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Making a difference

Lead Ceremony 2021. President's Awards.The 2021 WSU President’s Awards for Leadership and Engagement Award of Distinction (LEAD) recognized 17 CAS students and a faculty member for outstanding contributions across our diverse campus communities.

“This is a prestigious award that recognizes…the ways they give back to the community and empower others,” said Phillip Sinapati, ASWSU advisor and » More …

Spanish students read for literacy project

Still from Cinco Monitos video.When COVID-19 restrictions derailed her Spanish for Health Profession class’s regular partnership with local health and dental clinics to provide translation services, WSU Vancouver’s Cassandra Gulam quickly pivoted the scope of the service-learning project to aid the South Sound Reading Foundation (SSRF).

Located in near by Lacey, Wash., SSRF provides family education programming and reading engagement and incentive programs to ensure that every family has the tools they need to help their children learn to read. » More …

Pre-law, Spanish major earns Congressional internship

Daniela Carvajal-Macias.Daniela Carvajal-Macias, a junior pre-law student majoring in Spanish, has been selected for a National High School Equivalency Program/CAMP Association Congressional Internship. Over the summer, she will work with Arizona Representative Raúl Grijalva, who has served his congressional district since 2003.

“I am super excited and a little nervous,” Carvajal-Macias said. “I want to learn more about what it is like to work in a congressional office, and I look forward to » 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 …

Student, faculty serve on artist jury

Artwork by Troy Riley Miles, I am human.Mikayla Makle, an English major and president of the WSU Black Student Union—and a College of Arts and Sciences student ambassador—served alongside three CAS faculty to help select recipients of the recent Black Lives Matter Artist Grant program offered by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. » More …

Student-produced video celebrates Veterans Day

The WSU Veterans Memorial on the Pullman campus.With the usual in-person gatherings unable to take place this year, faculty, staff, and students across the WSU system celebrated Veterans Day a little differently. Student-veteran Chris Mann produced a special video to share the traditional wreath placement at the WSU Pullman Veterans Memorial and to honor and thank veterans throughout the WSU community.

Mann, a senior majoring in psychology and criminal justice who spent eight years on active duty in the Marines fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan, is president of the » More …

Creating a plague journal

Intrigued by the dramatic uptick in online discussions of plague literature in spring 2020, and inspired by Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year, published in 1722, nearly 60 years after the bubonic plague swept through London, ethnic studies associate professor John Streamas decided to write a plague journal for the current coronavirus health crisis.

Instead of looking back, he wrote from the middle of the pandemic, embracing the flux of facts, theories, false claims, and shifting ethical ground. » More …

GEAR UP grants support student success

Maria Yepez Perez.For students who are the first in their family to attend college, the WSU GEAR UP program provides opportunities to further their education in ways they might never have imagined.

“GEAR UP not only set me up for success for college, but I was able to grow as a leader,” said Maria Yepez Perez (’20 Spanish). “Within the program, I was able to take on leadership roles, which helped me increase » More …