Friday, July 11, 2014

Lions and tigers and Cougs! Oh my!

IMG_5937 You’re invited to join fellow Global Campus students for a free day at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. The event includes free admission, a catered lunch on the zoo meadow, a close look at some animals with zoo staff, and free face painting. If you want to see for yourself, have a look at this slide show from last year’s gathering.

The event is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 16, and you can bring up to five guests. It’s presented by your student government, ASWSU Global.

What do you need to do? Just two things: Sign up by Aug. 5. And bring a photo ID to the zoo.

Here’s the link to get more info and to register.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

WSU helps you help neighbors

cce video play buttonOne great thing about being a Global Campus student is you can participate in community service in your own town through WSU’s Center for Civic Engagement. We recently asked a few students what they thought of the experience. To see their answers, please select the video above.

Monday, June 23, 2014

New course: Watch 15 movies in 3 weeks

children of heavenTired of sunlight? A new Intersession course, Foreign Language 110, Introduction to Foreign Film, gives you a great reason to stay inside: The three-week course requires watching 15 foreign films, from “Life is Beautiful” to “Children of Heaven,” right, from “Good Bye Lenin!” to “Farewell My Concubine.”

The movies are all subtitled, and available online (there may be a fee), at local libraries or on YouTube. But you’ll have to do more than curl up on the couch and watch TV. The three-credit course also requires homework for each movie, plus three essays. Fortunately, you can access the course space the day after you register and get a head start.

For more information about this and other Intersession courses, please go to the Intersession website.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Faster options: Earn 3 credits in 3 weeks

intersessionGlobal Campus students can race to the finish by earning three credits in three weeks online at WSU’s Intersession.

This year’s session runs Aug. 2-24. It’s a demanding schedule, but students are given access to the course space beginning June 20 so they can get a head start. More information is on the Intersession website.

Other accelerated Global Campus sessions include the three-week Winter Session and six-week summer terms. “These sessions let students earn their degrees more quickly,” said Global Campus Executive Director Dave Cillay. “And they provide flexibility for students with busy lives.”

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Veterans react to U.S. News top rankings

U.S. News & World Report this week ranked the best online degree programs for veterans. Ranked third in the nation are WSU’s online graduate degree programs in business and engineering; eighth is the Global Campus’s online bachelor’s degree program. You can read the story here, but we wanted to ask a couple of actual veterans what they thought of their time at the Global Campus:

Andrew Zander, U.S. Navy veteran

andrew zanderHearing that Washington State University is ranked among the top 10 undergraduate programs for veterans doesn't surprise me. While earning my B.S. in psychology through WSU Global Campus, I experienced first hand the quality of the program and how important that program is to the university administrators.

Even though I earned my degree through an online program, I had opportunities to meet with the university president, the chair of the psychology department, and participate in the Global Campus student government.

In my opinion, this feeling of connectedness is where the Global Campus sets itself apart — you're not just a number. You become part of a family. You become a Coug.

John Larson, U.S. Navy veteran

John LarsonThis is quite a validation for all of the hard work that I see WSU investing in Global Campus. We have a phenomenally engaged student community here and that really helps break down the solitary feeling of using a computer to interface with our colleagues.

My reaction to our frequent appearance on “best of” lists is just wait; you haven’t seen anything yet. Global Campus has been recognized for nearly everything it does, and the veteran-friendly ranking is well-deserved.

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I had wanted to graduate from WSU for over twenty years, from since I was still in high school. I took a short detour in 1996 when I joined the U.S. Navy to learn how to operate and maintain the nuclear reactors aboard our warships. I invested $100 a month for the first year of my service—with the hope of someday making good on my dream of being a Coug—into the Montgomery G.I. Bill so that I could help pay my way through college.

Five years ago, I decided I had put it off long enough and started looking for the only kind of program where I could earn a degree and balance family obligations and a rotating shift schedule.

Imagine my overwhelming joy when I found out that one of the best universities online for my chosen majors (accounting and psychology) was Washington State University. With its fantastic academic advising and a generous veteran tuition discount, WSU was always the program I compared my other options to. I never found one better.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Outstanding writing by online students

James PappasFour Global Campus students have won top 10 honors out of 5,224 writers submitting work for the WSU Writing Portfolio.

“My first response was utter surprise,” said James Pappas, right, of Liberty Lake, Wash. “To say that I'm genuinely honored doesn't really begin to express my appreciation adequately.”

Every year, juniors must submit three writing samples to the Office of Undergraduate Education’s Writing Program to ensure their skills are up to snuff. The criteria are focus, supporting facts, organization, and grammar.

The top 10 percent are rated “Pass with Distinction.” Of those submissions, only 10 are chosen for the Harold and Jeanne Rounds Olsen Writing Excellence Award and Scholarship, which includes a $100 prize.

More... “James’s essays exhibit a real strength with exposition and argument,” said Brooklyn Walter, assessment coordinator for the Writing Program. “Each essay – all written for upper-division liberal arts courses – is organized logically with a clear purpose and developed with meaningful, careful evidence.”

Pappas served eight years abroad in the U.S. Marines and during the Desert Shield/Desert Storm War, and spent 20 years in corporate leadership. He is now earning a humanities degree and plans to get a Ph.D. so he can teach at the college level.

Pappas offers three tips for other writers: Read lots of scholarly works, seek feedback, and practice with an eye towards constant improvement.

Award winner Jesse Ashcraft of Brush Prairie, Wash., said his method is to start with an analytical approach to the material. “In doing so, I am able to shed any preconceptions or assumptions that might color my treatment of the material,” he said, “thus I am allowed to understand and synthesize multiple perspectives to which I might have otherwise been blind.”

Ashcraft is earning his humanities degree with the goal of becoming a high-school English teacher.

Amber Allshouse, an accounting major, came from the West Side to pick up her award. “It was a good opportunity to see the campus for the first—and maybe only—time,” she said.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Criminal Justice program gets top ranking

Global Campus Online Criminal Justice degreeThe online criminal justice program at Washington State University Global Campus has been ranked 10th in the nation by Create a Career, an online resource for career information.

The group researched such factors as academic quality, courses offered, faculty, awards, rankings and reputation. It cited WSU’s renowned faculty, wide array of studies, and affiliated research centers.

Earlier this year, WSU’s online criminal justice program was ranked sixth in the nation by BestColleges.com. “We looked at factors that contribute to an excellent program, from acceptance rate to graduation rate,” Outreach Coordinator Laura Daniels said.

The WSU Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers a policy-focused curriculum that provides undergraduates with a broad exposure to social sciences. The department also offers an online master of arts in criminal justice.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Global Campus student to be featured speaker at commencement

DSC_2195A WSU Global Campus student—and super-spirited Coug fan—will be one of the featured speakers at this Saturday’s commencement ceremony at WSU Pullman.

Katey Koehn is a director of program management for Yahoo, and is graduating with a B.A. in social sciences. In 2013, she was recognized as one of Yahoo’s top 100 managers. At WSU, she is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor society and has spent nine consecutive semesters on the president’s honor roll. 

“I plan to talk a bit about being a Global Campus student and the cool things we all do to stay in touch with our ‘inner Coug’ while off-campus,” said Koehn, who lives in California’s Silicon Valley. “If I can offer just one person in the room even a small nugget of inspiration I will consider my task successful.”

Koehn is active in the Northern California Alumni Association, and has waved the WSU flag for ESPN’s College GameDay. “I got up at 4 in the morning and drove to Palo Alto,” she said. “I waved the red one and ran over to the other side and waved the white one.”

Koehn will be speaking at 3 p.m. to graduates of the College of Business, College of Education, and Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. The other two featured speakers are WSU President Elson S. Floyd and Orlin Reinbold, owner of Landmark Turf and Native Seed of Spokane, Wash. The ceremonies will be live-streamed at http://www.experience.wsu.edu, and archived at the same Web address.

“I can't believe the journey I started four and a half years ago is reaching this milestone and I am proud to have been so warmly welcomed into the WSU family,” Koehn said. “I learned more than I ever thought I would and while my time as a student is over, I am looking forward to staying involved and contributing in any way that I can.”

A “Cougar shrine” in her office. For more about Katey Koehn, please see the WSU Online blog article.

Friday, May 2, 2014

New top 10 rankings for Global Campus

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The online criminal justice degree program at Washington State University Global Campus was named sixth in the nation this week by BestColleges.com.

“We looked at factors that contribute to an excellent program, from acceptance rate to graduation rate,” Outreach Coordinator Laura Daniels said.

Judges noted that the Global Campus program is built upon the curriculum that has been offered in WSU’s brick and mortar classrooms since 1943.

Also this week, the Social Science Careers website ranked the Global Campus social sciences degree program ninth in the nation for affordability.

“The focus of the social sciences program at WSU is on flexibility,” judges said. “Students may choose from 12 different concentrations, studying multiple disciplines, or just a couple concentrations as they desire.”

For other recent top Global Campus rankings, please select this link.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Four win WSU leadership awards

Leadership award winnersClockwise, from top left, Janna Carter, John Larson, Kelsea Holbrook, and Rebecca Stern.

Every year, a few dozen WSU students are honored for their extraordinary leadership skills with the President’s Award for Leadership. In the past, Global Campus students have won a couple of times. But this year brought an unprecedented surprise: Four of the winners are Global Campus students. They are:

Janna Carter
Kelsea Holbrook
John Larson
Rebecca Stern

All four are involved with ASWSU Global, the online student government. The ceremony will be live-streamed starting at 5:30 p.m. April 24. To tune in, just select this live-stream link.

Both Carter and Larson will attend the ceremony.

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“For the past several years, I have passionately worked in my local community and on behalf of all WSU Global students to give them a voice,” said Carter, ASWSU Global vice president. “I would have done it regardless of the award, but it is very generous for someone to have recognized me in this way and I feel very privileged!”

Larson, incoming ASWSU Global president, said the news took him by surprise. “I didn’t believe it at first,” he said. “I’m always the last to figure those types of thing out.”

Stern and Holbrook will be watching the live-stream.

“I am very excited and honored to have won the President's Award,” said Stern, ASWSU Global secretary. “Although I am an online student, I don't feel like any less of a Coug! This award proves that Global Campus students can both contribute to the WSU community and be recognized for their efforts.”

“It was very validating to know that such a high level of the university recognized my involvement in the school, and it definitely reinforced my feeling like a Coug – being a distance student hasn't held me back from making the most of my collegiate experience,” said Holbrook, incoming ASWSU Global vice president. “It might be different than the typical campus experience, but I have found it to be just as fulfilling.”

The awards ceremony is 5-7 p.m. April 24 at WSU Pullman, and will be live-streamed starting at 5:30. For more information, please go to lead.wsu.edu. To tune in,  select the live-stream link.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Student a finalist in Case Competition

case competitionDean Lightfoot presents by live-stream video, top left, as his teammates listen.

A Global Campus student was among the top five finalists in the annual WSU Global Case Competition.

On April 11, Dean Lightfoot and his four teammates competed to solve the problem of arsenic-laden groundwater in Bangladesh, which has poisoned millions of people.

“When I read about the Global Case Competition, I knew it would give me an opportunity to work with other students, be a part of a good cause and enhance my overall educational experience at WSU,” said Lightfoot, of Vancouver, Wash.

As 250 people in a WSU Pullman auditorium watched, Lightfoot presented part of the team’s proposal by live-stream video. The team, The Clean Water for Bangladesh Project, placed fourth in the competition.

“Working with a talented group of students who shared common goals was a great learning experience,” Lightfoot said.  “The Global Case Competition gave me and my team the opportunity to organize and recognize our potential.”

Lightfoot is a manager at CenturyLink, and his teammates praised his organizational abilities.

“He’s a professional-aged guy,” group leader Tyler Whitford said. “I’m 21 and he brought the experience, calmness and professionalism that I’m still developing. It was great to have him mentor me, and to see how he works.”

Friday, March 28, 2014

Astonishing! Miffed mom uses Facebook to get revenge

rebecca kempe Global Campus1She got fed up — and what she did next may change your life forever.

It started with an online headline, like this real life example: “You Won’t Believe What’s Buried In This Mountain. Seriously, You Won’t.”

Click-bait, thought Rebecca Kempe, I hate click-bait. She went possibly ballistic, and her head may have exploded. So she did something that was literally priceless. She created a Facebook page that shows both the enticing headline and the more mundane truth.

So, what was buried in that mountain? “An underground seed store so we won’t starve to death after the apocalypse,” she revealed on her Clickbait Spoilers page.

And what’s the reality behind “Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes”? Rebecca’s spoiler: “They've come up with a new font they are saying better reaches where your eyes go as they read a page.”

Will my mind be truly blown by “Powerful Video Will Change How You Parent In 60 Seconds”? Spoiler: “The video, created by True Activist, shows kids mimicking common adult behavior — smoking, littering, yelling at other drivers.”

“I try to be socially conscious and dislike manipulation in general,” said the Renton, Wash., resident and mother of three. “Maybe spoiling links is just a tiny rebellion against something I feel has gone too far.”

Rebecca spent 13 years at MSN, and witnessed the transition of headlines from succinct facts to provocative puffery. But what finally transformed her into a click-bait crusader? These top three reasons:

  • Her husband is a librarian—“citing sources is serious business around here,” she said.
  • She’s an online student at Washington State University’s Global Campus. “I’ve definitely been inspired by my courses,” said Rebecca, who's majoring in Social Sciences. “My critical thinking and writing skills have improved. I understand more about the impacts of consumerism, capitalism, and corporatism.”
  • She’s a DJ and aspiring music producer, and thinks artists are ripped off when their work is reposted. The only way to get the attention of click-baiters, she says, is to cut their profits. “With the Internet, we can do that from home in our pajamas after the kids are in bed,” she said.

For a heart-warming look at Rebecca’s one-woman war against the click-baiters, just click this link: www.facebook.com/ClickBaitSpoilers. You may never be the same.