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Jazz Big Band wins magazine award

Zoom screen shot of WSU Jazz Big Band.Throughout the pandemic, the WSU Jazz Big Band stayed focused on their craft, leveraging Zoom and other technologies to practice, perform, and record music together while physically distanced.

This spring, DownBeat magazine awarded the band its 2022 Graduate College Large Jazz Ensemble Award, recognizing the quality of the band’s asynchronous » More …

Making a splash

Matt and Jennifer Ellison pose with Matt’s parents.Never underestimate the power of an elective, advises  Matt Ellison (’92 business) and GurglePot founder. “It gets people out of their comfort zone,” he says. “That’s the beauty of going to college and broadening your knowledge. At some point in life that random class could become the most important one you ever took.”

For him, it was introductory sculpture. » More …

There’s an app for that

Group photo.An interdisciplinary team of undergraduate students is developing a smartphone app to help Pullman residents and visitors connect with local businesses.

“The biggest barrier we’ve identified is people not being knowledgeable about what businesses have to offer,” said Marley Schneider, a digital technology and culture and advertising dual major and co-leader » More …

Dr. Universe: Why do people like listening to music?

Dr. Universe: a cat in a lab coatThink of your favorite song. Maybe it brings you happiness or joy. Maybe it makes you want to start dancing. Or maybe it’s a sad, melancholy song, but you still really like it.

From the radio to concerts to our mobile devices, music is all around us. To find out exactly why people like listening to music, I talked to my friend Sophia Tegart. » More …

Shaping imagination and examining issues

Io Palmer and Manal Alharthi.“In the classroom, incredible things and conversations can happen around the making of art. The process opens your soul,” said Io Palmer, WSU associate professor of fine arts.

“My background set the stage for me to pursue something that brings me a lot of fulfillment, and I want to facilitate that experience for others,” Palmer said. “I want to show students art can be life-affirming and also be a deep, rich vehicle for expression.” » More …

Cougar Cage funding advances CAS projects

Research into cancer in Tasmanian devils and a design internship program were two of the six WSU projects that received a combined $125,000 in funding in the second round of the Cougar Cage competition.

Launched last January, Cougar Cage matches private donors with projects pitched by WSU faculty, staff, and students. This fall, a mix of students and professors » More …

WSU artists paint the town colorful

Sarah Barnett standing next to a mural. Vivid displays of color, shape, and beauty are popping up across Pullman, thanks largely to the talents of a group of muralists at Washington State University.

Students and faculty in the fine arts department have worked in recent months with other artists in the community to create a vibrant bouquet of public art on walls of buildings at the center of town and at the » More …