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Faculty Senate discuss financial effects of COVID-19

WSU received a $39 million budget cut because of the pandemic, said Colleen Kerr, vice president of external affairs and government relations and chief legislative officer for WSU. 
JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter November 20, 2020

WSU Faculty Senate members discussed Washington’s new salary threshold, which can exempt some employees from receiving overtime pay, during a meeting Thursday.  Lisa Gehring, WSU assistant vice...

WSU creates new faculty position to research potato production, health

The new chair will research how farmers can protect potatoes from soil pathogens, said Scot Hulbert, associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences Office of Research.
BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter November 20, 2020

After receiving a $3 million endowment from members of the potato industry, WSU created a new endowed chair position to lead research on potato production and soil health. The individual chosen as the...

Division of Student Affairs lays off 19 employees

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter November 20, 2020

WSU’s Division of Student Affairs will eliminate more than 70 positions to satisfy budget cuts outlined by WSU President Kirk Schulz, which university officials discussed in an all-staff division meeting...

WSU asks students to stay home after Thanksgiving break

Students should get tested before leaving Pullman for the holidays, WSU officials say.
EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter November 19, 2020

WSU officials encouraged students who leave for Thanksgiving break not to return to Pullman to prevent the spread in a COVID-19 Town Hall 5 p.m. Wednesday. Students should plan to be home for two months...

WSU to test students arriving on campus, increase housing next semester

Students living on campus, athletes and employees will have to be tested upon arrival in Pullman.
TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter November 19, 2020

WSU officials discussed plans for spring semester COVID-19 testing, housing availability, spring classes and COVID-19 research at a town hall Nov. 18. Spring semester The university will implement...

WSU gains 3 percent less donations this year, regents say

WSU President Kirk Schulz said the university opened a new pharmaceutical startup called Athira Pharma.
JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter November 16, 2020

The WSU Board of Regents discussed a decrease in donations made to the university and the possible reallocation of funds.  WSU received $38.7 million from donors and stakeholders, said Lisa Calvert,...

Student fee reductions, athletics budget proposed at Board of Regents meeting

About 65 classes were approved for in-person instruction in the spring. That is twice the number of classes that were approved this fall, WSU Provost Elizabeth Chilton said.
SYDNEY BROWN and ABBY DAVIS November 13, 2020

Students may pay about $50 less in student fees for summer 2020 and academic year 2020-21, according to WSU officials during their Board of Regents virtual presentation on Thursday. The university worked...

Community discusses Pullman public safety during virtual summit

Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said his department is reviewing their policy to ensure officers’ use of force is appropriate for the incidents they are being used.
LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter November 10, 2020

Over 70 people attended the Reimagining Public Safety in Pullman Virtual Summit on Monday night to discuss local police departments’ approach to use of force, officer accountability and a community-oriented...

Speakers emphasize importance of first-generation programs

Universities need to not only acknowledge first-generation students, but also the on-campus experiences of first-generation students who are of different races and social classes, speakers said.
TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter November 9, 2020

Universities use the word first-generation without truly recognizing the layers beneath the word.  First-generation students deserve to complete college, said Sarah Whitley, assistant vice president...

Changing syllabi design may lead to improved faculty-student relationships

Changes to a syllabus' design and wording does not harm or help a student's retention of syllabus information.
ABBY DAVIS, Evergreen reporter November 9, 2020

Strong relationships between faculty members and first-generation students open doors for the students’ future success.  A study on syllabus design show that changes to design and wording did not...

Panel highlights stories, achievements of first-generation students

Panel volunteer Alexandra Donnici said students and families unfamiliar with higher education can use the panel as a resource.
BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter November 6, 2020

WSU is hosting a panel to bring awareness to First-Generation Celebration Day at 12:10 p.m. Nov. 9. The event acknowledges the success of first-generation students and their academic journeys, said...

ASWSU partners with GPSA to help Pullman restaurants

ASWSU President Curtis Cohen said he wants to ensure academic break days are legitimate rest days.
MATT HOLM, Evergreen reporter November 5, 2020

ASWSU President Curtis Cohen met with ASWSU senators to discuss WSU’s plan to replace spring break with academic break days without homework during Wednesday night’s meeting. Cohen said he and ASWSU...

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