Enjoy the May 2018 issue of Provost Perspective - Faculty pick up the phones to bring in top scholars - Commencement caps stellar semester - Student success initiatives thriving in new home

May 2018

Provost Perspective

Faculty taking phone calls

Faculty pick up the phones to bring in top scholars

Professors, instructors, and deans worked the phones in the Office of Admission’s Recruitment Telecounseling Center and helped WSU land many high-achieving students. A total of 71 faculty members called 1,200 students over the two-week telethon and their efforts are paying off, with more Top Scholars committing to WSU.


Commencement caps stellar semester

More than 5,000 students across six campuses earned their degrees from WSU this month as commencement ceremonies marked the pinnacle of a transformative semester. Our accreditation visit concluded with very positive reviews, and our faculty continued their tremendous efforts to boost student success and deliver on our land-grant mission.

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Student success initiatives thriving in new home

Commons Hall is the new home for the Office of the Provost’s three initiatives designed to boost student success. The Cougs Rise, Invest in Success, and Aspiring Teacher Leadership and Success (ATLAS) initiatives are focused on providing support for targeted populations of first-generation and low-income students, and their results are significant.

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College Highlights

Chris Cooney, clinical assistant professor in the Murrow College of Communication, earned the Oaks Award for his innovative use of Spark, a cloud-based storytelling tool. Cooney earned the $3,000 award from WSU’s Office of Academic Outreach and Innovation after developing a series of tutorials and assignments for classes in Digital Content Promotion (COMSTRAT 310) and Creative Media Strategies and Techniques (COMSTRAT 381).

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies hosted 22 student startup teams from WSU and five high school teams from around the state competed in the annual Business Plan Competition. Test Robotics took home the $15,000 top prize for their plan based around a tool-cleaning robot. The competition provides unique opportunities for students at all levels to interact with Carson College of Business faculty and industry leaders.

Zachary Howard, a genetics and cell biology major at WSU, earned a $7,500 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Howard earned the prestigious award for his academic achievement and research prowess. As a part of the Students Targeted toward Advanced Research Studies (STARS) program, Howard has studied under Assistant Professor Alan Goodman in the School of Molecular Biosciences.