Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New webinars both fun, fascinating

connex eventsGlobal Connections lets WSU Online students go beyond classroom learning to develop new skills, gain new perspectives, make valuable connections--and have some fun! To register for and access Global Connections events and activities, you’ll need to join CougSync. Find out more at the Global Connections website!

Here’s what’s coming up:

Program Planning Series. Learn to plan and execute successful programs and events. Students who successfully complete all four webinars will be eligible to apply for a paid position as a student event planner and will work with our Global Connections Project Specialist to plan a live program or event for students across the world.

November 28, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm or November 29, 7 – 8 pm

Webinar One: Identifying Content and Building Partnerships

We’ll kick off the series with an overview of the program planning process before exploring two foundational components of a successful program. Check the Global Connections website for date/times of the additional three webinars. More...
November 28, 3 pm or November 29, 3 pm
Stress Management & Test Anxiety.
With exams coming up, now’s a great time to learn stress management techniques as well as tips for overcoming test anxiety.  Led by WSU’s Wellbeing Online gurus Erin Carroll and Brad Stewart, this is a valuable workshop for anyone balancing the complex work load of a college student.

December 3, 5 – 6 pm
Race, Racism and Science. Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies C. Richard King will explore the history of race and science from 1900-1950 in this kick-off event to the year-long common reading program.  This will be an evocative and relaxed conversation on one of the many themes explored in our common reading text, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”  No prior knowledge or reading is required to attend and enjoy this conversation.

Now –December 15
Seasonal Decorating Contest. Go ahead, show off a little – or a lot! Enter in one, two or all three divisions. You could win a fabulous prize!
· House Lighting (curb appeal)
· Gingerbread House (anything edible)
· Snoopy (everything else... dog house, bird cage, garden shed, even an outhouse).
Visit the Global Connections website for more information! Have questions? Contact us global.connections@wsu.edu

Friday, November 16, 2012

New online master’s: Criminal justice

David Brody     Washington State University will launch an online master’s of arts in criminal justice in Fall 2013, said David Brody, above, chair of WSU’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.
     Brody said the program emphasizes theoretically based applied research, which will benefit both working professionals and recent graduates looking to enter the field or pursue a Ph.D.
     “The degree provides skills that help students advance their careers, be intelligent decision-makers, evaluate information, and conduct important research,” he said. “We don’t just teach them how to do something. We teach them theory and its application so they’ll understand why to do something.”
More...      The WSU’s online criminal justice master’s degree was designed with input from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Advisory Committee, which is made up of 12 leaders of state and local criminal justice agencies and departments.
     The online format allows students—particularly those working in the criminal justice system—to study issues that apply to their own locations. Students employed by a law-enforcement agency, for example, will have the chance to do evaluations and research work that could assist agency operations and provide data for grant applications and policy decisions, Brody said.
     Sample research topics, Brody said, include methods of evaluating the performance of police officers in urban and rural settings and whether it’s better for officers to work four 10-hour shifts versus five eight-hour shifts from public safety, departmental efficiency, and officer well-being perspectives.
     The program requires 31 credits, including a writing portfolio consisting of multiple research papers. All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.
     For more information or to enroll, please go to the website or contact Jacqueline van Wormer at jvanwormer@wsu.edu, 509-335-4042.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A cool way to show your Coug spirit

Go Cougs photo with play buttonFor some, sign language is a primary method of communication. But here’s a phrase handy for anyone in a raucous stadium or a hushed room.

It’s simple: Double paw pump. Double whisker wipe. Watch and learn.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Veteran helps ‘America’s children’

Matthew Heatherly

     Matthew Heatherly doesn’t smile for photographers. Twenty years in the Army trains a person to be granite-faced and solemn when facing a camera. So does dealing with death and carnage as a medic in Iraq and so does helping wounded soldiers at a combat hospital.
     Heatherly retired from the Army as a first sergeant in 2010. He’s now an operations manager at the Western Regional Medical Command on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where he helps plan medical care for his “brothers and sisters in arms” in the western U.S., Iraq and Afghanistan.
     “My passion in life is soldiers,” Heatherly says. “They are America’s children who give of themselves to protect the ones we love.”
More...     Heatherly has himself given much to his country, not only as a much-honored soldier but through such efforts as donating platelets, volunteering at the Old Soldier’s Home in Orting, Wash., and organizing runs for charity. He has received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
     Heatherly also sacrificed in another way. When he graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma in 1990, he put off his college education in order to serve his country. After enlisting, he racked up a few college credits here and there but didn’t make much progress.
     As retirement neared, the pressure grew. He needed a degree to advance as an Army civilian employee. He was urging his soldiers to get a degree, yet lacked one himself. He wanted to finish what he started. And he wanted to look his two sons straight in the eyes and say, “If I can get my degree in Iraq, you can get yours.”
     When researching online education options, Heatherly found a lot of options. But he had one crucial criterion. “I wanted a degree that state employers would recognize as solid,” he said.
     In 2004, he enrolled in the online degree program at Washington State University, “a school that I’ve always admired.”
     When Heatherly was twice deployed to Iraq, he brought his courses with him. He has studied in combat zones, and been interrupted by artillery fire. “Studying kept my mind off being across the world from my family,” he says.
     In December, Heatherly will graduate from the Global Campus with his social sciences degree. A diploma from WSU is about having opportunities, he says. “A degree means that you get to choose your life,” he says, “instead of having your life dictated to you.”
     And then he smiles.