Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Students rendezvous in Tacoma

The ASWSU-DDP's annual Tacoma Rendezvous drew about 60 students and staff members for a day of socializing and attending academic seminars. Here's a slideshow of the event.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sizzling recipe wins Iron Coug cooking contest

Grad student wins Iron Coug cooking contest for her sweet potato french fries. You can watch her make the fries and get the recipe online. Other students also posted videos of their healthy cooking entries.

Monday, March 22, 2010

General registration opens April 12

One common question, our phone staff says, is about registration dates for summer and fall semesters. Here’s the answer, according to our registration expert, Deb Whitney:
General registration opens April 12 for summer and fall semester. Please confirm your registration appointment date and time in myWSU and make sure any holds are also updated and removed.

ASWSU gets three new senators. P. Simon Mahler, Paula Slaye, and Mathew Taylor were recently elected to WSU Online's student government. Read their bios on the student government Web site.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Join us in Tacoma on March 27

WSU Online and the ASWSU-DDP invite students, alumni, families and friends to the Tacoma Rendezvous on Saturday, March 27.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Tacoma. On the agenda are museum tours, lunch, a chance to meet fellow students and talk with academic advisors, and an evening social hour at Harmon Brewery and Restaurant.

Please let us know you're coming by registering.

Here's a slideshow of last year's Rendezvous.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Angel briefly unavailable on Wednesday

An Internet outage for maintenance will prevent access to Angel between 4 and 6 a.m. PDT Wednesday, March 17.
For more information, please contact the Information Technology Services Help Desk at 509-335-4357 or by e-mail.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mark calendars for priority registration

Priority registration dates are now posted online.

Summer 2010
  • Seniors (more than 90 credits) - Monday, April 12
  • Juniors/Sophomores - Thursday, April 15
  • Freshmen/non-degree seeking/transfer/former students, all new admits - Monday, April 19
Fall 2010
  • Seniors (more than 90 credits) - Monday, April 12
  • Juniors/Sophomores - Thursday, April 15
  • Freshmen/non-degree seeking/transfer/former students, all new admits - Monday, May 24

8 a.m. Friday is deadline to vote
Vote today for ASWSU-DDP student government representatives. Go to the Web site for information and to cast your ballot.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Friday is last day for regular withdrawals

Friday, March 12, is the last day WSU students can withdraw from a course using a regular withdrawal. To do so, go to MyWSU, select Academics, then select Add, Drop, Withdraw.

Your schedule will appear and there will be a withdraw button next to each course from which you can withdraw. Within 15 minutes, your schedule will be updated.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Star pitcher returns to WSU after 22 years

Being at Washington State University was the greatest time in his life. Then he got a better offer.
In June 1988, Cougars baseball star Dave Wainhouse became a No. 1 draft pick for the Montreal Expos. The pitcher was the 19th player selected and, to this day, WSU’s highest-drafted player. He had a 7-0 record, and was a 20-year-old junior. His signing bonus was estimated at $100,000.
“I’m not looking to leave WSU,” he told The Spokesman-Review at the time, “but I don’t know how you can pass this up.”
Wainhouse delayed his start with Montreal just long enough to pitch for Canada in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He played professional baseball for a dozen seasons in 17 cities, including three games for the Seattle Mariners, before retiring in 2001 to become a private pitching coach.
In 2008, he was hired by Seattle University’s Redhawks. But his pitching job had a big catch: No salary.
More... “To be a full-time coach at a Division I school, you have to have a degree,” said Wainhouse, who was in Pullman for the Redhawks vs. Cougars season opener. “They said you’ve got to finish your degree. I said OK.”
Seattle U has listed Wainhouse as a volunteer until he earns his diploma. He wanted to return to WSU, but his job and home are on the West Side. So he enrolled in WSU Online, where he’s majoring in social sciences, and has a 3.2 GPA.
That would be closer to a perfect 4.0, except he’s an outdoors kind of guy, as evidenced by his sunburn, and doesn’t like computers.
“I’m never around a computer. I don’t own one,” he said. “Ideally, I’d like to print out a schedule of tasks at the start of the semester and never turn the computer on again.” One of his few low grades came when he misread his schedule.
He has made one concession to the electronic age. He bought a Blackberry for e-mailing. That’s as far as he’ll bend: “I hand-write my papers,” he said, “and someone types them into Word for me.”
Looking back, Wainhouse doesn’t regret snapping up the chance to play for Montreal. But he has a different message for the high school students he coaches.
“They shouldn’t leave school,” he said, “unless the offer is a life-changer, in the $3 million to $4 million range.”
That advice changes if they’re “really bad students.” For them, a $50,000 offer might be enough to tip the balance in favor of leaving school. Even that doesn’t let them off the hook.
“As soon as you get home for the off season,” he tells them, “enroll in college. Keep working on your college. Then, if your knee blows out, you’ll have other options.”

March 5 deadline to apply for graduation

Plan to graduate this spring? First you have to apply for graduation. The deadline is March 5. Please e-mail Alma Rocha if you have any questions.

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