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Please update your email signature
January 23, 2020

The communications office is working to improve and maintain consistency with the University and College brand standards.  An important element of brand consistency is a standard email signature for all employees. Please take a moment to update your email signature to reflect what’s listed below. If you need help updating or creating a new email signature, please let me know, I’m happy to help. Below are your emailsignature options. If you need a variation of one of these, please let me know.

Signature – University approved font and colors

Font: Lucida Sans
Font-size: 11pt
Name (bold) font color: Hex #981e32 or RGB … » More …

It’s time to set up your Microsoft Teams account
January 23, 2020

Microsoft Teams is now live across the WSU system. What does this mean for you?

Teams is a place for people to communicate and collaborate. It’s Microsoft Office365 Cloud stuff pulled together into one interface, for file storage, instant messaging, integration with Zoom conferencing, and other features. It’s part of our Office365 account offered through the University and is WSU’s recommended tool for project work/collaboration. It will be a powerful evolution of our current Sharepoint Intranet – eventually.

For now, you should launch Teams and set up your account. Then participate in an upcoming Teams training session via Zoom:

Friday, Jan. 24, 12 to … » More …

Banner added to WSU-managed Windows computers at login
January 22, 2020

Beginning Jan. 22 at 9:00 pm, WSU-managed Windows computers will require users to read and accept an electronic communication policy when logging onto their computers. The notification banner will look similar to the image below. Users will need to click the “OK” button when presented with this banner in order to proceed with normal login.

image of sign in for windows computers


Microsoft Teams trainings this week
January 21, 2020

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Zoom Meeting ID: 570 904 885)

Friday, Jan. 24, 12 to 1 p.m. (Zoom Meeting ID: 750 307 170)
Teams replaces Skype for Business and brings together a collaborative work space, file management, project and task tools, persistent chat (IM), and a new type of online meeting space all into one solution, making it easier for people to communicate and collaborate.

Skype for Business will be discontinued on January 27.

More Information

Inland NW Community Engagement Institute seeks proposals for presentations
January 17, 2020

Verónica Puente, WSU Health Sciences’ assistant director for community engagement and service learning, would like to extend an invitation to the upcoming Inland Northwest Community Engagement Institute held at Whitworth University on May 27-28, 2020.

The Inland Northwest Community Engagement Institute is a biennial conference for campus and community members in the Inland Northwest, committed to working in partnership for the greater good. The peer-reviewed conference brings together faculty, staff and community experts working in authentic partnership with the goal of sharing knowledge gained through community-engaged research, teaching and relationship.

The institute provides opportunities for faculty, community engagement professionals, and community partners experienced with … » More …

Intranet Changes Coming – This will affect all nursing faculty and staff
January 16, 2020

The college Intranet will transition to SharePoint online over the next several months. Those of you who use the Intranet to upload documents do not need to make any changes at this time, you just need to know change is coming. SharePoint online is part of our Enterprise Office365 account through the University. Each faculty and staff member has access to use it and all of its features, which include:

Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Office Suite
SharePoint Online

All of these applications work together and will be part of our collaborative process and file-sharing processes moving forward. This powerful … » More …

You may be eligible to cash out your sick leave if you have enough accrual
January 16, 2020

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 … » More …

Three Minute Thesis is coming up
January 15, 2020

Three Minute Thesis, a research competition for PhD students, is seeking entries.

The research communication competition asks PhD students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance to a non-specialist audience. The top three winners receive money in the form of a travel award to attend a research conference of the winners’ choice, plus bragging rights on their CV.

The deadline is March 25. For more information visit

For questions email C. Brandon Chapman at or call (509) 335-6850.


Update on Annual Reviews 2020
January 15, 2020

Washington State University College of Nursing Annual Reviews 2020 for achievements during 2019

Update for the Week of January 13-20, 2020

A comprehensive announcement about Annual Reviews 2020 was distributed via the all college email listserve last week. This announcement has been augmented by information distributed by program directors and the executive team including the Office of Faculty Affairs. Contact Renee Hoeksel  if you need another copy of that announcement or have questions about it.
This week further information has been added to the college annual review site as our goal is to have as much information as possible in one … » More …

Connie Nguyen-Truong featured in the Daily Evergreen for her research
January 15, 2020

Two new grants will help expand an Oregon-based program that uses community-focused participatory research to empower Micronesian parent leaders.

WSU and the Micronesian Islander Community organization partnered up and began their research in 2018. The research team consists of principal investigators Jackie Leung, MIC board chair, and Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, WSU College of Nursing assistant professor. Kapiolani Micky, MIC program coordinator and community health worker, is a member as well. » Continue reading

Registration open for Nursing’s 50th Anniversary Gala
January 15, 2020

Have you Registered? Seats are going fast. Sign up as an individual or purchase a table.

Saturday, March 7, 2020
5:00-6:00 PM – check in and cocktail hour
6:00 PM – dinner and program
The Historic Davenport Hotel, Pennington Ballroom
10 South Post Street
Spokane, WA 99201

Discounted room rate available – Make sure to specify the The Historic Hotel

Tickets: $50 individually or host a table of 8 for $400 (includes complimentary bottle of wine).

Accommodation requests related to a disability or dietary restrictions should be made by February 14, 2020 to Heather Byrd, 509-358-7586, <a ... » More …

This week: Our Healthy Work Culture
January 15, 2020

Today’s thought:
“Surround a bored person with exciting activities and they will soon be bored again. Give a frustrated person everything they demand, and frustration will remain to torture them. Only a change in the way we think can make us happy.”

Each week our Healthy Work Culture committee will offer a thought for the day, and information about upcoming events. If you have something to contribute, please send them to Mike Lynch, at

Staff Development Funds Available
January 14, 2020

The purpose of the Staff Development Fund is to allow staff members the opportunity to attend a workshop, seminar, or class that will directly impact their job, enhance their professional development, or further their educational goals. Award money may be used for registration fees, transportation, business expenses, meals/lodging, or other materials not covered by the individual’s department. Staff Development funds will not cover training topics already offered by HRS.

A review committee comprised of the College’s supervisors will be responsible for accepting and reviewing applications. The award determination will be based on how well the workshop, seminar, or class would benefit or impact … » More …

Announcement of Doctoral Prelim Exam Jan. 23 – Jennifer Thomas
January 14, 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 10:00 AM

Spokane: SNRS 203
Vancouver AMS: VLIB 210B

·      Join Zoom Meeting from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android: Meeting ID: 661 109 3130




Dissertation Chair: Dr. Denise A. Smart, DrPH, MPH, BSN, RN, NHDP-BC

Military children face challenging experiences that can have a direct impact on their identity development in adolescence.  Among these challenges are frequent relocations that require them to part from established peer relationships and integrate into new social settings during times when … » More …