Seminars and Colloquium

APAC’s Spring Professional Development Seminars: The professional development seminars offer a range of training opportunities for WSU staff and faculty. We encourage you to attend.
Please click on the event links below to register.

·         February 6    1:00–2:30 PM                   The Language of Appreciation –  Jaime Green, Director of Faculty Talent &   Recognition, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

·         February 16  10:00 AM –12:00 PM     Coaching’s Role in Student Success – Michael Heim, SSC Technology Coordinator, Academic Success and Career Center

·         March 7        3:30–5:00 PM                   Individual Problem-Solving: Hurdles and Strategies  -Dr. Craig Parks, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President

·         March 21     10:30 AM.–12:00 PM      Our Responsibility as Career Developer Facilitators – James Bledsoe, Senior Career Coach, Academic Success and Career Center

·         May 2            3:30–5:00 PM                     Proven Keys to Career Building & Recovering from Self Inflicted Wounds,  Mike Worthy, Regent, Washington State University

·         May 17                         TBA Servant       Leadership – Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

AMS sites will be scheduled.  Sponsored by the Office of the President.

This spring, colloquium will be Mondays at noon, with the time change due to a conflict with our teaching program. There were a few late-semester cancellations that I’m working to fill, but the first half of the schedule is pasted below. I hope to have a complete schedule with talk titles posted next week. The first speaker will be Bev Gerdeman on January 22 (Jan 15 is a university holiday, MLK Day), followed by Laura Lavine and then Betsy Beers. Those first three talks are part of our plan to have several Entomology faculty give seminars each semester, with the goal of having all faculty give a presentation during the typical period a PhD student is in the department. If any students would like to take advantage of one of the open dates at the end of the schedule, please get in touch with me. AMS dial number is 772402 and will be the same for all future presentations.   The Catts speaker is Rufus Isaacs from Michigan State, and he will visit with us the week of April 16.  I’m meeting with Ed Lewis today to see if it will work to do a joint Catts event with U Idaho.

CAHNRS Announcments

CAHNRS Student Senate is excited to announce the call for nomination packets for the CAHNRS Superior Club of the Year Award for 2017-2018. Please visit the following link for more information on how CAHNRS clubs can apply:  Packets are due to Alanna Ellis ( by February 1, 2018.


For ALL CAHNRS Teaching Assistants. Growth Mindset can support students’ persistence, resilience, and focus. Learn strategies for grading students’ work efficiently and effectively while also investing in your professional development as a TA. Through this short 2-hour workshop you will gain tools and skills to motivate students as you learn about expanding perspective to increase motivation, innovation, and productivity in your students and yourself.


• Constructive feedback tips and tricks

• Knowledge and application of growth mindset

• Practice communicating growth mindset

Registration:  To register go to Coffee and donuts will be provided.  See that attachment for more info.  This training will be on January 22 & 25, 2018, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM in the Honors Hall Lounge and is open to all teaching assistants.

University Announcements

Academic Media Services has made some major changes to their website.  The links for scheduling an AMS videoconference are:

Once there on the right sidebar click on the Videoconference Meeting Request form link. The appearance of this form has no notable changes.  To see the calendar of events go to:

The January Professional Development Initiative events are:

22     Financial Literacy Series: Taxes  Michell Jaworski, Office of the Dean of Students

23     Women in Film, Literature, and the Arts Discussion Series: Dear Committee Members by Julia Schumacher  Discussion by Lauralea Edwards, Association for Faculty Women member

30     Parts of a Paper Series: Methods and Results  Elitza Kotzeva, Graduate and Professional Writing Center

The Professional Development Initiative (PDI) provides a range of programs, training opportunities, and resources to graduate and professional students that will help prepare them for academic and career success.  See the attachment for the complete list of spring 2018 events.

Plan to attend these upcoming Blackboard training opportunities for faculty and instructors.

Blackboard Learn Tests & Quizzes: Jan. 23—1 p.m. in Spark 102 Feb. 15—9 a.m. Webinar

Online quizzes and exams can help faculty be more efficient and save time, especially in larger classes. Join us for this review of Blackboard’s full array of powerful question formats. We’ll explain setting options that allow you to precisely control and manage delivery of online assessments, as well as demonstrate importing questions from other sources and building question banks. Register for trainings through Skillsoft. The sessions are listed under Quick Links/Instructor Led Training. Course descriptions are available on the AOI Training and Tutorials page. For more information, contact Bradley Clark, Emerging Academic Technology Specialist with Academic Outreach & Innovation (AOI) at


The University’s emergency communications alert program encompasses a robust system of assorted communication pathways including in-person contact, e-mail, phone and text messaging, an outdoor warning siren system, local alarm systems and social media. This letter is to familiarize you with the WSU Alert System and to encourage you to learn more about this system and enroll to receive emergency communications through WSU. To sign up, go to and enter your contact information under “Pullman Emergency Information.”  For more info see the attachment.

Inclement Weather Notice:  When it is determined that public safety, health, or property is jeopardized due to emergency conditions, WSU may elect to suspend operations in accordance with the University’s suspended operations procedure. A course is being offered that highlights the information especially pertinent to employees when operations are suspended. It is important to register in advance.  It is important to register in advance. To do so, click here

The 2017-2018 WSU Annual Security and Fire Report is now available on line at

For Graduate Students

There was an article about the WSU Honey Bee program in the 2017-2018 edition of the WSU Visitor’s Magazine featuring Brandon Hopkins, Walter S. Sheppard and beekeeper Eric Olsen.  A copy of the article is attached.  A hard copy of the magazine is available at the Brelsford Visitor’s Center.

Are you looking to recruit excellent scholars to your graduate program for Fall 2018? Consider nominating students for the Graduate School’s Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS), which are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from underrepresented/underserved communities and to increase graduate student diversity in our degree programs and Washington State University. Applications for RADS are due Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at Noon.  As an additional incentive, the Campus Visitation Program provides RADS nominees with a unique opportunity to visit WSU and meet with departments and communities on campus. The Campus Visitation Program has served as a powerful recruiting incentive for prospective WSU graduate students. Only students, who are nominated for RADS and have been admitted by the prospective department, will be eligible to participate in the Campus Visitation Program.  The campus visit will take place on the Pullman campus, March 4th- 7th, 2018.

Please Note:

·         Nominations for the RADS and Campus Visit use the same form

·         Please limit nominations to a maximum of 3 per Program

For more information about guidelines and eligibility, and the RADS/ Campus Visitation Program nomination form, please visit our website:  and feel free to send questions to


Call for Nominations:
The Association for Faculty Women’s Outstanding Graduate Student Awards (nomination deadline February 27) recognizes the academic achievements and professional potential of WSU’s graduate students. Nominees need no affiliation with the AFW to be nominated, and women or men may be nominated.  The AFW Founders Award is presented to an outstanding Masters student. The Harriett B. Rigas Award is presented to an outstanding PhD student. The Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award is awarded in conjunction with the Graduate School, and is open to all doctoral candidates. See ‘Awards for Graduate Students’ at for more information, nomination instructions, and the nomination form.

2018 Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus:  Nominations are being sought for the 2018 Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award.  This award, first presented in 1962, is the highest honor bestowed upon a Washington State University alumnus.  The Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award honors alumni who shall have made a truly distinguished contribution to society, or who, through personal achievement, shall have brought distinction to Washington State University. The recipient will be selected by the WSU Board of Regents based on a review of nominations and the recommendations of the Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award Committee. The committee does not consider nominations of individuals currently holding public/political office. Posthumous nominations are not considered. For more information, download the nomination form, or to submit the form online visit  The nomination process will be open through February 1.

Employment Opportunities

  1. Pesticide Bureau Program Planner 3, Iowa Dept of Ag & Land Stewardship, state of Iowa
  2. Research Technologist, Penn State , University Park, PA
  3. Research Technologist II, Michigan State University, East Lansing, PA
  4. Forest Ecologist, Dept of the Interior, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Anada, MO
  5. Postdoctoral Scholar (Vector Biology Postdoc), Penn State Univ, University Park, PA
  6. Head of Research and Development, Flagship Pioneering, Cambridge, MA
  7. Postdoctoral Research Associate-Biology-Bee Health and Ecology, Univ of Mass Amherst, Amherst, MA
  8. Principal Entomolgist, Ecolab, Eagan, MN
  9. Exten Assistant Professor-Turf & Managed Landscapes Entomology, Univ of Mass, Amherst