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This week: President’s awards ceremony, and Safety, Health, and Security Fair

Amidst the deadliest pandemic in human history, a handful of individuals have taken extraordinary steps this past year to keep the WSU community safe.

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, President Schulz will recognize those students, faculty, and staff with the President’s Awards for Safety, Health, and Security. The WSU community is invited to attend the ceremony, which kicks off at 11:30 a.m. in the Compton Union Building Senior Ballroom.

The ceremony is part of the annual Safety, Health, and Security Fair, a week-long event that shares practical tips for easier, healthier living. 

Tuesday’s events also include a resource fair where visitors can learn about services and products that make life easier. Online “flash talks”—starting today—deliver practical tips for overcoming challenges.

Awards ceremony

The president’s awards salute excellence in three categories: Health, Safety, and Security. In addition, President Schulz will present an individual or group with a Grand Prize—the ceremony’s top honor.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenging circumstances for us all,” said President Schulz. “By going above and beyond their usual responsibilities, today’s awardees have made our community safer and healthier than it would otherwise have been.”

Tuesday resource fair

The resource fair—also held in the CUB Senior Ballroom—kicks off at 9:00 a.m. 

Personal trainers, Cougar Food Pantry representatives, bicycle mechanics, and more will be on hand until 1:00 p.m. to showcase products and services available on or near campus.

Admission is free. Face masks are required at in-person events.

Online “flash talks” all week long

It only takes 10-15 minutes to hear a lunchtime “flash talk.” Packed with practical tips, the short presentations will be delivered by experts from across the WSU system. Each day’s lineup addresses a different topic: emotional health, personal wellness, life essentials, and fun facts. Talks also connect listeners with campus resources. 

The first set of talks starts at 11:30 today. Additional sessions will run Wednesday, October 20 through Friday, October 22, also from 11:30 to 12:30.

A list of each day’s flash talks and links for remote access to the Zoom sessions can be found on the event website


For more information, visit the Safety, Health, and Security Fair website or contact Sarah Mahaffy of University Events at

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