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WSU names new associate dean of Honors College
September 2, 2010

PULLMAN – Carol Anelli has been named associate dean of the Honors College. Anelli is an entomologist, award-winning teacher, and longtime Honors College faculty member and administrator. 


“Her unparalleled expertise in both undergraduate instruction and curriculum assessment makes her the perfect candidate to support the college’s efforts to take honors to the next level,” said Libby Walker, dean of the college.

Anelli has been associated with the Honors College since 1998. In addition to serving as associate dean, she was the thesis director and oversaw efforts relating to students’ thesis requirements. That included developing a course that … » More …

Walker moves from interim to permanent dean
June 26, 2009

PULLMAN – Elizabeth A. (Libby) Walker has been named to the permanent position of dean of the Honors College. She has served as interim dean of the college since July 2007.

Walker served the college as interim dean for nearly two years, and was previously associate dean (2004-2007) and assistant dean (1996-2004).

““Libby Walker has done an outstanding job of leading the Honors College through a period of positive change and growth,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Warwick M. Bayly.  “She played an active role in the university reaccreditation process and has been an integral part of our … » More …

German culture topic of annual Honors College lecture
March 26, 2009

Modern German culture is the topic of the 30th annual Honors College Invited Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Honors Hall lounge.

Rachel Halverson, associate professor of German in the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, will speak on “Selected Memories, Selective Memories: Navigating German Culture in the 21st Century.”

Presenters of the free public lecture are nominated by the students of the college.

A member of the Honors College faculty since 2000 and a college administrator in 2007-2008, Halverson was honored in November 2008 as the first WSU educator to receive the Ray Verzasconi Northwest Postsecondary Teacher of the Year … » More …

Honors College hosts regional conference
March 2, 2009

PULLMAN – WSU students and faculty will present some of their finest work this week in Spokane as the WSU Honors College hosts the Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) Conference at the Davenport Hotel March 5-7.


Eleven Honors College students are among the undergraduates selected to showcase their research, scholarship and creative work at the event through presentations and poster sessions.


M. Grant Norton, associate dean for research and graduate programs in WSU’s College of Engineering and Architecture, will give the keynote address on Saturday, March 7.  It is titled, “Nanotechnology: Fueling an Energy Revolution.”  Norton is a professor in the School of … » More …

Alumnus Lewis Lee to speak at Honors College commencement
November 19, 2008


PULLMAN – Lewis C. Lee, a Spokane entrepreneur, will deliver the commencement address to graduates of the WSU Honors College Dec. 12 in Pullman.


Lee is the managing partner of Lee and Hayes PLLC, an intellectual property law firm.


“We are delighted that Lewis, who is one of our own Honors graduates, will be here to share his wisdom and insights with our newest graduates who are about to take their place in the world,” said Libby Walker, interim dean of the Honors College.

Lee graduated in 1988 with double majors in electrical engineering and business … » More …

Honors college hosts regional conference
October 29, 2008

Associate dean of research and

graduate programs, M. Grant


PULLMAN—The WSU Honors College will host the 36th annual Western Regional Honors Council conference March 5-7, 2009 at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Wash.  Registration for the event is already open.


“We are deeply honored to welcome honors students and faculty from 126 universities in 13 Western states to this event,” said Libby Walker, interim dean of the WSU Honors College.  WHRC members are from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and … » More …

Shier joins Honors Council
October 6, 2008

PULLMAN — WSU administrator David Shier is the newest member of the Honors Council, according to an announcement by Honors Dean Libby Walker.

“The Honors Council provides valuable leadership for our program.  We certainly appreciate the input received from each member and are particularly pleased that Professor Shier, who has a long association with the Honors College, has agreed to serve on the council,” says Walker.

Shier, associate professor and chair of the Dept. of Philosophy, teaches the “Honors Introduction to Philosophy” (Phil 198) this fall semester.  The class is learning the basics of philosophy and pondering the question of whether happiness is enough for … » More …

WSU Honors College awards faculty, students
May 8, 2007

Three Washington State University professors and two graduating seniors received top awards from the Honors College at ceremonies Friday, May 4. The winning students were nominated by their honors faculty.Recognized for his contributions as an outstanding thesis adviser was Gerald Berthiaume, associate professor of music and director of the School of Music and Theatre Arts in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).Selected to receive special faculty awards were Richard Gill, associate professor in the School of Earth and Environmental Science in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences; and Lydia Gerber, senior instructor in the Department of History, in the CLA.Graduating seniors and … » More …

Honors College adds three professors to council
April 25, 2006

Professors Raymond Sun, Ursula Mazur and Bintong Chen have been added to the Honors Council of the WSU Honors College.Sun is an associate professor of history, Mazur a professor of chemistry and materials science and Chen a professor of management and operations.”These faculty members have been strong supporters of our honors students and in their new role on the council, their impact on our students and programs will be even greater,” said Mary Wack, Honors College dean and interim director of the Office of Undergraduate Education.The council members duties include:* reviewing students’ theses nominated for the top “Pass with Distinction” awards* making final determinations regarding … » More …

Mary Wack named interim director of OUE
July 11, 2005

PULLMAN — Mary Wack, dean of the university’s Honors College, has been named the interim director for the Office of Undergraduate Education. Wack will continue to serve in her current role as dean of the Honors College. Her new duties began July 1.“I am very pleased that Dean Wack has accepted the opportunity to lead the Office of Undergraduate Education in its second year of existence,” said Robert Bates, provost and academic vice president. “She brings to the position wide experience with  undergraduate education issues and with the various units that make up the OUE. “As a member of the leadership team for implementing the strategic goals for undergraduate education, she helped shape the vision … » More …