Things were mostly normal at WSU Health Sciences Spokane (WSU Spokane) the week of March 19. Spring Break was right around the corner and plans were in place for various end-of-academic-year events, including commencement.
But then, as we all know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) unleashed itself on the globe and things changed dramatically.
Students pivoted to remote learning once they “returned” from Spring Break, and most on-campus personnel transitioned to working remotely.
For the Information Technology (IT) department, this was a quick, major shift. Fast forward seven months and students are still attending remote classes and most employees are still working from home.
A decade ago, Washington State University Spokane was a budding campus with a bright future. WSU’s Board of Regents solidified this on Sept. 3, 2010 by officially designating WSU Spokane as the university’s health sciences campus.
The designation was an obvious one—the College of Nursing was already a mainstay on campus, and WSU’s affiliation, in partnership with the University of Washington, with the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) Regional Medical Education Program, was two years old. The campus’ Sleep and Performance Research Center was conducting world-changing research, and the departments of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and Speech and Hearing Sciences were already sending graduates into the workplace.
The Regents’ vote put in action a focused mission that is paying major dividends today. A lot has happened in the last 10 years, with WSU Health Sciences Spokane on a healthy path for the future. Let’s look at 10 major accomplishments of the past 10 years. Just like our post on 10 research highlights, this is not a ranking, but rather an overview of 10 notable achievements.
WSU Health Sciences Spokane sponsored a survey in 2019 to evaluate perceptions and experiences of its students, faculty, and staff with regard to diversity and climate issues. WSU Health Sciences implemented online surveys of currently enrolled students and faculty and staff in spring 2019.
Today, results of the students’ surveys are available to view, as well as related recommendations for consideration. Stay tuned in the coming months for results from staff and faculty surveys.
You can read the Executive Summary here, and the entire results here.
With the July 23 announcement that all undergraduate courses at WSU Pullman will be delivered at a distance and completed remotely, it offers opportunity for WSU Health Sciences Spokane (WSU Spokane) to reiterate its plans for fall.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. Students, staff and faculty of WSU Health Sciences Spokane are planning several activities during the week to honor Dr. King. The campus Diversity Center and Office of Community Engagement are teaming up to sponsor these activities.
Daryll DeWald, vice president and chancellor for WSU Health Sciences, presented the State of Health Sciences in Spokane on Oct. 1, 2019.
DeWald touched on recent successes at WSU Health Sciences Spokane and explained how the Spokane campus has statewide responsibilities. He also talked about what’s coming down the road, including some planned expansion.
Many of the world’s leading experts on shift work are converging on the Inland Northwest this week to present and discuss issues related to night shifts and non-standard working hours. Organized by the Washington State University Sleep and Performance Research Center on behalf of the Working Time Society, the 24th International Symposium on Shiftwork and Working Time—Shiftwork2019—will bring together scientists and practitioners focused on improving the health and safety of shift workers. » More …