WSU is looking at more than $54 million dollars being cut from their budget over the next two years and about 370 job layoffs. The WSU Tri Cities Vise Chancellor says WSU Tri Cities will be experiencing the least amount of cuts. He believes the Tri Cities campus will come out better after seeing the projected enrollment for 2009-2010.
WSU currently is 140 students over what the state has paid to instruct but rising tuition may deter some students. For undergraduate students tuition will increase $870 for the 2009-2010 school year and it is expected to raise $1000 for the 2010-2011 school year. For graduate students the tuition increase could be anywhere from 5%-10% based on the graduate program.
Yesterday the WSU Board of Regents met at WSU Tri Cities in the CIC building where Laurel Piippo of Richland, a self proclaimed “cranky taxpayer,” criticized WSUs spending. Piippo gathered several pages of signatures from citizens who feel the same way. She complained to the board about the part time history professor who was relocated to WSU Tri Cities and is getting paid $245,000. Piippo also took issue with the fact that WSU President Elson Floyd has been promised $500,000 in deferred compensation if he chooses to stay at the university through 2012. President Floyd defended his decision to keep the history professor at WSU Tri Cities because it shows that WSU cares for their branch campuses by assigning world class scholars and researchers to them. The Board of Regents will be meeting again today and Laurel Piippo is planning to be there with protest signs.
WSU Tri Cities’ outlook for next year is looking great with admissions up across the board. There is the potential of 134 incoming freshman this fall, a 54% increase from last fall. Transfer admissions are also up this year from 157 students last year to 194 students, a 24% increase. Minority student admissions have doubled since last year with 152 applications for this fall up from 73 last fall.
Students traditionally flock to colleges during tough economic cycles – either for retraining after being laid off from a job or because they need education to get jobs in an increasingly competitive market. Jaime Contreras the director of student affairs at WSU Tri Cities has noticed that students are tending to go to state subsidized schools over private universities.
This Thursday March 26 at WSU Tri Cities the Business Club will be sponsoring a luncheon on campus beginning at 12:00 and going until 1:30. The luncheon will feature a panel of five professional women who will discuss their careers and give advice to students. Thursday’s event will be part of the National Women’s history month. The Business Club President Karla Mesplie says that this event is great for the students at WSU Tri Cities because there are many talented women on campus, in fact the ratio of women to men is close to 2 to 1.
The panel will consist of:
• Cindy Johnson, City of Richland, city manager
• Genoveva Morales-Ledesma, WSU Tri-Cities GEAR UP/Early Outreach, director
• Joyce Johnston, Social Security Administration, district manager
• Kimberly Camp, artist and Hanford Reach Interpretive Center director
• Kyna Harris, Miss Tri-Cities 2008
This Saturday WSU Tri Cities will be sponsoring the first Fun Run on campus in memory of a multicultural pioneer. The 5K fun run/walk, in memory of William Owen Bush, will be free for all participants and will be held on the WSU Tri Cities campus this Saturday March 28 beginning at 9 am.
William Owen Bush was a mixed-race settler in the Tumwater area in the 1800s. Bush and his family helped organize WWIA (Western Washington Industrial Association) in 1872. Bush also helped to start Washington State College in Pullman in the late 1800s by helping to write house Bill 90 which meant federal money could be used to establish a college for the study of the science of agriculture.
The Northwest Collegiate Ministries, NCM, Club at WSU Tri Cities will be sponsoring a game night this Thursday, March 26 in the West Building Student Lounge. NCM will be providing pizza and drinks, the pizza will be delivered at 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm to the student lounge. The game night will begin at 3:00 pm and go until 7:00 pm. There will be pool, foos ball, Wii, and other games. Come meet new people, engage in lively games, and eat some delicious pizza.
This Saturday March 21 there will be a MESA event all day in the East Auditorium and EAST/WEST/CIC classrooms. The event will be following the theme “Expanding Your Horizons.”
The Career Fair will be this Tuesday, March 24 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Come dressed to impress with your resume and talk to various local businesses and other bigger corporations.
Next week there will be a WSU Board of Regents meeting March 26 and 27 in the CIC building. They will be discussing finances and other issues important to WSU and the branch campuses.
Looking to get ahead on your education? Take classes at WSU this summer and get ahead. Summer admissions is open for all students from any college whether you are looking to take a prerequisite or wanting to learn something new summer classes at WSU Tri Cities is a great opportunity. The admissions process will take place online through you’re myWSU page.
Summer session will take place in two sessions, the first will begin June 8 and go until July 31, and the second will begin June 22 and go until July 31.
Next week Kevin Hurley will be coming to WSU Tri Cities March 23, 2009. Kevin Hurley will be performing a hypnotist show, he will be walking around beginning at 10:00 am and the main show will begin at 12:00 pm. The show will take place in the East Auditorium, there is no charge associated with the show. Anyone is welcome to come and watch the show.
Hope everyone had a great spring break!
WSU Tri Cities will be holding the annual Gear Up conference on campus this year, March 17 – 18. The theme for this year’s conference will be “Partnering for Long-Term Student Success.” One of the goals for this year’s conference is share effective strategies and to network with other colleges.
There will be two main speakers during the conference, the first speaker is Aric Bostick. Bostick is one America’s top youth success and leadership speakers. The second main speaker is Dr. Frances Contreras will be leading a study on the Hispanic students achievement act commissioned by the Washington State Legislature.
To register on line for this event click here.