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Office of the President 2017 Town Halls

College-specific achievements

 

Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

 

Fundraising

  • Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation
    • Scholarships
    • Life Science Teaching Lab
  • Carl F. and James J. Chuey Endowed Chair for Dahlia Research & Development
  • Clif Bar and Friends Endowment for Organic Plant Breeding & Innovation

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Research Enterprise

  • WSU awarded more USDA funds than any top 25 public research university
  • USDA Center of Excellence—Food Safety and Microwave Technologies
  • 5-year high for publications indexed in Web of Science—Nature, Cell, Science, PNAS
  • Reorganizing Hatch projects and faculty governance committees
  • Rollout of Cosmic Crips™ underway

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Extension

  • Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension
  • Governor’s Summit on Career Connected Learning
  • Grand opening of the Bread Lab
  • Food Systems Initiative
  • Advances in Dryland Farming in the Pacific Northwest

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Academic Programs

  • Leading in Statewide Academic Cooperation
    • 30+ CC articulation agreements and growing
  • Organic agriculture degree program at WSU Everett—first but not last CAHNRS venture to serve western Washington’s agricultural communities
  • Recruiting Washington’s and the nation’s brightest through programs such as Spark and Ignite
  • Creating a family for new and returning students through mentoring, internships, scholarships, and social activities

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Arts and Sciences

 

Leading WSU’s Core Academic Mission

  • Only college with programs and faculty on all WSU campuses
  • CAS faculty teach majority of UCORE courses
  • Including certified majors and undeclared students, CAS academically responsible for 8,000-plus undergrads (headcount) system-wide
  • CAS taught equivalent of 462,946 student credit hours during 2017 academic year—52.95% of WSU total

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Education Innovation

  • 5 new accredited degree programs, 4 new minors, 1 new certificate, expanded Global Campus degree programs
  • 34.6% of all WSU degrees awarded are CAS degrees
  • Students have received 11,572 undergraduate and graduate CAS degrees the past 5 years

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Supporting Student Success

  • Math Learning Center
    • 47,000-plus student visits, 2017 academic year—an increase of about 2,000 visits compared to the prior year
  • Health Professions Student Center
    • Spring 2016: 2,100-plus students involved with HPSC; including 1,440-plus pre-med, pre-nursing, or pre-vet students
  • Pre-Law Resource Center
    • Guidance and support to help students become strong law school applicants

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External Recognition

  • Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson, sociology—Elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences
  • Linda Heidenreich, critical culture, gender, and race studies—Elected to board, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • Julie Anne Wieck, music—Elected governor, Intermountain Region of National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Brian Collins, physics and astronomy—2017 DOE CAREER award
  • Aurora Clark, chemistry—Fellow, American Chemical Society
  • Jeff Vervoort, environment—Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • Peter Engels, physics and astronomy—Fellow, American Physical Society

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Major Grant Awards

  • Energy Frontier Research Center—$12M DOE grant to fund new research center at PNNL
  • Institute for Shock Physics—More than $12M in grants in FY2017
  • SmartHome collaboration—$1.77M National Institutes of Health grant in August

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Business

  

Business Growth Mentor & Analysis program (MAP)

  • 1 of 35 programs selected from 315 submissions from 33 countries by AACSB International in its second annual Innovations That Inspire initiative, 2017

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International Business Program

  • Program is ranked 15th overall and 7th among public national universities by U. S. News and World Report

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Entry into Senior Living Program

  • School of Hospitality Business Management developing an online, on-demand professional certificate program
  • Program will serve industry professionals, operators, and professionals from other fields interested in learning about the senior living industry

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Major Gifts

  • Tod and Maxine McClaskey Foundation: $2 million to establish an endowed chair in SHBM at WSU Vancouver
  • Carson College alumni and friends: Commitments of more than $500,000 to date to the Dean’s Catalyst Fund

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Communication

 

Academics

  • Co-located programs in Vancouver and Everett are success stories
  • International learning opportunities providing transformative experiences
  • Online M.A. Strategic Communication in demand

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Faculty Honors

  • Assistant Professor Amanda Boyd recently passed her third-year review
    • Currently a Co-Investigator on 7 grants potentially worth nearly $14 million and has nearly 20 refereed publications
  • Assistant Professor Jessica Willoughby recently passed her third-year review
    • Authored more than 30 refereed publications and is single or first author on 11
    • Received grants totaling more than $63,000 to date and is 2016 Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Outstanding Woman Junior Scholar award recipient

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Major Gifts

  • Established the Patrick Coolen Health Communications Entrepreneurs Endowment
    • Honors Murrow grad Patrick Coolen
    • Will support the work of Murrow College faculty as they contribute to the health of rural and culturally diverse communities through collaborative research partnerships with Floyd College of Medicine and other health science units

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Education

 

$2.5M NSF Grant: Native American Students’ STEM Learning

  • 4-year project, in coordination with Pacific Northwest Plateau Tribes
  • More than 500 Native American students in grades 4-9 will participate in ISTEM learning opportunities at their respective tribal school during the academic year
  • WSU team: Paula Groves Price, Zoe Higheagle Strong, Kim Christen, Alex Merrill, Francene Watson

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5-year, $2.2M Dept. of Education Grant Addresses State’s Need for Improved English Learner Instruction

  • Will increase number of certified K-8 teachers with bilingual and English Learners endorsements and provide professional development to improve EL instruction
  • Will help paraprofessionals complete bachelor’s degrees in education with EL endorsements
  • WSU team: Gisela Ernst-Slavit, Judy Morrison, Yuliya Ardasheva, Sarah Newcomer, Kira Carbonneau

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$1.5M, NSF Grant Project Will Help Teachers Teach Real-world Math

  • Goal: Determine strategies to teach mathematical modeling in elementary school as it applies to real-world cultural and community contexts
  • Strategies developed will connect math to kids’ own community and culture so they can use it to make sense of their world
  • WSU represented on multi-university research team by Amy Roth McDuffie, professor of mathematics education

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MOU: Pusan National University, South Korea

  • Focus: Research, education, technology transfer, and economic development
  • Will also explore the feasibility of STEM education faculty exchanges

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Excellence of Athletic Training Students

  • 2016: Quiz Bowl National Champions, National Athletic Trainers’ Association annual conference
  • 2015: Second place, national Quiz Bowl, NATA conference
  • Athletic training program director: Kasee Hildenbrand

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Engineering and Architecture

 

Educational Access: VCEA Enrollment Up 30% Since 2012

  • Efforts continue to bring 150 high school-aged girls to campus each year to introduce them to computer science
  • STARS program continues to assist first-year engineering and computer science students with the transition from high school to a college curriculum
  • WSU membership in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
  • WSU researchers co-leading NSF grant to understand why significantly more women study engineering in some predominantly Muslim countries than in the U.S.

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Student Succes

  • Students at WSU Everett finished second and were top American team at 2016 international rover challenge
  • Students like Katherine Brandenstein and Emily Willard, who created SafeShot, demonstrate value of interdisciplinary learning approach
  • Voiland students earned nearly 1,000 degrees in 2016

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Research Success

  • Wood takes wing—alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals
  • Novel 3-D manufacturing
  • Electrifying breakthrough
  • Handheld wireless data center
  • Smartphone app detects cancer

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Honors and Awards

  • Jean-Sabin McEwen and Steven Saunders—NSF CAREER Award
  • Dae Hyun Kim—DARPA Young Faculty Award
  • Susmita Bose, Michael Kessler, Noel Schulz, Katie Zhong—Fellows

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Expanding Opportunity

  • Swiss MS
  • Alaska 2+2
  • Chinese fellowship
  • Smooth transfer process
  • New school and new degrees

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Honors

 

Transformative Undergraduate Experience:

Honors and Business Innovation Leadership Experience 

  • New Honors College/Carson College program
  • Launched this fall with cohort of 25 freshmen
  • Focus on knowledge, skills, connections, and real-world experience to succeed in business-related fields
  • Research element included—unique aspect for undergraduate business students

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Research Excellence:

Honors Alumnus John Yeager—2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

  • Highest honor awarded by the federal government to scientists and engineers in early stages of research careers
  • Honors College graduate and earned bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral degrees in materials science at WSU
  • Technical staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s High Explosives Science and Technology group

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Transformative Undergraduate Experience:

Honors Student New Student Regent 

  • Senior Alyssa Norris
  • Finalist last year for Truman scholarship, and honorable mention for Udall Scholarship—both “distinguished scholarships”
  • Civil engineering major from North Pole, Alaska

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Transformative Undergraduate Experience:

Highest Number Incoming National Merit Scholars Ever in Honors College

  • 14 National Merit Scholars
  • 7 Distinguished Regents Scholars
  • 41 Regents Scholars

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Medicine

 

Created a New Program: Doctor of Medicine

  • Welcomed inaugural class of 60 medical students, August 2017
    • First orientation
    • First White Coat Ceremony
    • First day of classes in August

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Launched New Initiative: Health Technology Incubator

  • Provides innovative technology to the people that need it most by working directly with patients, students, faculty, and providers in rural and underserved communities

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Major Gifts

  • 20 endowed scholarships—every medical student will receive a scholarship
  • Paul Lauzier Foundation gift of $100,000 to develop 8 clinical exam rooms
  • Numerica gifted $50,000 for each medical student to receive an iPad

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Community Engagement

  • Community Hosting and Homestay Program
  • Community partnerships
  • Diversity and Inclusion K-12 Pathways to Medicine
  • Camp Candoo

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Faculty Honors

  • Weihang Chai appointed to the Washington State CARE Fund Board
  • Jingru Sun awarded NIH R21 grant in her second year as assistant professor
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences
    • 3 active NIH R01 grants and awarded 3 new NIH R21 grants in last year
    • Developed machine shop and electro-physiology lab to assist labs with their research

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Nursing

 

College Named Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by National League for Nursing

  • 1 of only 15 universities or health-care organizations nationwide chosen for the honor—only school in the Pacific Northwest

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2 Faculty Received Major Grants

  • Roschelle Fritz, College of Nursing/Vancouver
    • $1.8M NIH grant to research how “smart-home” technology can help monitor the health and safety of senior citizens from afar
  • Janet Purath, College of Nursing/Spokane
    • $1.3M HRSA grant to support the education of nurse practitioners who will serve rural and underserved communities

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Expansion of State-of-the-Art Clinical Performance and Simulation Labs

  • Will provide more learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate programs

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Pharmacy

 

WSU, Heritage University Increased Access to Health Education

  • Pipeline program to the College of Pharmacy for Heritage freshmen
  • Pathway for graduates of Heritage’s medical sciences program

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Advancements in Human Health through Collaborative Community Care

  • 64 WSU College of Pharmacy students participated in 17 immunization clinics at schools and organizations in January and February after outbreak of mumps
  • The students received several awards for their efforts

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Successful Pharm.D. Program in Yakima

  • 2017 academic year marks the third year of collaboration with PNWU
  • Now fully functional in delivering entire didactic curriculum for the Pharm.D. program in Yakima
  • Admitted students
    • Class of 2019: 30
    • Class of 2020: 37
    • Class of 2021: 32

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Center of Excellence on Natural Product-Drug Interactions Research

  • Collaboration with UW and UNC Greensboro to advance scientific knowledge about potential interactions between natural products and commonly used drugs
  • CVM’s Mary Paine heads WSU team
  • Multidisciplinary team awarded a 5-year, $10-million grant from NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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Veterinary Medicine

 

10th Anniversary, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

  • Decade of providing innovative solutions to global infectious disease challenges and fostering the health and economic security of the world’s poorest peoples
  • Last year the Allen School received a 5-year, $20M+ award from CDC for infectious diseases research in Kenya
    • Focus: Emerging diseases, including Zika virus, zoonotic diseases, and antimicrobial resistance

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Program in Individualized Medicine (PrIMe) Received Mars Grant to Assess Safety of Highly Protein-bound Drugs for Pets

  • Research will build on the legacy of the MDR1 test and other advances that have greatly improved the safety of dogs who may undergo treatment with certain drugs
  • Program led by Katrina Mealey of VCS, recently elected to the National Academy of Inventors

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Team Led by Jon Oatley of SMB Selected for One of the WSU Reallocation Initiatives—Functional Genomics Initiative

  • Develop key infrastructure to enable all WSU life sciences investigators to efficiently utilize gene editing in their research
  • Recruit new faculty in areas that complement existing strengths at WSU with an emphasis on those who utilize gene editing in large animals

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Accomplished CVM Undergraduates

  • 2 of 4 WSU students to receive 2017 Goldwater Scholarships
  • 5 among the 60 students in inaugural Floyd College of Medicine class

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State Appropriation, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology

  • Received a $1.5M state appropriation to create a research team to study the Elk Hoof Disease that is debilitating herds in SW Washington

 

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