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Weekly Newsletter


Monday, October 18, 2021

Welcome to the WSU Everett Weekly Newsletter! Learn more about the events going on this week and the valuable resources available to you! Want to submit something for next week? Submissions are due Thursday at noon. Expect to see your submission in the newsletter the following Monday. 

Transfer Student Appreciation Day!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. 

Celebrate being a transfer student with pumpkin painting, games and free lunch! 

Fall 2021 WSU Visiting Writers Series ft. Brian Blanchfield

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2021 | 5:30 P.M.

Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, including Proxies: Essays Near Knowing and A Several World, which received, respectively, a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction and the 2014 Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award. His recent work appears in The Oxford American, Grand, Tin House, A Public Space, The Map Is Not the Territory, Northwest Review, Textual Practice, and Chicago Review. A finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Memoir and the recipient of fellowships from the Howard Foundation and the Idaho Council for the Arts, Blanchfield teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and directs the MFA writing program at the University of Idaho.


See the events calendar or Everett Coug Presence for a full list of events. 

Attention WSU Everett Students:

All WSU students must be compliant with the vaccine requirement by submitting proof of vaccination, or have filed an exemption in the Cougar Health Portal. As of Oct. 11, 2021 COVID holds (appears as “COV”) will be added to the myWSU accounts of students who have not submitted proof of vaccination or exemption. This is a negative service indicator that will block enrollment activity for future semesters.

Reasons why you may have a COVID registration hold:

  • You have not provided proof of full vaccination. If you previously provided Cougar Health with proof of the first dose of a vaccine in a two-dose series, please return to your patient portal and add the second dose information.
  • You have an approved religious/medical exemption but have not completed your Request for Immunization Exemption consent form.Please log into your Patient Portal, click on Consent Forms on the left-hand menu, and fill out the Request for Immunization Exemption consent form.
  • You filed a religious exemption using the old process (these requests were filed prior to September 2, 2021). If you previously filed an exemption for a sincerely held religious belief, you must re-submit your religious exemption. Students working in K-12 and health care settings and WSU student employees are subject to stricter requirements for religious exemptions, and rather than have multiple processes, WSU would like all students to be evaluated on the same criteria.

    To re-submit your religious exemption, follow the instructions on the CHS webpage. Your form will be reviewed by a committee and you will be notified within 10 business days if it has been approved or denied.

  • You recently provided proof of vaccination, filed an exemption, or filed an appeal. Please allow three (3) business days for your account to be updated with your vaccination information. For decisions on exemptions/appeals, most decisions are returned within 10 business days.

    For questions related to student health, student vaccination documentation and/or filing an exemption, please email For more information about COVID-19 vaccine policies, visit

WSU Common Reading Program Seeks Everett Representative 

The WSU Common Reading Program is seeking a representative from the Everett campus to serve on the selection committee to choose the 2022-2023 Common Reading book. The selected book will be used widely across the WSU system, in courses and also as the basis for university-wide events, presentations, and activities. The selection committee is composed of representatives from all WSU’s colleges and campuses, as well as several key first-year programs.

Nominations for this year’s book are due by November 15, and the selection committee will begin meeting via Zoom shortly thereafter. The committee typically meets 3-4 times: once in the second half of November to go through the nominations to determine what books to considering further, then 2-3 times in January and February to narrow down to the list of finalists. Committee members are asked to be a “first reader” of at least one of the titles being considered, with that reading occurring between November and January. Once a long list of finalists is chosen, the whole committee reads representative chapters of those books as we narrow to a short list, and finally down to 3-4 finalists.

While the committee does come with an expectation of some reading, most committee members report that the opportunity to discuss interesting books with colleagues makes this one of their favorite committees. If you have any questions about the Common Reading Program or the selection committee or process, please contact Karen Weathermon, Director of First-Year Programs on the Pullman campus, at