group photo of awardeesFourteen faculty, six staff and six graduate students were honored for outstanding achievement at the 2017 College of Arts and Sciences Appreciation and Recognition Social in April.

Regents Professor Greg Yasinitsky, director of the School of Music and acclaimed saxophonist, received the college’s highest honor, the Distinguished Faculty award, in recognition of his 35-year career as an outstanding educator, world-class performer and prolific composer with more than 200 published original scores.

The WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble recently premiered his composition “Drive,” written to commemorate the appointment of WSU’s 11th president.

Outstanding seniors in each of the 24 College of Arts and Sciences’ undergraduate degree programs will be honored at a separate event on May 5, 2017.

Read about their exceptional achievements in the CAS award gallery >>

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest academic and research college in the WSU system. Encompassing more than 500 faculty, 180 staff, 800 graduate students, and thousands of undergraduate students, the college delivers just over half of all student credit hours of instruction at WSU and supports scholarly, research, and creative activities across more than 20 disciplines.

 

— By Joanna Steward, College of Arts and Sciences