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Nature restoration project unites community, arts, science

Kayla Wakulich.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 …

An American dream

Behnam Mozafari.Raised by a single mother in the Kurdistan region of Iran, Behnam Mozafari dreamed he would someday become a police officer.

“But as I got older, I realized my goals and belief in individual liberty and individual rights did not align with the government in Iran,” Mozafari said.

Today he is an accomplished senior in criminal justice at WSU Pullman, but the » More …

Students create virtual museum of digital literature

The NEXT.A virtual museum and library of more than 2,500 digital literary works from around the world is now accessible thanks to the collaborative work of more than three dozen recent graduates of WSU Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture program.

Called The NEXT, it was created for the Electronic Literature Organization, an international arts group currently housed » More …

Keynote for incoming students: “You belong!”

Melissa Parkhurst.In her faculty address at the Pullman Convocation ceremony, Melissa Parkhurst took the opportunity to not only welcome incoming students—freshmen, transfers, as well as sophomores who spent their first year online—but to bring greater recognition of the many ways WSU and the Coug family is here to support and help them in their journeys. “It can take a while to learn about all these services,” she said. “I wanted to make sure they knew to look.”

Her speech was powerful and well-received, and we’re pleased to provide the transcript here for you today. » More …

Music student wins international competition

Timothy Schrader holding a tuba. Timothy Schrader, a music performance major from Blaine, Washington, recently earned first prize in the European music division of the 2021Charleston International Music Competition with a performance of Georg Philipp Telemann’s Sonata in F Major.

Schrader studies with Chris Dickey, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium in the WSU School of Music, and regularly performs with » More …

Finding his voice

Brandt Fisher playing a saxophone.During recess, most third graders go outside to play. Some, however, play the marimba with their fellow students. Brandt Fisher was one of those recess marimba players.

“When I joined the marimba band in third grade, we learned music by ear,” Brandt said. “This taught me how to truly listen to music and the musicians I played with. And, playing during recess was so much fun.” » More …

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 …

Outstanding seniors excel in academics, leadership, service

Sean Swalling, Samantha King-Shaw, andMegan Wong.Writers, researchers, scientists, musicians, athletes, activists, adventurers… the 23 students who received this year’s Outstanding Senior honors from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) excelled in academic performance and in service to their department or school and to the broader Washington State University community.

Among those honored for 2021 are Regents scholars, National Merit scholars, transfer students, and » More …

Transfer student finds community on both sides of the river

Kyle Kopta.When deciding what four-year university he wanted to attend, affordability and proximity to family were primary factors for first-generation student Kyle Kopta (’21). He discovered WSU Tri-Cities, located just 40 minutes from his hometown of Hermiston, Oregon, had a digital technology and culture program that would allow him to apply his passion for photography, video, graphic design, and fine arts as part of earning a well-rounded degree with potential use in a variety of careers. » 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 …