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Psychology inspires grad student
April 2, 2009

Graduate student Nichole Olson, right, proudly shows the V-DAY hand sign.

PULLMAN – Fascinated by human behavior, graduate student Nichole Olson started reading about psychology in high school.

“I naturally fall into the listening role in many of my interpersonal relationships,” Olson said, adding that this made it easier for her to work at a sexual assault center as a volunteer and intern while she was an undergraduate at Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota.

As graduate coordinator of the student organization V-DAY WSU, she helped the group sell out two nights of performances earlier this year and raise $10,101 – the most yet in … » More …

Frank Blethen will speak at the Dec. Commencement
November 7, 2008

PULLMAN — Frank Blethen, publisher and chief executive officer of The Seattle Times, will be the WSU Fall 2008 Commencement speaker.


The event will begin 10 a.m. Dec.13 in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. WSU President Elson S. Floyd will preside over the ceremony.


Blethen is a fourth-generation member of the family that founded The Seattle Times in 1896. He has been The Seattle Times’ publisher and CEO since 1985, having joined the family business full-time in 1968. He also was publisher of The Seattle Times-owned Walla Walla Union-Bulletin for two years.


A Seattle native, … » More …

Graduate numbers increase
September 22, 2008

WSU graduate student numbers continue to climb for fall 2008. Tenth-day enrollment figures show 3,396 graduate students — up from 3,330 in fall 2007.


Enrollments showed the most growth on the Pullman (up 26) and Spokane (up 34) campuses while WSU Tri-Cities dropped by nearly 40 students. WSU Vancouver increased by 4.


“Over many years the Graduate School has focused on increasing enrollment, and this is a radical improvement,” said Dean Howard Grimes. “We are showing a 19 percent increase in total domestic (U.S.) applications since 2007 — with enrollment up by 66 students. Over the past five years, applications have increased two-fold.” … » More …

Early riser finds balance, earns degree
April 25, 2008

Chris Wuthrich
is busy. He works as associate director of WSU Student Conduct, coaches youth soccer and will graduate with his Ph.D. in higher education administration May 3 in Pullman. How does he do it all?

“The secret is that I get up at 4 a.m.” Wuthrich said.
Balancing family, work and outside activities with schoolwork has been Wuthrich’s biggest challenge.

“There just isn’t enough time in the day,” he said. “For the last 5 1/2 years I haven’t really had any hobbies.”

Continuing education

Wuthrich, who has … » More …

MFA student candidates host art exhibit
April 11, 2008

PULLMAN –The WSU Museum of Art in collaboration with the WSU Fine Arts Department, will exhibit the Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, April 18 – May 10. There will be an opening reception Friday, April 18 at 6 p.m. in the Museum of Art. 

This annual showcase represents the culmination of two or more years work by the Master of Fine Arts graduate candidates. MFA student candidates will present works from a variety of meda including ceramics, crafts, painting, performance, photography, digital video, sculpture and drawing. The exhibit will feature works with a wide range of subject matter, content and style.

This year’s … » More …

New program attracts top science students
March 3, 2008


PULLMAN – The College of Sciences at WSU is taking applications from top high school seniors for a new program called STARS (Students Targeted toward Advanced Research Studies).


“This is an exciting program created for the best science students in Washington who are interested in a research career in the molecular biosciences,” said Associate Dean of Sciences Mary Sanchez Lanier.  “I have been delighted with the response to our program so far.  We have many highly talented students in the state, and these students are interested in working with internationally recognized faculty at WSU both early in their studies and into their … » More …

Doctoral student to receive award
February 25, 2008

PULLMAN – Xyanthe Neider, a doctoral student in the WSU College of Education, will receive the 2008 Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies Graduate Student Award from the American Education Research Association (AERA).

The award is given to a graduate student who best demonstrates a consistent and promising commitment to the critical study of curriculum and curriculum scholarship informed by cultural studies. It will be presented on March 24 at AERA’s annual meeting in New York City.

The award stems from her paper titled “Higher Education Curriculum as Western Colonial Project.” In it, she discusses cultural imperialism, essentialism, historical sanitization, and “whitening,” … » More …

Grad/professional writing center opens
January 7, 2008

The Graduate and Professional Writing Center (GPWC) has opened in Smith CUE 414. It is the newest facet of WSU’s writing program, which has served undergraduates for 23 years.

“The communications needs of graduate students are very specific,” said Lisa Johnson-Shull, director of the program’s writing center.

“Our challenge was to begin to develop a resource — not be a proofreading or counseling service, but rather an environment of support where grad students can, for example, learn to frame questions for their dissertation chair and committee, or where international students can refine grammar and structural issues of writing.”

Johnson-Shull and English doctoral student Kristine … » More …

Dunbar to speak at commencement
December 14, 2007

RICHLAND – Bonnie J. Dunbar will be the keynote speaker at the WSU Tri-Cities commencement ceremony in May 2008. NASA Mission Specialist astronaut and veteran of five space flights, Dunbar has logged more than 50 days in space.

She served as the Payload Commander on two flights, including the first space shuttle docking mission to the Russian Space Station Mir.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Dunbar has agreed to address our graduates this spring,” WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein said. “Her career and her personal story are inspiring, especially knowing that she is originally from our region.”

Dunbar grew up in … » More …

WSU offers sustainable agriculture certificate
December 13, 2007

PULLMAN – The WSU Graduate School is offering graduate students in any discipline the opportunity to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture. Students are eligible to pursue the certificate as long as they meet the prerequisites for the courses required.

The certificate coursework will provide students with an interdisciplinary understanding of practices and current issues in sustainable agriculture, according to Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, coordinator of the WSU Biologically Intensive Agriculture and Organic Farming program.

“Sustainable agriculture is inherently interdisciplinary and the courses required will provide knowledge of the science that makes it work,” said Carpenter-Boggs.

Carpenter-Boggs said the certificate program, which was approved by … » More …