Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Meet the candidates

Candidates for the WSU Online student government will taking your questions online from now until March 3. Each candidate will be available for several one-hour sessions. For a schedule, go to the student government Web site.
Voting runs from midnight March 4 to 8 a.m. March 12.

Monday, February 22, 2010

News for students, about students

New edition of Cyber Coug, the student newsletter, is now online.

Vet students get grizzly back on its feet in this video.

Huffington Post launches college Web page, including material from a variety of college newspapers.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Coug runs top Seattle-area tourist site


If you live on the West Side, odds are good you've seen his work. Brian Carter is in charge of the Carl S. English Garden and Chittenden Locks, one of the Seattle area's most visited attractions. The gardens were created by English, a WSU grad. Carter is also a WSU grad who earned his degree online. Read his story at Washington State Magazine.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Click pics for contest pick

Clean your lens. Check your batteries. The annual student government photo contest is here.
Winners will appear in the 2010-2011 ASWSU-DDP calendar, with the top photo getting the coveted cover position. Last year's winner is at right.
To enter, e-mail a high-resolution photo to kare3000-ddpphotos@yahoo.com.
Photos must have a WSU theme, such as a WSU logo item in the picture, and must be received by April 15. And please be sure you are shooting in high-resolution, otherwise we won't be able to use the picture.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Return rental media with free FedEx labels

WSU’s online degree program has teamed up with FedEx to make it easier for you to return rental media.
Here’s what you do.
Go to MyDDP, then to MyCourses.
Select Rental Media Tracking.
You’ll see a list of the rental media you’re using in courses. When you’re ready to return the rental media, select the request link, and follow the instructions.
FedEx will send you an e-mail with a free return label. Print out the label, paste it on the package containing the media, and take the package to a FedEx facility or call and request a pickup.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Exam Tip: Avoid last-minute glitches

You’ve got an exam and you’ve got a plan: Take the test on the last day it’s offered to maximize your study time.
Bad idea, says student support guru Mike Mackessy.
Here’s why. Suppose technical problems crop up. While the exam is open, Student Services can see how much you’ve accomplished and reset the exam.
But if you wait until the last minute, the exam period might close before the exam can be fixed. Then, instead of a simple reset, you’ll need an exam date extension, which requires permission from the instructor.
Questions? Call Student Services at 800-222-4978.

Monday, February 15, 2010

ASWSU-DDP appoints new senator

Sports teams and student governments often lose their best people to graduation. But just like the Cougars, the ASWSU-DDP had a recruit standing by.
In January, WSU Online’s student government appointed Erica Vieira to the Senate seat vacated by Larry Lawrence, who moved to the president’s post when Debby Poris graduated the previous month. Vieira was chosen from three contenders after each made a presentation to the student government.
“I thought that playing an active role in our student government would be a great way to get involved,” Vieira said.
Vieira earned her associate’s degree at Bellevue College. Bellevue’s co-admission agreement with WSU cinched her next enrollment decision. “The fact that both schools made it so easy for such a non-traditional student was a huge selling point for me,” she said. “Everyone I’ve worked with from the distance recruiter to my advisor has made my transition so easy and stress free.” More...The Seattle resident is a wife and stay-at-home mother. Her three children are 11, 6, and 3.
“Returning to college in the traditional sense really wasn’t an option for me,” she said. “If and when my kids got sick or needed to be away from school for some reason, I would have to skip class, which is something I did not want to do.”
Vieira enrolled in WSU Online in fall 2009 and is earning a social sciences degree, with concentrations in human development and political science. She plans to graduate in 2011.
“I see grad school applications in my future,” she said, “but my main goal in life has been to help people in one way or another. I’ve been considering working in adoption placement, being a student advisor, or a counselor in a transitions school.”
Vieira’s Senate seat and the other eight student government positions are up for grabs this spring, with voting from March 4-12, and election results due on March 13. Ten students are in the running and campaigns begin Feb. 22. Voters will be able to view the candidates’ Web postings, and meet them in online chat rooms at the ASWSU-DDP Web site.
Vieira said she’ll seek to retain her seat. “It’s all still sinking in,” she said, “but I love it so far!”

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Spring into action with volunteer program

Spring to Action, Break for Change lets WSU students have fun while making a difference during the five days of spring break.
From March 13-17, WSU students and faculty will travel to various locations around Washington state to engage in community service and learn about sustainable agriculture and natural-resources issues.
Transportation, lodging, and some meal costs will be covered.
The Center for Civic Engagement encourages DDP students to join in this trip, and may be able to pick them up and drop them off.
For more information, check out the center's flier, which includes the Web links you'll need.

$2,500 scholarship offered

The Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship offers two awards of $2,500 each. Applications are due by July 30.
WSU also maintains a list of private/donor scholarships that's worth examining, and it lists a wide array of other scholarships on the Web site.
But, of course, the first step toward getting financial aid is filing the FAFSA.
It's kind of like doing your taxes, or going to the dentist: not fun but necessary. The priority deadline is Feb. 15. If you file by then, you'll get more options.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Food, sex, and pet management

The list of March 2010 academic seminars is now online, and includes a wide variety of topics. Along with earning one credit, students can also meet an academic advisor, receive career and financial aid counseling, and mingle with fellow students.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

More money in your pocket

With tax time nearing, check out this list of ways your education expenses may be deductible, or be offset by a tax credit. Did anyone save money doing this last year? If so, leave us a comment. We're looking for students to quote in an article.