“I look forward to seeing what the next class of students is working on,” said Zander, of Silverdale, Wash. “Having really enjoyed my time at WSU, I'm always excited to find new and interesting ways to remain involved.”
Last spring, Zander was one of the first two Global Campus students to present research at SURCA, the undergraduate career fair. Both attended remotely, answering questions from judges in an Internet chat room. “It was a great way to feel connected and involved with WSU,” Zander said.
The Wiley research fair is Feb. 21. “We are very excited to have him on board,” said Matthew Tradewell of the Graduate and Professional Student Association. There will be up to 50 judges for the expo, he said, and all are WSU alumni.
The last time Zander came to Pullman, it was for another first: He was the first Global Campus student inducted into Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.
“I'm hoping that my wife will be able to accompany me this time,” Zander said, “since she has never been there. Of course, I will take her to Ferdinand's for ice cream and get a tin of the world's best cheese!”
Zander works for the Navy and supervises sailors who do maintenance on submarine warheads. So judging a research fair is unlikely to raise his stress levels. If so, he has a plan:
“A nightcap at Rico’s will be in order,” he said. “When I was a member of the Global Campus student government, many good ideas were hatched at Rico's.”