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‘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...

Whitman County waste station accepts credit cards

Whitman County’s solid waste transfer station implemented a card machine that allows customers to pay without breaking social distancing rules.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 18, 2020

Whitman County’s solid waste drop-off locations now allow customers to pay with credit and debit cards, according to the waste station’s director.  David Nails, solid waste and recycling director of Whitman County’s solid waste transfer station, said the addition of a card machine allows cus...

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...

Whitman County approved to enter Phase 2

Whitman County approved to enter Phase 2

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

The Washington State Secretary of Health approved Whitman County’s Phase 2 variance waiver today, which will allow certain businesses to reopen, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center.  Another individual tested positive for COVID-19, according to the press release...

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...

‘Lost’ apple rediscovered near WSU

David Benscoter, founder of the Lost Apple Project, said the Mihalyfi was one of 20 Hungarian apple varieties brought to the then Washington State Agricultural College in the late 1800s.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

Approximately seven miles southeast of WSU’s Pullman campus on Rocky Butte, a historic apple was rediscovered by the Lost Apple Project. Roy Druffel, a farmer who owns land on Rocky Butte, is a committee member of the Lost Apple Project and discovered the Mihalyfi apple. Project founder David Bensc...

New COVID-19 case confirmed in Whitman County

New COVID-19 case confirmed in Whitman County

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

A new case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in Whitman County on Thursday, which brings the number of confirmed cases to 17.  The patient is a 20-39-year-old female, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center. She is stable and isolating at home.  Health officials are working to identify the individual’s close conta...

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...

Athletic department reports $1.9 million increase in deficit

Matt Kleffner, CFO of the athletic department, said the $3.3 million loss in revenue was due to loss of proceeds from baseball games, concessions and reductions in contributions.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

With spring sports being cancelled due to COVID-19, the WSU Athletic Department has reported a $1.9 million increase to their deficit this year. Matt Kleffner, CFO of the athletic department, said the deficit increase was caused by a lack of revenue from the NCAA. WSU lost about $3.3 million in rev...

Shirts designed to raise money for student emergency funds

Tony Poston, president of College Hill Custom Threads, said he had the idea to create shirts with the WSU logo and the word

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

A virtual pop-up shop is selling WSU campus-themed shirts in which proceeds will go toward helping students. Six shirts have been designed — one for each WSU campus — with the university logo and name of the campus, said Tony Poston, president of College Hill Custom Threads.  The pop-up shop...

Neill’s Coffee and Ice Cream to replace Daily Grind on Main Street

Neill's Sweet Shop used to sell flowers and ice cream. The original store on Main Street opened 100 years ago.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

The owners of Neill’s Flowers and Gifts will open Neill’s Coffee and Ice Cream, a new store modeled after old-fashioned soda counters, this summer at the location formerly occupied by Daily Grind on Main Street.  Chris Chandler, special projects manager at Neill’s Flowers and Gifts, said they hop...

Whitman County submits waiver for Safe Start Washington Phase 2

Whitman County submits waiver for Safe Start Washington Phase 2

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

Whitman County has not had any new positive cases of COVID-19 since April 22, which means the county is now eligible for a waiver to progress to Phase 2 of Safe Start Washington.  Whitman County has had 16 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 for the last three weeks, according to a press release fro...

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