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Anantharaman Kalyanaraman and his team’s work was featured in The Daily Evergreen.

Jake Leachman was interviewed by Bloomberg for their story on hydrogen’s future in the aerospace industry.


University Recreation is offering FREE Online Fitness Classes through December 13.

Wednesday, December 9 @ 8:10 AM

Learning management system training: Blackboard Learn Grade Center:
We’ll explain different setup options, show how to grade and comment on student work, and demonstrate how to use the electronic rubric.

Wednesday, December 9 @ 12:10 PM

Faculty-Led Workshop: Meeting your students where they are – Finding solutions and building community worldwide:
Finding solutions and supporting your students is paramount during this time, especially for culturally and linguistically diverse students including international students who may be learning virtually from different corners of the world.

Thursday, December 10 @ 9:10 AM

Learning management system training: Canvas Gradebook:
In this training we will explain different setup, filtering and communication options.

Friday, December 11 @ 3:10 PM

Learning management system training: Canvas Getting Started:
WSU is moving from Blackboard to Canvas and we are here to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Share Your Events

Add your events to the WSU online calendar to share with students, staff, and faculty.


Zoom Recordings Older Than 6 months to be Deleted Dec. 8

Beginning Tuesday, December 8, 2020, WSU Zoom recordings stored in the cloud will be automatically deleted 6 months after the date of their creation. Additionally, recordings that are 6 months old or older will be automatically deleted at this time.

By Dec. 9: WSU-hosted Zoom Meetings Must Have Up-to-Date Software

Beginning Wednesday, December 9, 2020, all Zoom accounts joining WSU-hosted Zoom meetings will be required to have the most up-to-date version of the software (desktop, mobile, etc.). This will include external users and affiliates attending WSU-hosted meetings.

Users who haven’t already updated their Zoom software to the most recent version are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Clients older than two revisions will be required to update before being able to join a WSU-hosted meeting. For most users, this update should take no longer than 2 minutes.

To learn more about updating your Zoom software, please visit this self-help article from the WSU Zoom support team.

For technical assistance, please contact: Crimson Service Desk online, by phone at (509) 335-4357, or via email.

Workday Training: Complete by Dec. 11

Training is available to all WSU employees to help prepare for the switch to Workday. The Modernization Initiative recommends employees complete their review of these training essentials prior to December 11, 2020. Here are answers to the top questions asked about Workday training.

Dec. 16 Workday Checklist

Go to workday.wsu.edu and sign in with your Network ID (NID) and password.

Overtime eligible employees: enter your time worked in Workday, starting with the beginning of the week (December 13). It’s okay to duplicate what’s on your paper time report for December 1-15.

Check your time off balances. Something not right? Go to support.workday.wsu.edu, choose “Human Resource Services,” and then fill out the form for “Leave Balances or Leave Accrual is incorrect.”

Review the items listed in the Workday: First 30 Days Employee Guide, especially regarding personal information, payment elections, and tax elections.

Questions? Get answers through the self-help knowledge base and service desk at support.workday.wsu.edu

Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest

It’s that time of year again! Send us a photo of your ugly holiday sweater by Dec. 15. The ugliest sweaters as voted by our Instagram followers and VCEA judges win a Voiland College t-shirt!

Canvas Starts Spring 2021

With full access to the Canvas pilot, all WSU instructors have the option to migrate their Blackboard courses over to the new Learning Management Software (LMS) for the upcoming spring semester, which they can do by contacting their department’s course scheduler or campus scheduler. Faculty and staff will also soon be able to request a “sandbox” course. Visit WSU Insider or AOI to learn more and sign up for Canvas training.

Graduate Job Placement “Tip Line”

Voiland College Career Services has a “tip line” to help track student & graduate placement! If you know of an upcoming or recent graduate who accepted a job, is heading to graduate school, or has other post-graduation plans- let us know! Please send student name, company/grad school, job title & any other known information to: vcea.jobs@wsu.edu.

Research Funding and Awards

Visit Voiland College’s website or The Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships for lists of some of the national major research funding opportunities. Here are a few upcoming opportunities:

Many funding opportunities from government agencies and private foundations. Search for funding on Pivot using the institutional access login.

Office of Research Guidance

The Office of Research posts all guidance for on-site research, scholarship, and creative activities during the Covid-19 pandemic on their website.

Crimson Spirit Award

Have you noticed a WSU employee going out of their way to help a colleague or customer? Nominate them for the Crimson Spirit award to recognize their excellent service. Submit a nomination.

Graduate Student Opportunities

Opportunities for VCEA graduate students.

Be Safe Cougs

Caring for Self, Caring for Others – Resources

Self care is more important than ever. Caring for others adds an additional layer of complexity, but self care continues to remain paramount. Please use these resources to help you on your self-care journey.

Cougar Card Replacement

WSU Cougar Card readers on the exterior of the PACCAR, Sloan, Dana, ETRL, and EE/ME buildings will be replaced early next spring, likely in February/March 2021.

WSU Cougar Card Center, in the basement of the Compton Union Building (CUB), is offering a free Cougar Card in-person replacement if your current card does not have the proximity capability.  If you’re not sure if your card has a proximity chip in it, you can call 335-CARD (335-2273) and they can tell you if your card has it or not over the phone.