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Fall 2021 Newsletter

Academic Affairs

Fall 2021

Student Success  ·  Academic Excellence

Message From The Provost

It has been uplifting to see our campus come back to life. Students, faculty and staff have told me that they are excited to be learning and working on campus again. The entire campus community has pulled together to start the academic year in a safe manner, with relatively few reported cases of COVID-19, due at least in part to the remarkable compliance with our mask and vaccine requirements. Thank you for making this possible!

In October, Institutional Research conducted a survey of students and found the most popular course delivery modality for undergraduates was fully in-person. But the majority of students were interested in combining those fully in-person courses with hybrid and/or fully online courses.  Each academic division received the survey data from their students so they can factor those preferences into their scheduling decisions.

I want to once again express tremendous gratitude for the work that faculty and staff did to respond to the pandemic and pivot to online delivery of most of our courses and services. I also want to note the impressive level of problem solving, hard work and creativity from our entire campus community as we managed multiple challenges. Thank you and I hope you have a great academic year.

—Provost Rob Winningham

Cover photo by WOU’s own Seyed Shahrokni, who works in the Center for Academic Innovation. Thanks, Seyed!


Nov 15: Registration begins for Winter Term

Dec 3: Last day of classes

Dec 6-10: Finals week

Dec 14: Grades due

Willamette Promise: Student Leaders Summit

In mid-August, WOU teamed up with Willamette Education Service District (WESD) to bring 30 high school students to campus for three days of workshops and enrichment activities. The workshops and activities were led by WOU faculty and staff, with topics ranging from writing scholarship essays to dance, sculpting, and stage combat. The goal was to build the students’ confidence in their ability to succeed in college—most of the students are first-generation—as well as providing a glimpse at the wide variety of options available in college.

All of the participants are rising high school seniors who are also participating in Willamette Promise, our accelerated credit program. They were all provided with a MacBook Pro and practice using it, so that they will have the technology to carry them through all four years of college.

Thank you to the Oregon Community Foundation for funding this important project.


College was never part of the plan, it was a dream but now it’s becoming a reality. It’s a plan and we’re going to do this, we’re going to accomplish this now because of these resources that made it possible.

Paul Quach
Summit Participant
North Salem High School

Bev’s Tech Tips: FAQs

Speed Up Remote Access With VPN

Does your WOU laptop seem to go more slowly when you’re working from home?

Do you use VDI (virtual desktop) but wish there was an easier way to access network drives when off-campus?

If so, try using the WOU VPN. “VPN'” means Virtual Private Network—it basically tells the WOU network that your computer is a friend, rather than a random computer on the internet.

It’s easier than it sounds:

  1. Install the app and login with your WOU username when you first turn on your computer.
  2. To access your network drives, follow the instructions on the remote access page to connect them, and then you’ll be able to access them just like you do when on-campus, like another hard drive on your computer.

Update Your Website Without Opening WordPress

(AKA “How did you get that Google Calendar on your web page?”)

Does your WOU website have content that needs to be regularly updated, like a calendar/event list? Or would you like to have a more dynamic page but don’t have the time to fiddle with WordPress every day? You can set up a WordPress page to display content from somewhere else on the internet—this is called embedding external content.

The title is a bit misleading: You will need to open WordPress to set this up, but once that is done, your page will automatically show the most recent version of whatever you added.

Some examples:

Whatever content you decide to embed, you’ll need to make a couple changes to the link to make it work on your WOU website, so be sure to review the instructions.


Welcome, Keats!

The Provost’s Office welcomes Keats Chaves, who joined us in September as our new Administrative Coordinator. Keats is a WOU alum (2014, Interdisciplinary Studies: Creative Writing and History, with a German minor) who worked for the Writing Center while a student at WOU. Keats is currently finishing a dissertation for an MFA in Creative Writing, and has been enthusiastically welcomed back to WOU by the campus squirrels.

Better Know an Office:
Center for Academic Innovation

Yep, we’re ripping off borrowing liberally from Stephen Colbert for this segment of the newsletter. Each issue will profile the staff from a different office in Academic Affairs, and first up is the Center for Academic Innovation.

Have a question or request? For this team, you’ll get the fastest response by emailing askAI@wou.edu—this will alert all available team members, so you don’t need to worry about whether someone’s on vacation, in a meeting, etc.

Michael Reis

Michael Reis

Director of Academic Innovation

What do you love the most about what you do at WOU?
Almost every day, I get to see something or hear about something that reminds me how much WOU’s faculty care about their students and their teaching. There are a lot of institutions that take pride in how many students they turn away, seeing a low admission rate as an elite indicator. It’s amazing to be part of an institution that measures its success by how many students we can serve.

Do you have any talents, or is there a talent you wish you had?
I wish I had a better talent for answering “about me” questions.

What was the last book you read/movie you saw that you liked? Alternatively, what was the last book you read/movie you saw that you didn’t like?
Right now I am in the middle of two books. The first is You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience, an anthology curated by Tarana Burke and Brene Brown. It’s a powerful book and one I want to make sure not to rush through as I want to give the voices it elevates attention and reflection. So as a break between essays, I’ve been reading Witches Abroad, a book in my spouse’s favorite book series, Discworld, by Terry Pratchett. We’ve been reading through the series together, which is wonderful: she gets to revisit some of her favorite books, I get to experience some amazing stories for the first time, and we get to geek out together.

Seyed Shahrokni

Seyed Shahrokni

Instructional Designer

What do you love the most about what you do at WOU?
I love how every day brings new challenges and experiences my way and allows me to work collaboratively with faculty, students, and other stakeholders towards teaching and learning. My colleagues are also the best!

What brought you to where you are now (why did you choose this field)?
I have been living in the exciting world of teaching and learning for a long time, both as a student and an educator. Student Engagement has been at the center of my teaching and research, and being an instructional designer with the Center for Academic Innovation at WOU provides me with an opportunity to work towards that. I’m so grateful for this opportunity!

What was the last book you read/movie you saw that you liked? Alternatively, what was the last book you read/movie you saw that you didn’t like?
The book I am reading right now is The Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi. The book tells the story of a teenage girl who, going through a difficult time after her parents divorce, finds refuge in an online video game called “Fields of Fantasy.” I am really enjoying reading the book and I can’t wait to see what happens next! I can kind of guess who Sir Leo might be! 🙂

What is something surprising about you that no one would ever guess?
I played a multiplayer online game for four years for my doctoral research! I was very “1337” (that is, leet), too! It was one of the most exciting projects I have been involved in. If you’re interested, here’s an article based on that study.

Ben Hays

Ben Hays

Learning Management System Support Specialist

What brought you to where you are now (why did you choose this field)?
Our family moved to Monmouth when my wife accepted a teaching position in the College of Education. I’ve been interested in the intersection between technology and access to education for a long time, which eventually led me to where I am.

What was the last book you read/movie you saw that you liked? Alternatively, what was the last book you read/movie you saw that you didn’t like?
I loved the A. A. Milne Winnie the Pooh books as a child. The first books that I read on my own and enjoyed were by John Bellairs, followed closely by the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.

What is something surprising about you that no one would ever guess?
I once belonged to a square dancing club.

Tell us a random fact you know:
There are thousands of Apple Lisa computers buried in a landfill just outside of Logan, Utah.

Sean ONeill

Sean ONeill

Digital Media Technician

What do you love the most about what you do at WOU?
Solving problems. It’s nice to be able to work “backstage” and fix problems or remove obstacles for people trying to do their jobs.

What brought you to where you are now (why did you choose this field)?
A love of libraries, knowledge, and computers. That and the winds got me here.

What was the last book you read/movie you saw that you liked? Alternatively, what was the last book you read/movie you saw that you didn’t like?
The last movie I really liked was Algiers (1937). It’s a remake of Pepe le Moko (1937) which, by sheer coincidence, I am lining up for a professor and am personally looking forward to handling.

Adrienne Allardt-Wong

Adrienne Allardt-Wong

Instructional Designer & LMS Support Specialist

What brought you to where you are now (why did you choose this field)?
I worked at OSU’s Ecampus as an undergrad and discovered that this type of work is something I don’t mind doing continuously and comes with the benefits and quality of life I’m looking for. Then I worked for Moodle Support (now AI) as a GA and discovered I like the people here.

Do you have any talents, or is there a talent you wish you had?
A talent I have: intuitively knowing what flavors go well together when cooking and (usually) how to adjust a recipe to turn out better than the original instructions. A talent I wish I had: flawless communication–always understanding what people mean and having them understand precisely what I mean.

Tell us a random fact you know:
x% of y = y% of x. For example 4% of 75 is 3, and 75% of 4 is 3.

Celebrating Students

This issue’s Spotlight on Students is a continuation of the Better Know an Office feature, with profiles of the graduate assistants working in the Center for Academic Innovation.

Mindy Khamvongsa

Graduate Assistant, Center for Academic Innovation

What do you love the most about what you do at WOU?
Loving the department I’m working in as a GA. The classes are at the perfect pace and level of engagement that challenge me as a student, which makes me feel like I’m professionally developing with each course.

Do you have any talents, or is there a talent you wish you had?
I love cooking, and can make the best fusion food you’ve ever had, but I am not very good at baking at all.

What was the last book you read/movie you saw that you liked? Alternatively, what was the last book you read/movie you saw that you didn’t like?
I saw a good part of Shrek 3. This is an answer for both questions.

What is something surprising about you that no one would ever guess?
I have a “draw by memory” Cubone tattooed on my right leg that’s drawn by my significant other. It’s absolutely class and definitely looks EXACTLY like Cubone.

Evalina Macias

Graduate Assistant, Center for Academic Innovation

What brought you to where you are now (why did you choose this field)?
I am pursuing Sign Language/English Interpreting because of the communication access I am able to provide between consumers who do not share the same language. Additionally, Interpreting is a unique field, and every interpreting assignment is different, so you have to expect the unexpected. 

Do you have any talents, or is there a talent you wish you had?
I am able to instantly connect with people, or get the vibe of a room by identifying who is who. 

What was the last book you read/movie you saw that you liked? Alternatively, what was the last book you read/movie you saw that you didn’t like?
The last book I read was Broke Millennial. I enjoyed it because, as I am in my mid-twenties, it is a beneficial book for me, teaching me everything I need to know from credit scores/reports, buying a house/car, and saving money. 

Tell us a random fact you know:
The first person convicted of speeding was going 8 mph.

Questions? Suggestions for future issues? Contact Keats Chaves: chavesk@wou.edu

Fall Kickoff 2021 Newsletter

Academic Affairs

Fall Kickoff 2021

Student Success  ·  Academic Excellence

Special Edition for Fall Kickoff

This is a special “Fall Kickoff” edition of the Academic Affairs newsletter, to help get everyone up to speed after (another) unusual summer! Our regular format and content will return later this fall in the Fall Term newsletter.


Sept 27 Fall Term begins
Sept 29 Waitlist over – capacity overrides allowed
Oct 8 Last day to Add
Oct 22 Last day to Drop
Nov 12 Last day to Withdraw
Nov 15 Registration begins for Winter Term
Dec 3 Last day of classes
Dec 14 Grades due

Fall Kickoff Events

Click on any event to see more details. Visit the Fall Kickoff page for a calendar-style view of this event list!

FAQ About Fall Term and COVID-19

We’ve created a list of questions frequently asked by faculty about the upcoming term in the context of COVID-19—and answers to those questions! The list is housed in a Google Doc to allow for easy editing, so that we can add and update the information as the situation changes. The FAQs cover topics such as masks, air purifiers, and what happens if a student gets sick.

Reminder: Submit Your Vaccine Documentation

Don’t forget to submit your COVID-vaccine documentation or exemption request to HR.

To do so, click the “Human Resources Form Submission” link in Portal:

The WOU portal link to the HR forms-submission webpage.

Then look for:

Vaccination Verification / Exemption

New Option for Online PRC Submission

Great news – by popular request, we’ve added another option for submitting PRC materials online, a system that uses Google Drive as its interface. Join us on Sept 21 to learn about this new option:

New Option for PRC Binders: Google Drive

More information about this new option will be available online soon, via the Evaluation, Tenure, and Promotion webpage.

(Faculty may still choose to submit via Tk20 or paper binders, if they wish.)

CircleIn Update:

Pilot concluded; not implementing for Fall 2021

After evaluating the CircleIn pilot and reviewing the evaluation surveys submitted by students and faculty in Spring 2021, Academic Affairs will not be implementing CircleIn for Fall Term. In summary, the surveys indicated that CircleIn wasn’t fulfilling it’s academic purpose in the way we had hoped it would. Continuing CircleIn for Fall 2021 would incur an administrative cost to re-implement the tool, and continuing to subscribe to CircleIn would mean committing to a new ongoing cost for WOU. With the return to predominantly onsite learning at WOU, Academic Affairs has decided to close down the pilot and cease our contract with CircleIn. 

For more details, please see the IC-FYI email sent by Chelle Batchelor on September 14th.

Staff Change in the Provost Office

The Provost’s Office was sad to say goodbye to our Administrative Coordinator, Jay Thompson, in August. Jay’s partner, Jesse, finished law school in spring and accepted a public defense position in Baker City. This was a bittersweet change for Jay and Jesse as well: both are WOU grads who met at WOU and got engaged under the giant sequoia. We will miss Jay, and wish them all the best of luck in this next chapter!

While we are sad to lose Jay, we’re happy to announce that we have a new Administrative Coordinator starting soon. We’ll introduce them in the next Academic Affairs Newsletter!

Questions? Suggestions for future issues? Contact provost@wou.edu

Spring 2021 Newsletter

Academic Affairs

Spring 2021

Student Success  ·  Academic Excellence

Message From The Provost

Everyone, both at WOU and around the world, has faced unexpected, and often painful challenges since last March. We are all aware that there are still challenges ahead but I am confident that we will become stronger and better as we work through those challenges (and opportunities), especially if we continue to keep students front and center in our efforts. My faith in the dedicated faculty and staff at WOU has not been shaken by the past 15 months—instead, it has grown.

At the end of this academic year, we recognize the tragedies, difficulties and uncertainty we have faced together, but at the same time there are reasons to celebrate, including the fact we are holding an in-person graduation ceremony, albeit in a different format, with hundreds of graduates and their families celebrating. And, we seem to be turning a corner with the pandemic and look forward to a much more normal fall term. I am grateful for our campus community’s resiliency, strength, and determination. I believe we need to remain student-centric and focus on the impact that our work has on the lives of our students and our community.

—Provost Rob Winningham


June 4 Last day of classes
June 12 2021 Commencement
June 15 Grades due (at 10am)
June 21 Summer Term begins

Celebrating Students

WOU Student and Sociology Professor Co-Write Peer Reviewed Paper

A student smiles at the camera, they are wearing a gray blazer and black framed glasses

WOU Student Quentin Kanta ’23 and Sociology Professor Dr. Even Shenkin co-wrote a peer-reviewed paper that will be soon published in the the United Nations Encyclopedia of Sustainable Development. Kanta is a Political Science major and Social Science minor from Grants Pass, Oregon.

Dr. Shenkin is a visiting professor who started at WOU in Fall 2020, and reached out to Quentin to co-write a paper for the publication after Quentin took his Community Organizing (SOC340) class Fall 2020. Their paper focuses on the inability of the SDGs to effectively tackle global wealth inequality, from which extreme poverty flows. Quentin states “I would say that the main idea of our paper is that poverty is a political choice, and that the responsibility for global poverty extends well beyond local government and personal choices.”

Honoring Dr. Hamid Bahari-Kashani

Dr. Hamid Bahari-Kashani passed away unexpectedly on April 9, 2021. He served as the chair of the Division of Business and Economics for 33 years, always focused on the success of our students. He created an environment of respect and cooperation among the faculty, with everyone treated as a valued colleague. The memory of Hamid that I have heard the most in the last few weeks is his kindness to everyone. He was never without a smile. Just as no one can recall him dressed in anything but a suit and tie, neither can they remember seeing him angry with anyone.

Hamid also had one of the finest minds I have known, able to question our assumptions and look at the world with an open mind. I treasure the times we sat and talked in West House, even if I was never able to win an argument.

Hamid hired me in 1990 as a visiting assistant professor and had the confidence to convert that to a tenure-track position the following year. He had faith in me and supported me in ways that made all the difference. He was my mentor and friend until the day he died. He was truly one of the most influential people in my life. His passing was a profound loss to me and to the university.

Dr. John Leadley
Acting Chair, Division of Business & Economics

Professor Bahari-Kashani will be greatly missed by his colleagues, his students, and the entire WOU community. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.

Bev’s Tech Tips

Use Vlookup Functions to Win Friends and Influence People (or at least avoid duplicating work)

The Vlookup function looks up information in a vertical list—hence the name. If you have repeated information in a spreadsheet, this function might be able to save you time (not to mention typos). It can also be used to swiftly find information in a large spreadsheet.

This 12-minute tutorial video explains how to use Vlookup in Excel (it works the same in Google Sheets):

Here’s another example of how Vlookup can be used, this time with Google Sheets. In this example, the formula is used for every row of data, and is looking up information that is contained on another tab of the spreadsheet.

Vlookup Example - Add Information to Every Row in a Google Sheet

Say there is a google form that faculty members fill out, and in the form they select their division. You want to have the email address for the division chair for each submission.

  1. Submit a test response to your form, then set the form to save responses to a spreadsheet.
  2. In the spreadsheet that is created, create a new tab called “Divisions”, then add the list of divisions in column A and the corresponding emails in column B.
  3. On the first tab (where the form results are), add this formula to the first row with a response, in a blank column:
  4. Install the Copy Down add-on to automatically insert this formula every time a form response is added to your spreadsheet.

View the example spreadsheet to see this in action.

Send Personalized Responses to Form Submissions

I’m often asked if there is a way to do a MailMerge with Gmail – yep! There are many available add-ons that will do this, but my favorite is FormMule, created by New Visions Cloudlab. It can send emails when you manually run it, automatically when a new Google Form submission is received, and/or on a time schedule (e.g., every 2 hours).

This short video explains how to install and use the FormMule add-on:

More information about FormMule can be found on the New Visions Cloudlab website. They are a nonprofit organization that provides resources for public schools, so they don’t charge for their add-ons.

3 Minute Research Talks

Program for Undergraduate Research (PURE) is proud to announce a new way to release your research!

Open to faculty, staff and students, this is a new way for your research to be shared with WOU and the surrounding community. Register, upload your video to the link provided, and share your research with others.

Congratulations, Retirees!


Warren Allen
Health and Exercise Science

Nick Backus

Mary Bucy
Education and Leadership

Arlene Courtney
Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Peggy Pedersen
Health and Exercise Science

Pam Ward
Health and Exercise Science


Diane Baxter
Creative Arts

Brian Caster
Health and Exercise Science

Kevin Helppie
Creative Arts

Bau Hwa Hsieh
Social Sciences

Frank Nevius

Pete Poston
Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Adele Schepige
Education and Leadership

Robin Smith
Social Sciences

Gradual Retirements


Peter Callero
Social Sciences

Mickey Pardew
Education and Leadership

Tom Rand


Dean Braa – 2022
Social Sciences

Terry Gingerich – 2024
Criminal Justice Sciences

John Leadley – 2023
Business and Economics

Scott Tighe – 2024
Criminal Justice Sciences

Congratulations, Award Winners!

Line of Students studying in a dorm hallway

Debbie Braun

Pastega Award:
Staff Excellence

Line of Students studying in a dorm hallway

Olivia Flores

Staff Advisor of the Year

Line of Students studying in a dorm hallway

Dr. James Reddan

Faculty Advisor of the Year

Line of Students studying in a dorm hallway

Dr. Cornelia Paraskevas

Pastega Award:
Excellence in Scholarship

Line of Students studying in a dorm hallway

Dr. Jaime Cloud

Pastega Award:
Excellence in Teaching

Line of Students studying in a dorm hallway

Dr. Melanie Landon-Hays

Pastega Award:
Excellence in Service

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Dr. Patricia Gimenez-Eguibar & Dr. Claudia Costagliola

Community Partner Spotlight Award, April
Willamette Promise Advisory Board

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Dr. Leanne Merrill

Educator of the Year
Monmouth Independence Chamber of Commerce

Big Fish, Big Pond

A woman smiles at the camera, she has wire frame glasses and a soft smile. Her head is slightly tilted in the photo.

Degree Completion Success

In January of 2020, Susan Griffin (SSA) began outreach to students who dropped out but were close to finishing their degrees. Since that time, she’s reached out to 327 students to provide assist with creating a degree completion plan, leading to 108 additional students graduating as of the end of Winter 2021.

Great work, Susan!

Library and Academic Innovation:
OCR for All!

Library and Academic Innovation was selected to participate in a project that is aimed to provide access to optical character recognition (OCR) for everyone. The OCR for All! project was created by the Resource Sharing and Fulfillment (RSF) Team, and is aimed to provide scanners for institutions to allow for more equitable access than the traditional image-based scanner that the library previously had. The new ABBYY Fine reader software and CZUR ET scanner will allow for greater access for students and faculty. This access was achieved through the Orbis Cascade Alliance library consortium.

For more information, please see the OCR for All! proposal

Questions? Suggestions for future issues? Contact Jay Thompson: thompsonj@wou.edu

Winter 2021 Newsletter

Academic Affairs

Winter 2021

Student Success  ·  Academic Excellence

Message From the Provost

As we approach one year of remote working and learning, I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. It has certainly been a challenging and difficult year. We are still grieving, both individually and as an institution, the loss of many staff and faculty colleagues whose positions were eliminated. Many are also experiencing trepidation as we see student enrollment dip even further. Amongst these challenges, I believe there are reasons for hope, optimism and pride. Last spring, we successfully and quickly pivoted to mostly-online course delivery, learning new skills while significantly increasing Academic Innovation’s capacity to support online, hybrid and technology-enhanced courses. Faculty found innovative ways to remain active in their research, scholarship, creative activities, and student outreach.

The budget work we have done as an institution and within Academic Affairs has been challenging. While we work through those challenges, we are developing systems that will allow us to better manage our resources, lobby for additional resources and prepare us for a more decentralized budgeting system. This will give deans, chairs and program leaders better information about and control of our resources. We are also creating processes to provide greater transparency and information sharing, allowing the entire WOU community to have a greater shared understanding of our resources and institutional metrics. We will also be working with Institutional Research, which has recently joined Academic Affairs under the leadership of Dr. Mike Baltzley, to allow us to better support program management by providing faculty and academic programs with regular and relevant data.

Building on our Community Health program’s contact-tracing partnership with Polk County, WOU’s new partnership with West Valley Hospital to support the county vaccination program, gives us cause for optimism. It makes it a little easier to imagine a time, in the near future, where more of us can safely work, teach and interact in-person, on our beautiful campus and beyond.

—Provost Rob Winningham


February 26: Post-tenure reviews due to DPRC
March 12: Classes end
March 22: Grades due

Celebrating Students

WOU’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing team works with local counties to promote a healthy community.

As of February 15th, the team was monitoring and providing support for 127 individuals. The students began providing contact tracing for Polk County in September of 2020, and have many resources for community members, including health guides provided in English and Spanish. The team has been present at many events around the county and surrounding areas, as well as handing out information packets and other materials at the Salem Dream Center event and food box distributions at Ash Creek Elementary.

Four students wearing WOU non-surgical masks stand in front of a warehouse.
Three students wearing non-surgical masks, holding up informational flyers and standing behind cardboard boxes with supplies.

You can find more information about this project, including downloadable resources, a list of participating students, and other useful information on their website.

Thank you to the entire team for working so hard to protect our community!

Bev’s Tech Tips

Save Energy With Keyboard Shortcuts

For a long time, I ignored the many articles extolling the time saved by using keyboard shortcuts in email. I’m a fan of saving time, but the promise of saving a second here or there wasn’t enough to catch my attention.

I finally gave them a try a few years ago and haven’t looked back. Do they save me time? No idea. But they do save a surprising amount of mental energy, and when I’m digging through my inbox, conserving mental energy is key.

If you haven’t tried using keyboard shortcuts, I encourage you to give them a try. You’ll need to activate them in Gmail first:

Activate Keyboard Shortcuts in Gmail
  1. In Gmail settings, scroll down to the Keyboard shortcuts section.
  2. Select Keyboard shortcuts on.
  3. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.

Once that’s done, it’s as simple as pressing a key or two. Here’s a few of my favorites to get you started:

e Archive the current message
c Create a new email
/ Search email

Ready for more? Here’s the official list of shortcuts.

Power Users: Make Gmail Into a Better To-Do List

Many of us are guilty of using our email inbox as a to-do list. If you’re in that camp, try redesigning your inbox to provide a more nuanced view of what needs to be done. The video below describes how to set this up—they are using it in the context of a GTD system, but the technique could be used for a variety of work styles.

Note: The location of the multiple inboxes setting has changed since this video was published, and can now be found on the “Inbox” tab. Visit Google’s instructions for more information.

We Want Your Opinion: Video Options for Teaching

Please provide your feedback to help guide the approach to videoconferencing options to support the transition back to on-campus teaching and learning.

Current and New Staff

Rob Winningham in front of a virtual background wearing a red WOU non-surgical mask

Rob Winningham

Provost and VP of Academic Affairs

Bev West wearing a a black WOU non-surgical mask in her office

Bev West

Director of Academic Services & Resources

Bev stepped into this role in November; she previously served as the Project Manager for Academic Affairs.


A snowman wearing a blue non surgical mask in the snow

Mike Baltzley

Associate Provost for Academic Effectiveness

Annika Thompson wearing a non-surgical mask in the office

Annika Joy Thompson

Administrative Coordinator

Sue Monahan wearing a non-surgical mask in front of shelves of books

Sue Monahan

Associate Provost for Program Development

Tracie Wicks wearing a non-surgical mask with her children sitting at a table behind her. Her children are wearing headphones and have laptops.

Tracie Wicks

Office Specialist for WOU:Salem

A big Academic Affairs welcome to Tracie Wicks, who recently transferred to our office from Admissions. She is also a current WOU student, with an expected graduation this Spring!


Big Fish, Big Pond

Photo of Melissa Hinzman outside smiling at the camera, she has brown hair and brown eyes.

Melissa Hinzman

Advisor of the Year
NACADA Region 8

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Margaret Manoogian

Faculty Advisor of the Year
NACADA Region 8

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Adam Dryden

Team Leader of the Month
January 2021
(Peer Advisors for Veteran Education)

Questions? Suggestions for future issues? Contact Annika Thompson: thompsona@wou.edu