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Experiment in artistic expression

Pianist and violinist perform on stage in front of video projection.A unique live performance integrating music, video, and literary art drew an audience from across the WSU Pullman campus and around the world for an evening of “Intersecting Expressions.

“The feeling on stage was incredible,” said Christiano Rodrigues, an assistant professor of music who conceived the performance. “There is a sort of excitement that comes with the unpredictable nature of this project, which I think resonated with all present.” » More …

Humanities faculty present ways to bridge community divides

Helping to bridge divides of understanding within communities is at the heart of four free, public presentations by Washington State University professors to be hosted online in October.

Sociologist Jennifer Sherman will present “Diamonds in the Rough: The Gentrification of Rural Washington” and philosopher Michael Goldsby will present “Why Deny Science.” » More …

Nature restoration project unites community, arts, science

Kayla Wakulich.In a narrow patch of land beside Missouri Flat Creek near downtown Pullman and the Washington State University campus, a new set of creatively designed signs celebrates a decade of ecological restoration efforts and a unique town–gown partnership combining environmental science and the arts. » More …

Q&A with Julie Ann Wieck

Julie Anne Wieck.An talented singer and pianist, and an active adjudicator and clinician, Associate Professor Julie Anne Wieck leads by example to motivate her vocal students.

She is director of opera and musical theatre and voice area coordinator for the School of Music, and presently serves on the National Advisory Board on Auditions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. » More …

$3M grant supports transformative graduate student research

Dylan Bugden, Erica Crespi, and Alexander Fremier.Washington State University will soon be preparing graduate students to tackle a difficult, interdisciplinary problem that is more than 1,200 miles long: the Columbia River.

With the support of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, WSU will develop a research training program focused on the relationships among rivers, watersheds, and communities. The program is intended to » More …

How Chinese pioneers helped build the Pacific Northwest

Polly Bemis sitting outside a cabin in Warren, IdahoThough often surprising to people today, Chinese immigrants once had a thriving population in the Inland Pacific Northwest. From their earliest days searching for gold to their later work constructing the Northern Pacific Railway, the Chinese endured discrimination and, in many cases, extreme brutality.

How it began

When word came that gold had been discovered in central California in 1849, many Chinese headed to » More …

Keynote for incoming students: “You belong!”

Melissa Parkhurst.In her faculty address at the Pullman Convocation ceremony, Melissa Parkhurst took the opportunity to not only welcome incoming students—freshmen, transfers, as well as sophomores who spent their first year online—but to bring greater recognition of the many ways WSU and the Coug family is here to support and help them in their journeys. “It can take a while to learn about all these services,” she said. “I wanted to make sure they knew to look.”

Her speech was powerful and well-received, and we’re pleased to provide the transcript here for you today. » More …

National distinction for instrumental performance

Chris Dickey.Chris Dickey, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium in the WSU School of Music, received third place in the 2021 American Prize in Instrumental Performance in the professional division.

For the competition, Dickey chose recordings that he says demonstrate the tuba’s melodic versatility and virtuosity. His renditions of James Stabile’s Sonata for Tuba and Piano, Elizabeth Raum’s Romance for » More …

Meet the new faculty of fall 2021

College of Arts and Sciences - Washington State University.Meet the college’s newest faculty, whose scholarly expertise and interests—from transnational geographies to transgender studies, culturally relevant music to immigration law, and mind and body awareness to fluids in the Earth’s crust—enrich and expand the arts and sciences at WSU. » More …