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Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D. - 3/23/10

Celebrating Excellence

Sometimes in the rush of the day-to-day business at our university, it is possible to lose sight of what this institution is all about.

Showcase provides us with an annual opportunity to pause and remember. Washington State University is about excellence—excellence in research, excellence in education, excellence in service.

This day of activities was begun by my predecessor, V. Lane Rawlins, as a way to celebrate faculty and staff achievement. It was a great idea then; it is an even better one today. With budgets stretched thin and everyone expected to do more with less, Showcase points to the great work that continues to be done at our university for all to see and applaud.

Academic Showcase, the university-wide poster session to be held Friday morning in Bohler Gym, highlights the breadth of the research being done at WSU. The presentation of more than 300 posters is a graphic display of how research serves as an invigorating force throughout our institution.

If you attend Academic Showcase—and I urge everyone to try to make time to do so—you will see the work of some of our most distinguished and most cited faculty members side-by-side with research done by promising graduate and undergraduate students. It highlights a strength of our university: our focus on bringing together the best minds from different generations to teach and to learn from one another.

The Distinguished Faculty Address will be presented at 2:00 p.m. Friday in 276 Todd Hall by Nancy Magnuson, the Eastlick Distinguished Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences. Her research on the molecular mechanisms that inhibit cancer growth is helping us to better understand both the causes of and possible treatments for cancer. That work is a sterling example of the leadership role taken by WSU faculty members in emerging areas of science.

Then, the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. During that event, winners of a number of faculty and staff excellence awards will be honored and newly appointed Regents Professors, newly tenured and promoted faculty, and new patent awardees will be highlighted.

I offer my congratulations to all these honorees. Their accomplishments bring credit to themselves, of course, but they also serve as an important reminder of the outstanding achievements that I see every day across this institution.

The excellence that we honor during one day is what makes WSU such an exciting and inspiring place to work all year long.