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WSU launches certificate program for online teaching skills

Rebecca Van de Vord, WSU's Academic Outreach and Innovation vice president and director of Learning Innovations, said certification is not required for any instructors but is encouraged.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 29, 2020

The WSU Provost’s Office and WSU Academic Outreach and Innovation have launched a new distance delivery mastery certificate to improve the faculty’s ability to teach online. The certificate provides an opportunity for instructors to learn how to successfully adapt their teaching style to an online e...

Soon-to-be department chair aims to keep serving students

Ting Chi, professor and soon-to-be chair of WSU’s Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, stands in the middle of a group of students. Chi will begin as department head June 1.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 29, 2020

WSU’s Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles department is home to Ting Chi, AMDT professor and soon-to-be chair.  Chi said textiles are his passion, which he found early on in life. His grandfather was an engineer for a textile machinery company, so Chi got to know the industry as a chil...

Online presentations held for incoming students

Alive Orientation will be online this summer. Presentations are in a PowerPoint format with a live feature so participants can ask questions along the way.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

May 26, 2020

WSU’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment is offering online daily presentations for prospective and incoming students.  Randi Niehenke, associate director for the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, said the department went virtual as soon as Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-home order was put in plac...

Town hall prepares for increase in on-site research

Colleen Kerr, vice president for external affairs and government relations, said research is a primary function of higher education.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

WSU research officials held a town hall Tuesday to solicit feedback on draft guidelines for research, scholarship and creative activities, which will allow on-site activities, like lab or office work, to gradually increase.  The goals of the new guidelines are to protect the health and well-being o...

Teaching advocacy organization adds new members for first time in six years

William Hall, far left, is an assistant professor for mathematics and statistics. Hall said he was recently inducted into the WSU President’s Teaching Academy.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

The WSU President’s Teaching Academy nearly doubled their membership when they admitted 27 new faculty members from six colleges and 17 departments in April, which is the first time any new members have joined since 2014. The teaching academy is an organization with members that consists of facu...

Board of Regents approves addition of two new degree programs

A Master of Science in Kinesiology degree and a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology degree will be available at WSU in the fall.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 18, 2020

Two new degree programs will be available for students in the fall to help WSU compete with other institutions that have similar programs. On May 8, the Board of Regents voted to establish a Master of Science in Kinesiology degree and a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology degree. “We...

‘This is a calling for me to give back to the system which has given me so much’

Elizabeth Chilton, dean of the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University, will begin her role as the provost and vice president of WSU in the fall.

AMAAN RAHMAN, Evergreen reporter

May 18, 2020

Elizabeth Chilton said she has made it her goal to diversify institutions of higher education by using her background in anthropology and the experience she gained in previous administrative roles. Chilton, dean of the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University, has been appointed as t...

WSU officials address COVID-19 concerns in online town hall

WSU President Kirk Schulz said WSU must submit a financial plan to the state government, which is due June 1.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

WSU President Kirk Schulz said in a virtual town hall meeting today that administrators are planning for some in-person learning at all WSU campuses for the fall 2020 semester.  This does not mean that next semester will look “normal” like fall 2019 did, said Bryan Slinker, interim provost a...

WSU will not refund student fees

Mary Jo Gonzales,  Vice President of Student Affairs, said students fees are used to help WSU pay for outstanding deficits.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

WSU officials confirmed in an online town hall that the university will not refund spring semester student fees, following a national trend of universities who either only partially refunded fees or did not at all. Mary Jo Gonzales, vice president of Student Affairs, said the Center for Civic Engageme...

WSU offers employees tuition waivers for online classes

Cathy Lentz, program manager for Academic Outreach and Innovation, said some WSU employees are eligible for tuition waivers which will be applied for courses this summer.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

For the first time, WSU employees are able to waive tuition for Global Campus’ summer classes. Global Campus lets students take courses online. Students are not required to be online at a set time during the day, said Dave Cillay, WSU Global Campus chancellor. Cathy Lentz, program manager for Acad...

Roberta Kelly hangs up her educational cap

Roberta Kelly, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication professor, will say goodbye to teaching as she retires this semester.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 11, 2020

As senior undergraduate students finish their own last semester at WSU, so will some instructors. After nearly 35 years in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, a prominent communication professor packed her office and prepared to retire. Roberta Kelly, a communication professor from the Bronx in New Y...

Changes to Executive Policy 15 increase accessibility, protections

Holly Ashkannejhad said revisions were made to EP 15 because students were concerned that the policy was difficult to read and understand.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 8, 2020

A working group that focused on reviewing and changing Executive Policy 15 published revisions to the policy in April. EP 15 is WSU’s policy against discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. The EP 15 working group was created because students were concerned that the policy was difficult...

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