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WSU officials explain spring break decision

WSU officials say the decision to cancel spring break is a preemptive measure against COVID-19.

ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter

October 22, 2020

WSU officials discussed the decision to cancel spring break and delay the start of spring semester, increased availability on-campus testing as well as COVID-19-related research at an Oct. 21 COVID-19 town hall. University and Whitman County Health Department officials do not want to let students...

All WSU campuses to switch to Canvas by fall 2021

The way Blackboard was fundamentally coded is incompatible with the student information system, so issues connecting would continue to arise, said Greg Crouch, clinical professor and associate chair for undergraduate studies.


October 13, 2020

Editor's Note: The dates in this story have been corrected. The trial program will open to all faculty members from any campus, except Global Campus, in spring 2021. Blackboard will no longer be used after summer 2021. Canvas will be fully implemented by the university in fall 2021.  Canvas will re...

WSU sees enrollment decrease

While WSU's enrollment decreased 1.4 percent, there were nationwide predictions that college enrollment might decrease by 20 percent.

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen editor-in-chief

September 24, 2020

As classrooms across the nation move to online learning, WSU — like other universities — saw a slight dip in fall 2020 enrollment. There was a 1.4 percent decrease across all WSU campuses. The Pullman campus had a 5.1 percent decrease while the Global campus had a 23.2 percent increase in enrollment, ...

Increased activity linked to more stress during early stages of pandemic, study finds

Conducting the study with twins let researchers account for the role of genetics or a shared environmental upbringing in changing stress levels.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

September 18, 2020

A recent survey by researchers at WSU Spokane found people who increased their exercise levels during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic experienced an increase in stress and anxiety. Increased exercise is usually linked to decreased stress levels, said lead author Glen Duncan, WSU professo...

New veterans clinic on WSU campus makes care more accessible

The veterans outpatient clinic will provide training to students. Both students and medical residents will be able to complete residency rotations through the new clinic. 

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

September 11, 2020

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs opened an outpatient clinic in Spokane to make primary care for veterans more accessible. This is in partnership with WSU Health Sciences Spokane. WSU Spokane Chancellor Daryll DeWald said the new clinic will provide additional access to healthcare...

Upbringing influences student regent’s leadership

Arliegh Cayanan, new student regent on WSU’s Board of Regents, plans to focus heavily on community aspect present both in Hawaii and throughout WSU.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

August 27, 2020

Arliegh Cayanan's upbringing in Hawaii fueled his style of leadership to be centered on community, a trait he hopes to promote in his new role as WSU student regent. “[Hawaii] is very family-centered and community-based,” said Cayanan, fourth-year doctor of pharmacy student at WSU Health Sciences ...

App may help asthma patients during wildfire season

Researchers hope to enroll 60 students in a study to determine whether asthma app is beneficial. The app includes a feature for young adults to share symptom-prevention tips.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

August 26, 2020

Researchers at the WSU College of Nursing are testing a new app that may help young adults with asthma manage their symptoms during wildfire season.  Wildfire smoke can exacerbate asthma symptoms. Wildfires are becoming an increasing problem in the Inland Northwest, said Julie Postma, the study’s prin...

Student facilities director outlines safety measures for reopening

The Student Recreation Center opened last week with safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Chinook will reopen Aug. 15.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

July 24, 2020

The Student Recreation Center implemented safety guidelines to protect students and staff upon its reopening. Everyone must wear a mask or cloth face covering to enter all indoor and outdoor facilities when social distancing cannot be maintained, according to the UREC website.  UREC Facilities Dir...

WSU offers English-improving program to international students for fall

The INTO WSU Academic English Program’s goal is to help international undergraduate and graduate students increase their English language proficiency.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

July 17, 2020

Faculty members from the WSU Intensive American Language Center are working with Global Campus instructional designers to offer students an English-improving program online for fall.  Kate Hellmann, director of WSU’s International Student and Scholar Services, said the INTO WSU Academic English Progr...

WSU team designs masks, tests level of protection for use

Shawn Brow, nurse anesthetist in Spokane and adjunct faculty with the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, wears a mask that she and her team designed.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 17, 2020

Members of WSU faculty designed and tested facial coverings to see if they can be used by healthcare professionals as a last resort. Early in the pandemic, the team heard there was going to be a shortage of N95 masks. They wanted to design a mask a healthcare provider might use if they lacked suffic...

WSU officials solidify plan for fall instruction

WSU Interim Provost Bryan Slinker said signage will be used to direct students through hallways and maintain social distancing.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2020

WSU still plans for in-person fall instruction, but officials confirmed the semester will move to online learning after Thanksgiving. This is among many changes addressed during the WSU COVID-19 Town Hall held on Wednesday afternoon. Class sizes will not exceed 50 students, and students will have...

WSU President review describes accomplishments, challenges

The president emeritus of University of Wisconsin completed a review of WSU President Kirk Schulz.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

June 24, 2020

The comprehensive review of WSU President Kirk Schulz lists both accomplishments and challenges he has faced since his appointment in 2016.  The review was conducted by Kevin Reilly, president emeritus at the University of Wisconsin. Reilly interviewed approximately 70 people for Schulz's review, incl...

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