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Summit addresses inequities through storytelling, innovation

Summit addresses inequities through storytelling, innovation

Participants at Washington State University’s recent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit told stories about how the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare existing and historical inequities in their communities. They also shared messages of hope and programs that are making a difference.
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MIRA Program

Awards Could Cover Tuition
WSU lands NIH grant for biomedical, engineering undergraduate MIRA program

PULLMAN, Wash.—A new, five-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for more than $700,000 will fund a “motivating innovation and research achievement” (MIRA) program for Washington State University Honors College underrepresented student researchers in biomedical science and engineering fields, said the three faculty members serving as co-principal investigators. » More …

What if every student could enroll in a MESI class…



What if every student could enroll in a MESI class…

Cooper Greenfield
Cooper Greenfield (’20 Human Resource Management)


“If every student on campus enrolled in a Mindfulness-Based Emotional and Social Intelligence (MESI) class to increase their self-awareness, empathy and leadership effectiveness we’d see a much brighter Pullman campus. The Cougs-help-Cougs mentality that we already see in our community is a great show of empathy and compassion already existing in Coug culture. Though, it has its limits. I think if everyone takes a MESI course, they can see that this Cougs-help-Cougs mentality can extend across the world and take on a deeper level of people-help-people. We are all seeking a meaningful life, free of suffering, where we can love/be loved, and be happy. These classes show us how much impact we have on each other as people and how much power we have to uplift those around us.”

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Honors College names first Elma Ryan Bornander Chair

Honors College names first Elma Ryan Bornander Chair

Will HamlinWashington State University English Professor William M. Hamlin has been selected as the first faculty member to serve the Honors College as the Elma Ryan Bornander Honors Chair.

“Will is a scholar, author, researcher, and award-winning teacher and mentor who has served the university, his department, and the Honors College and its students for years in innovative and impactful ways,” said M. Grant Norton, Honors dean. “We are very pleased that our relationship with him will progress even further and more deeply over the next two years through this endowed chair position.” » More …

WSU’s first Marshall Scholar bound for U.K. graduate studies

WSU’s first Marshall Scholar bound for U.K. graduate studies

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University chemical engineering senior Kristian Gubsch, a member of the Honors College, is headed in fall to the United Kingdom’s University of Sheffield as WSU’s first recipient of a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study. » More …

We All Belong: Tools to Create a Beloved Community

When peer exclusion persists, it not only diminishes self-esteem, but can also be academically and emotionally debilitating. We all play a pivotal role in creating the safe and welcoming environment that all students deserve. Through Mindfulness practices and group exercises, this retreat hopes to will provide students with tools to create loving and welcoming environments.

Facilitators: Dr. Lydia Gerber, Dr. Cecilia Richards, Trymaine Gaither, and Mary Kay Patton.

Register here!

Honors College Fall Commencement Banquet

Welcome Keynote Speaker, Brian MacMillan

Brian MacMillan

Brian MacMillan is an Associated Press award winning meteorologist and news reporter for KPTV-FOX 12 in Portland, Oregon. Before joining the team in 2009, Brian also spent time with CNN, Root Sports, Destination Marketing, and KOHD-TV (Bend, OR).

Brian is a die hard Washington State Cougar. He graduated in 2003 from the WSU Honors College and Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. He’s the president of the local WSU alumni chapter and organizes Coug events around Oregon. Brian also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Mississippi State University. He is currently back at school working on a master’s degree because he can’t get enough homework in his life.

As a longtime comedian and improviser, Brian loves making people laugh. He toured Europe with his comedy and regularly performs at clubs and theaters in Portland. He also emcees charity and corporate events around town. He was recently in an episode of the IFC show Documentary Now!, where he really stretched his acting chops by playing a news reporter.

Brian is married with two young children who still laugh at his “dad jokes.” He met his wife Ashley at WSU while performing with the theater department.

Brian holds volunteer leadership positions with the American Meteorology Society, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the WSU Alumni Association. He loves playing soccer, cooking, and firmly believes that pineapple belongs on pizza.

4th Annual Mindfulness Symposium: Staying Present in Challenging Times

A sunlit, dusty road in the woods.4th Annual Mindfulness Symposium

Staying Present in Challenging Times

Saturday, September 28, 2019 10:00 a.m. – Noon Elmina White Honors Hall Lounge

Cost for the event is $5.00 per person.


“Mindful Movement” with Qigong Teacher Liz Lee, “Finding Meaning In Adversity” with Trymaine Gaither (Honors College) and “Everyday Self-compassion” with Jeremy Rutherford (Cougar Health Services).

During our time together you will be introduced to practices including guided reflections, meditation and qigong.

Optional* Morning Yoga Session

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.Elmina White Honors Hall

Yoga mats provided. Bring additional props as appropriate.

Optional* Brown-bag Lunch and Silent Retreat

12:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Elmina White Honors Hall

Both optional sessions have limited capacity. After registering for the Mindfulness Symposium, you will have an option to register for one or both of the free optional events.

Click here to register for this event

PARKING & ACCOMMODATIONS: Guests who have a difficulty walking will find easier access if they enter Elmina White Honors Hall through the back entrance. Handicap parking is available in the back of the building and on Colorado Street. Many of the surface lots around campus will be open for anyone to park on the morning of the symposium although they may require a 10 minute walk. You may also park in the Terrell Library Parking garage for $3.00. Here is a link to the WSU “evening and weekend” parking map: