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Global Campus: 30 years of opportunity

A student works on a computer outside.In 1992, Washington State University extended its land-grant mission by launching one of the nation’s first opportunities for students to pursue a degree from anywhere on the globe through distance delivery.

Today, our Global Campus is the second largest campus by enrollment in the WSU system with more than 4,000 students enrolled in one of 21 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate programs, or more than » More …

Mentoring focus to advance faculty diversity

Jennifer Thigpen.As the new director of Washington State University’s ADVANCE program, Jennifer Thigpen wants to help provide female and other under-represented faculty members the guidance and mentorship she felt she missed early on in her career.

“The opportunity to make the process smoother for others is one of the reasons why I am passionate about the work of the ADVANCE program,” said Thigpen, an associate professor in » More …

New student regent and advocate for mental health

Reanne Cunningham Chilton.Reanne Cunningham Chilton, a clinical psychology doctoral student who has worked with populations ranging from young children and university students to retirees and incarcerated men, is serving as the new student regent on the WSU Board of Regents for academic year 2022–23.

Selected by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Chilton is in » More …

Philanthropist earns his undergraduate degree

Gary Rubens holds up a shirt with the WSU cougar spirit mark.As a high schooler, Gary Rubens (’22 Psych.) could scarcely pay to put gas in his car. He filled out college applications, not because he had a strong passion for any particular field of study, but because it was what his friends were doing.

“Back then, I just didn’t have the right information on the financial costs of attending college,” said Rubens, explaining that in 1981 he was accepted to Washington State University but his family couldn’t afford it. » More …

National Gilman Scholarships support study abroad

Closeup of a black and white globe.Eight undergraduates pursing seven different degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences recently received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships toward the study abroad program of their choice. They will use the funding to study in Italy, Japan, Portugal and Spain this summer and fall. » More …

Predicting age, gender based on temperment

A smiling infant laying face down on a blanket.A team of researchers led by Maria Gartstein, professor of psychology, developed a novel research study using machine learning to attempt to classify infants by gender and age.

“It was a cool opportunity to do kind of a demonstration study using techniques that require really large data sets and are not very common in social emotional development research,” Gartstein said. “It gave us the opportunity for » More …

Book review: Breaking the Mold

Book cover: Breaking the Mold, by Blanca Blanco.When she was nine and newly arrived in Washington state, Blanca Blanco (’03 psychology) performed scenes with her sisters in the garage in which they lived. Putting on these “homemade plays,” the self-made starlet writes in her new memoir, “was a way to escape our current life.” Acting, she notes, “gave me a sense of strength.” » More …

Emeritus Society funding for undergraduate research

Daisies and Bryan Tower.Through the WSU Emeritus Society, retired faculty members continue to support student success and empower experiential learning. In 2022, four arts & sciences students were selected to receive an undergraduate research or scholarship award from the society, along with funding to continue their independent projects. » More …