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August 3, 2015

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Graduate Student Tuition Payroll Deduction Plan:  Tuition & fees are due by the 1st day of classes, August 24, 2015. Take advantage of the easy payment plan and have your tuition and other fees deducted by Payroll Services for a nominal fee of $8.00.  Submit an online Graduate Payroll Deduction Authorization in myWSU (ZZusis) between 7/20/15 and 9/7/15. Follow procedures at this link:   The deadline to authorize payroll deduction is Sept. 7, 2015.  Unpaid account balances will begin accruing late fees on Sept. 8th.  See the attached flyers for more information. 

Congratulations to Ivan Milosavljevic who successfully passed his PhD exam on July 31, 2015.  Ivan was advised by Dave Crowder.

Help needed for lab course Entomology 103 this fall semester.  Dr. Zack needs help with this a one hour lab only course that will be taught in conjunction with Entomology 101.  At this time we have nine lab sections but only 2 teaching assistants.  He is hoping that we can find a few volunteers that would be willing to teach one of the lab sections a few hours each week.  It is a pretty simple course, and should be fun.  If you are looking for some student-contact teaching, please contact Dr. Zack ( 335-3394) as soon as possible.  The two primary teaching assistants for the course are Robert Zinna and Jennifer Finitzer so you might talk to them if you have an interest.

New Graduate Students: Registration for Graduate School Orientation (for August 18) is now open. Please go to this website to register:

We are planning our New Student Orientation on Friday August 28th at 11:00 AM in the Entomology conference room (164).  All new students need to attend.  Faculty, staff and current students should attend to introduce yourself and welcome our new students.  The Grad School has made some changes to their policies and procedures so it would be beneficial for all current students to attend so they are up-to-date.

The Graduate School is very pleased to announce scholarships available for graduate students for spring and fall 2016. Students must be nominated by the Dean of the college and meet the eligibility requirements of the scholarship for which they are nominated. Some scholarships include awards to several students, and range from $1,000 to $4,000 per year.  Information can be found at
Scholarships will be awarded on the strength of the required documentation, including areas such as leadership skills, research, quality of a master’s thesis, GPA and scholarly activities. Students may request nomination for any of the scholarships. We will send reminders as the nomination date nears, but in the meantime, please visit the scholarship website and begin making plans to nominate your students.

Effective this fall:  All official WSU email communication must be sent to students’ WSU email address, beginning on August 24 (the first day of fall 2015 classes). In myWSU (formerly zzusis), all students’ preferred email will be the WSU email ( It is important to remind students to check their WSU email often for news and updates regarding enrollment, registration, financial aid, housing, and other University information.  Please note the changes in login procedures and the enhanced technology features added over the summer:

  • Students’ Office 365 email login has changed from first.lastname to NIDusername
    – The word “email” has been dropped from the login.
    – Students’ email login is now the same as their login to myWSU.
  • Microsoft Office is available to enrolled students at no additional cost. They can download up to five copies at

For assistance accessing WSU email or more information about Office365, please contact CougTech at 509–335–4357 or visit  See attached for more information.

The Office of Research is continuing to encourage feedback, input, and seek broader institutional support for the recommendations from the 120–Day Research Study, including its five Grand Challenges. The 19 major recommendations from the 120–Day Research Study, which incorporate these Grand Challenges, create the framework for the WSU research agenda over the next five years.  On September 2, in the CUB Junior Ballroom West (CUB 212), an all–campus reception will be held from 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm. From 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, the second of several town hall–styled meetings will provide opportunity for face–to–face discussions and input about the WSU Grand Challenges. The Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, and the Faculty Senate are co–sponsoring the town hall meetings.  Input from the first town hall meeting on July 1 and comments received online are currently being incorporated into the 120–Day Research Study, with Version 1.0 accessible via MyResearch.  Please RSVP by emailing Town halls on the urban campuses will be arranged separately in the weeks ahead.  Please join us and encourage as many faculty, staff, and students who are available on September 2 to attend the second town hall meeting, and/or comment on the 120–Day Study online. Thank you for your engagement and support as we seek ongoing input and feedback.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact:

  • Christopher J. Keane, VP of Research, Professor of Physics, WSU Office of Research, 509-335-3574,
  • Dan Nordquist, AVP/Director, Office of Research/Office of Grant and Research Development, 509-335-7717,
  • Richard Zack, Professor of Entomology, WSU Faculty Senate Chair, 509-335-3394,

The CAHNRS Web Service Center is piloting fee-based webinar hosting and support services featuring GoToWebinar, to be offered in addition to Computing and Web Resources’ current Adobe Connect meeting/webinar services.  The GoToWebinar service available through the Web Service Center will include:

  • Set up of the webinar and a registration page
  • Set up of  webinar emails (advertising announcements before, and follow-up contact after)
  • Posting of final versions of any polls and survey questions before the webinar
  • Launching of poll(s) for clients
  • Live day-of-webinar support by a service center staffer for help with technical issues and questions
  • Posting of an announcement of the event to a new “Webinars and Trainings” page for WSU Extension, and posting of the recorded webinar to the CAHNRS YouTube channel
  • Delivery of GoToWebinar-generated reports to client

(Note: Services will not include building a PowerPoint presentation or writing content for marketing materials and emails.)

GoToWebinar Details:

  • GoToWebinar handles up to 100 attendees
  • 1-Hour Webinar comes with 30 minutes of set up (scheduling, email host and attendees webinar links to client, input poll, and survey questions)
  • The service center can only host one webinar at a given time. We will post scheduled webinars on a public calendar
  • Attendees can join a webinar by using either computer audio or telephone connections
  • Note: Telephone attendees will incur long distance charges
  • GoToWebinar can record both computer audio and telephone connections
  • Presenters share their own computer screen to display their PowerPoint presentation

Fee: $75 per scheduled webinar hour.  An additional $25 fee will be charged for webinars taking place on weekends.  To request this webinar service, go to:  Please check our online calendar before requesting your webinar:  For more information, contact the CAHNRS Web Service Center by email:<>, or phone (509) 335-9844.

Don Pierce, Web Development, CAHNRS Communications,<>

(509) 335-8292


Reasonable accommodation syllabus statement

Notifying students with disabilities about reasonable accommodations is an important part of WSU’s compliance with the ADA. Please include the following statement in your syllabus:

Pullman Campus Syllabus Statement: Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please visit the Access Center to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor. All accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center. Location: Washington Building 217; Phone: 509-335-3417.

WSU Global Campus Syllabus Statement: Reasonable accommodations are available in online classes for students with a documented disability. All accommodations must be approved through your WSU Disability Services office. If you have a disability and need accommodations, we recommend you begin the process as soon as possible.  For more information contact a Disability Specialist at 509-335-3417,

Please make sure that this statement is on all of your course syllabi.  DLB


EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Director of Research-Insects, Aspire Co., Austin TX
  2. Entomology Unit Head, Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  3. Assistant Curator, Texas A & M Univ., Insect Collection, College Station, TX
  4. Assistant Professor – Insect Pollination & Apiculture, Auburn Univ., Auburn, AL
  5. Extension Agent – IPM, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Hillsboro, TX
  6. Insect Toxicologist, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE
  7. Assistant Professor, Integrative Arthropod Biology, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD
  8. Postdoc Res. Assoc., Department of Entomology, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS
  9. Postdoc Research Entomologist, USDA/ARS, Parlier, CA


New Graduate Students: Registration for Graduate School Orientation (for August 18) is now open. Please go to this website to register:

Celebrating the Life of Elson S. Floyd, PhD

Please join us in celebrating the life and legacy of one of Washington State’s greatest leaders for higher education and a nationally respected voice for higher education access and affordability, the late Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd.  The service will begin at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 26, 2015, in Beasley Coliseum on WSU’s Pullman campus.

2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL.  Website: