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Secret Pal program launching at the College of Nursing

Here’s your chance to make someone’s day!

We’d like to invite you to be a Secret Pal to a colleague in the building.  And, in return, you’ll get a Secret Pal of your very own.

There are no hard and fast rules for participation. Just follow your heart. Suggested guidelines are that you bring a little light to your secret pal’s life on at least a monthly basis – preferably more often since we only have a short two months until the reveal.

This might come in the way of a card, flower, joke, treat or however your creative side inspires you. And … » More …

Drop-by portrait session Friday

If you need or want a new portrait for the College’s online directory – or any other use – campus photographer Cori Kogan will hold a drop-by portrait session this week.

When: Friday, Feb. 22

Time: 11 a.m. to noon

Location: SAC 515

Photos are free for university employees.

This week: Our Healthy Work Culture

Each Wednesday, 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

Today’s thought:

“Assume the Best!”

The Healthy Work Culture Committee (formerly Healthy Work Environment) convened in August 2018.  One of the first orders of business was to identify “norms”.  Norms were defined as “informal understandings that govern the behavior of members of a society (the College of Nursing in this case).

The committee polled participants as to what should be considered norms and the answers fell into three categories:


CON group to attend free WSU Symphony concert

Members of the College of Nursing’s Healthy Workplace Culture group are planning to meet up and attend the free WSU Symphony Orchestra and opera concert at the Fox Theatre this weekend, and invite anyone who’s interested to join in!

WSU’s School of Music is hosting the free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Fox Theatre in Spokane.

“A Musical Potpourri” celebrates music for all future Cougs, alumni, music fans and friends. The WSU Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Danh Pham, and the WSU Opera is directed by Julie Anne Wieck.

The concert opens with the “Overture to Merry Wives of Windsor,” conducted by graduate student Angelina Gomez. Traditional … » More …

Coin drive extended until Feb. 21

The Generation Alive coin drive partnering with the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Alpha Tau Delta will be extended until Thursday, February 21. Weather-related closures and delays made fund-raising difficult, and organizers wanted everyone to have more time to collect change. Faculty can return the coin boxes to students stationed in the lobby of the nursing building from  noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday. Or, alternately, if you’re unable to turn it in at that time, leave it in your mailbox and it will be collected on Friday.

Future Health Professionals conference seeking judges

HOSA, a student organization for future health professionals, will hold its State Leadership Conference in Spokane next month and needs local professionals to serve as judges for various competitions.

HOSA is like DECA or FFA, but for high school students who want to pursue careers in health care, explained Saraya Pierce, biomedical sciences instructor at Newport High School.

The Washington HOSA State Leadership Conference will bring about 1,500 young people to Spokane on March 7-9. Judging will take place on Friday, March 8.

Judges are needed for 54 events, ranging from medical math and medical spelling to job-seeking skills and art projects. Judges will check … » More …

Wendy Williams-Gilbert named Coordinator of Holistic Admissions

Wendy Williams-Gilbert has been appointed as the Coordinator of Holistic Admissions.

She will work with the admission committees for the RN-BSN, BSN, MN, DNP and PhD programs to develop an admissions process that represents the College of Nursing as a whole, and that also program- and campus-specific admissions criteria as appropriate.

She will be the liaison between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing holistic admissions workshop and the WSU College of Nursing.

Congratulations Wendy!

Try out new fillable forms online

The Finance office has created fillable forms for your convenience. They are located under Offices & Services/Business & Finance on the College of Nursing website:

There is a Travel Request, Clinical Mileage Log, Gift Card Request, Temporary Employment, and Purchase Request. The new forms contain additional fields that may not have been on the previous version. In addition, the forms have special features. The Clinical Mileage Log calculates your total miles for you, for example, and the Gift Card Request has check boxes so you don’t have to write out answers. The Travel Approval form will also do the math for you. And most … » More …

Welcome our new finance director at a breakfast Monday

Please join Dean Joyce Griffin-Sobel on Monday, Feb. 18 for a continental breakfast to welcome Leslie Fountain-Williams to the College of Nursing. Leslie is our new Director of Finance and Administrative Services.

A light breakfast will be served in the dean’s lobby area at 9 a.m.

Leslie Fountain-Williams’ new office will be located in that area as well, in Room 159.


Nominate a young leader for NEW Leadership Institute

Please consider nominating a young leader to the National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership Institute.

WSU Health Sciences’ NEW Leadership educates and inspires students who identify as women to make the world a better place by becoming actively engaged in the civic life of our state and nation. This non-partisan leadership institute will be held at WSU Health Sciences on July 11-16, 2019.

NEW Leadership offers students the opportunity to meet successful community leaders, connect with peers, and learn how to become effective advocates for issues that matter most to them. Program alumnae from programs offered across the nation have gone off to hold positions of leadership, engage in … » More …