Pullman Campus News & Events August 23, 2022


Welcome to the start of the fall semester, and a special welcome to our new faculty and staff. It is exciting to have so many Cougs back on campus again. I would like to start with a note of gratitude for the faculty, staff, students, and community volunteers who made WSU Pullman’s Week of Welcome such an overwhelming success. Michael and I have enjoyed getting to meet many of our new and returning Cougs over the last couple of weeks. We are looking forward to a busy and productive fall semester and encourage each of you to take advantage of all the activities happening on campus and in our community over the next several months—hopefully I will see you at one of the many events. There are many opportunities to enjoy all that the Palouse has to offer.

When I began my role as chancellor in January, one of my top priorities has been to help establish an identity for the WSU Pullman campus that is distinct from, and in support of, the WSU system. One of the first steps in this initiative is the development of the first WSU Pullman strategic plan, an effort led by tri-chairs Jaime Nolan, Craig Parks, and Mary Rezac, and which will be released this fall. We are also establishing a weekly WSU Pullman newsletter—the first of which you are reading right now. This newsletter will share news, events, and important announcements that are specific to the WSU Pullman campus and community. A special thank you to Vice President Phil Weiler and the University Marketing and Communications team for their support.

I’m looking forward to meeting with many of you this fall. When I am not singing with the Palouse Choral Society, attending local concerts, symposia, Cougar sporting events, or visiting the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, you will often find me, Michael, and our two rambunctious dogs taking “beauty breaks” exploring the amazing outdoor sites on the Palouse.

Again, welcome and welcome back, and I look forward to spending time with you soon.

Go Cougs!

Elizabeth Chilton
WSU Pullman Chancellor

Around campus

WSU Schnitzer Museum opens news exhibitions for fall semester

Juventino Aranda’s “Esperé Mucho Tiempo Pa Ver” (I Have Waited a Long Time to See) expresses a search for identity at the intersection of Mexico and America. The exhibition opens Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Final Fridays at the Clock of the season this Friday

Join fellow Cougs for the final concert of this outdoor summer music series this Friday at 6 pm. Admission is free. 

Registration deadline extended for DARPA Forward conference

The deadline to register to attend the DARPA Forward conference at the WSU Pullman campus in person has been extended to 5 p.m. EST on Sept. 2.

No standing Friday meetings become standard following survey feedback

Human Resource Services is encouraging further changes in response to survey results, including avoiding sending emails, texts, and messages to employees during off‑hours and implementing no‑camera or camera-optional meetings.

In case you missed it

WSU fundraising surpasses $154.3 million in FY2022

Donors generously supported more than 1,900 projects, initiatives, and funds that benefit academic, research, and outreach efforts in every college and at each of the university’s six campuses.

Dean Wendy Powers joins College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Powers is an experienced leader who previously guided statewide agricultural research and extension for the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

College of Veterinary Medicine welcomes first director of diversity, equity, and inclusion

 Maurice Cottman officially joined the college on July 11. He previously served as director for the Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport breaks ground on new terminal project

WSU and University of Idaho pledged a combined $1 million toward the new terminal, which will be six times larger than the current facility to accommodate growing passenger volumes.