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Hamlin named a Guggenheim fellow
Will Hamlin, a professor of English, has been named a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York City. He is one of 190 artists, scientists and scholars to receive a 2008 Guggenheim; successful candidates were chosen from more than 2,600 applicants.

 “I’m deeply honored to have been chosen as a Guggenheim Fellow,” said Hamlin.  “There are few organizations for which I have greater respect. ”

 Hamlin, 51, has been a faculty member at WSU since 2001, and the director of English Graduate Studies since 2003. He teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature at WSU.

For the complete article, see WSU Today ONLINE @ and search “Hamlin.”
Campus collaborates on planning
A collaborative effort has been launched to update the master plan for WSU Spokane’s Riverpoint campus.
Planning, which begins this month, will lay out short- and long-term collaborative initiatives between WSU, Eastern Washington University and the city’s community colleges. It will focus on the four core areas of: health and biomedical sciences and professions; interdisciplinary design; education; and community viability and economic development.

“This kind of planning can become a statewide model for collaboration in higher education,” said WSU Spokane Vice Chancellor Jo Ann Thompson.

Read more about the plan at WSU Today ONLINE @ and search “Riverpoint.”

Home pages search function changes
The search function on WSU’s home pages has a new look, but still provides the same site and directory searches as always — and then some.

Instead of choosing “site” or “person” (directory) options at the first search, users now are taken to a separate search page when they hit “go.” This page lets them choose  between a general WSU search (Web) or directory searches for faculty/staff or students.

The Web option further helps narrow the search by offering categories sorted by campus.

The new search function is offered on WSU’s main home page, ONLINE @ It also is used on the three home pages listed in the aqua banner on the main page: current students, faculty & staff and alumni & friends.      

Faculty status committee has openings
Tenured faculty are being sought to fill three vacancies for three-year terms on the faculty status committee starting in fall 2008. Ballots are being sent to faculty this month.

Information on committee functions can be found ONLINE @ Send nominations to Dorene Branson,


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