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Top Ten Seniors for 2018

collage of six smiling facesSix of the 2018 WSU Top Ten Seniors received their bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences:

Denzel McCray, psychology
Celena Hansen, music & anthropology
Garrett Kalt, political science
Alice Hiemstra, music
James Whitbred, mathematics
Shanelle Briggs, general studies sciences

For more than 80 years, Washington State University has recognized 10 of the top seniors in each graduating class: outstanding women and men who represent the highest standards in » More …

WSU flutist performs at Women Composers Festival of Hartford

Sophia TegartSophia Tegart, WSU clinical assistant professor of flute, performed two world premieres on April 7 at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, with bassoonist Helena Spencer, University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

The festival, held at Trinity College in Hartford, attracts composers and performers internationally every year.

The premiered works for flute and bassoon were composed » More …

15 CAS students earn leadership, engagement awards

LEAD award title slideFifteen undergraduate students plus two faculty and one staff member from across the College of Arts and Sciences were recognized during the 2018 Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction ceremony on April 17.

Award recipients demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the university and the community and support the leadership development and engagement of WSU students. Recipients were selected through a nomination process » More …

17 CAS students honored with SURCA awards

Group of SURCA student award winnersFrom the health benefits of the Lucky Iron Fish to advances in detecting hydrogen polysufides to the cultural impact of a Brazilian composer’s work, 17 CAS students received top honors at the 2018 Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) competition in April. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research, SURCA features faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities by undergraduates from all majors, grades, and campuses.

“Each presentation evidences the new knowledge brought to one’s field and also reflects the personal and professional growth » More …

Music professor wins American Prize for jazz composition

Greg YasinitskyGreg Yasinitsky, Regents professor and director of the WSU School of Music is the winner of the 2017-18 The American Prize in Composition in the pops/light music division.

Yasinitsky’s composition “Jazz Concerto for Piano and Orchestra” was selected over applications from across the United States. It is a “third stream work which blends classical music and jazz,” he said. » More …

Music educator, choral director Luethi to succeed Yasinitsky as music school director

Dean Luethi, associate professor and coordinator of music education in the School of Music, will begin serving as director of the vibrant and diverse school on April 1.

Greg Yasinitsky, Regents professor and school director since 2011, will resume his faculty position and award-winning work in the jazz studies program, teaching saxophone, composition, arranging, and music theory.

Luethi brings to the directorship extensive experience in » More …

2018 CAS faculty award recipients

CAS logo on white with borderEvery year, the College of Arts and Sciences recognizes faculty excellence in teaching, service, and career achievement. Congratulations to our 14 awardees for 2018: » More …

Professor’s research to help choral conductors in India

Dean Luethi video stillDean Luethi, associate professor in the WSU School of Music, has been asked by the National Association for Music Educators (NAFME) to produce four levels of choral conducting instruction to be offered via online videos so choral conductors in India can earn a mini-credential by the Western Music Educators Association (WMEA) in music instruction.

The NAFME began the WMEA in India three years ago to help music teachers by offering resources which will prepare them for the classroom. » More …

Opera Workshop students develop singing, acting, stage skills

singers perform musical theater on stageThe WSU Opera Workshop presents opera and musical theatre productions, giving singers and actors several opportunities to perform exciting repertoire while developing singing, acting, and stage-movement skills.

This fall, students filled Bryan Hall Theatre with song, performing two one-act comic operas, each with an abiding moral to the story.

Directed by Julie Anne Wieck, associate professor of music, and accompanied on piano by Michael Seregow, clinical assistant professor of music, the free, public Opera Workshop performances » More …

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