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Abstracts sought for public health conference

The Washington State Public Health Association has extended its call for abstracts until June 5. The association is seeking abstracts for its WSPHA Annual Conference, “Leveraging Science, Partnerships, and Community for Health.”

Abstracts are now being accepted for 45 and 60 minute oral presentations
and poster presentations.

The annual conference will be held virtually this year, from Oct. 12-16. There will be 3+ hours of content each day in 10 tracks,  providing many opportunities to share and hear important public health information.

For information, visit

Next system-wide Town Hall is this Friday, May 29 at 11

The next WSU system-wide Town Hall is this Friday, May 29 from 11 a.m. – noon on YouTube. You may submit questions in advance.

University leaders will share updates on a variety of topics, including:

Next steps in planning for fall semester
Preview of guidance for eventual return to WSU work locations
The University’s 10 percent budget cutting exercise
Update on resuming research activities

Panelists include:

Kirk Schulz, WSU President
Bryan Slinker, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President
Stacy Pearson, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Theresa Elliot-Cheslek, Vice President and … » More …

HRS to host Leave and Work Options workshops

Human Resource Services has scheduled online information sessions intended to provide resources for employees and managers regarding leave and alternate work options available during the current emerging novel coronavirus environment.

Leave and Work Options: COVID-19 General Session (Online Only)
The informational session is intended to provide general resources regarding leave and alternate work options available during the current emerging novel coronavirus COVID-19 environment.

Current offerings: May 29 at 11 a.m. and June 11 at 11 a.m.

Leave and Work Options: COVID-19 Manager Session (Online Only)
The informational session is intended to provide resources for managers regarding leave and alternate work options … » More …

Dr. Tracy Klein elected to system-wide faculty committee

Dr. Tracy Klein, associate professor at the College of Nursing in Vancouver, has recently been honored in academia as well as nursing.

In April she was named to WSU’s Faculty Status Committee: Dr. Klein will serve a three-year term on the committee, which hears appeals from faculty members including those when reappointment, tenure and promotion are denied/deferred. The committee reports and makes recommendations to the WSU president.

Last week, she was featured in a story on nurse practitioners in this special section developed by Advance Publications, a national chain of newspapers and other media: (Scroll to page J14)

Congratulations Tracy!

Two parking lots to be closed for maintenance – Spokane campus

Facilities Operations will begin parking lot maintenance in the Green 3 (south side of HERB) and Orange 2 (across from Nursing) lots for slurry coating.

These lots will be closed May 22 – 24 and then again May 28 – June 8. This second closure is to allow the slurry top coating to cure and solidify. Closures may be extended based on slurry cure quality. These lots will also be re-striped.

This week: Our Healthy Work Culture

Join us Wednesdays from noon-1 on ZOOM. Enjoy your lunch and connect with others.,

Today’s thought:

“He who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather roses.”

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

Distance Delivery Mastery Certificate Available for Instructors

The Distance Delivery Mastery Certificate provides an opportunity for instructors to gain competence in all aspects critical to fostering student success in the distance delivery environment.  Through workshops, and the support of Academic Outreach and Innovation (AOI), instructors will gain the knowledge and tools needed to successfully adapt their teaching style to the distance environment.

Earning this certificate allows instructors to build confidence and comfort in the distance environment thereby enriching their teaching, promoting student success, and documenting professional development.

We will discuss the certificate in more detail at all workshops. » Learn more

Please complete Faculty Experience Survey from WSU Institutional Research

You have all received invitation from Stephanie Kane to complete the “WSU Faculty Experiences During the Spring 2020 Semester” from Institutional Research on May 11 and again on May 13.  Stephanie is the Assistant Director of WSU’s Institutional Research

The goal of this internal survey is to collect data regarding the experiences of those in the WSU community teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2020 Spring semester. This survey was developed by faculty, directed by the Office of Institutional Research in partnership with WSU’s Academic Outreach and Innovation (AOI), the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning, … » More …

All Zoom users must upgrade to the new Zoom 5.0 by May 30

To upgrade to Zoom 5.0, users must:

Open their desktop Zoom client
Select their profile image
Select “Check for Updates”

Among other changes, Zoom 5.0 comes complete with several integral security improvements. Some key updates include:

AES 256-bit GCM encryption
An added “Report a User” feature
A new encryption icon that indicates whether or not a meeting is secure
Enhanced data center information

To review additional features of Zoom 5.0, please read Zoom’s official press release:


If in need of assistance when upgrading, please contact

Healthy Work Culture Survey


There has been some interest in reestablishing the College of Nursing Healthy Work Culture group/committee. To jumpstart this effort, a small group of staff and faculty developed an initial survey to collect your feedback on this matter. Wait– don’t go anywhere! The survey only takes about 2 minutes to complete. We want to know what a healthy work culture means to you, your ideas and priorities for the group, and anticipated involvement. Participating in the survey does not mean that you are obligated to participate in the Healthy Work Culture group.

We greatly appreciate your input on this matter as we continue to navigate … » More …