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Washington State University
Office of the President 2017 Town Halls

Campus-specific achievements


WSU Tri-Cities



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Grand Opening: New Student Union Building

  • First entirely student-centered building at WSU-TC
  • Includes multipurpose event space, gathering space, student government offices
  • Students approved fee to fund building and worked 5 years to see their vision completed

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Research: Impact of Climate Change on Military Operations

  • Yonas Demissie halfway through $1M, 4-yr. Dept. of Defense project
  • Focus on whether defense infrastructure and facilities can handle increased flooding and abnormal fluctuations in precipitation
  • Yonas concentrates research on monitoring, exploring, evaluating water issues

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Student Team Earns CleanTech Big Picture Prize at UW Business Competition

  • Project: Process to transform lignin into environment-friendly jet fuel
  • Technology developed by professor Bin Yang’s lab in Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Lab
  • Team: Libing Zhang, recent doctoral alumna, and Manuel Seubert and Taylor Pate, MBA students

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Partnership with Thai, Canadian Universities

  • Language and cultural exchange program with Vanwest College from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Mahasarakham University from Talat, Thailand
  • Students will gain language exploration, competency experiences, cultural components, networking
  • MOU signed in July and effective immediately

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Team Wins Top Honors at World Conference for Distilled Spirits Analysis

  • Poster presented at Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, in July
  • Researchers applied technique used to evaluate characteristics of wine to distilled spirits
  • WSU team: wine science postdoctoral researcher Caroline Merrell and professors Jim Harbertson and Tom Collins
  • Research showed importance of barrel selection in making distilled spirits




WSU Everett


Grand Opening: WSU Everett Building

  • Ribbon-cutting and open house August 15; first classes August 21
  • Tangible evidence of WSU’s commitment to Everett and the North Puget Sound region
  • Campus focus: Delivery of high-demand degrees in STEM fields and graduating students job-ready in fields which the North Puget Sound area needs for economic growth

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Ray Stephanson Leadership Scholarship

  • Boeing creating WSU Everett’s first endowed scholarship in the name of Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson
  • Mayor’s leadership, partnership, hard work paved the way for WSU Everett
  • Scholarship will be awarded each year to a WSU Everett student in a technical field who has demonstrated leadership skills

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Impact of Medical Students on Everett Campus and Community

  • Will change face of health care in Washington
  • 15 medical students will complete clinical training locally with partners like Providence Regional Medical Center and The Everett Clinic in their third- and fourth-year studies
  • The Everett-based students just completed first of six, one-week clinical intersessions in Everett community

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Engineering Club Named Affiliate of Society of Women Engineers

  • WSU Everett Society of Women Engineering
  • Adds another strong student organization to educational experience in Everett
  • Evidence of commitment to providing a transformational student experience




WSU Vancouver


Total Enrollment at WSU Vancouver Up 14.5% Since Fall, 2013

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Tod and Maxine McClaskey Foundation Gift

  • $2 million gift to establish endowed chair in hospitality business management at WSU Vancouver
  • First endowed chair for Vancouver campus

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  Graduation of 1,014 Students in May

  • First time in WSU Vancouver’s history the number of graduates has topped 1,000

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Launch of 4 New Academic Programs Last Year 


  • B.A. Entrepreneurship
  • B.A. Integrated Strategic Communication
  • B.S. Mathematics


  • M.S. Electrical Engineering

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 Increased External Grants from $2M to $5M

  • 2016 vs. 2017



Global Campus


 Global Campus Enrollment Up 26.6% Since Fall, 2013

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 Added 4 New Degree Programs, Fall, 2017

  • M.S. Software Engineering
  • B.S. Data Analytics
  • B.S. Economic Sciences
  • B.A. Integrated Strategic Communications

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Established Streamlined Process for Offering New High-impact WSU Degrees Online

  • Currently working to develop 7 new online degree programs for 2018

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Established WSU Global Campus Excellence in Teaching Award

  •  First recipient: Katy Whalen Fry, clinical assistant professor of history, 2016-17