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Washington State University is making changes systemwide to its Spring 2021 academic calendar while continuing to offer education primarily at a distance in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Spring 2021 semester will begin on Jan. 19, which is about one week later than previously scheduled. Rather than having a weeklong spring break in March, WSU will set aside three weekdays when classes will not be taught.

“Nonessential travel continues to represent a significant threat to the health of our students, staff, faculty and the communities that support our physical campuses,” Provost and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Chilton said. “We must make adjustments to the calendar to reduce this risk while maintaining opportunities for students to rest and refocus during the semester.”

The added weekday academic breaks will take place on Feb. 25, March 17 and April 13. A class holiday on President’s Day, Feb. 15, will also be observed.

Final examinations will take place from May 3 through May 7, as previously scheduled.

The delayed start of the semester allows WSU time to adjust to any decisions made by the U.S. Department of Education related to remote instruction requirements. The delay also allows for more robust testing and quarantine procedures that were implemented this fall and will continue into the spring semester. Spring 2021 housing decisions will be announced Nov. 2, 2020.

Across its physical campuses, WSU will offer a combination of remote and in-person classes during the spring semester. Lecture classes with significant enrollment will continue to be offered at a distance. Each campus will continue to run an exception process for courses that require in-person access to specialized equipment or spaces (e.g., laboratory and studio-based classes). WSU will continue to implement appropriate health and safety protocols to protect its students, faculty and staff.

The decision to alter the spring semester calendar was made in coordination with Faculty Senate and included student feedback.  A few of our health sciences programs will run on alternative calendars because of clinical placements or collaborations with other institutions. Academic schedules for the upcoming semester will be found online for each of WSU’s campuses.

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August 17, 2020

Greeting Cougs!

I am so excited to welcome new and returning Cougs to our fall 2020 semester. At WSU Everett, faculty and staff have spent the summer preparing for our first full semester of remote learning. If you were unable to join our virtual town hall last week to discuss some of incredible resources WSU has available to you, please follow this link to watch the recording.

You are part of the Cougar family, and that means you are going to have a Cougar experience. That starts with “Week of Welcome” at Washington State University, beginning with Virtual Bingo Night tonight. View events for the WSU system and WSU Everett campus on our website, the Events tab on our Facebook page, or follow the campus on Instagram and Twitter. Each event is also listed in your campus newsletter, which is delivered every Monday morning.

Being part of the Cougar family also means you will have the support you need to earn your degree. That includes career services from our Student Affairs department, access to the Student Food Pantry by appointment, mental health counseling and Academic Success and Career Center tutoring. Laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots are also available to loan at no cost, and Washington State University led efforts by the state of Washington to develop a network of public Drive-In Wi-Fi Hotspots. Learn more about your resources here.

This year will be full of learning and growth. When you complete your degree, you will be able to tell employers the obstacles you overcame to achieve your dreams. I promise you, the skills you will gain with us during these trying times are the exact skills they want from a modern employee.

Take care of yourselves. Take care of each other. Keep up the momentum. Mask up. And Go Cougs!

Dr. Paul Pitre, Chancellor
Washington State University Everett

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EVERETT, Wash. – Feb. 26, 2020 – Teams of Washington State University Everett engineering students are flying, roving driving and blowing into major national and international competitions this spring. The WSU Everett Engineering Club, supported by the student government and industry donors to help students from all disciplines to participate in extracurricular engineering projects, has sponsored four teams this year. This is the first year in club history that all four have been selected for their target competitions.

“When I look at how many students show up and put in work, I am not even close to shocked that each team is on track to compete this year,” said Michael Erke, the club’s president. “I am constantly impressed with the determination of our team leaders. It is going to be exciting to see our teams facing students at other universities, but also the growth and development of our diversely skilled team members continually learning to work better together.”

The Design Build Fly team, will compete in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Design Build Fly contest this April in Wichita, Kan. Students must design, manufacture and demonstrate flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric-powered, radio-controlled aircraft. Led by Kaizer Conteras, the nine-member team is currently optimizing designs for the model airplane they will fly.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) asks students to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain in the Baja SEA competition. WSU Everett students will travel to Peoria, Ill., in June for a multi-day competition that includes challenging events ranging from hill climbs to rock crawling and endurance. The team’s efforts are led by Michael Korody and Matt Chapman, as well as club Head of Communications Katja Wahl. The team has finalized and submitted their design for the vehicle’s roll cage, which will begin production in the upcoming weeks along with the suspension system.

The world-famous WSU Everett Mars Rover team has passed multiple checkpoints in the University Rover Challenge (URC) that is hosted by The Mars Society. The team most recently successfully passed preliminary design review, which allows them to continue their path to competing in May in Hanksville, Utah in 2021. In the coming weeks team leaders Daniel Richards and Brandon Kovach will guide the team through preparation and submission of the system acceptance review, which they must pass to travel to Utah for the URC.

Wind energy is one of the most well-known and widely used alternative energy sources across the United States. The Wind Energy team is exploring this by designing and building a wind turbine, as well as developing a business plan for the yearly Collegiate Wind Energy competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. The team will travel to Denver, Colo., in June to test and analyze their creations.

“We are witnessing an incredible breadth and depth of knowledge and skill from students participating in our engineering clubs,” WSU Everett Chancellor Paul Pitre said. “The collaboration among multiple STEM and liberal arts disciplines is astonishing. I look forward to seeing our students bringing home trophies, but even more to watch them use these experiences to reach their career aspirations here in our Puget Sound community.”

By Katja Wahl
WSU Everett Engineering Club Head of Communications

EVERETT, Wash. – WSU Everett Chancellor Paul Pitre joined local financial podcast Growing Your Wealth Radio with Brian Evans of Madrona Financial with electrical engineering students Andrew Ruiz, Kaitlin Ferguson and Jessica Woods, all seniors in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture program, and Sumit Karn, a senior in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication integrated strategic communication program. Evans is CEO of Madrona Financial and Bauer Evans CPAs, a Washington State University alumnus and a member of the WSU Everett Advisory Council. Listen to the podcast below.