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Students partner with local businesses, gain real-world writing experience

Students in a WSU Tri-Cities technical writing courseA technical writing course at WSU Tri-Cities partnered with local businesses and organizations to produce documents ranging from manuals, to booklets, to instruction guides. This opportunity allowed students to hone the skills they cultivated throughout the course to fulfill a real-world business need.

Vanessa Cozza, clinical assistant professor of English and instructor of the course, said the goals with the project were to provide students with a real-world opportunity that would add value back into their own community, while offering them a tangible example they could use in the future for their professional careers. » More …

Cougar Marching Band makes the grade

Cougar Marching BandPerhaps the secret to the academic success of the Cougar Marching Band is, there are very few secrets.

Junior Kevin Kissinger says he gained almost 200 friends when he joined the group as a freshman. That kind of support system helped him stay on track and reach out for help when he needed a hand.

While setting the stage for many great moments at Martin Stadium, Beasley Coliseum and Bohler Gym, the Cougar Marching Band members posted an average GPA of 3.23 for the year. Close to half posted GPAs over 3.5 and » More …

History student journeys from poverty to WSU student regent

Jordan FrostJordan Frost was a sophomore at Kent-Meridian High School when a teacher, Andrea McCormick, handed him a packet of materials to run for student body president. She already had filled them out. “You just need to sign your name,” she said.

Later, she gave him a Washington State University hoodie, “which was really the first time I thought about WSU.”

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STEM mentoring program earns national award

WSU’s Team Mentoring Program receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in Washington, D.C.The prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring recently bestowed upon WSU’s Team Mentoring Program in Washington, D.C., has brought about immense pride, increased interest in the program, and an opportunity to provide input on the nation’s strategic plan for STEM education.

Manuel Acevedo, director of WSU’s Multicultural Student Services and point-person for Team Mentoring Program (TMP), traveled to Washington, D.C., in June to accept the award from the National Science Foundation, which administers » More …

Scholarships for faculty-mentored research

College of Arts and SciencesSeven students and six faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences are among this year’s 27 recipients of two selective scholarships offered by the WSU Office of Undergraduate Research for students pursuing mentored research, scholarly activity or creative projects at WSU.

“Our ability to support students in their research is made possible thanks to generous donors who envision the contributions these students will make in the future to Washington, the United States, and » More …

Student projects earn Summer Scholars awards

Students working in a labFour student projects mentored by College of Arts and Sciences faculty were selected to receive $3,000 each as part of the 2018 WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor’s Summer Scholars program. The projects span environmental and biological sciences, mechanical and electrical engineering, and fine arts.

The Chancellor’s Summer Scholars Program offers students the opportunity to develop skills to » More …

Briggs selected to carry college banner at spring commencement

The honor of carrying the College of Arts and Sciences gonfalon and leading the student procession at the 2018 spring commencement was bestowed on Shanelle Briggs, a general studies sciences major who has been accepted to medical school. Her many accomplishments include CAS Outstanding Senior, WSU Top Ten Senior, co-author of three published research papers, captain of the WSU Spirit Squad, Cougar Health Awareness Team member, two-year Hearts In Motion volunteer, a 4.0 GPA, and more.

In her Top Ten Senior profile, Briggs recalled highlights of her college career: » More …

Top Ten Seniors for 2018

collage of six smiling facesSix of the 2018 WSU Top Ten Seniors received their bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences:

Denzel McCray, psychology
Celena Hansen, music & anthropology
Garrett Kalt, political science
Alice Hiemstra, music
James Whitbred, mathematics
Shanelle Briggs, general studies sciences

For more than 80 years, Washington State University has recognized 10 of the top seniors in each graduating class: outstanding women and men who represent the highest standards in » More …

Creative Vancougs

photo of clouds in a valley by T.RiordanThe Salmon Creek Journal’s Annual Photo Competition, Travel Cafe, features the Vancouver campus community’s best shots from around the world. Submissions for this year’s theme of “Bliss” included images of beautiful landscapes, interesting uses of light and reflection, as well as the joy of human interaction. » More …

Scholarship impact: Vancouver’s “Wonder Woman”

Natalie EwingIf “life experience” were an academic program, Natalie Ewing, a social science and digital technology and culture double major, would already have her master’s degree.

Like many other nontraditional students, Ewing encountered her share of detours and unexpected turns along the path to college. Raised in California, she grew up amid drugs, alcohol, physical and emotional abuse, caring for her younger brother, unstable mother and alcoholic stepfather.

“Growing up, I always loved school, and I wanted to go to class more than anything in the world,” she said. » More …