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Event commemorates principal WSU members

Event commemorates principal WSU members

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

September 13, 2018

The second annual Crimson Coat ceremony welcomed six new senior leaders to WSU on Thursday evening. President Kirk Schulz and First Lady Noel Schulz established the ceremony last fall for incoming senior leaders. Each individual received a crimson coat and Schulz introduced the recipients to the public. Lisa...

Evergreen findings contradict WSU statement in regard to Gesser article

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

September 13, 2018

WSU released the following statement in response to the Evergreen’s investigative piece regarding sexual misconduct allegations against Jason Gesser. The statement, attributed to President Kirk Schulz and Director of Athletics Patrick Chun, is replicated in full below. “We take any allegation...

Records show numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against Jason Gesser

Records show numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against Jason Gesser

IAN SMAY and DYLAN GREENE

September 13, 2018

Hundreds of pages of public records show a number of allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Jason Gesser, assistant director of athletics at the Cougar Athletic Fund, dating back as far as 2014. The allegations are outlined in interview notes and records from a complaint review carried...

Schulz talks mental health, budgets, enrollment

Schulz talks mental health, budgets, enrollment

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

August 22, 2018

WSU President Kirk Schulz fielded questions regarding mental health resources, budgets and this year’s largest-ever freshman class during an hour-long press conference to mark the beginning of the school year Wednesday morning at the Lewis Alumni Centre. Budget and athletics Schulz said the univers...

Supervision quality main reason for employee departure

Supervision quality main reason for employee departure

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

August 21, 2018

WSU recently released employee exit survey numbers with outgoing staff and faculty, marking quality of supervision and lack of career advancement opportunities as the most-disliked aspects of their time at the university. Phil Weiler, vice president of marketing and communications for WSU, said the...

Former WSU employee adds new claims to suit, including racial discrimination

IAN SMAY, Evergreen reporter

August 19, 2018

Darryl Riser, a former WSU employee who filed an ongoing lawsuit regarding his termination along with claims alleged mistreatment, has entered a motion containing 46 amended claims including allegations of racial discrimination against the school, two administrators and a fellow employee. The claim...

Kelly Ward passes away at 54

Kelly Ward passes away at 54

IAN SMAY, Evergreen news editor

July 9, 2018

Kelly Ward, vice provost for faculty development and recognition in the College of Education, died Sunday at the age of 54. Ward passed away as a result of injuries following an accident on July 3, according to a letter from WSU Provost Dan Bernardo. "Kelly will likely be most remembered as a champion...

Judge won’t recuse self in Riser case

IAN SMAY, Evergreen news editor

July 2, 2018

Thomas Rice, the judge presiding over a case involving former WSU employee Darryl Riser suing WSU and multiple university administrators including President Kirk Schulz, has denied Riser’s motion for recusal based on alleged bias. Riser’s motion for recusal was based on nine points, including...

Workers raise concerns over conditions of Waller Hall

Workers raise concerns over conditions of Waller Hall

IAN SMAY, Evergreen news editor

June 27, 2018

WSU will reopen Waller Hall this fall to house the largest freshman class in school history. A projected incoming class of over 4,300 students looking for on-campus housing caused the need for Waller Hall, which closed after the spring 2015 semester, to reopen, Phil Weiler, vice president of marketing ...

James Short Jr. leaves behind research legacy

James Short Jr. leaves behind research legacy

IAN SMAY, Evergreen news editor

May 30, 2018

James Short Jr., the founding director of WSU’s Social and Economic Sciences Research Center, passed away at 93 on May 13. Short became a WSU faculty member in 1951 and taught until 1997, according to the College of Arts and Sciences. After his retirement from teaching, he served as a graduate student...

Judge dismisses claims against Schulz, two others

IAN SMAY, Evergreen news editor

May 29, 2018

The judge presiding over a lawsuit involving former WSU employee Darryl Riser's claims of civil rights and whistleblower law violations dismissed the actions against three of the named defendants, including President Kirk Schulz. Judge Thomas Rice filed the order on April 24. Rice said Riser "fai...

University names new CAS dean

University names new CAS dean

IAN SMAY, Evergreen news editor

May 29, 2018

WSU named Matthew Jockers as the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences today after months of searching for a new leader for the school. Jockers comes to WSU from the University of Nebraska, where he served as an associate dean for research and partnerships and a professor of English in the...

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