Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Online MBA hits ground running

WSU's new Online MBA program starts fast, gains speed. Enrollment is predicted to triple next semester, and two top faculty members have signed on to teach courses, including College of Business Associate Dean David Sprott, left.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The five stages of Angel angst

A student who wished to remain anonymous shared the psychological journey faced by those grappling with an Angel outage.
1. Thursday: Denial
On being told that the exam could not be taken, there was initial shock. I may have appeared dazed and may have refused to believe that anything was wrong. Some students never pass beyond this stage.
2. Later Thursday: Anger
Students become frustrated, irritable and angry that they are unable to resolve technical issues with Angel. A common response is, "Why me?" They may become angry at their fate, a friend, or a family member. The anger may be displaced onto the DDP staff or professors.
3. Friday: Bargaining
The student may attempt to negotiate with DDP staff, friends or even the professor that in return for a technical resolution, the person will fulfill a promise, such as giving to charity or reaffirming an earlier faith in the Angel learning system.
4. Saturday: Depression
The student shows clinical signs of depression: withdrawal, psychomotor retardation, sleep disturbances, hopelessness and possibly suicidal ideation. The depression may be a reaction to the immediate crisis or it may be in anticipation of failing their classes.
5. Sunday: Acceptance
The student accepts the inevitable. Under ideal circumstances, the student is courageous as he or she faces the unknown. People with strong beliefs in life after death can find comfort in these beliefs.

If you're having technical problems with Angel, go to our help desk.

Friday, September 25, 2009

High note for DDP student

Russ Martin leads the Walla Walla Symphony’s 2008 season to a rousing start.

The 80 musicians had finished tuning up. More than 1,300 people waited. Russ Martin had never conducted before. He walked on stage – “a fascinating combination of pure terror and sheer exhilaration” – raised his baton, and launched the Walla Walla Symphony’s 2008 season with the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Despite the pressure, his heartbeat remained adagio: “I was remarkably calm,” he said. “As I think back on it now, it was a dreamlike moment in time, as if time itself stood still.”
Martin, 52, is no stranger to taking chances. More... In 1977, he left his political science studies at Lewis & Clark College in Portland to open a chain of record stores. The chain, Play it Again, never grew past two stores, but that “wild and crazy time” led him to the music distribution business. He became a territory manager for Capitol Records, vice president of several music distribution companies, and president of Miramar Records.
Then he saw an ad in the Walla Walla newspaper. The symphony needed an executive director.
Undeterred by his lack of non-profit management experience, he sent a resume and was hired in 2001. In 2005, a friend persuaded him to return to the music and video distribution business. He moved to Bainbridge Island, where he’s the national sales manager for ESI Distribution.
Last fall, the symphony’s general manager remembered Martin’s secret desire to conduct and arranged for a few lessons from symphony conductor Yaacov Bergman.
“It was an opportunity to experience one of my fantasy occupations,” Martin said. “Kind of like throwing out the first pitch at a Major League game.”
Martin is also considering non-fantasy occupations. To get there, he looked at several online degree programs. He chose Washington State University “because of its commitment to offering a world-class education to all.”
In 2006, he enrolled in Distance Degree Programs. He’s majoring in social sciences, and said his courses in science, English, and human development “have opened my eyes forever.”
He graduated in spring 2009 with plans to pursue an executive master’s degree in nonprofit leadership or, possibly, a master’s in fine arts administration. After that, he said, “who knows?”
Wherever the path leads, he’s eager for the next adventure.
“The second half for me is about to begin and I’m thrilled.”

By Richard H. Miller/Center for Distance and Professional Education
Photo by Hans Matschukat

Monday, September 21, 2009

Hundreds attend pregame party

The DDP's student government threw a party for students, family and friends next to Qwest Field, just before the Cougars took on Hawaii during Seattle Week. Here's a look at the event.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Apply now to boost scholarship chances

Here's a tip that could save you lots of money: The Academic Scholarship Application for 2010-11 has just been posted at WSU's scholarship Web site. The deadline is Jan. 31, but students who send in their applications earlier are given first priority. Get started right away to improve your chances.

Also coming up is the Nov. 1 deadline to apply for a spring ASWSU-DDP scholarship. Go to our Web page for more information.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Bookie Too announces deadlines

The Bookie Too will stop accepting online orders for fall semester after Sept. 18. To order after that, please call 509-334-3661.

The Bookie Too also reports that its buyback is currently at wholesale amounts for books. These values go back up to retail if the book is readopted for the spring semester. Please call the Bookie Too concerning buyback before you ship the books.

Return authorizations for books for the fall semester will stop being available on Sept. 14. If you have a current authorization, please ship the books to the Bookie Too as soon as possible, because your authorization is good for only two weeks after it is assigned to you.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Take a seminar, get a credit

Fall brings a fascinating crop of academic seminars, from why we believe in weird things to the marketing of green businesses. The one-credit seminars last three hours and are held across the state from Oct. 13-Oct. 29. Check the schedule for more information. Deadline to register is Sept. 25.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

ASWSU-DDP seeks legislative director

The ASWSU-DDP executive board is looking for a director of legislative affairs. The director will represent DDP students at Washington Student Association meetings and work with state legislators in Olympia. This is a paid position with travel being reimbursed. More information and an application form is online. All applications must be received by Sept. 19.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Biz degree ranks high on U.S. News list

U.S. News and World Report ranks WSU's International Business major 20th in the nation. The program is now being offered online, along with four other business programs, as well as an EMBA and an OMBA.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Balancing kids, college

College and children demand a lot of time. In the new Cyber Coug newsletter, one parent offers her top 10 tips for staying on track. Other features include career advice and "Ask Larry," a place for DDP students to get their questions answered.