Enjoy the July 2018 issue of Provost Perspective - Held named executive director of Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art; Kelly Ward mourned by WSU community; Convocation coming up in August; Cougar Marching Band makes the grade

July 2018

Provost Perspective

Close-up of Robin Held.

Held named executive director of Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Robin Held was named executive director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art following a national search. Held brings more than 20 years of experience in the Seattle arts community and a strong reputation as a curator and fundraiser. She previously served in various roles, including as deputy director at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum and as curator at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington.


Kelly Ward mourned by WSU community

The WSU family lost an irreplaceable member when Dr. Kelly Ward passed away earlier this month following an accident. She is remembered as a champion for faculty and students, and an extremely generous and selfless administrator.

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Convocation coming up in August

Faculty are encouraged to join in on Convocation next month to welcome students and new faculty to WSU. Carmen Lugo‑Lugo will tell her inspiring story, and the program is being revamped to better engage students and the campus community.

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Cougar Marching Band makes the grade

The players behind the fight song are excelling in the classroom. The Cougar Marching Band is a demanding extracurricular activity, but members credit the family atmosphere and development of excellent time management skills to keep up academically.

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College Highlights

Dawn Garzon Maaks plans to focus on mental health in her new role as president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. A clinical professor in the College of Nursing in Vancouver, Garzon Maaks began her term leading the 9,000‑member association in July.

Avantika Bawa, associate professor of fine arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, is one of five Oregon Hallie Ford Fellows for 2018. Bawa will receive a $25,000 unrestricted award for her work and potential for significant advancement of her practice of art.

After earning her master’s degree at WSU in 2017, Megan Brendal became the first Native American faculty member of WSU’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Brendal serves as the speech‑language pathologist and research coordinator for WSU’s Early Social Communication and Language Lab.

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