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New Exhibit at WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives & Special Collections (March – June)

Ambitions and Intellect: Pioneering Women at WSU

An opening reception is planned from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the MASC lobby

A new exhibit in WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections, “Ambitions and Intellect: Pioneering Women at WSU,” explores the stories of early women contributors at the fledgling college. It is part of this year’s events around Women’s History Month and the Common Reading book “I Am Malala.”

Before 1900, women were denied entrance to many Eastern colleges, which were strictly for men only. But in the western states, where there were fewer people, many colleges were coeducational, including Washington Agricultural College and School of Science. The small land-grant college in farm country did something the larger Eastern universities would not do: give women the chance to use their intellect and demonstrate the benefits of higher education for all.

The exhibit also highlights women’s determination to get an education and how they made their mark in society afterward.

“Countless contributions and achievements of women are absent from our historical memory,” said Lipi Turner-Rahman, exhibit curator and WSU Libraries’ Kimble database coordinator. “The 1862 Morrill Act helped remove educational barriers for women in Washington State at a time when most women were not encouraged to go to college.”

For more information about the exhibit, contact Lipi Turner-Rahman at


Exploring the Art of Portraiture

Exploring the Art of Portraiture

Honors 280.2 – Summer Class
Instructor: Pamela Lee

Monday – Friday
May 8 – June 2, 2017
9:00-11:30 a.m.
Elmina White Honors Hall, Room 142

An oft repeated adage states that before twenty you have the face that you were born with, after that you have the face you deserve. The adage may stem from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.”

Character is revealed in the face. Can we shape our character, and thus the face we wear through life? Can we look ahead and anticipate who we might be at fifty, sixty, or eighty? Or, are we simply batted about and patted into shape by the vicissitudes of fate? In this increasingly global era, do we retain a national identity communicated through the human visage? Or, is “face reading” universally understood? We will ask these underlying questions as we encounter and explore the art of visual portraiture, dipping across time, continents and cultures to investigate painted, sculpted, and photographed faces. We will question the various applications of portraiture, past and present, considering how life’s large human themes – love, mortality, disability, beauty, power, joy, sadness –affect the human countenance and the art portrait. What lies behind the faces artists have portrayed? How do their lives critically compare to ours?  We will practice critical and speculative analysis, research and information literacy.

Selected articles and films will be provided; purchase of text is not required.

Travis King Wildcats Research

Honors Student Travis W. King Published in Journal of Mammology, referenced by writer for Science magazine

Travis W. King, Honors alum and graduate student at WSU, was recently published in the Journal of Mammology. Under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Thornton and the help of the WSU Honors College and the College of Arts & Sciences, Travis conducted research on ocelot behavioral patterns in Costa Rica. Research from his paper, Ocelot latrines: communication centers for Neotropical mammals, was also recently used by a writer for Science magazine.  The full story can be read at

Travis’ article can be read in full online at



Faculty get grants to improve undergrad teaching, learning

Faculty get grants to improve undergrad teaching, learning

By Beverly Makhani, Undergraduate Education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Seven grants of $7,000 recently were awarded to faculty for 2016-17 to develop innovative strategies that demonstrably enhance student learning, with preference given to projects that impact large numbers of students.

“We had a record year in terms of the number and quality of proposals,” said Mary F. Wack, vice provost for undergraduate education. “Many of the projects are exploring new directions in using technology to support student learning. Others are using data to drill down into the barriers to learning in certain courses or disciplines. I look forward to seeing the impact on student success in coming years.” » More …

Student Leader of the Month Kyle Strachila

Honors Student Kyle Strachila Named November Student Leader of the Month

kylestrachilaKyle Strachila is a Coug from humble beginnings on his family’s dairy farm near Bellingham, WA. He’s currently earning a degree in Economic Sciences with an emphasis in Agriculture, as well as minors in Business and Spanish. Kyle has been involved with ASWSU and Greek life for the past four years, serving multiple terms on the ASWSU Executive Staff and his fraternity’s Executive Board. Kyle strives to build upon successful programs as well as implement fresh new ideas to allow all Cougs to come together.

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WSU Humanities Fellow Joseph Campbell discusses interdisciplinary approach to prison reform Oct. 18

WSU Humanities Fellow Joseph Campbell discusses interdisciplinary approach to prison reform Oct. 18

joecampbellPULLMAN, Wash.—“Moral responsibilities and punishment: An interdisciplinary approach to prison reform” is the topic that Humanities Fellow and professor of politics, philosophy, and public affairs Joseph Campbell will present at 5:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 18, in Goertzen Hall room 21. The public is invited to this free lecture. » More …

New One-Credit Workshop Announced: How to Get a Literary Agent/How to Be a Literary Agent

New One-Credit Workshop Announced: How to Get a Literary Agent/How to Be a Literary Agent

A One-Credit Workshop: English 358

Fall 2016 – November7-9

6:00-8:30 p.m. Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall


In this hands-on class, veteran literary agent Taryn Fagerness will teach students how to attract a literary agent to their work and the pitfalls to avoid on their journey to publication.

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WSU announces inaugural Honors College Faculty Fellows Burwick, Carroll, Halverson, Lamb, Lapin, Nichol, and Shier

WSU announces inaugural Honors College Faculty Fellows Burwick, Carroll, Halverson, Lamb, Lapin, Nichol, and Shier

PULLMAN, Wash.—Seven Washington State University professors have been named as members of the first set of faculty fellows in the Honors College: Kimberly Burwick, Matthew Carroll, Rachel Halverson, Richard Lamb, Sergey Lapin, Nathaniel Nicol, and David Shier.

“Each of these outstanding educators have, do, and will continue to make significant contributions to the mission of our college and to the success of our students, and we are pleased that the fellows program will allow us to recognize them over the course of their three-year appointment,” said Honors Dean M. Grant Norton. » More …