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Floyd discusses budget plans, progress
September 30, 2010




PULLMAN – WSU leaders are working toward implementing strategic budget cuts, not across-the-board cuts, said President Elson S. Floyd in Wednesday’s State of the University address.


He has asked administrative vice presidents to submit budget plans for their areas by Oct. 15 and he expects to hold public hearings on those plans later this year.


“Everything must and should be on the table as we attempt to balance the budget,” Floyd said.


No across-the-board cuts

During the question-and-answer session following the speech, he said he does not plan to make cuts across the board, because such cuts lead … » More …

PERS plan 2 members can join Plan 3 in January
January 23, 2009

Every January, eligible Plan 2 members of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) have the opportunity to transfer to Plan 3, if they were hired before March 1, 2002. Those hired later are not eligible because they were asked to make an irrevocable decision for their plan choice within 90 days of hiring.


Resources are available to help employees who may wish to make the transfer. Handbooks and other state Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) publications can be found ONLINE @ Investment education information can be found ONLINE @


Financial modeling software to help compare projected benefits for Plans … » More …

Business competition awards $100,000
April 16, 2008

PULLMAN – The WSU Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the College of Business, took place in Pullman April 11-12.


The two-day event included more than 100 competitors in four divisions, including two WSU divisions, and high school and non-student divisions. For the first time winning teams from the inaugural College of Business Global Business Plan Competition competed in the competition. More than 45 teams presented their plans to a panel of judges from the business community, with the winning teams sharing cash and prizes totaling $100,000.

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Specialist to speak on terrorism preparedness
May 9, 2007

RICHLAND — What should you do if a “dirty bomb” is detonated in your community? How would emergency responders and elected officials react?Steven L. Stein will explain Washington state’s plan in his lecture “Radiation: Terrorism and Public Preparedness” at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the East Auditorium at WSU Tri-Cities, 2710 University Drive, Richland. Admission is free and open to the public.The hour-long Herbert M. Parker Foundation 2007 Spring Lecture will be followed by a brief reception.Stein is Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s advisor on Northwest Homeland Security. He will talk about the Washington Statewide Homeland Security Strategic Plan, which describes how emergency responders and … » More …

Business plan competition winners awarded
April 26, 2007

The Washington State University College of Business has announced the winners of its fourth annual WSU Business Plan Competition. The competition, held on the Pullman campus April 13 and 14, included 21 student teams from the Pullman campus and four open, non-student entries from the Palouse region. Hosted by the WSU Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the College of Business, the competition was comprised of six student leagues and one open league, which was sponsored by the Port of Whitman. This was the first year there was an open league for non-students, as well as the first year there were separate graduate and undergraduate leagues. … » More …

WSU students take innovation to business plan competition
February 14, 2006

Three undergraduate students from WSU are headed to Santa Barbara, Calif., March 3 and 4 as one of nine teams invited to participate as semifinalists in a national business plan competition.College of Business senior Nick Rapagnani and bioengineering seniors Ahmad Bayomy and Sepideh Zolfaghari will present to a panel of judges at the third annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development. Collegiate Entrepreneurship Venture Forum. A fourth member of their original team, Ben Eilers, a mechanical engineering student, graduated in December and will not attend the California competition.Their company name is BERZ, based on the first initials of their last names. Their product is called … » More …

Some staff have opportunity to change to PERS 3 this month
January 20, 2006

Each January, eligible Plan 2 members of PERS have the opportunity to transfer to Plan 3 under certain conditions. WSU employees who have earned service credit in January can opt to transfer to PERS 3 this month if they first established membership prior to March 1, 2002. Those higher education classified staff members hired on or after March 1, 2002 are considered to be “new PERS members” and they had to make an irrevocable decision for their plan choice within 90 days of being hired. Those interested in making the change to PERS 3 have resources to help with this decision. First, there is information … » More …

WSU hones focus, efforts for technology transfer
February 18, 2005

A new director, strategic goals, program evaluation and funding requests have poised technology transfer at Washington State University to achieve its full potential. “Part of our land grant mission is to get technology out to impact the people and commerce of the state,” said Jim Petersen, WSU vice provost for research. “We actively are working to increase that impact through technology transfer.” To begin the process, the board of the WSU Research Foundation (WSURF) completed a strategic plan in 2003. The independent nonprofit foundation was established in 1939 to manage WSU’s intellectual property — its new research or ideas that might be eligible for patenting … » More …

Academic structure considered
October 15, 2004

Provost Robert Bates, during a recent dialogue, highlighted the development of an academic plan that works in conjunction with the university’s strategic plan. The academic plan will:• Identify selective areas of emphasis and build upon them. • Improve the quality of WSU’s core academic programs and focus on high priority academic majors and degrees to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. • Evaluate the feasibility of organizing related disciplines and functions into common academic or administrative units that would be more visible at the national and international level. • Establish benchmarks aligned with four strategic areas. These four areas are: the undergraduate experience, the graduate experience, social impact and … » More …

WSU groups to review five-year parking plan
January 27, 2004

The university’s Parking and Transportation Task Force has been reviewing a capital and financial plan that would add campus parking spaces, continue to enhance customer service and maintain existing parking structures and lots.The plan, including rate proposals, will be presented for additional feedback to various constituent groups. This is in accordance with WSU’s internal process for reviewing changes to the parking system. These groups include Associated Students of WSU (ASWSU), Residence Hall Association (RHA), Graduate and Professional Students Association (GPSA), the Faculty Senate, Administrative and Professional Advisory Council and the Labor Management Council. The 15-member task force is in its third year of operation. The … » More …