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August 24, 2015

Posted by | August 28, 2015




Thank you to everyone who participated during the fire drill.  Our building had one of the best times on campus.

This is a reminder that the website is still open for graduate students on assistantships to sign up for payroll deduction of their residual tuition and mandatory fees for the fall, for the spring, or for both semesters before September 7th.

  1. To sign up: Logon to MyWSU with network ID and password
  2. Click on Main Menu at the top left of the page.
  3. Click on HR, Payroll & Benefits
  4. Click on Payroll Information (Note: the Payroll Information choice is only available to them if they are set up as an employee in the system.  Please make sure they are set up.)
  5. The Graduate Deduction should be available. Select and click to proceed.

We are planning our New Student Orientation for Friday September 4th at 12:00 PM.  It will be 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.

We are also planning a Welcome Back BBQ at Sunnyside Park on Friday Sept. 11.  More details to come.

Our first seminar this semester will be on Wednesday Sept. 2 and will be given by Dr. Mark Fisher, visiting from WSU-Vancouver.  His talk is titled:  “The roles of genetic diversity and SinV-2 viral infection in fitness of the invasive fire ant Solenopsis invicta“. If you are interested in meeting with him during his stay, please contact Amy Worthington ( with the times that you are available during his schedule which is attached.  Seminars are each Wednesday at noon in FSHN 354 and the AMS dial # is 5709215.    

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department August 2015 grant awardees:

  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of a $10,000 Grant from the Oregon State Cherry Commission (8/12/2015)
  • Carol Black is the recipient of  $137,095 grant from The Coeur d’Alene Tribal Services (8/25/2015)
  • John Stark is the recipient of a $105,297 grant from the Russell Family Foundation/Greater Tacoma Comm. (8/11/2015)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $34,000  grant from the WA Alfalfa Seed Commission (8/5/2014)

From CougSync Connect: Campus & Community Involvement Fair will be on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Library Road outside of Bryan Hall, Student Involvement and the Center for Civic Engagement will host a joint involvement fair to promote the wide variety of ways students can get involved on campus and in the community. This action-packed event is a great way to learn how you can get involved in local organizations and student groups, enjoy some free food and entertainment, and complete an on-campus service project. Visit to learn more about this event. We hope to see you at CougSync Connect!

Faculty – Changes to Access Center testing procedures

The new testing changes simplify and streamline previous procedures.  If you should have questions or concerns please contact the Access Center Proctoring Office at access

  • Online Exam Request form
    Eligible students with exams to be proctored at the Access Center will submit an Online Exam Request Form, for each exam, no less than seven days before the in-class exam.  Once submitted, the form generates email notifications to the instructor and the Access Center of student intent to complete the exam at the Access Center. If instructor will be proctoring the student’s exam or within their department then no Online Exam Request Form is needed. Please note:  Instructors proctoring their own exam(s) for eligible students must provide all testing accommodations listed on the Accommodation Form.  Contact the Access Center for additional information or assistance, if needed.
  • Alternate Exam Date/Time Approval Form
    All students are expected to begin their exams at the same time as the in-class exam.  However, there will be exceptions. In these situations the student will meet with instructor to obtain signed approval on the Alternate Exam Date/Time Approval Form. A receipt will be emailed to the instructor once the student has returned the form to the Access Center.
  • Faculty Proctoring Instruction Form
    A new Faculty Proctoring Instruction Form is available at on the right-hand side of the page under “Quick Links”. A Proctoring Instruction Form needs to accompany all exams sent or delivered to the Access Center.
  • Completed Exam Return Option
    The option to have completed exams scanned then emailed to instructors has been reinstated.  This completed exam return option has no page limit and does not exclude final exams. If you would like the Proctoring Office to password protect the scanned exam document before it is emailed please contact Teresa Davi, Alternative Testing Services Coordinator at



  1. Postdoctoral Position (Vector-Parasite Ecology), Penn State, St. College, PA
  2. Assistant Professor – Aquatic Toxicology, WSU-Puyallup, Puyallup,WA
  3. Research Support/Associate, Trop Agr & Hum Res, Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  4. Wildlife Biologist, US Dept of Interior, National Park Service, Homestead, FL
  5. Research Project Assistsant, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ
  6. Extension Program Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife, Rosenberg, TX



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

Registration is now open for the Fall Pullman Graduate Grant Writing Workshop on Saturday, October 3rd from 9:00-5:00PM. Registration fees are due by September 25th before 3:00PM. Anybody interested in applying to one of the New Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowships should sign up for the New Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshop on Saturday, September 12th from 9:00-1:00PM. Contact with any questions.

CAHNRS Fall Festival is on Sept. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Spillman Plaza (next to Hulbert and Clark Halls). We have created what we hope is a “bigger and even better” event intended to bring the CAHNRS community together to celebrate the beginning of the academic year.  There will be 6 $500 scholarships for Undergrads (3) and  Grad Students (3) who participate in the Q&A game, free bbq and ice cream, and CAHNRS student organization displays.

WSU Students: New email policy at WSU this Fall: All official WSU email communication must be sent to students’ WSU email address beginning August 24th. All students should check their WSU email often for news and updates from the University. Emails have changed from to For any questions about the new changes contact CougTech at 509-335-4357 or