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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 …

A vulnerable but powerful place

Book cover: Full Support, by Natalee Woods.With more than a decade of working in lingerie departments for an upscale department store, Natalee Woods’s (’03 English) expertise with fitting bras in both Seattle and Los Angeles provides readers of her new book a glimpse into the traditionally proscribed walls of dressing rooms.

In Full Support: Lessons Learned in the Dressing Room, Woods utilizes a humorous and satirical voice to offer subtle and profound insights into » 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 …

Nature restoration project unites community, arts, science

Nature restoration project.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 …

Notable alumni award

Karissa Lowe.Meet cultural ambassador, program manager, and volunteer extraordinaire Karissa Lowe (’01 BA English, ’03 MA education).

After earning her degrees  at WSU Vancouver, she served as an elected member of the Cowlitz Tribal Council for 15 years, until 2020. During that same period, she sat on several Cowlitz Tribal boards, the Grantmakers of Oregon and » More …

Where math and poetry intersect

James Owusu Asare.As a seven-year-old, James Owusu Asare developed an unusual hobby: he would sit quietly at home in Accra, Ghana, writing lines of poetry. By age 15, he realized he had a special ability and began to take it more seriously. But when it came time to go to university, Asare decided to study math even though it was his weakest subject as a child. » More …

Book review: Warrior Generation

Book cover: Warrior Generation, 1865-1885, by Richard Fulton.“For lower-class young men,” in Victorian Britain, Richard Fulton (’75 PhD English) writes, “life was pretty much black and white. There were survivors and there were losers.”

Life was a struggle with sickness, the weather, other boys, parents, teachers, policemen, bosses, and simply getting something to eat. Tough guys prevailed. And, Fulton notes, they were admired. “They grew up in a culture that accepted physical force as » More …

Research and innovation highlights

WSU Spirit Mark.As COVID-19 swept the nation in March 2020, faculty with ongoing studies were required to put them on hold or pivot to make the research relevant to the pandemic.

“Science and teamwork are our best hope for a way forward,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz in October 2020. “I am incredibly proud of our faculty whose persistence and innovation will help us get through this crisis and prevent a future one.” » More …

Q&A with alumna Michelle McArthur Allman

Michelle McArthur Allman.A high school teacher earlier in her career, Michelle McArthur Allman (’98 English & Secondary Education) currently is the Director of Special Education for the Laurel School District in Laurel, Delaware. Her department serves students from preschool through 12th grade and ages 3 through 21 who have an IEP or a 504 plan, as well as coordinating summer programming for the Extended School Year, 12-Month Services, and Gifted and Talented programs. » More …