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Thursday, September 10

State of the Honors College Address
Delivered by Honors College Dean Grant Norton.
Moderated by Honors College Advisory Board Member Victor Charoonsophonsak ('17).

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Presentation - Gerri Martin-Flickinger
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Starbucks Coffee Company
Moderated by Honors College Advisory Board Member Cassa Hanon.

Honors alumnus Gerri Martin-Flickinger (‘85) talks about her experiences as a technologist which began at WSU and has taken her to her current role, leading the global technology organization for one of the most recognizable and respected brands in the world, Starbucks. Along the way, Gerri has held the role of chief information officer at Adobe, Verisign, McAfee and Network Associates. Her first job out of college was with Chevron where she started as a software engineer and eventually held several senior positions.

In this presentation, Gerri shares how her time as a WSU Honor’s College student prepared her, and she will share stories that led her to where she is today.

3:30 - 4:15 pm

Leap! Networking Event
LEAP! is an opportunity for all students in the WSU Honors College to engage with industry professionals, practice interview and communication skills, and learn best practices for success in exciting careers upon graduation!

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Friday, September 11

Campus Walking Tour
Join Dr. Phil Gruen on a walking tour to explore and learn more about the WSU Pullman campus!
Moderated by Honors College graduate Thomas Leclair

8:00 - 8:45 am

Presentation - Michael Schultheis
Michael Schultheis' Seminarium: "The Place Where Idea Seeds Grow"
Moderated by Lindsey Elhart

Artist and Honors alumnus Michael Schultheis (’90) has presented work in over 60 solo exhibitions across the country. His art appears in collections by the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. and U.S. Embassies in Greece and Switzerland. Schultheis has lectured on the ascent of Analytical Expressionism at various universities and his paintings have been featured in several national media outlets including the Wall Street Journal and NPR. Before dedicating himself to painting on the surface of canvases, Schultheis formulated his ideas on chalkboards at Cornell University and whiteboards at Microsoft.

In this presentation, Michael helps people find their idea from the periphery, through clay and meditation, and shares his take-away tools for the audience to grow their own seeds through artwork and messaging.

Join us!

9:30 - 10:15 am

Presentation - Annie Lampman
Annie Lampman's "Sins of the Bees:" a debut novel reading and discussion
Moderated by Honors College student Reid Brown

WSU Honors College Professor Annie Lampman’s debut literary-thriller novel Sins of the Bees (Sept 1, 2020 Pegasus/Simon & Schuster) blends the majesty and mystery of Where the Crawdads Sing with the character explorations of The Girls to present the lives of two very different women and their tumultuous interactions with a dangerous Y2K doomsday cult. Lampman will do a short reading from Sins of the Bees and then answer questions from viewers and students. Click here to view advance praise of Sins of the Bees.

11:00 - 11:45 am
Panel Discussion - Practical tools for improving your mental health
All around us change is happening – not just by the day but by minutes and seconds. The pandemic has disrupted our normal routines of preparing kids for school, ourselves for work, vacationing and entertaining, and forced us to replace – or change - our active lifestyles with an immediate need to socially distance, cover and isolate. Furthermore, as our society responds to the injustices plaguing our communities, we find ourselves craving to produce real change that just a few months ago we resisted.

Established in Fall 2018 through a philanthropic gift from Brighton Jones and Honors College alumni Jon ('93) and Gretchen ('94) Jones, the MESI Certificate in Honors, Mindfulness-Based Emotional and Social Intelligence, addresses student wellbeing, and provides Honors students with the tools to improve their performance, relationships, health and happiness through self-awareness techniques, and exercises in emotional and social intelligence.

Join Jon Jones – CEO of Brighton Jones and Trymaine Gaither - Honors College Recruitment and MESI Coordinator for a panel discussion moderated by Cory Custer – Director of Compassion at Brighton Jones and Adjunct Associate Professor of MESI in the Honors College to learn how MESI skills help us deal with life’s challenges and better equip us to lean in to the suffering around us. How? Through self-awareness, self-management, empathy, and compassion. Join us to learn more!

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Presentation - Debbie "DJ" Lee
DJ Lee's "Remote. Finding Home in Bitterroots" literary reading and discussion
Moderated by Honors College student Shelbie Walker.

Part spiritual quest, part survival tale, DJ Lee’s memoir follows a difficult path through memory, meaning, and some of the world’s most rugged landscape. When her friend vanishes in the vast Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of Idaho and Montana, Lee travels there to seek answers. The journey unexpectedly ends her 15-year search to uncover her family’s troubled history in this remote place. During these difficult treks, Lee struggles with wild animal encounters, dangerous river crossings, bush plane flights in fog, and strange characters who have come to the mountains to seek or hide. But what she learns about the life cycles of salmon and wolverine, the regenerative role of fire, and Nimíipuu land practices helps her come to terms with the land, her family past, and her friend’s disappearance. Throughout, Lee engages with dreams and spirits, history and memory, and the nature of narrative itself. The book’s 28 photographs provide a complementary visual story. For additional information click here.

2:15 - 3:00 pm
Presentation - Leslie Rowe
Retired U.S. Ambassador: Mission and Misconceptions.
Moderated by Honors College student Malea Loukides

In this presentation Leslie Rowe (’70) talks about her experiences as a U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. For decades the term ambassador has held many meanings. Hear from Leslie on what it means today to be an ambassador who represents the United States at an embassy abroad. For students interested in joining the Foreign Service or anyone curious about the world of diplomacy, this session will explore misconceptions about our ambassadors and describe what they actually do at more than 250 U.S. diplomatic missions around the world. Join us!

3:30 - 4:15 pm