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January 12, 2018

Posted by | January 30, 2018

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.

Grants and Awards

Congratulations to the 2017/18 Entomology Travel Scholarship recipients:

Dane Elmquist:     Hastings Early Career Travel Award Recipient

Jessa Thurman:     Telford Early Career Travel Award Recipient

Matthew Jones:    Tamaki Late Career Travel Award Recipient



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.

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.

Mark your calendar for the next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM.  The AMS dial number is 772302.

University Announcements

WSU Showcase call for Abstracts – Celebrating How new ideas change THE WORLD:  Leverage the power of your ideas by sharing them with WSU colleagues at the 2018 Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibitions. Sharing them with WSU colleagues at the 2018 Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibitions.  SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT of up to 250 words and your contact information no later than Monday, January 22.  Detailed information about Academic Showcase, the GPSA Research Exhibition, and Abstract submission guidelines can be found Academic Showcase, the GPSA Research Exhibition, and Abstract Submission Guidelines  can be found online. Academic Showcase and the GPSA Research Exhibition are celebrations of original scholarship, research, and creative expression by members of the WSU community and will be held Thursday, March 29, 2018, at WSU Pullman.

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.

Beginning February 1st, CAHNRS will transition from the current hourly time keeping system of Timekeeper, to a centrally managed tool called Cougar Manager.  This change is precipitated by a confluence of events, which includes:

·   Washington State Initiative 1433 now prescribes the accrual of sick leave for hourly employees, necessitating changes to how hours worked are reported.

·   Flash, the technology on which the CAHNRS Timekeeper web interface was built, is being phased out of the market and will be increasingly cumbersome to enable and use for employees and supervisors.

·   Migrating to Cougar Manager will better position CAHNRS for the adoption of the new ERP.

The impact of this transition is on hourly employees, their supervisors, and the CAHNRS Business Center.  Hourly employees will have a new web interface to record their hours worked, and supervisors will have a new web interface to approve the hours worked.  One benefit of this migration is that the interface for recording and approving leave will be accessible on mobile devices, which should better facilitate approvals for busy supervisors. I will send out a follow up communication this Friday (1/5/17) with additional instructions and dates for training seminars, including online videos that you can watch on your schedule.  In the mean-time continue to use Timekeeper as normal. Bill Bonner, Operations & IT, Washington State University, College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.

Reminder: Announcements moving to WSU Insider on Monday: Brenda Campbell The formal migration of the daily Announcements service to the WSU Insider begins Monday, Jan. 8. Those who have signed up for the daily Announcements email also will begin receiving the WSU Insider email. Then, at the end of a two-week transition phase, the daily Announcements service will be discontinued, replaced with the WSU Insider.  That migration is expected to be complete on Jan. 22. The new WSU Insider is an online news and information source for faculty and staff. It provides a more comprehensive focus on WSU-related news, events and opportunities for employees throughout the University system and has been in beta testing since October. The new website is formally launching Monday. It features fresh postings each morning and is updated as needed throughout the day. It also will include a daily email option similar to the Announcements service for those who want news and other information delivered directly to their inboxes.  Meanwhile, the process for submitting Announcement-style notices for publication will remain largely unchanged during this phase but updates are planned for later.
The Motor Pool reminds Departments to schedule emissions tests and annual inspections for WSU department-owned vehicles. Emissions tests are required for all 1991 to 2009 WSU vehicles.  Annual inspections need to be done on all university-owned vehicles. Contact Chad Hansen at 335-9091,; or Brad Hill at 335-9320,


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

The Office of the Provost is pleased to invite you to participate in a workshop on Strategic Campaign Planning Using the Student Success Collaborative Campus Tool.  This workshop, on Jan. 18 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in CUE 518 and over AMS, will help users of the tool identify targeted campaign priorities, build a strategic, sustainable, long-term campaign plan, and understand Progress Reports to inform campaign planning. The Student Success Collaborative Campus is a predictive analytics advising system that WSU has adopted to help advisors guide students to success. If you have questions, please contact Erica Austin at You are key to students’ success at Washington State University, and we appreciate all you do on their behalf. We hope you will be able to join us.  Erica Austin, Vice provost for Academic Affairs.

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

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:

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.       Entomology Postdoc, Texas A&M, Dept of Entomology, College Station, TX

2.       Assistant Professor, Insect Vector Borne Plant Diseases, Auburn Univ, Auburn, AL

3.       Regional Agriculture Business Specialist and County Prog Director, Univ of Missouri, St. Louis, MO

4.       Plant Diagnostic and Integrated Management Associate-Extension, West Virginia Corporation, Morgantown, WV

5.       Post Doc Fellow, Kansas State Univ, Manhattan, KS

6.       Assistant Director Western Plant Diagnostic Network, UC-Davis, Davis, CA

7.       Agriculture Research Station Manager, Pacific Ag Research, Salinas, CA

8.       Biologist II/Entomology Option, Dept of Alabama Public Health, Montgomery, AL

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Nominees for The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to Alanna Ellis ( in the Academic Programs Office.  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.  See previous newsletters for list of scholarships.

Detailed information about Academic Showcase, the GPSA Research Exhibition, and Abstract Submission Guidelines can be found online. Academic Showcase and the GPSA Research Exhibition are celebrations of original scholarship, research, and creative expression by members of the WSU community and will be held Thursday, March 29, 2018, at WSU Pullman.

Meetings: Regional, National, International

Pacific Branch ESA meeting in Reno, NV, June 10-13, 2018.

Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch Annual Meeting is in Vancouver, BC, Nov 11-15, 2018