Pullman Campus News & Events March 21, 2023


I hope you had a restful spring break! Michael and I were able to spend a couple of days in Spokane to celebrate my 60th birthday. This milestone gave me time to reflect on the past and the lessons it holds for today and the future. On the heels of Black History Month and with a nod to Women’s History Month, here are a just a few of the remarkable events of 1963:

  • Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique, a book that is often considered the catalyst for the second women’s liberation movement.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested and sent to jail in Birmingham, Alabama, during civil rights protests, where he pens his famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail.
  • Anne Moody, who later wrote Coming of Age in Mississippi, and hundreds of others continued the sit-in movement of the 1960s, drawing attention to and calling for change to racist segregation practices.
  • President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, which prohibits sex-based wage discrimination for men and women performing the same job in the same workplace.
  • Valentina Tereshkova became the first, and remains the youngest, woman to travel into space.
  • More than 250,000 people gathered in the nation’s capital for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his I Have a Dream speech.

These groundbreaking individuals continue to inspire me and serve as a catalyst for our shared fight for equity. The significant social justice movements we’ve experienced in the last few years are grounded in the work of leaders like Betty Friedan, Anne Moody, and Dr. King.

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, I hope you will join me in celebrating some of the amazing women* leaders that we have at WSU. I am delighted to join a few of these incredible women at our first “Share the Mic” events, taking place this Wednesday, March 22, and next Wednesday, March 29.

Go Cougs!

P.S. — A friendly reminder that the week of March 27 is Showcase week, where we celebrate faculty and staff from across the system. It will also include the State of the University address from President Schulz on March 28 — make sure to tune in.

Cougar baseball kept the Ducks at bay, beating University of Oregon 7-1 Friday night in the first of a three-game series at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Photo by WSU Photo Services

Around campus

Two WSU physicists named Girl Scouts Women of Distinction

Two faculty members in the Washington State University Department of Physics and Astronomy have been named Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

David G. Pollart Center for Arts and Humanities — Public Lecture Series

Join Trevor Bond and Phil Gruen for an illustrated presentation on the life of Ida Anderson, a remarkable Washington State College faculty member and graduate of Colfax High School who trained and inspired a generation of broadcasters including Edward R. Murrow. The panelists will provide an overview of Anderson’s life and an architectural history of the Anderson House.

Meet & Greet with Cougar Tennis and Coach Atawo

Join Palouse Chapter Cougs and the WSU Retirees Association for a special opportunity to mix and mingle with the WSU Tennis team and Head Coach Raquel Atawo at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, March 24.

Bustad Lecture to feature research pioneer in the human-animal bond

Meg Daley Olmert will explore the evolution of the human-animal bond as the distinguished lecturer of the 2023 Bustad Lecture at 5 p.m. March 24 in Room 1002 of the Animal Disease Biotech Facility building on the Washington State University Pullman campus.

Top Ten Senior Awards nominations close March 24

Nominations must be received by March 24, and nominees must be undergraduates at any of the WSU campuses graduating during the 2023 calendar year.

Accepting nominations: 2023 AP Contribution Awards

A total of six awards will be selected based on representation / work location and award recipients will receive $1000. The nomination form will close at 5 p.m. on March 28.

In case you missed it

Cougar Crew Days celebrating 50 years of rowing at WSU

A half-century of competitive rowing at Washington State University is being celebrated this week as part of Cougar Crew Days.

High winds can worsen pathogen spread at outdoor chicken farms

A study of chicken farms in the West found that high winds increased the prevalence of Campylobacter in outdoor flocks, a bacterial pathogen in poultry that is the largest single cause of foodborne illness in the U.S.

College of Education reappoints Sola Adesope as associate research dean

Washington State University College of Education faculty member Sola Adesope has been reappointed as associate dean for research and external funding.

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