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Manure to Money on Extension Engaged

The next edition of Extension Engaged will be Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 9 a.m. in room T-101 of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Building. The topic will be “Manure to Money: New Developments in Anaerobic Digestion.” You’ll get a close look at the state’s first commercial-scale digester in action and hear about WSU innovations that […]

Wallet returned with help from AnswerLine

After a long bus ride from Pullman, freshman Chris J. Smith arrived at the Westfield Southcenter Mall in Seattle excited to get home for break. Once Smith was off the bus he gathered up his luggage. But in the chaos of unloading, his wallet somehow stayed behind. A co-worker of King County resident Susan Goding, […]

PERS Plan 3 seminars set for Nov. 15

Employees who participate in PERS 3 or are considering enrolling in the plan have the opportunity to attend one of the retirement seminars scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Human Resource Services Conference Room, 139 French Administration Building.  The topics and times are:• Retirement distribution, 9-10 a.m. or 2-3 p.m. Learn about making withdrawals […]

In October, it’s not all about money

Money can’t buy you love. But how about a World Series ring? It’s a timely question for sports fans given that the New York Yankees, MLB’s highest-paid team with a $194.6-million payroll, are poised for a run at their 27th World Series title. Rodney Fort, an economics professor at Washington State University, told the Los […]

Healthy lifestyle can earn you cash

It’s no secret that unhealthy living habits are driving up the costs of health care for everyone — plans and families alike. Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) has implemented a new program to help keep the cost of medical care more affordable.  With UMP’s Health Counts! wellness program, you can earn points for healthy behaviors like […]


Increasing your contributions a little each pay period can greatly increase your retirement savings. Plus, every dollar you contribute reduces your federal taxable income by a dollar and lowers your tax bill at the end of the year. This year, tax laws allow you to save even more. The 2006 plan limit is $15,000 for […]

Benefits staff changes, service still emphasized

Keeping track of your employee benefits is important. Helping you do that is the WSU Benefits Services office. Benefits Services administers employee benefits including medical and dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance and retirement savings programs. Personnel can offer solutions and information to customers needing assistance with a wide variety of benefit-related topics.The Benefits […]

PERS retirement seminar June 11

A free retirement seminar for those with the Public Employee’s Retirement System (PERS) will be held all day Saturday, June 11, at WSU Pullman. “It is never too early to start thinking about and planning for your retirement,” said Marie Weiss, WSU benefit specialist. “The Department of Retirement Systems comes once every two years to […]

Register for March 9 retirement seminars

Employees participating in the PERS 3 retirement plan have an opportunity to visit with Bill McGrath from the International City/County Management Association Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC) in Pullman on Wednesday, March 9. All sessions will be held in the Benefit Services meeting room, 230 French Administration Building. Three different sessions are planned: • 9-10 a.m. on […]

Investment and benefits sessions set at Vancouver, Tri-Cities, Pullman

Jan Rauk and Marie Weiss will give presentations and answer questions during two open benefits sessions: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at WSU Tri-Cities, and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at WSU Vancouver.Rauk, associate director of Benefits Services, will present topics including: phased retirement and flexible spending accounts for 2005, and the laws […]