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Top Ten Seniors for 2021

Hobbs, Brandt, King-Shaw, Mederios, Kopta.Five of the WSU Top Ten Seniors are graduating with degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences: Dallas Hobbs, Brandt Fischer, Samantha King-Shaw, Kyle Kopta, and Ariel Medeiros.

For more than 80 years, WSU has recognized top seniors in each graduating class. These women and men represent the highest standards in specific aspects of the college experience: academics, athletics, campus involvement, community service, and visual and performing arts. » More …

Information literacy aids music education

Keri McCarthy.Music professor Keri McCarthy has been named the 2021 recipient of the WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award.

“She has the rare ability to excite students about library resources, a necessity for them on the road to lifelong learning,” said WSU Libraries Dean Jay Starratt. “WSU Libraries thrive because of the interest and commitment of faculty like Dr. McCarthy.” » More …

Students pen original songs of protest, social commentary

Jacob Wade, Letícia Monteiro, America Hoxeng, and Gabe Condon.From the morality of science and the banality of pandemic lockdown to struggles with money, police, queerness, and being the only girl in the band—the diverse topics of songs composed by students in Gabe Condon’s Songwriting II course reflect a wide range of social concerns and music created to address them.

For their capstone project, the 11 emerging songwriters composed songs focused on topics of protest and social commentary, one of several thematic areas they studied during the semester. » More …

Undergraduate researchers earn 2021 awards

SURCA: Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.Nearly 150 students from the Pullman, Vancouver, Spokane, and Global campuses were selected to present their faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities and compete for prizes at the the 9th annual SURCA event.

Fifteen CAS students won 10 different awards across seven categories at the 2021 event held online at the end of March. » More …

Showcase 2021 faculty honorees

Crouch, Parkhurst, Wack, Kiessling.Four CAS faculty were recognized with 2021 Showcase awards for their outstanding achievements

Faculty awards are given annually to honor excellence in the pursuit of the university’s mission and goals. These individuals share an unflagging commitment to the University community. By encouraging and challenging students to reach their highest potential, they have created a legacy of excellence that will endure for generations to come. » More …

Overcoming pandemic challenges

Greg Yasinistky.Award-winning WSU saxophonist Greg Yasinitsky takes a little time each year to sit down at his computer and digitally mix a birthday song for his daughter.

His nearly 20 years of experience integrating self-recoded vocal and instrument tracks into an ever more seamless rendition of ‘Happy Birthday to You’ paid off big last March when the coronavirus pandemic hit. » More …

Q&A with Troy Bennefield

Troy Bennefield.An advocate for new and diverse music, Troy Bennefield is an associate professor of music, director of athletic bands, and associate director of bands in the School of Music.

He is active as a guest-conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and percussionist, and has commissioned or joined consortia for projects, including a collaboration for wind band and wind quintet made possible through » More …

Q&A with Yoon-Wha Roh

Yoon-Wha (Yuna) Roh.An active chamber musician and a celebrated piano soloist with philharmonic and symphony orchestras from New York to Saint Petersburg to Seoul, Yoon-Wha (Yuna) Roh is a recent addition to the WSU School of Music. She has presented solo and chamber recitals at venues around the world and appeared in major music festivals such as the Prague Music Performance and the Aspen Music Festival. » More …

A look back: Showcase 2020 honorees

Showcase.Each year the WSU Showcase awards recognize the outstanding achievements of faculty and staff. Eight CAS faculty were among those honored in the spring of 2020. These individuals stand among the world’s top scholars, the nation’s most effective and beloved instructors, and the University’s most dedicated and visionary professionals.

The 2020 CAS honorees are: » More …

Making music, defying limitations

Joel Roeber.Almost nothing went as planned for senior Joel Roeber going into this semester, but that hasn’t stopped him from working toward earning his degree.

Roeber, who will receive his Bachelor of Music in Music Education next semester, recently completed his senior recital in a non-traditional way because of limitations caused by the pandemic. The senior recital is pivotal to music students’ progress and ability to » More …