This month's issue of Provost Perspective: Mental Health first aid offers helping hand; Rule 53 revisions ease pathways for students; Faculty award winners featured in videos; NPR's Block honored at Murrow Symposium

April 2019

Provost Perspective

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Mental Health first aid offers helping hand

Faculty, staff, and students are gaining knowledge and skills to help those in need through Mental Health First Aid training. The Office of the Provost sponsored two sessions of the course, which helps participants recognize symptoms of depression and mental illness, ask the right questions, and point individuals to the appropriate resources for help.


Rule 53 revisions ease pathways for students

Faculty Senate recently passed revisions to WSU’s academic regulations that will allow students to certify into their majors earlier, and increase their chances of academic success. The changes to rule 53 allow departments to accept students into a major upon entry if they satisfy the department’s requirements, whereas previously a student had to accumulate a minimum of 24 credit hours at WSU before certification.

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Faculty award winners featured in videos

Each of our 2019 Showcase award recipients were honored with a video highlighting their achievements. The videos introduce each award winner and the impact they each have on our WSU community, and beyond.

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NPR’s Block honored at Murrow Symposium

Melissa Block was the headliner at the 44th Murrow Symposium, as the National Public Radio reporter and host was honored with the Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award. The keynote event highlighted the two‑day symposium, which featured more than three dozen speakers. “NPR’s Melissa Block is an outstanding choice for the award, especially in a year when the symposium’s theme was, ‘Storytelling for Impact,’” says Murrow College dean Bruce Pinkleton.

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College Highlights

Arda Gozen and Jana Doppa, from the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, have been recognized with Early Career Awards from the National Science Foundation. Gozen is the Berry Family Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and Doppa is the Berry Family Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Allan Felsot, professor of entomology in the College of Arts and Sciences at WSU Tri‑Cities, was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Pacific branch of the Entomological Society of America. The award honors educators at the college level who have excelled through innovations in developing new courses, programs, and teaching methods in the field of entomology and the sciences.

Jason Porter, associate professor of accounting in the Carson College of Business, was named winner of the Excellence in Online Teaching Award by the Office of Academic Outreach and Innovation. Porter was nominated by students for the award, which recognizes instructors who employ best practices to engage, inspire, support, and show care for students in an online environment.

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