Thursday, December 17, 2015

Grad parties: New friends, new futures

DSC_2890They hugged friends they’d never met before. They frolicked with Butch T. Cougar. To find their Global Campus classmates, some wore red sweaters emblazoned with WSU logos and snowflakes.

This year’s ASWSU Global commencement receptions in Pullman and Seattle drew more than 100 exuberant graduates and family members.

“It’s the first time I’ve met everybody,” said strategic communications graduate Wayne White, who sported one of the festive sweaters at the Pullman event. “I’ve worked with them for two years, seen their pictures, but to actually talk and interact with them is a different thing.”

The sweater idea came from a strategic-communications Facebook group. “We peer-pressured everyone into buying one,” said White, a video editor at KOMO-TV news. “Now we can all identify each other.”

Other ASWSU Global events include free zoo trips, ski trips, museum visits, and tailgate parties. “Most online programs would never do these kinds of things,” said Jonathan Olp, the incoming ASWSU Global president. “But it brings the students closer so they can connect with one another and the faculty.”

Criminal justice major Lindsey Clark attended the Seattle graduation reception with a full family entourage: Mother, father, husband, 4-year-old son, sister, brother-in-law, mother-in-law, and niece. Her support network quickly came in handy:

“Before showing up, I was thinking, ‘it's just a lunch,’” she said. “But clearly it meant a lot more to me because immediately after walking in the door, I burst into tears.”

Monday, December 14, 2015

Teen earns master's online at WSU

A 19-year-old has become the first graduate of WSU’s online master’s in electrical engineering program.

Alexander Anderson completing his degree in three semesters, and has started a company and filed two patent applications for airborne generators. The North Bend, Wash., resident is now launching an effort to bring light, power and entrepreneurial opportunities to residents of Jiwaka Province, Papua New Guinea.

He's also designing an unmanned hybrid-electric aircraft.

Anderson did his WSU lab work in his family’s home workshop, where he built and tested his airborne generators and energy augmenter. “From power systems analysis to smart grid cybersecurity to high voltage electromagnetics, every course was something that I really wanted to know and understand,’’ he said.

Full story here.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

New course: Human-Animal Interaction

hai courseWSU Global Campus is delivering a new online course, Human-Animal Interaction: What We Know and What the Future Holds.

The noncredit course offers a basic understanding of the value of human-animal interaction, and the benefits of animal intervention in health-care and other settings.

More info here.