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WSU Tri-Cities named AVID ‘highly certified’ institution

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – WSU Tri-Cities recently became the only four-year university in the Pacific Northwest to be named a highly certified institution for Advancement Via Individual Determination programming. » More …

Abstracts accepted beginning Dec 8

Abstracts for the 2009 Academic Showcase will be accepted Dec. 8-Jan. 30 ONLINE @ www.showcase.wsu.edu, as WSU looks toward its annual celebration of excellence — Showcase 2009 on Friday, March 27.

 

The 2008 Academic Showcase featured more than 390 displays highlighting the original research of WSU faculty, staff and students.

 

Besides honoring the achievements of faculty and staff, Showcase 2009 also provides employees the opportunity to learn about the areas of academic expertise of their colleagues.

 

Events for the day will include:
9 a.m.-noon, Academic Showcase
12:15-1:45 p.m., Distinguished Faculty Address luncheon
3:30-5 p.m., Legacy of Excellence … » More …

Preparations madefor daylong celebration


Photo: Presenters and visitors fill Bohler gym at last year’s Academic Showcase. (Photos by WSU Photo Services).

 

Join friends and colleagues Friday, March 28, for Showcase 2008, Washington State University’s daylong celebration of faculty

and staff achievement.

 

WSU has approved the use of two hours of work time for all university employees to attend the Academic Showcase 9 a.m.- noon Friday, March 28, in Bohler gym. Employees are asked to schedule attendance with their supervisors so everyone may attend without disrupting university operations.

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Workshop addresses academic interactions

Many important aspects of academic development occur outside the classroom in the informal conversations, interactions, and mentoring that take place between faculty and students.

 

Discussions during office hours, email exchanges, and spontaneous hallway meetings may seem natural and welcome to native English speakers, contributing much to their learning and progress.

 

However, due to language barriers and cultural differences, non-native English speakers may be reluctant to engage faculty outside the classroom; when they do so, the results can be ambiguous for both instructor and student. What did each person understand?

 

This one hour workshop to learn ways to promote more fruitful (and more … » More …

Academic showcase abstracts accepted

 

The Academic Showcase 2008 is accepting abstract submissions until Friday, Feb. 1. Scholarship, research or artistic expression can be submitted. Creative and scientific projects will be displayed 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 28 in Bohler Gymnasium.

 

Academic Showcase is part of WSU’s annual “World Class. Face to Face.” celebration of scholarship, research, and the arts.

Submission guidelines and sample abstracts are online at showcase.wsu.edu.

 

 

 

State plan addresses evolving idea

The idea of performance contracts, or funding according to results, is part of a recently released draft of a state strategic master plan for higher education.

“There seems to be a gradually evolving interest by more people in coming to some kind of agreement or relationship” between legislative appropriation and higher education accountability, said Jane Sherman, WSU vice provost for academic policy and evaluation in Olympia.

The idea prompted WSU to prepare a performance agreement prototype in February 2005. It outlined potential increases in enrollment, degrees granted, nonstate research funding, student research experiences and more as returns for increasing state investment through 2011.

Some months … » More …

Showcase abstracts accepted until Feb. 1

WSU’s annual Academic Showcase will be March 28, and abstracts will be accepted through Feb. 1 for this celebration of creative scholarship and research.

Guidelines for submission, as well as a submission form, can be found ONLINE @ showcase.wsu.edu, said subcommittee chair Mary Sanchez-Lanier.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to present original scholarship, research or artistic expression. At the 2007 showcase, 331 projects were presented.

Along with the Academic Showcase, the day-long celebration known as World Class. Face to Face. Showcase will include a luncheon presentation of the Distinguished Faculty Address, a reception for WSU retirees, a reception honoring recent patent awardees, and … » More …

Freshmen share book to enrich academic life

Nearly 3,000 freshmen will get “Flu” this summer — the book, not the virus — as WSU launches its first “common reading” project.

Common reading projects at universities have gained popularity since the early 1990s. They have been shown to enhance students’ academic transition to college and increase their success.

“‘Flu’ will provide rich topics for discussion among our new students and their professors across many disciplines,” said President V. Lane Rawlins. “It tells the story of the most deadly international epidemic in history, but it also raises questions that inevitably lead the reader to think about science, economics, politics, sociology, business, ethics and … » More …

Showcase celebration set for March 23

The achievements of Washington State University faculty and staff will be recognized at the annual World Class. Face to Face. Showcase on Friday, March 23. “This is a chance to honor faculty and staff members,” said Fran McSweeney, vice provost for Faculty Affairs and chair of the Showcase Steering Committee. The daylong showcase on the Pullman campus will include events such as the Academic Showcase, Distinguished Faculty Address Luncheon and Recognition Banquet.Events throughout the day will be similar to last year, McSweeney said. Some minor changes in traffic flow, organization and promotion of the event will be made, but much will remain the same. “It … » More …