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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.

MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter

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, ...

‘I am Ana Karen Betancourt Macias, and I’m undocumented’

Ana Karen Betancourt Macias, WSU Vancouver graduating senior, helped create a bill that will provide financial support to undocumented students through low-interest loans. The bill was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in April.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

July 20, 2020

When Ana Karen Betancourt Macias introduces herself, she openly identifies herself as undocumented. “I introduce myself all the time as ‘I am Ana Karen Betancourt Macias, and I'm undocumented.’” Betancourt Macias, WSU Vancouver graduating senior, said. “That was to make the people in the r...

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...

Doctoral candidate researches gender, religion in Hindi soap opera

Sreenidhi Krishnan moved to the U.S . in 2016 to complete her doctoral degree, and has since won several awards for her research about cultural impacts on Hindi soap opera productions.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 29, 2020

One WSU student turned her love for movies, soap operas and other media into the driving force behind her research. Sreenidhi Krishnan, doctoral candidate in WSU Vancouver's anthropology department, said she won a dissertation grant of $500 to study the culture of Hindi soap opera productions in India. Krishnan sa...

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...

WSU announces updates to fall instruction

Prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people, limiting room occupancy, and designating flow for foot-traffic are among safety procedures WSU plans to implement in the fall.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 10, 2020

Instructors in fall 2020 will use a HyFlex model, which is a combination of in-person and distance content delivery, according to a COVID-19 update emailed to the WSU community from WSU President Kirk Schulz.  Classes that require seating for more than 50 students will not be offered face-to-face, according to t...

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...

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...

Second provost candidate presents to university community

Julie Kmec, co-chair of the Provost search committee, discusses how the search guidelines for a new provost are constantly being adapted to fit the needs of the university on Monday evening in the CUB Junior Ballroom.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

April 15, 2020

The second presentation during WSU’s provost search featured a variety of color-coordinated maps from a geography professor seeking to become the university’s next provost. “As a geographer I felt I had to throw in at least one or two maps in,” provost candidate Robert McMaster said. M...

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