There will be an Entomology Faculty meeting on Monday, October 30th at 11:00 AM.  The AMS dial # to come.

 

hotalingThe October 30th Entomology Colloquium speaker will be Dr. Scott Hotaling, Postdoctoral Researcher in the WSU School of Biological Science.  His presentation is titled “Genetic Perspectives on Biodiversity in North American Alpine Streams.” For more info about Dr. Hotaling go to: For more information about Dr. Hotaling go to: https://labs.wsu.edu/genomes/people/lab-members/. The presentation begins at 2:10 PM in FSHN 354 (Entomology Classroom).  The AMS dial up number for all sites to dial for this event is 771155.

 

Thank you for participating in the search process for the new IPM tree fruit entomologist.  The web version of the evaluation forms can be found at the following link:

https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cNFTblqyg4jZXbT

Access to seminars recordings are available at https://experience.wsu.edu/Calendar/Calendar.aspx then navigating to the date of the seminar (2 for each candidate during the week of their visit listed below. Please complete one evaluation for each candidate:

1)      Lauren Diepenbrock (9th October)

2)      Tobin Northfield (16 October)

3)      Ikkei Shikano (23 October)

Please do not fill out an electronic form for a candidate that you’ve already filled out a paper ballot for.  If you could fill these forms out by Next Monday (30 October) it would be greatly appreciated.  Vince Jones, vpjones@wsu.edu

 

November 1 -31, 2017 is the open enrollment period for medical and dental plans.  This is the one time of the year you can make changes to, and enroll in certain benefits for the upcoming year. To see the medical insurance premium changes go to: https://www.hca.wa.gov/assets/pebb/50-626-2018.pdf. Wednesday, November 8th is the date for the Benefits Fair to be held in Pullman at the CUB. This will be your opportunity to talk with plan providers to help you make informed decisions about your health care benefits.  For other locations around the state go to page 6 of the attached October 2017 For Your Benefits publication.

 

Richard Zack was featured in a front page article on the Friday, October 27, 2017 edition of the WSU Daily Evergreen.  Also featured were Entomology Department graduate students Alix Whitener, Adrian Marshall and Josh Milnes and told of their experiences while on a field trip to Guatemala led by Dr. Zack.  See the attached Daily Evergreen article.   

Meet members of the WSU Honey Bees and Pollinators team, sample WSU Honey and receive a free honey stick – or two, one for you and one for your honey! Better yet, share with Dad! Learn about the WSU Honey Bee and Pollinator Research Facility, how WSU honey is produced and where the bees live during a tasting and open house noon-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center. The event coincides with WSU Dad’s Weekend and Cougars football game against the Stanford Cardinals Saturday in Martin Stadium. WSU Honey is available for purchase at the visitor center. Additional event details are available at visitor.wsu.edu, visitor@wsu.edu or 509-335-4636. More information about the WSU Honey Bees and Pollinators program can be found at bees.wsu.edu.

The Activity Insight Demonstration presented by the Provosts team for our units is now available for any WSU user to view at: https://experience.wsu.edu/Calendar/Calendar.aspx – navigate to 10/25/17, and select   AnSci, ENT, & SFS Activity Insight Demonstration

 

WSU Business Modernization Initiative Software Demonstration:

I’m excited to share some good news about the ongoing effort to modernize the way we work each day.

In response to the request for proposals (RFP) for new finance, payroll, and human resources software, two vendors, Oracle and Workday, have been invited to the WSU Pullman campus to give on-site software demonstrations to the WSU community. The demonstrations will help us evaluate which software can best meet the needs of the University. The demonstrations will be held in the CUB Auditorium on the WSU Pullman campus Monday through Thursday the weeks of November 6 and November 13. Live broadcasts to Everett, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver will be available. Current WSU employees will also have the option to view the demonstrations via live stream (sign on with WSU credentials required).

The demonstrations are divided into sessions based on topic and functionality to be discussed. Please visit the Modernization website to view the schedules, detailed descriptions of the objectives and functionalities for each session, and additional information. After the demonstrations, we encourage you to provide your feedback via an online survey available at: https://modernization.wsu.edu/.  While we recognize that specific topics and functionalities will interest specific users, we encourage all faculty and staff to attend the “Day in the Life of” sessions scheduled the mornings of November 6 (Oracle) and November 13 (Workday). These sessions—one for faculty members and principal investigators, and one for staff, administrators, and managers—are intended to allow the software vendors to provide a high level demonstration of how the software can help with the work performed here at WSU. Please feel free to email questions to modern.initiative@wsu.edu. We look forward to seeing you at the demonstrations in November! Best, Stacy

WSU Business Modernization Initiative:

Last month the University released the request for proposals (RFP) for new finance and human resources software. The software selected through this process will be instrumental in fulfilling the overarching goals of the modernization: The successful evaluation and selection of a new software platform is dependent on strong involvement and feedback from end users and subject matter experts across the University. We look forward to broad involvement from the University community throughout this process, including the on-site vendor demonstrations.
Save the Date:  Please plan to join us at the on-site demonstrations on the WSU Pullman campus the weeks of November 6 and November 13. Live broadcast to Everett, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver will also be available. Additional information, including location and demonstration schedules, will be shared with the WSU community in the coming weeks on the modernization website. The sessions will be cofacilitated by our independent consultants who specialize in software assessment and procurement. We invite all to attend and help us assess the software’s ability to meet University needs. Your ideas and feedback on the demonstrations will be collected through an online form, which will be reviewed by the software evaluation committee.  As a reminder, over the next few months the vendor community may become active in seeking insights and opinions from WSU employees regarding the initiative. To help avoid any confusion, delays, or process issues created by miscommunication, we request that all vendor inquiries associated with the modernization initiative and the software RFP, whether formal or informal, be referred to Eric Rogers, Director of Purchasing Services, who will route the inquiry appropriately.
Please feel free to email questions to modern.initiative@wsu.edu.

 

 

 

From: Johnson, Lisa:  FYI…This may be a great opportunity you would like to pass on to your “rockstar” students.

Subject: Glamour’s College Women of the Year Competition // Looking For Students to Apply!
I’m an editor at Glamour and am reaching out about our annual College Women of the Year competition, and would love for you to share this information with students. A little history about our franchise: Each year for the last 61 years, Glamour has been recognizing ten outstanding students: scientists, athletes, activists, businesswomen. The one thing they have in common, aside from being in college, is that they’re incredible at what they do. You can read about out the 2017 winners here. Some details about the competition: the deadline is November 1st. We’re looking for students with strong leadership skills, who excel in extracurricular activities or athletics, and give back to their community or campus in some way. Entrants could receive $10,000, connections with leaders in their field, and a profile in a future issue. Last year was incredibly special—we connected our winners with mentors at an intimate luncheon which included guests like Robin Roberts, Martha Stewart, and Katie Couric.  Here is the link to the application. Please let me know if you have any questions about it! Are there any outstanding students who come to mind that may be a good fit to apply? Thanks so much. Jessica Militare, Assistant Editor, GLAMOUR, 1 World Trade Center, 30th Floor,  New York, NY 10007

T: 212-286-2252                 jessica_militare@condenast.com | @ohheythisisjess

 

Immigration Roundtable:  Global Services will be offering an immigration round table to provide updates on current immigration and WSU policies impacting international students and scholars. This forum is designed for faculty and staff members who work with international students. This is a great place to learn more about the services provided by Global Services for international students and scholars, as well as to get your questions and concerns addressed. First there will be a short five-minute presentation about the International Center and the services and programming they offer.
After we will break into small groups and have International Student and Scholar Advisors provide updates on policies that impact international students and scholars, as well as answer questions from attendees.
We will also be seeking feedback and what our office can provide, in regards to programming and support, to help out other departments in their work with international students and scholars.

This session will be held Friday November 11th, 2017 between 3:30 and 5:00 pm in CUE 318.

Contact: Cody Tornow cody.tornow@wsu.edu

 

The Graduate School recently announced several scholarships and fellowship awards for outstanding graduate students. This is a rare opportunity to acknowledge excellence among the graduate cohort at WSU, and we are well aware that there are many extraordinary graduate students in CAHNRS.  Please review the 8 graduate student awards currently being offered by the Graduate School:

  1. The Richard and Constance M. Albrecht Scholarship: Open to all active doctoral students enrolled either full- or part-time during the fall 2018 semester, in good standing who have successfully passed their preliminary examination, and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students cannot receive this award more than once.
  2. Ann Chittenden Holland Master’s Thesis Award for Graduate Student Excellence: Open to all graduate students in good standing in STEM disciplines who have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA, have completed a WSU master’s thesis in the past year and are currently enrolled in a doctoral program at WSU.
  3. The Charles Allen Master’s Thesis Award: Open to all graduate students in good standing in the arts, humanities and social sciences who have completed a WSU master’s thesis in the past year and are currently enrolled in a doctoral program at WSU and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled either full- or part-time during the fall 2018 semester. Students cannot receive this award more than once.
  4. Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award: This is a fellowship, open to all doctoral students who have successfully passed their preliminary examination, and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time during the fall 2018 semester. Students cannot receive this award more than once. (Please note this award has a separate nomination process – additional details found here: https://afw.wsu.edu/awards/).
  5. Arnold and Julia Greenwell Memorial Scholarship for Social Sciences and Humanities: Open to all doctoral graduate students who are conducting research/scholarship in the social sciences or humanities and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time during the fall 2018 semester. Students cannot receive this award more than once.
  6. Anne and Russ Fuller Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research/Scholarship: This is a fellowship, open to all doctoral graduate students who are conducting interdisciplinary research/scholarship and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time during the fall 2018 semester.
  7. The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines: Open to all doctoral applicants to WSU in a STEM discipline.
  8. The Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowship: Open to all doctoral candidates in good standing with an approved dissertation proposal who have passed their preliminary exam and expect to complete and defend their dissertation during the nine-month period in which the award is offered. In addition, the candidate must be a legal Washington State resident, they must have enrolled full time prior to the fellowship period and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.

Full descriptions and eligibility requirements for each award are provided here:  https://gradschool.wsu.edu/scholarships-2016/   Please nominate deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office. CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 7, 2017.  Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline.  Nominees for The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office.

 

Prestigious Fellowships Workshops:  Applying for external fellowships and grants is an excellent way to fund your graduate education, and is also a professional development experience for many students who will be seeking academic career placement where grant funding is a necessity.  The Graduate School offers training to help students apply for a number of these prestigious fellowships. To read more about the fellowships and to register for the workshops go to: https://gradschool.wsu.edu/fellowships/ Be award that the deadline for most of the listed fellowships are in November and December.

 

 

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EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

 

  1. Biological Science Lab Tech, (APHIS, PPQ, S&T Labs) Dept. of Agriculture, Miami, FL
  2. Asst. Professor of Nematology, UC-Davis Dept of Entomology & Nematology), Davis, CA
  3. Postdoctoral Scholar, Williams Lab, UC-Davis
  4. Postdoc Research Scholar, North Caroline St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  5. Extension Associate 3 (spotted Laternfly), Penn State University, University Park, PA
  6. Environmental Associate, 2 positions, Kansas Dept of Ag., Kansas City, KS and Salina, KS
  7. Extension Educator, Ag & Nat Res, Univ.  of Illinois Extension, Urbana-Champaign, IL

 

 

 

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Important Dates and Deadlines:

The Graduate School’s Imagine Beyond Initiative is designed to help prepare our undergraduate students for graduate school. The next workshop will be on November 29, 2017 and is titled “Statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.”  The website is located at  https://gradschool.wsu.edu/imagine-beyondPlease forward to your students who may be interested in graduate school.  See the attached flyer for more info.

 

Save the date for the 2nd Annual Cyber-Security Awareness Summit on October 25, 2017.  This event is hosted by the WSU Information Technology Services. The Keynote Speaker will be Agnes Kirk, State of Washington chief Information Security Officer.  More details to come.

 

The GPSA is offering several events this semester and next spring semester as part of the Professional Development Initiative.  For a list of upcoming PDI events go to:  https://gradschool.wsu.edu/pdi/2017-2018-pdi-event-calendar/

 

Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO. Program Symposia and Workshop submissions are now open.  http://www.entsoc.org/events/annual-meeting.

 

Pesticide Registration Workshop on November 8, 2017 in Puyallup at the Allmendinger Center

 

November 1 -31, 2017 is the open enrollment period and is the one time of the year you can make changes to, and enroll in certain benefits for the upcoming year. To see the medical insurance premium changes go to: https://www.hca.wa.gov/assets/pebb/50-626-2018.pdf. Wednesday, October 8 is the date for the Benefits Fair to be held in the CUB.  This will be your opportunity to talk with plan providers to help you make informed decisions about your health care benefits.  For more details see the Open Enrollment attachment.