Dear Faculty and Staff,
As the holidays approach and we close out another calendar year, I would like to thank each of you for making this a successful fall semester across the Washington State University system. The last year has brought tremendous growth, and none of that would have been possible without the dedication of students, faculty, and staff situated throughout our institution. In times of success and strife, I remain grateful for this Cougar community.
I know that the last few weeks have been difficult for many of us. To those affected by the recent events in Colorado Springs, at the University of Idaho, and at the University of Virginia, I offer my deepest sympathies. These tragedies are a sobering reminder of the importance of caring for ourselves and one another and the work that must be done to ensure our communities remain safe. WSU will continue to prioritize the health and well-being of every Coug, and there are resources available for students and employees should you need them.
As we look to 2023, I am excited by the great work throughout the WSU system. I hope you will all take a moment to celebrate how far we’ve come and the progress we’ll continue to make in the year ahead. Happy holidays!
KIRK H. SCHULZ
President, WSU System
WSU Pullman is in the process of establishing an advisory council for the first-ever Pullman Strategic Plan. This newly formed advisory council will be establishing the metrics used to measure progress on Pullman’s goals and objectives. These metrics, as well as the finalized goals and objectives, will be shared with the WSU Board of Regents in the spring. All are encouraged to view the anticipated goals and objectives on the WSU Pullman Chancellor’s Office website.
WSU Spokane continues to grow its Center of Native American Health, a space designed for Indigenous students, employees, and community members. It also includes simulation space for students from the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Medicine to learn and practice.
Simulation labs are an integral component of a nursing student’s education. As technology has advanced, simulation labs have become more life-like and more expensive to maintain. WSU Tri‑Cities was recently awarded $285,000 from legislative-appropriated funds to upgrade existing simulation programs and purchase new supplies and mannequins.
It’s often said that hard work and determination are a recipe for success. Fish biologist, Tillman scholar, Navy veteran, diversity champion, role model, and WSU Vancouver doctoral student Rikeem Sholes is living proof of that maxim.
Yes, it is rocket science! The WSU Everett Rocket Team was selected to compete in the NASA Student Launch. Comprised of transfer students, most of whom are in their late 20s, married or have children, the diverse team of EverCougs will design and build a payload capable of autonomously receiving commands via radio frequency and fulfilling specific tasks with an onboard camera.
Last month, WSU Global Campus inducted the first five members of its Society of Distinguished Alumni at the Nov. 12 WSU – Arizona State football game. The society, created in honor of Global Campus’ 30th Anniversary, pays tribute to the accomplishments and societal contributions of Global Campus graduates. The first five inductees are prominent business, civic and philanthropic leaders, ardent supporters of the WSU Cougar family, and unwavering advocates of lifelong learning.