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L.A. Acoustic Jazz Quartet Plans Sept. 19 Concert at WSU

The critically acclaimed Acoustic Jazz Quartet from Los Angeles will present a Sept. 19 concert in Washington State University’s Kimbrough Concert Hall. The 8 p.m. program is open to the public without charge.

Greg Yasinitsky.

Consisting of saxophone, guitar, bass and drums, the quartet approaches the traditional quartet format from a new perspective, said Gregory Yasinitsky, director of jazz studies at WSU.

Zac Matthews.

One of the co-leaders of the group is bassist Zac Matthews, who earned his undergraduate music degree at WSU. After graduating from WSU, Matthews established himself in Los Angeles, where he regularly performs and records with the top names in the jazz world. Don Heckman of the L.A. Times wrote, “Matthews, who co-leads the group, played several athletic solos clearly defining his technical virtuosity.”

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Five faculty to join WSU in the fall through new cluster hire program

Five new faculty members will be joining Washington State University in the fall as the inaugural cohort of the “Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas,” cluster hire program. Four of the five are in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The program was initiated to address system-wide needs for scholarship, teaching, and outreach aimed at dismantling systemic racism and to recruit and retain a more diverse faculty and student body.

The faculty positions were created based on proposals submitted by departments and campuses across the WSU system last fall. The program will continue in 2022, and will focus on health inequities and health justice in marginalized communities.

Michelle Brown.
Michelle Brown

Digital Technology and Culture, WSU Tri‑Cities

Alan Malfavon.
Alan Malfavon

History, WSU Pullman

Arifa Raza.
Arifa Raza

Criminal Justice and Criminology, WSU Pullman

Darryl Singleton.
Darryl Singleton

Music, WSU Pullman

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Top Ten Senior Awards

For more than 80 years, Washington State University has recognized 10 of the top seniors in each graduating class. The WSU Alumni Association selects these women and men who represent the highest standards in specific aspects of the college experience, including academics, athletics, campus involvement, community service, and visual and performing arts.

Five CAS students were among the Top 10 of 2021.

Kyle Kopta.

Kyle Kopta


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Digital Technology and Culture
  • WSU Tri-Cities
  • Hermiston, Oregon
Samantha King-Shaw.

Samantha King-Shaw


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • WSU Pullman
  • Sparks, Nevada
Brandt Fisher.

Brandt Fisher


  • College of Arts and Sciences, Honors College
  • Music performance in saxophone with an emphasis in jazz
  • WSU Pullman
  • Edmonds, Washington
Dallas Hobbs.

Dallas Hobbs


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Digital Technology & Culture, Fine Arts
  • WSU Pullman
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Ariel Medeiros.

Ariel Medeiros


  • College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science, Psychology
  • WSU Pullman
  • Reno, Nevada

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Washington State University

Music professor selected for WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award

Keri McCarthy.

Washington State University School of Music Professor Keri McCarthy has been named the 2021 recipient of the WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award.

The award recognizes a non-library WSU faculty or staff member who has shown consistent support for the WSU Libraries. Recipients are chosen based on encouraging students to use the libraries; personal use of the libraries; personal support of or contributions to the libraries’ collections or services; interaction and cooperation with library faculty; and service on library-related committees.

“This award reflects some of the love for knowledge that she shared with me when I was a child,” McCarthy said. “I have great respect for WSU’s librarians and staff, and the collections they have cultivated. I have spent so much time over the years in Holland, Terrell and Kemble Stout libraries in particular, both conducting research and sharing research methods with my students. The WSU library system has given me so much, and I am surprised and grateful to be recognized.”

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Students pen original songs of protest and social commentary

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 Washington State University students reflect a wide range of social concerns and music created to address them.

Gabe Condon

Demonstrating the knowledge and skills they gained in music instructor Gabe Condon’s Songwriting II course this spring, 11 emerging songwriters will present a virtual showcase of their original, recorded compositions at 7:30 p.m. on Wed., April 21, on the WSU School of Music’s YouTube channel.

For their capstone project, the students wrote songs focused on topics of protest and social commentary, one of several thematic areas they studied in the semester-long course.

“Given many recent, consequential events and social unrest—including COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the election of a new U.S. president—it seemed appropriate for students to examine the historical context of protest music and how it relates to modern social movements and modern songwriting,” Condon said.

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