Bryan 305. In 2011, civil uprisings that began in Tunisia and Egypt developed into a wave of protests throughout North Africa […]

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Arab-social-media-160PULLMAN, Wash. – The power of social media to influence political change – particularly in the Arab world – will be discussed by political science and communication experts 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Bryan 305.

In 2011, civil uprisings that began in Tunisia and Egypt developed into a wave of protests throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Social media spread the movement like wildfire.

“The Media and Political Transformation in the Arab World” is the annual media and politics symposium presented by the Washington State University Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service and the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

Panelists are:

David Faris, professor of political science and public administration at Roosevelt University in Chicago, director of the interdisciplinary international studies program and author of “Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt” (2013).

Deen Freelon, assistant professor of communication studies at American University and author of the Blogs & Bullets series (2014, 2012).

Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of the Murrow College, former CBS News Middle East correspondent and author of “The New Arab Journalist” (2011).

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Theodore R. Saldin https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/17/theodore-r-saldin/ https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/17/theodore-r-saldin/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:20:52 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=127399 PULLMAN, Wash. – Theodore R. Saldin, retired from accounting and business law, died April 13, 2014. He worked at WSU 1947-87.

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Theodore R. Saldin, retired from accounting and business law, died April 13, 2014. He worked at WSU 1947-87.

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WSU selects two finalists for provost, executive V.P. position https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/16/wsu-selects-two-finalists-for-provost-executive-v-p-position/ https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/16/wsu-selects-two-finalists-for-provost-executive-v-p-position/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:18:22 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=127388 PULLMAN, Wash. – The committee charged with naming a new provost and executive vice president for Washington State University has selected two finalists for the post and both candidates will be on campus next week to conduct interviews and meet with students, faculty and staff. The two finalists are A. Dale Whittaker, vice provost for […]

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PULLMAN, Wash. – The committee charged with naming a new provost and executive vice president for Washington State University has selected two finalists for the post and both candidates will be on campus next week to conduct interviews and meet with students, faculty and staff.

The two finalists are A. Dale Whittaker, vice provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs and acting vice president for Student Affairs at Purdue University, and Daniel J. Bernardo, the current interim provost and executive vice president at WSU.

Whittaker joined the faculty of Purdue University as a professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 2002 after serving during the previous 8 years as a visiting scientist at the McCaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen, UK, and then as visiting professor with the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture de Lille, in Lille, France. He also served as both an assistant and associate professor of Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University between 1987 and 1999.

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“I have a deep appreciation for a culture of excellence in higher education,” Whittaker wrote in his initial letter to the search committee members. “I am committed to both university tradition and transformative change, and would like to bring my strengths in successful collaboration, non-traditional thinking and responsible budget stewardship to Washington State University.”

Bernardo, former dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences and WSU vice for Agriculture and Extension, has served as WSU provost and executive vice president on an interim basis since June of last year. He earned his doctoral degree in Agricultural Economics from WSU before joining the faculty of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University. He later served as professor and department head with the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University before returning to WSU in 2005.

“Our land‐grant mission of access and service to the state is more relevant today, than it has been in several decades,” Bernardo wrote in his letter to the search committee. “The key to our future success is to embrace this mandate and accelerate the pace of change, as opposed to slipping back into the ‘comfort zone’ of the past.”

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Bernardo

In addition to interviewing with deans, vice provosts, and other campus leadership, as well as members of the WSU faculty, both candidates will be available to meet with students, faculty and staff next week during open forums which will be held in the CUB auditorium on the Pullman campus. The forums will also be accessible via videoconference at all WSU regional campuses and research stations. The Whittaker open forum will be held from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, while the Bernardo open forum is scheduled from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24.

More information about the candidates and videoconference locations at WSU’s regional campuses and research stations is available on the Provost Search website at provostsearch.wsu.edu.

Contact:

Robert Strenge, WSU News, 509-335-3583, rstrenge@wsu.edu

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April 25: Annual business plan competition kickoff https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/16/april-25-annual-business-plan-competition-kickoff/ https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/16/april-25-annual-business-plan-competition-kickoff/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:25:15 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=127373 By Sue McMurray, College of Business PULLMAN, Wash. – Dan Castles, chief executive officer of Telestream, will present “The Entrepreneurship Experience: Is It for You?” a free, public talk at 12:50 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the CUB auditorium at Washington State University. The lecture kicks off the 12th Annual WSU Business Plan Competition hosted […]

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By Sue McMurray, College of Business

castles-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Dan Castles, chief executive officer of Telestream, will present “The Entrepreneurship Experience: Is It for You?” a free, public talk at 12:50 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the CUB auditorium at Washington State University. The lecture kicks off the 12th Annual WSU Business Plan Competition hosted by the College of Business.

Media are invited to the following: The awards gala announcing the high school winners and the college teams that will advance to the final rounds, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the WSU Ensminger Pavilion; the awards ceremony announcing the college winners at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in Todd Hall Room 268. Note: Media may come early to set up equipment.

The April 25-26 contest, which is not open to the public, allows 24 undergraduate and four high school teams to present their entrepreneurial ideas before real investors. Winners will share more than $50,000 in prize money.

A panel of judges comprised of business community members; entrepreneurs from successfully launched businesses, venture capitalists, angel investors, Keiretsu Forum members and bankers will evaluate teams on the following criteria:

• Quality of the idea

• Quality of the written and oral communication of the idea

• Likelihood of the plan’s success

• Demonstrated knowledge of the entrepreneurial process

Preliminary international competitions were held at the College of Business’ partner institutions in Brig, Switzerland; Arusha, Tanzania; and Chengdu, China. The winning teams from each country advanced to the Pullman competition.

 

Contacts:

Marie Mayes, WSU College of Business, 509-335-5628, mmayes@wsu.edu

Sue McMurray, WSU College of Business, 509-335-7578, sue.mcmurray@wsu.edu

 

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‘Radically original’ coach writes about warrior leader https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/16/radically-original-coach-writes-about-inspiring-warrior/ https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/16/radically-original-coach-writes-about-inspiring-warrior/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:56:07 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=127367 PULLMAN, Wash. – A new book by Cougar football head coach Mike Leach is described as a readable history of Geronimo that also offers practical life and business advice gleaned from the Apache warrior’s leadership approach. “Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior” (Gallery Books; hardcover $26) will go on sale May 6. Leach wrote […]

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leach 80PULLMAN, Wash. – A new book by Cougar football head coach Mike Leach is described as a readable history of Geronimo that also offers practical life and business advice gleaned from the Apache warrior’s leadership approach.

“Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior” (Gallery Books; hardcover $26) will go on sale May 6. Leach wrote it with Buddy Levy, clinical associate professor of English at Washington State University.

Geronimo-cover-250The book examines the strategies, decisions and personal qualities that made Geronimo a success.

“Much of his genius can be ascribed to old-fashioned values such as relentless training and preparation, leveraging resources, finding ways to turn defeats into victories and being faster and more nimble than his enemy,” according to a news release from the publisher. “Geronimo’s tactics would be studied and copied by the U.S. military for generations.”

“Leach … has always done things differently, always operated on the margins of what the football world considered acceptable,” writes S.C. Gwynne (bestselling author of “Empire of the Summer Moon”) in the book’s forward. “This sort of radically original behavior is what ‘Geronimo’ is all about.”

Levy-80Leach took his previous team at Texas Tech to 10 consecutive bowl games and holds the most postseason wins in the school’s history. He led the WSU Cougars to the New Mexico Bowl in his second year as coach. His memoir, “Swing Your Sword,” was a New York Times bestseller.

Levy is a journalist and historian who stars in “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded” on H2 TV. He is the author of “River of Darkness” and “Conquistador.”

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