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Cumulative experiences help black men succeed in IT careers
January 12, 2016

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

K.D.-JoshiPULLMAN, Wash. – Expanding the range of black men’s career options in an increasingly technology-oriented world will help alleviate high unemployment and poverty they often experience, according to a study examining the career paths of successful black men in college.

IT names new director
April 21, 2008

VANCOUVER – WSU Vancouver has named Wim Geurden to the position of director of information technology, as of April 15.

Geurden comes to WSU Vancouver from JPMorgan Chase, Columbus, Ohio, where he was chief of IT architecture for retail financial services. He is a resident of Ridgefield, Wash., where he has lived since 1999. He has also worked as a senior executive in Accenture’s Financial Services Practice, and as a senior technology strategist for banking at Microsoft Corporation. Prior to Microsoft, Geurden was a partner with Accenture’s Strategic Information Technology Effectiveness group.

“I am looking forward to expanding the IT capabilities on this rapidly … » More …

Supplemental budget request itemized
October 2, 2007

Following is an overview of the WSU Supplemental Budget Request for 2008, approved Sept. 28 by the WSU Board of Regents.


Operating Budget

• Under funding of salary increases               $1,388,000
The 2007 Legislature mandated special salary increases for state employees.  Systems or formatting problems with our data caused many of our job titles for bargaining unit, civil service and other employees to be excluded from or miscalculated by the new OFM salary model and subsequently  underfunded. The total cost of these increases is $1,388,000.   Several of the miscalculations were identified during the legislative session and discussed at that time with legislative and OFM … » More …

Floyd moves toward completing leadership team
July 12, 2007

PULLMAN — President Elson S. Floyd has moved toward completing his leadership team, naming two new administrators — a vice president for information services and a vice president for enrollment management.

Viji Murali (Mer-ahl-e), who has served as vice president for information technology and chief information officer for Western Michigan University since 1999, will assume the role of vice president for information services and chief information officer at WSU. John Fraire, currently the associate vice president for enrollment management at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., is WSU’s new vice president for enrollment management.

Floyd said his only remaining top-level appointment will be for the position … » More …

IT forum held March 12-13
March 2, 2007

The third annual Information Technology Forum for WSU technical support staff will be held March 12-13 in Todd Hall on the Pullman campus. Intended to provide professional development and networking opportunities, the forum is free for WSU employees. But attendees must register in advance ONLINE @ http://infotech.wsu.edu/vpis no later than 5 p.m. Monday, March 5.The keynote session will feature Linda Criddle, an international lecturer and expert on Internet safety risks and solutions. She will provide an overview of risks and principles for designing, building, executing and supporting safer code.  Tuesday’s plenary presenter will be Alan Brill, an internationally recognized authority on security and forensic … » More …

Register for Pullman IT forum by March 4
February 18, 2005

Technical support staff are invited to attend the first WSU information technology forum March 13-15 on the Pullman campus. Free to WSU employees, the forum will provide professional development and networking opportunities. Attendees must register in advance via the website at http://infotech.wsu.edu/vpis no later than March 4.Ed Lazowska, the Bill and Melinda Gates chair in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington and co-chair of the national President’s Information Technology Advisory Council, will highlight the Sunday evening keynote session.The forum will feature concurrent sessions and round table discussions on a variety of topics, including technology directions, network and security, and best practices. … » More …

Music feeds the soul of IT guys who jam at noon
January 9, 2004

Walk through most WSU buildings at noon and you’re sure to find empty offices or employees doing lunch at their desks. But stroll through Information Technology and you might think you wandered into Kimbrough by mistake.You didn’t. The live jazz and blues music you’re likely to encounter is produced by Ken Clark, graphic lab manager, playing guitar; Rick Wegner, network manager, on bass; and Geoff Allen, computer assistant administrator, on saxophone.“It’s a nice way to spend lunch,” Clark said recently. “It’s something we’ve been doing for fun.”About 18 months ago, Clark wanted someone to play blues with him at work. When he asked Allen, all … » More …

IT reduces modem pool access
March 21, 2003

Taking a dip into the WSU modem pool may be hazardous to your health. Information Technology has reduced the number of modems able to connect at one time to the out-of-date and unreliable online system. The decrease comes from a decision made in 1999 by the University Advisory Committee for Computing Technology. The number of modems that could be logged on simultaneously was 300. Now it is down to 120. It was also time to update IT’s contract with local service provider Verizon, said Dave Ostrom, assistant director for communications in IT. “We are trying to encourage people to use local ISPs for faster and … » More …