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January 18, 2016

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The first Entomology Spring 2016 Colloquium presentation will be on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, in FSHN 354 at 12:10-1:00.  Our first speaker will be Dr. Allan Felsot.  The presentation is titled “My Biased Presentation to Update Everyone on the Bees and Pesticide Issues.”  Dr. Felsot is a faculty member in the WSU Entomology and Environmental Toxicology Departments, and is Interim Academic Director and Graduate Coordinator at the Tricities Campus.  For more info about Dr. Felsot go to:    The AMS dial # 5704020.

100th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Branch ESA will be in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 3-6, 2016.  The theme for this year’s meeting is “Science for the Next Century.”  Early-Bird registration rates are in effect through Monday, February 15, 2016.  Book online to get the ESA-PB discounted rate.  Discounted room rates are available for online.  For more info go to:

A reminder of the call for abstracts to Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Undergraduate Students for the WSU Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibition (formerly known as Wiley Expo) has gone outAbstracts of up to 250 words are due no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, January 25, 2016. The 2016 Showcase will be on Friday, March 25th. For more info go to: and click on the left sidebar.

Employee Sick leave cash out:  Each January, employees with accrued sick leave balances may exchange sick leave for cash. Employees whose year-end sick leave balance exceeds 480 hours may convert sick leave hours earned in the previous calendar year, minus those used during the year, to monetary compensation. No sick leave hours may be converted which would reduce the calendar year-end balance below 480 hours. Monetary compensation for converted hours is paid at the rate of 25 percent and is based on the employee’s current salary. All converted hours are deducted from the employee’s sick leave balance. Teaching and research faculty are not eligible. Civil Service employees and AP employees are eligible. Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements should refer to the appropriate agreement for eligibility information. Eligible employees should submit completed time/leave reports to their employing department. The processing deadline for payment is Jan. 25. Contact HRS at 335-4521 or Payroll Services at 335-9575.  Additional details in Business Policies and Procedures illustrating how reports should be completed:
                                For more info contact Alice Smethurst

The North Central Washington Beekeeper’s Association in Wenatchee is organizing a day-long meeting for talks and poster presentations. They are interested in honey bee research, native bee projects, non-bee pollinator work, or research that would have an impact on bees and other pollinators.

If you are interested in presenting either a 15-min talk or a poster in the poster session, please let me know!

Potential dates:  June 18 or July 9 – let me know your preference

Event starts at 10am with talks throughout the day, a poster lunch/social session in between, and a hosted dinner in the evening.


  • NCWBA will pay for a WSU car rental for transportation between Pullman and Wenatchee, and other travel costs if you are doing research elsewhere in Washington State
  • All meals – there will be a catered lunch at the meeting, and a BBQ (with veggie options) the evening of the event. Breakfast will be provided
  • Overnight stay – you will be hosted at my parent’s or another beekeeper’s home – those that attended Rebecca’s wedding, don’t worry, there are beds and you don’t have to tent camp 😉 (unless you really want to!)

This is a fun opportunity to present your research to the general public and also considered an invited talk on your CV.  If you are interested, please let me know your date preference and talk/poster preference. We’d like to put together an abstract book about 3 weeks before the event (300 word max). If you have questions contact Alix Whitener at or 509-663-8181 ext. 237

Graduate Grant Writing Workshop

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Link to Sign-Up:

Learn the basics of competitive grant writing!

Identify Funding Opportunities

Typical Components of a Proposal

Organizational Strategies

Practice and receive feedback on your proposal writing style

From the Grad School for students who plan to graduate this Spring 2016:

See Deadlines:

  • Master’s degree students:
  • Doctoral students:
  • and
  • (for thesis/dissertation students)
  • APPLY FOR DEGREE [to graduate]:  Go to  and complete all steps listed.
  • APPLYING for a Graduate Certificate?  Go to
  • If you have previously applied, but will not graduate in the semester for which you had applied for degree, you will need to re-apply/UPDATE your graduation semester.  Please contact the Graduate School at: and include your name, WSU ID# and the semester for which you do plan to graduate so we can assist you in updating your Application.
  • SPRING 2016 graduates – deadline to Apply for Graduate Degree (without late fee) is Friday, March 4, 2016.  If you are defending before March 4th, you must Apply for Degree at least 10 working days before your exam.


  • Spring 2016 graduates must successfully defend/pass their final exam on or before: April 22, 2016 (all completed ballot materials must be rec’d by 4/29/2016)

Graduation Check List:

You must have an approved program of study on file with the graduate school before proceeding with this checklist. You may verify your Program of Study submission date and approval by contacting the academic coordinator from your department. Approval Date:

To be done the semester in which you are planning to graduate:

  • Enroll in 2 credits of research (700, 702, or 800)
  • Apply for degree ( )
  • Scheduling form submitted 10 working days prior to your exam/defense; if you are re-taking your exam, your Scheduling form must be submitted 15 working days prior to exam date.
  • If Master’s thesis: submit draft to
  • If Doctoral Dissertation: submit draft to
  • Final submissions for thesis/dissertations/ and all final documents are due:  5 working days following a successful defense.

Please refer to the deadlines and procedures information (links provided above) for the specific dates and requirements for the above mentioned checklist. All Graduate School forms can be found at:  Note: Students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program should check with their program advisor for graduation requirements. A few forms are currently being updated, but the links provided above should remain the same.  If you have difficulty in locating a particular form, please contact the Graduate School.

Message from the Bookie: Career Now Supports Student Success

Faculty remain the strongest ally students have for successful academic outcomes, but they are also viewed as key relationships for student career development. Faculty are the number two influencers on student career choice. Students look to faculty as a resource, with the knowledge to help mentor and guide students through their career decision-making process. We also know from insights gathered from our Faculty POV panel that the greatest challenges faculty face today are lack of time and resources – leaving one-on-one career support to every student extremely difficult. To help foster student success on campus, we’ve developed the Career Now: Student Career Toolkit, a resource full of innovative and creative tools to equip students with a variety of career options. The toolkit can assist students in their career exploration, goal setting and personal brand. To further prepare students for their post-graduate career plans, we created a Career section on our student blog, The College Juice, the destination for monthly posts featuring insights on the career road map as well as interviews with professionals from a variety of fields. To learn more about our Career Now program and the resources we offer to faculty, view our Supporting Student Success – Career Now webcast. If you would like more information about what your campus bookstore is doing to support you and your students, contact your bookstore manager and read the following related articles. NRF Student Program Prepares Millennials for Careers in Retail

Rethinking a New Career Roadmap for Millennials

New Year, Fresh Juice

Faculty-led Workshop: Writing for Gen. 1.5
Graduate students are invited to join in on a series of workshops designed for teaching and instruction. Offered by the WSU Teaching Academy and Global Campus, these workshop topics present a wide range of relevant topics:

  • January 28: Heritage Speakers: Writing and Perceptions of Under-preparedness;
  • February 11: Mind Mapping
  • March 8: Flipping the Classroom: Lessons Learned
  • March 29: First-generation Students on the College Campus
  • April 21: Establishing a Culture of Academic Integrity

The workshops are free and refreshments provided. Sign up for the sessions held in CUE 518, or the live streamed session. Register for any of the tutorials >> more here.

Calling for Student Volunteers

The Coordinated Community Response Team is looking for student volunteers to form a subcommittee. If you know of someone interested in the issues of sex and gender-based violence on campus, you can nominate them by emailing Nikki Finnestead at with a one-page explanation.



WSU’s deadline for faculty to enter data into WORQS is January 8, 2016

GPSA Fall 2015 Travel Grant applications open January 12, 2016.
Applicants must have traveled between August 31, 2015 and January 17, 2016 to be eligible. For more info go to:

CAHNRS Student Senate is excited to announce the call for nomination packets for the CAHNRS Superior Club of the Year Award for 2015-2016. Please visit the following link for more information on how CAHNRS clubs can apply: Packets are due to Alanna Ellis (<>) by January 23, 2016.

The call for abstracts to Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Undergraduate Students for the WSU Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibition (formerly known as Wiley Expo) has gone outAbstracts of up to 250 words are due no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, January 25, 2016. The 2016 Showcase will be on Friday, March 25th. For more info go to: and click on the left sidebar.

The Graduate School has announced the 6th Annual Global Case Competition.  This competition brings student’s together to develop innovative interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues facing each of us in today’s world.  Registration opens February 1, 2016.  Teams of 4 to 6 students work together under a strict timeline to develop an innovative solution to the selected case. Judging the solution occurs in 2 stages. Teams present their solutions in a 2-page written solution. Expert judges evaluate each solution and the top-5 teams are selected as finalists. Each of the finalist teams presents a solution in a public forum. Judges hear each solution and pose questions to the respective teams before selecting a winner. To learn about GCC visit this webpage:

The Career Expo is right around the corner on February 2, 2016 at Beasley Coliseum, 10 AM – 3 PM.

The 2016 International Research Travel Award Request for Proposals is now online at  All proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2016.

The Association for Faculty Women (AFW) invites faculty nominations for three awards: AFW’s Harriett B. Rigas award (presented to an outstanding doctoral candidate), the AFW Founders Award (presented to an outstanding master’s student). We will accept nominations starting now through February 12th.  The final application packets are due February 19th.


The Washington State University, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Presents: Three Minute Thesis Competition. Proposal Deadline is Friday, February 19th.  For more information about how you can get involved in this opportunity visit this website at:

*March 1, 2016 will be the deadline for our 2016 Research scholarship applications: “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.

ESA Pacific Branch meetings are April 3-6, 2016 in Honolulu, HI at the Pacific Beach Hotel.

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