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Cougar Marching Band makes the grade

Cougar Marching BandPerhaps the secret to the academic success of the Cougar Marching Band is, there are very few secrets.

Junior Kevin Kissinger says he gained almost 200 friends when he joined the group as a freshman. That kind of support system helped him stay on track and reach out for help when he needed a hand.

While setting the stage for many great moments at Martin Stadium, Beasley Coliseum and Bohler Gym, the Cougar Marching Band members posted an average GPA of 3.23 for the year. Close to half posted GPAs over 3.5 and » More …

New CAS dean blends humanities, arts, sciences

professor portrait, outsideAs a young scholar, Matthew Jockers loved both the wildness of literature and the controlled logic of computer programming. And much like Rudyard Kipling’s description in East and West: at first “never the twain shall meet,” but in the end, they combine to form a strong bond.

“There is a thread in my literary training that was focused on » More …

Jockers named next CAS dean

Professor at desk with booksWorld-renowned literary scholar and data scientist Matthew Jockers has been named as the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“Dr. Jockers has the perfect skill set to lead the next chapter in the evolution of the College of Arts and Sciences,” WSU Provost Dan Bernardo said. “He has extensive industry experience and possesses a strong record of scholarly » More …

Academic merger to bring new opportunities for students, faculty

A strategic plan to realign two departments and several degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) promises new opportunities in education, research, and outreach for students and faculty university-wide.

Approved by the WSU Board of Regents at their regular meeting on May 4, the realignment will combine personnel and resources in the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures (FLC) with those in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies (CCGRS) and the interdisciplinary General Studies Humanities and Social Sciences programs to form a new School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. » More …

Creative Vancougs

photo of clouds in a valley by T.RiordanThe Salmon Creek Journal’s Annual Photo Competition, Travel Cafe, features the Vancouver campus community’s best shots from around the world. Submissions for this year’s theme of “Bliss” included images of beautiful landscapes, interesting uses of light and reflection, as well as the joy of human interaction. » 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 …

2018 CAS awards honor faculty, staff, grad students

Fourteen faculty, three staff, and five graduate students were honored for outstanding achievement at the 2018 College of Arts and Sciences Appreciation and Recognition Social last week.

Regents Professor Kerry W. Hipps, an international leader in chemistry, and Barry Hewlett, a veteran anthropologist with a global reputation, received the top two faculty awards. Patricia Thorsten-Mickelson, a financial and personnel manager with more than three decades of experience at WSU, was honored with the outstanding staff career award.

“Our annual awards recognize individual achievement and are a wonderful opportunity to bring the college community together to celebrate » More …

Director named for Meyer’s Point Environmental Field Station

Steve BollensStephen Bollens, professor of aquatic ecology at WSU Vancouver, has been named director of the newly designated Meyer’s Point Environmental Field Station.

Located just north of Olympia in a rapidly urbanizing area, Meyer’s Point is a 95-acre parcel of undeveloped land with 2,100 feet of Puget Sound shoreline and extensive terrestrial, wetland and aquatic habitats. The property was bequeathed to WSU in 1990 by Edward R. Meyer to be used to promote environmental education, research and the arts. » More …

WSU, PNNL strengthen nuclear science research, education ties

Embracing the ‘power of partnerships,’ the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Washington State University announced the formation of the WSU-PNNL Institutes — a collection of three joint institutes that will advance science and technology in nuclear science and technology, advanced grid and bioproducts.

In a ceremony on April 3 at WSU Tri-Cities, located in Richland near PNNL’s research campus, institute leaders noted that these areas are critical for the nation and Northwest and solutions to major challenges are possible with these two institutions coming together. » More …

CAS leads top 20 WSU research stories of 2017

From rising inequality and declining Monarch butterfly populations to a particle with negative mass, news coverage about the College of Arts and Sciences research reached millions of people last year.

News outlets carrying the stories ran the gamut of the nation’s most popular media, including CNN, The Washington Post and National Public Radio, as well as specialty science publications like Science and all the region’s major news vehicles. » More …