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  • Acacia Kapusta Joins Access Center Team

    Published on: June 19, 2018

    The WSU Access Center welcomes Acacia Kapusta to their team. In her new role, Kapusta will be serving an Access Advisor helping students identify the accommodations that are right for them.

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  • Finding Identity and Expression at WSU

    Published on: May 02, 2018

    Bob Dlugosh says that he and his roommate, Al, “were always chumming around Pullman together.” Best friends, Bob figured Al for straight, but he liked the guy so much he didn’t let it bother him. Bob did wonder if Al knew he was gay. In 1968, “gay” felt like a brand new word. So it probably wasn’t the one used on the sign Al and Bob found tacked to their Stephenson Hall door: “Bob and Al are gay.”

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  • Mentor program celebrates 30-years of fostering student success

    Published on: March 26, 2018

    Twenty-three years ago Christiaan Brown first stepped foot on the Washington State University Pullman campus as a freshman. He remembers well that uneasy feeling of being the first in his family to go to college and not feeling confident about his preparation for the academic rigors of higher education.

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  • LeaderShape Catalyst Feb. 24

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    WSU juniors and seniors are invited to participate in LeaderShape Catalyst Feb. 24. This nationally known one-day program is designed to help students learn how to increase their capacity to lead, contribute to causes they care about, and establish a lifelong process of exploration and action.

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  • WSU Panhellenic Council "West Fest" fundraiser a success!

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    WSU's Panhellenic Council "West Fest" fundraiser raises $5000 for the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, an organization that works to remove barriers to education for girls in the United States and developing countries.

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  • In crisis, the Access Center was there for her

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    There was never a doubt in Nicolle Peterson’s mind where she was going to college. Her family has strong connections with the University of Washington and she was excited about becoming a husky following graduation from high school in Sumner, Wash.

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  • Her sights set on law school, WSU senior thankful for her GIESORC family

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Washington State University Senior Kylie Lynch has much more on her plate than the usual end-of-the-semester papers and exams. She’s also busy applying to law schools. Her dream is to combine her love of the outdoors with her fascination with law, perhaps working someday for a large outdoor recreation corporation.

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  • Multicultural Student Services hosts DACA/Undocumented Myth-busting Workshops

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Washington State University has collaborated with University of Washington and Everett Community College to launch a digital campaign in campus student union and administration buildings to bring awareness to undocumented and DACA students as well as the greater campus community about myths about immigration. Each week, workshops will bust a myth and offer resources on what to do in each scenario. All students and staff, regardless of the status, are encouraged to attend and learn more.

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  • Campus and Community Student Involvement Fair Jan. 24

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Student Involvement and the Center for Civic Engagement invite all students, staff and faculty to attend the annual CougSync Connect Fair at 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 24 in the CUB Senior Ballroom. Learn how to get involved with Pullman campus RSOs, sport clubs, Greek organizations, and departments and community partners at WSU.

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  • DACA Update Information Session for Staff, Faculty and Administrators

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to attend a Q&A and information session Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 4-5:30 PM in The Spark room 333 regarding recent DACA updates.

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  • WSU President's Awards for Leadership Nominations Open

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Do you know an outstanding student, student group, faculty member, staff member, or community organization? You are invited to honor their leadership by nominating them today for the 2018 WSU President’s Awards for Leadership. Student recipients are eligible to apply for the $1,000 Virginia E. Thomas scholarship, and all award recipients are honored at the annual Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) ceremony on April 17, 2018, on the WSU Pullman campus. Student nominations close Monday, February 19. All other nominations close Friday, March 9. Nominations from all WSU campuses are welcome.

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  • Student discovers her true calling while tutoring in the Multicultural Center

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    For as long as she can remember, McKayla Wixom wanted to be a veterinarian. Nothing seemed more rewarding to her than helping a sick or injured animal regain its health and live a full and happy life. She studied hard in high school to make her dream come true—even graduating as her class valedictorian in Vancouver, Wash.

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  • Pacific Northwest Collegiate Leadership Conference Sept. 30

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Join us for a full day of leadership growth and networking at the 2017 Pacific Northwest Collegiate Leadership Conference (PNWCLC) on Saturday, Sept. 30. With more than 500 regional student leaders in attendance, this is the largest student leadership conference in the region.

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  • September is Leadership Month

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Build your leadership skills during this year’s Leadership Month with events throughout September. WSU faculty, staff and students are invited to to grow their leadership skills by participating in helpful workshops, service projects, trainings, recreational activities, philanthropy opportunities, career fairs and more.

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  • DACA Information Sessions

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    The Office of Multicultural Student Services will be offering several DACA renewal info sessions and workshops in Pullman hosted by the law clinic of the University of Idaho.

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  • Campus Climate Forum

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Join Dr. Mary Jo Gonzales, Vice President of Student Affairs, and Victor Villanueva, Regents Professor and Director of the Writing Program, in a conversation about your concerns and thoughts on community and inclusion on October 3 at 1:00 PM.

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  • Student Conduct Forum

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Students are invited to participate in a forum about the student conduct process and proposed changes on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 3-5 PM in Chinook 150.

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  • Emerging Leaders Applications Open

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Spring applications are now open for Emerging Leaders, WSU Student Involvement's first-year student leadership certificate program. Designed for highly motivated first-year students, participants will develop skills to be future leaders at and beyond WSU.

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  • Connections to Campus

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    As we gear up to welcome our new and returning Cougs, I have been reflecting on how to best connect students to other offices in order for them to find a space on campus that is their own. Assisting our incoming students with finding a home and place for themselves at WSU is imperative to their success. With each student comes a different story, different experiences, different expectations, and different needs. Of course, these needs and expectations are seldom directly communicated to us. Instead, by getting to know students as we do, we learn what excites them and how to connect them to the opportunities that may provide them a home away from home. The options abound in what students can do here at WSU. From over 300 student organizations to on-campus jobs to engaging with the greater Pullman community, there is something for everyone!

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  • Welcoming Students into Our Coug Family!

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    As we welcome nearly 4500 new students into our Coug family, it is important to reflect what type of environment we as student affairs professionals create. The initial transition to campus can be a shock compared to what students are used to. New students are encountering things for the first time: new emotions, experiences, friendships as they transition to Cougs. Our role as student affairs professionals is to engage students in a transformative university experience which prepares them for success at WSU and after graduation.

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  • Cougar Crew names alum Peter Brevick as new head coach

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Former standout Cougar rower Peter Brevick is returning this fall to Washington State University as head coach of Cougar Crew. Cougar Crew, now approaching its 50th anniversary, includes both the men’s and women’s varsity sport rowing clubs. These teams compete against varsity and club teams from the Pac-12 and Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association, as well as clubs in the American Collegiate Rowing Association.

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  • Colombian internship immerses students in academics, culture

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Six Washington State University students spent four weeks in Colombia this summer helping sick animals like turtles and ocelots, and developing software that will aid police working with bomb-sniffing dogs. It was part of a new internship created by WSU’s Team Mentoring Program (TMP) led by the Office of Multicultural Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs.

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  • Guide mobile app now available for students

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    The Guide mobile app allows students to keep track of everything WSU, all in one place. Guide gives students a customized journey, and provides timely reminders and tips to help them stay on track toward graduation.

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  • Former CAMP student lands prestigious Gilman International Scholarship

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Alma Zamago vividly remembers the evening Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. It was her freshman year at Washington State University and she was sitting in her residence hall room when news of Trump’s victory invoked loud cheers from some students across the hallway.

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  • WSU students return as mentors at migrant academy

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    When Gizelle Sandoval arrived on the Washington State University campus a few years ago for the Dare to Dream Math and Science Academy, the high school junior wasn’t sure wasn’t sure she wanted to be here. The only world she knew was helping her parents pick fruit in the Yakima Valley, and she didn’t care much for school.

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  • Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center to open August 2017

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    After three years of planning and construction, the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center will open this August on the south end of campus. The uniquely designed building, inspired by the vision of President Elson Floyd, is the outcome of significant collaboration between students, staff, faculty, architects, designers and community members.

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  • WSU migrant student program gets $2.1-million

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    The U.S. Department of Education granted Washington State University’s College Assistance Migrant Program more than $2.1-million to continue its services for another five years.

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  • University Recreation on the way to achieving zero waste

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    This summer University Recreation and University Catering served up food for 4,000 students during this summer’s ten Alive! orientation sessions. Of the 792-pounds of waste created by these barbecues, only a half-pound of it ended up in the landfill. The remainder was either composted or recycled. By comparison, the barbecues last summer generated 812-pounds of waste with three pounds going to the landfill.

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  • WSU provides support network for students experiencing mental distress

    Published on: March 15, 2018

    Supporting fellow Cougs during times of need is the key to a tightknit and healthy Cougar family; that’s why it is important to take into account the mental wellbeing of yourself and others as students prepare to take final exams and complete the fall semester.

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