Monday, December 17, 2012

Seattle party a family celebration

FallReception_Seattle_2012-0038WSU Online graduates mingled and had dinner in Seattle on Saturday, and WSU staff were on hand to take commemorative photos. If you stopped by the photo booth, check out the pictures on our Facebook page. Here’s a link.

Our next West Side event is the March 23 Tacoma Rendezvous, which features one-credit academic seminars. Please go to the  ASWSU-Online events page for more information.

Contest will let your lights shine

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You’ve considered entering the WSU Global Campus seasonal decorating competition, but hesitated: Will the judges embrace your oeuvre—whether it involve house, tree or bird cage? Will they grasp the chiaroscuro interplay of brightness and shadow? Will they appreciate the subtextual nuance of the neon elves?

Not to worry. One of contest organizers is Charlie Snyder, Pullman’s own master of holiday décor. Snyder’s latest creation was featured in a Moscow-Pullman Daily News video, above.

So hesitate no more. Enter the contest, win cash, and be assured that your masterpiece, no matter how non-metaphoric, will be warmly welcomed.

To enter, select “Attending” on the event RSVP form. Then, send a photo or short video of your creation to snyder_c@wsu.edu before Jan. 7

Be sure to include your name and WSU email address with your entry.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Grads gather for Pullman party

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Photos from WSU Online’s Pullman pregraduation reception are now on our Facebook page. Here’s a link.

Other upcoming face-to-face events include the Tacoma Rendezvous in March, and spring commencement. Check the ASWSU-Online events page for more information.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Free webinars on career strategies

Chris Miller (3)To get the perfect job, you need two things: The right goal. And the right strategy.

WSU career advisor Chris Miller will help Global Campus students figure out the first and develop the second during a series of free interactive Global Connections webinars that starts Monday. Each will run twice, and you can sign up for any or all of them:

Career Path. You’ll do a self-assessment of strengths, interests, and work values, then match those to a career. “Students will complete a free career assessment before we get together for the webinar,” Miller said.  “During the webinar, we will discuss the assessment, the results, and how it ties into career possibilities.” More...
Here’s a link to the assessment; please complete it before the event. 4-5 p.m. Dec. 10. Repeats 12-1 p.m. Dec. 11.

Resume/Cover Letter helps students learn how to create stand-out documents. “The group will review different resumes for the same position, and decide which candidate they would hire,” Miller said. “And WSU Online students can always send me their resumes at cmiller66@wsu.edu for critique at any time.” 4-5 p.m. Dec. 17. Repeats 12-1 p.m. Dec. 18.

Leverage is about strategic job searching and networking. “We will discuss different methods we have used in the past to find work, and I will provide today’s most successful job search strategies,” Miller said.  Building an effective job-hunting network will also be discussed, he said. 4-5 p.m. Jan. 7. Repeats 12-1 p.m. Jan. 8.

Interviewing will cover common interview questions, preparing for interviews, behavioral interview questions, and how to follow up after the interview. 4-5 p.m. Jan. 14. Repeats 12-1 p.m. Jan. 15.

All the webinars are part of the new Global Connections program, which brings campus-style events and resources to online students. To join the career planning events, please go to this link and select the register link.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Take your brain out for a stroll

global connections icon Odds are, you're pretty smart. After all, you're not only a WSU student but also managing to complete your degree online while leading a full life.

But we think there’s still room left in your brain for new skills, new ideas, and even new diversions. That’s why we've launched Global Connections—an online source of information that can improve your life and expand your world.

We’ve got presentations planned on everything from music to beekeeping to beer-making. Check out the latest additions on the Global Connections website.

Here’s what coming up.

Today, Dec. 3, 5-6 p.m.
Race, Racism and Science. Professor of Comparative More...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 a relaxed conversation on one of the many themes explored in the common reading text, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” but you don’t need to have read the book in order to enjoy this talk. (Repeated Dec. 4 and 5.)

Program Planning Series.
Learn to plan and execute successful programs and events. Students who complete all three webinars and a final project will be eligible for a paid position as a student event planner and will help plan a live program for students across the world. The next events in this series are:
  • 11:30 a.m. Dec. 12 or 7 p.m. Dec. 13: “Developing a Timeline, Budget, and Venue Selection”
  • 11:30 a.m. Dec. 19 or 7 p.m. Dec 20: “Marketing, Delivery, and Support”

Determining Your Career Path. WSU career advisor Chris Miller will lead a four-part webinar series on finding and getting the job that best suits your interests. You can attend any or all of the series:
  • Career Path. A self-assessment of strengths, interests, and work values, then matching those to the world of work (career exploration and research).
  • Resume/Cover Letter helps attendees prepare for their job search.
  • Leverage is about strategic job searching and networking.
  • Interviewing helps you bring it all together and present yourself in the best way possible.
The webinar is offered between Dec. 10 - Jan. 15. For specific times and dates, please check the registration link. For more information, select this link
Seasonal Decorating Contest. Whether your holiday décor is refined or glitzy or full-on Vegas, you’re invited to enter our Seasonal Decorating Contest. You can enter in up to three divisions:
  • House Lighting (curb appeal)
  • Gingerbread House (anything edible)
  • Snoopy (everything else... dog house, bird cage, garden shed)
The deadline to enter is Dec. 15. Visit the Global Connections website for more information.