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Student service a growing part of academic life
December 16, 2005

Jeannie Curtis wasn’t sure Human Development 205 was her cup of tea, especially when she discovered she’d be working with 21 undergraduates to raise awareness of HIV prevention. “Normally I supervise 18, 19 and 20 year olds,” said Curtis, 39, a program supervisor in New Student Programs. “This time they were going to be my peers.” Instead of sitting in the back of class, completing her assignments and going back to work, this time she had to get to know her classmates and work with them to create and implement a community service project. A skeptic at first, Curtis became a believer once she saw … » More …

Environment school, center proposed
October 14, 2005

A third major proposal by the university’s Committee on Academic Structure (CAS) calls for the creation of a school of environment and a multidisciplined environmental research center. The proposal, which could affect 18 departments across the state, will be up for public discussion at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. The CAS, formed in 2004 by the Faculty Senate and the Office of the Provost, was assigned to suggest ways that the university’s academic system could be realigned to make it more effective and efficient. The committee’s previous two proposals, addressing the creation of a Division of Health Sciences and reorganization of the College of Liberal … » More …

Nearly 200 poster sessions featured at Showcase
March 18, 2005

More than 196 abstracts have been submitted for the Academic Showcase Juried Poster Session to be held 9 a.m.-noon Friday, April 1, in the CUB ballroom and 200 series rooms. The poster session will celebrate the achievements of individuals engaged in WSU’s central mission: the advancement of scholarship, research and the arts. Work will be displayed in poster or alternate formats for the campus community to view. Proposals came from undergraduates, grad students, faculty, staff and post-docs from all WSU campuses, said Mary Sanchez Lanier, who chaired the committee that accepted and juried the abstracts. Judging criteria included that the project be from WSU and … » More …

Plans for employees, students to view Showcase
March 4, 2005

The president and provost have approved the use of one hour of work time for all WSU employees to attend the Academic Showcase, which will run 9 a.m.-noon Friday, April 1, in the CUB. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to schedule attendance with supervisors so university operations aren’t disrupted and so all can enjoy the showcase. The Academic Showcase juried poster session will celebrate the achievements of individuals engaged in WSU’s central mission: the advancement of scholarship, research and the arts. Work will be displayed in poster or alternate formats for the campus community to view. Professors who teach classes during Academic Showcase hours … » More …

Academic structure considered
October 15, 2004

Provost Robert Bates, during a recent dialogue, highlighted the development of an academic plan that works in conjunction with the university’s strategic plan. The academic plan will:• Identify selective areas of emphasis and build upon them. • Improve the quality of WSU’s core academic programs and focus on high priority academic majors and degrees to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. • Evaluate the feasibility of organizing related disciplines and functions into common academic or administrative units that would be more visible at the national and international level. • Establish benchmarks aligned with four strategic areas. These four areas are: the undergraduate experience, the graduate experience, social impact and … » More …

Totally tubular but evolving
July 16, 2004

Construction of the WSU Spokane Academic Center is under way with ground having been broken in May. The sight currently features excavation and column construction. The $33.8 million, 106,000-square-foot building will be located between the Health Sciences Building and the Phase I Classroom Building, with completion scheduled for fall 2006.

 The Academic Center will provide space critical to expansion of academic programs and support for core educational functions, particularly the library. For more information on the building, click here for details and photos. To see a real-time photo of the site, click here to … » More …