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WSU’s move to distance learning will not cost less, university officials say

Stacy Pearson, WSU vice president of finance and administration, said the university is still reviewing the mandated 10 percent budget cuts.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 31, 2020

The move to remote instruction will not come with fewer expenses, WSU officials said Friday afternoon in the online COVID-19 Town Hall.  “Certainly it’s not less expensive,” WSU Provost Elizabeth Chilton said. “As someone who has taught courses in both remote environment and face to face, it...

Pullman faces economic uncertainty, city finance director says

Councilmember Al Sorenson said he noticed problems with spacing between barriers and parking spots in the pop-up parking trial.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 29, 2020

The City of Pullman may face a 12 percent drop in revenue in the coming months, but city officials said they expected worse after months of economic slowdown.  Financial update 2020 Pullman Finance Director Mike Urban gave a presentation during Tuesday’s virtual city council meeting on the fi...

Schulz says tuition stays the same; student fees to be reevaluated

WSU President Kirk Schulz said he acknowledges the financial hardships of students and families, but tuition dollars fund the valuable educational experience at WSU. 

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 25, 2020

WSU will not reduce tuition for any students, WSU President Kirk Schulz confirmed Friday afternoon in an online town hall.  “I would ask our Coug family to remember we’re also in the midst of a pandemic, and the university is cutting back on a lot of our expenses,” Schulz said.  WSU upd...

Crimson Community Grants provide emergency funding for students

Kelly Demand and her team looked through grant applications. She said they

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 24, 2020

Nearly 800 students received funding from the Crimson Community Grant project, which distributed more than $500,000 worth of funding in partnership with BECU. Each recipient was given between $200 and $1,000.  “With your generosity, I will be able to continue my research from home,” wrote Azdren Coma...

Letter from WSU officials updates faculty, staff about upcoming budget cuts

The university will implement a $37.2 million budget cut for fall due to the financial impact of COVID.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 22, 2020

WSU officials wrote a letter that updated faculty and staff on the upcoming school-wide budgetary cuts. The university needs to reach a state-mandated reduction of $37.2 million.  The school will not implement furloughs at this time, wrote Stacy Pearson, WSU vice president of finance and adminis...

Pullman Kiwanis holds annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ project

In the past, Pullman Kiwanis conducted the project as a three-day drive with a school bus parked at Dissmore’s. This year, there will not be an in-person drop-off location due to COVID-19.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

July 20, 2020

The Kiwanis Club of Pullman is holding its 12th annual Stuff the Bus project to provide students with school supplies. Donations are accepted until Aug. 14. The project is a collaboration between the Kiwanis clubs in Pullman and Moscow, as well as the school districts of Pullman, Moscow, Colfax and Colton-Uniontow...

Application available for small businesses to receive aid amid COVID-19

Community Action Center Executive Director Jeff Guyett said CAC worked with the county to allocate $80,000 from the Community Development Block Grant for small businesses.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

July 17, 2020

The Community Action Center is accepting applications for its second round of microenterprise grants. CAC Executive Director Jeff Guyett said the microenterprise grants come from the Community Development Block Grant. The state’s Department of Commerce funds CDBG, which totals to about $120,000.  ...

WSU implements freeze on non-essential contracts, discretionary purchases

Matthew Skinner, associate vice president for WSU Financial Services, said the freeze will help staff prepare for funding reductions and offers some financial flexibility.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

July 13, 2020

WSU has placed an immediate freeze on all non-essential contracts and discretionary purchases of equipment and software to compensate for a 10 percent reduction in funds. Matthew Skinner, associate vice president for WSU Financial Services, said the freeze works as a tool to help staff prepare for fu...

Free quarantine housing available to Pullman, Colfax residents with COVID-19

Jeff Guyett, Community Action Center executive director, said CAC received a $270,000 grant to help pay for motel rooms, which will be used by positive COVID-19 individuals who need to quarantine.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

July 10, 2020

As students return this fall, a local nonprofit is working to address the need for quarantine facilities that use funding from the state. Jeff Guyett, Community Action Center executive director, said the state’s Department of Commerce awarded the CAC with a $270,000 grant in March. The purpos...

Grab-and-go meals available through summer for children, teenagers

Richard Carbonneau, Pullman High School food service employee, stands in front of grab-and-go lunches. The meals are available for pick-up at Jefferson Elementary School.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

July 1, 2020

The Pullman Public School District is continuing to provide grab-and-go meals to children and teenagers aged 1-18 after receiving funding for the Summer Food Service Program from the United States Department of Agriculture.  Nutrition Services Supervisor Jessie Campbell said the Summer Food Service Progr...

Board of Regents increases tuition; WSU Athletics faces $99 million deficit

WSU Athletics Director Pat Chun, left center, said the department's revenue will drop about $6 million. WSU President Kirk Schulz, far right, said he believes football will continue fall semester.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 29, 2020

The WSU Board of Regents approved the WSU Athletics Budget, increased student tuition by 2.5 percent, and made cuts to President Kirk Schulz’s salary during the virtual meeting on Friday.  Board members approved the budget for WSU Athletics. Athletic Director Pat Chun said the department anticipat...

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...

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