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Acclaim for teaching excellence

Bala Krishnamoorthy.Bala Krishnamoorthy, professor of mathematics and statistics at WSU Vancouver, has been named the first recipient of the Yang “Wendy” Liu Award for Excellence in Teaching International Students.

In nominating Krishnamoorthy for the award, PhD student James Asare noted, “In all three of Bala’s classes I took, what struck me the most was his careful approach in recognizing his classroom mix of international and local students and leveraging » More …

Pullman Outstanding Seniors excel in diverse fields

Annie Lu, Noah Hansen,, Lauren Forseth, and Vanesa Marar.An international researcher, a police cadet, a certified nursing assistant, and a young mother who speaks five languages (in addition to baby talk) are among the 24 College of Arts and Sciences students named Outstanding Seniors of 2022, all of whom are exemplary in their academic achievements, leadership, and service to the community. » More …

College honors for faculty, staff, students

Previews of award posters for Choong-Shik Yoo, Cheryl Schultz, Sarah Barnett, and Ryan Rice.Eighteen faculty, two staff, and five graduate students were honored for outstanding achievement at the 2022 College of Arts and Sciences Appreciation and Recognition Social in April.

Professor Craig Hemmens, a national leader in ethical criminal justice practices, and Choong-Shik Yoo, a pioneer in static high pressure » More …

Rising diversity at WSU

Students in front of the CUB.The graduating Class of 2022 is one of the most diverse in WSU history.

This year’s largest-ever percentage of students of color completing their degrees “is a continuation of a trend that WSU has observed over the last several years,” said Saichi Oba, vice provost for enrollment management. “We believe there’s a lot more room for more people and more students of color at WSU.” » More …

Most-read research stories of 2021

Jamie Chambers and her dog.As the pandemic dragged into its second year, Washington State University research that grabbed the most media attention either provided some comfort and hope or warned of more dangers ahead.

CAS faculty featured in four of the top 10 most popular stories—including the number one spot—and were well-represented in the next 76 press releases tracked by WSU News. » More …

Faculty book club tackles Common Reading selection

SixtyBook cover: Tale of Two Americas, by John Freeman. faculty from across WSU are reading a shared book and engaging in group discussions surrounding equity and social justice that will impact their students and courses across the university.

Hosted by the WSU Teaching Academy, a university-wide organization of teaching experts, the group’s first official book club is the current WSU Common Reading selection Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation. » More …

Core-to-Career program enhances career readiness

The inaugural Core to Career cohort.Starting early in their college program, WSU students will soon directly experience how college coursework prepares them to be career ready, thanks to a University Common Requirements (UCORE) general education pilot program.

“In this way, classes across several disciplines will feature messaging about career-readiness, and these lessons will impact students even before they declare their majors,” said Clif Stratton, UCORE director and » 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 …

Outstanding seniors excel in academics, leadership, service

Sean Swalling, Samantha King-Shaw, andMegan Wong.Writers, researchers, scientists, musicians, athletes, activists, adventurers… the 23 students who received this year’s Outstanding Senior honors from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) excelled in academic performance and in service to their department or school and to the broader Washington State University community.

Among those honored for 2021 are Regents scholars, National Merit scholars, transfer students, and » More …

Fueling course material innovation

Student with pen, notebook, and e-reader. WSU’s Affordable Learning Grants are helping boost course engagement and saving students thousands of dollars in textbook costs each semester.

Faculty grant recipients Johanna Phelps (English), Collin Shull (Spanish) and Paul Buckley (chemistry) each took different approaches to developing open educational resources (OER), with each project proving highly beneficial to students. » More …