A ROAR-ing success: The College of Education’s ROAR program is preparing students with intellectual and developmental disabilities for the work force and enriching the WSU community.

February 2020

Provost Perspective

ROAR students pose for a photo on the WSU Pullman campus.

A ROAR‑ing success

The College of Education’s ROAR program is preparing students with intellectual and developmental disabilities for the workforce and enriching the WSU community. The inaugural cohort of four students will walk across the stage at commencement in May with a two‑year certificate and a rewarding college experience that is unique to WSU.


WSU named top producer of Fulbright U.S. scholars

Seven WSU faculty members received Fulbright awards for 2019–20, helping WSU earn recognition from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as a top producing institution for the Fulbright program. The University’s Fulbright Academy has played an integral role in helping faculty and students earn recognition.

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Affordable learning grant proposals welcomed

Proposals for Affordable Learning Grants are now being accepted by the Office of the Provost. The grants are designed for WSU faculty to adopt open education resources through creation of original materials or adapting existing textbooks or materials to use in their courses. The Office of Academic Outreach and Innovation partners with faculty to help in the transition. Grants of up to $4,500 are available and applications are due March 23.

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Drive to 25

System‑wide Strategic Plan draft online

The WSU community has contributed greatly to the draft of the system‑wide strategic plan. The document will guide the University in decision‑making and planning over the next five years. Faculty, staff, students, and the community are invited to provide feedback through February 25.

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Student Success

Cougs Rise students taking off to NASA, Chicago for Spring Break

Students from five Washington high schools are picking up academic skills and gaining invaluable life skills as they join Cougs Rise on trips to Chicago and Orlando. The Florida-bound students will visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and the University of Central Florida, while the group in Chicago will visit the Chicago Architecture Center and the University of Chicago, among other experiences.

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Faculty Development

Teaching Academy seeks nominations for new members

The WSU Teaching Academy is seeking nominations and applications for new members through March 16. The organization is dedicated to teaching excellence and its mission is to provide advocacy for fellow faculty and graduate students who teach, share expertise and be a resource to enable faculty to involve students in transformative learning experiences, and promote a university culture that values and rewards excellence and scholarship in teaching.

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Link Up

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Bullock a tireless advocate for underrepresented groups

Sylvia Bullock devotes countless hours to building community, both in her job as an advisor for the Office of Multicultural Student Services and through volunteer activities. She’s a leader in the Black Faculty Staff Association and is helping to organize the upcoming Excellence in Leadership Lectures.

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College Highlights

Venera Arnaoudova, Anamika Dubey, and Subhanshu Gupta, faculty members in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, each received faculty Early Career awards from the National Science Foundation. The grants of about $500,000 each provide research support to young faculty beginning their careers who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education.

Wipowee “Joy” Winuthayanon, assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, earned a $1.59 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how the ovarian steroid hormones estrogen and progesterone affect fertility during sperm migration, fertilization, embryo development, and embryo transport within the female reproductive tract.

Ben Pingel, clinical assistant professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, was honored with a top student paper award at the National Communication Association’s annual conference. Pingel’s top student paper was titled, “When a GIF is Worth More Than a Thousand Words: Portraying Emotion in CMC.”