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Fulbright award expands career opportunities

Lauren Hudson.Washington State University’s latest recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student award, Lauren Hudson (’22 biology, French), will be teaching Southeast Asia this coming year.

“I’m thrilled to be able to teach English to college students in Vietnam, a land that is part of my heritage,” said Hudson. “I’m also happy to explore language and culture as ways to further equity and » More …

Philanthropist earns his undergraduate degree

Gary Rubens holds up a shirt with the WSU cougar spirit mark.As a high schooler, Gary Rubens (’22 Psych.) could scarcely pay to put gas in his car. He filled out college applications, not because he had a strong passion for any particular field of study, but because it was what his friends were doing.

“Back then, I just didn’t have the right information on the financial costs of attending college,” said Rubens, explaining that in 1981 he was accepted to Washington State University but his family couldn’t afford it. » More …

Making a splash

Matt and Jennifer Ellison pose with Matt’s parents.Never underestimate the power of an elective, advises  Matt Ellison (’92 business) and GurglePot founder. “It gets people out of their comfort zone,” he says. “That’s the beauty of going to college and broadening your knowledge. At some point in life that random class could become the most important one you ever took.”

For him, it was introductory sculpture. » More …

Book review: Breaking the Mold

Book cover: Breaking the Mold, by Blanca Blanco.When she was nine and newly arrived in Washington state, Blanca Blanco (’03 psychology) performed scenes with her sisters in the garage in which they lived. Putting on these “homemade plays,” the self-made starlet writes in her new memoir, “was a way to escape our current life.” Acting, she notes, “gave me a sense of strength.” » More …

Pullman Women of Distinction

Silhouettes of women and the Washington State University logo.Three College of Arts and Sciences women were honored for their impact on their communities at the 2022 WSU Pullman Women* of Distinction Awards.

Jan Dasgupta, Amanda Westbrook, and Michelle Kelly were each recognized for contributions to the personal and professional success of women, creating positive social change, and » More …

Fulbrights to Hungary

Amethyst and Freibot Annie Lu.Washington State University math major Annie Lu and English alumna and staff member Amethyst Freibott have received Fulbright U.S. Student awards to research and teach, respectively, in Hungary.

They bring to 63 the number of WSU students and alumni who have received Fulbright awards to study, research, or teach abroad. » More …

Fighting for Uncle Sam and for civil rights

Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on two fronts.A new documentary about African Americans who fought in the U.S. military in the late 1800s and early 1900s features expert commentary from Ryan Booth, an assistant professor of history at Washington State University.

“Both the Buffalo Soldiers and the Indian Scouts have been waiting a long time for their story to be told,” Booth said. “My hope is that this documentary gives people a better understanding » More …