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Leadership forum discusses change, awards mentors

“Finding balance in a world of change” is the theme of the annual Women and Leadership Forum beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the CUB auditorium. Everyone in the campus community is invited to participate in the forum, which is sponsored by the Women & Leadership Alliance at WSU.

The Outstanding Mentor Awards ceremony will be 12:30-2 p.m. All nominated mentors will be honored, and nominees in five categories – student, civil service staff, administrative professional staff, teaching faculty and research faculty – will receive Mentor of the Year Awards.

Deadline for nominations is April 3. Find nomination materials online at

The forum will begin with the keynote address, “Change: The Superhighway of our Journey through Life,” by Lynne Chronister, assistant vice provost for research at the University of Washington. She will advocate that people can “not only manage change in our uncertain environment but we can capitalize on it.” 

Following the keynote address, different areas of change and strategies for dealing with them will be discussed by a panel of WSU community members: Donna Paul, assistant professor in business (personal change); Christian Busnardo, Cougar Leadership Program leadership coordinator, and Becky Morton, VCAPP finance manger (professional change); Scott Case, Counseling Services psychologist and EAP/stress management coordinator (psychological change); Candis Claiborn, College of Engineering and Architecture dean and professor (institutional change); and John Nofsinger, associate professor in business (economic change.) 

Discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer period where attendees can focus on specific changes affecting them and find some tools for navigating uncomfortable changes.
Registration information, a schedule and biographical data of participants is available online at

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