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Business, finance vp post not for faint hearted
September 29, 2010




Profile of Roger D. Patterson

WSU’s new administrative structure

WSU Today

– Three VP positions eliminated: Reorganization aims at economies of scale

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Office of Business and Finance

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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

PULLMAN – Ongoing budget cuts, mergers and staffing reductions. Taking over the leadership of the university’s Office of Business and Finance in 2010 is not for the faint … » More …

WSU achieves 40 percent increase in outside funding
September 1, 2010

PULLMAN – In the midst of a lingering economic downturn and despite continuing reductions in state funding, WSU faculty and researchers have achieved more than a 40 percent increase in the amount of outside research and other grant funding awarded over the past two fiscal years.



Howard Grimes, WSU vice president of research and Graduate School dean, said the university processed a record $218.33 million in grant awards during the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The total represents nearly a 26 percent increase over the $173.88 million in grants awarded WSU in FY 2009 and a 42 … » More …

WSU to host Nat’l Institute of Food and Agriculture Workshop
August 4, 2010

PULLMAN – Washington State University, in partnership with several national agricultural and food organizations, is hosting a one-day, workshop on the preparation and management of competitively awarded, systems-based grant applications. The event will be held 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8.


Partnering with WSU are the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE), the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), and the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) within the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


These organizations require that grant applicants use a systems approach to meet challenges faced … » More …

Apply now for fall graduate student travel grants
July 12, 2010

PULLMAN – The Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Association now are taking applications for fall semester graduate student travel grants. These grants are intended to help students in their research and scholarly activities and to present papers at significant meetings.


The deadline for the fall 2010 travel grant applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3. The travel period is from Oct. 1-Jan. 31. Applications and further information can be found on the following website.

Wine gala benefits scholarships, endowment
February 18, 2010

RICHLAND – This year’s Celebrate Washington Wine gala and auction held on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Woodinville’s Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery raised more than $240,000. Proceeds from the sold-out event will benefit the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program.


Net proceeds will combine with funding pledged by the Washington Wine Education Foundation to help complete the endowment for the program’s chair, as well as providing funding for undergraduate scholarships, educational exchange programs and equipment for the program.


Thomas Henick-Kling, director of WSU’s Viticulture and Enology  Program, said the generosity of auction donors and attendees will go far in strengthening the popular and growing program.

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WSU programs offer financial management education
October 15, 2009

PULLMAN – During the current financial crisis, WSU departments and programs are helping students manage their finances through individual counseling and workshops.

According to WSU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, the average amount of loan debt for an undergraduate student is $18,815, and according to a 2009 Sallie Mae national study, students have an additional $4,000 in credit card debt. This is no surprise when 84 percent of undergraduates have at least one credit card, with the average number of credit cards being 4.6.

At WSU, 71.6 percent of students receive some form of financial aid, 55 percent receiving loans, not including … » More …

Olympia update: Legislators negotiate compromise
April 14, 2009

The Legislature is now moving into a critical phase as budget writers are negotiating the differences between House and Senate budget versions with just 13 days of session remaining.


Never have the stakes been higher than in the budget discussions. Legislative leaders are talking now to resolve a $47.4 million difference between the House and Senate budgets for just Washington State University. The House budget (Substitute House Bill 1244) cuts 29 percent of state funding from WSU or $151.4 million. The Senate budget (Senate Bill 5600) reduces the WSU state budget by 20 percent or about $104 million.


WSU announced today that … » More …

Retiree tax benefit can help WSU too
February 6, 2009

New tax legislation allows — for a limited time — a way to make gifts to the WSU Foundation and other charities using individual retirement accounts (IRAs) without negative tax consequences.


Similar to previous legislation called the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 allows distributions up to $100,000 per year per taxpayer to qualified charities from a traditional or Roth IRA.


The distributions are not reportable income to the plan owner, nor does he or she receive a charitable income tax deduction. The distribution can satisfy the plan owner’s required minimum distribution.


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Final Library Road project underway
March 20, 2008


(Photo by
University Photographer
Shelly Hanks, from on the top floor of the Administration Annex Building.) 


The Phase III construction project to remodel Library Road began March 17, marking the final phase in an effort originally begun  in 2000.  The $15 million project will extend the Library Road  remodel effort from the Administration Annex building to the Bookie. The project is slated to be completed by the summer of 2009. 


Phase III construction was approved by the Board of Regents at the October meeting.  A pedestrian plaza will be created in the area around the Bookie.  The lawn … » More …

Report illness, injury with new online form
January 18, 2008

As of the new year, there is an easier and faster way to report workplace injuries and illnesses via an online form. The completed form will be routed electronically to Human Resource Services (HRS), Environmental Health & Safety, and the employee’s supervisor.

The revised Safety Policies and Procedures Manual (SPPM Section 25.20) on accident reporting describes how to report incidents using the new online system.

HRS will provide training about the system on request. To schedule a training session, contact Jamilee Gecas at 335-1760 or

If you have any questions, please contact Gecas or Ed Havey, Environmental Health & Safety, 335-5311 or

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