Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cougar pride: Resistance is futile

sheila carrigg     Sheila Carrigg was working with kids, and she got some kind of infection. Her clothes turned crimson and gray. Her head buzzed with the Cougar fight song. This peaceful preschool educator found herself smack-texting her four Husky siblings: “You’re going to get a beatdown.”
     It all started when she volunteered at a Mount Vernon, Wash., youth group. “More than 60 percent of the staff were WSU alumni,” she said. “It gets infectious when they’re all taking about Cougs this and Cougs that.”
     Each had a different degree, she said – “demonstrating the strength of WSU’s programs” – but they shared a contagious sense of camaraderie. “I wanted to be a real Coug,” she said.
     Once you’ve got Coug fever, there’s no turning back. Carrigg transferred to WSU Online from Skagit Valley College, and is earning a BA in human development. That decision has helped her move from assistant teacher to center manager at Skagit/Islands Head Start in Mount Vernon.
     Carrigg takes one online course per semester, has a 3.73 GPA, and plans to graduate in August 2012. “Studying after a long day at work is more pleasant knowing I can go home, kick off the shoes, slip into PJs or sweats, settle into a comfy chair, and take breaks as often as necessary.”
     She enjoys interacting with her diverse classmates, both online and at such events as the Tacoma Rendezvous.
     “Everyone in the online program is focused and committed to earning their degrees,” she said. “WSU Online also works hard to provide social connections so non-traditional students can experience Cougar pride.”

Monday, March 28, 2011

Students feel the love at WSU events

Butch Massage     Nearly 200 people attended WSU Online face-to-face events last Thursday in Seattle and Saturday in Tacoma.
     Both days featured one-credit academic seminars and a chance for students to meet with their academic consultants. Saturday’s Tacoma Rendezvous also included free museum passes, a catered lunch, and, for a lucky few, a massage from a big lovable fur ball named Butch.
     Our next event is the pregraduation reception here in Pullman. We provide dinner for students, family and friends in the lovely Ensminger Pavilion. A string quartet plays, and the room is filled with feelings of joy, accomplishment and optimism.
     Even if you’re not graduating this spring, please feel free to join us.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Environment course has logic, witchery

Allyson Beall
WSU Today article on instructor Allyson Beall discusses how students turn their homes into labs – and includes a link to a Monty Python video.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Margarita time? Not quite yet, Kay says

Kay Huffine     The public perception of spring break includes beaches, parties and students gone wild.
     We know that’s not true for most on-campus students. We know it’s even less true for online students, who tend to have more home-life responsibilities.
     To help keep online students on course, WSU Online staffer Kay Huffine offers these tips for spring break:
  • The last day of spring semester is Friday, May 6, so check again for course work deadlines.
  • Any proctored exams or passwords not yet requested? Now's the time! Except for overseas destinations, exams are surface mailed to proctors and delivery can take up to two weeks. Plan ahead! Consider having your final paper exams returned via FedEx.
  • Questions? Review Proctored Exam Information within the Angel course space under Contents/Syllabus/Work. Still have questions? Send us an email or call 800-222-4978.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nutting wins ASWSU-Online election

JosephNutting     Joseph Nutting has won the race for ASWSU-Online student government president by a single vote.
     Nutting defeated incumbent Larry Lawrence, who had previously served as senator and vice president.
     “I'm excited to have the chance to serve the WSU Online community,” Nutting said. “I hope that, with the help of ASWSU-Online and the WSU Online staff, I can promote positive change from which our community can benefit.”
     Nutting owns the Cream & Sugar cafĂ© in Vancouver, Wash. He also works with the board of directors at IQ Credit Union, and is chairman of the IQ Supervisory Committee. Previously, he worked at Starbucks as a retail manager, and in the risk management division at their corporate office. He’s majoring in Management Information Systems at WSU Online.
     “I am going to begin the transition so President-elect Joseph Nutting can hit the ground running when he starts in mid-May,” said Lawrence, who hopes to continue working with ASWSU-Online. "At the second meeting in May I am going to throw my hat in the ring for one of the open Senate positions to stay involved and to make sure the student government is fully staffed for voting items."
     ASWSU-Online’s responsibilities include administering a scholarship program, and planning face to face events, such as this month’s Tacoma Rendezvous.