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WSU’s first class of medical students will graduate this spring

“We’ve been conceiving this idea for nearly four years now, to capture all of these firsts, all of these amazing moments that have occurred since the start of the medical school,” said Christina VerHeul, director of communications, marketing and strategic operations at WSU’s College of Medicine.
JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter January 28, 2021

WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will graduate its first class of medical students at the end of the spring 2021 semester.  In 2017, the college’s dean welcomed the first class of students,...

WSU alumnus serves as city administrator

Mike Urban began working for the City of Pullman in 2019 as director of finance and administrative services.
TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter January 28, 2021

For many years, Mike Urban heard the Pullman mayor’s voice echo over the loudspeakers in Martin Stadium. He did not expect to hear that same voice offer him a director position in 2019 or appoint him...

Resource portal under development

“The idea behind it is that because we have no physical help desk to go to, having a place that students can just click on a link … and then be directed to all these different resources,” said Brianna Kostecka, ASWSU deputy director of academic affairs.
ABBY DAVIS, Evergreen deputy news editor January 28, 2021

Students might have the opportunity to access mental health, food insecurity and academic resources in a portal available through Blackboard and Canvas. Brianna Kostecka, ASWSU deputy director of academic...

Another graduation bites the dust

“This will be my graduation,” said Jane McDonald, senior broadcast news major. “I will be proud that it is my graduation, even if it is online.”
STEFFI LUDAHL, Evergreen reporter January 28, 2021

The highlight of most students’ college experience is walking across the stage during graduation. For the third time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, WSU students will not have that experience.  Jane...

Cadets tackle in-person training during pandemic

WSU Army ROTC cadets attend in-person physical fitness training three times a week and in-person leadership labs once a week.
MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter January 28, 2021

For WSU Army ROTC cadets, the COVID-19 pandemic could not stop their training. The program received permission from the WSU Office of the Provost to conduct in-person physical fitness training, also...

OPINION: WSU has prepared for COVID this time, students must take share of responsibility

Students are required to show proof of attestation before going to campus.
MEGHAN HENRY, Evergreen columnist January 28, 2021

Students are pouring back into our little college town, while administrators and student leaders are gearing up to beat back the wave of COVID-19 cases that may accompany them.  Unlike last semester,...

Black migration ‘creates new possibilities in American politics,’ speaker says

Voter suppression continues to be an issue around the country, says Keneshia Grant, associate professor of political science at Howard University.
TIMOTHY FAIRBANKS-CLOUSER, Evergreen reporter January 27, 2021

One professor addressed how critical the Black vote is to presidential candidates’ success and the effect migration patterns have on American politics during a virtual event Tuesday afternoon. WSU’s...

Pullman Arts Commission seeks input on End Racism Now mural

Submissions for the End Racism Now mural are posted on the Pullman Arts Commission Facebook page for the public to view and vote on.
JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter January 27, 2021

The Pullman Arts Commission met Tuesday to discuss submissions for the End Racism Now mural. The mural submissions are posted on the PAC Facebook page for the public to view and vote on, said Lori Lewis,...

Council revisits plans for ‘dependable infrastructure’ study

The city's pedestrian and bicycle usage is set to finish by fall or winter of 2021, said Kevin Gardes, Pullman public works director.
MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter January 27, 2021

The Pullman City Council approved moving forward with a consulting company to complete a study on local pedestrian and bicycle usage. In August 2018, the council decided ‘dependable infrastructure’...

GPSA discusses WSU’s path to normality

GPSA senators raised concerns about first-generation college students who would miss out on their opportunity to walk at graduation during the pandemic.
TIMOTHY FAIRBANKS-CLOUSER, Evergreen reporter January 26, 2021

A faculty guest speaker addressed concerns about WSU’s system-wide virtual graduation this spring and its plan for fall 2021 during the GPSA Senate meeting Monday evening. WSU issued a memo to faculty...

Student Involvement launches new student engagement platform

TIMOTHY FAIRBANKS-CLOUSER, Evergreen reporter January 26, 2021

Student Involvement launched the new system-wide platform Coug Presence last week to create a more user-friendly space so students can easily engage with organizations and access events. WSU decided...

City of Pullman hires first geographic information system administrator

Sam Jenkins started working as the City of Pullman's first geographic information system administrator earlier this month.
ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter January 26, 2021

The City of Pullman hired its first geographic information system administrator to analyze the location and distance of various properties, which are compiled into maps. GIS is a software that can record...

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