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August 12, 2019

Posted by lindsey.schnelle | September 27, 2019


Welcome back WSU students!

Congratulations to Jesse Aplin for passing their Doctor of Philosophy defense!

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

WSU University Convocation is Friday, August 16, 2019 at 10 am in Beasley Coliseum.

WSU All Campus Picnic is Friday, August 16 from 11 am to 1:30 p.m. on Cougar Way (formerly Colorado Street).

WSU classes start Monday, August 19.

Move-in and CALS Community Ice Cream Extravaganza:  August 22 1:00 pm-3:00 pm: Join the Academic Programs Team to welcome students moving into the CALS residence hall and their families.  If you are able to help move in (greet families, help load carts, etc), let Elizabeth Bullers know by Tuesday Aug 13. If you aren’t able to help move in, they will also need faculty and staff to greet students on the floor, eat ice cream, and answer any questions they may have.

Mark your calendars for Coffee and Colleges (interaction with the parents of incoming students) in the Ag Biotech Interaction Court August 23 from 9:30 to 11:00 and to greet incoming students in Ag Sci 106 from 2:15-3:15.

Palousafest (Aug 24 5:50-7:30 pm):  Club Advisors:  If your club did not reserve a table at PalousaFest, 1-2 club members are welcome to join the CALSAC table to represent your club.  If you want to be represented but have nobody to cover your table, bring Elizabeth Bullers materials before August 22 and CALSAC can set the materials out on the table.

Dinner with the Dean August 26 5:30-6:30:  1-2 faculty from each department are invited to Dinner with the Dean in the HUB (Dining Center in the Wallace Complex).  All CALS students will be invited to join.  Please RSVP by August 22 to  Elizabeth Bullers.

Save the date for the CALS Welcome Back Picnic on September 10.  New location:  Ag Biotech Lawn on the corner of 6th and Rayburn Street.

Save the date! The CAHNRS Fall Festival will be held on September 12 from 4-6PM in Spillman Plaza. In addition to welcoming students back to school, BBQ from Happy Day Catering will be served, and ice cream from Ferdinand’s. Hope to see you there!                                                   

UI Faculty: Glanbia Foods will be on UI campus September 24-25. If any faculty are interested in having them give a presentation in your class, please contact Mary Ellen Martin, who will help with scheduling.

Changes to the UI Academia Calendar for Fall 2019 –

  • (UI Faculty voted to change the start/end date for Fall 2019 semester and I expect this will be a permanent change.)
  • UI’s 1st day of instruction is August 26th and the end of semester is December 20th.
  • UI Fall commencement will be Sat., Dec 14

WSU’s Academia Calendar for Fall 2019 –

  • 1st day of instruction is Mon. August 19th and the end of semester is December 13th.
  • WSU Fall Commencement is Sat., Dec 7th

So, due to this change, UI students will be expected to arrive to campus one week early to attend their WSU COOP classes, and WSU students will be expected to stay for UI finals if they are in a UI COOP class.

The Student Section

UI Students: Here is the link for the UI/WSU Reciprocal parking agreement for information regarding parking and permit requirements for UI and WSU. This should give you the information needed now that WSU is moving to a plate recognition system.

WSU Students and Faculty:  Here is the link for the WSU/UI Reciprocal parking agreement.  To print a permit that will be valid at UI, you will need to log-in to your WSU parking account using your WSU NetID at  Starting August 12, there will be an icon that you can click to print either a daily permit or a permit for the whole semester that you can display in your window for UI parking.

The Graduate School has launched its online orientation course in Blackboard for new students at all campus locations, replacing our all-day event in past years.  Students can log into the course at Topics include an introduction to life as a WSU Cougar, tips for new graduate students, health insurance and services, details of assistantships and associated tuition waivers, and fun things to do on the WSU campuses. The course is organized into five modules, and students are expected to complete modules 1-4 before arriving on campus. This orientation material will remain available to them for their first semester at WSU, to refer back to as needed.

Extension Events

Registration for Cider & Perry Production – A Foundation is now open. This is a 5 day course and will start on October 21, 2019. Learn the core principles of cider production from WSU fermentation experts and industry practitioners in a five-day professional workshop. In partnership with the Cider Institute of North America, this course is the first in a comprehensive certificate series. Register on Brown Paper Ticket.

Jobs, Internships, and Scholarships

Click here to view open jobs, internships, and scholarships on the SFS website.

Other Announcements

The Ag Sci building elevator will be out of operation this summer and fall semester as they will be replacing the elevator. (Best case scenario: the new one will be up and running by labor day.) We are working with facilities to make any ADA accommodations for our faculty and staff who work on floors 1-3. If you have someone who may need to move to the ground floor due to ADA needs, please send their names to Mary Ellen MartinHere is an updated schedule for the Ag Science elevator project:

  • 7/29: Existing elevator is shut down and removed by Shindler Elevator Co.
  • 8/5 – 9/27: Installation of new elevator and upgrades and expansion to equipment room.  Mangum’s will require storage space at the loading dock and a shipping container for elevator parts.
  • 9/30: Scheduled completion