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Whitman County unemployment rates rise three percent

Whitman County unemployment rates have risen 3 percent. State unemployment rates for Washington state have risen from  5.1 percent in March to 15.4 percent in April this year.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

June 3, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Whitman County unemployment rates increased by 3 percent from March to April this year.  Doug Tweedy, regional economist for the Washington State Employment Security Department, said Whitman County’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in March and 6.6 percent in April.  Tweedy sa...

Schulz says fall classes will still happen

WSU President Kirk Schulz said finalized decisions about fall will be communicated to student, faculty and staff within the next four to six weeks.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 31, 2020

The university is planning for in-person instruction come fall, but the WSU experience will likely look drastically different, said WSU officials in an online town hall Friday morning.  WSU interim provost Bryan Slinker said the university plans to reopen for fall, even though classes will not retu...

Zoom application offers updates for students, faculty

Ever since Zoom was put in place at WSU, there have been about 360,000 meetings with 1.9 million participants from July 2019 through April 2020.

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen news editor

May 29, 2020

Zoom users must update their application by May 30 to continue using its video services. If users do not update Zoom by that date, they will be unable to access meetings until they do so.  Jacqueline Southwick, communication manager for WSU Information Technology Services, said the update takes a few m...

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...

Science Explained: Why is hand washing more effective than using hand sanitizer?

Soap molecules have two distinct parts: a hydrophilic (“water loving”) head and a lipophilic (“oil loving”) tail. Soap disrupts the structure of viruses.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

Health officials recommend frequent hand washing as one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — but what is it about hand washing that makes it so effective when compared to other sanitation methods?  The answer comes down to the chemical structure of soap.  Soap molecules have...

‘Know your fruit, where it’s coming from’: student describes passion for wine-making

Andrew Gerow, a senior Viticulture and Enology major, said he helped produce three wines that will be available for purchase: two Rieslings and one rosé.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

A WSU Tri-Cities student was shocked to find out he received the Wine Spectator Student of the Year award. “It took a while to comprehend because it was so exciting,” said Andrew Gerow, a senior viticulture and enology major.  Thomas Henick-Kling, director of the WSU Viticulture and Enology program, said the ...

Facility sells protective barriers for customer service employees

Protective gear like acrylic shields and face masks can keep people and workers safe from COVID-19.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

WSU’s Technical Services is providing protective shields for customer service locations to keep workers safe from contracting COVID-19. “These are highly in demand right now and it’s going to be an important part of reopening the university,” said Technical Services Supervisor, Dave Savage. ...

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...

Technology to lower inflammation, may help COVID-19 patients

WSU professor Santanu Bose discovered the A9 protein. He said blocking some of the protein's function may stop over-inflammation of the lungs and help patients suffering from pneumonia caused by COVID-19.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 26, 2020

WSU professor Santanu Bose has discovered a protein that, when some of its function is reduced, may help stop patients who are dying from pneumonia caused by COVID-19. The A9 protein causes inflammation. Some inflammation is good for the body, but in the case of a respiratory virus like COVID-19, to...

Pullman businesses adapt to Phase 2 changes

Tawny Szumlas, owner of Rico’s Pub, said employees and customers are following COVID-19 regulations, which includes wearing protection gear like masks.

CHERYL AARNIO and SYDNEY BROWN

May 22, 2020

As Phase 2 kicks off in Pullman, businesses in town must adapt to a new normal. The Safe Start plan for businesses laid out by Gov. Jay Inslee includes specific industry guidelines that businesses must follow in order to reopen, said Pullman Downtown Coordinator Jeanne Weiler. These guidelines include p...

Faculty, staff told to prepare for 10 percent budget cut

WSU President Kirk Schulz sent an email to faculty and staff instructing them to prepare for budget cuts across each unit and department.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

WSU president Kirk Schulz sent an email on Tuesday to faculty and staff stating that each unit or department should prepare for a 10 percent budget cut.  Phil Weiler, vice president for marketing and communication, said this is in response to direction from Gov. Jay Inslee who said each state agen...

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