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Lightning, thunder and tumbling snowflakes all at the same time are so rare meteorologists call it thundersnow. (Photo from Wikipedia)
Rare ‘thundersnow’ makes surprise, rumbling visit across the Palouse
November 20, 2017

Lightning and thunderclaps accompanied tumbling snowflakes last Thursday night over the Palouse in what meteorologists call a thundersnow. The Nov. 16 event moved through areas including Moscow and Pullman within a 10-minute time period. Though brief, it presented an enthralling, seldom-seen show.

Alaska Airlines showing its Crimson Spirit
Alaska Air expanding Pullman service during key winter travel dates
November 17, 2017

The additional service, announced Thursday afternoon by Alaska Air, is scheduled to begin in early January to coincide with the beginning of spring semester and will resume again on select days in March to help accommodate spring break travel. The idea of additional Pullman service on key winter travel weekends was discussed in a recent meeting between President Kirk Schulz and Alaska Air CEO Brad Tilden.

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Wendy and Beatrice (mother and daughter)
Nov. 17: Reception for closing Museum of Art as it prepares for move to new home
November 15, 2017

After 44 years in the same location, the WSU Museum of Art will close its doors Friday, Nov. 17, in preparation for the move to its new, glass-encased crimson facility next door and is hosting a community reception featuring a special lecture by renowned multimedia artist Wendy Red Star and her 10-year-old daughter, Beatrice Red Star Fletcher.

WSU Surplus Stores sale
November 15, 2017

WSU Surplus Stores is having a sale for WSU departments. Save 50 percent on all vertical file cabinets and all LCD monitors for the month of November.

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Benefits & Perks

Learn about CDHPs and Health Savings Accounts
November 7, 2017

If the lower premium of a CDHP is attractive to you, but you are concerned about the higher deductible, attending one of the two remaining informational sessions by Human Resource Services will help you understand how a Health Savings Account, which is partially funded by WSU, may help you address that concern.

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Tools & Training

Kevin Gray working in the lab with Kaylin Pan
NSF program developing innovation, WSU entrepreneurs
November 17, 2017

The National Science Foundation developed the I-Corps program in 2011 to help move academic research to the marketplace. In 2016, NSF provided WSU with a three-year grant that also designates WSU I-Corps as one of 51 universities that are part of the NSF National Innovation Network.

Effective Communication webinar
November 16, 2017

Sara Wynne, WSU Health Educator, will guide webinar participants through methods to improve their communication skills by identifying different communication styles, avoiding common errors in communication, and employing assertive communication techniques in difficult situations.

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Coug Life

Provost will match food drive donations
November 16, 2017

Canned goods and non-perishable items can be dropped off at the Provost’s Office at French Administration, room 436, through Friday, Dec. 8.

The Siberian research vessel on Lake Baikal used by the Kozhov family, whose members have gathered lake samples for more than six decades.
The serendipitous side of science and Siberia
November 14, 2017

One day Stephanie Hampton, the data-crunching limnologist at WSU widely recognized for her work on Lake Washington, was perusing books on eBay when she came across the seminal work on Lake Baikal by Mikhail Kozhov, the patriarch of a family of Russian scientists she’d met while collaborating on research in Siberia. When it arrived, she discovered it was inscribed to famous American limnologist John Brooks and Kozhov’s family members later verified the signature and handwriting as authentic.

Valerie Cheathon
The calculus of grace
November 13, 2017

For Valerie Cheathon, it all adds up. She plans to earn a master’s degree in applied math so she can make movies. Sitting in the Compton Union Building on the Pullman campus of Washington State University one morning, she clearly sees the world as a weave of numbers—and stories.

Reusable shopping bags created by WSU students
Students fashion reusable bags for community food pantry
November 9, 2017

Working with the WSU Center for Civic Engagement, students in the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles created the bags this fall as a dual class project. Teams of students, mostly freshmen and sophomores, learned to track down quality used textiles and assemble a real product, at the same time gaining lessons in community service.

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WSU students accept winning award at 2017 Design Build Institute of America conference.
WSU students win national design, construction competition
November 22, 2017

The two-phase competition involved the collaboration of students from diverse backgrounds, including architecture and construction management, responding to a request for qualifications, and request for proposals for a student health and wellness facility on a liberal arts college campus in the northwestern region of the United States.

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