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Happiness as a Skill Offered in Honors

Jon and Gretchen Jones

Happiness as a Skill Offered in Honors

Jon and Gretchen JonesAlumni Jon (’93) and Gretchen (’94) Jones have established a fund in the Honors College at Washington State University to create the Mindfulness-Based Emotional and Social Intelligence (MESI) Certificate in Honors. The purpose of the MESI certificate is to teach happiness as a skill and provide Honors students with tools to improve their performance, relationships, health, and happiness. Through innovative coursework, workshops, local and global community outreach efforts, and guest speakers, the MESI certificate will teach students mindfulness, self-awareness, self-management, empathy, and compassion. » More …

Honors Faculty Fellow Sergey Lapin receives Arete Award from WSU Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life

Sergey Lapin

Honors Faculty Fellow Sergey Lapin receives Arete Award from WSU Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life

Sergey LapinHonors Faculty Fellow Sergey Lapin received the Arete Award from the WSU Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life. The Arete Awards are given annually to three outstanding faculty members nominated by students in the Greek community. Dr. Lapin regularly teaches several popular Honors classes, including a seminar on scientific innovation and interdisciplinarity (HONORS 390), a seminar on Russian language, culture and history (HONORS 380), and the Honors Calculus courses. As one of his nomination letters said, “His honors classes always have a waitlist and if you don’t sign up right when enrollment begins you will not get in!”

Involved student receives Undergraduate Rising Star Award

Nam Nguyen

Involved student receives Undergraduate Rising Star Award

Nam Nguyen
Nam Nguyen awarded the NASPA Region V Undergraduate Rising Star Award.
Nam Nguyen, a Washington State University international business and marketing student, has been awarded the Region V Undergraduate Rising Star Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Nguyen received the award this month during the NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education’s Western Regional Conference in Sacramento, California. » More …

The 2018 WSU Ethics Bowl

"The Kantsequentialists" group photo.

The 2018 WSU Ethics Bowl

"The Kantsequentialists" group photo.
Pictured (“H” indicates Honors College student): BACK ROW: Sydney Hardly (H), Mia Kennedy (H), Aidan Harris, Claire Stein (H), Aiyana Price (H); FRONT ROW: Will O’Connor (H), Nathan Nicol, Caitlin Boss, Regine Meeks (H), Elizabeth Foster.

The WSU Ethics Bowl team at the Northwest Regional competition at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma on Nov. 10th, coached by Honors faculty member Nathan Nicol.

The WSU Ethics Bowl team (“The Kantsequentialists”) competed at The Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl Tournament this past Saturday, November 10. This year it was held at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. The event was a great success in every respect except, well, winning. We did not win this year. The team from Whitworth (“The Philosoraptors”) won this year. Nevertheless, we had three hard fought matches, many interesting discussions, and met some nice folks on the other teams. On Sunday, we had an excellent brunch where several parents came to join us, and the rest was all tranquility.

Honors College Students Named September Student-Athletes of the Month

Hayden Schmidt and Emma DahlineHonors College Students Named September Student-Athletes of the Month

Washington State football’s Hayden Schmidt and soccer’s Emma Dahline have been named the Academic Services Student-Athletes of the Month for September 2018.

A redshirt junior safety on the field, Schmidt (Mount Vernon, Wash.) is academically a senior majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in Spanish. He is enrolled in the Honors College and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Schmidt has a 3.73 grade point average, which he’s balanced while earning IFC Greek of the Year in 2017. » More …

Honors Alumnus one of two ASU professors to receive 2018 NIH New Innovator Award

Rizal Hariadi

Two ASU professors receive 2018 NIH New Innovator Award

No. 1 in innovation” is an accolade Arizona State University proclaims proudly in all realms of university life. Today, ASU proved once again that it is deserving of such a title.

ASU Professors Nicholas Stephanopoulos, assistant professor in the School of Molecular Sciences, and Rizal Hariadi, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, both researchers in the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics, were announced as recipients of the 2018 NIH New Innovator Award. » More …

Honors Assistant Clinical Professor Annie Lampman named NCHC Poetry Master Class facilitator

Annie Lampman

Honors Assistant Clinical Professor Annie Lampman named NCHC Poetry Master Class facilitator

E. Annie LampmanProfessor Annie Lampman will lead the Poetry Master Class at the 2018 National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Boston, MA, November 7-11. NCHC Master Classes offer small, arts-based, performance workshops in Drama, Film, Music, and Poetry. Select honors students from across the nation work with expert facilitators and fellow honors students at the NCHC conference each year, honing their craft, learning new techniques, networking, and finally presenting at a culminating Master Class Showcase event. » More …

WSU should make foreign languages a UCORE requirement

WSU should make foreign languages a UCORE requirement

By Emma Ledbetter for The Daily Evergreen

Learning another language has networking, cultural benefits all students should embrace

Bar graph showing the enrollment rates for foreign languages taught at WSU
Enrollment rates and class capacities in all foreign language courses, except for Spanish, are very low compared to other courses at WSU. Requiring a foreign language would ensure all students can benefit from them. Enrollment rates and class capacities in all foreign language courses, except for Spanish, are very low compared to other courses at WSU. Requiring a foreign language would ensure all students can benefit from them.

As a freshman entering college, I was excited for the opportunity to take new and interesting classes that were not available to me in high school.

Even though I took four years of Spanish and received credit through a college-in-the-high-school program, I decided during orientation to enroll in Italian 101. I loved taking Spanish, but I’ve been interested in the Italian language and culture since childhood, and I knew taking it at WSU would be a valuable and enriching experience. » More …

Honors alumni presents thesis at American Psychological Association meeting in San Francisco

Hayley Masterson

Honors alumni presents thesis at American Psychological Association meeting in San Francisco

Hayley Masterson
Dr. Phyllis Erdman, Hayley Masterson, and Tires (a service dog they met at the convention) at the APA poster session in San Francisco, August 2018.

2018 Honors College graduate Hayley Masterson presented her honors thesis at the American Psychological Association meeting in San Francisco in August. Hayley worked with Honors Faculty Fellow Dr. Phyllis Erdman (WSU College of Education) and Dr. Lori Kogan (Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine) in the 2nd cohort of the Human-Animal Interaction Collaborative (HAIC) between the honors colleges of WSU and CSU. Hayley graduated in microbiology and her honors thesis (“Animal Loss and Grief Experience of Pet Owners: How to prepare pet owners for the end of life process”) received “Pass with Distinction.”